Halloween Safety


Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S7 Smart Phone.  This is one of those posts.  If you have a kid or grand kid with a smart phone you might want to check out this parent child agreement on cell phone use.  I think it would be very useful when opening a discussion on phone safety with your children. You can find that here.

Every month U.S. Cellular gives me a topic to write about…this month they asked that I address Halloween and the safety features of a smart phone.  A recent survey from U.S. Cellular found 62 percent of parents actually cite safety as a reason for getting their child their first phone.  I know for us, that’s why we got them for our kids.  Back then the safety we were concerned with is when they first started driving.

Now kids are getting phones much younger.  It’s great to know that devices can double as Halloween hubs to help trick-or-treaters stay safe and give parents peace-of-mind.

As Halloween rolls around there will be plenty of pictures are taken of kids in their costumes so they can be shared with loved ones and on social media channels, but it’s important to have current photos stored and readily available should a problem arise.  In addition to having a current photo of each child in regular clothing, before heading out on Halloween night, also take and store individual shots of children in their costumes.  If they are wearing masks or anything else that covers all or a portion of their faces, make sure to get photos of them with and without the masks on.

 iPhones include a built-in emergency feature located in the lower left hand corner of locked password screens, which allows users to make emergency calls, even when the phone remains locked.  iPhones also give users the opportunity to set up “Medical ID” information allowing friends, first-responders or even concerned bystanders to gain access to potentially life-saving information if needed, right from the emergency screen.  To set up this built-in “Medical ID” feature:
Select the pre-installed Health application
Click on Medical ID in the lower right corner
Make sure the “Show When Locked” option is turned on
Add name, date of birth and information as it relates to medical conditions, allergies and reactions, and medications
Add emergency contacts and personal information that would be useful in case of an emergency.

While this built-in feature isn’t currently available for Androids, there is a helpful alternative. Android users can include their name and emergency contact information on their locked screens by going into their settings, selecting security and then updating owner information.

I love this..it’s like a medical bracelet for your phone.  I am going to be sure to tell Hubby, Craig and Kalissa who are all first responders that this is something they might need to start looking for on phones.


Amid the excitement of trick-or-treating or Halloween parties, it’s easy for kids to lose track of time.  Using the clock feature you can pre-set a series of different alarms on a child’s phone to remind them to periodically check-in and to ensure they don’t cut it too close when it comes to curfew.

 Be aware that certain applications can drain batteries quickly. If users suspect they will be using their phones more than usual, they should consider bringing along a portable charger, like the PureGear® PureJuice Portable Charger.

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External batteries are lightweight and easy to plug into multiple devices via USB microcharging cables, allowing users to recharge a phone’s battery in their pocket, purse or bag.  There are also cell phone cases on the market that automatically charge smartphones without any extra cables, like the Mophie Juice Pack.

Image result for Mophie Juice Pack.

Strolling streets and walkways in the dark can be dangerous, and since superpowers such as night vision are not included with the purchase of superhero costumes, flashlights are needed.  Fortunately today’s smartphones come with built-in flashlights.

Those are just a few things about smart phones that might make your Halloween experience a bit more safe.




A Carver day for Kelli!


A post from Kelli–

I’m sure you are all aware by now, but wonderful little Carver is such a cutie!  I just love him to pieces.  The other day I was talking to Kalissa and she mentioned that she was going to be starting back to work a little bit here and there just to ease into it.  I had mentioned that I had fall break a few days in there and boy was I excited when I found out that there happened to be a day that I could watch him!

The day before, I spent time cleaning the house and getting stuff ready for him because I was really excited.  More than once, Jason had to remind me that since he was a baby, he didn’t need tons of toys out and that he probably wouldn’t be able to do too much of the arts and crafts that I had planned for him.  I ended up getting so excited that I seriously couldn’t sleep Monday night becasue I was just sooooo excited to spend the day with him.

When I woke up Tuesday morning, I even cleaned my car!  (insert gasps here)  left to meet Craig in West Union to pick up Carver at his work.  We made a quick stop at the grocery store on our way home to grab a few things and then headed home.

Once we got home, I could see his cute little shirt!

Carver 1 (300x400)It says–If Mommy says no, I’ll as my Aunt!  I don’t know if I’ll always say yes (I know the power of the wrath of Kalissa) but it sure was cute.

Next we did arts and crafts!

Carver 2 (400x300)I made one for Kalissa and Craig and one for myself too cause I was definitely in need of some new refrigerator decor.

Carver 3 (300x400)Then my pal got all tuckered out so he took a little nap while I made some apple crisps for the neighbors.

Carver 4 (300x400)All in all, it was a pretty great day-Kalissa ended up not having to work, but spent some time getting caught up on computer training, so my time with Carver got a bit shorter than I planned, but I was just glad to spend time with him.

I always kind of wondered how having kids would or if it would change my relationship with Kalissa.  I’m glad to say that it hasn’t really.  I’ve loved seeing her grow into a wonderful mom and am sure that it’s just another area of her life that she will excel in!  Thanks for visiting Auntie Kelli!





UFO Progress


I’m plugging away on my UFO projects.

Monday I told you that I had more or less put myself on a “no sewing until I clean the sewing room” lock down but sometimes a I have to finish some things to really get the cleaned up.  That’s the case with my Santa Fe String Star quilt.  I have the center done.  I have the borders done.  I need to decide what to do for a background.

I decided to pull some fabric and see.

The original pattern calls for a red background.  For some reason I was really hesitant about that.  I thought a cream colored might be safer…what do you think?


As long as I was laying it all out I thought I might as well grab some other pieces of fabric too.

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Charity Quilt Finishes from Mary Jo and Kathy


Mary Jo has been on a roll.  Last week I showed you of the quilts she got bound….this week, TWO MORE!  Awesome.

The quilts that Mary Jo worked on originally came from Kathy in Alexis, IL.  Kathy writes, “Here’s a few tops to do with as you wish, charity or whatever.  I have too many so I’m sharing.  I read your blog every day & wonder how you get it all done.”

Well I get the charity quilting done with LOTS of help from people like you and Mary Jo.

Onto the quilts….Isn’t this one a beauty…



That was a tease…I bet you want to see the whole thing.  Right?
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