Safe Driving Tips for Teens #GetThereSafe

This is part of a sponsored safety campaign with DiMe Media and Allstate Foundation. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

As a parent there aren’t many things scarier than handing over the keys to your newly licensed teen driver. They are experiencing a new freedom, and an open road. But with this new freedom comes new challenges, some that can be quite scary. To make sure your teen is prepared (and you can rest easy) here are some tips I picked up from Allstate to help make that transition a little bit easier – and a lot safer -for everyone.

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The Parent/Teen Contract.  It seems like the biggest problem between teens and their parents is miscommunication. Helping teens, especially when it comes to driving, to know what is expected of them is important. Parents and teens can use the Allstate Parent/Teen contract to come up with agreed-upon rules of the road before they get the keys to the car! The contract also available with teen driving laws based on what state your in. 


Be An ExampleDid you know parents are the number one influence on teen drivers? That more parents use their phones while driving than teens? That 84% of parents and only 79% of teens admit to speeding? Being a good example by following the traffic laws, slowing down, and not playing on your phone while driving, will give your teen a better example to follow. 

The Do’s & Don’ts While Behind the Wheel. Besides being an example, and signing a contract with some rules, be sure to cover anything and everything you’ve ever seen someone else do while driving. From the big things like no texting while driving, to smaller things like messing with the radio, or reaching in the backseat for something needs to be discussed. The first few months after I got my license and was driving on my own my Dad asked that I keep the radio off. I was able to ‘train’ myself to listen for emergency vehicles, as well as concentrate more on what other vehicles near me were doing. Defensive driving can be life saving.

Teach them to Change a Tire & What to do in Emergency Situations . Though this doesn’t have to do with being behind the wheel directly, knowing how to change a tire, and what to do when it happens, can keep your teen safe. Whether it’s getting off the road far enough to be a safe distance from other vehicles, or even driving a bit farther to get to a safe place to change it, teaching them how to handle flats and other breakdown situations can directly effect their safety.


Because Allstate cares about the safety of teen drivers, the  Allstate Foundation has launched the #GetThereSafe Campaign.

In the last 10 years, The Allstate Foundation has helped reduce teen driving fatalities by 48%. And they aren’t stopping there.

To mark this milestone, they are sharing 10 safe driving stats and giving away $1,000 each day for 10 days!

For a chance to win $1,000, share your safe driving message. On Twitter and Instagram, just tag @Allstate using #GetThereSafe. On Facebook, comment below the posted stat and tag @Allstate using #GetThereSafe. (ends July 3rd – so hurry and get your entries in!)

Every share is an opportunity to help save a teen’s life!

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25 Crazy Facts You Probably Didn’t Know about Cars

Most of us know the basic facts about cars, but when you take a trip back into the history of the automotive world, there’s a lot of strange and wonderful things to look at. Take a look at these 25 crazy facts you probably didn’t know.

Did you know ???

The last car to have a cassette deck come standard was the Lexus SC430, in 2010??

That the Subaru WRX is among American’s most ticketed cars. A study by found that one-third of WRX owners reported receiving a ticket recently??


See more fun and crazy facts here:

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Win Job Coach Help with Fifth Third’s Brand of You Sweepstakes

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fifth Third. Though I was compensated for my time, you should still read below and enter the contest to win!

Whether you’ve just graduated or you are looking for a new career, the job market can be a scary place. Do you have enough experience? Education? Are you dressing right? Is your resume a glowing reflection of you, or is it lacking? These worries with the stress of interviewing for a position that many other qualified candidates are applying for, can leave you feeling hopeless.

That’s where NextJob comes in. Nextjob is an employment company and their goal is to help job seekers increase their chances of landing the jobs they want, faster and more effectively then going at it alone. Their job coaches help you update and improve your resume and social media profiles to increase your chance of landing that dream job. They provide coaching to prepare you for interviews, and even help you uncover jobs that aren’t listed online. The NextJob coaches help present your personality, experience and desires to help you find the job you are looking for faster. Applicants are three times more likely to get a job with a job coach than without one!


As an inquisitive bank, Fifth Third was curious to see if they could somehow help graduates promote themselves, and land a job. So with the job seeker in mind, Fifth Third has launched the Brand of You contest.



