Healthy Living, Parenting, Summer

Stay Safe This Summer with These Water and Sun Safety Tips

Stay Safe This Summer with These Water and Sun Safety Tips

Summer is coming and we start to hear the horror stories that come with hot days – leaving children in hot cars, accidental drownings. It can happen to anyone, but seldom happens to those that are proactive, follow safety recommendations and stay alert at all times. With a young family member of mine injured in an accidental drowning near death accident several years ago, I can say there is no such thing as helicoptering too much around your children and water.

Whether planning a family vacation this spring / summer to the beach, lake or Great Wolf Lodge Grand MoundAquatics Director, Michael Mastroni can help prepare for fun-filled time in the splash zone with these top tips:
  • Never swim alone.  Always use the buddy system and be sure the area is well supervised by lifeguards before you or other family members enter the water.
  • Encourage your child to wear a life jacket. Many public pools and water parks provide life jackets for your use free of charge and it’s better to be on the safe side if your child is not a confident swimmer.
  • Never assume someone else is watching your child. Even with lifeguards nearby, you have the responsibility for your child. The best way to keep your child safe is to play right alongsidethem.
  • Stay hydrated.  Swimming and playing takes a lot of energy, especially during the hot summer months. Drink plenty of water or sports drinks and rest in a cool location.
  • Forget the Bling.  Before heading to the beach, pool or water park, avoid swimsuits that have ties, grommets or decorations that could get caught on something during water activities.
  • Skip the flip-flops. Look for sandals with a heel strap or a full-coverage slip-on water shoe that will stay in place both in and out of the water.
  • Too much sun is no fun.  Be sure to limit your exposure during peak hours of 12pm-3pm and reapply waterproof/sweat proof sunscreen every 80 minutes.
  • Take a CPR course. Knowing these skills can be important in any environment. This is a skill we all can benefit from – on land and around water.
  • Read all of the signs before going on a waterslide, pool or attraction. Make sure your child meets the posted requirements.  If you have questions about an attraction, ask an employee at the facility.
  • Plan ahead. As a family, decide on a meeting place to go to if anyone gets separated.  Kids can take off in instant and crowded parks and beaches can make it difficult for little ones to find you.  Choose an easy-to-spot location that can be easily found by all family members.
  • If you see someone struggling in the water, call for help. Remember “Reach or Throw, Don’t Go!” Even professionally trained lifeguards don’t enter the water without having the proper flotation devices to keep themselves safe.
Gift Ideas, Kids, Parenting

mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat Is Making Carpooling Easier

I have partnered with Brilliant PR for this mifold feature

mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat Is Making Carpooling Easier

mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat Is Making Carpooling Easier. How? It is very portable. It adjusts for child’s size in seconds and fits most seats and belt systems to safely hold onto your child as you drive! Let’s explore more…

Anthony is almost 10 and not in a car booster seat anymore but as you can see him holding it the size is very convenient. Despite how small it is you get an approved seat by the standards. For ages 4 and older and 40-100 pounds you can fit this booster in a bag. Just see my video below….

The long strap clips onto the should belt at your child’s shoulder height for proper restraint. It is so easy and works with your cars lap belt. It comes in many fun colors too. Now you can just unbuckle your child, fold and hand off to the grandparents or daycare for carpooling needs when in their care. Even airplane and rental car travel becomes easier. It makes our travel lives so much easier without sacrificing safety!

As your child grows you simply adjust the width. The padding is comfortable and it is just enough lift to give them that window view for their entertainment. You can find these on Amazon and at Target stores nationwide! Learn more at mifold.com Available at Target!

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Blog Conference Recap – Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite 2017

I did it! I booked a trip to NYC with Anthony and we attended Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite 2017 last week. I can tell you that by far, this is a conference worth every dime and effort. Why? It was less of a school about blogging and more about collaboration. It is one thing to collaborate with other Bloggers and there is plenty of that too but it is quite another to meet the brands and PR companies face to face.

The conference had an agenda that you could pick and choose the events right for you over 2 days. I love that it broken into 2 days. It would have been too much in one day especially being a new NYC visitor and learning transportation options. Here is a recap of the events I attended which are about all of them.

Day One

Armitron Breakfast: Turning Passion Into Adventure. This was a panel of speakers including Lyss Stern (DivaMoms), Sara Roberts (Creative Service Director at ELLE), Barbara Weichselbaum (EVP Armitron), Mary Kate McGrath (EIC PureWow), Olivia Jeanette (Style Influencer) and Rebecca Dube (Editor Today Parenting Team). It was great to hear the challenges of starting a brand and maintaining it in this ever-growing social media age while keeping true to the women, Wives, Mothers we are.

