Happy New Year !

We got back from London and took a drive to Orlando, Florida for New Year’s celebration.

We spent NYE with my nephew and his basketball team, as they had a conference game in Orlando.

We spent a few days in Orlando before heading to the beach.

We got back and had to do massive amounts of kiddy laundry plus our clothing from our trip and then we had to pick up the packages which arrived while we were away; mostly Christmas gifts.

I had the entire back of my SUV and the back seat loaded down with packages.

My baby was overwhelmed opening all of her packages and was mesmerized!

She still has toys that she has not opened yet. In fact, there are toys in storage from last Christmas that she never got around to opening so we boxed them up. They will all come in handy once we move to the lakehouse or farmhouse this Spring and we set up her playroom again.

We are excited for this new decade and all that is happening. I am manifesting great things !

My cooking show platform will launch this year and I will release 3 books before Spring. I am finishing up some studies in real estate development and will start the real estate license prelicensure course this week. I am doing some research on another field that is related and looking to launch a new LLC. Things are going well. We are just on week two and we have already sold one of the properties we bought this Fall. I started the REI to build generational wealth for my daughter. She gets so excited when I tell her that she sold another piece of property and now she can go shopping for some more. I think she believes that means she is going shopping for real lol.

I hope everyone is doing well and that you are implementing your goals /plans for your life !

Christmas In London – week two – The 411

We have been enjoying London ! We checked into the Conrad London St James and they have us in a two floor suite ! The hotel is amazing and we stayed here in 2018 when we came for baby girl’s Tea For Two themed Birthday trip.

We went to Westfields for some retail therapy and dinner, the London Sea Life Aquarium (which was disappointing), Oxford Street, and other areas of London.

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n Christmas Eve, we had a professional photo shoot. Baby girl was cranky and uncooperative at first. Can’t wait to see the pics !

After the shoot, we had Christmas Eve Tea at Westminister Abbey’s Cellarium Cafe and later had dinner at a pizza shoppe on Victoria Street.

Christmas morning, I was up for a while waiting on the baby to wake up ! She fell asleep last night but woke up a few hours later wanting to do a pic-mick (picnic) so I ordered room service.

Mommy Klaus woke up early and set up and just waited!

My baby girl finally woke up at almost 11 am. Santa also left a stocking on the door that he had the hotel staff leave for her.

Baby girl awoke and immediately came down and opened her gifts. I explained that Santa took most of her gifts to our home. She loved her books and toys.

We got dressed and went to Christmas Day service at Westminister Abbey. The boys choir sang. Right after we had dinner reservations.

Before we left, the hotel manager came by with a card and gift for me ! Parfum !!

The staff here are superb !

2019/2020 Companies Which Cover Fertility Treatments – The 411

Nike
Live nation
Wayfair
Hilton – needs to be a corporate location
Bank of America – unlimited
Spectrum
Michael kors
Adidas
Nestle – 25k closest outlets
American Airlines
Pepsi co- 35k
American eagle
Dicks
ASPCA
Uline
Target – after 1 year work a min of 28hrs
Breakthru beverage
PayPal
Monster
Expedia
Citi- Tampa 24k 7500k day 1 ft
Capital one 60k
Wells Fargo 60k
Toyota
Ups
Costco
Ford – corporate only not dealerships
Academy sports
Under armor- 3cycles /30 days after employment
Walgreens 15k 10k meds or 30k 20k meds
30hr week. 60 days after employment
Quicken loans
Staples
Comcast
Fed ex
Xfinity
Kohl’s
Nike -y 25k 10k meds
Amazon FT, 10 % oop 1 cycle, 2 if no live birth
Chase 30k, 10k
American Express 25k 10k
Duke energy 25k
5th 3rd Bank 2 rounds benefits 30 days from Employment
Spectrum 10k
Comcast – 2 retrieval’s 2 transfers 12 weeks maternity at 💯
Cocoa cola- 25k
Fidelity 30k
Cvs 10
Sprint 10
Gap-20k
Ally financial – 3 full cycles including meds
IKEA
Apple -20
Macy’s -33k
Petsmart
BNP -30k
Td bank -10
Anthem -10
Cigna -10
Barclays -30k
fresenius medical care -50k
Archer Daniels midland -40,10 ft day 1
Cisco – 50k
eBay – ?, Meds 5k, day 1
Anthem BCBS
Pershing LLC/ BNY mellon -20k,10k
REI inc -3 rounds part and full time Day 1
James Lang la sale -20k + 5kmeds, FT, day 1
United health care or optum 15,10
L brands 10k
W.L. Gore and associates 25k
Disney-11k
Pyramid hotel group – unlimited
Morgan Stanley 15k. 30k
Wellsfargo 25,10
J.P. Morgan 30k
Master card 30k
Metlife
Red Bull 1 round
Td bank 25k
Exxon mobile 3 rounds
Prudential 20
Geico 25
Time Warner cable
Avid technology – 25k
Morgan Stanley
Edward Jones 15k
Geico 25k
Farmers ins 10k ft
Symantec -2 rounds
Humana – 10k no meds
IStarbucks -15k 5k pt 20hrs week
Convergys- 20k work from home
Hertz – 2 positions (25k 10k meds, day 1 )
Bank of America
Verizon -20k
T-Mobile – 25k
Bio life -25k 20hrs week
Aldi ft –
Hilton – needs to be corporate
Jc penny -25k, 10k, FT, day 1

Halloween 2019 – The 411

This year, my baby girl dressed as Minnie Mouse ! I found this adorable get up on Amazon.com.

