How to Watch Your Weight on Holiday

Posted by admin on July 24, 2015
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How to Watch Your Weight on Holiday

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When you go on holiday it doesn’t mean that you have to pick up weight. You are able to have fun, try local dishes and still not pick up weight. Here is how you are able to avoid weight gain whilst you are on holiday.

Take your Own Snacks

You can’t count on if there is going to be something healthy to eat so take it with you. If you are going on a road trip then you can pack a cooler with fresh vegetables, cheeses and bars. If you are flying take nuts and dried fruits in your carry on, but not too many of them.

The Meat

Meat will usually equal weight gain especially if there is a lot of salt. You should try and skip meat for one meal a day and go for a fresh salad or an omelet with veggies.

What to Splurge on

When you are on holiday, temptation will be knocking. You need to save your splurge for that great dish. Have a look at where you will be going in advance and the places where you really want to splurge.

Keep Moving

When you travel your workout routine will fall by the wayside, but you shouldn’t give up on exercise. You should work in exercise whenever you can by taking the stairs, go for a hike or just walk around. You can also take a swim at the local pool to help burn the calories.

Airplane Food

Many airlines now offer healthy food options. They might not be ideal, but if you are not able to take your own snacks then these are perfect and better than waiting to get off the plane where you will be lured by quick and easy food.

There are plenty of ways to keep the weight off whilst you are on holiday and you have probably worked hard to lose weight before you go away so that bikini looks amazing. No matter if you are going on holiday locally or overseas you will find plenty of opportunities to keep your weight in check.

 

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Dinosaur Attractions in the Beehive State

Posted by admin on June 22, 2015
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Dinosaur Attractions in the Beehive State

With the Jurassic Park movie being released, it has sparked a new interest in Dinosaurs. If you and your family love dinosaurs then here are some great places for your own dinosaur adventure in the Beehive State.

Dinosaur National Monument

Here you will be able to experience the famous dinosaur fossil quarry. It is  long sandbar that is 200 foot and is where you will be able to view more than 1500 dinosaur bones.

Ogden’s George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park

This is 8 acre outdoor museum that showcases predators, prehistoric crawlers, flying reptiles and marine creatures. There are more than 125 sculptures of dinosaurs that have all been based on the fossils of these creatures.

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Here you will find the world’s largest collection of mounted dinosaur skeletons. There are thousands of fossils and more than 60 mounted dinosaur specimens. Kids have the chance to touch real fossils and also dinosaur eggs and bones.

College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum

The CEU Prehistoric Museum has 8 skeletons that are all complete, dinosaur tracks that were removed from the local coal mines, fossils and dinosaur eggs. The CEU are best known for their discovery of the Utahraptor, which is also the star of the original Jurassic Park movie.

Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

The Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is a treasure trove of dinosaur bones as there are more bones per square yard then you will find anywhere else. They have excavated the bones of 74 dinosaurs. In total 12 000 bones have been found and there still thousands left to be uncovered.

The Dinosaur Museum

At the Dinosaur Museum, you will be able to find out how dinosaurs lived all over the world. There is also a hall of Hollywood dinosaur movie that contains all sorts of memorabilia.

St. George dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm

This is thought to be the most important dinosaur track site in North America. The Dinosaur Discovery Site has some of the oldest and the most well preserved footprints in the world. There are over 2000 tracks from all types of dinosaurs.

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Private and Secret Beaches in Mexico

Posted by admin on May 28, 2015
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Private and Secret Beaches in Mexico

In Mexico you will find 5700 miles of coastline and not all of it is huge resorts. There are some beautiful beaches in Mexico that are lesser known and make for a great breakaway from the busy tourist areas.

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The island of Holbox is 7 miles off the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. The island is about 26 miles long and a mile wide and it is very remote even though it is just 100 miles from Cancun. Instead of massive hotels you will find rustic palapas on the beaches. Here you will be able to experience swimming with whale sharks.

Rincon de Guayabitos, Riviera Nayarit

Along the Pacific coast and north of Puerto Vallarta is Riviera Nayarit. This area has already been discovered by celebrities and could become the next hotspot in Mexico with the luxury Punta Mita resort, but if you a little more north you will find Rincon de Guayabitos, which is a small town with a great beach.

Mulege, Baja California Sur

In the Baja California Sur on the Sea of Cortes is a quiet town called Mulege. The town is friendly and is a great base to explore Bahia Concepcion a beautiful bay and beaches.

Xcalak, Costa Maya

Xcalak is close to the Belize border. The village is within the Xcalak National Reef Park, so you will find snorkelling, diving and fishing opportunities here.

San Agustinillo, Oaxaca

Oaxaca has beautiful beaches and you will also find a small fishing village called San Agustinillo. This town is between Zipolite and Mazunte beaches. The beach here is golden and the water is clear. You able to take a boat tour to see the sea life which includes turtles and crocodiles. There is small selection of hotels and a palapa style restaurant.

