See the Cat: Three Stories About A Dog

“Move over, Spot…Spoofing classic primers, Max the Dog talks back to the book in a twist that will have fans of funny early readers howling.”

Synopsis

See Max. Max is not a cat – Max is a dog. But much to Max’s dismay, the book keeps instructing readers to “see the cat.” How can Max get through to the book that he is a DOG? In a trio of stories for beginning readers, author David LaRochelle introduces the excitable Max, who lets the book know in irresistibly emphatic dialogue that the text is not to his liking. Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka hilariously depicts the pup’s reactions to the narrator and to the wacky cast of characters who upend Max’s – and readers’ – expectations as the three stories build to an immensely satisfying conclusion. Hooray, Max, hooray!

#MelAndNikkiReview

See the Cat: Three Stories About A Dog is a great story for early readers and it will have everyone laugh out loud. Absolutely love the banter between dog and book throughout the three stories. We were very glad that by the end of the story, the dog finally got a better ending to the story with some tough negotiating. 😉

The illustrations and storyline are a perfect combination to make this easy and fun for young readers. The repetitive wording is fantastic for early readers as it helps them pick up on reading much quicker. Nikki truly loved reading this book with me and I know in no time she will be reading this on her own to her family. It was hard to just read without giggling along the way.

“This book was so funny! I loved it! The best part is that it is easy to practice my reading.” – Nikki, Age 6

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 dogs out of 5! A clever and funny story that will delight all readers. We truly recommend to give this book a read. 🙂

If you would like to purchase a copy for your reader, click here. This book is recommended for ages four to eight.

About the Author

David LaRochelle is the author of many books for young readers, including Isle of You, illustrated by Jaime Kim, and Moo!, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka. He is the recipient of a Sid Fleischman Humor Award as well as a Bell Award for Early Literacy. See David LaRochelle in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

About the Illustrator

Mike Wohnoutka has illustrated more than twenty books for young readers, including Moo! by David LaRochelle. He is also the author and illustrator of several picture books, including Croc & Turtle. See Mike Wohnoutka in Minneapolis.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own.

Explore & Crawl Elephant Perfect for Your Little One

“Explore & Crawl Elephant has crawled into our hearts and we know your little one will adore it as much as we do!” – Momma Braga

Explore & Crawl Elephant

It’s time to explore! The cheerful Explore & Crawl Elephant encourages little ones to crawl and walk after him with ears that flap and a bright, light-up star. This soft, plush animal invites cuddles while providing lots of sensory stimulation with multiple textures and bright patterns. Kids build their gross motor skills as they practice crawling and walking after the elephant. Babies and toddlers can press any button to get the elephant moving, making playtime easy and rewarding. The elephant asks children to identify colors and numbers by pressing buttons. Watch the elephant crawl, sing and flap his ears in response! 45+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases enliven playtime while teaching about colors, numbers and daily life. Intended for ages six to 36 months. Requires 3 AA batteries. Batteries included for demo purposes only. New batteries recommended for regular use.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Explore & Crawl Elephant is absolutely adorable and a perfect gift idea for a little one in your life. We love how soft the elephant is and it’s design is too cute! It offers many wonderful features that will allow little ones to learn and grow with it. There are four activities that you can try with the push of a button. First there is the Elephant Button, press this button to hear fun sounds and phases. The elephant will flap its ears and crawl forward. Then there is the Music Button, press this button to hear playful melodies and songs. Then head off to the Number Button, press this one to learn numbers, body parts and the color of the shape. The elephant will flap its ears and move forward during the playful number song. Lastly but not least, you will need to check out the Light-Up Star Button. Press this button to hear fun sounds, phrases and playful songs that encourage interaction and crawling. The elephant will flap its ears and move forward during the playful sounds, songs and short tunes. The light will flash with the sounds.

Feature Highlights
  • The crawling, ear-flapping elephant encourages gross motor development as little ones crawl and walk after him.
  • Soft, plush fabric with multiple textures and patterns provides tactile and visual stimulation for growing infants’ senses.
  • Four easy-to-press buttons trigger the elephant’s movement as well as songs and dialog about colors and counting.
  • 45+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases teach about colors, numbers and daily life and encourage interaction with the friendly elephant.
  • This soft, plush elephant invites cuddling and active play with learning.

