December 5, 2017

3 Reasons to Schedule a Winter Dentist Appointment

How long has it been since your last dentist appointment? If it has been more than 6 months, it’s probably time to get your next one scheduled if it isn’t already. Winter, especially after the holidays, is a great time to schedule your next dentist appointment.
A periodontist in Burke has put together a few reasons why you should schedule a winter dentist appointment.
Not as Busy
People aren’t typically in a rush to leave their homes in the middle of winter. Many service-oriented offices, like your dentist, are generally less busy in the winter months, so a winter dentist appointment is perfect for less waiting time and smaller crowds. For a parent with small children, this is the ideal time to get your family dentist trips out of the way.
Flu Season
Flu season can take a toll on your dental health. When consuming cough syrup and throat drops, we are usually focused on trying to feel better, not on the high amount of sugar these flu remedies carry. It is a good idea to get into the dentist for a cleaning during this time to remove any tartar buildup that might have occurred during your last cold session.
Fight Seasonal Depression
Winter is known to be depressing and tends to bring many of us down. Doing something proactive for your health is a great way to counteract the winter blues. Get your dentist appointment out of the way and you’ll feel good about the state of your oral health, and you won’t have to stress about whether or not you should get into the dentists. It’s a win-win!
After the holidays is a great time to schedule your next dental visit, however, if you are experiencing any consistent tooth pain, bleeding, or other abnormal symptoms in your mouth, make a dentist appointment as soon as possible to get a diagnosis and begin treatment.

October 18, 2017

10 DIY Projects to Keep Your Kids Happy Indoors

As the weather starts cooling down this fall, and soon turning into winter, your kids will be spending less time outside. And that means more time inside! But, before you run away at that thought, take a deep breath, and check out some of these awesome indoor DIY projects. These are sure to keep your kids occupied and happy. And they can even help assemble some of the simpler projects.
1. Kiddie Pool Lounge
This project was originally intended as an outdoor lounge, but it’s so simple and cute that it’s perfect for indoors too. Whether you’re having a family movie night or the kids are just watching TV (or reading!) this kiddie pool lounge will make the perfect spot to sprawl out of a couple kiddos. All you need is an inflatable kiddie pool, pillows, and blankets. On their days off from school, the kids could even have little picnic lunches in their new pool lounge. How fun would that be!
2. Reading Nook
Get your children excited about reading with this adorable little reading bench. It’s perfect for the corner of their bedroom or playroom. All you need is a wood pallet or two, a foam pad, and some pillows. You can add built-in shelves or a fabric pocket for their books too.
3. PVC Grocery Store
What child doesn’t love to pretend they’re a grown-up? Build this PVC grocery store for hours of independent playtime. Your kids and their friends can trade off being the cashier and customer, and then they can take their groceries “home” and cook some delicious pretend meals. This is the perfect addition to your little one’s playroom.
Find the full tutorial at So You Think You’re Crafty.

4. Kitchen Table Tent
Create a playhouse right in your dining room that your kids will love. This cute tent is made from a tablecloth or sheet and simply placed right over the top of your kitchen table. It’s easy to set up and take down anytime your kids want to play (or anytime you need a break from their playing – just put this up).
Find the full tutorial at Little Family Adventure.
5. Life-Size Lincoln Logs
Who loved playing with Lincoln logs when they were little? Well, this awesome project is life-size Lincoln logs, so your children can build their own playhouse. All you need is some pool noodles and to cut them so they can easily fit together when your child starts building away.
6. PVC Ball Pit
Do your kids beg you to go to fast food restaurants just so they can play in the ball pits? Create your own with this tutorial from The Northwest Mama. It’s more sanitary, and you don’t have to go anywhere. This is a great project for keeping little ones occupied while you cook dinner, or if you just need a break.
7. Felt Garden Box
While the gardening season has ended for most of us, it doesn’t have to for your kids. You can make this cute little felt garden box and let your child continue to plant and harvest fruits, veggies, and flowers all year long.
Find the full tutorial at A Beautiful Mess.
8. Laundry Basket Skee Ball
Have you ever taken your child to the arcade? Now you won’t have to with this living room safe skee ball. All you need is a couple laundry baskets, plastic balls, and a cardboard box. Let your children play and see who can get the most points with different ranking baskets.
Find the full tutorial at Frugal Fun For Boys And Girls.
9. Tire Reading Nook
Because reading is so important for young minds and because this is too cute not to share, take a look at this reading nook made from tires. Create cushioning in the hole of the tire, pile with brightly colored pillows and let the reading begin!
Find the full tutorial at Grillo Designs.
10. Craft Desk
Are your kids crafty? Create this craft desk with a repurposed crib, art supplies, and a chalkboard. Let your kids spend their free time exploring their creativity with various arts and crafts projects at their new art table.
Find the full tutorial at A Little Learning For Two.

