What the REAL ID Act Means For Your Travels In 2016

What the REAL ID Act Means For Your Travels In 2016

If you’re planning to fly after 2015, heads up: A driver’s license might not be sufficient identification for boarding an aircraft, even if you’re flying domestically.

That’s because new restrictions on IDs used to board commercial aircraft are slated to take effect sometime in 2016. It’s the next and final phase of the REAL ID Act, which was enacted in 2005 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish federal security standards for government-issued IDs. Here’s what you need to know to be able to breeze through security even after the new regulations take effect.

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A Primer on REAL ID

According to the DHS, REAL ID is the result of a 9/11 Commission recommendation that the federal government establish regulations to improve the accuracy of state-issued identification documents.

The act lays out standards for the production and distribution of identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, commercial aircraft, and nuclear power plants from accepting identification that doesn’t meet those standards. The regulations apply to 56 jurisdictions, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Territories of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The new rules require that every driver’s license contain the following information:

  • Full legal name
  • Residential address
  • Birth date
  • Gender
  • Driver’s license/identification card number
  • Digital front-facing photograph
  • Signature
  • A barcode
  • A star in the upper-right-hand corner which signifies that the cardholder’s identification has been verified
  • Security devices that help prevent anyone from tampering with or counterfeiting a card

Requirements for issuing IDs have gotten stricter too, as new applicants are required to present a birth certificate, social security number, proof of U.S. citizenship (or proof of temporary residence within the U.S.), and an ID that includes the applicant’s full legal name and birth date.

Sounds straightforward enough, right? Not so fast. Shortly after REAL ID went into effect, 17 states passed laws restricting or outright banning the implementation of the act’s regulations within their borders. These laws stemmed from worries over the costs required to overhaul existing ID systems as well as privacy concerns (REAL ID requires that states share their databases of licensed drivers—including all information that appears on the licenses and the driving records and histories of everyone licensed to drive—with all other states). Because different states are at different stages of compliance, the act’s effects have gotten a bit murky.

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Graphic: User Kurykh via Wikimedia Commons

What You Need to Know Before Traveling

So what does all of this mean for the average traveler? It depends partly on where you’re from and the kind of ID you already have on hand. Here’s a breakdown of the most critical information as it pertains to compliance with REAL ID.

  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will continue to accept driver’s licenses and other state-issued identifications cards “at least until 2016.” It’s unclear exactly when the new regulations will go into effect, but the DHS has promised to give the public advance notice.
  • Currently, one territory and several states are deemed “non-compliant,” meaning IDs from those places may not qualify as acceptable identification in the airport. Driver’s licenses from New York, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Louisiana, and American Samoa lack the security features required under REAL ID, so travelers with these licenses may be asked to show a secondary ID (more on that below).
  • Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington have all passed laws banning the implementation of REAL ID within state borders, which means IDs from these states may also be deemed insufficient for air travel. These states have received extensions to give them time to comply with the act, but it’s unclear whether any of them will choose to do so.
  • Travelers with licenses from any of the aforementioned states or territories may be required to show a secondary ID in order to pass through airport security. Acceptable forms of secondary ID include a passport, a passport card, military ID, permanent U.S. resident cards, an Enhanced Driver’s License(EDL), or trusted traveler cards issued by the Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI programs. An up-to-date list of acceptable IDs can be found on the TSA’s website.
  • Condé Nast Traveler reports that there will be a three-month grace period after the regulations take effect during which the public will have time to adjust to the new regulations.
  • Anyone planning to travel internationally shouldn’t have to worry. Since international travel already requires a passport, your ID will be compliant with REAL ID regulations.
  • Still have questions? Reach out to the DHS’ Office of State Issued Identification Support by emailing osiis@dhs.gov.

While people with driver’s licenses from the states not listed here shouldn’t have to worry about presenting secondary IDs prior to boarding, the best way to avoid worrying about the REAL ID Act (no matter what state you’re from) is to invest in a passport and bring it along for every trip. (If you’ve never obtained a passport before, read up on the passport basics.) Not only will having this form of identification prevent headaches prior to boarding, but it will open up a whole wide world of international travel. As far as government red tape goes, that’s a pretty great silver lining.

This post was posted by TheHipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on November 23rd.

The Beginner’s Guide to Renting a Car for Vacation

The Beginner’s Guide to Renting a Car for Vacation

For anyone who’s been living under a rock, we’re here to break the bad news: In the U.S., Thanksgiving is the busiest travel period of the year—and if you’re planning to rent a car, the competition is going to be stiff. Over 40 million peopletraveled home for the holidays via automobile last year, and a large portion of them did so via rental car. Then there are the horror stories of sky-high prices or renters being stuck with bills for damages they didn’t cause. Oh, and did we mention that the market is shifting as ride-sharing technology, car-booking apps, and peer-to-peer transactions (think Airbnb but for cars) change the car rental landscape?

If it all has you scared to rent a car, try not to let it get to you. The good news is that it is possible to navigate the world of car rentals without destroying your wallet (or your sanity). Here’s a primer on what you’ll need to know before renting a car for the first time in the U.S.

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Photo: Flickr user BlueWaikiki.com

Rent before you touch down.

This tip’s for anyone who’s planning to fly into a destination and then use a rental car to get around during vacation. Renting a car at an airport terminal increases the likelihood of standing in long lines and paying higher prices. In contrast, renting a car in advance allows you to choose from a wider selection of vehicles and save money and headaches, because you’ll know exactly what’s waiting for you whenever the plane touches down.

Do your research.

When researching deals, it pays to be diligent.

