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I love going on vacation. And when you go on vacation you are either bringing your nice items, and or you are planning on buying some fun nice items. No matter where you go, there is always a need to keep your valuables secure. What better way then to keep them hidden in plain sight. Everyone who see’s a metal bolt will think nothing of it. These are perfect ways for keeping Hidden Valuables in plain sight.

Hidden Valuables Hair Brush Diversion Safe – Assorted Colors

  • Looks and Functions Just Like a Real Hairbrush!
  • Top Screws Off To Reveal Diversion Safe
  • Assorted Colors Black, Red, or Silver Chosen at Random

Hidden Valuables Women’s Speed Stick Diversion Can Safe Stash

  • Made from a genuine product container
  • Sturdy pull-off bottom
  • Perfect for purses, cars, luggage, gym bags and pockets!
  • Recommended by Law Enforcement agencies around the world!
  • Hide your money, pills, or other valuables in plain sight!

Hidden Valuables The Spy Bolt Covert Hidden Contents Secret Container

  • O-Ring Seal | To protect your contents from damage
  • Reverse Threading | To protect your contents from unknown intrusion
  • Size: ½” Diameter Bolt
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Made in the USA

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Jerry Can Toolbox and Storage Utility Trail Container 4×4 Truck Accessory

Trust me your hubby has always wanted a Jerry Can ToolBox for his trailer, four wheeler, razor, or 4×4, or even just in the garage.

Jerry Can ToolboxChristmas is coming up very soon! These Jerry Can Toolbox and Storage trail containers would make an excellent gift idea for him!

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Rampage 86622 Trail Can Storage Box

  • Can is made of heavy 14 gauge steel; powder coated for extra durability
  • Includes a locking latch disguised as a fuel cap
  • Fits on a normal 5 gallon jerry can mount
  • Over 900 cubic inches of interior storage space
  • Exterior dimensions: 18 inches high x 16 inches long x 6 inches wide

Utility Trail Can Tool Box 4x4 Truck AccessoryRampage 86619 Trail Can Utility Tool Box

  • Locking Lid to Secure Contents
  • Lift out Tool and Tote Tray plus two Removable Drawers
  • Screw Driver Storage Slots
  • Non-Slip Soft liners included
  • Trail can Dimensions 18 X 13 x 6

Dont forget a cool holder

Jerry gas can Utility Trail holderSmittybilt 2798 Jerry Gas Can Holder

 

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  Texting my son with special needs.  If you have followed our site for awhile you know my oldest son was born missing the left side of his heart. Yes he only has half a heart, he has HypoplasticLeft Heart Syndrome. He was very sick for the first 4 years of his life. We lived in and out of hospitals all over the northwest.  This boy is a fighter, over 14 surgeries he defied the odds and is still with us.  This week something special happened. He sent me a text message.hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-texting-my-son-with-special-needs-special-needs-children-each-child-reaches-milestones-at-differnt-rates-simple-joys

That being said he does struggle in some areas. Matthew is very small for his age, and he is also developmentally delayed.   He spends his school days in a special needs program. He is an 8th grader, but is still working at a 1st grade level.  We are so proud of the progress he has made. Sure he is not at the same pace as his peers.  But he is making progress and we celebrate each step forward he takes.

He learned that our cell phones have something called “texting” on them.  And if he looks up Uncle John or Granny’s name he can send them a message. Technically he is not suppose to text without asking. But often he sends a  2-3 word message that might say something like, “Football now” or “Come play”.  He sends a text once a month or so.  But I personally have never gotten a text from him before.

We do not text and drive!

We have a rule in our house, that we do not text and drive. So if I get a message while driving my 11 year old daughter will grab the phone and text for me. She has been doing this for years now.  So this week when I sent my husband a message and he was driving Matthew grabbed the phone and decided he would text for his Dad. This would be the first time he had done that. So I was not expecting him to reply.  This is how our conversation went.

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  Texting my son with special needs

Mom: How is it going

Son: My ibid (did) good

Mom : Is this Matthew or Dad

Son: Matter (Matthew) Dad Driving

Mom: Did you go to the doctor yet?

