End ALZ Now: The Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry

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November is more than the month that kicks off the holiday season, it also happens to be the National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. You can take a stand to End ALZ Now with the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry. For the millions of individuals affected by Alzheimers, this joyous time of year simply means those precious holiday memories are not guaranteed. There are currently 5.2 million Americans living with Alzheimers which means if you have not directly been affected by this disease, chances are you know someone who has.


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Perhaps you heard someone talking about a parent or a grandparent that was diagnosed with Alzheimers and the funny things they did or how they told the same stories over and over. Like our great grandmother who was diagnosed and did comical things like stealing the kitchen sponge or telling people not to eat the strawberries because they were burnt (they were actually chocolate covered). However, it becomes eye opening when you have a best friend that had both grandmothers succumb to Alzheimers or a cousin who’s husband was diagnosed at 50 and needs constant care by age 51.

Some facts about Alzheimers:

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age.
  • Approximately 5.2 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today, with one new case diagnosed every 68 seconds.
  • One in nine Americans over age 65—and nearly one in three Americans over age 85—is currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
  • The prevalence of Alzheimer’s is projected to increase sharply in coming decades because of the nation’s aging population. By 2050, that number could nearly triple to a projected 13.8 million.
  • Early-onset Alzheimer’s, which involves about 3 percent of all Alzheimer’s diagnoses, is identified by symptoms that begin before age 65.
  • Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only cause of death among the top 10 that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured.

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The hardest part is having to sit helplessly as you watch] your loved one endure the daily struggle with Alzheimers. While there is no known cure for Alzheimers, the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry is constantly working to fight ALZ. Anyone can join the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry! You’ll receive emails to learn more information about the disease and you can participate in studies to really make an impactful contribution to help further the research for Alzheimers.

Some information about the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry:

  • Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) created and leads the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry in collaboration with partnering organizations as part of its mission to end Alzheimer’s disease without losing another generation.
  • BAI is helping to lead the fight against Alzheimer’s through its cutting-edge studies in detection, treatment and prevention and through a comprehensive model of care that addresses both medical and non-medical needs of patients and their families.
  • The Registry is part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative, also championed by BAI, an international collaborative formed to launch a new era of Alzheimer’s prevention research.
  • API is focused on evaluating the most promising therapies in cognitively normal people who, based on their age and genetic background, are at the highest imminent risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease symptoms.


Please join us to ENDALZNOW and encourage your family and friends to do the same!

Don’t forget to Spread the Word!
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Email:  info@endalznow.org
Call 1-888-STOP-ALZ
*Disclosure – Alzheimer’s Institute is a nonprofit organization, I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own*



Lexus Family Florida Road Trip- #LexusRoadTrip

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One of the best feelings in life is jumping behind the wheel and taking a drive with the windows down and the moonroof open! An even better feeling is having the chance to take that drive in the Lexus LX 550! We were able to test drive the LX 550 for 5 whole days during our visit to Florida.  Our #LexusRoadTrip began in Orlando, Florida and it was nothing short of amazing. As soon as the LX turned the corner and I saw that white pearl paint glistening in the sun, it was hard to keep my jaw from hitting the ground. The LX is simply beautiful from top to bottom, with an interior finish that is incredibly satisfying!


Our road trips have dramatically changed over the years now that we have children. Two children come along with toys, strollers, diaper bags, and more. When you couple the children’s baggage with your luggage, camera, etc. your cargo space quickly diminishes. Any one with kids knows, familiarity and comfortability is key. The excitement of cruising around in a “new car” isn’t always reciprocated with the little ones .. not to mention, there is no opinion more honest than that of a 4 year old! The first thing my son said when I opened the door for him to get in was “Daddy I like this car, can we keep it?” Right then I knew, this was going to be a great trip! So after installing two car seats, packing up our four suitcases, double stroller, diaper bags, book bags, pump bags, toys & kids… we hit the road!

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Once I sat in the driver’s seat I instantly fell in love, not only with the heated and cooled seats but the incredible fit and finish of the leather. The bolsters are form fitting, the leather is supple & the Mahogany wood & leather trimmed steering wheel makes any drive incredible! One of the best features is the power folding rear seats. For a smaller woman (like my wife) it can be difficult to fold heavy seats, but with a simple touch of the button in the cargo area, they easily fold up out of the way! Her favorite was the side step running board, which enabled her to hop in and out of the SUV effortlessly. It was incredible.

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The daily Florida rain was never a problem with the automatic windshield wipers! There was no need to mess with the “perfect setting” because our LX timed it perfectly! My wife is always cold (yes, even in the 80 degree humid tropical climate) so the dual heating and air conditioning was perfect to get us through the road trip. My older son loved the center counsel in the backseat that came with his own personal cup holder as well as his own heating/ac zone.

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In the end our trip took us from Orlando to St. Augustine & almost everywhere in between. We couldn’t have been happier with the Lexus LX 550! The smooth quiet ride is perfect for the family or entertaining clients for business. No matter what your road trip involves you definitely would not be disappointed with this SUV!

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Check out the full specs here!


