1/17/2019 4:35 AM | 0 Comments

We may be in a new year, and you may be giving your best shot at coping with a stressful work environment. But it's a tough challenge. Or maybe someone near and dear to you is struggling with workplace stress. Experts say as many as 4 in 10 employees report being "extremely stressed" at work. 8 out of 10 say they experience at least some stress. Although in some cases you may need and benefit from professional help, there are a number of actions for minimizing stress at work that could help you right now. What Is Stress? It's hard to pin down a precise definition of stress. According to the American Institute of Stress, one of the most common descriptions is "physical, mental of emotional strain or tension." A more detailed definition is "your body's way of responding to any kind of demand. It can be caused by both good and bad experiences. When people feel stressed by  something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. "These chemicals give people more en ... [...]
12/19/2018 8:25 AM | 0 Comments

10 Tips for Traveling Safely for the Holidays You don’t ever want it to happen. But the Holiday Season is among the worst times to suffer an accident or breakdown on the road. Yet the risk is greater. 107 million of us will be traveling -- 97 million of that total will be on the roads. And, according to AAA, an average of around 1.2 million of those travelers likely will experience some sort of problem with their cars or their journey. You may be driving in unfamiliar surroundings where weather or darkness patterns are different to those here in Southern California. Or you could be traveling locally but in   too much of a hurry or with too much noisy excitement in the car. No matter what the reason, please don’t take risks on the road, especially if you have a precious "cargo" of family or friends. Traveling Tips for the Holidays In addition to the key commonsense rules like don't drink and drive,don’t text and drive, always buckle-up and always obey the speed limit, ... [...]
11/20/2018 8:34 AM | 0 Comments

We're partway through Diabetes Awareness Month -- it happens November every year -- but with all the other news competing for your attention, you might not even know about it, let alone knowing about the disease itself. Yet, latest numbers tell us that more than 30 million Americans, including up to 4 million Californians, have diabetes, a complex disease resulting from abnormalities in  insulin production, But the really alarming fact is not just that these numbers are climbing steadily but also that many potential victims don’t even know they have it and therefore can't act to help themselves. This, in fact, is what Diabetes Awareness Month, or American Diabetes Month as it's sometimes known, is all about. "The everyday reality for the millions of American living with diabetes should be heard," says the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in its campaign literature. Here's some information that might help you increase your awareness about the disease. What is Diabetes? The Natio ... [...]
11/15/2018 8:32 AM | 0 Comments

Everything You Need to Know About the Burbank Winter Wine Walk Wine walks -- downtown strolls visiting local stores, wine bars and bodegas to sample lots of different flavors, bouquets and vintages -- are massively popular across the whole of the US. But when they include a whole raft of other activities, celebrations, great shopping and a free public street fair, we must be talking about the third annual Burbank Wine Winter Walk. Coming up on Saturday (November 17) in the heart of Downtown Burbank's shopping and dining neighborhood, it's been called the city's social event of the season. And  with good reason. On the heels of last year's successful event and October's magnificent Beer Festival, this year's Wine Walk, showcasing world-class wineries and breweries, is set to be another sellout kick-off to the Holiday season. In other words, it's a great opportunity not only to sample some of the region's best wine offerings but also to get an early start on your Holiday gift shopping. This excit ... [...]
10/25/2018 8:26 AM | 0 Comments

What You Can Do About Breast Cancer Awareness What do you know about breast cancer? And, more specifically, what do you know about breast cancer here in California? If the answer is "not a lot", then now might be a good time to find out more. There are several reasons. First, more than 26,000 Californians are diagnosed with the disease every year, and more than 4,000 die from it. One in every eight women will suffer from it in their lifetimes. Second, for reasons that aren't fully understood, the chances of contracting breast cancer are up to 20 percent higher in some parts of LA and Orange County, than the state average.* In the state and throughout the US, it's the most diagnosed cancer for women. And third, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What better time to increase your own awareness or to help advance understanding of the disease? What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? For more than 30 years, a number of cancer charities, education organizations and government departments have po ... [...]
10/19/2018 11:37 AM | 0 Comments

