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how to keep a fire in your home safely

Who doesn’t love crowding around a warm fireplace after a long chilly day? It is a tradition many people have upheld over the years that just doesn’t get old.  Sipping hot chocolate with your family and

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chimney cleaning 101

If you are like me, then cleaning your chimney is pretty high up on the list of “Things I Want To Ignore”; right alongside dusting the baseboards, vacuuming out bathroom cupboards, and sorting mismatched socks. But, as it turns out, ignoring the task of chimney cleaning can be extremely dangerous for your home.

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getting your home ready during fall

Although I don’t like to admit it, the first frost and the chill of winter are quickly approaching. Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home to withstand

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babysitter checklist

I have four children so heading out with my husband for a kid free moment can be both an exciting and daunting task. When you are responsible for juggling the needs, wants and activities of little kids it takes a lot of

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how to be prepared for anything at home

Preparation is a major anxiety reliever. House fire preparation…Earthquake preparation…Preparation H (just kidding).  But seriously though, with proper preparation you can face emergencies with confidence knowing that you have taken steps to plan for whatever the crisis may be.

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diy natural cleaner

Think of all of the packaging (plastic) of cleaning supplies that we buy and use per year…and how much waste is created! It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for the longest time. For whatever reason I thought

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car emergency kit

So often when we think of preparing for emergencies and natural disasters we go through checklists of items we may need in our home. Having food storage, 72-hour kits, and clean water storage are

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strong foundation: safety, health, eduacation

My oldest daughter celebrated her 14th birthday last month. (This statement totally and completely makes my head spin.) All those years have passed in a twinkle of an eye. I still vividly remember the moment she

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hurricane season: flood sensor

One of the unfortunate side effects of hurricanes is the potential for flooding. Though we often think of strong, damaging winds when we think of hurricanes, it’s important to know that they are also as likely to bring

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weather alerts

If you live in an eastern coastal city you’re probably keeping a closer eye on the weather than you normally do. That’s because we’re in the heart of hurricane season, which runs from

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gutter cleaning 101

As a teen, I was always asked by my parents to clean the gutters. And, boy, did I always do it wrong. I was so eager to get done so I could hang with my friends. Quickly hosing out the leaves does not mean a job well done. Here are a few tips and

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how to be prepared for anything at home

Preparation is a major anxiety reliever. House fire preparation…Earthquake preparation…Preparation H (just kidding).  But seriously though, with proper preparation you can face

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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. Whether you’re in a hurricane watch area this season or you’re 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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spotting the signs of identity theft

Identity theft is not something that should be taken lightly.

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happy national parents day!

We know you love your families and want to keep them safe.

As a society, we have come so far when it comes to technology advancement. From skype calls to shutting your garage door with your cell phone, it feels like there’s nothing we can’t do. With the advancement of all this amazing technology, comes various dangers regarding

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lightning safety tips

Summer storm season is in full effect. Have you been experiencing significant weather? In the Midwest, where I live, weather radios have been altering us to tornado warnings and watches with frightening

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national hot dog month

July is National Hot Dog month, and it is a perfect time to enjoy a hot dog on a summer afternoon. Whether it is at a ball game or at a backyard barbeque, the hot dog is the perfect summer meal. My absolute favorite hot dogs come from

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bug spray repellant round up

It’s officially the middle of summer (how did that happen?) and I am covered in bug bites. Unfortunately that’s the cost of spending so much time outdoors in the summer – especially when it’s been

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backyard fire pit safety

I have so many great summer memories of being gathered around a fire pit, roasting
marshmallows or telling ghost stories or playing a guitar and singing with friends.
(My life sounds like an eternal summer camp, huh?) There’s something so magical
about being

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the sandwich generation

You’ve heard of Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials? But are you familiar with the Sandwich Generation?

The Sandwich Generation refers to adults, typically in their thirties and forties, who are caring for their aging parents while raising their own kids. Caring for two generations can be

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keeping an eye on the grill

One of my favorite parts about the summertime is the food. I mean the sunshine, warm weather, and time spent at the pool are all great but what really makes summer special is

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firework cleanup

 Very few of us in the spirit of patriotism would throw a bag of garbage out of our moving car onto the side of the road. Nor would we toss paper debris in front of our neighbor’s yard and yell out a cheerful

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5 ways to secure our homes and protect our families

There is nothing more important than the safety of home & family. With todays technology we can keep our homes secure & our loved ones safe while

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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…