Have a Blast on July 4th — Safely!

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It’s that time of year when our nation celebrates Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

For many, that means picnics, baseball, pool parties and almost always, some type of fireworks. Whether you will be attending a fireworks show, or having a not so private fireworks display at your home, safety should be your number one concern.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB), with information obtained from the National Council on Fireworks Safety http://www.fireworksafety.com/, provides the following tips to ensure your July 4th remains fun and free of any harm or hospital visits:

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:

  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Use fireworks outdoors and only as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.  Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter.”
  • Know your fireworks. Read the caution label before igniting.

And note these special safety tips, if using sparklers:

  • Always remain standing while using sparklers.
  • Never hold a child in your arms while using sparklers.
  • Never hold, or light, more than one sparkler at a time.
  • Never throw sparklers.
  • Sparkler wire and stick remain hot long after the flame has gone out. Be sure to drop spent sparklers in a bucket of water.
  • Teach children not to wave sparklers, or run, while holding sparklers.
  • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Twilight Theatre Hosts the Princess Tea Party

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An annual favorite for little princesses and their favorite adult, Twilight Theatre is proud to present another Princess Tea Party  portraying favorite princesses of all time. This short show is packed with music and tips on how to be the best princess ever PLUS after the show, enjoy special desserts (made specially for the little princesses by the big princesses) while princesse of every age chat and take photos. So don your favorite princess attire (crowns are perfectly acceptable) and join your favorite princesses for stories, songs, and desserts.Performances are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at the Historic Train Depot in Fayetteville. Tickets are $10 for students, princesses, military and seniors and $12 for adults. Reserve your tickets today by emailing Lori@thetwilighttheatre.com.

The Whirlwind of Extracurricular Activities

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by Rachel Jones

 

New moms, it happens faster than you think: all of a sudden your child is old enough for music classes and swimming lessons. Then in another year, he’ll be old enough for gymnastics, tee-ball, and karate. Not to leave out Boy Scouts, basketball and church youth group. I am caught in the spiral that is extracurricular activities, and my child is only 16 months old.

At this point, it is pretty simple. I have one kid. He is happy participating in just about anything. We have been enjoying a music class together, but we have to rush out of Bible study to get there. Totally doable because…I have one kid. As I plan for summer, I would love for my child to be comfortable in the pool. So, swimming lessons it is. But will that interfere with Bible study or music class? I hope not. Our plate is getting pretty full! At some point baby #2 (that is still just a twinkle in my eye) will enter the picture. I am all for baby wearing, but can I wear baby #2 while still participating in music class with #1? Probably. …but this is getting complicated!

Eventually, the child is going to have an opinion of his own. Forget that Dad thinks soccer is silly. Maybe kiddo thinks kicking a ball is awesome. What if the extracurricular activities our children prefer are not the ones we would choose for them? Of course we want our son to play basketball like daddy, but what if he just isn’t gifted in that area? My husband took piano lessons as a kid but stopped when it wasn’t ‘cool’ anymore. Now, whenever he sees a piano, he talks about how he wishes he could sit down and play something. Therefore, he insists that our children WILL take piano lessons….until he says they can stop. We’ll see how that goes.

In true ‘type A’ fashion, I’ve already thought about a plan to implement for when my children are old enough for multiple extracurricular activities. First, they will be allowed to participate in one sport and one other extracurricular at a time (or two non-sport activities, if sports aren’t their thing). Second, they have to continue each activity for the whole season or session. In other words, no quitting because they are no longer interested, or because their new best friend isn’t on the same team, etc. Third, they can participate in whatever activities they want, even if I am totally freaked out about (my) children playing football. Last (and this one is important), we will always eat dinner as a family, even if it has to happen at 8:30.

This plan isn’t going to keep me from feeling like I spend all day as a chauffeur. That’s part of the deal. And to be honest, I am looking forward to it. I enjoy wearing the many hats that motherhood has given me. I hope that by being supportive of my children’s interests and involved in their activities, they will let me be an active part of their lives.

