7 Tips for Storm Prep

Since natural disasters can happen at any moment it is good to be prepared both mentally and physically. It is helpful to think of storm prep in a fire drill type aspect since weather can be so unpredictable, causing panic at the last minute. Here are some preparation tips:

  1. Fluids-Obviously, right? The suggested amount of water is approximately a gallon a day per person for 3 days (two weeks if possible). Just make sure to store it in a good place because if flooding occurs even unopened water will need to be thrown out. Because water has a good shelf life why not stay stocked up in advance, as opposed to fighting the crowds to find empty pallets? If you do find yourself in a bind, go for juices and meal replacement drinks with low added sugar since sugars can assist in dehydration. It is also suggested to fill tubs and sinks with water for washing dishes, bathing, and flushing the toilets.
  2. Food-For this last Tropical Storm, I passed the empty sections of aisles where bread and Vienna Sausage used to be. People looked nervous about what to eat. While those are classic hurricane foods, this is a time when it is a plus the number of processed foods that are on the shelves. Especially if you own a non-electric can opener and bbq pit. This makes heating up things like beans easy. You could also warm water to cook things like oatmeal or mac-n-cheese. A small generator can make using small appliances such as a crockpot and panini press easy. Because of power outages, heat, and humidity, you may not feel like cooking much. Chilled foods, such as yogurt or boiled eggs, are nutritious options as well if you plan on having an ice chest.
  3. Freeze half of your liquids beforehand to act as ice. Frozen juice pouches can make delicious slushy treats to cool off.
  4. Check for expired medications-This is one lesson I will not forget due to my most recent experience. I found myself driving through rain passing a slanted electrical pole and over a flooded coulee bridge to get my toddler Claritin and Benedryl gel for an allergic reaction. God bless the woman working at CVS!
  5. Prep your home-collect and anchor/tie up any patio furniture, trampolines, etc. If living in an area often affected by flooding then the less stuff the better. Keep valuables off of the ground, but remember a tornado could rip the roof off and ruin them anyway so keepsakes and such should really be kept in safes or waterproof containers. Make sure to have sandbags handy. We purchased plywood and cinder blocks with the use of a few sandbags to help keep water out of our front entryway. If you find yourself short of sandbags then fill heavy-duty garbage bags with soil or other non-buoyant items. Do not forget to leave room for exiting at one doorway so you can escape if need. It can be a plus to have mold fighting cleaners in stock so that if flooding happens cleaning can start straight away.
  6. Pack a bag-Include one lightweight outfit per person(extra undies of course)sealed in gallon ziplock bags. In another ziplock bag have important documents that you may need if evacuated. A small first aid kit may come in handy (include important meds) Have a smaller ice chest or lunch box ready to bring pack a few bottles of water and snacks to hold you over in case disaster relief is stalled.
  7. Know the dangers-Research safety precautions when it comes to turning off the breaker box and the dangers of electric shock in floodwaters. Cover open cuts/sores with waterproof bandages to avoid flesh-eating bacteria. Try to avoid splashes of floodwater in the nostrils. Also, be cautious flooded water causes dangerous animals such as snakes, spiders, ants, mice, and even alligators to look for safety which just might be your home.

Hopefully, you have found these tips helpful. If you are able, once you have yourself taken care of, reach out to any elders, disabled, and pregnant neighbors (that have husbands offshore or overseas) to ensure they will be safe. Remember, your headache is someone else’s Godsend.

Take Care❤

9 plants to give instead of flowers for Mother’s Day

Why get flowers that will just die in a week when you can gift a living piece of mother nature as gratitude to your very own mother❤ Surrounding a home with beautiful plants can be beneficial in many ways.   They not only give a home more curb appeal but creates a serene atmosphere for one’s physical and emotional wellness.

Our backyard was bare when we moved in and while it is no professional masterpiece, I am happy with all of the blooms that are thriving. I want to add that I don’t have the greenest thumb and stay busy with the littles so the following plants must be pretty low maintenance.

1. Iris

It’s beauty says it all.

2. Lavender

Besides the pretty purple blooms, this plants aroma is very pleasant. Just gently pet it then smell your hands. Lavender is also known to deter mosquitos as well as #3 & #4 on this list. Much better than the citronella plant in my experience.

3. Rosemary

Mmmm…this is another one of my favorite aromatic plants to pet and smell. It also makes a tasty addition to chicken dishes.

5. Garlic

Another multitasking plant is garlic. It is known for deterring mosquitos and as a flavoring in many recipes.

6. Banana Magnolia

You don’t have to pet this bush to smell the Ah-mazing scent. Unless you hate bananas…then keep scrolling haha. Aren’t the blossoms just lovely though?

7. Lantana

We refer to this one as the butterfly bush. That’s right butterflies love hanging around the vibrant petals! Which is very exciting for anyone, but especially the little ones.

8. Aloe

Aloe is a life saver plant because it has the ability to not only clean air, but can take the sting out of a burn as well. Which is why mine resides in the kitchen.

9. Peace Lily

E! I just got this beauty as an early Mother’s Day gift. Living in a humid place near a busy road, I wanted a large house plant to help clean the air.

