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Halloween Safety Tips
It’s one of the most fun evenings of the year for neighborhood children. Keep the evening fun & safe with these top tips for keeping kids away from danger on Halloween night.
· Be sure children are accompanied by a responsible, trustworthy adult at all times.
· Research the area you’ll be trick-or-treating and know the streets in and around the community before you arrive. Stay in well-lit and populated areas at all times.
· Increase visibility of your trick-or-treating group with reflective tape, flashlights, and/or glow sticks so vehicles can easily see you at night.
· Cross streets only at designated crosswalks, stop signs, or traffic lights.
· Avoid using your smartphone or other device when out walking around. Keep your full attention on your surroundings at all times.
· Check costumes before heading out to make sure they are hemmed short enough to avoid trip-hazards. Don’t know how to sew? Hem tape is available at most major retailers and craft stores that will allow you to quickly shorten costumes before heading out.
· Never enter someone’s home for a treat.
· Always carefully examine candy before eating. Discard opened candy or anything that looks suspicious.
· As a driver, drive with extra caution on Halloween night. Pull out of parking spaces slowly and spend extra time at stop signs.
Fall is upon us and the holidays aren’t far behind. This time of year is a great time to start thinking about ways to put away money for holidays, winter vacations, and to boost your savings account. Here are a few ways you can keep more money in your bank account this fall.
It’s that time of year again for pumpkin spice (like it or not), campfires, apple cider, and all types of fall fun. Don’t miss out on the festivities! Mark your calendars for these great Charm City events.
Yoga at the Zoo (September 23) – Find your lion’s breath near the lions and perform Ustrasana (Camel Pose) with the camels at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. This is an all-levels class that takes place outside Penguin Coast at the zoo. $20 for non-members, $10 for zoo members. All tickets include zoo admission for the day. Visit marylandzoo.org to register.
Free Fall Baltimore – There are hundreds of local events around Baltimore that are free in October. This is an annual event that includes performances, workshops, family and children’s activities, music, and more. This year, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will be performing Julius Caesar, Franco Platino will be teaching a Guitar Master Class at the Cohen-Davidson Family Theatre, and the National Aquarium will be hosting a Free Fall Friday Night on October 27. These are just a few of the many activities!
Note that all activities are free, but many do require advanced registration. Visit freefallbaltimore.org for more details and registration information.
Oregon Ridge Honey Harvest (October 7-8) – Celebrate all things honey at Oregon Ridge. This year’s events include mead making, beeswax candle making, puppet shows, and demonstrations by various craftsmen. For more information visit oregonridgenaturecenter.org.
Fells Point Fun Festival (October 7-8) – Visit local vendors and enjoy live music at this free event in Fells Point. The event is held on Broadway, parking is available at garages on Caroline Street & Thames Street. For more information visit fellspointfest.net.
Sugarloaf Craft Festival (October 13-15) – The Sugarloaf Craft Festivals’ fall tour stops at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium this October. Here you can browse the art of hundreds of artisans working with all types of mediums including sculpture, furniture & woodworking, pottery, paint, clothing & accessories, glass blowing, and more. This is a great place to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping! Information can be found at sugarloafcrafts.com.
Baltimore Beer Week (October 13-22) – For the ninth year, Charm City celebrates its craft brews. Enjoy samples and tastings and events throughout the week. For up-to-date information visit baltimorebeerweek.org.
Harbor Harvest Children’s Festival (October 15) – Have fun picking pumpkins, riding ponies, and making crafts at Rash Field. New for 2017 are a costume contestand parade. The festival is free, but many activities require a small charge. Information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/981283785344647.
Baltimore Running Festival (October 21) – Lace up your shoes and hit the streets of Charm City with this annual event. Choose from distances from 5K to a full marathon or join a team of friends for the relay. Following all races is a post-race party with beer, live music, food, and local vendors. To join the fun visit thebaltimoremarathon.com.
Zoo Boo! (October 27-29) – Trick or treat around the zoo, play games, show off your costume, and enjoy entertainment & food (and, of course, the animals) at this fun annual event at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. This event is free with zoo admission. Visit marylandzoo.org for information and to register.
Spooky Science (October 29) – Create slime, watch a pumpkin launch, and decorate pumpkins at the Maryland Science Center. These special events around the Science Center are free with paid admission. For information and to purchase tickets, visit mdsci.org.
Power Plant Live’s Annual Bacon Jam (November 11) – Sample bacon dishes from local restaurants, drink a few bacon-inspired cocktails, and enjoy music, games, and activities. This is a family-friendly event benefitting Volunteering Untapped. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/296242580784472/.
National S’Mores Day
Today is National S’Mores day and we want to celebrate with some delicious recipes. Whether you’re making S’Mores around a campfire, in your kitchen with the oven or microwave, or at your community’s outside grilling area, these recipes are sure to bring you some joy!
