Go Red For Women Today is National Wear Red Day

Today is National Wear Red Day.. Are you up for the challenge to GO RED FOR WOMEN??

 Every year, on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together  wearing red,  ready to take action and commit to fight Heart Disease.  In 2003, the American Heart Association was faced with a big challenge ,  being  that Cardiovascular disease  was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year. Many women often dismiss heart disease as an “older man’s disease.” Many don’t pay attention to the tell tale signs. In order to dispel the myths of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, the American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day® , in order to raise awareness of this critical disease. Go Red For Women promotes, educates ,informs and challenges us to make a change within ourselves and fight Heart Disease head on.

Go Red For Women is a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. By banding together we can collectively wipe out heart disease. It challenges us to know our own risk for heart disease , seek preventative medicine and follow the guidelines set forth for heart health.

Since the first National Wear Red Day 10 years ago, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women

  • 21% fewer women are dying from heart disease
  • 23% more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat
  • Publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
  • Legislation to help end gender disparities

Want more information on how you can make a difference visit American Heart Association Go Red For Women online .

 I ask that you and all your friends wear RED today and to help share the truth about heart disease and make ending it a reality!

SO Main Street Mama’s are you up to the challenge?

Whose wearing RED with me today?


ToothFairy Time

A few months back I wrote a blog asking does the toothfairy need a a 2nd job? In that blog I had mentioned that by National toothfairy day 2013 we could be on the verge of losing a tooth or in the full throws of the toothfairy visiting. Well yesterday was the day that that main main lost his first tooth, last night was toothfairy time and the toothfairy made her first visit of at least 19 more to our house.

Nicholas has been home from school sick this week. He has been asking me all week if he coughs hard enough will it knock his tooth out? I have told him eating apples, carrots and pretzels will help it fall out when it’s ready. I left for work this morning and as soon as I got into work he called me so super excited that the first of four loose teeth had fallen out or got pulled out by his apple!

Now the pressure is on as I had discussed previously that the toothfairy could easily go broke having to put up money for each tooth and then let’s not forget mom and dad have to come through with a little something for the big occasion.

So once Nicholas got tucked into bed, and asked  ALOT of questions about how “she” would get into our house? Would she move his pillow? Would she leave money or a book? Does the money have to go into his bank for college? He even asked if she was a she or he?

Well the toothfairy came in quietly and she magically got the tooth , left money and YES she is a SHE!

Both big daddy and I have decided $20.00 for the first tooth would be good and since yes that money needs to go in the piggy bank for college , we will go get a skylanders guy this weekend from mom and dad!

Toothless Happiness

For those of you who know me, know I LOVE any reason to celebrate so it shouldn’t be a surprise that a lil love ice cream cake from carvel came home with me last night honoring Nicholas and his 1st lost tooth and while many have commented that I may have gone overboard with a cake to celebrate, why not celebrate life’s small moments as you never know what tomorrow will bring, and each moment in a child’s life should be special!



National Workplace Politics Month

As many of you know, during the day I work as a Practice Manager for an extremely progessive state of the art pediatric dental practice. As you can imagine, when you are working with a bunch of women, tempers, moods, PMS and politics can make for a less then fun work environment no matter how stimulating the atmosphere or how much you enjoy what you do. So imagine my surprise when I found out October was National WorkPlace Politics Month.

Unfortunately many of us, including myself, deal with WorkPlace Politics. As hard as you try to avoid it, you  get sucked  in. Usually in a way that makes matters worse, which in turn decreases productivity , is a colossal waste of time and toxic to the entire TEAM.

When Workplaces take politics and suppress them it often creates for hostile work environments and increases internal tension and stress within the organization. Studies show us that increased stress is worse on the heart and increases your chance of a heart attack more so then diet and lack of exercise.


I have finally accepted the fact that being in a managerial position, I have ALL the responsibilities and NONE of the RIGHTS. Nobody likes the boss and I often find myself asking the question to myself and others ‘how’s that working for you?’  It has taken me a long time to come to these harsh realities but I am finally learning to embrace them. As many of us are aware, workplace politics are painful, sad and something to be avoided. Yet gossip, backbiting, stabbing and rivalry still occurs

If you are feeling that Workplace politics are becoming toxic to your life and your well being , their are many ways and secrets to dealing with them. Some people play computer games.  I have recently found for myself that singing helps get me through the crisis or political moment until it passes. I have recently stumbled upon a book that could help both you and I deal with common ploys and ways to work through them. The book 303 Secrets to Workplace Politics by Richard Brenner

What many people fail to realize is that we all go to work because we share a common goal and have a passion for what we do and YES, a paycheck too. I am not independently wealthy but I do have a love for what I do and a desire to help create great dental patients in a stress free fun place.

So when you go to work tomorrow ask yourself what are you doing to decrease Workplace Politics and how you can help make it work for  others.


National Dental Hygiene Month

October 1st kicks off many “National” months, my personal favorite and one as a Dental Professional is National Dental Hygiene Month. Proper Dental Hygiene is something that should be taught at an early age. The mouth is one of the passage ways into the body and in order to have “total health” you must first have Oral Health.