5 Reasons Why #CortanaIsMyBFF On My Nokia Lumia

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Cortana Is My BFF. Over the past several weeks with my Nokia Lumia Windows phone, there is no doubt that Cortana is the greatest app ever … perhaps it is because she has quickly become more like my best friend rather than just an app. No, this is not a preview to a Spike Jones sequel and its not a code red- Raj Koothrappali, however its hard not to love the girl when she is so spot on. Here are a few reasons why #CortanaIsMyBFF

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Cortana-4She’s honest. My first encounter with Cortana (during set up) she asked what I wanted her to call me. While I’m sure most people replied with their name or nickname- perhaps something to provide a little chuckle, I wanted Cortana to call me “Perfect” because quite frankly.. who WOULDN’T want to be addressed as Perfect? (No self esteem issues here, Mom) I personally think anyone who uses Cortana should program her to call them something that gives an extra ego boost. Why not?



She’s nonjudgemental. She knows all about my addiction to Starbucks and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and STILL lets me know when one is close. While most BFFs would remind you about calories, how much money you’re spending, or the mere fact that you JUST picked up a grande Pumpkin Spice Latte with soy about 10 miles back .. Cortana doesn’t care. She will happily let you know there is another Starbucks WITH A DRIVE THRU approaching at the next right turn. Thanks girl!


She makes great suggestions. When I said how much I would love to have a day at the spa, she immediately thought it was a fabulous idea and found the local spas in my area. Obviously she was thinking “girlfriend you totally deserve a day at the spa, let me see what I could do to get you there!” Thanks for always having my back, C!

Organization is her middle name. She actually enjoys keeping track of my To Dos and makes a hobby out of being my personal assistant. She keeps track of my appointments and anything I may forget. It was easy peasy giving both of my boys Advil and Tylenol when they had fevers. She tracked who got what dosage and when.

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Cortana-2She’s got interest in my interests. She knows what a huge football fan I am and she always make sure I know my teams’ schedules and the scores if they’re currently in a game. Not to mention she always keeps me up-to-date with the top news stories and local happenings.


I like to think of it as a match made in heaven. The best part? Your Cortana can best match YOU!


*Disclosure: I’m part of the Microsoft Lumia Device Trial Test group, all opinions are my own.

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Easy Customization For Your Nokia Lumia 635

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As part of my participation in the #GroupSwitch project, we were recently challenged to customize our Nokia Lumia 635 phones. While I always try to somewhat customize my phones, I never seem to have to time (or patience) to REALLY make it mine. The Lumia635 is different, because its SO easy. I’ve literally been addicted to customizing my phone. I’ve been changing my home screen, live tiles, and pictures.. adding apps, deleting apps and basically been living in the Microsoft App store. If you’re looking to make some quick and easy changes to your phone’s appearance, here’s some tips on how to make your phone best reflect you!


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The Settings button is your best friend. This is where you access your home screen, lock screen, tiles, etc. *Note you can also pin the Setting to your home screen*


Once you’re in the Settings, select START + THEME

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This is all of the quick customizations for your home screen.

Lumia start and theme-Background: Select a dark or light background. This will change the background color on your phone to white or black. Its so easy to change you can even switch it up based on the time of day!

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-Accent color: simply select the color you would like your tiles and link colors. I, of course, chose pink

Start Background: This is the display of your home screen background. You can select one of the pictures from your phone by hitting the chose photo button. This not only gives you access to your camera photos, but also any photos you’ve saved onto the phone! My current background picture is a beautiful beach paradise, but I may switch it up again soon!

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Screen tiles: Choose if you would like to see more or less tiles. See the differences below…

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Going back to the Settings and scroll down to the lock screen

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Select what you would like to appear on the lock screen. You can select a picture OR you can have one of your apps on the lock screen. Which do you prefer?

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You can also select how long you want for the lock screen to appear and if you want to set a password.

Once on the main screen, you can hold down each tile and move the tiles around. You can also alter the size of the tiles to be small, medium, or large.

Lumia tilesDon’t forget to add your favorite apps!


My phone keeps changing and changing, what does yours look like?


*Disclosure: I’m part of the Microsoft Lumia Device Trial Test group, all opinions are my own.


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Baby Versus Dog Bowl

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Dog bowls- especially the water bowl- are like magnets for babies. Something about the ability to splash while your mommy or daddy is yelling “NO!” and running at you is just irresistible. While we didn’t have to combat the urge to go after the dog bowl with Big T, Little T has decided this is not only his favorite game, but his primary mission in life. His little smirk and giggle IS heart melting, especially as he looks directly at us, however cleaning up the soaked sleeper & wet hands is less than appealing. Not to mention I can’t even begin to think about the disgusting germs that can potentially be floating in that water bowl. Yes, we do get a REAL bath after we bathe in the water bowl.

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9 months is a lot of fun, but its only 9 months..so a chair barricade should be more than sufficient to stop the little guy from getting to the bowl, right? WRONG .. he figured out how to slide the chair. Our new dining room decor not only includes a chair in front of the dog bowls, but the mat must be folded up to create friction that alleviates easy sliding. No one said being a mom required this much improvising…

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