How to Prevent Home Fires During Christmas
By: The Experts at Safer Alarms
It seems as if every year the holiday season begins earlier.  Along-side Halloween costumes in the stores are dancing Santa’s and reindeer. But in our mad dash to get our home decorated for the holidays and organize the gatherings, it’s easy to forget about the additional fire hazards that come with this time of year.  To keep your family safe, keep these tips in mind to prevent fires:
Christmas Tree - Let’s face it, bringing a 4 ft. to 8 ft. tree into your home that is only being held up by a small stand with four screws is just asking for trouble with a toddler in the home.  I can remember at least one time in my childhood hearing the tree come crashing to the floor in the middle of the night.  Toddlers will naturally be attracted by this new item in your home and equally fascinated by the lights.   To prevent the tree from falling wrap green gardening twine around the mid-section of the tree.  There are extension gates that can be assembled as large as you require.  Once you have placed the lights on the tree, be sure to tape any extra length of cord directly to the wall to prevent your toddler from pulling on it and pets from biting it and potentially causing a fire.
Ornaments - While you may have many family ornaments that you have used to decorate your tree in the past, store any glass ones away for the next few years.  Along with the potential risk of broken glass cutting your child, a curious toddler will try to put one in her mouth.  Make sure smaller ornaments are placed towards the top of the tree and consider decorating the bottom with ribbons or larger cloth-covered ornaments.
Christmas Tree Lights – Never attach more than three strands of lights together. Pick up some extension cords and read the directions carefully for the best way to light your tree. Some stores may even carry cords designed to go up the trunk of your tree to individually light each strand. Also, make sure you keep them high enough so that your pets don’t think they’re chew toys! Electrical fires are no way to start your holiday season.
Fireplace - Nothing is cozier than a roaring fire but make sure children are aware of the dangers.  If you have a fireplace in your home, make sure you securely fasten gate or screen in front to protect your area rugs, carpets and furniture from loose embers, and to keep your children safe from burns. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby at all times.
Cooking - Whether your kids are helping you bake a gingerbread house or just heating up a cup of hot chocolate, establish some safety rules.  Make sure they understand to stay away from hot appliances or plugging in electrical appliances with wet hands. 
Candles – It’s easy to forget and leave a candle burning when you go to bed. There’s also the chance of a taper candle falling over and igniting a table cloth or drape.  There is a wide array of scented electric candles that will look just as beautiful and be much safer to use.

This Sat. - The LINQ Promenade to Spread the Spirit of the Season




The LINQ Promenade will transform into a colorful, magical winter wonderland with candy-themed d├ęcor and a whimsical show of music and dance for the annual Holiday Magic display complete with the scent of fresh cut pines during the nightly snowfall beginning this Saturday, Dec. 1. 

During the week, Monday through Wednesday, carolers will spread the spirit of the season by singing holiday hits from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For Thursday through Sunday - a modern twist on the classic - Twas’ the Night Before Christmas - dance spectacular will delight revelers at the top of every hour, also from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Additionally, locals who partake in the merriment can enjoy $5 off the newly-opened FLY LINQ, the only zipline on the Las Vegas Strip. The new attraction features 10 side-by-side ziplines, capable of simultaneously launching all riders. Guests will take off from a 114-foot-tall tower in the direction of the High Roller, “flying” 1,121 feet above The LINQ Promenade at approximately 35 miles per hour. Click here for more information regarding tickets. 

WHEN: 
Dec. 1 through Dec. 31

WHERE:   
The LINQ Promenade
3545 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

TOY STORY 4 Teaser Trailer



I am so excited to share with you that Woody and the rest of the toys are back for an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4,” welcoming new friends to Bonnie’s room, including a reluctant new toy called Forky. “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “And it was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.”

But Forky insists that he is NOT a toy! An actual spork-turned-craft-project, Forky is pretty sure that he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get away, someone yanks him back into an adventure he’d rather skip. “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Cooley. “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”


Filmmakers called on comedian Tony Hale to provide the voice of Forky. “It’s a huge thrill to be part of the Toy Story family,” he said. “But it’s going to take a while for it to really sink in.”


