This Smart Cycling Helmet Could Save Lives 

It’s Friday July 22, 2016

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(Photo by Brooklyness)

One dark summer night on a deserted road, Kenny, an award-winning motorcycle racer, opened the throttle of his motorcycle and rode fast.

What Kenny didn’t know was that about a mile ahead of him was a truck waiting at a stop sign. The tail lights were broken. The night was black. Kenny couldn’t see the stop sign because it wasn’t lit up.

In a flash, Kenny slammed into the back of the truck. He wasn’t wearing a helmet. The life he knew was over. Although Kenny physically survived, he suffered serious brain damage.

And he was aware of it.

One day while visiting him he pointed out pictures of his old life. One picture showed him getting an award surrounded by women. Another was a picture of him competing as a bodybuilder. And another was a picture of him in an ad campaign.

It was hard for him to speak but in a childlike manner he told me he wasn’t wearing a helmet the day he got into the accident. His face had regret written all over it. My eyes teared up as I listened.

I haven’t seen Kenny in years as I have since moved away. But from time-to-time I think about him. His story is a constant reminder to me to choose safety first–always.

It was Kenny that came to mind when I stumbled across the Classon smart cycling helmet on Kickstarter.

I realize bicycles and motorcycles travel at different speeds. But speed wont matter if you’re not wearing a helmet and you hit your head just a little too hard. 

 “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”                                      

The Classon intelligent helmet created by Brooklyness, a Brooklyn-based company, is genius! It’s aimed at preventing bicycle accidents by giving the cyclist the necessary safety tools to navigate the road, to be aware of their surroundings, and to communicate their intentions to motorists.

The Classon is equipped with gesture recognition turn signals (blinkers) in the front and back activated by arm movement. It has two cameras–one in front and one in back–ensuring that you are visible to others. 

The cameras even alert you when a car is in your blind spot. Brake lights automatically turn on when you reduce speed. For an additional fee, you can get GPS guided navigation and the ability to edit and share your video to social media, directly from your helmet.

This helmet could save lives by minimizing the chance of an accident.

Classon specs

The camera can record up to six hours of HD footage. It’s water resistant. Will be available in sizes junior, medium and large. It weighs 1.1 pounds and will be offered in colors black, white, orange, blue and yellow.

It has a battery life of 2.5 hours and takes 1 hour to charge. The helmet is not yet on the market but it is expected to be available in 2017. The price will be $299.00.

 

 

Someone Peed in my Cheerios

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Over the weekend our pet tortoise, Pico, went missing. By missing, I allege that someone stole him from our backyard. Very few people knew we had a tortoise. The ones who did know were people we trusted and allowed into and around our home including, hired hands.

Pico was my husbands pet long before I came into the picture. He quickly became my little buddy. I fed him, bathed him (we called it his spa day) and I played with him. Yes, tortoises play.

For Pico, playing meant walking through the sprinklers, following me around and biting at my toes. Some days he would practically stand on his little hind legs just to get a little closer to me. When I was fighting breast cancer he was my distraction. I would spend hours gardening and grooming him.

I can’t believe someone stole him away. Even more disturbing is that they may have done it in the middle of the night. This has been a reminder that we have to be careful with anyone including the so-called paid professionals

While Pico was not a child, he was our child. He relied on his to feed him, wash him and care for him. This story could have been a lot worse. Elizabeth Smart’s abductor and rapist was a handyman prior to kidnapping her. It is a chilling reminder that we need to protect ourselves from even those predators with legitimate businesses.

May this find on a good day. xo, April

 

 

12 Gift Ideas For The #Dad in Your Life

 


First, a few reminders.

*Don’t skimp on gift wrapping.

*Don’t forget to buy a card!

*Don’t wait until the last minute to shop.



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Weber Q 1200 Blue Cast Aluminum 8,500-BTU 189-sq in Portable Gas Grill

This cool space saving grill is full of personality. It comes in black, blue, fuchsia, green, titanium, orange and purple! It’s perfect for anyone living in small space. The price ain’t so bad either. $199; Lowes

Man Crates

No ribbons. No fluff. No wrapping paper. Just stuff that guys love. From exotic meats to whisky appreciation and personalized gifts, these crates are one of my faves. You can pick up a crate for every type of guy; the golfer, the coffee drinker, the bass fisherman and the guy who loves beer and bacon. Be sure to check out their jerky heart shaped box with individually wrapped pieces of jerky. $29.99 and up; Man Crates

Dollar Shave Club

This is another cool gift. The shave club is a place where you can curate your dad, grad or hubby’s favorite razors. Dollar Shave Club will deliver your selected items right to your guys door every month. What more could you ask for? 

