For those that don’t know me, I’m an author but I’m also a Police Officer. For many years I have patrolled the streets on Halloween to watch over children as they run from house to house laughing and screaming “Trick or Treat”. I’ve helped lost children find their parents and I’ve put them in back of ambulances because some things have happened that caused them to get injured. I’d like to hope that by using these tips I’m going to share, you all can avoid having to call 911 while your kids are having a fun evening!
Supervise your child: Halloween is designed for younger kids and many states and municipalities have an age restriction of 12 years and younger. It is important that a responsible adult accompany the children. Don’t send your young teenager out to watch over them, good chance they will be more interested in texting to friends then actually watching what the younger ones are doing.
Don’t allow children to enter a home: Make sure your kids know that they should NEVER enter the home of a person they don’t know. Tell them to always stay on the porch and wait, or turn and walk away.
Keep children away from cars that have drivers inside: In some neighborhoods, you will see a car following groups of kids. Make sure that your kids avoid any car where a driver is behind the wheel and watching all the children.
WALK!: Make sure you explain to kids that you know they are excited, but there will be plenty of time to fill up their bags and make sure they walk – NOT RUN. Normally trick or treating is done at night and you are visiting homes you are not familiar with. The chances of running and tripping over something are very likely. Keep them on sidewalks and driveways and don’t let them cross from lawn to lawn where hidden objects or holes can be present.
911 – If you lose your child – call 911 immediately. Make sure that somewhere on your child (a good place is a piece of tape on the inside of a costume or on the bottom of the candy bag) that has your cell phone number. Tell kids that if they get lost – find another parent on the street WITH KIDS and ask them to call you. I know in my years I have reunited many a child with scared parents because the kid got caught up in a group and they lost track of them.
Costumes should be fun – but make sure they are safe!
Dark Costumes: If your child is wearing a dark costume, put some reflective tape on their back. They won’t even know it is there – but you will and so will drivers!
Long Costumes: Make sure your child can see his or her feet when they are standing up straight. If the costume is too long, they might trip on it. It’s not like in the old days where young ladies are used to walking with long dresses on.
Masks: Your child might want to wear a mask, but they are very hard to see out of. Many mask cut off the peripheral vision where threats can be. It is better to use makeup.
Wash Up: Make sure that kids wash their hands really well after trick or treating and before having candy. Also, it is a good idea to get that makeup off their face pretty quickly too. Some kids can have a pretty bag reaction to makeup after it stays on for a few hours.
WATCH OUT FOR CANDLES: Make sure that kids avoid candles along the walkways or inside the pumpkins. Costumes are not treated like some clothing and many of them will burn quickly.
Candy – THE BEST PART!!!
Check it: Make sure that you check the candy before you allow your child to eat it. Throw out any candy where the packing is not intact. Gently squeeze small bags (like M & M bag) to make sure the air is sealed inside and there are not small pin holes in the packaging. Do not allow children to eat unwrapped or homemade wrapped candy unless you know and trust the people who gave it to you.
Small: Make sure you check for choking hazards for small children. Lifesaver candies can very easy block and airway of a 4 or 5 year old child. I’ve seen it and rescued an unconscious child from this.
Pets – don’t forget about them
Bringing pets them with you: You might think that this is the best time to take your little pooch out for a walk, but I would suggest against it. Most dogs can get overly excited when kids are running around and yelling. It is not unheard of for a dog to break lose off a leash and take off. Then you have to worry about the kids and the dog! FACT: More dogs bit people on Halloween and Fourth of July than any other day of the year.
Pets do NOT like costumes: Despite what your pet might act like around you, you do not know how your pet will act around other children in costume. Many pets are scared of masks, capes and makeup.
At home: Put your pet in a safe area away from the door you are using to hand out candy. If your pet is crate trained, that is a great place. Yes, they may bark a lot, but it will lessen the anxiety they will feel at seeing all the kids coming and going.
Above all, use common sense and have fun! Who doesn’t have great memories of trick or treating when they were younger?
Thank you again Tia for allowing me to pop over and visit and share some safety tips with your readers!
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Life's daily struggles can often leave us perplexed and bewildered on how to cope with hard issues. In COMPLETELY WHOLE, Paulette Harper offers keys to help those who are searching for answers that can lead to a life of complete wholeness: Spirit, Soul and Body. COMPLETELY WHOLE focuses on how to overcome suffering caused by alcoholism, substance abuse, poverty, and other obstacles blocking the path to a life of wholeness.
