Keeping Cool In The Peak Of Summer

Keeping Cool In The Peak Of Summer

Keeping Cool In The Peak Of Summer

As the summer heat begins to grip the state of California, keeping cool is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. We all want to get out of the sun and find a nice air conditioned place to hide out. Luckily, California has plenty of options when it comes to keeping cool, you just need to know where to look.

When it comes to keeping cool, there are the obvious choices such as:

  • The beach
  • The pool
  • Water parks
  • Rivers
  • Lakes

However, since these options are well known, they are likely to be very crowded.

Some other options that might not be as obvious for keeping cool include:

  • Going to a movie theater
  • Going to a mall
  • Going to a library
  • Go to a museum
  • Going shopping anywhere that has AC

Most public places have air conditioning within their walls, making them good choices to visit during the peak of summer. Some will undoubtedly be more crowded than others, and it may take a bit of trial and error to find a place that works for you. Just don’t be afraid to go out there and find a fun, new way to keep cool.

Summer can be a lot of fun, provided you are able to stay cool. While hiding out in some shade, water, or air conditioned buildings will definitely help, it is also important to remember to drink plenty of water. The more you sweat, the more water your body is losing, which makes it very easy to become dehydrated during the summer months. If you are looking to cool off this summer, be sure to try out some places on this list that are near you, and be sure to stay hydrated as you do so.


Using GPS In California Could Result In Legal Trouble

Using GPS In California Could Result In Legal Trouble

Using GPS In California Could Result In Legal Trouble

Very few of us even carry a map in the car with us. Why would we when GPS is so much more accurate and gives us directions while we actually drive. As wonderful as GPS devices are, if you’re driving in California and using one, you need to be careful.

Like most states, California has clear rules about doing things like calling a friend up while you’re driving or sending text messages. Getting caught doing either of those things can result in a hefty ticket. Until January 2017, GPS’s devices were different. You were free to key in all sorts of information into them even while you were zipping down the highway. That’s no longer the case.

In January 2017, laws about the legal use of GPS devices went into effect. The good news is that you’re still allowed to use you GPS unit, you just have to be careful.

Keep it Out of Your Hands

If an officer catches you holding a GPS device while you’re driving, they can and will pull you over and issue a ticket. Having it in your hands, whether it’s because you’re trying to read something on the screen or because you’re trying to enter an address into it is considered distracted driving. If you have to pick up the GPS device for some reason, pull off the road to do so.

Make Sure It’s Swipeable

The one time you are allowed to touch your GPS is when you’re turning the unit on or off, provided you can do so in one smooth motion while still keeping your eyes on the road and one hand on the road, which basically means you’re limited to swipeable devices.

Voice Activated is Perfect

If you don’t like the idea of having to pull off the road each time you want to enter a new location into your GPS devices, you’d better exchange your current unit with one that is voice activated.

As of yet, there aren’t any laws regulating the way you use a GPS unit that comes pre-installed in your vehicle.

Penalties for Getting Stopped While Handling a GPS Unit

The most obvious side effect of getting pulled over while using a portable GPS unit while driving is that you’ll get ticketed for distracted driving. Not only does this mean a fine, but can also lead to significantly higher insurance premiums. If there’s a bench warrant for your arrest or if you do something to irritate the traffic patrol officer, you may be arrested.


Are You Ready To Go Camping?

Are You Ready To Go Camping?

Are You Ready To Go Camping?

It’s that time of year for family vacations. The warmer weather brings out the outdoorsy side of some people. It’s the perfect time to let those people be outdoorsy and it would be fun for you to tag along too. The trip itself can be very relaxing.

Camping can be a fun experience, you get to try a different way of living. Of course, everyone is way more comfortable in their own beds and climate controlled homes. However, camping is a chance to rough it and live with nature. You can feel at one with the world around you because there are far less distractions. Being out with nature can be a really humbling experience. It is a chance to see how far humans have come.

Camping provides us with unique, delicious meals that can only be found outdoors. There is something about the smell of a campfire, and the taste of s’mores that can make just about anyone’s heart swoon. It’s not just the s’mores that are to die for, it’s the different way of making pancakes in the morning with bacon. The campfire and nature around you seem to season the food just right.

Camping doesn’t need to just be in a tent. There are plenty of ways to experience the outdoor world. If camping in a tent seems too rough for you, you can always rent a cabin, trailer, or RV. If you want to rough it more, you can always sign up for a horseback riding camping trip where you travel on horseback for several days, and can only carry what your horse can. No matter what your style is, there are plenty of ways to get your outdoors on.

Going camping may seem daunting at first, however, it can be a lot of fun once you figure it out. Doing stuff like this is where people get the best stories to tell their friends. No one wants to talk about how they leveled up in a game, but they will talk about the time they accidentally ate a bug.

Camping is a great opportunity to step away from all the distractions and get outside to breathe some fresh air.


