• traded in the root beer float for a sno cone tonight... jk might still have a root beer float once the kids are asleep. 🤪 what better way to celebrate the end of the golf tournament that lasted 3 days but aged me 33 years?! •
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  • today was the due date for our baby who we miscarried at Christmas. It’s a hard thing to mourn this day for our baby in heaven, knowing we will have our baby girl here with us in a few months. it makes me feel like I don’t appreciate this rainbow baby, but I do. obviously. being pregnant so quickly after our miscarriage has helped me to cope, but this day was still hard. my anxiety has been high these past few weeks. I’ve been trying to give myself grace, but as moms it can be so hard to make time for ourselves, to prioritize our own health. —
as I sat in the waiting room at my OBGYN yesterday I couldn’t help but think of all the times I’ve sat there, broken-hearted. during my fertility appointments while we were trying for our second baby. during all of the ultrasounds and appointments for my pregnancy in December. seeing people come out with their strips of ultrasound papers. laughing and smiling over their sweet baby. something I had done before without giving a second thought to the fact that other people in the exact same waiting room might be having one of the worst days of their life. I wondered if anyone there was having one of their worst days and prayed for everyone there. —
I’m not sure there’s really any point to this other than to say life is full of good and bad, ups and downs. if you are going through a bad time now, just know you’re not alone. this bad time will pass.
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people don’t always share their bad, so can’t we all just treat others the way we want to be treated? be kind. be the reason someone smiles instead of being another reason they frown. •
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  • It makes such a difference to my mental health when I prioritize some “me time” in my schedule. Instead of rushing around cleaning up toys or folding laundry during nap/rest time, I’ve been sneaking outside to read a few chapters in my book and relax in the sunshine. The weather has been perfect these past few weeks! [#ad] These mini @kindsnacks nacks bars are the perfect size and they’re only 100 calories… which means I don’t have to feel guilty when I grab both a Caramel Almond Mini AND a Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt for my snack. 😜#KINDcollective #bekindtoyourself #backtoschool
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  • our ultrasound this weekend confirmed our final little babe is, indeed, a baby girl. I think she looks just like her big brother. If she follows in his footsteps we will meet her in just 6 weeks! so now I’m slightly freaking out about all of the random things we need for her since I’ve basically done 0 prep. 😬 #thirdchildproblems •
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  • Enjoying one last long weekend road trip before Blaire starts school in a few weeks. I spent the day shopping and ended it with an XL root beer float 😂... the perfect day! We are heading to Omaha tomorrow where I just might have booked an ultrasound to check on this baby. 😬 I’m so excited!
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  • we have been to the pool every day this week! our house may have toys covering every surface and the laundry is piled up (both the clean AND dirty laundry). But both kids have gone right to sleep each night and I’ve ended the night with a root beer float, you know as my reward for being so cool and hanging at the pool all afternoon. 🤣
  • snack break #benjaminp | Less than 3 months and we’ll be adding another kiddo to our crew. I have been looking back through baby pictures and am just so dang excited to meet this new baby. I can’t wait to see if they look like either of their siblings... also can’t wait to find out if it’s really a she or a he! 🤪🤣
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  • Prepping for our third baby has been pretty easy so far. I guess when you have an older sister and brother, plus a mama who likes to hold on to everything from her babies, there isn’t a ton of shopping to do. The kids are having fun picking out little gifts to give baby sister in the hospital (something Blaire still talks about from when Ben was born), little toys here and there, PJs, and this @babyeinstein 4-in-1 Kickin Tunes Music & Language Discovery Gym at @target. I wasn’t joking when I said they wanted to test it out! #babyeinstein #ignitecuriosity #socialspotters
March 13, 2019

safety checklist with First Alert: 8 things to do in your new home

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First Alert 10-Year Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide AlarmI can’t believe it… we are finally in our new home! As you know, I am super cautious when it comes to the safety of my family. For me, that meant creating and going through a safety checklist to make sure everything was in order before we spent our first night in our new home.

  1. Replace smoke detectors. 
    There is no way to know when the batteries were last replaced or how old the smoke detectors are. For our peace of mind, we replaced any smoke detectors that were previously in the house. How many smoke detectors? One inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and one on every level of the home. Our home has five bedroom, four of which are on the second story. So that means we needed two on our main floor (2), one in each bedroom (5), one in the upstairs hall (1), and two in the basement (1).  So that makes a total of 9 smoke detectors for the 2500 square foot of our house. 
  2. Replace Carbon Monoxide detectors.
    For CO detectors, you need one on each level of your home. We combined #1 and #2 by using the First Alert 10-Year Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm. We have both Voice and Location detectors and detectors that make the traditional chirping noise
  3. Create an escape plan and practice it.
    You and your children should know two ways out of each space in your home. Talk about them, practice each escape route. Show them how to open windows and doors. Show them how to feel a door with the back of their hand. Explain to them that if it’s hot that means the fire is on the other side of the door. They should keep it closed and they should stay low to the ground. And when they get out of those house DO NOT go back in. Tell them the firemen will try their best to rescue pets. They DO NOT rescue the pets. We also have stickers on our exterior doors that indicate how many pets we have and what they are (2 cats, 1 dog). 
  4. Examine/purchase fire extinguishers.
    There are two different kinds of fire extinguishers: rechargeable and disposable. Both have a gauge on the top of the extinguisher. For a rechargeable extinguisher it will show a scale of Full – Recharge and they should be replaced every 6 years. For the disposable extinguisher it will show a scale of Full – Empty and these should be replaced every 12 years. When you initially move into your home, you should check the scale. After, you should continue to check it monthly. You should have one on each floor of your home. 
  5. Have the chimney cleaned.
    The National Fire Protection Association says Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents should be inspected at least once a year. When the build up of soot and creosote occurs it can be fuel a chimney fire that may damage the chimney and even spread to your home.
  6. Child-proof.
    Obviously not necessary if you don’t have children. For us that means:
    1. Swapping out blinds, since the ones currently in the home had cords.
    2. Purchasing another spout protector for the additional bath tub.
    3. Placing locks on all of the cabinets.
  7. Have a home security system installed.
    I have been very vocal about my love of our security system. A security system can be as fancy or as basic as you want or need. From sensors on the doors, to a doorbell camera, to cameras in your home and sensors on every window.
  8. Change air filter in furnace.
    You probably have no idea when it was changed last. Keeping the filter clean keeps your air clean, as well as your HVAC system. It can also extend the life of your system and help keep your energy costs down.Installing First Alert Smoke DetectorsInstalling First Alert Smoke DetectorsFirst Alert Fire Extinguisher

With those 8 things, you can help protect your family and keep your loved ones safe. Nearly three in five home-fire deaths occur in a home with either no smoke detectors or no working smoke detectors. We choose First Alert because their alarms have a battery life of 10 years. Batteries with a life of 10 years means less cost from replacing batteries, less climbing up and down batteries to change batteries, and no more chirping detectors in the middle of the night. We all know that’s the worst!

Make it a priority to do these things as soon as you close on your new home. If you put it off, you’ll just continue to put it off. Once you know it’s done you can relax and enjoy your new home.

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  • Reply
    Carol Davis
    March 15, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Thank you for sharing this ! We all need to be reminded or even be educated on what we should have !

  • Reply
    Bronya
    March 15, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Perfects tip’s as we closed on our new house a month ago, and we have not prioritized a few of the safety items that you highlighted. This quick reference checklist is the perfect motivation!

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