Buy a Fishing License

While it may not sound fancy or glamorous the fisherman in your life will thank you for this gift. It’s the one that keeps on giving. (Price varies by state)

Fishing Boat Trips

I’m all about an experience. Family fishing trips can be fun and it allows you to spend some time with the dad in your life. Check out Groupon for deals. I’m on the West Coast so here you’ll find Davey’s LockerMarina del Rey SportsfishingLong Beach SportsfishingNewport Landing

Wine Membership

If you don’t live near a winery than you can just look online for one. Forbes guide to the best wine clubs is a good place to start. Also, check out Wines That Rock. I’ve given these as gifts and they’re always a hit.

Driving Shoes

Driving shoes are sophisticated and fun! My husband just bought a pair and I love them. You can read more about them here or here. And you can find them at Nordstrom.

Crocs

Don’t underestimate the comfort of these shoes especially for those who have foot issues. Crocs has really upped its game when it comes to style. I have given these to everyone in my family and everyone appreciates them. Prices vary

Ted Baker London Ties

Full of color, style and elegance these ties allow individual personality to shine through. A tie is the equivalent of a woman’s purse or shoes. It says, here I am! So, if you’re going to go with a traditional gift then step outside of the box. Give your dad a Ted Baker tie. You can find them at Nordstrom Rack. Learn more about Ted Baker London.

The Smart Remote by Sevenhugs

This is for the techie dad who likes to be ahead of the curve. Simon Tchedikian, CEO & Cofounder, Sevenhugs says “By 2019, the smart home market is expected to reach $28 billion, with more than 69 million homes connected worldwide. With the Smart Remote, you only need one solution to control everything in your home with just one touch.”

This universal, family-friendly device allows users to interact with any smart device in the home by simply pointing and clicking – avoiding the multi-step process involved with nearly all smart home apps and management options on the market. The Smart Remote won’t be available for shipping until September 2016. $200.00; Smart Remote

There’s always the Race Car Driving Experience

This one never gets old. Right now you can go to cloud9living.com and buy a NASCAR ride along or he can drive the whole car. $130 to $500;  for father’s day you can get $20 off.

Massage Therapy

The benefits of massage therapy include stress relief, good posture, improved circulation, deep breathing and it can strengthen the immune system.  This is another gift idea you can get in on.  Massage Envy has more than 1,000 locations nationwide. $49.99 to $99.99

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Images via Instagram feeds; @drivingshoe_co @mancrates @webergrills @neatbottleshop

The A-List: #HealthyBeauty

Hello gorgeous! It’s Thursday June 2, 2016. WELCOME to my very first edition of The A-List. Here, you’ll find the ‘cream of the crop.’ My major faves. Today I’m featuring some of my favorite good-for-you skincare products. If you have a product you’d like to see on the A-List send me the info and I’ll check it out. Remember, if you like what you see here, share it! And don’t forget to join me in social media. What’s your favorite, chemical-free, skincare must have?

May this find you having a good day. April


 

Pretty Balm by Root Pretty

Root Pretty lip balm is the best balm I’ve ever met. Before I learned about Pretty Balm (from a friend) my lips were always dry, cracked and peeling with that embarrassing white line around my mouth. While I’ve always struggled with dryness due to allergy and asthma medications, chemotherapy treatments made it worse.

I tried everything I could think of to get rid of the ugly. Natural products and homemade concoctions worked but only temporarily. Desperately seeking a solution I kept going back to chemically charged products. They didn’t do anything but interrupt my peace of mind, because every time I ate or drank something while wearing it, I thought about all of those nasty chemicals I was consuming. But with Root Pretty lip balms (and glosses too!) I don’t have to compromise. My lips look better than they have in a long time and I don’t worry about toxicity.

Tip: I exfoliate with a toothbrush daily and then apply the balm . To make it easy for myself I shower, brush and exfoliate at the same time. If you have to take an extra step, you won’t do it. Just do it all in one shot. P.S. This balm is the last thing I put on before going to bed and the first thing I put on in the morning.

You might want to know. Root Pretty is 100 percent natural and vegan. The lip balm comes in a variety of colors like Scarlett, Punch Love, Paris and Doll Pretty. It’s the perfect gift for the young girl experimenting with makeup. I’m also recommending it for wedding party gifts in an upcoming guide. Pretty Balm price is $8.00.

Root Pretty also has a Gloss (see the above picture)

The Root Pretty gloss is for those days when you wanna up your game. It’s pretty, glossy, smells like baked goods and is chemical free. Root Pretty Gloss price is $16.00.

