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I love you, I miss you


I'll see you in my dreams.




The best looking bus...

The best looking bus to be stuck in traffic behind...

My little princess and I...what a view!!!  




View from Aria Sky Suite


Warm in Winter Grey


Grey Coat H&M          


I'm 32!!!


On the 10th of January, I turned 32.  Happy Birthday to me.....



Mommy in a Onesie...Merry Christmas



Christmas Giving Tree

On our recent trip to San Diego we stopped over at one of the local malls to have an oil change at Sears.  It was the holidays, the stores were packed.  I did not want to shop.  I just wanted to walk around while we waited for our car to be done.  While walking around, we saw a kiosk that was almost empty.  I watched a bit while people walked quickly by it, and no one stopped. (I've worked as a brand ambassador for events, programs...etc, I know that for every one that says no or ignores you there will be someone who will be interested.  Just smile and don't be discouraged!)

As I walked by, one of the ladies handed my husband and I candy canes.  I stopped and asked about the tree.  They explained the Giving Tree Program.  I told them I'd be back.  They must have heard that hundreds of times! Lol.  However, we did come back after a quick trip to the ATM.

I'm not the richest person in the world.  And after years of hearing my husband's sad stories of his Christmases past, it was important for us to make a child smile on Christmas day.  We searched the Christmas tree tags and found a child the same age as our son with similar interests.  While we shopped, we wanted to find the perfect gift, we searched about 3 stores and searched for different options.  We searched for this child's gift, a boy we will never meet, but we searched for his gift with the same care we search for the gifts of our own children.  We settled on a race track car set and an extra car, my husband insisted on the importance of having an extra toy car!

It felt good and sad at the same time.  As we walked away, after dropping off our gift donation, I glanced at the giving tree.  There were so many other children's names left hanging on the tree.  I hoped others would care too.


What Not To Do After Being in an Accident

Those cautious drivers out there on the motorways may have a good idea of what to do proactively upon realization that they have been involved in an accident. However, many drivers many not know the steps to avoid taking in order to get the most financial compensation, physical and emotional support, and positive negotiations out of the experience. 

Most people’s first response upon being involved in a major or minor motor collision is to ring the police, regardless of the details of the circumstances. When the police inquire over the phone line if anyone has been injured, you may answer negatively as you have just endured the shock and trauma of a car accident and are unsure of the physical state of your body, even though you may not know for sure what has gone on internally at all. This critical answer, though, has big consequences. The police may not even arrive at the scene of the accident if nobody appears to be injured and the event was strictly involving motor vehicles. However, this answer can come back to give you grief. If you later discover that you are dealing with chronic whiplash, internal bleeding, chiropractic injuries or other long term suffering, you may not be able to get the proper financial compensation that you might otherwise have received.

So, it is best to avoid saying anything affirmative or negative at all, as these kind of direct statements can be turned around and used against you very unfairly. Instead, when asked if you are injured, state, “I don’t know,” unless you are very certain you have sustained physical damage from the accident, in which case you will answer absolutely affirmatively. This way, you can ask your GP to do a physical assessment on you after the immediate effects of the crash are cleared away, and as a result of this you will have written and signed proof of exactly what injuries happened and when. 

Another bad habit that those involved in accidents can fall into is failing to report all of the appropriate injuries, motor damage, and consequences of the event soon after they occur. Avoid failing to mitigate your damages by collecting all the appropriate information, including accounts from close witnesses, photographs, physical checkup documentation, and car insurance information, soon after the accident and submitting it all as soon as possible to your insurance company or solicitor. The longer you wait to report the effects of the accident, the more likely it is for those against your case to suppose that your injuries were unrelated to the accident. In order to make a strong cause for your financial compensation when it comes to bodily harm or vehicle damage, the timeline between the incident occurrence and your submitting of a claim is critical. 

If you have been in a major motor accident and have sustained injuries as a result, you will want to monitor the behavior and actions of your insurance adjuster like a hawk. Because their job is to get away with giving you the least amount of money, and your job is to receive due reparations from the damage done, your two interests are automatically opposing. If the monetary offer your insurance company is making you seems low to compensate for what you have been through, get in touch with a reliable solicitor at once. 

Wondering what not to do when involved in a serious vehicle accident? Don’t wait too long to take action, don’t make any concrete statements unless they are to your insurance company, and don’t trust your insurance adjuster without taking their words with a grain of salt. In this way, you will be able to have the most successful experience working through an accident case from start to finish, and you will be able to reap the most rewards without losing money, health or dignity.

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Holiday Fun


Take a break to have some fun this Holiday Season!




How to Prevent a Risk of Stroke in 5 Simple Steps

As you're probably already aware, strokes can affect people of all age groups, especially people over the age of 55 years old. 60% of all strokes are fatal and thus you should do your best to prevent them before they happen.

In the article below we've listed 5 separate ways that you can substantially reduce your risk of having a stroke.

[1] The first on the list, is to stop smoking. According to the latest UK based research, smoking can increase your risk of having a stroke by double the national average for non-smokers. The reason that smoking can cause a stroke, is because it forces your heart to work much harder than it would otherwise have to. Smoking also damages the walls of your blood vessels and arteries, with causes clogging and high blood pressure.

[2] One of the most important things that you can do to reduce your risk of a stroke, is to get your heart fully examined by a cardiologist. Individuals with even a slightly abnormal heart heat, known clinically as atrial fibrillation, can increase your risk of having a stroke by a full 500 percent. Minor surgeries and medications can bring your heart beat into a normal range if you do have an abnormal beat.

