Baby, Gift Ideas, Parenting

Hanwha Techwin Wisenet Baby View Eco Monitor – Review

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The Hanwha Techwin Wisenet Baby View Eco Monitor is a wireless video baby monitor full of features that can be used for more than just baby. I do not even have an infant or a toddler in my home but I use one in our upstairs games room. I’ll explain why in this review. Wisenet is a line of Hanwha Techwin security products from home security to baby monitors. The Baby View is a line of these Wisenet monitors and the Eco refers to a power saving function on this unit you can enable with a click of the mode button.

Before you think that these monitors have too many icons and features on the screen it is actually more simple than it appears. To use the monitor can be unplugged and moved around as long as it has its charge and there is a battery indicator right on the upper corner of the screen. The camera has a straight line 900 foot range and mine is flawless in another level and opposite end of our 2700 square foot home. The camera has to be plugged in at all times and if it becomes unplugged the monitor will beep at you.

You can also change brightness and volume with one touch on the controls. Our youngest is 9 and his game room is upstairs and the other end of our main living area. It is such a pain to walk up and down the stairs reminding him it’s shower time or dinner time. Not only can I keep an eye on him and when friends are over and up there, I can press one button and he can hear my commands very clearly. Even at 9, these are great to just keep an extra eye and ear out for what they are watching and playing on the TV screens in another part of the house.

There are two push buttons on the monitor for turning on the lullaby and white noise sounds. Their are 4 built-in lullabies and 3 white noise options. The second push is a talk button so you can talk 2-way. You can always hear what is happening near the camera, but they cannot hear you until you hold that button intercom style.

I cannot think of a feature this one does not have. Now, Wisenet does sell baby monitors that you can view from remote locations and this one is not that type. This would be for Mom and Dad or Caregiver at home needing extra eyes on their babies- small and big!

Kids, Parenting

New Babysitter Tips and Printable Checklists #MommyMustHaves

I have been compensated by JOHNSONS® Baby for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.

New Babysitter Tips and Printable Checklists

I was always fortunate to live across town from family with our son. With my 2 older bonus boys we can just rearrange custody days so we could send them to Mom’s if we had plans and she can do the same with us. Even though family would take the boys at various times, it was always nice to hand them tips and necessities.

Our youngest is 9 and has always been very habitual (like my husband). For instance, if he was in need of a bath the night we are out he would expect his same bubbles and shampoo. I always use JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo and eventually began using their BEDTIME® Lavender wash. He loves the bath washes that smell good and this one is so relaxing.


He also has other habits like reading in his book and being allowed some video game time leading up to bed. These are all nice to note for a babysitter so they can keep the routine as normal as possible for the kids. Having these babysitter tips handy helps the kids moods and excitement levels and that helps the sitter as well.

Babysitter Tips Main Checklist

This is the stationary checklist you can keep up and only need to replace if major contacts, medical information or routines change.

Download the Babysitter Checklists

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Use this checklist below every time you leave the kids with a babysitter. This checklist has that day’s notes and meal plans for the babysitter

Another handy thing to leave out for a sitter is a ‘babysitter emergency box’. Kids get bumps and small cuts, they get messy and even get fevers and bugs. A sitter is not going to be familiar with where you keep all of your essentials, so having a basket with main essentials out is always a good idea. Even if I send our son to family to stay, I put these items in a large ziploc in his suitcase because relatives may not have these children essentials in their homes if he needs them. What do I keep in mine?

  • Infant/Children’s Tylenol
  • JOHNSON’S® Band-aids
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Ointments
  • Benadryl

babysitter kit

Then I also double check that his shampoos/washes are available near the bath and his oral care products are ready by the sink. Or if he is being watched out of the home, those go into a large ziploc as well and sent in his suitcase.

With brands like JOHNSON’S® Baby available at Walmart they are trusted to be easily found and available for many more generations to come. Having a habitual child means using brands you know you can consistently buy and have available for them at bed, bath and routine times.

Do you have a routine for your babysitter to follow?

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Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms Going Back to Work

Tips for Stay-at-Home Moms Going Back to Work
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After you have had a significant amount of time off work to raise a family, going back again can be an extremely daunting prospect. But re-entering the workplace is something that people do on a regular basis, and there is no reasons why you can’t do the same thing. If you are looking to do this but feel uneasy about the transition, here is some advice which you should find useful.

Explore Your Career Interests

To begin with, you need to decide whether you would like to take a similar role to one you have had in the past or whether you want to try something different entirely. Think about the things that interest you and start to associate a few career paths with them. Next, do some research about what it takes to get into that job role. It may be that you need to build your skills before you are able to get your desired position.

Improve Your Skills

Workplaces are changing and developing at such a rapid rate that there are likely to be some skills which you need to update. Many of these are technology based, and you can either learn about them yourself or get support from others. Perhaps you could look into the online learning options that are available to you such as and imc graduate program. Building up your skills can also help you to feel more confident before heading back into a working environment.

Update Your Resume

You will already be well aware that the time that you had off to raise your family was not wasted, but you also need to convince potential employers of this fact on your resume. Consider the skills that you have acquired during your time out of work. Maybe you have been doing some volunteer work at your kids’ school or another club which is worth talking about. Perhaps you have been running a blog or you have taken other qualifications. Anything relevant that you can think of needs to be discussed.

Spread the Word that You Are Getting Back to Work

Rather than keeping your job search a secret, it is a good idea to tell as many people as possible. After all, a huge percentage of jobs are filled through networking. Everyone has connections and you never know who could help you out along the way. Another way that you could network is to join a professional organisation. Making connections is something that always stands you in good stead.

