Archives for October 2016

A Child’s Hobby Can Enhance Their Future

tips for turning hobbies into careers

Did you know that hobbies can be beneficial to a child’s future? First, it can be a great way for them to socialize and meet new people. They’ll be able to join clubs at school and outside of education.  For instance, if your child learns chess they’ll be able to join the school chess club.  This brings us to the next level of advancing their education.  Hobbies could be seen as a plus in the future.  Especially when colleges are considering accepting your child or even when they are thinking about applying for their first job. You always need to have their future in mind.  Speaking of the future, a hobby might also be profitable for your kid one day. So, let’s think about what hobbies might have these types of benefits attached to them.

Learn A Musical Instrument

Encouraging your child to learn a musical instrument could help them stretch their creative muscle.  If they are talented, they might be able to turn a hobby into a career.  We’ve all dreamed of our children being the next Beyonce or Taylor Swift. However, if you want something slightly more prestigious, joining the New York Philharmonic Orchestra is an option.  Children should be introduced to the idea of learning to play an instrument or sing.  Generally, most kids won’t pick up a musical instruments by themselves. However, most will love it once they get a chance to play or perform.

Collecting

In the nineties, a lot of parents scoffed when other parents spent a fortune buying their kids Pokemon Cards.  Others encouraged their children to purchase these cards with their pocket money. Who’s laughing now?  Pokemon Go has brought the craze back.  Rare cards those kids collected over the years could possibly be worth a fortune.  Collectibles don’t have to be attached to a craze.  Collectibles considered rare and valuable is an option too. For instance, you could encourage them to collect and trade rare paper notes.  Believe it or not, this could turn into quite a sizeable investment one day. Particularly, if you manage to help your child pick up a rare note like a Zimbabwe 100 trillion dollar banknote.

Youtube

YouTube  is another hobby you may want to encourage.  People are turning hobbies into money by using YouTube to sell products or creating tutorials.  You need an interesting hook and a personality, however, there are plenty of young teens doing this.  Parents should monitor their child’s online activity carefully. Furthermore, researching on-line safety and other essentials for utilizing YouTube can save you and your child from on-line predators.  Helping your child set up a Youtube account could lead to a future career.

I hope you think about encouraging your children to try some of these hobbies for themselves.

How To Choose The Right Pediatric Dentist

 

tips for choosing a pediatric dentist

 

Pediatric dentists are specialists and have been trained to treat the unique needs of children. They usually go through two or three years of specialty training after finishing dental school. When you are a pediatric dentist, they limit their practice to dealing with the oral health needs of infants, children, including those with special health needs.

It is very important that your kid gets regular dental care with a pediatric dentist they are comfortable with. So you would want to choose a competent and patient professional who is great with children. However, finding the best pediatric dentist is not a walk in the meadow. It’s most likely because you are not sure of the important factors to consider while choosing one. This often leads to confusion, thereby postponing your kid’s dental check-ups. Therefore, in order to help you find the best pediatric dentist for your kid, here are some things that you should consider:

Ask for Recommendations

It’s a great idea to ask for a recommendation from someone you trust,.  Either a friend, family member, co-worker, your dentist, even your kid’s pediatrician are excellent resources. Additionally, you can also take opinions from local pharmacists and family doctors into consideration.

If you are moving to a new place, ask for a reference from your child’s current dentist. Additionally, you can perform your own search if you want by zip code or using the “Find a pediatric dentist” tool at www.aapd.org. You can even look at local websites or magazines for recommendations.

Consider Education and Experience

Once you have narrowed down a list of a few pediatric dentists, it is time to find out about their educational background and experience. Most importantly, they should be a licensed member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to ensure that his/her practice is at par with the latest and most effective clinical procedures.

Start out with a Basic Appointment

Unless it’s an emergency, you should start out with a basic appointment which requires less work to be done. As a result, you can find out how the pediatric dentist interacts with your child. If he or she offers any additional dental care advice or not, it means that he is investing in you and your kid.

Evaluate the Office Environment

You should consider these points while you are at the clinic:

· Is the clinic’s environment kid-friendly? Does it offer toys, games, or children’s books?

· How does the clinic handles emergencies?

· Is the staff friendly and accessible?

· Is the clinic located near your home or your child’s school?

· Does the practice consider your dental benefit plan?

Is Your Child Comfortable With the Dentist?

Most of all, it is important that your child feels comfortable with the dentist. Observe the dentist ‘s chairside manner. A good pediatric dentist should clearly be interested in treating children. They should pay attention to your concerns. Additionally, they should be patient and should be able to calm down scared or anxious children.

 Author Bio:

Roman Beres is an expert writer and blogger with a strong passion for writing. He shares views and opinions on a range of topics such as Business, Health/Fitness, Lifestyle, Parenting and lot more. He works for Dental Clinic and helps you find the best Dentist Floral Park, NY.

Ultimate Kitchens Water Infuser Pitcher Review

water pitcher infuser review

 

I received the Ultimate Kitchens Water Infuser Picture at a discount in exchange for an honest review.  This post may contain affiliate links.  Any purchases made may generate compensation.  Mother 2 Mother Blog use the funds to sustain the expense of blogging.

