How To: Make a bed with a toddler. #WhenToddlersAttack #YMCCommunity

Beautiful Bed

1) Remove bedding and toss on top of toddler.

2) Drag dirty bedding to washing machine with toddler going for a ride on top.

3) Pull bedding out from under toddler while they roll around in it.

4) Turn washing machine on and add detergent.

5) Close washing machine lid.

6) Open washing machine lid and retrieve toy car that was tossed in just as the lid was closing.

7) Get fresh bedding from the linen closet.

8) Go save toddler from the linen closet because it’s too dark in there.

Toddler on the bed9) Place fitted sheet onto mattress.

10) Remove fitted sheet and toddler from bed.

11) Re place fitted sheet.

12) Toss flat sheet onto bed and spread it out evenly.

13) Untwist toddler from flat sheet.

14) Re place flat sheet.

15) Chase after toddler and retrieve pillows.

16) Remove pillowcase from toddler’s head and place pillow inside.

17) Repeat steps 15 & 16 once or twice more, depending on number of pillows you use.

18) Place pillows at head of bed.

19) Remove toddler and toys from behind the pillows.

20) Lay out bed spread or if using a duvet…

20.1) Remove toddler from duvet cover (yes, it makes a wonderful ghost costume), spread duvet cover on bed, locate duvet in the living room, remove toddler from duvet cover, insert duvet into cover, and place on the bed.

21) Remove toddler from beneath duvet.

22) Remove all bedding from the bed because the diaper that the toddler was wearing, has leaked and is now gracing your fresh bedding with it’s presence.

23) Repeat Steps 2 through 6.

24) Clean up toddler and replace diaper and clothing.

25) Wait for nap time and make the bed.

Too much laundry.

Keeping the kids dry on the “Wet Coast” #YMCCommunity #PuddleGear

Living in Vancouver, we’ve become accustomed to the “occasional” rainy day.

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The kids have probably come home from school soaking wet or they were driving you insane staying inside on a rainy day that you just had to get them out of the house.

Those nasty puddles or small lakes have a tendency to jump up and grab our little ones when we least expect it and drag them into the realm of “undryness”. Our washing machines are certainly being put through their paces every Spring and Fall when the clouds are at their fullest and can’t contain themselves like an overly full diaper.

An awesome way to help keep your little puddle jumpers dry is Puddlegear rain gear!

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These suits go right over top your kiddos regular clothing and keep them dry in the event of a torrential downpour or if you happen to stumble upon the “biggest and bestest puddle in the entire world”!

Puddlegear is raingear built tough so kids can play outside feeling warm, unrestricted and dry in their great looking rain gear. Turning puddles and rain into nature’s toys. When kids play they lose themselves in their imagination, weather won’t matter as long as they are warm and dry.
Puddlegear raingear is quality and function down to every last button and seam. And kids think its cool too!

100% waterproof
Machine Washable
Tear Resistant
Soft and comfortable
And there is a reflective flash for safety at night!

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The monster behind the dryer!!

When was the last time that you cleaned the lint out from behind your clothes dryer?

Never?

The LInt Monster!

The LInt Monster!

Every year, approximately 15,000 fires* are caused by lint buildup in dryers. Lint, which is highly combustible, must be cleaned from the lint filter after each load to allow air to circulate freely through the dryer.

 Maintain Your Dryer

Some tips to avoid lint and dust buildup:

• Periodically clean the back of the dryer where lint can be trapped in the venting system as well as around the electrical outlet twice a year.
• Occasionally remove the lint filter and clean it with a nylon brush and hot, soapy water.
• Keep the area around and on top of the dryer clean and free of clutter.
• Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the appliance and venting system once a year.
• Thoroughly clean the vent system if you notice your drying times have increased.
• Use rigid or semi-rigid sheet metal venting material, never plastic.
• For best dryer performance, use the shortest, straightest vent length possible, and use a louvered or box hood style to cap your vent outside.
• All dryers should be vented to the outside and be sure you can feel air flowing out of the vent to the outdoors when the dryer is on.
• Inspect the venting system behind the dryer and replace any pieces that are damaged or crushed.
• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing the dryer and vent system.
*Content shared from Canadian Residential Inspections.
Lint filled dryer duct.

Lint filled dryer duct.

Dryer Fire.

Dryer Fire.

I’ll bet that you are about to pull out your vacuum cleaner now and give your dryer the once over.