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you might have a dumb home if…

If you come home from a Costa Rican vacation and find vagabonds eating your marshmallow puff, your home is dumb.  Read more…

college football

I’m a soccer fan. Love it. Ask me anything about Major League Soccer or any of my favorite international leagues and you’ll be in for a lively discussion. Or you may wish you hadn’t asked me at all. Either way, it’s my thing and I enjoy following it.

College football on the other hand, is a

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last fling

As summer comes to a close and school looms ominously on the horizon we find sometimes find ourselves casting about, wondering if we made the most of our summers and how we can

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emergency home plan: round up of best emergency preparedness strategies

While preparing this post I realized how unprepared I am for emergencies. You never think a natural disaster will hit your small town or that your children could ever get their hands on cleaning supplies & small objects perfectly crafted to lodge up their nostrils. Sadly, these situations happen daily. Here are quick tips on

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emergency home plan: medical

Picture this: Your child falls and cuts himself while under the supervision of a babysitter. There’s a significant amount of blood, and he’s crying in pain. Does the babysitter know where to find

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emergency home plan: home alone

There is one thing in life that is quite certain — that it is NOT certain when an emergency is going to happen.  Therefore, it is imperative to be prepared.  Speak to anyone who has been in an emergency situation, and those that were prepared for an emergency say that they

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emergency home plan: toxic and poisonous materials

My husband and I are preparing for our first little one this fall. With all of the exciting planning (baby clothes are really fun!), it’s also gotten us thinking more closely about how some of the products in our home seem harmless but can be toxic for

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emergency home plan: tornados and hurricanes

Having grown up in Florida, hurricanes and inclement weather were part of growing up. Wether you’re in a hurricane watch area this season or your in the middle of a tornado zone, it’s important to have

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emergency home plan: floods

Do you know what your family would do if your home and neighborhood suddenly became flooded? Even through your neighborhood may not be in a flood zone, it’s important to remember that when heavy rain comes, there’s a possibility for

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safety at home: fire home plan

When I think fire drills I’m taken back to the 7th grade. There a pudgier version of me stood in line on the baseball fields watch our school not burn to the ground as blood-curdling alarms echoed across the tetherball courts. Awkward little middle school children testing the patience of

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september neighborhood calendar – miami

September brings countless new beginnings as the Fall season draws near. The invigorating smell of fresh, crisp Fall air. Revamping your wardrobe. The start of a new school year. Your favorite

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national senior citizens day

August 21st is National Senior Citizens day in the US (not to be confused with National Senor Citizens day…just kidding), and many of us are staring at out computer screen wondering what this holiday means for you. You may ask yourself: Do I

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summer homes fro snow-birds

Snowbirds are individuals who vacation or move to a warmer climate during cold weather.  Retirees, recreational vehicle users and business owners who can work remotely are among the most common snowbirds.  Now that fall is quickly approaching, this group is preparing to

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control your home, away from home

I can probably count on one hand the number of times I came home from school to an empty house when I was growing up. I was the oldest of six kids so my mom wasn’t exactly mobile. On those rare occasions when my mom couldn’t be home after school, she’d leave a note on the door that said

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should children have cell phones?

My three-year-old son has his own iPhone. No, it doesn’t have cellular service. My husband turned his iPhone 4 into a “game phone” for our toddler, Levi, when he upgraded to the iPhone 5S. Levi can only use

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cell phones in the classroom

We are in the age of technology and, with that, we face certain battles. More and more children are being given cell phones at a young age. I remember not having a

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technology in school

Every Friday I get an email from my teenage daughter’s school management system. It shows me all my daughters missing assignments, late assignments, assignments scored below 70 and the current grades in her classes. I look forward to this email, while my daughter usually

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back-to-school: tech needs for kids

We are only weeks away from putting away our summer camping gear and trading it in for back-to-school clothes and shiny new backpacks. As the dog days of summer wrap up, it is important to start thinking about

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get involved in your community garden

I remember when my husband and I lived in New York City, I would always get so excited when we passed by a community garden. There’s something so special about a green space like that, especially in an

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back to school – carpool time

The lazy days of summer are quickly coming to an end and school is right around the corner.  Getting my kids to and from school, especially with three kids in three different schools, can be overwhelming. To save time, gas, stress and my sanity I’m

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printable neighborhood – let’s go camping!

This week’s printable is a camper – one of my all time favorite pieces of rolling stock. Though in my dream of dreams this camper would be an Airstream, somehow I think all of those

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preserving summer memories

Summer will be wrapping up soon, and I know you’ve had some adventures! Hopefully you’ve spent the last couple of months eating popsicles, splashing around, and making lots of fantastic summer memories. And now that it’s coming to a close, there are some great

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data storage and fraud awareness

In an age where we conduct transactions online and our important banking and personal data is shared between computers everyday, how can we be sure that our identities and financial information are

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how can farmer’s markets save you money?

Every Sunday in my neighborhood, there is a farmer’s market that has the most delicious and fresh California produce. We try to go every week to snag some samples, peruse the homemade goods, and just get some fresh air. It can be a real gamble whether the farmer’s market can save you money

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frequenting farmer’s markets can simplify your life

Grocery stores are LOUD in every way!  From the fluorescent-colored serial boxes, rows of canned goods, toy, diapers, baby food, various packaged goods screaming out at you, to the rattle and squeak of shopping cart wheels surrounding you, a trip to the grocery store is usually the worst part of a stressful day.

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a beginner’s guide to the farmer’s market

Seeking out a one stop family friendly destination for fun, food and a little time in the sun this summer? Look no further than your local farmer’s market! Farmer’s markets are becoming a popular destination not only for picking up the freshest and most local seasonal produce and flowers, but farmer’s markets are also

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spotting the signs of identity theft

Identity theft is not something that should be taken lightly.

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farmer’s market and family

I was fortunate to have lived in a very small village in France. One of the great privileges of living there was getting to shop at the beautiful & delicious open Marche each week. We had our choice of fresh milk, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, bread, flowers & much, much more. Once I was gifted a few

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how to streamline your evening routine

Every day is different and while some evenings allow more time than others, it’s important to remember that evenings have a significant effect on mornings. By doing everything on our list and in our routine at night, it ensures a calm and organized morning to be

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how to streamline your morning routine

While there are some mornings that I feel relaxed and organized…there are also mornings that I feel lucky to make it out the door in one piece. It’s so simple yet I often forget: mornings set the tone for the entire day. So why can they be so

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using your tablet outside

After diaper bag essentials are packed, there is rarely room for anything else. When I received a Mini Ipad it saved time, decreased clutter & kept everything I wanted to take with me in one small, practical & portable space. Sadly my “mini office”, “entertainment center”, “library”, & “child panic button” was thrown into

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