Vote for your favorite from Vans Custom Culture competition


Vans Custom Culture

Growing up I loved being barefoot. The moment I got home from school I would kick off my shoes. I was always playing outside in bare feet too. Maybe that is why I am not much of a shoe person as an adult.

I have a few pairs of shoes but I usually only wear sneakers. I am more comfortable in sneakers than I am in dress shoes. I keep a couple of pairs of dress shoes for special occasions.

My teenage daughter loves shoes. She’s crazy about shoes, bags, jewelry, clothing and makeup. She’s a typical teen girl.

My daughter likes to wear sneakers just like me, but she’s more picky about the ones she’ll wear. One of her favorite brands is Vans. She has a three pairs of Vans sneakers.

Have you ever heard of Vans Custom Culture? I was not aware of this competition until recently.

Vans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design, and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture is a national high school customization competition using four pairs of blank Vans shoes to be customized around four themes: Art, Music, Action Sports and Local Flavor.

This brief video gives you a little more information about the competition too.


Both of my kids are in high school. I am always amazed by just how talented the students are. Even in middle school and elementary school there have been some students who excelled at art.

I was good at art when I was in high school (it was my best subject). Sadly I think I lost a lot of my creativeness as I got older. These days I find that I doodle more than draw. I guess it’s because I don’t have the time like I did when I was in high school. As an adult I always feel rushed all the time too. When I was younger I took my time to do things.

Vans Custom Culture is a high school competition. Over 2,500 schools are competing for the opportunity to win $50,000 for their school’s art programs. I think this is wonderful. I fully support the arts.

My daughter was in an advanced art class at school and did very well. Sadly the program was cut due to lack of funding. I think that is one of the worse things the school district could have done. I’m sure there were other ways to cut corners. They didn’t have to cut out such an important program.

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Art inspires people. It’s also a way for students to showcase their talents. Seeing their artwork in local studios and featured around the school is a great way to boost someone’s self esteem and confidence. Art is also a way for people to express themselves and let their inner self shine. Not having these programs is a travesty.

Vans sent the participating school blank (plain white) Vans shoes. For this competition the school’s need to decorate the Vans shoes any way they see fit. When they finished they submitted their designs to Vans for judging. The top 50 entries will be voted on by the public, starting TODAY. Winners from the public round of voting will then be judged internally by Vans. Students representing the top 5 designs will be flown to New York City for the final round of judging. The winning design will win $50,000 for their school’s art programs.

Vans sent me a pair of shoes and some art supplies (markers, paints…) to decorate my own pair of Vans. Needless to say I’m not talented, but I tried.

Shoe 1

Shoe 2

Shoe 3

FYI… Don’t ask kids to help you decorate shoes with markers because they will think it’s OK to decorate their own sneakers that way. LOL!

I had some help decorating the sneakers (from 7 years old to teens).

Even though I won’t be winning any prizes for my shoes, it was still fun to do.

If you would like to learn more about the Vans Custom Culture competition, or to vote for your favorite entry, visit – Vans.com/CustomCulture. In addition, check out the hashtags #VansCustomCulture #ArtEducations on social media.

What do you think about this competition? Do you feel that not enough is being done to encourage children to participate in the arts (art, music, theater…)? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I was not compensated for this post. I received a pair of shoes and art supplies free to do my design. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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X Out Review

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for X Out. I received samples of X Out to facilitate my review and a thank you item for my participation. 

X Out Review

I remember when I was a teenager. It can be a tough time in a young person’s life. There are a lot of perks to being a teen, but at the same time there are some negative aspects too.

One big issue I had as a teen was acne. I was fortunate that it didn’t hit me until my late teen years. I was around 17 years old when I really started to get a lot of pimples. Many of my best friends and classmates started in their earlier teens.

Some days were so bad I didn’t want to leave the house! I’m sure many people can relate to that. It’s embarrassing to have a face full of pimples, even if it’s common for teens.

I know that acne has different “extremes.” Some people get the occasional pimple where as others get it so bad that it leaves marks (scars) on their face and their complexion is horrible.

I didn’t want that to happen to my teens. As soon as they started to approach their teen years I worried about what kind of acne issues they might have.

