Jonathan Taylor's Articles

6/6/2019 8:02 AM | 0 Comments

Why Wedding Insurance is Important for Your Big Day Every year, around a quarter of a million couples get married in California. The average cost of a wedding runs to more than $31,000. That's an awful lot of people and an awful lot of money. First, it's exciting, then planning and organizing the event becomes daunting. But when the great day arrives, it all seems worth it. Or does it?  That depends on the couple, the guests and, of course, all the activities that are part of the great day. What could go wrong? Well, the more complex and expensive the event, the more risk there is that things could go wrong. That's bad enough, but if you're also going to be tens of thousands of dollars worse off, it's a potential disaster. And that's why couples and their families increasingly opt to take out wedding insurance. It doesn’t cost a lot but it can buy you incredible peace of mind. So What Is Wedding Insurance? Wedding insurance can cover most of the fin ... [...]

5/16/2019 8:15 AM | 0 Comments

Planning Ahead for Memorial Day Closures & Traffic in Your City More than 3 million Southern Californians will hit the highway on the forthcoming Memorial Day weekend (May 27). And they're likely to start earlier and stay away longer, according to some travel experts. Those 3 million are the ones who'll be traveling more than 50 miles. Add to them, the millions who'll be taking a short road-trip to visit family or enjoy the celebrations and  you have the recipe for the usual traffic snarl-ups and delays. Journeys that are estimated to take up to three times longer than on a regular weekend mean frustrations, frayed tempers, road accidents and breakdowns. Nationwide, AAA expects to carry out around 340,000 road rescues over the weekend. In fact, Memorial Day weekend is the most dangerous holiday for road and highway accidents, according to the National Coalition for Safer Roads. It's also a record time for speeding tickets and other citations. For instance, police ... [...]

5/2/2019 8:10 AM | 0 Comments

Top Tips for Preparing for Pool Season Are you ready to make a splash in 2019? That is: have you prepped your outdoor swimming pool for the season? Whether you're a longtime or a new pool owner, getting your pool ready and safe for the season is the best way of getting the max enjoyment from one of the most popular outdoor activities here in Southern California. With that in mind, here's a quick rundown on how to prep for the pool season in 7 easy steps. First, get your gear together. That means the tools you'll need, like a skimmer net and spare parts, and protective clothing for handling chemicals. (You'd be surprised by how many people report to the ER with pool chemical injuries). And be sure to allow yourself enough time both to do the initial tasks and for subsequent filtration and checks. If you covered your pool during winter, you'll need to drain any surface water, remove any yard debris that's blown there and then remove the cov ... [...]

3/21/2019 8:48 AM | 0 Comments

Making Nutrition Number One in your Life How's your diet? Did you resolve to eat healthier and fitter this year? Have you managed to stick with it? Whatever your answers, there's a great reason right now to focus on what you eat: March is National Nutrition Month. Organized each year since 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the event emphasizes the importance of choosing the right foods and developing good eating and exercise habits. Among other messages, the Academy -- the world's largest organization of food and nutritional professionals -- wants us to learn which foods are good for health, control the amount we eat, make food safety part of our everyday routine, and reduce food waste. "You don't have to forgo your favorite dishes in your quest for more healthful meals," LA-based nutritionist Cordialis Msora-Kasago tells us. "Consider swapping less healthful ingredients with more nutritious options." Nutritious Shortcuts For example, she sugg ... [...]

2/26/2019 2:55 PM | 0 Comments

How to drive safely in Winter Traveling Conditions Recent extreme weather events across many of the mountain regions of California have brought into focus the dangers of winter driving in these areas. Some ski resorts were reporting falls of several feet across a 72 hour period and there were multiple reports of auto accidents and stranded vehicles. Those who normally take mountain routes to their destinations -- through passes for example -- were being warned to stay away from particularly hazardous areas and some roads were closed for a while when plows were unable to get through. And we're not just talking about narrow roads either. Major freeways can and do get heavily snow-bound. It's easy to think that because you're on a major highway you're safe. You're not. California snow can look beautiful in the winter -- provided you don’t have to drive through it. But if a winter mountain journey is on your agenda, whether in our state or elsewhere, you should follow some basic safety rules to pro ... [...]

1/31/2019 8:01 AM | 0 Comments

How To Prevent And Treat Computer Eye Strain Remember when parents told their kids they'd get square eyes if they sat too close to the TV? Okay, as threats go, that was a bit over-the-top. But the underlying issue was real -- the danger of suffering eye strain. Now, most of us spend many hours a day sitting inches away from screens, just like those pint-sized TV addicts, and then wondering why our eyes get so sore!  Eye health experts even have a name for this modern malaise: computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain (DES). It affects up to 90% of computer workers. You may think it's just the price we pay for those long hours of viewing. But, unless we take positive action to prevent or treat it, DES can lead not only to tiredness and eye twitching but also to long-term vision damage. What is Computer Eye Strain? Computer eye strain is a broad term used to describe discomfort and vision problems from viewing flat screen devices including computers, tablets and phones. Symptoms include ... [...]

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 ... [...]

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