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{Not Really A} Wordless Wednesday – Spring Lamb

“Lilly” – Our Spring Lamb

This little lamb has been getting MUCH attention! It’s a good teaching example to our children as well, with her coming this Holy Week, in relating to the Passover Lamb which was the animal the Israelites used as a sacrifice.  They had to kill a young male lamb without any blemish and put it’s blood on the tops and sides of their door frame. When God saw the lamb’s blood on the door frame, He would “pass over” that home and not take their firstborn son, which was the last plague against Pharaoh.  (Read the full story here) We no longer have to follow this ritual of sacrificing a lamb, because Jesus Himself “is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) who went willingly to allow Himself be the sacrifice as His blood was spilled on a cross for us.  

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Six Tips for Protecting Kids’ Teeth

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roper dental care is just as important for kids as for adults.  Neglecting teeth early on can set the stage for lots of dental problems later in life. A Nashua, NH dentist is a great resource for how to best care for a child’s teeth.

Brush Teeth Early and Often

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Whether a child has one tooth or a mouthful, it is essential to brush every day. Baby’s teeth should be brushed at least once a day; water on a baby toothbrush with soft bristles can be used or teeth can be wiped off with a damp washcloth. By the time she is several years old a child should be brushing and flossing once in the morning and once at night, with parental help. A child will be able to brush her own teeth by approximately age six. Flossing takes a little longer to master; learning how to do it well may not occur until at least age 10. Getting buy-in from a child can make oral hygiene easier and even fun; letting her choose the toothbrush she wants is a good way to engage her in the process.

Control Pacifiers and Thumb Sucking

It is very natural and soothing for a young child to want to suck on a pacifier or his/ her thumb, but long term use can cause problems for the teeth and mouth. Many dentists recommend the use of pacifiers and thumb sucking should stop by the time a child is two. A family dentist can provide tips on how to make sure this transition occurs.

Great reminders for parents - Important tips to care for your child's teeth from newborn to young adult. Avoid Putting a Baby Down With a Bottle

It can be tempting to give a child a bottle of milk or juice when putting them down for a nap or the night. This habit can actually cause a lot of problems; the sugars in these drinks can stick to teeth and feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Schedule Regular Dental Visits

It is a good idea to take a child to the dentist after the first tooth appears or by his/ her first birthday, whichever happens first. After that, bi-annual dental visits are recommended. When the whole family goes to the same dentist, the experience becomes very familiar and appointments can be consecutively scheduled for convenience.

Have a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is essential for healthy teeth. Eating lots of fruits and vegetable and limiting sugar as much as possible can go a long way towards keeping teeth looking good and cavity free. Restricting fruit juice consumption can also help; fruit juice has very high sugar content and can easily cause tooth decay.

Get Into a Good Routine

Getting into a good dental routine right off the bat will lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Parents who have great oral hygiene can be very positive role models for their children; it will be harder for parents to insist their children eat well and brush regularly if they don’t do these things themselves.

Following these tips can assist in establishing good dental habits early in life. Taking the time to discuss them with Fisichelli, Beach and Brar Family Dentistry can provide additional helpful information that will guide your child to good oral hygiene in the future!

Article Contributor: Fisichelli, Beach & Brar Family Dentistry provides comprehensive dental care to patients in Nashua, NH. Follow our practice online at the FBB Family Dentistry Blog here: http://fbbfamilydentistry.wordpress.com

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Postpartum Wrap Popularity Around The World

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here’s a little not-so-secret among new mothers – it’s not easy to admit but for many women the after effects of pregnancy, namely, the post-baby belly can be a source of angst and anxiety.  Will I ever get my real body back, many wonder?  Although in North America belly wraps are relatively new, and often perceived as a celebrity novelty, they have been used by women the world over for centuries.

As mom of dozen - including 5 c-sections, wish I had known about this Postpartum Belly Wrap! Gaining popularity! Women have been passing this on to their daughters, sisters, nieces, and friends from the Middle East, to Asia, to Africa, and South America.  The technique of belly wrapping is believed to flatten a woman’s belly and redefine her waistline, by helping to shrink the uterus back to its pre-baby size.  In addition, belly wraps are believed to provide additional leg and back support.

Belly wrapping traditionally involved wrapping long cloth strips tightly around the midsection after childbirth.  As the woman’s body contracted, she tightened and shortened the cloth.  In Latin America this is called a “Faja,” in Japan it is known as a “Sarash”.  In addition to a period of confinement (40 days or so) and a special diet to help fight infection and produce milk, many Indian women also practice belly wrapping to help the uterus contract and restore a pre-pregnancy figure.  Because the results were evident, the tradition has continued.

Belly wrapping after delivery helps in postpartum recovery by:

  • Decreasing the bloating caused by water retention

  • Reducing discomfort

  • Accelerating the healing process

  • Minimizing swelling

  • Repositioning the uterus

  • Restoring self confidence​

Additional Benefits of Wrapping

For women who have had a C-section delivery, wearing a wrap accelerates the healing process through supporting greater mobility, supporting the incision area and preventing pulling post-delivery, thereby decreasing pain, and increasing blood flow to the area.

Source:
“Sassy Mama Nstasha Takes Us Around The World Post-Partum: Traditions and cultural Differences!” from Sassy Mama The Go-To Guide For Modern Mom: http://sassymamahk.com/sassy-mama-natasha-takes-us-around-the-world-post-partum-traditions-and-cultural-differences/.

