Tis the Season For Giving: Letters to Santa Answered with the USPS Operation Santa Program Be An Elf

You can help a child in need by participating in the USPS Operation Santa Program and Be An Elf. From December 1st to just a few days before Christmas the USPS Operation Santa Program offers letters to the public written by children from low income households. This could be for clothes, toys, food and more. You choose a letter, buy and wrap the gift and mail it to the child.

There are currently 15 Post Offices participating – Here is the list of locations to see if one is near you…

If there is not a location near you, you can still help and Be An Elf.. Find out Here

This amazing Operation Santa program was started by the US Postal Service™ in 1912 and has never missed a year of spreading good will and kindness to make many children happy on Christmas.

Here is the link to the website for more information on how this works.

(BeAnElf is not affiliated with the USPS and depends on support of donations)

Merry Christmas!!

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Honey-Glazed Ham Recipe for The Holidays (Video)

Chef John from Food Wishes has put together a delicious recipe for a Crispy Honey Glazed Holiday Ham that you can serve anytime but would be perfect for Christmas Eve or Christmas Dinner. He makes a mixture of brown sugar, honey, mustard and more to glaze the ham with lots of flavor. He also has a few other tricks up his sleeve to make this the ham even more delectable, see that on the video!

 

 

For the recipe go to Crispy Honey-Glazed Ham – Looks, Tastes, and Sounds Like the Holidays
 

 
 

 

Thanks Chef John great job … Happy Holidays

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The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 – When and Where for Your State

The last time the United States of America saw a full Solar Eclipse that crossed across the country was June 8, 1918. This Monday, August 21, 2017  you can witness this natural phenomenon, “The Great American Solar Eclipse”.  The ellipse will begin at Lincoln City, Oregon, at 10:15 a.m. PDT (1:15 p.m. EDT) and continue across the center of the US bringing a few minutes of darkness in its path to each state in certain areas, where other area’s will see a partial eclipse. It will end at 2:48 p.m. EDT near Charleston, South Carolina.

Warning!! It is not safe to view this eclipse without protecting your eyes.

One thing we have today that was not available in 1918 are Solar Viewing Glasses or also called Eclipse Glasses and Personal Solar Filters.(Sunglasses cannot be used in place of these viewing glasses).

Please see the following articles about the dangers to your eyes and ways you can see the eclipse without directly looking at it.

NASA Recommends Safety Tips to View the August Solar Eclipse

Preparing for the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (NASA)

How Not to Watch Solar Eclipses

Here are few places to check out when and where this will all happen:

TimeandDate.com – has lots of information and you can put in your city and state to see exactly when the eclipse will occur for your area and for how long.

10 Best Places to See the Eclipse – greatamericaneclipse.com has Maps and times available for the best places for the total solar eclipse.

Enjoy the Eclipse :}

 

 

 

 

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Recreational Vehicle Summer Travel Check List

It’s summer travel time and when you own a Recreational Vehicle it’s all about getting on the road. Before you do, be sure that your RV or also called motor home is ready for travel. Many people store their RV and use it only during the summer months. When you get it out of storage go through these safety checks so you can are prepared for your upcoming trips.

Check your tire pressure and tire thread. Fill up the propane tanks and check for leaks. Take your RV to be serviced, have the hoses inspected, the lights, battery, fluids and brake system tested. Have an oil and filter change. Ask your technician to go over your recreational vehicle from top to bottom. To save money, do what you can before hand. The next step is to clean and go through the inside. Check your appliances, plumbing system, air conditioning unit, windshield wipers, etc. Do a thorough cleaning of the floors, walls, cabinets and furniture. Don’t forget to wash your RV before you head out also.

Then it’s time to pack! Go grocery shopping and stock up on the food you’ll need for about a week. Don’t forget the staples like spices, sugar, flour, rice, broth, tuna, coffee, tea, jam and jelly, etc. You can create a check list that you reuse each year. There’s also your hobbies to think about. Bring your books, movies, puzzles, bicycles, tennis rackets, golf clubs, etc. Fill up the closets but leave some room for what you may buy while you’re traveling.

Your trip is mapped out and your reservations are set, but before you think of leaving, check to see if your Recreational Vehicle Insurance is up to date. Don’t think that your automobile or homeowners insurance will cover your personal property, or injuries that happen in your RV. They won’t.

Stop or forward your mail. Stop the newspaper delivery and let your neighbors know how long you’ll be gone. Leave a contact phone number with a few people that live close to you in case of emergency. Ask someone to check on your home. You may want someone to go inside if you’re going to be gone for a long while, to do a good look over of your home plumbing, appliances, electricity, etc. If you have a neighborhood watch, let them know about your travel plans too.

Have a wonderful trip this summer in your RV! Knowing you have recreational vehicle insurance will help you feel secure while you’re on the road and hooked up at the campground.

 

 

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What You Can Do To Prevent A Child From Drowning

Florida is surrounded by water from the top border of Georgia to the tip of Key West. Not only do we have oceans on each side of us, but various lakes, canals, water parks and swimming pools within our state. Every child should know how to swim or be attended at all times when near water.

How many times have you heard a story of a child drowning and the person says they just stepped away from the pool for a couple minutes? What a tragedy that can be and must be avoided.

Here are some tips to follow:

Watch the child or children that are swimming actively no matter what size pool or waterways such as the ocean, canals or lakes.

If you are with a friend or a group of people it is easy to get distracted with a phone call or conversation. Pick one or two people to be in charge of the kids. It only takes a couple of minutes for a child to drown and in less water then you would think. If your child is not supervised, you may not hear them slip into a pool and they can lose consciousness in less then 2 minutes.

Child proof your pool area – In Florida its the law.

Keep access to your pool area restricted at all times if you have a small child. Put a childproof lock on the door/doors leading out to the pool area or a fenced in area around the pool. A slide over lock at the top of the door that they cannot reach.

If you have a pool with a fence around it, have self closing gates and a lock for those gates. I know of a hotel that added a fence around their pool with the lever to open the gates way at the top and out of reach of little hands.

Pool Alarm- In case a child falls in, you are alerted – See this article from Pooladvisers.

Pool Covers – When choosing a pool cover make sure it is professionally fitted to your pool. A flimsy cover is worse then no cover at all. If a child falls in they can get trapped or be harder to get out of the water.

Swimming lessons – According to the American Academy of Pediatrics “Parents should consider swimming lessons for most children between ages 1 and 4,” This does not mean that you should not supervise your children, or not child proof your pool. This is an important measure to prevent drowning as are the others, even children with advanced swimming skills can still drown.

The American Red Cross offers classes for swimming just enter your zipcode to see what is available for your area. .

The YMCA also offers swimming lessons and water safety – Go Here for that information and scroll to the bottom of the ariticle to enter  your zipcode for a YMCA near you.

CPR – is crucial to attempting to save a life of a drowning victim. Contact the American Heart Association for a class near you.

Water wings and inflatable water gear – While these are fun for kids and helps keep them afloat, they are not dependable because they can easily lose air. Check out the recommendations for the best waster safety products from Safety.com

If you are in a situation where a child has drowned and stopped breathing, call 911. You only have a very small amount of time for resuscitation and again CPR is crucial at this time.

For more information on preventing drowning please visit – Waterprooffl.com

 

 

 

 

 

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