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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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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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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Good, Clean Fun With Firefly® – Kid’s Ready Go Brush Toothbrush & Mouth Rinse Review


One of my daily struggles with my kidlets is to get them to brush their teeth. To get them to brush their teeth the right way. To get them to brush them long enough. To get them to use mouthwash. I’ve tried just about everything – including trying extreme measures such as ultimatums, bribing with an extra book at bedtime and even taking away some of their precious cartoon/video game time.

THM-Good-Clean-Fun-Firefly-Hello-Kitty-Toothbrush-Mouth-RinseI know how important it is to teach my kidlets the importance of healthy oral care habits. Hurried, insufficient brushing is one of the major causes of early childhood cavities. But lets get real here, my kidlets see brushing their teeth as another tedious chore they have to do – like making their bed, putting their toys away  and clearing their dishes from the table.

I’ve always found that the easiest way to keep my kidlets interested and engaged in doing anything is to make it fun – even like a game.

That’s where Firefly® toothbrushes and mouth rinse comes in. Firefly® understands how important it is for kids to form good habits from an early age and have made their toothbrushes fun to use and encourages kids to brush for a proper amount of time.

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It’s All Happening At the Zoo This Summer – #NYisWild

Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo! Do you remember that song from Simon & Garfunkel? Well here in the NYC area we’d have to change the lyric from zoo to zoos because we have five fabulous (and famous) ones — Bronx Zoo, the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo & Queens Zoo.

THM-WCS-NY-Is-Wild-Photo-Safari-Red-PandaAll of these great city zoos are run by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. To celebrate, the WCS is turning the concrete jungle of NYC into a social media safari this summer with its #NYisWild” campaign.

Now thru September 7, participants can register at NYisWild.com and embark on a city-wide adventure by tagging qualifying photos of the “120 ways NY is wild” with the corresponding number and the hashtag #NYisWild to enter to win a number of prizes.

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Teaching Kids To Save For A Rainy Day #teachkidstosave

This post is sponsored by Boiling Springs Savings Bank.  All opinions are my own.

THM-Boiling-Springs-Saving-Money-Is-CoolThis past week was a big one for my five-year-old daughter.   She lost her first tooth! She was so excited that she did a crazy dance that had her jumping about and rolling on the floor which had me laughing hysterically. It certainly was a rite of passage, but my daughter wasn’t as excited about becoming a “big girl” as much as she knew that the Tooth Fairy was going to pay her a visit.

Now when I was a kid and I lost a tooth, the most I ever found under my pillow was a quarter. Apparently, those days are long gone; the Tooth Fairy no longer leaves kids loose change!

The established (via our seven-year-old son) Tooth Fairy rates in our house are $5 for the first tooth and $1 for every subsequent tooth – or else we’d go broke! So before bed that night my daughter carefully placed her little tooth under her pillow and awoke in the morning to find that her fairy friend left her a nice, crisp five dollar bill.
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“Which Came First, The Chicken or the Easter Egg” Kid Craft

THM-Chicken-Egg-Easter-Kid-Craft-Multi-chicksIt’s that age-old question that has been hotly debated for centuries – “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

Well, luckily for this craft you don’t have solve that problem; you just have to make a fun decoration for Easter!

Last year for an Easter craft – the kidlets and I dyed eggs using onion skins and used tiny botanicasl to decorate them with for a natural, eco-friendly holiday (click here to see that craft).

The year before that we made a wacky looking Easter bunny and chick garland (click here to see that one).  So this year I wanted to find something fun and easy for the kidlets to make to add to our growing collection of handmade Easter decorations.Continue reading ⇒

Lovable Labels The Ultimate Camp Pack #Giveaway

THM-Lovable-Labels-Ultimate-Camp-Pack-Kids-CanoeMy son’s been going to summer day camp for the past few years and it’s something he looks forward to. I mean, who can blame him, he’s not in school and his days are filled with carefree fun!

Every night during the months of July and August he comes home and excitedly tells us all about his adventures in swimming, sports, cookouts, woodworking, ceramics, photography and go carts. His little sister is always a captive audience. She listens intently, with wide eyes and then sadly laments, “I wish I was old enough for camp!”

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How To Get Kids To Talk

Does this conversation I recently had with my son sound familiar to you?

Me: Hi honey!  How was your day today?
Son: Fine.

Me: What happened at school today?
Son: Nothing.

Me: Did you know that  there’s a new Skylanders Trap Team character coming out?
Son: Yeah, his name is Love Potion Pop Fizz and he’s this wild and crazy mad scientist! He loves making potions and he got caught up in a raspberry soda blast that turned him pink and made him smell all pretty.

How come my son can describe to me in great detail a Skylanders character that hadn’t even come out yet, but when I ask him about his day/school he suddenly becomes an introvert?

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