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Fire Prevention Week–What You Can Do!

[The following post is sponsored by Kidde.] If I told you that you were twice as likely to survive a disaster if you took certain reasonable steps, you’d do them, right? I mean, twice as likely to survive is nothing to sneeze at. That’s double. Well, if you have working smoke alarms installed where they’re […]


The Leading Cause Of Accidental Poisonings

[The following post is sponsored by Kidde] My kids, safe and sound This week is Poison Prevention Week. And when I think of “poison” I think of my kids drinking some kind of cleaning product or taking medicine not meant for them. But  according to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading cause of accidental […]

Christmas Tree Safety With Kidde

[The following post is sponsored by Kidde] Christmas is such a happy time for me. One of my favorite memories from growing up is helping my grandmother put up her tree each year. It was a fake monstrosity that we would drag downstairs in an ancient, falling-apart box, and then we’d stick each branch into […]

Fighting Fires With Kidde

[The following post was sponsored by Kidde, and all travel expenses were paid by Kidde.] Me, fighting a big fire very unsuccessfully – make sure you watch the video at the bottom of this post! I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be working with Kidde for the next year as a brand ambassador. I’ve […]

So…Was This One Finally Tragic Enough?

In 1984, when I was twelve, I spent the summer in Ireland visiting my grandmother. All anyone was talking about was the Olympics. Then one day, the banner headline in the Dublin paper screamed about a bunch of kids being killed at a McDonald’s in California. I was horrified. I was not at all political […]

THIS Is Why Gun Control Matters

[Please not: there are several factual errors in this post, things that were being reported while I was writing this that turned out not to be true. These errors do not change the sentiment of the post.] I had Rachael Ray on this morning when abc broke in with news of a school shooting in […]

Please Join Me For The #WorryFreeHome Twitter Party

[The following post was commissioned by Kidde.] Does this sound familiar? You’re asleep. Something wakes you up, but in your half-awake state you can’t figure out what. You try to go back to sleep, and as you drift off again, you’re jerked awake by a sound…you can’t quite place where it’s coming from, but it’s […]

Hax Attacks: Learn Online Security While Gaming

[The following post was commissioned by Cyber Griffin.] This summer my eleven-year-old son, Jake, learned a hard online lesson. There’s a block building game that he’s been playing for two or three years, building up virtual coins. He had a lot of coins. But one morning I found him near tears, staring at his laptop. […]

Turning Big Brother Off

The first week and a half of school, dealing with my son’s commute, was rough. First, there was just getting my mind into a place where my son was going to be commuting to a totally different neighborhood on the bus each day. Then there was the stress of him getting lost, and of forgetting […]

There’s a 62% chance I’m going to die in my house

[This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Kayla.] [This post was commissioned by Kidde] OK, that’s not exactly true. It might be worse: given my clumsy nature I’m sure my odds are way higher than that. I mean, we have four staircases in our house, and I’ve fallen down every one of them. […]