September 12, 2017

7 Pumpkin Recipes That Your Kids Can Enjoy With You


Fall is upon us, and you know what that means…pumpkin everything! From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin cheesecake, for some reason, the entire world is obsessed. And to indulge that obsession, our friends at Lolo’s Little Darlin’s Daycare, a Rexburg preschool, have put together a list of fun pumpkin recipes you and your kids can enjoy.   
1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
What child doesn’t love cookies? And what parent for that matter? Take this spin on a classic and enjoy some of these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for an after school snack.

2. Mini Pumpkin Pies
These mini pumpkin pies pops will satisfy your pumpkin pie craving and give your kids a fun treat. And you don’t have to feel bad when you eat the whole pie!


3. Pumpkin Pie French Toast
Your kids will love waking up on a Saturday to the smell of pumpkin pie french toast. This breakfast is one that the whole family will enjoy and beg for throughout the rest of the year. And the best part is, you can freeze the leftovers for easy breakfasts before work or school.


4. Pumpkin Popsicles
These dairy-free treats are sure to please all, especially the ice cream lovers in the family. All it takes is some banana, pumpkin, and honey, and you have yourself a delicious pumpkin treat.
5. Pumpkin Cheerios Marshmallow Treats
If you and your kids like Rice Crispy treats, these are sure to please. See if you can find a box of Pumpkin Spice Cheerios this fall season and whip up a batch of these marshmallow treats for your family.


6. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Looking for a healthy pumpkin treat to enjoy? Try this pumpkin pie smoothie. Dress it up with fun straws and fancy glasses (or plastic for the kiddos).


7. Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
Who doesn’t need a mug of cocoa every morning as the weather gets cooler? Or take this yummy pumpkin hot chocolate and sit around the fire with your family or curl up and watch your favorite holiday movie.


August 18, 2017

7 Family Friendly Fall Activities

What do you do when it’s not quite pumpkin carving season, but you don’t want to be stuck trying to entertain the kids at home all weekend?
With school starting and the weather cooling down, you’ll want some fun fall activities that you can do with your family. Take a look at some of these fun ideas that children of all ages, and even the parents, can enjoy.
1. Corn Mazes
Some corn mazes start as early as the beginning of September. Find a maze near you and take the whole family. Split up into teams to play hide and seek, or have a competition to see who can make it out of the maze the quickest.
2. Go Apple Picking
Fall is the season for apples! Take your family to a nearby orchard and pick apples to make pies, applesauce, apple juice, or just to eat.
3. Go on a Hike
Take your family hiking. With different apps like TrailLink, you can find fun hikes close to you for varying difficulty levels, from beginners to expert. Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy what nature has to offer.
4. Fall Crafts
Feeling crafty? Make some fun fall crafts with your kids, like a pinecone bird feeder or a scarecrow to decorate your front porch with.
5. Baking
Teach your kids how to bake some yummy fall treats. Make an apple or pumpkin pie, pumpkin cranberry bread, chocolate chip pumpkin cookies, leaf-shaped sugar cookies. The possibilities are endless.
6. Make Costumes
Get a head start on your Halloween costumes. They are so much more fun when you’ve made your own. Have your kids brainstorm ideas for what they want to be (2-3 ideas in case they can’t find what they’re looking for) and then take them kids shopping to look for different pieces to build their costumes. Or just make costumes for fun to play in!
7. Build a Fire
Go out to the country, or your own backyard if you have the space, and have a bonfire with your family. Roast hot dogs and marshmallows and just enjoy each other’s company.

