; Life is like champagne......: 2010-06-13

Friday, June 18, 2010

Summer Pool and Play Set Safety Tips from UL

This Summer is going to be a big one for my daughter. She has moved into the age where she is focused on two things....water and playsets. We also have made the move and purchase a playset, knowing it will get a lot of use from friends, family and of course her! As for the water, I have had her in swim class since she was 6 months old and we live right near the Connecticut River, family living on the river. We also signed up for her first swim class without me in the pool with her! The importance of safety for both the water and the playset is vital to have a wonderful Summer. Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a leading product safety testing organization, provides useful tips to help keep you and your children safe around play sets and the pool.
Here are the tips UL has to offer to make your Summer safe and memorable for pools and playsets:
· Make sure your backyard is large enough for playground equipment. The site must also provide good visibility and security. Before setting up equipment, look out for obstacles, such as the garage, tree branches, utility poles and wires.
· Read and follow the manufacturer’s directions when setting up play set equipment. Be sure your child's weight and age fall within the manufacturer's recommended limits for the equipment.
· Install protective surfacing, such as rubber tiles or mulch under the play set, at least six feed in all directions, to prevent serious injuries should a child fall.

· Carefully inspect backyard playground equipment. Make sure equipment is anchored safely in the ground, all equipment pieces are in good working order, S-hooks are entirely closed and bolts are not protruding.
· Check for spaces that could trap children, such as openings in guardrails or between ladder rungs. These spaces should measure less than 3.5 inches or more than 9 inches.
· Always supervise children on play set equipment to make sure they are playing safely.
· Never attach ropes, jump ropes, clotheslines, pet leashes or cords of any kind to play set equipment. If used improperly, they can be potential strangulation hazards.
· Watch for potential trip hazards, such as rocks, tree stumps and concrete footings. Make sure you’re children are aware of them as well.
· Do a sandbox check. Before letting your child dig in, rake through the sand to check for debris or sharp objects. Also, inspect for any animal contamination or insect problems.
Disney and UL have created a Pool Safety Video with Timon and Puumba from the Lion King to teach kids pool safety not only for Summer but for all year long. A great idea since pool season varies in all different climates and like my daughter who has swim classes all year long.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Underwriters Laboratories. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

My daily fix

Do you have something that you feel you have to have or do daily? There are a few things that I find myself needing everyday. Here are my top 10.

1. A cup of coffee - Having lived in Maui, I miss the coffee from there so I do not cheap out on it now.
2. My Busy Body Book - I cannot go anywhere without this. It keeps me organized and sane!
3. Work in my gardens - I have to go out and pull weeds. This is no burden, it is love! I even find myself doing it when I go over to friends or family.
4. Hugging my daughter - I do not know what I will do the day she says "no mommy".
5. Call my mom on the phone.
6. Check email - I think this is why I resist getting an iphone, I would be emailing all of the time!
7. Use my camera - I love to take pictures, thanks to my husband for buying me a new one for my 40th!
8. Watch a Yankee game. - During the off season I am lost!
9. Knit - I have to do some knitting at the end of the day, a calming action for me.
10. Listen to Frank Sinatra and WFAN sports radio. I put these together since I find myself only doing this in the car and my daughter often takes over the music portion of the car. My time is limited to do these.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Healthy changes in your lifestyle

This article was posted on my Yahoo homepage about making some simple changes in your lifestyle for your health. Less visits to the doctor and being more pro-active is good in my book! I already do a few of the suggestions, such as making my own coffee!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta Photo Contest!!!

The Mini Spinny

My daughter has been entered in the Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta Photo contest. The winner receives $500 and a year's worth of free pasta!! Voting is until 6/25/10 and entering your vote makes you eligible for a $25 gift card. You can also vote once a day up to 6/25/10. Vote here, vote early and vote often!!!!!!

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Monday, June 14, 2010


I hate paying my cable bill. It is outrageous and I always feel I am being ripped off. I do pay extra for HBO since we do not go out to the movies and I look forward to their mini series. One of the more recent series is Treme, stories set in New Orleans about 3 months after Katrina and how they are rebuilding their lives after the hurricane. Treme refers to one of New Orleans oldest neighborhoods of historical importance referencing African-American music and culture.
The cast is great form local musicians, John Goodman, Steve Zahn and guest appearance like Elvis Costello and more. The stories are all tied together since they are neighbors and how they rebuild the community and themselves from Katrina. With so many channels of junk on TV, this series different, interesting and makes me want to watch the next episode. It's beyond Bourbon Street, many places people do not realize exist.
If you have Comcast, the back episodes are on On Demand to catch you up. It airs Sundays at 10pm.

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