Life in the Lost World

the continuing saga of an opinionated vegan mom blogger and her zoo crew….

   Mar 19

Is Your Child Old Enough to Stay Home Alone?

Deciding on an age that is appropriate to leave your children at home will vary from one family to another, and one child to another. This is always a tough question to answer because there are many factors that will affect your decision as to whether or not your children are ready to stay home alone.

Factors to take into account before allowing your kids to stay home without supervision include:

● Age. Deciding on what age to leave your kids at home is tricky. Typically kids shouldn’t be left alone until they are at least 11 years old. From there, you have to use your best judgment in deciding whether or not your kids will be able to handle the responsibility of staying home.

● Laws. Some states have laws that regulate the minimum age when kids are allowed to stay at home alone. For example, the minimum age to stay home alone in Maine is 8, while Illinois has a minimum age of 14.

● Maturity. Age is one thing, but maturity is an entirely different factor to consider. An 11 year old, for example, could be more mature than a 13 year old. Judging the maturity of a child is left to your own conscience, and should never be taken lightly.

● Number of Kids. When leaving a child at home, be cautious of making them responsible for other kids. Young kids can be unpredictable and create too much pressure.

If you are comfortable leaving your child at home, take the following into consideration to better prepare yourself and your child for the responsibility:

● Practice. Take a few practice runs to see how they do by themselves. If they are able to handle the time alone, you will feel more at ease when something arises that you do actually have to leave them alone.

● Numbers. Have all of your emergency information and contacts handy and easily accessible to your child before you leave them alone. If you have a security system, have them on alert in case your child attempts to get a hold of them. Make sure your child knows knows the number and web address (e.g. should an emergency arise.

● Notify Neighbors. The first few times you leave your child alone, or until you are completely comfortable, it is helpful to let your neighbors know that your kids will be at home alone so that they can be there quickly if something were to happen.

● Talk it out. Talk with your children to see if they are ok with staying at home. You will be surprised at how honest kids can be with important issues like this. It’s a good sign of maturity and readiness.

Knowing when your kids are ready to stay home alone will vary from one kid to another. There is no best way to tell when they are ready. Depending on certain factors, you will have to decide when to let them stay home and trust that they are able to handle it. Talk with your children and see if they are up for the idea of staying alone. The more open you are about the responsibility involved, the more independent and self-assured they will feel when the time comes for them to stay home alone.

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   Mar 17

Preparing for Prom with JenJenHouse

*Guest post appearance by Slow Road to Insanity. All thoughts in opinions are the authors own and do not reflect the thoughts/opinions of Life in the Lost World.

Would you believe it if I told you I had never gone to my own prom waaaaaay, waaaaaay back when? Okay, so, I’m only 25 so technically it wasn’t really waaaaay back when but boy, does it sure feel like it! At any rate, I didn’t technically get to go to my High School prom. I was homeschooled during those years and instead was able to attend a prom hosted by my Church. I remember being 16 at the time, 16 being the age you were allowed to start attending, should you wish to go each year and my Mama had gotten me a lovely floor length, empire waist gown in ice blue. I loved it and it met Church standards (modest is hottest dontcha know) so between my Mama and my sister they made me up special for the occasion and sent me on my way.


I didn’t have a date but it didn’t matter. I’d spent so long in Home School away from others my age that it was nice to get out and be around others my age..not that it mattered in the end because I spent most of the evening terrified of being in a room full my peers and hid outside on the gazebo. I did stay inside long enough to dance a few dances, enjoy the delicious meal and have polite conversation but my anxiety was high and I was a painfully shy teenager so I made my escape quickly!


I never got rid of my dress after that night and it still hangs faithfully on the back of our closet door. I do happen to know that with Prom season looming on the horizon that some of you folks might be cringing as you think of prom dresses from years past that were worn once and then discarded. I bet you spent a pretty penny on each of them too. I don’t want to assume too much here but I’m willing to guess you’d also like to save a buck while getting more for your dollar this prom season. If that’s the case then you need to mosey on over to JenJenHouse and take a look at their wonderful selection of special events dresses, prom included!


