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
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.
When the weather gets chilly and I need to go run some errands or hang out in the open, sweaters are my favorite piece of clothing to wear. They keep me warm and cozy, there are styles and colours for most of my outfit combinations and I can easily take off my sweater whenever I feel hot. What’s more to ask from a piece of clothing? We all have different preferences regarding style and material depending on our specific needs and my personal favorite is definitely bamboo.Read More
Having in mind everything my hair has been trough in the past, now I consider it to be in a decent condition, so I believe there is going to be some value in me walking you through what I do to keep my hair healthy and thick.Read More
If you’re looking for boots that are incredibly functional and successfully combine folk art and pop culture, nothing beats country boots. They’ve been worn by presidents, actors, cowboys, as well as actors who’ve become presidents. It’s actually quite sad to think that most men will go through life without actually trying a pair, so my advice is to not be that guy and give them a shot. Especially if you live in a rural area where your boots’ functionality is key. You don’t have to be a cowboy to appreciate a good pair of mens country boots, and although being a cowboy will expand the ways in which you can use country boots, you can still get them to match your western style outfit.
So how do you wear mens country boots without looking out of place in Australia? Well, most people would agree that a single western-themed piece of clothing is enough per outfit. That being said, if you’re wearing a pair of country boots, always try to wear them with a jacket and a sleek belt instead of a bolo tie and a cowboy shirt. That way, you’ll look like you’re making a fashion statement instead of attending a costume party.
Country boots are usually worn as social wear, not business wear, which is why you should look to wear them with relaxed trousers and jackets. Collared shirts go well with country boots. A T-shirt and blue jeans with country boots will probably make you fit right in a country music show, but if you’re going elsewhere, you should wear a plain white dress shirt, or a more patterned, casual one.
The jeans you pair with country boots should be close-fitted and preferably dark. You’ll want boot-cut style jeans, obviously, and you shouldn’t tuck them into the boots unless you want to look ridiculous and be judged by everyone you see. Alternatively, you can get dress trousers, as well as casual suits. Just make sure the trousers are wide enough so the boot shaft isn’t making a bulge.
A leather belt, or a belt with decorative buckles, will fit well with country boots. You don’t necessarily have to go with a rattlesnake skin belt or a huge silver buckle that features turquoise inlays, but a belt that’s slightly more decorative than your conventional dress one. And of course, you can get a hat if you really want to push the western style and if you want little kids to scream “COWBOY” as soon as they see you.
Women see handbags as more than just a simple accessory. For some, it’s a holder for essentials, for others it’s a way to show just how fashion savvy they are, and for a few, it is a symbol of their earning power. Women need handbags, and I am sure that the majority own more than a few models that have their own unique purpose – for day-to-day errands, for wild nights out or for work. Be that as it may, let’s zero in on this need in detail.
In a land surrounded by water it is no wonder Australian men swear by recreational fishing, surfing and boating as the best hobbies and pastime activities. Another thing most men have in common is the desire to look and feel good while out with friends, running errands or doing some recreational activity. That being said, if there’s one piece of clothing that’s comfortable and practical enough to be worn to a number of occasions and fit various style preferences that has to be the hoodie. Here is how you can make it work for you. Read More
These days there is nothing you can’t buy online, including cosmetics. Whether you are looking for new nail polish, your perfect foundation match or need a face wash to clear up your skin, it’s highly unlikely that you won’t find what you need online. The reasons for shopping online are numerous – you get to compare products and their prices, there is a greater choice of goods, you can shop from the comfort of your home and have the items delivered straight at your doorstep. However, there are some things to keep in mind if you decide to purchase cosmetics online.
Know Your Skin Tone and Type
Determine the type of your skin tone – is it fair, light, medium, olive or dark? Do you have warmer undertones or cooler undertones? Do you have sensitive, combination or acne-prone skin? Answering these questions before you purchase cosmetics online will help you determine the texture, finish, and shade of the product you need.
Whether it’s from the online store or directly from the cosmetics company, if you call and request samples, many of them will be happy to send them to you. Getting a free sample before committing to a purchase is the best way to prevent spending a great deal of money on a product that you are allergic to.
Read Online Reviews
This is especially important when you are investing in pricey products. Reading different people’s opinions and experiences with the products will help you get the bigger picture as to how the product works. That way, you’ll be warned about all the negative consequences it might have and you can prevent them.
Be Careful with Larger Size Products
One big bottle may cost less than a bunch of smaller tubes, but a mega-size product is only a good deal if you intend to use all of it. If you are new to the product, start with a smaller size to make sure you like it. The same goes for kits. Unless you know and love every item in the package, stick to single-product purchases. Otherwise, you may not even use some components of the kit after you’ve paid a higher price than you would have for the products that you really use.
Buy from Well-Known Manufacturers
Knowing the manufacturer of the products that you want to buy is crucial – some manufacturers exist just to make a kill. A lot of people have lost money buying what they thought was a great product but instead, they ended up with a product that they couldn’t use. When you purchase cosmetics online, you need to verify if the manufacturer is a genuine one.
Read the Terms and Conditions of Use
When buying cosmetics online, it is recommended that you go through the terms and conditions of use to really understand what you are getting yourself into. Some sites, for instance, will not cover the cost of replacing items that are damaged in transit or are of lower quality than you expected. Others do not offer refunds if the products supplied is different from what was ordered (you can only make a trade in).
Portable technology is as popular as can be and laptops seem to be the most common necessity. I, for instance, can hardly imagine a day without spending significant time in front of my laptop. It makes my life easier and my job simpler. However, all of that time spent in front of our laptops can surely result in back pain and neck strain, cause no one can sit perfectly for hours and hours. Well, this is when ergonomics for laptops, such as the portable laptop station comes into play. Read More
Dental fillings also called “dental restorations,” are designed to replace the tooth structure that’s lost to decay. Although they may last many years, they eventually need to be replaced with new ones. The constant assault from drinking and eating or the stress that’s a result from clenching or grinding eventually may cause a dental filling to fail. Fillings that are worn away, chipped, cracked or fallen out may leave gaps between the tooth which will consequently turn to be an entry point for food particles and decay-causing bacteria. For that very reason, to avoid painful and costly procedures, it is of the essence to pay attention to some of the signs that indicate that it’s time for new fillings. Read More