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7 Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

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Can you believe the holiday shopping season is here? I laugh, now, looking back… My dad always had a backache the day after Thanksgiving; and now I know why. He didn’t want make the drive, fight the crowds, carry the packages and handle the kids while my mom shopped!

The one thing that hasn’t changed is that men still don’t like to go shopping, at least until Christmas Eve. What has changed is how dangerous it can be, if you aren’t aware of your surroundings. This is especially true for folks that don’t normally venture out to the mall or the big box stores during peak hours or with crowds.

Here are 7 simple safety tips to help make your holiday shopping experience a safe one!

  1. Tell someone where you plan to shop and about what time you expect to be home.
  • This is especially important for those who don’t normally go out very early or late.
  • Leave a note or tell someone where you plan to shop just in case. This can be very valuable if there is an accident or worse. It gives family, friends and police an idea where and when to start looking if you don’t return.
  1. Since holiday hours now start in the wee hours of the morning and go very late into the night, be sure to park under a light and as close to the entrance as possible.
  • Write down where you parked or even take a picture so you are not wandering looking for your car when you are ready to leave.
  1. Always have your pepper spray in your hand when you are walking to and from the car.
  2. Minimize the amount of items you carry in your purse during the holidays.
  • Only carry one credit card and a minimal amount of cash.
  • Leave all the extra pictures and personal items at home.
  • Always put your purse inside the car and lock the door (keep out your keys) before you start loading the car. NEVER leave it sitting out in the cart.
  • If someone tries to steal your purse, LET IT GO!! It’s not worth your life!
  1. Are you carrying more packages than you can manage? Can you barely see over the top of your cart?
  • Make multiple trips to your car if you are shopping at a mall or strip center. You don’t want to have so many packages in your arms that you have to lean them against the car or leave them in the cart where someone can walk by and grab them.
  • Put all items in your trunk or cover under your hatch. Don’t leave anything visible to the public.
  1. Avoid the ATM machines when possible. If you have to use one, go to a drive up and keep your pepper spray in your hand, only open the driver side window and stay alert to anyone around you.
  1. Parking lots are a place where people come and go. Pay close attention if you notice anyone lingering and acting suspicious. If in doubt, call and report it.

The safety tips in this article and many others can be found on our Simple Self Defense for Women DVD and in our new Simple Safety Tips book. Visit our website www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com for more details.

Tracy Vega, Co-Founder- Simple Self Defense for Women®

16 Know-Before-You-Go Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

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1. Always park as close to the entrance as possible.

2. Park under a light, with the time change now it gets darker much faster than you realize.

3. Carry pepper spray with you. It’s legal in all 50 states.

4. Carry your purse on your person or place it deep in the cart, or fasten with the child safety strap.

5. Take a picture of your child before you head out. Hopefully you would never need it but you would have the most current photo possible if they were to go missing.

6. Don’t leave your children unattended in the cart while you shop.

7. Don’t allow your kids to go to the “toy isle” alone or any other department.

8. Teach your children if you get separated to stay where they are, you will find them.

9. Don’t leave your purse out in the cart while you fasten your kids in the car.

10. Make sure your kids are not wearing anything with their name on it. It makes it too easy for strangers to start a conversation.

11. Don’t encourage your children to talk with strangers while waiting in line. Strangers don’t need to know your child’s name and age.

12. Take kids and your purse into the fitting room with you if you have to use it.

13. Don’t allow your children to use a public restroom alone. Go with them or have them go in pairs and wait out the door.

14. Keep your distance from strangers in a parking lot trying to approach you with questions. We recommend 7-10 feet.

15. Keep all items in your car out of site. Put them in the trunk or under a cover in your car.

16. If someone attempts to a purse snatching, DO NOT FIGHT BACK! Let your purse go, it’s not worth your life.

The safety tips in this article and many others can be found on our Simple Self Defense for Women DVD. Please visit our website www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com for more details.

Tracy Vega, Co-Founder- Simple Self Defense for Women

Getting Ready for Baby

There are a few essentials every new baby will need upon coming home from the hospital, and I’ve compiled a short list of several of those essentials in hopes of helping new dads everywhere be a little more prepared for their journey through daddy-hood.

