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If you’ve never been to the Biltmore estate, you’re missing out on one of Asheville’s coolest attractions. The French chateau-inspired mansion was built in 1895 as a getaway for George and Edith Vanderbilt, and it’s still considered America’s largest home. It sits on 8,000 acres, and the property is an amazing place to visit or stay, with three hotel experiences, a winery, a spa, and more. This year, my team and I want to invite you to visit Biltmore — on us! 2020 was a crazy year, and while 2021 has been better, life is still pretty stressful. You deserve a day trip or staycation, and there’s no better place to take it. You can drive to Biltmore from Simpsonville in just an hour and a half. Here are a few fun facts about the house and estate you’ll see if you win our contest.
• Biltmore’s winery was established in 1985. Today, you can get a complimentary wine tasting there as long as you make a reservation. They also have a wine bar with snacks! • Biltmore is basically a village. Along with the house, it offers more than a dozen family-friendly restaurants and shops , including a confectionery, a bookbinder’s store, and a toymaker’s shop.
• As if that weren’t enough to do, there’s also a luxury spa where you can get a massage, facial, or manicure/pedicure .
• Last but not least, you’ll find a playground, biking and hiking trails, and even falconry lessons if you want to take the whole family. Okay, now for the details! This month, we’re kicking off a really special Facebook review contest, and the winner will receive a gift card to Biltmore. To enter, all you have to do is head to our Facebook page (Facebook.com/MarshallOrtho) and leave us an honest review, OR pick up a Biltmore contest poster or card from our office, scan the QR code, and leave your review that way. When you submit your review, we’ll receive a notification that you did it and our team will enter you into the contest. It’s that easy! You can enter any time between July 1 and Friday, Oct. 1. On Oct. 1, we’ll announce the winner on Facebook. The colorful leaves of Biltmore are beautiful in the fall. We’re looking forward to sending you there! – Dr. William Marshall
• The Biltmore house is 175,000 square feet . You can tour it (with a handy audio guide) and check out the luxury yourself.
• The house has 250 rooms , including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces.
• Guests at Biltmore can wander through 75 acres of gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
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Are the Cartoons Your Kids Watch Actually Made for Kids?
With the many streaming platforms out there, kids have access to a more diverse array of content than ever before. That being said, parents need to be extra vigilant about which shows and videos are captivating their children’s attention, particularly when it comes to cartoons. Cartoons on their own aren’t bad for kids. In fact, enjoying them in moderation can have myriad benefits for a child’s development. They can bring laughter and relieve stress, engage a child’s imagination, help them develop their language skills, and teach them about topics ranging from mathematics to social skills. The best cartoons can be bright, colorful, funny stories that help children learn and grow. That said, though, not all cartoons are for kids, nor do they teach good lessons. Many cartoon characters encourage violence and speaking rudely to teachers and other authority figures. Additionally, with adult animation becoming more popular in recent years, many of the cartoons available on TV, streaming services, and YouTube are explicitly not for children.
So, how can parents make sure the cartoons their kids are watching are safe, wholesome, and educational?
In recent years, as YouTube has continued to amass countless hours of video content — much of it geared toward children — they’ve developed YouTube Kids, their streaming site for children under the age of 13. This site isn’t airtight, however, and disturbing content can sometimes slip through the cracks. Parents might also find value in sticking to certain channels or streaming services, such as PBS Kids, Nick Jr., or Disney+. There are also organizations like the Parents and Television Media Council, whose website, ParentsTV.org, can help parents determine which cartoons are okay for their kids to watch. Ultimately, the best way to ensure cartoons are safe is to watch with your kids. After all, this turns a solitary activity into one where parents can learn, laugh, and bond with their children.
Enjoying This Newsletter? Thank Taylor! Meet Our Fantastic Marketing Coordinator
The newsletter you’re holding in your hands right now only exists because of one person: our awesome marketing coordinator, Taylor Smith! Taylor has been with us for almost two years now, and she runs all of our marketing efforts like a pro. If you see our team post on social media, discover a newsletter in your mailbox, or come across an ad for Marshall Orthodontics online, that’s all Taylor. “I help put together all the marketing for the office, anything from sponsorships to events, digital marketing campaigns, social media, etc.,” Taylor says. “I also handle all the new patient leads that come in from social media or our website — basically anything you can think of marketing-wise.” Marketing might seem like a dry field to some people, but Taylor loves her work. She graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Business Management, and during college, the marketing courses were her all-time favorites.
