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Who Knew Wednesday: Sanity -Saving Kid Tips – Temper Tantrum solved?

Today Todd and I said “who knew?” quite a lot! We had a super fun topic, which was chapter 15 in our Who Know? book, was “Sanity saving kid Tips”!

Where are the tips we shared today!

Numb the “Ick” of Taking Medicine
Nothing’s worse than having to give a sick child medicine he or she can’t stand the taste of. To make things a little easier, have him or her suck on a popsicle for a few minutes before taking the medicine. The popsicle will not only act as an incentive, it will also numb his or her taste buds making the medicine easier to swallow.

 Cheap childproofing 
Use a shower curtain ring to keep a toddler out of your cabinets. Just run the ring through the two handles that are closed by and latch. 

Make your kids stand out
If you know you’re going to a crowded place, make sure to dress your children and bright colors so you can easily spot them. To make them stick out even more, buy each kid a cheap helium balloon and tie it around the wrist. Kids love balloons, and so will you when you realize you can see a mile away in the mall.

 Make your swing set safer
You’ve just bought your kids a new swing set, and you’re peering out the window just waiting for one of them to fall off. Fear no more! Place carpet remnants or free carpet samples from a local store underneath the swings for extra padding. They’ll kill the grass underneath, but your kids would have done that anyway. 

 Make ripping off Band-Aid painless
Before removing a bandage from your child’s skin, douse the area with baby oil. The baby oil will soak into the bandage and make it easier to remove without hurting him or her. 

 Make slides more fun
If your kids have tired of that expensive playground set you bought them, make the slide even more fun by giving them each a large piece of wax paper. If they sit on the paper as they are going down the slide, they’ll move much faster and they’ll never call it born again (or at least not for a few weeks.) 

 Get pen marks off skin 
If you know any children, you know they like to get marker and pen all over their hands. The fastest way to get them ready for company is to use green or black tea bags. You use the actual wet bag itself to dab at the stains once you’re done brewing a cup with it and it has cooled down.

 Temper Tantrum solved?
When taking your kids on a trip always bring along a bottle of bubbles. If and when the tantrum hits, take out the bubbles and start blowing. This distracts them enough so that they calm down and they can actually listen to what you’re saying. Then hand over the bottle and let them help. Not only is this rewarding them for a stoping crying, but it also allows the child to take a deep breath and become even more relaxed. 

 Stop the Popsicle drips 
Keep messy melting popsicles from getting all over your kid’s hands and the floor, by poking the stick end of the popsicle through a coffee filter or a cupcake liner before you hand it over. The filter or cupcake liner will soak up the drips. 

Popcorn, Without the dishes
If you’re serving popcorn to the kids but don’t want to wash a bunch of bowls afterward, considering using a coffee filter as a disposable Bowl instead of a paper bowl, because it uses less paper and is cheaper! 

 Kids shoelaces coming untied?
If you are children shoelaces are often coming untied you maybe tying them wrong. This is because we were taught to tie your shoes in a way that’s easy for our hands but it may not be tying a nice square knot.  Here’s a video on how to tie them the right way:  For Kids

Here is the Questions of the day:

In a survey by The Early Childhood Investment corporation, parents cited simply being with their children as the best part about parenting, and discipline as the worst part of parenting. 

 What is your favorite part about interacting with your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews or any of the children you interact with? Let us know below!  

Thank you for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: Going back to our roots – with Life Hacks!

Today Todd and I got back to the roots of Who Knew Wednesday! The reason we started Who Knew Wednesday is because we found some pretty awesome books called “Who Knew? 10,001 East Solutions to Everyday Problems” and “More Who Knew? Thousands of Money-Saving Secrets for Cooking, Cleaning and all-around Your Home”, both by Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin!

We are excited to announce that our Valentine’s Day Banquet tickets are officially on sale! Click HERE to find out more!

