Fighting stink on the cheap

Almost 5 years ago, while delving into issues of natural foods, I also dipped a bit into natural body care. …Maybe just a pinky. It’s been a much longer process for me to become as crazy about (truly) natural skin care as I am about food. Don’t ask about house cleaning products either….I go back & forth on the follow-through.

However, ‘natural’ deodorant, or at the very least, non-anti-persperant, non-aluminum was a switch I made early on & stuck with. It took some time…very few options on the market seemed to help me at all (though for the record Ryan has been using Tom’s of Maine for years very happily…guess I’m stinkier than him). One big thing I discovered is that when I’m eating well & not consuming much if any sugar, natural options work well for me. When I’m traveling (which is synonymous for “eating junk & lots of it” for me…), darn near nothing works. AND i have to shower everyday. Sheesh….crazy, right? (again, for the record, Ryan is a ‘daily shower’ fan. I aim for every other day. Doesn’t always work out) I care for mixed reasons, partially because I follow the train of thought that what goes on your skin goes into your bloodstream (good example: birth control patch?), to varying degrees, im sure. I also figure my body is probably supposed to sweat… I know there’s conflicting arguments about whether or not toxins are released through sweat, but considering there are lymph nodes in close proximity to the area…I should probably be interested in what’s being applied to the area every single day of my life….not to mention…I’ve just become ok w/wet underarms. not a FAN of flaunting sweat marks on a hot day, but not mortified by it anymore. …and I do not glisten, I sweat. Ask my husband. My mom? SHE glistens. The woman seems almost incapable of sweat…however I appear to take after my father who can work up sweat thinking hard. The other thought being environmental issues. While I certainly tend toward ‘tree hugger’, it’s very rare that environmental ‘friendliness’ would be a bottom line deciding factor for me on anything. For good or ill, it’s simply a preferred option when it’s not too cumbersome to do so. It is something that factors into my decisions, however mildly.

All that said: I do still hold firmly to some deep held american beliefs (for good or ill)…like: women shouldn’t be hairy and more importantly: no one should stink. I don’t particularly care if i stink at the gym (should I ever go to one), but out & about in general, no stinking please. …I know, i don’t want to shower AND I don’t want to stink? sheesh.

After much trial & error, I finally settled on the deodorant crystal (w/baking soda sprinkles in between shower days) & have stayed there happily for 4 years. Until last week. Stupid internet. I ran across a post by Stephanie from bubble & bee that might have ruined me. After reading that, I did a little googling (yes, I read ‘the beauty brains‘ take on it too) & it would seem that although it’s a ‘different’ type of aluminum used in the crystals than in antiperspirant (that kind plugs up the pores to prevent sweat from even coming out. Sounds kinda creepy to me…), it is still aluminum which is (loosely/possible/maybe) connected to Alzheimer’s. Much like many people see vaccinations as being one of many triggers (or a ‘last straw’ on someone susceptible to complications) tied to Autism, it seems the same for aluminum being connected to Alzheimer’s. Either way….let’s remember I’m using this daily for years & years. I found that supposedly “potassium alum” would be more ideal/natural than “ammonium alum”. Off to read my label….yeah, ammonium. Of course. Compounded on this are the environmental aspects, it’s made w/bauxite ore which is an imported non-renewable resource (in abundance, but still…) blah blah blah…

The idea of trying homemade products from things in my KITCHEN & primarily FOOD was becoming more & more appealing as the week wore on. I’m still not necessarily 100% convinced it’s a NECESSARY step, but since I recently discovered it’s super easy to make lip balm, I decided deodorant couldn’t be much different. If nothing else, it would save a ton of money on Ryan’s deodorant (& get him off chemicals in his deodorant that I don’t recognize the name of). I googled some recipes and found most if not all were basically for a putty type…thing. I figured Ryan wouldn’t go for applying deodorant with his fingertips, so I decided to mix a lip balm & deodorant putty into one. A few days ago I mixed up a very small batch (& poured it into an old Tom’s deodorant container). This did work, but much like my first attempt at lip balm, a little too melty, so I will continue working on ratios & update when I find the right mix. As for it’s ‘stink fighting power’: I’m sold. Ryan & I both used it yesterday (i did today but not sure if Ryan did), w/much success.