The Bully Epidemic

The Bully Epidemic

The Bully Epidemic

W.D. Ross was a man who believed that we as humans had a duty to do the morally right thing. He created the seven prima facie duties that we could use to help determine if we were on the “right path”. For some of us, the right path can be unclear. While others may see the world as black and white, some see the world in many varying shades of gray.

One of Ross’ prima facie duties is of beneficence. This particular duty is about doing well to others. It’s about bettering the human condition in which we are all affected by. The prima facie duty of beneficence is about harm prevention. In order to live by Ross’ prima facie duties, one must go down the morally right path. This means we must acknowledge that we shouldn’t harm others.

Bullying has been an issue throughout the ages, but has gotten worse in today’s world. The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 16% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past. In today’s world, bullying is creative and can be part of the victim’s daily life.

The National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that 6% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is when one person verbally or mentally, attacks another person through social media.

Cyberbullying is morally wrong.

When bullies are harming others online, they are not following the prima facie duty of beneficence. When a kid/teenager is being bullied online, they are often bullied in person as well. This makes it harder for the victim to get away from the bully or harassment.

The problem is that this is not just the pecking order or how to give kids “tougher” skin. This is a serious issue because bullying leads to suicide. “It is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, surpassed only by homicide and accidents,” according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. As family members, we should be concerned about loved ones around us. We need to be involved with them so that we can notice if they are being bullied.

Being aware of the issue of bullying is one thing, but taking action is another.

If you suspect that someone is being bullied, don’t just sit there and let it happen. Report it to a trusted individual and work to put an end to the problem. If more people step up and work together to stop bullying, we could put an end to this epidemic.

The Perfect Present For Father’s Day

The Perfect Present For Father’s Day

The Perfect Present For Father’s Day

Father’s Day is June 17th this year and it is coming up fast. The Mother’s Day cards are being put away and every time you pass the card section in the grocery store you see Father’s Day cards lining the shelves. With Mother’s Day, grocery stores put out flowers, chocolates, pretty pink vases and “I love Mom” t-shirts. Mother’s Day is like Valentine’s Day shopping, except it’s just for the moms in your life. For Father’s Day, we don’t have the one-stop shop like we do with Mother’s Day.

For Father’s Day, a few stores might have deals on tools, but not all dads are tool guys. Maybe a few watches will be on sale, but if you have a father that is very picky about his apparel, you’re kind of at a loss. This leads to the big question of what to even get your dad for Father’s Day.

Get something personalized for your father this holiday. You may be at a lost at first as to what to get your dad, but try thinking of his favorite things and you might come up with something. Think about your favorite memories with your father and you will remember a fun time you had at the lake with him when you were little. Since you remember that lake memory, you may want to grab your dad and take him to the lake for a picnic. Don’t limit the gift to being just a physical object.

Remember, when it comes to gift giving, it’s the thought that counts.

Dads usually have everything they want or need, so getting the perfect gift could seem impossible. If you can’t think of what he may want, maybe it’s time to think about what his favorite meal is. Your father could simply be longing to have a good family meal with quality conversation. Try preparing his favorite meal for the whole family to enjoy this Father’s Day. This will create opportunity to bond with your dad and family as well.

Tools, cards, personalized gifts, and food, are just some gift ideas for Father’s Day. The most important thing to remember when trying to figure out a gift for your dad is to keep it personal. You can never go wrong with a gift that has a lot of thought and effort in it. Father’s Day is meant to be about appreciating everything that dads do for us in the world.

Your gift just needs to show that you care.


Nightly Routine To Keep Your Stuff Safe

Nightly Routine To Keep Your Stuff Safe

Nightly Routine To Keep Your Stuff Safe

Nobody ever wants to have to deal with their stuff being stolen or broken. After all, everyone really likes their stuff, and wants to protect it as best as they can. However, some people don’t actually do a whole lot to keep their stuff safe from thieves and crooks. Most people feel safe at home, which is a very good thing. Unfortunately, this can lead to people being careless with their valuables.

Many people will often fall into a false sense of security at home. They feel so secure at home, they begin to think that nothing bad will ever happen. This is not the case. Homes and vehicles are broken into all of the time. These kinds of things happen even more frequently at night, once everyone is asleep.

One particular practice of thieves is referred to as “car-hopping.” This practice is where a thief walks down a street, checking every car to see if it is unlocked. If they do find an unlocked vehicle, then they quickly search it for anything valuable. Once they are done, they close the door and move onto the next vehicle.

Here are precautions that you can take to keep your important and valuable items safe from criminals.

  • Lock you vehicle doors every night.
  • Lock all of your house doors every night.
  • Remove valuable items from your car.
  • Turn on exterior lights.

Doing all of this is a part of a practice dubbed the #9PMRoutine. The idea is to make sure that everything of yours is locked up and secure by 9 p.m. to ensure its safety. By doing this, you can deter criminals from taking your stuff, and keep it safe.