Going On Holiday? Here’s How I Keep My Little Man Safe Abroad

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I love my little man like mad, but sometimes we both need a break! There is nothing like getting away for a bit of sun, sea and relaxation for a week or two. But, with children you always have to keep their safety in mind. It is difficult enough to keep them safe at home, never mind abroad with an array of foreign issues. These are a few of the things I like to consider to keep everyone safe while we are on holiday.

Research
Location, location, location. The location is incredibly important for many reasons, none more so than your health and safety. If you and your family are in a family environment, the chances of problems occurring are much lower.

Never Let Them Leave Your Sight
I don’t want to be one of those pushy mums, but I won’t apologise for keeping my son close. He is only little after all, and he cannot be expected to look after himself. Even if he goes to the toilet, I always like to keep an eye on him and watch out for him coming back. Giving children independence is important, but when you are away from home you cannot take any risks. Just one lapse of concentration could be disastrous.

Give Them Information
If children do get lost, they need the information to find you again. Make sure they know the name of the accommodation where you are staying and the name of the town. Any other info could help reunite you and your child. Also let them know who to trust if they do get lost. For example, if they see a police officer, ask them for help.

Or, you can put a band on their arm that has all the information written down, so they don’t have to remember.

Get Vaccinated
If you holiday in exotic climates, there are plenty of diseases to be aware of that can be fatal. After you research the area, take the relevant steps to secure your safety. That means getting the right vaccinations. Some won’t be necessary because the disease might not exist, but there are some generic ones that are all over the world. For example, malaria exists in any place where it is hot and damp, so visit your nearest doctors’ clinic for medication.

Invest In Insurance
The odds that something goes wrong are in your favour, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. If you or your family need to seek emergency help, travel insurance is a lifesaver. Most countries will make you pay for medical assistance, and the cost can be huge. The insurance company will pay out if that ever happens so you won’t get stuck in a foreign country with massive medical bills.

Secure Your Accommodation
Lock all the doors and windows at night and during the day if you are sleeping or relaxing. You cannot watch them all the time, but you can do your best to make sure they are safe.

Travelling with kids can be stressful. But, with these tips, there is a lot less stress and a lot more enjoyment, and that’s exactly how a holiday should be.

Things To Consider When Buying A Summer Home

If you are getting tired of the stress of planning a holiday each year, you may be looking for a more permanent solution. I have been thinking about this problem recently and decided to look in purchasing a summer home in a desirable area. It definitely has the advantage of feeling at home even when you are away. Unlike a hotel, you can make a house you own in another country feel like home. But there is a lot to think about, and here are some of the things I have been taking into consideration.

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Location, Location, Location
If you are looking to buy a house to spend the summer in, you probably want to buy it in a place that is hot and tropical. But you also may need to think about a location your kids will enjoy exploring. Orlando is a popular choice for parents who are thinking about buying a second home in America. You should pick a place that you would want to go every year or perhaps just every other year. It should be your dream holiday location because this is going to be a big expense, and you want it to be worth it.

A Desirable Spot
You must remember that although you are buying this home for you, you may also rent it out. This is a good way to pay for the home when you are not using it. But, this will only work if the house is desirable, not just to you but a stranger. For instance, if you are buying a second home in Orlando, Florida you want it to be a reasonable driving distance away from Disney World. You should also think about looking for a place with HOA management. An HOA management company such as Cedar Management look after the street or community where your summer home resides. You will have to pay a little more each month towards the upkeep, but it will make the property more desirable to renters.

Can You Afford It?
This brings me to the next important question that I had to ask myself. Can I afford a second home? You will have to ask yourself the same question. You may be able to pay the price to acquire the home, but you have to take other issues into consideration. The house will need upkeep, and we have already mentioned one possible additional cost. You have to consider the fact the house may eventually need a big repair job. If you do not have the money in your budget for these unpredictable emergencies, you should not buy a second home.

But, as already mentioned, you can pay a lot of the bills for your home by renting it out. You should not expect to make a profit, but you can break even by doing this. That means the home will not be taking a chunk out of your original income.

One final tip I would suggest is to research thoroughly and find the dream summer house that will fit you and your family. Good luck.

To Answer the Big Question….

I am taking a DEEP breath and letting go before I even start to write this.

The question has come up a lot across social media, twitter… Instagram… I avoided it because I felt it really needed a blog post to go along with it to lay everything out. So here goes.

What happened to David?

Yup- you are right he pretty much disappeared from my posts.  No longer mentioned or pictured on my social media.  You noticed… a few of you came out and asked and well the truth is- he’s gone- out of my life.

