Protect Yourself W/ a Self Defense Course

In today’s day it is not a bad idea to drop a few dollars on improving your safety. We may think we know how to protect ourselves but there is always room for improvement. As for me, I am a small girl who cannot do a pull up. I’m fit for the most part but I don’t have the skills to take down someone coming after me. My goal is to help persuade you to at least THINK about learning more. If you don’t want to spend money on a course, pick up some articles to read and practice some skills on your own. This is a great idea for both men and women!

  1. Learning Something New

We like to think we know everything but it’s not even close. It’s the same as watching a documentary, learning new things increases your awareness and it makes you more confident.

2. Safety

This is the biggest one. Everyone wants to feel safe and secure but we don’t always feel that way. Therefore learning techniques of what to do when your safety is in danger can help ease your mind. This is especially true for those with anxiety or trouble acting on impulse. The feeling of safety is an important aspect of life.

3. Increased Self Confidence

If you’ve ever been in a public place and got lost from your friends or family for a moment, a panic may come accross you from being in an unfamiliar place alone. If you know self defense techniques, you can be confident that you can take care of yourself and focus on finding the people that wandered from you.

4. Tone That Body

Self Defense isn’t easy! It takes hard work and dedication. Not only do you need to be mentally prepared but physically prepared also. As I said earlier, I can barely do a pull up. Therefore my arm strength is weak. Therefore in my case, they would use the advtange of a having a strong lower body by teaching techniques based on the lower body. And slowly build working on the upper body.

5. Self-Discipline

Everyone has tried to start a healthy habit and gave up because it was either time consuming or kept you from doing something you would rather do. But, if you stick with something like self defense, it builds your self discipline to be able to stick to healthy habits.

6. Protect Others

Most of us have loved ones that we worry about too. So not only are we assisting our safety but we are assisting theirs too! Being able to protect yourself and others can take a huge weight off of your shoulders.

7. Social!

Think of the awesome people you will meet in these classes. They want to help you with all the above aspects and that is dedication. It could bring lifelong friendships. Most likely other people like you will be in those classes wanting to get the same things out of it.

If anything, really think of these 6 reasons. There are NO downfalls to becoming more aware in self defense. In future blogs we will provide you further information on available self defense programs!

NAWIC: National Assoc. of Women in Construction

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Talk about girl power…this organization needs some recognition! The NAWIC was founded in 1953 by sixteen construction workers who just happened to be women. They understood that the amount of women in the construction business was declining, so why not make it special club and recognize more strong women. Their core purpose is to “enhance the success of women in the construction industry.” It is basically a support network. They give their participants really cool opportunities such as professional development, education, networking, leadership training, and public service.

If you become a member, you can be nominated for special rewards such as a lifetime achievement award for being active in this special group, member of the year award and future leader of the year. They then have an annual meeting every year to announce the winners.

There is a code of professionalism you must follow such as believing in their core values: belief in yourself as a woman, perseverance and daring to move into new horizons. That doesn’t seem so bad. It actually seems refreshing to be appreciated so much by such a great organization.

There are international affiliates, also. the NAWIC has connections with Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. All of these countries and places around the world also have their own NAWIC program.

You can find a chapter near you by simply searching your zip code on the site. For example we searched chapters near us in New Stanton, PA and there is one in Pittsburgh, PA!

Construction workers work hard, long days and the only people that can understand are other construction workers. So go ahead…vent, you can sign up right on their page!

Safety Is Our Game

Here at Safety Girl, we focus on bringing the freshest, most recent products from top brands such as Carhartt and Dickies to you from a click of a button. But we also pride ourselves in our own brand. Safety Girl has boots, clothing and accessories and we want to familiarize you with some of the hottest items. We craft these items with YOU in mind. We look at what you buy, what you prefer and what you need in the work place. You can also see what reviewers on our website have to say, we have customers from all lines of work! So lets see what SafetyGirl has to offer:

One of our most purchased and highest rated products are the Safety Girl Steel Toe Work Boots. They are extremely durable and have a water resistant nubuck upper. Nubuck is a cowhide leather that has been rubbed to give a suede look. The steel toe on these boots are ASTM rated to keep your feet safe from falling objects and heavy equipment. The outsole is oil resistant, too so go ahead and get dirty! They are available in black, pink, and tan.

“In combination with some decent work socks, these boots work wonders. I work as a Kennel Tech (with dogs) and I never slip or slide while walking dogs and doing tasks about the facility. These boots stay dry when wet on the outside. highly recommend” says Len, a Safety Girl reviewer.

