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Thursday, December 18, 2014

How To Survive a Power Outage during Wintertime




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First Person Experience

Whether your power outage is a day or a week or more, it is not pleasant. It is a reminder of how you you should be thankful.  When you have a power outage, report it immediately to your energy provider.

Children

Since children like to play out in the snow,  it would be wise to not allow them to do so at this time. If there are any power lines down in your area, it could be deadly for your children. According to Consumers Energy, you should keep at least 25 feet away from a down power line, because even though you do not see sparks it can be live with electricity. Pets should be kept away as well.



We experienced the down lines during an ice storm. A tree limb broke the power line and our electrical meter as well. During this outage there were several counties affected including Genesee County with over 60,000 outages. It was horrific. I have survived a one or two day outage, but our power outage was for 9 days. This is not something that we expected. We did, however, get the refrigerator cleaned out earlier than scheduled. Although we always kept flashlights, candles, and canned goods in the event of an emergency, and outage in the winter time requires more. Also, the cable in our area went out right after the power did. So that eliminated TV watching for awhile.

Friends

This is a good time to call on relatives and friends to bring your extra food that you can salvage from your refrigerator and to charge your cellphones. Even though your landline may not be down, your cordless phones will not be accessible during the power outage. So be sure to have a phone that is not cordless that you can plug into your landline. Although cordless phones are convenient, it is wise to have a non-cordless phone for your landline. We have some friends affected by the power outage that opted to stay in motels during this terrible ordeal.

Generators:

We were truly blessed to have a gracious friend with a generator, which we were able to borrow during our time of need. To my surprise this generator provided us heat and lights for about 80% of our house. I was definitely saying, “Thank you Jesus.” A new generator can cost $599.00 and up. We kept 3 gasoline cans and would fill the generator in the morning and the evening with each filling lasting about 6-8 hours. You will want to keep the generator in your garage and beware of the fumes that will accumulate, so be sure to keep a window open in the garage. Fumes can be quite deadly. Remove your vehicles from the garage too or you end of getting the smoke scent in your vehicles, which is not very pleasant.


Heat

This ice storm occurred on one of the coldest days. Temperatures were ranging about 7 degrees. We had plenty of blankets and an electric heater. We could not use the electric heater, because there was no power. We did have a small Butane Propane heater which was insufficient, because it was so cold.    
Propane Cooker:

During a power outage you can cook on a gas stove, but if you have an electric stove that is another story. Propane tanks can be purchased for as low as $12.94. We finally purchased a Propane 2-eye gas cooker. It was decent enough to cook on. It really made me feel like I was camping out. We basically used 16-oz cylinders of propane gas to run it.


Propane two-eye cooker


House Insurance

You will need to refer to your house policy as everyone's will not read the same. You may qualify for reimbursement for damages to your house. Do not hesitate to call your Homeowner's Insurance.

Credit Outage:

In Michigan Consumer Powers states those that if you have a power outage longer than 120 hours
(5 days), service interrupted for more than 16 hours during normal conditions, or service interrupted more than seven times in a 12-month period, may qualify for an outage credit.

So remember the best thing during a power outage is to be prepared and do not hesitate to call family and friends. 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Twisties for You and Your Children

 
Twisties have become more popular for children as well as adults. They seemingly are a lot easier than the traditional braiding. They are easy to do.


Hair Twist Styles

There are a variety of twistie styles available. Now since the creation of utube, there are numerous tutorials to show you how to hair twist. There is no longer the mystery of how to do it or even how to take care of it.

Sengalese Twists

Did you know that there are a variety of  twists that you may choose to do on you or your children's hair? Also, boys as well as girls are wearing twisties. The Sengalese Twists is a very fine type of twisting of the hair. As you will learn some twisties are quite large and thick known as Havana Twists. Latoya White at naturalhairrules.com talks about the importance of purchasing the correct hair for your braid extensions. She emphasizes that the Marly or Havana Hair is kinkier and easier to braid and not so easy to unravel. She further suggests twisting as you twist.

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Havanna Twists

Now Havanna Twists are the very large twists. I call them the jumbo twists. Nicole at essence.com. emphasizes the importance of not putting too much pressure on the edges and not leaving the twists in too long.  Too much pressure can cause hair breakage.  She further adds that six weeks should be the maximum to leave them in.

Although I prefer straight hair to curly hair, I do like to see others that are able to wear the twists style. I have family members that wear the style quite well and they look very good in the style too.

