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Happy 54th Birthday Singapore

Happy National Day Singapore!

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This year, Singapore celebrates 54th Birthday.The national flag and other decorative flags are everywhere in the country.Today,August 9th there will be a National Day Parade to commemorate the National Day.

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Celebrating Singapore’s Bicentennial

Below are some of the artwork I found in the neighbourhood during this National Day Celebrations.You can also read our previous year National day post here.

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We Love SG
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Diversity in Unity
Happy Birthday Singapore Artwork
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Happy National Day Singapore!

8 Ways To Get Edgy For Homecoming

Don’t be contented with just blending in with the crowd or worse, with the wall. Go out there into the limelight. Stand out at your homecoming dance!

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It’s quite easy to attract attention for the right reason during this event, what with the edgy homecoming ideas floating around. You can go for a sexy mini dress or dare to don a suave suit, or you can try something else. With the right guidance, you can pull any look you go for without looking like you are trying too hard.

Here are some hot tips for you to become the star on the big night. 

Look Good Like It’s Your Business With A Suit Dress

Who says only men wear tuxedos? Stun the crowd with your fashion-forwardness by wearing a tuxedo dress to your homecoming. Get one with an element of surprise that is at the same time elegant, like metallic nails or shimmery sequins.

Play With Textures & Patterns

Textures and patterns keep your homecoming look interesting even with a neutral color. Get yourself some polka dots, ruffles or even sequins. They’re perfect to be paired with V-neck. If getting them all mashed in one dress is too much for you, you can have just two of those fun elements like a polka dot dress with ruffles.

Dare To Go Bold In Colors

By simply choosing a bold color, you can set yourself apart from the throngs of perennial go-to colors for homecoming. There are hot pink homecoming dresses you can try that will not only make you look daring but also fierce and feminine. Cause a stir by coming in with a throwback homecoming look of bold makeup and big hair or keep things cool with a one-shoulder midi dress and comfortable pumps.

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Shimmer With Sequins

Sequins always get some attention, and you can wear them in any occasion. To look edgy, think along the lines of bright hued sequin mini dress or a rainbow outfit with dark tones. You can pair your choice with a black faux leather bag. 

Go Sheer

Be on point with a trumpet dress with embroidery, pretty pastels and a sweetheart neckline. This sweet, polished look will be fit even for the next royal wedding.

Be Sensational, Go For Satin

As the event is all about flirting and having fun, channel your inner Lily James by opting for a sheer midi slip dress. Wear some sparkly jewelry. Tone the whole look down with simple makeup.

Perfectly Pastel

Why not make your cotton candy dreams come true and throw on one of those cold shoulder tulle midi dresses in shades of pastel pink? Opt for an edgy hairstyle with a lot of statement clips to give your look with a punch of punk rock.

Go Vampy, Dark & Pretty

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Don’t like the title “pretty princess”? Then don’t be. If “edgy queen” is more your liking, you can find a ballroom tulle dress that comes in midnight blue. It will be perfect for your vampy look. Pair it with pops of color through electric eyeshadow and bright accessories.

These are some of the most edgy styles you can try for homecoming in 2019. Have your pick of any of them or get inspired to create a style of your own.

How to Prepare your Child for the First Dental Visit

Do you have a kid who is curious about everything around him? Or does your kid show signs of stress when he hear that there will be a dentist visit soon? Regular dentist visit is important for kids from their young age in order to keep the oral health.

As a mom of a kindergartner, I am preparing for his first dental check .He is bit excited and even curious. Therefore here are some of the tips that I use to make him prepare for the first dental check. If you look for preparing your kid for the dentist check, I am sure these are helpful tips for you too.Oh,my kid has a loose tooth too. 🙂

How to Prepare your Child for the First Dental Visit

Understand the Right Time

It is recommended to visit the dentist as soon as the baby is 6 month old or when you see his first tooth appear. We even checked this Raleigh, NC Dentist for professional advice as they offer child’s first dental visit programs.

However in our case, we didn’t visit the dentist at that young age, but I was sure to follow good oral habits from his infant age. Therefore, our kid didn’t have any issues with his oral health.

However, as a parent, you should decide the right time to visit the dentist as it is a start of healthy lifestyle.

