It’s finally 2018! I know we say this every year, but 2017 went by so fast. It was a great year for us at Integra Escrow and we are hoping that 2018 is just as nice to us! With the new year, comes new goals. Last year, I made it a point to not eat any meat, poultry or seafood. I successfully did that, and I feel a lot healthier! I am proud that I was able to accomplish this goal for myself, and I am hoping that I can accomplish more to better myself. I was thinking that maybe if I write down monthly goals to better myself, that it will become easier for me…and I think that it would be nice to share to see if we can do this together!
January: Drink More Water!!
February: Make Breakfast my biggest meal since that is what keeps me energized during the day.
March: GET MORE SLEEP AND STAY OFF ANY ELECTRONICS WHILE TRYING TO SLEEP! This one is especially hard for me.
April: Keep a detailed food journal. This helps me also keep track of what kind of vitamins I may be missing in my diet.
May: Increase my daily walking length.
June: Eat more veggies than fruit.
July: Portion Control! Another hard one…
August: Give up desserts. Everyone knows I love my chocolate!
September: Find a workout buddy. Although, I am not sure about this one. They may be a distraction LOL
October: Savor my meals. It takes someone’s brain 20 minutes to recognize fullness, so I figure its best to eat slower.
November: Live without social media this month to focus on the people around me and what is currently happening.
December: Cheat month!!!! With the holidays around, I think that it would be okay to indulge or maybe go a day without exercise.
I know some of these goals are harder than others, but I hope that everyone can achieve what they really want to in 2018. If you have any other goals that you’d like to share, please leave comments below! I would love to hear them…maybe even set them as mine :)
Christmas may be over, but there is still New Years left this holiday season. I hope everyone had a great time celebrating this past week! A lot of people don’t necessarily know what to do for the New Year, so I gathered some events to share that might help.
Kidspace Museum is hosting “Noon Year” for the younger children who can’t make it to midnight. There is live music and a balloon drop from 10am-3pm. Children will also have the chance to make party hats and noise makers! This costs 13.00 per person.
This one is interesting…At Pretend City, kids will have the chance to celebrate the New Year in Bangladesh, Dubai, Athens and London. It will be hosted at 11am, 12pm, 3pm and 4pm. Kids here will also can create hats and their own noise makers. It costs 12.50 per person.
Grand Park during New Year’s Eve is a family friendly event held from 8pm to 1am. It will have a photo booth, two music stages, and 3D video mapping on two sides of city hall. There will be dozens of food vendors too! The cost of this event is free (that must be why 50,000 people are expected to attend!)
The Zimmer Museum will also have balloon drops AND party accessories. The honor 2018, these drops will be held at 11:18, 12:18, 1:18, 2:18 and 3:18 pm. The good one about this one is that it is the cheapest at 7.50.
Some of these events sound more fun than the typical “adult” NYE celebrations…haha! Looking forward to seeing everyone in 2018!
Happy New Year!
The holiday season is here! This time of year, we like to celebrate how much our families and friends have dedicate themselves to each other’s well-being. We show our appreciation in the form of love and presents! Although, we are fortunate enough to provide this to our family, some may not be as fortunate. So, in the spirit of the holidays, we dedicate the month of December to giving at Integra Escrow.
Foundations like the Susan G. Komen and JDRF are really helpful to the people closest to me, so I have decided to donate a portion of our earning to help research for cures that can help thousands of people across the globe. We appreciate all of what our “warriors” have done for us and would like to give as much as we can to the Wounded Warriors Project. Another foundation we would like to donate to is the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army provides necessities to people in need and we like to support foundations that are helpful to everyone.
We appreciate all the business that is provided to us by our clients because it allows us to be thankful for what we have and what we are able to give to others. So, thank you :)
After the devastating fires that hit California, my friends and I decided to take a trip to Napa in hopes that we would be able to enjoy our time there. Although the fires have damaged a lot of the area, people seem to have a positive attitude about getting everything “back to normal.”
We had a great time there and we encourage you to visit to help get the groove of the area back to how it was before! Below is a list of excellent wineries that are still open after the fires. If you happen to visit, please share your experience in the comments below! We would love to hear about it :)
Ancient Oak Cellars
Campana Ranch Winery
Davis Family Vineyards
Deerfield Ranch Winery
Fritz Underground Caves
Lake Sonoma Winery
MacPhail Tasting Lounge
Notre Vue Estate Winery & Vineyards
Taft Street Winery
Yoakim Bridge Winery
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
Fathers and Daughters Cellars
Almost every month of the year represents support for a medical illness around the nation. With Breast Cancer Awareness month ending, we are entering National Diabetes month. Both of these hit close to home and I would like to show our support by acknowledging their importance.
