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10 Favorite Pictures of 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

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This month’s topic for 10 on the 10th with Perfectly Port is 10 Favorite Pictures of 2017. I always say that I can’t narrow down my photos, but when I thought back on my favorite photos that I took this year, I could think of 6 favorites off the top of my head! They are the pictures that I always come back to when ordering prints, the ones that you see on the top of my blog posts and on my Instagram, etc. And bonus: it’s kind of a look back at the year in photos.

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The photo of Gabbie that we used on her Bat Mitzvah invitations. Well, it’s one of them.

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Silly Simon with his siblings.

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Gabbie and her friends taking selfies.

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Best friends.

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Random scene in NYC.

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This photo has already been stolen borrowed many times by people in the Scandal fandom. But I was there and I took it!

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That perfect photo of all three kids.

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One of the first photos I took in Cuba, I love the rain and the guy with the umbrella!

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One of the many, many photos I took of Gabbie for our dance photo shoot!

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Gabbie on the beach in San Diego.

Do you like my photos as much as I do?

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Hooray, It’s Friday! Pinewood Derby, Conditioner, and Menorahs

Friday, December 8, 2017

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Time for some random Friday rambles!

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Last Sunday was Pinewood Derby. We are not fast car experts but the boys seem to have fun every year. And our cars weren’t the slowest! Zachary finished in 2nd for his den – out of 3 kids.

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Simon’s car was a taxi.

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Zachary’s was a pink e-racer (eraser).

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I was recently offered the opportunity to try out a product from Maple Holistics, a company that specializes in all-natural and cruelty-free personal care products. I chose to try Tea Tree Oil Conditioner, which conditions and softens hair and includes keratin, silk protein, amino acids, Vitamin B5, and more, helps you achieve a clear, healthy scalp and silky, easy-to-handle hair. Its benefits include improving dry, curly, thinning, frizzy, brittle, static, and wavy hair – and more! My hair definitely felt more moisturized after using this conditioner. It gives your scalp a tingling feeling and a cooling effect, which is interesting. The bottle is so strong that it was hard to squeeze out! Maple Holistics offers a FREE PRODUCT SAMPLE page! Request the one you want to try!

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There is a menorah display at the JCC right now and when I was there, I took a few pictures. I have a collection of menorahs myself! I missed taking photos of the unique, modern, decorative ones, besides this one:

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I did get pictures of some of the classic ones:

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A Keurig had been on my wish list forever and I finally got one!

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In case you missed it, this week I posted about:

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And a guest post – The Ultimate Winter Car Survival Kit.

Have a great weekend!

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The Ultimate Winter Car Survival Kit

Thursday, December 7, 2017

You don’t need a fortune teller or The Old Farmer’s Almanac to tell you how to get ready for winter travel in your vehicle; we’ve got you covered. For the most part, our Department of Transportation (DOT) does a great job of clearing the roads of snow and laying down gravel or sand to help on icy spots. But, the truth is most of us take winter time driving for granted.

Many of us travel across several states during the holidays to reach family and friends. However, how many of you actually think about the dangers of winter time driving? Blinding winter squalls have actually accounted for nearly 4,000 deaths in the past five years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Yes, winter can bring a beautiful snow-covered landscape, but it also packs a deadly punch for those who aren’t prepared to take it serious. Winter time car accidents can be especially unforgiving, because all too often black ice lurks just below the thin layer of white snow. And, many times families end up losing a loved one, or their loved one receives a serious injury that is disabling or disfiguring.

A lot of times, if people just gave Old Man Winter the respect he needs, it could mean the difference between a car accident and getting to your final destination safely. Neil Hillyard, a Denver attorney, has seen 40 years of Colorado winters, so he can personally attest: “No one is ever fully ready for a winter time car accident, but we can all take certain precautions.”

Let’s bring this blog back to a happy place, by taking back our responsibility for safe winter time travel. So, let’s build “The Ultimate Winter Car Survival Kit” for our vehicles to give us peace of mind, and, who knows, it may even come in handy someday. The best place to store the following items are in your trunk in a clear plastic container, so you can see your items. There’s kits out there you can buy, but let’s face it everyone has a budget. Plus, by building your own, you can customize it to suit you and your family.

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Flashlight(s) with plenty of back-up batteries.

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Jumper cables.

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Flares and reflective tape, cone, or triangle. This will help emergency services find you better.

