Dear Diary,

Spring is officially upon us! The season brings warmer weather and roads trips. As you make travel plans to enjoy the rising temperatures, be sure to add car maintenance to your itinerary. Although you will no longer navigate around snow and ice, the roadways may get slick, thanks to April showers. And the changing season means you may need to change filters, wiper blades or tires. Here’s a list to get your car set for spring.

1. Spring Clean: Take time to clean your car inside and out. Be sure to get an undercarriage wash to rinse away the salt left from the winter.

2. Conduct Checks: The winter weather likely wore down your tire treads, which can cause your car to hydroplane. So, check the treads as well as the pressure. Spring is also a good time to rotate your tire. Also, replace your windshield wipers, if the salt caused some wear and tear. Replace your air filters, check your headlights and pump up your air conditioning system. Don’t wait for a warm day to find out your car is blowing out warm air.

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Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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