Prepare at home before the visit

You can talk to your kid about the dentist, where he is located and what to expect in the dentist visit. However be sure not to mention about tools that he may use. Your kid will get scared even before his visit the dentist.

Role playing as a dentist and making it a fun play at home is an excellent way to prepare the kids for their first dentist visit. Kids love pretend playing. Therefore help him to act as a dentist by surrounding the necessary toys. Your kid will be ready fast!

Be positive

From making an appointment with the dentist to the first dentist visit, keep everything positive. If your kid is young and easily understand what is going around, he will start getting worried. Therefore talk with him in positive way to prepare for the first adventure with the dentist.

Most dentists are friendly with kids and they know how to do necessary procedure and checkup without making kids stressful. Therefore, don’t worry. Prepare your kid for the dental visit making it a fun experience periodically. For dental needs in Raleigh you can always contact the family dentistry in the area.

Moving 101: How To Help Kids Prepare For A Move

Moving to a new home can be quite the exciting thing to do for a family, especially if you’ve finally gotten your dream house. Unfortunately, it’s also likely the most stressful, courtesy of the many factors involved in the moving process – especially to your kids. There’s organizing and packing your things, actually travelling to the new home, unpacking, and settling down. These don’t include actually adjusting to the new neighborhood, and even maybe going to a new school – both of which can be very stressful for your kids. How exactly do you help them ease in on the moving process?

How To Help Kids Prepare For A Move

Familiarity can do a great deal of help.

One of the key difficulties kids experience during a move is unfamiliarity. This can also sometimes be the cause of tension and stress before and during you pack up for a move. Unfortunately, this can also cause anxiety in your children. This doesn’t mean this is impossible to resolve, though. Sometimes, before you hire movers NYC for your move, you might want to acquaint your kids to your new home as well.

  • If you think your kids are visibly stressed over the idea of moving, try having a talk with them. This allows them to have an opportunity to share their plights with you, especially what makes them anxious and stressed over the move. The items here in this article might give you a basic idea of what to do, but being familiar with their specific plights can really do a great deal of help to them.
  • Try to take them on a trip to your new home and tour the place with them. This gives them a sense of familiarity and ownership with the new home you’re going to move to. This is also a good opportunity to bond with your kids.
  • Try to take them on a trip to nearby establishments near your new home as well. This gives them an idea on what fun places they can visit and hang out with once you make your move. These include libraries, museums, parks, and even malls. 
Travelling with toddler

Get them to be an active part of the process.

Sometimes, kids might feel anxious and stressed over the move because they have no control over the situation. What if they don’t get to meet new friends? What if the neighborhood isn’t friendly? What if the room in the new house isn’t comfortable for them? This might cause anxiety on their end – but thankfully, you have the ability to resolve this. One of the best ways you can do this is to make them part of the moving process as well. Let them feel they have a say over the matter, so they can get more comfortable over the move.

  • Instead of just relying on yourself, your partner, and maybe even your movers, try to ask your children to help with the move as well. You can assign them to help pack particular parts of the home, or you can take them with you when you buy packing supplies. This can give them a feeling that they’re involved in the move.
  • Let them be responsible for packing their own room. You can teach them how you want their things to be packed, and then you can give them the reins on packing the room on their own. This gives them a good feeling of responsibility and accountability over the things they own.

Ask what your kids want during the move.

Building on the above, aside from letting your kids in on the fun of moving, try to let them feel their opinions matter as well. After hiring your best moving company NYC, you can also ask them just how they want their room to be decorated, or what parts of the room they specifically want to pack. A sense of responsibility and leadership on their end can make them feel more confident over your move. 

Accessories for Your Child’s Room
  • Give your kids the opportunity to tell you how they want their rooms to look like once you finish the move. This gives them a sense of authority and ownership over their new space, which can ease the stress and anxiety they feel over the move overall.
  • Try to get them excited over the move by letting them choose what kind of furniture they want for their own rooms, and even for the house as a whole. 
  • During the move, try to give time for yourself and your kids to bond and relax. Try to affirm to them that while you might be moving houses, the family won’t change. 

Moving With Kids: It’s About Flexibility

When you move with kids, it’s important to treat them as equal members of the family. They can get just as stressed and pressured as you into the move, even if they experience it in different ways. With the above tips, you can hopefully be able to ensure your kids will have a delightful move to your new home. Remember, a huge part of these tips’ success revolves around making sure you provide your kids with an environment during the move that doesn’t always restrict them, and at the same time introducing them to the fun prospect of moving to a new home .