What Happened?

Ha… What didn’t happen? is the better question.  But I will lay out the timeline for you:

June: The custody case crashed and burned.  Colton couldn’t move to Florida so I moved back to Ohio in August and moved in with my mom.  I continued to go back and forth between Florida and Ohio visiting David.  The situation was supposed to be temporary so I just assumed we would continue with this until either Colton was able to move to Florida or David gave in and moved back to Ohio with us.

July: Right after Colton’s Birthday I found out I was pregnant (again).

August: I packed basic things in my car and drove up to Ohio and moved in with mom.  The situation was supposed to be temporary- so Colton and I were in her room, on an air mattress and basically living out of suitcases and bins… it SUCKED to say the least.

September:  Colton and I go down to visit David and have some family time.  (Or so I thought)  I get off the plane to nice message from one of his co workers letting me know he is cheating on me with someone he works with.  I’ll be honest… I tried not to freak out.  And had I not been pregnant and had all those raging pregnancy hormones oh and about 10 minutes from the time I got the message until I had to see him- I probably would have been able to hide my shock better.

Blindsided.

110% Blindsided.

It was just a few months earlier he proposed to me… put a ring on my finger and said he wanted to get married… ya well according to the mistress he was seeing her when he proposed… Oh and when he got me pregnant not once, but twice… YUP.  THAT Happened.

CRASH AND BURNED.

My whole world fell apart that night.

I kid you not… Crash and Burned… and took everything in me to keep it together on a daily basis.

Worst Nightmare… came to life

World… Crashed and Burned.

September-November… the Yo Yo… Basically this was the period of :we are going to work things out: … Kind of.  We went back and forth on this.  Had some good conversations- some great days.  I was still going back and forth to visit with him (without Colton).  We went out on dates.  But it was so back and forth- one day things were great… the next he wanted me to date someone else.  That was his thing through this whole period… he wanted me to date someone else.  Ya… weird… I know.. but I learned through this whole thing he was pretty much off his rocker so these weird things were no surprise after I looked back and put the puzzle together.

I would say the Yo Yo was about the worst part of this whole thing.  Not knowing… not being prepared for everything.  Not knowing where I was going to live.  Not knowing where I was going to have this baby.  Not knowing if he was even going to be around.  It was a whole world of unknown.

December:  Realization.  Realization that he was crazy and had so many issues that I didn’t want to work things out any more.  Realization that he didn’t contain the ability to be faithful to me… to the new girl…  to anyone.  We still talked in the beginning of December because I remember him texting me from a date with one of his girls he was seeing and I remember him texting me pictures from the mall of Millenia because it was decorated for Christmas.

I know I talked to him after I fell down the steps because I texted him ultra sound pictures… that was near Christmas because I remember freaking out that I wasn’t done shopping but was stuck in the hospital.  And then we talked a little in January after my step-dad passed.

And that was all she wrote.  At that point I knew it was over.  I had the majority of my stuff from FL.  And we were done.  He didn’t call or text when Caleb was born… and lets face it- I put myself out there so it only would have taken a quick peek at my Facebook Fan Page, Instagram or Twitter to know he was born.  And I was okay with that.

It is better this way.  I am able to be a better mom, and he is able to grow up without being torn across the country and dealing with two families.  He will have a better life and it truly it best this way.

As for the little baby boy.  He is perfect.  I had all these horrible feelings about being pregnant- I was horrified I was going to be a single mom again.  I was scared.  I was worried that I wouldn’t love him. The moment he was born and they put him on my chest all those feelings went away.  This baby needed me.  We instantly bonded and I can say we have a bond that I can not describe.  He is perfect.  He is beautiful.  He is the exact baby that our little family needed and the moment he was born my heart doubled in size because I instantly loved him more than life itself.

As for Colton… that is the toughest part.  Explaining to him that David and I were no longer going to be together was about one of the most heart wrenching things I ever had to do.  I have only seen my child cry real tears of sadness once… and this was it.  He was heart broken.  He loved David.  They were buddies.  At first I told him that he and Dave could still be friends and he talked to him on occasion.  But that slowed and when I stopped talking to David… so did Colton.

He still asks about him.  He still talks about him.  He still talks about going to Florida and getting on a plane to get there.  He still talks about his house in Florida.  He still misses David.  It sucks.

Oh and he is still coming around to the big brother thing.  It gets better every day, for all of us.

