Buying a pair of shoes isn’t as simple as just choosing the most eye-catching model and proceeding to checkout. Seeing how there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to footwear, a fair amount of research is required before buying. This way, you will ensure that you will be satisfied with the pair you have bought and won’t regret spending money on a model that you will only wear once.
Ever since I told you my story about how I became a ballerina, somehow I became more interested in encouraging my little cousin to become one. She already had an itch for it, and it was like I saw myself in her. Every time she talked to me about ballet, my heart would start to pump like crazy. It was like being seven all over again. Read More
If there is one thing that I’m pretty sure about when it comes to dental health it’s that sugar is bad for your teeth. Practically everyone from my mum, my 7-year-old niece to my dentist knows that refined sugar should be avoided if you want to have pearly whites. That is why when a friend suggested that I should try a toothpaste with xylitol I was a bit sceptical. All I knew about xylitol at that moment was that it’s a sugar alcohol that it’s used as a substitute for sugar.
Somehow, whenever the word sugar is mentioned I can’t help but think of Queen Elizabeth I, that is notorious for having rotten teeth because she used to brush them with sugar paste, which at that time was considered a luxurious good, only available to the nobles. But after a bit of research I know regret my previous concerns as xylitol has little to do with the refined sugar. In a matter of fact, it’s even promoted as the perfect partner in the fight against tooth decay.
Is Xylitol Safe in Toothpaste?
As I’ve said before, xylitol is sugar alcohol but I didn’t know that it is naturally produced in small amounts in the human body and therefore it’s safe to use in dental products (and as a food ingredient also). Xylitol is also obtained from fruits and veggies, including oats, corn, and birch.
The bacteria in our mouth find white sugar to be a yummy snack and ingest it producing acid that removes the shiny, protective, outer layer of the teeth. These bacteria are known as Streptococcus mutans and they can build up on the surface of the teeth at any age. But unlike the case with regular sugar, the bacteria responsible for cavities cannot metabolize xylitol and therefore cannot multiply and cause cavities. This is why using toothpaste with xylitol doesn’t come with the risk of cavities. In a matter of fact, this substance protects you from tooth decay as it has been found to be helpful in repairing the tooth enamel or the process known as remineralisation.
Poor salivation is something that usually happens among seniors and people consuming medications. Since saliva helps to wash away food debris and reduce plaque, when not produced in the optimal quantity, the person can have dry mouth, which in turn can lead to tooth decay. Xylitol enriched dental products are also recommended for people who have less than the normal amount of saliva in their mouth chronically without any specific reason. Xylitol toothpaste along with chewing gums and mouthwashes can naturally help increase salivation.
Some Important Considerations
Once I got more knowledgeable regarding the benefits of using a xylitol toothpaste, I decided to make the switch. As xylitol has been gaining in popularity as of late, many companies have been making toothpaste with xylitol. But it’s unfair that some of them claim their toothpaste to contains xylitol but don’t back up this statement by showing the percent concentration. This is usually due to the fact that these contain such a small amount of xylitol that they don’t even want their product to be compared to others based on the xylitol content. Therefore your best bet is to pick a toothpaste that clearly states the percentage of this substance. Mine is made with 31% xylitol and this is clearly stated on the package.
My Personal Experience
Since I started using toothpaste with xylitol I haven’t had cavity problems. The xylitol keeps my teeth clean and gums pink and healthy. What I’ve also noticed is that the xylitol toothpaste cleanses nicely between closely spaced teeth as is the case with mines, so I no longer have to flush my teeth as often as I had to before. My mouth feels fresh and the toothpaste leaves a pleasant feeling. Mine also contains fluoride which is a natural material that has been proven to be effective in preventing tooth decay. Depending on where you live, the water supply may be fluoridated to help reduce the risk of tooth decay. In Australia, fluoride has been added to municipal water supplies, including all capital cities, because as already mentioned it can improve oral health.
Of course, there are xylitol toothpaste varieties that are free of fluoride. These are meant for those who for some reason don’t want their toothpaste to contain fluoride. For instance, if you are allergic to fluoride or you are obtaining enough fluoride through food, beverages or tapped water, you can go for the xylitol toothpaste that’s fluoride-free.
As a woman with hair that gets oily easily , I’ve seen some struggles. You take the time to give your hair a good wash in the morning only for it to become greasy once you’re done with work and want to go out and meet friends. I can’t remember how many dates I had to turn down because of this. Not to mention how much time I’ve wasted maintaining it. There just wasn’t a day that I could go without washing it.Read More
You probably know the great importance of wearing the proper personal protective equipment while working on any outdoor, messy or active job. However, it seems like most of the emphasis is put on helmets, boots and face protection equipment, while there’s rarely any discussion about the significance of wearing the appropriate workwear pants. Contrary to what many people think, workwear pants are in no way similar to conventional pants. Their purpose is to protect your legs from workplace hazards, but that can only be accomplished by picking the right pair. Read More
Today, there’s a weird obsession of dressing little girls like adults. From celebrity children to hundreds of Instagram blogs with mums and daughters dressed in identical fashions. Maxi dresses presenting a tripping hazard, large belts that a toddler will struggle to unbuckle, sandals with thick heels that weigh their little feet down. I can’t help but feel creeped out.