We give it, 10 flaps out of 5! This is a perfect gift for babies and toddlers as it offers ample of fun and learning. Nikki thought the elephant is super adorable and even though it doesn’t have a name, she decided to call it “Ellie the Elephant.” We think it is absolutely perfect!

The Explore & Crawl Elephant is recommended for children 6-36 months. If you would like to purchase one, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

*This product was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

V is For Voting | Book Review

“V is for Voting is the perfect book to inspire all ages on the importance of voting.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

V is for Voting is an engaging ABC book that introduces kids to concepts like social justice, civil rights, and democracy. Featuring Kate Farrell’s playful rhyming text, Caitlin Kuhwald’s bold art, and thoughtful material for further exploration, the book is a beautiful, and crucial, addition to every young reader’s library.

#MelAndNikkiReview

V is For Voting is a great children’s book to truly inspire the little ones of the importance of voting. No one is ever to young to learn how our voices can be heard with using our right to vote.

Voting is something that has always been important in our household and it was something that my parents always told me that I need to do once I was the legal age to vote. It is a duty that I am proud to do and vote every election year.

This book encompases all the importance of voting in ways that children can relate. We loved how the alphabet was used to make the points easier for kids to comprehend. We also love the illustrations that were beautiful and diverse.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 stars out of 5! “V is for voting to make your voice heard!”

If you would like to purchase this great book to inspire your little future, click here.

About the Author

Kate Farrell believes that every vote counts! She is a writer and an editor who lives in New York City. V is for Voting is her first picture book.

About the Author

Caitlyn Kuhwald has a BFA in illustration from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and an MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in various magazines, DVD covers, and books, including Who Did It First? 50 Scientists, Artists, and Mathematicians Who Revolutionized the World. She lives in Los Angeles. V is for Voting is her first picture book.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Improving Your Parental Prowess: Incorporating Self-Improvement Into Your Life

There are things that we wish would make motherhood easier. Perhaps we need certain hacks to help us get by during a difficult week. But arguably, one of the best gifts we can receive as a parent is the one that we give ourselves. Self-improvement is one of those things that some view with a raised eyebrow. Some feel it doesn’t benefit them, whereas others wholeheartedly embrace it. But there is a case to be said for having aspects of self-improvement in your life as a parent. But how can you incorporate aspects of self-improvement into your life, and how can they benefit you?

Get Into the Habit of Reading

As simple as it sounds, learning about personal development can help you unlock so many different abilities as a parent. While reading too many self-help books can make us over critical and overthink everything there’s a lot to be said about reading the right materials about personal development. It can provide new insights so you can alter your behavior for everybody, not just yourself or your children. But it’s simple to get into the habit of reading on a regular basis. The best thing we can all do is take a little bit of time every day just to read something, no matter how brief it is. Take the opportunity to invest in a pair of glasses on a website like

https://www.eyeglasses.com, and even reading a page every night will point you in the right direction.

Find People You Can Relate To

When we try to improve ourselves, there will always be naysayers and they can be closer to home than you think. Learning to improve your life is about getting insights from others. But finding people you can relate to will help you to stay motivated so you can keep pursuing your goals. We encounter so many people in our lives that don’t have any respect for what we’re trying to do, and when they are relatives or people we encounter every day, it can prove difficult to keep our distance from them. This is why we need to surround ourselves with people who are on the same wavelength. There are benefits to be had for encountering people who don’t think the way you do, because this can encourage the debate and learning to look at things from other people’s perspectives, but when you find people that operate on the same wavelength you have a support network. As a parent, usually this is other parents, but sometimes all the parents want to do is talk about their own children. We have to understand that if we want to be a better parent, we need to view ourselves objectively. 

Practice Being Calm

Being a parent means that we are sometimes running around so much that we end up feeling out of control and stressed. If we ever want to learn the fine art of personal development, being calm should be one of the first things that we understand. When you understand your own attitudes towards stress, you may have a new-found perspective. You may find that you’ve been a stress head your entire life but people didn’t want to broach the subject with you. If you can practice being calm, it won’t relieve everything straight away, but this art of practicing it slowly seeps into every aspect of your life. But when we feel that we don’t have the time to do it, this is when we have to find quick and effective hacks. There is a handy list on https://greatist.com to get you relaxing quickly. Because when we are relaxed we are able to solve problems better and understand how to improve issues.

Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Self-improvement can be about the lessons we learn from others. While we can’t “carbon copy” the issues someone else has gone through and apply it to our lives directly, when we see other people overcome problems, such as in terms of postpartum depression or learning how to take control of their lives, this can inspire us to ask for help. Some people think that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But when we understand that help can come in many forms and we learn a lesson effectively, this will give us a foundation to build upon. Help can come in many ways, whether it’s a counselor or advice from a friend.

When we feel we can improve on things, it shows that we care. As a parent, we can learn so much about ourselves by looking in the mirror and figuring out what we can improve upon. Life is a constant lesson, especially as a parent.

My Favorite Color | Book Review

My Favorite Color will captivate readers of all ages to a pallet of colors that intertwine so beautifully. An absolute masterpiece at your fingertips.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

People always ask for your favorite color. But who said you can only have one? Open this gorgeous board book to find an ode to ever-changing colors, offering a spectrum of hues evoking the sun, the sea, clouds, and dew-dappled fruit. In colorful grids of small squares – some translucent inserts, some painted on the pages – Aaron Becker uses layering to make colors shift and transition from spread to mesmerizing spread. As fun to look at as an alluring paint-chip display and as inspiring as an artful concept book can be, My Favorite Color promises to be a favorite, well-thumbed read and a prized art object in itself.

#MelAndNikkiReview

My Favorite Color exemplifies art in board book form and we absolutely love it! We found the concept of the book and the way colors changed and connected were brilliant. All the colors in the story captivated our eyes and hearts. It made me start to think how I can incorporate those colors in my interior design at home. 😉

Nikki and I love talking about colors as we discuss how each of our favorite colors is better than the other. It has been an epic battle since Nikki was able to tell me that her favorite color is pink (mine is Purple). I am happy to say that this book allowed us to see beyond our favorite colors and appreciate all the colors that surround us.

As we read the story and came to the question, “I can only have one favorite color?” Nikki shouted, “You can have as many as you like.” As we turned the page to get the response, Nikki smiled with glee as it truly is impossible to just pick one. Nikki’s favorite color (today) is Pink and Blue. It may change as she grows but one thing that won’t change is her love for all the colors.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give this book 10 rainbows out of 5! It truly brought color to life for us during reading time and it can definitely be treasured as a masterpiece of art.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this beautiful book, click here.

About the Author

Aaron Becker is the Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator of the Journey trilogy and of A Stone for Sascha, as well as You Are Light, the acclaimed companion book to My Favorite Color. His favorite color is bluish-green. And reddish-orange. And also yellow. He lives in western Massachusetts with his family.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Jabari Tries | Book Review

“Jabari Tries is a great children’s story that exemplifies emotions and great problem solving skills.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Jabari is making a flying machine. It will fly all across the yard.

“It’ll be easy. I don’t need any help,” he declares. However, it doesn’t work! Jabari is frustrated. Good thing Dad is there for a pep talk and his little sister, Nika, is there to assist, fairy wings and all. With the endearing father-child dynamic of Jabari Jumps and engaging mixed-media illustrations, Gaia Cornwall’s tale shows that through perseverance and flexibility, an inventive thought can become a brilliant reality.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Jabari Tries is a great children’s story that exemplifies emotions and great problem solving skills. We loved how it highlighted engineering into the story. The bond between father and child showcased beautifully and we love how the little sister was brought into the engineer plans. The emotions that Jabari feels throughout the process are all natural feelings and the problem-solving used in the story was brilliant!

*Construction boots do not come with the book 😉

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 stars out of 5! We loved the unique storyline and the illustrations were beautifully done.

“I like using strategies too to solve problems. I feel it helps me a lot.” – Nikki, Age 6

This book is great for children ages four to eight. If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, click here.