Where we are now:  We are living with mom in the house I grew up in. Colton is actually in my old room, which is kind of cool.  Caleb and I share a room… which is inevitable because he won’t even sleep across the room in his crib. Don’t worry.. he’s not in my bed, mom got me a bedside sleeper that he sleeps in.

I don’t see us moving out anytime soon.  And I can’t imagine going to work and leaving this little baby at home so we are going to stay here for a little while.  For me, for Caleb, for Colton.. and for mom- because she doesn’t want to be alone after losing her husband.

I hope this answers all the questions that have been asked… I tried to not dump all my emotion into this and considering this was a series of events over several months, in order to keep this post under 5000 words I gave you the :in a nut shell, this is what happened: version.  :-)

Disney on Ice returns to Orlando – Giveaway

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The celebration of the century comes alive in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. This monumental ice skating spectacular is coming to the Amway Center in Orlando from September 4-6, 2015 for six performances. Tickets are now on sale.

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Audiences will be a part of the magic of Disney as Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse leads a parade of more than 50 beloved characters starring Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and featuring an ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana.

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The wintry wonderland of Disney’s Frozen also comes to life with Anna, Elsa,
and the hilarious Olaf, as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all. Exciting moments from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo, Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime.

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The legacy of Disney is displayed through 14 classic and modern stories in this epic production that features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a breathtaking set. With over 30 melodious masterpieces such as “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” and “Hakuna Matata,” Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is the ultimate Disney fan experience.

Do you want to go?
There will be 3 shows at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
Friday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 5 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 6 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Tickets start at $25 and are available at www.DisneyOnIce.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for  information only: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

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These Phone Number Are Crucial For All Mommies

As a mommy, my motto in life is, ‘always be prepared’ – yes, I am quoting the scouts. My family is my life, so I like to think that if anything were to happen, I would always be prepared.

From illnesses to plumbing disasters, I always like to ensure that I have everything that I need to deal with them. When there are kids living in the house, it’s important that you are prepared to deal with any situation at any time.

The best way to do that is to research all the numbers that you could ever need and store them in your cell. This means that you are always ready to deal with any situation. Aside from 911, what numbers is it that we mommies need?

To help you ensure that you have every eventuality covered, here is my list of all the numbers that every mom needs in her phone:

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Your family doctor

Kids get sick a lot, they are always coming down with some bug or other. Most of the time these things aren’t serious, but there will be times when you need to speak to a doctor urgently.

Ensure that as well as having the number for your doctor’s office stored in your phone book, that you also have the out of hours number. Yes, you could just ring 911, but if it isn’t an emergency, you just need to speak to a doctor, it’s not the best idea.

Poison control
No matter how high we store out detergents and medical supplies, at some point or another your child may get into them. For us moms, this is our worst nightmare, especially when we don’t know how toxic what they have consumed is.

That’s why you should have the number for poison control stored in your phone so that you can contact them immediately. Poison control offer free advice on various types of poisons and drugs, giving you the knowledge you need.

Plumber

Children are notorious for stuffing toys down the toilet and blocking them up – at some point all kids do this. When that day comes, it’s a good idea to have a plumber’s phone number to hand so that you can get it dealt with quickly.

Before choosing a plumbing company to put on your phone, do a little research and find the best one for you. Ideally, you want to choose a local company that is reliable and affordable, such as Plumber4U. You can find all your local plumbing companies online, by searching Google.

Pharmacist
Sometimes when your child is unwell, you need advice but don’t need a doctor, that’s what a pharmacist is there for. Store the number of your local pharmacy on your phone, so that if you should need it, you have it.

As parents, we worry about our children and always like to be prepared for anything that could happen. That’s why it is so important that you keep the numbers for the services mentioned above, on your phone. That way, when a situation occurs, you can quickly deal with it.

Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray Giveaway

Scooby DooEveryone’s favorite crime fighting kids are back with their biggest mystery ever in Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery! To help them solve the case the Scooby gang teams up with Rock and Roll legends KISS for an all new Mystery Inc. adventure!

To celebrate this I am Giving away ONE Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD with UltraViolet to one lucky Mommy Has A Life reader!

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Scooby Doo and KISS Rock & Roll Mystery Blu-ray Combo Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Tips To Make Your Living Room Comfortable For Mommy And Child

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Being a parent is the greatest responsibility in the world. However, a baby will change the way you view your home. As you child starts crawling and walking, you’ll soon realise that the property is in desperate need of change.

Taking on small DIY projects to make the home better for your kids will help improve your lives, but the living room is a space that needs huge amounts of TLC. After all, it will play an increasingly important role for you and your toddler.