The recipe I used:

2T Baking soda
2T arrowroot powder (ok, i didn’t have any, so I used potato starch. ha! It worked fine, but I did buy some arrowroot yesterday just to be more mainstream :) )
2tsp Witch Hazel
2T coconut oil (virgin would be preferred as it’s supposed to have stink fighting properties of it’s own..though not strong enough for me by itself!)
2T cocobutter
few drops of essential oil of choice (I used theives oil, b/c it’s also known for killing germs, which i assume would boost stink fighting power)

melt fats in double boiler, remove from heat, mix in remaining ingredients, then pour into molds. I’m impatient so I stuck it in the fridge for an hour to help it solidify faster.

Next time I will try 1T coconut oil 2T cocobutter 1T beeswax to see if that helps with the melt factor as it’s being rubbed on.

Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens Review & Giveaway

** 11/28/09 CONTEST CLOSED, WINNER (JUDY L.) HAS BEEN CONTACTED **

I’ve been sitting on this post for…oh…2 months? oops. Sorry. Tropical Traditions sent me some of their Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens to try & review for you, uh…a few months ago. So: I’ve been using it almost daily all this time and I’ll just say it: I love it! I’ve tried some other brands of “mix with water & drink” greens powder & this by FAR tastes MUCH better. Of course being a bit of a ‘locavore’, i also have dehydrated and blended into powder greens bought from a local farm this summer. But….that is for sneaking into pasta and pizza and soups and meatloaf and…..ect. There are days (more than I’d like to admit) where our veggie consumption is minimal and thus the ‘cheat’ of a powdered greens drink. Not to mention that this also contains some digestive enzymes and probiotics to aid in the digestion of all this good stuff (and flax…and…and…lots of stuff). Here’s the thing. With the Tropical traditions brand I have no problem drinking a glass of it mixed with water. Any other brand it takes some effort to do so. If you mix it with juice, well…..it might as well be dessert! My favorite? I mix it in plain yogurt, add a little stevia extract, ground nuts & deem it breakfast. Yum.

What I’m saying is, if you need some help boosting your greens intake (esp in the winter when greens aren’t so readily available from the garden): I HIGHLY recommend the Tropical Traditions Antioxicant Omega 3 Greens. It’s a brand I trust and the taste & texture is bar-none. Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product…my opinion is my own.   If it helps clarify, I intend to buy more when the current canister runs out.

Even better: You can win some! They have generously offered to provide one lucky winner with a container of greens shipped directly from Tropical Traditions. To enter simply head over to Tropical Traditions, sign up for their sales newsletter and let me know in the comments. If you’re already signed up for it, just let me know in the comments. Winner will be randomly selected out of some sort of container old-school slip of paper style on Saturday, Nov. 28 (when you’re feeling all fat & full of turkey, in need of some greens) and contacted via email. If there is no response in 48hrs I will select a new winner.

Good Luck and hey, speaking of the coconut oil company, have you seen their coconut recipes? I’ve found quite a few gems on that page. :)

Saturday Playtime

Ryan has been playing “Dad taxi” today. Took Grace to ballet this morning, stopped by the grocery store for me, then after lunch took Asher to his soccer game. As much as i enjoy getting to watch their sports, it has been nice to laze around and catch up on time-sucking, non-essential internet activities like updating my twitter and facebook profile photos to better reflect the new hair length, ha. While I was alone with each kid we spent some time playing with photo booth on the mac. I apologize for the weird spacing & words being off or whatever all that is called. this is why i don’t post pictures. I don’t know what i’m doing & i officially give up trying to make it line up.