While all these outfits may look cute on a photo, in reality, it’s often a different story. Kids are kids, and they want to run and jump and do kids stuff. And all of these clothes often prohibit this. Let your little girl enjoy the freedom of being a kid and wearing clothes that are comfortable, easy to move in and look fun. So, what kind of clothes should little girls wear? Here are some tips on what you should consider.
Let Her Express Her Identity
Even though we tend to think of them as an extension to ourselves, kids are also people with their own tastes and preferences. So, instead of projecting your own taste on your little one and turning her into a mini version of you, let her express her likes and dislikes in terms of clothing. She might prefer wearing certain colours as well as T-shirts with her favourite cartoon character or something else she likes. And doing so will make her happy and confident.
Even if she’s still a toddler, allowing your little girl to make decisions at this stage can feel empowering. With that being said, it’s best to bring your daughter shopping with you and let her pick out what she likes. Or if you don’t have time to go to the mall, you can find cute and comfy girls clothing online. If your kid is picky and can’t find what she likes, you can use a helpful tactic – pre-select a few items and let her pick out what she prefers.
Always Put Comfort First
When you’re shopping for clothes with your little princess, make sure to go for designs that allow movement. Dresses that are floor-length or jeans that are too tight shouldn’t even be considered regardless of how cute they look. These types of clothes are only going to restrict her movement and make her time at school or the playground less enjoyable. Instead, go for clothes in which your daughter can comfortably run, climb, bend over or twirl.
Also, avoid clothes with too many details, such as buttons, zipper and ties. These kinds of details can easily get stuck in something and come off, leaving a hole in their place. And steer clear of any items you girl can have trouble putting on or taking off. Dressing up should be fun, not frustrating!
Opt for Natural Materials Instead of Synthetics
Synthetic clothes come with high levels of chemical content which can irritate little kids’ sensitive skin and even cause allergic reactions. In addition, synthetic clothes aren’t breathable and can make kids feel stuffy and uncomfortable wearing them. Instead try to pick clothes made of natural materials, and buy organic whenever possible as they aren’t treated with any harsh chemicals. Usually, cotton is the best choice as it’s breathable, soft and lightweight. You can also opt for clothes made of wool and silk. In addition, check whether the fabric is prone to wrinkles. If it wrinkles too much, it’s best to avoid it.
Dressing In Layers is Always a Good Idea
The weather is unpredictable and you never know when it can become suddenly chilly on a warm summer day and the other way round. But dressing your little girl in layers can help overcome this problem. For instance, a combination of a T-shirt and a sweater is great for the summer in case it gets cooler or you end up staying outside after dark. In addition, when you’re going out with a little kid, bringing along some extra clothing pieces is always a good idea. For one, she can get wet or dirty and need a change. This usually happens with T-shirts, so bring along an extra in the case of an accident.
Resist the Urge of Buying too Much by Making a List
Whenever you go shopping for girls clothing, always prepare a list so that you don’t end up buying something that she really doesn’t need and isn’t likely to wear. The list can vary depending on the season, as well as any activities your little girl does. A great idea is to create a capsule wardrobe that can meet her needs in every situation. The capsule wardrobe should consist of girls clothing that are versatile and good quality. If you purchase a few quality pieces, they will stand up to regular wear and washing cycles better than the cheap, flimsy stuff. Besides saving you money, these items can also be passed down to siblings or friends.
Most people are confused and don’t really know what to do when it comes to fixing a problem with electricity in their home, and rightly so – you need to have a good understanding of what you are doing before you mess with your home’s electrical installation. I’m always amazed by the fact how, sometimes, people can be easily impressed even by the simplest tests or fixes. Try unplugging and plugging back in the WiFi adapter in your grandparent’s house when the connection is lost – and they will look at you like you just discovered fire. At the risk of sounding too self-important, that is precisely why my favourite job has become analyzing electrical parameters. My ideal tool for the job, the aemc pel 103, has made me look like Thor more times than I’d like to admit, and that’s why I love working with it.Read More
Residential lifts seem like the ultimate luxury to most people, but in reality, their practicality significantly outweighs glamor. While yes, a home lift can improve your home’s interior design considerably, the rest of the benefits that home lifts provide go beyond aesthetics. The reasons for installing a residential lift are numerous. Whether you live with someone who has mobility issues and needs easier access to different stories, or you just want extra convenience when bringing in groceries – whatever your reason may be, purchasing and installing a home lift requires a lot of considerations.Read More
If you are a backpacking camping enthusiast, then you surely know that balancing between packing light and packing all of the essentials is a skill set on its own. You should be extremely careful when it comes to the load you’ll be carrying on your back because – add a thing or two more than you need in your backpack and you will suffer the consequences the next day. In other words, you will need to find that middle ground between packing light and having all of the necessary equipment. Besides figuring out which are the essentials, campers also need to know how to pick out the best pieces of equipment for their needs.Read More
When we moved into our new home I really wasn’t into curtains and blinds. I was trying to keep it as simple as possible so blinds were the last thing on my list. But there will always be someone who will not like your idea and in my case, that was my closest friend. Any time she came to my house, she tried to persuade me to install blinds. And eventually, she did. I promised myself that I will buy blinds only if I find something that will really add value to my home and make it better than it is. Going through the range of available options on the market, I came across something that caught my eye – automatic blinds.Read More
In almost all work environments today, employee safety has become a number one priority. Once workers feel safe, their morale starts to increase along with their productivity. This goes especially for industrial workspaces like construction, road works, warehouses and other mostly outdoor city jobs. One uniform piece that can help here is the reflective short sleeve shirt and the reasons why are many.
