How to Upcycle Old Furniture

The world is full of ugly furniture. There is literally tonnes of the stuff – in junk shops, garage sales, landfill tips, and dumped on the side of roads. You may even have some less than attractive items taking up space in your home. So what’s the answer?

Buy New Furniture

If money is no object, the simplest solution to a house full of ugly furniture is to go out and buy some new stuff. Stores such as unicheinteriorfurnishings.co.uk sell lots of gorgeous pieces of vintage furniture, or you could pop over to your nearest Ikea and pick up some budget Swedish mix and match pieces for a song. Unfortunately,  however, investing in brand new furniture is an expensive business and not all of us can afford to splash out, particularly in these straitened times.

A much better alternative to buying expensive new furniture for the home is to upcycle the pieces you already have. Or, if you really can’t stand anything you already own, go hunting for some second hand items of furniture with potential.

The Definition of Upcycling

The principle behind upcycling is to reuse discarded pieces of furniture and transform them into better quality items. There are lots of ways to do this.

Paint Effects

Wooden furniture can be sanded down and painted or varnished. Painting old furniture is a popular way of creating a new and vastly improved piece you can use in your home with pride. Most items of furniture can be painted – even metal or MDF furniture. There are even entire ranges of paints designed for the very purpose.

Paint effects are easy to achieve and you don’t need a lot of skill to create a faux antique finish on an ugly old table or dresser. Simple paint the item in two contrasting colors and then sand it down to reveal the underlying color in selected areas. Dark wax can also be used to create an antique finish.

Upholstery for Beginners

Upholstered furniture can be re-upholstered with new fabric. Upholstering a piece of furniture requires some knowledge, but it is easy enough to learn the basics by signing up for a beginner’s course at a local college or watching instructional videos online.

The Art of Stencil

Old furniture can be decorated with stencils or other decorative designs. Make your own stencils or buy some ready cut from craft stores or online retailers. Paint the item in a base colour and then use your stencil to create a design. Alternatively, paste paper images cut from magazines or newspapers and then varnish them. This is an old decorative technique, but when used sparingly it can be surprisingly effective.

There really is no limit to what you can do with old, ugly items of furniture. All you need is a bit of time, some paint, and lots of enthusiasm. Yes, it is nice to have brand new furniture in your home, but upcycling old items will give you an enormous amount of satisfaction and pride in a job well done. Plus it will save you a fortune in the long run.

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#MC #Sponsored: What’s Your #RedKettleReason for Giving this Year?

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The holidays are here, and you have probably already noticed that the Red Kettles are back out. Those special kettles belong to The Salvation Army, and they go to help those in your community that need it most.

The Salvation Army is a faith-based ministry that has been in America for over 130 years. They are set up to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. In fact, last year, The Salvation Army’s 3,600 officers, 59,000 employees, and 3.4 million volunteers served almost 30 million Americans in need. If you add that up, it comes to about one person, every second, every day. That’s amazing!

And their money really goes where it says. The Better Business Bureau set a guideline of 65% of every dollar spent going toward support, yet The Salvation Army blows that out of the water. They spend nearly 82 cents of every dollar donated to support community service programs.

The best part? All donations remain in the community where they originate. So, if you give in your community, it goes to help someone in your community. I love that!

This year, to celebrate the 124th National Red Kettle campaign, The Salvation Army is encouraging you to share YOUR reasons for giving by using the hashtag #RedKettleReason. When you post using that hashtag, you can view other posts focused on giving. You can also check out RedKettleReason.org to learn why the rest of America is giving.

Now, I want to share our #RedKettleReason with you.

As a mom of 8, there have been times when my family has needed help. Somehow, this help has always been provided, though most of the time, we never even know who our “helpers” are. An anonymous card will show up in the mail with just enough money to pull us though the week. Bags of groceries mysteriously appear on our doorstep, just when we need them most.

Because of how much others have helped us out, it is so important to me to teach my children how to give back. So, every year in December, when my husband gets his bonus, we sit down as a family and decide how we want to give back. We budget some of his bonus to go toward helping others in need. It gets the kids excited about the thought of giving to others, and allows them the chance to help someone else just like they have been helped.

