Thursday, February 18, 2021

Spring into Spring! 5 outdoor toy ideas your kids will love

 

Have you started to notice the first signs of spring, yet? Those little snowdrops poking through the ground? Or the long daffodil stalks starting to bud? Even the nights don’t seem as dark these days. Spring is like seeing the light at the end of a dark, cold winter tunnel and we could all use an extra dose of hope and happiness these days. 

Sunny, warmer spring days means more time outdoors having fun as a family. So, if your garden toys are looking a little worse for wear after a winter stuck in your spider-filled garden shed, or your little ones are looking for a little more excitement in their back yard, then I can help. Here I’ve gathered my best picks for toys suitable for a 3 year old boy, their siblings, and for you to enjoy too! 

Read on to find out more. 

A trampoline 

Put the spring into spring with a bouncy trampoline!? It doesn't matter how big your backyard is, you'll find that trampolines come in a range of sizes and heights, so if you don't want your garden to be turned into a trampoline park, then go for something a little modest. You can erect a safety net around their new toy to give yourself peace of mind. Remember to erect your trampoline away from fences, clotheslines, and rockeries, etc. And don't forget – they're great fun (and exercise) for us adults too! 

Swingball!

Struggling for space? No problem! Swingball has been a family favorite for decades, and it's easy to see why! You and your children can challenge each other to matches, or enjoy games by yourself. This compact kit won’t impose in your garden space, and it can be packed away neatly when not in use. It’s incredibly addictive and will provide hours of fun. Choosing a set with an adjustable height means your younger children can have a go too!

A giant bubble kit

Everyone loves bubbles. Whether they’re blowing little wands covered in a home-made bubble solution or you’ve picked up a few bottles from the toy store, blowing bubbles is both fun and incredibly calming. If you want to take it to the next level, consider a giant bubble kit! Perfect for the backyard, you can make giant bubbles using the large wands and child-friendly solution. Just make sure they take it in turns!

Something for your little gardeners

Do you have a little one with green fingers? Do they like following you around "helping" as you prune the bushes and plant your latest garden center purchases? If so, why not indulge their interest and treat them to some gardening tools for kids? Following you around with their own set of tools, including a wheelbarrow, watering can, and mini plant pots will keep them busy for hours! 

And finally, golf! 

Golf requires concentration and forward-thinking. And if you can hold their interest with a plastic club and colorful, zany obstacles then they’ll love competing against you and their siblings! It also helps develop hand-eye coordination. 



Friday, January 8, 2021

Date Night In Jacksonville- What To Do, Where To Go

 


While it is obviously apparent that "date night" doesn't mean quite the same thing as it used to (Thanks, 2020), there are still a lot of great date night experiences to be had in Jacksonville. Jacksonville is a super romantic city anyway, and if you don't already have a sweetie to share a date night with, there are tons of Jacksonville Personals you can access online, so you can find someone to share the night life with in this beautiful town. So, where should you go with your date in Jacksonville? Read on and we will tell you! 

Seriously, we could tell you hundreds of great places to check out in Jacksonville, but we will try to keep it reasonable for the length of this post. So, what is it that you are looking for? If it's a hole in the wall bar with a super kooky vibe, Secret Tiki Temple is your place. I mean, we are talking secret doorway, password required for entry, and the vibe is out of this world. If you have never been to an island themed speakeasy, are you even in Jacksonville, bro? If you don't have anybody to spend the evening with, check out Jacksonville Personals to find somebody to go out on the town with! 

More into a night of arcade fun and beers? Then Keg and Coin in Jacksonville is where you need to head. It's so much fun, beers, food and arcade games, what more could you want? This is an especially good place for a date night if you are just starting out with a new sweetie, since it is a laid back and causal atmosphere and there is no super high romantic pressure. Definitely check that place out, even if you are just out for a night with friends! It is sure to be an amazing time! 

The Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens is another great date place and it IS a super romantic locale! It's perfect for nature lovers, and it really is a gem. Right on the river, there is nature and art, which is switched out occasionally so you never get bored with what is there. It is such a cool place, and it's incredible in it's own right. Plus, if you are on a budget, the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens has special "happy hour" times where admission is free. What's not to love about that? Dating in Jacksonville is never boring!

Want a place to get sweet with your sweetie? Pete's Sweets is where you need to be. Pete's Sweets is a Willy Wonka-esque two story sweet shop. It's 22,000 square feet of candy and hand crafted chocolates, where guests can even take part in the candy making experience. Plus, if you are ready to take your relationship to the next level, there are tons of social media photo op spots at Pete's, so make sure to check those out too! 

