Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Vacation Destinations with Natural Beauty That Leaves You Speechless

There are so many places to go on vacation that sometimes the most difficult thing is narrowing it down to a few destinations and then making a final choice. One criteria that makes that easier is to opt for a naturally beautiful destination.

While many vacation spots have activities and interesting places to explore, being surrounded by wonderous nature is at once life reaffirming and revitalizing too. While a spa day also helps to revive your body, mind and spirit, there’s nothing like stepping out of your villa or bedroom into a scenic view that leaves you breathless.

Here are several suggestions for places to go that have natural beauty as a key selling point.

Minnesota for the Lakes

Minnesota is known for the numerous bodies of water through the state. The lakes are plentiful, and the lakeside resorts abound in the area. The Minnesota resorts make best use of this natural splendor by offering well-situated accommodation, useful facilities and amenities that provide everything that you and your traveling companion(s) could want.

Many resorts are family-friendly too, so look out for resorts that have a swimming pool which is suitable for children. Some resorts organize events for children during the day which allows the parents to relax more on their vacation. Just being able to get back that feeling of being a couple again for a few precious hours provides a respite from the parental responsibilities that’s priceless.

Yellowstone for Majestic Beauty

Yellowstone is filled with impressive beauty throughout. There’s thousands of miles of mountains and deep canyons to explore with many adventurers traveling to this destination to go rock climbing. The hot springs and geysers that push steam high into the air in bursts is a sight to see and something children may never have experienced first-hand before. There are copious waterfalls to trek out to see as well. Yellowstone is the place to be for anyone with a clear love of the outdoors and who doesn’t mind putting some wear on their hiking boots.

This is Lewis and Clark country right here. John Colter scouted the region on their behalf and came back with tales of the magnificence of Yellowstone that few people believed in the early 1800s when he first spoke of it. These days, this national park is no longer a secret held by a select few. Along with the hiking, there’s plenty of wildlife that can be spotted if you’re sly and keep an eye out for it.

Florida for the Palm Trees

Along with virtually endless sunshine, for anyone who’s never been to somewhere tropical, the line of palm trees frequently observed in Florida is a sight to see. The lush state with plantations, copious greenery and tempting turquoise waters as far as the eye can see doesn’t disappoint.
The Florida Keys is fascinating in its own right with several different keys to explore. They’re expected to be underwater due to rising water levels in the decades to come, so it’s a good idea to explore them while you still can. It’s best to fly down to Florida and hire a car if you want to explore the Keys fully.

A trip to Disneyland is fine, but it’s difficult to find natural things there. It’s all manufactured rides and commercialism. To get something natural and not overly touristic, you must seek out the natural beauty that abounds in America.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Bellagio Water Fountain Show

If there's one thing I love about the  Vegas trip we did last year , it was the night we went to we went to watch the Bellagio fountain show.  Not only we enjoyed how beautiful the water fountain display was, we also enjoyed the  display inside this resort.  As I have mentioned in my previous post, we couldn't  find any parking space in the nearby places so we took a chance of going inside the  resort's  parking garage and we were lucky to have found one.   
By doing so, we got the chance to go inside the resort and see their beautiful conservatory and botanical garden, it was  really gorgeous! Bellagio is in the heart of  city, the structures like the Eifel tower makes it so romantic despite the hot weather lol.  But honestly, if you are staying at Bellagio, you will get to see a lot of cool stuff especially during at night.

We got roped into  people whose job is to pose with kids in their costumes and asked for tips.  The kids did not really want to have their picture taken but the young man was very persuasive and told them that  it would be a great remembrance of  their Las Vegas trip to see a picture with Superman lol.
Batman was also  enticing them but I said  I will just take a picture of him without the kids.
My son got very exhausted, I think the hot weather   was too much for him, we had to let him sit in the chair at the entrance area of the hotel because he didn't feel good after  watching the  water fountain show.
Bellagio's ceiling, their statues on top  of the building and all their display inside are all  beautiful.  The pictures I took does not do the justice but if you go there, you will see what I mean.
Here's a couple of videos I managed to record.  Enjoy!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

How To Make Your Family Camping Trip A Total Success

Going camping with your family can be an incredible bonding experience or a complete disaster. That’s why you need to plan ahead and be organized throughout the trip. We have some important tips to help you out.
Get The Right Tent
Your tent is the number-one thing to get right. It will be there to protect you from the elements, which means you want to select the best one.

If you have a big family, then you may want to consider a Coleman 6 Person Tent. It has enough space for six adults.
Of course, there are many options on the market. Just make sure you consider your budget and the weather conditions you will be facing, before making a decision.