My kids don’t have the best of everything. They don’t get new ipads, fancy clothes, or the most expensive gadgets available. But they are loved, and they have all of their needs supplied. By giving back to organizations like The Salvation Army, I’m trying to instill a spirit of giving in each of my kids. That way, they’ll grow up thinking of others during the holiday season instead of the “gimme, gimme, gimme” attitude that seems to run rampant. And you can bet, every time we pass a Red Kettle this holiday season, our spare change (and then some) will be given to help someone in need.

I want to encourage you to share your own #RedKettleReason and consider donating to The Salvation Army. You’ll spread a little holiday cheer, and you will make the difference in the life of someone who needs it.

Please connect with The Salvation Army in the following ways:

Please share your #RedKettleReason and let us know why you’re giving this year!

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5 Ways to Prevent Winter Respiratory Problems

Between five and 20 percent of Americans get the flu every winter. Other respiratory ailments like allergies, the common cold, and asthma can also cause problems during winter.  This year, breathe easy during the cold season by following these five tips.

1. Get a Flu Shot

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Although a handful of people believe that flu shots are dangerous, there isn’t any scientific evidence supporting that claim. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control recommends flu shots for children, elderly people, and those with chronic health issues. These people are at a greater risk of getting extremely sick from the seasonal flu. As recently as 2011, over 50,000 Americans died from influenza and pneumonia.

Don’t take the flu lightly. Get the shot so you can lower your risk of infection. It’s especially important if you work in education or healthcare. You won’t catch graduates of UC’s respiratory therapy program skipping their shots; they understand that influenza presents a serious threat.

2. Keep Your Home’s Air Clean

Many people suffer terrible allergies during the winter. This seems counterintuitive since there isn’t exactly a lot of pollen in the air. It starts to make more sense when you look at the air inside your house.

Indoor air pollution is often worse than outdoor pollution. That becomes a big problem during winter, when people spend more time indoors. Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your home’s air clean so you can prevent respiratory problems. Some of the most effective things you can do include:

  • changing your furnace’s air filter at least once a month
  • dusting your home often, including hard-to-reach surfaces
  • keeping your floors clean
  • using more houseplants that filter the air
  • using an air purifier if you have bad allergies

3. Avoid Sick People

The common cold and flu are caused by airborne viruses. Just breathing the same air as a contagious person can get you sick. Physical contact increases your chances of getting a virus. That’s why you should avoid people who show symptoms of respiratory illness.

That’s not always easy to do, especially if you work with people who don’t understand that coming into the office while sick puts everyone else at risk. Still, you can do your best to avoid contact. You can also use hand sanitizer to kill germs and viruses that spread through casual contact.

4. Don’t Share Keyboards

Computer keyboards are filthy. It’s not something people like to think about, but it’s true. If you share a computer with someone, even members of your household, you should consider buying your own keyboard. You may feel a bit silly carrying a keyboard to work with you, but at least you’ll lower your risk of getting ill.

5. Wash Your Hands Frequently

Washing your hands is one of the most effective things you can do to prevent winter respiratory problems. Unless you spend all winter holed up at home, you can’t avoid touching things in public. Washing your hands frequently will kill viruses before they have a chance to infect you.

What methods do you find most useful for keeping your respiratory system healthy during winter?


How to Help Others with Your Old Furniture

If you are thinking about upgrading your interior design scheme and you want to get rid of any of  your old furniture, you should think twice before simply throwing it away, especially if you really do not want to see it go to waste and it is still in decent shape. Even an old and worn piece of furniture can be revived again with the right DIY approach and expert touch, and this can all be done at a very affordable rate too, so there is no need to think that an otherwise old or unattractive sofa, bed, desk, etc. should not be salvaged.

So, are you ready to learn how you can keep your furniture out of the trash and out of the landfills and help others in need at the same time? Continue reading for a few ways to do just that.