Here are some easy ways to make your lounge better suited for your little one, without sacrificing any of your requirements.

Childproof It
One of your main responsibilities as a parent is to keep your child safe. Removing danger around the home is imperative, and the living room is one of the most potentially hazardous areas.

Your toddler has a curious nature and will constantly be on the move. It’s important to get rid of any sharp edges, such as tables. Your two choices are to either remove the table altogether or simply cover the edges with a softer material. Either way, removing the possibility of cracked heads is a crucial step to take.

Similarly, you should get rid of any small ornaments that could be swallowed. Put them on high shelves to keep them out of reach.

Remember Your Own Needs
Having a child changes your world forever, but sacrifices will be made in several aspects of your life. The home is one place where baby’s needs come first, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss yours altogether.

Parenting is hard, especially if you’re also working. The living room should be a place for you to relax. Treating yourself to luxurious furniture will instantly transform the space and add a sense of comfort back into your life.

Let’s face it, there’s a good chance you’ll drift off for the occasional nap too. A sofa that is suitable for this, as well as sitting and playing with the baby, will make a huge difference.

Make Smart Design Choices
Try as you might, it’s impossible to monitor your kid for every second of the day. In addition to keeping the room safe, it’s important that the lounge is safe from them. Bringing up a child isn’t cheap, the last thing you need is to keep replacing items.

Children attract mess. Choose floors or carpets that can be easily cleaned while also opting for a paint job that won’t be ruined by your kid’s eagerness to express the inner artist. Similarly, you may want to cover expensive items with fabrics.

Keep It Tidy
Arguably the most important aspect of your lounge is that it stays tidy. Of course, your child will play with toys and make a little bit of mess, but you don’t want your living room space to become a constant state.

Keeping the room clean will help retain your sanity, but is also a key part of keeping the child safe. It’s harder to spot potentially dangerous items if the room is dirty and overcrowded. Besides, a clean home is a happy home.

Why I’m Dreaming Of A Perfect Bedroom

When you have young children, you know that good quality sleep is a luxury you can’t always get. Nightmares and bedwetting are just a couple of reasons why you might be woken in the night. If your little one is an early riser, having to get up even earlier to be dressed and ready for them would make anyone tired.

I often dream of the perfect bedroom that I would wake up in every morning, no matter how early. I think a good quality bedroom makes the difference when you literally have to drag yourself out of bed. Just to start the day somewhere I can call my sanctuary would be heavenly. I might make an extra effort to get there a little earlier in the evenings too!

My bedroom would be quiet, so I might have to invest in triple glazing! But I would also invest in blackout curtains so going to bed early won’t be a problem. Of course, the most important thing in the room is my bed. I love being in it, but if I can’t get comfortable, I want to stretch out a bit. I would love a huge bed. The thought of having one of those enormous super king mattresses all to myself is very tempting.

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My bedding would be luxurious too. I’m thinking about a silk or satin finish and luxury cotton sheets. I’ll ignore that they may get ruined by my little one bouncing all over them! A really thick tog duvet to snuggle down into would be perfect for a chilly winter night too. Deep, rich colours like maroon would be gorgeous in my room.

I’ve always wanted a good dressing table. In my dream bedroom, it would have all the vanity items I need and still look very chic. There would be a beautiful table mirror in a wood on the top too. The stool would be very cushioned. And it might even have a secret lift-up compartment for me to tuck my special things in out of the way of children.

Fitted wardrobes are a must, but my dream bedroom is big enough for a walk-in wardrobe. And someone has found the time to organise all my clothes in just the right way that I can grab a complete outfit in a second. I think this dream bedroom might also come with some stunning designer shoes!

The reality is that I’m several years away from enjoying this dream bedroom. My role as a Mummy just keeps me so busy, not that I’m complaining. A luxury bedroom would be a wonderful place to fall asleep in and wake up every morning. But I think the one I have right now still serves its purpose.

That’s not to say I wouldn’t make a few changes to improve the quality of sleep I’m getting. I would definitely buy a better mattress to make sure I’m comfortable all night long. And those blackout curtains will go a long way to making the room dark enough to fall asleep before the sun does. Sleep well.

Why I’m Dreaming Of A Perfect Bedroom

When you have young children, you know that good quality sleep is a luxury you can’t always get. Nightmares and bedwetting are just a couple of reasons why you might be woken in the night. If your little one is an early riser, having to get up even earlier to be dressed and ready for them would make anyone tired.

