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Saturday, December 3, 2016

#SwissVillage: The Little Switzerland of Ohio

During our short road trip to Ohio, we decided to go to the little Switzerland in Ohio, the Swiss village.  We seldom go there so when we do, we buy   some  Amish products that  we don't find here in our area.  
I love going on a road trip in Ohio because they have such a vast area of  agricultural land.  It is relaxing to  see farms.  
 These crosses caught my attention.  I am not sure what  this was but I thought it was very interesting.
 We love seeing cows and horses  because we never really see one here in our area unless we go drive down in West Virginia.
 A friend of mine got all of their  furniture  from the Amish  furniture store, they said their furniture are high quality.
 Sometime in the future, I would like to try the food in Dutch Valley restaurant and bakery.
 Ohio and Pennsylvania are the two states with major Amish community.  We're fortunate enough that we are in the middle of the two states.  Although it is quite a drive, it is worth the time because you get to see a different way of life in their community.
 You know you are near the Amish community when you start seeing horses and carriages.
 I love their mode of transportation because it is environmental-friendly and also cheaper as they don't have to buy gas.  I'm not sure what those horses think about them travelling everyday but I guess, it is pretty normal to  them.
 My kids love  roaming around in this  store because there are  samples of food in every corner.
 Sugar Creek is a beautiful place.  There's a lot of interesting  things to see and learn from.
A friend of mine said that it is nice to go out there during  winter.  We haven't tried that but maybe someday.  

Safety Moves Families Should Make to Prepare for the Holidays


It should be a time of good cheer and family togetherness, but the holidays also herald a time of mishaps and potential hazards. According to the World Health Organization, 410,000 burn injuries occurred in the U.S. within the space of one year. And 40,000 of those cases required hospitalization. 

But burns are not the only cause of accidents. Yearly, 13,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for accidents related to holiday decorations. 

Thankfully, staying safe only requires a good dose of common sense and a little extra carefulness around certain areas. Here are some ways to keep your family safe during the holidays and avoid holiday related hazards

1. Christmas decorations.

Christmas decorations are lovely to look at and are a huge part of creating a holiday atmosphere in and around your house. Just be sure that someone is holding that ladder for you when you are trying to put up a decoration in a hard to reach place. Other safety tips include...

· Make sure Christmas lights do not have any faulty bulbs or frayed wiring.
· Keep candle decorations to a minimum to avoid the possibility of accidental fires.
· If you must string lights up on the roof of your house, make sure you have sufficient help.

2. Space heaters.

If your house does not have central heating and you use a space heater for heating purposes, keep the heater on a solid surface. Avoid placing the heater on carpet and keep it far away from fabrics and combustible items. Make sure to turn the heater off at night and keep an eye on the heater cord. A frayed cord could cause a spark and set off a fire, which has happened in two households already this year.

Depending on the type of space heater you use, you may also want to consider purchasing a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that is toxic to inhale. Without proper ventilation and a means of detecting it, your family could be at risk. Make sure to use your heater according to its safety instructions and clean out its filters as often as directed. Regularly open windows to let out stagnant air and other possibly toxic fumes. 

3. First aid kits.

Do you know what to do in case of a burn? Or a cut? Immediate treatment can prevent minor injuries from getting infected and requiring emergency room care. First aid kits are available from many online sources and will prove invaluable to the safety of you and your family. If you are not sure what to stock, some providers sell ready-made fully stocked kits which take the guesswork out of your hands. Having a first aid kit in your house is a must for families with young children.

4. Emergency contact numbers.

Do your kids know who to call in case of an emergency? If a parent is injured, for instance, or if they are home alone, and something happens? Create a list of numbers and input them into your child's smartphone. As well as next to your house phone, as you want this available for visiting relatives, baby sitters, and any first responders.

