Family Meal Planning with HelloFresh

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The rush of the holidays are over, and your family is still recovering. You are still recovering. You might still have to take down all the holiday decorations. There is still a pile of wrapping paper in that corner over there. Your suitcases still need to be unpacked from your travels to see family. Your kids are in front of their new toys, eyes glued, and voices yelling at their siblings (it usually sounds something like “Stooppppp. Mooooom, he’s touching my new Lego set!”). The last thing on your mind right now is probably meal planning for this week. Heck, you don’t even know what you’re going to do for dinner tonight. Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone help with this daunting task? Well, say hello to family meal planning with HelloFresh.

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How to Recover After the Disaster of a House Fire

You had a fire at your home, now what?  Whether it is a fire that causes minimal damage or totally destroys your home, the fire will change your life in the following days. Although we hope and pray this never happens to you, we want you to be equipped with the knowledge of what to expect and what your next steps are if it does. If a fire does occur in your home, you will be very overwhelmed with emotions and most likely have a difficult time figuring out where to go from there. Reading about this now will prepare you for a successful recovery IF the disaster of a house fire does damage your home. If this never happens to you, maybe you can help someone you know if they face the tragedy of a home fire.

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6 Things You Can Do to Set Up the Perfect Homework Station

Now that the school year is in full swing, you have probably found yourself trying to organize the perfect homework station for your kids. Creating a homework station that is functional and stylish is no small feat, either. As a parent you want something that works for your child- a place that is quiet and where they have enough room for all their necessary tools. Outside of parenting you want something that looks good, keeps things organized, and works well for your overall home decor. And as an adult you also want something that’s within your budget. Here are six things you can do to help you set up the perfect homework station for your kids, no matter their ages, your personal style, or your budget.

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Creating an Educationally Stimulating Playroom

After you’ve had a child, you become bombarded by all the necessities. From diapers and cribs to baby proofing and bottles, there is a lot more to parenthood than adorable clothes and stuffed animals. While it is tempting to exhaust yourself with cute things for your baby and get lost in the endless diapers and laundry, make sure that you set your child up with a strong educational base. Thankfully, this base is created in thoughtfully selected educational playtime that will foster a love of learning from the beginning.

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Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Must-Haves For Your Home

When thinking of the safety of everyone living in your home, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you have a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector in your home?
  • Are the detectors in working condition?
  • Are the detectors located in the proper place?
  • Do your children know what the alarm sounds like?
  • Does your family have a plan for what to do when the smoke or carbon monoxide alarms go off?

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The Importance of House Numbers

Every house has an assigned identifying number that displays your home address. Although these numbers are important for the mailman and guests visiting you, house numbers are crucial for emergency personnel when responding to the location of an emergency.

When 911 is called to report an incident or emergency, dispatchers receiving the call have a key job to do by determining where the emergency is taking place. The call takers must then relay the location to the proper emergency responder such as law enforcement, the fire department, or ambulance. While emergency personnel are responding to the location of the incident, they are relying on accurate information from the dispatcher to ensure that they are going to the correct address.

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Momtrepreneur 101: Businesses You Can Run From Your Home

With varying maternity leave and the high cost of childcare, the decision to leave the workplace after kids isn’t an easy one, but a reality for many families. Sticking with a 9 to 5 might not be feasible, but home-based employment is becoming easier to access.

Working from home is never easy, and managing a business with little ones underfoot is more challenging than even the sternest board members. Once you’ve found the schedule and business that works best for your family, staying at home can be a rewarding (and compensated) way to spend your time.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite work-from home mom jobs that are making it more accessible for families to maintain a two income household throughout childhood.

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Fifteen Decor Projects for the Fall

It’s officially fall. The leaves have begun to turn color and pumpkin flavored everything hits the shelves. Fall also means family time and the holidays are just around the corner; and in many households, it is now the perfect opportunity to deck your home in creative crafts. We’ve picked fifteen of our favorite fall decor ideas to help inspire you to add some festive fall decor to your home.

