Most of you know that my husband has worked for Geico for almost 10 years now. Throughout his time with the company, he has held a variety of positions, but right now, he is actually a trainer managing a class of new employees who are learning the work of the claims department. So you can only imagine who’s voice I hear in my head while I’m driving, right?!
“The individual backing up in an accident is always at fault!”
“If you were keeping a proper lookout, that never would have happened.”
“Kristen, ALWAYS HIT THE ANIMAL. It’s WAY cheaper to hit a squirrel than hit another car because you were trying to avoid the squirrel.”
You get the idea.
Something else he has always drilled into my head is that the more safety features your vehicle has, the more discounts you can get on your insurance premium! Free advice, folks.
But what I did NOT know was that you can actually ADD IN some of those safety features!
If you’re not ready to buy a new car or recently bought a new car without some of the pricier features, you can still add aftermarket safety products to keep you and your family safe. As safe driving expert and blogger Alex Perdikis explains, roads are becoming safer, but it’s up to drivers to make sure their cars are safe. Here are four safety car add-ons you use right now.
I enjoy a good amount of traveling just as much as the next gal, but the one thing that could make or break my hotel review is the water pressure.
I have a LOT of hair on my head. And if I can’t get a nice clean hair wash from a hotel shower, it really puts a damper (no pun intended) on my travel fun.
That’s why I’m pretty happy that we have fantastic water pressure at our house. But just in case YOU don’t, and are trying to figure out what the issue is and what can be done about it, check out this post from James over at Plumbing Detectives!
What causes low water pressure in your home?
We all rely on the water pressure in our home to be sufficient to enable us to carry out daily tasks such as showering and washing clothes. If the water pressure in your home suddenly decreases, you can find yourself faced with a real problem.
One of the things on my “do these things before the twins arrive” list was to finally PAINT.
When we moved into our home in 2013, it had all been painted a lovely neutral beige, with all the trims and moldings a nice complimentary white. No worries, we said. We’ll paint as we decorate!
Well…yeah. The outside of the house had been painted, the nursery inside the house had been painted, and that was it. Because you know what happened after that?
The twins arrived. A month and a half EARLY.
I’m not joking when I say I had paint samples taped to walls in all the rooms of our house for MONTHS. They’re literally gone now because I started having to dust them – I’m totally for real!
And are the rest of the walls painted yet? Um…nope. I figured I needed a little kick in the behind. And this might just do it! Check it out – the perfect painting resource from the folks at Home Advisor!
My normal cleaning routine took a turn for the non-routine when the twins were born. Now, with the girls an entire 6 months old (where is the time going?!), I think I may finally be getting the hang of housekeeping once more. The big lesson I’ve had to learn is: I can’t do it all at once.
Pre-kiddos, I used to be able to spend a few hours in one morning cleaning the house, and it would stay pretty clean for about a week or so. Now, I’m excited if I get one bathroom cleaned by the end of the day! HA!
But there are a few things that I’ve made sure I maintained as clean once I got them there. Since I’m prepping adult food and baby food and formula there multiple times a day, the kitchen is something that has stayed clean at our house.
So when Alyssa Winters contacted me and asked if I wanted to post a piece on keeping a kitchen fresh and clean, I was all about it! Hopefully she’s got some tips I’m not already using – I’m all for improving my techniques!
The kitchen is one of, if not THE messiest room in your entire house. This is why it is a challenge to keep it clean, since you surely don’t want to serve food that is prepared in a non-sanitized environment.
A couple of years ago, my hubby asked me to point an appointment on the calendar.
“A guy is coming to test our water.”
“Oh, okay. What for?”
“Telling us the quality or something like that. We get a $100 Visa card if we let him do it.”
“Oh, okay then.”
Needless to say, three hours worth of a water-testing appointment later, we did NOT purchase the $5,000 water system the guy was trying to sell us, but we DID get the $100 Visa. Was it worth it? You got me! But what I DID learn through the process was, number one, no more letting people come over and test water. And number two, there ARE things you can do to make your water better and more heathy for your family!
So when Kaylee from Water Logic contacted me about sharing a drinking water infographic, I thought it was a great idea! We all need to be mindful of our drinking water – it’s so important to our good health!