Brands with a Cause, Earth Friendly, Education, Healthy Living, Parenting

What Happens To Your Carton Recyclables Once They Leave Your Home?

This post was sponsored by the Carton Council as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

What Happens To Your Carton Recyclables Once They Leave Your Home?

You know it is important! You see the blue containers! And you use recyclables everyday yet do you remain conscious about recycling? I know lunch breaks are short and running errands with a car full of kids steals all of your focus, but do you know what happens to your recyclables once they leave your home? Maybe if you have a visual and really understand the impact you can make, you will find a way to stay a bit more aware of what cartons you are tossing. I use this type of education and visuals as a teachable moment for the entire family.

A Recycling Video for Motivation

Let’s start with a short video from The Carton Council titled, How Recycled Cartons Become New Products. This is really fun to show the kids too because if they also have a visual that is motivation to help out and recycle. It is important to know why you can and should recycle food and beverage containers.

How and What Cartons to Recycle

You watched the video and now you know what can become of your recyclables. So how and what should you recycle? First of all, if you need a go-to site to see a lot more information on recycling than I can fit into one post, visit the Carton Council website.

The cartons you would typically recycle are packages from soups, broths, milk, juice, coconut & other waters. Other cartons used for packaging could be found with certain wines, creamers, beans to name a few. You would simply put these cartons in your recycling bin with your pickups.

Do you know if your community participates in curbside carton pick up? You can use the zip code locator at recyclecartons.com, or check with your local program to find out if recycling cartons is as easy as putting them on your curb. While there you can even find ways your family, work and schools can start their own easy recycling efforts. This can be a great class or senior project for your child to take on in their school! Think of what we can do with all of those juice and milk cartons from hundreds of students each day!

Let’s turn these shelf and refrigerated cartons into other paper products or chemical free environmentally friendly building materials.

The entire family can be involved in bettering your recycling habits! You can make it a fun spring or summer competition for the family that can build habits to last well beyond the season. You can start by making it the kids spring project to set recycling collections up in your home!

Getting the entire family to effortlessly recycle (and even to get staff and schools to recycle) can be simple. Sometimes all it takes is some education and a visual like the video I shared above. It is that simple to leave a positive footprint on the environment we will be leaving behind.

Click below to print your own summer chart!

Be sure to visit The Carton Council as I mention earlier because they even offer great ideas for making recycling fun and learn what happens to your recyclables once they leave your home!

Back to School 2018, College Bound, Education, Gift Guides, Kids, Parenting, Reviews, School

Back To School Guide 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Back to School Guide

Back to School Guide 2018

“An Investment in Knowledge Pays the Best Interest” – Benjamin Franklin

They are heading back to school! Fun in the sun and vacations are coming to an end! Are you prepared? Do you have a buy list to complete still? Have the kids style and sizes changed? Is one off to college and you have no clue what you may be forgetting to buy or discuss with them? I hope I can help you out with topics, reviews and some fun below!

*If you are a brand, contact Erin at erinnsluka(at)gmail(dot)com to get your product featured!

Keep checking back as there are more posts added several days a week through summer and fall!

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College Bound, Parenting

What to do When Your Kid is in a Car Accident

It’s every parents’ nightmare – your phone rings and it’s your child telling you they’ve been in a car accident. Your mind of course automatically assumes the worse, even though the fact that they’re calling you means that they are at least in good enough shape to do that. If you ever get this phone call from one of your kids, it’s important that you don’t panic. They are likely worried and a little scared, and you panicking will only heighten those feelings for them. Instead, remain calm, and walk them through what they need to do.

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The Steps of a Car Accident

The first thing you should have your kid do is make sure they are in a safe location. Have them pull off onto the side of the road or get out of the car if the car is smoking. If they are on a busy road, make sure they take extra care when exiting the vehicle, and have them stay inside the car if they can’t safely get out.

