**This is a sponsored post on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own.
It’s funny the things that kids get excited about…like opening a new tube of toothpaste! My kids used to beg me for the bubble gum flavor toothpastes with the characters on the front because they wanted yummy toothpaste, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy anything other than natural for them. Then I started buying the Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry Children’s toothpaste and Poppy & Skip seriously get so excited to finish one flavor tube and open the next one that’s in the cupboard.
Silly Strawberry is always a favorite and it also comes in kid friendly mouthwash, which makes them feel like such “grown ups” being allowed to use mouthwash and it is good for a little freshening after snack times. Here are the few of the main reasons I’ve chosen to use Tom’s of Maine toothpastes for years now:
Obviously inspired by the home schedule I last posted, I thought I would do a countdown to Easter (based off of the biblical events). Easter is the most special “holiday” to me, there’s just so much weight on the events that we are remembering. It’s important to me that my kids know what it’s all about and not just associate the holiday with the Easter Bunny and excessive amounts of chocolate. Not that I have anyyyyyything against a good old fashioned egg hunt 😉
It’s just an outline for the week leading up to Easter Sunday so you can go through an event each day. We will talk about Judas betrayal on Wednesday, The Last Supper on Thursday, Jesus Death on Friday, Burial on Saturday, and then celebrate the resurrection on Sunday/Monday.
I wouldn’t worry about lining the days up though, just go through them as you wish. I’m going to link a few youtube videos at the bottom to help explain the events for young kids. Feel free to leave more resources in the comments.
You can cut the strips out and hang them creatively or just leave it as a page and put it on your fridge for the week and use a clothes peg to mark which day you are focusing on. I pegged them to this stem and stuck the pampas grass to the wall with painters tape.
A few days after we took Poppy out of school since all this COVID-19 stuff went down Poppy said she wished we had a schedule for the day like they do in their classroom. So I printed some off and we’ve been switching that around, not quite everyday but most, to add some structure. The kids love it!
I made some minimal looking printables for you print, cut out and display how you wish. I hope it helps with your daily routine!! If you make it show me on Instagram.
*Disclosure: Products and compensation were provided to me by Tom’s of Maine, but my opinions are my own.
This past fall I visited Kennebunk, Maine with Tom’s of Maine to meet some of the people behind the brand and see their factory. One of the other reasons I visited was to be introduced to their new Prebiotic line. To give you a little idea of what the heck prebiotics are and why it’s beneficial to have them in the products you’re putting on your body I’ve included this from the Tom’s of Maine website (because they put it into words better than I would be able to).
Good and bad bacteria naturally exist in your gut, mouth, and on your skin. Prebiotics are nutrients that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in and on your body by feeding them, while starving and crowding out the bad bacteria that cause bad breath and body odor. Promoting their growth will help support a healthier balance of bacteria with more of the good and less of the bad.
You are probably more familiar with probiotics in your everyday diet and if that is something you are intentional about, prebiotics are just as important.
Both probiotics and prebiotics work to promote a healthier microbiome, for the gut, mouth, or on the skin. The difference is that, while probiotics are bacteria known to be beneficial to the body, prebiotics are nutrients that promote the growth of the good bacteria that already exist in or on your body. Allowing the good bacteria to thrive is important for maintaining a healthy balance. I’ve been using the Prebiotic Personal Care line for about a month now and it lives up to the performance of the other Tom’s of Maine products. I was already using their deodorant, toothpaste, and bar soap, but I am loving that they have now introduced a liquid hand soap. Not shown in these photos is the Body Wash which is a staple in our shower and I also use it as a clean bubble bath for the kids. The Fresh Apple Hand Soap is a family favourite scent, Clean Coast Deodorant, Spearmint Fluoride Toothpaste, and the Blood Orange Body Wash.