You can't always be lucky in a storm like Hurricane Ike. These events seem to randomly pick and choose their victims, so I must first state I'm ever so thankful we escaped major damage. That certainly makes a little inconvenience and discomfort in the aftermath easier to bear.
There's also something we did before the storm that's been key in keeping us out of the lines you see on television. We prepared. For this - and for our continued comfort after five days without electricity - I must credit my Southern Louisiana-bred Cajun Hubby, for whom this was not the first rodeo.
I'll admit, though, that his "experienced" hurricane preparation tactics did not at first jibe with my newbie hurricane-readiness ideas. "No plywood on the windows?" I'd ask. "Naw, they're protected enough. What we need is gas," he'd reply. And so on...
So, with an empty porch, stuffed pantry, full tanks in anything that holds fuel, he-man generator, cooler of bottled water, gas stove, hand-crank
Blog Posts by Krista Fabregas
- Krista Fabregas | Work + Money – Thu, Sep 18, 2008 12:59 AM EDT
You can't always be lucky in a storm like Hurricane Ike. These events seem to randomly pick and choose their victims, so I must first state I'm ever so thankful we escaped major damage. That certainly makes a little inconvenience and discomfort in the aftermath easier to bear.Read More »from Ridinâ€™ the Storm Outâ€¦ How One Mom Stays Sane in the Wake of Hurricane Ike
- Krista Fabregas | Work + Money – Thu, Sep 11, 2008 5:11 PM EDT
Cooks everywhere, especially those of you navigating tight kitchens, prepare to rejoice! A new generation of space-saving collapsible kitchen tools has arrived to make even the stingiest kitchen cabinet seem downright expansive.Read More »from Collapsible Bowls, Colanders & Measuring Tools Make the Most of Storage-Starved Kitchens
Brands like Progressive and Chef'n listened to cooks' storage woes and responded beautifully with a new breed of cleverly designed colanders, bowls and measuring tools that flatten for easy storage. Combining rigid rims and bases for stability together with flexible sides, collapsible fold accordion-style from full height down to about an inch tall -- or less. So, instead of nesting or wedging bulky full-sized items into tight spaces, busy cooks can simply collapse them down to store wherever convenient.
Even better, collapsible bowls and colanders are designed to fit in the dishwasher when flattened, so space-wasting bulky loads and hand-washing large items are things of the past.
I must admit that flexible-sided mixing bowls and measuring
- Krista Fabregas | Parenting – Wed, Sep 10, 2008 10:20 PM EDT
It's just common sense -- and for parents, common knowledge -- that storage needs multiply rapidly when children arrive. Suddenly DVD and photo collections are found by inquisitive fingers and toys become accepted decor in living areas.
So what's a style-sensitive, storage-starved parent to do?
Happily, there are many simple, inexpensive, and best of all - stylish - storage solutions that do everything from protecting valuable items to neatly disguising mounds of toys. Here are a few tips that can help turn Romper Room into a room welcoming to all family members (even those over the age of 3) in a matter of minutes.
Decorative stacking baskets and hatboxes can be very utilitarian. Filled with fragile or hideaway items, they can be stacked on top of entertainment centers, armories or high shelves, away from little hands. More durable designs become stylish and accessible "toy boxes" when filled and placed under the coffee table, on the hearth,Read More »from Stylish Storage Strategies for Kid-Friendly Living Spaces and Storage-Starved Areas
- Krista Fabregas | Parenting – Wed, Sep 10, 2008 10:00 PM EDT
High fuel prices and the related higher costs of... well, everything... are certainly pinching household budgets, and parents with babies and small children are bound to feel it. From diapers to formula, not to mention all the other "stuff," it's easy to spend a good amount of money on little ones' needs before you know it.Read More »from Stay on budget when baby proofing: Make a plan with these simple checklists before you shop
You can find relief on clothing, toy and furniture costs by shopping consignment and resale shops and even some garage sales. But gently-used child safety and baby proofing items are not as easily found, mainly because these shops don't want to risk the liability if a safety product fails. Plus, used baby gates in particular may not have the correct hardware or extensions to fit your needs -- or worse, be under a recall!
So, retail stores or online shopping is where most generally turn for babyproofing and child safety needs.
But, the selection of safety products on store shelves is in a word -- overwhelming. There are safety products for every
- Krista Fabregas | Back To School – Wed, Sep 10, 2008 9:26 PM EDT
Safety issues can easily take a backseat amid the rush to stock up on fresh school supplies and fall's hottest elementary-school fashions. But you might be surprised to know that school-related accidents account for about 2.2 million injuries each year in children under the age of 14. Happily, many of these are easily preventable.Read More »from School Days... Back-to-School Safety Tips Can Help Prevent Accidents and Injuries
Here's a look at where -- and how -- school-related injuries occur and a few simple precautions you can take to keep your kids safe.
Playgrounds account for the majority of school-related injuries with falls from equipment making up more than half of these. Adequate playground surfacing -- at least 12 inches of wood chips, mulch or other loose-fill safety surface -- that's maintained throughout the year is proven to help prevent injuries from falls. Kids will be kids on the playground, and scrapes and bumps are just part of it, but adequate surfacing at your child's school can really help minimize the risks.
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