As most of us are gearing up for the holidays, we need to also make sure our home is safe. Now is a great time, to make sure those CO2 alarms are up to date. Take a couple of minutes out of your day to assure your alarms are not passed the expiration date. After all, as the weather turns cold and homes heat up, so does the chance that your family could experience a home fire or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. The National Fire Protection Association reports most home fires and CO poisonings occur in winter. Besides heating appliances, seasonal activities such as increased cooking, using candles and decorating Christmas trees all add to the risk.
I was given the below quiz from Kidde CO2 Alarms to answer and see how I do! I encourage you to take the quiz as well, after you see my answers, to make sure your house is to code on safety!
Home Safety Quiz
One in four older homes needs to update fire safety equipment. How old are your alarms?
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. Replace CO alarms every five to 10 years, based on the model.
- Purchase an alarm with a 10-year sealed lithium battery, such as Kidde Worry-Free smoke and COalarms, to receive hassle-free protection for a decade –no need to change a battery or hear a low battery chirp. Available nationwide at retailers like The Home Depot and Walmart, each alarminstalled will save you $40 over its life in battery costs.
My answer: We got all brand new Kidde CO2 alarms in the last year. We are all up to date!
Seventy-five percent of homeowners don’t know where to install smoke alarms. Do you have one on every floor, and inside/outside all bedrooms?
- Choose alarms with room-specific features, such as an LED light in the hallway, or a voice notification for the bedroom.
- Place a CO alarm near sleeping areas and on each floor. Keep them 10 feet away from fuel-burning appliances.
My answer: We do have one on every floor. On our lower floor, we have two fire alarms since it is a big space.
Do your alarms incorporate the newest features and technology?
- A sealed-in 10-year lithium battery continuously powers the alarm for 10 years. It’s tamper-proof and can’t be removed.
- A digital display shows the level of CO in the air and updates the reading every 15 seconds.
- An intelligent multi-sensor responds faster to real fires and CO, plus it reduces nuisance alarms like those commonly caused by cooking.
- An end-of-life warning lets you know when to replace your alarms.
My answer: Yes, since we have Kidde alarms, we know they have all the latest features.
Do you need other safety products?
- Fire extinguisher – place one within reach in rooms where fires often begin: kitchen, garage, bedroom, living area
- Escape ladder – place in second and third-floor rooms as an alternative escape route
My answer: This is where I am lacking. We do not have an escape ladder in our house, and we really need one!
Have you developed a family escape plan?
- Practice it regularly. Know two ways out of every room and who will assist children and loved ones with mobility/health issues.
My answer: Sadly no but this is going to be changed immediately!
Do your children know their address and how to dial 911?
- Post your home address and emergency phone numbers on the refrigerator.
My answer: YES
Are your appliances and chimney winter-ready?
- Have a professional inspect fuel-burning appliances to ensure they function properly and that they vent outside.
- Have a professional clean or inspect fireplaces annually. Birds and small animals can make nests and leaves can build up on top of the chimney, preventing carbon monoxide from venting properly.
- Have you created a 3-foot clutter free zone around fireplaces, space heaters or wood stoves?
My answer: Yes, we are all winter-ready!
For a downloadable winter home project checklist and other information, visit www.worryfreealarm.com.
*This is a sponsored post. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
The #DunkinMugUp contest is back and ready to celebrate the holidays this winter season! If you forgot about the DunkinMugUp contest, do not worry as I will refresh your memory! It is a thrilling contest where each month, Dunkin Donuts coffee lovers are invited to “Mug Up” and upload a photo of themselves with their favorite mug of coffee for a chance to WIN! The winner will receive a year’s worth of Dunkin Donuts coffee, a $250 Visa gift card, and a Dunkin Donuts gallon coffee mug! Yes, this prize is valued at $375 so be sure to participate! Now the theme for this month is your favorite traditional holiday accessories and snapping a picture of yourself with your favorite holiday mug!
For me, the holiday seasoning is exciting but confusing, all at the same time. I say confusing because we celebrate both Chanukah and Christmas! So, we have our big Christmas tree with handcrafted ornaments, with the family stockings next to it, and then immediately above is our menorah. You can say it is very festive in our household!