Both of my kids deal with acne. My daughter (17) tends to get acne on her forehead and chin. My son (15) tends to get it on his cheeks and forehead. My daughter gets big, red pimples whereas my son gets smaller acne marks. None the less it bothers both of them.

My daughter is a senior in high school and looking good is important. She wants to make sure she has clear skin for all those photos her and her friends will be taking all year long, plus she wants to have clear skin for senior events such as the senior luncheon and the ever important prom.

My son is very shy and the last thing he wants is for someone to make fun of him. Sadly kids can be cruel and it’s easy to make fun of someone because of acne issues.

I’ve tried to get a few shots to show you my kid’s acne issues. That was easier said than done because they run and hide when they see a camera coming when they are having a “bad skin day.”


My son’s problem areas are his cheeks and his forehead.


My daughter’s problem area’s are her forehead (between her brows) and chin.

My kids are going to be so mad at me for sharing these photos. It’s actually the same photo – I just cropped it so you can see an up close of their acne.

My kids have tried many different acne products, but as you can see, we haven’t had much luck finding something that works well. Sometimes a product works well for a short time, then it stops being effective. It’s also hard to find a product that works well for both of my kids. My medicine cabinet used to be filled with acne products.

Some products require multiple steps. My kids simply do not have time for that. They are super busy getting ready for school in the morning and in the evening they are too busy studying and getting homework done to be bothered with lengthy treatment procedures.

Thanks to Mom Central I was able to get the X Out product to try out with my kids. X Out is great for busy, on-the-go teens because it’s a wash in treatment that washes powerful acne fighting medicine into your pours to kill the bacteria which causes pimples. There are no multiple steps needed.

X Out even helps to moisturize skin. Both of my kids commented on that after using X Out. Dry skin is a huge complaint for both of them and both of them commented on how X Out didn’t dry out their skin. In fact X Out not only moisturizes the skin it exfoliates dead skin cells too.

X Out contains a PROVEN acne fighting ingredient – 8.5% Benzoperoxide. It’s also sulfate and paraben free and non-comedogenic. Non-comedogenic means it doesn’t clog pores. Clogged pores can lead to the dreaded blackheads.

X Out is also good for all skin types. As a parent I especially like this because I know both of my kids can use the product and I don’t need to keep a medicine cabinet full of acne treatment products.

My daughter was quick to want to try X Out. She had a senior luncheon coming up and she wanted to make sure her skin was nice looking. My son was a bit reluctant because he figured it was just another acne treatment.


Senior luncheon. Forehead acne is barely noticeable (there is nothing really there). Chin acne looks much better.

Above is a photo of my daughter heading out to her senior luncheon. Notice the marked improvement of the forehead acne (between her eye brows) and he chin acne looks much better (the mark above her lip is a cold sore).

She’s wearing the same make up she always wears in both photos.

Here is another photo of her forehead acne BEFORE using X Out for a few weeks.


It’s nice to see that the forehead acne has smoothed out. She still has some marks (scars) on her face, and some bumps/discoloration on her chin, but it’s a huge improvement. Even my daughter is pleased.

My son eventually gave X Out a try too.

My son's cheeks and forehead are his problem zones.

My son’s cheeks and forehead are his problem zones.

You can see the acne on his cheeks. He even has some bumps on his chin (normally his problem zones are his forehead and cheeks).

He found the product super easy to use. He’s not one to spend a lot of time with skin care (usually girls spend more time caring for their skin). I’m happy that my son used the X Out on a daily basis.

Here is a a photo of my son taken a couple of weeks ago at a restaurant as well as a belated birthday cake at his grandparents house.



As you can see his cheeks and forehead look smoother and cleaner. He may have a few marks here and there but nothing as noticeable as he used to have.

My kids were sent the X Out Wash In Treatment, X Out Shine Control, X Out Spot Corrector and X Out Body Soap (for body acne).

The X Out Wash In Treatment is the product my kids used twice daily – once in the AM when they were getting ready for school and once in the PM after they got ready for bed. You simply wash the product on your face like you would any other facial cleaner and rinse it off. That’s it! That is all you have to do. You don’t have to follow any kind of process. There are no extra products that you need to use.