1. Using a skewer or stick, roast a marshmallow over a campfire or grill until golden brown on the outside.
2. Place a few pieces of milk chocolate on a graham cracker square.
3. Spread the toasted, gooey marshmallow on another graham cracker square.
4. Place the two topped crackers together to form a sandwich.
5. Enjoy your S’More!
S’Mores Bars Recipe from Taste of Home
Taste of home has a great recipe for a S’Mores bar you can make in the comfort of your home – no campfire required. Using marshamallow crème instead of roasted marshmallows makes this a simple way to enjoy S’Mores year round.
Do you have leftover peeps (those sprinkle-coated marshmallow chicks) from the spring holidays? Replace marshmallows in the Classic S’Mores recipe with peeps. The sprinkles caramelize to add some crunchy sweetness to your S’Mores.
Snack Works Easy Pan O’ S’Mores
Snack Works has a delicious recipe for making S’Mores for a crowd in the oven.
Twist open an Oreo cookie and place it cream-side-down on one graham cracker square. Place your toasted marshmallow on the other half and a square of milk chocolate on top. Press the two graham cracker halves together to form a delicious S’Moreo and enjoy.
Add a little caramel to your classic S’More for some extra sweetness.
What do you like to add to your S’Mores? Share your favorite recipe with us on Social Media?
How to Childproof Your Apartment
Whether you’re welcoming a new bundle of joy to your home or a small friend is coming to visit, you want to be certain your home is safe and ready. Use this checklist to make sure your apartment is ready for any little ones.
Throughout the Home
· Rid the apartment of any odors including cigarette smoke, paint fumes, or harsh chemicals. Cigarette smoke has been linked to SIDS deaths.
· Invest in one or more pressure-mounted baby gates to block off areas of the apartment that are unsafe. Be sure to put the baby gate up at night to keep the little one safely in their room.
· Block off outlets with outlet protectors. Be sure they fit securely and tightly so prying fingers can’t easily get them off. A safe & aesthetically pleasing option is the KidCo Universal Outlet Covers ($9 for three from Amazon.com)
· Move furniture away from windows where a child could climb up and potentially fall from the window. Keep windows locked.
· If you have stairs in your home, use baby gates at the top and bottom of the staircase.
· Regularly check your smoke and CO detectors to ensure proper function and working batteries.
· Create and memorize your family’s fire escape plan.
· Secure any furniture that is a topple-hazard (such as bookshelves, entertainment centers, dressers, etc.). Most furniture that poses such a threat will come with a wall attachment strap that can be mounted to the wall. Store heavier items on the bottom shelves/drawers of such furniture and lighter objects at the top for extra stability.
· Fasten your TV to the wall to prevent it from toppling over.
· Crawl around the floor of your home to make sure there are no small objects such as food, coins, small toys, etc. that can present a choking hazard.
· Make sure your front door is locked and deadbolted, especially once the child is tall enough to reach the door handle.
· Keep the patio/balcony sliding doors locked and shut, as well. Never allow a little one to play on the balcony or patio without adult supervision.
· Store purses and bags high in the closet, out of reach of children.
· Use cabinet locks & drawer locks to keep children out of cabinets and drawers – especially those that contain chemicals and cleaning products or breakable objects. Try the Magnetic Cabinet & Drawer Latch System from Safety 1st ($35 for 4 from Amazon.com)
· Keep hot foods and beverages away from the edges of counters & tables and well out of reach of children.
· Install a stove guard or knob guards to keep hands away from knobs and burners.
· Point sharp items downwards when loading in the dishwasher. Keep your dishwasher latched at all times when it’s not being emptied or reloaded.
· Lock the oven door while it’s in use or hot.
· Use cabinet locks & drawer locks to keep children out of cabinets and drawers – especially those that contain chemicals and cleaning products or breakable objects.
· Place non-slip shower mats in the bathtub.
· Store razors out of reach from the child and be sure it’s not in a place where it may fall during his/her bath.
· Install a spout cover on the bathtub. These protect against head injuries during bath time. A cute option is the Moby Bath Spout Cover that looks like a blue whale ($13 from Amazon).
· Keep trash cans out of reach.
· Install a toilet lock on your toilets to prevent strangulation and/or drowning. Check out the Mommy’s Little Helper Toilet Lid-Lok ($8 from Amazon.com)
· Lock up medicines using a medicine safe, such as the Dreambaby Kiddy Lock Guard Child Safe Container ($34 from WalMart).
· Keep all small objects, jewelry, and toiletries out of reach from little hands. If these items are kept in a drawer, use a drawer lock to prevent access.
· Never place a baby in a crib with fluffy pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals. Keep the crib as clean and free of items as possible for safest sleep.
Note: This is not an exhaustive list of childproofing and additional steps may need to be taken in your individual circumstances. Be sure to contact childcare experts such as your pediatrician as well as other online resources such as BabyCenter, Mayo Clinic, and WebMD for additional information.