Is Your Car on the List of Texas’ Most Stolen Vehicles?

DPD Beat

In 2016, there were 7,400 vehicles stolen in the city of Dallas.  That is an average of 616 vehicles per month!

With over 894 vehicles already stolen this year, we must continue to work together to reduce these staggering numbers by preventing this type of crime from occurring.

Let’s first recognize the top 10 vehicles stolen in the state of Texas:

1.     Ford Pick Up             6.     Honda Accord

2.     Chevrolet Pick Up     7.     GMC Pick Up

3.     Dodge Pick Up          8.     Toyota Camry

4.     Chevrolet Tahoe       9.     Ford Taurus

5.      Honda Civic            10.    Chevrolet Impala

Auto theft can be prevented by following simple steps. Below are just a few tips to help you prevent your vehicle from being stolen.

•             Never leave your vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition

•             Lock your doors and keep the windows closed, even when parked in front of your home

•             Park in busy and well-lit areas

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Weekly Meal Prep from Buzzfeed

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TURKEY & CHEESE PINWHEELS
Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS
1 burrito size tortilla
2 tablespoons mustard
1½ slices cheese of your choice
3 slices turkey

PREPARATION
# Spread the mustard on the tortilla, and lay down the cheese and turkey.
# Tightly roll up the tortilla, and cut into slices.
# Serve with a clementine and sliced bell pepper.
# Enjoy!

BUILD-YOUR-OWN PIZZA
Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS
1 burrito size tortilla
3 tablespoons shredded mozzarella
3 tablespoons chopped ham
3 tablespoons marinara sauce

PREPARATION
# Cut the tortilla into smaller circles.
# Pack with cheese, ham, cheese, and a hard-boiled egg separately.
# Enjoy!

PASTA SALAD
Servings: 2

INGREDIENTS
½ pound bow tie pasta, cooked
½ cup diced turkey
½ cup diced ham
½ cup diced bell pepper
2 tablespoons Italian dressing

PREPARATION
# Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
# Pack with strawberries and blueberries.
# Enjoy!

PESTO PASTA
Servings: 2

INGREDIENTS
½ pound bow tie pasta, cooked
2-3 tablespoons pesto
½ cup fresh mozzarella, chopped
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved

PREPARATION
# Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
# Serve with a hard-boiled egg and sliced bell pepper.
# Enjoy!

PB&J TRIANGLES
Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS
2 burrito size tortillas
2-3 tablespoons nut or sunflower butter
2-3 tablespoons jelly

PREPARATION
# Spread nut or sunflower butter and jelly on a tortilla. Top with the second tortilla, and cut into triangles.
# Serve with a hard-boiled egg, blueberries, and strawberries.
# Enjoy!

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Does Facebook Make You Smarter?

Original Headline: Does Facebook make you dumb and dumber?

Facebook time might be cutting into homework time, according to a new study that examined the grades of college-age users.

 

College students who use the social networking site spend less time studying and get poorer grades than non-users, according to a new study.

The 219 students surveyed by Ohio State University doctoral candidate Aryn Karpinski had GPAs that ranged from 3.0 to 3.5, while Facebook abstainers had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0. Not surprisingly, the Facebook students averaged 1 to 5 hours of studying per week while non-users hit the books for 11 to 15 hours a week.

“I am not saying that Facebook causes poor academic performance,” says Karpinski, who co-authored the study with Adam Duberstein of Ohio Dominican University. “I am saying that the research shows that there is a relationship between Facebook use and academic performance.”

The students who participated in her research didn’t see Facebook as a problem, Karpinski notes. In fact, 79% of the students surveyed said that they didn’t think Facebook impacted their academic performance, she says.

Educators have mixed opinions on whether or not Facebook causes flunking. And it seems unlikely that college students would be willing to trade Facebook time for higher grades, says Scott Testa, a St. Joseph’s University marketing professor.

“These students were raised with computers from day one and they are the generation that has embraced electronic communication from the start,” he says. “It is the social media for 18 to 23 year olds. It’s very rare for an undergraduate to not have a Facebook page.”

Pace University professor Cathy Dwyer, Ph.D., says that even if students weren’t on Facebook, they’d find something else to spend their time on. And, she says, Facebook certainly has a positive side, especially in this economy. “Facebook offers students a way to reconnect with their professors and classmates if they get laid off,” she says. “It can help with the job search.”

But Loa Angeles psychotherapist Dr. Leslie Seppinni says Facebook is to blame for college kids socially isolating themselves.

“Whereas before they might join a study group or go a study hall with other students to study, now they keep their computer next to them and continue to look at Facebook while trying to read a book,” she says. “We are raising a society of young adults in whom face to face communication and  being able to read a face is lacking. You just don’t learn social skills when you’re sitting in front of a computer on Facebook for five hours.”

So does the author of the study think students should wean themselves from Facebook?

“I think they should engage in more self-monitoring,” Karpinsky says. “There are individual differences, meaning that some students may be able to be on Facebook for long periods of time and their GPAs will still be high. Also, I’m sure that if it wasn’t Facebook, it would be another distraction.”

