5 Essential Back To School Safety Tips For Milwaukee Families

We’re proud to bring you a back-to-school safety article which, this time is a guest post by Donna Fitzgerald who is a mother of two and enjoys journaling in her free time. She also enjoys traveling and sharing her experiences with readers. You can visit her blog at goodhomehealth.net

With the end of summer coming to a close, you’re likely packing away summer gear and hitting the back to school sales. Every new school year is a bittersweet experience whether your kids are starting kindergarten or entering the halls of a middle school.

Here are some safety tips to consider while you and your kids are preparing for a brand new school year.

Kids with School bus

School Bus Safety For You and Your Kids

Even if you drive your kids to school, there’s a good chance that your child will ride a school bus at least a few times during the school year for trips or extra curricular activities. While you can expect that your child’s educators may teach some bus safety tips and appropriate behavior, it’s a good idea to remind your child how to enter and exit a bus safely, stay a safe distance away, and to always cross the street when it’s safe.

As a parent and driver, it’s essential that you get back into the “back to school” mindset and drive with care around school buses. In the state of Wisconsin, the failure to stop when a school bus has flashing red lights can range from $30 to $300 fine.

Adopt a Healthy Routine

There’s nothing quite like sitting back, enjoying the summer sun, eating ice cream, and giving your kids as much screen as they want some days. With school just around the corner, it’s a good idea to get back into a healthy routine. This means implementing a regular bedtime that will ensure a solid eight hours and cap how much screen time your kids get at the end of the day.

Everyone deserves to unwind after a long day, but blue screens interrupt healthy sleep patterns and it can make your morning routine a struggle. Getting a good night’s sleep is also essential for all drivers in your household from you to your new teen driver. You have to keep your brain sharp and alert while behind the wheel!

Get Involved When You Can

Once a school year begins, everyone gets busy. One of the best ways to spend time with your kids and help make sure that they are staying safe is to get involved. Whether you coach an extracurricular activity like Knowledge Bowl or head to soccer matches after school, your kids appreciate your presence (when you can make it), even if they never admit to it.

Talk About Safety

Kids are prone to personal injuries from scraps and bruises to more serious injuries like fractures or concussions. You can’t always prevent your kids from getting hurt, but you can arm them when information and ways to stay safer.

Whether you’re child is hanging out with friends on the playground or having their first sleepover at someone else’s home, talk to your child about safety precautions like wearing protective gear during sports or what to do if they encounter firearms or other potentially dangerous products or tools.

Have Open and Honest Discussions With Your Children

Raising children is exciting and challenging, but most parents will agree it’s one of the most rewarding experiences. Whether your child is in grade school or starting high school, try to have open, honest, and age-appropriate discussions with them.

Whether you’re handing over the keys to your teen driver for the first time or you’re helping your middle schooler talk through some issues with peer pressure, your advice goes a long way and is important when keeping your child safe.

You can’t be with them every minute of the day, but you can offer words of wisdom and tips to help them make better decisions that can also keep them safer.

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Dirt-cheap cabin glamping in beautiful SW Wisconsin

Are you wanting an inexpensive rustic weekend cabin with a covered front porch?

Tucked away in the woods of Southwestern Wisconsin is a nook of four cabins, at Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area. Highland and Cobb, WI are the towns closest to the Black Hawk Lake and the park office has ice, bait, firewood (including kindling) and more. Look for the store at the turn for the park road which has a great selection of camping, fishing, hunting and adult party supplies!

The great find at Black Hawk Lake Rec Area are the four rustic cabins. The favorite (photos below) is Cabin #4 however Cabin #3 has an amazing view. The privacy and forest cover cannot be beat at Cabin #4 but the kicker is these cabins are all inexpensive at $70 (plus fees) per night. Check the Black Hawk Lake website for seasonal cabin pricing discounts and for more photos.

We setup a small table on the covered porch at the cabin which is perfect for hiding from the rain and sun.

The view from the porch overlooks the hill down to the campfire, woods past the campsite and beautiful water past the trees.

The beach at Black Hawk Lake State Rec Area is small but nice! There’s 3 charcoal bbq grills, a number of picnic tables, the concession stand has pool float rentals and it’s a beautiful view. Check out the park map for some great weekend glamping inspiration.

There’s plenty of spots to go fishing and the park office store sells bait and fishing licenses too. The photo above shows one of the many private boat moring locations and on the far left is one of the park’s fishing piers.

Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area is located 10 minutes from Highland, WI and 25 minutes from Dodgeville, WI. In addition to the four cabins which sleep six guests, there’s also a 12 person cabin. All cabins feature heat, air conditioning a covered porch, bbq grill and more. The cabins do not have bathrooms, look for pit toilets for common use and the park features three shower houses with nice, hot water, a group campground ($45 per night) and two single family campgrounds.

The park also features power boat, canoe, kayak and pontoon rentals. For an affordable rustic weekend getaway, visit the cabins at Back Hawk Lake Recreation Area for a dirt-cheap option on your next glamping adventure.

