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Vanessa Williams Urges Parents and Teens to Give Each Other the Ultimate Holiday Gift an “Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract” : “Ugly Betty” Star and Her Teenage Son Sign a Driving Contract, Launching Allstate’s National Home for the Holidays Teen Safe Driving Campaign

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (PRWEB) December 2, 2008

They’re giving each other a conversation and a promise. And best of all, it’s free.

With Devin on the verge of getting his learner’s permit, Ms. Williams and her son are signing an Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract before he gets behind the wheel. Based on conversations they had at home, their contract lays out expectations for smart driving decisions, and consequences if those expectations are not met.

It’s a conversation Ms. Williams and Allstate hope all parents and their teens have this holiday season.

“As a mother of two older daughters, I’ve given them the car keys and worried whether they would make it home safe. The fact is that our teens are more likely to die in a car crash than from anything else, so having the safe driving talk with your teen is just as important as talking about drugs and sex,” Williams said. “As the holidays arrive, parents and teens should use the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract as way to begin a conversation that can be a gift of life.”

Vanessa and Devin signed their contract in New York City today, publicly launching Allstate’s national Home for the Holidays teen safe driving campaign.

Through its national Parent-Teen Driving Contract Sign Up Drive, Allstate encourages parents and teens to begin a conversation with their teens about safe driving by completing the interactive contract online at http://www.allstate.com/teen. By completing and signing a contract, parents can help ensure their teens return home safely for the holidays and every day.

With car crashes the leading cause of death for American teens, it’s a vital conversation for parents and teens especially this time of year. Teens have an increased chance of getting into an accident around the holidays. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, last December alone, nearly 400 teens died in car crashes across the United States. Many of these crashes could have been avoided with a simple conversation at home.

“By putting the contract in as many parent’s hands as possible, we hope to inspire them to give their teen the most important gift of all the safe driving talk,” said Vicky Dinges, Assistant Vice President of Public Social Responsibility for Allstate. “Signing the Allstate Parent-Teen Driving Contract is the first step to making a commitment between parents and teens that they aren’t going to let themselves become a statistic.”

As part of the campaign, Allstate is also conducting contract signings with other prominent parents and their teens in cities across the country, hoping that more parents and teens heed this important call. This is part of Allstate’s tradition of public advocacy aimed at reducing the number of teens killed on America’s roads each year.

“As a company dedicated to reinventing protection and retirement for American families, doing whatever we can to avert the tragedy of losing a child is something we must take on,” Dinges said.

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About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate

AccuQuote Suggests Giving the Gift of Life Insurance on Valentines Day

Wheeling, IL (Vocus/PRWEB) February 14, 2011

Roses, heart-shaped candy and romantic dinners are some of the most common Valentines Day gestures, but what about life insurance? AccuQuote, a respected leader in providing term life insurance quotes to people across the United States, encourages going beyond the norm this holiday and giving a meaningful, selfless gift life insurance.

No familys financial plan is complete without life insurance. Unfortunately, 30 percent of U.S. households, a whopping 35 million, are without some type of life insurance protection, according to LIMRAs 2010 Life Insurance Ownership Study.

The number of people without life insurance is alarming, especially since life insurance is more important in todays economic climate than ever before, says Byron Udell, founder and CEO of AccuQuote. Life insurance may not be romantic, but it sure does express a very loving and heartfelt message.

Despite hitting a 50 year low in life insurance ownership, Americans expect to use life insurance more than all other sources of financial assets or income to help pay bills, and to maintain their lifestyle if the primary wage earner dies, according to LIMRA.

Following are reasons to purchase term life insurance this Valentines Day:

When It Comes To Gift Giving, New Blog JddigiBlog.com Makes It Personal

Chula Vista, California (PRWEB) October 05, 2011

Graphic designer, Jennifer Davis, is pleased to debut her brand new blog, JddigiBlog.com. The blog includes information regarding unique, personalized gift items that can be purchased through http://www.Jddigi.com.

The personalized gift items I offer provide a way for customers to make keepsakes out of their favorite photos or even childrens drawings, said Davis. I know so many of us struggle to find unique gifts for the people in our lives. I want to help people create gifts that are meaningful and specific to the intended receiver.