Focus On Sun Protection
You’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors so make sure you're protecting your kids and your partner (and yourself) from UV rays. Make sure everyone has a hat and bring plenty of sunscreen.

It's recommended that you bring a shade cloth that you can then host up on some poles. This will make a sun-free area for eating and relaxing.

Educate Your Kids
Don’t let the young ones sit on the sidelines. Get them involved with putting up the tent, unpacking, making a fire, and cooking. Doing so is a good way to develop their self-sufficiencyat ayoung age. Hopefully, they will also have fun and develop a passion for camping.

Plan Some Fun Activities
A camping trip is the time to ditch the phones and tablets. To fill up your family’s time, you should plan some fun activities. Fishing is a great option if there is an available water source. Other good options include hiking, bushcraft, and swimming. When the sun sets, you could consider playing a game of spotlight.

Bring More Than You Think You Will Need
It always pays to bring way more food and drink then you think you will need. You never know what could happen or how fast your kids may devour snacks and glug down water. The last thing you want to do is go for a supply run, especially if you’re miles from the closest store.
Prepare For Any Weather Conditions
You should come prepared for sun, rain, heat, and cold. You can never entirely rely on weather forecasts anyway. Make sure your family all bring appropriate clothing for a range of weather conditions. They should all have a warm garment and a waterproof jacket.
Don’t Be Afraid To Reschedule
If truly harsh weather is in the forecast, then it may be a good idea to put off your trip. A storm can turn a fun weekend away into a terrible ordeal.

Final Thoughts
Don’t let your camping trip turn into a disaster. You want the outing to be a good opportunity for bonding with your kids and teaching them about the outdoors. That’s why it pays to plan ahead and not skip over the finer details.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Driving Around Vegas at Night

When we went to Vegas, we weren't aware of the Bellagio Water Fountain Show, thanks to a friend of mine who has been there  a few times, she told me about it.  So we decided to go and see it.  We made a mistake of driving because we couldn't find a parking area lol.  I think we spent more than half of time  driving than if we just walk from o9ur hotel to Bellagio.  We didn't even think about walking but since we were already out, we just  took  our time to find a parking space..
 Our hotel has a huge parking space so we thought we could easily find a  parking spot in any of the  hotel near the  Bellagio but we were dead wrong.  My husband was getting so frustrated already but I just  enjoy the view although the temperature was really hot.
 So for those of you  who are planning to visit Vegas, just walk during night time because it is easier to go to your destination by foot  rather than  on wheels.
 I think that  walking during night time  especially on Winter and Fall  weather is rather enjoyable.  During Summer time though, it is a different story although it is still  preferable to walk at night.
 See how many hotels we checked out trying to find a parking space?
 It also did not help that we  were new to Vegas so we found it really hard to  drive around.
 The good thing about it is, we had time to  see  the city.  I told my husband that if we would have known, we should have just  travel on foot even though we sweat lol.
 When you are in Vegas, you get to see  different famous  structures like the Eiffel Tower and many others. 
 Anyway, after  half an hour of driving around, we  took a chance of going to the Bellagio parking garage and  voila, we found a space to park!  You have to pay  if you are not a patron in the hotel but we said, it's okay, we just want to see the  water fountain show.
 I will  upload the video and  shared it here  soon, that's if Youtube does not censor it because while the show is going on, there is also music being played and usually, Yoputube does not   approve or publish your  video.  We will see what will happen.  

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Home Appeal That Comes From the Heart

When was the last time you really put some thought into your home decor? Adding appeal to your home should really come from personal touches and design ideas, but there are of course times where it’s more efficient to just hire a designer.

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But is that really your own personal touch?

Let’s face it, as brilliant as it looks when a renovator is down giving your home a makeover, it’s still not as appealing as doing it yourself or injecting your own personal flavour into your decor arrangement. Personality is key when designing your home and it’s important to focus adding appeal that comes from the heart, not your wallet.

Adding Personal Touches

One of the best ways to personalize your home is to simply add some personal touches. Yes, this sounds like a basic and boring tip, but that’s really all there is to it. Think of it this way; when you enter someone else’s home what’s the most interesting thing to look at? Is it that expensive modern vase that they have no attachment to, or is it that framed family photograph of their family? Most likely the photograph!
For a simple personal touch, consider adding picture frames to cabinets or even walls around your home. It’s a fantastic way to inject some appeal to your home and it’s more satisfying (in most cases) to see pictures of your family instead of some modern art painting that makes no sense to you.