As you can see, dating in Jacksonville is definitely not difficult at all, no matter what kind of stuff you are into! It doesn't matter if you are on a first date, in a long term relationship, or just out on the town with friends, Jacksonville has a lot to offer. What did we leave off of this list? Leave us a comment below and tell us YOUR favorite date night spot! 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Four Tips On Roofing For New Homeowners

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I can't believe that New Year's Day will mark one year since we moved into our new house! It has been a year full of learning, to say the least! I really thought I was good at being a grown up, but as it turns out, I really had no idea of what I was getting into! I mean, hot water heaters, mailbox installation, privacy fence rules, are you kidding me right now? One of the biggest things that I quickly learned when we moved in was that I had NO actual idea about roofing. As soon as we hired our home inspector, he quickly schooled me in all things roofing, and passed along some valuable tips that every new homeowner should know.  Here's just a few things that I have learned in the last year: 


#1. Know Your Roof's Age

The age of your home is not equal to the age of your roof. In many cases, your home's roof will have been replaced several times before you ever move in. And roofs do not last forever. One of the biggest things our home inspector taught me was to know the age of your roof, and to pay careful attention to that age, especially as your roof begins to reach the end of it's lifespan. I began to pay careful attention to this when I started to notice several of my neighbors replacing their roof this spring. Many times, once a roof starts to reach the end of it's lifespan, it will start to need costly repairs. These repairs, in some cases, can be close to the same as the cost of replacing the roof. This is why knowing the age of your roof is helpful, so you can start to save up some money for when it is time to replace it. 


#2. Find a Trusted Roofing Contractor

Even if you are not in the market currently for roofing repairs, it is a good idea to find a licensed roofing contractor in your area, just in case the need arises. There are so many great roofing contractors, like Greater American Roofing, but you will have to do your research and find one in your area. Having a roofing company that you trust is a must, even if your roof is not currently experiencing any problems. Your roofing contractor can help to inspect your roof and let you know if there are any potential problems that might be lurking around the corner. Cracked or peeling shingles, debris on your roof, nearby trees that could cause damage, or attic issues can all be problems on down the road. A roofing contractor can help to pinpoint these issues and give you a head's up as to things that could be costly issues for you on down the road. 


#3. Don't Forget The Attic

One thing that I didn't know was how much the attic is related to the health of the roof. Did you know that ventilation problems or insulation issues can cause problems for your roof, and vice versa? Make sure to have someone check your attic to make sure it is properly insulated and that warm or wet air is ventilating properly so that you won't have to worry about any issues. Likewise, it is important to have someone (a Louisville Roofing Contractor, for example) to check your roof for any leaks that could cause horrible issues with your attic on down the road. Even though it might seem like a pain in the butt now, a little work will go a long way towards prolonging the life of your roof. If you are not sure how to go about doing that type of thing, you can get advice from a roofing contractor or general handyman on that. 


#4. Do Your Part

Another thing that it is important to remember, is that you can't just count on a professional to take care of everything for you. It's really important to do whatever you can on your own to try to prevent any roofing issues. For example, if you can periodically check your roof for any debris, especially after a storm, that can be a good first step. Also, remember to keep an eye on any trees that might have limbs or branches sticking out near your roof. It doesn't take a very long amount of time for a wayward branch to cause a hole to develop in a roof, so pay attention to that. If you do notice debris or limbs on your roof, use a blower or a soft brush or broom to clean the roof off to prevent problems from developing. Another important tip? Check your gutters too while you are getting debris off the roof. Clogged up gutters can also cause huge roof issues if left untreated, so make sure to check those from time to time. A good rule of thumb is to clear those gutters out at the change of seasons. 


As you can see, none of the things shared here about roofing are exactly rocket science. They are all just things that are easily overlooked, especially if you are a new homeowner like me. I am really making a concerted effort to learn more about being a responsible homeowner. There really are lots of things that you can do on your own to take care of your home, but it is still a great idea to find a trusted professional to contact just in case you do come across something that is beyond what you can handle on your own. 


Do you have any tips for new homeowners that you can share? Let us know in the comments! 


Thursday, December 3, 2020

4 Things To Do After Getting An Injury

 4 things to do after getting an injury


No one enjoys having an injury. It can be totally frustrating and debilitating. Activities that once seemed simple like making a coffee or dropping your kids off at school seem unbearable, and you wish you could just recover as quickly as possible.


While injuries aren’t pleasant, they are often a fact of life. There’s no point beating yourself up about it. Instead, you need to try to adapt your routine and make life as easy for yourself as it can be while you recover. Here are 5 things to do after getting an injury. 


