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Friday, April 17, 2015

Brush, Brush

OMG, kamusta na si Paula Abdul?

But I am not here to reminisce about her, the 90s, Keanu Reeves and the Griffith Observatory. I am here to share with you our pediatric dentist's tips on how to properly brush our kids' teeth.

I just came from our pediatric dentist for Berry's check-up, and I got Xavi to tag along. 

Dr. Mayee looked at Xavi's teeth and while he didn't have any cleaning done yet, she demonstrated how to brush Xavi's teeth. 

Might as well share it here, so I don't forget, and we all learn a little something when it comes to oral hygiene:

1. Brush at least two times (2x) a day. Make sure to brush all surfaces. Front, back and sides.

2. Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste for kids 3 and below. A pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for kids 3 years old and below.

this is what a smear of toothpaste looks like

Dr. Mayee recommends using an adult toothpaste with at least 1000 ppm of fluoride. She does not recommend using kiddie toothpastes or unfluoridated toothpastes especially if the child is high risk for cavities.

3. For kids below 6 or 7, just do the brushing for them. Make sure to lift lip (as in with your fingers) and brush teeth and gums.

At 6 or 7, children can brush on their own, with  supervision. By 8 or 9, they can floss on their own.

4.  Allow to spit and NO rinsing with water after brushing. Yes, you read that right. NO RINSING

I would often watch people on TV who would brush and spit and not rinse, and I thought that was weird. Turns out, they were doing it right the entire time! This is one of those, you've been brushing your teeth the wrong way your entire life moments.

5. This should be coupled with flossing, and visits to the dentist every six (6) months.

Incidentally, have you read about this article on Jews News? Apparently, we can totally fight cavities

I am currently doing oil pulling, one of the tips recommended in the article, which basically entails swishing oil in my mouth for like the longest twenty minutes of my life. Let's see how effective it is, when I visit my dentist in 5 months!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MFO Discovers: Lysol Hand Wipes

Food and Lysol, you'd never think they'd go together like a horse and carriage. 

Or Beavis & Butthead. Or Mario & Luigi. Or Romy & Michelle.

But you know what, with the soon to be available Lysol Germ Protection Hand Wipes, it's about to become a match made in germ-free heaven.

Let me count the ways why I love these wipes, with my currently germ-free fingers:

1. Kills 99.9% of illness causing germs and bacteria, like the flu virus, strep throat, even dermatitis.

2. Dermatologically-tested to be mild for everyday use - it's alcohol free with a nice, soft texture. Smells good too!

3. Comes in a compact, convenient, resealable pack that is ready to use any time, anywhere. 

There are two pack sizes, the one above comes in 10s and retails for about Php35, and the one below with 50 pulls, retails for Php140.

For sure, I'll be carrying the small pack in my bag, and the bigger pack to keep in Tepper's diaper bag. Better be armed because I've got 3 sets of grimy little hands to disinfectant when we're dining out.

These should be available in your favorite grocery stores soon, and for sure, at SM Supermarkets in about a week.

While at it, check out Lysol's new Neutra Air liquid disinfectant spray and air sanitizer in 1. As per usual, it kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, while also getting rid of the smell of smoke, food, molds, mildew, bathroom and pet odors. It comes in three scents, Morning Linen, Fresh Breeze and Orange Zest.

Oh oh oh! Another great discovery of the day is Mortein NaturGard Multi-Insect Killer with Citronella Oil. My friend Didi of The Candishhh Tales swears by it. She says this is what she uses at their home, because it's a safe way to get rid of insects. 

It doesn't have kerosene, is water-based and is made from 100% natural extracts, is made of 100% natural extracts that is combined to make a powerful insect killer. It smells like Citronella, which is a known natural insect repellant and killer. Should be worth a try!

For more on Lysol and their latest products, follow @LysolPH on Instagram, and visit their Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/LysolPH.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Whole Lot of Flare

I think Meredith Melling Burke wears flares the best. She pulls it off with elegance and ease. I like that even if she looks like she has been wearing her flares the entire day, with her trench coat lightly rumpled and her shirt less than crisp, she still looks insanely stylish.

I think the secret to her total look is in the cut and fit of her flares. You see, not all flares are created equal.

Case in point. These J Brand Lovestory flares. With a lower waist and made with a thinner kind of stretch denim, the look is totally different from that of Meredith's. Not as forgiving on my hips too.

Meanwhile, these 18th Amendment Colbert flares have a higher waist and are made from thicker denim, so they suck everything in to create an illusion of a slimmer silhouette.

O diba, ni-analyze talaga. 

Well, why not? If you're going to cave in to trendy flares this summer, might as well pick the right one. With a slew of flared denims to choose from, it's good to know there's one that should fit you like a glove.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Chichi Mary Summer Finds + MFOSS15 Coupon Code

For an avid shopper and mom of a little girl, there is no greater satisfaction seeing these dresses online at Chichi Mary Boutique and gleefully adding them to my shopping cart: 

And of course, having them reach our doorstep a day or two later, ahihihi. Seeing the fabric and prints look as pretty as I imagined? Such joy.

The shoe section is a delight too. Cienta shoes from Spain is a new addition to Chichi Mary's roster of stylish children's brands.

this Cienta comes in sparkly purple, pink and red

Of course, Berry loved these glittery Mary Janes at first sight!

If you'd like special pieces for your little girl, that won't be as easily found, Chichi Mary, purveyor of pretty little things, is your best bet. I always look forward to when Mitshi uploads her new season collections each time. It's almost like uncovering little treasures.

Shop Chichi Mary at www.chichimary.com to see for yourself. And don't forget to use coupon code MFOSS15 to get your 20% discount. Chichi Mary ships worldwide!

Coupon is valid only until April 28, 2015. Use it! Buy everything you want and abuse it! ;)

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Cool Treat from NESFRUTA Dalandan

ATTN: Frozen Fans, actually, make that, Moms of Frozen Fans

Did you know that when you buy this 8 piece NESFRUTA Dalandan Litro Pack...

...you get a FREE Disney Frozen Ice Tray?

The Frozen Ice Tray makes Olaf shaped ice cubes, to go with their NESFRUTA Dalandan juice.

 Disclaimer: Olaf toy is Berry's!

Of course, we wasted no time in using the Olaf ice cubes to cool this glass of NESFRUTA Dalandan juice:

It's a fun treat to beat the summer heat, and a cute way to cool down! Look for the NESFRUTA Dalandan Litro Pack in your favorite grocery store ;)
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