“BEE” safe around Bees, Yellow Jackets, Hornets, Mosquitoes and Wasps


Bee on Flower

Welcome to summer…surf and sand, swimming pools, picnics, camping, outdoor sports and stinging insects!  Bees, wasps, yellow jackets, mosquitoes and hornets can take the fun out of summer, and almost everyone has been bitten by one of these pesky creatures. For two million Americans, however, stinging insects can be deadly because of allergies to the venom. California Poison Control System (CPCS) (http://www.calpoison.org) reminds residents that there are ways to stay safe and avoid stings (#BeeSafe).

  • Stay clear of wild or commercial hives. Commercial hives are located in white boxes and are often clustered in fields.
  • If you see a swarm of bees, take shelter in the house or in the water.
  • Hollow trees and rock crevices can be home for stinging insects so stay clear of them.
  • Cover food at picnics or outdoor meals at home as it attracts yellow jackets.
  • Avoid old or abandoned buildings and vehicles.
  • Do not use heavily scented soaps or perfumes.

“Many adults and children use insect repellent containing alcohol to ward off bites. Be aware that these contain alcohol, and if you’re near a barbecue or fire pit, the alcohol could catch fire and lead to a severe burn,” says Dr. Cyrus Rangan, Assistant Medical Director for CPCS.  He added that for people allergic to bee stings, it’s critical that they carry an auto injector of epinephrine commonly called an Epi Pen. “A severe reaction to a sting may result in abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, swelling of the face, lips or throat, breathing problems, hives and even anaphylactic shock,” Dr. Rangan said. “It’s a life threatening emergency, so call 911 and get to the emergency room immediately.”

Dr. Rangan says for simple bites, remove the stinger using a flat object like a credit card, use an ice pack to reduce swelling and calamine lotion or a mix of baking soda and water to stop the itching. “Some people have success applying meat tenderizer or mud to the bite to take away the sting and itching,” he added.

Wasp on Bottle

About CPCS

Follow CPCS on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/iS6S7J  and on Twitter @poisoninfo.  Sign up for free weekly safety text messages texting TIPS or PUNTOS for Spanish to 69866; and download a free app at Choose Your Poison. In case of an accidental poisoning, consumers nationally can immediately call 1-800-222-1222.  Poison information experts are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help. In most cases, a poison exposure can be safely managed in your home, avoiding a call to 911 or a visit to a crowded hospital emergency room.

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Feel connected with your home with Kidde RemoteLync


House Fire

Do you ever worry about your home when you are not at home? I sure do. If my family and I are away from our home for any great length of time I worry about something happening to our pets or our home. Living in a condo complex puts us at the mercy of our neighbors. If they are careless in any way and set our building on fire there is nothing we can do, especially if we are not at home.

We’ve had three buildings in our complex burn to the ground since they were built in the early 1970’s.

It’s not so much our possessions (although family photos and mementos cannot be replaced), it’s our pets I worry about. I would never want them to die tragically.

Did you know that every 85 seconds a fire department responds to a home fire? That is a scary thought.

Kidde is known for their fire and carbon monoxide (CO) devices. They’ve recently added an interesting new product to their ever expanding product line. The new product is called the RemoteLync Monitor. It helps you stay connected to your home by alerting you of a potential fire or carbon monoxide (CO) emergencies.

Kidde Remote Lync Monitro

The RemoteLync Monitor is a small box shaped device that plugs into any outlet in your home.

There is a corresponding free application you’ll need to download in order to do this device.

Set up is mostly easy. Our wireless router requires a MAC Address. We had a hard time finding the MAC Address with the device but I was able to contact the company and find it. The MAC Address can be found during the set up process. It’s found in the app when you are connecting the monitor. It’s a 12 digit number that follows “Kidde.”

Once connected with the app you next need to connect the smoke/fire detectors and CO alarms in your home to the app. There are instructions on the app on how to do that. Its basically just pressing the text button on your alarm and allowing the RemoteLync Monitor to “hear” the alarm to make note of it in it’s system.

In addition to setting up your home’s fires, smoke and CO alarms with the RemoteLync you also set up how you want to be notified via text, email and/or alarm sounds. You can also set it up so other people can be alerted. That means the RemoteLync Monitor will notify me, my husband and anyone else I set up in the system in case of an emergency.

Remote Lync

RemoteLync Monitor “listens” to your home. If it picks up the sound of any of your connected fire, smoke and/or CO alarms it will instantly notify any contact set up in the application.

