5 Tips for Staying Safe this Summer

Summer vacation is in full force. The kids are out of school and many families spend time outdoors enjoying themselves. While you and your family are out and about, make sure you are following these summer safety tips. Summer Safety Tips Prevent Playground Injuries The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that emergency departments in the United States treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries. Check to make sure the surfaces under the playground equipment are safe, soft, and well-maintained. Before letting your child run and play, take a minute to make sure the … Continue reading

Summer Travel Tip: Never Leave Children Unattended in a Car

It’s a lesson a father living in my city learned the hard way. The man left his 2-year-old daughter sleeping in his locked alarmed car while he ran into Wal-Mart to pick up a spare battery. When he returned to his vehicle his daughter was awake and two police officers were waiting to arrest him for child endangerment. That dad was lucky. Seriously. While I’m sure he wasn’t pleased about being hauled off by police, he is lucky his daughter is still alive. Had the temperature outside been higher his toddler would have suffered much more than just emotional trauma … Continue reading

Scream Into Summer

Years ago I got violently sick on the American Eagle roller coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. Since then my days on thrill rides have been drastically reduced. However, judging by the two hour (plus) long lines that I see people standing in at amusement parks each summer I’ve deduced that I am in the minority when it comes to shying away from high flying “fun.” This summer will be no exception. You still can’t pay me enough to get on any ride that dips, turns or hurls you through mid-air; still, they’re out there and in … Continue reading

Summer Home Safety Tips

Many of us enjoying entertaining or even just having a picnic or barbecue as a family. It’s fun to eat outside and enjoy the great weather instead of having to stop and come in to eat. Sure, it takes a little more effort, but it is worth it. Yet, there are some precautions we should take to ensure safety. One thing many people tend to forget about is food handling safety. In hot temperatures, food can go rancid and spoil quickly. You don’t want your day of fun to end with food poisoning. Do your best to keep hot food … Continue reading

Travel Tidbits—Splashing Into Summer

Happy Memorial Day… eve. We are a halfway through the holiday weekend and to celebrate the occasion, which is also known as the unofficial kick off to summer, I have compiled a few notable wet and wild attractions that just opened a few days ago on opposites sides of the country. The first is located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Just in time for the holiday weekend and the impending summer travel season–what is being billed as the largest indoor pool complex in Atlantic City–is now open at Harrah’s Atlantic City. Its name says it all-—“The Pool”–is a 172,000-square-foot complex, … Continue reading

Home Monitoring Systems For The Sick Or Elderly

I am very blessed to still have my grandparents in my life. However, they are no longer spring chickens and they are often the source of worry for me (and my parents who live a few miles away from them). The fact is, whether you live in the same house as your elderly loved ones or thousands of miles away (like I do), their health and well being is likely a major concern. Which is why I instantly fell in love with a new product that allows you to monitor mom and dad or grandma and grandpa from your own … Continue reading

Child Dies In Household Storage Container

You’ve seen them in stores. You may even have them in your home or garage. I happen to have dozens of them stacked in closets throughout our home. They are those large plastic storage containers the perfect size for storing seasonal clothing items, Christmas decorations, and children’s toys. Unfortunately, they are also just the right size for young children to climb into… and that’s exactly what one New York toddler did during a recent game of hide-and-seek. According to news reports, a 2-year-old boy was found dead in a plastic storage container in his family’s Bronx apartment two days ago. … Continue reading

Preparing for Winter Storms

As the cold weather begins to set in for the year, it is time to prepare for winter storms. The severity and frequency of winter storms will vary from place to place. It is important to consider the area you are living in when making plans. In certain parts of the country, they will shut everything down for an inch or two of snow. In other areas it takes a foot or two to shut down. You will need to plan according to how people react in your area, because they may not have the tools necessary to make the … Continue reading

Calendar of Strange Holidays and Other Events to Scrapbook In June

Imagine the strange and jazzy layouts you can make celebrating some of these wild, wacky and unusual holidays. These have been collected and compiled from various sources over the years of my teaching and we celebrated many of them in the classroom. Celebrate them with your children and family and create fun and wacky layouts! The Month of June Adopt A Shelter Cat Month Cancer From The Sun Month Celibacy Awareness Month Child Vision Awareness Month Children’s Awareness Month Dairy Alternative Month Effective Communications Month Entrepreneurs Do It Yourself Marketing Month Fireworks Safety Month Gay and Lesbian Pride Month International … Continue reading

Fitness Thoughts & More for September

It’s hard to start a month on a Friday. It’s even harder to start that month on the Friday of a three-day weekend. The first of the month is a beginning where we can get charged and excited. Friday is the end of the week and a time to tone it down and take it easy as you roll into the weekend proper. So how do we establish our thoughts on the month ahead? Well, let’s start simply. Monday is Labor Day, banks and such will be closed as will most business offices, retail will be open though and for … Continue reading