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Tips on How to Travel with Invisalign

How To Travel with Invisalign

Recently I’ve been in between attending amazing blog conferences and brand events or going on short vacations with my family. Often times when we are travelling there are two main things that can be challenging when you have Invisalign. But don’t worry! I have some tips for you that will make trips with Invisalign much easier.

How To Travel with Invisalign

Road Trip Challenges:

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Eating on the road – While our first choice would ALWAYS be to brush and floss and clean our aligners, sometimes that’s not always possible when it’s meal time on the road. I have found that the mini toothbrushes with toothpaste sold in most store’s dental aisle are invaluable for times when you have to grab a bite and run. These little toothbrushes include soft bristles, a drop of toothpaste, and a tooth pick for optimal cleaning, and they do a pretty good job of removing any gunk, at least until you stop where you can brush/clean better.

Restroom Brushing  – After flights I have had no choice but to brush my teeth in the public restroom at airports around the US. Some of the restrooms will offer a “traditional sink” rather than the timed or motion activated water. If this option is available it should be your first choice. From first hand experience I can tell you it is extremely difficult to try to brush your aligners and move to keep the water running on motion activated spouts. Make sure you place your aligners in your case while you are brushing, and if by some chance you don’t have your case use a few dry paper towels to place your aligners on, this reduces the amount of dirt and germs in contact with your Invisalign aligners.

Away from Home Challenges:

Hotel Accommodations – When travelling you’ll of course bring your usual toothbrush and toothpaste, however if you do forget yours, most large or chain hotels offer complimentary toiletries for your needs. I will often ask the front desk for their travel toothbrush and toothpaste so I can tuck it in my bag and not have to bring the mini toothbrush I mentioned above or my bulky, battery powered  toothbrush. The packets of toothpaste are convenient and small and great for on-the-go as well.

So whether you’re travelling by car, boat, or plane, there are many ways to keep your teeth clean and make sure you are wearing and taking good care of your Invisalign aligners.

What questions or additional tips about traveling with Invisalign do you have??

 

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I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.

Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure Universal Studios

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We are huge fans of Dr. Seuss, his books, and of course the new television show, Cat in the Hat on PBS Kids. So much so, in fact that when I asked Miss A what theme she wanted her 5th birthday to be she said, “Cat in the Hat.” And that’s exactly what we did. {I’ll post more on birthday party details another time.}

On our Spring Break trip to Florida in April, we got a Seuss-y treat when we arrived at Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure – Universal Studios. Not only did I get to do some research/gather party ideas, but we had a truffula-green-egg-and hammy-fish-splashing-whoobilee-sneetch-filled time!

Seuss Landing was magnificently themed, from the details of each ride, to street lamps, and signage. Here are some pictures from our fantastic few hours:

Seuss Landing MommyBKnowsBest

As you can see we enjoyed the Caro-Seuss-el, with it’s many Seussian creatures, but that wasn’t the only ride we had a great time on. Miss A and I really loved The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride, and all the fun Sneetches we got to see along the way, warning, this one has a really, really, really, long queue, but totally worth it to be able to ride above Seuss Landing and through the Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous, a very cool big top themed restaurant.

We also liked the One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish ride, well, all of us except Lil’ C, she wasn’t a fan of even the thought of getting wet, we ended the ride with a few tears, but Miss A loved making the fish car go up and down trying to avoid the water streams using the easy controls.

Red Fish Blue Fish MommyBKnowsBest

The only ride that really scared the kids was The Cat in the Hat indoor ride. We asked the ride attendee outside the entrance if the ride was “scary” or “very spin-y”. She told us that there were about 3 spins and they were mild. I guess we had a different definition of spin. For Lil’ C who is 2 and Miss A who was then not quite 5 years old, it was not a good ride. Both of them were a little scared from being spun around and all of the different pieces from The Cat in the Hat story moving or jumping out in front of us. I’m not sure what I would have thought if I was a kid, but it was a little intense for me. So just a warning if you have sensitive kiddos you may want to skip this one, but if you have daring, ride-anything children have at it!!

All in all, most of the rides in Seuss Landing were entertaining and enjoyable. We also loved the theming, play areas that were set up, and bush sculptures. Of course after watching The Lorax in theaters, we were very excited to also see parts of the book, {and movie accordingly} portrayed in Seuss Landing. Like the Lorax himself, the home of the Once-ler, truffula trees, and the, “Street of the Lifted Lorax Sign.” Miss A got super excited, because it’s one of the few movies she’s seen in the theater.

The Lorax MommyBKnowsBest

Honestly and truly, visiting Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure was like stepping into Dr. Seuss’ books, I only wish we had more time to enjoy more rides and details of this section of the park.

Don’t be a grinch!! Make sure you visit, and bring the kids to Seuss Landing when you come to Islands of Adventure Universal Studios, I promise you’ll have fun too!