  • Be sure to compare costs both between companies and between different types of cars. Be aware that smaller cars—think “compact” or “economy”—tend to cost less and have better fuel efficiency, saving additional dollars.
  • Look into whether the rental agency offers discounts for AAA members or frequent flyer programs.
  • Cross-check your rental car options against recalls.gov in order to avoid renting a vehicle model that’s been recalled.
  • Read up on your rights and responsibilities as a renter so you’re empowered to combat any problematic charges.
  • Be sure to factor in all taxes, surcharges, and other fees—including early or late return fees, airport surcharges, fuel charges, mileage fees, roadside assistance fees, charges for driving out of state, drop-off fees, equipment rental fees, and additional driver fees—that you may be required to pay. Because some car rental agencies don’t always reflect these costs in the advertised price, be sure to read the fine print before signing any contracts.

Call the rental agency.

Even if you’ve already booked a rental car, it’s useful to call the agency to make sure they’ve actually secured your car. This is especially critical for holiday weekends or business travel, when any kind of delay might mean missing family dinner or an important meeting.

Know your (age) limits.

When it comes to age restrictions, rental car policies vary between countries, states, and even different branches of the same company. While many agencies will allow people under the age of 25 to rent (contrary to popular belief), they’re likely to tack on a hefty fee for the privilege. The best way to determine your eligibility is to call the exact agency location from which you’re looking to rent.

Be prepared.

When you show up to the agency to pick up your car, you’ll need to present a valid, state-issued driver’s license, an active credit card that matches the name on your driver’s license, and proof of car insurance. Be sure to check with your specific rental agency in advance to find out if they require any additional documents. Also be aware that many agencies will check your driving records. A history of reckless driving, accidents, DUI, driving with an invalid license, and even seat belt law violations may disqualify you from renting a car.

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Sort out insurance.

It’s an age-old question: Do you purchase rental insurance, or not? Most sources agree that it is important to have insurance while renting a car. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be strategic with your dollars. If you own a car and have full coverage insurance, then you should be covered under your existing policy. If you own a car but only have limited coverage, you may want to invest in extra coverage for the rental. And if you don’t own a car (and therefore have no existing car insurance), you’ll definitely want to purchase insurance for the rental.

At a minimum, make sure that you have primary Collision Waiver Damage coverage, which can be procured in a number of ways:

  • You may already have it through your own vehicular insurance, as mentioned above. Call your insurance company to find out what’s covered under your policy.
  • You can purchase it directly from the rental agency. Just be aware that you’ll pay much higher rates if you make that purchase at the counter; even purchasing insurance from the agency in advance of picking up the car can save some cash.
  • Your credit card may offer an insurance policy if you use that card to pay for the rental. Simply call up the credit card company and ask them what options are available, and make sure you’re clear on exactly what’s covered by their policy.

Check the car before driving away.

Before leaving the rental agency’s lot, be sure to inspect the car (inside and out) for any scratches, stains, dents, or other damages. Document anything out of the ordinary by taking pictures with a camera or smartphone, and then notify the rental agent and ask them to note those damages in the paperwork. This should help protect you from being stuck with a bill for damage you didn’t cause.

Fill up before returning the car.

Most rental cars come with a filled gas tank, and renters are expected to refill itbefore returning the car. (Check your rental agreement to confirm whether this applies.)

Inspect the car again when you drop it off.

Whenever you drop off the vehicle, be sure to search all of its nooks and crannies to make sure you haven’t left behind any personal belongings. Also be sure to note any new damages and take pictures of the car (whether it’s damaged or not) in order to help fight any erroneous charges.

It may seem a little daunting, but taking the time to learn the ins and outs of renting a car opens up a whole new world of travel opportunities. Whether you’re embarking on one of these must-do American road trips, heading off on a last-minute getaway by car, or taking a dog-friendly road trip across the country, the hassles of renting are guaranteed to be a distant memory by the time you’ve returned from the trip.

Cover Photo: Flickr user atomictaco

This post was posted by TheHipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on November 22nd.

The Force Awakens with Breakfast Cereals from General Mills #StarWars #ad

The Force Awakens with Breakfast Cereals from General Mills

Star Wars The Force Awakens is the most talked about movie in the world for months.  We have been excited about the movie since we learned about the upcoming release.  For my husband he has the opportunity to introduce the kids to the movie while we wait for the new addition.  it’s exciting to see where they new story line is going.  To connect with some of our old favorites and meet new characters.  On a recent trip to the supermarket we saw General Mills was adding a bit of the force into their breakfast cereals.

General Mills Cereal

General Mills is bringing the fun back to breakfast with The Force Awakens.  Remember when you were a child and you would get your parents to buy cereals so you could get the special prizes inside?  Now you can purchase your own cereals and get access to exclusive Force Awakens content.  Look for specially marked boxes of cereal for your chance to find one of six collectible Droid View Finders.  You can find them in the following boxes:

  • Reese’s Puffs™
  • Mini Trix™
  • Honey Nut Cheerios™
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™

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General Mills cereals are made with whole oat grains, each cereal contains 10g of whole grains per serving.  The collectible droid view finders are shaped like The Force Awakens characters.  Each one includes a unique scene from the movie.  For fans of the movie these are great to collect and add to your Star Wars collection.  Be sure to download your $0.75 off coupon before heading to the store to purchase your own box or boxes of Big G cereal.

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About Star Wars:

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases in U.S. theaters on December 18, 2015.

My family and I will be collecting all six view finders.  Our favorite cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch but we are planing on buying all the boxes to make sure we find them all. What’s your favorite brand of General Mills cereal?  Will you be collecting these droid view finders?  Are you a fan of Star Wars?


Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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5 Thanksgiving Day Parades Worth Seeing in Person

5 Thanksgiving Day Parades Worth Seeing in Person

Since 1863, when President Lincoln proclaimed it a federal holiday, Thanksgiving has marked the official beginning of the holiday season. Many traditions have developed around the day over the decades from the standard turkey dinner with family, food drives to help the underserved, never finding cheap flights home, and of course, football. The day is also known for the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, held annually since 1924 and televised on NBC since 1952. While New York City’s parade may be the most famous, we rounded up five other favorites from across the United States!

1. Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 1920, the 1.4-mile 6ABC Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia is actually the oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country. Like others, it features the usual balloons, floats, and marching bands, but Philadelphia’s holiday celebration is best known for its live performances and celebrities. (This year, members of the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s Soccer Team will be in attendance.) This year’s parade is particularly family-friendly, featuring performers from Disney on Ice’s Frozen (yes, that includes Anna and Elsa). Be sure to explore the official website and check out a map of the best places to watch from. Those wishing to stay close to the action should try the Hyatt at the Belluevue Hotel or the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, both of which are well-priced and conveniently located along the parade route.

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2. Detroit, MI

Like the Macy’s Parade in New York City, Detroit’s annual America’s Thanksgiving Parade was founded in 1924 and has been delighting residents and visitors ever since. The parade precedes the annual football game by the Lions (who host the Philadelphia Eagles this year) and features balloons, floats, and the unique Big Head Corps: walking bobbleheads dressed in costumes of animals, clowns, and celebrities. Spectators can even stroll the parade route themselves prior to the main event at the annual Turkey Trot. Visitors to the Motor City should consider a stay at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit or the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront, both of which are located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the parade route.

3Houston, TX

Travelers hoping to spend Turkey Day in a warmer locale should look to Houston’s H-E-B Holiday Parade, now in its 66th year. Marching bands, cheerleaders, and elaborate floats are met by 200,000 spectators for a raucous and lively celebration. Spectator access along the parade route is free, although those wishing to can purchase tickets to sit in the grandstands (feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets to settle in). Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance this year, so this parade is a great option for families. Book a room at the Hyatt Regency Houston or the Hilton Americas – Houston for conveniently-located, competitively-priced comfort.

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Photo: US Navy via Wikimedia Commons

4. Chicago, IL

One of only three Thanksgiving parades in the U.S. to be nationally broadcast,Chicago’s McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is now in its 81st year. The 2015 parade will feature marching bands from all over Illinois, elaborate equestrian performances, and a show by Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Those planning to visit the Windy City for the extravaganza should try staying in the Silversmith Hotel or the Hilton Garden Inn, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chicago.

5. Plymouth, MA

Want as authentic a Thanksgiving experience as it gets? Go back to where it all began in Plymouth. Known as America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Parade, the town’s festivities actually take place the weekend before the holiday. The parade starts at the waterfront and features historical set pieces based on a chronological history of the United States: the colonial period, the Revolutionary Way, the Civil War, Western pioneers, automatives from the 20th and 21st centuries, and a closing float featuring Santa Claus. Musicians include bugle and drum corps, with multiple ceremonies honoring the Pilgrims and Native Americans who celebrated the very first Thanksgiving in 1621. Visitors should stay right on the waterfront, near the action, at the Hilton Garden Inn Plymouth or the Radisson Hotel Plymouth, both competitively priced and comfortably luxurious.

Cover Photo: Flickr user martha_chapa95

This post was posted by TheHipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on November 18th.

5 Fictional Destinations You Can Actually Visit

5 Fictional Destinations You Can Actually Visit

There’s something magical about seeing the real life setting of a beloved fictional world. These destinations draw travelers to places they might not otherwise go for the pleasantly jarring sensation of finding Tatooine in Tunisia or Narnia in Norway. Here are five of our favorite places that serve as intersections of invention and reality, mixing the familiar with the surprising.

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Mdina, Malta: King’s Landing (Game of Thrones)

Westeros may be fictional, but Game of Thrones fans know the series films everywhere from Iceland to Croatia to recreate locations from the books. The medieval walled city of Mdina in Malta acts as King’s Landing in the show, and travelers may recognize the Mdina Gate as the entrance to the fictional capital. Mdina’s dusky stone buildings and mix of Norman and Baroque architecture lend it a mysterious and mythic quality that translates perfectly into the show. It’s known as the “Silent City:” No cars are allowed within the city walls, and only about 300 people live inside.

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Prince Edward Island: Anne of Green Gables

Since Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908, children and adults have made the pilgrimage to Canada’s lovely Prince Edward Island, where the book is set. The Green Gables farmhouse that inspired L.M. Montgomery’s classic books still stands in Cavendish (named Avonlea in the books) and can be visited year round. Even Mindy Kaling is desperate to see where Anne grew up. In a recent interview with the LA Times, she said, “The other book world I would like to live in is Anne of Green Gables. Living on Prince Edward Island would be so badass.”

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Petra, Jordan: Canyon of the Crescent Moon (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)

It’s hard to imagine a more imposingly beautiful filming location for a grail quest than the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Although Petra was carved into sandstone 2,000 years ago, it only came to the attention of the Western world in 1812 when Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt disguised himself in Bedouin costume to sneak into the site. The Treasury, Al-Khazneh, was most famously used inIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade and is still open for visitors.

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Angel Falls in Venezuela: Paradise Falls (Up)

Paradise Falls is the central destination Pixar’s Up. Carl’s beloved Ellie never gets to see it herself, but with the help of about 10,000 balloons, Carl and Russell manage to make the trip. Its real life counterpart is Angel Falls in Venezuela, part of the Auyantepui mountain in Canaima National Park. At a height of over 3,000 feet, it’s the tallest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. The hike to see the falls from the top can be a multi-day journey, but the stunning view is worth the trek.

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Matamata, New Zealand: Hobbiton (The Lord of the Rings)

Perhaps the most famous fictional travel destination is the Hobbiton set of Peter Jackson’s adaptations of The Lord of the Rings. Nestled in the countryside surrounding Matamata in New Zealand, the set features over 30 hobbit dwellings as well as a mill and a double-arched stone bridge. After The Hobbit movies finished filming, the houses were left fully furnished for visitors. Truly devoted fans can even enjoy Second Breakfast at the nearby Shire’s Rest Cafe.

