Expert Offers Dads And Grads Advice

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  • Father’s Day — You don’t have to be “Super Man” to be  a great hero and role model: There is so much pressure from society to be a perfect parent and raise your kids this way or that. In reality, nothing makes you stronger role model and greater “hero” to your kids than being there to listen, provide helpful advice, and show your kids that you understand their feelings and support their aspirations. Jim can provide helpful tips on communicating with your kids in any age or stage in life, instilling internal confidence in your parenting style, ending the negative self-talk and comparisons to other parents, how to feel mentally balanced and calm while juggling parenthood and work, and much more.
  • Becoming A New Daddy — How to get ready for your new life as a parent: Jim can provide tried-and-true tips on growing into fatherhood and how to become the dad you want to be and your child deserves to have. We aren’t born to be dads and train for almost any other job we take on, so why should fatherhood be any different? Get valuable advice on balancing work and parenthood, getting ready for diaper duty, and much more.
  • High School Graduation — Preparing students to leave the nest: Graduation is a momentous time for both high school students and the parents. For many families, leaving for college marks the first instance that the graduates are truly on their own. This means the students have to psychologically prepare for monthly budgets, rigorous study schedules, making healthy lifestyle choices, managing stress, and much more. Once the students leave, the parents can also feel immense loneliness and have trouble figuring out how to rearrange their lives without attending to their kids’ needs. Jim will give parents tips on getting their graduating high school seniors ready for the big lifestyle change and move to college, as well as advice on how to mentally prepare themselves for an “empty nest.”
  • College Graduation — Career fears and life speculation: The moment a student receives that college diploma, the world is opened to vast possibilities. There are so many promising opportunities that will arise, but graduation can also make students fear about starting life out in the “real world.” Graduates will wonder about many things: Did I choose a study path in college that will really make me feel fulfilled? Should I travel for a while to see the world or settle down in a job now? What if I really don’t want to start life in the “real world” yet?! Jim is here to provide insight on how to know that you chose a fulfilling study path, what to look for in a career, how to mentally prepare for life outside of the college walls, how to successfully communicate with new co-workers and bosses, and so much more. 

  • Summer Weddings – Look beyond the honeymoon:  Summer will be a honeymoon phase for many couples. Unfortunately the honeymoon phase can provide a false sense of the ease. Jim suggests that couples use this time to establish good habits, such as good communication skills. Jim also notes that relationships exist where the needs and desires meet with a willingness and ability to oblige them. Jim emphasizes that it’s so important to try to remain flexible in order to accommodate the inevitable shifts on both sides.

  • Getting in Shape For Summer Time – It’s not just your body that needs to get fit.  Many people focus on getting physically in shape, but Jim says that when people just focus on improving the physical things, they miss the opportunity to improve mood, self-image, and energy levels. Jim’s suggestions for getting in shape beyond the physical include – Establishing new interpersonal relationships, and nurturing the ones you already have; Using your confidence to try new hobbies, as well as cultivating the willingness to try new things; Including mindfulness to support the health of the whole mind-body system, not just the body; and identifying important values and goals of yours, then committing to doing one thing daily that’s in alignment with one of them, and then one thing to move you away from something you don’t want.
  • Family Reunions – The dreaded family affair doesn’t have to be so dreadful: With family reunions a common issue people face is reverting to their childhood roles when family comes together. A perfectly high-functioning, well-adjusted adult can suddenly take on (and very much feel) the role of the black sheep, victim, hero, or whatever. Jim can help minimize this natural feeling and provide tips for coping with anxiety and remaining more stable in your normal, adult identity when attending family functions. It also wouldn’t be a family function without the stereotypical Drunk Uncle Fred and Holier-Than-Thou Sue. Jim can also provide coping suggestions for facing these types.

Jim is the founder of the  Right Life Project, where he helps people overcome roadblocks to self-actualization as a psychotherapist, Right LifeTM Coach, and mindfulness meditation instructor. The Right Life Project helps clients understand the ways you can work with the different dimensions of your life (psychological, social, physical, and vocational), to be happier and more fulfilled, and to reach your full potential.

You can check out his blog and podcast here, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Busch Gardens Offers Ultimate Flexibility with “Ride, Slide & Dine” Ticket

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Experience all the thrills this summer at Busch Gardens® Tampa and Adventure Island® with the Ride, Slide & Dine Ticket for just $99. For a limited time, this flexible deal allows guests to choose two visits and two meals to either Busch Gardens or Adventure Island.