We’re a family of four with ONE bathroom. My husband and I both work and my kids both have to get ready for school. None of us has much time in the morning because everyone needs to get ready. As a parent I LOVE having my kids get in and out of the bathroom much faster than before. They don’t have to use multiple products and wait to rinse them off or to dry. Just wash and go. Even my kids appreciate the ease of this product and have commented multiple times at just how easy the product is to use.

My daughter has the X Out Shine Control in her locker. She uses it at school after gym class. It not only moisturizes the skin but also gives it a more “matte” like look by absorbing (for lack of a better description) the oil in your skin. My daughter’s skin does tend to be oily. She likes to keep it at school for “touch ups” during the day. She doesn’t use facial powder, so she doesn’t really have a way to control the “shine” caused by excess oil in the skin. She tells me that she likes the product, and in fact she asked me to get her some more.

Spot Corrector

Both of my kids have used the X Out Spot Corrector from time to time. It’s just an added bit of help against pimples. It’s more so for those pesky pimples that don’t want to go away, or pop up at a time when you can wash your face. It just gives the X Out Wash In Treatment and added “boost” on stubborn acne.

We haven’t tried the X Out Body Soap yet. No one in our family has body acne. I kept it just in case. I know in the hot weather months sweat can cause acne.

My daughter is happy that her skin is looking better than it has in a very long time. She has a lot on her mind these days between finishing up her senior year, preparing for college, looking forward to prom and graduation and of course boys (LOL). The last thing she wants to have to worry about it acne.

I was supposed to have my daughter video tape her review of X Out but due to unforeseen circumstances she’s not been in a “happy place” lately to do the video. I would ask my son but he’s BEYOND shy and would never, ever agree to do it (I’ve even tried bribing him – LOL).

My son is the quiet type. He’s not one to express his feelings too much. I have asked him about his thoughts on X Out and he told me “Can you get more, we’re running out.” Knowing my son I take that as a positive thing. He wouldn’t ask me to get more if he didn’t like it.

I think he likes that it’s so easy to use and it has made a noticeable difference on his skin.

As a mom I am pleased with the product and I plan on purchasing more for my kids. This mom gives X Out two thumbs up.

If you would like to learn more about X Out visit www.XOut.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

Here is a brief video about why I, as a parent, like X out.


Have you or your teen tried any of the X Out products? If so, what did you think about them? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Times have changed since I was last in school. I never used a backpack. I just carried around all my books in my hands. Some of my classmates had backpacks but for the most part we all carried our books in our hands.

These days students are given books that are inches thick and are weighed down – literally – with a ton of homework. It’s next to impossible to carry all your books in your arms. You need a backpack. Sometimes I think kids need multiple backpacks to hold all their books and supplies. It’s just crazy!

I don’t know how my son carries his backpack around on his back. I can’t even pick it up! It’s way too heavy.

We constantly tell him to leave some of his books and supplies in his locker, but the high school is huge and sometimes it’s not possible for him to get to his locker. He has no choice but to lug it all around.

I can’t imagine what all that weight and strain is doing to his back and shoulders.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, backpack injuries in kids aged five to 18 increased 6.5 percent between 2010 and 2011. And although the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends backpacks weigh less than 10-15 percent of a person’s
body weight, realistically, consumers may not be able to control the weight of their necessities.

We have gone through several backpacks over the years but we’ve never found anything that could carry all his stuff and take some “wear and tear” off his back and shoulders.

When school first started we received to review a backpack from a company called AIRBAC™ . AIRBAC™ is a unique backpack that is designed to help alleviate the stress the average backpack puts on your back and shoulders.

AIRBAC™ is the only backpack designed to alleviate the pressure and stress on a person’s upper and lower back caused by excessive weight. The patented air support system takes the weight off of the back by moving heavy contents into a more comfortable, back-friendly position, helping wearers feel like they’re carrying half of the weight. Offered in a wide variety of styles, AIRBAC™ was created for school-age children, college students, business travelers, outdoor enthusiasts and photographers.

AIRBAC™  features a small area at the bottom/back of the backpack that is filled with air. The backpack comes with the air already filled in the pouch. You can add more if needed with a bike tire air pump.

The AIRBAC™  backpack looks like an average backpack. It has plenty of room for books, a laptop or tablet, cellphone, supplies and more.