[3] Another great way to reduce your stroke risk is to regularly monitor your blood pressure. According to the latest research for the UK, 32% of the nation's inhabitants that have high blood pressure are completely unaware of the condition. Research has proven that high blood pressure is the leading cause of strokes, and thus lowering it to a normal range can reduce your stroke risk by 300 to 600 percent. High blood pressure is known to dramatically weaken the blood vessel and artery walls, especially in the brain.

[4] Another leading cause of strokes is the excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. According to many clinical studies conducted in the UK and Ireland, excessive alcohol consumption for as little as 3 years or more can significantly increase the risk of having a stroke. The reason for this risk increase is that alcohol is proven to not only damage the organs, but it also damages the blood vessel walls. It should be noted, however, that moderate alcohol consumption has also been proven to reduce a persons risk for stroke. A moderate amount of alcohol would be several pints or glasses of wine per month, and no more than that.

[5] The last simple method that you can undertake to significantly reduce your risk of a stroke is to closely monitor your blood cholesterol level. As you're probably already aware, high blood cholesterol levels can build up plaque on the blood vessel and artery walls, which can greatly restrict normal blood flow to the brain. This plaque will also significantly raise your blood pressure, which will greatly elevate your risk of having a stroke. By knowing what you cholesterol level is, you can take any needed steps in order to bring it into a healthy range.

Nicholas Stevens often contributes to health blogs such as Follow Health and is looking for more opportunities.


Common Causes of Car Accidents

It is the simplest of adages:  Accidents happen.  But it offers profound insight into one of life's only absolute certainties.  Hazards are present in all walks of life and do not discriminate in how they are manifested.  The best defense against inevitable accidents and injuries is prevention.

By taking positive measures toward accident prevention, probabilities are minimized and mishaps are avoided.  Safety standards at work are protective of employee health and foster conditions targeting accident-free workplaces.  At home, measures are put in place to protect families from household harm.  On the road, as we traverse thoroughfares in cars and trucks, we do so with assurances of built-in safety features and safe road handling protocols.

Our chances of serious accidents are reduced when we are acting independently, and grow exponentially as we interact other individuals.  The greater the number of unique agendas that are being positioned in the same physical space, the more likely it is that contact and other indiscretions will occur.  
While accidents are typically set in motion by a series of events, influenced by multiple variables, it is nonetheless possible to isolate individual actions that increase the likelihood of problems.  By effectively mitigating some of the primary contributing causes of motor vehicle accidents, the number of occurrences is effectively minimized, and personal harm is limited.

Accident Prevention Requires Diligence
Several contributing factors work in concert, to cause most accidents.  Failures are personal, related to driver error, and mechanical, resulting from inadequate or faulty equipment.  Conditions outside driver and vehicle control, like weather and road deficiencies also contribute to automobile accidents.  Evidence supports these as some of the most prominent road accident causes:

Driver Error - One way or another, most vehicle accidents are rightfully attributed to driver failure.  The ways in which we drop the ball are numerous, and the situation continues to grow in complexity as more and more distractions are introduced to attention starved motorists.  On high-speed motorways, common causes of accidents include following too closely to vehicles ahead, excessive speed, and engaging in passing maneuvers that are unsafe for roadway conditions.

The information age contributes to the growing number of distractions present on the road, providing phone and other devices, which sometime interfere with attentive driving.  Personal data devices and smartphones should be stowed during travel, especially for drivers.  In cities, accidents stem from similar inattentiveness, but manifestations differ slightly.  Failure to yield the right of way to entitled fellow motorists places vehicles and their occupants in harm's way.  Intersections produce fender-benders, when confusion prevails about who goes next.  And pedestrians are dragged into the fray, when drivers fail to yield to them.  

Drivers failing to obey traffic signals are also to blame for many accidents.  Trouble-free roads result from unified compliance, by all participants.   When individuals implement their own roadway standards, the likelihood of major accidents rises - including individuals who take to the roads in impaired states.  Predictability is essential for safe driver interactions, which is undermined when some drivers are not necessarily acting reasonably.

Conditions Beyond Driver Control - Weather and related road conditions are beyond the control of motorists, so the only effective defense is to remain prepared at all times.  Pop-up weather events, and rapidly degraded road conditions, do not allow drivers much time to respond.  

By keeping safe speeds, and always making sure vehicles are safe and functioning properly, motorists minimize the potential for accidents during bad weather.  Other drivers also bring hazards to the road, so they are also considered as part of a comprehensive accident avoidance atrategy.  A defensive driving posture is utilized to mitigate the aggressive, unsafe tendencies of other drivers on the road.

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Superman + Thor = My Big Boy


Striped Reversible Dress


Las Vegas Snapshots


Two quick shots from my Big Bus Tour!



Good Thoughts

Layla Grayce




Snow in the Desert


Hello Winter!

Hello Winter!

Time for wish lists, hot chocolate, and snuggling with my sweethearts...

This will be my first Thanksgiving and Christmas without Frankie since he became my best friend in 2005.  We'll snuggle in my sweetest dreams!

My goal this Holiday Season 2013 isn't going to be finding the perfect gifts, sparkly dresses, or fancy decorations.  It is to enjoy the moments, giggles, and Mint Milano cookies!!!


Rain in Hawaii


I love the clean fresh smell of rain in Hawaii, especially around the Holidays!




Daughter and Mother Shopping


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