The Salvation Army and Goodwill

There are many ways to help others save money, and one way is to donate your furniture to Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Both of these charitable organizations will be happy to pick up the furniture from your home, so you really do not even need to lift a finger to be a good person and help the less fortunate acquire beautiful furniture.

Find Local Centers Seeking Furniture Donations

Look around town, as you may be surprised by the many organizations that work to help others every day and would be happy to take your old furniture off your hands if you are planning on getting rid of it. Consider places like senior centers, homeless shelters, synagogues and local churches, and even theater companies that may be in search of great props for their productions, especially since they may appreciate the history of Chesterfield sofas and vintage pieces of furniture that have loads of character.

Contact the National Furniture Bank Association

The National Furniture Bank Association will route your old furniture to the Partnership for the Homeless, as well as other non-profit organizations that are available to help people when they are trying to set up their own households.

Give to Your Friends and Family in Need

Sometimes you know people in your personal life who are in need of new furniture. If you know anyone who is hoping to get their hands on furniture from places like The Original Sofa Co but they do not have the money or they are struggling in any way, consider giving them your used furniture at no cost. This will greatly help them while also giving you the chance to free up some space in your home and go shopping for new pieces that you will love to use and look at for years to come.

Rather than throwing out your old furniture, give it away to someone in need, whether it is to someone you know personally or to a charitable organisation that helps people who are struggling every day. Your conscience will feel great and you will be able to snag great deals on new furniture to beautify your home.


#MC #Sponsored: Give Back with CaringBridge & Make a Difference

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‘Tis the Season for giving back. What better way to do that, than by donating to CaringBridge?

CaringBridge has kicked off their WonderFull themed year-end giving campaign, and they want you to help them raise $1.2 million. Because they are a non-profit, CaringBridge relies on donations to help those facing health journeys the ability to gather up support. Did you know that nearly 95% of all funding comes from people who use CaringBridge? The WonderFull themed campaign features match contributions from 3 incredibly generous donors ranging from 10,000 to 25,000.

This holiday season, as you gather together and decide which non-profit you want to donate to, please consider making a tax-deductible donation so that families can always get the support they need.

Please visit https://www.caringbridge.org/give to find out how you can donate and make a difference in someone’s life today.


#Sponsored: #SeeMuchMore – Keeping Your Family Healthy with a VSP Vision Care Plan #Giveaway

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VSP logoEye exams are important for everyone in your family – from babies to adults, and everyone in between.

Did you know that annual eye exams are important to your overall health? They allow eye doctors to detect early signs of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, among others.

The kids have been back to school for awhile now, but we can’t forget that getting them an annual comprehensive eye exam can help them learn and experience life to the fullest. Have you made their yearly eye exam yet?

It is important that parents should take their children to the eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam starting as young as six months old, then again at three years old, before kindergarten and every year after that. Because 80 percent of what we learn is through our eyes, an eye exam is essential for your back-to-school “to do” list.

In-school screenings do not provide the same level of detection as comprehensive eye exams. Even the screening the doctors office does at their yearly well care visit isn’t enough to get your child through another year.

Do you know the common signs of vision problems? The can include squinting, head tilting, avoiding “close work,” trouble focusing, continuous rubbing of eyes and headaches.

1 in 4 children has an undetected vision condition that can negatively impact learning. Don’t let your child become another statistic!

But, eye exams, glasses, and contacts can be expensive.

That’s why I want to share with you the benefits of enrolling in vision insurance. With VSP Vision Care, you can:

  • Keep your eyes healthy with highly credentialed doctors who provide the most thorough exams
  • Save money – the average VSP member saves approximately $320 each year with vision insurance!
  • Get access to great eyewear – more than two dozen brands and hundreds of styles to choose from!
  • Enable your family to experience life to the fullest

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Our eyes should be one of our top priorities. Please take a few moments to educate yourself on the facts, and learn more about enrolling in a vision insurance program today.