Today we decided to focus on Chapter 16 from the first Who Knew? book about Car hacks! Here are the hacks we shared:

  • Make the most of that expensive gas!
    • Keep your tires inflated. It’s much harder for your engine to get your car to move when your tires are even a little bit flat. Invest in a gauge and make sure to keep them as inflated as possible without over-inflating.
    • Change your oil regularly. As oil ages, it’s thicker and harder to push through the engine, causing more energy to be used. By changing your oil regularly you’ll make sure you get the best fuel economy possible.
    • Roll up your windows on the highway. Having the wind streaming through your hair might be fun, but it increases drag on the car and make it take more energy to run. In this case, it’s actually usually cheaper to run the AC.
    • Other quick tips to save gas:  Be smart with the route you pick, stay at or under the speed limit, remove any excess weight in your car and try to carpool as much as possible!
  • Who knew Classic Tip: if your windshield wipers are smearing your windshield while they work, wipe the blades with rubbing alcohol.

  • Keep your car doors from freezing: it’s hard enough to have to dig out your driveway and scrape off your car after a snowstorm. Save yourself the trouble of worrying about car doors freezing shut by spraying WD-40 in the lining. Once at the beginning of winter should do it!

  • Condition Your Car: You might think we are crazy, but applying conditioner, leaving for 5 minutes, and then rinsing it off will give your car a just-waxed shine. As an added bonus, it will more effectively repel water!

  • For supple leather: if your car has leather seats, regularly apply a thin layer of baby oil to the leather and let it dry. This will prevent your seats from drying out and cracking.

  •  Removing bumper stickers: Get those old bumper stickers off and bring your car up to date. Rub cold cream on the stickers and wait 10 minutes. Say goodbye and peel the bumper sticker right off.

  •  Stop ice before it starts: To keep your car door locks safe from ice during the cold winter months place a refrigerator magnet of the lock you can even take an old magnet (that 2008 calendar from the local realtor, perhaps) and cut it into pieces that fit perfectly.

  •  It pays to restart your engine: If you are waiting for longer than 30 seconds in your car, turn off the engine. Use more fuel idling after 30 seconds then you use to restart your car.
  • Impromptu shovel: Stuck in the mud, sand or snow with no way to dig yourself out? A shovel may be closer than you think. Just detach your hubcap and use that instead!

  •  Bonus tip of the day:

    • Take two aspirin for yourself, then to for your car: if your car battery has died and you don’t have jumper cables, don’t get a headache just yet. First, try dropping a couple of aspirin tablets into the battery the acid in the aspirin can provide it with just enough to charge get you to the nearest service station.

 

  • Question of the Day:
    •  According to insurance agencies, green and yellow cars are the least likely to get in a car accident, and red and black cars are the most likely. Why do you think this is? Let us know below in the comments section!

 

Thanks so much for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

 

Who Knew Wednesday: Dr.VanNest shares!

Today Todd and I had so much fun playing the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange and getting to share a great conversation with Dr. VanNest about his favorite Christmas Carol!

If you want to hear the conversation about “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” click on the picture!

_Dr. Doug VanNest

 

Copy of Mystery Monday xmas

Congratulations are in order to Linda from Utica who won an awesome WNZR Kitchen Kit and Peggy from Mount Vernon who won the “Same type of Different as Me” DVD.  If you want to more about the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange click HERE. 

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Who was the author of the Christmas carol “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”?

Answer: By Charles Wesley

Congratulations to Nancy Joe from Mount Vernon who took a chance and guessed right! They won the $5 Gift Card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Thanks for clicking on our blog!

– Hannah and Todd

Mystery Monday: Grandma’s Teeth and Something Special?

Today on the Afternoon Drive we had lots of fun ringing in the thanksgiving week! We shared about #MVNUthanks and campus kindness day!

We shared about the Turkey Trot here at MVNU to help support Food for the Hungry!  Click HERE to find out more!

With TWO chances to win!

Here is Today's Family Feud Style Mystery Question!

Question(S) Today!

