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What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming

The sun is out and my little one is on the run. She is usually on the run straight towards water. I have thought about taking her to swim lessons but I am strapped for time. My husband also taught people how to swim when he was in the Navy; so he wants to do it. I keep seeing articles on children drowning and most times drowning occurs while the parent is right there. My husband actually rescued a three year old when she was in the pool with her babysitter. She was very lucky that my husband knew CPR or she wouldn’t be alive. It only takes a couple of seconds to go from fun to an emergency.

I asked my friend Angel if she had some tips to help me keep my little angel safe.

What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming

Ask A Swim Instructor: What do you need to know to keep your kids safe while swimming!

  1. Keep your eyes on your child at all times in and around water.
  2. Do not use floaties or rings to play with children in the water.This creates a false sense of security in an unskilled child.
  3. Utilize pool fences, alarms, etc. for barrier safety.
  4. ** Find an instructor in your area at Infant Swim to teach your child life-saving self-rescue skills by an ISR instructor. In case they fall in alone. “The sooner…the safer.”

Angel is an instructor for Infant Swim. Her website can be viewed here. I watched Angel on the news and I learned I need to teach my child how to float on her back. Then she should swim for the side. This little bit of information could be the difference in her surviving if she fell in the pool.  I say fall but what I mean is run full speed and jump into the pool when we are not around or not paying attention to her.

In addition to keeping an eye on your kids around the pool, it is just as important to protect them while they’re in the pool.

Here are some tips to help keep your family and friends safe at the pool this summer:

  • Did you know that more than 4.5 million people are treated for skin cancer every year? It’s important to start practicing proper sun protection at an early age – to protect skin now and prevent the damage from the sun’s UV rays that can build up over time.
    • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends sunscreens with broad-spectrum UV protection and SPF 15 or higher.
    • According to the American Association of Dermatologists, sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are safe to use on children six months and older.
    • The American Association of Dermatologists also suggests applying sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outside, and at least every two hours thereafter (more often if you’re in the water).
  • Swimming in unsanitized water can expose you and your kids to a variety of illnesses like diarrhea, swimmer’s ear and skin inflections. Chlorine is added to the water to kill germs and is one of the first lines of defense against germs that can make swimmers sick.
    • Both chlorinated pools AND salt-water pools require chlorine.
    • Test your pool’s water every day to help keep it safe. Use an at-home kit to regularly test the levels of chlorine in your pool to determine if it is being properly sanitized. Read more here about how to use your at-home testing kit.
    • A well-managed pool does not smell like chlorine and, if pool water irritates eyes, it may be a sign that there is not enough chlorine.

For more information about how these chemicals work to help keep our families safe, visit Chemical Safety Facts.

Easy Ways to Organize your Cleaning Schedule

Simple Schedule of Easy Ways to Organize Cleaning Schedule

Being frugal with money in today’s economy has become a must have but what about being frugal with our time. When I was single it seemed there was always enough time and this continued even after I got married and gained a step-son. It wasn’t until my daughter was born that time seemed to slowly disappear. Then with 1 husband, 2 kids, 1 Father-In-Law, 3 dogs, 12 foster puppies, 2 foster dogs, 2 cats, and a snake, I almost felt like the day really wasn’t 24 hours long. Since you can’t buy hours to add on to your day (and I wouldn’t without a coupon if you could) I had to look for other ways to save time. When I looked around for easy ways to organize and be frugal with my time I found convenience foods, quick cleaning products, eating take-out, and not allowing family members to participate in extra activities. All of that though comes with a price (higher food bills or loss of sanity amongst family members because all you see are each other.) I decided a few months back that I no longer wanted to live like that. So I started with the first area that zapped a lot of my time – Cleaning the house. Since I couldn’t give up cleaning as I am sure my mom would call “Clean House” on me, I looked for ways to make this less time consuming and stressful.

My first order of business was to make my children aware of their responsibilities – This included making their beds, changing their sheets, putting their dirty clothes in the hamper, putting their clean clothes away, cleaning their rooms (which includes dusting, vacuuming, and every day messes), putting their dirty dishes away, and packing their lunches for school. In order to teach them responsibility of pet ownership, they also have to pitch in and help with the foster animals.

That accomplished I informed my husband that he had to take ownership of 2 household chores. He chose doing the Laundry and feeding the dogs. Hey, every little bit helps and I can say that now my laundry basket looks like this most days.

Finally, I decided to make a calendar with all my chores listed for each day. This would make it easier to get motivated to clean since I knew it would take 30 minutes or less a day. To figure out what needed to be on the calendar, I made a list of everything that needed to be done (even if it was only once a month). Then I went thru and wrote next to each thing how often I wanted to do it. I decided not to bite off more than I knew what possible. I figured if I got the inkling to do it more frequently then I could.

Once I knew how often I needed to figure out what day would be best for each. I tried not to put to much on one day and opted to leave Sunday empty and Saturday with very little so we could enjoy family time without feeling like we had a lot to do at home. I created a calendar in Microsoft Word and got to typing and this is the finished result. For the things I need to do daily I listed them in one of the blank boxes on the calendar and the same with the monthly chores. We cross the things off once they are done so the other family members know what needs to be done. I did it month specific so I would have a handy calendar on my fridge as well but you could make a generic calendar with just the days of the week and follow it on an every other schedule if that is how you have it scheduled out.