 

 

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Winter Sun Essentials

Posted by admin on April 24, 2015
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Winter Sun Essentials

If you are lucky to escape to some winter sun, then there are some winter sun must haves. Here are winter sun essentials that you need when you hit the beach.seafolly

Watercult Bikini

Watercult is a newer brand that is part of Simply Beach and their collections are amazing. But if there is one bikini that is a must for the winter sun it’s the Modern Eye Retro in Black and White Jungle. The bikini features a mix of stripes and tropical print that is stylish but also eye catching. If a bikini isn’t your thing you can get the full swimsuit version.

The Heidi Klien Swimsuit

If you are looking for a chic style then Heidi Klein has something that will suit all tastes. The Tanzania U Bar Piece in snake is simply gorgeous. In this swimsuit you are sure to stand out with the monochrome snake print and the plunging neckline will show off that little extra skin.

The Melissa Odabash Dress

If you are looking for the perfect dress that is able to take you from pool side to dinner then the Melissa Odabash dress is perfect. It is made from a luxurious soft fabric. The neckline features a gold toned detail, there is a center split and plunging neckline to add to the glamour. This dress comes in black and a cream shade.

The ViX Bag

You will want to make sure that you have all of your beach essentials, and there is no better way to take all your items then in a ViX Bag. The striped ViX beach bag is able to fit your towel, magazines and sun creams in and will look stylish. The bag features a monochrome stripe so it will always be on trend.

A Great Book

If you are looking for a great book to read whilst you are lounging in the sun, then Gone Girl should be the book you pick up. There has been plenty of hype around it and the movie has been recently released. The book is thrill with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing to the end.

Seafolly Sunnies

There is no doubt that you need to protect your eyes when you are in the sun, so you should do it in the most stylish way possible. The Seafolly Seychelles Sunglasses in Black have round cat eye shape and are on trend.

Seafolly Towel

Everyone will need a beach towel, so get one that is bright and bold like the Seafolly Soundwave Ziggy Towel in Seychelles.

The Gottex Hat

You are able to look chic whilst protecting yourself from the sun with a wide brimmed hat like the Gottex Audrey Hat.

Also don’t forget that you will also need your sun cream and a hair product that will protect your hair from the sun.

 

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Beauty Tips for your Summer Holiday

Posted by admin on March 27, 2015
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Beauty Tips for your Summer Holiday

If you are going on a summer holiday then here are some beauty tips that will get you ready for the summer holiday.summer holidays

Exfoliation

This is a key essential before you hit the beach or if you plan to sunbathe. With exfoliation you will be left with smoother skin which is perfect for capturing the perfect sun kissed look.

Feet

Your feet go through a lot of wear and tear so to keep them in beach condition use a pumice stone or granules to smooth away rough areas. After you exfoliate your feet give them a foot spa for a relaxing feel.

Hair

You should get rid of any unwanted hair before you hit the beach. This is an important part of your pre-holiday beauty regime so that you feel confident.

Nails

You should get your nails in shape before your holiday by treating yourself to a manicure. Also opt for a pedicure if you are going barefoot or will be around the pool.

Facial

Go for a nice facial as this boosts circulation and will leave you feeling soothed before your summer holiday.

Fake Tan

If winter has left you looking pale and washed out then apply some fake tan for a more summery look. Many fake tans now contain moisturizers and essential oils so your skin won’t dry out.

Body Wrap

If you are worrying about your body on the beach then why not try a body wrap. The effects of a body wrap are not permanent but they may help you lose those final couple of inches from areas.

Hairstyle

With a good summer hairstyle you will feel confident. You should avoid a new experimental hairstyle though before your trip though as these may not work out the way you planned.

Eyes

You should get your eyebrows shaped and you can opt for fake lashes to enhance your eyes.

 

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How to Prepare for a Snow Trip

Posted by admin on February 06, 2015
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How to Prepare for a Snow Trip

Preparing for a winter trip is similar to that of preparing for a summer holiday, but the difference is that you will need a lot more gear, food and equipment for a winter getaway.

If you love the cold and the beauty of snowy wilderness then you can have the perfect trip through some extra preparation. Here are few tips that will make your winter holiday the best.

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Planning your Winter Trip

You should have a written plan of the route that you plan to take that also includes where you will spend each night. You should allocate extra time for trekking through snow, the shorter winter days and the exertion of winter hiking.

You will need to make a detailed list of how much food you will need as well as the kinds of foods that you need. Also include water and fuel that you will need for each day of the trip and then pack accordingly. It’s always a good idea bring a few extra rations just in case.

