Toothbrush Timers

Monday, April 27, 2015

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When I had the opportunity to write up a post with Tom's of Maine, I jumped at the chance because girls love their toothpaste. It's the only toothpaste that they have used and they don't like anything else!  It's also the perfect throwback to this amazing video that my husband created a few years ago (before our kitchen remodel..yikes!) where he raps about our favorite toothpaste brand:

I love Tom's products because I trust the ingredients that they use. I love that you can find such a high quality natural brand at main stream stores like Walmart. I picked up a few extra flavors that we have never tried (the girls' favorite is Silly Strawberry).

I also grabbed Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste, Whole Care® Peppermint and Spearmint Fluoride Toothpaste, and Unisex Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant ( I have never tried the deodorant and thought I would give it a shot!)

To celebrate earth month with our earth friendly toothpaste, I made some tiny toothbrush timers (say that 10 times fast) to encourage my girls to brush for a full 2 minutes. They turned out so cute and the girls love them!

Here's what you will need:

Fill your jars up about 3/4 of the way with water

Add a full tube of glitter glue as well as about 1 tsp of fine glitter.

If you are worried about your child taking the lid off, you can add a bead of super glue to the inside of the lid before putting it on.  Shake up the jar until everything is fully mixed.

The glitter and glue will SLOWLY move around as it settles to the bottom. It's super fun for kids to watch. I timed it and it takes almost exactly 2 minutes for all of the glue and glitter to completely settle to the bottom.

So, when it's toothbrushing time, they can shake up their jars and watch as they brush their teeth. When the glitter is all at the bottom, they know it's time to stop.

Pretty fun, huh? I got this idea from the time out bottles I've seen on Pinterest and thought a tiny version would be the perfect toothbrush timer.

What are your favorite natural hygiene products to use?  Click here to get a $1.00 off coupon for Tom's of Maine toothpaste at Walmart!

DIY Velcro Chore Charts

Monday, April 13, 2015

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 Now that warmer days are upon us, the itch to do some spring cleaning is real.  I am always looking for ways to get my girls involved in cleaning. I know we've slacked off on having some regular chores so I decided to revamp our cleaning job system and came up with a super easy DIY chore chart! I hung the charts to create a little chore command center for the girls.

 These charts are really so simple to make and I love them because it's easy for even a toddler to remove the chore tags and move them over to the "done" column.

I also discovered a great new product from Palmolive® (Palmolive® Multi Surface) that makes cleaning so easy for kids because it's one product that cleans multiple surfaces. But first, here's how I made the chore charts!

I picked up these cute chalkboard clip boards at Michaels. You could use any old clip board and paint it with chalk board paint or even just keep it plain. You will also need some circle tags, self adhesive velcro and wooden letters.

 Use a permanent marker to draw your chores on the tags. I drew pictures for Pearl and Jane but wrote out the chores for Lula.

On the back of the tags, stick on one part of the velcro. 

Attach the coordinating side of velcro to the chart. You want to make some rows on both sides of the chart so that you can have a "to do" and "done" column.

I glued on an initial letter at the bottom for each girl. Draw on your "to do" and "done" with chalk.

I hung my charts with command hooks and they stay great!

They are at perfect eye level for each girl and now they are so excited about cleaning!

To make their chores even easier, I picked up some Palmolive® Multi Surface dish soap at Walmart.

Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli ((157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces. We mixed it with water and put it in a spray bottle.  The girls can spray down the counters themselves and wipe down with sponges!

Then they can race over to their charts and move over the chore tags to the "done" column.
Exciting stuff!

Do you have chore charts for your kids? I would love to hear any tips and tricks! And be sure to check out Palmolive® Multi Surface to make your life a little easier!