Help Your Family Prepare for an Emergency

Many individuals think that they will never be in an emergency situation. They feel that emergencies only happened to others. Unfortunately, when an individual has this viewpoint, they usually find that an emergency situation becomes even worse because they did little or nothing to prepare. Thankfully, if you take steps now, any emergency situation that comes up can be more easily dealt with. This is something that is especially important if you have children in your home.

It is a good idea to talk with your family about different types of emergencies that may occur in the area where you live. For example, talk about what you will do if there is a fire in the home. Plan out an evacuation route. If you have a two story home, purchase a fire escape ladder that can easily be put out the one of the second story windows. Teach children how to get in touch with emergency response professionals. Tell them what they should do if you are not home and make sure they know how to get in contact with you.

Something else to discuss is natural disasters that take place in your area. If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, talk about where the safest place in the home is to hide if an earthquake occurs. Or talk about an evacuation route so that everyone can get safely outside. The same idea applies if your area is prone to flooding, hurricanes, or any other type of natural disaster. When you prepare and you prepare your family, everyone is going to be in a better position to respond to the emergency.

Another type of emergency that you want to discuss with your family is what to do if there is a medical emergency or a car accident. It is important for everyone to know who to contact and what to do just in case this occurs.

It is good to prepare an emergency kit that can be placed in the home and another one that can be placed in the car. The emergency kit that you create is going to include some basic items, like food, water, important documents, cash, and other necessary items. You will also want to include things that are important for your family, like diapers, formula, and other items if you have a baby in the family.

Fun Things to Do With Your Kids

Trying to keep your kids entertained during the busy summer months can be tricky. No matter how old your kids are, chances are they’re very energetic and like to keep moving. This year, there are several ways you can keep your kids occupied whether you’re at home or on-the-go.

Create a Game
Most kids love to play games. Why not come up with something you can try together? If you’re standing in line at the grocery store, you can play counting games by counting how many people on magazine covers are wearing hats. You could play a shapes game by trying to see how many triangles you can spot. You could even try to find all the letters of the alphabet. The options are endless. You don’t need a lot of supplies, time or space to play a game with your kids. All you need is a willingness to think outside the box.

Draw Together
Did you know you can try restaurant coloring pages for kids anywhere? Whether you’re at a busy restaurant, in the car or even at home, coloring pages offer a lot of fun for kids. More importantly, these pages offer a chance for your kid to get creative. You can let your child draw on your own or you can draw together. You could even draw separate pictures, then compare. Talk with your child about their picture and ask lots of questions. Why did they pick that color? What is their character wearing? Which part of the picture do they like best?

Go on a Walk
Going on walks can seem boring, but there are plenty of ways to spice things up. One of the benefits of going on walks is that you’ll have fun while getting fit. Even if you don’t need to lose weight, walking regularly can help lower your heart rate and your stress levels. Make sure you mix up your walks and try exploring new places in your local area. Sometimes just going down a different street can provide a fun, new experience. You can also try enjoying a scavenger hunt with your kids while you walk around. See how many leaves, flowers or animals you can spot on your walk.

Remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun with your kids. All you need is a little creativity and a lot of patience.

Some of the Benefits of Owning Your Own Home

To say that the downturn in the housing market that took place in 2008 scared people away from buying a home would be the understatement of the year. The year 2008 was a pivotal point in real estate. People went from seeing owning a home as a positive thing to doubting whether or not owning a home made sense. Things got to the point where popular news magazines were running articles that flat out said that owning a home did not make sense anymore. Thankfully, the economic situation in the United States and around the world has drastically changed. Now more than ever it makes sense for people to purchase their own home.

There are a lot of reasons to consider purchasing a home. The first reason is to quit renting. Just think about it, when a person rents a home, all they are doing is paying someone else’s mortgage payment. And it is not like the rent is always a lot cheaper than owning. There are many places where renting an apartment and owning a house cost just about the same. The only difference is that when a person rents, at the end of the day they walk away with nothing, whereas a person who owns is investing money in themselves.

There is a sense of pride that comes from owning your own home. Many individuals who have decided to purchase homes for sale in Durango CO comment on how happy they feel having something that they can call their own. When you own your home, you know that no one is going to take it from you as long as you are able to make arrangements to keep up on the payments. And you also have the hope of reaching a time when the home and the property that it is built on actually belong to you.

Another plus about owning a home is that you have privacy. You have the privacy of not having a neighbors above you, below you,or on either side of you in an apartment. Even if you are renting a home, you still have to worry about the owner of the home coming into your home from time to time to check on the status of their property. All of these frustrations go away when you have your own place.

