Spring Weather is Here!

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Spring weather is here and that means that Easter is coming up soon! To me, Easter means a chance to invite family over and welcome them into my home. This means that creating a cozy, warm, and inviting home is essential so that everyone feels comfortable during the time they stay with you. Easter, and spring in general is a time to make your home feel fresh and new, so grab your gloves and soap, and get ready to do your spring cleaning! I love this list of things to spring clean because it includes spots that you do not normally think about, like your dishwasher, inside your cabinets, and even your windows.

In addition to cleaning out your home, there are many other ways to make your home feel cozy and inviting for your guests with the addition of just a few things. Here are a few of my favorite ways to make your home feel inviting for all of your guests during this time of celebration!

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Fresh Blooms
There are so many gorgeous fresh blooms that you can fill your home with! Some of my favorite spring flowers to include are Pansies, Yellow Trillium, Redbuds, Lilacs, Iris’, Daffodils, and Peonies. To save money, you could grow your own fresh spring blooms to include in your home. If you want to save even more money when you grow your own blooms, make sure you grow perennial flowers over annual flowers because then they will grow back every year without a lot of maintenance and work. Annuals, on the other hand are cheaper options to purchase, but you have to purchase them over and over again, each year.

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Spring Scents
Mrs. Meyers has a great peony scented cleaner and hand soap that is perfect for spring! You could also find lavender scented laundry soap, and body soap. The Mrs. Meyers cleaner smells up your entire home and the scent last for a good while, making your home smell clean and just like spring flowers! If you are against heavily scented sprays, you could try organic candles, or essential oils. Some of my favorite spring scents when it comes to candles are ocean breeze, bahama mama, and flower scents like lilac and rose.

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Fresh Food
To me, this is the highlight of family get togethers. It is so fun to plan a Spring, Easter meal because there are so many fresh ingredients during the springtime. Plan your meal based on the people that are coming over, and also the time of day it is. Make sure that everyone’s needs are taken care of, so add a few non-dairy options, vegetarian, or vegan options, if necessary. Some of my favorite spring ingredients to include in dishes are peas, strawberries, ham, asparagus, and green beans.

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Inviting Lighting
If you are having an Easter dinner, make sure to add enough lighting so guests can see what they are doing, especially if you are having an outdoor Easter egg hunt, which can be so much fun! A few unique ways to add more lighting to your exterior is upgrading you sconces, adding tiki torches (it’s a bonus if it’s filled with mosquito repelling oil), and maybe even start a fire pit if it’s chilly out. This is a great way to warm up, cook up some fun smores, and add lighting to the outside of your home.

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Easter Festivities
This is the best part of any family gathering, especially Easter! For kids, you can do an Easter egg hunt, like I mentioned above, and fill up Easter egg baskets. One of my favorite fancy additions to an Easter gathering is hiring an Easter bunny, or having someone dress up as the Easter bunny. Kids love this and it can be a great way to get some pictures.

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Temperature Regulation
Usually in the south, the temperature is relatively cold during Easter, but occasionally it is pretty warm outside, which is so nice when it happens. Either way, make sure your home has a regulated temperature so that your guests are comfortable the entire time. One way to easily control the temperature of your home (without having excessive energy costs) is buy investing in window tinting. For cold weather, window films adds a layer of insulation, which helps prevent cold temperatures from penetrating through the window. Window films reflects and disperses heat back into the room, they reduce cold spots inside your home, it improves comfort during the cold winter months, and it does this while saving on heating and cooling costs year round. If you are located in Georgia, UHS Window Tinting and Blinds  can definitely help you out with not only your window tinting needs, but also with window treatments, like blinds. UHS Window Tinting and Blinds has been open and running since 2003, so they have an extensive history with window films and treatments. They carry a full line of 3M window film products that include sun control, safety and security features, and decorative films, so they can help you out, no matter what your wants and needs are when it comes to window films and treatments.

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Easy Ways to Obtain A Brighter Smile

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There’s nothing more beautiful than a person who is beautiful on the inside, but society often makes people feel self conscious if they’re not flawless on the outside. Your smile is the first thing people notice about you. Unfortunately,  most do not feel comfortable showing their teeth when they smile. Well, I want to change that! I want to show you how you can obtain a brighter smile. If you follow my advice, I hope that this will not only increase the health of your teeth (and your body in general), but I also hope that it will increase your self confidence and make you happier with your appearance.

Easy Ways To Obtain A Brighter Smile —

Brushing
I know what you are thinking – brushing is obvious and everyone (or at least most people) do it daily. While this is true, I also think that a lot of people are doing it wrong. The American Dental Association says to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush, which most people already do. The few parts that are essential and not being done by many are:

Make sure to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, at most. If the bristles are frayed, replace them sooner. You need to make sure your brush is not worn so that it can do the job correctly and in addition to that, you need to make sure a bunch of germs aren’t hanging out on your brush.

You need to brush your teeth two minutes, two times a day. Like I mentioned above, so many people are focused on getting in and out of the bathroom so quickly that they do not actually take the time to brush for the proper amount of time, or in the proper way. Do you even know the proper way to brush? The ADA says to brush your at a 45-degree angle to the gums. You need to gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes, ensuring that you brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, and chewing surfaces of the teeth.

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Flossing
Oh, flossing. Everyone seems to hate flossing, but it is so essential! When you brush, you are doing a great job of removing build up on your teeth, but a lot of the time, you are missing the hard to get areas between your teeth. The only way to get to those areas is by flossing. The ADA says that “more than 500 bacterial species can be found in plaque; some are good and some are bad for your mouth. Together with food debris, water and other components, the plaque buildup around the teeth and on the gum line will contribute to disease in teeth and gums.” You want to make sure you remove the bad bacterial species from your mouth by flossing.

Regular Dental Cleanings

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Now that you know how important properly brushing and flossing is, we are going to talk about getting your teeth cleaned.Metro Decatur Dental Group PC says that during a dental cleaning, they remove any tartar and plaque from your teeth, which helps prevent gum disease. Although teeth cleaning is a routine appointment, you may not realize how important it actually is for your total health. Your health starts at your mouth, so you need to make sure you are keeping it healthy and making that a priority. If you are in the Georgia area, Dr. Gary Simms with Metro Decatur Dental Group PC is here to help you keep your mouth healthy. Their office is located in Decatur, Georgia and they are committed to providing patients with a caring a comprehensive approach to oral health.

Whitening Products
If you are looking for a low budget option that works, try out white strips, a customized whitening tray, or another whitening product. Obviously, these products do not work better than getting something straight from the dentist, but they can definitely help significantly and are a good option when you are on a budget. There are many options out there to choose from, so my recommendation would be to browse the products, look at reviews of the items you are considering, and try a few of them out. Buzzfeed actually wrote this article reviewing teeth whiteners that you can buy on Amazon that is really interesting.

Strawberries

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I know that eating strawberries is a strange thing to include, but strawberries can, in fact whiten your teeth. The great thing about choosing this option is because of the fact that strawberries are a natural food and you know exactly what you are putting into your body. Strawberries contain quite a bit of malic acid, which is a tooth whitening agent, but they also contain sugar, so make sure to always brush after eating them in order to protect your teeth. One tip that I have heard of is crushing up strawberries and mixing them with baking soda, in order to form a paste. You can brush your teeth with this paste and it should help to whiten them. You can always just eat the strawberries, too.

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You are a beautiful prize! Always remember to smile! Happy Friday, loves!