I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, I am going to enjoy music class with my son and seek out a good place for him to take swimming lessons. Karate, Boy Scouts, and piano lessons can wait until next year.

 

 

Fayette County Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program

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Area teens are encouraged to participate in “Beneath the Surface,” the Fayette County Public Library’s teen summer reading program, from June 1 to July 31. Teens are invited to come to the library and read for prizes as well as taking part in workshops that are offered throughout the summer.

Workshops this summer include: Teen social media etiquette, Zumba and Arts and Crafts as well as Monday at the Movies and a Gaming session every Wednesday.  Beginning June 1, teens age 11-17 can register to attend these free events at the main circulation desk at the Fayette County Public Library. Teens can also pick up a trivia sheet and book review form for June. Those who successfully complete both sheets will receive prizes and their name will be entered into the monthly drawing for a grand prize.

The “Beneath the Surface” teen summer reading program is sponsored by Fayette County Public Library and the Friends of the Fayette County Library.

For more Info contact:

Christy Dyson, Public Services Librarian

770-305-5345

Georgia’s Most Popular Baby Names for 2012

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The Social Security Administration today announced the most popular baby names in Georgia for 2012.  Emma and William topped the list.

The top five boys and girls names in Georgia for 2012 are:

Boys:

1)  William

2)  Mason

3)  Jacob

4)  Michael

5)  Jayden

 

Girls:

1)   Emma

2)   Ava

3)   Isabella

4)   Madison

5)   Olivia

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, announced last week that Sophia and Jacob were the most popular baby names in the U.S.  How does Georgia compare to the rest of the country?  Check out Social Security’s website — www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames — to see the top baby names for 2012.

While having fun with baby names on www.socialsecurity.gov, people may want to create a my Social Security account; a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits.

More than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients can now access their payment history, benefit verification letter, and earnings record instantly using their online account.  Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address and start or change direct deposit information. People age 18 and older who are not receiving benefits can sign up for a my Social Security account to get a personalized online Social Security Statement. Social Security’s online services continually rank among the highest rated for websites in the United States.

In addition to each state’s top baby names, Social Security’s website has a list of the 1,000 most popular boys’ and girls’ names for 2012 and offers lists of baby names for each year since 1880.

To read about this year’s winner for the biggest jump in popularity and to see how pop culture affects baby names, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/pressoffice/pr/babynames2012-pr.html.

Christian City’s Graceland Thrift Store Grand Opening

Shirley Ritchie, Christian City resident and faithful volunteer, at the new spacious and modern Graceland Thrift Store.

Shirley Ritchie, Christian City resident and faithful volunteer, at the new spacious and modern Graceland Thrift Store.

Join Christian City’s Board of Trustees, along with Mr. Truett Cathy and other special guests, as they celebrate the grand opening of the new and improved Graceland Thrift Store located on the Christian City campus at 7425 Red Oak Road in Union City. The event will be held on Thursday, May 23rd from 4:00pm-7:00pm with a ribbon cutting at 4:00pm followed by FREE refreshments, door prizes and 25% off everything in the store. All store proceeds benefit The Children’s Village at Christian City.

Graceland Thrift Store opened in 1984, and was named after “Mama Grace” Duke, who had recently retired from being a house parent  and began this ministry as a “yard sale” to raise money for The Children’s Village. The Children’s Village at Christian City has been caring for children in need since 1965. Over 1,000 children have called Christian City “home.” For more information about The Children’s Village, please visit www.christiancity.org or call 770-703-2636.

Guitars Not Guns: Changing the World, One Kid at a Time

Ray Nelson, Nick Nelson, Joshua Tysor, Cole Noltimier, and Daniel Sewell.

By Sharon Ricks

Music is powerful. It can fill up a restaurant on a slow night, bring joy to a child’s face, or send an urgent message to a violent world. On a Tuesday evening in early April, it did all three at once at the Pizza Hut Restaurant on Crosstown Court in Peachtree City.

