Prevent Child Heatstroke Deaths in Hot Cars

Join National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Safe Kids Worldwide, and safety advocates on social media to raise awareness about the dangers to children in hot cars. Child heatstroke messaging, statistics and prevention tips will be posted on Facebook and Twitter – using the hashtag #heatstroke – every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern, today.  
At least 24 children have died due to heatstroke already in 2013 – medically termed “hyperthermia.” With record-setting heat blanketing significant portions of the country for much of this summer, we are urging parents and caregivers to think, “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock,” the primary message in NHTSA’s heatstroke public education campaign.
When the outside temperature is in the low 80s, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only 10 minutes, even with a window rolled down two inches. Children’s bodies overheat easily, and infants and children under four years old are at the greatest risk for heat-related illness.
Help spread the word and prevent anymore of these tragic deaths. Urge parents to take precautions, such as:
  •  Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle — even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running and the air conditioning is on;
  •  Make a habit of looking in the vehicle — front and back — before locking the door and walking away;
  •  Ask the childcare provider to call if the child does not show up for care as expected;
  •  Do things that serve as a reminder that a child is in the vehicle, such as placing a purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure no child is accidentally left in the vehicle, or writing a note or using a stuffed animal placed in the driver’s view to indicate a child is in the car seat; and,
  • Teach children that a vehicle is not a play area and store keys out of a child’s reach.

In addition, NHTSA and Safe Kids urge community members who see a child alone in a hot vehicle to immediately call 911 or the local emergency number. A child in distress due to heat should be removed from the vehicle as quickly as possible and rapidly cooled.
To learn more about NHTSA’s “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock.” campaign, visit  To learn more about Safe Kids’ “Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car” campaign, visit .

Discovery Center Museum: Enjoy a Treasure Hunt...

My family and I have been to Discovery Center, in Rockford, and LOVE it!!!  It is a great place for families, especially children, to enjoy edutainment--where learning is fun.

What is treasure? How do people hunt for treasure? What do YOU treasure? The science, technology, history, and thrill of treasure hunting are explored in the fantastic traveling exhibition Treasure! The Hunt Has Just Begun. This joint project of Burpee Museum of Natural History and Discovery Center Museum in Rockford IL, features 5,000 square feet of artifacts, hands-on activities, videos, biographies, and tales from around the world.

The traveling exhibition runs through September 2. 

Delve into the technology employed by treasure hunters and focus on the people and personalities lured by the promise of prosperity. Be enticed by shipwreck and treasure site artifacts, and learn to use the tools you'd need to find a fortune. Dig for treasure and pan for gold. Operate a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) in a tank of water. Use a metal detector. Use maps, compasses and clues to locate treasure. Learn how to geocache. You can even try your hand at cracking a safe!

Treasure! can be uncovered in the Woodward Exhibit Hall. Admission: $2 for Members; $4 for Public + general Museum admission of $8/person. Parking is free.

CNBC's The Profit now casting struggling businesses

CNBC & Doron Ofir Casting officially announce the Nationwide search for struggling businesses that are desperate for cash and ripe for a deal.
The Profit premiers July 30,10 pm on CNBC Prime.
Marcus Lemonis is The Profit. He has been called America's number one business turnaround artist. He will do whatever it takes to fix YOUR failing business!
When Marcus Lemonis isn’t running his multi-billion dollar company, Camping World, he is on the hunt for struggling businesses that are desperate for cash and ripe for a deal. In the past 10 years, he’s successfully turned around over 100 companies. Now he’s bringing those skills to CNBC and doing something no one has ever done on TV before…he’s putting his own money directly into the failing businesses.
Look out world, Marcus Lemonis may be coming to a town near you, but much like his employees- you never know when he will appear next!

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Jonas Hassen Khemiri's INVASION! at Silk Road Rising

Invasion! is making a statement, and you'll want to be there for it.  It opens in Chicago July 30th for a limited time.

Roxane of Roxane Assaf Consulting is offering readers a 20% off.   CLICK HERE to buy tickets.  If tickets are not already discounted, use roxane (one "n") as the discount code, and you're in!

Read what The New York Times said about the play and award-winning playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri:

Treat Yourself-Rural Relaxation and Inspiration from Country Woman's August/September Issue - DIY Home Spa, Famed Artist Jan Brett, More

Country Woman, the magazine for women who live in or long for the country, shows readers how to turn their home into a rural retreat in the August/September issue. Learn how to whip up homemade spa products, crafts and delicious treats from scratch. The issue also features a look into the lifestyle of famous artist, children’s author and champion of chickens, Jan Brett.

Some highlights from the August/September issue of Country Woman include:

Cluck of the Draw - (Cover Story) Check out children’s book author and illustrator, Jan Brett (The Mitten, The Gingerbread Baby) as she talks about her prize-winning chickens and how they inspire her books and art. Find out about her life in the country and her new book coming out this November.