My Kid Has a Loose Tooth – What is Next?

Last week my son told me that he feel uncomfortable when eating. He said he feels his teeth are aching. He is almost 6 years old now and I can see his kindergarten friends with lost teeth when smiling. So sweet their smiles are!

But, if not my friend called me previous day, I never think of any signs of losing milk teeth. I may run to the doctor or dentist to check what happened to his teeth.  🙂

My Kid Has a Loose Tooth

Luckily my friend called me the previous day. Her son also in same age as my kid. She told about his son’s lose tooth story. So, I got the idea. I checked my kid’s teeth and finally found that one of his milk teeth is wobbly!

My feelings are mix of happiness and sadness. This wobbly tooth is a sign of he is growing to a big man. He is no more a baby. I am going to be a mom of a growing adult.

But,I am also with some scary feeling. How will be his new adult teeth? Will he own a beautiful smile as he has now? How to take care of his teeth when some teeth start wobbly? It is difficult to brush the area around the wobbly tooth properly.

Interesting findings

My kid is almost 6 years old when he has his first loose tooth.

His first loose tooth is same as his first baby tooth. One of two bottom teeth.

Girls in his kindergarten have already started losing their baby teeth. Now it is time for the boys of same age.

My kid is so excited to have a loose tooth simply because his friends have.

My Kid Has a Loose Tooth
He makes funny faces when I want to capture a photo with his loos tooth. 🙂

He is asking to prepare a coin to give him once the tooth is fallen, because his other friends got such a coin from parents. Well, as a Sri Lankan I don’t have such experience in our culture. We just throw the fallen tooth to the roof asking a squirrel to take it and give a new tooth in return.

Anyway, below are some of the details and tips I gathered around the web which are helpful for taking care of kid’s teeth. If your kid has a wobbly tooth, then these tips may helpful to keep his oral hygiene to the best.

Tips when your kid has a loose tooth

Keep the loose tooth clean

This is the hardest part. When the tooth is wobbly, it is hard to brush it properly. But I help my kid to brush his teeth well after meal gently and carefully.It is good to keep good oral hygiene throughout the days.

Don’t pull the loose tooth

I’ve read some articles about pulling the loose tooth. I am not a dentist. However with my experience and learning from childhood, it is better not to pull a loose tooth. Allow it to fall naturally. And wait for a beautiful adult tooth.

Talk with your kid about his adventurous experience

Well, I learned this from my little son. Every day he tells me about his friends who has loose tooth or who already has fallen tooth. He is really excited with this new experience. Therefore I encourage him talking about his new experience. It will ease his pain and even he will be more knowledgeable in taking care of the tooth.

Read books about loosing teeth

we are reading stories about loose tooth experiences. 🙂

It is exciting to read more adventurous stories about tooth fairy and loose tooth.There are interesting books for kids.It is always a good way to bond with the kid.These days we are reading stories about wobbly tooth and tooth fairy. 🙂

Get ready to reward him

Yes,I want to treat him with a coin or another reward when he loose his first tooth.I am still thinking of ideas. 🙂

Do you have similar experience with your kids? When they started falling teeth? Please share your thoughts. Let’s talk.

Tips To Make Your Bra Last Longer

The right type of bra provides the requisite support which is why it is important that we support and maintain them well in return. There are many women who wear different bras with different attire while there are many who prefer the same bra for all types of outfits. If you have a habit of wearing the same bra for two days, it could change the condition of your bra. This happens because it does not have the chance to breathe and get into the normal shape. It is recommended that every woman should have extra bras and rotate those weekly. In order to get the best out of the bras, follow the below-mentioned tips to wear, wash, store and maintain.

Tips To Make Your Bra Last Longer

Wearing the bra

When you wear your bra, do not invert the cups so as to fasten or do not put it on backward. Instead, throw your arms inside the straps first and settle the cups in place by lifting your boob one by one and plopping it down. Reach around your back to do the clasps and fasten the bra without taking a look at the clasps. Wear the right bra for the right occasion. Do not wear normal bras to the gym, they are not designed for excessive sweating. You can look for the right type of bras on TheFeatherBra.com and ensure that it fits you well and goes well with your attire.