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Next, are the Safety Girl Navigator Safety Glasses. They have a polycarbonate lens and frame for durability. They are UV safe and scratch resistant. They also meet ANSI and CE ratings! There are so many options for lens color (amber, blue mirror, clear, gray) and frame color (pink or red). That gives you eight mix and match choices. Most importantly, they are less than $2 per pair! Super stylish and affordable.

“They’re so comfortable and lightweight that I forget I’m wearing them. Will definitely buy again, as I’d like to have a couple extra pair in case my current ones get lost or to just carry an extra pair in my gun case. Thanks for such a cool product at such a reasonable price!” says Linda, a Safety Girl customer.

 

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The last item we want to tell you about is the Safety Girl High-Vis Pink Safety Vest. This non-ANSI vest is made of 100% polyester mesh for comfort and coolness. Not too often can you find a stylish, high-visibility vest for such as low price!

“I am super impressed with this product – especially the quality and price. You just can’t beat it!” says Sonya, a Safety Girl customer.

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Hopefully, you found interest in a product found on this page! We’re always adding new items so be sure to keep checking the blog, our facebook and sign up for the newsletter via email on our site!

Pandora’s Construction Box

Last month you were introduced to my small world. So far we have Mo, my mom who has moved to independent living. We have me, who will be updating the old farmhouse. We have my BF Andy, who lives with his two daughters, Lucy and Grace, about five miles from my house. We all live about 1-2 hours away from where I work (depending on traffic) at Online Stores. Construction GearDiscount Safety Gear, and SafetyGirl are the stores whose products I will be using during the farmhouse reboot. While Lucy and Grace fight over who gets to test the Mace pepper spray guns, I root through my box of goodies and try to sort out what I will be using on what room. Soon I will start in the bathroom and walk you through some of my projects with featured products, but since I opened Pandora’s box of construction and safety stuff, I took some photos and have some thoughts to share on a few products before I start.

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20140726_101018My sister is a nut for keeping her body pure. Since my dad died early of cancer from working hard as a construction foreman all his life despite a squeaky-clean lifestyle, I wanted to reassure her that I will not be breathing anything harmful. This respirator is only $13.31 and is very easy to assemble and use. There are also additional cartridges and filters to extend the life of this mask. It is comfortable, adjusts well, and was easy to breathe in. I will be using this when I use solvents and other chemicals.

20140801_192656Andy was with me when I opened the safety glasses. I got a couple pair because I couldn’t believe how attractive they all are. I’m middle-aged and I absolutely love the bifocals. All of these glasses double as sunglasses. I know I work for this company and am supposed to say nice things about the products, but honestly, it is so easy. The Edge Kazbek pair sells for only $11.09. They are ANSI compliant, they block UV, and they look killer on. Andy, who wears safety glasses daily (he manages operations at a steel mill), tried on the Edge Reclus and said they were by far more comfortable than any other pair he’s worn, and would be great to wear for biking, too. The bridge is made of flexible notched rubber to seat properly without pinching. I bet these go missing from my house…

One 20140726_130824last item I dug out of the box while I still had enough energy to use them: shoe cleats. I put these on my lawnmowing shoes, as there is a hillside behind the house. They looked kind of small out of the package but stretched nicely to cover the shoe, and stay there. They were light. My feet dug into the dirt while I mowed the slopes. I am thinking they are going with me to the golf course and will be great in the winter, too.

That’s it. I’ve introduced the stores, the house, the key players, andsome products. I have no more excuses not to dig in!

I’ll Work On It

So I take a deep breath, look around me, and see possibilities and a ton of work. I am going to update a farmhouse, in real time, myself. I intend to do most everything I can myself, excepting if I add a second bathroom. That will require someone who likes to do plumbing more than I do. I am not even really sure what I want for each room so I will accept all ideas!

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a middle age woman living in a rural pocket on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, with seven acres of hillside in a dilapidated house that did not have indoor plumbing or a kitchen or bathroom in 1965. My dad bought the house for a few hundred dollars and he and his dad set out to do what our family does best: repurpose and build. His new wife would soon be pregnant for the first time, living in half a duplex. My dad worked all day and went to the house every evening and on weekends to dig out the cellar; add a garage, basement, and bathroom; and turn the cold spring house into a kitchen. Parquet floors were put in downstairs, salvaged from a school gym when it was torn down. Cut glass doorknobs and leaded doors were added to a built-in bookcase when the “new room” was added over 35 years ago. Slate flooring went on the landing, oak from the family barn was added here and there. The piece de resistance, however, is the old glass in the Dutch door, signed by etching pen by everyone who entered our family. My parents did a decent job of maintaining the large house through the years, and in retirement my father added a glorious mancave on the hillside overlooking the valley. There is a shooting range, and a storage barn. There is a chicken coop and playhouse and other outbuildings that should have been demolished decades ago, and over the years my parents became more reluctant to let things go. Add feathered and furry friends to line their now-empty nest, a mother whose heart condition precluded much physical activity, and a dad who was as busy as busy could be inventing his next irrigation system or perfecting a pie recipe. It’s a lot of house to handle.