5 awesome Father’s Day Gifts 🎁 he wants

Unique gifts which are meaningful and well received require knowing a person well so buying gifts which people actually want is not easy. This Father’s Day, make gift giving easy with one or more of these awesome gift ideas which a dad really wants to open.

This post contains affiliate links which I use to keep the office lights on (and coffee.) Read the Disclosure, Terms and Privacy fineprint here, learn about the giveaway rules and note, no product samples were provided for this review and the opinions expressed here are original, unique and my ideas solely.

A Handcrafted Wooden Baseball Game

Across the Board wooden Baseball Game

Across the Board is a St. Louis, USA based board game company that produces all kinds of unique wooden games using premium materials. This Baseball Game has slightly different rules than at the ball park using dice, metal pegs and a dry erase scoreboard. Play Ball!


This 4 Person Portable Hot Tub

This portable hot tub has bubble jets, ships via Amazon Prime so it ships in 2 days and has an awesome filter.Portable 4 person hot tub 🛀

This simple maintenance portable hot tub has bubble jets, ships via Amazon Prime, so it ships in 2 days, is large enough to comfortably fit 4 hot tubbers at 77 inches across plus it’s got an awesome filter and many more features.


A 3-Pack of Man Candles

This awesome three-pack of manly scented candles from a local brewery will provide a bourbon smell and more

Each manly three-pack includes:
1x Hoppy IPA Beer Candle (juicy apricot scent)
1x Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Candle (spicy, herbal, earthy scent)
1x Vintage Merlot Wine Candle (vanilla + brown sugar + blackberry scent)


A Bluetooth Speaker That’s a Cooler

Bluetooth travel speaker is battery powered

This portable bluetooth speaker is the perfect Father’s Day gift for the dad on the go—a travel companion for the beach, pool side or wherever you want music on the go. It also features a built in power bank for your iOS or Android devices, is battery powered and is not expensive either.


This Taco T-Shirt

Taco T-shirt

If they don’t have tacos, I’m not coming. Who doesn’t love tacos? Help your man show his love for the southwest food gods with this excellent T-shirt available in gray, green, blue and white. Not into tacos? Check out this huge selection of bargain finds for dad other marked down Father’s Day gifts from Amazon.

Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area Cabins

Must have packing list for cabin camping

Are you looking for a list of essential items to pack for your next camping weekend at the cabin?

Each time I go camping or on vacation, I always forget at least one thing. So I’ve learned to enjoy the ride and not sweat the details too much when it comes to packing for a road trip.

I’ve been fortunate to enjoy many getaways across the USA and Canada and with these experiences, I’ve accumulated a fine-tuned camping trip packing list.

My next weekend getaway includes a cabin reservation at Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area near Cobb and Highland, WI for myself and a friend and so below, I’m happy to share my cabin camping packing list.

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10 luxury Midwest getaways for nature lovers + Showaflops #Giveaway

But who still want Wifi, a hot tub and queen-size bed or larger

Do you enjoy camping but still left wanting a hot tub, heat, A/C, a queen size bed and Wifi? Think glamping! A combination of camping and luxurious accommodations.

Glamour + Camping = Glamping!

We’ve partnered with GlampingHub.com to bring the best and most unique glamping vacation destination in the Midwest which also feature wifi, hot tubs, and at least a queen-size bed. Also, be sure to enter the Showaflops giveaway and read below for more info about Showaflops. We’re showing off the best Midwest trip ideas to get into nature but also have a cozy, comfortable stay. Glamping Hub features more than 30,000 luxurious locations for nature lovers in more than 180 countries! Discover more amazing trip ideas from GlampingHub.com in this feature article on TRAVEL+LEISURE or on their social accounts at Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter.


ENTER THE SHOWAFLOPS GIVEAWAY

Showaflops

Enter our giveawayEnter our giveaway now to win a pair of Showaflops in your shoe size, for men or women. Showaflops are “slip resistant flip-flops with unique drainage hole designs and antimicrobial layers for women, men and kids” and are available in many unique stylish designs. Read the giveaway rules and entry dates below.

See all the flip-flop designs at Showaflops.com!


Vintage Kentucky postcard


Cottage at Daniel Boone National Forest

Burnside, KY – $105/night

This super-cute cottage which sleeps up to 4 guests is located near the Cumberland River and has luxurious conveniences including wifi, two flat-screen TV’s, queen-size bed, queen-size sleeper sofa, large stone fireplace, bubbling hot tub, bbq grill and shared swimming pool. Families with kids will be happy to know that the cottage is kid and infant-friendly however pets are not allowed on the property and there is a two-night stay minimum.

“For those looking to explore the surroundings, head out for some hiking and biking through Daniel Boone National Forest. The adventurers out there can head out for some rock climbing or hiking while those looking to relax can enjoy some boating while scouting out the best picnicking spots. Lake Cumberland also offers guests an array of activities including shopping, swimming, and hiking.”

