There are so Many Home Security Device Options These Days

Where I live it has never really been thought of to ensure that your home is safe, per say. Back in the days of growing up, I recall the door of our home being left unlocked all of the time, windows were unlocked and it was simply a trust thing around that time in my world. Since growing up and becoming a parent of my own three children, I have become a bit more paranoid or OCD to be exact about ensuring my home, my children, my dog and my belongings are as safe as I feel them to be.

Some things that people pick on me about is that I have to check all doors and windows frequently in my home to ensure they are locked tight, this usually occurs at end of day or prior to leaving my home. The kids roll their eyes and want me to hurry but I can not leave without knowing I have locked down my home, every single time.

There are other ways to keep your home safe while you are away, sleeping or working in your home office, shut off from the real world. One could use a home security system.  There are so many options available these days to the average home owner to ensure they can find a home security system that works for their needs and budget. From wired to a wireless surveillance camera system, there is a choice for every type of person and family.  Knowing that my home is secured by a device I can access from outside of the home and monitors not only my home but maybe windows being opened or broken really helps me to feel safer.

It is so funny that I grew up in an era where people were still leaving cars and houses unlocked yet now, in this day and age, it seems everyone has become more paranoid, locked down and the sense of community trust has been lost due to the financial struggles of those who have turned to being thieves to support their families or those who simply are just criminals who don’t seem to know better than to be thieving from others.  No matter who you are, where you live and what type of community that you live in, rest assured that there are many home security camera system options out there to make you feel a bit more at ease when leaving your home unattended.

Tell me, have any of you used a home security system before, how did that work out for you? Did you choose a wired or wireless setup?

Breast Cancer Awareness, Funds Raised For Cure and Treatment

Most people bring full on awareness of breast cancer closer to October, that is the month of breast cancer awareness, but honestly we should be aware all year long. cureLauncher.com is a community that raises money for cancer treatments and medical research. There are various clinical trials that you can partake in with cureLauncher.com as well as ways to donate on their site.  When 90% of all funds donated go directly towards the cause, research and funding to help find a cure, you can rest assured that if you are not taking part in their trials that your money is being placed close to 100% towards what you are donating it for.

There are many trials going on now with cureLauncher.com such as one trial to help find treatment for pre-clinical heart failure and another for Pacemaker/Defibrillator after Heart Attack. I personally have only known one person with cancer, that was my uncle. They found the cancer so late that there was no cure, no trials, no nothing but letting him rest until he passed away. That was sad. I think that everyone should be more aware of their bodies, get annual physicals and take part in helping to fund research for breast cancer cures and other cancers. This is such an important medical necessity, do not let cancer take over, fight back. At least if you know you fought back all you could, brought more awareness to everyone about various forms of cancer and verbalized your story with the world, then you did all you could do to help save another life from cancer.

Right now, my daughter is dealing with a very close relative of hers being diagnosed with cancer, so this topic is very close to my heart.

Neil Armstrong’s Moon Speech Getting Beef?

There is a documentary on BBC of Neil Armstrong that has been catching some beef, not the documentary itself but whether or not Neil Armstrong lied about his moon landing speech. In case you don’t realize, Neil Armstrong was an American Astronaut who happened to be the first person to ever walk on the moon. Neil Armstrong passed away late August, and now that the BBC documentary is airing there is some beef about whether his moon landing speech was improvised or not.

Since Neil Armstrong is not alive to speak for his own self, his brother Dean is now dealing with interviews citing that Neil’s speech was draft up before the Apollo mission in 1969. All of this debate is over one word “a”, citing that Neil’s original speech written on paper was to say “That’s one small step for a man” versus the “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” which has been documented.

My opinion on all of this mumble jumble is that who really cares, Neil Armstrong is not here to cite whether or not his speech has been transcribed incorrectly or not and the fact remains he was the first man to walk on the moon so why does the media, once again, have to make such hype over such simple things?

I guess I am simple minded in that I feel there are way more important things to worry about, I feel our society is way too politically correct and we need to leave well enough alone sometimes.

Read more about what’s going on with this topic on Yahoo News.

Carbon Monoxide Detector – Much Needed Home Item

When I moved into the home I am currently living in, the one thing that was missing was a carbon monoxide detector, you see I have always had one in each of the places I have lived because it’s called the silent killer. You can not smell, taste nor touch carbon monoxide. At least with smoke or fire you can smell it, taste it, etc same goes with propane, you can smell that from a mile away, stinky stuff.

