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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

Kendra Darr of Simply

Shauna Silverman of

Jennifer Tammy of

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.


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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.

light switch

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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Trick-Or-Treating Safety Tips

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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:

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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
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Tips for Summer Sun and Pool Dangers with Children

Summer! My favorite time of year. I love the heat and love being outdoors. This summer, for me is packed. I have my Sister’s Wedding and family in town the week before we move 100 miles away. The move happens 3 weeks before our annual week long camping trip with friends. My husband starts his new position which means more traveling he has to do and my youngest starts Kindergarten while our middle son switches his new school where we will be living. Summer can be busy and it is in those hectic moments we have to stop and remember to pay attention to every detail around our children as they are home more often now and in and out of the house.

Pools and Sun are the common dangers and I hope the tips below serve as a gentle reminder to you as we move near the summer days ahead.

Water Safety Tips

Tips for Summer Sun and Pool Dangers with Children
  1. Obvious, but let me say: Never leave your child unattended near any amount of water. An infant can drown in only 1 inch of water. Watch the pools, car wash buckets, puddles. This includes avoiding getting lost in a phone call as you may forget to stay focused.
  2. Empty water sources immediately after use. Empty all buckets and wading pools-turning them upside down.
  3. Use barriers wherever possible. Standard is about 5′ high surrounding all entry points to water.
  4. Teach kids and reiterate the water rules. My son knows to never swim alone. Do not play around drains and no running or diving. Standard rule is no diving in under 9′ of water.
  5. About age 4 is most appropriate for effective swimming lessons. Younger is great also, but it is by 4 that they will actually retain what they learn easier.
  6. Learn CPR-yes we get too busy, but at the very least sit one night with the older kids and pull up a reputable YouTube or training video. You never know when it will be needed.
  7. Last, remember the life vests. Pay attention in your town or call your local fie department. They will usually be hosting some sort of spring or summer safety fair where you can get free life vest fits and helmet fitting. Many will allow you to stop in and let them approve your gear and fit on your child. It is a great way to show your kids how serious water safety is as they see the effort of you taking them to a fitting.

Sun Safety Tips

  1. Limit the outdoors if possible during peak rays: 10-4pm.
  2. Sunscreen! Lip Balm should be remembered; reapply every 2 hours and after swimming. Here are tips on safe sunscreens.
  3. Cover up! Use skinz or long sleeve shirts/lightweight pants when possible. Light colored clothing will attract rays easier then choosing dark colors.
  4. If your child is on antibiotics-they may be more sensitive to the sun rays. Other medications may do the same-so give a quick call to your pediatrician or ask your Pharmacist. I read on that some acne medications do the same, so watch your teens.
  5. Be their example. We all love our sun color. But let me tell you-I always use SPF 15 and I get a nice tan still. It is the lower on the SPF factor, but highly effective considering the alternative of zero protection!
  6. Be proactive. Keep a bottle or travel size in their overnight bags and in the car should they end up at friends or family homes and you forget to grab your bottle at home.
For some fun interactive games and posters, I found some fun great information at
Moving this summer? Get you free MOVING Checklist HERE!
Disclosure: Some of the tips and advise obtained from the above mentioned sites. I was not compensated for this post. This post is original content of 3sonshavei. 


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Be prepared for an earthquake disaster


Earthquake Preparedness
Living in the Pacific NW we are all too often reminded of the ‘Big’ earthquake we anticipate is nearing. We are on a few earthquake faults here in the state and it reminded me of some tips I learned and noted about how to be prepared for an earthquake disaster. We have been educated on the basics, but certainly learned some tips that I never would have thought of in an emergency. Here are those new preparedness tips:
  1. Look up or call your local news stations for a list of what stations are a part of your emergency bands. These stations will broadcast through special bands regardless of downed towers and water failures. In Seattle Northwest, we can use KOMO 4, KOMO am1000 and star 101.5fm.
  2. Are all important documents/passports in one location to grab? I have our files in a filing cabinet & can grab them up in a hurry.
  3. Rule of thump for water is 3 gallons a day per person for 3+ days.
  4. Most deaths (over 95% from the 2011 Japan quake) occur from tsunami & fires post quake, NOT from the quake itself.
  5. Do not run to a doorway! Doing so makes you vulnerable to flying debris from two locations. You are to Stop, Cover (under table) and Hold (onto the table). If nothing around to cover under, then find sturdy wall, get low, cover head and count out loud (1 one thousand, 2 one thousand…) This does three very important things: counting reminds you to breath, it allows you to count the time of shaking and if others are around.. they hear you counting and they know to come for you stat if they don’t hear you counting anymore.

We practice the Great Shakeout in our schools and businesses every year and I highly recommend you visit the videos like the one below from The Great California Shakeout. They cover what to do in several situations. Would your children know what to do in an earthquake? It is also important to have a family meeting!

Get informed and be prepared!

I invite you to read more on this topic from Parenting Healthy such as: Lessons for Kids in a Natural Disaster