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READER REVIEW: "The Twelve Days to Christmas" is the third and last book in the "Single in the City" series by Michele Gorman. If you've read the first two books, you won't want to stop now, this book tells us the ending to Hannah and Sam's story and it's just as much fun as the first two! Hannah is a great heroine, she's not one of those impossibly beautiful, perfect, "should have been a model" girls, she's someone most of us can identify with. She's goofy, clumsy, loves fashion, and is a loyal and devoted friend. Hannah also has doubts about herself and her relationship with Sam, which in itself makes her more human. This story is once again set in Hong Kong, which has it's own set of interesting situations. "The Twelve Days to Christmas" made me laugh out loud more than once, but I admit to shedding a few tears. I recommend this book to everyone who started Michele Gorman's series, but also to anyone who has not read the first two books ("Misfortune Cookie" is the second book), you will still enjoy Hannah and her story and it won't be hard to catch up. --njf61
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"What if his proposal had an expiration date?"
Hannah’s in a bit of a pickle. In twelve days she flies from Hong Kong to the US with Sam, where he’s finally going to meet her parents… and ask to marry her.
Since overcoming a rather rocky patch in their relationship (which was totally his fault), he really is a new man, and they’re completely in love. The problem is, she feels panicky every time she contemplates matrimony. Which is perfectly normal, isn’t it? Isn’t it?! She has no idea but she’s got to find out before he pops the question... because she’s not 100% sure she’s going to say yes. Which will make for a very uncomfortable family holiday. He’s got to ask her before they go. So Operation Proposal begins.
As time ticks down to their flight, Hannah realizes that her own secrets are threatening their future. Before she can be happy with Sam, she’s got a lot to learn about herself in the twelve days to Christmas.
This is a novella of 120 pages in paperback.
Michele Gorman is the best-selling author of Single in the City, Misfortune Cookie and The Twelve Days to Christmas.
She also writes commercial fiction (historical, young adult) under the pen name Jamie Scott. Born and raised in the US, Michele has lived in London for 15 years.
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READER REVIEW: This is the first detective story I've read by Jack Thompson. It reminds me of the old time radio shows where the private detective comes to the aid of a woman; in this case, a recent widow. The author doesn't waste any words and neither does a good detective put his feet up on his desk. It's time for action, and that is what the novel offers...An aggressive story for the reader to embrace. The story is 'catnip' for the readers who love detective stories. Detective Williams and Author Jack Thompson have achieved success. -- NancyofUtah
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Rating: 4.3 stars
When the young husband of a wealthy heiress is found dead on his yacht floating off the California coastline, his death is ruled an accident and the case is closed. The grieving widow, certain her husband was murdered but getting no help from the police, turns to Raja Williams, a wealthy Oxford-educated private investigator, who has dedicated his resources to help those in need of justice. When Raja arrives in Los Angeles and more bodies begin to pile up, he suspects a coverup that may go as high up as the governor. With the help of his partner Vinny, a highly skilled hacker, Raja must unravel the case before everyone involved, including the two of them, winds up dead.
A colorful cast of characters, great dialogue and a suspenseful twisting plot make The Color of Greed an entertaining read. The Color of Greed is the first book in the Raja Williams series.
READER REVIEW: "I have been enchanted by Cathy Bryant's "Texas Roads". From the first few pages, the reader is introduced to a lovely little town and a way of life that seems completely lost in our fast food, instant gratification world..." --Stacey
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City gal Dani Davis just wants a place to call home. With quirky residents, quaint country charm, and loads of business potential, Miller's Creek Texas seems like the perfect place to start over . . . except for the cowboy who gives her a ride into town. Dani secretly finances renovations to downtown Miller’s Creek, but malicious rumors force her to choose between keeping her involvement a secret and the home for which she’s always longed. Then a devastating discovery propels her down a road she never expected to travel.
Steve Miller is determined to rescue his dying hometown. When vandals jeopardize the renovation, he can’t help but suspect Dani, whose strange behavior has become fodder for local gossips. Can Steve and Dani call a truce for a higher cause, and in the process help Dani recognize the true meaning of home?
Cathy’s desire is to write heart-stirring stories about God’s life-changing grace. Her first novel,Texas Roads, was a 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis finalist. Her second novel,A Path Less Traveled, was published in 2010.The Way of Grace, the third book in the Miller’s Creek novels was released in 2012. A native Texan, Cathy currently resides in the beautiful Ozark mountains of northwest Arkansas with her husband of thirty years, and near the world’s cutest grandson. You can find out more about Cathy’s books under the Miller’s Creek Novels tab.
