Tips for a Safe and Holiday Travels
Holiday Safety Tips for Pets
Nature is Not Only Beautiful, It’s Good for Your Brain
DIY Pro-Quality Movies

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Tips for a Safe and Holiday Travels

Many of us will be traveling by car, train or plane to spend the holiday with loved ones. Here are some great tips from SafeKids.org to ensure that you and your family have a safe and fun holiday.

In the car: Chances are the weather may be colder when you travel and that means adding layers of clothing that can become bulky. Those extra layers can keep your child’s car seat from “doing its job.” Instead, cover your child with a blanket after they’ve been strapped into the car seat.

In the kitchen: Keep hot food out of reach! Make sure that pot handles and dishes aren’t placed too close to the edge of the counter or table where small hands could grasp and pull them crashing down.

By the fireplace: If you have a fireplace and you’re going to use it, place a sturdy screen across it. And if the fire has gone out, don’t remove the screen as it can take quite some time for the remaining coals or wood to cool down.

Medicine storage: Kids will poke around in places they shouldn’t be, like purses or nightstands to name a couple of possible areas. Keep any medications far out of reach. Statistics show that in 67% of children medicine-related emergency room visits, the medications were within reach of the child, often in purses.

When you sleep when away from home: If you are sleeping on a couch or air mattress, make sure your baby is placed in a safe crib, bassinet or pack-n-play and not alongside you.


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Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

Pets are an integral part of families. You’ll want them to enjoy the holidays too.  That means keeping them safe. Here are some tips:

  • Alcohol: Keep unattended alcoholic drinks out of reach.
  • Turkey: If you give your pet some turkey, be sure it’s boneless and fully cooked. Don’t give them the carcass as the bones can cause digestive issues.
  • Bread Dough: NO! When dogs or cats ingest raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert to sugars causing carbon dioxide gas and alcohol, which can result in bloated, drunken pets and possibly send your pet into a life-threatening situation.
  • Cake Batter: Again, NO! The raw batter (especially if it contains eggs) could contain salmonella bacteria and lead to food poisoning.
  • Feast: Show your pet you love them by giving them a feast of their own with toys, chew bones or tidbits of your Thanksgiving dinner in their bowl. Try putting some tidbits into a puzzle toy where they have to work to extract their treat. It will keep them occupied for quite some time!

And do check out the ASPCA’s page of people foods that you shouldn’t give to your pets at https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets


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Nature is Not Only Beautiful, It’s Good for Your Brain

Spending time in nature can keep your brain as healthy as any trendy superfood. Whether its time spent in a city park, a farm, the beach, a wilderness area or your home garden, the health effect is the same. Today over 50 percent of the population lives in urban areas which can take a real toll on mental health and brain function. It’s been shown that those living in the city have a higher risk of depression, anxiety, and mood disorders as compared to those who live in rural areas.

So how does nature benefit your brain? Here are 5 benefits:

  1. Boosts creativity and problem-solving skills
  2. Promotes compassion and creativity
  3. Sharpens mental focus
  4. Stops negative, obsessive thinking
  5. Helps ADHD

Carve out some time to enjoy nature. You could take your dog for a walk in the park, plan a trip to the country, or just sit in your yard and relax!

For research details about the above 5 tips, read the article at:

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-ways-spending-time-in-nature-benefits-your-brain.html

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DIY Pro-Quality Movies

Ever wish you could take really great impromptu movies with your iPhone camera? Well, you can with some great new gadgets that will turn your OK movies into great ones. Wired.com showcased five gadgets that will help you make movie magic!

Apple iPhone X. This version of the iPhone has dual rear cameras that will deliver 4K video at 60 frames per second, has excellent slo-mo, optical image stabilization, continuous focus and it fits in your pocket!! An added bonus is that the OLED screen doubles as a mini movie theater for playback.

DJI Osmo 2 Mobile. This stabilizing gimbal creates smoother handheld footage. It also has automated modes to shoot panoramas and has an active tracking feature that keeps your subject in the frame while you run.

Joby GripTight One Magnetic. Want to film yourself? If yes, then clamp your phone into this small tripod that has flexible legs you can wrap around branches or posts. And if that wasn’t enough, it has magnetic feet so that it sticks to metal car hoods and a remote Bluetooth where you can hit “record” from up to 90 feet away!

Rose Video Micro. Distracting background noise can ruin your video. No problem with the Rose Video Micro. Its mic jacks into the phone via a Lightning dongle bringing dialog into crisp focus.

Moment Anamorphic Lens System. This gadget captures action in a wide-screen format. It lets you squeeze a 2.4:1 shot into the native iPhone 16:9 frame for a truly great wide-screen image.

For more details on each of the above gadgets, go to https://www.wired.com/story/gear-for-shooting-movies-on-iphone/?CNDID=27207154&mbid=nl_070118_daily_list3_p1