How to Secure Your Home While You Are Away

As a career woman, chances are there will durations during which you are not at home due to work assignments or vacation. Even if you are a work-at-home mom there will be times when you have to leave the house for social functions, holidays and to get some supplies.

While a doorbell helps control the access into your house when you are there, most of them, even the wireless door bells that can be upgraded into a full home security system with motion sensors – see Wireless Doorbell Reviews for more – needs some reinforcement when it comes to unauthorized access when you are not at home. The best they can do is trigger the alarm.

 

Nonetheless, you need to keep your home and property secure even while you are away for a short period of time.

There is therefore the need to secure your home while you are away. Follow the tips below to keep your house safe while you are away. Here ways to protect your home while away.

Lock the house and carry the key

It’s surprising the number of people who forget to lock the house when leaving. Some even intentionally leave the doors open especially when going to run errands that may take a few hours.

This is dangerous since thieves may take advantage of the easy entry you have accorded them to quickly steal your valuables and leave before you return. The alarm system won’t even go off.

Secure all the doors and windows to your house when leaving, even if it’s for a few hours. If you will be away for a long duration then consider getting a pickproof padlock and reinforce the entry points into your house.

More importantly, don’t hide your spare keys outside the house. Underneath a rock or the mail box are not secure places to leave your keys.

If someone will need to access the house while you are away, give them a spare key or leave it with a trusted neighbour.

Know your neighbours

Know your neighbours and have a good rapport with them. If they are trustworthy, let them know you will be away for a certain period of time and request them to watch over your house during your absence.

They will keep an eye over your property and notify you and/or the police should the notice suspicious activity or persons near your house.

Also, if you can, have some stay in your house while you are away.  An occupied house acts as deterrence to most opportunistic burglars.

Don’t advertise your absence

If you must share your vacation pictures on social media then do so after you return. Sharing your travel plans and holiday pics notifies people of your absence and criminals may take advantage of this to raid your home.

Install a home security system

Clear any bushes and shrubs inside and around your home where burglars may hide. It is also important that your home is well lit with CCTV cameras installed to monitor and record any happenings outside your house and an alarm system to alert you and the security agencies in case of a break in.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Wyndham Orlando Resort

Orlando is not just for families. You can still go kid free and have a lot of fun!

Wyndham Orlando Resort invited me to stay over for the weekend last month. They included 2 tickets to I Drive 360 home of the Coca Cola Orlando Eye!

I took a friend and we headed over after work on a Friday. We are about 2.5 hours away so we arrived around 8pm. The check in staff was very friendly and the process was super easy. We went up to our room and found a wonderful surprise. There were cookies and milk waiting for us. Yumm!

The room was very spacious. We were given the Family Fun Suite. So we had a king sized bed and then off to the side were bunk beds. The bathroom was a nice size with a tub. There was even a big bean bag chair for kids. The room had wood floors which I loved! I’m not a fan of carpet in hotel rooms. Overall the room was awesome. I loved the spacious feel it had. Not cramped like some rooms are.

 

I want to note that had I brought kids I may have been disappointed as the bunk bed area had no door attached. So everyone was kind of in the same room. Although there was quite a bit of space in between.

All of the Orlando Wyndham Resort rooms feature;  BeWell bedding, plush pillow-top mattresses, and feather pillows, 40-inch flat screen TVs with on-demand movies, Spacious work desks, Wolfgang Puck® Coffee makers, Blue Harmony™ bath amenities, Mini refrigerators, Massaging showerheads and Laptop compatible safe. They are pet- friendly and smoke free as well! Yeah!

There are two pools to choose from. Unfortunately it was a bit chilly so we did not go swimming. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day and includes a sauna.

You don’t have to drive anywhere! We never once got into our car except to go home. After we settled into the room, we took a walk around the hotel and a couple neighboring streets. Everything is within walking distance. I mean everything! Saturday we walked over to Denny’s for breakfast. They were busy but the wait was quick. We then just walked around a bit more. There is dining, shopping and attractions right there at your fingertips.