For the holiday season, we take out our Christmas and Chanukah plates and display them throughout the household. We also buy Hayley and Zane Chanukah and Christmas books to go along with each holiday. Our most favorite day though throughout the holiday season, is the day we put up our big tree. Both kids are old enough now where they can help put their favorite ornaments on, all while we drink delicious hot chocolate. It has become a great family tradition in our household!
This month, Dunkin’ Donuts wants to see you drinking your coffee from your favorite holiday mug. Let’s see what you come up with!
Merry Mugmas! Dunkin’ Donuts wants to see you sip holiday cheer from your favorite holiday mug. Upload your photo here for a chance to win sweet prizes, including a year’s worth of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, a $250 VISA gift card and an extra-large gallon size Dunkin’ Donuts coffee mug.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts. The opinions and text are all mine.
I don’t know about you but I absolutely love to go shopping for my kids. They are 2 and 5 now, so they are getting particular about what clothes they wear each day. One of my go to places since the kids were very little to shop is Gymboree! Gymboree always has the greatest selection of kids clothes, at very affordable prices. Since we are about 10 miles from our local Gymboree, we visit 2-3 times a month, and also shop their great sales online.
Gymboree features high quality apparel and accessories for children from young baby to school age. They start from baby age and go all the way up to school age, with a wide selection of clothes. The brand believes in styling children from head to toe in unique, fun, and playful fashions. Their clothes are colorful and change each season, depending on the style at the time. Gymboree is always keeping up with the latest styles. Their clothes are designed with high-quality fashions and detailing touches throughout all of their clothing.
Last month, Hayley and I went shopping at Gymboree to check out what was in the store. We lucked out that day because they were having a mega-sale where all their items were $16 and under! It was some sale! Don’t worry though if you do not go on a sale day, as they always have the greatest prices on their clothing. You can also earn Gymboree bucks, where you earn money towards your next purchase. That day I earned a $25 buck reward on my next Gymboree spending of $50 or above.
When we entered the store, we did some shopping for Hayley. She is really into pink these days so we searched the store to find a cute, warm, and most important pink outfit. We succeeded! This adorable tie sweater paired perfectly with the pink pants we found in the store. It made an adorable winter outfit for Hayley and she shined like a princess in it.
Her other favorite color is orange so we had to make sure we picked up an orange shirt. We found this shirt for only $5 at Gymboree! Seriously…How can you go wrong?! The quality was also second to none. We have washed it many times and it still retains the same form and shape, as when we originally bought it.
Then it was Zane’s turn. Hayley picked out these fantastic outfits for Zane! We love Gymboree’s concept of the waist band tying pants, as it makes it easier for them to stay on Zane’s body. I see a big feature of their winter clothes is their plaid and animal line. They had many warm tops in the store with an animal theme such as pandas and foxes, as seen below. I wish I could have bought everything in the store, because truly everything was something I could see my son in.
If you have not been to Gymboree lately, you must go! Their selections for the winter are incredible and everything washes so well! I know I will have their Gymboree clothes for a long time to come!
Be sure to check out Gymboree for the latest winter fashions and stock up on winter fashions for next year, while the prices are right!
Giveaway: One winner will receive a $75 Gymboree Gift Card to use in the store or online. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me what your favorite outfit would be from here:Gymboree. Please put all comments in comment section proceeding the post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. Us only. Good luck!
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Oh potty training….How many times have you said these exact words in your household? While potty training is an absolute necessity, it is also the biggest pain in the neck! Can you relate? While I wish Zane would magically potty train, this is not the case. Thankfully, we have been using the ever so fabulous Bumbo products including the toilet trainer and step stool to make potty training easier on both Zane and I.
Bumbo has been a household name for quite some time. Both kids used the Bumbo floor seat until about 6 months, and they were lifesavers for us. Bumbo realizes the importance of making products that would help with the horrible task of potty training and they did this superbly with the Bumbo Toilet Trainer and Step Stool.
Bumbo Toilet Trainer:
The Bumbo Toilet Trainer will give your children confidence when it is time to use the potty. Zane is deathly afraid of the potty but he is confident going when we put the Bumbo Toilet Trainer on. It gives him the extra boost to know he is O’kay actually going potty. It’s unique one-piece design provides secure and comfortable seating for your potty training toddler.
The Bumbo Toilet Trainer fits great on almost all toilets. Zane has no trouble picking up the potty by the handles and putting it on the toilet seat himself. It is one piece that is easy to fit, and fit well. We had a lot of toilet trainers that slid right off the toilet, but this potty fits wonderfully and snuggly. It also has contoured seat provides support and security for your toddler. If you are worried about messes, do not be, as the Bumbo Toilet Trainer is so easy to clean up!
