Join Us & Win 2 Tickets to SOLD OUT #ColorFunFest 5K in San Bernardino #EPICtour #InlandEmpire

Join me for the Color Fun Fest 5K in San Bernardino.  The festival combines the Holi Festival and electronic dance movement together for the first time with day and night glowing color 5k run.   The event is SOLD out, but we are honored to be able to give away 2 tickets!

Have Fun & Help A Local Inland Empire Non Profit

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Free Arts For Abused Children to help them prepare for their summer art camp. Another nonprofit benefitting from the event is called Flight Light For Cystic Fibrosis.  Founder Vincent Palacio is a skydiving instructor that also happens to have CF. The  organization gives children with Cystic Fibrosis a chance to feel alive by experiencing the incredible feeling of skydiving through wind tunnels and jumps. The mission of this program is to show these kids how to overcome fears and feel hope, bonding families and encouraging healthy living, which is vitally necessary for a person with Cystic Fibrosis.

Additional Details

What:  Color Run Fun Fest San Bernardino

Where:  NOS Center in San Bernardino

When:   Saturday May 10, 2014

HashTags to Follow:  #ColorFunFest #EPICtour

 

To celebrate the Color Fun Fest is offering one of my readers 2 tickets.  You have the opportunity to win it by participating in the giveaway below:

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We’re looking forward to attending the afternoon run with our friends and family!  Hope to see you there!


Five Tips for Saving Our Environment and Recycling Electronic Devices With ecoATM

I recently partnered with ecoATM to share important tips about saving our environment.  Today is Earth Day! To people who care about the environment, today marks the day to celebrate the earth and make a commitment to make lifetime changes to change our environmental impact.  Every year our family takes a look around our home and tries to find new ways to make the Earth a better place to live for our children.   On Earth Day I would also like to encourage you to take the initiative to  save our environment by recycling your unused electronics with ecoATM.

I recently checked out a local ecoATM and got instant cash for recycling my families unused electronics.   The kiosk was easy to use and provided many options for recycling phones, tables and mp3 players from various vendors.  It inspired me to take an inventory of all the electronics and accessories that are hidden in drawers and boxes around my home and recycle them.

 

Five Tips for Saving Our Environment and Recycling electronic devices with ecoATM:

1. Cash For Unused Devices:  Did you know that 57 percent of American device owners have idle cell phones in their homes, yet only 22 percent state they have previously recycled cell phones they no longer use.   ecoATM enables consumers to dispose of unused electronics responsibly by making recycling of old phones simple, fast & fun.  Simply places your device in the kiosk and obtain a quote for the best price for your device.  If you agree, ecoATM will dispense the cash immediately.

2. Location Location Location: There are about 900 kiosks located nationwide in local malls and surrounding areas. They are very easy to use and conveniently located.  Most transactions can be completed in 5-15 minutes.  You can find the nearest location online and get a preliminary quote.

3. Preparing Your Phone For Recycling:  Do you have an old iPod collecting dust around the home?  ecoATM also provides an option to recycle your unused mp3 and get cash to use towards a purchase of a new device.  Whether you are selling a phone, mp3 or tablet you should make sure to erase your personal data before visiting a local ecoATM.  If you are recycling an iPhone, make sure that you have deactivated iCloud and Find My iPhone on your device and  get instant cash payments as an incentive to recycle.

4: Trading in Devices that Don’t work:   Do you have a devices that doesn’t work?  No problem.  ecoATM is the world’s first automated eWaste recycling station, a friendly green machine looking to pay cash for the responsible recycling of your old cell phones, MP3 players and tablets.    It also has options to sell devices that are not working or dispose of unused electronics in a safe manner.

5. Recycling Unused Accessories:  ecoATM also has several options for disposing of unused accessories via the accessory bins on the side of the kiosk to keep them out of landfills or from languishing in desk drawers.  EcoATM can’t offer cash for these items, but offers a safe way to dispose of unused accessories.

 

With all your ecoATM transactions you also have the opportunity to donate towards a local nonprofit.  Have something different?  make sure to check out ecoATM for a complete list of over 4,000 devices.