This post was posted by TheHipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on November 11th.

Great Food to Eat When Visiting Chicago (That Aren’t Pizza)

Great Food to Eat When Visiting Chicago (That Aren’t Pizza)

Chicago may be synonymous with “deep dish,” but there’s more to this city than thick crusts and mounds of cheese. In addition to striking architectureand gorgeous sunsets, the Windy City boasts a smorgasbord of good eats.

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1. Chicago-style Hot Dog

What cheesesteaks are to Philly, the Chicago-style hot dog is to the Windy City. The best versions start with a Vienna Beef Natural Casing dog, lay it down in a steamed poppy-seed bun, and top it with yellow mustard, diced white onion, relish, thin tomato wedges, a layer of crunchy dill pickles, and a couple of sport peppers. You’ll be able to find them all over the city, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the choices, head to Jimmy’s Red Hots near Humboldt Park. Or go to Allium (located in Chicago’s Four Seasons Hotel) for an upscale take on the classic dog.

2. Vegetarian Diner Food

The Chicago Diner has earned a national reputation for its classic diner fare with a twist: All of the dishes are vegan or vegetarian. Even the most dedicated carnivores will find something to like here, where the menu sports a Radical Reuben (in which seitan replaces corned beef), vegan milkshakes, and truffle mushroom lentil loaf. The restaurant offers locations in both Halstead and Logan Square.

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3. Paczkis

Chicagoans line up for hours on Paczki Day each year, when dozens of vendors around the city sell the hole-less Polish donuts to signal the arrival of Lent. Order them filled with jams, creams, or chocolate, or keep it simple and stick with an iced or powdered sugar variety. Consult this map to find where to score yours.

4. The Jibarito

Reportedly invented in Chicago, this Puerto Rican dish consists of a sandwich made with fried green plantains instead of bread. The plantains cradle meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and a garlic-flavored mayonnaise. Enjoy one at Borinquen in Humboldt Park—the home of the original jibarito.

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5. Saganaki

Another dish that has its origin story in Chicago, saganaki consists of breaded or floured cheese that’s fried and served piping hot. Find it all over GreekTown.

6. Charcuterie

Chicago is well known for its butcher shops and high-quality meat (Perhaps that’s why the Italian beef sandwich is another Chicagoan favorite). Carl Sandburg even declared Chicago the “hog butcher for the world” in a poem about the city. Whether you’re looking for fresh-cut ribs, cured sausages, or heritage breeds, Chicago’s butchers have you covered. Popular shops include The Butcher and Larder (in West Town), Publican Quality Meats (in West Loop), and Paulina Meat Market (in Lakeview).

From carnivorous meals to fried cheese, donuts, and vegan fare, don’t miss a delicious bite on your next trip to Chicago. If by some unlikely chance you’re not satisfied, you can always order a pizza upon arriving back home.

This post was posted by TheHipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on November 9th.

The Shining to Become the World’s First Horror/Museum/Hotel

The Shining to Become the World’s First Horror/Museum/Hotel

Built in 1909, the Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado features views of the Rocky Mountains on all sides, as well as a beautiful and stately interior. Its real claim to fame, however is that it served as the inspiration for Stephen King’s 1977 classic horror novel “The Shining.” On October 16, the hotel announced that it is applying for state funding to incorporate a film complex, the Stanley Film Center, which will feature the world’s first horror film museum.

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Horror History

Stephen King stayed at the Stanley in October 1974 with his wife, Tabitha. It was the last night of the season, and they were the only guests in the hotel. The empty grandeur of the space sparked King’s imagination, and he published “The Shining” three years later, in which the Stanely is transformed into the fictional Overlook Hotel. They stayed in the pivotal room 217 (changed to 237 in the film), which was already rumored to be haunted.

The equally famous 1980 film adaptation directed by Stanley Kubrick has also boosted the hotel’s profile. Although the exterior and interior shots of the movie set were based on the Timberline Lodge and the Ahwahnee Hotel, respectively, it is strongly identified with the Stanley. The hotel now uses its horror associations to attract visitors. The movie plays on a loop in guest rooms, and the hotel recently recreated the famous fictional hedge maze from the film.

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The Plans

The proposed film center will complement the already successful Stanley Film Festival, currently in its third year. The festival screens movies, hosts panel discussions, and organizes a student film competition. Writer/director Josh C. Waller, who will serve as a Founding Board Member of the new film center, describes the festival as the “Sundance of horror.”

Waller is joined on the board by an impressive roster of horror enthusiasts, including Elijah Wood, Simon Pegg, Mick Garris, Stuart Gordon, and George Romero. The Center is projected to cost $24 million, and organizers have applied for $11.5 million in funding through the State of Colorado’s Regional Tourism Act. The 43,000 square foot space would include both indoor and outdoor venues, an interactive museum with rotating exhibits, and a film production studio on site. Charlie Adlard, the artist behind “The Walking Dead,” has committed to an exhibition at the museum, as well as special effects makeup master Rick Baker, the recipient of seven Academy Awards.

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Plan a Visit

While the project awaits state approval, there are already plenty of reasons to visit the Stanley as is. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the views of Rocky Mountain State Park are stunning. Fans of the novel and the film will enjoy the ghost and paranormal tours offered for both hotel guests and visitors, and the Rockies themselves provide gorgeous hiking, skiing, and fishing.

Estes, Colorado is also only an hour and a half by car from Denver, making it an easy and fun side trip for those looking to explore the capital. The Film Center will be a big draw once it opens, so book a room now before it fills up and to the splendid mix of scenery, architecture, history, and horror at the Stanley. The luckiest visitors (or the unluckiest) may even end up in room 237.

