Health Insurance

If you’re a mom and you have children under the age of 26, you can still cover them under your health insurance plan.  Open enrollment and updating dependent information is here and if your current employer is requesting that you submit proof of dependency by August 15, 2017 – then you need to submit all of the required paperwork so that your kids can remain covered under your medical insurance plans.  I don’t know what’s going to happen with the insurance reforms of the future…particularly OBAMA CARE but I do know that while our sons and daughters are in college…they must have adequate health insurance coverage.

Many colleges and universities have health centers on campus that students may utilize either free of charge or at a discounted rate.  However, anything that spans outside the range of “Urgent Care”, meaning “Emergency Care” or “Inpatient Care” or “Hospital Ambulatory Care”…these patient classifications require a sound medical insurance plan.  If you’re looking to enroll in a medical plan, visit one of the following…

www.affordable-health-insurance-plans.org‎

www.healthcare.gov

For additional information, please visit insure.com – Good Luck!

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Atomic Blonde

A movie worth your time…Atomic Blonde.  I didn’t know Charlize Theron could pull something like this off – but trust me when I tell you that Charlize did an excellent job in this film.

This movie is full of twists and turns and is truly action-packed. Critics are calling Charlize the female “James Bond” in this film.  If you love any of the Bond films, you thoroughly will enjoy this movie.  Get your tickets today.

Enjoy a fantastic movie this weekend, go see Atomic Blonde!

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Finding A Roommate

While our children are in college it is very challenging finding the right roommate until graduation.   My son, Arthur has one more year until he can apply for graduation and we are feverishly trying to find him a new roommate.  The cost of living has increasingly gone up over the past few years, but we may have found the perfect place for about $1,000 per month.  He’s had several roommates in the past, but they have moved out of the country or have dropped out of college and we know it will not be cheap.  We want to purchase a condo for Arthur upon graduation, so that he can work full-time in his chosen career and then start saving for his own home purchase.

We’ve tried college apartment boards and Craigslist.com but when using Craigslist we know that we must be very careful.  Craigslist has yielded excellent past roommates for Arthur and we are hoping for the same results this time around.  Whatever happened to the days when renting a room used to cost around $300 per month?  Those days go way back to the year 1970. We are in 2017 and the average cost for a one-bedroom apartment in a nice neighborhood runs about $1,500 per month (or more).

If you are having a tough time finding a roommate for your college kids, send me an email and I will send you resources in your area.

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I Love Batman

It’s the coolest thing since sliced bread… the Lego Batman Movie which opens in theaters this Friday              February 10, 2017.  I love all of the Batman Franchise films and that’s why I know this will certainly NOT disappoint.  Take everyone (young, old and in between) to see this film.  You will laugh, you will cry (or maybe you’ll laugh until you cry)…it’s a fun movie.  Get your tickets today at

www.amctheaters.com

www.fandango.com

Be sure to take a Batselfie!!!

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Living Forever

As a mom, I wish I could live forever to be here and take care or my children.  However, we know that we cannot live forever but through purchasing life insurance I truly feel that I can leave something behind for my family when I am gone.  I certainly want them to be able to continue living their lives without stress and headaches, so I’ve purchased life insurance that will sustain them when I am gone.  So many people often don’t think about purchasing life insurance until it’s too late.  Don’t wait…start today if you haven’t already…

Fidelity Life established in 1896 and offers coverage for adults and children.  They don’t require medical or health exams for many of their policies and they offer affordable monthly, quarterly or annual billing rates.  Go to

http://quotes.fidelitylife.com/

Check out their rates and be sure to purchase some life insurance so that your family will be taken care of should anything happen to you.    This is my way of living on forever through my children.

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Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day 2017

I love getting a fresh cup of coffee at Panera Bread but I simply couldn’t resist their heart shaped cookies this morning.  All of their pastries, soups, salads and sandwhiches are delicious.  I’m getting these cookies for my favorite Valentine’s this year.  You should do the same…they are a taste of heaven.  Weather you are in the east, west  midwest or in the south please find your local Panera Bread and grab these cookies…you won’t be sorry.

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Rogue One

A must see film, which was so good I had to see it twice!  Take the family and go see this movie, it will be worth every minute…I enjoyed it.  Fun, fun and more fun for the New Year!

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Jacob and Joseph

        Jacob and Joseph

Merry Christmas to all of the world celebrating the holidays.  A special holiday wish to the twins Jacob and Joseph of Anderson, Indiana.  Hope that you all have fun opening your Christmas gifts this year.  Merry Christmas!