100 Percent Pure Primer

Primer is something I recently started using. And I am so glad I did! I recommend this product for women struggling with dry skin, aging skin, physical changes including menopause or for women who face harsh weather conditions. Pure offers two types of primer; a mattifying formula that minimizes shine and the luminous one that I use.

Tip: I use this on my hands and neck.

You might want to know. 100 Percent Pure is an organic cosmetics beauty firm focused on providing healthy skin care. It’s completely free of all harmful toxins and is made with the highest quality ingredients. 100 percent natural and 100 percent cruelty-free. All products are 100 percent free of artificial colors, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins. No annoying odors. Smooth consistency. Works great and you can use it following lotions or oils. Luminous Primer costs $35.00. Mattifying Primer costs $36.00.

100 Percent Pure Organic Coffee Bean Eye Creme

This eye cream has a rating of 4.7 stars out of nearly 500 reviews! It targets dark circles and puffiness. It comes in two sizes so you can buy the small one if you’re not sure about it. My husband and I both use it. It smells a little like frosting and it’s so moisturizing you may want to lather yourself in it. If you live near a Pure store you can go in and try it out before buying it. Pure Organic Coffee Bean Eye Creme price $25.00.

 

 

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant

Natural deodorant is so hard to find. They either don’t work or they aren’t truly as natural as they want you to believe. But this stuff really works. Pictured here is a jar sample I got in a kit. The jar product requires a little more work because the consistency is not very smooth, but, it’s worth the effort. Recently, a friend of mine bought the Schmidt’s deodorant stick and she loves it! I’m feeling like the stick is the way to go. Whatever you settle on, this a good product. Schmidt’s price right now is $8.99. You can save 10 percent using the Spring code “Spring 16”

Tip: Regularly moisturize your underarms with coconut oil. You’ll be surprised by the results.

There’s plenty more on the horizon so keep coming back!

#FollowThoseShoes

Smile everyone! It’s the weekend! And I can’t think of a better way to ease into it then by slipping on these pretty in pink Top Shop KARTER loafers. 

If you would like to have a shoe featured on Follow Those Shoes, let me know. If you like what you see here, share it! And don’t forget to join me on Instagram! 

Hugs 

Tori Spelling Does Psychic Network  Commercials? 

Apparently she does. Last night while watching TV I stumbled across a Psychic Source commercial starring THE Tori Spelling. Here’s the proof! 

As you can imagine, I was surprised to see Americas little rich girl pushing psychic hotlines for a living. As someone who’s dabbled in acting let me assure you this can only mean one thing, Tori was desperate for work. 

Curious if she made any public remarks about her new gig, I dashed over to her website and sure enough, she did.

I’m super excited to share something special that I’ve been working on lately… as you all know, I love to explore and find the best new psychics, and consider myself a bit of an expert on them. I’ve always had a strong connection to spirit, and have met with countless psychic advisors in my life. When you find a trusted psychic, it’s a truly incredible thing. I can’t begin to tell you how much healing and peace psychics have brought to my life.  

          ToriSpelling.com

I couldn’t help but wonder why her psychic advisor didn’t warn her Dean was destined to cheat on her? Isn’t future telling part of their schtick? 

Whatever the case, it’s hard to criticize a girl who’s just trying to make her ends meet. At 75 cents a minute though, Tori might just want to consider hanging up her acting hat and take a job as an ‘advisor,’ or just flat out buy the network.

That’s my take!

XO

Rich Kids Morgan Stewart & Brendan Fitzpatrick Totally Tied The Knot! 

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E! reality stars Morgan Stewart and Brendan Fitzpatrick said I do! In true lovers fashion the two even have their own cute hashtag ‘Fitzperfectly.’ While I’m not a fan of the arrogant and sometimes bratty duo, I do offer my congratulations and wish them all the best. 

Tnere was a wedding faux pas. Kyle Richards of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was a guest at the wedding. Brendan works for the luxury real estate agency founded by Kyles husband, Mauricio Umansky. Kyles name on the seating card was Ms. Kyle Richards rather than Mrs. Kyle Umansky. Kyle may not have been too happy about that. She posted the following picture with the comment  “I actually go my Mrs. Kyle Umansky but I’ll take it ❤️”


I don’t know about you, but I think if the error was really no big deal then Mrs. Kyle Umansky wouldn’t have bothered to circle it in red, and post it on social media. And you know how it is, she’s the bosses wife. Oops! 
Before we go, I have to share this one pic of the bride in her gorgeous gown. 

Be sure to check out more pics at #Fitzperfectly

May this find you having a great weekend. 

XO!