About the Author

Gaia Cornwall loves to write and illustrate for children. Her debut picture book, Jabari Jumps, was a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book and an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book. While not quite an engineer, she can certainly find her way around a pile of Lego bricks and, after much trial and error, can now build a pretty cool flying machine. Gaia Cornwall lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Show-How Guides: Paper Airplanes

“Master the art of paper airplanes with this show-how guide that provides step-by-step illustrations on how to create many paper airplane styles.” – Momma Braga

Show-How Guides

Show-How Guides are joyful primers for curious minds – collectible, visual, step-by-step handbooks that teach the skills every kid should know! This pocket-sized 101 series introduces kids of all ages to the perennial talents, hobbies, skills, and hands-on activities they’ll treasure for a lifetime. Each book includes a curated collection of essential skills and every step is illustrated, allowing kids to truly and easily master the basics, regardless of how they learn. Finally, fun and friendly tutorials you can understand at a glance! Show-How Guides are an affordable stocking stuffer, birthday gift, or impulse buy.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Show-How Guides: Paper Airplanes is a great book for children to learn how to make paper airplanes. We love how this guide provides illustrations with step-by-step tutorials on 11 essential airplane models.

We took it to the test and tried one out ourselves and we went with the Eagle style which is featured below. After a few tries we got it! It is perfectly ok to feel frustrated at first but never give up. We didn’t give up and we loved the result. By the end, you will feel like an expert.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this guide 5 planes out of 5! Get off to a flying start and get started today! If you would like to purchase your very own Show-How Guide, click here.

About the Author

Keith Zoo is an illustrator living near Boston, MA. For the past decade, he’s been the Lead Artist at FableVision Studios, working on a full range of things, from character design to animation layout, interactives and design. When he’s not there, he loves spending his time drawing monsters, goblins and other silly things.

About the Publisher

Odd Dot is a publisher of notification books with innovative formats for kids of all ages, with lists that range from STEM-oriented workbooks, to board books with wheels, and beyond. Combining fun and delightful artists with expert, knowledgeable, and creative authors allows Odd Dot to make joyful books for curious minds.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Blue’s Clues & You! Learning Toys Are Woof-errific

“Beloved Blue’s Clues & You is embracing toy time with these woof-errific items that will have your children learning and having fun for hours.” – Momma Braga

Blue’s Clues & You

Blue’s Clues & You follows Blue as she invites viewers to join her and Josh on a clue-led adventure and solve a puzzle on each episode. With each signature paw print, Blue identifies clues in her animated world that propel the story and inspire the audience to interact with John and Blue to figure out Blue’s Clues.

This popular preschool show is great to learn problem-solving and gets viewers engaged and interacting.

It is hard not to fall in love with Blue’s Clues & You! There are some amazing toys featuring this beloved character and we want to introduce you to some that will be popular this holiday season (or anytime of the year for the Blue’s Clues fan in your life). 😉

Tickety Tock Play & Learn Clock

Make time for learning and explore daily routines with the Blue’s Clues & You! Tickety Tock Play & Learn Clock. Press Blue to listen to her friendly barks and watch Tickety Tock wiggle her bells and light up.

Tickety Tock will play music including a song sung by Josh, the host of Blue’s Clues & You! Tickety Tock introduces numbers 1-12, says phrases and asks questions to encourage toddlers and preschoolers to learn and discover. Move the hour hand to explore daily routines including brushing teeth, snack time, bedtime and more. Explore numbers, music and daily routines by sliding the mode switch for a variety of activities. The Blue’s Clues & You! Tickety Tock Play & Learn Clock is a pretend clock that introduces toddlers and preschoolers to time concepts and makes a great gift for Blue’s Clues & You fans.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Tickety Tock Play & Learn Clock is absolutely awesome and can really help children learn the concept of time. We love how we can make this toy part of our daily routines. I have to admit that it helped keep me on track of our activities too! We love the teaching aspect of this toy as it teaches about daily routines, counting and number recognition.

The learning is done through three different modes and depending what your child would like to play with, you can pick the one that fits for the day. Our favourite was the music as it provided interactive activities. The toy itself is captivating to a little one and it is nice and big to make it easier for a child to grasp it. This is one clock that can not be missed in a room – it’s adorable!

We give it, 10 tocks out of 5! “I love learning about time and I love finding out what Blue does at different times. My favourite time is when Blue goes and plays outside at 11 in the morning.” – Nikki, Age 6

The Tickety Tock Play & Learn Clock is recommended for children ages two and up. If you would like to purchase your own amazing Tickety Tock & Learn Clock, click here.