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Poison-Proofing Your Home: Identifying Common Household Poisons

Statistics show that over 300 children in the United States are treated everyday in an emergency department from being poisoned. The CDC reports that at least two children die daily as a result of exposure to poisons. These numbers are dramatic, so it is necessary to check your home and property for potential hazards.

There are many items in every room of your home that can be poisonous, especially to children. Many of us use these common household items multiple times a day and do not think twice about their hazardous effects; however, it is important to recognize that these products are toxic and can result in serious injury or death.

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Six Kickstarter products you’ll want to try this fall

In the last 5 years, Kickstarter has revolutionized bringing new technology and art to the masses. No longer do creatives need to wait until a patron helps launch their career. With a quick video and a little imagination, they can launch the next innovation with the help of family, friends and the power of the internet.

New products and innovations are hitting Kickstarter everyday, but finding the best ones to support can take a bit of leg work. Pick wisely and you’ll be the first person you know with the newest product to overtake the masses.

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Fire Prevention Checklist For Every Room in Your Home

The average person can expect to have five household fires during a lifetime. These fires may be small, causing little or no damage; however, there is a one in four chance that a fire large enough to require fire department response will occur at some point in your lifetime. Fires can be started anywhere in a home, but the fact is, a majority of house fires are completely preventable. Once there is an understanding of what causes fires and how to prevent them, you will be able to make the necessary corrections to make your home safer. Using a checklist to do a room-by-room inspection can decrease the chance of a fire starting in your home.

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Back to Work Basics

As a non-mom, back to school makes me nostalgic for the days when shiny new binders and crisp bright sneakers where the most important part of my summer. Trust me, I was was weird even when I was a kid. You may be wondering why on earth someone without kids is writing a back to school post, but I promise it’ll make sense eventually.

The end of the summer marks new beginnings, without the stress that comes surrounding the actual start of the year with the holiday season. Now years out from being enrolled any kind of actual school, I am still drawn to participate in activities that start their season with the school year. From volunteer activities to refreshing my office style, back to school is the time of year I focus on getting back to work with some basic updates.

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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher is one of the most important tools you could have in your home to save life and property in the event of a fire. A fire extinguisher can be used to put out small fires or hold back flames until you are able to escape the area of the fire. A fire extinguisher should not be used on large, uncontrollable fires. The Fire Department should always be notified of a fire, even if you are able to successfully extinguish the fire on your own. A fire can reignite or extend into the walls where you can’t see it. Firefighters will be able to ensure the fire is properly extinguished, as well as check for extension to prevent the fire from spreading to other areas of the house.

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Creating a Kickass Backyard For Open-Ended Play

Summer is almost over and a lot of us are finally dreaming about the cooler season of fall. Pumpkin spice everything, boots, scarves, and warm apple cider are just a few of the daily daydreams you may be having as you pack up your inflatable pool and pull out the fire pit. For many places in the United States, fall is one of the few times during the year where everyone actually wants to be outside. And even though you probably spent a fair share of time outside this summer, this time you don’t have to worry about bugs, humidity, or sunburns. Fall is the time to get the kids outside before it gets too cold, so why not create a backyard that both you and the kids (and probably some other kids from the neighborhood) can enjoy before winter cabin fever sets in!

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Preventing Ticks the Natural Way

Most of us across the country have been sucked into the yearly hysteria involving ticks: who they are, what threats they bring, and how this year is the “worst year” thus far. While the threat of Lyme disease is a very real and dangerous thing for those of us who venture outdoors on a semi-regular basis, we really feel that fear shouldn’t cripple you, or discourage you from exploring the great outdoors during the beautiful and warm summer months with your family. So we’ve put together everything you need to know about ticks, from the different types out there, to how to prevent them from ticking you off (see what we did there?), and preventing them from sucking the fun from your outdoor lifestyle. (We’re full of puns.)

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