I often dream of the perfect bedroom that I would wake up in every morning, no matter how early. I think a good quality bedroom makes the difference when you literally have to drag yourself out of bed. Just to start the day somewhere I can call my sanctuary would be heavenly. I might make an extra effort to get there a little earlier in the evenings too!

My bedroom would be quiet, so I might have to invest in triple glazing! But I would also invest in blackout curtains so going to bed early won’t be a problem. Of course, the most important thing in the room is my bed. I love being in it, but if I can’t get comfortable, I want to stretch out a bit. I would love a huge bed. The thought of having one of those enormous super king mattresses all to myself is very tempting.

Bedroom

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My bedding would be luxurious too. I’m thinking about a silk or satin finish and luxury cotton sheets. I’ll ignore that they may get ruined by my little one bouncing all over them! A really thick tog duvet to snuggle down into would be perfect for a chilly winter night too. Deep, rich colours like maroon would be gorgeous in my room.

I’ve always wanted a good dressing table. In my dream bedroom, it would have all the vanity items I need and still look very chic. There would be a beautiful table mirror in a wood on the top too. The stool would be very cushioned. And it might even have a secret lift-up compartment for me to tuck my special things in out of the way of children.

Fitted wardrobes are a must, but my dream bedroom is big enough for a walk-in wardrobe. And someone has found the time to organise all my clothes in just the right way that I can grab a complete outfit in a second. I think this dream bedroom might also come with some stunning designer shoes!

The reality is that I’m several years away from enjoying this dream bedroom. My role as a Mummy just keeps me so busy, not that I’m complaining. A luxury bedroom would be a wonderful place to fall asleep in and wake up every morning. But I think the one I have right now still serves its purpose.

That’s not to say I wouldn’t make a few changes to improve the quality of sleep I’m getting. I would definitely buy a better mattress to make sure I’m comfortable all night long. And those blackout curtains will go a long way to making the room dark enough to fall asleep before the sun does. Sleep well.

Child Health & Safety Issues I Always Watch Out For

Balancing bringing up children with work is hard for every parent. Not only have you got to learn to live and raise your kids in the best possible way, but you also have to watch out for their health and safety.

As anyone with more than one youngster knows, this can be incredibly difficult. However, there are several things that I always keep an eye on because they can have a serious and lasting effect on your kids.

Today, I’m going to list some of those problem areas – take a look and then let me know about some of your health and safety tips when you’re done.

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Slips, trips, and falls

It is nigh on impossible to prevent every child’s slip, trip or fall in your home, but you can reduce the risk severe injury. Nearly half of all children’s accidents are from falling, and many of these occur in the long period that they spend learning to walk properly.

While falling is a learning experience and one that they need to go through, you can help them through this time by being careful of what you have around the home.

Use non-slip pads under rugs and carpets, and move any furniture with sharp edges out of the way. Alternatively, you could slice open a tennis ball and use it on the corners. It’s still going to hurt if a child falls into it, but it will not be half as bad as the effect of a sharp corner.

I also like to check the carpet for any worn or damaged areas – and you should always keep your stairways free from clutter.

Bugs and bacteria

Whether you believe that dirt is good for building up a child’s immune system or not, there are plenty of bugs and bacteria around the home that can cause kids serious illness.

And there are a lot of opportunities for them to spread. I like to make sure that I wipe down and disinfect every eating area after meals – which can encompass vast areas if the kids have been having fun throwing with spoons and bowls!

Another thing to think about is your air conditioning – without regular maintenance, it can spread many types of bacteria. Faulty systems can be a huge problem, and cause breathing difficulties for young and immature lungs. Seek out a reputable air conditioner repair firm in your neighborhood and make sure that those bugs and bacteria don’t get a chance to build up in your home.

Electricity & burns

We all use a lot of electricity in our homes, but with little explorative fingers seeking out new toys, it can be disastrous. Get wall socket covers so that your little ones aren’t tempted by the holes in the socket, and make sure that any exposed wiring is safe to the touch.

In fact, the less wiring that is accessible, the better. Many kids love to chew things while they are teething, and you don’t want them chowing down on something that is plugged into the mains.

Burns are another issue. Many moms will keep boiling water and coffee well away from their kids, but there are other things to think about, too. Baths can be a real issue, so think about how you run the water. Instead of putting in the hot water first, use cold water. That way, if your child decides to jump in while you are running the bath, they won’t scald themselves.

OK, so there are my top tips for home health and safety for kids. I would love to hear yours – so don’t be shy!