Blue’s Clues & You! Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook

Learn what’s new with Blue and Josh! The Blue’s Clues & You! Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook looks like Josh’s Handy Dandy Notebook from the show. Learn through pretend play with 14 light-up app icons that introduce toddlers and preschoolers to colours, counting, shapes, weather, health and hygiene.

Learn through pretend play with the Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook, just like the one in the show Blue’s Clues & You! 11 light-up app icons introduce toddlers and preschoolers to colours, counting, shapes, weather, health and hygiene. This Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook features phone, music and mail apps for pretend play with Blue, Josh and Mailbox. Press the button with the picture of Blue to listen to a variety of her fun barks. This Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook makes the perfect gift for toddlers and preschoolers who watch the show Blue’s Clues & You!

#MelAndNikkiReview

Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook is a great way to truly feel like you are part of Blue’s Clues & You! The notebook looks just like the one from the show and if your child is a fan they will absolutely love it! This toy provides great interactive games that encourage imagination, listening skills, movement and early childhood foundations, such as shapes, colours, weather words, numbers and more.

There is so much that you can do on this handy dandy notebook, it truly earns it’s name of handy. 😉 You can chat with Josh and Blue, check email with Mailbox and play music. You can also explore 11 light-up app icons to explore colours, counting, shapes, weather, health and hygiene. Did I mention you can also play games?! My favourite is the exercise game with Magenta – it really got me to shake my tail! 😉

We give it, 10 hands out of 5! “My favourite app is the ABC because I like sounding out the letters of the alphabet and picking a word that starts with that letter.” – Nikki, Age 6

The Really Smart Handy Dandy Notebook is recommended for children ages two and up. If you would like to purchase your own amazing Handy Dandy Notebook, click here.

Blue’s Clues & You! Learning Watch

Bring Blue wherever you go with the Blue’s Clues & You! Blue Learning Watch. Bring time concepts to life with an entertaining wristwatch that features Josh’s voice and familiar barks from Blue! Explore daily routines with Blue and Magenta by choosing a time to discover what they want to do.

It’s time to learn all about time with Blue, Magenta and Josh by exploring daily routines and things they want to do at different times of the day. Four interactive learning games introduce counting, shapes and problem solving with Tickety Tock, Slipper Soap, Shovel and Pail. Explore time concepts and build early habits with an alarm clock and timer. Includes seven digital watch faces and a protective lid featuring Blue’s adorable face. This digital wristwatch featuring Blue makes the perfect birthday gift or holiday present for toddlers and preschoolers.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Learning Watch is a great learning tool on the go. It includes four learning games, seven watch faces, alarm clock and timer. Along with all these great features, a child can learn counting, daily routines, shapes and telling time. All great skills to learn!

We love the Learning Watch as it allows kids to take it with them as it’s comfortable to wear on their wrist. We loved picking the watch faces and our favourite is Magenta. It is hard to pick my favourite game as I enjoyed each one. Nikki on the other hand does have a favourite game which is “Spot the Difference.” She loved being able to find the differences in the pictures and I have to admit that she was fairly quick to spot them all. It is overall a great addition to a child’s playtime as it offers fun, learning and of course Blue and friends!

We give it, 10 barks out of 5! “I love playing the games! It is so much fun and it’s easy to take with me everywhere!” – Nikki, Age 6

The Learning Watch is recommended for children ages three and up. If you would like to purchase your own amazing Learning Watch, click here.

We absolutely adore all three of these toys and they truly are great for little ones, especially for Blue’s Clues fans! We love how LeapFrog developed them with education on mind to ensure every child is getting the most out of playtime.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

*These products were provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Love Is Powerful | Book Review

Love is Powerful is an empowering children’s story that shows us that one little voice can be carried out to millions. All you need to do is believe, have confidence and never be afraid to speak up.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Mari raised her sign for everyone to see. Even though she was small and the crowd was very big, and she didn’t think anyone would hear, she yelled out.

Mari is getting ready to make a sign with crayons as the streets below her fill up with people. “What are we marking, Mama?” she asks. “A message for the world,” Mama says. “How will the whole world hear?” Mari wonders. “They’ll hear,” says Mama, “because love is powerful.”