Sad Faces

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Angry Faces

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Happy Faces

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Grace Video (I didn’t see the video option when Asher & I were playing with it)
“What a Mighty God we Serve”
http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=7616112&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1

Children & Christmas

Just read a great post over at Preschoolers & Peace about Honoring Christ and Christmas. Part I of a 2 part series. It was jut a great perspective on of course presenting CHRIST throughout Christmas and teaching our kids about giving, but mostly remembering that they are children and will act & think as such. I think I often forget that growing up is a PROCESS and that just because my (3 & 4 year old!) kids don’t have the self control and selflessness expected of a christian adult, doesn’t mean they won’t grow toward that. She mentioned it last year, and I’m so glad she did this year too, because..well…I forgot! :) Thanks again Kendra! Now, go read the short post: Honoring Christ and Celebrating Christmas, Part I.

In & out of hiding

For those concerned I might have jumped off the planet….where I’ve been/am/will be:

My parents came to visit (for 3 weeks!!! woohoo!!):
– Spent a week here in Bellingham…went apple picking (i forgot to bring the camera). Discovered the amazing combination of an “apple peeler/corer/slicer” + Dehydrator. Best apple chips ever. Ok…so I don’t know the last time i tasted an apple chip. But at the very least they were crazy cheap!

– Grace had a touch of cold or flu (24hrs w/a fever, a week of mild coughing)

– Ryan caught it and turned it into the plague

– My mom & i left him the kids & my dad (while he had the plague…yeah, i felt bad) for a weekend Women’s Retreat in Whidbey Island with my church…i found a plethora of wild rosehips. Picked about gallon of them. Still don’t know what to do with them (I already had rosehip tincture going). Biggest ‘nugget’ i took away from the weekend: Rather than a strict (or ‘weird’) dress code, modesty is really just Humility in action and applies to all areas of life (or a lot of them anyway…).

– Ryan got better. Asher got sick (but again, only a fever for about half a day then a week long cough).

– My laptop hard drive crashed. Thus I’m not on the computer much. going “all the way upstairs” where I can’t cook & surf at the same time has proven too annoying. Have I mentioned I’m spoiled? Yeah…I’m spoiled.

– Went to Victoria in BC (Canada) for 5 days, leaving Ryan behind to work like a maniac for the Logos 4 launch. Amazing time. Sweet resort, beautiful city. Thanks oma & opa!!! Oh & the Victoria Bug Zoo was a major highlight (for me anyway). I held a very large millipede, a small scorpion, and *shudder* a tarantula. That last one still makes me shiver, palms get sweaty, turns my stomach and..yeah, now I feel light-headed. Thought it might help the arachnophobia…it did not. I managed not to pass out, but definitely swooned. I also learned new things about ants. Last but not least I paid too much for a few packets of bugs to eat. Asher had chocolate covered crickets & meal worms, Grace had a lollipop w/a cricket in it and ate over half of my ‘salt & vinegar’ crickets. They were crispy & yummy. Just tasted like salt & vinegar chips.

– Spent the final week in Bellingham. The bug made it’s way to me, but I just had a very mild sore throat for 5 days (it hurt when I woke up and when I yawned. that’s it. weird).

– Halloween: Morning ballet class, went to a nearby church for a halloween festival w/games, toys, bouncy houses and minimal candy (score!). Grace was a pink & purple flower fairy, Asher was a white not-bald Mace Windu. Evening was soccer game followed by dinner at a burger joint in costume. Ryan was still in the throes of 13+hr workdays so there weren’t many photos. I’m a camera space cadet.

– 2 of the last 3 days of the Oma & Opa visit Ryan & I ditched the grandparents & kids & spent 2 nights in Seattle for an early celebration of our 9th anniversary (figured we should get it in while we had free over night babysitting around..it’s technically on the 18th). Ahhhh…that was fun.