Airbac backpack

My son didn’t even notice that there was a “pocket” of air in the back of the backpack until I pointed it out to him.

AIRBAC™  doesn’t make the load you carry lighter, it simply helps with weight distribution, spinal alignment and posture.

In the past I’ve noticed that my son’s backpack would hang down low on his back, even when he uses the straps that go across his chest and waist. The weight of his books and supplies pulls the backpack down. I’m surprised he never tipped over backwards because of it.

With AIRBAC™  the air pocket helps to balance the load better, keeping the backpack where it should be. It doesn’t hang low causing distress on your shoulders.

Here are more benefits to using an AIRBAC™ backpack.

Promotes Better Posture and Spinal Alignment

People tend to bend forward or hunch to compensate for the extra weight in a regular backpack. The AIRBAC™ system, which evenly redistributes the weight across the back, allows the body to relax in an upright position, promoting better posture and proper spinal alignment.

Built-In Shock Absorbers

Repetitive impact due to running or walking with a heavy backpack can cause increased stress on the lower back. To address this issue, AIRBAC™ technology offers the ability to absorb the impact a heavy bag may have on the spine, helping outdoor enthusiasts to exercise pain-free.

Air-Cushioned Protection

The patented air support system coupled with AIRBAC™ padded technology offers a secure home for valuable contents, protecting laptops,
iPads and other important materials.

Adjustable for a Customized Fit

From children to adults and student-athletes to active outdoor enthusiasts, AIRBAC™ was designed to support the spinal health of all body types. The product’s padded shoulder straps and patented air support system adjust to meet a wide variety of body types.

My son loves this backpack. He’s never once complained about it like he has with other backpacks.He also tells me it’s more comfortable to wear.

I tried to get a photo of him wearing the AIRBAC™, but he’s 15 and teenagers are not always happy to pose for photos. This is the only photo I was able to snap when school first started (and the weather was nicer).

AIRBAC backpack

You can see how the backpack lays flat against his back. That is because the small pocket of air on the back/bottom. It keeps everything where it’s supposed to be.

This is a great video that gives you a better idea as to how AIRBAC™ is the better for you option.


AIRBAC™ is not only great for students but also for hikers, travelers and anyone else who lugs around a lot of things in a backpack.

I wish we knew about AIRBAC™ years ago. I would have purchased them for both of my kids.

The quality of the AIRBAC™ is outstanding. With proper care I am sure my son’s AIRBAC™ will last for a long time. It will be nice not having to replace his backpack every few months.

You would think a better for you product like AIRBAC™ would be very costly. Compared to other quality backpacks (and big brand name backpacks too), AIRBAC™ costs about the same. Student backpacks range from $49-$89. They also have different designs and colors available.

AIRBAC™ has plenty of room for all your “stuff” too.

If you would like to learn more about AIRBAC™ or check out the available styles, visit AIRBAC.com. You can also find the brand on social media (links found on the site’s home page).



*I received a free product sample 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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Heading off to college



Our oldest child is a senior in high school this year. In just a few short months she’ll officially be a high school graduate. How did that happen? It seems like yesterday she was performing in her 3rd grade class holiday concert and bringing home the artwork she made in class. Instead of helping her with her ABC’s my husband and are helping her to prepare for the next step – college!

Our daughter wants to go away to college – as in far away. It has nothing to do with us. She would like to spread her “wings and fly”.

We live in a tiny condo. We also do EVERYTHING together as a family – even if it’s not exactly what the kids want to do. I can totally understand why she wants to go away – so she can find herself and become her own person. We also cannot afford to travel. Our vacations are mostly day trips where we are back home by the end of the day. Our daughter is a lot like me – she wants to see the world and travel. Life is an adventure and she wants to relish every moment of it.

When I went to college I was supposed to go away too. No too far – just 3+ hours from home. My parents had other plans. They wanted to see how well I did in college before spending a small fortune to send me away. They told me to attend our local community college for a year. If I did well I could go to any college I wanted to. That sounded like a great deal to me.

I hate to admit it but my parents were right now to send me away.

My first semester I did “ok”. The second semester I pretty much failed every class. I enjoyed my new freedom a little TOO MUCH and barely attended class. I would rather hang out in the lounge or go to lunch with friends.