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#MC #Sponsored: The Hunger Games: #Mockingjay – Part 1 {My In-Home Party}

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On November 21st, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will open in theaters. I know quite a few people that are so excited about the movie’s release and can’t wait for the 21st to get here. (I’m definitely one of those people – and so are my best friend, my teenage daughter, and many of her friends.)

Here, take a look at the trailer, and you’ll see why we are so excited:


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To help build excitement for the movie, I was asked to host a book club/trailer viewing party in my home. Each of my 5 friends received a copy of Mockingjay, and we met this past Monday night to discuss the book and watch the trailer for the upcoming movie. I made a great big batch of chili cheese dip, stocked up on chips, soda, and sweets, and we made a fun night of it.

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I came up with some discussion questions, and we all shared our thoughts. While the book is geared toward younger readers, (I was actually surprised to hear this – and even more surprised that you can only find the books in the Young Adult section of our local library), we all seemed to agree that it resonates with each one of us – no matter what our age. Maybe it’s that we wish we had the strength and courage Katniss had while we were in high school – maybe it would have made those years easier on us. Or, maybe we wish we had her courage now. Being a mom is tough. You have to be brave and do things that are way outside your comfort zone. Granted, we’re probably not fighting in a war or trying to save our district from certain destruction, but we do have challenges that we face every day. A little Katniss in us wouldn’t hurt!

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After we took our time discussing the book – and the trilogy, I was able to connect the TV to the internet and share the trailer with them. (I figured that would be way more dramatic than just showing it on my computer screen.)

The one thing a couple of my party guests said was that they wished they had made Book 2 (Catching Fire) into a 2 part movie, but they are excited to see where they end Mockingjay – Part 1 and begin Part 2. And we are all hoping we don’t have to wait too long for Part 2 to be released in theaters, because we all have a feeling we’re going to love the movie and just want more!

Thank you, Influence Central and Lionsgate for allowing me to host this party and build up excitement for the release of the new movie. We had a blast, and now that we’ve all read Mockingjay again, we are definitely excited and ready to see the new film!

Have you read The Hunger Games trilogy? Have you seen the movies? Are you excited about the upcoming movie? I’d love to hear your thoughts about Mockingjay, or any of The Hunger Games books or movies.

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#MC #Sponsored: Start Your Journey to Healing at CaringBridge

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Sometimes, you just want a place where you can connect with family and friends online, safely and privately. No matter what your reason, CaringBridge is here to help. This unique nonprofit was launched so that people could start their own free website to receive support when they need it most. A website through CaringBridge allows users to share important information with family and friends quickly and easily. Those with access to your personal site can then offer love and encouragement and help you focus on healing.

If you or someone you love could benefit from starting a CaringBridge website, please visit CaringBridge.org to learn more and get started today.

Have you used CaringBridge? What is your experience? Tell us in the comments below!

 


Need Some Extra Cash for the Holidays? {Affiliate Links Included}

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Now that Halloween is done and over with, it’s time to move on to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Truth be told, we could all use some extra cash to get us through the holidays. Stella & Dot is a fantastic work-from-home opportunity that’s not only fashionable — it’s FUN!

Here’s how it works: you host trunk shows – either online or in-home, and immediately earn commission on your sales! Since you’ll be your own boss, you can make your own hours. Work as much or as little as you want. You can work enough for extra spending money for the holidays, or you could potentially earn six figures – it’s totally up to you. The bonus? You get $450 in free accessories when you sign up now. That’s a LOT of pretty stuff! :)

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Top 5 Rules of Regifting {Infographic}

Some people are incapable of shopping at Christmas time. They hate the hustle and bustle of the shops and all the people rushing to get bargains; plus they have no imagination in what to get anyone. This is where regifiting may save their life – bit on exaggeration but role with it. See this infographic on how to get away with regifiting.

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Top 5 rules of Regifting is an infographic that was produced by Gumtree

Prayers Appreciated!

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Early tomorrow morning, I’ll be heading into our local hospital to be induced. Soon, our family will be complete and baby #8 will be welcomed with open arms.

If you can spare a prayer for a quick, easy delivery with no complications, I would sincerely appreciate it.