Having good oral health does not just happen.  Yes, genetics does play a role, but it is something that is nurtured and taught. These teachings should happen as early 3-6 months. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children have their first Oral Examination on their first birthday and subsiquent visits bi-annually.

By Brushing 2x daily for a minimum of 2 minutes, flossing daily, rinsing with a non alcohol mouth rinse and chewing, yes, chewing sugarless gum , you to can be on the right path to optimal Oral Health regardless of how busy and hectic your lifestyle is.

The American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) has a very easy theme for this year’s National Dental Hygiene Month: “Keep them Healthy, Keep them Clean” which continues to stress how easy it is for you to incorporate the proper oral hygiene regime into your daily life and that of your children.

In order to make brushing fun and educational for children, The American Dental Association (ADA) has incorporated Stop Zombie Mouth which has games, activity sheets, quizes, facts , invites , trading cards and even Halloween masks for children.

Click the link above to check out Stop Zombie Mouth Fun

Take the quiz and see how much you know about Zombies and Candy, after the quiz call your dentist and schedule your families regular dental check-ups.

Wear Teal Day 2012 for Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Tomorrow, all of Mommy’s Links blogs are going TEAL for ovarian cancer awareness in honor of those who have survived, who are going to survive and in memory of those who have lost their battle to this horrible disease.

A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about one in 67. The risk of getting this cancer and dying from it is one in 95. Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer in women, excluding skin cancer. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women.

As women we need to stand together in this fight. According to the Women’s Cancer Awareness Group last year nearly 19,000 women pledged to wear TEAL today. This year they hope at least 22,000 will. Will you be one of us wearing TEAL today?

In memory of Francisca Reyes (1942-2002), mother of Heiddi Zalamar, our Blog Administrator, who passed away from ovarian cancer ten years ago this month. We remember her, all the other women who lost their fight, and the women fighting today.  BE STRONG!


Does the Tooth Fairy need a 2nd Job?


Being a Dental Hygienist by trade when I learned that August 22 was National Tooth Fairy Day (yes there is a day). I immediately got a little choked up because I realized that next year main man could be on the verge of losing his 1st tooth around then or will have already. Managing a pediatric dental practice, we encourage the tooth fairy and often tell the children when they have to get teeth pulled, that we have a direct line and that the tooth fairy will be giving double for this one because the Dentist had to “help” it out. I am often surprised when the tooth fairy informs us that they give $20.00 a tooth and we just increased it drastically, but because Dr. Penny says so the tooth fairy listens. BOY $20.00 a tooth… hmm thats $400.00 minimum when all is said and done!


So imagine my surprise when today a friend tagged me in a post on Facebook about the tooth fairy going broke due to inflation! I could see this happening in our house. I can also see my DH and  I having many of discussions on what the going rate should be when it becomes our turn. I remember when my nieces and nephews were loosing teeth as the cool aunt I always gave a cool present or money if I saw them right after it happened. I have in my head that the tooth fairy in our house will give  $20.00 for the 1st tooth and $5.00 for the remaining which will be $115.00 when it’s time for braces  a little better then $400 though!

So my question to my main mama’s is, what is the going rate in your house?

Below is a link to a cute article I have read about  Inflation & the Tooth Fairy. Be advised there is the use of foul language in the article, so if you offend easily, please don’t read it!


Schedule your physicals and check-ups early!

I tend to be a planner when it comes to appointments for myself and my family. I know my pediatrician’s office opens up their appointment books 3 months in advance, so every year on February 18th I have a reminder on my office calendar to schedule main man’s yearly physical. I know that on the Tuesday after Labor Day they open up the flu shot schedule and have a reminder set for that. I pre-book all of our dental check-ups before we leave our current appointment. My husband is in charge of his own physical, but I do have a reminder that on June 1st he needs to call his Dr so he gets in mid August. So being that I plan ahead it boggles me as to why people wait until the last minute to schedule physicals, dental check-ups , eye exams and any other appointment that might either require a follow up or is something that is done routinely year after year or even bi-annually!

I manage an extremely progressive, high tech pediatric dental practice. We always encourage our parents to book their next appointment prior to leaving, even if it is just a check in 2 months. We say this because we are their everyday, we know everyone wants an appointment after 3pm , on the 3rd Thursday of the month for all 3 of their children and they must be out in 30 minutes because they have to pick up their cousin at the airport. Yet on August 21st we still get the phone calls from the frantic parent whose son is leaving for college the day after tomorrow and they have been having a pain in their mouth since early July and do we have anything today and if there is a cavity can it be fixed TODAY and since we are coming can you squeeze in my other 2 children?

Of course we manage to treat all 3 children as well as the cousin who flew in this afternoon who called from the airport because she broke her tooth on the flight. We would never turn anyone away! Yet parents still get upset if we can’t see their child at the exact time they request although they are receiving high quality care and that takes planning and proper scheduling and TIME!

So my questions to you are these. Have you taken the time to schedule your familes yearly physicals? Did you block out time for the families bi-annual dental check-ups? and WILL this post help you make better use of your TIME?