How to prevent and cure that “weird smell”

Smell slider 700Hopefully your house smells AWESOME this week because you or someone else is baking pumpkin pies or preparing the turkey. But most of us have worried (especially before guests come over) that our house might smell weird and we don’t even know it. Have we gone “nose blind” to the weird smells all around us?

We talked about this topic recently during our Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment (which airs at 7:45 a.m. weekdays.) Click the left side of the audio bars below to hear that discussion and get tips on how to make sure your carpets, car, kids room and more all smell great.

Stinky carpet?

Refrigerator funk?

Kids rooms and bathrooms

Does your car smell like a rolling chicken nugget?

De-stink the sneakers

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Adventures in Orthodontics

braces offSee that kid smiling? That’s my son Jack and this pic was taken last spring just a few seconds after he got his braces off at Dr. Derek Brown’s office. Oh, what a happy day it was. (The team at Dr. Brown’s office always makes it feel like a party when a kid gets his braces off.) We left there and went out to eat all the things you’re not supposed to eat when you’ve got braces — popcorn, Skittles, Laffy Taffy, etc. We had a blast. And Jack’s new smile makes all those orthodontic appointments more than worth it.

If your kids aren’t old enough yet for braces but you have a feeling that day might be approaching in the next few years, there’s plenty to learn about this phase of your kid’s life. Even if you had braces yourself, you’d be amazed at just how much technology has advanced the world of orthodontics. We talked about it recently during our Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment, which airs every weekday at 7:45 a.m. If you missed the radio chat, click the audio bars below to hear the discussion.

Three kids, three sets of braces…

Why do some kids get braces twice?

Braces and oral surgery?

Orthodontic terms you need to know

How to help kids cope on the tough days

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Jump-start your creativity

makers gonna makeAre you creative?  Let us answer that for you. YES, you are. We believe every single one of us was born with a creative spark inside, and it’s just a matter of how much we fan that flame.

Recently we talked about ways to jump-start creativity during the Mamas on Magic 107.9 radio segment (which you can hear live on weekdays at 7:45 a.m.)

If you missed that discussion, click the audio bars below and then go MAKE something.

Why it’s important for adults to be creative

Tips from a book on creativity

Creativity boosters

Our favorite creative activities

Some creative homework

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Tips for moving

moving boxesWhether you need to move across town or across the country, the process of selling, buying, packing and moving is HARD work for anybody, especially a mom who’s trying to keep the family routine going along smoothly.

Shannon just completed the process with her family, and she learned a few tips and tricks along the way. We talked through those ideas during a recent week of Mamas on Magic 107.9, which airs weekdays at 7:45 a.m.

If you missed this discussion, click the audio bars below to hear it now.

Decluttering, repairs and tips on getting started

Tips for staging and a story about cows in the kitchen

Checklist to do before a showing

Tips on how to eliminate distractions

Tips for buying a new house

Mamas on Magic 107.9: Food that’s FAST

Large group of foodsMamas, as the new school year approaches and schedules get even more hectic, we’re all looking for ways to get food in those bellies in a hurry. That doesn’t always mean “fast food” (although sometimes that happens), we’re talking about food that we can fix FAST.

We talked about food that’s fast during a recent week of Mamas on Magic radio show. You can hear our radio segments live on weekdays at 7:45 a.m. on Magic 107.9.

If you missed our tips on food that’s fast, click the audio bars below to hear it now.

Dinners that take 30 minutes or less

Fast snack foods

Healthier drive-through options

Lightning-fast lunches

Tips for eating out when you’re rushed