Families gathered for their evening meal around a group of guys with guitars. And the magic began:

Ray Nelson, Nick Nelson, Joshua Tysor, Cole Noltimier, and Daniel Sewell.

It’s summertime and the living is easy
Fish are jumping and the cotton is high
Your daddy’s rich and your mama’s good-looking
Hush, little baby don’t you cry

Guitars and Pizza Night is hosted by Guitars Not Guns (GNG) music program, which provides guitars and free lessons in classroom settings with qualified teachers to foster kids, at-risk youth, and other deserving children in an effort to prevent violence in schools and on the streets. On this night, for every purchase, Pizza Hut donated two dollars to GNG. Customers won hats, t-shirts, art work, free pizza, and bumper stickers, and one lucky customer, Alec Duncan, walked away with a brand new guitar.

Founded in 2000 in San Jose, California by Ray Nelson, cousin to country singer Willie Nelson, the GNG music program has spread to 13 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. The Georgia Chapter started in 2006 and is led by Lt Colonel Robert Black (ret). Gibson and Guitar Center are key partners. “We have helped so many kids turn their lives around,” says Ray. “We are gathering new chapters and shooting for more and would love to be in every state. So far, we have provided guitars to 2,000 kids coast to coast.”

GNG classes meet for one hour a week for eight weeks. Each class has about 10 students, aged eight to 18, and three instructors, explains Robert. In level one, students learn the basics: how to hold the guitar, strum it, play songs, and play with others. They also learn perseverance, discipline and self-esteem. Robert says the discipline helps them focus better academically. It’s also a great social activity, he says, because it’s a lot more fun to play with other people.

Students who finish level one are encouraged to return for level two. They also enjoy a graduation party where they get to play for their parents, eat snacks, relax with friends, and welcome a distinguished visitor. Last time, it was the Mayor of Peachtree City. Both students and teachers receive a certificate at graduation, and each student receives his or her very own guitar. (That’s a secret, by the way. “The look on their faces when they find out they get to keep the guitar is priceless.” says Robert.)

GNG is not anti-gun, says Robert. In fact, he says Ray started his career as a sniper in the U.S. Army. Robert served 21 years in the Air Force including assignments in Iraq, Bosnia, and South Korea. He knows what it’s like to carry a pistol with a round in the chamber and the safety off to ensure that it’s ready when he needs to use it. He says both he and Ray still shoot recreationally.

But they are anti-gun violence. Ray says, “More people die from gun violence than have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.” He notes that there have been 31 school shootings in the United States since Columbine in 1999, when 13 people were killed. He also mentions the most recent tragedy where 27 people were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Reading the list of violent tragedies on GNG’s Web site (www.guitarsnotguns.org) is troubling.

But this night is different. Tonight, the bullets are songs and the guns are guitars, and troubled and deserving youth gather for picking and pizza, not gang violence and bloodshed.  “Yes, I love it,” says 11-year-old Daniel Sewell. “I get to learn all of these cool songs. There are a lot of instructors. There are teenagers, grown men and one professional player.” Daniel’s favorite song is “Smoke on the Water.” He says it has cool chord progression.

GNG teachers come in all ages, and they are all volunteers. At age 16, Sam Archbold is one of them. Last spring break, Sam took GNG international. He ran a marathon to raise money to go on a mission trip to Kenya with his church, and he asked Ray if he could take a guitar with him. “The mission trip has been the most incredible part of my life so far,” he says. He spent a few days with a man named Robert and noticed that Robert’s guitar was falling apart. So Sam did what any GNG volunteer would do: he gave Robert a brand new guitar. Robert was so appreciative that last November, Sam got an invitation to Robert’s wedding.

This spirit of giving is the hallmark of GNG. At the end of the day, it’s about giving the powerful gift of music to kids like Daniel. “When you get older and you outgrow baseball or football, and you’re not a professional, you can still have that skill of playing guitar like you did as a kid with sports,” says Daniel. “It’s gonna last a lifetime!”

