How to Prepare Your Family for an Earthquake

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How to Prepare Your Family for an Earthquake Last Friday night we were rockin’ and rollin’ in Orange County with a 5.1 trembler that inspired this how to prepare your family for an earthquake post.

We moved back to Southern California when I was ten-years-old and I remember experiencing an earthquake for the first time fairly soon thereafter. The vision of our patio furniture bouncing up and down is one that stays with me.

Growing up here, I remember earthquakes happening somewhat frequently. But the earth has been fairly quiet the last 20 years since the Northridge quake of 1994. In fact, I don’t remember having many earthquakes as an adult. Do you?

Last Friday night was a reminder we DO live in Earthquake country, and it was a wake up call to me, and many others on Facebook that we need to be prepared! Now more than ever, especially since we have children.

I did some research on RedCross and found some info on how to prepare your family for an earthquake that I wanted to share with you.

How to Prepare Your Family for an Earthquake 

Here are three great things I learned on the Red Cross site,

1. Pick safe places in each room of your home, workplace and/or school. A safe place could be under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you.

2. Practice “drop, cover and hold on” in each safe place. If you do not have sturdy furniture to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.

3. Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bed in case the earthquake strikes in the middle of the night.

What to Do During an Earthquake

On Friday night I immediately got under a doorway because that is what I thought you were supposed to do.

However, according to the Red Cross,

“Doorways are no stronger than any other part of a structure so don’t rely on them for protection! During an earthquake, get under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on. It will help shelter you from falling objects that could injure you during an earthquake.”

Here are some other tips what to do during an earthquake:

1. Drop, cover and hold on. Move as little as possible.

2. If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on. Protect your head with a pillow.

3. Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.

Good to know. I had never even had a conversation with my kids about what to do during an earthquake at home before!

Emergency Survival Kit Essentials 

You can find a full list of things to have on hand if an earthquake disaster were to strike, but here are some of the essentials Red Cross recommends having at the very minimum in a survival kit:

1. Water – one gallon per person, per day (2 week supply for home)
2. Food – non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (2 week supply for home)
3. Flashlight
4. Battery-powered radio
5. Extra batteries
6. First aid kit
7. Medications and prescriptions for family members
8. Multi-purpose tool
9. Sanitation/personal hygiene items
10. Copies of personal documents
11. Cell phone with charger
12. Family and emergency contact information
13. Extra cash
14. Emergency blanket
15. Map of the area

I am hoping we will not have to use any of these tips, but it is better to be ready, and prepare our kids just in case.

All information taken from the www.RedCross.org website. Does anyone else have any information you would like to share on how to prepare your family for an earthquake?

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A few weeks ago, Orange County got an oh-so-rare two day rainstorm, so we had the opportunity to partake in some outdoor rainy day fun!  It’s not often you can sail boats in rain water and go puddle jumping in Orange County so it was on my spring bucket list.

I made this spring bucket list intending on staying focused on enjoying the specific season because most times I am more tempted to stay sheltered, and hadn’t even played in the rain since I was a little girl!

So next time it’s raining, don’t be afraid to grab the kids water-proof outer wear, some bathtub toy boats and go outside to squeeze the most out of the spring for some outdoor rainy day fun.

Puddle Jumping

Our courtyard was a perfect spot to puddle jump.

What is more fun as a child than to splash? They loved it! I’m sure if they would have some rain boots, it would have been that much better but opportunities to go puddle jumping in Orange County are rare.

They just wore their good ol’ Crocs!

puddle jumping

Curbside Cruises

Then we sailed our tiny ships in the stream of water against the curb. You could use a paper plate even and fashion it more into a boat, or grab a bath-tub duckie, just find a street with a bit hill for the decline!

“Catch it! Catch it!” they yelled at me, not wanting their boats to get away in the current. I stayed down stream and would pluck the boats as the approached me. The water was so warm, it reminded me of the tropical rain in Hawaii; perfect for play!

toy boats

We spent maybe twenty minutes outside before I made them come in to peel off their damp clothes and change into some fresh dry ones.

For days after, my youngest son would check out the window for rain, and when we went outside he would ask me for “rain!” “rain!” I tried to make him understand I don’t actually control the weather but I’m glad I was able to indulge his curious, playful side during our spring showers.

Follow #TinyOrangesSpring on Instagram

Use #tinyorangesspring to post your local spring adventures and follow me as I make my way through my bucket list @lisarimke with @tinyorangesoc. If we get some more rain this next month, please post some pics of your outdoor rainy day fun.

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Free Guardianship Planning Workshops

[Sponsor]

DeDe Soto of The Soto Law Group is hosting two free guardianship planning workshops next month at newly opened (and amazing) The Dailey Method Newport Beach barre studio.

Here three reasons why you should sign up today:

1. Choosing the right guardians for your kids is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent. DeDe will teach you how to avoid making any of the six common mistakes families make when naming legal guardians for their minor children.

2. Have you ever wondered what exactly an estate plan is? Or if you need one? DeDe will tell you exactly what is entailed in putting one together and how to get started.

3. These two guardianship planning workshops are free to attend and offer free childcare! Essentially, you have nothing to lose by going and everything to gain.

Here’s the info!

Date Night for Parents

Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 6:30pm
Couples can attend together, enjoy some much deserved Friday night drinks and apps

Light Brunch

Thursday, April 10th at 10:30am
Light brunch will be served

Free childcare is available both events at The Dailey Method. Registration for attendance and childcare is required due to limited space.

There will also be raffles and other fun prizes.

Reserve your spot by calling 888-735-7686 or click here to sign up online.

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Easy Easter activities for kids

It’s hard to sort though all those Easter crafts out there, so I’ve gathered eight easy Easter activities for kids to give you some inspiration over the next month.

Here is a fun and easy Easter roundup of activities that my family is going to do this year, hope you’ll give them a try too!

Easy Easter Activities for Kids 

Left to right from the top:

1. Melted Crayon Easter Eggs

2. Egg People Cars

3. Watercolor Letter Easter Eggs

4. Tattoo Easter Eggs

5. Polka Dot Glitter Eggs

6. Origami Easter Bunnies

7. Bunny Cross Stitch

8. Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

Have fun with these, and have a Happy Easter! Do you have any fun Easter activities you do with your kids? Please share your ideas in the comments below!

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receipt organization

Receipts.

They are the bane of my existence.

I am swimming in them and am drowning in a sea of crumpled little papers. My wallet, my purses, my car, my jewelry drawer, my junk drawer ~ they are everywhere and I am haunted by them. In my nightmares they grow legs and come running after me in a swarm. Kidding. But seriously, they drive me CRAZY.

So, this post is not a receipt organization tips post. I wish it was. This post is a mom-to-mom SOS post because that is what I desperately NEED from you – receipt organization tips.

Here is my problem, and I want to know how you handle it:

I am doing my shopping at warp speed. Either during the ridiculously short preschool time frame OR with kids that are not so thrilled to be shopping with me. Therefore, at check out I am usually in a rush and I take the receipt and stuff it in either my wallet or my purse.

The have it together mom would then, immediately upon returning home, take out the receipts, organize and file them in some civilized fashion. But I am not that mom.

But I know some of you are.

So, please share the secrets to your success at keeping receipts in an organized fashion?

What are your receipt organization tips?

How do you keep them organized?

I want to take all your tips, try them out, and then hopefully do another post with a real life receipt success story. Help a mama out?

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