Oh the agony! #YMCCommunity


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The other day, on our walk home from school, our 4 yo daughter decided to grab onto a telephone pole. She promptly received get very first sliver.

I’m glad I was there for this “first”.
Our decision for me to be a stay-at-home-mom was so that I’d be there to experience our children’s “firsts”.
Unfortunately, the wee sliver was a bit too deep for me to squeeze out, so she had to “suffer” until we got home.
There was a good 15 minutes of whining and fake tears and “It hurts so bad!”, but I couldn’t do anything for her until we hit home. I managed to change the subject and draw her attention away from this horrendous injury so that we could hit the grocery store and make it through the epic walk home. We even burned away a few more hours until bath time when she finally remembered about the sliver.
Once her skin had softened from the warm water, I took a pin and tweezers and attempted to retrieve the splinter.
Well, my goodness, I might as well have been removing her entire finger!
She pulled and squirmed and had tears streaming from her eyes.
A tight squeeze, and the minuscule piece slipped out from it’s burrow.
Tears ceased, and smiles and giggles ensued and it was forgotten.
A strategically placed Monster High bandage, and all is right with the world.
Lesson learned by Mommy? Keep a first aid kit in my bag.
Kids will ALWAYS have accidents, so it’s a great idea to keep antibiotic spray, bandages and tweezers on hand for just such an emergency.
In my online research for purse or diaper bag-friendly first aid kits, I came across Medi Buddy. These little first aid kits are the perfect size for your purse or diaper bag.
Click here to find a retailer near you.


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Are you prepared? {Giveaway} #Beesafe

With the deep freeze going on east of us, I can’t help but think, “Is my family prepared if this happened here at home?”

If we were suddenly with out power, how long are we really prepared for if the power is out for more than a few hours?

Do we have enough food and water? Will we be able to stay warm?

My husband and I could manage, but now we have a 4 yo and a 1 yo to look after, so having enough food, water and warm clothes is essential.

Did you know that you should be prepared for 72 hours? It could take this long for emergency responders to get to you. Follow this link for more information about being prepared.

I am planning on putting together a “tote” chock full of the essentials that we would require to survive for a week in the event of a serious catastrophe.

I’ve poked around the internet and there are kits that you can purchase from companies like: Beesafe Solutions, 72 Hours, Costco, or you could build your own with this list provided by the Canadian Red Cross.

Beesafe Solutions has generously provided an Emergency Kit to give away to one lucky reader. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. The giveaway will run January 1st – 7th, 2014.

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