If you Can be Easily Noticed, your Safety is Ensured
When talking about the entire apparel, it is important to note that there are more parts that make it complete. Granted, the reflective short sleeve shirt may be the most important one for many, but high visibility safety apparel (HVSA) can also include coveralls, vests, jackets, pants, gloves and in some instances even headwear. These make you readily visible to operators of machinery you find yourself working in close proximity to, thus increasing your safety each and every day you are at work.
The clothing pieces that fall into this category of work uniforms are usually found in strong fluorescent colours like orange-red, red, or yellow-green. The choice of colour depends on the rest of the work environment, and it is recommended that you go for contrasts when deciding for the most suitable one. For instance, the yellow-green option may not be the best choice for rural areas as it can easily blend in and not help with the visibility factor at all.
Retroreflective and Fluorescent HVSA Materials Explained
As some of you may already know, fluorescent materials depend on a bright light in order to reach maximum visibility, and they function best if there is sunlight. That is why the fluorescent high visibility apparel pieces are mostly for outdoor use during the day or in bright light closed areas. Retroreflective material returns light back to the source that is shining on it and it works best in conditions that are low-light. Bright environments are not the best condition for this material because there is little contrast created and the visibility level is significantly reduced.
Important Features and Considerations Regarding High Visibility Apparel
As already stated above, you need to think about the time of day you are going to need safety clothes most. So, fluorescent for daylight, retroreflective for a lower light time of day. Besides a reflective short sleeve shirt, you may want to include a few more pieces in order to maximise your visibility. This mostly depends on the level of risks you face daily. If you do include pants, go for contrasting stripes on the arms and legs so that your movements can be visible. And finally, don’t use any garments that cover the high visibility apparel. For instance, if you do need a jacket for colder days, opt for one that falls into the same category, not a regular one.
As a girl that likes to spend a lot of time in the bathroom doing self-care routines, I consider it to be one of my favorite areas where I usually start and end my day. That is why the tiny bathroom was one of my biggest concerns when I moved into a new small studio. I already knew that giving my bathroom a makeover in order to make it more functional was one of the first projects I needed to undertake. After doing some research and consulting with a few professionals, I realized that the lack of space shouldn’t be a problem for creating a bathroom that is both practical and visually pleasing. If you are also facing the same issue, read on to find out some of my solutions that you can also try.
First things first, you might want to ditch the bathtub as it can take up a lot of space, and you may not be even using it as often. You can get a fairly large shower cabin and still end up with some space left over after removing the tub. A shower cabins with a glass door would also be perfect, as it can let more light in the cabin and give your bathroom a more modern look and appearance.
Another good space-saving technique is adding shelving on the walls. They can make for a useful storage space where you can keep towels, personal hygiene products, beauty products, or maybe place calming candlelight and soothing scents.
Mirrors could also work perfectly for a small bathroom as they reflect light thus making the area look larger and more open. There are countless of types of bathroom mirrors Australia homeowners can choose from. They come in a variety of forms and designs – from sleek LED lighted frameless mirrors to some quite flashy ones. You just need to take your time go thoroughly through the different types of bathroom mirrors Australia stores offer, be it offline or online. A frameless mirror can make the bathroom seem larger as without the frame it can reflect more light around the bathroom, bringing life and creating an illusion of a bigger space. If you get a framed mirror, on the other hand, that looks chunky or overpowering, it will minimise the amount of light that can be reflected.
You can hang a large mirror on the back of the bathroom door or install a wall-mounted mirrored cabinet. A well-chosen, stylish mirrored cabinet unit apart from being a design feature can provide you with the much-needed storage space in a small bathroom. That’s actualy what I chose to do and it now serves me perfectly when it comes to storing all of my makeup, hair products, creams and other necessities I love to have at hand when I do my morning and night-time routines.