The next 10 items for your emergency kit

Here are ten more items for you emergency kit.  Be sure to check past postings for my articles on first aid kits and disaster preparation.  It’s important to remember that each emergency kit should be tailored to your family and your location.  What works for Colorado won’t work for Florida.  What works for Florida won’t work for say Spain etc. As always, check with your local disaster organizations.  Many organizations have suggestions on their web pages for what to include.

  1. Communication items.  How are you going to contact people when disaster hits?  Cell phones are popular to keep.  Make sure you have a backup battery.  Walkie talkies may be something you should consider.
  2. Money. Remember cash machines won’t work after a major disaster.  Electricity will be down for quite some time.  Have money in various denominations.  Getting exact change could be difficult.
  3. Important Paperwork/ID’s. Copies of your insurance cards, birth certificates, etc. These things are hard to get copies replaced right away.
  4. An activity.  Take something along to keep you occupied.  Remember there might not be any electricity to run TVs, radios or computers.  Get something non-electric to keep you and your family occupied.
  5. Candle/Matches.  Being able to see when the sun goes down is also important.
  6. Solar Charger. Gas could be in short supply after a disaster.  A solar charger can help you to keep your cellphone up and going.
  7. Radio. A weather radio or a small crank radio can help you keep updated on weather situation or disaster announcements.
  8. Cooking Pot.  Hungry?  What are you going to cook in?  A small camp cooking pot can work wonders.  You can eat or boil water in it to drink.
  9. Duct Tape.  This wonder material you can always use.  It can be used to seal things, repair things and many other ideas.
  10. Work Gloves.  It’s so easy to get cut up when clearing up debris from a disaster. A pair of work gloves will be a great addition to you kit.

What else would you use in your emergency kit?



5 Manners 4 Kids


Here are five more manners that kids should know.

  1. How to answer the phone.  With today’s social media talking on the phone is a lost art form.  Answering the phone is even more lost. Do they know what to say when your busy?  Do they know how to take a message? These are things that we need to think of.
  2. What 911 is for.  Okay, its not really manners, but it is something that you need to go over with your child.
  3. Along with answering the phone, children need to know how to make calls and  ask to speak to someone.
  4. What about a wrong number?  What do you say to someone who dials a wrong number?  What do you do if you dial a wrong number?  Something that bothers me is when people just hang up.  A simple “I’m sorry, I dialed the wrong number” goes a long way.
  5. What RSVP means.  I’ve actually had people say “no one RSVP’s” anymore. Not true.  You can cost a person money or time by not RSVPing.  No one should have to track you down to find out if you are joining them.

What manners do think kids today need to know?


September Journal Prompts

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Journaling prompts for September:

  1. Write your morning ritual out.
  2. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
  3. What is your favorite color?  Has it changed over the years? Why?
  4. Draw out a map of your house.
  5. Write your favorite song lyric.
  6. Put your favorite summer recipe in your journal.
  7. Write down your daily schedule for Monday-Friday.
  8. Write down a typical weekend.
  9. If you could have any job, what would be your dream job and why?
  10. What talent do you with you had and why?




The Lately List


Lately I’ve been…

Reading: “The Little Book of Hygge” by Meik Wiking.  Hygge was on everyone’s lips last year as the “in thing.” This book is the definitive bible on everything the Dane’s value in Hygge. (Pronounced Hoo-gah)

Watching: VeVo on YouTube.  Since my computer is down I don’t have access to music.  I’ve been watching music videos on VEVO. I’ve been listening to a lot of Pussycat Dolls and Britney Spears.  Something I don’t normally listen to.

Cooking:  I’m not, no kitchen!!


Eating: A lot of Noodles and Company’s Pasta Rosa. Since I have no kitchen they know me on a first name basis.  Kind of sad really!

Drinking: Simply Balanced Sparkling Water from Target.  I love the flavors of this line.  My favorite is Peach. All of them are very good though.

Starting: To work out again.  I am getting in contact with my old personal trainer. Wish me luck.  I think I”m going to need it!