Once you know your child is safe, now you can begin walking them through the steps they need to take. This includes checking on any other drivers involved, calling for emergency assistance if needed, swapping information with the other driver, and taking pictures. If the accident happened close to where you live, you may be better off driving to location in order to better help your kid. If you can’t do this, then stay on the phone with them while they get everything done. Most importantly, if your kid or anyone else involved was injured during the accident, no matter how minor the injury, have it checked out at a hospital. It’s better to be safe than sorry in these sorts of situations.

Help Them with Transportation

Depending on the damage done to the car, your child may need some help with transportation. This could mean a ride home from the accident, a ride to the doctor, or someone to pick them up from the auto shop. Or, if their car is going to be in the shop for a few days, they may need some help getting around until they get their car back. Do what you can to help your kid out during this time. Let them borrow your car, or maybe carpool with them on the way to work/school. If you’re lucky this will only last for a few days, and your kid will go back to being independent with their own car before long.

Help Them Find a New Ride

In some cases the accident is so bad that the car is no longer useable. The car is beyond repair, and now your kid needs to find a new one. Since they are still pretty young, they likely don’t have much experience with purchasing a new car, or the credit history needed to get one on their own. Find some time during an upcoming weekend to go car shopping with your kid, and help them to find something they can afford. To make sure your kid gets a good deal, here are some car buying tips that you can share with them.

Make Sure They Follow Up

Unfortunately, even after you leave the scene of the accident, there are still things that your kid will need to do. This could be getting additional medical exams, following up with their insurance company, or working with the local police department. As a parent, it’s your job to ensure that your child stays on top of all of this and that they follow up when necessary. You don’t want to let your kid forget about anything, as this will only cause more problems down the line.

Help Them Avoid Future Accidents

Finally, after the dust has settled from the accident, it’s a good idea to go over it with your kid. According to this Los Angeles car crash attorney, “There are a number of reasons why car accidents occur, including the carelessness of distracted drivers, reckless or erratic driving, alcohol and drugs, and many other factors.” Take some time to talk about the accident with your kid and see if there was anything they could have done differently to avoid the accident. We all want to keep our kids safe, and teaching them to drive safely is a key part of this.

Make Accidents Less Scary

Getting into a car accident is scary no matter what age you are. When you’re a kid, the situation becomes a lot easier to handle if you have a parent helping you along the way. If you should ever get that dreaded phone car from your kid, remember to keep calm, and help them out using the methods mentioned above.

College Bound, Education, Parenting

6 Ways to Prepare Your Teenager for College

You’re excited that your child is headed off to college at last! Most likely, you’re a bit worried and anxious, too, and so is your college-bound teen. Follow these tips to prepare your child for the first year away from home.

Determine How to Finance College Costs

Image via Flickr by CollegeDegrees360

Finalize college financing before your teen heads off to school. Help your child fill out federal and school financial aid forms and apply for scholarships. You may also need student loans to cover remaining costs. Remember that financial aid and grants don’t pay for some expenses, such as clothing, food, and car insurance. Consider taking out a private student loan to have extra cash on hand to cover such expenses.

Boost Emotional Skills

Right now, when something goes wrong, you’re right there to help your child through tough times. At school, your teen must manage emotions and challenging situations alone. Sit your teen down and talk about how to handle life events, relationship issues, and stress. Work to build your child’s confidence in handling emotional issues.

Review Basic Life Skills

Does your teen struggle to keep the bed made and the bedroom clean? Most likely, your child will share a room. Review how to clean, do laundry, go shopping, and cook some light meals. Make sure your college student will be a welcome roommate.

Discuss the dangers of alcohol and drugs, too. A college campus is a fun place that can be full of temptation. You won’t be there to help your child say no to risks like drinking and trying party drugs. Prepare your teen to make the right decisions when you’re not there.

Create a Budget

Teens who have not managed their own money will be in for a shock when they head off to college. Create a budget to show your child how much money to spend each month. Review how to track debit and credit card spending, and discuss the importance of paying bills on time.

Focus on Health

Immunizations must be up to date before your teen arrives on campus. Your child should also have a health insurance card and know where to go for help in case of illness. Review how to use campus health services, urgent care facilities, and emergency rooms.