Fast forward to December 14, 2013. I came home for my MBA class and visit with the folks for the weekend. My husband had filed for divorce earlier in the year and I scheduled a blind date. The as-yet-unknown man insisted we meet at a very public coffeeshop for my comfort. I challenged him to order for me and I would meet him there. Test #1. He gathered opinions, followed clues I left on my Facebook page, and made sure there was food at the coffeeshop (black coffee and raisin bread so I would have something in my stomach but not too much, if I was subject to nerves) and a pub nearby. He passed Test #1. We shook hands and I stood in the rain, watching him drive away in his minivan.

My sister and her family were coming to celebrate the holiday, too, that weekend. I drove my mom to church because she didn’t drive and my dad wasn’t feeling well. Halfway through the service, my cell phone rang. I memorized the message. “Don’t drive like a nut. I’m not dying or anything. I just want to go and have someone check me out.” Maybe I could take him in to the ER. My dad. Coming from a man who never missed a day of work in his life, I drove l like a nut. He felt a bit better by the time we got home, so he called off the trip to the hospital. We celebrated Christmas as a family. I offered to stay the next day and take him to the ER. He was hesitant. He didn’t want to inconvenience anyone. “It’s a lot less inconvenient to do it this way, Daddy, than to drive 2 hours mid-week to come do it.” After his tests, I sat and read Porky Chedwick articles to him while we waited for the doctor to come give him an antacid and send him home. Just when we were bored beyond belief, the doctor came in. Stage 4. Terminal. Pancreatic, lung, liver, lymph. The indestructible man’s head snapped back, then forward to his chest as if he had been hit as he heard the C word. “Ooof.”20140719_132626

Between my sister and I, we started living there 6 days a week, cooking, cleaning, feeding, driving, talking, administering pills, shopping, making phone calls. A month later he was gone.

His wife, the only woman he ever dated, the only woman he ever loved, is moving into an independent living apartment where we don’t need to worry about her heart. She can’t take care of the house on her own. The last six months have taken its toll on it. It hasn’t been scrubbed. Everything was as it was in the fall when my dad got it ready for winter: storm windows, covered landscaping ponds. My sister has slowed coming home for the summer, now that her kids are out of school. Packing my mother’s life into cardboard boxes takes every minute of housework time I have. We are lucky to get our laundry and dishes done.

20140622_091012The house is grimy. Some rooms are classically and tastefully done behind the disarray; others are simply outdated. Having only one bathroom is a problem. How quickly the beautiful English gardens have become overgrown with weeds! The new room – we still call it the “new room” – has never been re-wallpapered or re-carpeted. The paper is peeling and the carpet is beyond stained. The lighting is dim and the walls are scuffed.

So I am moving back into the house to see if I can handle it, financially, physically, and mentally; if not, it will be fresh for the market.

I did the same, on a grander scale, twenty years ago, when I bought my first house – a little hunting cabin with no heater and plaid carpet and velvet wallpaper that became something I loved with a cathedral ceiling and skylights and spiral staircase to loft and exposed fireplace. I wish I could do that here, but I feel my age and I think you would grow bored long before I finished. My goal is to keep each room or area to one month, and only spend $250/room on average to refresh it. I would like to add a bathroom, but I am not sure where yet.

I hope you will travel with me on this journey. You will meet my family and friends as we go. I will be highlighting some of the great products from Online Stores, Inc.’s three construction sites: SafetyGirlConstruction Gear, and Discount Safety Gear. I welcome your questions, advice, and comments.20140629_101530

First up will be the small bathroom. I want to give it a facelift and brighten it up, with the hopes of it becoming the second bathroom eventually. I will review our tool belt and disposable coveralls while I restore the cabinets, paint the floor (yes!!) and swap out hardware and accessories. The additional gear from our stores that I will be using for the bathroom will be a respiratorgloves, and safety glasses.

20140719_132838Please stop by often and let’s see what we can do!