Back to school is here and that means so is bicycle season! We are about to see an influx of children riding their bikes to and from school, extracurricular activities, and the houses of all of their new friends. Before your child straps on their helmet and takes off down the sidewalk, give yourself peace of mind knowing they are safe by educating them on Bicycle Safety.
Key Bicycle Safety TIPS:
- Wear a helmet
- Avoid night riding
- No loose clothing
- Check your tires & brakes
- Don’t ride in bad weather
- Look at for cars
- Follow the rules of the road
- Always be on the look out for hazards
- NEVER drive distracted
Save our free Bicycle Safety printable below to give to your children or hang up next to their bike gear as a visual reminder that they can always refer back to.
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It is officially back to school season!
As great as it is to buy the new school gear and hear about all of the new friends your kids are making, this time of the year can be hectic. Between new school schedules, after school programs, extracurricular activities, and athletic events it seems like there is just not enough time in the day, let alone to stop everything and make a snack!
That is why we have complied a list of easy after school snack ideas for kids. With so many recipes, even the pickiest of eaters can enjoy.
The best part is, these are recipes you can make ahead of time and grab when you are on the go. To make it easy for you, each recipe is linked back to out Pinterest Board: After School Snacks, so all you have to do is click on the picture and it will direct you to the recipe!
6. Butterfly Snack Bags
20. Frozen Fruit and Granola Cup
Head over to our Pinterest for more easy after school snack ideas for kids! We have also included ways to organization your snack drawer and pantry. Don’t forget to give us a follow at California Casualty to stay up to date on every new recipe idea we discover! Scan our Pincode with your Pinterest camera to follow:
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It’s summertime and temperatures are on the quickly rise. Extreme heat is more than an inconvenience though; it is a health hazard. It’s extremely important that we do all that we can to avoid overheating and that we all know the symptoms of heat related illnesses like:
These are muscular pain or spasms in the leg or abdomen – often a first sign of trouble. Getting a person to a cooler place and hydrating them with water or sports drinks usually alleviates them.
This is much more severe with symptoms of:
- Cool moist pale, ashen or flushed skin
Treatment includes moving to a cooler place with circulating air, remove or loosen clothing and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Spraying a person with water helps as well as giving small amounts of fluids such as water, fruit juice, milk or sports drinks. If symptoms persist, call medical help immediately
This is a life threatening condition. Symptoms include high body temperature (above 103 degrees); hot, red skin; rapid and strong pulse; confusion and possible unconsciousness. Immediately:
- Call 911
- Move the person to a cooler place
- Cool them with water by immersing them or spraying them
- Cover them with ice packs or bags of ice
Children and Pets are at Risk
Don’t forget your precious cargo when the weather heats up. We think that it will never happen to our families, unfortunately, each year an average of 37 children and many hundreds of pets die from being left in hot cars. The majority is the result of a parent or caregiver who forgot the child or pet was in the vehicle. Even on a 70 degree day, the inside temperature can climb to a dangerous 110 degrees.
New technology and apps are being developed to warn parents of a child left in a car or truck, and the 2017 GMC Acadia will be the first vehicle with a built in sensor that alerts drivers to check the back seat for children or pets left in the car. Until these are tested and more readily available, safety groups have mounted campaigns to prevent child heat stroke danger with these warning tips:
- Never leave a child or pet in an unattended vehicle
- Keep vehicles locked so children can’t climb in
- Always check the back seat before leaving the vehicle
- Place a stuffed toy in the car seat when it’s unoccupied and move it to the front seat as a visible reminder when you put a child in the seat
- Put a purse, brief case or other important items in the back seat with your infant or young child
- Alert childcare facilities to notify you if your child fails to show up
- Call 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle and take action if you see they are in distress or unresponsive (break a window and remove them to a cool place and wait for emergency responders)
When extremely hot weather hits, these are things you can do to alleviate the danger:
- Drink plenty of water and rehydrating sports drinks
- Avoid strenuous work during the heat of the day
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light colored clothing
- Stay indoors as much as possible
- Never leave children or pets in a vehicle
- Go to a basement or lowest floor of a house or building if there is no air conditioning
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in cool public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, malls and other community facilities
- Spend time at a community pool or water park
- Check on family, friends and neighbors (especially the very young or old) who do not have air conditioning
Ready.gov has an extensive list of recommendations to help keep your home cool when the temperature rises:
- Install window air conditioners snugly and insulate them
- Check air conditioning ducts for proper insulation
- Install temporary window reflectors (such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard) to reflect heat back outside
- Cover windows that receive direct sunlight with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers
- Keep storm windows up
Your car takes a beating in extreme heat. It’s a good reminder to:
- Test your battery
- Check your fluids – oil, coolant and wiper fluid
- Get your air conditioning serviced
- Inspect all hoses and belts for cracks or tears
- Carry extra water or coolant
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Summertime for teachers doesn’t necessarily mean “vacation”. There are, lesson plans to develop, hours of PD sessions, and classrooms to prepare. Many teachers have summer jobs or teach summer school, so accomplishing goals and tasks that get put off during the school year is easier said than done.