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Whistle. Not only do whistles help scare off potential offenders, but they are great for helping emergency services locate you, especially when visibility is an issue.

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First Aid Kit – including Band-Aids, antiseptic wipes, adhesive tape, gauze pads, etc.). For a more complete list of first aid supplies, check out the American Red Cross’ definitive list.

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Pack a “Preparedness Picnic.” We’re very serious, even though this sounds like an oxymoron or a spoof. Be sure you have enough food for a few meals for yourself and a few others; depending on your family size. Make sure food is non-perishable containers, vacuum packages, and tins. For instance, tuna fish, beef sticks, and sardines would be great sources of protein. Use your imagination, because you can make it as tasty as you like, too. Other food item ideas include string cheese, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, candy bars. Be sure you also have plenty of water.

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Multi-tool for small repairs and tasks. A Leatherman tool or Swiss Army knife would work fine.

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Snow gear. Ice scrapper, snow shovel, winter-grade windshield fluid, non-clumpy kitty litter (for better traction), and extra car fuses. Don’t forget to have a cell phone charge in your vehicle, too.

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Maps. Especially if you are going to be traveling through sparsely populated areas. This is only to give you an indication of where you might be with regard to the next town. But, you should never leave your car to find help. Your best chance at surviving a winter night, if you should get stranded, is to stay in your car and try to stay warm.

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Miscellaneous gear. A class B or C fire extinguisher. A tire gauge to check tire pressure. Extra clothes, gloves, hats, blankets, and pillows. Hand sanitizer or baby wipes. Duct tape. Also, stash some extra quarters, dimes, and nickels for phone calls, soda pops, or snacks.

See, we told you it would be fun to gather these items. Chances are you’ll end up snacking on some of your kit, but that just shows how well you’ve selected the components. Just make sure you replace any used items with replacements!

Thank you to Dawn Balite for writing this informative article!

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Johnson County Museum

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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We used to go to the Johnson County Museum when the kids were younger, as it was free and had a great kids’ play area. It was a bit far though, so we didn’t go as much as the kids would have liked. Recently, the museum moved to only 5 minutes from us. It is no longer free and the kids are a little old for the kids’ play area, but when they had a free entry day, we decided to check it out.

First, we checked out the history of Johnson County section. There was a video that showed how certain redeveloped areas used to look, which we all found interesting. The White Haven Motor Lodge used to be in an area which is now becoming an apartment complex. The sign from the motel is in the museum now.

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How Tweens Are Like Toddlers

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Was it me who said that things are easier now that my kids are older? I think I said that and I think I was right, but it might not be entirely true. For the past few weeks I’ve been realizing more and more that the tween years resemble the toddler years so much that I feel like I’ve been thrown back in time! I have a ten-year-old and a twelve-year-old and some days I feel like I still have a two-year-old and a four-year-old. (Note to said tweens: If you are going to be offended by my comparing you to toddlers, please stop reading now!)

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Sleeping / Going to Bed

The number one way that tweens in my house are like toddlers is at bed time. Zachary whines and throws himself on me for lots of hugs when it’s time for bed (unless he is extra tired, then he doesn’t complain). Gabbie was always my hardest to get to sleep. She used to repeatedly come out of her room with various complaints or things she forgot to tell me…and she’s doing that again! We used to have a reward chart and she would lose points when she came out of her room. I feel like we need to do that now too!

Growing

Tweens have growth spurts just like toddlers. Zachary needs all new clothes and Gabbie is almost grown out of kids’ sizes!

Tantrums

Toddler tantrums are the worst, especially when you don’t know why they are upset. Anything can set them off. And the same can be said for tweens! The random crying and not knowing why is frustrating for them and for their parents!

Messes

Toddlers don’t like to clean up and neither do tweens. Now, the mess isn’t only centralized in the play room, but their rooms are a mess too!

Losing Things

They pick things up and drop them elsewhere and Mommy is expected to know where everything is or cue tantrum. (If I’m being honest, it’s been that way in all the years between toddlers and tweens too!)

Wanting Things

Toddlers see a toy someone else is playing with and decide they want it too. Tweens see the things their friends have and ask why they don’t have those things too.

Independence

According to Erik Erikson’s Psychological Stages, between the ages of 18 months and three years old children are developing a sense of independence to do things on their own. And during the tween-teenage years, children separate from their parents, depend more on their peer group as a source of self-esteem, and determine who they are as individuals.

So there you have it. Tweens are just like toddlers. Do you agree?

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