  1. Name something families use only when special guests visit.
    • Answers: 1. China/ Crystal, 2. Silverware, 3. Guest Room, 4. Table Linens
    • Congratulations to Dan from Howard who guessed the top to answers right and won a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.
  2. Name a reason Grandma might take out her false teeth.
    • Answers: 1. To Go Clean Them, 2. Going to Sleep, 3. To Eat/ Drink, 4. They hurt
    • Congratulations to Jamie from Danville who guessed the top to answers right and won the second a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.
Thanks for checking out our blog!
– Hannah and Joe

Who Knew Wednesday: Adoption day – well month – no, 2 months!

Today we had the chance to speak to Lilly Buckley about her adoption story!
Click on the picture the hear the interview!
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Congratulations to our 5th callers today, Jana and Leanna, who are both from Mount Vernon! If you want to know more about our Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt – click HERE!
Thanks for checking out the blog!
-Hannah

Mystery Monday: New Ohio?

Today Joe and I shared about this big upcoming weekend for MVNU, it’s 51st Homecoming! To find out more about homecoming click HERE.

Guess who we had on the show today? Tom the Turkey for the Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt! Head to website WNZR.FM for more information!

Congratulations to our 2 caller numbers five’s Jonathan from Gambier and Dawn from Fredericktown; they both were registered to win a Turkey on Friday 22ed!

Here is Today's Family Feud Style Mystery Question!

Name a state with two words in its name.

Answers:
1.New York 
2.New Jersey 
3. New Hampshire
4. West Virginia
5. North Dakota
6. New Mexico
7. South Carolina

Congrats to Harley from Mount Vernon who guessed our top two answers and won that $5 Gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Thanks for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Joe

Who Knew Wednesday: Family Heritage Month (Kind of) – Part two!

Today Todd and I couldn’t turn down another amazing Family Heritage story, so we pretended that October lasted just one extra week!

 

Here is the Story we shared today:

Click on the pictures to hear the Stories!

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Here are the stories we shared last Wednesday:

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Dennis shares his Family Heritage

 

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What of these groups maintains the largest genealogical library in the world?

  1. The Catholic Church
  2. The National Genealogical Society
  3. The U.S. National Archives
  4. The Mormon Church

The answer is The Mormon Church!

If you want to take a fun quiz and learn more about Genealogy click HERE! 

Congrats to Sandi from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed our Trivia Question and won the $5 Gift Card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Thanks for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Mystery Monday: Are you a backseat driver?

Today I had lots to share with you, between checking up on Joe after his second eye surgery, recapping Flannel Fest 2019, our mystery Question and sharing about the AMAs we had so much to talk about!!
If you want to know more about Flannel Fest 2019 or just for Place4Grace, click HERE to check out the website!
Here is the Mystery Monday Mystery Question:
What is the most common order a backseat driver to the driver? 
Answers:
1. STOP! 
2. SLOW DOWN! 
3. WATCH OUT!
4. TURN HERE!
5. HURRY UP!
Congratulations to Nancy from Lexington who guessed the top two questions in order on the first try! She won the $5 Gift Card to Troyers of Apple Valley.
Do you love Mercy Me, Lauren Daigle and/or for King & Country! Then cast your vote for your favorite to win an AMA! Click HERE to vote!!
We also chatted with Joe Rinehart who is normally here with me today, but considering that he had his last eye surgery today, I gave him a pass. 😉 His Wife, Marcy, shared this update with this picture. Too funny – We love you, Joe!! :
Thanks for all of your prayers. The eye surgery went well. We are now at home and Joe Rinehart is sound asleep on the couch. And…our dog Belle will make sure that he rests all day. 😂
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Thanks for checking out the blog!
-Hannah

Who Know Wednesday: Family History Month

Today Todd and I had a blast having conversations with two faculty members here at MVNU!

Click on these pictures below to hear the conversations!

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Dennis shares his Family Heritage

 

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Question:  What relation is your grandmother’s cousin’s son to you?

Answer: Second cousin, once removed

Congrats to Linda from Utica who got this right and won the $5 Gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Click HERE for the genealogy 101 quiz!

Here is are some resources to start your genealogy/family heritage research:

Ellis Island 

Ancestry.com 

23andme.com

Thanks for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

 

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