Capture precious moments and encapsulate them in silver plated jewelry. Moms are sure to love bangle bracelets, charm bracelets, or pendants emblazoned with their childrens smiling faces or school art projects. Instead of another tie for fathers day, consider personalized two sided dog tags or rings. A charming pewter wreath, round porcelain, or acrylic ornament customized with a family portrait makes a great addition to any Christmas tree. Other popular holiday photo gifts include key rings and statuettes. Names, dates, and sayings can be engraved, as well.

Planning a wedding reception, reunion, or other formal occasion? Customized wallet tin boxes, business card holders, or square bag tags make excellent party favors, as do backpack notepads. New homeowners will enjoy using personalized tumbled stone coaster sets given as a housewarming gift. Davis also specializes in designing team sports banners, posters, and wall clings. A child will get a kick out of having a life-sized image of them making the winning goal.

It was important to me not to have cheap jewelry with a persons photo slapped on it, said Davis. The image quality is stellar even on the tumbled stone items! The photo is literally part of the stone. You can get the jewelry wet without compromising the image. Everything is well protected.

Customer service is of the utmost importance at Jddigi.com. Each product has been screened for quality, aesthetics, and affordability. Davis, who has a background in graphic design, digitally transforms photographs and uses a professional color lab to ensure the integrity of the designs. Orders are shipped within five to seven business days. Feedback is always welcome; in fact, Davis strives to personally respond to all customer queries in a timely manner.

I work with each customer to make sure that their item is exactly the way they want it, said Davis. Customers always approve the design before it is created to make sure it is exactly to their specifications.

To learn more about the customization process, visit the sites brand new blog, http://www.JddigiBlog.com. Davis frequently updates the interactive platform with unique and meaningful gift ideas, in addition to product reviews.

Jddigi.com Lets make it personal!

About the Company:

Jddigi.com a division of JD Biz Boutique is owned and operated by web entrepreneur and graphic artist Jennifer Davis.

Jennifer Davis


(619) 623-4663

iePlexus, Inc.



Give the Gift of Giving Up Smoking This Christmas with Hypnosis

(PRWEB) December 13, 2011

Forget the latest toys and high tech gadgets – Hypnotherapy Directory has found that the best gift a parent can give their child this Christmas is to stop smoking. According to survey results from the online database of qualified hypnotherapists, 72% of parents who visited the site during November have been asked by their children to put a stop to the dangerous habit.

Study findings also show that well over half of all smokers surveyed by the directory (69%) had parents who smoked when they were children, adding further weight to already existing evidence which suggests children are far more likely to take up the habit if their parents are smokers.

According to NHS Smokefree, children who are exposed to a smoky atmosphere are more likely to suffer from chest infections, breathing problems and allergies than peers from non-smoking families – they are also more likely to be off sick from school more often.

The majority of parents are already well aware of the potential health risks smoking poses to their families, with 88% admitting to feeling concerned about the possible health implications their habit may be having on their children – but its not just parents who are worried…

In recent years children have also become far savvier and educated as to the dangers of smoking. As indicated by the number of children who have asked their mums and dads to quit it is no longer just parents who are trying to imprint an anti-smoking attitude on their offspring, but also children who are trying dissuade their parents.

A staggering 73%* of children worry about the risk of their mum or dad dying because of their habit, with many taking matters into their own hands by hiding their loved ones cigarettes in a bid to protect them**.

The survey results from Hypnotherapy Directory coincide with the second wave of a Department of Health advertising campaign aimed at getting loved ones to quit.

The campaign features real children from smoking families, discussing their concerns about their parents smoking, in the hope it will encourage them to quit.

Parents who are undecided about quitting and are teetering on the edge of beginning what will be an undoubtedly difficult journey, should use their family as a big incentive to go smoke free this Christmas.

From nicotine patches right through to support groups, there are numerous avenues of help available to help those looking to stop smoking, and it is a simple case of discovering which is the best and most suitable option for each individual.

Hypnosis is one of the most popular forms of complimentary and alternative medicine treatments for tobacco cessation and is often used by individuals who have not achieved success through other more traditional methods.