Best Twist Out Ever


Proper Care

Do you wrap your children's hair with a satin bonnet or pillowcase? According to Kesha at WeGotKidz.com, you should do so. Since a scarf will not stay on most kid's head while they are sleeping, you may prefer satin pillowcase. She further adds the reasoning is that cotton pillowcases absorb all of the good moisture from the hair.


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Just keep in mind twisties are really simple to do and children usually love them. Have fun while doing them and enjoy the new look.


Source:

Sengalese Twists: What Not To Do, by Latoya Watson


Ask the Experts: The D’s and Don’t s of Havana Twists by Nicole Marie Melton


The Right Way to Take Care of Your Child's Hair While It's in Braids or Twists: 4 tips, by Kesha



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Friday, December 5, 2014

3 Ways to Inspire Kids

There are numerous ways that you can inspire kids. Everyone needs inspiration even children. It does not take a lot of work, but rather being intentional in what you are attempting to do.

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I have discovered a few things that will inspire children and also can inspire adults as well. Inspiration is something that we all can use at some time or another. Inspiration is something that just helps us to feel really good.


Expectations

According to Womansday.com, rather than over assist with helping your child, give your child responsibility. I agree. As your child grows, your child should be able to assume more responsibility. Sometimes you may just ask your child to help assist you setting the table or just carrying a small item for you. Children are very resourceful and usually love to help especially when they feel valuable. Each child has their own special abilities. Sometimes whatever they are good at might be the thing that you ask them to help with. 

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Praise

Proverbs 18:21. Death and Life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat the fruit thereof. Your words not only give life to your kids, but inspires them to want to do better. You can never praise your child too much. Some examples of praise phrases you might use are as follows:
very good, awesome job, that was a good catch, good job, that is incredible, that is excellent or marvelous, your the best, or well done. These types of phrases are very uplifting to the spirit and they make you feel really good about yourself. Be sure to say the phrase with a nice big smile. Everyone loves a friendly face.

Inspirational Serenity Mug


Stir Up the Gift

Remind your children about what makes them unique. There is no other person like them, even if they have a twin. There is something unique about each one that makes them who they are. One child may be great at math and love math, whereas another child may be good at singing. Observe your children and discover what it is that each child is good at.  Discover what your child does with little to no effort.   I recall attending a talent show at an elementary school. The first graders were oh so talented. There were those that sang, some danced, and others told jokes. Most of the children performed seemingly very easy. They were very creative. What other ways do you know to inspire children?

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10 Ways to Inspire Your Kids

Proverbs 18:21

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Do You Have Power Struggles with Your Children?

A wise man once said, “Pick your battles carefully.” I could not agree more. There are probably many battles that you could have with your children, but is it worth it?




A wise parent might be wise to choose which battles that you want to choose in order to not have a power struggle with your children.


Engage Problems Solving

Amy Morin talks about working with a parent that insisted their teenager's room be kept clean. The teenager felt differently and thought it unreasonable to keep it clean daily. They problem solved together and came to the compromise that the teenager's door would be kept shut through the week and the teenager would clean it on the weekend.

Note: There may be times when compromise is not a viable solution, especially if it cause grave harm to a child.

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Choices

According to James Lehman at empoweringparents.com, you may give kids some choices. For example, “You can start your chores when you get home from day camp or wait until I get home.” He further adds that when you get into an argument with your child about what you expect them to do, then you are giving your kid more power. These are choices and it is clear they are expected to be done, but the choice as to when they are done has shifted to the child. He further adds that when you get into an argument with your child about what you expect them to do, then you are giving your kid more power. Rather than argue state what will be done and walk out of the room.

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Review

If some rules you have been enforcing with your toddler are not working, you want to review this and see what you can change to be more effective.

Plan Ahead

Parentingperspectives.com talks about giving notice of time. They suggest letting your children know that you will be leaving the playground in 5 or ten minutes. I have used this technique with my grandchildren and it does work. I started when they were 2 and 3 years old. I notice at the playground or different events there would be children crying because they did not want to leave. I did not experience this with my grands because I gave them advance warning and when the time is up, it is up. They further add that by enlisting your children's help, helps them to feel valuable. We all need help at some time or another. Let your child know it would be helpful if they helped you set the table. Remember there is no need for power struggles when they can be avoided.



