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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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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…

my garage code is . . .

I recently realized that over half my neighbors know my garage code. I’m not super concerned because I know and trust them but when I really stop and think about it, it’s kind of a strange feeling knowing my house isn’t totally secure

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daddy jobs

After 15 years of marriage to say that we’ve got getting ready for bed down to a routine would be an understatement. There’s the part where the kids have gone to sleep so we finally sack out on the couch for a while to unwind in front of the TV

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hiking safety 101

When summertime hits, there’s just something that makes us want to head into the great outdoors! If you’re planning to get outside for a hike this summer, be sure you know your safety basics

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summer vacation safety checklist

Summer is the perfect time to load up the car and head off on an adventure with your family! Though vacation is a much anticipate time, there are so many things to think about. You have to plan all the details for your trip

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fun in the sunscreen: 8 sunscreen tips

Summer is right around the corner. Before you know it you’ll be splashing in the pool, working in the yard, flipping burgers on the grill and playing at the park. No matter what you have planned this summer don’t forget the sunscreen

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roundup of best bug repellents and zappers

There is nothing worse than bug bites. They itch like crazy, spread disease, ruin summer fun, and worst of all they look like huge zits when what really happened was a tiny biting bandit moved into your personal space and took a bite. I plan to fight nature with nature this summer

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surviving the pool

My kids have been watching anxiously out the windows as winter’s snows begin to receded . . . then come back . . . then recede again. Each time Spring seems a bit closer but that’s not the real prize. What they’re really thinking about is Summer: no school, warm late nights spent tearing around the neighborhood playing night games and of course, pool time.

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fire pit and grill safety

The wonderful season of grilling and warm summer evenings is upon us. There is nothing more delightful than grilling up fresh vegetables that you’ve just harvested from your garden or roasting marshmallows around the fire pit

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national emergency medical services for children day

Did you know that today is National Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day? Neither did I. In fact I had no idea that the EMSC program existed, but I am slapping my wrists and making sure people know what the EMSC is!

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national bike month—using your garage tilt sensor

The weather is warming up and everyone is itching to get outdoors and go on fun bike rides! But what if you open up your garage to find that your bikes aren’t there? Bike theft out of garages is very common

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ergonomic gardening tools

It seems spring has sprung and I am so unbelievably excited to start gardening outdoors. It’s been a long winter, hasn’t it?

While indoor plants are my forte, I know I have lots to learn about outdoor gardening this season. After feeling the effects of hard labor in the yard this past fall, I’m all for finding ways to minimize the pain.

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4 ways to be safe in a national park

Every year we hear about that one guy or one gal who died in a national park. Sometimes it’s a dehydrated hiker who journeyed into unsafe territories. Maybe it’s that moron in front of you who got out of his car to pet the wild buffalo. Other times it’s a thrill-seeker base-jumping off cliffs. It’s hard to convince our rock climbers to ditch their beloved hobby, but

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