Owning a home gives you the freedom to do what you want when you want. You can decorate however you want and no one is going to say anything to you.

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Hidilyn Diaz: The Philippines’ Olympic Pride

Just recently, a Filipino woman brought pride to her country by earning a silver medal in weightlifting in the women’s 53 kg division during the 2016 Rio Olympics, the first medal in Summer Olympics for the country after 20 years. Diaz became the first ever Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal.

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Hidilyn Diaz is the fifth child to her parents, Eduardo and Emelita. She was introduced to weightlifting by her cousin, Allen Jayfrus Diaz. She went to the Universidad de Zamboanga, where she took up a course in computer science but stopped when she was in her 3rd year for she deemed it was not suitable for her and because it distracted her from her training.

In 2007, at the age of 16, Diaz was introduced to the former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman, Butch Ramirez. Although the Philippine Weightlifting Association was hesitant about recruiting Diaz because she was still very young, Ramirez found a great potential in her and was sent to China to train with all the other Filipino athletes.

In the 2008 Olympic Games, Diaz was the youngest competitor and was the 2nd Filipino weightlifter in the Olympics, and the 1st Filipino female to compete in that event. She was then 17 years old and competed in the 58-kg women’s division. Though she was the 11th out of 12 contenders, her performance gained praises and was seen as very promising considering her age.

Diaz also competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics and was recognized as the first female weightlifter from the Philippines to compete in consecutive Olympics. In the 2012 London Olympics, Diaz was the flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. She contended under the coaching of Tony Agustin and beat her personal best in the snatch at 97 kg. However, she ended the competition with a DNF (Did Not Finish) result when she was unsuccessful after 3 attempts in her 118 kg Clean and Jerk.

In preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Diaz intentionally lost weight to compete in the 53 kg category,  knowing that she’ll have more chances of winning a medal. During the competition, she was able to surpass her personal target and eventually won the silver medal in the event.

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Upon her return to the Philippines, Diaz was given a Hero’s Welcome and received incentives from the PSC, her city, and from the President himself.

Thank you Hidilyn Diaz! Viva Pinay!

Green Living: How to Kill Mold More Naturally

While harsh chemicals, such as borax and chlorine bleach, are well known mold killers, they can pose a health risk to yourself, your family, the environment and wildlife. Because of this, the desire to choose nontoxic and organic mold killers have risen in popularity. While the following safer mold remedies are effective for small problems, larger infestations, however, will require the help of a professional mold remediation Maryland.

White Vinegar
Distilled white vinegar is a versatile and safer option for household uses. It can be used to clean, disinfect, decrease and deodorize a wide array of surfaces. Distilled white vinegar is also an effective mold and mildew killer. Unfortunately, some people are put off by vinegar’s pungent aroma. The good news is that this smell will dissipate rather quickly. Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle and liberally mist the offending area. Let the vinegar sit on the surface for a few hours before scrubbing clean and then rinsing the surface with water. You should dry the surface thoroughly to prevent future fungal growth. A good tip is to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the spray bottle if the vinegar’s odor is too much for you.

Baking Soda
This natural mold killer is one you may already have on hand since it is a common ingredient in a wide array of recipes. This mild yet effective disinfectant can get rid of odors and kill mold. To use, dissolve ½ cup of baking soda in 2 cups of water and scrub the mold off the surface with the mixture. Rinse the surface clean with water and wipe dry. Keep in mind, however, that despite its relatively safe nature, baking soda can still pose a risk if too much is ingested by children or pets. Because of this, you should always keep it out of reach of kids and pets.

Tea Tree Oil
Extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, tea tree oil has long been desired for its medicinal value. It is also an effective cleanser and can take care of mold and mildew infestation without posing a risk to the environment. Simply mix two teaspoons of the essential oil with two cups of cool water. Mist the fungal growth with solution and let sit for several hours before rinsing the surface clean with a rag dampened with cool water.

Five Fun Ways to Teach Kids to Handle Money

There is a saying that goes, “You reap what you saw”. Here some ways to teach kids how to handle their money wisely.

  1. Get them a coin bank

While young, the piggy bank is fun for kids. Encourage them to save money through coin or piggy banks. They can use it for the things they want. At a young age, they realize that it’s nice to get things through hard work of saving.

  1. Set a good example

Show some illustration of great men, who used their money wisely. Like how some people get rich through handling money carefully.