Source:

Personal Experience

By Amy Morin, Discipline Expert

by James Lehman, MSW

By Parenting Perspectives


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thank You

This is to let you know that I really do appreciate those of you that have supported me.  Without God and your support, I could not do this.  Be blessed going in and coming out.


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Are You a Pinterest Mom Blogger?





Everyone is getting into the act of Pinning at Pinterest, including mom's. I have discovered a few Mom's Pinterest Boards that I have found to be quite creative as well as interesting. If you are a new mom blogger, you may like this.


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When you visit this social media site you will see “Stamp and Match Upper Case,” I found this to be different. You take play dough and upper and lower case stamps and stamp the dough. It is great hand stimulation for your little one.

Tips 4 Mom Bloggers



Jenny Melrose and Kim Vij talks about Why You Need to Get on Google +. She discusses several points such as expanding your audience by entering a keyword to find like minded people as yourself. I also discovered Crystal Van Tassel discussing How to Grow Your Blog Traffic With Linky Parties. She suggests linking to atleast 4 circles within your nitch. Of course you could do more or less depending which are best for you. She explains how her pageviews has grown to over 100,000 presently. They talk about “evergreen content” ( content that is always relevant no matter what). She talked about coupon blogs that are urgent and that are live and now.

How to Grow Your Blog With Linky Parties#Learn to Blog


10 Blog Titles that drive Massive Traffic

This pin also was listed under Tips 4 Mom Bloggers. There is topics on important titles such as “How to,” “Numbered list,” Case Study,” Reasons Why,” “Lessons Learned,” and much more.

Your First Month on Google, another great pin on Tips 4 Mom Bloggers

At this site Mervik Haums talks about topics to help you once you join Google +.
He talks about the importance of your profile and linking with people that you relate to. I agree with that, because then your linking can be more meaningful. He suggests when you join circles others may join you back. He further adds about being social, joining communities, and using hangouts.

Pinterest: Hit or Miss? Orange Juluis Smoothie Protein

I found this site to be interesting in that each month this bloggers takes an idea from Pinterest, try's it out, and then lets you know the results. This particular time she tried the Orange Julius Smoothie Protein and reported that it tastes delicious.

So these are just a few ideas from moms blogging and pinning on Pinterest. If you have a niche or something that you are good at share it on Pinterest.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

5 Online Safety Tips for Kids

Are you really aware who your child might be talking to online? Are your children aware of the hidden dangers that really do exist online? 

Computer Safety Rules


Do you know the rules for internet safety?  Because predators have more access to vulnerable children today on the internet, it is of utmost importance that you and your child are educated to some of the lures and tactics that a predator might use online.


1. Parent Permission

Children and teenagers might think they are not babies. Why should they get permission before posting a picture of themselves online? According to the National Children's Advocacy Center you should check with your parents. They further add not to post explicit pictures of yourself. Children need to understand that once the picture is on the internet, it is not as easy to get it taken off, and that same picture has the potential to be seen by thousand of others. When pictures are in the wrong hands, this can prove quite embarrassing and humiliating.

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2. 12 or 50 years-old

It is important that children understand the 12-year-old that they think they are talking to online may not be 12 but actually a much older man according to FBI.gov. That is the strange thing about the internet, you cannot see the other person and even if the other person sent you a picture, you cannot know that that is a true picture of that person. Many predators hide and lurk online.

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3. Teaching

Did you know that your child can possibly teach you a few things on the computer? I am amazed at some of the things children already know. I am amazed how they can figure some things out on the computer. Have fun on the computer and allow your child to show you things they know, show you sites they want to visit, and even play a few online games with them. This can be a teachable moment for you.


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4. Computer Locaion

Keeping the computer in a common area as oppose to the bedroom is suggested by Steven Dowshen, MD. This can be monitored in a common area. They further suggest sharing an email account so that messages can be monitored.

5. Internet Safety Workshops

Hanover County schools have started a seven-part workshop to help parents protect their children in the digital age. They emphasize about sub-tweeting, which is talking about another online without using that person's twitter handle or in other words talking behind their back online. When parents become knowledgeable about this they can better help their children with conflict. It is good to be digitally savvy. One parent said they joined Instagram in order to monitor one of their children. I am sure that there will be more workshops evolving in the schools. I believe this is a very good idea.


Source:

Internet Safety Tips for Kids and Teens


Internet Safety, by Steven Dowshen, MD

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