1. A place to sleep.  My wife and I prefer to use a close-by crib or co-sleeper for the first 2-3 months; this is a small crib type bed that can be placed close to our bed in our bedroom, usually on the wife’s side, so that it is easier for breast feeding.  As well it is easier for mom or dad to hear the baby and make sure all is OK throughout the night. When Baby is over 3 months old we usually begin the transition into a full-size crib in a nearby space or designated nursery.

2. A place to change the baby.  I am a true believer in what I have come to refer to as diaper changing stations. We live in a three-story house, and I insist on a diaper changing station on every floor.  It is important to always have a nearby table in the ready position.  This means having an inventory control system in place for: baby wipes, diapers, diaper cream, nasal aspirator, baby q-tips, burb cloths, fresh changing covers for the changing pad, onsies, and sleepers.  This is important as during the first 3 months mom and dad are quite often up in the middle of the night and when you need to change a diaper you want everything in place ready to go.

3. Diapers and a place to put dirty diapers. It’s as simple as that. You’ll go through an abundance of diapers raising a child, and you won’t want your house to smell of baby poop. I suggest investing in some sort of sealed off diaper trash bin. I love the Dekor Diaper Pail; I have tried most every diaper bin on the market, since I do have 7 kids, and the Dekor is the easiest for me to load and empty. It also keeps the dirty diaper smell to a minimum.

4. A source of food. If your wife decides to breastfeed it is really nice to ask her to pump milk – once she is able to – so you can help with feedings. Feeding Baby allows Dad a chance to further bond with his new baby, and it’ll allow Mom to get a few extra minutes of sleep, too. If you decide to use formula make sure you do research into which formula will work for you and your baby before baby arrives, and keep a stash handy, so you won’t run out.

5. Clothes. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when shopping for a newborn – especially when shopping for newborn clothes. Let me tell you now: babies grow quickly! You won’t need all that many sets of newborn clothes. I suggest picking up only the essential garments and letting friends and family shower you with all of the cutesy, slightly less than necessary, outfits later on.

As long as you have the essentials you’ll be just fine. You can add to your collection of supplies as your baby grows and changes, too.

Good luck and happy parenting!

Sincerely,

Daddy Nickell

Christmas Shopping Ideas at Events

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Oh, it’s already starting to happen. The constant barrage of the Christmas shopping season is upon us. You know what I mean. Everything is perfect for Christmas shopping, because everyone wants a few pieces of shiny silver from your pockets. That doesn’t mean that everyone should flock to the Post Office because they think they are the perfect place to shop for Christmas. I don’t even like waiting in those lines to mail things; imagine doing it to shop!

But this time of year many non profits, art guilds, women’s leagues and other organizations hold shows offering shopping opportunities. They are the Christmas Bazaars and the Home and School Holiday Craft Show and the City of Anytown USA Holiday Village; the list goes on and on. But it is a wonderful list because it is emblematic of the spirit of the holidays. It is people working together to create things to sell for profit, for charities or just for children’s delight. I am not going to try to fool you by acting as an adult here. It is my “permitted” time of the year to act like a child. (Well I say it’s my permitted time, my family might say otherwise) This is the 2-3 months when we celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  What can you say bad about those 3 holidays?

I digress, back to the shows… Many of the shows listed in your area will have a variety of different items for sale. Clothing, homemade food, crafts, even works of fine art are just some of the things you will find. Many of the shows also feature the actual craftsman or artists on-site so you can get a real sense of what you are buying and knowledge of the creator, so to speak. In addition to items for sale, these types of shows are also fun places to be with the whole family. Usually they feature many terrific Christmas activities for kids as well as interesting things to see and do for all ages and lifestyles.

So you know the drill. Grab everyone in your house that has any Christmas shopping to do and head on over to one of these terrific shows. You just need to search for shows in your backyard and get going. You may find out that by visiting just one or two of these events, you can get all of your Christmas shopping completed. And if you are lucky, you may be able to still have cash leftover to pick up a bauble or two for yourself.

 

Country Fair Holiday Arts and Crafts Show

Nov 16, 2013 – Nov 17, 2013

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Rapid City, SD 57701

Exhibitors with hand made crafts and South Dakota products. Join us as we continue the tradition of the Country Fair, where vendors come together to sell quality handcrafted works, artwork, and manufactured items.
12,000 Attendees

Christmas Made in the South

Nov 15, 2013 – Nov 17, 2013

James Brown Arena – Bell Auditorium Augusta, GA 30901

Since 1987, this juried crafts show features more than 350 master artists and craftsmen demonstrating and selling their work. A holiday feast of the arts, full of holiday ideas, gifts and goodies. The creative way to shop for Christmas.