This post was posted by TheHipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on October 30th.

College Football and Ice-Cream Bars on Saturdays

College Football and Ice-Cream Bars on Saturdays

“This post was sponsored by Klondike as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.”

Our family has been through a lot in the last two years.  Things have been super crazy and nothing seemed to go how we planned it.  Up until a few weeks ago my husband was working two jobs.  He wasn’t getting to spend the entire weekend at home with the kids and with college football season approaching he wasn’t excited about that.  My husband is a die hard Oklahoma Sooners fan and he has a few traditions when it comes to their games.  One of them involves our family rubbing his OU Sooners football.  This year he added ice-cream bars to the mix and it’s been so fun for the kids and our whole family.

Klondike Bars


When you’re watching football having ice-cream is fun but it can be messy that’s why Klondike bars and the perfect treat to enjoy during or after the games.  Klondike brand offers 12 varieties of classic chocolatey coated and ice cream loaded stickless bars, which are available nationwide, including the new Cookie Dough Swirl, as well as Caramel Pretzel, Heath, REESE’S, Mint Chocolate Chip, Krunch, OREO, Dark Chocolate, Rocky Road, Double Chocolate, Neapolitan, and Original.  My husband’s favorite is REESE’S, the kids loves OREO and I love the Rocky Road bars.  when we buy these bars they don’t last long at all.

Klondike introduced Kandy Bars, they are the perfect combination of the thick, chocolatey Klondike shell and creamy ice cream with mouth-watering candy bar goodness.  If you’re a fan of the Klondike Kandy Bars you’re in for a treat because the brand just updated the count and instead of four bars you now get six.  That’s fifty percent more bars.  Be sure to look for these new boxes the next time your shopping for your favorite Klondike Kandy Bars.   We recommend the Caramel and Peanuts Kandy Bars or one of the other flavors including the new Mint Fudge Cookie, Fudge Krunch, and Cookies & Cream.

For more information about Klondike, please visit KlondikeBar.com or the Klondike Facebook fan page at Facebook.com/Klondike and follow Klondike on Twitter at Twitter.com/KlondikeBar.


Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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Shop Safeway Halloween Candy Specials

Shop Safeway Halloween Candy Specials

Halloween is literately right around the corner, it’s in a few days and if you haven’t had the opportunity to shop for treat to pass out on Saturday I suggest Safeway.  I love shopping at Safeway when they have great deals and specials.  We had the opportunity to visit the store to pick up some candy.  We wanted to grab some items to create a fun project I’d seen online with the kids.  While there we spotted lots of candy and great deals like Hershey chocolates where buy four and get a fifth bag for free.  They even had non candy treats like pencils & stickers and sugar free treats like pretzels & popcorn.

We walked around the store and found all kinds of treats that would be perfect for Halloween.  Our store had tons of candy at the front of the store making it easy for shoppers to grab their favorites to pass out or to keep for themselves.  They even had some football themed and other fall themed candies in that section.


The kids and I wanted to do something fun for some of the children in our building.  We had read about booing your neighbors so we searched and found some great printables to get us started.  The poems vary and it depends on what you want to put on your package.  We made small treat bags but you can choose any size you want.






We decided on different treats for each bag.  One was for a neighbor’s daughter who doesn’t go out trick or treating.  We choose a non-candy treat for her from the box of goodies we received from Peeps.  The kids though one of the stuffed toys would be great for her.  For the other bags we enclosed a mix of the candies we picked up from Safeway.  Each boo bag had a few pieces of candy, stickers, a pencil and a small pack of Goldfish.  The kids loved dropping the little treats at their friends doors with the notes attached.



Shop Safeway for all your Halloween needs, they have some great specials in stores right now.  Be sure to check them out below.  Also be sure to check out their current Cuisinart promotion to earn sticker points towards great kitchen items.  Check out their Facebook and Twitter pages to keep you holiday ready.


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How to Overcome Crises in Family Life

How to Overcome Crises in Family Life

They say “home is where the heart is”. By my heart I mean my family. Now, after so many years we have spent together, I cannot imagine a better family. Even though our children have their own families now, their father and I share the same beautiful feelings as long time ago. 45 years have passed since we said “Yes” to each other and now we are starting our romantic mature dating period. You know, each age has its own charm just like each period in the life of a couple.


Of course, our life hasn’t been a paradise all the time. Creating a happy family is a hard work, which the two of you must do together. Psychologists discuss about 4 main crises in the life of a couple. However, it’s not a rule and maybe in your relationship such crises may not even appear. I experienced 5 crises and want to warn you before you make a wrong decision to end your relationship.

Crisis 1
As a rule, the first crisis comes up after 3 years of marriage. It happens because the two of you haven’t learnt yet to accept each other’s visions, tastes and imperfections. Dating is a wonderful period, but living together is different. Be patient. Recall the magic moments you spent together. Don’t let the routine destroy your beautiful feelings.

Crisis 2
A lot of couples confessed that they experienced some tension while waiting for the first baby. You will say that it’s illogical. And it is, indeed.

Why the most wonderful period of your family life can be perceived as the worst one? Here is the answer: the lack of experience and fear are getting stronger in those moments. That’s why the internal stress comes up and brings the tension between the partners. In this case, the man should be the one who’d better come to terms with the wife’s mood and calm down the situation.

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Foundation for Family and Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Crisis 3
After 7 years of marriage, comes the 3rd crisis. Psychologists consider it the most difficult one. They say the main problem at this stage is the routine. The partners get to know each other so well that it may result into a double-edged weapon: or they get bored, or become the happiest couple in their little world. If you really appreciate the relationship you have built together, recall your best moments and save your family.

Crisis 4
I call it “the men’s crisis”. When the man gets 45-50 years old, he gets afraid of his age. He wants to “stop” the time in some way and starts looking for adventures. Sometimes such adventures are short-term, other times they may put an end to your common life. A wise wife should fight for her love, that’s all I want to say.