The offer, which can only be purchased at buschgardenstampa.com, is available now through June 14, 2015 and provides the flexibility for guests to experience both parks, or even enjoy one park twice. Admission tickets and meal vouchers must be redeemed by Oct. 11, 2015.

Busch Gardens is the ultimate family adventure, combining world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and more than 12,000 animals. Venture across the Serengeti Plain® and race like a cheetah aboard Florida’s first triple-launch coaster Cheetah Hunt®. Plus, enjoy the fully-remodeled Pantopia® with shopping, dining, live entertainment and North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury®.

Located right across the street from Busch Gardens, Adventure Island is 30 acres of water-drenched fun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings. New for the 2015 season, hurtle high and experience a feeling of weightlessness on Colossal Curl™, Adventure Island’s newest family thrill slide.

Visit buschgardenstampa.com for more information about these great deals and others. Or, be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.

BubbleBum Credited For Saving Kids Lives In Accident

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It’s a scary encounter and certainly not something anyone plans on. Suddenly your car slips and slides, or out of nowhere another vehicle smacks into you, and the next thing you know you’ve rolled over and are facing oncoming traffic. You’ve been in an crash. Your life flashes before your eyes and your first thought is, are your kids OK in the back?

Kathee from Michigan recently experienced that nightmare while driving her two sons to school in snowy conditions on Interstate 96, a six lane expressway. Cars ahead of her had either rolled over or spun-off the Interstate and one was in her lane. She moved one lane to the left and suddenly a semi-truck in front of her started fishtailing. The next thing she knew her vehicle had done a 180, facing oncoming traffic and was upside down. Her and her precious kids in the back were suspended by their seatbelts.

“I was playing calm mom, but was looking for blood on the ceiling because I knew at least one of us had to have been injured.  I was just trying to hear, as my two boys were talking to me and to each other, what did they see and which kid was going to start screaming first, either from pain, or from seeing a bloody mess,” describes Kathee.

“To my amazement, they wanted to know if they could unbuckle their seatbelts and lower themselves to the ceiling.  There was powdered glass and glass shards everywhere, and I couldn’t see behind me, but I knew they were OK. We were talking about how I didn’t want them to cut themselves on glass and were going to wait for help out of our car.”

An off-duty firefighter came to their rescue. Everyone was OK and her sons even proceeded to go to school that morning.
Kathee adamantly says, “BubbleBum car booster seats had kept my boys safe in a rollover!”

BubbleBum founder Grainne Kelly explains, “The BubbleBum car booster seats that the kids were using protected the children by correctly positioning the adult seatbelt. Seat belts are designed with adults in mind and kids are not small adults as their bodies are proportioned differently. Without the BubbleBum booster seat the seat belt would have had a much greater likelihood to have cut into the soft tissue of the abdomen causing potential life-long injuries.”

“Without seat belts, the passengers in this car would have been like frogs in a cocktail shaker,” adds Kelly.

BubbleBum saved two young lives that shocking morning. Kathee did right by keeping her kids calm and waiting for help. Would you know what to do if you and your kids were in an accident?
Grainne offers tips for what you should do in case you find yourself also experiencing the horrific experience of being in a car accident.

  • No one plans to get in an accident. Before you even start the engine take a little extra time to ensure that everyone is buckled in properly.
  • In the event of a crash, take some deep breaths to calm you down. When you are in a calm state of mind you are in a better position to make decisions and take stock.
  • Without a calm parent talking to the kids to reassure them, the kids even when uninjured could have been traumatized. Kids tend not to get frightened in situations when a parent or loved one appears to be in control, they just need to have confidence in their carer.
  • The safety of everyone is paramount. If the car is not drivable or you are unable to get out of the vehicle, stay there with the seatbelt fastened and hazard lights on until help arrives, and call 911. If you can get out, turn on your hazard lights and keep away from the crash site as further crashes may occur.
  • When you dial 911, you will need to remember WHO, WHAT and WHERE happened. There is a facility on the iPhone to send a text with your location which could be handy in the event of a crash in a location where you are not familiar.
  • Take notes and draw diagrams of the scene, it will make it easier for you to remember when you are talking to the police and your insurance. Insurance companies say that even if you think the crash was your fault it may not have been; therefore, you should never admit fault or blame at the scene.
  • If you are involved in a crash it is best to go and get checked out at the ER, especially after such a serious crash as the shock can numb the pain of injury for a while. Some injuries are not apparent to the naked eye, but medical professionals will be much quicker to spot the telltale signs. A few days after a crash many people start to develop seat belt injuries, which are bruising and abrasions on the bony part of the hips and across the neck, shoulder and thorax. While these can be uncomfortable, they show how the seat belt did a great job in restraining you.
  • Take it easy after a crash for a few days, even if you feel fine. Treat it like major surgery, you wouldn’t jump on a trampoline or go to the gym straight after surgery so best to avoid anything which requires any level of exertion or risk for a few days. Your body and your mind needs time to recover.
  • It is a traumatic experience and there are emotional injuries that are not visible from the outside that can also be debilitating. Even if no one is injured, often the driver will be haunted by ‘what if’ scenarios and may need to speak to a professional to get help. Not everyone who experiences stress after a trauma has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but it is important to be aware of the signs. For more information on PTSD visit http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml.

