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Happy Sunday! How are the fathers in your life? My husband has been watching the World Cup all day so he’s happy. I am bummed though, because I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to my own dad.

Through out my life, he’s been my calm, comforting rock. It’s amazing to me how unflappable he was and still is. The Terror Twins give him a run for the money, but after raising my and my sister, I think he’s ready for anything. Especially after enduring my awful driving.
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Guest Post : Graduating This Year? Don’t Get Hit With A DUI

A Montgomery County, PA father decided to host a party for his underage daughter and her friends, thinking that they will be safe under his watchful eye.  However, when the party got out of hand and one of the minors became so intoxicated that he was vomiting on the front lawn, the police arrived, arrested the father and charged him with 43 counts of corruption of minors, 61 counts of selling/furnishing liquor to minors, and 1 count of recklessly endangering another person.  

Underage drinking is against the law and providing minors with alcohol carries with it serious criminal penalties.  In addition, a person furnishing minors with alcohol can also face civil liability if the minor gets hurt or hurts someone else.  Underage drinking never leads to anything positive and experienced DUI lawyers frequently explain that it can have serious legal implications for both the underage person and the one who provided them with alcohol.  With high school graduations coming up fast and summer break around the corner, parents and students alike should think twice before incorporating alcohol into their celebration.

Caught drinking underage at a graduation party?

While every state has its own laws regarding how underage drinking cases are handled, some being more severe than others, these are generally looked at seriously and have potentially long-lasting legal implications.  Furthermore, many states have a number of different criminal charges that you can be charged with for underage drinking, it’s not just a single “underage drinking” offense.  For example, in Pennsylvania, along with a charge for Underage Drinking, you may face additional charges of Misrepresentation of Age to Purchase Alcohol and/or Carrying a Fake ID.  All three of these charges carry hefty fines, potential jail time, and mandatory periods of driver’s license suspension.  

Aside from these charges and those similar in other states, virtually every state has specific carve-outs in the law for those under 21 who are caught for driving under the influence (DUI).  These charges may have different standards and penalties than standard DUI cases, specifically in that they may have a lower threshold for a conviction.  Again, for example, in Pennsylvania, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is .08%, however, for a minor this limit is significantly lower, at .02%.  These DUI charges have significant penalties, as well, including fines, costs, potential jail time, and license suspension periods.

What if adults provided you with alcohol?

As illustrated above, there are serious charges and penalties if parents or adults knowingly provide alcohol to minors.   The reality is that some parents remember the first time they drank, whether it was underage or not, and want to be able to provide their child a safe environment to experiment with alcohol.  DUI lawyers frequently hear the excuse that since many kids inevitably try drinking alcohol, some parents just think it’s a good idea that they do so under supervision.

However, selling/furnishing/providing alcohol to minors can carry significant penalties, no matter what state you are in.  Much like how there are a number of charges that a minor could be charged with for drinking underage, there are typically a number of charges for adults, as well.  If minors are seriously injured due to the alcohol provided by an adult, even more serious criminal charges can be filed.  Furthermore, parents or adults who provide alcohol to minors which in turn results in the death in the minor or someone else are also subject to civil liability under a negligence theory or a particular state’s Dram Shop Laws.  

Unlike the charges and penalties faced by minors for underage drinking, which may be eligible for “diversion” or probationary programs for first time offenders, the criminal charges and penalties faced by parents or adults in furnishing the alcohol are not.  They are serious charges, which tend to carry substantial fines and significant jail time.

About the author:

As part of the experience PA DUI lawyers at The Martin Law Firm, P.C., located in Blue Bell, PA. Alex Magid, Esquire provides legal representation in the areas of DUI and criminal defense as well as wills, trusts, and estates. Alex is a graduate of Penn State University, where he earned his degree in Crime, Law & Justice. To read more of Attorney Magid’s work, please visit www.jbmartinlaw.com/blog.

The Power of Dads


Last week was rough, my main guy was out of town. And though I joke about pulling more than my weight when it comes to the house and kids, the truth is that my husband pulls more than his weight around here.
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Especially when it comes to the nighttime routine.
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Grill Out : Grilling Shortcuts

We are determined to grill out every weekend this summer. It’s going to be a tight fit with all the other summer weekend things we want to do but fortunately I have short cuts. Today I am sharing two of my favorites:

Grilling Shortcut Ribs

Ribs are the hidden secret of grill outs. You can pick up an awesome rack of smoked ribs from your favorite meatery and have them ready to serve in twenty minutes or so. The ones above are from Missouri local Burgers Smokehouse. I am obsessed with their hickory smoked ribs. they sent me some recently and we went through the rack in point two seconds. For guests, I like to cut up the smoked ribs on a platter. Side note: they are also fabulous for cocktail parties. Their sauced ones are awesome too. To warm up sauced ribs, place heavy duty foil on the low heat of the grill and let them sit for about fifteen minutes. Then take the whole piece of foil (with oven gloves on!) and slide onto a platter.

Grill Shortcuts Sliders
Sliders are my other go to. They are way easier than cooking burgers, especially for a crowd. They are super simple to make but if you are feeling lazy most grocery stores make them. For rolls, check out dinner rolls or King’s Hawaiian mini rolls. Then set up a condiment bar. Or do a pre-dinner foraging trip. Seriously, your kids will flip over this! Check out this guide to backyard plants you can eat and use them as toppings.

Hope these two ideas get you in the backyard and grilling ASAP. Do you have a favorite grilling shortcut?

Travel Tuesday : Spending Ramadan in Brunei

Traveling in the Middle East is one of my dreams, especially with the World Cup headed to Qatar. So I am collecting lots of tips ahead of time!

Once a year, in the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world avoid drinking, eating and smoking before sunset. Although non-Muslim travellers might feel as though they should be wary of travelling to Brunei during this period, there’s actually no need for caution. In fact, Ramadan can be a fascinating time to explore a predominantly Muslim nation – the evenings are often filled with feasting, social gatherings and lively events.


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Ten Things To Do This Summer

It’s summer time! Well not really, since my girls still aren’t out of school thanks to the GOT like Winter. But I can’t hold it back any longer, so this week is all about summer. In the past, I have attempted extensive summer bucket lists, but this summer I am being realistic and naming only ten things I want to do.

Summer Bucket List
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Prep for Summer : Summerize Your Legs

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Was that not the longest winter ever? Once I thawed out, I spent some time over the weekend prepping my legs for summer, especially my knees. Now that the girls can swim, I spend a lot more time looking at my knees as I peer over my book to make sure those are happy screams, not homicidal ones. My summer will be spent being a knee gazer.

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5 Natural Remedies for Stomach Cramps

For five star Friday, here are five natural remedies for stomach pain!

5 Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain
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Ten Ways to Get Out Stubborn Summer Stains

Summertime and the living is easy, and so are the stains. From ice pops to grass stained knees, clothing just seems to attract stains during the summer. Shout set me up for summer with a package of stain fighters. And they want to give one of you one too. After all, just because stains happen, doesn’t mean you should stop having fun. Shout will even help you find some with their new fun finder.

And if you don’t catch the stain in time for Shout, here are ten ways to get out stubborn stains!

Ten Ways to get Rid of Stubborn Stains
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A Gift for All Those Extra Teachers

When it comes to gifts for teachers, our go to teacher gift is a gift card. But for all those assistant teachers, counselors, art teachers, and so on, we try to put together a little something. These cups are perfect for Summer but can be customized for Winter too.

Cheap Teacher Gift Idea



Did I mention that they cost about $2 to make?
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