Considering taking some time out of your day  on Earth Day to make a difference and recycle your old Tech Devices with ecoATM.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in partnership with ecoATM and Smith New Media.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make Tech Food Life Magazine possible. As always, all thoughts are 100% my own. 

Celebrating 365 Days of California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event

Did you know that  nearly 90 percent of U.S.-grown fresh strawberries come from California, with more than 1.7 BILLION pounds being harvested annually – basically, if California were a country, it would be the world’s largest producer of strawberries!

I recently attended the 365 Days of California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event and learned about the process of growing, cooking and  celebrating life with strawberries.    We enjoyed over 30 different appetizers and entrees made with fresh California Strawberries and toured a California Strawberries farm.  All our strawberry inspired recipes can be easily made at home.

California Strawberries Beach Side

We started off the festivities with a beachside gathering with strawberry appetizers and main dishes.  We had grilled salmon with fresh strawberry mango salsa , strawberry salad with berry dressing, chocolate dipped strawberries and strawberry shortcake.  Two of my favorites dishes were the strawberry gazpacho and strawberry mango salsa.  The gazpacho was light and delightfully sweet.  I also couldn’t resist getting second and third servings of the Mango Salsa with tortilla chips.

 

 

California Strawberries Farm Tour

The following day we headed out to a California Strawberries Farm for a hands on tour of a family owned and operated Strawberry Farm.   We walked through the strawberry fields, learned how to properly pick strawberries, touched and smelled the soil with our bare hands and ate fresh strawberries. We also learned about the hard work, discipline and dedication involved in farming Strawberries.

There are more than 400 strawberry farmers in California, many from multi-generational farming families who grow both conventional and organic strawberries. California grows more organic strawberries than any other place in the world.

Terry & Will Terry (L-R) - Father & Son - Terry Berries Strawberry Farmers

Our favorite multi-generational strawberry farm is Terry Berries Farm, the farm we toured.   Edgar Terry an Oxnard native and farmer was raised by a family that has farmed in Ventura, California since 1890. A fourth generation Californian, Edgar wanted to be a farmer since he was a child.   Edgar runs his family owned business, Terry Farms, Inc., alongside his wife of 29 years, Martha, who handles HR for the company. His son, William, handles the day-to-day farming activities, while his daughter manages employee compliance, hiring and food safety. Edgar’s brother runs the machine shop.  In addition to growing strawberries on 200 acres since 2002, Edgar grows a variety of crops, including celery, peppers, cilantro and spinach on about 2,000 acres of land.

 

California Strawberries Culinary Event

After our California Strawberries Farm tour we celebrated with more Strawberry inspired recipes.  Our specially prepared menu highlights the nutritional benefits and creatively prepared recipe ideas for  cooking with strawberries:

We enjoyed fresh herbs in farms cheese with stuffed strawberries rolled in pecan bacon.  Yes! Bacon.  These yummy appetizers were very savory.  The lacinto kale salad with strawberries, red grapes, spicy candied pecan & blue cheese was my favorite entree.

After enjoying the mountain views  for a couple minutes we enjoyed our next course, grilled chicken tacos with savory strawberry serrano, fire roasted corn, red onions, avocado salsa with ancho cheese.   We also savored a peanut butter, strawberry jam and bacon Kobe slider with waffle fries and strawberry ketchup.  The strawberry ketchup was delicious!

We ended our culinary experience with a strawberry shortcake popsicle and strawberries and ice cream.   It was truly one of the most amazing culinary experiences I have ever attended.  My palette is still dancing!

California Strawberries Nutritional FUN facts

  • Superfruit: 8 strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange. Low in sugar, with only about 50 calories, strawberries are a great source of fiber, folate and potassium.
  • Stay smart with strawberries: According to a recent study, eating strawberries more than twice a week appears to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years!
  • Good for your heart: Potassium found in strawberries can help control blood pressure and fight strokes. Plus, antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals in strawberries have been shown to reduce total cholesterol levels.

 

The next time you buy and eat strawberries, I hope you remember my California Strawberries tour and consider creating nutritional strawberry inspired recipes to celebrate life. Make sure to visit California Strawberries for strawberry recipe ideas & additional tips.

I’m very thankful to California Strawberries for the opportunity to tour a California Strawberries farm and the Terry Family for sharing their love and passion for farming strawberries.