Over the weekend found out the place we’re renting is going on the market to be sold, so that gives us incentive to try to figure out what we’re doing next (renting more? buying a house?). Nice to be moving forward (?), but interesting timing. We seem drawn to moving around the holidays. On the ‘keep the house very tidy at all times for a potential showing’ vein…I’m attempting to keep it positive. A ‘spotless’ house is really calming. It’s nice to have a good excuse to throw away clutter. …I had a month of almost zero cleaning and minimal cooking, lots of cleanup help. So no complaints here. :)

So there you have October/early November in a nut shell.

Asher’s first poem

Well, I’m not entirely sure it’s his FIRST poem, but the first that i remember recording anyway. So here’s the thing: i was in the kitchen making muffins while he was in the living room having ‘roomtime’. After drawing and reading he was basically just walking in circles around the living room seemingly talking to himself. After awhile i was thinking it sounded like he doing some ‘spoken word’ poetry or something. It was slightly rhyming, and sounded a bit rhythmic…he was also not speaking in complete sentences. Sure enough after a bit he came into the kitchen & said, “Hey mom, I just made a poem about war!” I commenced to kick myself for not stopping to write down what i was hearing….so he offered to re-enact it for me. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite the same as the original (no rhyming either). Regardless, here is the attempt at re-creating it.

Boo-boo’s spreading
Ambushing working
Being seen NOT working at all!
Knights flying
arrows shooting
ships sinking
horses jumping.
Helmet visor down! Sword out of scabbard.
Go guards, go! Help the knights!
Sadness spreading
But: music spreading too
wars beginning again (no more music now).

Seasonal Organization and Leftover Pot Roast

You’ve heard of spring cleaning? It would seem I get hit with ‘spring cleaning’ at every season. Granted, I’m not a super anal person about cleaning/organizing. I am becoming increasingly more-so the longer I’m married to Ryan, but for me, anything beyond the daily/weekly maintenance is considered “deep cleaning”. It probably has something to do with having to go through the kids clothes every season. It struck me as odd the other day how I no longer pack away seasonal clothes for myself. I wear more or less the same stuff all year long, minus sweaters & tank tops (though the latter are often layered in winter). Anyhow, those pesky kids & their growing. I have been feeling that seasonal organizational pull again lately. I have been plotting to spend a day throwing out organizing the kids toys again. Toys, especially cheap cluttery unused ones seem to procreate in their bins. …and don’t get me started on the mounds of drawings I have started hoarding.

Anyhow, so far the only ‘deep cleaning’ I’ve accomplished lately was organizing the toppling piles of food in our deep freezer. I had a list written in dry erase marker directly on the freezer last spring. It was a great way to keep track of what was in there and update easily. However, I discovered it does NOT wipe off very well. Sigh. Live & Learn. At least I didn’t do it to the one in the kitchen! During this weekend’s freezer revamp, I discovered 4 2cup containers of leftover pot roast I had no idea was in there! However, the only things I know how to do with it are BBQ sandwiches and burritos/enchiladas/quesadillas. That’s all well & good, but 4 containers! I wanted something new. I spent far too much time googling the subject of leftover pot roast and found a very simple casserole recipe that looked as though it might be accepted by the family. I cooked it up, changing it here & there of course, and viola….yummy comfort foodie type leftovers dish! Granted Grace refused to eat it (she’s picky about that sort of thing and italian food. Even pizza when she’s not seated in front of the tv while eating it. Go figure). I thought it was a hit with Asher as he gobbled it up with zero complaints or faces. However, it was apparently more my threatening death before dinner began than the deliciousness of the food. I served it for lunch today. He complained. I expressed frustration that he seemed to like it the other night. “I just ate it because you told me to.” I can’t win. But they don’t count. Ryan? I don’t remember much being said about it that night, but he took leftovers in for work the next day for lunch. Anything ‘lunch-worthy’ for him = massive success in my book.

