I’ve made a lot of changes in my life in the last year, and I feel like I’ve started to transform into a more positive person because of it. I made drastic changes to my diet and nutrition, I started working out regularly and lately I’ve been working on our budget and finances more. All these things have helped to decrease my stress, and I feel like, in general, I’m smiling a whole lot more because of it. That’s not all that’s been making me smile lately, though. There are so many things I have to smile about, be thankful for, and I’d love to share a few of those things with you today! I’m doing so in partnership with the American Dental Association to share the things that make me smile and the ADA’s Home Oral Care Recommendations as well!
1. My Girls: It really goes without saying, but I can’t not mention how happy my daughters make me. Their bond that they’ve developed since Mckenna was born is just the sweetest. Sure, Mckenna loves to tackle Alea and pull her hair every now and then and Alea doesn’t always want to play with Mckenna when Mckenna wants to play with her, but the sweet moments are a plenty. I always wanted a sister and I’m happy they have that special bond that I didn’t get to have.
2. Our Trip to Disney: My grandparents send every grandchild to Disney World when they are 7 or 8 years old– it’s become a tradition! This year they decided it was Alea’s turn as well and I’m so grateful for their generosity! We had such an amazing trip and it was so amazing to see Alea’s face light up at all the special Disney magic. I can’t wait to go back again someday!
3. A Clean House: Literally nothing eases my mind and makes me smile more than when everything is in its place after a long weekend of cleaning. I have this thing where I can’t go to bed without a clean kitchen because I know how amazing it feels to wake up to one!
4. A Warm Cup of Coffee: It’s really the little things in life, you know? If you know me, then you know that I’m a huge fan of coffee and that first cup of coffee in the morning just hits the spot!
5. Exercising on a Regular Basis: This is one addition to my routine that I’m so, so happy about. I can’t tell you how much better my physical and mental health is now that I use exercise as a stress reliever. I can tell the difference in my feelings and emotions when I haven’t worked out in a few days.
Something else that makes me smile? Keeping my smile healthy and bright! If you remember seeing this post on Making Dental Care More Fun for Kids, then you know that dental care is a pretty important thing in our household. Alea loves to use a timer to make sure she’s brushing her teeth for the correct amount of time, and it’s always fun to pick out a new character toothpaste from the store.
Adults can have fun with their dental care as well. I use a nice electric toothbrush that’s in one of my favorite colors. I also have fun picking out toothpaste and always making sure it has fluoride to help protect my smile. Using a fluoride toothpaste isn’t the only ADA recommendation for home oral care. You should also be sure to brush your teeth twice per day, clean between your teeth daily, and be sure to avoid sugary drinks and foods. It’s also important to make time for regular dental cleanings.
All in all, everyone is different, and everyone’s dental care recommendations can be different as well. Be sure it work closely with your dentist to make a home dental care plan that’s unique to you and your needs.
What is something that’s been making you smile lately?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Dental Association.