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READER REVIEW: Okay, now to the positives. The plot, the characters, the ideas, the writing... All amazing. The author has created something truly great here. I had never read anything by Hugh Howey before, but based solely on this omnibus edition of "Wool", he has been added to my personal top 5 list of sci-fi authors.
This is truly immersive story-telling, with well-developed, complex, believable characters, amazingly descriptive prose, jaw-dropping plot developments, deep concepts, and one kickass storyline. The last book that impressed me so thoroughly was "Hyperion" by Dan Simmons. "Hyperion" had a more mystical quality, wheras "Wool" is somehow more gritty and real. Both are examples of superior science fiction.
I am so happy to have discovered "Wool"... It has revived in me a love of reading that I thought I'd lost. Thank you, Hugh Howey.
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Rating: 4.8 stars
This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume. It is for those who arrived late to the party and who wish to save a dollar or two while picking up the same stories in a single package.
The first Wool story was released as a standalone short in July of 2011. Due to reviewer demand, the rest of the story was released over the next six months. My thanks go out to those reviewers who clamored for more. Without you, none of this would exist. Your demand created this as much as I did.
This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.
Hugh Howey is the author of the award-winning Molly Fyde Saga and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling WOOL series. The WOOL OMNIBUS won Kindle Book Review's 2012 Indie Book of the Year Award -- it has been as high as #1 in the Kindle store -- and 17 countries have picked up the work for translation. Look for WOOL in hardback in 2013 from Random House UK and keep your fingers crossed that Ridley Scott and Steve Zaillian will do something exciting with the film rights!
Hugh lives in Jupiter, FL with his wife Amber and their dog Bella. When he isn't writing, he's reading or taking a photograph.
READER REVIEW: "The Up North Adventure series might be a refreshing alternative to some of the young adult series out there. Griffy and Pike are 'tween boys whose world is devoid of the petty longings of the boys in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Instead, [their] adventures are reminiscent of the Hardy Boys." --Katherine Prior
Rating: 5 Stars
For Corbett Griffith III, divorce and two busy parents mean goodbye city life, hello great outdoors. With their busy Chicago careers and schedules, his parents just don't seem to have any time for him. When his mother sends him to his uncle's Wisconsin fishing resort for the summer, Corbett feels that there's no one pulling for him or caring what happens to him.
But all of that changes at Whispering Pines Lodge, Corbett learns he is never really alone, thanks to his Uncle Dell, who takes care of him, and his new friend Pike, who pulls him into one mischievous adventure after another. It's a summer of change for ten-year-old Corbett--even his name changes, when a cute girl calls him "Griffy," a nickname he likes enough to keep.
When Griffy catches two elusive walleyes, he is surprised to discover how much he likes fishing. Eager to test his newfound skills, he and Pike are stunned to hear that a seventy-pound muskie is on the loose. They resolve to catch the ferocious fish, no matter what. For Pike catching a world record muskie would be about the sport. For Griffy it would be about something more. Maybe, just maybe, if he caught that fish is parents would take notice.
Think alligator. Think prehistoric beast. Think mean.
Will they be able to catch the muskie and stop it from attacking anyone or anything?
READER REVIEW: "Missing" is a great story of a single family over multiple generations. Each of the 3 stories is written with such detail and emotion that you quickly become invested in the characters. I didn't expect to be drawn in so quickly, and found myself unable to put the book down until I finally learned the fate of each character in that particular story. I especially love how Suzanne uses details of war and life during specific periods of time to really put you in the middle of the story. While the whole book is about one family, each story has it's own set of characters and storyline, so it's like 3 books in one, making it a perfect book for someone who doesn't have a lot of time to read. --Ann
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Rating: 4.4 stars
For Adele Davis, the loss of her husband during the war in Vietnam leaves her with unanswered questions and a decision--whether to love again.
For Amos and Elizabeth Sanders, it is the absence of their precious son which brings sorrow and pain. Yet a twist of fate gives them something far greater.
For Molly and Doug Sanders, war brings too many secrets, secrets which all but destroy their marriage. Can they find their love again?
Three generations of one family tied together across time through the powerful forces of love and war.
Suzanne D. Williams is a native Floridian, wife, mother, photographer, and writer. She is author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes a monthly column for Steves-Digicams.com on the subject of digital photography, as well as devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors.