Here is an example.

If my husband and I are at our jobs and our kids are not at home and the RemoteLync “hears” our CO alarm go off it will instantly notify us and let us know the CO alarm went off. That gives us the opportunity to notify the fire department and our neighbors so that we can get help going to our home immediately, even if we are not close to home.

This would be great for those who travel a lot too. We are never more than an hour or so from home, but it’s still nice to know that we can send the fire department to our home right away to tend to the issue and ask our neighbors to look in on the situation as well. This gives me peace of mind when it comes to our pets.

Here is a brief video to give you a little more information about Kidde’s RemoteLync Monitor and how it works.


So far, so good. I mean, THANKFULLY we haven’t had the opportunity to text out it’s effectiveness. I pray we never do either.

We have tested the system while we are at home to make sure it alerts us via the app. It does work exactly the way it’s supposed to. I feel confident that in the event of a real emergency the monitor and app will work just as well.

This does give me peace of mind when I am not home. For me it’s worth every penny.

The Kidde RemoteLync Monitor retails for $99.00. There is no membership or monthly fees to worry about. I see that it’s available on Home Depot.

For more information about this and other Kidde products visit Kidde.com. You can also find the brand on social media (links found at the bottom of their website).

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*I received a free sample product in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are  my own not influenced in any way. 

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Requiem for the Dead – A new HBO Documentary showcasing lives affected by guns


Requiem for the Dead HBO

Did you know that an average of 32,000 people die each year in America from gun violence. That translates to roughly 88 people per day.

I tend to not watch the news. I find that the news is nothing but bad. I prefer to watch news that is heartfelt and inspiring. That usually means about the last 5-10 minutes of the CBS evening news when they usually show a “feel good” news story.

Even though I don’t watch the news that much, I find it staggering and frightening to think that an average of 88 people die each and every day here in the United States from guns – whether it’s by accident, murder and/or suicide.

I wonder why we don’t hear about most of these stories on the news?

Last spring (March – June 2014) an estimated 8,000 people were killed by guns in just that short amount of time.

A new HBO documentary airing on June 22, 2015 showcases some of these cases to help shine light on the little known stories of tragic loss, bringing the victims to life in their own words and images.

The documentary is called Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014.

Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014 was directed by Shari Cookson and Nick Doob (HBO’s Emmy®-winning The Memory Loss Tapes and Emmy®-nominated Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert). This documentary is exclusive to HBO.

HBO Requiem for the Dead

I’ve personally never seen a documentary done in such a way as Requiem for the Dead. Instead of a lot of talking and interviews the documentary features screen shots of newspaper headlines, 911 calls, photos from the victim’s Facebook pages and social media posts and photos from others. The documentary also features a lot of music that adds to the emotions and the drama showcased in the film.

Whether by homicide, accident or suicide, a wide cross-section of Americans – men and women, young and old, from every racial background – are victims and perpetrators of gun violence. With images from social media postings, frantic 911 calls, police reports and videos, each story is hauntingly laid out through the unmediated expressions that remain. Requiem for the Dead places the viewer in victims’ and their families’ lives, capturing the shock and grief felt by their loved ones as the survivors are left to make sense of the horrific events.

Among the eight stories from 2014 are:

  • “Military Wife” – By all appearances, Kyla and Alex Ryng lived a happy life with three young children in Bristol, Conn. But the pair began having marital issues, and Kyla filed for divorce. Alex, a member of the Army National Guard, bought a gun, and shot his wife and himself a few days later while the kids were in their bedrooms.
  • “My Rock Is Gone” – Tiffany Davenport married Melvin Ray in Topeka, Kan. on May 24. But the couple’s joy turned to tragedy in the early hours of the next morning, when she was killed in the crossfire of a gang shootout, leaving her new husband and daughter, Destiny, devastated.
  • “In the Other Room” – Drafted by the Green Bay Packers, Jerel Worthy was always excited when his grandma, Mae Worthy, came to his games. When a gun handled by his grandfather discharged in the bedroom of his grandparents’ Huber Heights, Ohio home, the bullet passed through the wall and into the living room where Mae was sitting, striking her in the head and killing her.
  • “Best Friends” – Lucas and Brady were 11-year-old best friends in Frazeysburg, Ohio, who liked to bike and play video games together. When Brady went into his dad’s bedroom one day to show Lucas a loaded pistol under the bed, it accidentally went off, shooting Lucas in the heart. Brady made a frantic 911 call, but it was too late.
  • “My Most Beautiful Memory” – Eight days before Father’s Day, Renotta Jernigan of Chesterfield, Va. asked her husband, Chris, who had trouble holding a job and was suffering from depression, for a divorce. On Father’s Day, Chris shot and killed her and their two children (ages nine and two) before killing himself.