Inspired by a girl who participated in the January 2017 Women’s March in New York City, Heather Dean Brewer’s simple and uplifting story, delightfully illustrated by LeUyen Pham, is a reminder of what young people can do to promote change and equality at a time when our country is divided by politics, race, gender, and religion.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Love is Powerful is an empowering children’s book that is so refreshing to read. We loved the storyline and illustrations throughout. The message is loud and clear for our young activists that every voice should be heard. But most importantly that you CAN be heard.

We love how the book included a note from Mari who is the star of the story and her telling us of her real life experience of being heard. A six year old inspired everyone to chant “Love is Powerful.” It is empowering to hear stories like this as it reminds us that we all can be heard.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 hearts out of 5! Beautiful storyline and illustrations that will empower the little ones and even the adults reading the story. It truly touched our hearts and we recommend to give this book a read.

If you would like to purchase this great book, click here. This book is great for children’s ages five to eight years of age.

About the Author

Heather Dean Brewer is a writer, artist, and art director who designs books for kids and adults and loves to ride her bike in the woods. About this book she says, “I’ve often felt quiet and small and that no one could hear me. But when I joined others in the Women’s March and saw my friend Mari lifted above the crowd, her voice echoing down the streets of New York City, I learned that even the smallest voice has the power to change the world.” Heather Dean Brewer lives in Michigan wit her family and loves to ride her bike in the woods.

About the Illustrator

LeUyen Pham is a Caldecott Honor recipient and the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including the Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale and God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams. She says, ” I marched in the first Women’s March in Atlanta in 2017, but I carried no sign. This book is the sign I wish I’d had with me.” LeUyen Pham lives in California.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

 

Covering Your Bases: 9 Things You Need to Do to Prepare for a Possible Power Outage

Homeowners get weather alerts on their TVs and smartphones when a storm is coming. Most severe storms increase power outages and define how long the outage will last. Steps for preparing for a power outage helps the property owner avoid dangerous circumstances and helps them keep their families safer in terrible weather.

  1. Purchase and Install a Generator

A generator provides adequate power for the home during a power outage. However, the homeowner has two options with generators, and they must choose either a gas-powered model or a product that uses solar power to light the home. Comparing the costs of each and the duration they operate helps the homeowner find the best product for their home.

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  1. Buy Plenty of Batteries

Batteries are a necessity during a power outage and provide power for flashlights, weather radios, and even battery-powered lamps. Homeowners need an ample supply of batteries on-hand when a storm is rolling in.

  1. Stock Up on Non-Perishable Foods and Water

Non-perishable foods and bottled water are the best choices for a storm or power outage. It is best to choose foods that are pre-cooked and don’t require the homeowner to heat the food before eating. An ice-filled cooler keeps the water cold during the outage.

  1. Fill Up Your Vehicles

Homeowners need to fill up their gas tank just in case of an evacuation. Strong storm systems are often a cause for mandatory evacuations, and the property owner needs to leave as directed.

  1. Purchase a Backup Phone

A corded phone gives the property owner a backup option for contacting emergency services and staying in touch with family. Cordless phones are useless in a power outage, and the owner can use the corded phone even if the power is off.

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  1. Lower the Temperature in the Fridge and Freezer

Reducing the temperature in the fridge or freezer keeps it colder until they restore the power. It lowers the chances of a complete loss of all the food stored in the appliances. It will also cause the freezer to generate more ice that won’t melt for several days.

  1. Make Your First-Aid Kits are Stocked

First-aid kits must be stocked with vital medical supplies. Experts recommended that homeowners replenish their medical supplies as needed. This ensures access to the supplies if someone is injured in the home during the outage or a severe storm.

  1. Buy Plenty of Flashlights

Flashlights are necessary for lighting the homeowner’s way through their home once the power is out. The size of the home defines how many flashlights they should have on-site. At least three flashlights provide emergency lighting during a storm and could prevent avoidable injuries.

  1. Keep Your Cell Phone Charged

Cell phones should stay charged before the outage. Once they are fully charged, the homeowner can use the phone to contact emergency services or family members. A car charger is an invaluable investment, too.

Homeowners must act quickly when a severe storm is approaching. Preparatory steps for a power outage prevent the homeowner from remaining in the door throughout the outage. If the storm lasts longer than expected, the owner could be without power for several days. Buying non-perishable foods and water helps the homeowner feed their family during the outage. Families that follow tips for preparing for an outage prevent injuries and keep everyone safer.