And if you’ve been, we would love to hear your thoughts on Universal Studios Islands of Adventure as well. Leave a comment and make sure you visit my Facebook page http://facebook.com/mommybknowsbest for more pictures of our Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure Universal Studios trip. For the roller coaster fans, check out DaddyB’s site for his review on Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey, also at Universal Studios: http://www.thecoastercritic.com/2012/05/harry-potter-the-forbidden-journey-review.html

Thank you Islands of Adventure Universal Studios for having the B family visit. We loved our time visiting the park and the above opinions are my own honest words and thoughts. Your opinions may vary. 

Top Ten Tips for a Fun Family Road Trip {Guest Post}

SuitcasesWhen you plan a family road trip you think fun and adventure, not boredom and arguments. I’ve taken lots of road trips with my daughters. We’ve traveled when they were infants up until the teen years. This can be some of the best vacations you’ll take as a family. You just need a little planning and lots of patience!

As a frequent road tripper, I’ve compiled a list of tips on how to have an enjoyable road trip with your family:

1. Pack Wisely – You’ll be spending a lot of time in your car, so keep it comfortable. Pack the luggage in the back or on top. Leave room for the things you’ll need and want close by in the passenger section. This isn’t the type of trip where you want to be packed in like a sardine.

2. Download Music – Come on and admit it, you sing in the car. So why not have your family join in? Download favorite songs for every member of the family and take turns listening to them and singing along.

3. Play Games – Bring along travel size games. Find odd color cars. Pack pens, markers, and paper. Travel trays make it easier for your children to make use of games and crafts. Just leave the noisy toys at home for everyone’s sanity.

4. Pace Yourself – Take time to stop and see the sights. Even if you have a deadline for your drive time, stop to let the kids run around, for you to hold the baby and to take some photos. If you have more time, stay overnight in a motel and enjoy a swim in the pool, or a side trip.

5. Take Food – Bring along lots of snacks and drinks. A cooler works well to organize and keep them cold. Don’t forget napkins, wipes and hand sanitizer.

6. Souvenir Shopping – You don’t need to go to a tourist trap or spend a lot of money, instead pick up something at a gas station or a shop near a restaurant. Place a limit on the amount of money you’ll spend. You can even use this as a reward for good behavior. Bribery does work!

7. Talk and Talk Some More – Discuss what you’ll be doing on your trip to get the conversation started. Ask open ended questions of your quiet tweens and teens. Let you toddler babble away. Soak it all in. You can even video this special time for your memories later on.

8. Surprise Gifts – Buy some things before you start your trip and wrap them to give to your children when the going gets rough. Think dollar item toys, DVDs, coloring books, and iTunes gift cards.

9. Restaurant Choices – Let the children choose the place to eat, within limits. Give them a few choices that fit your budget and the type of food your family prefers. If you have more than one child, let one choose for lunch and one choose for dinner, or one chooses one day and the other chooses the next day.

10. Have Patience – Sitting in a vehicle for long periods of time can be tough for some children, no matter the age. Being more patient and tolerant will make things go much smoother for everyone concerned. A road trip isn’t the time for punishment or too much scolding. If you use the tips provided, you’ll help prevent the need for either.

Hopefully, these tips for a fun family road trip will stop your children from whining and complaining. And you won’t hear the dreaded, “When will we get there?” or “I’m bored!”

What are some activities or tips that you use for a family road trip?

Connie Foggles HeadshotConnie Roberts is best known as @ConnieFoggles. Her blog Brain Foggles, focuses on parenting, social causes, and being an advocate for her daughter, who has multiple medical conditions.

 

 

 

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We Love Chick-fil-A

For those of you who regularly frequent Chick-fil-A with or without your families I don’t have to tell you how amazing this fast food restaurant is. In my opinion, and until I am corrected, this is the top family fast food joint offering customer service, kid friendliness, and tasty food high above other fast food standards.

Chick-fil-A is the only fast food restaurant where I’m greeted and my order is taken in a very polite manner. Occasionally I’ll get a, “How are you,” or a “Please pull up” at other ff restaurants but typically I’m just glad if I get a glum, “Can I take your order.”
Now aside from their friendliness this joint is amazing if you have kids. This is the only fast food that I know of that gives you disposable place mats, bendy straws, and allows the kids to trade their toy for ice cream. On several occasions when dining in we’ve had servers help by brining food to our table and even getting items like high chairs, and silverware for our table instead of staring at us while we struggle like most fast food restaurants. Just that in itself amazes me.
Also on the kid front I love that Chick-fil-A is so involved in the community offering several activities monthly for families.
Now while I’m not always in the mood for chicken, (sorry Chick-fil-A cows,) when I am I do love their fried chicken and the fact that it’s white meat. Maybe not the healthiest lunch but very tasty. I appreciate the reduced fat milk and fruit cup choices for the kids meals.
I love Sunday’s but I do have my sad moments when I realize that Chick-Fil-A is closed 🙁
So thank you Chick-fil-A for being kid friendly, community friendly, tummy friendly, and just generally friendly!