Smartphones and Driving

A study released in 2013 by the Pew Research Center showed that 56% of US adults now have a smartphone, up from 46% in 2012. Although smartphones have many benefits and allow us the ability to have technology at our fingertips, they pose many risks to drivers.  Here are three ways that smartphones can create a distraction. 



Texting while driving has been shown to increase the chance of an accident by 23 times.  Not only are your eyes off the road, but you are also focusing on something other than driving.  If you need to text someone or receive a text while driving, find a safe place to pull over and stop the car before you do.  Another option is simply to wait until you get to your destination.  If someone is texting you, the chances of them requiring a response right away is minimal.


Tips for Driving in the Rain



When it rains in Orange County, it often means chaos on the roads.  Unfortunately, many people do not take proper precaution to avoid accidents when the roads are wet.  However, there are a few things you can do to help stay safe on the roads and prevent getting into an accident.


Drive the Speed Limit

While you should be driving the speed limit at all times, it's especially important when it's raining.  When it rains, the roads become slicker.  If you are driving too fast, it increases the chance of your car losing traction or hydroplaning. Because increased speed can increase your chance of an accident in the rain, freeways can be especially dangerous. If possible, avoid driving on the freeway when it is raining out.



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Family News from Donna Burns


Hello, Everyone! 

Hi everyone-it's Donna again with this month's Burns Family News.

Great News!!  After I returned from my Caribbean "norovirus" cruise in good health, our son Sean, wife Natalie, and granddaughter Hanalei (Princess of Canada) escaped the sub zero climes of Winnipeg for a visit with us in sunny Dana Point.


Hanalei insisted it was summer so on went the BBQ and the Jacuzzi was set for 100 F.  The week flew by, filled with adventures, great times and lasting memories.  One picture is worth a thousand words--- I've posted a few to share.


Happiness is a warm Jacuzzi with Sean, Natalie and Hanalei, (H-L for short). Another photo is of breakfast at Sarducci's Capistrano Depot with our daughter Heather Hazlett, Jenny and Al Wirth, friends and parents of Cheesen Wirth, a good buddy of Sean's.




Following visits to the San Juan Petting Zoo and Pretend City in Irvine (big hit with H-L), it was a visit to my sister Bev Carrier and family in Mission Viejo for an afternoon of exploring her yard, "Magic Fountain" and a wonderful dinner.




With the week coming to an end, we all joined Heather and the Dana Point Outrigger Canoe Club at "baby beach" in Dana Point Harbor. We met up with Mark Horton, Sean's long time buddy and cheered on the racers.  Sean and Heather are long-time paddlers from grade school and went out for a paddle in the double hulled racing canoe.






One of the last photos is from Carlos' Mexican Restaurant in Dana Point.  Farewell Mexican breakfasts have become a tradition for us and we were joined by Justin Molino, Sean's college buddy from San Francisco, Heather's hubby Todd and Tracy and Mark Horton. Too soon it was time to say Adios and Vaya con Dios as Sean, Natalie and Hanalei flew back to Canada.  







Easter Bunny Cake



Calling all Moms and Grandmothers, just in time for Easter and other spring gatherings, this month's recipe is my sister Bev Carrier's Easter Bunny Cake!!!  I'll give you the basic recipe but this bunny can come in all designs, flavors and colors.           


1. Ingredients-1 box cake mix, (yellow, white, chocolate-whatever), white whipped frosting mix (Duncan Hines, etc.), shredded coconut and colored jelly beans.                 

2. Bake cakes in two 8 inch round pans. Cool and remove from pans onto a cookie sheet or similar.  One round cake will be the bunny's body and the other cake is cut into three sections (2 sections for ears and 1 section for bow tie-see photos for examples).


3. Place the two equal sized parts you cut out of one of the cakes as the bunny ears.   

4. Put the middle section below the uncut cake as a bow tie. 

5. Cover with the frosting. Frosting can be tinted if desired with food coloring if desired (pink, green, etc.) 

6. You, the children or grandchildren add the jelly beans for the eyes, nose and to outline bow tie. Then dust with the coconut flakes.  Kids of all ages love doing this.


As always, I'm signing off with a picture of Hanalei.  Here she is in a play house near our home.  What a beautiful little girl !


Best Regards, 

Donna Burns  

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