Just because it’s not a holiday season yet and summer will be over doesn’t mean you can’t have fun!

August 11, 2017

Quick and Inexpensive Tips for Beautifying Your Yard


The front yard is usually the first thing a person sees when visiting your home. It is the only thing that passersby see. So why not make it a beautiful sight for them, and you every time you walk outside. You don’t have to be retired and spending every waking hour with your lawn and garden to make it a sight worth beholding.
Try some of these quick and inexpensive tips from a business for lawn maintenance in Idaho Falls to beautify your yard on your own.
Plants
Add flowers, bushes, trees, and shrubbery to your yard. Add color and variety to your yard with the use of different plants. You can even choose plants that self-seed and come back annually, creating less work for yourself next year.
Mulch
Use mulch in your flower garden. Not only does it keep the weeds at bay, but it helps provide nutrition to your flowers, resulting in more vibrant colors.
Create Edges
Break up your yard with edges. Use bricks or rocks to outline your lawn or flower gardens. Create new spaces in your yard with the use of edges.
Create a Path
Is there a lot of foot traffic that goes through your yard? Use stones, gravel, dirt, or other materials to create a path that welcomes that traffic. Line it with plants or rocks for added decoration.
Add Décor
Add décor for focal points in your yard. Use an antique looking bird bath, a cute wooden bench, large rocks, a fire pit, or anything that you like that can add a little character, or even functionality if you have people over often.
Organization
Does your hose just trail along the side of the house? Do you have garden tools strewn about like they’re nobody’s business? Try adding some organization with a hose box, a small shed, or this DIY Pallet Garden Tool Organizer.
Use Pots
Put bushes and flowers in pots to add some depth and variety.
Seating
Take the time to enjoy your beautiful yard with some cute chairs or that bench mentioned earlier. Again, if you have people over often and want to enjoy the outdoors, add seating that compliments your yard.
Brighten it up
Brighten up shady spots in your yard with some light-colored ground plants.

Don’t wait to have the yard that you want. You can get started on all of these tips today.

July 28, 2017

5 Virtual Races That Give Back


Running in a race can be an intimidating endeavor for some. The adrenaline, the crowds and the pressure can often be overwhelming. But what if you could run a race on your own time, get a medal, and all the while support a charity? Sounds pretty cool right? The team at Teton Foot & Ankle Center, a podiatrist in Idaho Falls, encourage everyone to stay healthy and active this summer, and suggest a few charities you can run for through virtual races.
Human Trafficking Awareness
Human slavery is often thought to be a thing of the past, however even in today’s society there are people entrapped by human traffickers. From working on farms and plants, to selling their bodies to strangers, victims of human trafficking need our help. Your virtual race can help support Polaris, a global leader for fighting modern slavery.
Skin Cancer Awareness
Sun safety is highly overlooked and underestimated. Skin cancer is very real and effects thousands of people worldwide. This virtual race helps spread awareness of the seriousness of skin cancer, and helps people learn more on how to properly protect yourself from damaging UV rays.
Suicide Prevention Awareness
Suicide is a very hard thing to predict or prevent. Funds from your virtual race can help the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention research, educate, and advocate for suicide prevention. Increased understanding of suicide can help researchers prevent these tragedies, and your virtual race is one step you can take to being a part of the cause.
Veterans Awareness
Our US veterans have sacrificed more than their fair share for this beautiful country, and the funds from your virtual races benefit the Fisher House Foundation. Giving back to those who fought for, and continually protect our freedoms is an honor, and we hope you feel pride when running your virtual race.
Wildlife Awareness
Raising awareness for the world’s endangered species, the wildlife awareness virtual race donates all earned funds to The Oceanic Preservation Society and the Wildlife Conservation Network. It is said that “in the next 100 years we could lose 50% of all species on earth.” This is a great cause to support, and a great virtual race!
All races can be found at www.racesforawareness.com. Always make sure you are fit to run. If you are in need of a sports medicine doctor, foot and ankle specialist or other specialty doctor, consult before strenuous activity.