Burbank Beer Festival  Come rain or shine, craft ale enthusiasts will be out in force October 20 for the annual Burbank Beer Festival. It's one of the biggest brew fest's in the LA area -- but actually, it's more than a beer festival, a whole lot more. But to make the most of the event, it's important to know the details -- and how to enjoy yourself safely. The event is Burbank's 4th Annual Beer Festival and promises to be a sell-out -- weather permitting. Last year's Festival attracted around 13,000 visitors  Where is the Burbank Beer Festival? It's all happening downtown from Magnolia Boulevard to Verdugo Avenue on the afternoon of the 20th. Proceeds will benefit the Downtown Burbank Partnership and the sports scholarship provider Gen Giammanco Foundation What's On Tap? The Beer Festival is split into two beer sampling sessions, each of three hours -- from 12 noon to 3 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm. Events will be spread across three beer gardens. The organizers, California Beer Festivals, ... [...]
9/25/2018 8:51 AM | 0 Comments

Ensure your Legacy with Life Insurance Too many people are taking an unnecessary risk by not protecting their loved one with life insurance. That's the message from the non-profit consumer support organization Life Happens to mark September's 2018 Life Insurance Awareness Month. And it's not just a glib statement that's trying to sell you life insurance. There's a genuine concern about how survivors have to struggle after the main wage-earner in a family dies. According to a survey by Life Happens and the global insurance research group LIMRA, one out of every three households would have immediate trouble paying living  expenses if the main earner died. It's truly amazing that around 95 million adult Americans have no life insurance, even though many of them recognize that they need life coverage, Sometimes, they don’t think they can afford it, when the truth is that some types of life insurance are incredibly cheap, even costing less than fifty cents a day. Aldrich Taylor is among those ... [...]
9/18/2018 9:33 AM | 0 Comments

Back to School Shopping Although most kids are back at school now, it's still not too late to complete your back to school shopping, especially for clothing. In fact buying in September has two big advantages. First, many big name stores are already cutting their prices and cramming their clearance racks now that the rush is over. According to Sean Fox of the Freedom Financial Network, those clearance sales don’t start until school does. In fact, Consumer Reports magazine suggests you should wait until October or even November to get the best clothing bargains. So, if you're into saving on back to school shopping, you're in luck. Frugal back to school shopping starts here and now! Second, if you're buying school supplies like books, computers and stationery, you may not have the complete list of requirements until your student actually gets into the classroom. All parents already know what an expensive time of year this is with back to school spending. According to the National Retail Federati ... [...]
7/26/2018 8:36 AM | 0 Comments

The Secret Sauce for the Perfect Outdoor Party Have you ever been to a poopy outdoor party? Or maybe it was just mediocre and unmemorable. You know the sort of thing: the food was crummy; people drank too much; the music was too loud; it was just plain boring. And so on. Who wants that? Not at your place for sure. If you're hosting an outdoor party this summer, the secret sauce of success is as simple as this: Make a plan It needn't be a flashy or expensive event (though it can be if you want). It just needs to be carefully thought out. If you're not sure how to plan an outdoor party, let's look at some of the essentials. Where to Start with Outdoor Party Planning There are a few basic items you need to decide at the outset for your outdoor party. These include the intended date -- which you should check against your calendar for potential clashes -- the time and duration. Then, there's the question of a theme or party type -- and the budget to pay for it. Will it be a semi-formal affair ... [...]
7/12/2018 9:10 AM | 0 Comments

Are you getting hot under the collar as the latest utility bill lands in your mail box? Every year seems to be more expensive than the last, doesn't it? So, as we head into what is typically the hottest and driest weather of the year here in Southern California, thoughts turn to ways we can reduce our utility bills spending, especially on electricity for air conditioning and, of course, on water for home irrigation.

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