After that fiasco I quit college and got a full time job. It wasn’t for many years later when I matured enough to return to college and ended up graduating with honors and moving on to an accelerated Bachelor’s degree program. I was simply not ready to go to college when I first graduated. It happens. Sometimes students just need to take a year or two off before going to college.

Our daughter wants to go away to college, but we are making her go to a community college first. It has nothing to do with her not being ready – she IS ready for college. It’s simply a money issue and the fact that she has no clue what she wants to go to college for.

Where did the time go? They grow up TOO quickly!

Where did the time go? They grow up TOO quickly!

If our daughter had her own way she’d go to a college in California when she graduates in June (we live in New York). That is fine and dandy but the problem is she has no clue what she wants to go to college for. She keeps bouncing around ideas…

  • Lawyer
  • Paralegal
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Teacher
  • Fashion Merchandising

She simply cannot narrow it down. There is a huge difference between a lawyer and a fashion merchandiser and a Forensic Psychologist and teacher.

Our daughter is currently taking all college classes in her senior year of high school. That means when she graduates she’ll already have college credits and probably one semester of college already done. Therefore she’d only need to attend three more semesters to graduate with an Associates Degree.

Our “game plan” is for her to either go to our local community college for three semesters and then she can transfer anywhere she wants – or – attend the community college where her grandparents live and live with them. That way she’d be away from home but still with people who can help care for her. The only problem is my father has no clue what he and my stepmother are going to do next year. They might move, downsize or ???

Sadly our daughter might not have a choice. She might have to go to our local community college.


Money is a factor too. Our kids have a trust fund from their grandfather and currently our daughter has about $15,000 in her accounts. That is not a lot when it comes to college. Many colleges are double that amount – per semester! And that doesn’t include books or the dorms.

Until she figures out what she wants to go to college for we feel that it’s better if she goes to a community college which is cheaper (about $1,500 per semester) the go away to college and have her get into debt with student loans and have to pay $10,000++ for her to living in a dorm – money we don’t have. If she goes to community college it will give her time to figure it out while she gets the basic classes done and out of the way. She hates that idea but we don’t see any other way around it aside from her taking a year or two off to work and figure out what she wants to do with her life.

If you and your child are having a hard time figuring out going to college check out this FREE download helpful – 2014-2015 KapMap College Planner.

To find out other ways Kaplan can help your college bound student visit www.Kaptest.com/College-Prep. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Is your child heading off to college soon? Do they know what they want to major in? Do you know what college/colleges they are looking to get accepted into?

If you have a child currently in college, or recently graduated from college, feel free to share tips, suggestions and advice. It will not only help me but others who have children heading off to college.

You can also check out the hastag #JourneytoCollege to see what others are saying.

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*This is a compensated post from She Speaks and Kaplan Test Prep however the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Teen Driver

Do you have a teen driver in your family?

Our 17 year old finally took the plunge and got her learners permit. Now we’re just saving up to get her driving lessons. My husband and I both don’t think we have the patience or the “know how” to teach our daughter how to drive. We also feel like she would do better with a non-family member. We think she’s more likely to focus better. We’re also afraid that we might miss telling her important things. It’s best to  leave it to the “experts”.

I worry about my daughter driving. I don’t think she’ll be a bad driver, I just worry about the other little things she can’t control – like other drivers. Her safety is our #1 priority.

I remember when I first learned to drive. I think I was super paranoid at first. Then once I knew what I was doing I admit I showed off to my friends a bit and had a bit of a “lead foot”. In hindsight I was really foolish and if I could go back in time I would have taken safety much more seriously.

One safety tip that I learned that really came in handy was what to do if you are being followed.

When I was in my early 20’s I dated a guy who lived 6 hours away from where I lived. We would take turns driving back and forth to visit each other every other weekend. It was a long drive and many times the road was desolate. I was literally driving in the middle of no where. If I broke down I’d be in serious trouble. This was back in the day before there were cellphones.

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I would leave after work on Friday evening and leave to come home Sunday evening. I usually got back home around midnight.

On one of my trips back home there was a suspicious car behind me. I don’t know why the car stood out to me but it did. I suddenly felt very nervous.