 

 

Disclosure:  I was invited by California Strawberries to tour a California Strawberries Farm.  All opinions are 100% my own.

 

Question:  What is your favorite strawberry inspired recipe?

L4LL’s Dia Blog Hop with Author Rene Saldana

I am participating in the Latinas 4 Latino Literature  Día Blog Hop (L4LL’s Dia Blog Hop).   Established in the United States by poet and author Pat Mora, Día is a celebration of books and children. The month long program celebrates Latino Children literacy by pairing a different author or illustrator with a different blogger each day.  The 2nd annual blog hop has 24 authors/illustrators paired with 24 Latina bloggers.

I’m honored to be paired with Professor René Saldaña, Jr.  today.  His children and young adult books inspire us to pursue our dreams through passion, dedication and hardwork.  I can relate to many of the books he has written, especially, The Jumping Tree.  The book is a coming of age novel about the experiences Rene faces to become a young adult while living between Mexico and Texas.

I was raised in a bicultural home by a Latina mother who instilled the importance of  hardwork.  We celebrated the arts, literature and culture with our familia across the border.

Consider carving out some time in your day to follow the month long celebration at Latinas4LatinoLit.org Dia Blog Hop after reading today’s inspiring reflection.

REFLECTIONS by René Saldaña
FOR Latinas For Latino Literature

This morning in Lubbock, Texas, it rained. It’s such a big deal here when it does rain because it doesn’t happen often. A local news station even runs a sort of a pool, wherein viewers predict when we’ll get our first rain and they’ll win goodies in the form of paraphernalia from the TV station. I’ve yet to participate myself, but I’m happy somebody won because it means it’s rained.

We are several years into a drought in West Texas, which makes sense because we’re basically a desert out here. It’s bone dry, I tell you, and the local meteorologist occasionally will put up on the screen how much it would have to rain daily for us to catch up to normal levels. Though I get it that we’re so far behind, I’ve seen these numbers before, and I still can’t quite wrap my brain around how dire our situation.

So, this morning, there were puddles on the ground. And though I tell my own kids not to walk through them because they’ll ruin their shoes, they still do it, and inside, I smile. I smile because I know how fun it is to stomp on a puddle, making a big or small splash depending on the size of the puddles. I used to do it myself as a kid, against my mother’s wishes. Incidentally, she gave me the exact same reason why I shouldn’t plow through a puddle: I’ll ruin my shoes. And yet, today, inwardly, I smile when my own kids “ruin” their shoes that way. Because secretly, I wish I had the guts to do it still. But I’m an adult, and so I don’t.

What I do, though, is to look down into the puddles as I’m stepping over them, and I see my own reflection in them and that makes me happy. In the middle of this drought, puddles are so infrequent that I take any and every chance to see myself reflected in them. My reflection is precious in this format because it is as uncommon as the rain. You know what? I admit it: I’m so egotistical because I can’t get enough of myself in these puddles. I have to wonder: is it the reflection of myself that is attractive, the puddle, or both? I think it’s both.

Recently, Walter Dean Myers wrote in the New York Times (03/15/14) that there is a similar dearth within the publishing industry of books by writers of color about kids of color: books in which young readers might see themselves represented accurately and fairly: books in which young readers of color are “struck by the recognition of themselves in the story, a validation of their existence as human beings, an acknowledgement of their value by someone who understands who they are.” I’ve been arguing the same on behalf of young Latino/a readers for years now. So has Matt de la Peña in Arizona of late, where the powers that be have seen fit to do away with Mexican American studies, in essence rubbing out of existence Americans of Mexican descent by outlawing the culture’s literature. (For more on the subject of the futile attempt at the unmaking of a people, follow Tony Diaz, founder of Librotraficante, on The Huffington Post.)

When such titles appear on the scene, imagine the response on the part of young Latino/a readers at seeing their own reflections in the characters therein: they are validated, they see for themselves how they are very much a part of the American-Dream tapestry.

They will experience the same joy I do at first stomping a foot into a puddle, making a splash of indescribable proportions; second skipping over the puddles to see a flash of myself flying; and last, seeing myself clearly reflected back at me, not as stranger, not as other, not as illegal, but very much at home in my own skin, in my own story, in my own books.

