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Fire Prevention Week October 6-12+A62


When I was wee I had regular nightmares. It was really bad actually, and my sleep was very disrupted (as was my mom’s) for years. I had nightmares about monsters and drowning, and sometimes about wild animals. But a lot of them were about fires. I don’t remember ever experiencing a real fire (beyond those contained safely in our fireplace or campfire pit), but I often dreamt of our house burning down or of a fire in the woods surrounding our property. Maybe it was the fact the we essentially lived in a forest, coupled with all those Smokey the Bear ads that did it. But I’ve always been very conscious of the dangers of fire. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so long as it doesn’t become debilitating. For the record, I still burn candles, but I tend towards ones in glass jars.

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October 6-12th marks Fire Prevention Week across Canada, and, being a partner of the Canadian Fire Services, Duracell wants to help keep families safe. Here are some tips they’ve asked me to share with you:

  • Plan: Map out the best way to escape in the event of a fire emergency. Be sure to go over the plan with your family and even create a special day each year where you all practice your fire drill. This way, you and your family can be prepared if a fire should occur.
  • Unplug: Don’t overload electrical outlets with too many plugs from your electronics. If your devices aren’t in use, check that they’re turned off and unplugged from their outlet. Also, when buying your devices, look for approval by a recognized listed agency like the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
  • Clean: Make sure your chimney and fireplace are cleaned annually to prevent a chimney fire from occurring. If you own a space heater, keep in a clear area so that there are no flammable items around.
  • Focus: Cooking is the number one cause of house fires, so it’s essential that you never leave food that’s cooking on a stovetop unattended. Always monitor whatever you’re cooking, and make sure that your cooking space is clear of any objects.
  • Replace: Fire detectors are crucial for notifying you if a fire emergency should occur, which is why it’s important to replace batteries. Test your alarm each month, and be sure to replace your Duracell batteries with the NEW Quantum battery every fall when you turn back your clocks.

To celebrate the launch of the NEW Quantum battery, Duracell has announced the donation of one million batteries to first responders across North America. Duracell Canada is working with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services (CVFSA) to ensure that the batteries are being distributed to those fire stations most in need. These batteries will be used in life-saving breathing apparatus, location tracking devices, flashlights and will also be distributed during community outreach programs. The Quantum batteries have Duralock Power Preserve technology, guaranteed for 10 years in storage. They are also the only battery with PowerCheck, allowing you to instantly check the power level at any time. No more guessing!

Our clocks will fall back in just a few weeks, on November 3. Be sure to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and home alarm sensors as well. The time change is a great reminder for this essential safety task. And maybe that will be a good weekend to have a discussion with your family about your own fire safety plan for your home. Stay safe!

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Celebrate Easter with kaboom! Entertainment and Treehouse TV! {giveaway}

We love a good family movie around here. Snuggling on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and a special show is a great way to relax and re-connect. And with March Break this week, and the Easter holidays coming soon, there’s lots of extra time to enjoy some of our favourites. Just in time for all the coming down time, kaboom! Entertainment has released a great assortment of DVDs for the young kids in your life.

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On March 3rd the brand new Treehouse Ultimate Collection Cube hit the stores. Inside a fun, colourful storage cube you’ll find over 100 episodes of your favourite Treehouse TV shows on 10 DVDs – Toopy and Binoo, Franklin, Max & Ruby, The Berenstein Bears, Octonauts and My Big, Big Friend. I have to admit I am to this day a huge Toopy and Binoo fan. I love how goofy Toopy can be, and their adventures are always such fun. These shows are a wonderful encouragement to let your imagination run wild.

March 10th, saw the release of the first DVD for Zack & Quack – Zack & Quack: Popping Hopping Easter. This series follows the adventures of a boy named Zack and his best friend, an impulsive young duck called Quack, who live inside the most amazing pop-up book ever! It’s a place full of fantastical surprises – where pulling pop-ups makes exciting and unexpected things happen. This is a new one to me, since Boo is beyond the Treehouse stage now. But both of my boys always loved pop-up books, so I can imagine how engaging this show is for the pre-school set. This DVD has 5 episodes, including “The Pop-Up Easter Egg Hunt.” Will Zack & Quack be able to help the Easter Bunny get her special chocolate chickens back to the coop in time to save Easter? Watch and see!

And finally, why not round out your Easter viewing with a little bunny love? Guess How Much I Love You: The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare – Someone Special includes 7 episodes of this series featuring the Little Nutbrown Hare and his dad, providing 80 minutes of sweet family entertainment. This series is a lovely adaptation of the books and a special way to celebrate the love of parent and child.

Although Boo is a little out of the age range for these shows (when did he become a tween, exactly?), I am looking forward to gifting these DVDs to my cousin’s young girls when we celebrate Easter with them in just a few weeks. I know they’ll be super excited!

You can keep in touch with kaboom! Entertainment on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

A Giveaway

One lucky Raising My Boys reader will receive their own bundle of family entertainment, including all the DVDs mentioned here! Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, March 26, 2015. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!

McHappy Day is Wednesday, May 2

My experience with labour and birth (and the whole pregnancy for that matter) was less than ideal. I won’t get into the gory details here, but suffice it to say, my water broke early, I didn’t go into labour, many tubes, needles, sensors and machines were involved, and eventually it all ended with an urgent C-section.

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It was termed a “traumatic” birth.

My son was born at 37 weeks, weighing 5lbs 2oz., at 5:02 in the evening. He was tiny and beautiful. And shaking. By 10pm a neonatal paediatrician came and took him away to the level 3 NICU.


I have never been so terrified in my life. Thankfully, tests showed we were only dealing with low (scary low) blood sugar levels. But they just wouldn’t stabilise. Little Boo spent the first 15 days of his life in the NICU, surrounded by monitors, being fed through tubes and IVs. He had so much blood work done his tiny little heels were a mass of scabs. And there were days it felt like he would never leave that hospital.

But we were lucky. We live in the big city and I could come every day and sit with him, and go home at night to rest. There were other sweet little babies there whose parents just couldn’t do that. I can’t begin to imagine what they were going through.

On May 2, you can help support Ronald McDonald House Canada (RMHC), just by making a purchase at a McDonald’s near you. For every BigMac, Happy Meal, and hot McCafe drink purchased, McDonald’s will donate $1 to local children’s charities, including RMHC.

RMHC provides a home away from home for families while their children receive needed treatment in nearby hospitals. These homes keep families together at a difficult time, allowing children to have the support of their parents during their hospital stays. And allowing parents the security of staying with their kids.

Did you know? McDonald’s Canada covers the entire operating costs of RMHC, so 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to programming. That is a fantastic number!

So, what are you doing Wednesday? Why not stop by McDonald’s for that morning coffee? Or maybe head there with the kids for a special dinner treat? If you can find one with a PlayPlace, you’ll be an even bigger hit with your kids, and you’ll know that your purchase will contribute to a great cause.

Disclosure: I am participating in the #McHappyDay Blogger program through A donation to RMHC has been made in my name. No other compensation has been received. All opinions on this blog remain, as always, my own.