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/south/kentucky/burnside/cottage-daniel-boone-national-forest-kentucky/


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5 must watch TV-MA shows to stream in 2019

Warning, these titles are not for kids and are for adults only. It is completely out of the norm for this blog to publish content which is not family friendly but we’ve decided to break our own policy to share this list of must watch TV-MA series shows which you can stream now on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

Breaking Bad on Netflix ($16/mo) – 5 seasons


Game of Thrones on HBO ($15/mo) via Amazon Prime subscription ($16/mo) – 8 seasons


Love Deaths+Robots on Netflix – 1 season


Black Mirror on Netflix – 4 seasons


Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams on Amazon Prime Video – 1 season

The best Valentine’s Day getaway cabins and cottages in Wisconsin

Best cabins and cottages in Wisconsin for a Valentine’s Day getaway

Have you ever wanted to escape to a cabin in the woods?

Can you feel the joy of nature?

This year we’re glamping!

A great solution to traditional tent camping is to rent a vacation home. cottage or cabin (hopefully in the woods, on a lake, with a covered front porch with jacuzzi hot tub, fireplace, oh and Wifi!

I’ve found camping with my boys (7, 10 and 14) to be enjoyable while also a lot of work. A great solution to traditional tent camping is to rent a vacation home, cottage or cabin (hopefully in the woods, on a lake, with a covered front porch, jacuzzi hot tub, fireplace and Wifi.)

While researching for this post, I discovered GLAMPING HUB. It’s like Airbnb but for cabins and cottages! This blog received no monetary sponsorship for this mention but this glamping website is an impressive resource!

This summer, we’ll be camping more frequently than last year, by booking a few weekends in cabins, cottages and vacation homes in Wisconsin. I’m hoping the listings below give you a good range of different accommodations to fit your budget while providing a restful getaway for Valentine’s Day weekend or other romantic occasions.

“There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature.” —Aristotle

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” —William Shakespeare

“It was in the forest that I found, the peace that passeth understanding” —Jane Goodall

“Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth.” —Walt Whitman


Loon’s Landing Resort – St. Germain, WI

Loon's Landing Resort - St. Germain, WILoon’s Landing Resort in St. Germain, WI is located in northern Wisconsin, 10 miles from Minocqua and Eagle River, WI. The cabins at Loon’s Landing Resort are furnished with wifi, DVDs, a grill and refrigerator—even heat and a stovetop! Loon’s Landing also boasts a game room, swimming, fish cleaning station with bait shop, a lake with scenic views and an assortment of rentals including canoes, paddle boats, pontoon boats and more. Cabins are furnished with sheets, blankets, pillows, dishes and cooking utensils. Each cabin sleeps 4 to 6 guests and prices start at $89-99/night for off-season use. Visit Loon Landing Resort on Facebook for fun updates!

Loon’s Landing Resort
6978 Pickerel Lake Road
St. Germain, WI 54558
715-479-9190
info@loonslandingresort.com


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Top 10 Best Amazon Alexa Echo Dot gifts

Gift ideas for use with Amazon Alexa enabled Echo Dot

Keller with Santa at Shake Rag Alley Center for the ArtsLast Christmas, my daughter surprised me with an Amazon Echo Dot which I love using. Since then, I’ve purchased another Echo Dot which I use both Alexa enabled devices to stream music from Amazon Music, Pandora and I often connect my computer to my Echo Dots to play music from iTunes, YouTube and Google Play Music (thanks CG.) One of my favorite tricks with the Echo Dot devices is to create a group with more than one Echo Dot and have them all play the same music which fills my house with the same song. There’s currently over 50,000 Alexa Skills which are enabled via the Alexa app which connects to your Echo Dot.

I can’t forget to mention how amazing the “talk to me Alexa” feature is which taps into the Alexa Prize Socialbots (a collegiate AI Competition) allowing you to have a conversation, learn and be entertained by Amazon’s Alexa.

works with Alexa logoThis post contains affiliate links which I use to keep the office lights on (and coffee.) Read the Disclosure, Terms and Privacy fineprint here, learn about the giveaway rules and note, no product samples were provided for this review and the opinions expressed here are original, unique and my ideas solely.

In the spirit of Amazon’s Echo Dot, below is my dream list of the 10 best Amazon Echo Dot gifts which all work with Amazon Alexa. The holiday giving season is very close and I prefer to get a huge jump start on the holiday shopping. I hope this Echo Dot gift list offers some fun and amazing gift ideas for you while not breaking the bank. It’s important to note for editorial reasons, the copy below is from Amazon.com.


Echo Dot Kids Edition – Alexa for kids
$69.99

Echo Dot Kids Edition, a smart speaker with Alexa for kids“Introducing a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker with Alexa, designed with kids in mind. Echo Dot Kids Edition can play age-appropriate music, answer questions, tell stories, control compatible smart home devices, and more. Includes a black Echo Dot, a 1-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, a fun kid-friendly case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee. If they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free.”¹

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