Tips To Make Your Bra Last Longer

Washing the bra

Let us admit to the fact that scheduling a unique washing cycle is not at the top of our priority. Ideally, it should be. Washing your bras separately will help preserve them. The best way to do this is to separate all your clothes and pile them. You can use a mesh laundry bag for the same. You can simply pop the bras in a wash bag which will not only clean the bra but will also stop it from the twisting and clasps catching on other clothes. Do not put the bras in a dryer but hang them on a clothes horse.

Storing the bra

Never cram your bras in a drawer. This leads to it being pulled forward and backward every time you open the drawer and will ruin the shape of the bra. Lay them on top of one another and ensure that the cups are not bending. If you do not have space for a separate drawer, simply hang them up using hangers in your cupboard.

You need to remember to use the loosest clasp with a new bra and move towards the highest as your bra ages with use. Remain organized when it comes to storing the bra. Clear out a separate drawer in order to store your bras. It will add convenience to your life and will also keep the bra in its best condition. Use these simple tips to wear, wash and store your bras. Remember to replace bras after every eight to ten months.

How to Get Rid of Brown Stains on Teeth

Having a bright and radiant smile is a wish for anyone. If you are a mom who worry about your or your kid’s smile due to discoloured teeth, then this post may help you with some helpful tips. I know that it is embarrassing to smile with brown stains on teeth. Although there are many reasons for teeth discoloration, the good news is that there are treatments to avoid such stains. I am sure you are happy now by hearing this!

get rid of brown stains on teeth

Then how to get   rid of brown stains on teeth? Before that, let’s see the reasons for stained teeth!

Causes of brown stains on teeth

One of the most common reasons for tooth discolouration is food & drinks. If you consume food and drinks with lot of artificial colouring , it can cause tooth discoloration. Dark colour foods including wines are culprits of stains on teeth. At the same time this also can be due to genetic reasons.

As per expert advice from this Dentist in Richmond, VA, Tobacco products can cause discolored or stained teeth. Such stains are hard to remove. If you have such addiction including smoking, it is time to think twice considering your overall health including brown stains on teeth.

Aging cause teeth discolouration naturally. During the aging process the white enamel degrades slowly. As a result, the underneath yellow dentin will expose. This will lead to brown stains or discolured teeth naturally.

 How to whiten your teeth?

get rid of brown stains on teeth

Although there are home remedies to whiten teeth at home, it is always recommended to visit a dentist to get advice or dental treatment on whitening.

Further there are teeth whitening products available in the market including whitening toothpaste, whitening mouthwashes and rinses. Most of these products are easy to buy over the counter. When we contacted Richmond Teeth Whitening dentist, his advice is to get advice from professionals to treat any brown stains on teeth. As per experts, a dentist can treat your discoloured teeth with different dentistry treatments. There are also dentistry procedures for whitening teeth including prevention of further decay.

 If you experience discoloured teeth and thinking of How to get rid of brown stains on teeth, then the best thing to do is getting professional advice. Visit a dentist in your area who is expert on teeth whitening to get further advice and treatment.

Why do kids teeth not come in straight?

I am sure you worry about your kid’s teeth after they’ve fallen. This is why you have doubt about why do kids teeth not come in straight? Did you ever think like that? It is same with me although my kid still has his beautiful baby teeth!

kids teeth not come in straight

Most of the parents take good oral care of their kids’ teeth. They start practicing good oral hygiene habits even before the first tooth appear on their baby. However there are situations that children do not get straight teeth after milk teeth fallen down.

As a mom I always take good care of my kid’s tooth and even more I try to teach him good oral habits.

Now he is nearly 6 years old. I can see most of his kindergarten friends experience losing of milk teeth. So, he will lose his first teeth soon. Then, why I worry? Most of the kids do not get nice straight teeth back.

When their permanent teeth come in, these teeth may not come straight. Therefore, these days I am reading more on kids’ teeth issues and how to correct or prevent those.

Why do kids teeth not come in straight?

This is a common issue among many kids. Their adult teeth do not come in straight. What are the reasons for this?  According to Dr. Jason Gladwell who is popular for Raleigh Braces there are many reasons for this issue.