Tonight, there is a hint of more rain in the air. A sort of coolness in the breeze. I’m waiting for the first sign of rain: the pitter-patter of drops on the skylight as I’m typing this. The prognostication for tomorrow says no rain, though. It’ll be dry, dusty, and windy, says the weatherman. But man, having seen myself in those puddles earlier in the day I’m comforted because for a brief moment today I saw myself in countless puddles and the next rain can’t be far off. So like our kids must who wait on the next book about them, I, too, will wait for the next storm. At first, I’ll wait patiently. And then anxiously. And then I’ll be out of my mind waiting. Mad like that because I’ve caught that clear reflection of myself in the puddles now, and I know how right that is, and how wrong the drought.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

René Saldaña, Jr., is an associate professor in the Language, Diversity, and Language Studies in the College of Education at Texas Tech University.

He is also the author of various titles for children and young adults, including The Jumping Tree, Finding Our Way: Stories, A Good Long Way, the Mickey Rangel bilingual detective/mystery series, among others.


In May, his first picture book will be published; it is a bilingual counting book that follows a boy on the day of his birthday fiesta. It is titled Dale, dale, dale: una fiesta de números/Hit It, Hit It, Hit It: A Fiesta of Numbers (Piñata Books).

He, his wife Tina, and their children Lukas, Mikah, Kalyn, and Jakob have adopted a puppy that they named Chito, after René’s pet dog from childhood.

Giving Guide For Giving Tuesday Ideas

After Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday.  Giving Tuesday is a great way to support local & national nonprofits during the Christmas Holidays by giving back to nonprofits that are making a difference to our local and global communities.  The  nationwide philanthropic event will be as huge  of a success for nonprofits as Cyber Monday and brings together families, communities and nonprofits.

My family celebrates giving everyday by giving back  to local charities and making contributions to multiple nonprofits. It has been a way of life for us since childhood.   Giving Tuesday is driven through social media and is a global effort to highlight the importance of giving.  Last year the initiative raised over 10 million dollars for charity.

If you are a parent, this is also a great way to share the gift of giving globally with your children.

Google+ Hangout-a-thon

Guide To Celebrate and Participate in #GivingTuesday

  1. #GivingTuesday Google+ Hangout-a-thon – Google is hosting an all-day Google hangout-a-thon with Mashable and 24 charities and brands.  The event is occurring all day and will feature several nonprofits and provide viewers with the opportunity to donate or purchase goods for good.
  2. Give Gifts that Give Back: www.givingtuesday.org also provides resources for partners and 501c nonprofits that are participating. Recommend you also visit the Giving Tuesday Facebook page for highlights and ways you can help nonprofits get funding by participating in initiatives, such as following hubspot on Google+ to donate 50 cents to charity water.
  3. Spread the Word: If  you are a nonprofit with a qualified 501c make sure to use the #GivingTuesday hashtag to encourage others to give to your charity.  It’s never too late to spread the word.
  4. Support Charities: If you are a nonprofit advocate, share a list of qualified 501c nonprofits with others and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday  to encourage others to give.
  5. Volunteer:  There are many nonprofits that could use volunteers to grow their nonprofit.  Visit your local community center for resources or www.volunteermatch.org to find a match.

Recommended Nonprofits To Support On Giving Tuesday

  1. The Orphaned Earring – Buy bracelets or donate your orphaned earrings & jewelry.  The funds go towards arts and crafts programs for four orphanages in Latin America. (Los Angeles, CA)
  2. The Sheepfold – Your donations provides abused or homeless mothers with children shelter, refuge and hope.  (Orange County, CA)
  3. Help A Mother Out – Your donations provide diapers to children in need (Silicon Valley, CA)
  4. International Sanctuary – Purchase with Purpose and support victims of human trafficking.  The jewelry is handmade by survivors of human trafficking. Visit their showroom M-F from 8am-4pm daily or attend the 2nd Annual Holiday party on December 12th for additional shopping. (Orange County, CA)
  5. Jacob’s House – Addresses the financial, spiritual, geographical, and time-sensitive needs that people in crisis require when their loved one is in the hospital. (Riverside County, CA)
  6. March for Babies – Provide resources and education to help premature babies start a healthy and strong life. (California)
  7. Mujeres para Mujeres – Masectomy bras are needed for breast cancer patients. (San Diego, CA)

 

Question:  How will you be participating in Giving Tuesday?  What nonprofits will you be supporting on Giving Tuesday?