Breast cancer impacts a lot of families globally. It starts when cells in the breast begin to grow uncontrollably. These cells then form a tumor that can often be seen in an x-ray, or felt as a lump. If not treated early, these cells can grow and spread to other areas of the body. If you are a woman, be sure to always monitor these types of “lumps.” It is important to recognize these types of things and always be aware.
A lot of the population has a misconception about diabetes, and I did too until it affected my family. There are two general types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition. The body’s immune system turns on itself and attached the beta cells of the pancreas. These are the cells that produce insulin and control blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes does not go away and cannot be reversed. It is usually maintained by controlling your carbohydrate intake and an active lifestyle (this does not mean that a type 1 diabetic cannot have carbs or sugar!!)
Type 2 diabetes is when your body does not use insulin properly. It is the most recognized form of diabetes and it is due to obesity and lack of exercise. The pancreas can still make insulin in type 2 diabetes, whereas type 1, the pancreas can no longer make insulin. Type 2 diabetes is reversible with proper diet and exercise. Without treatment, both forms of diabetes can cause major health issues. Always be aware of the symptoms and take care of yourself!
Please share your stories below in the comments if these illnesses have affected your families in any way. We will always be here to support one another!
At Integra Escrow, we love to show our support for all of the families that we work with. This weekend, we will be at an event called “Ante Up for Autism” held by the Talk about Curing Autism organization. This event mixes my love for poker and the support to help families affected by autism. There will also be Auctions for prizes suck as a Prius or a Clipper Suite. Celebrities will be going and some professional poker players. I cannot wait to attend!
TACA’s mission is to aim to speed up the cycle time from diagnosis to effective treatments. They help strengthen the autism community by connection families and professionals who can help them lead to a better quality of life for families affected by autism. About 1 in every 68 children are being diagnosed with autism and it is considered a national emergency. Approximately 180 people are diagnosed with autism every day in the U.S.!
Tickets are available to everyone, however they are a little bit pricey. Please remember that some of the proceeds will go directly to helping these families. I am sure if you go, you will enjoy your time there! If anyone decides to attend, please comment below and let me know how it goes. I would love to see you there! Thanks for your support!
It is time to get a little bit Spooky! With Halloween coming up, I decided to dig up some recipes that would be great during a costume party. I have never used these before, but they look like fun! If anyone decides to make this witches brew, Please be sure to invite me to the party ;)
September and October of this year have been hard months for everyone across the world. Yet another tragedy has struck California with wildfires. Northern California has a group of 21 fires that are still burning, with little containment. The weather in this area is making it hard for firefighters to battle this fire. So far, the fires have killed 31 people making it one of the most deadly fires in the state. This is devastating, especially after coming from one of the most deadly mass shootings in modern history.
If you would like to help those that have been affected, here are a few things you can do:
Link to GoFundMe.
We never think anything bad can happen to us, but the reality of it is we never know. We live our lives day by day, move by move. We can methodically plan or outline the way we would like our lives to be and it can all change in an instant. We live through our happy moments and our devastating moments. Through our happy moments is when we enjoy life with others. Through our devastating moments is when we learn and come together as humans. In my opinion, these are the things that makes a life worth living.
October 1st 2017 is when yet another tragedy happened. As everyone knows, Route 91 Harvest Festival was attacked by a gunman in the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thousands of people were enjoying their time at a concert when all of a sudden, 58 people were killed and hundreds injured. Seeing the aftermath of this event (and all other tragic events) is always devastating. It is heartbreaking to even fathom the amount of pain and suffering of all families involved. At this point, I am not sure what I can say to uplift spirits. All I can say is take your time to heal and do what is best for you in order to be okay.
I had learned yesterday that one of my colleagues was a victim in this tradegy. In hopes to help his family heal, there has been a gofundme page created. Please see the link below if you would like to donate.
Brian Fraser's Family
With all the hurricanes and earthquakes going on right now, I thought it would be best to talk about being prepared since we are prone to earthquakes too! It is scary to think about natural disasters and how much it actually can be extremely dangerous, so it is best to be ready for the worst. There are many things you can do in case of an emergency, but I just wanted to lay down the basics.
We hope nothing terrible like this happens to us, but we always have to prepare for the worst!
If you have any suggestions on planning, where to buy these item, or any additional courses, please comment below! I would love to know :)