You won’t be on hand to make lunch or dinner.  Teens will have a lot of food options, not all of them good ones. Help your child avoid the dreaded “Freshman 15,” which refers to extra weight college freshmen tend to gain. Review nutrition guidelines to help your child make healthy choices when you’re not around.

Make Your Expectations Known

Make it clear that your child is in school to learn. You’re not footing the bill or helping with loans so your freshman can hang out and drink beer. If you expect a report card with all A’s, make sure to tell your teen to work toward those grades.

Put your child on the path to living independently before your teen leaves for school. Review these tips with your college-bound teen to give him or her the necessary skills to be successful while living away from home.

Gift Guides, Kids, Parenting

Ideas for Throwing Your Kids a Fortnite Party

Ideas for Throwing Your Kids a Fortnite Party

It is the hottest game right now for boys (and girls too): Fortnite! Have you tried looking for licensed decor? It hardly exists so when Anthony wanted a Fortnite themed party I took to Google and Pinterest for ideas on how to pul it off and it was a hit!

I lined the Supply Drop favor bags across my entertainment center and hung balloons in blue and black to spell out Fortnite. I tried to find plain yellow balloons where I was because when the drop shipments happen in games it is a yellow balloon that drops them so that is the best color to pair.

VBucks are the spendable points you earn in the game so I made some, used a 2″ craft circle cutter to cut them all out and tape to chocolate coin candies.

I just googled some prints and printed out on heavy paper top hang around the house.

You can even google ‘slurp juice label like I did and find this pattern. I can fit 3 on piece of paper to print and cut. Slurp Juice is the revive potion and blue gatorade bottles work perfectly. Their is another potion in the game you can find that is purple if you can get grape Gatorade and use those.

Impulse Grenades and bombs occur in the game so you can get brownie bites (I found a bunch as Walmart and Costco also has bins of them). I used cheese puffs for grenades but popcorn works too.

Simple cupcake toppers where I found Fortnite images and craft cut in circle on hard stock paper with toothpicks. Then to finish it off I ordered my son a tee shirt I found online that reads: Eat. Sleep. Fortnite. Repeat.

Beauty, Earth Friendly, Giveaways, Healthy Living, Infant Toddler Products, Natural Beauty, Parenting, Summer

Natural Baby Summer Essentials – Babyganics Giveaway

I have partnered with Babyganics for this giveaway. I was not compensated and prize fulfilled by sponsor

Natural Baby Summer Essentials - Babyganics Giveaway

Sunscreen, swim diapers and insect sprays! Did I cover most of the the summer essentials for baby? Doesn’t bug spray and sunscreen sound scary when it comes to products you need to apply to baby’s skin? The chemicals and mists can’t be good. Babyganics was made to protect baby from harsh chemicals found in many essential products while also protecting them from the sun and bugs (it doesn’t hurt to lather up your own skin too because baby is as close to your skin as they are their own most of the day).

Babyganics asked if I would offer a giveaway to all of you and I was sure you would all love the chance to win your summer essentials. Products are available at Target stores near you.

Babyganics Sunscreens

  • All mineral sunscreens (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) & a combo of mineral & chemical sunscreens (zinc oxide, octisalate and titanium dioxide)
  • SPF formulas provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and range from 30SPF – 50+SPF
  • Glides on smooth- effortless application
  • Non-allergenic and tear free
  • Also contain Neo-Nourish and all are fragrance free

Swim Diapers

  • ​The only swim diapers with sun sensing scenery*
  • Provides UPF+ protection for covered areas**
  • Won’t swell in water
  • Water resistant soft cover
  • Pull-on design and comfy fit
  • Tear-away sides for easy removal

Natural Insect Repellents

  • Formulated with: essential oils—Citronella, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemongrass & Geranium
  • Formulated without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances or dyes
  • Plant and essential oils help keep mosquitoes away
  • A DEET Free Choice
  • Non-greasy formula

The Babyganics Giveaway 

1 lucky reader will win a bundle of essentials from Babyganics. Open until May 30, 2018 and US only. Good luck!

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