Bridging these main stories are dozens of headlines, brief, stark and shocking, coupled with vibrant photos of the people whose deaths are recounted. The film contains imagery for more than a hundred victims of gun violence in spring 2014, which is a small fraction of the 8,000-plus estimated to have died in that three-month period.

In addition to found footage, Requiem for the Dead uses 38 pieces of preexisting music from the internet, each with its own life and intrinsic emotion, which frame the moments collected.

As the stories accumulate, it becomes evident how many of these incidents could have been prevented by proper mental-health treatment, or if guns were absent or stored more securely.


I had the opportunity to screen the documentary ahead of time. I was not prepared for the emotional roller coaster I went on watching this film. I experienced a variety of emotions ranging from fear, anger and profound sadness.

When it comes to gun control I think more needs to be done to ensure that guns do not get into the hands of the mentally unstable. I also think that guns need to be hidden and secured when at home so that children don’t come across the guns and kill themselves and/or others.

It scares me to think that anytime, anywhere, innocent people who are in the wrong place at the wrong time have lost their lives to guns. This documentary shows the faces and stories of just a very small sampling of those whose lives were tragically cut short by guns.

It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, black or white, a gang member or devoted church goes, a mother or a single man… anyone can easily and unexpectedly fall victim to a random shooting or murder by gun.

Some of the footage in this film is very raw including video taken from a Policeman’s camera that shows four children whose father shot their stepfather in the head while they watched. I can’t even begin to imagine what those children must have been going through emotionally. How do you recover from something like that? Can you recover from something like that?

I would like to encourage people to take the time to watch this documentary in hopes it will help rally people for stricter gun control and other regulations that might help save an innocent life some day.

HBO playdates are as follows:

June 22 (4:35 a.m.), 25 (5:00 p.m.) and 28 (3:45 p.m.), and

July 3 (9:00 a.m.), 4 (12:30 p.m.), 9 (12:15 p.m.) and 14 (3:35 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates:

June 24 (noon, 8:00 p.m.) and July 7 (12:10 a.m.), 12 (8:30 a.m.) and 31 (8:15 a.m.)

Will you be watching?



*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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National Tire Safety Week (May 24 – 30, 2015) – What do YOU really know about tires? (Tire giveaway ends 6/1/15)


Pirelli Tire

When it comes to my car I know next to nothing. If you asked me to check my oil, I couldn’t. If you asked me to jump start my battery, I’d have no clue where to begin. And if you asked me to change a flat, well… you’re asking the wrong person because when it comes to my car I’m CLUELESS.

I know that I SHOULD know some basics when it comes to car care. The funny thing is my father raced cars when I was younger. He had his own race car. He was even a mechanic in his younger years. You would think over the years I would have picked up a thing or two. Nope. Nothing. I’m embarrassed to admit that.

When it comes to my car all I know is how to drive it to/from my destination and when to put gas in it. I have never even changed a tire before. I wouldn’t know how.

May 24, 2015 – May 30, 2015 is National Tire Safety Week.

When it comes to car maintenance many people would assume it’s a “guy thing.” That is not true at all. When it comes to tire purchases, for example, women account for more than half.

Here are some other interesting statistics.


It’s funny that it’s National Tire Safety Week because my husband just mentioned to me the other day that my back tires are in sad shape and I need new tires pronto. They were worse off than he thought they were.

Did you know that you should check your tire pressure once a month – every month? My husband checks his tire pressure, but mostly because one of his tires has a slow leak in it. We have to replace it as soon as we can afford to do so. Since he’s testing on tire he usually checks all four of them.

I bought my husband the tire gauge he currently uses, yet I don’t know how to use it myself. But I’m not alone. At least 83% of Americans don’t check their tire pressure correctly.

You need to make sure your tire pressure is correct at all times. Proper tire pressure helps prolong the life of your tires as well as improves your vehicle’s fuel economy. With the price of gas sky high, doing whatever you can not to waste fuel is important.

Proper tire pressure also ensures that your car drives and handles better. It’s also important for your overall safety.

Here are some important tire tips that I hope you will take into consideration.

Tire Safety Tips
Are you familiar with Pirelli Tires?