Practice Interview Skills

It is likely to have been a long time since your last interview, so it is worth brushing up on your skills before you embark on your next one. Prepare some possible interview questions and responses. It can help for a friend to go through all of these with you. This way, when you get into the interview situation, you will at least feel a little more prepared and a little less overwhelmed.  

Healthy Living, Parenting

Does Your Child Have a Cold or The Flu? How to Tell The Difference

From coast to coast, many hospital emergency rooms are teeming with people suffering from flu or flu-like symptoms, as experts warn this could be one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu and flu-like illnesses are widespread, now reaching most states; the outbreak is described as “high” in 26 states. The vast majority of these cases are from the influenza A H3N2 virus, which has been associated with a higher than normal number of hospitalizations and deaths among young children and senior citizens over the age of 65. 

Does Your Child Have a Cold or The Flu? How to Tell The Difference
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For parents sending their children to school during flu season, it may feel like you’re playing a game of Russian roulette with your child’s health. After all, children are one of the groups that have a high rate of influenza infection.  And with so many students in close contact throughout the school day, touching dirty doorknobs, sharing desks, and eating together at lunch time, it’s the ideal environment for an infectious illness to spread.

Many parents may not realize that the flu and a cold are not the same thing. They are caused by different viruses, and while they are both respiratory illnesses with a few similar symptoms, a cold is much milder, which can have serious complications. 

Typical flu symptoms include:

  • fever and/or chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • muscle aches
  • headache
  • tiredness. 
  • In some cases, symptoms can include vomiting and diarrhea, but this is more likely to occur in children than grown-ups.

The flu ordinarily runs its course in a few days to a couple of weeks. But parents may not know that complications from the flu can land their child in the hospital, and in some cases, it can be fatal. Five-year-old Caroline Miller was one of the lucky ones; she survived, but her recovery from flu complications took several months.

Short of keeping your child in a bubble, the best way to protect your children – and yourself – is to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a “Take 3” approach to fending off the flu – vaccination, healthy habits, and taking anti-viral drugs if prescribed by your doctor. Another resource for parents is Families Fighting Flu. This group has partnered with the CDC in its “Keep Flu Out of School” program to help raise awareness about the burden of influenza in schools. This helpful website and associated resources highlight ways to help schools minimize the potential for students to contract – or spread – illness this season.

If, despite your best efforts, your child does contract the flu, the CDC even offers useful advice to help you take care of your ailing student, and explains when it’s okay to send your child back to school. 

For more information, visit To learn more about helping your children avoid the bug at school, visit

Healthy Living, Parenting

Family Health Tips Every Parent Needs In Their Life

While all parents have different beliefs and life goals for their family, raising healthy kids is the priority for everyone. Unfortunately, encouraging kids to follow the plan of action is often a lot easier said than done. Thankfully, there are a few simple ways to increase your chances of success.

Seeing the full picture is essential if you’re going to get your kids to adopt the right habits. Use the advice below for guidance, and you won’t go far wrong.

Family Health Tips Every Parent Needs In Their Life

Healthy Eating Needs To Be Fun   

 Nutrition sits at the heart of all healthy living plans, and yours should be no different. Kids won’t make it easy, which is why you must adapt ideas to suit them. Working with children rather than battling them is always the best solution.

Given that their taste buds haven’t matured, you cannot expect them to like all the healthy foods that you do. Meanwhile, it’s equally imperative to inject a sense of enjoyment. Get them involved with simple recipes like these chicken egg rolls. Add a competitive factor by seeing who can make the most attractive goods, and you’ll see a noticeable impact.

Children shouldn’t be prevented from having the odd treat either. Moderation is the key, and those snacks should complement healthy meals rather than replace them. If you still struggle to get kids eating healthy foods, it could be due to another issue. Food intolerance testing may be necessary.

It’s Never Too Early to Start   

Have you ever noticed how most people that are scared of flying are the ones that didn’t take their first trip until they were old enough to know the dangers? That’s because those that started early have become acclimatized to the concept before it has a chance to feel weird. Those sentiments ring true with family health too.

Getting kids to change their ways is far harder than instilling the right ideas from the start. This is especially true when it comes to things like dental health. As well as good daily rituals, you should consult experts like Dr. Julio C. Rosado & Associates at the earliest stage. When those checkups become a natural part of life, it removes any sense of fear. In turn, maintaining healthy teeth is easy.


Likewise, promoting sports and exercise from an early age can be highly beneficial. Let your child become a couch potato, and breaking the spell can feel impossible.

Your Children aren’t In Competition

 It’s very easy to compare your kids to their friends and classmates. Meanwhile, you’ve probably read books and guides that suggest an expected time for certain milestones to be achieved.  Those barometers are great, but you must not overlook your child’s individuality.

 Kids develop at different rates, especially when you take factors like prematurity into account. Developing a patient nature is vital. You must always encourage without stepping into the realm of forcing kids to do things that they can’t achieve. If you’re still worried, experts like Temple Grandin can test your child for signs of autism and conditions. Those issues needn’t stop your child developing in a healthy and happy manner. Still, adjusting your support is key.   

Your child is on an individual journey. The support is available regardless of their personal circumstances, so you needn’t feel overawed. As long as you remember to celebrate their achievements too, you won’t go far wrong.


Education, Healthy Living, Parenting, Travel

Staying Active – Avid4Adventure Summer Camps for Kids

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Staying Active - Avid4Adventure Summer Camps for Kids

Attention California and Colorado parents! Did you know about the day camps at Avid4Adventure? In these camps, your pre-K-11th graders of all levels will learn to climb, paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. With help from their time-tested curriculum and insanely experienced instructors, they give campers solid skills and character-shaping confidence.

This is a great way to truly embrace the outdoors with smiles and pride lasting for long after camp is over. Just take a look…

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