Like getting together with friends face to face once in awhile, maybe?

What Does It Mean To Follow A Budget?

In this country, people will be quick to buy on credit even though they have no money to pay it back at the end of the month. I was like that but I realized after being in $20,000 of credit card debt, I should really start a budget. So I did. I am paying $800 out of my paycheck every 2 weeks to Chase Bank and in 15 months I will be debt free. I pay for things out of my checking account and no longer use credit for purchases. I have money in my savings account and give to my church every month. The biggest reason I had for living on my credit cards was that I lost my job in 2015 and worked as a poor personal trainer for a year until I found full time work. That racked up my debt and now I’m paying it all off. A budget has helped me to stay disciplined and carry my lunch to work instead of going out everyday. I’m in grad school and will graduate December 2018 with a dual MBA/HSM degree. I’m hoping this will catapult me into a higher paying job in healthcare management working with a budget. If Social Security is still around when I get to that point, I will have to budget that small check I get every month. Our financial intelligence is really broken, isn’t it? We work so much on our EQ that our FQ is also suffering and gets very little attention. When I say it gets little attention, I’m saying our attitude towards money is suffering. There are many financial advisors out there who preach everyday about how to manage your money. In conclusion, money is imperative to survive but the greed of spending and wanting more is the sickness. We all need to budget and stick to it. money

No Fall Chair Volleyball with Seniors

You haven’t played great volleyball until you play with Seniors. I’ll set this up for you. Fitness center classroom is full of chairs with a net down the middle of the room. Chairs on each side are facing the net as Seniors from all over campus come to play for 30 minutes. We have one volleyball also known as a beach ball that will be used in this game. Everyone is seated and one person serves the ball to the other team and there’s a lot of volleying going on. The game gets momentum and half of the seniors are standing up while the others remain seated. Getting hit in the head is not so bad since it’s only a beach ball. Laughter and great fun to be had by all and we’ll all meet again next month for some great cardio and competition. Seniors keep me young and I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather be doing than playing and exercising with Seniors.

This is a picture of a senior group I found online. Not the one I’m associated with. Plus, our seniors were much more animated and active than this group. Image result for pics of no fall chair volleyball

20 Meal Plan – A Must Have

Source: June 15, 2016 by

We are excited to share with you our 20 Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in 4 Hours meal plan.  This plan will allow you to have dinner planned for almost three weeks or more depending on your family size and if they like to eat leftovers! I love to save time in the kitchen so I can enjoy more moments with my boys. I also like to be prepared and know what I am serving for dinner so I am not spending time looking around for what I am going to make. When I freezer cook I save both time and money.

This was my fifth time prepping freezer meals for my family. I will say that the first time took a long time but I am now getting a rhythm down and get through it in no time. If you think 4 hours is a lot of time you have to consider that you are going to have 20 meals ready at the end of the 4 hour time!  If you are new to preparing freezer meals or don’t have the 4 hours to invest you may want to start with this plan —>How to make 8 Freezer Meals in 2 Hours.  We love it too!

 

First of all invest in a good quality slow cooker.  Our favorite is this programmable cook and carry 6qt oval slow cooker. To start you will want to go through your kitchen and pantry and make a list of what ingredients you will need to get at the store and what you already have on hand. I had all of the spices in my stockpile. I spent the majority of money on buying freezer bags, fresh produce and fresh meat/poultry, which I only spent $157.00 at my local Kroger store. A great way to save money is to purchase your meat in bulk from ZayconFresh.  I LOVE their chicken! When you are ready to prepare the meals you will want to set everything out on the counter that you will need.

 

Next, you will want to label all your ziploc bags with cooking times and if you need to add anything to the recipe when you place it in or out of the slow cooker. The next step was to cook any meat that needed to be cooked for a recipe (ground beef for several meals) or you can do like I did and I cooked the beef the night before and covered and placed in the fridge over night. I did this first so that the meat could cool before putting in the bag. Next I got to chopping, slicing  and dicing the veggies and fruit. I put them in bowls to keep together to make it easier when I needed to measure them out into bags.

 

At this point I started with my meals that contained whole chicken breasts that did not need to be cubed. I filled the bags with the chicken and added ingredients. Placed the bags in the freezer.

Now I started on my meals that needed cubed chicken. After they were filled they went in the freezer. Next I worked on my beef meals. After completing these I finished with my veggie freezer meals. Once all the meals were in the freezer I put dishes in the dishwasher and hand washed the rest. I put all the spices away and took a big deep breath, I was super excited to know that my family had meals for the next three weeks and I would not have to stress about it. One of the best parts is when I went to the store I spent less than $50 dollars on what I needed, however I did not buy most spices, broths or canned vegetables and fruits because it was in my stockpile. You may also want to consider investing in a food saver if you decide to freezer cook on a long term basis.  It extends the life of your frozen food by up to two years according to the manufacturer.