Ok, I’ll stop my babbling. I found the recipe Here on cooks.com. Here’s my version:

LEFTOVER ROAST BEEF CASSEROLE 

2 c. Leftover Roast (will work w/any animal I think)
1 onion, sliced & chopped thin (saute)
2 celery stalks sliced thin (saute)
1 carrot sliced thin (saute)
1 +/- cups mushroom cream sauce (cream of mushroom soup is the original recipe)
1/3 c. heavy whipping cream
Milk as needed
3 c. potatoes, sliced (i sliced in my food processor, so they were very thin)
3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Saute the vegetables. Mix meat, veggies, mushroom sauce, cream, potatoes in a large bowl. Add milk until it seems moist enough (sorry! i have no idea how much i added. I did not make it at all soupy, but…wet.). Pour into casserole dish. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Cream Sauce Recipe (this is altered a small bit from what i ‘usually do’ since it’s for beef & using what I have on hand & what i thought would taste good in this dish:

3 TBS Beef Tallow (or butter or coconut oil)
1lb sliced mushrooms
3TBS flour of your choice (I used millet. I have not found an SCD way to thicken a sauce. sigh)
black pepper
salt
paprika
chili powder
1.5 cups beef broth
1.5 cups heavy cream (or more broth if you want casein-free)
(garlic)

1. melt fat in a sauce pan
2. add mushrooms, salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder; cook until mushrooms release moisture & liquid evaporates, approx. 6-10min. (actually I think it was closer to 15min but who’s paying attention?)
3. add flour (and garlic), cook for one minute, stirring constantly…remember jenn who is jealous of your garlic.
4. 1/2 cup at a time, stir in beef stock & bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
5. add cream/additional stock and reduce heat to medium. Simmer until sauce is thickened and reduced (says reduce to 3.5 cups but i have no idea how you’d know it’s reduced to 3.5 cups..), about 12min.

Oral B & Crest Goodness

Pulsonic

Since I recently blogged about the kids’ first trip to the dentist, I thought it appropriate to mention that MommyKnows has reached into her bag of tricks to provide a sweet dental giveaway. Just so happens that included is an Oral B pulsonic toothbrush (2 actually)..there’s more. A customized to your family ‘package’. Not exactly the Triumph the dentist recommended but close enough eh (that was for you Canada)? Should you be interested pop on over to MommyKnows’ Just Say No to Cavities Giveaway and have a look see.

Chocolate Treats and Coconut Oil Giveaway!

Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil

***Oct. 3, 2009 THE CONTEST IS OVER!! Congrats to HEATHER from Loving Touch WetBags (cut stuff btw). I have emailed the winner, If I don’t hear back by 8am PST the prize will be awarded to someone else. Thanks!!!****

I love coconut. I love the flavor, the versatility, the health properties….coconut water is a great electrolyte replacement. Coconut ‘flour’ makes delicious gluten-free high fiber baked goodies. Coconut milk adds a whole new level of creamy deliciousness to all kinds of soups, porridge, sauces… Coconut cream concentrate is so good…well…I have bought it twice and never got around to using it in any kind of cooking application because i ate all of it by the spoonful (or melted into hot chocolate). That brings us to Coconut Oil. I use coconut oil extensively in my kitchen. It’s a stable healthy fat, resistant to heat and thus great for high heat cooking and frying. I use expeller pressed coconut oil for the bulk of my cooking (& all of my deep frying except when i can get my hands on affordable lard) mostly due to cost & taste. However, Virgin Coconut oil is REALLY where it’s at concerning health. I’m not going to go into all the science and cause most of you to check out entirely. Instead feel free to google, “benefits of virgin coconut oil” and/or read “Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours!” It’s a quick read, easy to understand and sprinkled with personal ‘testimonies’ about the various ways coconut has helped people overcome many maladies. At the end of the post I’ll give you some info on how to score a free copy of this book if you’ve never ordered from Tropical Traditions before. For the record, I do NOT believe there are any dietary ‘magic bullets’. I really really do NOT think you can change one thing about your diet and ‘change your life’. While I am a big fan of virgin coconut oil use as a food and even take it myself for supplement type purposes (anti-viral, anti-yeast), I think it is a powerful tool that works in conjunction with many other variables.

