Summer Activities for Kids

As soon as the kids are out of school for the summer, they have too much down time on their hands. What better way to keep kids busy and prevent them from complaining about how bored they are than by coming up with some fun summer activities? Happy kids are busy kids. Although most kids would be happy to spend a lot of their time in front of the TV or playing video games, there are plenty of activities kids can do in the summer, from going for a swim to art projects. When the kids need some guidance during the summer to stay active, you need to find creative things for them to do. The obvious choice is to get the kids out for fun summer activities. This may mean hanging out by the pool or beach, blowing bubbles, making chalk art, riding bikes, taking a nature walk, gardening, flashlight tag, making an obstacle course, playing Frisbee, making a kite, searching for items in nature and more. When the kids are burnt out on the summer sun, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep them busy. Some choices include: play-dough, silly putty, simple crafts, homemade paint, assembling a birdhouse, painting plant pots or making things out of Popsicle sticks. The nice thing about crafts is that they don't have to cost a lot of money. In fact, you can put together a variety of projects cheaply using recycled materials or homemade products made from everyday household ingredients. Homemade paints and chalk are easy to make, make animal crafts out of recycled milk containers and use egg cartons for a variety of crafts. All it takes is a little creativity. Of course, the hot days are not always sunny that lend themselves well to reading, making a fort, playing board games, assembling puzzles, playing with puppets and activities at the library. Gloomy weather doesn't have to mean that the whole day is a wash. Local attractions are also a fun way to spend the summer. Visiting museums, parks, water-parks, theme parks, aquariums, nature centers, farms, zoos, bowling centers, movie theaters, county fairs and local art fairs, and camp grounds are all exciting locations for summertime activities for kids. With a little innovation and positive attitudes all around, you can enjoy an awesome summer with the kids without breaking the bank, whether it's indoors or outdoors.

August 6, 2015

Spring Cleaning

There are few things more exhausting or more rewarding than doing a springtime cleanse throughout your house. Let's face it, on a normal busy week you do the bare minimum to just get by. You probably vacuum, scrub the toilet and sink, wash the tiles, run the dishwasher and get the laundry done. For others, even that is a stretch. But over time, the cobwebs and grime accumulates on every part of the house from the ceiling to the floor and everywhere in between. That's when you need to break out all of the tools and get down to business. It's time to clean every nook and cranny of your home. No surface should be left untouched. There are a few basic things to concentrate on while doing your spring cleaning. The first priority is to clean every surface. That means every counter-top, wall, floor board, ceiling corner, doors and windows. This includes those hard to reach places like light fixtures, light bulbs and upper shelves that are collecting dust. The next thing to be concerned about is fabrics. Remove and clean all curtains, deep clean the carpet and wash or replace all rugs and clean furniture. The kitchen and bathroom require special attention. It's time to go beyond surface cleaning and get every bit of it clean, from floor to ceiling. That means redoing the grout around the tub, scrubbing tiles, going through the medicine cabinet and purging unused items. The kitchen needs deep cleaning too, including cleaning the oven, cleaning the freezer, moving to clean under them, cleaning the top of all and through canned goods and boxed foods to get rid of foods that aren't to be used and reorganize what is left. Organizing is another key part of spring cleaning. You'll be amazed at how much cleaner your home will look when everything is in its rightful place. Group like things together, purchase storage bins if needed, and purge any items that you never really use. Last but not least is the outdoors. Giving the outside of your home and yard a refresher will also make it feel and look better. Take this time to touch up the paint on the house, clean out the gutters, trim trees that hang over the roof, remove clutter, reorganize items in your shed or garage, power-wash the house, deck and driveway and work on the flower beds.

July 7, 2015

Shopping Online Safely

Online shopping may be fast, convenient and fun, but there are also some risks attached to shopping online. If you are not aware of the hidden dangers online, you can easily become a target for scammers who look for gullible people to scam. Shopping online doesn't have to be a scary experience though and there is no need to avoid making purchases online, you simply need to learn about shopping online safety tips. Identity theft and fradulent activity are real threats online. Anytime you put your data on a website, especially credit card and bank account information, it makes it that much easier for people to scam you and steal your . This can have a huge impact in all areas of your life as people make purchases using your credit cards, drain your bank account and potentially ruin your credit. There are a few things you can do to ensure that you aren't a victim of fraud or identity theft. Shopping online safely is possible with a few tips. First of all, make sure the site you are making a purchase from has verified security. If you can't tell from the checkout page, look at the website's fact section to see their safety policy. If you are unsure about the security of a checkout system or it is not a well-known or respected site, it is usually best to avoid making the purchase. When in doubt use Paypal when possible to avoid giving the seller your contact and credit card information. Also be sure to keep your computer settings at the safest level, blocking pop-ups and signing on with a secure connection with the most current Web browser. Use a protection service and be careful which emails you open, being careful not to open dangerous emails generally found in the spam folder. Regularly use a malware and spyware program to protect yourself from computer viruses that can read your information and abuse your accounts. There are some things you can do to minimize your risk of being a victim of fraud. One thing you can do is regularly change your online passwords, making them difficult to guess and not using the same password for every account in case there is an informational breach. You should also regularly check your credit report and go over your bank statements to be certain they only contain your accounts and purchases. Immediately report any suspicious behavior and cancel any credit cards associated with fraudulent charges.

June 7, 2015