Smoking manifests itself on both a physical and psychological level, meaning that often when individuals attempt to relinquish the habit they are met with a series of unpleasant physical withdrawal symptoms that can result in motivation quickly diminishing.

Hypnosis addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of quitting, using a combination of techniques ranging from traditional clinical hypnotherapy through to neuro linguistic programming (nlp) and positive suggestion to retrain both the conscious and unconscious mind. These techniques are intended to replace habitual smoking behaviours with far more natural and healthy strategies.

Individuals looking to stop smoking have a far higher likelihood of success if they have access to help and support than if they go it alone, and a hypnotherapist specialising in quitting smoking could provide that necessary support.

Hypnotherapy Directory could prove a valuable tool to anyone wishing to go smoke free this Christmas, or indeed at any other time of the year. With an extensive library of fact-sheets and a countrywide database of qualified hypnotherapists, visiting Hypnotherapy Directory could play an important role in helping individuals to achieve their personal goals.

About Hypnotherapy Directory

Hypnotherapy Directory is a service that recognised the need for collating all of the information needed to help individuals find a suitable hypnotherapist in their local area. Whilst other directories may supply contact details, Hypnotherapy Directory goes that extra mile to provide all of the information that those seeking help may require to make the most informed decisions.

Hypnotherapy Directory lists full profiles detailing each hypnotherapists specialisms, the fees they charge, their practice location, qualifications and background information as to the kind of person they are. The directory also provides a wealth of information about hypnotherapy areas and techniques so visitors can browse this information before choosing a hypnotherapist.


*NHS Smokefree, The impact of smoking on your family

**Department of Health, All children really want this Christmas is their parents to quit smoking

Survey results based on a survey of 42 visitors to the site.


Give the Gift of Long-Term Care Planning this Valentine’s Day

Richfield, Minn. (PRWEB) February 02, 2012

Whether its with a partner, child or friend, Valentines Day celebrates the love people share with others. This year, Newman Long Term Care suggests that people show their devotion to loved ones with a solid long-term care plan.

Since the majority of Americans turn to their spouse or children when a long-term care event arises, this is an issue that impacts entire families and communities, said Deb Newman, founder of Newman Long Term Care in Richfield, Minn. Individuals who invest in long-term care insurance are not just protecting themselves, they are also protecting the people who would have to make the physical, emotional and financial sacrifices to provide them with care.

According to a joint study by the AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving, almost one-third of Americans provide some type of informal caregiving to a parent or loved one. This means that roughly 65.7 million adults play a caregiving role, with the average caregiver age being 49. Given the prevalent role families play in providing long-term care, people often discount long-term care insurance because they dont understand its real purpose, according to Newman.

The true value of this type of insurance is about protecting your familys wellbeing, Newman said. The toll on people caring for loved ones in poor health can be horrendous. Caregivers tend to have higher levels of depression and perceived stress as well as lower levels of self-efficacy than non-caregivers. A lot of caregivers also have to adjust their careers by working less hours or giving up their jobs completely, which can obviously greatly impact a familys finances.

Many people dont think about how their own health and wellbeing will be affected when they volunteer to care for an ailing spouse or parent. While long-term care insurance cant replace what families do, it can build on existing support by offering caregivers financial compensation, caregiving training and other helpful services that make providing care easier.

Investing in a long-term care policy also allows consumers to protect their loved ones from economic woes such as negative inheritance, which occurs when adult children dig into their own pockets to pay for health and long-term care expenses for aging relatives who cannot afford it on their own.

Negative inheritance can be extremely difficult for adult children because they are essentially using their own retirement funds to pay for mom or dads care, Newman said. Even if children need to help cover premium costs, the expense will likely be much smaller than paying the full price of a nursing home room or a home health aide, which costs an average of $ 75,000 a year.

Although long-term care insurance is not for everyone, more people are starting to use this tool to protect the finances and well-being of their families. More than 500,000 Americans applied for long-term care insurance in 2011.

A long-term care event can be a challenge for any family in any situation, Newman said. But long-term care insurance can lessen the impact by helping you protect the people that you love most on Valentines Day and all year long.

