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Mint Mojito Toothpaste. And other things.

Disclaimer: Blogging with a broken camera. Let's just include this as part of my life plan to "embrace the mess".

Half of our children love brushing their teeth. The other two incorporate dramatics into every brush stroke. After doing some reading about getting kids excited about oral hygiene, I decided to compile the list that we have been narrowing down. There were lots of articles and ideas, but these are super basic, and I won't add a boring explanation of each suggestion, either.

How to get kids to brush:

Get a fun toothbrush.
Allow them to choose their own toothpaste.
Brush your teeth while your child is brushing their teeth.
Set a timer for the recommended two minute brushing time. (My four year old likes to pick the timer sound on my phone. You can also play two minutes of their favorite song.)
Create a rewards system with stickers for each time they have brushed.
Compliment their brushing skills.

We discovered that in our house, it works best when each person has their own toothpaste. There are no fights over who touched what, or where someone placed something, and it has made each child have a sense of responsibility for their brush time. Hello toothpaste has so many awesome flavors if you're looking for something new. I love what their brand stands for, and what they put (and leave out!) of their toothpaste. Leaving their description here because every parent should try this brand out:

Hello is a brand of naturally friendly oral care products. Our mission is to create oral care that’s safe, effective, delicious and beautiful, and as natural as we can make it. We think it’s time to think differently about what goes into (and out of) your mouth:

• Our toothpaste is thoughtfully formulated with no dyes, parabens, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, triclosan, or microbeads
• Our toothpaste tubes are bpa-free, + contain no phthalates.
• Our boxes are made from 100% recycled paperboard + printed with soy inks. 
• hello products are leaping bunny certified and vegan. Animal testing isn’t friendly.
• hello products are globally sourced and made in the USA. Rock on. 

Mint Mojito is my favorite. Seriously, the flavor options are unreal. Check out the full line HERE.

Snacking with the Beaba Babycook.

Most people buy baby gadgets and then have no idea what do with them once their babies turn into toddlers. Truthfully, most gadgets are designed to be used during that sweet baby stage only, but I have to share my love for the Beaba Babycook. Originally, this was the ultimate homemade baby food maker. It steams and purees fruits and veggies into the perfect consistency. Once Rocky got a bit bigger, he wasn't really into the baby-food-thing, so we used it mainly for sterilizing small items and for making sure the pieces and instruments used for his medication are always sterile.

My daughter was reading the side of the box one day and asked if she could use the Babycook for her own snack after school the next day, and I agreed. While the Babycook does have sharp blades, it only works while the lid is locked, and and while one hand is physically holding the knob. I love the safety features, and have no problem letting my older kids use it after school. Their favorite recipe is guacamole. Some avocados, tomatoes, an onion, and a pinch of salt are all they need to make a healthy snack that feeds all four kids in the afternoon, doesn't break the bank, and is a breeze to use and clean up. I'll be posting more Beaba Babycook uses soon, but I know that the holidays are a hectic time at home with little ones, and this should seriously be on every family's wishlist this holiday season!

From Beaba:
4-in-1 food processor: Steam cooks, blends, defrosts and reheats XL Capacity. With bottle warmer and sterilizer functions.

Quickly steams in 20 minutes: Preserving flavours and vitamins. Manual cyclone-effect blade: For tailored mixing, adapting the consistency to the child’s age (smooth, pureed, chuncks).

• Removable steam lid: Functions as bottle heater and sterilizer.
• Removable steaming basket: Possibility of collecting cooking juices rich in vitamins and minerals to modulate the texture of the preparation.
• Automatically switches off when preparation is cooked: No monitoring required.
• Graduated measuring bowl: Easy to measure quantity of water to pour into tank.
• Spatula: Practical for lifting steam basket, stirring, and emptying food into the bowl without being burnt.

Accessories: Supplied with blending/smoothie filtre lid, spatula and recipe booklet.
Care: Cover, basket, lid, knife: Wash by hand or dishwasher. Body of device: Clean with soft damp
cloth. Do not immerse.
Seriously. Go tell Santa about this. It is incredible for the whole family. Oh! And they sell these awesome little containers that double as portion control containers for after all of the holiday eating. So much good stuff.

 Babycook c/o Beaba



No gifts.
No balloons.
No changes to our schedule or special treatment.
Just the six of us (one behind the camera).
It was perfect.
I mean, it was crazy.
But that's what we do best.

33, I hope that you're good to me.