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Teaching your kids about fire safety is an important topic. Did you know smoke alarms don’t last forever? Alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years! Recently we updated our smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in our home and took it as an opportunity to have a discussion with the kids about what to do in the event there was a fire. We replaced all of our alarms with First Alert 10-Year Sealed Battery Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Not only do they protect your home in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide emergency, but they also eliminate the need for battery replacements and late-night low battery chirps for a decade.
Here are some of our take away tips for talking to your kids about fire safety:
1.) Keep it simple – we didn’t want to overwhelm them or make them fearful. We kept things very basic yet factual.
2.) Talk about smoke alarms – showing kids what a smoke alarm looks like and explaining its function is the perfect place to start. We kept it very simple and also let them listen to what the alarm sounded like so that they would become familiar with it in the event the alarm went off.
3.) Make a plan – Next, we talked to the kids about what they should do in the event the smoke alarms went off. Make an escape plan and make sure that everyone knows how to get out of each room. It may also be helpful to have a designated meeting place outside, a safe distance from the house, and be sure the kids know to wait for each other there.
4.) Make it fun – if you want to keep children’s attention, you have to make it fun. We played a game of Simon Says and included teaching them how to “Stop, Drop & Roll”.
Fire safety is an extremely important topic. Talking about it with your family and practicing regularly ensures that your family is prepared in the event of an emergency.
It may not feel like it (it has been so chilly in Upstate NY lately), but spring is in full force. I have been able to test out some new products that are perfect for giving your home that spring refresh.
Spring Bedroom Refresh
I love to change out our bedding with the warmer seasons. And there is nothing better than slipping into a freshly made bed with new bedding and pillows. I just switched out all of our pillows to StayLoftTM Organic Cotton Cover Pillows by Pacific Coast. They are 100% Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton cover. The pillow cover helps to block any dust mites and is woven to help keep the down in place.
With some new pillows and the fresh spring air, you’ll be sure to get a good night’s rest.
I always get the urge to open all the windows and spring clean every nook and cranny of my home. I love these nontoxic cleaning wipes from Boulder Clean. They are plant-based and 100% nontoxic meaning they are free of any quats, bleach, alcohol, ammonia and formaldehyde and have been shown to disinfect 99.9% of bacteria and viruses.
I use them to wipe down any counters and surfaces, they’re perfect for disinfecting my bike seat after a sweaty ride, and I keep a pack in my car too!
What’s spring without some gardening? Honestly, there’s nothing more fulfilling than watching something grow and blossom that you started from seed. Whether you’re an expert or maybe have no gardening experience at all, this Indoor Herb Garden Starter Kit is great for growing your own herbs. Everything you need is all in this kit! Enjoy growing your own basil, cilantro, sage, parsley and thyme.
This fresh linen Lulu candle is the perfect spring scent to freshen up your home. These candles are soy based, all vegan and paraben free with a long lasting burn time.
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We’re in the process of re-doing our deck and I have been putting together some ideas as to how I want to furnish and decorate it. I decided to create a mood board to have all of my thoughts in one place and try to help me envision the final product. I’ve linked everything below (more so for me so it’s easier when I shop but also if you see anything that sparks your eye too!)
I love the way our house looks in the fall. I personally don’t think you can ever have too many pumpkins or mums. Below I’m sharing some photos of our fall front porch and giving you some tips on how to make your pumpkins last longer.
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This year I chose to add lots of heirloom pumpkins in muted tones along the stairs. If you are local, Kleinke Farm in Delmar is a great small family owned farm and spot to snag some of these beauties. (Be sure to watch my video below showing you how to make these gems last longer!).
I also got traditional cornstalks and placed them in some black urns. (Tip – put some rocks in the bottom of the urn to add weight so they don’t tip over).
Instead of doing a traditional fall wreath, I opted for this door basket from Lauren McBride’s QVC line. I added in some faux flowers and some of my own dried hydrangeas. I love that you can keep this up year ’round and just switch out the flowers with the change of the seasons. This basket is currently unavailable (I’m hoping it comes back soon!!!), but I’ve linked a similar one on Amazon at the end of the post.
Every year I get mums for our front porch and every year they’re dead in two weeks time. This year I switched up my game and got these faux mums from QVC. They are a little more on the expensive side but I look at them as an investment you can use year after year. They come in a variety of colors and are super easy to put together.
I had found these solar powered lanterns at Aldi in the beginning of summer. We had them on our back deck but I brought them out front to add a soft glow to our steps. I’m linking a smiliar set below.
Here is a quick video showing you how to make your pumpkins last longer