First Dentist Appointment a Success at River Park Dental

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River Park Dental provides a kid-friendly, stress-free dental appointment in Dublin, Ohio!

A big thank you to River Park Dental for sponsoring this post!

I’m embarrassed to admit this and I’ve struggled with a lot of mom guilt over the fact that I hadn’t taken my oldest son, now 6, to the dentist! I had a multitude of excuses, the biggest being the fact that my son is “slow to warm up,” if you will, and very wary about new experiences, ESPECIALLY when it comes to doctors.

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We’ve had a few scarring (for me and him) experiences that had made me gun shy about attempting the dentist! When I called Ellen at River Park Dental to set up our appointment, she made me feel like this was totally normal and assured me I was not a bad mom! (Though for the record, they do recommend bringing your kid around age 3 1/2 to 4.)

River Park Dental Front Office

As we headed to our appointment, I was definitely nervous. I just didn’t know what to expect or how my boys would respond. Ellen assured me that Missy, the RDH, was great with kids and would go at a speed that worked for them. She assured me they were flexible and would just see how it went. I tried to breathe easy and believe that they would not judge me if my child refused to open his mouth and went running out the door (not an unlikely situation).

Coffee Bar at River park Dental

When we walked in the door at River Park Dental we were warmly welcomed and offered a latte (which was a huge plus in my book! 😉 ).

Waiting Room at River Park Dental

Not only that, but the waiting room is filled with children’s books, iPads and a tooth-fairy house! My kids were immediately at ease.

Kids on iPads at River Park Dental

Luckily, we were able to pry the kids away from the iPads by promising them the same shows were available while they were getting their teeth cleaned! Offer my 6 year old the chance to watch LEGO videos while doing anything and he’s going to be a lot more willing to cooperate!

kid in dental chair at River Park Dental

Missy was SO good with Jaden, who went first. She explained every move she was going to make and got him to help her count his teeth. She told him that it was going to “tickle” when she cleaned his teeth and even got him to laugh in the process! She took the time to teach Jaden how to brush his teeth at home without missing any spots!

Kid brushing his teeth at River Park Dental

By the time Jaden was done and it was my 3-year-old’s turn, Jaden was ready to walk Mayson though the process like an experienced pro!

Kids in dental chair at River Park Dental

Even after being right next to Jaden for his whole cleaning, Mayson was still weary about getting into that dental chair all by himself. Missy offered that Mayson could sit on a parent’s lap or Jaden could sit with him and Mayson chose Jaden to sit with him in the chair!

Kids in dental chair at River Park Dental

Kids in Dental Chair at River Park Dental

I’m not going to lie. This was one of my most heart warming experiences as a mother. You know how you spend what feels like 90% of your waking hours breaking up sibling fights? Well, this moment made it all worth it.

Kid getting teeth cleaned at River Park Dental

After each cleaning, Dr. Saurer came in to check the kids’ teeth and talk with us. She was so kind and gentle with the boys. Being a mother herself, she knew exactly how to talk to the boys.

Dentist checking kid's teeth at River Park Dental

Dentist checking teeth at River Park Dental

After each boy finished their cleaning, Missy gave them a token for the treasure box. They took their token out to the front desk to exchange it for the key to open the treasure box and pick out a prize! Oh my, were they in heaven!

Kid picking from treasure box at River Park Dental

Ellen took their pictures and printed them out in front of them, which they thought was the coolest thing! Then they hung them on the wall! No cavities! Yay!

Kid printing out photo at River Park Dental in Dublin, Ohio

I am so relieved that this first dentist visit is done. It was one of those nagging weights I had been carrying around! And thanks to a positive experience, my boys know what to expect and I don’t have to be nervous about next time!

2 Kids' pictures at River Park Dental in Dublin, Ohio

I cannot say one bad thing about our experience at River Park Dental! If you are looking for a kid-friendly dental experience, I highly recommend them. I’m honestly so grateful for them for graciously getting us through an experience we were all anxious about!

Know Before You Go:

River Park Dental
6605 Longshore St., Suite 220
Dublin, OH 43017
Call (614) 689-8686 to schedule an appointment.

Staff:
Dr. Phing Saurer, DDS, PhD
Ellen, Practice Administrator
Matt, RDH EFDA
Missy, RDH

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Fight Human Trafficking in Columbus One Delicious Brownie at a Time

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Fourteen Twenty Nine is a Central Ohio bakery with a vision for social enterprise and a heart for survivors of human trafficking! 

Thanks to Fourteen Twenty Nine for sponsoring this post!

Amanda Caldwell grew up baking with her grandma every Friday night. Her grandma made all the birthday cakes for her family and the whole family got together to bake on “Cookie Day” each Christmas season.

Baking is the one thing that comes naturally to Amanda and when she came to a crossroads in her professional life, she stepped out in a new direction, believing that her calling was to start a bakery. And not just any bakery, a bakery that will support, train and hire women who are survivors of human trafficking and who don’t have easy  access to traditional avenues of employment.

Amanda baking brownies

Amanda and her husband Aaron have been married for five years and started their business, Fourteen Twenty Nine, this past December. The name Fourteen Twenty Nine comes from the Bible verse Deuteronomy 14:29, “so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.”

Fourteen Twenty Nine Baking Brownies

Little boy licking spatula

Amanda and Aaron partner together, shifting their work schedules to juggle caring for their 22 month old, Judah, while Amanda bakes brownies from her home kitchen and ships them out or delivers them in person within 48 hours!

Bowl of Brownies

Amanda keeps things simple with a focus on brownies: Cake Batter Brownies, Snickerdoodle Brownies, Buckeye Brownies, Cookies and Cream Brownies, Nutella Brownies – and my personal favorite, a Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie, to name a few!