Fifth Third Bank is giving away one-on-one job coaching from expert coaches at NextJob (worth $1,000 each). Every week 80 winners will be matched with a NextJob coach to help them get the job they want!

The coaching is all virtual, making it easy to meet on your own terms. It includes:

Interview prep/coaching

Help finding the 50% of jobs not listed online

Personalized resume editing

Career testing & personality testing to help identify even more opportunities

Creations of enhanced LinkedIn and Twitter Profiles

Flexible scheduling

Plus, everyone who enters gets access to NextJob’s proprietary online training toolkit!!


Tweet why you deserve free one-on-one job coaching from NextJob. Use #BrandofYou and #53enter. You can enter 1 time per day. Up to 80 winners will be selected per week until July 20. (find the official rules here).

Fifth Third is also hosting a Twitter Event where NextJob coaches will provide real time feedback. Event details:


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So what are you waiting for?? Go enter and get the job you are hoping for!





This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fifth Third Bank.


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Tips for Saving Money at Kings Island

If you live in, or have ever visited Cincinnati, chances are you have heard of or most likely even visited the infamous Kings Island Amusement Park. If you haven’t heard of it, Kings Island in located in the Mason area of Cincinnati and is an amusement park/water park in one! It is a great family friendly place to visit, and personally one of my favorite things to do in the Summer living here in the Cincinnati area. Kings Island opened in 1972 and is home to over over 40 rides, from family friendly rides, those just for the kiddies, as well as thrill seeking rides. Kings Island also has some record holding roller coasters, including the world’s longest inverted roller coaster, The Banshee, as well as the longest wooden roller coaster, The Beast. There is so much to do at Kings Island, it’s not just rides and roller coasters, but also games, food, concerts, as well as a water park filled with so much more fun to add! As much fun as amusement parks are, they can be VERY expensive! Especially if you have a big family! Here are a few tips to help save a few dollars on your visits!
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Tickets/Season Passes:
-If you’re going to be visiting for just one day, where you just need a one day ticket. I recommend picking up your tickets at your local Kroger or Meijer grocery store. Retailers like these are a few dollars cheaper than if you get your tickets from the actual park. Although a couple dollars doesn’t seem like a lot, if you have to buy multiples it can save a lot of money.
-If you’re going to be getting passes for all summer long, I would HIGHLY recommend buying a gold pass over a standard pass. It is a bit more expensive, but there are so many benefits! For example, with a gold pass you get Free Parking, early ride times, entrance to Dinosaurs Live! An interactive show within the park. Other benefits include 10% off all food and merchandise, and occasional bring a friend free days! Kings Island offers a payment plan that you can set up for about $16 a month per pass, things easier rather than having to purchase the entire amount at once!
-If you’re going to be visiting for just one day. There is an all day dining pass plan that you can purchase for around $30 per person. Which, this may seem like a lot, but the all dining plan allows you to eat meals all day long with only 90 minute intervals in between. There are various places you can choose from!
-If you’re a season member, you can purchase a dining plan for $105. Which, once again seems like a lot up front…but if you’re going to be a frequent visitor to the park, this plan provides you with lunch and dinner every day that you visit the park throughout the season. This saves a ton of money in the long run if you do visit multiple times throughout the year.
-As far as drinks go, your hands down best option is to purchase the Kings Island Souvenir Cup! You can purchase these online for only $10.99, where as they are about $14 at the park! This may be a lot but a single drink is around $4. If you get multiple throughout the day, that adds up tremendously! You get free refills all day on the first day you purchase, and then only pay $0.99 for every fill throughout the rest of the season!
The only way to really save on merchandise, is to simply be a gold pass member. You will receive 10% off of your entire purchase!
I hope these tips help you to save money when you go to visit Kings Island! Have fun and be safe this summer!
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So Your Teen is Driving: 6 Rules for Their Safety (and Your Sanity)

As a parent there aren’t many things scarier than handing over the keys to your newly licensed teen driver. They are experiencing a new freedom, and an open road. But with this new freedom comes new challenges, some that can be quite scary. To make sure your teen is prepared (and you can rest easy) here are some tips to make the transition just a little bit easier: Read more here:






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