29 November 2011

A time to ... get organised

December and January are probably the busiest and most stressful times of the year for most of us.  With all the holidays there's just so much to think about and plan for.  I have 2 very helpful resources to help you get  through the months ahead.

I've already told you how wonderful Flylady is, and if you  haven't already visited her site, perhaps this free download The Holiday Control Journal will get you there this time.  It's a booklet where you can write down all your holiday plans, gifts, celebration meals, etc.  If you are trying to stick to a budget for gifts this year, do try using this booklet to help you.

The other great site I want to share with you is called the Cozi Calendar.  This is so much more than an online calendar!  You can choose meals from a list of tried and tested favourites, add it to your calendar, and print out a shopping list (or have it sent to your mobile phone if you're in the US)!  You can schedule your entire family's appointments, colour code them, and Cozi will send them a reminder!  They will send you a copy of your weekly calendar to your email address too!

I'd love to hear your feedback when you've used either of the above tools! 


15 November 2011

A time to be prepared... for an emergency

Do you know what to do if an emergency strikes your home?  There are many different types of emergency, but sometime or other you may have to face one of them.  For example, if your little one swallowed something s/he shouldn't have, do you have the Poison Centre's number handy to ask them what to do? I recommend that every mom does a basic First Aid course!  The Red Cross Society offers courses at a very reasonable fee.

In Cape Town, you only need to Dial 107  from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone to get help with any emergency.  Find out what the Emergency number is in your area, and write it up where everyone can see it.

What if the electricity is cut off?  Do you have a backup?  Do you know where your torch is (with fresh batteries), do you have candles, matches or a lamp you could use?  Do you have a gas cooker?  Is there gas in the bottle?  Did you know that food in your freezer can stay frozen for up to 24 hours as long as the door is kept closed?

What if the water is cut off?  Wouldn't it be a good idea to keep a plastic bottle or 2 of water stored somewhere? Perhaps a 2L bottle in the fridge, and a 5L bottle in the store-cupboard/room?

What would happen if your home was threatened by fire?  Do you have a fire extinguisher?

If you had to evacuate your home for any reason, what would you take with you?  Important documents like birth certificates, ID books, tax papers, policies, etc. should all be in a flip file, clearly labelled and stored so that you can grab it if you have to leave quickly. 

It's a good thing to discuss an Emergency Plan with your spouse and children.  Where would you go if you had to leave, and what is each person's responsibility?

I hope you'll never have to face one, but please do prepare yourself incase you have to.