For the past few days Dallas has been experiencing a lot of rain and humidity. The rain has been an obstacle on our days and the humidity has made it a little difficult. Kids are counting down the days until school is out and my biggest worry is that the morning oral care routine we established earlier will begin to go downhill as they opt to stay out later and get up later in the morning.
We started ordering the Listerine Smart Rinse on Amazon and as a Prime member I have it on auto order for easy replenishment. One of the other products that Listerine has wanted us to try is the LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE.
As a single mom that’s very busy being able to tackle multiple things all at once is second nature. So I’m delighted to be able to try out this formula from Listerine that does all of the following in one bottle:
- Helps prevent cavities
- Restores enamel
- Strengthens teeth
- Kills bad breath germs
- Cleans the whole mouth
- Freshens breath
Along with regular brushing, having this as a part of the morning routine means I’ll have a lot more to smile about because I can be sure there is more I’m getting out of my oral rinse. We received two Total Care products.
- LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE ZERO provides all the healthy mouth benefits of LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE in a less intense, zero-alcohol formula.
- LISTERINE® SMART RINSE® is a post-brush mouthwash specifically designed for children ages 6-12, which provides 12-hour cavity protection due to the added benefit of fluoride.
With different bedtimes from when school is in session to when school is out, keeping the routine can be difficult. In the summer my mother comes over to visit us and watch the kids for the entire summer. So having this on hand means I have to teach her what their new routine is but also makes it easier for her to get on with her day with them.
Walgreens helps out a lot because not only can we get our prescriptions and medicines there but we tend to stock up on “outdoor products.” Everything from insect repellant, sunscreen, band aids, ointments, toys and more can be bought at Walgreens. We are always prepared during summer and travel season with Walgreens.
Eleven ways to maintain healthy summer routines
It’s still very important to have a routine in the summer. This is typically the time that we schedule doctor checkups, dental exams, plan vacations, incorporate summer reading and get ready for the next grade level. My oldest daughter will be in the 3rd grade, my middle child is in Kindergarten and my youngest will start pre-k. Here are a few of my summer routine tips to ensure we all have fun, stay healthy and happy.
- Extended bedtimes – Kids have the option to either go to bed up to 2 hours later or wake up two hours later. Mom still has to go to work and for many working parents this also means that some kids are either at a sitter, at summer camp or if they are old enough stay home. It’s still very important to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
- Limit Screen time – Whether it’s the phone, television, video games or iPad establish some screen limits during summer vacation.
- Fitness and Exercise – ensure kids are getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity on a daily basis. Ride bikes, head to the playground, take a walk, play basketball or do something active and fun.
- Nutritional eating – indulging every once in a while is great. Come up with some healthy snacks that kids can easily grab and eat at home. Lots of fruits, veggies and whole grains. Keep refrigerated items cool and germ free. Check out my pinterest board on healthy kid’s snacks.
- Reading – Pick up a summer reading list from Half Price Books or similar to the one put out by the city of Dallas and challenge each child to get at least 1 hour of reading a week during the summer
- Be Creative – Exercise the mind with some creative projects such as art, music or dance
- Learn something new – encourage your children to expand their horizons and explore the world around them by learning something new. Learn a new culture, cook a new dish or learn a new language.
- Keep in Touch – Encourage kids to keep in touch with their friends or hang out with their friends often during the summer.
- Maintain existing routines – keep the same oral care routine during school well into summer. This doesn’t take a break. The only difference might be play clothes instead of school uniforms.
- Stay Hydrated – during these hot summer months (Texas gets very hot) ensure the kids are staying hydrated and drinking a lot of water.
- Keep things tidy – keep rooms and bathrooms cleaned for a clutter free environment
Quick Travel Tips to keep the routine while on the road
Families travel a lot during the summer and this also poses a challenge on maintaining the routine. While incorporating the above tips you can utilize a condensed version and ensure all of your products are portable.
When traveling by air, hand carry bags can only hold 3 ounces. I love GoToob for this purpose. I use them not only for shampoo, conditioner and body wash but also for mouthwash and other liquid products.
For toothbrushes keep them germ free while traveling with flip top toothbrush holders. All medicines should be placed in a plastic sandwich bag and clearly marked to preserve luggage messes. Keep toiletries separate from haircare products and makeup by keeping them secure in their own container.
“I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® Brand Totally Taken Care Of program. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.”