To learn more about what she’s doing visit http://suzanne-williams-photography.blogspot.com/ or link with her on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor.
READER REVIEW: This is a very well written book. The syntax is a bit different, but that is sort of "my thing" and I delighted in it. The story is strong and very well told. The author is an absolute natural story teller. The characters quite believable and the messages are not only important, but rather urgent. I highly recommend this one. It should also be noted that proceeds from this book are being given to organizations fighting animal abuse. --D. Blackenship
Price: 99 cents
Rating: 5 stars
Sisypuss, a feline optimist and true believer in luck (though most of his is bad), reminisces about the homeless journey through truths and lies, danger and safety, love and enmity, made with his brother Bob and an odd assortment of characters met along the way. Three paws in the grave, Sisypuss interweaves memories and his present life as Booley's cat companion with Booley's seriocomic troubles with drugs (he enrolls in clinical trials as a work alternative), faithless women, and poetry editors. Sisypuss tells how, among other things, he and Bob survive an animal shelter, a research lab which wrecks their health, the death of a loved guardian, a godforsaken wood where his try at love with a feline heartbreaker leaves him singing the castrato blues, and, finally, the overwhelming event leading him to Booley and safety.
My stories have appeared in literary journals such as the New England Review, Cream City Review, New Letters, Witness, and in various anthologies. My previous books are Roadblocks to Nirvana and Memorial Candle. My work as a legislative consultant for major animal rights organizations have given me inside knowledge of the problems facing homeless animals and my own cats have taught me all I need to know about cat psychology. I live in New Jersey with my husband and cats.
Excerpts from God Has Better Things to Do Than My Laundry (And Other Observations From an Overly Dramatic Mom)
When I was pregnant with my first child, I used to drink milk and root beer out of the containers and swish them around together in my mouth. That way I could have a root beer float at any time during the day. I’m not actually allowed to do that anymore. Those were good times.
I love to throw a kid party. However, I secretly believe that the mom is the one who should get the party instead of the kid. After all, we are the ones who carried them for 9 months, gave birth to them, changed their diapers, fed them, clothed them, and did all the work. They … showed up crying and have complained ever since.
Having been married with children for some time now, I know how important it is to keep things fun and interesting. One way I like to do this is to kiss the hubby in front of the kids. This does a couple of things. 1. Lets them see you love each other. 2. Grosses them out, which then inspires me to tell them that I think it would be nice to relive our wedding kiss in front of their friends. After all, we did kiss in front of a group of people when we wed. They are then filled with terror at the prospect of such a sight. This is a good time to ask them to clean their rooms. (Isn’t parenting fun?)
Typical Sunday night conversation:
Vaughn: Did you set the alarm?
Me: No, why? I don’t have school in the morning.
Vaughn: So you are not getting up with the kids?
Me: I don’t need an alarm to get up with the kids. Even if you get up, the kids always come in and make sure I know they’re up, thereby waking me up and ruining my sleep pattern.
Vaughn: Didn’t you say you aren’t sleeping well anyway?
Me: Well sure, but I like deciding when I’m done. It’s kind of like when you use public toilets that flush by themselves.
Vaughn: You don’t like public toilets?
Me: Well, no. Sometimes you are just doing your business and the thing flushes on its own. I always think “How do you know I’m done? I’ll let you know when I’m done.” What kind of technology is that, anyway? Is it a motion detector?
Is it Pee Pee Technology?
Vaughn: You are considerably faster when using a public restroom than you are at home.
Me: That’s because half the time at home, I’m just hiding.
Vaughn: OK, can we go to sleep now?
Me: Sure, knock yourself out.
When my house is particularly messy and I’m the only one to clean it, I like to put on my tiara when I clean. That way while I’m grumbling about what a hot mess it is, I can remember that even Cinderella had to clean up after people, and she was a princess.
I used to pray for patience. I now know that if you pray for patience, God just gives you opportunities to be patient.
I have not been to the restroom by myself since 1995. As a child, I was taught to go to the restroom in pairs, for safety reasons. As teenagers, we travel in packs to talk about boys. I believe this is all preparation for marriage and children. Once you have them, you will never attend alone. They either walk right in, or knock until you have no choice but to answer. In my house it usually goes something like this:
Kid 1: Can you do my hair?
Me: Um, no, I’m busy at the moment.
Kid 1: OK.
Kid 3: The girls won’t play with me!
