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TEEN TIMES -- Cody Chandler Hilton

Teen Encourages Others to “Find Their Own Everest”
New book follows Jordan Romero’s quest to conquer the Seven Summits

Motivation, inspiration and determination are the focus of Katherine Blanc’s new book, The Boy Who Conquered Everest.

The book chronicles the story of Jordan Romero, who decided when he was nine years old that he wanted to climb the tallest mountain on each of the continents, collectively known as the Seven Summits. Now, at 14, he’s scaled six of them – the most recent being Mt. Everest. Blanc, who has followed Jordan’s story from the beginning, wants to share it with the world.

She focuses heavily on Jordan’s inspirational message, “Find your own Everest.” Blanc was determined to share Jordan’s story with others so that they too could be motivated to set and reach challenging personal goals. The book even contains inspirational messages and tips on goal-setting from the young adventurer.

The Boy Who Conquered Everest is compiled much like a scrapbook, a style that allows readers to go on a visual journey through Jordan’s quest to get to the highest peak in the world. From the pictures of Team Jordan training and prepping base camps to finally standing at the summit of Mt. Everest, readers will feel as though they’re part of the special journey.

Blanc also wants readers to understand that hard work can be rewarding in the end – a principle Jordan lives by. “All the work was totally worth it,” the teen says regarding his Everest climb. “We had the time of our lives standing there on top…I called home and said, ‘Hi, Mom. I’m calling you from the top of the world!’”

To complete the Seven Summits challenge, Team Jordan plans to conquer Antarctica’s Mt. Vinson Massif this winter. For more information, visit www.jordanromero.com.

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Renowned Hair Accessory Company Adored By Hollywood Offers The Original And First Of Their Kind Accessories For Boys

Ladybugs & Lullabies has become a household name in Hollywood since setting the trend in the world of girl’s hair accessories with celebrity moms including Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Brooke Shields and Marcia Cross snatching up the adorable accessories for their little girls. But girls aren’t the only ones who want to have fun, boys do, too, and Ladybugs & Lullabies acknowledges that with their ultra cool and edgy Cool Cuffs line.

Cool Cuffs from Ladybugs & Lullabies are the first accessories of their kind for little boys. These luxurious, thick cotton cuffs are made from 100% soft cotton with high quality woven ribbons featuring intricate detailing and a rugged look. No satin or frills for these boys, that’s for girls.

They also feature a snap closure to keep the cuff in place, while still being easy to wear and easy to remove.

Cool Cuffs come in a variety of designs including Blue Flame, Celtic Weave, Barbed Wire, Circle Of Skulls, Ring Of Fire, Camouflage, Dragons and Spaceships. There’s something for every personality.

Cool Cuffs retail for $8 each and are available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada at www.ladybugsandlullabies.ca.

The Golden Rule for Back to School


The American Red Cross, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Santa Barbara County Chapter offers back-to-school safety and preparedness tips to the community

Whether it’s the last-minute run to the store for the glue that will hold a child’s project together or the dozens of bake-sale cupcakes whipped up late at night, parents frequently deal with the unexpected. Being prepared for emergencies—and not just the glue and cupcake variety—is the new golden rule for having a great school year and the American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Chapter wants you and your family to be safe as we head into fall. 

Get a Kit

Most back-to-school shopping lists feature items like pencils, notebooks and folders. This year, make sure you also have items for an emergency preparedness kit.

At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed below. Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry container that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multipurpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Change of clothing and shoes
  • Map(s) of the area

Make a Plan

Every family should create and practice an evacuation and communications plan. Each person should know how to reach other family members and where to meet if they can’t return home. You should also designate an out-of-area relative or friend as an emergency contact and make sure all household members know how to contact this person.

To make an evacuation plan, choose two meeting places: one right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire, and another outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.

Decide where you would go and what route you would take if you had to evacuate. Make sure to also plan ahead for your pets. Keep a phone list of "pet friendly" motels/hotels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes.

Be Informed

Learning the skills you need to respond in an emergency before help arrives is another important key to being prepared. Make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in first aid and CPR and knows how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

To learn more and view CPR/AED and first aid demonstrations, visit www.sbredcross.org or call The American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Chapter at (805) 687-3322.    

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.  Locally, the American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Chapter provided services to more than 30,000 people in Santa Barbara County and distributed disaster preparedness and health and safety materials to over 13,900 school children, seniors and community members.  For more information, please contact the American Red Cross, Santa Barbara County Chapter at 687-1331 in Santa Barbara or 928-0778 in Santa MariaNow, find the Red Cross on Twitter @SBRedCross! 



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