The Proper Renovators to Use

When hiring a contractor or a renovator to help give your home a makeover, you should be looking at the cheaper solutions that can be customised, not a turnkey solution. For example, services like Million Dollar Makeovers are far better than regular expensive contractors because they can listen to your design and help you achieve the results that you want. If you’re going to recruit someone and pay them money to pretty-up your home, then you should at least have some kind of input.

Before you hire a contractor, make sure you gather inspiration first. Whether it’s snipping clips from fashion magazines or starting a Pinterest gallery of your favourite internet images, gather ideas and show your scrapbook (or online album) to your contractor and work together to design a home that comes from your heart.

Focus on Important Aspects

There are many important aspects of what makes a home truly feel like a home. Things like the kitchen appliances you use or even the television in your living room don’t matter as much as the colours you paint the walls or the rug that you rest your feet on. Many people don’t appreciate just how much of a difference a simple splash of colour can make to a dull room and they focus too much on unimportant components of a room such as the technology.
In short, if you’re going to design a room that appeals to you and comes from your heart, you need to think more creatively and less logically.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Turning Talent Into Cash Is Easier Than You Think

No matter how old you get, hobbies are incredibly important. Hobbies enrich our lives. They grow our skills, help us build confidence and build new neural pathways in our brains, helping our brains to stay young and healthy regardless of our years… All while giving us a sense of true purpose and fulfilment and allowing us to feel like ourselves in a way that our day jobs rarely allow. Making time to indulge your creative mind can be difficult when you work full time and have kids to look after, but no matter how hectic your schedule, you owe it to yourself to spend an hour a day or so doing something that makes you feel good about yourself.

Not only can your hobby be a wonderful activity, it can also be an enjoyable and rewarding way to make money. Thanks to the wonders of digital technology people all over the world are making money alongside their day wage (or even replacing their day wage) by peddling their wares in the enormous marketplace that is the internet. If you yearn to turn your passion into a side hustle, it really can be easier than you’d think...

Build a portfolio

Firstly, it’s time to prove that anyone can be an artist. Building a portfolio of work will not only help you to hone your craft and find your voice creatively, it will help you stand out from the amateurs and chancers looking to make a quick buck. Whether you turn your talents to crafts, graphic design, painting or photography, you must have a healthy body of work to be taken seriously. 

By the time you’ve built up a substantial body of work, you’ll know which works are worthy of selling and which you should keep to document your growth as a creative.

Choose a platform

When you have your portfolio of work assembled, you need to choose the right platform to enable you to sell your work quickly and easily while enabling you to keep enough of the money to make the process of selling worthwhile. You’ll also need a reliable courier like Shiply to ensure that your items (even large or heavy items) reach your customers intact. There are numerous options open to you;

  • eBay- Quick and easy to use, with a potentially massive potential market for your work. There’s also a lot of competition and more fees than…
  • Etsy- Etsy is the go to site of choice for those who want to buy and sell art but while it also brings with it a huge market, there’s also a lot of competition. Plus Etsy’s search algorithms make it hard for new artists to get noticed.
  • Shopify- Many people who struggle with Etsy have found success with Shopify. You can even port your inventory from Etsy over to Shopify quickly and easily. 
  • Your own online shop- If you’re prepared to put in the time, effort and money to build your own online shop you’ll be able to keep more of your earnings… But you’ll have to grow your own audience.

Get social

Being active on social media is a great way to grow your audience while engaging with a wonderful and supportive community of your fellow artists. Post pictures of your work in progress as well as any items you have for sale. You should also start up a blog allowing your followers to peek behind the curtain of your creative efforts, so that others can learn to better their craft through your endeavors. You’ll organically grow a market of appreciative repeat customers.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

6 Surprising Things That Happen When You Get Serious About Fitness

There is a point in life when you can’t deny it any longer: you’re going to have to focus on your fitness, once and for all. The need for exercise is overwhelming if you are concerned about all aspects of your health; not only does exercise improve your cardiovascular health, but it has been linked to helping people combat mental health concerns, too. It’s simple: exercise is essential, and that means you need to start paying attention to your personal fitness.

That’s not to say this decision is an easy one. Many of us have an up-and-down relationship with fitness; we engage for awhile, then life gets in the way, and our gym passes and at-home equipment fall into disuse. Persuading yourself to make a long-term commitment to your fitness isn’t easy, but it is achievable with a little willpower and focus.