Homemade Spa Products - Skip an expensive trip to the spa and pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home. Country Woman teaches you how to make soaps, moisturizers, masks and scrubs for an all-natural, homemade spa experience. Many of these are suitable for gift-giving, with downloadable gift tags from Discover the benefits of using various ingredients and more.

Where Canola Oil Comes From - Contributing editor Ann Kaiser goes to the Manitoba prairie to help a farm family with the canola seed harvest and make healthy canola oil. She also includes a special canola oil-based recipe for chocolate banana bran muffins.

Something Old, Something New - Peek into the kitchen of an antiques dealer and see how she mixes vintage with contemporary style. Learn what collectibles to keep an eye out for at yard sales, flea markets and antique stores.

Slow Food - Discover why more people are passing over fast food in favor of from-scratch options, and give it a try with Country Woman’s summery old-time custard ice cream and sweetened ricotta with berries recipes.

Cork Craft - Add a touch of whimsy around the house with cute cork crafts. Find out how to make mini, magnetic cork planters to create tiny, indoor gardens.

The August/September issue of Country Woman is available on newsstands and for digital download on iTunes.  For more information, please visit:

Love Cars? Visit the Volo Auto Museum

Volo Auto Museum is not just for car lovers or men, its fun for the whole family!  Volo Auto Museum consists of 36 acres, mostly all indoors and includes fifty thousand square feet of antiques and gifts, a life like military combat zone, Betty's Diner featuring decor which includes Elvis Presley's autographed guitar, PeeWee Herman's Bicycle and more.  Plus over 300 restored collector automobiles from the early teens through today. 

There you and your family can see the largest collection of famous Hollywood TV and movie cars like the Batmobile, Ecto 1 from Ghostbusters and numerous others.  New for 2013 is the Cars in Wonderland Exhibit; it has all your favorite childhood cars from the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine to Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater from CARS all surrounded by movie-like setting from your favorite Disney and Looney Tunes Cartoons, such as Beauty and the Beast, Litter Mermaid, Coyote and Road Runner and others. 

Volo Auto Museum is more than a car museum, it's memories and education for all ages!
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Bowling: AMF Summer Unplugged

Summer is upon us.  I am sure your kids have complained that they are "bored" or "there is nothing to do."  I have always kept my child's schedule semi-structured during the summers because I believe children need to know how to fend for themselves--teach themselves how not to be bored sometimes.

Other times, I have planned some activity such as bowling.  My son likes bowling.  This activity is always a success.  He has gone to bowling themed birthday parties and also with family members.  I love the fact that the bowling alley will put up gutter shields to ensure the child knocks some pins down.  What a great way to build their self esteem and to enjoy playing bowling.  So, I was excited when I heard about the AMF Summer Unplugged, where there are some great deals to take your children to bowling.

Summer Unplugged- You can spare your kids from boredom (and the heat)! Two free games every day
for each child ages 15 and under registered in the Summer Unplugged program* (Shoe rental not
included, but they're worth paying for.). Sign-up here for free bowling all summer long!

*You can register up to six children in the program. If you would like to add more children, you will
need to create a new account using an alternate email address.

Summer Pass- Adults won't be left melting in the heat! An AMF Summer Pass is just $34.95 and
includes two games per day for the pass owner and up to three guests ages 16 and up. (Shoe
rental not included, but they’re worth paying for.) Sign-up here for AMF's Summer

New for 2013:
• One simple sign-up, no coupons to be emailed or printed! Simply present your
membership card or your name at your local AMF center and you're all set to go!

• Also new this year for Summer Unplugged members is the "Stay and Play" option.
Additional games can be added for just $1.49! So if the competition is hot and the
weather is hotter, you can keep the strikes coming and stay cool for less!

The Summer Unplugged and Summer Pass programs runs through September 2,
2013. Members can redeem their bowling games every day from open until 8pm using their
membership pass, member ID, first name or other unique identifier.

With over 250 locations, AMF is where America goes bowling! Find an AMF Bowling Center near

FTC: I participated in this campaign as a member of One2One Network and am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated in this post are my own.
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Happy 5th Anniversary eBay Mobile! (Spon)

Apple iPhone 3GS, Motorola Milestone and LG GW60
Apple iPhone 3GS, Motorola Milestone and LG GW60 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Technology.  Multitasking.  Multitasking with Technology.  

Love it.  Hate it.  They're both here to stay.    Consumers typically shop, read, or search through multiple devices and platforms – whether PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone, starting the task on one device and continuing on another or use multiple devices at once to manage multiple tasks, shopping while watching TV, reading while listening to music, etc.  The list can go on.  I have seen many using their laptops with their smartphones (checking texts periodically) next to them as they are watching TV, while sitting with others in the same room doing the same things.  Is this our culture today?  It seems so.

Multitasking with technology has its pros and cons.  

Some Pros: I have been known to find great deals on eBay on  my Smartphone or laptop. (Did you know there is eBay Mobile?)  Oftentimes, you can save money or be one of the firsts to experience something before others.  

