My Favorite Magazines to Give and Receive

Casual reading has become a luxury that most people can’t afford–literally and figuratively. The cost of magazines, demanding schedules, shorter days and the never ending to do list can make it impossible to take a break.

Sometimes, like children, we need a little nudge in the eight direction. Looking forward to thumbing through your favorite magazine can be a good way to encourage you or someone you know to take short breaks. Now before you trash my idea, let me say, after cancer I know for sure taking regular breaks are imperative to good health and wellness.

I’ll leave you with that thought and without further ado, here are some of my favorite magazines to give and receive.

Consumer Reports Magazine This magazine makes the top of my list of good buys. You can never go wrong with this magazine. Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to create a fairer, safer, and healthier world. It was founded in 1936 when advertising flooded the market, and confused the consumer.

For 80 years, this magazine has provided evidence-based product testing and ratings, rigorous research, hard-hitting investigative journalism, public education, and steadfast policy action on behalf of consumers’ interests. This is good fit for everyone!

HGTV Magazine. This magazine is one of my favorite magazines. We happen to be in the middle of renovating our space, but even if you’re not, you’ll find useful tips and inspiration. This is the gift that keeps on giving (in the best possible way).

Magnolia Journal If you’ve been following me then you know I am a huge Fixer-Upper fan. I love all things Joanna Gaines. This magazine is pretty and inspiring. The downside is that it’s a little pricey in-store IMO. But, right now, you can get a one year subscription for $20.00 by going directly to Magnolia Market.

Rolling Stone Magazine. Still one of the best music magazines on the market. The journalists’ over there no how to tell a captivating story.

Fishing Magazines. Here’s a list of fishing magazines in case you know a fisherman who would like that.

AARP. This is a great magazine for someone above of the age of 55. It covers a variety of issues from traveling to life insurance. You will not be disappointed by this.

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Fashion Friday

There’s no doubt about it; Summer is slowly drifting away making room for fall. And while fall means back to the daily grind for most of us, it doesn’t have to mean a dull existence.

Color is a good way to brighten the day. This fall I find myself drawn to splashes of red. When it comes to fashion, much like my music, I don’t like to put limitations on myself based on some rules or the expectations  of others.

I think fashion should reflect the personality of the individual. As you can see here in my casual Friday post, I like to marry business with casual. This works for dinner, dates, parties, casual Friday or just the weekend.

I have to run now, but I hope this finds you somewhere planning for a great weekend!

Alwayz, April

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This Smart Cycling Helmet Could Save Lives 

It’s Friday July 22, 2016


(Photo by Brooklyness)

One dark summer night on a deserted road, Kenny, an award-winning motorcycle racer, opened the throttle of his motorcycle and rode fast.

What Kenny didn’t know was that about a mile ahead of him was a truck waiting at a stop sign. The tail lights were broken. The night was black. Kenny couldn’t see the stop sign because it wasn’t lit up.

In a flash, Kenny slammed into the back of the truck. He wasn’t wearing a helmet. The life he knew was over. Although Kenny physically survived, he suffered serious brain damage.

And he was aware of it.

One day while visiting him he pointed out pictures of his old life. One picture showed him getting an award surrounded by women. Another was a picture of him competing as a bodybuilder. And another was a picture of him in an ad campaign.

It was hard for him to speak but in a childlike manner he told me he wasn’t wearing a helmet the day he got into the accident. His face had regret written all over it. My eyes teared up as I listened.

I haven’t seen Kenny in years as I have since moved away. But from time-to-time I think about him. His story is a constant reminder to me to choose safety first–always.

It was Kenny that came to mind when I stumbled across the Classon smart cycling helmet on Kickstarter.

I realize bicycles and motorcycles travel at different speeds. But speed wont matter if you’re not wearing a helmet and you hit your head just a little too hard. 

 “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”                                      

The Classon intelligent helmet created by Brooklyness, a Brooklyn-based company, is genius! It’s aimed at preventing bicycle accidents by giving the cyclist the necessary safety tools to navigate the road, to be aware of their surroundings, and to communicate their intentions to motorists.

The Classon is equipped with gesture recognition turn signals (blinkers) in the front and back activated by arm movement. It has two cameras–one in front and one in back–ensuring that you are visible to others. 

The cameras even alert you when a car is in your blind spot. Brake lights automatically turn on when you reduce speed. For an additional fee, you can get GPS guided navigation and the ability to edit and share your video to social media, directly from your helmet.

This helmet could save lives by minimizing the chance of an accident.

Classon specs

The camera can record up to six hours of HD footage. It’s water resistant. Will be available in sizes junior, medium and large. It weighs 1.1 pounds and will be offered in colors black, white, orange, blue and yellow.

It has a battery life of 2.5 hours and takes 1 hour to charge. The helmet is not yet on the market but it is expected to be available in 2017. The price will be $299.00.