 BubbleBum is the award-winning portable, lightweight, inflatable booster seat for kids ages 4-11. It easily deflates and folds flat so that kids or parents can carry it in backpacks or mom’s purse, making it perfect for vacations, rental cars, taxis, buses, school trips, carpooling and due to its narrow design, you can fit 3 car seats across the backseat.

BubbleBum was founded by Safekids USA Certified CPST Grainne Kelly from Northern Ireland. Grainne believes that every child deserves to be protected and safe while parents should be able to do just that with convenience and ease. Convenience without compromising on safety.

‘Like’ BubbleBum on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @BubbleBumUSA. Learn more at www.bubblebum.us.

Wellington chef braves Food Network’s ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’

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The pressures of cooking for a fun-loving crowd in Wellington are a piece of cake compared to a day at Food Network’sCutthroat Kitchen.”

Ask chef Phillip White of The Grille Fashion Cuisine. He braved the “Cutthroat Kitchen” and lived to not tell about it. (Confidentiality rules and such.)

“The only thing I can say is that it was absolutely fun,” says White, who is featured in the episode that airs Sunday at 10 p.m. “It’s one of those experiences that you never forget.”

According to the “Cutthroat Kitchen” site, the episode is titled “Baby Got Backpack,” and promises all kinds of sabotage:

“One chef has to make grilled cheese and tomato soup while in a giant high chair. Then someone has to cook orange chicken in oranges. Finally, one chef has to make granola using…

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Eco-Friendly Holiday at the Palm Beach Zoo

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The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing its first-ever “Eco-Friendly Holiday” décor theme, in which it will model methods of naturalistic, “green”-themed decorations. Guests are encouraged to visit the Zoo from December 13, 2014, through January 1, 2015, to view ways in which they can explore ideas to “green” their holiday traditions, and to receive conservation messaging tips in signs spread throughout the Zoo. 

Zoo staff members worked with student volunteers from G-Star School of the Arts, who helped to design the eco-friendly decorations. The students also created the décor through activities such as draining coconut ornaments, painting wooden houses and trees for a play area in the Zoo that will be decorated with inspiration from “Whoville,” and constructing giant holiday presents that will be spread throughout the Zoo. The students will install the decorations they created on December 11, 2014.

“Our students have enjoyed this project,” said George Colavecchio, production coordinator for G-Star. “They have been able to discover ways for going green in their own lives and sharing that knowledge with others in a fun and creative way.”

The entire month of December, guests are invited to watch as zookeepers will feature special holiday enrichment activities for various animals, beginning with a jaguar and capuchin monkeys receiving gifts on December 6, 2014. The public is encouraged to follow the Zoo on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to stay informed about animal holiday enrichment schedules.

Children can create their very own snowflake ornament and snowman necklace made from natural materials in eco-friendly craft workshops on Saturday and Sunday, December 13 – 14 and 20 – 21. As a special treat, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer will also be making appearances throughout the course of the workshops. Funds raised benefit the daily operations of the Zoo.

The Teal Pumpkin Project for an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

This Halloween, FARE is encouraging food allergy families to start a new tradition: painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on your porch as a sign to other families managing food allergies that you have non-food treats available at your home. Your teal pumpkin is also a way to raise awareness in your neighborhood about food allergies!

Purchasing inexpensive non-food treats to hand out is a great way to include all children in trick-or-treating, and we hope that the Teal Pumpkin Project will be a tradition for years to come.

Examples of non-food items include: glow bracelets or necklaces, pencils, markers, boxes of crayons, erasers, bubbles, mini Slinkies, whistles or noisemakers, bouncy balls, coins, spider rings, vampire teeth, mini notepads, playing cards, bookmarks, stickers, and stencils. Oriental Trading or Amazon are websites used by many parents to order these items (Visit smile.amazon.com to shop on Amazon and donate a portion of…

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