About Newman Long Term Care

Founded in 1990, Newman Long Term Care has focused exclusively on long-term care insurance for more than two decades. The Minnesota-based firm is a national leader in the industry and currently sells long-term care insurance in all 50 states. For more information about Newman Long Term Care, visit http://www.NewmanLTC.com.


Craig Roers, Marketing Manager

Phone: (612) 454-4406

E-mail: CraigR(at)NewmanLTC(dot)com

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GBK Will Host Its Annual Celebrity Gift Lounge In Honor of the 2012 Academy Awards Nominees and Presenters

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) February 14, 2012

GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, will honor the 2012 Academy Awards Nominees and Presenters with its Annual Gift Lounge on February 24th and 25th. GBK will offer its exclusive list of invited celebrities, VIPs, and media an opportunity to enjoy an elite environment with gifts, diverse services and hors d’oerves while tending to its charitable causes.

Honored guests include Nominees and Presenters of the Academy Awards as well as notable Hollywood celebrities, prominent media outlets and select charities, which continue to be the anchor of GBKs efforts and purpose. This years charities include:

The Worldteam Foundation – Rick and Sue Clark started the Worldteam Foundation in 2006 to combat human trafficking, starting with Thailand and the United States; HollyRod Foundation – The HollyRod foundation is dedicated to providing compassionate cave to those living with autism and Parkinsons disease; Drawing for Hope – “Pushing the limits of art, compassion, and healing.” Drawing Hope International uses visual art to join thousands of sexual assault survivors from every state in the US and 150 other countries into a healing community which supports survivors to connect with their own strength, see their beauty and embrace their freedom and lastly; The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation- The mission is to raise funds for research and awareness towards a cure for Juvenile diabetes.

One of GBKs supporting initiatives this week included the purchase of laptop computers which are being donated to the HollyRod Foundation in the name of each nominee or presenter who attends the upcoming annual GBK celebrity lounge.

Holly Robinson, Founder of HollyRod Foundation stated the following; “At HollyRod we have known for years that technology has literally given non-verbal children with autism the ‘Gift of Voice’. Laptops, tablets along with revolutionary applications have made it possible for these children to communicate their feelings and needs like never before. Please give The Gift of Voice to a child with autism today, compliments of GBK!”

In the spirit of what represents the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the Academy Awards, GBKs event theme is to portray luxurious gifts and services. This season, more than any other, the GBK lounge offers an array of diverse jewelry companies to bejewel both men and women. Luxury travel escapes; finest accessories as well as many pampering and beauty options await all who attend.

GBK, the recipient of multiple Best Gift Bag awards by BizBash will, once again, continue to raise the bar with their celebrity gift bags. GBK will host three lucky winners, recipients of GBKs celebrity gift bags, which were auctioned off at the Keep Memory Alive Ball and March of Dimes Foundation this past year, raising over $ 65,000.00 for these charitable causes. The winners bid for the famed GBK Celebrity Gift bags and the opportunity to have a real celebrity experience at the GBK celebrity lounges this month.

In honor of this years Academy Awards, GBK proudly presents their remarkable sponsors at the GBK celebrity gift lounge starting with the presenting sponsor; My Pillow: “Guaranteed the most comfortable pillow you’ll ever own.”- Premium down pillow.

Beauty and health is a sought after category by celebrities who have demanding daily schedules and seek the latest and most effective products in the market, for this reason GBK brings only the best to its celebrity attendees including; Ajinomoto North America, Inc. Capsiate Natura

Matrix Direct Giving Facebook Fans $25 Restaurant.com Gift Cards in New Social Media Promotion

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 06, 2012

Matrix Direct, a leading provider of direct-to-consumer term life insurance, is offering its Facebook fans a chance to earn $ 25 Restaurant.com gift cards by getting a free term life insurance quote.

Consumers can visit Matrix Directs Facebook page to enter the promotion. Entry information and contest rules can be found on the Facebook pages Contests & Promotions tab.

The first 1,000 people who Like Matrix Direct on Facebook and receive a free, no-obligation quote from a Matrix Direct agent this month will get a $ 25 Restaurant.com code. Consumers may then redeem their coupons at participating restaurants of their choice.