I found this gorgeous A-line/Princess V-neck with ruffles gown while I was browsing and when I saw the price I couldn’t believe it.



Move over high priced, we-only-carry-3-sizes boutiques, JenJenHouse is taking your business! Not only do they carry up to a size 26W but this gorgeous dress, its only $140! I feel faint!



I seriously just can’t get over how perfect this dress is.


A great selection to choose from, every style your teen can think of, sizing for ever size/shape and prices that can’t be beat..the only thing that I haven’t mentioned is the handy-dandy selection tool located on JenJenHouse’s side bar. Seriously, its so easy to use and really narrows down the selection for you. Why spend hours in a stuffy boutique or wandering around a crowded mall when you can find the perfect dress with just a few clicks and from the comfort of your own home?!


Don’t waste another second on a wild goose chase for a prom dress and don’t spend another nickle unless its at JenJenHouse. I almost guarantee you’ll never go anywhere else again!

   Mar 07

How to Keep Your Kids Entertained this Spring Break Without Sacrificing Me Time

With spring break upon us, it’s always a challenge to find ways to entertain your kids without taking up your own time. Especially if you don’t have a trip planned or can’t get out of town, spring break could end up being a very long week for you and your kids. But with a little creativity and planning, you can easily keep your kids entertained this spring break without sacrificing your “me time.”

Turn the everyday routines into learning

It can be easy for you to turn something that your kids do every day into something more engaging and fun for everybody. For example, you can turn TV time into an interactive learning experience. So when it comes to watching TV, help your kids to make it an enjoyable time by finding educational programs that will help them learn. Some examples of great channels are Animal Planet and Travel channel. These types of channels always have something new and informational to watch. One thing you should remember to do is to ask your TV provider (or find one online, like to make sure that you have all the channels that will enhance your children’s’ minds.

Give them a Project

A great and easy way to entertain your kids is to have a project ready for them to work on. It can be something as simple as organizing a room or more complex like building something for the house. When they have a goal in front of them, it will keep them busy and occupied, giving you time to yourself or allowing you to be a part of the project. No matter what the project, kids will always surprise you with their intuition and creativity. Try and challenge them to come up with their own ideas and projects as a way to learn in the process.

Create a Scavenger Hunt

You can easily keep your kids busy throughout their break by coming up with a scavenger hunt that they have to complete throughout the break. It can be as simple or elaborate as you want, and will give them something to look forward to every day. Scavenger hunts can be easy to plan. To make a simple one, think of different places around the house they should go, and what hiding places they can find clues in. From there, you can lead them around towards a small snack or money. For something more complex (i.e. that gives you some alone time), send them throughout the neighborhood looking for different items or clues.

Let Kids be Kids

While it can be fun to entertain your kids and plan out different things to do to keep them busy, at the end of the day kids will be kids. Make sure that you allow them some time to sit back and relax and do something lazy (of course, not too much). Giving your kids the relaxation they need helps them to unwind from school and will help them feel refreshed for when they return.

When it comes to entertaining your kids, it is nice to know that once they have something to do, it is pretty easy for them to be entertained. If you are looking for a way to keep them occupied to get some “me time” back, have a few activities ready that will both challenge and motivate them and will allow you to join in and participate when you are ready.

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   Mar 07

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   Mar 02

Woof vs Meow – infographic

Did you know that 62% of all households include animal companions? Did you ever wonder what your choice of animal companion(s) says about you?
This little infographic takes a look at cat and dog owners to find out what differences each has in personality, likes,dislikes, and views.

Woof Vs. Meow: What Our Furry Pets Reveal About Us
Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

   Mar 02

Quote of the day…

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. – W. Clement Stone

   Mar 01

Quote of the day…

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

   Feb 28

Quote of the day…

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer

   Feb 28

Enter for your chance to win a great Maxxable clip AND $75 in PayPal cash! #Giveaway ends 3/20

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Maxxable in place of case

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   Feb 26

Wordless Wednesday – 3 brothers

3 brothers born via c-section at the clinic yesterday