The Pirelli brand has been around for 140+ years. They first ventured into motor sports in 1907 during a race from Paris to Peking.

Pirellis tires are well known in the car industry. In fact they are the official tire supplier for Formula One Racing. They also supply tires to top brands like Audi, BMW, Ferrari and Mercedes.

Pirelli puts its focus on engineering and technology to create safe tires. In addition the brand is big on sustainability and even offer “green” performance tire. They also care about the community by offering scholarships to people in Indonesia where their natural rubber comes from.

Pirelli would like YOU to “Be Tire Smart – Play Your Part,” in honor of National Tire Safety Week. Check out this brief, informative video about tires and watch as Maureen Kline, Director of Public Affairs and Sustainability for Pirelli Tire North America, explains how.


For more information about Pirelli please visit www.US.Pirelli.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites (all the links are found on the bottom right of their website).

To see what others are saying about this important issue check out the hashtags #Pirelli and #Tiresforlife.

I hope you will take your own tire safety to heart and check your tires TODAY. If they need to be replaced please do so ASAP. Also, make sure your tires are properly inflated.

Women, you don’t need a man to take care of your tires. As you can see it’s easy enough for us to do. Now that I know the trick with the penny I plan on checking my tire threads often. I am also planning on buying my own gauge to keep in my glove compartment and having my husband show me how to check my tire pressure and how to use the air pump so I can take care of my tire maintenance myself.

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Pirelli Tires has generously offered to give a lucky winner a set of four (4) Pirelli P Zero All Seasons Plus tires. Thank you Pirelli!

GIVEAWAY PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Pirelli tires are NOT available for all vehicle makes, models or years. Exact make and model of tires, as solely determined and specified by Pirelli, shall be based upon Prize Winner’s vehicle type, if available.   If Pirelli P Zero All Seasons Plus tires are not available for a Prize Winner’s vehicle, that Prize Winner will have the choice of one of the following tires with a maximum retail price not to exceed $500: CINTURATO P1™ Plus, CINTURATO P1™, CINTURATO P7™ ALL SEASON Plus, P6™ FOUR SEASONS, P6™ FOUR SEASONS Plus, P600, P6000, P6000 Powergy, P4™ FOUR SEASONS, P4™ FOUR SEASONS Plus. Prize will be shipped to winner’s home or to designated tire installation retailer of winner’s choice.   Prize does not include any other costs or associated expenses not specifically listed above, such as installation cost(s).  All installation costs are at Prize Winner’s sole expense.

Tire safety is very important. Therefore I want to encourage people to share this post and National Tires Safety Week with everyone you know. I am giving extra credit options for social shares (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+) that you can do daily. Please refer to the Rafflecopter widget.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 1, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me if you regularly check your tires, and if not, do you plan on doing so now that you know how important it is?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I have partnered with Pirelli to bring you this information. I was not compensated for this post. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted. 

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National Poison Prevention Week – Keep Your Detergents “Up, Up and Away”



Did you know that March 15th – March 21st is National Poison Prevention Week?

National Poison Prevention Week was created to remind people to consider the risks of poisonous and hazardous products and materials around your household and the potential risks involved. Those especially vulnerable are children and pets who can’t read or understand labels.

There are many products in your home RIGHT NOW that are poisonous and could make someone seriously ill, or worse yet, died from complications. Such products include household cleaners, pesticides, plants and medications.

90% of poisonings occur in the home. That is a very scary statistic.

When my children were younger I was very conscientious about keeping potentially deadly products out of their reach. I had child safety locks on the cabinets and door knobs (so they couldn’t open up certain doors). I also made sure to keep many products high up the top shelves in the cabinets out of their reach. In addition I had the number for the Poison Control Center prominently displayed on our refrigerator.


Tide and Gain have partnered with parenting & lifestyle expert, Rosie Pope, best known for her Bravo reality show Pregnant in Heels, to help parents across the country create safe (homes and) laundry rooms.

My family uses those “pillow” like laundry detergent products. I never thought about how potentially deadly they could be for children. I never thought about how tempting they could be for a child to play with or put in their mouths.

I took a look at the pods/”pillows” and realized that they had the look and feel of a gummy-like “candy.” They are also fragile so a child could easily squeeze the fluid on the inside all over themselves or worse yet – in their mouth!

Now I’ll never look at laundry detergent “pods” the same way. I’m glad my kids are teens and know better but we still have a curious dog and cats. I wouldn’t want my dog to eat one of these either.


