10+ Tips to Prepare for Bad Weather

Power outages and bad weather can be unexpected and disruptive. Here are some ways to prep ahead of time.

1.  Flashlights and a lantern are your friends during an outage. During the last outage, we were lucky we had that, but we also had to use our cell phones for light. Before the next outage, I am going to make sure we have more flashlights and batteries. We try not to use candles, as it's a fire hazard with our 2 cats running around.

2.  If your heat is electric, think ahead to how you'll keep warm in a cold climate.Portable heater? Fireplace? Blankets work, until it's 40 degrees in your home.

3. Stock up on water and food. Food should be ready to eat in a can, that doesn't require heating. This assortment of camping foods is a good idea too. And you can buy ready made kits on Amazon. They have a good selection.

4. Speaking of food, food in the fridge lasts 6 hours, the freezer a little longer. Keep the fridge closed during the outage and your food may last a little longer. 

5. Cell phone. Our cordless phone went completely dead in the outage and I couldn't find the corded phone. Luckily, Walt had a battery powered cell phone charger like this one , which was a lifesaver.

6. Cash. It's good to have cash on hand for emergencies, in cash you need to go to the store and their credit card machines aren't working. This was actually happened a few times to me.

7. Full gas tank. This is one thing I try and have all winter long but the last few days I didn't have even a 1/4 tank of gasoline. In an emergency, everyone heads to the gas stations and as you may have seen on the news in the past, it can be total chaos.

8. Games and books for the little ones. Uncharged iPads and computers are useless in an outage. If you know bad weather is heading your way, charge up your electronics ahead of time. And have a stash of games and books just in case.

9. A FREE Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial  for FREE Kindle books, movies and more to keep the cabin fever blues away!

10. When it's time to dig out, don't hurt yourself doing so. During cold weather, blood vessels constrict, causing the incidence of heart attacks  to go up, especially in  those with high blood pressure. Take it easy shoveling or best, use a snow blower. If you don't have a snow blower, pay a neighbor to clear out your driveway.

11. Extra medication. We always have extra over the counter medications, like Tylenol, Pepcid, Excedrin, etc. Also a good idea to have extra prescription medication on hand, especially emergency medications like asthma inhalers and blood pressure medication.

Here are more supplies to have on hand:

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Toilet paper
  • Three-day supply of water - one gallon of water per person, per day.
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First aid kit and manual.
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper).
  • Matches and waterproof container.
  • Whistle.
  • Extra clothing.
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
  • Photocopies of credit and identification cards.
  • Cash and coins.
  • Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries.
  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
  • Other items to meet your unique family needs.

Last Minute Holiday Twitter Party #SDCLastMinute 

Join us on Thursday, December 6th at 10AM PT/1PM ET for our #SDCLastMinute Twitter party! We’ll be talking all about holiday shopping! There’ll be $700 in gift card prizes up for grabs, so be sure to RSVP to be eligible to win!

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Netflix Secret Codes For Kids

To use this trick, you'll need to be logged into your Netflix account on your PC, rather than your Smart TV or hand-held device. As you browse, you'll notice the URL at the top will look something like this:

That little number at the end is the genre code, and you can pull up a lot of different genres just by changing it.


Unicorn Popcorn



Inspired by myth and magically irresistible, Unicorn is popping with fruity flavor and enchanting taste buds of all ages, Unicorn Popcorn debuts online Thursday, October 4, 2018 and is available in Popcornopolis’ iconic regular-size and mini cones. To be one of the first to purchase Unicorn Popcorn, visit

Especially fun for Halloween trick-or-treaters or festive celebrations, Popcornopolis’ iconic cone has been transformed for Unicorn Popcorn into a charming tribute to the unicorn’s magical horn wrapped in a special rainbow-and-ribbon-theme. Unicorn Popcorn is available in regular size cones, as part of the popular Create-Your-Own assortment, and available in a case of 40 mini cones. Six iconic cones of the latest mythical recipe are $50.46 and one case of 40 minis is $84.99.


Free $6 To Shop at Brandless

From food to beauty and more, Brandless has many awesome deals for only $3! 
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As you can see on left, these are the products we decided to try out.

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Crayola Recycles Markers


Crayola recycles old markers! You collect them, register with Crayola, and the shipping is free. They send you a label to print. They take ALL markers, not only Crayola. People who purchase Crayola products can return their old, unwanted markers to the company via ColorCycle. To participate, pack your markers in a box, print a shipping label from the company’s website, and send them off via FedEx.


Overrun with Amazon Boxes AND Clutter? Try This! 


With the Give Back Box program not only are you able to easily donate items you no longer need, but you’ll also be giving all of your empty Amazon boxes a new purpose. Instead of filling up your recycling bin, you can instead fill up your empty box with items you no longer need and ship them off for donation. No Amazon box? No problem. Several other online retailers, like Overstock, Jet, Uncommon Goods have also partnered with the Give Back Box program. You can also use any cardboard shipping box you have handy.

Once you’ve packed up the box with things like clothes, toys, shoes or other gently used household items. You can then print a free pre-paid shipping label through the Give Back Box site here. Labeled boxes can be dropped off at the Post Office or UPS, or you can even set up a pick-up from home by your mail carrier.



EXPIRED- Disney Parks Moms Panel 2019 Info #DisneyMP


Since its launch in 2008, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has become an incredible resource for Disney Parks Guests around the world and is now available in four languages — English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Disney Parks Moms Panelists not only help plan magical vacations for Guests heading to Walt Disney World® Resort, but also answer Guest questions about Disneyland® Resort, Disney Cruise Line® and Disney Vacation Club®

Now it’s almost time to kick off the 2019 Disney Parks Moms Panel search! We'll be searching for new moms, dads, grandparents, and in the know family members to join the Disney Parks Moms Panel in 2019. 

Do you love Disney? Do you consider yourself a vacation planning pro? Do your family and friends come to you to help plan a magical Disney vacation? If so, you could be a great applicant for the Disney Parks Moms Panel. 

The Disney Parks Moms Panel consists of real parents who have mastered the art of planning a Disney vacation and help other Guests, online, by answering vacation planning questions using their own personal Disney experiences, helpful tips and heartfelt advice. 

Disney Parks Moms Panelists must also be comfortable communicating in written form to help Guests around the globe at They must also be sticklers when it comes to grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Apps open on Sept 5, go here for the info!