Central Oregon’s Holiday Food and Gift Festival

Nov 15, 2013 – Nov 17, 2013

Dechutes County Fairgrounds Redmond, OR 97756

This event includes booths filled with exhibitors displaying juried arts and crafts and many handcrafted items along with various gourmet foods and holiday related entertainment. Plus operating model train displays, cooking demonstrations, holiday music and Santa Claus.
10,000 Attendees

Holiday Craft Show

Nov 16, 2013 – Nov 17, 2013

Fairfax High School Fairfax, VA 22030

Since 1987. The City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Department welcomes you to our Holiday Craft Show. What started out as a very small show has grown to become a premium arts and crafts festival. Artisans from all over the United States, including many local artists, are participating in this year’s show and we are delighted to be able to offer you so many wonderful holiday gift choices. There really is something for everyone on your shopping list. Please take your time and visit all the areas of the show – you won’t want to miss a single one. Take a rest during the show to enjoy a hot lunch.
5,000 Attendees

Christmas in the Country – Erie

Nov 16, 2013 – Nov 17, 2013

Bayfront Convention Center Erie, PA 16507

This year Erie welcomes back a holiday shopping experience like no other, as the nation’s foremost artisan marketplace, Christmas in the Country, returns to theBayfrontConvention Center. After the its successful 2010 debut, the event has grown dramatically, welcoming almost 150 artisans and artists from across the country. They will be displaying and selling their unique handcrafted creations including gourmet foods, spa quality bath and beauty products, trendsetting jewelry, handpoured aromatic candles, eco-friendly clothing, pottery, original wall art, woodwork, home décor and holiday gift items galore. Christmas in the Country enjoyed a warm first year welcome to the Erie market. “We were very pleased that the Erie community embraced this event” said Daniel Kaczynski, from Premier Promotions, organizers of the event. “Christmas in the Country is going to be significantly bigger and better this year. We have added over 50 artisans, cooking and artisan demonstrations throughout the weekend, visits from Santa himself and so much more” added Kaczynski. “Our goal is to make this a unique holiday tradition for years to come, and thanks to Erie, it is well on its way.”
10,000 Attendees

Every Husband’s Nightmare Bazaar

Nov 18, 2013 – Nov 23, 2013

Washington County Fair Complex Hillsboro, OR 97124

Featuring a boutique style show of all handcrafts, antiques, collectibles, and Oregon gourmet foods, with over 200 vendors showing their fine wares. The artists come from all over the Northwest, many with crafts that are unique to this show. You will find lots of decor for the home and garden, gifts for the man in your life, hand-painted furniture, shabby chic decor and more.
3,000+ Attendees

 

 

Christmas Craft Show

Nov 16, 2013

Allen County Fairgrounds Lima, OH 45804

Don’t miss this Christmas Craft Show where craft vendors come from all over Ohio and the surrounding states to show and sell their unique items for that special someone this holiday season! Holiday items for sale and display.

The Winter Art Festival

Nov 16, 2013 – Nov 17, 2013

Monona Terrace Convention Center Madison, WI 53713

Since 1989. Features 140 Wisconsin exhibitors with a wonderful selection of pottery, watercolors, fiber, wood, glass, photography, jewelry, graphics, sculpture and more.

Christmas Craft Show

Nov 16, 2013

Chisholm Trail Expo Center at Garfield Community Fairgrounds Enid, OK 73701

Come to the Santa’s Showcase Christmas Craft Show in Enid for a variety of arts and craft vendors and get your Christmas shopping done early this year. Held annually during November, the Santa’s Showcase Christmas Craft Show will feature crafters from a four-state region. Visitors to this Enid craft show will enjoy browsing through craft booths in a climate-controlled building on the Garfield County Fairgrounds. A concession stand serving sandwiches and other light fare will be available.

Christmas Jubilee

Nov 14, 2013 – Nov 16, 2013

Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds Mobile, AL 36608

Since 1985, Enjoy a host of activities and great shopping at the Great Gulf State Fairgrounds along with a Girl’s Night Out, Santa Breakfast, Jubilee Art Walk, Hall of Wreaths, Author’s Corner and more.