So you make the commitment 

You decide that the time is right, and you’re going to knuckle down. You manage to maintain your enthusiasm past the first few weeks. Then you notice the improvements beginning to show; the pounds lost, the muscles tightened, the improved stamina, the general improvement in your mood. These benefits are enough to keep you going. 

Weeks pass. Then months. And eventually, you’ve reached the metaphorical summit: you have accepted exercise into your life, and you’re now a committed fan. 

As well as all the benefits you will experience if you make the transition from fitness-avoider to fitness-lover, you might also find yourself engaging in a number of thoughts and behaviors you’d never imagined you’d experience. If you’re a latecomer to fitness who is now a dedicated fan, you might recognize the following… 

1) You find yourself disappointed when you have to cancel exercise time

When you first started exercising, you probably seized on any excuse not to do it. Your friend needed you to run an errand for them? Had to catsit for your neighbor? Your plants needed watering? All of these and more would be prioritized over exercise, because you didn’t really want to exercise. 

Now you’ve transformed into a fitness fanatic, life couldn’t be more different. You now actively dislike the idea of having to cancel your plans to workout; you now avoid the distractions, turning completely 180 from your previous behavior. It’s an outstanding change that can feel quite alien at first, but it’s definitely a very good sign. 

2) You’re more interested in the educational side of fitness

As you become more committed to your fitness regime, you find yourself starting to become curious about the science behind working out. Rather than scanning through newspapers and blogs online, you find yourself drawn to information regarding the benefits of short, high-intensity workouts, or medical studies on the prevention of bone spurs. 

This is entirely natural; you essentially have a new hobby, and even when you’re not working out, you’re going to have fitness on your mind. The great thing is that all this studying can be leveraged to help you meet your fitness goals more efficiently, as well as providing you with some mental stimulation to go along with the physical exertion. 

3) You want to share your newfound love with everyone

When humans enjoy something, we tend to want to share the good news and encourage others to try it. It’s our way of trying to spread positivity, as well as find friends and family members to share our interest with. Even if you try not to, you’ll soon find yourself extolling the benefits of exercise at any given opportunity. 

For some people, this need to spread the word about their new passion becomes overwhelming, and they begin to think about discussing the matter with the general populace too. You may find yourself wanting to start a blog or Instagram account to discuss fitness, or perhaps even contemplating the fact that it's never too late to become a personal trainer, and seriously contemplating a change in your career. All of these changes are completely natural, and you never know, such enthusiasm to share might lead to exciting opportunities in the future. 

4) You begin to buy dedicated fitness clothes

Once, gym clothes were whatever you had available-- an old t-shirt and a pair of trainers that had seen better days. As you become more committed to your fitness lifestyle, you will find that these basics are no longer sufficient. 

It’s likely that you will eventually cave and treat yourself to some dedicated fitness clothes. There’s absolutely no harm in this. For one thing, you’ll be more comfortable when working out -- dedicated fitness clothes tend to be made of more breathable, comfortable fabrics -- and it’s also a way of rewarding yourself for your hard work. While it’s inadvisable to spend a small fortune, there’s nothing wrong with investing in workout clothes that feel comfortable and easier to move in. 

5) You become accustomed to aches and pains

Unless you are blessed with incredible genetics or outright good luck, it’s rarely possible to commit to an exercise regime without sustaining an injury or six. Whether it’s rashes caused by sweat or a swollen ankle due to a little too much time on the treadmill, physical discomfort is all part of the fitness package. 

What may surprise you is just how easily you take these injuries in your stride. Rather than being distressed and wanting to quit your workouts forever, you just do what you need to do to feel comfortable, and then continue on with your life. The reason this happens is simple: yes, you’re seeing the occasional downside from your new exercise regime, but you’re seeing too many upsides for a small setback to change your mind about how beneficial exercise can be. 

It is worth noting that if you are in severe discomfort due to exercise issues or injuries, then you should take a break to let yourself heal. It’s unwise to carry on regardless of the problems you are experiencing, and a few days break will at least help to keep you fresh for your triumphant workout return when you’re all healed.

6) You get bored quickly

This issue is one of the less enjoyable parts of becoming a dedicated fan of fitness, but it happens to a huge number of people, so it’s worth discussing. When you exercise regularly, you run the risk of becoming bored by the routine you have developed. As you are doing the same routine constantly, potentially for months on end, the potential for a drop in excitement is inevitable. Before you committed yourself to fitness, you didn’t have the chance to get bored by your routine because you simply weren’t doing it enough. Now you are, and your regime is thus running the risk of feeling dull. 