This can be due to hereditary factors and also due to habits. Some of the hereditary factors include missing teeth, small jaws, large teeth and wide spacing. Tongue thrusting is one of the common habits that can cause teeth issues. If your kid continues with thumb sucking, it is time to stop him doing that if you want to see straight teeth on him. All these habits and hereditary factors result in crowded teeth.

 How to straight your kid’s teeth

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There are orthodontic treatments to correct teeth. However before you come to this step it is important to prevent any habit your kid continues which can cause teeth issues. Correct the bad habits from the small age. It is also a known factor that use of pacifier for many years can cause teeth growing incorrectly. Visit your dentist periodically. Make it a habit to visit dentist from the kid’s young age. Then you can easily follow his advice for the appropriate age. If the teeth are not straight, an orthodontist can do treatment such as use of braces. Invisalign or invisible brace can be the best option if you think you want your kid to enjoy his smile than wearing a traditional brace. For invisalign in Raleigh, NC you can always contact Dr. Jason Gladwell. He is an expert for orthodontic treatments.

Are Dental Implants Safe For Kids?

As parents we always think of take caring of kid’s teeth. This can start from good oral care habits. However there are situations that kids may lose their tooth. This is a situation most mommies and daddies worry about. However don’t worry. Nowadays with advancement of science, there are ways to keep your kid’s smile beautiful!

Dental Implants Safe For Kids

Dental implants are a popular solution for missing teeth however if you look for dental implants for your kid then you should consider many facts. Kids may lose a tooth during play or even due to accidents. However when you contact a professional and well experienced dentist in your area, treating it is not too complex. With dental implant facilities your kid can avoid embarrassment or even low self-confidence status when you help him or her to get the tooth back.

However, most parents are doubtful of such dental implants for kids. They worry thinking ‘are dental implants safe for kids’? If you are one of such parents, here are some information which may help you to take decision.

Is it safe for kids to undergo dental implants?

Are Dental Implants Safe For Kids

As per many professional dentists, yes, it is safe for kids to undergo dental implants if they are qualified for it. As per Dr. Brian Levitin of Mile High Smiles who is a dental expert for Lakewood Colorado Dental Implants, kids can undergo such treatment if they are at least 18 years old. But, it is also say that girls should be minimum of 15 years old and boys to be minimum of 17 years old to receive such treatment. However this age limit is just an indication only. Most importantly the kid should have proper jaw development in order to undergo a dental implant. Therefore the age range can be varied too.

If the kid is with right jaw development and he is able to take care of the tooth after the medical procedure is done, there shouldn’t be a problem. However you need to contact your dentist for further advice. If you think your kid is in right age and it is necessary to do a dental implant, check with your dentist. He will check and advice you in further steps!

Is Your Teen Ready for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Teen age is full of energy and excitement. They are full of hopes. This is the age they develop their self-confidence and other leadership qualities. This is where a beautiful smile is important for most teens. However due to many reasons, most of the teens struggle with their look and smile. But, do you know there are solutions in dentistry?

Is Your Teen Ready for Cosmetic Dentistry?

A well experienced dentist who is specializing in cosmetic dentistry can easily find solutions for your teen. A cosmetic dentistry solution can adjust the smile in different ways. Therefore if your teen is worrying about his or her smile, you can help him or her as one of the most cared parent!

What are the cosmetic dentistry procedures for teens?

Well, there are different ways a dentist can adjust the problems with your teen’s teeth. According to  Dr. Shane R. Costa who is a well experienced Ashburn, VA Dentist ,teens can adjust their smile with different dentistry solutions.

Some of the cosmetic dentistry solutions include altering tooth permanently. However your teen should be mature enough for such procedures.You have to check whether your teen ready for Cosmetic Dentistry or not.

How parents can help the kids to improve their smile?

As a parent, you can help your kid to improve their smile in different ways. The first thing is oral health. It is important your kids to follow good oral hygiene habits from the small age. In such way, he or she will maintain their teeth without discoloring and decaying. Other than that if there are conditions that need advice from professionals, you can take your teen to the nearest dental.

Periodic dentist visit is another good practice to start from the younger age. Other than that, if your kid needs permanent teeth adjustment or any other cosmetic dental care service, contact a professional cosmetic dentist in your area!

Which kind of dentistry issue your teens undergo right now? Please share your thoughts.Is your teen ready for Cosmetic Dentistry?

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