Son: Come home

Mom Ok love you

Son: Ok (then he sent me the score from last nights football game)

I was smiling ear to ear!

Now to most people this is not a big deal. In fact most people would focus on his bad spelling and lack of sentence structure.  But for me I was smiling ear to ear. This was the first time I had ever had a text conversation with my 14 year old son, and I could actually read it. I knew what he was trying to say. He was so proud of himself,  he was helping text so Daddy could just drive.  Just like his younger sister always does for Mom.

We find joy when any of our 5 children succeed. Yet somehow it seems a little more special when your child who has struggled and worked so hard takes another step forward.  Sure his 6 year old brother can do the same thing, maybe even a better job.  But that only makes this very first text to me so very sweet. I sure am proud of you buddy… and NO this does not mean you can now have your own phone. One step at a time, remember :).

If you would like to read more about Matthew and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, feel free to read more about him on his heart page.

 

 

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What to Take on a Day Hike

Day hike in the outdoors can be a fun and relaxing activity for your family or friends. But the simple idea of a day hike can actually catch many people off guard if something happens. Don’t get stuck unprepared.

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Going on a hike can be a fun and relaxing time for families and friends. There is nothing quite like heading to the trail and breathing in that fresh air. You should come prepared, though, in order to make sure you have a good of a time as you can! Just because it is just for the day or even an hour or two, many issues can come up causing a kink in the plans.  Here are some tips for taking what you need on a hike.

What to Take on a Hike

Water

Plenty of water for everyone. This may mean that everyone needs to carry their own, but it is vitally important that you stay hydrated when outdoors in the heat doing any exercise. Depending on how far or how long you intend to go, one bottle of water may not be enough. Pack accordingly. Even these little water filter straws can be a life saver in an emergency.

First Aid

A mini-first aid kit. You never know what will happen when you are outdoors. You don’t need to pack a bunch of things in your mini first aid kit, but be sure to pack some tweezers (for splinters), bandages in a couple different sizes, anti-bacterial ointment, an ace bandage, an instant ice pack, bug spray and bug bite treatment.

Suncreen

Sunscreen. This is especially important if you intend to be out for a while or your hike is long. You may sweat and although many sunscreens are now waterproof, you will still need to apply more as the day goes on just to be sure you are well covered. Even in the cooler fall and winter months you can get a sunburn.

Energy

High protein and high carb snacks. Things like cliff bars, shelf stable meat, jerky, cheese and crackers and granola bars are great for hikes. They are portable, don’t take up much room and give your body what it needs to keep going.

Map

A map of the area you are hiking. Even if you are very familiar with the trail, it is always a good idea to bring a map. You never know what can happen, so be prepared. And let someone know who isn’t going with you where you will be going, exactly. That way if you or someone you are with gets hurt and a search and rescue team has to come get you, they won’t be spending all of their time searching.

Clothing

Extra socks for everyone. The weather is an unpredictable force to be reckoned with and especially at higher elevations; a nice sunny day can suddenly become a rainy or even snowy one. Making sure you have dry socks to wear will be important not only for comfort but for safety and will keep the chance of blisters down to a minimum. Even though you are planning a day hike, bring something in case the the weather turns and it gets cold. Stay warm is a key factor to making it a great hike.

Protection

Sunglasses and lip balm. Just as important as taking care of your skin in the sun is taking care of your eyes and lips. It will be easier for you to see without glares and it will protect your eyes from harmful UVB rays. Also, it is easy to get dry lips when at higher elevations due to decreased hydration and wind.

Lighting

A flashlight or headlamp. While you may intend on going out just for the day and heading back before it gets dark, it is easy to get lost in time when hiking as you will probably be having a lot of fun. Take headlamps or flashlights for everyone in your party so getting back at dusk is much easier.

Weather

Cold weather clothing options. Even if it is warm now, it could turn cooler as you head higher up and as the day gets later. And if something wee to happen forcing you to be there into the night, warm clothing will be a must. Make sure to bring a jacket, hat and gloves so everyone stays warm and comfortable. Most important, have fun and enjoy making memories.

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