Things have been a little bit crazy lately.  This is one of the times in my life when I feel like no matter what I do I have no control over anything.  So this time, instead of my usual “push through” I am trying to do nothing.  That’s not easy.

Our remodel has hit a major snag.  More on that in another post. It is incredibly frustrating and extremely stressful.

My son is starting middle school.  It’s a lot of new policies and procedures.  Plus he is nervous about starting over. So mom is nervous for him. I remember how much middle school sucked. You couldn’t pay me to relive that again!

I backed into someones truck in a parking structure.  I had taken my son into his doctor which is normally a half and hour to forty minutes drive.  When we got there an hour and 15 minutes later due to construction, an accident, and just heavy traffic.  We got in there and it turns out they tried to get a hold of us.  The doctor had to cancel due to a medical emergency.  Crap! So we left, then I was trying to back out of a spot.  On both sides I had these huge trucks and behind me was a huge truck. It was so difficult to pull out I caught my bumper on the back trucks trailer hitch.  Fortunately, the gentleman could not find anything wrong on his car so we let it go.  I just got my paint scratched.  That was all I needed!

Oh, and my computer had it’s motherboard melt down again!  So I had to send it off for three weeks to Tennessee to get repaired. When it came back it was still running slow, so I had to get a new computer.  Add to that everything being transferred over and I was close to five weeks without a computer.  That nice lead in blogging articles that I had, has been used up.  Needless to say, it’s been a rough month.  To find out what I’ve been doing to try and stay calm, check out my post tomorrow “The Lately List.”




10 Ideas For A Date Night

Here are some quick ideas for an instant date night!

  1. The Farmer’s Market.  Have to shop?  Make a date out of it.  Make a dish together.  Get free samples.
  2. Give each other or get a couple’s massage.  Relax together!
  3. Go out for dessert.
  4. Do pub trivia.
  5. Go bowling.  When was the last time you did that?
  6. Visit a park or trail near your home.
  7. Visit a new town.  Is there a small town near you that is a tourist hot spot?  Visit for a day?
  8. Go on a walking tour. Take a historical walking tour in your town. Get your exercise and learn something.
  9. Cooking Night.  Make a different dish together!
  10. Go to the zoo.  It’s not just for kids!

10 Things 2 Declutter


One of the most read features on my old blog was the 10 quick things to declutter.  So I’m bringing it back to this blog.  Here you will find a quick list of 10 things you can do each week to help reduce your clutter in your home.

  1. Mail/Catalogs.  If you are getting excess catalogs try calling the catalog companies and requesting you are removed from the mailing list.  They are often happy to oblige.
  2. Coupons. They expire faster than you think.
  3. School papers. I keep my son’s papers in a bin when they come home.  Once a month I go through the bin.  I keep certain things and place them in a folder.  The rest get thrown away.  Then at the end of the year I go through the folder and do a second, greater cull.  That way, you keep only what you want a memory of.
  4. Owner’s Manuals.  Do you still have the owner’s manuals from the last three vacuum cleaners you owned?  Time to reduce and recycle.
  5. Knickknacks.  This is a pretty broad category.  Start out with your seashell collection from when you were a teenager.  Then move on to each category.
  6. Emails/Apps.  I always check my phone to see which applications I can delete. Can I unsubscribe from any emails?
  7. Old photo frames. I used to keep these around thinking that I would reuse them.  Often, I just bought a different style.  Donate these.  They can take up a lot of room.
  8. Magnets.  Our family used to get a magnet every time we went somewhere.  Honestly, there is nothing more cluttered than a fridge full of magnets.  Keep a handful and get rid of the rest.
  9. Reusable bags.  Companies and businesses now hand out cloth reusable bags all the time.  They are great and handy.  They help the environment.  However, you can have too much of a good thing.  Use what you need and give the rest to a friend.
  10. Candles.  Everyone, has a ton of candles.  They are given so often as gifts and door prizes. If you haven’t used in within a month, get rid of it.