July 9, 2018

5 Ways to Get your Food Storage Way More Organized

Food, food, and more food; here’s where you can put it and still have your pantry look neat and tidy.
A kitchen is an important part of most people’s homes and is usually the center of all the action because of one thing, food.
Food is essential, but sometimes it can seem like it’s creeping out of every cupboard and countertop, and it gets harder and harder to control it and keep it clean and organized.
From all the baking supplies to all the kids’ favorite cereals, it can be hard to know where to put it all and still have it be accessible to everyone who needs it.
But there are ways to make sure that everything fits in your cupboards or pantry, and is well-organized at the same time.
Here are five ways to get your food storage way more organized in ways that will make you and your family happy, because it means that they will know exactly where their favorite treats always are and you will know that there isn’t a giant mess. 

1. Clear containers
This might seem like a strange solution for food storage woes, but clear containers will not only look nicer in your cupboards or pantry, but it will ensure that you can see the contents of each container lot easier than most of the containers that the foods come in.
Your food storage needs likely won’t require dome technology to contain them, so you should be able to find a variety of sizes of the containers to house everything properly.
Just make sure they are air-tight so nothing gets in and out, and you will be happy to find how great they look and the accessibility to your food that they provide you. 

2. Roll or pull out shelves 
What if you or your family didn’t have to reach into super high or super low cupboards and rummage around for what you needed anymore?
Roll out or pull-out shelves take away the annoying task of having to rifle through everything to find what you need, that way the contents inside those cupboards are more likely to stay organized and well-kept instead of disheveled and all over the place. 

3. Use things you already have
Can’t afford a full pantry makeover? That’s ok! There are actually some things you probably already have in your pantry or cupboards that you can actually use to get organized.
One easy but very functional idea is to take your extra baking tray and put smaller things on top of it, and you can use that to slide in and out of your shelves just like a roll out.
Another idea to organize your pots and pans is to use a letter-organizer to divide and place your different cooking utensils or pans.
Another way to do this is by a couple small tension rods and place them in your cupboards to divide the pans up and create more space for the things you need to store. 

4. Use hooks and magnets 
Hooks and magnets are great tools to help you use previously unused space to hang things up and out of the way.
You can create a place to hang oven mitts with some hooks and use magnets or a magnetic board for things like metal spatulas or stirring spoons.
You can even use hangers with clips to clip foods shut and then hang them on the hooks you put up. Not only are you saving space you are using things you can easily find around the house. 

5. Convert other household items for your needs 
Don’t have a good place to store your spices? Use a hanging shoe rack! You can hang it in your pantry cupboard and wah-lah! Your spices have a place that is both organized and easily accessible.
Something else you might have laying around the house that you can use is old crates, which you can put on the bottom of your pantry to hold things or even some boxes could work too.

June 26, 2018

5 Wys to Take Care of Your Infant's Teeth

Why take care of teeth that are just going to fall out? Here are five very important reasons why.
Although you can’t quite see them yet, taking care of your baby’s mouth before and after those teeth show up is pretty important.
That toothless smile may seem like the most adorable thing in the world, but it’s not going to last forever.
Since babies are born without teeth, it’s easy to forget that it’s still important to take care of your babies mouth and prepare for when those little teeth come.
Making sure to take care of your baby's teeth from the start will ensure that, when they do come in, they are healthy and strong, and it will be a good foundation for great teeth in the future.
Here are five ways to take care of your infant’s teeth and make sure their smile is always as cute with teeth as it is without.
1. Start from day one
According to the American Dental Association, it's important to start taking care of your infant’s gums even from the very first day you bring them home.
The best way is to take a warm cloth and rub their gums daily. It’s also a good way to soothe achy gums when your baby starts to teeth.
2. Create good habits
Although it’s very tempting to have your child suck a binky or drink a bottle to get to sleep, it can actually lead to tooth problems in the future.
Doing this can lead to something called baby bottle tooth decay, which may not seem like a big deal because baby teeth fall out, but actually, the health of baby teeth can affect permanent teeth in the long run.
3. Go to the dentist
As soon as your infant’s teeth begin to appear, they are susceptible to tooth decay, so a good rule of thumb is to take them to see the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears or after their first birthday.
Most babies begin to get their teeth at around four to six months, but some won't get them until around 12 to 13 months, according to the American Dental Association.
At your baby’s first infant dental exam, the dentist will not only check the baby’s teeth and gums but they will be able to teach you how to continue taking care of your baby’s teeth, what to watch out for in regards to decay, and important things about their growth and development.
4. Use fluoride
According to the American Dental Association, before children are 3 years old, it’s good to brush their teeth with a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day.
Unless your dentist says otherwise during your infant dental exam, a good amount is about the size of a grain of rice.
After the age of three, it is okay to use about a pea-sized amount and to encourage them to brush their teeth themselves, reminding them to not swallow the toothpaste.
5. Watch what goes in
A very large part of making sure your baby’s teeth are good from the get-go is to regulate what goes in their mouths and to make sure they eat and drink sugary things in moderation.
Things like juice, candy, and other highly-acidic foods and drinks can cause tooth decay early on, so it’s important to keep your child from eating or drinking them too often, and especially avoid them before bedtime.
Make sure to only give your child breastmilk, formula, or milk before bed and not juice. Also, make sure they drink these before they fall asleep and not during.