 

We headed over to the I-Drive 360 entertainment district which includes the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE. Along with the 3 main attractions there is also dining and shopping near by. We headed to the SEA LIFE Aquarime first as I was a bit hesitant to ride the Orlando Eye. I was pleasetly surprised at how much there was to see and do at SEA LIFE. We then headed over to the Orlando Eye. The ferris wheel never stops. It goes slow enough that you can walk into your pod as it’s moving. I was a bit nervous going up but  I really enjoyed the view.

 

After another break in the room to rest, we headed out again and had dinner at Kobe Japanese Steak House. We then went headed to a local karokee bar.

We really had a wonderful time and I highly recommend this little section of Orlando and the Wyndham Resort.

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Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Ideas For Your Baby Shower

From the moment you find out you’re expecting a new arrival, you will no doubt be eagerly counting down the weeks and the days until you can meet your newborn. Celebrating is a fun part of announcing that you’re expanding your family, especially celebrating with your closest family and friends. If you wish to have a baby shower before your due date, then find out the best ways to organize the perfect day or evening, and how to throw a perfect soiree that you can look forward to through the journey of pregnancy. It’s important to have days to look forward to, as you’ll find that the time goes more quickly and you’ll be counting down before finally meeting your baby. Get ideas for your shower, and begin getting the wheels in motion. You’ll probably be quite used to planning by the six or seventh month, so preparing a small party should feel like a breeze!

Games

You don’t have to go overboard when organizing your shower, in fact, keeping it simple is the best policy. You also don’t want to spend too much money on the planning and activities as you’re most likely trying to save money in preparation of the birth of your baby, and taking the cost of decorating your baby’s bedroom into account. So, with this in mind, try and save some dollars where you can. You can download free printable baby shower games for the evening so that you can save money while having great fun with your friends and family. Keep games tasteful if you’ve invited young children to your shower, and bear in mind that you’ll not want to make too much of a mess for you to clean up after the evening, so maybe a hoisting a pinata in the room isn’t the finest idea.

Food

It’s crucial to pay close attention to your diet during pregnancy, as there are some foods that you should be absolutely avoiding. These include some cheese (mostly blue), raw fish, and undercooked meats. You should also be steering away from consuming alcohol as well as cutting smoking completely. Your diet should instead be rich in fiber, complex carbohydrates, protein, and fresh fruits and vegetables. If you’re unsure about what you should be eating, what you shouldn’t, and what supplements you should be taking, then be sure to ask your doctor and read the literature on how to get the diet you need during pregnancy and while you’re breastfeeding, too.

Decoration

Decorating need not take you all day, or cost too much money. You can create a lovely setting by stringing up fairy lights around your home and setting the dinner table so that it has some flowers and confetti scattered across it. If you haven’t already, you could reveal the sex of your baby at the party with the use of a colored cake. If you’re not aware of the craze, and you’re a little late to the gender reveal party, then find out a little more to see if you’re interested. If this sounds like something you’d like to do at your party, then find an idea you like and reveal what you’re having at your baby shower!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Home Subscriptions That Make Your Life Better

In some ways, life is a subscription service, actually, it is in many ways. We have to eat every day and that means going to the grocery store at least once a week for a few essentials. You can’t really opt out. You can change stores, and change the frequency of shopping but you are going to keep doing it for the rest of your life.

The same is true for maintenance drugs such as blood pressure and blood glucose medicine. You also have to periodically buy new clothes. Get a haircut, and pay travel expenses. All of these things could be considered types of subscriptions.

Your home has any number of subscription services both metaphoric and literal. There are certain things that simply have to be done on a regular and timely basis. The only real question is whether you will be fulfilling those responsibilities, or hiring someone else to do them. Here are a few of those home subscription services that can enhance almost any home:

Pest Control

The best insect control companies tend to offer some type of subscriptions service. And depending on where you live, it is usually a pretty good deal. Some pests are seasonal. And every season brings different pests you have to deal with. Some are year-round nuisances.

Dealing with them requires more than just knowledge about insects. In also requires knowledge about chemicals. Beyond the knowledge, you need to be able to source those chemicals in quantities that make sense for a single user. Once you have a bunch of chemicals, you need to set aside a safe place to store them, and at the right temperature.