GNG welcomes your support. You can start a chapter, teach a class or help out nationally. Visit their Web site at www.guitarsnotguns.org or call 770-861-2443 for more information.

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to Say “Thank You” on Mother’s Day

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“Look, Ma—Successful Adult!”:  Ten Thank-Yous Your Mother Should Hear

Nothing makes mothers happier than to know that they’ve raised fulfilled, healthy, successful, and self-aware kids. On Mother’s Day, let your mom know exactly what she did to turn you into the adult you are today and how her influence still shapes your life. Be specific! From Todd Patkin, here are ten suggestions to get you started.

• First and foremost, thank you for always telling me how proud you were of me and pointing out all of the ways in which I was (and am!) special. Because of you, I know how important it is to love yourself.

• Thank you for insisting that I always be on time. I may have dragged my feet a lot as a kid, but now I know that punctuality shows respect for other people.

• Thank you for showing me how to conduct a civil disagreement with others. While I don’t enjoy confrontation, I am comfortable sharing and defending my views.

• Thank you for being a stickler about completing chores. I may never love to vacuum and do laundry, but I know how to keep myself and my house clean.

• Thank you for teaching me that people do judge a book by its cover. I may not always be a walking fashion plate, but I do take pride in my appearance. And I know to iron my shirt and pants before important occasions!

• Thank you for forcing me to eat asparagus and Brussels sprouts when all I wanted was chicken fingers and potato chips. Now I’m a healthy eater who loves the produce aisle!

• Thank you for encouraging me to keep trying and practicing after I was cut from the soccer team. You taught me how to be determined and resilient, and that persistence usually pays off. (I made the team the following year!)

• Thank you for teaching me how to be polite and courteous to everyone I meet. I have gotten to know so many interesting people because I simply smiled and said hello!

• Thank you for reading bedtime stories to me for years. You introduced me to so many new ideas, and you helped to make me a creative and imaginative person.

• Thank you for drilling me on my spelling words before my quiz each week. You taught me how valuable it is to put your best effort into whatever job you happen to be doing. You were right when you told me that careful preparation usually helps you to get results you can be proud of!

 

 

About the Author: Todd Patkin, author of Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In, Twelve Weeks to Finding Happiness: Boot Camp for Building Happier People, and The Sunny Days Secret: A Guide for Finding Happiness (coming 2014), grew up in Needham, Massachusetts. After graduating from Tufts University, he joined the family business and spent the next eighteen years helping to grow it to new heights. After it was purchased by Advance Auto Parts in 2005, he was free to focus on his main passions: philanthropy and giving back to the community, spending time with family and friends, and helping more people learn how to be happy. Todd lives with his wonderful wife, Yadira, their amazing son, Josh, and two great dogs, Tucker and Hunter.

About the Books: Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In (StepWise Press, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-9658261-9-8, $19.95) is available at bookstores nationwide, from major online booksellers, and at www.findinghappinessthebook.com.

Centre Masterworks Youth Chorale Traveling to Scotland

Newnan Mayor Keith Brady presents CMYC Director Millie Lanier Turek with an official invitation to CMYC to represent Newnan in a cultural exchange with sister city Ayr, Scotland, in June of 2014.

On Saturday night, May 4, Masterworks Chorale presented its final concert of the season, “Music of the Big Band Era,” featuring guest band “Still Swinging” and the Centre Masterworks Youth Chorale. At the concert, Newnan Mayor Keith Brady presented CMYC’s director, Millie Lanier Turek, with an official invitation to CMYC to represent Newnan in a cultural exchange with sister city Ayr, Scotland, in June of 2014. The request came from the Coweta Cultural Arts Commission.

Newnan Mayor Keith Brady presents CMYC Director Millie Lanier Turek with an official invitation to CMYC to represent Newnan in a cultural exchange with sister city Ayr, Scotland, in June of 2014.