July 14, 2017

Tips for Better Skin

Your skin plays a huge roll in your overall appearance and well-being. It can make you look younger or older than you really. Unfortunately, too many people overlook a good skin care routine and don’t give their skin a second thought until problems arises. This is a real shame since a lot of skin problems can be avoided with proper care. Thankfully, the following tips will help you keep your skin will look young and healthy for years to come. Don’t delay, but your best face forward starting today!

Get out the SPF
SPF is a vital part of making sure your skin is looking its best and healthy. Even if you’re not planning on being out in the sun for too long, or if it’s a cloudy day, a bit of SPF will help ensure you’re protected from those harsh UV rays that can cause premature aging and skin cancer. Most experts recommend wearing an SPF of at least 30. Make sure to apply it all over your face, neck, and ears.

Don’t Forget your Neck
Your neck should be a major part of your skin care regiment since your neck’s appearance drastically age you. This may have to do with the fact that the skin on the next is rather thin so it amplifies even the smallest wrinkle or imperfection. Find a good neck cream by reading neck tightening cream reviews and then apply it has directed on the package. This will help prevent those annoying skin imperfections on your neck.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Applying moisturizer regularly will go a long way to helping your skin stay healthy, while preventing premature aging. Apply the moisturizer twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed, for best results. You should avoid moisturizers that contain heavy fragrances and dyes since these can actually irritate your skin and cause more harm than good.

Maintain a Healthy Diet
What you put into your body plays a big role in the overall look of your skin. That is why it is important to put down the junk food and pick up fresh vegetables and fruits. For example, ingredients that contain omega-3 fatty acid, such as flax seeds, will improve your skin’s ability to keep a hold of moisture. A little bit of research will show you which foods are best for flawless skin.

June 23, 2017

Apps to Help You Learn

There was once a time where, if you wanted to learn something, you either head to find a school that was providing a course at the right time or you have to find somebody who was an expert on the matter and pay them for private lessons or tutoring.
With the invent of the smartphone, however, the world of learning changed. Apps are now available to teach you almost anything that you can want to learn. Below are our pick of the best apps to help you learn.
Memrise (Language Learning)
For people who want to learn a language, there are a number of apps that can help. However, if you are wanting to learn a specific local dialect of a language, then this is the app that you need to use. Memrise using a unique platform where the company doesn’t create any of the lessons. Instead, first-language speaking locals use the tools to create flashcards with relevant terms, phrases, and words. These make up the language learning packages that you can use.
The obvious benefit to using an app like this is that you can narrow down your language selection. For example, if you want to travel to Mexico then you will struggle to find learning apps that are focused on the accent and dialect. However, Memrise offers a number of language learning packs dedicated to Mexican Spanish. The same applies for other languages and dialects around the globe.
Songterr Guitar Tabs (Music Learning)
Of all the instruments to learn, Guitar is one of the most popular. And if you have just taken advantage of the discounts at the Groupon Coupons page for Guitar Center and are now looking at a shiny new guitar, we have just the app to show you how to play it! Songterr Guitar Tabs has a spot on this list because of the comprehensive selection of tracks that you can play. More specifically, the app allows you to choose what part of the song you want to play; be it the lead guitar or the bass guitar.
Further, it also allows you to download these tracks for offline use and then play them at half speed. This is a great way for beginners to learn popular songs without the stress of jumping straight in and playing it at full speed.
How to Draw (Art & Creativity Learning)
There are some people who are just natural born artists. These are the people who can take a piece of paper and a pencil and turn it into a masterpiece. Well, at least an accurate and recognizable image. Then, of course, there are the rest of us who wouldn’t know how to draw hands and fingers if our life depended on it!
For those of us, the app is called How to Draw.  One of the greatest benefits to this app is that it starts with the very basics, stick figures. Then, at your leisure, you can move between classes and programs that teach you how to draw more complex objects, including 3D objects and shadows.

The internet and touchscreen devices have changed the way people learn. If there is a subject or hobby that you have been interested in pursuing, believe us, there is an app that can help!