Rosie has some great tips that parents, grandparents and caregivers should really take to heart.

Up Up Away

If the graphic is hard to read on your computer you can pull up a larger image (one you could save and print out) here – Up Up and Away Tips.

Additional safety tips can be found on the P&G website, www.PGEveryday.com/tag/Safe-Home.

These are some really great tips. Some tips seem obvious, like putting laundry and cleaning products high up on a shelf, but you would be surprised at how many people still continue to store poisonous products under their sinks or on low shelves.

Even if you put things on a higher shelf a child could still gain access to it. That is why it’s important to put a safety lock on all doors and cabinets regardless of how “out of the way” you think the products are. Children are crafty and resourceful. It doesn’t take a child long to realize that they can step on a chair or climb up on the counter to reach for something that interests them.

I like the tip about keeping products in their original containers. That is  great idea. That way you have all the necessary information about what the product is made of to give to the Poison Control Center in the event you ever need to call them (which I hope NEVER happens).

I also like the idea of getting down to a child’s level to look at your home from their eyes at their level. That can help you pick up on potentially dangerous situations such as uncovered outlets, plugs, wires and more.

Cabinet locks and other safety products are found at many retail locations.

Cabinet locks and other safety products are found at many retail locations.

In addition, the tip about doing a safety check every few months is a great idea. I think people should get in the habit of doing that at least 2-3 times a day. Perhaps you can make note to do that when the time changes, just like you would the batteries in your smoke alarm.

Now that I have you thinking about poisoning prevention I hope that you’ll take some time today or this week to look around your home for potential risks and quickly remedy the situation to avoid accidental poisoning.

For the National Poison Control Center please called 1-800-222-1222. Write this number down and display it someplace prominent in your home such as on the fridge or near you home phone. You can also add it to your contacts in your cellphone that way you have access to it when you are away from home or on vacation.

You can also visit Poison.org for more information.

Is your home protected? Do you keep your cleaning, laundry and other poisonous products high up on a locked shelf? If not, will you make sure to do that ASAP?

Do you have any experience with accidental poisoning? Feel free to share any tips you might have.

Poison Help


*I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a few laundry samples and a safety lock in exchange for my participation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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A Beacon of Hope: Silent Beacon Releases Innovative Personal Safety Device


CrimeThe statistics are sobering: violent crime occurs in the United States every 26 seconds, auto accidents occur every 8 seconds, and a college-aged female has a 1 in 4 chance of being sexually assaulted. People can’t always rely on police or campus security being nearby, and in certain emergency situations, getting help immediately can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why Silent Beacon was created – to help loved ones reach 911 and family members quickly and easily in the event of an emergency. With a single touch of a button, emergency personnel and loved ones can instantly track the user, speeding up the response rate – and ultimately allowing help to arrive faster.

The wearable, waterproof Silent Beacon is a Bluetooth device that connects wirelessly to a Smartphone so that users can immediately text, call, and email stored emergency contacts. Meanwhile, the Silent Beacon application utilizes technology in the Smartphone to push out data – without the need to fumble with passcodes or phone numbers during an emergency. Pressing the button on the app or device will activate the technology that notifies family and friends of the user’s situation and location, all in less than five seconds. In addition, the Silent Beacon device is capable of allowing users to talk directly to 911 or loved ones. Though the device itself is still in the final stages of development, the app is available for download now and can be found at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/silent-beacon/id933730960?mt=8

Silent Becon

Other features of the Silent Beacon include: GPS real-time tracking, indented buttons to avoid inadvertently sending an alert, push notifications, custom message capabilities, and an add-on optional call center service. Currently, customers can pre-order the device at SilentBeacon.com. This enables the buyer to lock in on a discounted rate that is more than 30% off the retail cost of the unit. Devices will start shipping this April; however, when the Silent Beacon becomes available in retail stores, the $60 price will then increase to $99.

Founder and CEO Kenneth Kelley was inspired to develop the Silent Beacon after being involved in a serious car accident that rendered his cell phone useless. In that moment, he realized that it was imperative for people to have a faster and more reliable method for contacting emergency assistance. Today, Silent Beacon, Inc. is working to reach its goal that every person with a Smartphone will have the ability to contact, alert, and be tracked by loved ones – and emergency personnel – in the event of a crisis. The company strives to keep its commitment to safety, convenience, affordability, and customer satisfaction as they improve safety for the general public, while maintaining superior quality, integrity, and excellence.



*This post is brought to you by Silent Beacon. The opinions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect my own. 

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