The CMYC is a newly formed community youth chorale of auditioned young singers with unchanged treble voices. Their age range is 9-14, and they are all outstanding members of their school choirs. The group began in September of 2012 with sponsorship from the Masterworks Chorale (directed by Kathy Bizarth) and the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County (managed and directed by Don Nixon).

The young singers have worked hard to establish an advanced community children’s choir. In its first year, the choir performed in the Masterworks holiday concert in December, attended the Vienna Boy Choir performance at the Centre, presented a children’s choir workshop to local elementary choruses, and completed their inaugural season with a performance of American musical genres, swing and jazz, at the “Music of the Big Band Era” concert on May 4. They rehearse once a week for two hours at Newnan First United Methodist Church.

As the CMYC wishes to accept the invitation to Scotland, they are looking to increase in number.

“We are currently searching to find the most talented and enthusiastic young singers in the area to add to our group,” said Turek, the group’s founder and director. “This is such an incredible opportunity for musically gifted young people to come together and not only take their love of music to the next level, but have an amazing educational travel experience as well.”

The CMYC will spend next season preparing music of American genres and origins and music with Scottish influences to share with the citizens of Ayr.

Parents of young singers interested in auditioning for the group can visit the CMYC website for audition information at www.cmychorale.com.

Auditions will be held by appointment at the Centre on May 16 and May 28, 2013, and will include students wishing to be a part of the Scotland trip as well as those who want to be members of the CMYC but not go on the trip. To schedule an audition, email Millie Turek now at cmychorale@gmail.com

Adults who wish to sing with the Masterworks Chorale for next season can call 770-846-8278 to schedule an audition by appointment. For more information, visit Masterworkscommunitychorale.com.

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Living Water Resource Center Grand Opening

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LIVING WATER LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER
GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION
Living Water Learning Resource Center is proud to announce its Grand Opening, Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30am at the John C. Birdine Neighborhood Center, 215 Lakewood Way, Suite 108, Atlanta, Georgia 30315.

Living Water Learning Resource Center is a gender-specific, non-residential training program for girls and young women ages 16-26 who have survived violence, street life, prostitution and human sex trafficking. Living Water Learning Resource Center is a program of Circle of Friends: Celebrating Life, Inc. a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization whose mission is to serve, empower and equip women and youth to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

The Resource Center will offer:

  • GED courses
  • College education classes and a premiere Vision Tech Vocational training Program
  • Paid and Unpaid Internships
  • Counseling and Therapeutic services
  • Case Management
  • Life skills Training
  • Mentorship Program
  • Childcare connections
  • Community Service Opportunities

 

At the Learning Resource Center we believe:
…every girl and young woman has the capacity to create life goals and achieve academic success.
…when given the proper tools, girls and young women can ultimately provide for themselves and become self-sufficient.
…“access” is the necessary key to success and with it girls and young women can open doors that in times past were not only closed, but “locked”.
…education will not only change their lives, but will change the lives of their families for generations to come.
During this landmark event, the organization’s Founder and Executive Director, Lisa Williams will pay special tribute to the Mayor of Atlanta for his role in helping to secure the space the Learning Resource Center now occupy, as well as Presidents of local area colleges for their partnership, supporters, foundations and volunteers.
To learn more, please visit the web-site at www.cofcl.org

Cell Phone Safety for Kids and Teens

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Can you hear me now? According to research, 22 percent of young children own a cell phone (ages 6-9), 60 percent of tweens (ages 10-14), and 84 percent of teens.

Many parents make the decision to buy their kids new cell phones and smartphones. Parents generally say they do so for safety reasons; they want to be able to reach the child anytime. Cost is also a factor. Cell phone industry experts say phones and family plans are both becoming more affordable. Also, as adults swap out their old devices for newer smart phones, it is easier to pass down a used phone.

But for children, it is all about social life. A Pew study found that half of 12- to 17-year-olds sent at least 50 text messages a day and texted their friends more than they talked to them on the phone or even face to face.