The greatest benefit from the chore calendar was my husband pitching in more. It seemed that once he saw it in black and white and knew what needed to be done he didn’t mind doing it. I guess he can’t read my brain after all or know what I am thinking. Maybe one day I can figure out how to make that happen but until then I am going to find more ways to put time in my day. So now that I have my easy ways to organize my cleaning schedule, I am ready for the summer to start.

Once you’ve organized your schedule and set aside time to tackle spring cleaning, it’s such a relief to know the cleaning products you use can help you take the extra step to keep everything sparkling and clean. Here are some tips to help as you clear through the clutter:

  • Antibacterial or antimicrobial ingredients help kill or slow the growth of harmful microbes like viruses and bacteria. Using these products can help get rid of germs, dirt and other

contaminants that typically accumulate on kitchen counters, office desks, bathroom sinks, and other high-traffic areas in homes and offices and can lead to people getting sick.

  • Cleaning product labels often include information on the product’s intended use and directions on how to use the product safely.  For example, reading a label can tell you whether you can use a specific product indoors or outdoors, or inside a well-ventilated room. Want some more tips on how to correctly read a label? Visit Chemical Safety Facts to learn more.
  • To prevent accidental poisonings, always keep cleaning products away from children’s reach. I get it – life happens, but if you are in the process of cleaning and you get a phone call or someone knocks on the door, don’t leave the cleaning products unattended. Take the extra time to properly put away.


Check out Easy Ways to Organize Your Drawers and Easy Ways to Organize Your Fridge and Cords.

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Here is my Checklist Cleaning House Free Printable

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This Printable will help you stay organized while spring cleaning your livingroom!

Give your kids some chores, get these free printable chore chart.

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Read more spring cleaning tips:

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Also check out our Tips to Save on Home Repairs

March 20, 2019

How to Travel With A Dog By Car

How to Travel With A Dog By Car

Read my tips on how to travel with a dog by car. Check out my dog travel must haves.

You are going across town or across the country. You need pet transport. You need tips on how to travel with a dog by car. I understand. I just traveled with three kids and a dog from Virginia to Florida and not only did we survive but we had a great time. It required planning on my part but once I implemented my plan our puppy was happy and so were my children.

I was truly worried that this trip would have been the demise of me considering I planned to stop overnight and had to look for pet friendly accommodations.Continue reading

Spring Cleaning Tips with Free Printable Deep House Cleaning Checklist

Free Printable Deep House Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning Tips

Springtime is finally here! One of my favorite things about spring is opening my windows, letting the light in, and sprucing everything up! You know what I’m talking about, Spring Cleaning time! I know I know, most people don’t like cleaning, but something about spring cleaning makes your house feel new and fresh, and really brings the sunshine in! I always do an annual deep house cleaning during this time of the year, so I wanted to share with you a few spring cleaning tips that I have picked up along the way!

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What Goes on in Palmyra Virginia

This content is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Community Outreach
programs, but views and thoughts are my own and written from my heart I am #MyTownProud.

It isn’t the hills that beckon or that sound that one hears when they listen. It is the way the grass moves in the wind and the way that the river flows and the rocks that the children throw on its shores. These are the shores where history was made. There are people who are ready to share the tales of time gone by in historical Palmyra.

We are a town of many faces and histories. The city of Palmyra, Virginia is full of people who grew up here and the people who moved here and never wanted to move on. We are a little rural community that believes in one another. We are a hand to hold and a day to explore. We have apple orchards and a country store. We have fresh vegetables that are passed to you by the hands that nurtured them. We have farmers who have jams to sell and the homemade bread on which to lay the spread. We have fresh eggs from chickens that roam.Continue reading

Corned Beef – Do you buy Point Cut or Flat Cut?

Corned Beef Cuts

Corned Beef: Point Cut or Flat Cut?

My mother-in-law was visiting this weekend and I decided to make our St. Patrick’s day feast a bit early. She is Irish and I thought it would be fun to have the traditional Corned Beef, potatoes, carrots and cabbage while she was here. While shopping for the corned beef it became apparent that I had not done my research. There are two cuts of corned beef;  point and flat cut. The point cut is cheaper. Not knowing what to get, I purchased both! We needed two anyways with the crowd we had.

I made the point cut in the crockpot. I just added the seasoning packet and let it cook all day. About half way through cooking, I added the cabbage. The flat cut was placed in a roaster pan with potato chunks, carrots, the seasoning packet and water. I roasted it at 300 degrees for 6 hours.

The taste test

Out of five adults the winner was the point cut! It turns out that the point cut has more fat which makes it more flavorful and juicy. Both cuts of meat were tasty, but the point cut was the clear winner.

For the record, corned beef is made from the brisket. It is placed in a brine of grains and salt to cure the meat. When selecting your corned beef at the store, feel the meat. The meat should be firm. If it is soft or mushy, it contains too much fat. I thought you would all like to know that the cheaper cut of corned beef nets the best results!

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