5 Things You Need To Know About…Home Fire Safety (Fire Prevention Week)

rp_THM_FirePrevention-300x168.jpgDid you know that a home fire occurs every 86 seconds in the United States?

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2014 public fire departments responded to about 1.3 million fires, and resulting in $11.6 billion in property damage, 15,775 injuries and unfortunately 3,275 deaths.

Since it’s National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4-10), this edition of “5 Things You Need to Know” is devoted to tips to help keep you and your family safe if your home is ever involved in a fire.

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The #Mutts Winter Diaries – Giveaway

Growing up I used to love Sunday mornings in my house. My father would get up early, go to our local bakery and come back home with some delicious crumb cake and the Sunday newspapers. I would take the biggest piece of crumb cake there was, get a tall glass of milk and run off to read the Sunday Comics or what we affectionately called the “Funny Section.”


I loved reading comic strips and on Sundays they were twice as long and in color! It was like reading a funny letter from a friend – following the crazy adventures and outlandish situations the characters always seemed to get themselves into.  A few of my favorites were Blondie, Peanuts, Family Circus, Hagar the Horrible, Bloom County, Fox Trot and Calvin and Hobbes.

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Making Breakfast Fun – The Ultimate Breakfast Bar #FueledForSchool

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My kids always seem to roll their eyes at me when I tell them that they need to eat their breakfast each morning because it’s the most important meal of the day. They think I’m just saying that to get them to eat their food, but it isn’t some old adage, it really is true!

Many nutritional experts, not just moms and dads, agree that eating a balanced breakfast provides children with the energy and nutrients they need for increased concentration in the classroom and to help prevent mid-morning slump.  Studies have also shown that eating breakfast is an important step in maintaining a healthy body weight.

However, like parents most everywhere, I know that during a busy morning it is sooo easy to let breakfast fall low on your list of priorities. But taking as little as 10-15 minutes each morning to have something to eat can really make a difference in your child’s day and even your own!

To show my kids how important it is to eat something in the morning before starting their day, I decided to treat them to the “Ultimate Breakfast Bar,” filled with some of their favorite foods!

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Blasting Off With NASA At Kennedy Space Center #AlwaysExploring

THM-NASA-AlwaysExploringWhen I would tell friends that we were going on a family vacation to Orlando, they’d automatically ask me “Disney or Universal?”

Now while a resort park was on our agenda (we did Disney!), we also  tacked on a few days at the start of our trip to do a little exploring of Florida’s Atlantic coastline.

We wound up spending two nights in Cocoa Beach, famous as the setting for the 1960s sitcom I Dream of Jeannie – but much to the disappointment of my pop culture heart, there is no actual home of Major Nelson to go see!  Anyway, Cocoa Beach has lovely beaches and lots of great fishing, and it was also the perfect location for us to go and check out NASA over at Kennedy Space Center.

What person – child or adult – hasn’t been fascinated by astronauts, rockets and space?

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5 Things You Need to Know About…Head Lice

Kids are back in school, and iTHM-5ThingsKnowAbout-Licet might have them scratching their heads in class, but for all the wrong reasons.

Head lice is common in school settings.  Lice are six-legged parasites about the size of a sesame seed that live on the human head. They  lay eggs called nits, that glue onto hairs near the scalp particularly around and behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the head.

Typical symptoms of head lice include the tickling feeling of something moving in the hair; itching, caused by an allergic reaction to lice bites; irritability and difficultly sleeping (head lice apparently are most active in the dark) and sores on the head caused by scratching.

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The Ultimate After-School Treat – Go Packs! Cookie Lasagna #SnackAndGo

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Growing up my favorite after-school snack was cookies.  The first thing I’d ask my mom for when I came home was for some cookies along with a tall glass of milk. Though I would eat  any type of cookie she gave me, I was always partial to chocolate chip ones! I’d sit at the kitchen table, eat my snack and tell my mom all about my day.

Fast forward a few decades and now I’m raising two children of my own. Just like their mom, my kids love to have an after-school snack too!

I’m lucky that I have a job that allows me to work from home one day a week, so I’m able to pick my kids up from school and spend some quality time with them.

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Doing Battle With the Evil Forces of Hunger. Who Will Save the Day? #MARVELSnackBar

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Imagine the scene as our story begins…

A nice, quiet tree-lined street in a small town. It could be anywhere USA. In the foreground is a red-brick elementary school.


It’s a beautiful and sunny weekday afternoon, just around 3 o’clock. Moms and dads have gathered on the blacktop immediately outside the school. We see the parents chatting peacefully with one another about homework assignments, after school activities, play dates, sports and even weekend plans. Things are eerily calm and quiet until the school bell rings…and all heck breaks loose!Continue reading ⇒

The Life of A Sports Mom – #FuelTheirAdventures With Dannon® Danimals® (Straw Sports Printable)


We’re a little over a week into September and I think we are finally starting to get the hang of our new fall routine of school, after school activities and sports practices/games.

In the past, our weekends were pretty open and free of any scheduled events, but this year my son is playing soccer and my daughter doing both soccer and cheerleading so our Saturdays and Sundays are now spent traveling from one athletic field to another and rooting for our children’s teams!

My daughter’s schedule is the roughest. On Saturdays she has to be at the soccer field in full gear – complete with shin guards and cleats – by 9 am and after practice and a mini-game she has just enough time for a quick change into her cheerleading uniform and get to the next field in order to cheer on our town’s flag football team.


It’s no wonder with all that physical activity that she’ll come running over to me and tell me she’s hungry!  Like any sports mom, I try to have some good snacks on hand for her, especially since she doesn’t have the time to sit down to eat a formal meal.THM-Dannon-Danimals-FuelTheirAdventures-Sports-OntheGo

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Kid Lit: Potty Humor

This month’s Kid Lit column is all about kid humor AKA potty humor.   If your children are like mine, they love to laugh and have an innate sense of humor. Stories with poop, farts, burps, stink, stank or a description of some other weird bodily function is mentioned are always sure favorites with children and are guaranteed to bring on the giggles.

Now potty humor books might not be a parent’s first choice when it comes to reading material for young children, but it usually is a sure bet when children are picking out their own books to read. Some parents may snub their nose at this month’s column and some libraries have even banned some of these books, but personally I think these books are good, clean and clever fun aimed at getting children to enjoy to read and isn’t that the whole purpose of books – to actually enjoy reading?

So without any further toilet paper unraveling, here’s my list of what I like to call “poop fiction” for the pre-to elementary school set….Continue reading ⇒

5 Things You Need To Know About…Back To School

THM-5-Things-To-Know-About-BTSWhy does it always seem like summer just flies by – well, at least according to my kidlets!

A new school year is just around the corner here in the Northeast – in about two weeks!  For the first time we’ll be heading back to school BEFORE Labor Day – a rarity in this part of the country.

Switching from the laid-back “fun in the sun” of summer to rules, homework, and new routines can be a big challenge not only for children, but for us parents too! However, with a little preparation and the right attitude, getting back into the school routine doesn’t have to be so hard.

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