We went to a local mall to trick or treat since I do not trust neighborhoods and we are also on a retirement resort with a bunch of old gray hairs and no children, during this time of year. My baby had a blast.

My mom was mopping around and depressed given the diagnosis she had received the day prior.

I looked at her and told her to get her buns up and let’s go ! I explained that God has brought her through cancer THREE times and He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore… at least that is what MY faith says. I told her we are not doing this nonsense ! She can put on a fake smile and go celebrate with her granddaughter. She reluctantly obliged. Lol.

We had a good time and my mom did a little shopping.

Life Is A Rollercoaster – The 411

Above are a few photos from our five week stay in Italy.

For CGB’s 3rd birthday, I planned a month long tour of Italy. #CGBTakesItaly2019 and Pizza Pasta and Gelato were the running themes.

We began our trip by flying into Rome. We spent four nights in Rome then departed for Southern Italy and spent a week in Naples. We took day trips to Capri, Amalfi Coast etc. Next we headed North to Florence, Switzerlaand for a day, Tuscany, then Milan, then Venice, Murano and Burano Islands.

The food was amazing and the people are genuinely nice.

During the last leg of our trip, the baby and I developed flu like symptoms and had runny noses. My mom fell and hit her head then fell again the next day in the hotel lobby and hit her head. She was a bit of it the next few days. So much so that I called for an ambulance to escort her to the hospital. It was determined that she had pneumonia so the kept her. Two days later, the bloodwork revealed that she had legionaire’s disease. We learned that our bout with flu like symptoms was actually Pontiac Fever, a mild version of Legionella bacteria exposure. My mom was in the hospital a little over a week and we were stuck in Venice.

I demanded that she be released from the hospital since she was responding well to antibiotics and doing well. So we flew out two days later to NYC and then to the beach. I had a movie to shoot in ATL a few days after that so I needed to get back. After the film wrapped, I had to travel to DC.

It has been a whirlwind but I got through it.

Just when I thought things would calm down a bit, my Mother’s docs determined that there is a lesion on her spine with suspicious activity which will require her to undergo radiation therapy.

This rollercoaster called life tends to be way too much to bear at times, but I am grateful that we are all here and I look forward to the later being better that the former.

Starbucks Expands Fertility Benefits -The 411

Employees at Starbucks now have access to broader fertility benefits.

Starting this month, the coffee giant is bolstering its benefits to reimburse for surrogacy and intrauterine insemination not covered by health insurance. Workers will receive reimbursements of up to $10,000 per qualifying event, with a lifetime maximum of $30,000.

Lifetime maximums for fertility benefits are also increasing under Starbucks medical plans — to $25,000 from $15,000 for fertility services, and to $10,000 from $5,000 for prescription drugs. All full- and part-time benefit employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible for the benefits.

A company spokesperson told Employee Benefit News, Starbucks wanted to update its Family Expansion Reimbursement program to assist employees whose needs are not fully met by health insurance.

“We made this change to assist partners whose needs may not be met by their healthcare insurance company, such as same-gender couples looking to become parents or individuals seeking fertility services,” a Starbucks spokesperson said in an email.

While nearly all (87%) employers cover some kind of infertility benefit through their health plan, companies are expanding their benefits to cover different services such as surrogacy and egg freezing, according to data from the National Business Group on Health. Of that group, some 71% of employers cover in vitro fertilization, 69% cover artificial insemination and 34% cover egg freezing.

Fertility services are often expensive — the average IVF cycle costs $12,000, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Benefits that cover some of the cost can help to ease the burden on workers. Large employers including Microsoft, Cisco and MassMutual all offer fertility benefits to workers.

Starbucks has been making big changes to its benefits. Last year the company said it would spend $250 million on new employee benefits including a pay boost for domestic workers, in the wake of the federal tax overhaul. In September, the company updated its employee assistance program with a new long-term initiative that includes an enhanced employee assistance program and mental health training for store managers, which will begin in the second quarter of next year.

“We brought 12,000 store leaders together for an unprecedented session on mental well-being and emotional first aid,” Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement about the updated EAP program. “That was just the first step in a new long-term initiative to take a stand, help break the stigma around mental health, and get even more partners and their loved ones the support they need.”

Starbucks offers a number of other family-friendly benefits including parental leave, employee and family sick time, and backup child and adult care. It also provides tuition reimbursement to workers looking to earn a bachelor’s degree.

“We are consistently evolving our benefits as we continue to listen and learn from our partners (employees),” the company told EBN. “It has long been our belief that when we put our partners first.”

Vatican and Colusseum Tour – the photo 411

Today we took a full day tour of the Vatican and Colusseum. My mother got separated from the group an hour into the 3 hr Vatican tour. We did not find her until towards the end and my daughter showed her natural born AZZ this day right here !

It was a combination of not sleeping all night and having to leave out at 7 am which is 1 am back home, sleepiness, crankiness and feeding off of my anxiety about my mom… we knew by checking that she had not fallen ill, so she was just separated. What could go wrong in a foreign country when you get separated, left your phone, ID, money etc with the baby and I?

Well, here are a few photos lol.