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medical id for Iphones, keep yourself safe, save your life, be prepared, be safe, be prepared

Recently I saw an article a facebook friend had shared that I couldn’t believe I didn’t know about. I want to get the word out in case you are in the dark like I was. Here is the original article.

This is a great app that I really had just kept in a folder out of view and hadn’t given much thought to, not realizing how great it really is.

The Health app is a free app that is already on newer Apple devices. While it has a pedometer and health meters that are great, its real hero is the medical info you can save. This would be handy if you were in an accident or need to get to a hospital but are unable to communicate. It has a spot for your name, emergency contact info, allergies, meds you are taking, important info that could save you from a potential reaction.

medical id for Iphones, save your life, be safe, be prepared

All you have to do is open the “health” app. In the bottom right corner is “medical ID”. Click on it to get to the screen above and begin saving your information. If you select “show when locked” than there is no need to know your security code to access the information. On the lock screen, select “emergency” down in the bottom corner. It will then take you to the next screen where you can select “medical ID”.

medical id for Iphones, keep yourself safe, save your life, be safe, be prepared

medical id for Iphones, save your life, be prepared

So easy, and already included on your device. It is potentially a life saver and definitely a piece of mind provider. I immediately did it to my daughter’s phone. I love the extra security of knowing that if she isn’t with me she would still have the vital info in an emergency situation.

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diy photo booth, party ideas, thrity party ideas, teen party

Photo booths are such a fun and easy way to celebrate at a party. My daughter turned 13 and wanted to do something fun, but wasn’t sure what that would be that didn’t feel “babyish”. A photo booth was a great way for the girls to have fun and let out their inner top model while they snapped photos. While cell phones aren’t my favorite thing at a party (I want them to be with the ones that are there and not focused on their phone) they came in handy so that I didn’t have to play photographer all night. Which, I am sure also helped some of the girls feel more free to be goofy without me standing over them all night.

All you need is a white sheet and some streamers for the backdrop. Hang in a well lit area. This is hard if the party is at night, but just find a spot where you can either move some lamps over, or where you have an overhead light.

We tacked our sheet to the wall being sure to hang it high enough that it wouldn’t show for the taller girls. We hung it at the height of the doors. Take your streamers and tape them at the top of the sheet, where the edges are above. Once you have the steamers the way you want, take one more and tape it over those raw edges so that they are covered.

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All you need are some fun props (super easy to make) and you are all set to get snapping your guests having fun at your next party.

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replace a worn out trampoline safety pad with pool noodles ~ Easy DIY, #diy, #trampoline, #poolnoodles, #homeimprovement

Here is a quick and easy safety tip that can be done on a budget…. Replace A Worn Out Trampoline Safety Pad With Pool Noodles .  Plus it looks really cool, I love how the bright colors POP and make the trampoli look bright and cheerful.

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We have had a trampoline for a few years now and I think we take pretty good care of it.  We take it down for the winter, and try to avoid the kids “abusing” it.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for the weather!  All it took was a few bad wind storms last year and the poor net and safety pad were trash!  I am sure I am not the only one who got pinched by a trampoline spring or two as a kid. It doesn’t feel good!  I was hoping to avoid that with my kids. Since I am thrifty, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a replacement.  These pool noodles were from the dollar store.  I bought 10 but only ended up needing 9.  Can’t beat $9!  Not to mention, I think it looks fun and brightens up the back yard!

You will need:

Pool noodles

box cutter

A tool to remove the springs (we got one with our trampoline that we saved. but I found a replacement here for super inexpensive if you need one!)

Begin by measuring your spring and deciding what length you would like your sections to be.  Then measure and cut your pool noodles into as many sections as it will provide.  You will probably end up with little pieces off the ends, save them, they will work for summertime crafts for the kids!

Once you have them all cut, it is time to put them over the springs. Using your nifty tool, remove one spring at a time, sliding the pool noodle onto the spring before replacing it.

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This isn’t hard, just monotonous.  Thankfully I had my husband do it for me and it took him just a few minutes.

There you have it!  A bright, cheerful trampoline makeover that will be fun all summer long!

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How to eat an artichoke

Artichoke Flower

Or you can just let the artichoke turn into a pretty flower.

So recently one of our  friends  just threw away some artichokes.  They said they had never had artichokes and didn’t think you could eat anything on it. Well for years my (Matt) family has been eating artichokes on fun special occasions. Mainly when they went on sale. Now this way to eat them is not the only way, you can grill them (which I never really have tried) or cut out just the hearts and stems. The way we do it is boil them. In a large pot of boiling water, add the artichokes whole. Make sure you have enough room to spin them around and position them to get them under the water as much as possible. Boil them for about 15 to 20 minutes, just long enough that you can easily stick a fork down the end of the stalk.

So here are two of the artichokes we cooked. The one on the left has all of the hard outer leaves on. When you peel these leaves off – one by one- there is not much edible bits on them. But once the outer leaves are off, like the photo above on the right of the plate, the leaves get more and more tender and lighter in color.

The white part on the base of each leave is edible. Now don’t go biting this part off. Simply dip in butter, or even by its self, and slide it over your lower teeth and scrape what comes off with your teeth. You will learn how much pressure to use as the leaves move from being hard and “woody” to really soft and tender. As they get tender, you can almost just eat half of the leave. Any thing that is really tender is edible.

I have always just dipped these in butter, like lobster. I am sure you could use the healthy fake butter stuff. Next time I might try it with those new flavored butters with garlic and such already blended in them.


The outer leaves will look like this after you scrape them off on your teeth. Just the white inside bottom part of each leave is edible. But as you get further inside the artichoke, the leaves become pale green and maybe even cream or white color. Most of these leaves are edible and I will just bite off what ever snaps off. Be careful because the tips of these have little points on them that are not edible.

The artichoke on the right side, above, shows the pale white leaves that are really soft and good. Even the stalk of the artichoke is edible if you peel back the fibrous outside.

Once you get to the inside of the artichoke you will see these small feathery looking pieces – see above photo. They are soft and intriguing, but they don’t call it an artichoke for nothing. Those little soft pieces are the “choke”. They are not edible.

Now in the above sliced view of the artichoke. If you carefully cut out the choke with a butter knife, you can then eat the “heart”. You can see the choke which is a light pale green on the very top. You can pluck off the choke down to about the darker layer right under the choke. Once that is removed the artichoke heart is the prized piece. These are the things you see in salads and sold in jars at the store.

So now you know one way to eat those strange looking artichokes. These are fun to eat after dinner, mid day snack. You can even do this while watching your favorite sports game or at family movie night. Just be careful with the butter 😉

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