Back to School Backpack Safety

  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.

  • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10% to 20% of your child’s body weight. Go through the pack with your child weekly, and remove unneeded items to keep it light.

  • Remind your child to always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.

  • Adjust the pack so that the bottom sits at your child’s waist.

  • If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried upstairs, they may be difficult to roll in the snow, and they may not fit in some lockers. And review backpack safety with your child.

Last Updated 6/8/2018
Source American Academy of Pediatrics (Copyright © 2017)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

Mother’s Day 2018

Mother’s Day and its origin 

According to, “Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

Ann Reeves Jarvis started “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children.

It became a commercialized holiday shortly after created. Florists, card makers and other companies around the world used it to their advantage. Some people still prefer to make the women in their lives home made gifts or cook them a meal to show their appreciation.

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Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs


  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Shaving cream
  • Glow in the dark or neon paint
  • A container
  • Paper towels
  • A spoon or similar for swirling




  • Fill a container with shaving cream.  You want the shaving cream to be deep enough to cover the eggs.
  • Smooth the shaving cream with a spoon, and then add the glowing paint of our choice to the surface.  I added mine in rainbow order
  • Use a spoon or similar to gently swirl the colors
  • Then gently place your hard-boiled eggs into the shaving foam
  • Let the eggs sit for about 10 minutes, and then turn them over to cover the other side.  Once all sides of the eggs have been saturated in the shaving foam carefully remove the eggs from the foam and place each one on its own paper towel.  I used a spoon for this, and that worked really well
  • Carefully wrap the paper towel around each egg and gently squeeze.  Do not wipe or rub, as the eggs need time to dry.
  • The eggs will be beautiful but slightly damp & sticky at first, but after twenty minutes or so they will be completely dry and oh so pretty!!!

National Read Across America Day

March 2nd is called Dr. Seuss Day or other known as National Read Across America Day 2018 in the US.

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday—what better way to celebrate than to read? Did you know Dr. Seuss would be 114 this year? While he is no longer with us, his legacy lives on in the pages of his books. He forever changed the way children’s books were written and continue to inspire generations.

Check out Seussville here: WAHOO!

A List for Spring Cleaning 2018



  1. Dust lights.
  2. Wash walls.
  3. Wash doors, knobs and switch plates.
  4. Empty out coat closet.  Wash walls and floor, if needed.  Sort items as you return them to the closet.  Store out of season items, donate unneeded items.
  5. Clean or replace entry mat.
  6. Sweep and scrub floors.


  1. Open windows
  2. Dust furniture.
  3. For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate Items you no longer need.
  4.  Remove everything from closets. Clean the closet floor. Put everything back neatly.  Donate items you no longer need.  Try not to store things on the closet floor.
  5. Move Bed.  Sort and put away anything that was under the bed.  Sweep or vacuum under the bed.  Try not to store things under the bed.
  6. Put bed back.  Freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and then vacuuming it up.
  7. Wash bedding and curtains.  Wash pillows in hot water.  Air out mattress pad, if you have one.
  8. Dust lights. Clean lampshades.
  9. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  10. Wash switch plates.  Wash walls and trim as needed.
  11. Wash mirrors or dust any other objects.
  12. Wash doors and doorknobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. Sweep and wash floor or vacuum.


  1. Open windows
  2. Empty all cabinets and vanity.  Wash inside, replace items neatly.  Discard expired medications and cosmetics.
  3. Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  4. Clean tub.  Clean drain.
  5. Clean toilet, inside and out.  Remove seat and clean around seat bolts.
  6. Clean sink and drain.
  7. Shine faucets.
  8. Clean mirror and frame.
  9. Dust light fixtures.
  10. Wash windows and window sills. Take out and wash window screens.
  11. Wash switch plates.  wash walls and trim.  Wash doors and door knobs.
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  13.  Sweep and wash floors.


  1. Open windows.
  2. Remove and clean window coverings.
  3. For each cabinet or drawer: Remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly.  Donate unneeded items.
  4. Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  5. Sharpen knives
  6. Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  7. Clean and organize the pantry.  Check food expiry dates.
  8. Clean Oven.
  9. Clean stove top.  Remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back.
  10. Clean and organize fridge and freezer.  Defrost freezer, if necessary.  Check food expiry dates.
  11. Clean under fridge and stove.
  12. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  13. Clean microwave.
  14. Clean crumbs out of the toaster.
  15. Wipe down any other counter appliances
  16. wash counters and backsplash.
  17. Wash and shine sink.  Shine faucet. Clean drain.
  18. Clean Dishwasher.
  19. Dust light fixtures.
  20. Wash windows and window sills.  Remove window screens and wash.
  21. Wash switch plates.
  22. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  23. Wash doors and door knobs.
  24. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  25. Sweep and wash the floor.


  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash curtains.
  3. Wipe down table and chairs.
  4. Wipe down or dust other furnishings.
  5. Clean chair pads, if applicable.
  6. Polish table, if necessary
  7. Create a pretty spring set up on the table!
  8. Wash windows and window sills.  Take out and wash window screens.
  9. Wash switch plates
  10. Wash walls and trim.
  11. Wash doors and door knobs
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  13. Clean floors.