LATINAS THINK BIG NATIONAL TOUR

I was raised by the hardest working Latina entrepreneur on the planet.  She  baked and sold the most beautiful wedding, birthday and quinceañera cakes.  My mom also launched several home-based businesses selling hand-made crafts,  jewelry, Tupperware, Shaklee, Avon, Mary Kay, Home Interior, Princess House and managed to find the time to raise a family and help people in need in our community.   During the holidays she would make tamales  to share and for school fundraising.  Her drive and passion for entrepreneurship and social good lifestyle was passed on to my siblings and I.  As a child I use to watch her carry a notebook with lots of lists and wondered how to automate a lot of her administrative tasks of  setting up appointments, billing and collecting money.  I believe that is why I chose a career in Software Development & Engineering and I still code to automate a lot of my day to day technical tasks as a Telecommunications Engineer.

Today’s entrepreneurial Latina is a lot like yesterday’s savvy business woman, except we have a lot of tools at out disposal to automate and facilitate day to day tasks and enable us to focus on our goals.   Today’s Latina is entrepreneurial and Tech Savvy.  However, before many of us take the leap of faith to launch on our own or  to further our career path, we need  resources to help us build our networks and connect with like minded goal seekers.  We also need to sharpen our skills and  find communities with a solid foundation and support system.

 

ELLA Leadership Institute was born out of  similar drive and passion that is instilled in all hardworking and goal seeking Latinas.   ELLA Leadership Institute recently launched the  LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour to inspire and showcase Latinas who are making a difference.     The second stop of a national and international TED-style tour showcasing innovative professional Latinas will be held on October 11.   I’m  really excited to attend the event and support the ELLA Institute initiatives as a Twitter Ambassador.  I will be joining over 150 attendees to connect  and celebrate Latinas who are breaking new ground.  I’m looking forward to the featured speakers and discussions about careers, business, entrepreneurship and innovation.   Whether you are planning on launching a business or need a word of encouragement from Latinas in Leadership, LATINAS THINK BIG event is for YOU.

The onsite event has SOLD-OUT.  However, you can join the conversation online via Google hangouts and Twitter and be a part of the life-changing virtual event.  I had the opportunity to join the historic LATINAS THINK BIG launch online and  felt like I had the best seats in the house.  I walked away with a lot of resources and inspiration to develop a business idea.   I also felt the presence of a sense of community among the attendees.

The Los Angeles tour was a historical event  and attended by over 100 empowered Latinas, including ten TWITTER AMBASSADORS.

LATINAS THINK BIG VIRTUAL TOUR – LOS ANGELES

EVENT HASHTAG: 
#LATINASTHINKBIG

EVENT AGENDA
4:00PM – 5:00PM New York Life Career Consulting Hour
5:00PM – 5:50PM Registration, Hors d’Oeuvres, Mingle & Live Band Music
6:00PM – 6:20PM Welcome Remarks
6:20PM – 7:40PM LATINAS THINK BIG™ Presentations
7:40PM – 8:00PM Monica Gil Interview
8:00PM – 8:25PM Awards Ceremony
8:25PM – 8:30PM Closing Remarks
8:30PM – 9:30PM Mingling with Presenters and Honorees

”LATINAS

TWITTER AMBASSADORS
Jacky Diaz | @amigapreneur
Monique Frausto | @BLOGSbyLATINAS
Deborah Deras | @DeborahDeras
Eva Smith | @Eva_Smith
Gina Linn Espinoza | @ginalinn
Graciela Tscareno-Sato | @GraceTiscareno
Hilda Ramirez | @HildaRamirez1
LaLa Castro | @latinageeks
Nelly Cardinale | @nycrican2
Stephanie Bravo | @stephanierbravo

 

 

 

 

 

Question:  How have your parents inspired you to seek your career? What are some of the career and entrepreneurial areas you need leadership inspiration in?  Will you be attending the Latina Think Big Virtual Tour?