Whenever a crisis comes to your life, don’t clam up. Tell about your feelings. If you truly love, you will pass this exam successfully. Good luck!


Nickida - is a wife and stay at home mother of four. She was born in Trinidad but moved to the US at age 14. She started blogging on an off for about three years and recently started writing more consistently. She enjoys sharing about her children, marriage, books, recipes, movies, reviews, giveaways and much more. She is working on improving her baking skills and building on her cake decorating business.

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8 Things You Need to Know About Breast Cancer

8 Things You Need to Know About Breast Cancer

Earlier this month I shared about Breast Cancer Awareness and learning about your month for getting a mammogram.  I partnered with Saint Agnes Hospital to share valuable information about breast health and I even interviewed Dr. Diana Griffiths of Saint Agnes Hospital.  Read what she had to share below about breast cancer and breast health.

Saint Agnes Hospital Breast Cancer Team- Photo Credit: Saint Agnes Hospital
1. At what age do you recommend women to get their first mammogram if they have no family history of breast cancer and if they do have a family history of breast cancer how does that time frame change?
Women with no family history of breast cancer should be getting a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40. Women should be getting yearly mammograms once they turn 40. Unfortunately, only 50% of women 40+ are getting a mammograms and with more than 231,000 women getting diagnosed with breast cancer every year, that is a major concern.
2. How often should women perform self-breast exams?
Women of all ages (starting as early as age 20) should be doing breast self-exams monthly regardless of their risk factors. The purpose of performing breast self-exams is to be familiar with how your own breast tissue feels so that you can more easily identify if something feels wrong or different. Between the ages of 20 and 40, it is recommended that women also have a physical exam of the breast by a trained professional every 3 years and then yearly beginning at age 40.
3. When is the best time to perform a self-breast exam? 
Women who still menstruate should perform self exams a few days after their period ends each month because their breasts are less likely to be tender or swollen around that time. Women who no longer menstruate should perform self exams on the same day of every month — for example, the first of the month or the day of your birthday each month — so that it is easy to remember to perform a self-exam once a month.
4. What are some common misconceptions about breast cancer?
There are a surprising number of myths that women believe about breast cancer. Three that are important to dispel are: 1) breast cancer only affects women over the age of 40; 2) mastectomies are the best way to treat beast cancer and will increase survival rate; and 3) mammograms can increase the risk of cancer — as none of those statements are true.
The truth is breast cancer affects women of all ages. The medical community has seen women as young as 20 being diagnosed with the disease. That’s why it’s so important for women to make it a priority to perform self exams and get physical examinations of the breast starting in their 20s. Also, African American women in particular have a higher incidence rate of breast cancer before age 40 and are more likely to die from breast cancer at all ages, so it is critical for African American women to make breast health a priority as well.
Also, mastectomies do not necessarily increase your rate of survival. Many women who come into Saint Agnes’ Comprehensive Breast Center initially request a mastectomy (full removal of the cancerous breast), because they assume that a more aggressive surgical treatment will boost their survival rate. However, studies have shown that a lumpectomy (removal of the cancerous lump in the breast) paired with radiation is a much less aggressive form of treatment that is equally successful in terms of survival rate for patients for whom lumpectomies are an option. With that said, there is a relatively small number of women who do not meet the criteria for a lumpectomy and for whom mastectomies are the medically recommended method of treatment.
Women also think that double mastectomies (removal of both breasts even though the cancer is only in one breast) will improve their survival, but that is also a myth. With that said, for women who have a genetic abnormality such as BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 (such as Angelina Jolie), which predisposes them to a higher risk of breast cancer, there can be value to getting a double mastectomy prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer, as a preventative measure.
And lastly, mammograms do not increase a woman’s risk of cancer. Some women have been concerned that the radiation received during mammograms can be harmful and lead to an increased risk of developing cancer, but that is not true. Radiologists at Saint Agnes provide the lowest dose of radiation to prevent harmful side effects. It remains important for women 40+ or women with high risk to get mammograms on a yearly basis so that if there is an abnormality in the breast, it can be caught, identified and treated early.
5. Are there any specific signs women should look for as signs they need to contact their doctor?
If women notice any unusual change in their breast, they should contact their doctor. This includes detecting a lump in the breast or armpit, a change in the size, shape or skin appearance of the breast, a change in the appearance of the skin around the nipple or bleeding or discharge from the nipple. Women should also contact their doctor if they have a family history of breast cancer so that their doctor can discuss a surveillance plan, assess the need for genetic testing and develop an individualized treatment plan.
6. What is the likelihood of inheriting a breast cancer gene?
Most breast cancers are random but about 5% are related to a genetic predisposition. In particular, women who are diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 50; women who have more than one first degree relative (i.e. a mother, sister, daughter) with breast cancer; women who have bilateral breast cancer; women who have a family history of ovarian cancer; or women who have a male relative with breast cancer are all candidates to be seen by a genetic counselor to discuss their potential for genetic abnormalities and genetic testing.
7. Why is early detection so important?
When breast cancer is caught early, it significantly increases the survival rate of the patient. That’s why regular mammography and exams are so important. Mammograms save thousands of lives each year. Women of all ages need to make sure that they are giving themselves the best possible chance at living long, healthy lives. If you are over the age of 40 or you have a family history of breast cancer and you haven’t scheduled your yearly mammogram, it is important to do so immediately.
8. Do you believe a support system is important when a woman receives a diagnosis of breast cancer?
A support system is extremely important when a woman receives a breast cancer diagnosis. A diagnosis is life-changing and has a dramatic emotional toll on many women, but having a support system to lean on can strengthen patients, make them feel less isolated and help them through the recovery process. In fact, studies show that women with strong support systems live longer. At Saint Agnes, we have a variety of support programs to help patients cope with their diagnosis such as “Laughter Yoga”, for our patients to emotionally unwind and meet others going through similar experiences; and “Look Good … Feel Better”, teaching women how to cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment (such as skin changes and hair loss). We also have programs for the family and friends of our patients such as our Spiritual Care & Chapel, which provides spiritual well-being to patients and their support networks, and our C.L.I.M.B. and Kids Camp programs, to help children whose parents or grandparents have been diagnosed with breast cancer cope wit the disease.