Sharing this little guy as a bonus because he was so photogenic. Hopefully, this has inspired you to adopt some plants of your own. If you have some already please comment your favorites. Until next time…

Take care❤

D.I.Y. Dry Shampoo

It is no secret that dry shampoo is a life saver for many women, but especially us moms. And sometimes we are too busy to get to the store and have to order some online while we try to hideout with our oily strands daydreaming of a nice long shower🛀 This happened to me and I came up with a hack that I will honestly use again!

All you need is a few essentials from your handy dandy makeup bag.

-translucent powder

-eyebrow shadow

-eyelash & brow wand

-flat foundation brush

First, take the wand and scrape some translucent powder onto a clean surface. Second, use the wand to scrape eyebrow shadow on the same surface. The great thing about the brow shadow is it will help blend with your natural hair color instead of making your roots dusty white. Third, blend the powders together using a foundation brush and tap off excess. Then apply to oily roots. Let sit for about half a minute then brush through. Watch the video below if you need a visual.

Now you are ready to rock your day with confidence💁 You’re welcome! Hehe.

7 Mommy & Tyke Exercises

Guess what? (Cue GOT voice) Summer is coming. Not a Game of Thrones fan? AWKward😏 heh heh.

If you are seriously wanting to get more active and tone up, but…kids. I compiled several of our best mommy & tyke exercises just for you! I am not a personal trainer so do these at your own risk. I have, however, taken many exercise classes since weight & diet are things I struggled with since grade school. The 7 exercises are listed below followed by a short video for visuals.

1. Hoop LungeTwist

2. Cross-over Kicks

3. Around the World Squats

4. Kid’s Freestyle

5. Caterpillar Fives

6. Bubble Squats

7. Bubble Side Lunges

(Music: Outside by Iksonofficial)

Chances are you may not be able to do them all in one shot because the kids will surely need mommy’s attention. Note the different attire is no wardrobe change, but indeed different days. Hopefully though, you can squeeze in at least a few repetitions of a couple of the exercises. Remember to stretch and stay hydrated! As always…

Take care❤

Books Present and Past

Check out my new book light😍 I cannot say much about this book yet, but I can heavily relate on the first 3 chapters. Have you read it yet?

My 2018 Reads

1.  Tightropes and Teeter-totters

This book was a serendipitous find. I was surfing for see saws on Target’s app and Lisa Pennington’s Tightropes and Teeter Totters ended up in the mix. I had a good feeling about it and added it to the cart. If you are a mom struggling to juggle it all this book will make you feel like you have a friend in the same boat. You will chuckle a time or two and you may a few tricks from this moma of nine!

2. Work It

Isn’t it empowering when strong women ban together to share their secrets to success? I must say the cute bitmojis were a nice touch.

3. Fervent

Well somebody needed to address this. In this book, Priscilla shares areas of our lives that the “enemy” tries to attack. A must read for tips on how to “fight” back.

4. Family and Other Catastrophes

This was an interesting read for me. I enjoyed getting to know the widely different characters. There were a few new terms pertaining to today’s society that made me have to stop and look it up, which I always appreciate learning something new.

5. The Right Answer

I picked this one up out of curiosity. Only to learn John K. Delaney will be one of the presidential canidates in 2020. Since the last election I have been praying for better canidates and maybe the prayers have worked. I am not saying Mr. Delaney has my vote because there are other canidates to research, but he does bring a feeling of hope for the future with this book.

6. Control Girl

I almost forgot that I sped read this towards the end of 2018. The chapter that resonated most with me told the story of Hagar.

Past Favorites

1. The Birth Order Book

This book was suggested to me by a teacher by a teacher friend while I was studying Early Childhood Education. Ever wonder why your siblings act a certain way? Or perhaps wonder about your children’s personality traits? This book has answers.

2. If

Evoking the thought, What if? Filled with fun facts, Batterson shares his life experiences in this book.

3. The Shack

Grab the kleenex! The Shack will make you feel things.

4. The Purpose Driven Life

Feel like you were meant to do more with your life? This book may help you figure out your purpose.

5. Good Girl

I love a good mystery!  Wonderfully written by Mary Kubica, The Good Girl is a hard to put down read.

6. Safe Haven

Obviously, The Notebook book by Nicholas Sparks is amazing and I plan to read the next act The Wedding this year. His book Safe Haven is about a troubled woman who moves to a new town and is pleasantly surprised to find a safe place to call home.

7. Hunger Games Trilogy

I read this enthralling trilogy while pregnant for my first child and I would love to find another series. Please leave me a comment of your favorite book suggestions☺

Until next time…

Take care❤

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Fresh Start?

Three hundred sixty-five days of 2019 to be goal getters! Okay, maybe that is a bit much. If we aim high though, we have a pretty good shot of at least reaching half of our goals. Below I will list four areas in my life I want to improve in.

1. Personal Growth

-Read at least 10 books

-More walking, less Walking Dead

So basically me in 2019😂

2. Spiritual Growth

-Bible Study

-More self-control over emotions

3. Financial Growth

-Minimize spending and debt

-Generate a second income

4. Family Growth

-Find ways to carve out qaulity time with my spouse.

-Work on being the example I want my children to become.

Hopefully I have inspired you more than annoyed you with my New Year goal setting. If it takes a village to raise children then lets create the best village possible because that is what they deserve. So village pact 2019? Get started on your list, dig deep, and don’t sell yourself short! Until next time…

Take care❤