4 Reasons to Visit Pahrump This November



The weather has been absolutely gorgeous! It's time to get out and explore all that Nevada has to offer - there is so much more than "Las Vegas".  Take the drive to Pahrump this November to make some cultural and classical memories. Join in on some tribal dance fun with the Pahrump Social Powwow, head to the Pahrump Valley Speedway for the Monster Truck Insanity Tour or watch the adrenaline fueled Best in the Desert Pahrump Nugget 250 “Race for Gold.”
1) Pahrump Social PowwowJoin Pahrump’s native Western Shoshone and Paiute tribes for a weekend full of family, fun, music, and culture. Don’t miss out on Pahrump’s largest cultural event of the year as they celebrate Native American culture. Visitors will get to experience the elaborate Native American tribal dances and Native American dishes.  There will also be an opportunity for visitors to purchase locally made Native American crafts at the many craft booths located throughout the festival.
Date: Friday, Nov. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 18
Time: Friday at noon – Sunday at 6 p.m.
Details: This event is free.
Location: Petrack Park; 150 S. Highway 160, Pahrump, NV 89048
2) Monster Truck Insanity Tour Returns to PahrumpLive A Little Productions, based in Rigby, Idaho, has announced the Monster Truck Insanity Tour is returning to Pahrump, for 2 HUGE events this November at the Pahrump Valley Speedway! This tour includes some of the nation’s biggest and baddest monster trucks along with the Titan Fuel Tanks Championship side by side tough truck and UTV races for locals, and one of the biggest monster ride trucks on Earth! For the first time ever in Pahrump, a monster truck will attempt a BACKFLIP! The Monster Truck Insanity Tour is sure to create an exciting night of motorsports competition and entertainment!
Date: Friday, Nov. 02 – Saturday, Nov. 3
Time: Pit Parties- 5:30PM and Showtime’s- 7PM
Details: PRESALE- $20 for adults & $10 for children ages 3 – 12. AT THE GATE- $25 for adults and $12 for children ages 3 – 12.
Location: Pahrump Valley Speedway; 1881 Grieco Way, Pahrump, NV 89041
3) The Death Valley ‘49ers Annual EncampmentJoin the Death Valley ‘49ers at their annual encampment for a week of family friendly fun and activities. Enjoy old-time and western-style music, an invitational western art show, fiddlin’ and pickin’ contests, golf and horseshoe tournaments, pioneer costume contests, parades, breakfasts and much more.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 4 – Sunday, Nov. 11
Time: Times vary throughout the week based on events
Details: Membership to the Death Valley ‘49ers gives access to all Encampment activities. Individual memberships are $35 and family memberships are $60. For lodging reservations, event scheduling and more information please visit http://www.deathvalley49ers.org/.
Location: Furnace Creek, Death Valley
4) Best in the Desert Pahrump Nugget 250 “Race for the Gold”Best in the Desert Racing Association and SuperCross.com presents the 2018 Pahrump Nugget 250 “Race for the Gold.” Approximately 175 cars, trucks, and UTVs will converge in Pahrump to race a one-way loop that is 242 miles long with 7 Pit Stops for their chance to win the last race of the series and the year.
Visitors are invited out to the Pahrump Nugget on Friday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to check out the cars and trucks that will be racing during the car & truck contingency & technical inspection.  The Nugget will also be hosting a BBQ and beer garden in the front parking lot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 1 from noon to 7 p.m. visitors can enjoy the beer garden and BBQ as they cheer for their favorite drivers to cross the finish line. Enjoy an after-race party at the Pahrump Nugget Sports Book Bar starting at 6 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018
Time: Times vary. Click HERE to view the full schedule of events.
Details: This event is free.
Location: Pahrump Nugget, 681 NV-160, Pahrump, NV 89048

Stay up to date with everything happening in Pahrump by visiting, www.visitpahrump.com.
About Pahrump
Located an hour west of Las Vegas and an hour east of Death Valley, Pahrump, NV. is home to big attractions and events, and is “Your Base Camp to Adventure.”  Set in a picturesque backdrop with breathtaking views of mountain ranges, Pahrump is the ideal place to enjoy the best of Southern Nevada. From award-winning wineries and RV Resorts to world-class golf courses and scenic outdoor trails, true Nevada is waiting for you.  For more information on Pahrump visit visitpahrump.com, follow @visitpahrump on Twitter and Like Pahrump on Facebook.

See it. Stream it.


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I remember years ago we would have so many different devices in the home, each for streaming something different.   With the Google Chromecast it's almost as if all of those devices have been squeezed into this tiny, out of the way, unnoticeable device! It's pretty awesome and we love it!  All together now - watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube and even your own photos streaming on your TV from all of your families devices.

It's super simple! Stream right from your own phone to you TV.  Plug Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV.  Power and stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap.  Watch shows, listen to playlists and more.  On top of that, while streaming you can still use your phone as you normally do.  The Chromecast works with the streaming apps you know and love.  Enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and much more from over 2000 apps like Netflix, YouTube TV and HBO NOW.   See the full list here

A cool feature is that you can stream with your voice?  Have food in one hand and the baby in another?  Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV hands-free with Chromecast and Google Home working seamlessly together.

Upgrade your TV for less.  We love the affordability this device brings for all it has to offer!  It's so affordable you can get one for every room in the house.  Only $35 at Best Buy!

  •  Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately).
  •  Easily connects to high-definition televisions with HDMI connectivity.
  •  Subscriptions are required to view some content.
  •  Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.
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Remembering October 1, 2017


October 1st, 2017 is a day that will live with me forever.   I will never forget waking up to the horrific news right in my own city.  This weekend, let's take time and remember those we lost and appreciate the time we have with each other....



We just got back from the most amazingly beautiful vacation!! We celebrated my birthday in Oahu and loved it so much we are literally already planning next years trip! We stayed on the North Shore to get away from the crowds a bit.  Stayed in an AirBnB right across the street from a private beach and had a local's home all to ourselves.  It was just beautiful and literally cannot wait to go back! We have been back less than a week and it's definitely been an adjustment trying to get back in the swing of things! Catching up with you guys, getting ready for the school year (we home school), gearing up for sports season with the kids and getting some study time in myself, I've been overwhelmed a bit, but WILL get there :) Have a great weekend, I'm heading to a body of water - I miss it already!