Great Travel Apps to help you on Your Way

Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 4.36.07 PMApps for your smartphone have come a long way in the last few years and we have come to rely on them for many of the things that go to make up our lives.  Being able to monitor your health, browse the internet, buy goods and services and pay for them on your mobile device has never been easier.  Many apps are utilized by big businesses and corporations. 

Being able to source information and entertainment at the touch of a finger has never been easier and most apps are either free or cost a small fee, so there is no great outlay. Continue reading

Tips For A Long Distance Road Trip

Tips For A Long Distance Road TripLately, we’ve been going on a lot of road trips.

It’s been a lot of fun exploring the United States, but it can be tiring at times. Sometimes we drive right through, and the longest we’ve gone without stopping oavernight is 15 hours.

That’s a lot of driving, and there are things that we do to make our road trips a little bit easier.

Below are my tips for a long distance road trip.

Be prepared to go the night before.

The night before we leave for a road trip is usually the night where we completely pack the car. This way, we can just wake up in the morning and head out. It can save anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour of time in the morning, and you won’t have to run around frantically and wonder what you might have forgotten.

Get enough sleep the night before.

If you only pay attention to one of my tips in this post, please make it this one. No matter what you do, always make sure to get enough sleep the night before. This way you can be completely refreshed for your trip and not fall asleep. Road hypnosis is a real thing, so make sure you get enough sleep and that you are awake enough to drive.

I understand this can be hard. It is often hard to get any sleep the night before a vacation. At least, I know that’s how it is for me.

Bring snacks and drinks.

I always make sure to bring a lot of snacks and drinks on a road trip. It can help keep me awake to actually be doing something in the car, especially if I am by myself, and it can be a nice little refresher. It also makes it easy because you won’t have to be searching around for a place to eat.

Take breaks when needed.

Another important tip is to always make sure to take any needed breaks. Stretch your legs everyone now and then, pull over at a rest stop, and do whatever else you need to do. Breaks are helpful!

Make sure your car is ready to go.

Before you leave for your trip, you should make sure that your car is in good driving condition. This may include changing the oil, replacing the tires, rotating the tires, refilling any windshield washer fluid, and more. Having your car prepared for your road trip will make it that much easier.

Don’t fret.

Things may go wrong on your road trip, especially when on a long road trip. Try not to get worked up about them though as that may ruin your trip.

If something does happen, it’s probably an easy fix. Around 1.5 years ago, I broke my cell phone screen on a long road trip. If fact, I broke it on the very first day. I freaked out the rest of the trip when I probably should have just brought an iPhone screen replacement kit with me. Instead of dealing with a broken phone for a few weeks, I could have just cheaply done it myself in probably like 15 minutes.

Do you enjoy going on road trips? Why or why not?


Preparing Your Kid for Their First Dentist Trip

The first time a child goes to the dentist, it can be scary for them. They will have a lot of questions, and it is important to address each one. The more secure your child feels prior to the appointment, the better the appointment is going to go. Explain to your child that the first time is just to take pictures of their teeth and clean them really well. That typically helps your child be less nervous – especially knowing no pain is involved.

Discuss No Needles

Most children are afraid of going to the doctor or dentist because they know there are needles there. Make sure your child knows that there won’t be any needles used. The dentist just wants to look at their teeth and gums to make sure they’re healthy.

Tip: Consider looking for a video of a pediatric dental visit where just a cleaning and x-rays are completed. Letting your child see how the appointment is likely to go can be reassuring and make them less scared.

Talk about the Tools and Lights

The bright lights, tools, and general setting of a dentist’s office is enough to scare adults. Children feel more uncomfortable with the setting. Discuss that the bright lights are just so the dentist can see clearly to make sure there are no problems. Explain that the tools will not cut their skin, gums, or mouth and that the tools are just there to look for plaque, cavities, and leftover pieces of food.

Stress the Importance of Strong Teeth

Your kids might give you a hard time about brushing, using fluoride, and flossing. Explain that the better they take care of their teeth, the lesser the chances are of cavities developing. Explain that cavities mean the dentist has to use loud tools that might look scary to fix it, but it will not hurt them. Strong teeth are important and make more dentist appointments just like the very first one.

Talk about Brushing

The dentist will know if your child has been brushing or not. Make sure your child knows that the dentist knows, compare the dentist to Santa Claus – knowing if you’ve been naughty or nice. The correlation will help children realize that brushing and taking good care of their teeth now means the dentist is going to keep them on the nice list and tell them they’re doing a good job.

Discuss Atmosphere Distractions

Talk to your child about his or her happy place. A visual distraction, or bringing along a favorite toy, can help keep your child calm and focused at the appointment. Tell your child they can pick one toy to bring along so they feel safe the whole time.

Final Word

Children are often scared of the dentist, just as adults are. What children do not understand is that the dentist is not a scary person, he/she is not out to hurt anyone. The dentist is likely to talk about brushing and dental hygiene with your child. Enforce the suggestions at home to get your child on a healthy dental hygiene routine.