June 20, 2013
Nin-jet is the nickname my bootcamp instructor gave my kid. He's given most of the regulars nick names, mine is "Radio." Man, it's annoying when he say's "Turn it up radio," whenever I don't lift that stupid 24 pound bar (I say that lovingly) over my head fast enough. We also have "Super" Jill; I gave her this nickname because she is tiny, strong, adorable, and laughs like Betty Rubble. There's Tinkerbell, Crutch, Mikey Mike and CeCe too. People feel more wanted when you add that personal touch. So, maybe you'll be giving your regular callers a nickname today, and pay it forward.
Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac
It's the oil from the leaves of these plants that cause the potential allergic reaction.
Consider wearing protective clothing to help decrease the amount of exposed skin.
Learn how to recognize what poison ivy, oak and sumac look like, so that they can be avoided.
Avoid bushy, overgrown areas and places which may contain these plants. Try to stay on paths.
Summer First Aid Kit
Every family should have at least one first aid kit at home which is well stocked and readily accessible.
It's also helpful to keep a first aid kit in the car and one to bring on trips.
Kids get lots of cuts and scrapes during the warm summer months, so it's nice to be prepared.
Don't forget to restock the kit once an item has been used.
Be sure to keep a list of emergency numbers where they are easy to find. This list should include: emergency medical services (911), the doctor's number, the dentist's number, poison control, a number where mom and/or dad can be reached and any other important phone numbers.
Dehydration and Heat-Related Illnesses
Keeping well hydrated is very important.
Children (and adults) must remember to drink.
Do not wait until a child says he is thirsty before offering fluids. At this point, he is already dehydrated, so be sure to provide plenty of fluids before going outside, while out in the heat and afterwards.
Playing in the hot summer sun means lots of fluid losses, so avoid strenuous activity during peak sun hours (10 am- 6 pm). Look for shade and take lots of breaks.
Seek medical attention immediately for any signs of heat-related illness.
Julia Scott, AKA" The Bargain Babe," says these are the five things we should be doing daily to save money:
Budget, budget, budget.
Buy used (clothes, tools, books, etc.).
Watch TV online.
Make sure you're on a family plan with your cell phone.
Negotiate everything you can.
"The only way to have a friend is to be one." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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