Jenilee Wirtz

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Heartbreak and hope: Family faces two devastating cancer diagnoses

In Charity, New York Life, Why you need life insurance on April 7, 2011 at 1:40 am

Professionally, I find that many clients want to “hold off” on purchasing their life insurance.  I stress the fact that we truly never know what will happen to us, and share with them the importance of protecting our insurability. 


Elisa and Nathan Bond’s life seemed perfect. Not long after their fairy-tale wedding, they had a beautiful baby girl who was growing into a happy toddler. Outside of a few extra pounds Elisa wanted to shed, she couldn’t think of a single thing wrong with their lives.

But on Valentine’s Day, the fabric of their existence started to unravel. Nathan, 38, learned he had Stage 3 colon cancer and only a 65 percent chance of surviving the next five years.

They were still absorbing the news when, just nine days later, 36-year-old Elisa received an even worse diagnosis: the lump in her breast was malignant and her cancer had already spread. She had Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, and her chances of surviving another five years are just 16 percent.

Elisa has only one request for those following her family’s story, she told TODAY: “If you envision our circumstance, don’t envision the cancer, envision the healing. Envision us playing with Sadie when she’s 5, when she’s 10… arguing about the keys to the car when she’s 16. That’s what we ask.”

Read the full story & watch the video clip from the TODAY SHOW here!  To donate to Elisa & Nate, visit their blog.

If you or someone you know is “putting off” the decision to fund a life insurance policy, please share this story with them. 

For more information on New York Life Insurance Company, the products we offer, or for a free consultation please contact Jenilee Wirtz at 860-716-9899 or


Honey Dijon Pork Marinade

In Yummmm...Food! on March 29, 2011 at 8:55 am

The following is a recipe that a client shared with me.

It’s delicious; thought I’d pass it on!

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp lemon juice

Mix together. Marinate pork chops for 1 hour.

Cook Pork in sauce at 375 degrees uncovered for 30 minutes.

Enjoy! :  )

Sleep Calculator…Try it!

In Random!!!!, Uncategorized on February 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Seems like everyone is having issues sleeping lately!

If you’re not getting the zzZZzz you need, find out when you should wake up for the best possible sleep.

Thanks to Stumbleupon I found this AWESOME sleep calculator….Try it!


Click the picture above or click here!

“I’m all set. I have Life Insurance through my employer.”

In New York Life, Professional Advice, Why you need life insurance on February 4, 2011 at 2:16 am

…Are you though?

The following information is provided by AMPM Insure Insurance Community.  I found the article interesting enough to share because I constantly run across individuals that who think they’re “all set”-they already have life insurance through work.

Most employers that offer group life insurance pay for the coverage either up to the employee’s salary, or a multiple of that salary.

Additional coverage is sometimes offered for an additional cost to be paid by the employee. The cost for the additional coverage may be low for a younger person (in their 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s), but group coverage most often has premiums banded in 5 year intervals. For example, a given rate is charged for someone between ages 35-39, a higher rate for 40-44, and so on. Group life insurance also has some major limitations:

1. If you are in good health, you are being charged a higher rate than you may be able to get by purchasing your own individual life insurance policy.

2. Coverage is limited, usually to a multiple of your salary. Often this multiple does not adequately cover the total needs in the event of death. Someone making $75,000 per year may be able to get up to $300,000 of group life insurance, but may have a need for $1,000,000.

3. If you leave the company, you lose the insurance. Any portion the employer pays as a benefit is usually eliminated.

4. If you leave the company and are offered the chance to convert and keep your coverage, it will often be very, very expensive.

5. You don’t own the coverage. If your employer goes bankrupt, you may be left with nothing.

6. The cost of insurance as you reach older ages on a group policy such as 60, 65, and 70, becomes very expensive compared to the cost of buying your own life insurance policy.

When you purchase your own life insurance policy, you can lock in the benefit amount that YOU choose for the amount of time that YOU want. Your premiums are guaranteed never to increase for the period of time that you choose. Your total premium outlay over that time period will almost always be less expensive than group life insurance unless you are in very bad health.

If you have life insurance through work but would like to learn more information about setting up a personal policy, please contact me at (860) 298-1068 or

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies!

In New England Winter, Yummmm...Food! on February 2, 2011 at 7:47 am

If you’re in the mood for a VERY decadent treat, you may enjoy the recipe below.  The cookie is fabulous, and was relatively easy to make.  Very hands on though, I must prepare you!

The necessities:

  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 oz bag chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg. Oreo cookies

The operation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugars together with a mixer until well combined.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking soda.  Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined.  Using a cookie scoop take one scoop of cookie dough and place on top of an Oreo Cookie.  Take another scoop of dough and place on bottom of Oreo cookie.  Seal edges together by pressing and cupping in hand until Oreo cookie is enclosed with dough.  Place onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and bake cookies 9-13 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Makes about 2 dozen VERY LARGE cookies.
**This is rather accurate!  We had about 21-22 cookies in total; our first few were a little TOO large.  Try placing a clump of dough on the top, one on the bottom, and really squashing them thin.  The result of a “fatter” cookie?  Our photo above with the dough over the side.


Jenny Flake, thanks for the treat!  Enjoy!



“My screen looks strange after using a projector!”

In Social Media Madness on January 31, 2011 at 10:11 am

This is rather random, but if you’ve ever plugged your laptop into a projector, you may have noticed that everything looks different.  After experiencing this time and time again (and begging people in the office to try to fix it for me)…I’ve found a solution!

I’m not sure exactly what causes the “magnification” of the screen if you will, but I wanted to let my readers know the trick to getting their screen back to normal!  I finally stumbled upon a helpful article after googling the issue & here’s the trick!

Fn + F4

So simple & works wonders.  If you ever experience this issue, I hope this post helps! Thanks google!

Tuesday Night Dinner To-Go for 4..only $19.99

In Community Events, Support Local Business!, Yummmm...Food! on December 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Angelico’s Lakehouse in East Hampton, Angelico’s on the Boulevard in Glastonbury, and Angelico’s of New Britain are offering great deals on Tuesday nights, I had to share! 

$19.99 Tuesday Night Dinner To-Go for 4!!!

  • Includes Chef prepared salad
  • Chicken Parmigiana over penne pasta 
  • 6 warm dinner rolls

The meal is packed hot and ready to-go!   Angelico’s is featuring a different dinner each week…yum.  Give yourself a break tonight and let Angelico’s do the cooking for your family. Simply order yours by Noon on Tuesday at the Angelico’s Restaurant nearest you and let us do the work!

Remember, a different meal each week….let Angelico’s cook for you every Tuesday for less than $5 a person!

Call now! Lakehouse: 860-267-1276, Boulevard:  860-659-9300 , New Britain: 860-224-3811