Some Cons: I have been known to walk in the mall, reading texts, checking emails or the latest shopping experience while walking with my hubby and son.  When I realized that, I tried to set limits for myself.  I thought of the Golden Rule: Treat others the way, you would like to be treated.  So when others are not multi-tasking with their pieces of technology, that is an example of myself doing the same.  I want to create memories not make time pass by with a blur.  I am not perfect oftentimes  I will be using my smartphone or my laptop (like I am doing now) in the presence of others.  Are you a multi-device user or do you usually stick to just one at a time?

So in honor of eBay Mobile's Anniversary, there is a Twitter Party:

Date: Wednesday, July 10
Time: 12-1pm PST
Party URL: (Party URL will be live on the day of the event. Please note: you must participate from the URL to be elegible to win) 

Hashtag: #eBayMobile 
Prizes: $25 eBay gift cards given away every 5 minutes to a Tweeter who has RSVPd below and is actively participating in the party from the above URL.

*FTC disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Splash Creative Media for eBay Mobile. 

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Women At Woodstock Comes to Both Coasts in 2013

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English: Map of Woodstock, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Women At Woodstock, a series of annual retreats for women 50 (or so) and up, is expanding this year to both coasts, coming to Berkeley this July as well as repeating last year's inaugural retreat in October in Woodstock, New York.  The Berkeley retreat will run from July 28-31, and the Woodstock, New York retreat will run October 6-9.

These iconic women from the Boomer generation are among those speaking and leading workshops at this year's retreats:

Suzanne Braun Levine - the first editor of Ms. Magazine and author of several books on women in the post-50 stage of life.

Gloria Loring - singer, songwriter, and actress, known to many as Liz Chandler on "Days of Our Lives" .

Angela Mason - Director of Development for Women's Earth Alliance and former advocate for women at children for World Vision.

Alice Barden - a multiple award winning actress and playwright/performer of "Alice and Elizabeth's One-Woman Show".

Barbara Hannah Grufferman - over-50 fitness expert and star of the online television series hosted by AARP, "The Best of Everything"  .

Gwen Gordon - An expert on and advocate for play in adult life; and former designer and builder of Muppets for Sesame Street.

Sherry Amatenstein - author of The Complete Marriage Counselor and an interviewer for Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.

Bobbi Palmer - dating and relationship coach for women over 40 and CEO of "Date Like A Grownup".

Carolyn Braddock - Nationally known speaker and creator of the Braddock Body Process

Women At Woodstock retreats have attracted sponsorships by Wello Women, a program of PepsiCo Nutrition Ventures, Slater Success Coaching, and Date Like A Grownup, among others.
Registration is open to any interested woman age 50 (or so) and above and may be done online at  Each retreat is limited to 100 women to maintain an intimate atmosphere for all workshops, discussions, and activities and to allow participants to meet and get to know the presenters personally. Early registration is encouraged to avoid losing out on available spots.
Some background:
  • Boomer women are hungry for gatherings like Women At Woodstock - content-rich retreats by and for women over 50 that are about all aspects of their lives.
  • Women At Woodstock's inaugural event in 2012 was notable because it:
    • Was promoted solely through word of mouth and social media
    • Attracted 50 women from all over the US - California to New York - and Canada - to gather at a secluded spa in Woodstock, NY for a 4-day retreat
    • Attracted notable speakers: Suzanne Braun Levine, the original editor of Ms. Magazine; Amy Ferris, playwright & author of Marrying George Clooney; Hannah B. Grufferman, author of The Best of Everything After 50; Kristine Van Raden and Molly Davis, editors of Letters To Our Daughters; and many more accomplished women
    • Created bonds, connections, and friendships that are strengthening and growing to this day; many Women At Woodstock alumnae continue to regularly email, call, and meet with one another; several now do business together; and some have even vacationed together 
    • Is a harbinger of things to come; over-50 women who came of age in the 60's and 70's are reconnecting and reigniting their passions - for creativity, for change, for doing good in the world, and for wielding power both personal and political  
  • In short, "the times they are a-changing" for Boomer women - all over again.  Women At Woodstock is at the forefront of this movement toward reconnection, inspiration, and change.
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Free Admissions at Newseum

Beginning today kids get in free at the Newseum!

The Newseum offers everything from the Berlin Wall and Pulitzer Prize-winning photos to interactive games and presidential pets. And this summer, there's one more great reason to visit — kids get in free! July 1 through Labor Day, the Newseum will waive admission for youth visitors age 18 and younger. Up to four kids visit for free with each paid adult or senior admission, or Press Pass membership. Like all Newseum tickets, Summer Fun Deal tickets are valid for two consecutive days.
  • Summer Fun Deal tickets are not good in conjunction with other discounts.
  • Up to four discounts per transaction.
  • All ticket sales are final.
  • Summer Fun Deal tickets purchased online must be used between July 1 and Sept 2, 2013.
  • There are no refunds for no-shows or unused tickets.
For Summer Fun Deal tickets and more information click here.

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