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Buying The Safest Safety Car Seat for Your Child

Posted on 13 November 2019 by Monica Zech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has great information on buying the safest safety car seat for your child.  The following link with take you to their information.

https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#find-compare-seats

 

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Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes

Posted on 10 November 2019 by Monica Zech

Non-Alcoholic Drinks Coming Up!

I’m happy to say that serving non-alcoholic drinks is becoming more and more popular!  Not only at home parties but alcohol-free bars are apparently popping up all over the country, the “sober curious” hashtag is sweeping social media, and according to Pinterest, searches for the term “refreshing summer drinks nonalcoholic” were up 118% last month…that’s encouraging news for the safety of our roadways!

Why not start a new trend to show your guests they can have a delicious time without the alcohol!  It’s a good feeling you’ve taken steps to increase the chances of your guests getting home safely.  See party host tips at the bottom.

There are drinks that taste like drinks with alcohol, these are called “mocktails”  and you can also serve some very tasty punches that your guests will enjoy.

The following pages and links will take you to non-alcoholic drink recipes:

From the Taste of Home:

30 Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks

From bon appetit:

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/homemade-nonalcoholic-cocktails

 

From my recipes:

https://www.myrecipes.com/t/drinks/non-alcoholic

From Welch’s:

http://www.welchs.com/recipes/sparkling-holiday-punch?utm_Medium=google&utm_source=cpc&utm_campaign=Sparkling-FY18&utm_term=easy%20punch%20recipes&utm_content=Sparkling%20-%20Sparkling%20Punch%20Recipe&gclid=CjwKCAiAh5_uBRA5EiwASW3IaolJ3QUnPOcPdhHMYhgsS5qyyhVVMgk-FLO8APNktghAe24GDXa3wBoCfa8QAvD_BwE

 

Non-Alcoholic Egg Nog:

Old Fashioned Non Alcoholic Eggnog

From the Auto Club:

http://www.aaa.com/aaa/049/publicaffairs/aaa_party_ebook.pdf

 

If you love pineapple:

https://www.yummly.com/recipes/pineapple-punch-non-alcoholic

Hosting A Party
Being a good party host also requires careful planning!

Have invitations asking quests:
• To have a sober designated driver to get them home
• Have a shuttle prepared to give rides home
• Have a place for guests to stay the night.
• Advise car keys will be surrendered at the door if alcohol has been consumed.

Menu – have more food than booze! Highlight entrees and desserts!

Beverages – Have fun tasty non-alcoholic drinks on hand, a tasty punch, a variety of soda pop and of course water! Coffee – but coffee will not sober up someone who’s been drinking, only time will do that.

Thank you,

Monica Zech

Stay Alert- Stay Alive!

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Road Rage – Curbing the Rage

Posted on 05 August 2019 by Monica Zech

I’m sure you’ve experienced or have seen angry drivers on our roadways.  The Automobile Club of Southern California offers some valuable advice on curbing the rage.

http://news.aaa-calif.com/news/survey-shows-nearly-80-of-drivers-express-significant-anger

Some tips I offer in dealing with road rage:

  • When someone cuts you off – let it go, don’t take it personally.
  • You cannot educate other on how to drive…it’s not worth the possible dangers if you get angry and honk, yell curse words, or use a variety of obscene hand gestures.
  • Remember – you endanger yourself and your passengers when you try to get even with other drivers.
  • Also, do not drive angry or in a bad mood.  Cool down, play some uplifting music, or have a picture of someone or something you love near the dashboard – and remember that person, your family, your favorite sport or vacation spot is MORE IMPORTANT than playing the road rage game.
  • Let karma get even for you – I see this all the time, someone cuts me off and then that bad driver is often cut-off by other drivers.

Sometimes I imagine that person driving badly or rudely is:

  • Running late for work and may be fired.
  • Responding to a family emergency.
  • Has a stomachache and needs to find a bathroom fast!
  • Maybe they were just served with divorce papers or given devastating news.
  • They’re just in a bad mood and mentally I wish them well.

Best – Be a courteous driver:

  • Control your anger.
  • Don’t take traffic problems personally – Let it go.
  • Avoid making eye contact with an aggressive driver.
  • Don’t make obscene gestures.
  • Don’t tailgate.
  • Use your horn sparingly — even a polite honk can be misinterpreted.
  • Don’t block the passing lane.
  • Don’t block the right turn lane.

Another incentive – the Road Rage Law – you could be arrested if you’re trying to get even with someone, running them off the roadway or deliberately hitting their vehicle with your vehicle.  Jail time and fines may be issued.

Stay Alert-Stay Alive!

Monica Zech

 

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Teen Driver Safety – Getting On The Road

Posted on 09 January 2014 by Monica Zech

From the website of “Insurance Quotes” – Teen Driver Safety – Getting On The Road.

Teen driver statistics and safe driving advice…also information in obtaining a driver’s license.

Click on this link:

www.insurancequotes.org/car-insurance/safety-center/teen-driver/

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What To Say When Someone Is Grieving

Posted on 26 December 2013 by Monica Zech

Some helpful advice on “What toy say” and/or how you can help someone going through the grieving process after suffering a tragic loss….

http://www.ididnotknowwhattosay.com/12WaystoSupportaGrievingFriend.html

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Texting-Cell Phone Hazards

Posted on 15 April 2012 by Monica Zech

Another excellent video on the hazards of texting and general phone use behind the wheel  – perfect for ALL age groups!

https://www.facebook.com/monica.zech/posts/154681547991381?ref=notif&notif_t=like#!/photo.php?v=1480179597750

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Teen Website On Driving

Posted on 10 April 2012 by Monica Zech

I just became aware of another safe driving website targeting teens – take a look:

http://impactteendrivers.org/

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Home Escape Plan Saves Family

Posted on 23 June 2011 by Monica Zech

Having a home escape plan saved the family of a well known country singer, click on the following link:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/06/05/trace.adkins.fire/index.html?iref=allsearch

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