Vacation or Staycation This Year?


Well it finally feels like summer here....the heat is most definitely on. Bring on the kiddie pol for the munchkin boys, and the BBQ for the hubby! I remember summers growing up it was an automatic thing to plan a vacation--even sitcoms on TV that I used to watch always had episodes about family vacations. But as we all know, unfortunately, times have changed. Instead of vacation, staycations have become more the norm than the exception.

Clorox did a survey, and it shows that over 60 percent of the moms that took the survey reported an increase in the amount of time spent cleaning their homes because their families were staying home so much more.

And Mom Central is doing their share to help us busy moms out with staycations and kids by offering some important safety tips --

Staying Safe at BBQs. According to a recent survey, 70 percent of Moms are cooking more at home and many are likely switching up their meal routine with an outdoor BBQ. Make sure your kids have a safe BBQ experience by keeping them away from the flames and any sharp knives. Also, don't forget to check that your child's hamburger is fully cooked. Always keep a thermometer on hand to be sure all food has reached the appropriate inside temperature.

Keep the Pool Cool and Clean. If your kids love to spend hot afternoons in kiddie pools, you know the importance of cleaning the pool area. Dump out water after each session, and keep the pool clean by disinfecting it with a solution of ¾ cup bleach* to one gallon of water. Don't forget to rinse well and dry thoroughly after each cleaning (never leave any water in the pool). Be sure to always supervise children when they are in or around any water. (* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)

Staying Healthy and Hydrated. Spending time in the heat means kids will be more prone to becoming dehydrated. Remind kids to take frequent rest/drink breaks in the shade when playing outside and try to avoid activity during peak sun hours. Encourage fluids before, during, and after outside activities.

Having Peace of Mind at Playgrounds. Sometimes just getting out of the house is the best way to keep it clean, but before letting kids loose at the playground, ensure the safety of the equipment. Swing seats and slides can really heat up in the sun – test them out before your kids hop on to avoid burns. Be sure the playground surface is composed of a soft material to help prevent injury. All playground equipment should be routinely checked for any broken or loose parts. As always, adult supervision is a must at all times!

Saving on Spills. Spending extra time around the house, especially with kids, often means more spills to clean up. Synthetic sponges and kitchen cloths can start to smell and carry bacteria, but you don't have to toss them out after a few uses. One option to reduce bacteria is to sanitize sponges and dishrags by soaking them in a bleach solution (¾ cup of bleach* to a gallon of water) for 5 minutes in the sink. Don't forget to rinse and dry when done. A wet sponge can also be microwaved to get rid of bacteria. (* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)

So what are your plans this summer? Staycation or Vacation...or a combo of the two? I envy those that can plan long summer vacations, so if you have a trip to Hawaii planned, or some long cruise somewhere exotic...you're gonna really piss me off.

Kidding.

Go on...share. I can't bite you through this darn screen anyway.

xx00!!

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