About the Author: Vivian Dubois, a mom of twin daughters, loves learning all that she can about being a mother and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Inspire Me Monday – Spring Cleaning & Organization

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 think spring is finally here OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAeven though it did not always feel like it during our kids’ spring break. We got 7 baby chicks to add to our chicken flock and  a baby lamb may soon be included. We have started some tomato plants and they are poking their little heads up. And, we have been “weeding” – in the house. We are going through clothes and kitchen cupboards and donating a lot. I got a free quart of paint to paint our front door (waiting for a warmer sunny day) and paint for another room.  Yes, I am inspired with spring! What about you?

Pin Cozi Sweepstakes!One thing that helps me with organization and to help keep on top of things, is the Cozi Calendar app. Have any of you used this?  It is great for to do lists, grocery lists and calendars.  Probably one of the best parts is you can link up with family members so you know what each other is doing. This is great for husbands and wives along with teenage kids when they have sports, and after school activities. Right now two of our girls are in a play and they have practices.  It’s a lot to keep track of – who is doing what, when and where.  On Pinterest there are such great ideas on how to use the Cozi Calendar which sure helps to inspire organization!  The neat thing is right now Cozi has a sweepstakes going on to win an Amazon gift card by by following Cozi’s Pinterest and re-pinning a pin.  What a great way to be inspired for organization and possibly win a gift card! 

My dear friend Hannah wrote such an inspiring blog post onWhat am I wearing?”  There’s so much in this blog post that spoke to my heart – from wearing depression to[choosing] to wake up each morning and thank the Lord for a new day and then slide into my side of the yoke.”  It’s a must read!


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Information Article: Finding the Best Translation Service

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an you imagine traveling on a business trip to another country and not being able to communicate effectively? I doubt the biggest business deal of the company’s history would take place!  A promising career advancement is not probable either.  A business deal cannot just be done online with a simple click of a button to translate and then e-mail it or fax it over to another country. However, there is hope and a wise decision can be made.

A translation serviceis a must and definitely something to do some serious research on. Translating is not just a matter of knowing the language but also being specialized in various fields. Documents, such as legal papers, require in depth knowledge to properly transcribe to another language. Depending on the area of business, it is important to see what the area of expertise is for the translation service.  Do they have experts for legal translations, financial, medical and/or pharmaceutical?  What about various types of technical translations such as engineering, patent, IT or website?  For some business transactions even Braille or sign language translation is something to seriously consider.

Standardized Translation Lifecycle

Besides having qualified translators, it’s also just as important to have excellent proofreaders and editors along with quality assurance, prompt translation delivery and reliable feedback and follow-up.  It is also of great importance to check into the translation services privacy and security, to make sure all transactions take place in a secure place so no business and personal information is exposed.

When a business depends on out-of-country business transactions to take place, finding the best qualifying, trustworthy translation service is a must.

Celebrating World Book Day

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very April 23 since 1995, people all over the world gather to promote and celebrate the joys of reading and writing literature. This is World Book Day, a yearly event organized and promoted by UNESCO to encourage reading for pleasure around the world. Though people of all ages are encouraged to participate, World Book Day is geared especially towards children and young people, encouraging them to develop a good relationship with books and good reading habits that they will then carry into adulthood.

Significance of the Date

April 23 is WORLD BOOK DAY! What are you reading? What's your favorite childhood book?

The date of April 23 was chosen because it coincides with several important dates in literary history. William Shakespeare was born on April 23 in 1564, and he died on the same date half a century later in 1616. April 23 is also the anniversary of the Miguel de Cervantes and Garcilaso de la Vega, a 17th century Spanish writer who also served as a chronicler of Spanish presence in Peru. The French novelist Maurice Duron, Colombian short story author Manuel Mejía Vallejo, and the Icelandic poet and novelist Halldór Laxness were also all born on April 23. This makes the day uniquely suited to represent writers from all over the world.

History of World Book Day

World Book Day was established in 1995. It is not an official holiday in any of the many countries in which it is celebrated, but it was conceived as a global initiative to be celebrated all around the world at the same time. UNESCO, the education and cultural outreach branch of the United Nations organized World Book Day. Each year, UNESCO chooses a city around the globe to serve as the World Book Capital City for that year. Madrid, Alexandria, New Deli, Montreal, Bagota, and Amsterdam are some of the cities chosen as past capitals. Capital Cities receive backing from UNESCO so they can put on more ambitious events.

Events Around the World

World Book Day events are generally left open for libraries, schools, and community organizations to put together themselves. Book fairs are common, as are costume contests where children dress as their favorite literary characters. A few cities host more ambitious annual events to celebrate their own literary traditions. In Spain, many cities organize public  “readathons” of the full text of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. This is an ambitious undertaking, as the full text of the novel takes around two days of continual reading to complete. The Don Quixote Prize for Spanish literature is also awarded on this day. Similarly, pubs and other public spots in Ireland hold readings of James Joyce’s Ulysses, and people organize Ulysses tours, where participants visit all the locations around Dublin that are mentioned in the novel. In the United Kingdom, World Book Day is celebrated with the publication of a series of £1 books for children. These inexpensive books include many of the most popular titles for kids and make booksets for classrooms more easily accessible for schoolchildren in the country.

With so many distractions in modern life, it is easy to forget the pleasure of immersing yourself in a good book. World Book Day serves as an important reminder of the joy of reading.


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