Things may be quiet for a few days around here while I adjust to becoming a mom of 8 and snuggle my sweet little newborn as much as humanly possible the first few days.

Thanks for being loyal readers of the blog. I promise to be back soon and things will be better than ever!


#Sponsored: The @LeapFrog #LeapTV System is HERE! Go Pre-Order Now!

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It’s here! It’s here! The big day has finally arrived! The LeapFrog LeapTV Gaming Console is finally available for pre-sale! I am so excited!

So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to the LeapFrog website and order your LeapTV Gaming Console today!

Still have no idea what I’m talking about? Well, I’ve been giving you little teasers for the past couple of weeks. You can read them here and here.

Now, I want to leave you with one last video to encourage you to consider the LeapTV System for your family. It’s a chance to get your kids to move their minds and their bodies. Here, take a look:

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Looks like fun to me!! Head on over NOW and reserve your very own LeapFrog LeapTV System today!

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#Sponsored: Don’t Forget! @LeapFrog #LeapTV System is Almost Ready for PreOrder!

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Remember last week when I mentioned that the LeapTV System is about to be released for Pre-Sale? I just want to remind you that the big day is almost here!

The LeapTV system will be available for pre-order on September 2, 2014.  On that day, you can head to the LeapFrog website, and order your very own LeapTV Gaming Console. It’s as easy as that! It’s created for kids ages 3 – 8 years, and it’s educational and downright FUN!

You saw the video last week. Now, here’s a new video to let you in on more information about the LeapTV system:


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SO exciting! Your kids are going to love this! I certainly know mine will. It looks like such a fun, easy way to get my kids learning while playing. I’m all for that!

Remember, the big day is September 2nd. Be ready to order your own LeapTV Gaming Console then!

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#Sponsored: Get Ready for the New @LeapFrog #LeapTV System – Coming Soon!

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It’s no secret, I love LeapFrog products! I’ve been a fan of their educational items for years. In fact, if you’ve been here recently, you’ll note that I just recently had the opportunity to review the LeapPad3.

Now, LeapFrog has asked me to tell my wonderful readers about an amazing new product they will be releasing soon. It’s called the LeapTV Gaming Console, and friends, you *must* check this out! It’s educational, active video gaming. It doesn’t get more fun than this! Over the next couple of weeks, I will be giving you more information, release dates and all the need-to-know info. I will let you in on a little secret… The LeapTV system will be available for pre-order on September 2, 2014. That’s just around the corner, and this would make one amazing Christmas gift! Get ready to order yours soon!

For now, I want to generate a little excitement and share this video with you. Check out the LeapFrog “Child Executive Officer” and learn more about this fantastic video gaming system:

Click here to watch it on YouTube.

I am SO excited about the release of this product, and it sounds like something my kids will thoroughly enjoy. I’m all about the kids having fun, but when they are learning while playing, it makes playtime even better.

Thank you, LeapFrog for continually making toys and games better for my kids!

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Oubly Premium Edge Business Cards Review & Giveaway

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As a blog and business owner, it’s pertinent that I have professional looking business cards always on hand. I’ve been handing out my old business cards for awhile, and they’re totally out of date – they don’t mention the new baby to be at all, and they are still based around the site’s old design. It was definitely time to some new cards!

That’s why I was so excited when the folks at www.Oubly.com contacted me. I had heard about the company through another blogger, and I had been eying their premium edge cards. While they have lots of fun, unique designs to select from, I decided to create my own design and upload it. I wanted to base my cards around my new theme, and I loved that their turquoise edge matched my design perfectly.

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It didn’t take long for the cards to arrive after I submitted the order, either. I was so excited to get them so quickly, and then to see how absolutely beautiful they were. The quality took my breath away. These cards are on thick, high quality paper, with ink that seems to sparkle! I love, love, love my new cards, and I absolutely love passing them out wherever I go.

