Archives for September 2013

Three Steps To Stop Texting And Driving

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post by Latina Bloggers Connect and AT&T.  However, all opinions are my own.


For the past month we have been raising awareness about the It Can Wait movement.  We discussed ways to educate yourself and others about the dangers of texting and driving.   We also talked about the It Can Wait Simulator application which lets you simulate texting and driving.   The It Can Wait movement recently developed a shareable and educational infographic to help us educate our friends and family about making the most important safety decision for themselves.

  1. We learned that texting and driving is common among other teens.
  2. We learned that texting and driving can be fatal, yet many people ignore it.
  3. We learned that over 100,000 car accidents occur each day due to texting and driving

With our children heading back to school it is more important than ever for us to find creative ways to share the importance about staying safe while driving.


It Can Wait Infographic

The It Can Wait Infographic encourages us to take a stand and speak up to save lives.    It provides you  with tips to make other aware of the issues and risks that texting and driving causes.   It also encourages you and others to take a pledge and make a commitment to never text and drive.  The most important part of the infographic is YOU.  Did you know that 90% of people say they would stop texting and driving if a friend in a car asked them to?  So what are you waiting for?  Celebrate  drive for pledges day and share this infographic.

If you have not already taken the pledge, take the pledge now.   Go to or and take the no-texting-and-driving pledge and commit to refrain from texting and driving.

You can also get involved and share your promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook at  There is nothing more important than your life.


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Virtual Tour of 911 Memorial in New York

I had the opportunity to visit the 911 Memorial.  The memorial commemorates the September 11 attacks in 2001 and stand in the same location where the World Trade Center stood.  The experience was very solemn. 

We stood in silence for over an hour and crossed several lines and check points.  Once we entered the memorial  we walked through the park full of walkways and trees.   The memorial plans to install 400 oak trees in stages and symbolize hope, rebirth, renewal and resilence.   The trees will eventually grow to 80 ft in height and will also provide environmental benefits to Manhattan.  We also walked through the paths of  the twin memorial pools where the WTC twin towers once stood and read the names of victims who lost their lives.  

Towards the end of our tour we visited the survivor tree, which withstood the 9/11 attacks.  The callery pear tree was found among the rubble of the WTC and was badly burned, but still had a live branch.   The tree was nursed back to life at the NYC Parks and Recreation and returned to the 911 memorial site in time for the grand opening.  

Today on the anniversary of September 11 we honor the memory and service of all men and women who lost their lives and the families affected by this event. We also honor the men and women and families who protect our freedom.

For more information about the 911 memorial or to plan a visit go to

Virtual Tour of 911 Memorial in New York

Question: Have you visited the 911 Memorial? Do you plan to visit the 911 memorial?  Do you remember what you were doing on 9/11? How has this event impacted you?

Google Glass Find Your Island Challenge


Sharing some photos and a video from our recent #FindYourIsland Challenge. The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel recently sent five Google Glass Explorers on the ultimate adventure on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel for the Find Your Island Challenge. We experienced the best of the warm Gulf waters and breathtaking islands through a series of Google Glass challenges, from kayaking and parasailing to creating delicious cuisine and capturing beautiful sunsets all while sharing our experience #throughglass.

Enter the beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Find Your Island sweepstakes to win your own vacation experience.  The grand prize includes your very own trip to Fort Meyers & Sanibel as well as a pair of Google Glasses!

Captured on Google Glass: Our cameraman #throughglass

Captured on Google Glass: My first time parasailing! It was a very calm and serene experience above it all.  I didn’t want to go back to the boat. #throughglass

Very thankful to the Beaches of Fort Myers for the challenge.  So honored to be included in this great experience with fellow Google Glass Explorers “Loki” Williams, Jeris Miller and Keith Kaplan.


We found our island!   Visit the Beaches of Fort Myers  & Sanibel and find your island.

Find Your Island Google Glass Challenge

I’m so excited to share the news!  I will be participating in the Find Your Island Challenge with four other Google Glass Explorers. Take the time to meet the Find Your Island Google Explorers, read our bios and join us on an adventure of a lifetime by following the #FindYourIsland hashtag.   This seriously feels like a high tech version of survivor challenge!


Travel Details

We’ll be traveling to the  Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel from September 6-9 and sharing our experience through a series of Google Glass challenges.  We’ll be kayaking, eating delicious cuisine and enjoying beautiful sunsets.   I’m so excited to be a part of this campaign with a great group of Google Glass early adopters.




You can also enter to win your own Google Glass vacation experience at  The grand prize includes your very own trip to Fort Meyers & Sanibel as well as a pair of Google Glasses!


I’m off to finish packing!   I hope you will join us on our adventure!




Question: What will you do with your Google Glass vacation package if you win?

Take The It Can Wait Pledge


Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post by Latina Bloggers Connect and AT&T.  However, all opinions are my own.

A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to the It Can Wait movement.  The campaign is educating people  on the dangers  and consequences of texting and driving with videos and personal stories of families impacted by texting and driving incidents.   The movement is championed by several carriers and  has enabled millions of people to take a pledge and make an important lifelong decision for their safety.   The primary goal of the It Can Wait movement is to save lives.  I learned that people who read and send messages are more likely to be in a crash than those that don’t.   I also learned the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day—known as the 100 Deadliest Days on the roads for teen drivers.


Drive Mode Application

I was able to test a simulation application, AT & T Drive mode app a couple weeks ago and to learn the impact that texting and driving can have on our life.     The texting and driving simulator app is a great way to experience first hand the difficultly someone can have driving a vehicle when texting.

The application is easy to install and test.  The driving & texting simulator  is very realistic and provides real life scenarios of texting and driving.  While testing the application I had a conversation with my young adult child who informed me that it is very common for teen drivers to text and drive.  After researching for myself I found that over 40% of teens text and drive.  


You can test the application by yourself  or with  friend at   The application will send you a series of text messages and let you test drive a car.   I urge you to take the challenge by yourself, with friends or your entire family.  Take a couple of minutes today to set an example within your family and community and take the pledge.

Join the movement by sharing your story or trying our online texting while driving simulator.    Go to and take the no-texting-and-driving pledge and commit to refrain from texting and driving.  For additional information regarding the It Can Wait movement you can follow them on Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook at



You have the opportunity to win an It Can Wait gift pak.  The gift pak includes a Blackberry Q10 to use with any carrier, a tote bag, a tshirt, magnet.

Just follow these instructions for an opportunity to win:

1. Visit the It Can Wait movement at and let me know what you learned in the comments below.

2. Take the It Can Wait Pledge at and let me know that you did it by commenting below.

3. Share the pledge at and and let me know how you did it by commenting below.

4. Tweet the following:

@Eva_Smith I made a lifelong decision on my safety and took the #ItCanWait Pledge:

NOTE:  You can share or tweet an entry once a day.   The winner will be selected randomly.  The giveaway is open to all US residents, 18 and older.  Giveaway ends September  22 at 11:59pmPST.



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