Let me start by saying I love this review.   I purchased an infuser for my daughter this summer.  Receiving an infuser for myself was exciting.  The Ultimate Kitchens Water Infuser is a lot nicer than the one that I previously purchased.  This infuser holds 3.2 quarts of water or whatever beverage you decide to use.  Tea, Lemonade or other drinks are just as acceptable as water.  As a result, the possibilities are endless.

After I removed the infuser from the box, I hand washed it before using it.  It is dishwasher safe on the top shelf; however, I think I will continue to hand wash mine. I love the red top and handle on the pitcher too.  It’s great to serve guests at holiday gatherings, dinner or birthday parties or just relaxing at home.  I love that the pitcher is clear.  The pitcher is easy to assemble or disassemble.  When disassembled the infuser becomes three pieces.  The pitcher, cylinder and the top.  Place your ingredients into the cylinder and than screw it into the top.

 

water picter infuser review

The ingredients that you decide to use, will be stars in this pitcher.  Oh what to use.  Download the recipe book, and browse the delicious recipes that are included.  There’s a nice variety that use berries, lemons, mangos, oranges, apples, basil, rosemary you name it.

I fell in love with cucumber water in Las Vegas years ago.  The water was welcoming when I entered the lobby of the hotel.  It was 100+ degrees that day.  So, the water was refreshing.  However, cucumber water was a new experience for me.  Who knew that a cucumber could change water from blah to delicious.  I decided to use cucumbers and basil in the cylinder this time.  It was infused in the refrigerator for two hours, and it was delicious.

I highly recommend this ULTIMATE KITCHENS Water Infuser Pitcher.  Finally, you may also like the Eksel Grill and Oven Mat Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #92

image-sundays-best-scary-nights

 

Welcome to Week 92 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re continuing our Boo, Scary Nights theme.  Halloween is around the corner.  Everyone will be in search of the perfect costume for a night of spooky characters and delicious treats.  We’re looking for crafts, recipes, DIY, mantel makeovers, porch decorating tips and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linky too. They’re great for inspiration.

Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the festivities too. 

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!

The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Reader’s Choice and Host selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

mother 2 mother sunday's best co-hosts

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone
 

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave.

Snag a Button!

Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. Please let your readers and followers know by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

Sundays Best Linkup Sundays Best Featured Blogger

Your readers may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. We appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now, let’s party!

Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Perfect Hair Ideas That Your Girl Will Love from Crystal and Comp

 

hair styles for little girls

Rhonda selected Cute As a Button Cupcakes  from Avas Alphabet

 

 cupcake decorating ideas

Kim M. selected Fall Mantel from Virginia Sweet Pea

 

fall decorating ideas

 

The Post with the Most Clicks

Pokémon Birthday Party Invitation from The Scrap Shoppe Blog

 dog treats

Our Favorite Theme Post(s) –  Boo, Scary Nights:

Zombie Graveyard Pudding Cups from Comic Con Family

Halloween Food Ideas

and

DIY Candy Bar Costumes from Comic Con Family    

Halloween Costume Ideas

 and

Monster Planters for Halloween  from Jennifer Perkins 

Halloween decorating ideas

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


Ideas To Keep Your Home Secure

 

home security tips

 

Having spent a vast amount of money owning or living in a property, there is no surprise that more people are looking at their security measures. With things like burglary on the rise, you need to be able to protect your assets. However, not everyone has a fortune sitting in the bank for a state of the art security system.  Which is why I thought I would share some of the budget friendly ways that you can keep your home safe and secure.

Fencing

One of the biggest ways to deter anyone is catching them at the first hurdle. A great way to do this is by adding a fence. Thankfully, with things like chain link fencing you don’t have to worry about it costing you a small fortune. Fencing is one of the best ways to deter anyone from entering your property. Don’t make it easy on them.

Plants and Shrubs

If updating your fencing isn’t an option then you can still create a boundary to your home. You can do this by planting new bushes and shrubbery in your garden. These can be difficult to climb over or get around when planted strategically. You could consider high vertical hedges and bushes for the boundary, and then some smaller ones for your pathway and driveway.

Adding Your Own Security Cameras

A state of the art camera and alarm system could be quite pricey, but that doesn’t mean cameras are out of reach. You can purchase webcams that can link to an app downloaded on your phone on Ebay. Often a cheaper alternative, but still giving you a good level of security. Of course, you won’t have the benefits of an exterior security camera deterring anyone from entering. But it does allow you to keep 24 hour access to the interior of your home.

A Neighborhood Watch

A great way to improve the security of your whole community is to create a neighborhood watch.  A cost effective way of keeping your home secure is to have neighbor’s keep an eye on each other’s property. You could even put up signs warning that you have a neighborhood watch in place.  Again this can be enough to deter any opportunists from attempting to break into your home.

Using Common Sense

Sometimes we just need to use our own common sense to improve the security in our homes. Many doors and windows are installed with added security features. Windows often have a key lock and doors sometimes have double locks or extra security along the top and bottom.  When you leave your home, make sure the windows and doors are locked. Especially for long periods like vacations.

Lighting

Finally, You could add some exterior lighting to your home. Or keeping certain lamps on a timer switch. This is an easy way of making your home look occupied when it might not be. Many attempts of break in happen when the property is empty.  So giving them the impression that someone is home could help you avoid any nasty issues in the future.

I hope this has provided you with some ideas to secure your home without breaking the bank.