There are a few facts about Oubly that make me love them even more:

  • They are a family owned business. I am *all* about family, so I’m proud to support another family owned business.
  • Their customer service and dedication to their customers is second to none. Back when I was a single mom, I worked in the printing industry. In all my years of experience, I have never worked with a company quite like Oubly. I am seriously impressed.
  • Their selection of products is downright awesome. They have so much more than just business cards! They have kids birthday party invitations, stickers, note cards, and so much more!
  • The branded packaging that the products come in is beautiful and high quality. You’ll want to show off the packaging as much as you do the products!
  • It’s just $5 shipping on ALL orders! (I think that’s my favorite part!)

I am seriously impressed with Oubly, and I get so many compliments on my business cards. These are, by far, the most professional, highest quality business cards I have had the opportunity to review. I will definitely be ordering from them again, and I will certainly tell all my friends and business associates about Oubly.com.

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#MC #Sponsored: BGCA Keeps Kids #CyberSafe with the #CyberTribe

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I will admit, I am a little more than protective when it comes to my kids and the internet. There is so much BAD out there, that I want to protect their innocent eyes for as long as I can.

Now, I am not dumb. I know that with technology today, it is easier than ever for kids to access the internet, and get involved in all sorts of situations that could potentially be scary.

Even when I was a teenager, the internet wasn’t the best place to “hang out.” Back then, it was chat rooms. I will never forget when I was 16, and I met a guy in a chat room. My boyfriend had just broken up with me, and I was young and vulnerable. This guy knew all the right things to say to make me feel better, and I fell for it – hook, line, and sinker. I ended up making plans to meet this guy, all without my parents’ knowledge. I told my parents I was meeting a friend that night, and instead, I met this stranger from online. When I got to the park where I was to meet him, there was a man there – probably in his early 30s. Definitely NOT the guy I had seen pictures of online, and not who I was intending to meet. As I drew closer to him, I noticed he had printed out my picture and was holding it in his hands. So, he was the guy I had been talking to all along. Not the 16 year old boy I thought it was.

Everything inside me was telling me to run, and so I did. Straight to my car, and I drove to my friend’s house, because I didn’t know where else to go or what else to do. I couldn’t go home and confess to my parents what I had just done. I knew it was stupid. I knew my life could have been in danger that night. And, looking back now, as a mom myself, I want to bang my head against a wall. That was probably one of the stupidest things I have ever done in my life. Thank God I was smart enough to get out of there. I don’t even want to think about what could have happened.

I wish that back then, we had had something like the BGCA CyberTribe. A safe place for kids to go to ask teens questions about online safety and bullying and get real answers. It’s also a fantastic resource for parents! In fact, I encourage you as a parent to take the “Are You a CyberSmart Parent?” quiz and see how your answers stack up. I ended up being a Cyber Survivor, and proving that I am doing my best to keep my kids safe while they are online.

I also encourage you to ask the CyberTribe any questions you may have about online safety and/or cyber bullying.

You can find the quizzes and ask your questions on the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Cyber Safe Website. All in all, it’s a great site that *every* parent needs to explore. Our kids are worth it!

Here are the two questions I asked the CyberTribe:

1. With easy access to cell phones, laptops, tablets, kids can access things they shouldn’t at any time – day or night. How can I protect my kids from seeing something they shouldn’t see if they click on an ad while playing a free version game on my cell phone?

2. I often feel like the “bad guy” because I won’t let my kids have a social media account until they’re old enough. I constantly hear, “But ALL my friends have one.” What can I say to convince my kids that it’s better for them to wait until they’re ready for an account instead of just giving in and letting them have an account?

I’m excited to see how the CyberTribe responds. I want to do right by my kids. I want to keep them safe while they are online, and I want them to always think before they post anything. This is something we will continue to talk about at length, especially given the number of kids I have!

Also, remember, that through today, June 30th, you also have the chance to win an ipad mini AND $500 to the Boys & Girls Club of your choice. But, hurry! Your chance goes away at midnight tonight! So, get your questions in!

How about you? How important is online safety to you? Have you ever had an experience where you or your child should have taken better precautions online? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.