Preparing Your Family – Your Life for Hurricane Arthur and other storms

wireless emergency alertsAre you ready for Hurricane Arthur? Does your family have a plan?

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began on May 15 and will end on November 30. By working as a community, lives can be saved despite natural disasters breaking apart our homes and towns. They don’t have to break apart our families if we properly prepare and are aware of what to do.  has tips about what to do to prepare:

1. Sign up for WEAs (Wireless Emergency Alerts): Wireless Emergency Alerts are automatic texts sent to you in an emergency. Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, warnings can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service.

2. Build an Emergency Kit

3. Making a Family Communications Plan

4. Download the following guide: How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide

Hurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation, and can affect both coastal and inland areas. How to Prepare for a Hurricane explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly at a time when every second counts.

Special NYC edition of The Talk: Tune in Friday at 2 pm #everybodytalks

This Friday, at 2 pm, make sure to tune into The Talk for a special NYC edition with all your favorite hosts and a couple of extra special guests, including myself & my mom in the audience and several other very special blogging friends.

This last week, we headed into NYC for a pre-taping of this Friday’s show which features very special guests and really fun giveaways. I won’t spoil it now. You have to see it to believe it!

What an incredible fun day and even more fun that that my mom got to share it with me as a special post-Mother’s Day treat.

Watch for an update on all the amazing things the audience won. Like, really?!!!!! Can you saw jaw-dropping?!

Follow The Talk on Facebook and Twitter to join in the fun and live tweet your favorite moments. Follow #everybodytalks on Twitter and join the conversation with some of your favorite ladies. Tweet them individually if you hear something you like! @JulieChen @aishatyler @MrsSOsbourne @THEsaragilbert @sherylunderwood

May 16, 2014


(Pictured: Sheryl, Vera, Sara, Kate, Beth, Sharon, Aisha, me, my mom, Julie, Danielle)

SPOILER ALERT: (CBS shared it and so will I):

[Tune in] TOMORROW: the incredible @idinamenzel, lifestyle expert @chilanlieu & @Chef_Aaron Sanchez: #Frozen #letitgo

See you on The Talk!

HorseTalk at the horse barn today

Love this image. I snapped it on the way out of the barn this morning. According to my daughter, this is Linus and he loves to pose. Looks like he is saying, “So, what are you looking at?”



Great resource for kids wanting to learn about horses: The Kingfisher Illustrated Horse and Pony Encyclopedia

Recognizing Caregivers and Their Moms on Mother’s Day #thanksproject

Caregivers spend a lot of time taking care of their loved ones who they cherish and adore but any caregiver will tell you that it takes a physical and mental toll to watch a mother or dad dip into dementia or cry in chronic pain.

The AARP created several wonderful resources for caregivers as seen below:

For Mother’s Day, AARP partnered with the Ad Council to create This Mother’s and Father’s day, honor the parent you care for by ‘thanking’ them on the Thanks Project platform and contribute to the tapestry of appreciation.

Thanks Project

In-Real-Life at the April #MomMixer

philly mom mixer

As my teen daughter gets closer and closer to the scheduled date to try for her license, I use every opportunity to have her drive to get the 65 hours in, required here in PA, before the official road test at the end of May.

Last Saturday offered up an especially sweet opportunity to visit with my blogging friends in-real-life (and hosts Colleen & Whitney) and let my daughter drive an hour into the city and an hour back. We made up a few errands to round out the hours since technically it was only 45 minutes each way but definitely a somewhat stressful path down a big, busy road, otherwise known as the Schuylkill (or 76) going into Philly.

We drove to the lovely Four Seasons and rather than drive around the block to find parking, we chose the uber-easy way of using the wonderfully efficient valet services.

At the event, several delightful sponsors offered delish mocktails and cocktails in addition to treats from CVS, chocolate from Hersey, coffee from McDonald’s in Philly.

We also learned more about the Philly 3-Day with Susan G Komen and tweeted to win 2 tickets to the Academy of Natural Sciences which my younger daughter will love!

academy of natural sciences

We were given a fun bag of swag to take with us. I gave the Pampers to a fellow blogger going to see another blogger who just had a baby.

From CHARM IT! comes the opportunity for children under 14 can enter the  CHARM IT! Crayola Creativity Design-A-Charm Contest to design their own charm between now and May 21st.

After the event, my daughter and I had fun browsing the vintage flea market across the street and found one or two treasures there too. What a great mom-daughter day!


GIVEAWAY: Enter to win The Nut Job DVD/Blu-ray/Digital HD Combo Pack

The Nut Job

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Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter – Maury’s Nut Store. The Nut Job comes to Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet as well as On Demand on April 15, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on DIGITAL HD one week early on April 8, 2014

If you don’t want to wait, you can also buy The Nut Job (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet) on Amazon

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