I typically buy coconut products from Tropical Traditions. Admittedly, they’re not always the cheapest and I sometimes order products (like expeller pressed oil) from other companies to save money, but when I “splurge” on Tropical Traditions, I do tend to notice a difference (though not on the expeller pressed oil….sorry…just haven’t). Anyhow, recently the folks at Tropical Traditions were kind enough to send me some of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and the previously linked book to review for you. Prior to this it’s been awhile since I’ve bought Virgin Coconut oil just due to cost. It just so happens though that I had another brand in my pantry that a friend had given me just the week before. Seemed like a perfect storm for a taste test! The verdict? The taste difference was only very very subtle. The TT brand had a touch more coconut flavor. I could discern no major difference (though I am not well known for acute taste buds. I should have forced Ryan (aka “Mr. Super-taster”) to do it, but he doesn’t like coconut..or gnoshing on oil). However, the texture of the TT oil was a lot smoother than the other and it stayed softer longer. I have no idea why, but there you go. The thing about the Gold Label Virgin Oil vs. pretty much any other Virgin Oil is that it is hand-made traditionally. This video explains it better than I could.

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Pretty impressive. OK, so my favorite way of consuming the coconut oil raw? Coconut Chocolate Treats. Yes, chocolate is technically ‘illegal’ on the SCD diet…but…of all the ways I could be consuming chocolate, I don’t so much plan to stop making this. Besides so is beer. And the rice I had with dinner tonight. Not doing great about SCD, but am still 100% gluten-free. That’s another story. Back to chocolate.

I tried to keep track of measurements when I made some yesterday, but it always ends up needing a pinch more of this or that until I end up having no idea how much of anything is in there. But as best as I can tell here’s the ‘recipe’:

3 parts Virgin Coconut Oil
2-2.5 parts Non-Alkaline Cocoa Powder
1-2 parts honey
1 part flax oil (opt. I did it this time b/c i scored a free bottle from a friend)

whisk together, spread onto chilled cookie sheets lined with wax paper for bark or drop by the teaspoonful, then transfer to freezer for 10-20 min. Transfer to a storage container & keep in the freezer. I recommend freezing them into small pieces because they do melt fast, so you want pieces you can pop in your mouth direct from the freezer. This recipe is easily adaptable to all kinds of tweaks. I intend to experiment with nut butter next time, as well as some with nuts & cinnamon mixed in.

This not only helps me consume the 3 TBS/day I aim for w/o gagging on a spoon of plain oil, but works like a charm to appease the chocolate monster that appears once a moon. I’m also more than happy to treat the kids with it.

On to the free stuff! Tropical Traditions generously offered to send a quart of the virgin coconut oil to one of our readers. So here’s the skinny: Go subscribe to their email sales newsletter (they run some great buy one get one free sales & the like. I enjoy being in the loop), then report back here in the comments (of this post!) that your homework is finished. Bam. You are now entered to win. On October 3rd at 1pm PST I will put all the names in a bowl and have Grace (who begs to eat this stuff on a spoon) pick a name. I will contact the winner via email (so provide an email address in the comment form!) and update this post when I get around to it. :)

If you would like to snag a free copy of the book & help me snag free gifts:
Tropical Traditions also has a Referral Program, so if you place an order with them as a first-time customer, please select “Referred by a friend” and in the box that says “How did you hear of us?” enter my sponsor ID number: 5522466. By telling Tropical Traditions that I referred you, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy with your first order! This book is filled with testimonies and research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how one can incorporate coconut into their diet.