Most homes I visit seem to be up to par with having fire detectors but it’s very rare I see other families with carbon monoxide detectors installed in their homes, dangerous. Honestly, I have heard the older the home, the higher risk of needing one of these bad boys.  When I purchased my previous home, which I no longer own, I was sure to get a carbon monoxide detector because that house was built in 1945 and being an old home I wasn’t too sure how great of a system it had in it for filtering out such dangers as carbon monoxide.

The signs of carbon monoxide poisoning can be headaches, dizziness, sleepiness and more, which could lead to death. There are many options for a carbon monoxide detector and they look very similar to a smoke detector, some are even a combination of smoke and carbon monoxide. Be sure to visit your local store and ensure that you get a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home as soon as possible. Read all of the directions and if all else fails contact your local fire station to find out where is the best place to have your carbon monoxide detector in the home.

Every home should be equipped with both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, there’s no such thing as being “too safe” or “too cautious”.

Do you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home?

I do. Yes. I do, two to be exact.

 
Check out the post right here to find out how to get one for your home.
 

 

Let’s Talk About Immunizations and Whooping Cough Outbreak

Many of us are aware that it is flu season, that lovely season when kids go back to school and everyone is fighting off the sickies. If you do recall, I was sick for four days straight unable to eat, drink and do anything beyond laying in bed. It was horrible, none of my kids got it as bad as I did. Probably because I push myself harder and well do a whole heck of a lot, thankful that I got it worse because I hate to see my kids that sick. I ended up in the ER with all sorts of x-rays and tests done as well as had an IV of fluid put into me to help me recoup; and it did help.

Most of us think about the flu but few of us are probably aware that according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report more than 29,000 cases of whooping cough this year, totaling 10,000 more cases than reported in all of 2011. Yes, people I have also been made aware that almost 40 percent of people haven’t received a whooping cough immunization (the pertussis vaccine) in the past 5 years, according to the Walgreens Immunization Index.

I am all for parent your kids the way you wish to parent them. Make your own choice on giving immunizations or not, I get it, you all have your reasons for why you do or do not allow your pediatrician to give you kids immunizations and you will not hear me bashing you for that decision, however, please keep in mind that most of the vaccines we have have been around for years and are there for a reason. Did you live through the plague? Did you watch as people were dying from various diseases that we now have our children immunized for? Then I suppose we should trust, at some level, the immunizations that have been put in place as a way to keep America healthy.

I am not a medicine sort of Mom, I would much prefer a natural remedy over any medicine, if that’s possible. I refuse new vaccines for myself and my children, rather waiting until they have been out long enough to trust them. All three of my children are up to date on immunizations and I believe they would not be able to attend any form of public or private school without the up to date immunizations, that’s a requirement before my kids can even enter the school building each year. I must provide up to date immunization records.

The Walgreens Immunization Index reveals a dangerous disconnect between consumer perception and consumer behavior when it comes to immunizations across the board. Overall, 89 percent say they believe that vaccinations help protect people from viruses and preventable diseases, yet 40 percent aren’t aware of which immunizations they need to stay healthy this flu season and year round.

It’s hard to gauge what we need and what we don’t need when it comes to immunizations because let’s face it, we turn to our doctors and pediatricians who 9 times out of 10 are going to push a vaccine regardless because that is their job and they firmly believe all immunizations are there for a reason. My biggest fear is that those who are not up to date on proper immunizations are going to turn America into a sick place. We are going to start seeing things, like the whooping cough, return and a world wide epidemic will hit. You see, back in the old days the world was a smaller place, you had to travel longer to get places. It took a long time for sickies to travel but now with air travel, we are able to spread illness from place to place at a faster rate.

Those who travel and have not been properly vaccinated for such diseases as the whooping cough can certainly catch it in another country, fly back to the US and bring it to us.  All I say to those who choose not to get their kids immunizations is to really research the history of these diseases and ask yourself this; do you really, really want to be part of a world wide epidemic of bringing back these diseases that killed so many? I would love to hear the opinions behind why you choose to or not to immunize your child, because I am just curious.

One area I am also confused on is which immunizations we need, truly need, to keep us and our families healthy all year round.

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