Cookies and Cream Brownie

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In the coming months, Amanda will begin working with a local agency to teach at-risk women things like baking skills, how to build a pantry and how to make healthy meals with their kids. In her spare time, she collects toiletries and gently used purses to put together packs of supplies to hand out to women she meets on the streets of Columbus while volunteering with Reaching for the Shining Stars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie

These are just a few of the ways she has set to work building relationships with community organizations, looking for ways to partner together to battle human trafficking and help survivors find dignity and meaning.

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How can you help? The number one, super tasty way? Buy some brownies!

Order here! All proceeds from the sale of brownies will go towards procuring a commercial kitchen space where Amanda can bake her brownies and begin to accept women who want to volunteer to learn baking skills. As the business grows, Fourteen Twenty Nine will be able to hire women to work in the kitchen space!

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Amanda also accepts women’s toiletries including toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. as well as gently used purses to hand out to women through her work with Reach for the Shining Stars.

You may also be able to help by connecting Amanda with other community resources in Central Ohio, passing on ideas for an affordable kitchen space, and any other resources that will help her dream become a reality! Connect with her through her Instagram and Facebook Pages or send her a message through her website!

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Brownies can be ordered anytime of course, but if you’d like to try a Sample Box, a limited time offering just for Valentine’s Day, you need to order by February 12, 2018! If you need your brownies mailed, make sure to order this week! Order here!

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Mother’s Day Week of Giveaways

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This week I am celebrating Mother’s Day with a week of giveaways! Each day I will do a giveaway over social media! I will come back to this post to insert links if I can, but you can always check my Instagram and Facebook pages for the latest postings! All winners will be announced on Saturday, May 13, 2017!

Here are the giveaways in the order they will be offered!

MONDAY: COSI

There’s always so much fun to be had at COSI! Beginning May 27, 2017, there will be a new exhibit called COSI’S Cosmic Summer – all about astronauts and space! COSI is great for all ages! little kidspace is great for babies through kindergarteners, there are events for adults only, like COSI After Dark, and something else for everyone in-between!

I have four Planetarium Plus tickets to give away, meaning free entrance to COSI plus entrance to a Planetarium show! Enter here on Facebook and Instagram!

TUESDAY: The Blowdry Cafe

It’s hard for moms to take the time to pamper themselves. Sometimes we think we don’t deserve it or we just don’t find or make the time. Let’s just say that my getting ready routine these days does not include time to even dry my hair, let alone style it in any way! Ugh. This past winter I had a fun experience at Blow Dry Cafe with a group of bloggers and I got my first ever blowout. I’ll be honest, I felt pretty good when it was done. Basically, I looked in the mirror and thought – “Wow! This is what I would look like if I actually did my hair!” Correction: This is what I would look like if I let the lovely stylists at The Blowdry Cafe do my hair every day! 😉

Thanks to The Blowdry Cafe for giving away a FREE make up application and blowout to one lucky reader! Enter here on Facebook and Instagram!

WEDNESDAY: Lily Noelle Jewelry

My friend Heidi is a momma by day and a designer by night!  Lily Noelle is meticulously crafted jewelry designs using hand-cut leather, hand-painted wood, semi-precious stones, hand-wrapped sterling silver & gold, & vintage items.  Heidi personally selects each stone & material, then designs & hand crafts each piece, ending with a curated look of wearable fashion!  Portions of sales benefit at-risk women in the Dominican Republic. You can find Lily Noelle at local craft shows, vendor pop ups and online! See her upcoming schedule here! Lily Noelle also offers an Earring of the Month Club! Each month you receive a surprise pair of earrings in the mail!

I’m excited to offer this giveaway of a leather cuff from Lily Noelle! These leather cuffs are reversible AND the winner will get to choose which color they want! Enter on Facebook and Instagram!

THURSDAY: Sitting Made Simple

Babysitting. I’ll be honest, it’s an area we struggle with. We don’t have family here and we don’t know many teenagers or college students. Sometimes I feel like I don’t even know where to start when it comes to finding a babysitter we can trust! Last month, I had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of Sitting Made Simple, a professional child care service and meet the owner, Amanda Knapp who is completely passionate about her business and making sure it is run right!

The sitters employed by the agency are college students who are thoroughly interviewed by the agency. Every one of them has a clean background check and driving record and is infant and child CPR certified! The agency handles all of the details. If your scheduled sitter is sick or has to cancel at the last minute, they find a replacement. You don’t need to worry about last minute cancellations or someone not showing up! SMS can get you a last minute sitter, before and after school care, summer care and more!

I’m really happy to partner with Sitting Made Simple to offer one reader a free registration fee ($50 value). Enter on Facebook and Instagram!

FRIDAY: Oleo

I shared last week on Facebook that I had my oil changed while I was sitting on my couch, in the comfort of my own home, while my kids were in Quiet Time! There was a huge response on social media to this brilliant idea! Eric, owner of Oleo, will come to your house (or place of work, or friend’s house, etc.), change your oil, wipe down your car windows and do a quick check on your car while you go about your business! That means no more antsy kids in the waiting room, no more putting off oil changes because you can’t find the time! You can even schedule your appointment online! I can’t think of any way to make changing your oil more convenient!

I’m thrilled that Eric is offering one of my readers a free oil change as one of the giveaways this week! Enter on Facebook and Instagram!

A few ground rules:

  • You must be 18 or over.
  • These giveaways are not associated with Facebook or Instagram.
  • Readers can enter on both Facebook and Instagram posts for additional chances to win but there will only be one winner per giveaway.
  • All winners will be announced on Saturday, May 13, 2017 on the corresponding social media posts!

Whether you’re celebrating a mom or being celebrated, I wish all of my readers a Happy Mother’s Day! Thanks for all the hard work you do!

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