First Dentist Trip

I should’ve brought the camera. This just occurred to me as I started to type, that it seems incomplete w/o a pic (not that i have yet learned how to get a stinkin picture into a post w/o blowing up the site). Anyhow, Asher and Grace both had their first ever dentist visit today. Over the years I’ve heard different folks (pediatricians, other parents, 2 dentists) give different ages when kids ‘should’ start going to the dentist. According to the one we went to today it’s apparently 1 year. Sheesh. In THAT case Asher WAY behind. The only reason I even made the appointment was because I’ve been noticing Grace’s teeth have gotten pretty yellow and it was a yellow i could scrape off. I got a bit concerned about plaque or something, plus with the crooked crowding I didn’t know if that was extra reason for concern. So I basically made the appointment for her & figured Asher might as well go too.

We went to a super close by pediatric dentist. I made the appointment a week ago, so we’ve been talking about it a lot the past week. Hyping it up. Talking about what they do, how they clean the teeth, about the special toothbrush that’s loud & tickles ect. ect. I meant to pick up a book from the library on going to the dentist but forgot until the day of so we had to settle for one about going to the doctor for a well check (will come in handy for Grace’s 3 year check next month). Apparently it ‘worked’. Both kids were excited about going. When we got there the waiting room had some awesome toys including a fun playhouse with a working doorbell and some wooden tinker toys (that Asher immediately turned into many swords, while Grace played ‘neighbors over for dinner’ with another little girl). They were called back together and were in basically the same room separated by a half wall (partition?) so i stood in the middle where they could both see me. Not that they ever cared to, they were too busy watching cartoons on the tv on the ceiling (unfort. it was sponge bob they were watching. That’s on the black list in this house), with little headphones & sunglasses on. Grace had a short moment of panic when they moved the electric chair into position after she climbed up on it, but was quickly put at ease.

They were both rock stars. Not the slightest bit of apprehension, very happy to open and shut their mouths as directed. In fact they both had x-rays done. The staff and dentist all oohed and aahhed over Grace, claiming she may be the youngest patient they’ve ever had willing to do the x-ray. They said most 3 year olds on their first visit won’t even sit on the chair without coaxing. When they put the first bite wing in place she spit it out b/c it pinched (it pinches me too so I was surprised she did it), but the hygienist gently asked if she would try again explaining why they were doing it (looking for ‘sugar bugs’) and that it would be super fast. Grace sighed and said, “Ok, I will be brave”. That girl cracks me up. After both sides were done she shouted to me, “Mom! I did a super good job and I was very brave!” (this was before anyone told her as such). The best was that any time anyone walked near her she opened her mouth wide, even after the exam was over and she was sitting up. Asher was pretty ho hum, old hat about the whole thing until the actual brushing part. He REALLY liked the bubble gum flavoring. He did NOT like the lack of star wars toothbrush options when he got to choose a brush on the way out (and I quote, “There seems to be a lot of princesses and not Star Wars or Superheros. But I really want Star Wars because that’s my best one.” He had to settle for Cars. The only ‘boy’ option).

Neither had cavities, though both apparently have spots between the same molars that are potential issues so it was stressed we floss nightly. He also mentioned the fact that they will both need braces when they’re older. I expected it for Grace, but Asher’s teeth are perfectly straight & the boy has himself a big mouth. According to the dentist the fact that his teeth are very tight together means he won’t have enough room for the bigger ones or something, that there will be crowding. Guess we’ll see. Certainly have time before we need to be worrying about braces. Oh & the staining on Grace’s teeth? Came right off with the cleaning. The hygienist said green leafy vegetables and a diet high in iron tend to stain the teeth like that. Oh. So the bi-weekly runs of liver pate and bowls of steamed chard for lunch? Yeah. Not a bad thing, just a thing.

The dentist also HIGHLY recommended a $150 toothbrush for them (the oral b triumph…apparently the same one that He uses himself, apparently upgraded to it from the sonicare & likes it a ton more. It has a small head so it’s great for kids). Of course I had no idea the cost when he was telling me about it. I checked one out at target on our way home (when i was buying floss and a trashcan for their bathroom) and had a bit of sticker shock. We’ll have to see about that.

So there you have the main recap of the First Ever Burns Kids Dentist Trip.