A special thank you to Armitron Watches as we went to their booth first after breakfast. It was the first booth over the 2 days my son was at and I wanted him to learn to speak well for himself and his channel. I told him to think of a question and ask-he went up, looked at the watches and asked if they make kids watches too. Not only did they explain that they do but they had one his size in a box and kindly asked if he would like to have it. What they didn’t know is that Anthony has been looking for a watch. As we have been shopping town he was wanting a watch and you should have seen the look on his face when he was handed one. This really helped motivate him and think kindly of everyone at each booth over conference, not because he got a watch but because he walked away and said, “Mom. That was too nice of them.” It was and a great start to a great day.

Babypalooza: We were able to mingle with some of the best baby and toddler brands. We also met Kandi Burress of the Real Housewives and saw her adorable line of baby and toddler products called Raising Ace. Started with her husband and inspired by raising their son, Ace she found the passion to create products that will stay with baby into the toddler years.

We met some other great brands such as Mustela, RePlay, Austlen, Baby K’Tan, Lansinoh, Today, Oilogic (I got a great oil for Anthony when he is stuffed up and suffering with his seasonal allergies), After Bite, tasted delicious Tickle Water and more. Zuliliy was there and took some fun, complimentary photos.

CE Week: I was able to leave Anthony with my Mom who cane to NYC so I can mingle with some of the best tech brands. What was great is that I got to meet some of those I have worked on campaigns with in person from Nixplay and Canary and played with some fun products you will see real soon.

Sweet Suite: This is the true night of fun and play. Over 60 brands of toys, snacks and games waiting to show us the latest and coming soon! I can’t list all of the brands but it was great to meet certain people in person like Jacqueline from YumEarth and LeapFrog representatives as I am a LeapFrog Ambassador. We have a lot of brands to thank publicly so keep an eye out as we get through these products and share our experience and give you even more information.

Day Two

Breakfast at the Toy Association: We ate some delicious food and met such a sweet staff at the Toy Association, a non-profit group with a passion for assisting in the development of play and safety. I was impressed by the standards they hold in the US and all of the hard and dedicated work the staff puts out so we can play safely. With the toys around the office and the swag they handed us it is obvious they love to play.

Stuff For Mom’s and Dad’s: On top of the Cantina Rooftop I was able to mingle some more with great brands for every household. From pets, laundry and sleep I saw some fantastic products I will be sharing about real soon.

I met some new Bloggers

How about that? Oh, the fellow Bloggers. I was jet lagged, there with Anthony and overwhelmed (in the best way possible) and it was over so soon before I really spent time mingling with everyone I wanted to. So, in support I will say that it was geat to chat with the following who also attended Blogger Bash 2017:

Neena Nandagopal of Almost Practical.com

Kendra Darr of Simply Darrling.com

Shauna Silverman of BarefootAndLovingIt.com

Jennifer Tammy of SugarSpiceAndGlitter.com

Tips for attending Blogger Bash

  • Bring A LOT of business cards. I thought I was overdoing it taking a large stack and I had 1 card left in the end. 100 cards may not be quite enough.
  • Have a pen handy. This was my first year and I realized something now that I am home and sorting through all of the cards and sheets handed out. If you take a card from a PR agency, make sure you write what table you are at with them. I had 4 cars with just PR contacts and they did not write their brand on the card so I don’t remember who they were representing. In the same if you take a press release and don’t see a card ask for one or have them write their personal contact on that release for you.
  • Plan to check a bag. Sweet Suite sends you a box by mail with a lot of product but you also get handed product as well. I had my son with me so maybe we have a tad bit more but not by much. I cam home with all of our clothes shoved into the large suitcase and the carry on on size suitcase was full to the brim of swag, cards and souvenirs.
  • Transportation: I had plans to cab it but ended up falling in love with using Uber. It is confusing finding the right corner to flag a car to. With Uber I was able to pre-schedule my ride the evening before conference and the times I ordered on the spot I waited no more than 5 minutes for a car to arrive. It shows you a map of your drivers car location as it is driving to you. This allowed me to see ahead of time which direction he is approaching from and make sure I am on the right side of the road for them. I had never used Uber before this trip and I will use them every trip I take now. I tried some other companies and they were not as interactive in the app and no prescheduling with them wither. Feel free to use my code and once you download the app and enter erins16695ue you will get your first ride free (it’s a max $15 discount for that first ride).

Tell me….

What was a memorable conference or fair you have attended in the line of work you do? I’d love to hear about it.