  1. Show them what is important.

When buying things, don’t let them just buy what they want. Teach them to differentiate the meaning of wants and needs.

  1. Teach them how to budget.

If you have a child and you gave allowances before going to school. Teach them to budget their allowance wisely.

  1. Don’t spoil them with money.

Shower your kids with love, not money. Teach them how to handle money for giving them what  exactly what they need.

While young, teach kids to handle money so that when they grow old, they know how to handle their own money wisely.

Ways To Save Money On Your Next Vacation

If it has been too long since your last vacation, then it is time that you treated yourself to a little time off. Whether you go by yourself or take the family with you, everyone benefits from some time away from stress and responsibility. One of the road blocks to taking a vacation for many people is the costs that are involved. But there are ways that you can take a great vacation and keep everything within your budget.

Check Out Those Online Offers

How many times have you been tempted to click on a vacation offer you see online? The next time you see the chance to “click here for a great vacation promotion,” you should take the website up on its offer. The key to finding a great discount vacation is to do plenty of research on the company offering the vacation, and also do your due diligence on the vacation offer itself.

Call A Travel Agent

The Internet is trying to make travel agents obsolete, but it is not succeeding. One reason travel agents are still a viable option for vacation travel is because they can put together vacation bundles that save travelers a lot of money. The next time you are thinking about going on vacation, you should give a travel agent a call and see what kind of great deals they have to offer.

Use The Airline Bundle

Many travelers do not realize how much money they can save when they buy their entire vacation through an airline website. Airlines can get great deals with hotels and rental car companies, and that allows the airlines to put together some very low-priced but high quality vacation offers.

Travel With Friends

If you feel like you need a vacation, then there is a good chance that you have friends who feel the same way. The more people you travel with, the lower your costs are because of how many people are paying. Talk to your friends and see if you can put together a vacation group that will get you to where you want to go at a price you can easily afford.

Going on vacation is not as difficult as you may think. There are plenty of great ways to get the vacation that you want, but at a price that you can easily afford.

Celebrating A Golden Wedding Anniversary

Recently, couples who have gone through years of happily married lives commemorate their wedding anniversary with grand parties and another wedding feast. This is usually planned and prepared by their children and grand children. Being part of this kind of celebration makes one believe in happily ever-afters and that love between two people really last. It is very touching to see aged couples re-new their vows even after 30 or 50 years and with their children and family as witness to a once in a lifetime event. These events are made memorable with combined efforts of the family in preparing the venue, the food and everything else. It would seem like the oldies will be wed for the first time.

Even when the couple already has health issues and conditions such as incontinence, they can still enjoy the moment without worries with the help of those highly absorbent incontinence pads. There are products for the elderly made with much consideration for their comfort and protection. Now, anniversaries and family celebrations can be more memorable and worry-free with the help of incontinence pads.  For their golden wedding anniversary, nothing can stop them from pouring out all their emotions and love for each other while their whole family looks on, inspired and hopeful that such kind of love does exist.

Home Designers Raves About The Newest Trend in Epoxy Flooring

Designers are taking notice of the latest trend in industrial flooring – epoxy flooring. Philadelphia epoxy flooring for instance were once limited to garages and basement because it has qualities that is perfect for tough and high traffic areas. It is a strong flooring material with an impenetrable coating, slip-resistant and it gives off a shiny long lasting coat on top of your regular floor.

From its humble beginnings, epoxy flooring has been noticed and is now hailed by many designers as an extremely versatile product. It does more than protect floors because it is also capable of transforming boring areas into amazing works of art.

Once it is dry, epoxy flooring gives of a high, glossy shine that is enhanced by putting an additional topcoat over the regular mix. In most cases a topcoat is no longer necessary because epoxy mixes contain UV-inhibitor which produces that long lasting shine. But designers are not just after the gloss or sheen that epoxy floorings are known for, it can also be personalized.

Gray used to be the only color of the base coat so it can be quite dull and boring. But these days, epoxy basecoats comes in every color imaginable. There are even instances where watercolor-like art works are made as the basecoat for epoxy flooring. Designers can choose colors that would complement, highlight or contrast areas that they are working on.

Epoxy topcoats are now customizable too. Designers and homeowners can now enhance their epoxy flooring with anti-slip flecks which are actually acrylic chips that come in different colors. This anti-slip flecks are sprinkled on poured epoxy before curing to achieve a decorative and functional touch to epoxy floors. Doing your research and checking out different companies to find the colors that you want or need is encouraged so that you will not be limited to the colors available to a single supplier.