Ho Ho Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are here! No matter how you celebrate or which holiday you celebrate, there are usually some kind of decorations involved that have to do with electricity. Please be safe this season, protect your family and your investment and please follow these tips featured by the Home Safety Council:

  • Look at each string of lights carefully. If any are cracked or damaged, buy new ones.
  • When you buy new lights, look at the box for a label that shows they have been tested for safety, such as ETL or UL.
  • Follow the directions on the box. It will tell you how many strings to use together. As a rule, UL recommends using no more than three standard-size sets of lights together.
  • Hang or mount light strands carefully to avoid damaging the cord’s insulation.
  • Do not plug in too many things at one time. Use a surge protector.
  • Unplug all holiday lights when you go to sleep or leave home.
  • Plug outdoor decorations into outlets protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) to prevent shock.
  • Automatic lighting timers can be used to ensure that lights are not left on by mistake. These are available for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Do not put electrical cords under rugs. Try to keep them away from places people walk.
  • When replacing a holiday bulb, be sure to use the correct bulb size (wattage) that is right for the fixture.
  • Use safety caps to keep children from putting things into electrical receptacles/outlets.

Happy Holidays from Kim SchreinerKim Schreiner, ePRO, SFR, Realtor
RE/MAX Affiliates, NE
The #1 RE/MAX Office in the City of Philadelphia
Office: 215.992.1726
Cell: 215.510.2149

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Happy Mother’s Day

To all of the Moms out there, have a wonderful day .. You deserve it!!

Me and My Best Friend

It’s funny how when you become a Mom, you hear yourself saying and doing things you never thought you would, sounding like your own Mom. Just yesterday I told my son, “I don’t care that all of the other kids are doing it, you’re not!” – that was  straight outta my own Mom’s mouth! I didn’t think I would need this one until my son (who will be 6 in a few weeks) was a teenager, but I was wrong. He wanted to bring his DS to school.

Ice Cream Yum!

My son doing what kids do best!

Being a Mom has been amazing, scary, fun, happy, sad, you name it, it makes you see the world through a whole new pair of eyes. Any Mom knows that I do not have to elaborate on this statement.

I’d like to thank my Mom for making me the person I am today. It’s nice to hear your voice come out of me, I only hope I do as good a job as you did and my son grows up loving me as much as I love you.

To all the new Moms or Moms to Be .. welcome to Motherhood! Enjoy every precious minute of it. Time goes by FAST! You will be tired, drained, a walking zombie for just a little while, but those quiet little moments at 3am when the precious life you created looks up at you, their eyes almost thank you for taking care of them; it makes it all well worth it. It’s a feeling that can’t be explained, at least not in this blog. There is nothing like it.

Happy Mother's Day from Me and MiniMe!

My son will be 6 in a few weeks, it has gone by so fast. I am proud of him every day. He makes me laugh, cry, and sometimes scream. He makes me crazy yet grounds me at the same time. At the end of each day, he makes me thankful and makes me feel I am truly blessed that he is in my world.

Found this, thought I’d share! I think the shoe fits!

POSITION: Mother, Mom, Mama

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment.

Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.

Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.00. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat (in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf).

Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.

Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.

Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.

Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.

Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.

Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.

Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.

Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION: Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION: Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent.

When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.