Me: Can I do something about that later?
Kid 3: OK.
Me: WHAT IS IT?
Kid 2: Man, grouch. I was just asking when we are going to eat.
Me: When you learn to cook.
Me: GOOD GRIEF—WHAT???
Kid 1: Whatcha doin’?
Me: My taxes. Go away!
Things mom never told me, about being a mom:
1. It’s your fault. It doesn’t matter what the situation, and doesn’t even matter if you were there, it is your fault.
2. If something is missing, you hid it from sight to spite them. It is your job to find it.
3. Laundry miraculously gets washed, dried, folded, and put away. You have nothing to do with it; therefore, why should they thank you? Also, if it’s not done, it’s your fault.
4. You will need to remember everything you have ever learned in school. You are not allowed to have forgotten anything. If you forget how to do something, you are considered stupid.
5. Food just happens. You will need to make sure it is ready, or if it’s not ready in time for the stomach growling, you will need to have a backup plan. (I like to refer to my backup plan as “going out tonight.”)
6. You will either have to get up before everyone else to get a hot shower, or wait at least an hour after everyone is gone for the water to replenish to a temperature above Arctic Ocean.
I think perhaps that women who have lived through their childrens’ teenage years (with girls especially) have formed a secret society of sorts. They are all sitting around in their little clubs, watching the rest of us flail around, and enjoying the show. They won’t get involved because they have already lived through their fair share of drama. (It’s either that or they are mostly institutionalized.)
A friend of mine suggests that perhaps they are sitting around sipping their drinks and waiting for the next survivor to arrive. I am not a drinker, so I said, “What will I do? Learn to drink?”
She said, “Well, I didn’t say they are drinking alcoholic drinks. You could have an orange mint julep.” I asked her what that was. Apparently that is what Reese Witherspoon served at her wedding. It’s some kind of a southern drink. I persisted in asking what exactly this was. Her reply was, “I don’t know, I don’t live there!”
My friend has two daughters. Neither of which are yet into the teenage stage. While I love her dearly, if she had teenagers herself, she’d understand that perhaps I may need to learn to drink. And as to whatever an orange mint julep is, it may not be enough to get me through this stage of life. But I am willing to give it a try at this point.
My girls got the scared, “Please don’t cry, why don’t you listen, what can I do, I’m messing this up” mommy. My son got the relaxed “I’m old, you’ll live if you fall down, sure, spill something on the floor, it needs to be cleaned anyway, if you want to eat Cheerios from the floor, the ten second rule applies here, go ahead, stick the binky in diet soda to clean it off and give it back” mommy.
Boy: Is Shamu a boy or a girl?
Me: I don’t know, but I think Shamu must be a girl, because did you see all the water that whale was retaining? That thing looked like I feel a week out of every month.
Boy: But mom, I thought Shamu was a boy?
Me: Well, that explains why he gets such great service, and why no one ever mentions that he needs to lose weight.
The Stay-at-Home Mom Poem
Oh give me a home,
Where a maid does so roam,
And the skies are not cloudy all day,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the house stays clean every day.
Home, home in never, never land,
Where the dishes do themselves,
Where the meals are all free,
And the laundry all clean,
And you can relax and read books all day.
About The Book
If you've ever tackled a mound of laundry taller than you, made reservations instead of dinner, turned to prayer to deal with your teenage daughters, and accidentally wet yourself laughing at your best friend, then you'll like “God Doesn't Have Time for My Laundry (and Other Observations From an Overly Dramatic Mom).” Heather Nestleroad gathers all of her blog posts from the last few years into a comprehensive book that can be enjoyed by parents, chocolate lovers, and coffee drinkers of all types. Read about how Heather learned to like (and order) coffee, explores her questions about the purpose of our lives, bares her neurotic confessions, and details conversations you'll swear you just had with someone in your family.
About The Author
Heather Nestleroad was born in a small Midwestern town to parents who loved each other, until they didn't anymore. She then spent the rest of her childhood watching family shows and dreaming of one day having a family just like on TV. After getting married and having children, one day she discovered she did have a family like that, only funnier. Heather now lives in yet another small Midwestern town with her husband, three children, and two cats. When she isn't writing, she is working with preschoolers, going to Bible study, driving her children around, searching for the best place to have lunch, and looking for ways to get out of cooking dinner. Her blog is NestledinSuburbia.com.
Ebook ISBN # 9780986005909 ($2.99)
Print available July 2012 ($12.95)
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