“I love being able to watch the practice grow through the work that I do. Watching my marketing efforts come to life is so exciting. I enjoy seeing everything happen from the back end!” she says. When Taylor isn’t working, you can find her spending time with her boyfriend Jay, cheering on Clemson at football games, working out at the gym, or reading mystery novels. Her hobbies keep her just as busy outside of the office as we keep her in it. Although Taylor has never worked in orthodontics before, she fit in right away. In fact, she’s doing such good work that we recently expanded her role to cover insurance as well! This is a big deal, since we don’t trust just anyone to handle our patients’ important insurance documents and details. Taylor is smart, responsible, and a joy to work with — we’re lucky to have her.
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The Secret to a Healthier, Happier Kiddo 5 PROBLEMS BRACES CAN SOLVE FOR YOUR CHILD Most people assume the only perk of braces is straight, white teeth, but in reality, their wires and bands can do far more for your children! Here’s a quick peek at just five problems braces can solve. Keep these in mind as you prepare to send your kids back to school. 1. Struggles With Self-Confidence As you might recall from our January newsletter, an Invisalign-Harris Poll survey of more than 2,000 people who’d had their teeth straightened found 92% were more confident after treatment! That’s an amazing result and can be a crucial boost for teens struggling with self-image. 2. Their Status at Work or School That same study showed respondents felt they were perceived as happier (60%), more attractive (50%), more successful (50%), and smarter (40%) with straight teeth. Statistics back this up! Another survey conducted by Kelton for Invisalign found Americans assume people with straight teeth are wealthier, more successful, and more likely to be hired than their peers with crooked teeth. 3. Crooked Teeth Not only does a straight, white smile look more attractive, but it’s also healthier for your child’s mouth! Crooked teeth can misalign their bite and put pressure on a particular tooth, making cracking and chipping more likely. 4. A Gap-Toothed Smile Braces are an effective, foolproof way of eliminating gaps in your child’s smile. Whether the gap is between their front teeth or somewhere else, they’ll never have to worry about it again after treatment. 5. Cavities, Tooth Decay, and Gum Disease As funny as it sounds, braces actually make it easier to clean your teeth by spacing the teeth properly! This means that once your child has braces, they’ll be able to brush more thoroughly and prevent expensive health issues like gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. Your kids could enjoy these benefits in as little as 16 months. Call our team at 864-336-2965 or visit Marshall-Orthodontics.com to book a FREE consultation. We offer three types of braces (traditional metal, Damon self-ligating, and Damon clear self-ligating), so there’s an option for everyone.
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5 Wacky Pizza Trends From Around the World
2. Ketchup and Corn Pizza (Brazil) — According to several sources, Brazilians swap pizza sauce for ketchup or tomato slices and top their pies with strange combinations of local ingredients like corn, beets, hearts of palm, and potato sticks. 3. Haggis Pizza (Scotland) — Pizza may be the only semi- enjoyable way to eat haggis: a mix of sheep or calf offal, oatmeal, suet, and seasonings that are boiled in an animal’s stomach. Last year, Papa John’s got in on the action when it released a limited-edition haggis pizza in honor of a Scottish poet, Robert Burns. 4. Mockba Pizza (Russia) — This local pie comes topped with four kinds of fish (sardines, tuna, mackerel, and salmon), onions, herbs, and occasionally fish eggs. Most troubling of all, it’s served cold! 5. Chickpea Pancake Pizza (Argentina) — In Buenos Aires, locals top their super-cheesy pizza slices with fainá — chickpea pancakes cooked separately from the pies and balanced on top of each slice. Keep these pizzas in mind when planning your next international vacation! They might be tastier than they sound, and if not, they’ll still make great Instagram fodder. As actor Cole Sprouse once tweeted, “You’re losing followers because you’re not relatable enough. Try mentioning that you eat pizza. If that doesn’t work, play the ukulele.”
Here in the U.S., pineapple is considered a wild and controversial pizza topping. Even celebrities take a stand. Justin Bieber is pro- pineapple, but Jimmy Kimmel is against it. According to a 2019 YouGov Omnibus study, only anchovies and eggplant are more hated. But in other parts of the world, the tangy yellow fruit is far from the strangest topping you’ll see! Here are five wacky pizza trends from around the globe that will either make you hungry or inspire you to sprint the other way. You may want to order a comforting cheese pie from your favorite local pizzeria before reading this, just in case. 1. Banana-Curry Pizza (Sweden) — The Swedes first accessed bananas in 1944, and since then, they’ve put them on everything , including pizza, which they top with tomato sauce, smoked cheese, banana slices, and curry powder. 5 WACKY PIZZA TRENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD They Eat What on Pizza?!
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