  1. Open windows.
  2. Vacuum sofas.
  3. Spot clean sofas, if applicable.
  4. Wash throw pillows and blankets.
  5. Dust shelves, furniture, and decor.
  6. Clean lamps and lampshades.
  7. Wash windows and window sills.
  8. Take out and wash window screens.
  9. Clean television screen.
  10. Carefully dust electronics.
  11. Tidy electronics wires.  Tuck nicely out of sight.  Label them, if practical.
  12. Sort through music and DVD collections.  Purge things that no longer suit your families interests.  Organize what is left in an attractive manner.
  13. Sort books and magazines.  Donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your families interests.
  14. Wash hard plastic children’s toys with warm soapy water. Rinse and dry.  Launder stuffed toys.  Donate or store toys that your children have grown too old for.
  15. Wash switch plates.
  16. Wash walls and trim as needed.
  17. Wash doors and knobs.
  18. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  19. Clean floors.


  1. Open windows.
  2. Wash windows and window sills.
  3. Take out and wash window screens.
  4. Wash cabinet doors.
  5. Wash inside cabinets.
  6. Wash laundry sink.  Shine faucet.  Clean drains.
  7. Wash outside of washer and dryer.
  8. Wash inside of washing machine.
  9. Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets. Let air dry thoroughly before putting back in place.
  10. Wash switch plates.
  11. Wash walls and trim.
  12. Wash doors and door knobs.
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers.
  14. sweep and wash floors.
  15. Reseal grout lines, if applicable.


  1. sweep/vacuum stairs
  2. Spot clean walls.
  3. Wipe down the handrail.
  4. Dust art and light fixtures.


  1. Sweep porches and walkway.
  2. Wash thresholds.
  3. Wash exterior doors.  Give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.
  4. Clean or replace welcome mat.
  5. Wash siding.


  • Clean blades of ceiling fans.
  • Sort through and organize family photographs (digitally or into albums).
  • Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets, and office spaces.

Valentine’s Day

ideas for valentine’s day dates!


A ghost tour

A scavenger hunt

Ice skating

Roller skating or BOwling

A themed dinner and movie night at home


A second first datE- rECREATE YOUR FIRST DATE


Make it unique to you! Sometimes it’s more the thought that counts.

All you early birds! Tomorrow is the day for the lunar eclipse/blue moon/super moon!

A total lunar eclipse is coming on Jan. 31, but that’s not all.

It’ll also be a blue moon and a supermoon, according to The Weather Channel.


What’s a blue moon?

It is a phenomenon whereby the moon appears bluish owing to smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere.


What’s a supermoon?

It is the phenomenon when the moon appears particularly large in the sky due to the coincidence of its closest approach to the earth (the perigee) with a full (or new) moon.



Take advantage of Clean Out Your Inbox Week and go through old emails. Remember those emails you “starred” but likely never followed up on? If you’re like me, those are ideas that you sent to yourself while you were trying to fall asleep or names of people who you met and wanted to connect with at a later date.

It will feel really good to start the year out without 10,245 emails in your inbox!

Get Organized Month

January is Get Organized Month!!

The freshness of a new, un-scribbled calendar. The clean lines of household furniture, freed from December’s tinsel, trash, and clutter. The sweet silence of the second cup of coffee after the children mount the school bus. The delicious feeling of energy to spare, the energy released, but not expended, by December’s holiday frenzy.

I know we have been running around our house getting all the germs out and everything put together to have a clean house!

Here are a few helpful tips.

  • I am purging everything! Things that I have not used in 1 year are being thrown away or donated. Things that have not been used for 6 months are being put aside to be thrown away or donated in 6 more months.
  • Do one room at a time and start from the top to the bottom.


Storing Items according to

Some items will always make the storage cut, and have a just and proper place in your storage plan:

  • Clothing (out-of-season clothing, children’s hand-me-down candidates, maternity clothes)
  • Seasonal décor items (Christmas trees and decorations, Easter baskets, Halloween costumes)
  • Household file archives (tax records, personal documents, family information and files)
  • Sentimental and keepsake items (old yearbooks, children’s’ schoolwork and report cards, photos)
  • Luggage
  • Sporting goods (bicycles, skis and snowboards, skates, camping equipment, outdoor game sets)
  • Children’s storage (outgrown baby equipment, toys, children’s keepsakes, boxes held for college-age or young adult children, grandma’s toy chest items)
  • Sewing, hobby and craft equipment and supplies (sewing machine, fabrics, hobby supplies)
  • Party and hospitality supplies (coffee urn, paper goods, extra glasses, punch bowl, seasonal tablecloths, card tables, extra chairs, extra beds and bedding used for houseguests)
  • Less-used cleaning equipment and supplies (carpet steam-cleaner, window cleaning poles and squeegees, automotive cleaning supplies)
  • Tools and hardware (hand tools, power tools, hardware items, ladder, garden tools, auto repair tools and supplies)
  • Original packaging for computer, audio and video components (keep boxes and packaging for newer components, as the manufacturer may condition warranty service on returning the item in original packaging; toss packaging for out-of-warranty items)


Have Fun Getting Organized!



Shelter your Bill from the Cold!


Winter is upon us, and cold temperatures will remain in the region.

The low temperatures will put higher stress on equipment used to generate and deliver electricity.
In addition, energy bills can increase when temperatures plummet. Use these tips to help you use less energy.
Electric heating can be the biggest contributor to high winter bills. Select the lowest comfortable setting on your thermostat when you’re home. Lower the temperature a degree or two when you leave.
Inefficient electric heating can also add to monthly power bills during colder temperatures. Get regular service calls from a licensed technician to properly maintain your heating and cooling system.
Leave drapes or blinds open during sunny winter days to allow the sun’s rays to warm the house, but close them at night to help insulate your home.
One of the easiest things customers can do to support electric heating efficiency is to change air filters regularly. A dirty air filter makes an electric heating system work harder, which uses more energy.