We’ve put together a game plan to help you accomplish the top five realistic goals that teachers tend put on the back-burner during the school year. Even if what you want or need to do varies from the list below, writing down your goals is a solid first step to achieving them – especially if you are a teacher who is short on time. So open up your planner, grab your Flair pens and get ready to amaze yourself.
Goal #1: De-clutter
Less clutter = less stress = happiness 🙂
How to Accomplish: It’s time to channel your inner Marie Kondo. Getting rid of all of the clutter you’ve put aside planning to get to later needs to be the first thing you do this summer. The first thing?! We know. Bear with us. The sooner you put away all the stuff you carted home from your classroom, address the mountain of laundry in the corner, and tackle the layers of memories of years past- barely hanging on- beneath the magnets covering the fridge; the quicker you can start enjoying your summer. Clutter causes stress. To avoid stress, we avoid cluttered areas or try to pretend it isn’t there. Identify the area or room that gives you the most anxiety and start there. The quicker the clutter is gone, the quicker you can focus on more important things-like a cold drink by the pool.
Goal #2: Sleep
This one is pretty self-explanatory…
How to Accomplish: Draw the blinds and turn off all of your alarms. zzZZZZzzzzZZZzzzZZZzzz
Goal #3: Exercise
It’s beneficial for your physical AND mental well-being.
How to Accomplish: You don’t have to go crazy, buy a gym membership or start training 24/7…unless you want to. Exercise can range from number of different activities like: taking a walk, swimming, riding your bike to the playground with your children, or an intense game of water balloons. Set aside 30 minutes, 3 or 4 times a week to move your muscles and de-stress. Start looking at exercise as positive, like playing with your kids, and you will be more likely to do it instead of sitting on the couch dreading getting on the treadmill.
Goal #4: Work On Yourself
Take some time for “me-time”.
How to Accomplish: Whether you want to get started on your MBA or have a Harry Potter marathon in your PJ’s; write down a few things down you want to do this summer, solely for YOU and YOUR happiness, and make sure to follow through. Here are a few examples that we have rounded up & linked to sources for you, just click on each word!
You give so much of yourself during the school year. Be sure to take a little time during the summer for yourself to do and discover things that YOU love.
Goal #5: Spend Time with Friends & Family
They miss you during the school year.
How to Accomplish: Make a point to do things together as a family, like eating meals at the table, taking a road trip, or having a picnic in the park. Soak up all of the family time you can. During the summer is also a great time to talk to the family that doesn’t get to see you every day, like your parents or grandparents. Schedule time to visit or talk to them on the phone. And don’t forget about friends! Friends play a key role in our happiness and mental health so, set aside some time to get together for a night out, a backyard BBQ, or your other favorite activities.
The key to accomplishing summer goals is to keep them realistic. So set aside some time, choose what goals would make you the most happy, and go get your highlighters because this summer you are going to accomplish ALL of your summer goals. One color-coded tab at a time.
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Summer is here and it is the perfect time to take a vacation. However, many people think they are either too busy for or simply don’t need to take time off during the year; but getting away is actually beneficial to both your physical and mental well-being.
So, stop making excuses and consider these five reasons why need to take a vacation this summer:
- Relax and Recharge- Sometimes you simply need to recharge your batteries. When you’re busy all the time, you can really wear yourself out; but taking a trip can increase your energy levels so you’re ready for a fresh start when you get back.
- Stimulates Your Brain- Giving your brain a break from daily life allows it a chance to reboot. Relaxing also helps your brain function. When it’s not focusing on all of your normal tasks at work, your brain can also discover and learn new things.
- Improves Physical Well-being- Skipping vacation and not taking time for yourself can increase stress levels and decrease energy levels, which leads to being mentally and physically burnt out. The effects of work-stress and fatigue can also weaken your immune system, making you more vulnerable to sickness.
- Boosts Your Mental Health-Taking a vacation and being on your own schedule is a great way to get out of a slump and find motivation again. The time off gives you change in perspective and can help get your mind back in the right place; and you’ll likely sleep better not thinking about work all of the time.
- Makes You More Productive-Working long hours and constantly busying yourself could cause a decline in work quality and performance. So, it’s no surprise that taking a few day break may help improve your performance and increase productivity.
Don’t sweat missing a few days of work, remember, it will always be there when you get back. Whether you decide travel cross-country or plan a stay-cation, you’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to take on anything when you return. So, load up the kids, pack on the sunscreen, turn on our “Kid-Friendly Summer Road Trip” playlist on Spotify, and hit the road.