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The Flu

I’ve been sick in bed with the flu for the past four days.  Not sure how I got sick, but it has been no fun.  I wanted to ride my bike and get about 5 miles of exercise yesterday, but my body was so weak from this flu bug that I was simply unable to do anything.  Maybe by tomorrow I can get a nice bike ride.  Mucinex is my new best friend.  I hope that all of you are feeling well.  Don’t let the change in weather get the best of you, stay hydrated and take your vitamins.

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Black Friday

I know most of you have enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with family and close friends.  My son stayed at his college dormitory because he had exams next week and said he wanted to study for them.  So, instead of turkey he baked a chicken.  I think we all need to start thinking about healthy eating during and after the holidays.  Especially if you have relatives and friends who love to binge eat during the holidays…any excuse to gain 10 pounds.  Well if we eat too much, we can always get back in the gym five days each week and burn off those extra calories.

www.24hourfitness.com

www.chuzefitness.com

planetfitness.com

www.positivehealthwellness.com

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Donald Trump

Well the people have spoken and they elected Donald Trump for our 45th president.  I can’t wait to see how his first 100 days in office goes.  The Clinton campaign is in shock, along with the rest of America.  However, every vote was counted and he came out the winner!

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Halloween

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I am looking forward to Halloween this year. Not sure what costume I will select this year, but my son is too old for dressing up for Halloween.  I miss those years when he was in grammar school and he actually got excited to go shopping at Wal-Mart for his costume.  Now, he’s studying in college and doesn’t even mention the word Halloween.  Also, there’s a funny movie coming out – Boo! A Madea Halloween. Woohoo…loads of fun!!!

“Tyler Perry writes, produces, directs, and stars in the latest project with the popular character Madea. Ozzie Areu and Will Areu will also be producers on the film. Boo! A Madea Halloween will be released in one of the more competitive release dates this year, with a whopping six movies opening in wide release. This comedy will be going up against Paramount’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, 20th Century Fox’s Keeping Up With the Joneses, Focus Features’ A Monster Calls, Universal’s Ouija: Origin of Evil and Pure Flix’s I’m Not Ashamed.”

If you are in the mood for some Halloween laughs, then don’t miss this film.  Email me with your opinion of the film after you see it.  Enjoy!

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Steaks Forever

steaksI hope I don’t offend any vegans, but there’s nothing like a nice “rib eye” steak, especially when it’s on sale for $3.99 per pound.  I don’t eat steaks or red meat on a daily basis, but my husband is a huge fan.  I found this deal at the local meat market and surely had to stock up on a few for my hubby.  However, I am sticking to my “healthy living” eating plans in hopes of losing weight in time for the holidays.

Water is the main key to dropping those unwanted pounds.  Drinking water daily also helps keep your bowels regulated.  I am also drinking meal replacements for dinner, because eating meals after 6:00 pm equates to one thing….extra calories that will not be burned during sleep.  The older we get, the harder it is to lose those extra pounds.  Belly fat is the worst…so hard to get rid of it.  But, walking does help reduce belly fat.  Walking for 30 minutes each day makes a difference.

 

 

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Miss Peregrine’s

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You’ve gotta see this film….Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  I am a huge move buff and it is my opinion that you are never too old to enjoy a great children’s film.  As a mom of a college student, who no longer enjoys these types of films (because he’s over 18 and in college) I enjoy these films more than the kids.

miss peregrine's

Find your nearest movie theater, take the kids or your best friend…maybe drag your husband along (if you can) and enjoy this film.  The cinematography is beautiful…it’s a fun movie.  Enjoy!

miss peregrine's

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Medical Marijuana

marijuanaAs the mother of a college student, I worry all the time about my son being exposed to Medical Marijuana during his years in college.  He no longer resides at home with me and being a Helicopter Mom it’s difficult to control what he’s exposed to…so I’m writing this article and posing a question to moms all over the world…”How would you feel if your son or daughter was exposed to marijuana while away at college?

cotton candyIt seems that medical marijuana clinics are popping up all over the place and they are making millions of dollars.  The names on the products they are selling are similar to names of popular children’s candy…”cotton candy” or “sour OG” just to name a few.  I personally don’t drink nor do I spoke, not have I ever experimented with any types of drugs.  So, it would be devastating to me to learn that my son is being exposed to medical marijuana and that’s exactly what happened during his second year of college.  I was no longer a mother in control, but someone on the outside looking in…living miles and miles away.  I cringed just thinking about his friends smoking marijuana in his presence but what could I do? Absolutely NOTHING!

marijuanaIt seems that females are purchasing medical marijuana twice as much as young men are who are registered in colleges and universities around the world.  I never could understand what drugs do for someone, but my son says his friends smoke medical marijuana because “it’s legal in their state” and “it helps them study better and they do really well on exams and quizzes”.  But, how can a mind altering drug help your mind operate more efficiently?  That’s the big question…read my next post on medical marijuana to get the answer.

 

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