The Bumbo Step Stool is a wonderful step stool to help transition your kids to having independence. Zane loves to use his step stool in conjunction with his toilet trainer, to give him the extra boost to get up. The Step Stool is very durable and sturdy, yet can easily be maneuvered by your children. Hayley uses this step stool daily to brush her teeth, and then Zane uses it to get on his potty. It has so many versatile uses.
The Bumbo Step Stool also has a slip-resistant surface on base and step, so your kids will not be in danger of falling. It is not very high but nonetheless, accidents can happen. With the Bumbo Step Stool, I am very confident with my kids using it. It supports kids up until 110 lbs! This Bumbo Step Stool is WONDERFUL!
While Bumbo itself has so many wonderful products, I love that they also stand for a very important cause! A portion of proceeds from every Bumbo product purchase made worldwide is donated to Bumbo Cares, a non-profit organization Bumbo founded in 2005 to support the underprivileged and special needs children in its hometown of Pretoria, South Africa. This year, thanks to the support of those who have made Bumbo a part of their little ones’ biggest moments, Bumbo is celebrating a $10 million milestone in charitable giving to Bumbo Cares. So go out there and buy those Bumbo products today!
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Poor Zane woke up yesterday three days back at 3 AM with a 102 fever. While tender, love, and care is what my little man needs, what he needs more is a way to fight his fever. My go to medicine for both him and Hayley is the Little Remedies line. Once he had his dosing of Little Remedies (For Fevers), he was able to go to sleep and fight his sickness off.
I have been an avid fan of the Little Remedies line since my kids were very young. What I love about their products is they provide a completely safe and effective formula for fighting off various types of sicknesses. As a mom, I get neurotic at times about what I put in their bodies. When I was a new mom, I remember telling me husband that we can’t give them any medicine that might not be safe for them. I was so confused about what was safe or perhaps even necessary. At the time, the doctor recommended I try the Little Remedies line since it contains no artificial flavors, no unnecessary additives, no aspirin/ibuprofen, and no alcohol/saccharin. Ever since that day, I never looked back and swear by the Little Remedies line.
With the Little Remedies line, I know that their ingredients contains exactly what is needed for safe, fast, and effective relief- and nothing more! As a mom, this makes me feel so good knowing that I am doing right to their tiny bodies. Their motto is “Less is More” and they showcase this by their wonderful Little Remedies products.
If you are a mom or dad, I thought I share a few tips to help prevent the spread of germs in your household:
1. Make sure everyone in your family washes their hands thoroughly throughout the day. Hand washing is the #1 germ prevention strategy.
2. Along with hand washing, make sure to wash for a full two minutes. You do not want to do it for 10 seconds, as it will not be effective in ridding germs.
3. If your child is sick, try to isolate other members to prevent the risk of getting sick. I know this is easier said than done, but perhaps try having the healthy child play in their room more, where it is more sterile.
4. Do not share utensils or sippy cups! I know this is common sense but I can’t begin to tell you how many times Hayley accidentally uses Zane’s forks. I really stress also making sure no drinks or food are shared.
5. Once a child, is done being sick, make sure you wash every sheet and item of clothes that they used during that time period. You do not want to risk having the sick child relapse or a healthy child getting sick from germs floating around in the air.
Inevitably kids will get sick, as it is a fact of life. If this is the case, give Little Remedies a try to Say Yes to Less. Little Remedies is encouraging all of us to take the Pledge to Say Yes to Less in any facet of our lives that we might need a little less stress in. Perhaps this is saying yes to less junk..saying yes to less technological distractions…saying yes to less negativity! Little Remedies is encouraging all of us to strive for a simple, healthy way of living: Less of the unnecessary- More of what counts!
The Say Yes to Less Campaign got me thinking to what I would say less to and without hestitation my #1 pledge would be to say yes to less distractions. As you can see in the video below, I tend to spend hours on social media, which interrupts with precious family time. This holiday season, this is all going to change! Come watch:
I took the Little Remedies Say Yes to Less Pledge! For every pledge, Little Remedies will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish! Won’t you join me! To learn more about Say Yes to Less click here: Little Remedies Pledge to say Yes to Less!