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  www.itcanwait.com or www.puedeesperar.com 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 www.facebook.com/ItCanWaitNoTextingWhileDriving.  There is nothing more important than your life.

 

Share a tweet:

 

 

 

 

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 www.itcanwaitsimulator.org.   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  www.itcanwait.com 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 www.facebook.com/ItCanWaitNoTextingWhileDriving.

 

Giveaway

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 www.itcanwait.com and let me know what you learned in the comments below.

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

3. Share the pledge at www.itcanwait.com 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: http://bit.ly/1aPP64A

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.

 

Five Safe Teen Driving Tips

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

 

Did you know that 75% of teens say that texting and driving is common among other teens? I’ve never witnessed anyone I know texting and driving, but if I did, I would tell them it can wait.  Texting and driving can be fatal, but too many people ignore it.

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According to statistics over 100,000 accidents occur every year as a result of texting and driving. When most people hear about the statistics, many ignore the facts because it doesn’t affect them. However, as parents and teens who share the road it is an issue that does affect all of us.

AT&T has partnered with several champions to bring awareness to the dangers of texting and driving via the It Can Wait  website.  Since the It Can Wait movement was launch in 2009, more than 2 million pledges have been logged via the website, social sites, facebook and events.   The movement has made a difference in saving lives.  The website has a lot of resources to help teen drivers and adults understand the risks of texting and driving.  

Here are 5 steps parents and teens can take to become safer drivers. 

1. Read the stories of real people affected by texting and driving.

2. Watch the videos of people whose lives were changed in an instant.  The people in the videos are not actors.  The incidents described in the videos really happened.  The videos are available in english and spanish.

3. Take the Pledge.    Go to  www.itcanwait.com and take the no-texting-and-driving pledge and commit to refrain from texting and driving.  

4. Get Involved.  You can also share your promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ItCanWaitNoTextingWhileDriving.

5. Spread the word.  No text is worth the risk.  Take action to educate others about the risks of texting and driving.  If you are having a hard time sharing your concerns about texting and driving with friends and/or family, share these resources.   It can wait.  

I decided to get involved with this campaign because I want to help educate others about the risks of texting and driving.   If these resources change one life it will make a difference in the safety of everyone around us. I’m looking forward to standing along side you to make a difference in our communities.

 

 

 

 

 

Question:  Did you visit the website and take the pledge? Will you share the resources with people you know?

Villa Metro Community Grand Opening

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post.  However, all opinions are my own.

 

Do you enjoy touring model homes?  I certainly do!  The New Home Company, Villa Metro is a new community of 315 homes featuring contemporary Mediterranean-inspired architecture and sustainable building practices.  The small-town vibe master planned community is located in Santa Clarita Valley and has several amenities including parks, 30 miles of walking trails, recreational gym facilities and easy access to Southern California’s regional rail network, Metrolink.  

Buying a home to raise a family is one of the most important decisions a couple makes.  Villa Metro provides several home buying options to help young families make home buying decisions to meet their family needs.  In addition to the 9 model homes, the community features top notch schools, access to shopping on Main Street, a family friendly pool and tot lot.   Picture your family playing in the park, swimming at the pool, or hiking the walking trails. 

 

Join us on Saturday, August 17, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., as we celebrate and showcase the model community in true Southern California fashion – with food, fun, giveaways and prizes.  Tour  the 9 model homes and see if a  home suits your family needs.   In addition to model home tours, the mediterranean street fair will feature live music, face painting, kids crafts and many Greek-inspired bites and refreshments.  There will also be several giveaway! I’m looking forward to celebrating the addition of this community under the sun.

So come on out and bring the kids and experience what life feels like in #Awesometown.

When:

Saturday, August 17, 2013, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Where:

21853 Soledad Canyon Rd. Santa Clarita, CA 91350

Directions:

To get to the street festival Exit 1-5 at Valencia Boulevard and continue onto Soledad Canyon Road until you make a left on Prima Way. Follow the signage to the recreation center and model homes.

For additional information:

Facebook:

www.facebook.com/VALENCIAcalifornia

Twitter:

@ValenciaSoCal #VillaMetro #Awesometown

 

 

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