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The Most Majestic Architecture in Europe

The Most Majestic Architecture in Europe

Traveling through Europe is a great way to experience not only some of the world’s best food, art, and culture, but also some of its best architecture. Architecture in Europe seamlessly blends the ancient with the modern to create a landscape that honors history, while also being innovative and forward-thinking. Though nearly every European city offers up an array of beautiful museums and storied cathedrals, there are a few with magnificent architecture that set them above the rest.

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Valencia, Spain

Popular for its sunny beaches along Spain’s Orange Blossom Coast, Valencia is also well known for its breathtaking architecture. The buildings in the historic Barrio del Carmen are from ancient Roman times, while the soaring Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados is a Gothic behemoth that towers over the neighborhood’s winding cobble-stoned streets. Famed architect Santiago Calatrava designed the modern architectural jewel of Valencia: the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences. A performing arts venue located at the at the end of the river Turia, the crystalline dome appears lifted straight from the riverbed, and makes for quite the spectacle as it sits glowing on the water at night.

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Bilbao, Spain

North of Valencia in the Spanish Basque Country lies Bilbao, a small city that’s garnered a large reputation for its impressive architectural wonders. Chief amongst these wonders is the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, one of the most admired creations of contemporary architecture. Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum was built in 1997 along the Nervion River and has since drawn massive crowds of people to gaze upon its warped metallic frame. Many experts have deemed it one of the most important architectural works of the twentieth century, as aside from its impressive construction, the museum is also well-known for its extensive contemporary art collection.

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Sintra, Portugal

Sintra is best known for its many 19th century Roman architectural monuments, which have garnered this colorful town the honor of being named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Just a quick day trip from Lisbon, tourists flock to this small wonder of a city to check out the prehistoric monuments like the Castle of the Moors and the National Palace of Pena. Several royal residences can also be found in the city, many of them dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries.

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Strasbourg, France

Another of Europe’s many UNESCO World Heritage sites is Strasbourg’s historic city centre, Grande Île. Grande Île was the first entire city centre to be placed on the World Heritage list, and for good reason, as many of its streets appear pulled straight out of the Middle Ages. The medieval landscape of ancient Strasbourg is captivating in and of itself, but its crown jewel is the Cathedral of Our Lady. Construction of the cathedral began in 1015 and wasn’t completed until the late 1400s, making it the tallest man-made structure in the world at the time.

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Cambridge, England

Around the same time as many of the buildings in Strasbourg were being built, The University of Cambridge was holding its first classes. Founded in 1209, Cambridge is one of the oldest and longest-surviving universities in the world, and today its name is synonymous with academia, prestige, and history. Its sweeping campus combines richly green lawns with stately, iconic halls, like King’s College Chapel and the Cripps Building at St. John’s College. The most notable feature of Cambridge’s architecture is the patterned brickwork found on many of its buildings, which experts believe to be some of the earliest examples of this style in the world.

This post was posted by TheHipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on October 6th.

The Four Best Day Trips for Fall Visitors to Seattle

The Four Best Day Trips for Fall Visitors to Seattle


For visitors to the Pacific Northwest this fall, there is no shortage of activities in Seattle, the region’s largest and fastest-growing city. Baseball fans can check out a Mariners game, foodies can stroll around Pike Place Market for hours, and brave souls unafraid of heights can take in the unparalleled view from the Space Needle. But travelers who find themselves with free time, and with access to a car, may want to consider the following four day trips, which highlight the lush beauty unique to the Emerald City and the surrounding area, particularly in the Autumn season.

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The San Juan Islands:

About a three-and-a-half-hour drive north, the San Juan Islands are a must-see destination for out-of-towners. The San Juan Islands are composed of 172 individual islands, but four (San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island, and Shaw Island) are served by ferries and feature activities for visitors. For wine aficionados, visiting San Juan Vineyards, located on the main San Juan Island, is well worth the drive –  their well-regarded wines have won many awards. Those with fond memories of the film Free Willy should also be sure to go whale watching while exploring the islands, with the best time for viewing occurring from late May to October. All four islands have hotels and inns for those wishing to stay overnight, with the Earthbox Inn and Spa offering the perfect ambiance to relax.

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North Cascades National Park:

Northwest of Seattle is the North Cascades National Park, which is about a four hour drive from the city. Many come here to camp, and the jagged peaks, engulfed by hundreds of glaciers nestled among cascading waters, ensure an unforgettable experience. No other U.S. park outside of Alaska contains as many glaciers, in addition to diverse wildlife: bald eagles, moose, bears, grey wolves, and more than 200 species of birds. If you’d prefer a day trip in the park as opposed to camping, try staying at the budget-friendly Red Roof Inn near the Seattle-Tacoma Airport (Sea-Tac).

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Olympic Peninsula:

Three hours west of Seattle is the Olympic Peninsula, home to temperate rainforests and the Olympic Mountains. There is no shortage of activities with fishing, sailing, boating, and hiking being among the most popular. The Peninsula is also famous for its lush scenery featured in Hollywood blockbusters like theTwilight series. Those wishing to stay in and around the peninsula have a plethora of options, while nearby Olympia offers budget-friendly hotels like Red Lion Hotelor the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.