The other option is just to have a pest controls subscription that gets you a periodic visit from a professional as needed. They will be equipped to see what treatments are actually needed, providing the right pest control for your changing needs. It is the kind of subscription that can greatly enhance the quality of life for everyone in the household.

Lawn Services

Whether you want to do a complete home and garden makeover or just keep things looking presentable, there is a good reason for looking into a lawn care subscription. Sure, you can cut the grass about as well as the next person. But a lawn care specialist likely has more professional equipment that can do the job even better.

And lawn care is a lot more than trimming the hedges. It is also taking care to keep the grass alive and looking healthy. There may also be a gardening component in the mix. All of this is much more challenging if you have an oddly shaped yard or one that is on a steep slope. If you want your yard looking good all year, you will want some type of lawn-care subscription.

Staples

A home is full of staples that you can’t live without, at least not comfortably. Your favorite toilet paper would be just one example. There are definitely inconvenient times to discover that you are out, and no one bothered to pick any up on the last run to the store.

But such staples can be put on subscription services. Amazon has a pantry service for its members that allows you to receive certain items on a recurring basis. One of the best subscriptions you can have for your home is for the staples you can’t afford to be without.

Wifi

One day, cell coverage will be so fast and inexpensive that we will not need home wifi. But for now, wifi is a must for every home regardless of the number of people living in it.

We find services, local businesses, and answers to questions with it. We get our entertainment through it. We communicate with family and friends over it. And if you work at home, you are also relying on it for your living. Wifi is no longer an option. It’s a necessity.

No one likes the idea of setting up yet another subscription. But some subscriptions for the home can make life easier, safer, and better all around. Pest control, lawn care, staples, and wifi are just a few. Once you find a service that you like and a provider you can trust, take the next step to see if that comes in a subscription form. You’ll be glad you did.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Five Interesting Careers You Can Start Pursuing from Home

If working nine to five doesn’t fit with your family life, you might be thinking about starting a new career, or even establishing your own business. The good news is that there are several interesting opportunities out there that will help you get more free time and flexibility, while fulfilling your dreams. Whether you would like to spend more time with your kids or get more job satisfaction, you should consider the below careers.

  1. Personal Tutor   

If you are naturally good with kids, even other people’s, you might want to help them achieve their full potential. Whether you are a trained teacher or are seeking official qualification, you can set up your own business from home. All you need is a spare room and the willingness to learn. You can teach your native language, or a subject that you are good at. Alternatively, just offer to sit down with kids to complete their homework and support them.

    2. Yoga Instructor

 

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If you love this form of exercise, you can enroll in an online yoga instructor training and offer one-on-one classes. As soon as your confidence improves and you have enough students, you could hire a room in the neighborhood and hold regular classes, as well. This career will fit in with your family life, and knowing that you are helping other people will make you feel better about yourself, too.

      3. Personal Investigator

In case you are interested in the truth and love every spy movie, enrolling in an online criminal justice program and becoming a personal investigator can be a good career choice. You can work in your own time, and stay flexible about how much work you take on. The good news is that you can complete your course on the internet and get all your certifications and checks completed, and start working straight away.

     4. Personal Shopper

 

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Those interested in shopping and fashion can put their skills and taste in good use by becoming a personal shopper. You will need to establish yourself in the market as an expert before you can secure customers, but after that it is an uphill battle. When you become a new business owner, you have to pay attention to building your own brand.

   5. Virtual Assistant

If you have administration, customer service, and data management experience, and would rather work from home for yourself than spending eight hours in the office, you can train to be a virtual assistant. You can work whenever you feel like, and be your own boss. Find freelancing websites that offer training and advice before you choose this career. You can also offer your services directly to companies.

 

Working moms have an alternative to working 9-5. If you want to spend more time with your family and meet your childcare commitments, you can pursue a new career. Create a list of professions that interest you and find out what qualifications and registrations you need to start your venture. Make the most out of your opportunities, and seek meaningful work instead of being stuck at the office.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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