Of course, owning a cell phone comes with possible outside threats. Here are 10 tips from SafetyWeb (www.safetyweb.com) to help keep your kid safe while using a cell phone:

1. Get Educated and Prepared. Talk to your kids about the dangers and consequences associated with inappropriate cell phone use. Discuss topics of concern, including sexting and texting while driving. Make sure you get caught up on the lingo of popular acronyms and initialisms. Ask your kids to save any abusive or problem messages to show an adult.

2. Select Appropriate Phone Features. If your child is under 10, they probably don’t need a phone with unlimited social networking or email capabilities. Likewise, the actual phone itself doesn’t need built-in features like a web browser or video messaging. For a young child, look for basic phones. Review all pre-programmed apps and phone capabilities beforehand.

3. Use Parental Controls. If your child’s cell phone has access to the internet, find out if your service provider offers some sort of parental control feature to which you can subscribe.

4. Limit Usage. Designate time slots for talking — perhaps after homework and chores are completed, or before dinner. Don’t let constant calls interrupt family time. It’s easy for a chatty teen to cuddle up to a phone at bedtime, so check periodically.

5. Consider Monitoring Services. Perhaps your child is older, but you’re still not comfortable with him or her texting and emailing unmonitored. SafetyWeb provides parents with comprehensive alerts and reports on their child’s cell phone calls and text message activity. This allows you to keep track of when they are using the phone (during school hours or late at night), and who they are communicating with most frequently.

6. Wait Before Answering. Instruct your child not to answer calls or text messages from numbers they don’t recognize. If it is important, the caller will leave a message and then he can decide how to respond. Explain how to block calls from unwanted numbers.

7. Pre-program numbers. To help keep your kids safe, make sure their cell phones have all important phone numbers preprogrammed into it so they can always get a hold of someone if they’re in trouble.

8. Stay Organized. Always keep your child’s cell phone charger in the same place. It’s best to find a central location — like maybe the kitchen counter, or a table by the door. Mark the end of the monthly billing cycle on a calendar to remind her how long those dwindling minutes have to last.

9. Practice Privacy. Tell your teen to use caution when giving out a phone number. Make sure they don’t publicize their number on the internet or social sites like Facebook.

10. Be Careful of Download Overload. Fun ringtones, games, and backgrounds — oh my! But be careful — these additional features can come with potential bugs or hidden fees.

10 Family Travel Tips

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Spring is almost here, and summer is right around the corner! This means increased family travel and fun with the kids. Here are 10 family travel tips:

  1. Pack light – this might not sound easy when we are used to overflowing diaper bags, but with the Babee Covee, a new baby blanket and cover that is six uses in one, you can save a ton of space but have all what you need with a little one in tow. Not to mention the time you will save from packing or turning back to the house when you forgot something.
  2. Always have wipes – use them for everything…from cleaning the usual suspects of diapers to hands and the unexpected mess on you, on them or in the car. I don’t leave home without them.
  3. Bring snacks – for the fussy child or the adult, it’s always better to have a snack to stay on track. Hungry people get cranky; snacks will help avoid this.
  4. Have a box of “tricks” – before going on any travel whether by car or plane, I always head to the $1 store to grab a whole bunch of stuff. So, when necessary, I can give the kids something new and exciting. When you arrive at your destination pack the tricks away so on the return home the toys will be exciting still!
  5. Layer up – you can never predict the weather so it’s always good to have a few layers to take you from morning until night. It’s much easier to take off than to not have enough. Being cold is not fun for anyone.
  6. Charge up – when all else fails, hand your child your phone. Be sure to have a backup battery or charger. There are a ton of smart phone apps that kids can play with too depending on their age.
  7. Use GPS – especially when traveling far, it’s best to know where you are going than to guess. Kids can’t wait to arrive so avoid lengthening the trip by not getting lost.
  8. Bring a friend — the more the merrier so if you can plan a trip with others, do so. Then, you can create lasting family memories together.
  9. Be comfortable – you’re traveling not going on an interview!
  10. Have fun! You are with your family, enjoy them! Life is too precious.

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