In addition to dispelling the common notion that theres no such thing as a free lunch, Matrix Directs new promotion encourages people to take the first step toward protecting their financial futures.

Buying a term life insurance policy can be a great foundation on which to build a solid financial plan and a great way to help financially provide for a spouse, child, or other loved ones. For less money than most people spend on coffee each month, consumers can help protect their familys financial future with affordable and reliable term life insurance coverage.

About Matrix Direct

Matrix Direct, Inc. is one of the countrys leading life insurance agencies. Over five million Americans have contacted Matrix Direct for the best term life insurance quotes. Matrix Direct, Inc. is a subsidiary of American General Life Insurance Company, Houston, TX and an affiliate of The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York, NY, NY. Agency services provided by Matrix Direct Insurance Services in CA (#0B57619), ME, MA, and OK; Matrix Direct Insurance Agency, Inc. in UT; and Matrix Direct, Inc. in AR(#246412) and all other states, except SD.


Sleep Experts Shares the Gift of Sleep with Children at Austins Center for Child Protection

Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 25, 2012

Mattress retailer Sleep Experts continues its dedication to giving back to the local communities it serves by sharing the gift of sleep with families and children in need. The company has made an initial donation of 15 mattresses to the Center for Child Protection, an Austin nonprofit involved in the investigation of crimes against children.

Children come to the Center for Child Protection in the crisis of an outcry of abuse, often by a trusted adult, and the search for a family member to care for and protect them is based on the availability of resources to make the child safe. By providing the children with basic needs such as a bed, the caregivers and professionals can focus on the childs other needs for protection, counseling and long-term safety.

We are extremely grateful to Sleep Experts for supporting our children with the necessity of a safe place to sleep, said Michael Torres, executive director for the Center for Child Protection. Often, a bed allows a child to be placed with a protective family member versus going into foster care.

This donation is part of Sleep Experts Share the Gift of Sleep program, in which every customers old bed is recycled and donated to families in need in partnership with local non-profit organizations. In addition to the Center for Child Protection, Sleep Experts Austin community partners include SafePlace, Foundation Communities and Saint Louise House.

Founded in North Texas in 2003 by former Austin residents Chris and Christine Cook, Sleep Experts recently opened its sixth Austin location in Cedar Park at the corner of Whitestone Boulevard and the 183A Toll Road. Other locations include Steiner Ranch, Lakeline, La Frontera, Sunset Valley and Arboretum West. The company expects to have 10 stores operating in the Austin market by the end of 2012.

About Center for Child Protection

Center for Child Protection, a nationally accredited childrens advocacy center, is the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, serious physical abuse and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. The Center is a child-friendly, specially-equipped facility where children go for recorded forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. It is the only nonprofit in Travis County involved in the investigation of crimes against children. All services are provided to children and their protective caregivers at no charge. In 2011, the Center for Child Protection provided services to more than 2,000 children. For more information, please call 512/472-1164 or visit http://www.centerforchildprotection.org.

About Sleep Experts

Sleep Experts, a mattress retailer with 40 locations in North Texas and six in Austin, offers a broad selection of innerspring mattresses, foam mattresses and air mattresses, with brands including Tempur-Pedic, ComforPedic, Simmons, Beautyrest, Kingsdown, Artisan House, Comfortaire and iMattress. The companys mission is to exceed customers expectations, and it backs this pledge with a One Year Love Your Mattress Guarantee. Sleep Experts shares the gift of sleep with families in need by donating customers old mattresses to area non-profit organizations. For more information, visit http://www.sleepexperts.com or call (888) 55-SLEEP.

Protect Your Bubble Releases Holiday Gift Ideas for Gadget-Savvy Kids

ATLANTA, Ga. (PRWEB) November 14, 2012

Its time to begin thinking about what gifts would be appropriate for kids. Technology is not going away, and its increased necessity is evident in schools, where some schools now require a degree of technological understanding for graduation. That said, Protect Your Bubble, specialty insurance and extended warranty brand, offers five gadgets for kids this Christmas.