Contact a lawyer

If your injury occurred because of someone else’s negligence or inappropriate behavior, you may wish to contact a lawyer. For example, you might have tripped on a hazard at work or had a car accident because of a drunk driver. A lawyer might be able to talk you through the next steps and assess whether you are entitled to compensation. If you don’t know how to go about finding a lawyer, check out personalinjury.com. It’s always worth finding out more information so you can make sensible choices.  


Speak to your boss

It’s common to be worried about your work situation after getting injured. You might not be able to work at all, or your boss might need to make some adjustments. While the thought can be frightening, it’s important to speak to your boss as soon as possible. A good boss will support you through this difficult time and help to make your working day as straight forward as possible. You might be able to work from home or reduce your hours while you recover. So, have the conversation and make sure your needs are met.    


Make home adjustments

You might find that your home is difficult to navigate when you’re injured. If you have a leg injury, for example, you might struggle to get upstairs. While some injuries recover quicker than others, you should try to make your home as comfortable as possible during this difficult time. This might mean rearranging furniture or installing assistance rails. You should be comfortable and relaxed in your own home, so don’t overlook the importance of home adjustments.   


Ask for help

While you might be tempted to soldier on alone, we all need to ask for help every now and then. An injury can have a huge impact on your everyday life, and there’s no point in suffering in silence. This is especially important if you have children or other caring duties, as their needs still need to be met. You might find that the school run is challenging or you’re struggling to cook and clean the house. There’s no shame in asking for help, and friends and family members won’t want you to suffer alone. Ask for help while you recover. 


Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Flip Out Mama's 10th Annual Holiday Gift Guide!!! Accepting Products and Sponsors NOW!


 

So, it's been a bit of a crappy year for most of us, but the holidays are officially IN SIGHT! I am SO glad that it is Fall, and that the holiday season is just around the corner! I cannot believe that this year makes the 10th annual holiday gift guide for Flip Out Mama! I'm really proud of that fact, and really proud that we have been doing this for as long as we have! 

That being said, we are now accepting products and sponsors for our holiday gift guide! We are looking for a wide variety of products, from kids and teens, to pets, to tech gifts, foodie gifts, stocking stuffers, and more! If you have a product or brand that you think would be a good fit for our gift guide this year, please email me at Theflipoutmama@gmail.com, or leave a comment below! I'd love to talk with you! 

Everyday Dangers To Be Wary Of In The Workplace

 Everyday dangers to be wary of in the workplace


Whether you work in an office, a store, a school, or a building site, there will always be hidden (and not so hidden) dangers that you need to be aware of. Your employers have a duty of care to help keep you safe while you are working, and if you ever do find yourself injured in the workplace, find a Riverside based personal injury lawyer to talk to. 


Tripping hazards

Slips, trips, and falls are incredibly commonplace; however, they can cause some serious damage, and so must be taken seriously. This means ensuring that floors are clear, and any wires are taped down safely or covered up. Spillages should be wiped up immediately, and any wet floors need clear signages. To avoid falling, or tripping yourself, wear sensible shoes and be aware of your surroundings at all times. 


Lifting

Even in an office job, you might find yourself having to lift something heavy, and the wrong technique, or lifting something that is far too heavy, can cause some catastrophic damage to your back. You should always practice the correct lifting technique to reduce the risk of pulling your back, and if something is too heavy, ask for assistance. 


Machinery accidents

If you’re working with any type of heavy machinery, it’s vital that you check it over regularly to ensure that it is still working correctly and, most importantly, safely. Follow all the right procedures before operating machinery, and wear any safety gear provided. It’s also important to focus and don’t allow yourself to get distracted - carelessness is where a lot of accidents happen when it comes to potentially dangerous machinery. 


Repetitive strain injury

It might not sound serious, but an RSI can be really painful and can be caused by something as simple as using a keyboard every day. You may find that your wrist feels particularly sore, and you experience tingling or weakness. You may want to get wrist support when typing and take regular breaks away from the computer. Make sure you are in the correct position to avoid straining your back, neck, or eyes. For example, your eyes should be in line with the top of the screen, and your feet should be able to touch the floor with your knees at a 90-degree angle. 


Chemicals

If you work with any type of hazardous chemicals, you must exercise extreme caution at all times. If you are provided with gloves, goggles, or other protective equipment, be sure to use it appropriately, and don’t get complacent. If you are working in a kitchen, it might be easy to forget just how dangerous something like boiling oil can be, so be sure to keep your wits about you. 


Remember that although your job might be important, your life is more so, and it’s crucial that you put your safety first. Be aware of the dangers around you, and follow the relevant safety advice to keep yourself safe at work. 



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