Here's a list that covers all the bases:


  • · 911 (ER)
  • · 1-800-222-1222 poison control center
  • · local fire department number
  • · local police department number
  • · parents work place number / cell phone
  • · trusted neighbor
  • · relatives to be contacted in case of emergency
Because winter brings out items that are used infrequently, we are often not as used to being safety minded regarding them. But staying safe during the winter season does not need to be a complicated affair. Use this article as a springboard and go through your house and do a safety tune-up. Share these safety points with other members of your family so that you can all be aware and keep an eye out for potential hazards together.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tomlinson Run: State Park in West Virginia

We used to visit  Tomlinson Run many times a year every summer but  it hasn't been that often this year.  We visited only  on the first week of this month and it was a fun time for all of us.  Tomlinson Run is  s state park in West Virginia, it is located in 84 Osage Road, New Manchester, WV 26056.
This  State Park sits on 1,398 acres along the small Ohio River and  lies near the foremost tip of the panhandle, in Hancock County.  It is  17-20 minutes drive from our place.
 Our kids are getting bigger and their preference of doing things  is changing but one thing for sure that they still love is exploring nature.  We all share that passion.
 They used to enjoy climbing into the slides but not anymore.  All I get is goofy pose lol.
 They still love catching cray fish though.  That's onething that they always love to do.  We catch cray fish and then we let them go at the end.
 We were not the only family who love to explore the nature.  We've seen several families there.
 They used to end up getting wet at the end of the adventure but this time, they did not.  They learned how to walk on those rocks without falling or busting their  behinds.
 There are so many things to do in this state park but we just love to stay by the water.  I remember a couple of years ago, we all went for a small hike and my kids got  tortured with mosquitoes.
 Going to a state park is one way of unplugging the kids from  their gadgets.  It's a great bonding for the whole family.
 It is relaxing and everyone  always enjoys it.  I always find joy in watching my kids  in this type of  setting.
 I will post a part 2 of this so you can see how many they caught hehehe.  They turned  it into competitionwhich was fun!
How about you, what do you do when you unplug from gadgets?  Do you take away  the ki-ds gadget once in a while.  My kids only get to use their  on weekend and sometimes, they don't get it at all especially when we do things like this.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hidden and Unknown Stuff, Now Found

When we moved  two months ago, I have uncovered and found things that I dod not  knew we had.  You don't really know how much things you have until you move to another  house.  We even have  some headphone cable that I can't recall where we  got it grom.  Sometimes,  we tend to buy things especially if it is on sale and said, we can use this and then forget about it.  Then when we do need it, we forgot where we put them and then the solution is to buy a new one.  So we end up  accumulating stuff that we don't really need or use.  I am glad w that we have moved though, I was able to sort out things.  We donated  a lot of stuff that we don't need and I sold some stuff.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Family Experience at Fort Magruder

During our short summer vacation in Williamsburg, Virginia, we chose to book at Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center.   We chose them because  it includes free breakfast.  We all know how  expensive it is to eat out  in tourist areas, so we figured we can save by eating breakfast there.  We also like how clean and beautiful  it is based on the photos at their website.  
 So when we got there, we were kind of confused  when we checked in because the hotel is currently undergoing renovation.  The ad that we saw  did not mention of any current renovation so we were kind of  disappointed of what we ground out.  I mean, they are still accepting  travelers but inside the hotel, it's  not really in a tip top shape.
 I mean when you look  outside, it was beautiful but as soon as you come in, you will see the carpets with duct tape on it and smells like pure bleach!  As we checked in, the lady told us that  breakfast is not complimentary and we were like, "what?"
I was hoping that when we get to the hotel rooms, our  disappointment will stop but it continues.  The mattresses of the beds are sagging in the middle so it was very uncomfortable to sleep in.  You can also hear the  next rooms noises, ugh, it was a nightmare.  
 I immediately check the  bathroom and hoping that it was clean, the sink is okay and we have plenty of towels so that was a good thing.
 As I inspected  the shower, it was  gross.  They need to clean  those bathrooms really bad.  You can see the  pink and black stuff growing in the tiles and in the  shower..
It would have been nice if they mentioned in their website that they are currently renovating the place.  The other thing I didn't like is the complimentary breakfast they were advertising, it is completely deceiving! Oh another thing, they did not disclose that the  outdoor pool was closed!  If I were to rate them from 1 to 5, I'll give them 1 for not being honest.  

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