 

Father's Day, Healthy Living, Home

Deterring a Burglar with Sansi LED Security Motion Lights

Thank you Sansi for partnering with Parenting Healthy for feature. Opinions are my own

Deterring a Burglar with Sansi LED Security Motion Lights

 Last month I brought you a feature all about LED lighting. I explained why you should choose LED lighting for inside your home. Now let’s move outside and talk about LED lighting to deter burglars using the Sansi LED Security Motion Lights.

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SANSI LED Security lights can turn on automatically when the motion is detected sensing light levels and motion with a range of 180 degrees and max 50 feet. That is a great range in terms of outdoor security lighting. It also has an adjustable design so you can point that light exactly where you need or away from the neighbors windows in our case. There are three working modes, Test Mode, Motion Sensor Mode, and Manual Mode.

sansi insall

The LED Security Light comes with two lamp heads and a motion sensor, a Bar-shaped mounting plate and 3 screws, waterproof gasket, 3 wire connectors, mounting bolt, rubber screw plug in the box. They also have a 5-year warranty.

security back

The light is waterproof, which ensures that the light could work outdoor in rainy weather. I have mine outside our back door under the awning so ours may get damp but won’t get soaked. And it is bright!

security install

The 30W outdoor light is rated at 3,000 lumens, which provides efficient lighting for your exterior living environment. 30W motion sensor light is equivalent to 250W incandescent and that means less energy used. LED lighting is so crisp and bright. I even have LED lighting within my car interior. It is such a great option for safety.

security light

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Parenting

Trick-Or-Treating Safety Tips

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Picture Source: Pixabay

From the candy to the costumes, trick-or- treating is a highlight of the season for kids. Halloween is the one night of the year when kids venture out and enjoy themselves by the thousands. Parents may take the opportunity to give their kids a little more freedom than they normally would. Unfortunately, whether or not parents join their kids on the candy trail, it can be a dangerous night if they aren’t careful. Krav Maga Worldwide, one of the nations leading self-defense organizations, has a few important safety tips for parents to keep in mind before heading out the door this Halloween.

  1. Talk to kids about knowing their surroundings. This is the most important lesson to teach kids. By explaining to them that they need to be fully aware when they are alone can avert dangerous situations from happening. One example of this can be telling your kids to leave headphones off when walking around the neighborhood. Explain that using all of your senses is very important.
  2. Practice the buddy system and stay in groups. Be sure to tell your child how important it is to stay with the group and not to venture off alone.
  3. Do not associate with strangers or enter a stranger’s home. Inform your child about the tricks used by predators. Tricks such as an emergency trick where the predator tricks the child into thinking there is an emergency and the child must go with the predator. Make sure your kids know that in an emergency you will contact them, and that they are your number one priority. Also, explain that if something were to happen a family member or trusted friend would contact them with a special family code word.
  4. Plan a route ahead of time and choose a meeting time and spot. This comes in handy if a child is separated from the group.
  5. Be mindful of costumes: Comfortable shoes, flame retardant costume, prop safety, forgo masks and use face paint for better sight and breathing.
  6. Also, in the event your child is separated, before going out, put your name and number on your child’s hand and seal it with liquid Band-Aid so it stays put.
  7. Send kids with a reflector strip, glow sticks, or flash lights.

About Krav Maga Worldwide

Founded in 1997 to promote Krav Maga throughout the United States and around the world, Krav Maga Worldwide trains and certifies instructors and licenses over 150 authorized Krav Maga Worldwide training centers in the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South America, and Europe, as well as over 800 law enforcement agencies and military units. Krav Maga offers the highest caliber of instruction to thousands of people, supporting the company’s core commitment to improving and saving lives. Krav Maga Worldwide continues to develop, promote and implement self-defense and fitness programs. For additional information, visit: www.kravmaga.com.

Healthy Living, Parenting, Tips and Tricks

Car Seat and Winter Coats Tip for Safety

You have seen it in the news-remove the bulky coat before buckling up your child! This ensures a proper restraint no matter the weather and keeping your child confined beneath soft fluff that will cause that material to collapse on impact making too wide of a gap between child and harness. This causes their body to freely move forward resulting in serious injury to that child.
Cold Weather Car Seat Tips
But it’s cold? You want your children to stay warm! Here are some tips for you to read before that next errand out into the cold!
Important to note: Car seat manufacturers cannot determine if it is safe to use a thick winter coat because they do not crash test with coats on the test dummies. They do test for misuse and they can determine if a loose harness causes injury.
Car Seat