Arts and Crafts Christmas Spectacular

Nov 15, 2013 – Nov 17, 2013

Mylan Park Morgantown, WV 26501

Since 2010, Featuring artists and craftsmen from throughout the region, you can browse and shop over 175 exhibits of high-quality arts and crafts including jewelry, dried and silk floral arrangements, decorative painting, soft sculpture, photography, clothing, fabric decor for your home, personalized ornaments, scented candles, lotions and soaps, pet collars and treats, holiday decorations, and much, much more!!! Sample delicious pre-packaged foods such as dip and drink mixes, candies, fudge, kettle korn, roasted almonds and nuts, dessert mixes and more!!! You can do all of your holiday shopping and home decorating at the Mylan Park Expo Center!!! Bring your camera and take your child’s photograph with Santa!!! Have your face painted and create balloon animals with clowns Glitter Dot and Dapper!!! Located in the Mylan Park Expo Center.

 

 

Christmas Village

Nov 15, 2013 – Nov 17, 2013

Tennessee State Fairgrounds and Expo Center Nashville, TN 37203

More than 260 merchants from all over the U.S. participate in this premier consumer show. A variety of unique seasonal and gift items are offered, including: toys for all ages, clothing for children and adults, jewelry, food items, pottery, collectibles and unusual pieces for the “person who has everything”.
25,000 Attendees

Juried Holiday Show and Sale

Nov 15, 2013 – Dec 23, 2013

Lakewood Cultural Center Lakewood, CO 80226

The Juried Holiday Show and Sale, in conjunction with the Artisan Showcase, will feature more than 75 Colorado artists. The annual show captures the spirit of gift giving with a large variety of work and price ranges. Choose from holiday ornaments, paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry and more — all one-of-a-kind works of art. Find something for everyone on your gift-giving list! Plenty of free parking is available. The Lakewood Cultural Center is located near the intersection of Wadsworth Boulevard and West Alameda Avenue. Programs of the Lakewood Cultural Center are supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), with appreciation to the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, and Colorado Creative Industries, to promote, support and expand the creative industries that drive Colorado’s economy. Closed November 28-30.

Happy Holidays Gift Store

Nov 02, 2013 – Dec 29, 2013

Arlington Museum of Art Arlington, TX 76010

Happy Holidays Gift Store, a part of the Arlington Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees, offers an extraordinary shopping experience. Handcrafted, many one of a kind, creations by local artisans and vintage finds from local collectors await the shopper looking for unique finds. A wide range of goodies, including mixed media framed wall art, slip cast and wheel thrown ceramics, framed and unframed photographic art, jewelry, fused and stained glass, vintage finds and more will delight the people on your gift list or become a treasure for you.

 

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5 Black Friday / Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

Black Friday

Can you believe it – Halloween is already over and the holiday shopping season is right around the corner. I laugh now, looking back… My dad always had a backache the day after Thanksgiving; and now I know why. He didn’t want make the drive, fight the crowds, carry the packages and handle the kids while my mom shopped! The one thing that hasn’t changed is that men still don’t like to go shopping. What has changed is how dangerous it can actually be, if you aren’t aware of your surroundings.

Here are 5 simple safety tips to help make your holiday shopping experience a safe one!

1. Tell someone where you plan to shop & about what time you should be home.

2. Since holiday hours now start in the wee hours of the morning & go very late into the night be sure  to park under a light and as close to the entrance as possible.

3. Carry your pepper spray in your hand when you are walking to & from the car!

4. Minimize the amount of items you carry in your purse during the holidays.

  • Only carry one credit card & a minimal amount of cash.
  • Leave all the extra pictures & personal items at home.
  • Always put your purse inside the car & lock the door (keep out your keys) before you start loading the car. NEVER leave it sitting out in the cart.
  • If someone tries to steal your purse, LET IT GO!! It’s not worth your life!

5. Are you carrying more packages than you can manage? Can you barely see over the top of your cart?

  • Make multiple trips to your car if you are shopping at a mall or strip center. You don’t want to have so many packages in your arms that you have to lean them against the car or leave them in the cart where someone can walk  by and grab them.
  • Put all items in your trunk or cover under your hatch. Don’t leave anything visible to the public.

The safety tips in this article and many others can be found on our Simple Self Defense for Women DVD. Please visit our website www.simpleselfdefenseforwomen.com for more details.

Tracy Vega, Co-Founder- Simple Self Defense for Women