I got off at one of the exists and the other car followed. Then I made my way back on to the main road and the car was right behind me again.

Then I remembered what my parents told me – if I am being followed I need to pull into a public place, or better yet, a Police station. Since I was unfamiliar with my surroundings I didn’t know where a Police station was. So I kept driving until I came across an exit where I knew there were stores and restaurants. I pulled my car into a restaurant parking lot (in a well lit area) and remained in my car with the door locked. I saw the car that was following me pass by. A few minutes later I saw it pass by again.

I waited a bit longer until I didn’t see the car, then I moved my car to another parking lot near by that was also well lit in hopes that if the driver came back they would see that my car was not there anymore and drive away.

After several minutes I felt confident that the driver was gone and I headed right back on the main road again and got out of there as quickly as I could. It was a very scary and dangerous situation.

I have told this story to my kids over and over again so that they know to do the same thing  if they are in a similar situation. Thankfully we have cellphones available to use these days so they can call 911 for help.

There is so much to teach teen drivers about safety. Toyota wants to help keep kids safe too. That is why they created the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinics. You can sign up for the clinic at a local Toyota dealership.

Here is more details about the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic.

This FREE 2.5 hour non-driving interactive session provides both pre-driver and new-driver teens, as well as their parents, a beyond basics approach to road safety. It includes car care tips, coaching techniques and other practical tools in a safe, non-sales environment. Families participate in hands-on activities in class and around the car to promote safe-driving behavior.
This interactive clinic will cover topics such as:

  • Defensive driving “universal truths” and best practices
  • Understanding your vehicle’s performance dynamics
  • Dangerous driving distractions and how to avoid them
  • Car operations, safety features and basic maintenance fundamentals
  • Communication and coaching tips for parents and teens
  • Mutual driving agreements for pre-driver/new-driver teens and their parents

I really like what these clinics have to offer. I was never taught car care tips when I was a teen driver. I’m in my mid-40’s and I still don’t know how to change a flat tire!

I also like that they teach defensive driving. I think that is super important for teens (and adults!) to know.

Best of all these important clinics are FREE! I really appreciate Toyota offering this to consumers. You don’t need to own a Toyota to participate either.

Currently I only have locations in the New York and New Jersey area.

  • 9/20: Liberty Toyota Burlington, NJ
  • 9/21: Holman Toyota Mount Laurel, NJ
  • 10/04: Gault Toyota Endicott, NY
  • 10/05: Lia Toyota of Colonie Schenectady, NY
  • 10/11: DCH Toyota City Mamaroneck, NY
  • 10/12: DCH Freehold Toyota Freehold, NJ
  • 10/18: Millennium Toyota Hempstead, NY
  • 10/19: Penn Toyota Greenvale, NY
  • 10/25: Autoland Toyota Springfield, NJ
  • 10/26: Bay Ridge Toyota Brooklyn, NY

I’m not sure if they are adding other dates or other states. I hope they will. I think everyone should have the opportunity to take one of these special clinics.

If you would like more information, or to attend on of the events, please RSVP here.

You can follow Toyota on Twitter (@Toyota) and the official hashtag for this event is #TeenDrive365.

What do you think about what Toyota is doing to keep teen drivers safe on the road?

Do you plan on attending one of these events?

Feel free to share your thoughts or personal stories about teen driving.

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This post was written as part of my association with TeenDrive365 and the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic. For more information on the Toyota Teen Driver Safety Clinic, please visit http://ly/1nfUJ0e

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As a parent of teenagers I think I have aged 20+ years in a matter of just a couple of years. It’s not that my kids have that not-so-lovely teenage attitude (they do, but that is not what ages me). It’s learning to let go and trust them. Fortunately our son is a homebody and never wants to go out. Our daughter on the other hand has been yearning to spread her wings and fly.

Begrudgingly we have been giving in to out daughter. Over the past few months we’ve let her go to an amusement park in the next state with a bunch of teenage friends, go to an after prom party (she didn’t attend prom – her friends wanted her to be at the party), bonfires in people’s backyards and even driving around town with another teenage driver. Teenage drivers make me nervous – especially those who just recently received their license.

