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June 30, 2019

Craziest Travel Tip You Never Thought Of

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tide. The opinions and text are all mine.

Mom! Yes? “I landed in the mud, and all I can see are my knees.” Me, “Not again” in my head. The words that come out are, “Are you okay?” The first thought is, how am I going to get that mud out of your shorts? You know since I packed three bottoms for you for 6 days?”

This should be an uncommon sentence and scenario. You know one you hear “sometimes.” It isn’t however. It is a version of something I hear on every family trip we take. It is as inevitable as breathing air that someone will get so dirty that throwing their stained clothes in their suitcase when we travel will contaminate the rest of their clothes and I will have to wash it all, or worse than that, they will ruin their clothes. You know, because the concept of not wearing more than one outfit a day alludes my fashion forward child.

This scenario, or the one where they miss their mouth while eating ice cream, dinner, breakfast, etc. led me to a money and time-saving travel tip.

I learned a long time ago that doing laundry would be a part of our vacation. I know. You are trying to travel to get away from chores. But I found that doing laundry on vacation save me both time and money.

How?

The first thing I do is have the kids pack light so they can use carry-on bags for travel. Then I am not stuck buying the more expensive tickets or paying for baggage fees which can add up to $50 each child round trip. I am allowed to check one bag free because my husband travels a lot and has “status.” If his status came with someone to clean up after the kids, that would be more appealing. If I had to pay for my bag, I would just do what the kids did and pack a carry-on bag. I could use the same technique as the kids, although it would limit my shoe collection. Also, I make sure I pack some Tide Laundry Detergent for laundry on the go.

You don’t have to bring the whole container you can pack a couple of the Tide PODS Ultra Oxi for your trip because they don’t take up much room. AND right now they’re up to 50% off – lowered from $11.97 to only $5.97 starting on 6/30 at Walmart. That’s $6 savings! It makes dollars (not cents) to get in on this deal. I put them in a small plastic container when we travel. I usually bring one POD per day on vacation since the five of us can create a lot of laundry daily.

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How to Fix a Straw Hat

Learn How to Fix a Straw Hat

How to Fix a Straw Hat

How do you fix a straw hat?

There are a couple of ways to save your straw hat. I know I really need this post because I frankly ruin my hats. I have kids and they always get crushed. That is why it is so great to know that you can reshape your straw hat.

How to reshape straw hats

The first thing you need to do is get gloves, a heat source that will produce steam. You can use a steamer, iron, or a tea pot. Then you will need towels and something heavy to hold down the hat.

reshape straw hat

Those straw hats can be fixed to its former glory. The way that I reshaped mine was to stuff it with a damp towel. Then I put on my gloves and steamed the hat once it was wet I stretched it and put cans on top of it until it dried.

reshaping straw hats

I have also used this method on how to fix a straw hat You start again with a damp towel and fill the portion of the hat where your head goes. Then you put a damp clothe under the brim of the hat. You then put a towel on top. You turn on the iron on medium heat.

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straw hats drying

Then you will need to let the hat dry. Do not attempt to put it on until it is dry. You can also put weighted items on the top of the hat until dried. This is a great way rescue those straw hats.

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10 Things to Consider Before You Take a Mom Vacation

What do you get when you have 17 items on a list and someone asks to fit something else on? What happens when three people ask you to drive them three different locations all at the same time?

Eventually you burn out, get angry, or you take control and cancel everything so you can make room for you. That is why the new trend of mom vacations is taking off. I decided to take one with my friend Dana at www.DanaVento.com.

What is a mom vacation and why do you need one?

Mom Vacation – (noun) It is a trip where you plan nothing except who you are going on the trip with and the dates. You may want to plan lodging and you may not. You just go to a location and relax, eat when your hungry, wake up and go to bed when you want. Get this you do not have to worry about anyone.

10 Things to Consider Before You Take a Mom Vacation
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Calling ALL Service Members Past and Present

Every day in America we call on our heroes to serve and protect. They answer.

Now it is our turn to find businesses that support the men and women who serve and served our country. It is a call that I answer. I wasn’t brave enough to join the military or become a first responder, but I was smart enough to marry a naval officer.

It was his commitment to our country that motivated me to look for companies that care. That is why when My AF Mobile asked me to share their service. I picked up and didn’t force them to voicemail.

You see we all take a stance when we pick the products and services we use. I stand with the people who take care of us.

I believe that my money should not only be spent helping my family have a better life. I think that when that same dollar I spend can also be used to help people, then I answer that call.

I know money is tight and sometimes we do not have extra to give to others, or we do not know how. We aren’t sure where to donate to the first responders or military veterans; that is why MY AF Mobile is your solution.

You receive the same excellent cell service at a competitive price and every month a portion of your bill is donated to their 501(c)(3) charity foundation. It helps distressed veterans overcome the challenges of returning to civilian life. The foundation is also an instrument in providing financial support, resources, and education for veterans.


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Easy Entertaining Ideas for Spring and Summer

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. While the views expressed here
were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by GreatGatherings.

Children are running, and there’s laughter all around. Fun conversation is shared while the table is overflowing with delectable treats. There are hands reaching and mom’s pointing, and dad’s laughing there are uncles and aunts, cousins and friends that we call family. There are flowers blooming and blue skies reaching as far as the eye can see. There are full hearts as we enjoy the weather, the food and the soak in the people we love. These are the memories that I think about when someone asks me about spring.

I want my kids to also grow up with unforgettable memories of time with our family and friends. I want them to have time to connect with our relatives and interact with them; that’s why I made it a tradition to host at least one family gathering during this season.

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons for entertaining family and friends. The weather is ideal for indoor or outdoor parties, and there are lots of fresh food to choose from. It is not important if the gathering is big or small, what’s important is you have the company of people that are close to you. It’s just the perfect time to disconnect from technology and connect with the people that matter. These gatherings are an opportunity to create a memorable experience that everyone will cherish.

To help you prepare for your gathering, here are some easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer

Get ready for fun gatherings with friends and family. Check out these easy entertaining ideas for spring and summer.

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And since GreatGatherings was created to inspire friends and family to gather more often in their homes, they also carry books to how-to presentations on information and instruction on entertaining. You can even purchase an entire room collection, individual pieces, including the hottest party glassware, serveware, décor, and recipes themed to holidays and party events throughout their entire year. It’s truly your one-stop shop for all your entertaining needs.

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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.

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