This issue is why you should always change your fitness regime frequently. Try a new class or a new discipline; something totally different from what you have done before. This helps to expand your horizons in terms of fitness and, more importantly, keep you from feeling bored to the point of not wanting to workout. There are literally thousands of different exercise classes and sports you can try to keep your interest levels peaked, so don’t tolerate a boring exercise regime: change frequently whenever you feel the need for something new. 

In conclusion

Ultimately, the switch from fitness-naysaying to fitness-aficionado is a strange, disconcerting, and overwhelmingly good one. You’ve made the leap and now you can enjoy life on the other side. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Visit to Italy May Soon Be On Your Travel Agenda

Are you ready for something truly out of the ordinary? If you are sick and tired of visiting your local park or camp site every single time you get a week of vacation, why not totally flip the script? If you thought that you could never afford to visit the historic land of Italy, you could not be more wrong. As it turns out, it costs far less for you to make the trip to the Eternal City of Rome than you think. On top of that, you can journey all around the nation of Italy and take in some of the world's most historic sites for pennies on the dollar of what it used to cost.

Why is Going on a Trip to Italy Such an All Time Aspiration?

There are many reasons why you may wish to visit the historic land of Italy. You may wish to see the homeland of your ancestors, or connect with family members and friends who call this nation home. You may have a keen interest in history and thus may wish to see some of the world's most renowned sites. These include the majestic Roman ruins that are scattered all across the landscape. You may wish to visit the Vatican or Pompeii or a thousand other landmarks. Or you may simply wish to enjoy some of the world's highest rated and most highly sought after continental cuisine.

You Don't Need to Book Your Italian Vacation the Old Fashioned Way 

In the old days, you used to leaf through a dusty old travel brochure to find the vacation spot you desired. These days, you use the web to get daily - sometimes, even hourly - updates on all of the areas you desire to visit. Instead of doing things the old fashioned way, you can now use the web.

You Can Use the Power of the World Wide Web to Make Your Dream Come True

Thanks to a major upgrade in technology, you can now use the power of the world wide web to make all of your vacation dreams come true. There are tons of travel agencies out there, such as Kensington Tours among others, that can help you book the vacation of a lifetime for less than you may think. You no longer have to pay an arm and a leg to get out of the country in order to experience the vacation of your dreams. All you need to know is how to use a vacation travel site to book the trip that you desire. It's quicker, easier, and more cost effective than ever before and it's up to you. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

5 Different Ways To Celebrate Your Anniversary This Year

In life, there are always going to be those kinds of occasions that we love to mark. For some, it will always be birthdays above all else. Others will prefer to celebrate family holidays like Christmas. But then there are the more romantic that love nothing more than to make a fuss over anniversaries. And if you’re one of them, you’re in for a treat.
When you’ve been with your significant other for some time, you can start to run out of ways to spend your anniversary. And this can be tough. Because we all know that gifts for men are hard to choose, so trying to pick out the perfect date is doubly hard. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. If you’re all out of ideas, here are five different ways that you could spend your anniversary this year.

Stay In and Cook

Up first is something that tends to go down well with those that love nothing more than to stay in and get cozy. Because you don’t always want to get dressed up and head out. And you certainly don’t have to do it to have a good time. If you’ve done the fancy stuff before, then why not keep this year simple? In your casual clothes, cook up your favorite meal, and just enjoy each others company, without anyone else around.
Enjoy A Day Out

But it doesn’t all have to be about dinner. We get so used to date being in the evening, that we forget all about good old-fashioned day dates. And when you’re heading on a day out, they can be the most fun of all. From ice skating to heading on a hike, you can have a lot of fun and still get to spend quality time together by enjoying a nice day out.
Recreate Your First Date

If you really want to do something special this year, why not look to recreate your first date. While this doesn’t have to be the exact date that you had, you just need to think about going back to the restaurant you ate at, or the movie theatre you went to. By doing something like this, you’ll both be filled with love and memories of when you met. And what could be cuter than that on your anniversary?
Our first date 15 years ago - Legazpi City, Philippines
Head On Vacation

When life gets busy, you may even struggle to take time out to have a date unless you make big plans. Because work and other life commitments can often creep in. So this gives you the perfect excuse to head on vacation. There are so many exciting and romantic anniversary trip ideas that you could consider taking, and it’s also a great way to mark a special anniversary too.
Our 14th wedding anniversary at Grand Canyon

Throw A Party

But sometimes, you don’t want to celebrate alone. When that’s the case, why not bring everyone else in your life into the celebrations too? If you’ve got real close friends and family, throwing a party or even heading out to a big dinner could be exactly what you need to really enjoy yourself this year.

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