We want our children to have fun and experience life which includes going places with friends. It’s their safety that concerns us. Case in point, one young man who had a crush on my daughter was at a party (not with my daughter) and he attempted to rape one of the girls at the party in his car. Another time my daughter was driving with her friends at night at a deer jumped out in front of them and the young driver almost hit it which could have caused an accident. One of my daughter’s friends almost hit a BEAR on the way home one night!

Did you know that a violent crime happens every 26 seconds? That is a very sobering thought.

Violent Crime

You also have to take into consideration that accidents can happen in a heartbeat.

Here is additional facts about emergencies. These are very alarming facts.

Every 26 seconds, someone becomes the victim of a violent crime. These attacks range from forced rape to aggravated assault. A sexual assault occurs every 2 minutes. More than 50% of these assaults take place within a one-mile radius of the victim’s home – or at home. Even more disturbing is the fact that only 12% of these attacks ever lead to an arrest.

Every day, 2,300 people go missing, and this number includes abductions. Of those missing people, very few (if any) are found using their cell phones. Why? By law, when attempting to track a missing person via cellphone, you must subpoena his or her cell phone company for access to the last known ‘ping’. This process wastes valuable time.

An automobile accident occurs every 6 seconds in the U.S., with a fatality from driving every 16 minutes. Due to the difficulty of pinpointing someone’s exact location while driving, the Silent Beacon ensures that medical personnel and family members know exactly where a user is – and can reach that person quickly.

If my daughter was in a situation where her safety was at stake, or if she was in an accident, what would she do? Sometimes grabbing for your cellphone and dialing someone’s number – especially when you are in a state of panic – is not that easy. Suddenly those numbers seem to disappear from memory.

What you need is something you can press – like a button – that can alert loved ones or emergency personal that there is an emergency.

There are products on the market like this but often they come with a hefty monthly or yearly fee. Not only that, some of them require you to be near a base unit which won’t help you when you are out for a job or driving across country.

There is a new product that is a new product that will soon be readily available that uses modern technology to not only alert people in case of an emergency, but also sends out your GPS location so people can find you.

The product is called Silent Beacon. Silent Beacon is a wearable, waterproof, rechargeable Bluetooth device that connects to smartphones allowing for real time GPS alerts. Silent Beacon can instantly notify loved ones, friends and emergency personal and/or 911 in an emergency situation. When the device is activated it will send an alert via text message and/or email along with your exact GPS location.

You can also speak with someone on your emergency contact list verbally from the Silent Beacon too. This would be especially handy in the event of an assault where you can quickly describe your attacker in hopes that valuable information can help the authorities capture the assailant quickly.

Here is some addition information about the Silent Beacon.



This brief video hosted by the creator of Silent Beacon provides you with additional information about this personal safety product.


I think everyone will agree that a device like this is greatly needed by just about everyone – young, old, sick, teenagers, women, hikers, campers… the list goes on.

As someone who has a tight budget I need to stick to, price and affordability is a huge factor when considering when to purchase something. My mother in law had a personal safety device when she was still alive and the monthly fee was so much she had to cancel it. What is the point of having the device if the monthly service fee is not affordable?

Compared to other leading personal safety products, Silent Beacon is the most “budget friendly”.


There will soon be a call center option for Silent Beacon for an additional fee for anyone who wants such an option, otherwise the only cost for the Silent Beacon is the cost of the unit it’s self (the companion application is free to download and use).

As a parent I want my children to be able to notify us and emergency people quickly and easily. I would love for them to have a Silent Beacon. I would love to get one for myself too. I travel for blogger related things and I’d feel comfortable knowing I can reach people in case of an emergency. Being in a strange city means I wouldn’t be able to provide my location. I love that the Silent Beacon can provide that valuable information via GPS. I plan on getting 3-4 Silent Beacons as soon as I have the money for them – one for each member of my family.

The Silent Beacon is small and lightweight. You can easily hook it to your key chain, on a backpack, belt loop or even on a chain around your neck.

If you would like more information about Silent Beacon visit the Silent Beacon page on Indiegogo. You can also check out Silent Beacon on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think about Silent Beacon? Does it sound like something you would like to have for yourself and/or your family? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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*I have partnered with Silent Beacon to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely  my own and not influenced in any way. 



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