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.

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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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Spring Green General Store, Spring Green Wisconsin

5 day trips to visit in Southwest Wisconsin

Wondering where to go this weekend near Madison, Wisconsin?

Shop & Eat at the Spring Green General Store 🥪 Spring Green, WI

Whether you trek to Spring Green, WI via WI-23 northbound from southern Wisconsin or westbound from Madison, Wisconsin, the drive to Spring Green is amazing and could be considered part of the adventure. The Spring Green General Store features a cafe offering local fair and a retail store highlighting artists’ goods, environmentally-friendly groceries and household items. Look for fair trade and local items at this small community-focussed business which is a great place to meet friends for a drink, bite to eat or live music. In addition to regular music gigs at the cafe, mark your calendar for the Spring Green General Store’s annual music events including BobFest and BeatleFest. Visit them on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest or read more about the Spring Green General Store on TravelWisconsin.com.

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Governor Dodge State Park 🌲 Dodgeville, WI

This popular park just west of Madison, WI boasts over 40 miles of hiking trails, fishing and beaches each with boat rentals and pavilion rentals in two lakes, two campgrounds plus groups campsites and backpack sites, two caves, an amazing waterfall along fields of lupine, gorgeous views, wildlife and so much more.


Historic Small Town Tour 🏘 Mineral Point, WI

High Street is the given name for the primary thoroughfare or Main Street in British towns and in Mineral Point, WI, you’ll find High Street to be there too. This beautiful city offers a variety of small family business including a brewpub, wood-fired pizzeria, a southwest cuisine craft bar, a historic opera house, historic homes and hotels, an artist retreat center, amazing local food, a beautiful garden center and so many more shopping and reasons to stay the night.


Canoe the Wisconsin River 🛶 Arena to Spring Green, WI

There’s a day trip opportunity to float down a lazy river with family or friends: canoe the Wisconsin River. Experienced swimmers only! The Wisconsin River can be very dangerous. However with safety and experience, the Wisconsin River provides remarkable recreation opportunities for families or an individual. Start in Arena, WI with a canoe or large inflatable to paddle for 3 hours or float for five hours all the way to Spring Green, WI. Drop off and pickup shuttle arrangements can be purchased ahead of time through canoe outfitters like Black Hawk River Runs or so many others along that stretch of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway. Another idea is launch from Spring Green, WI and end in Muscoda, WI which is an overnight adventure involving sleeping on the sand bars so make sure to tie the boat to a tree, periodically checking that your selected overnight sandbar hasn’t washed out and situating the tent away from the morning sun but preferably in the direction of wind, to blow away bugs before the sun sets.

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New Glarus Brewing Co. 🍺 New Glarus, WI

If you shy from alcohol consumption, feel free to skip this SW day trip recommendation. Overlooking the little Swiss town of New Glarus, WI, New Glarus Brewing Co’s tourist friendly hilltop location features self-guided brewery tours, a huge beer depot store, a gift shop and so much more to enjoy. This location seems to be under a state of constant expansion of its brewing and visitor facilities. Beer fans, this craft beer business is incredible.

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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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Showaflops are the flip-flops you’ve always wanted #giveaway

Are you looking for a durable, stylish flip-flop which keeps your feet free of germs?

Feet are gross. They’re sweaty and dirty because our feet get lots of use! When I start wearing flip-flops, I wear them frequently. So I cycle through men’s flip-flops at least twice a summer. This year, I discovered Showaflops, a fun and stylish slide which can be worn almost anywhere. I’m excited to try Showflops this summer on glamping trips here in Wisconsin and at the pool and beach nearby.


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Travel as a family with Lonely Planet Kids

We’re headed to South Dakota this week for our big family vacation where we’ll camp at Custer State Park for two weeks! I’m so happy to have some fun activities and books for the kids to enjoy while we road trip leaving from Wisconsin on a two day family travel adventure.

I’ve partnered up with Lonely Planet and my boys and my Mom and I will be using the Lonely Planet Kids books. There’s something special about driving for many hours while having fun books with activities to connect with each other as a family while having fun! Oh how I do love to drive!

I’ve included some introduction photos and a vid’ with my youngest son including some of the Lonely Planet Kids books which we’ll enjoy on the road as we head to and from South Dakota this month.

Check out the kids foldout maps, sticker books and other fun books by Lonely Planet Kids at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/kids/books/

Look for our Lonely Planet Books giveaway next month when we return!

How to get high-speed data in the USA or International broadband Internet while traveling? Skyroam!

Using the Internet while on the road can be a headache for travelers, especially those of us who need to work remote while traveling. Our last BIG family vacation was to New Mexico from our home State of Wisconsin and finding the best option for high-speed Internet was a daunting task which I needed a solution for working while traveling from State to State. As we planned our family vacation from Wisconsin to New Mexico (insert screams of excitement from atop the SKI APACHE ZIP LINE!) a GREAT solution I discovered for how to get broadband, high-speed data for work, while we were physically driving or in a remote location with no wifi connection was Skyroam?

Some of the links in the post are affiliate links which means if you click through and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you, I may receive a commission which helps me with things like paying for shipping on giveaway items, to keep the lights on, pay my WordPress.com hosting fees, feed my children LOL.

Before stumbling upon Skyroam, I first looked at my mobile provider/carrier, US Cellular prepaid service (similar to post-paid plan but no paper bill in the mail each month) which turns out, when I roam with my current plan, data is capped for my monthly billing cycle at 450 megs of 4G LTE data and then they throttle down speeds to 2G, ugh. This would not work as I needed a solution which had more daily bandwidth!!

I am so thankful for Skyroam and it provided my whole family with high-speed Internet in the truck while traveling or while at the hotel with slow Internet! This excellent service provides up to 500 megs of 4G LTE data daily for as low as $8 per day and you have the choice of renting the Skyroam hotspot device or you purchase the device outright. All you have to do is sign up is visit the Skyroam.com website and enter your travel details and they ship the device directly to you in time for your travel trip.

Connect with Skyroam’s socials at: Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest or visit the Skyroam for more info!

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Road Trip to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin

We’re on our way to New Mexico via Route 66 from Wisconsin and will be heading through the following beautiful States: leaving from Wisconsin to Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and finally New Mexico. Along the way, we’ll stop to share some photos from the road and once we arrive in Ruidoso, NM where we’ll be featuring Ski Apache’s zip line tour and family gondola rides. Below is our travel map and photos of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Follow along as we tour the historic Route 66 and thanks for reading!

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25 best travel Instagrams to follow in 2017

For 2017, my New Year’s resolution is to explore and travel to more destinations than I did in ’16. I’ve loaded my Instagram account @matt.w.sweeny by following the list below of best travel Instagram accounts for 2017, it’s time to get out and explore! Below are groups of Instagram accounts which I foresee as having the best insights on travel in 2017. For the record, some images below show “Follow” but we have followed all of these with our Instagram account @matt.w.sweeny.

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TRAVEL BLOGGERS & JOURNALISTS INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW IN 2017

1) @traveldudes
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