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Mt. Rainier National Park:

For aspiring mountain climbers, the three hour drive south to Mt. Rainier National Park is a must. Mt. Rainier is an iconic part of Washington state’s landscape, standing at 14,000 feet above sea level. An active volcano, Mt. Rainier has the largest glaciers in the U.S. outside of Alaska. Most climbers require two to three days to reach the summit, with experience in glacier travel and self-rescue required. About half of the 8,000-13,000 climb attempts per year are successful, so only the brave at heart should undertake the climb. Less experienced mountain climbers shouldn’t feel left out though, as the entire park is open for hiking, backcountry skiing, camping. Photographers should definitely pay a visit – you won’t see anything else like it in the U.S. Try staying in nearby Tacoma, at either the Hotel Murano or the Silver Cloud Inn, for affordable, modern luxury.

This post was posted by TheHipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on September 23th.


Get The Facts About Breast Cancer

Get The Facts About Breast Cancer

It’s October 1st and that means its time to start talking about breast health.  Every year for Breast Cancer Awareness Month we wear our pink to show our support and raise awareness but that’s just a small part in bringing true awareness to Beast Cancer the disease.  This month I am partnering with Saint Agnes Hospital to share with you some of the facts about breast cancer and encourage you to find out What’s Your Month for obtaining a mammogram. 

Did you know that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, however only 50% of women age 40 and over are getting mammograms.  What are you doing to encourage those you love to get checked?  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Saint Agnes Hospital is launching a breast cancer awareness campaign called “What’s Your Month”, to encourage women to get their yearly mammograms. The goal of this campaign is to encourage women 40 and over to proudly own their month and encourage other women to schedule their mammograms and identify their month as well.  Saint Agnes believes Breast Cancer Awareness expands beyond October and they are committed to engage women throughout the year, serving as a reminder of how important an annual mammogram is to their good health.  Check out the “What’s Your Month” campaign video below.

What Are the Stats?

  • African American women have a higher incidence rate of breast cancer before age 40
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S., accounting for almost 30% of newly diagnosed cancers
  • In 2014, 32% of Saint Agnes’ breast cancer patients were African American
  • African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer at all ages

As an African American woman this is very alarming stats for me and for my family and friends.  I’m not old enough for yearly mammograms but my mother is and her month is her birthday month.  I’ll be sharing about her story next month so be sure to come back and read about it.

How Can You Take Control?

  • age 20-34: administer breast self-examination monthly; get physical examination of the breast by trained professional every 3 years
  • age 35-39: administer breast self-examination monthly; get physical examination of the breast by trained professional every 3 years; get baseline mammogram for reference
  • age 40+: administer breast self-examination monthly; get physical examination of the breast by trained professional yearly; get mammogram yearly

If you or someone you know is over the age of 40, I urge you to get a mammogram, October is a great month for your yearly mammogram, however you can also choose your birthday month.  No matter what month you choose getting a mammogram is important to breast health.

About Saint Agnes Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Center

The Comprehensive Breast Center at Saint Agnes presents highly recognized physicians at the forefront of advanced techniques, equipment and clinical trials. The team is a trailblazer in breast cancer treatment:

  • One of the first in the state of Maryland to implement a multi-disciplinary team approach to breast cancer treatment, bringing together a variety of specialists to create one comprehensive plan, under one roof
  • The first center in Maryland to use Tomotherapy radiation technology, providing greater precision over older techniques where radiation would encompass the entire tumor but result in significantly more radiation to surrounding organs
  • One of the first 135 hospitals nationwide fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers
  • The first and only breast center in Maryland to use Accuboost technology, providing a safer and more effective radiation option
  • Regularly participates in clinical trails, giving patients access to cutting edge treatment options

Enter to Win:

Saint Agnes Hospital is sponsoring a giveaway for a Vitamix Blender.  One lucky reader will win.  Open to US residents 18 and older, giveaway ends October 29th.  Enter via the tool below:

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New TB Blood Testing Available #TBBloodTest #IC #AD

New TB Blood Testing Available

I remember having to take TB tests when I was starting college.  It was required for students wanting to live in the dorms.  Back then the test was a skin test.  You would go to the doctor’s office and get a needle stick that was somewhat under your skin.  Then you have to wait three days to return for the results, if nothing happened at the injection site you were fine however if there was a bump or swelling then you required additional testing.  I’ve never had a skin test come back positive but I’ve heard horror stories of people who did and it ended up being nothing at all.

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the TB Blood Test. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

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My daughter has a skin condition that makes it difficult for her to have any skin tests done.  She would almost be guaranteed to end up with a false positive test.  Thanks to medical advances I don’t have to worry about that anymore in regards to my daughter.  The TB Blood Test only requires a little stick and it’s much more accurate than the traditional skin test.  No more waiting three days, trying to keep track of the injection site and going back to the doctor’s office for a five second read of the results.  This new way of testing saves time while helping to shave lives, according to the graphic every 21 seconds someone dies of TB.  I like knowing there is an easier way to get results you can trust.

The TB Blood Test can help diagnose tuberculosis (TB) infection and is a major scientific advance over the 110-year-old skin test, giving greater accuracy and a more reliable result. This blood test is the only available method of testing for TB with completely objective results. Other tests, such as the traditional skin test, are subjective and open to visual interpretation.  Did you know a previous TB vaccination is likely to cause a false-positive result and individuals may also experience severe itching at the puncture site?  The TB blood test allows you to get accurate results in just one visit leading to meaningful benefits – more ease, more time, more certainty.

By using the TB blood test you get:

  • The most accurate test for TB infection – no cross reaction with a previous TB vaccination
  • Only a 3ml draw of fresh blood – irrespective/regardless of patient age/immune status
  • The convenience for you and your patient of just 1 visit

To learn more visit the TB Blood Test website and see what others are staying about this new test.  So next time you need to get a test done ask your doctor about the blood test instead of the skin test.


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