You need to pay attention to the weather forecasts for the areas that you are going to. If there is a chance of severe weather then its best to postpone the trip for another time. It’s a good idea to pack a portable battery operated or hand cranked weather radio so that you are able to stay on top of the latest weather conditions.

What to Take

If you plan on camping then you need a tent that is wind resistant, but is also less than 3 lbs., is either frame or dome shaped and also has a snow shedding fly.

The lightest and warmest sleeping bags are down sleeping bags. You need to get a sleeping bag that is rated for cold weather.

As you will need to cook on your winter holiday especially for camping then you will need a gasoline fuelled and lightweight stove that has a mini pump. It is a good idea to have an extra gasoline in an aluminium container.

You should have high energy and calorie packed foods that contain 40 percent protein, 40 percent fat and 20 percent carbohydrates. The food needs to be easy to prepare and will not spoil by freezing. Dehydrated foods like dried fruits are great snacks whilst hiking in the snow. Sardines, crackers, cheese, instant potatoes and rice, canned tuna, soup mix, dehydrated eggs and cereal are other ideas.

You need plenty of layers for winter hiking including long johns, undershirts and thermal sweaters and socks. You can keep your feet warmer with two pairs of thin socks. You should wear wool shirts and pants and a stocking style hat or balaclava. Your parka will need to cover your hips as well as have a hood and a wind proof face mask. Two piece mittens that are lined with wool and have an outer nylon shell.

Double boots are high top boots that has an inner liner made of felt are the best boots for winter hiking. If you are planning on going off trial with your hikes then you need snow shoes.

You will also need a lighter, matches or other fire starters.

Everything should be kept in a water resistant or water proof container.

 

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Preparing for a Long Flight

Posted by admin on January 09, 2015
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Preparing for a Long Flight

If you have an upcoming flight coming then you need to know how to prepare for it so there is no last minute panic.

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Preparation

  1. it’s important to look at the airlines regulations as different airlines will have different rules in regards to what you are able to bring on board. Liquid items will need to be placed in your carry-on luggage, but bear in mind how much and what regulations are enforced with liquid items. Many airlines will have an ml allowance. Anything that is not allowed in carry-on luggage will need to go in your hold luggage.
  2. Go through your suitcase and ensure that you have everything that you need from shoes to extra pairs of underwear. You should think if you have missed anything.
  3. Have a look at your clothes and see if you are able to pair clothes into outfits. If let’s say you are on vacation for 15 days then you need make sure that you are able to make 15 outfits. It’s also wise to take to extra outfits for formal wear and an outfit for water activities.
  4. Next is to go through your luggage and ensure you do not have anything illegal. If you are unsure about an item then look at the airline regulations.
  5. It is a good idea to weigh your bag at home. Place your bag evenly on a scale then round this up to the nearest 10th. You will be able to find a baggage allowance on your airlines site to check how much you are able to have.
  6. Check that you have all your items in order like tickets, passport, ID, credit and debit cards and other important items. Place these in a zip case that you can have with you at all times.
  7. Have entertainment with you like eReaders, tablets, iPods and other entertainment items. These entertainment items will ensure that you have plenty of entertainment for your flight.

Tips

  • Toiletries should be travel sized
  • If you are travelling during the busy season make sure to get to the airport at least 4 hours in advance.
  • Look at your destinations weather forecast so you know what clothes you will need.

 

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Oldest Starbucks Store | Pike Place Location

Posted by admin on July 23, 2013
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Strarbucks is the most famous coffee and coffeehouse company in the world that is based in Seattle, Washington, USA. Accordingly, it has about more than 15,000 stores, including licensed stores, around 42 countries. About two weeks ago we went to Seattle and just had a stroll at downtown area. When we were at the Pike Place market, I thought of going to the first location of this famous coffee house. The oldest location of Starbucks is at 1912 Pike Place, between Stewart St. and Western Ave in Seattle. As it is in the market area, it is very crowded. If you are going there, don’t drive. You can park in one of the parking areas at downtown and just walk.

We were there early afternoon on a Saturday. I thought of going in to get something, but the line was way too long and it was hot and humid. I cannot wait as we have two kids in tow. I will go back there one of these days when we will be in Seattle again and buy something, a souvenir perhaps or their mugs for collection. According to some reviews, aside from their coffee and drinks, there is not much of a selection in terms of food that is being sold there. It is more of a souvenir shop for those who wanted to set foot at the oldest Starbucks location. Besides the long line, outside the store were also some sidewalk performers singing and lots of tourists taking pictures.

LeMay – America’s Car Museum

Posted by admin on July 10, 2013
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If you happen to visit in the Northwest area, especially in the South Pugent Sound, one museum that you should not miss  is the LeMay America’s Car Museum. This museum was opened on June 2012. This museum is among the largest auto museums in the world. It is located adjacent to Tacoma dome, another landmark here in Washington, and along Interstate 5. In the museum are about 500 galleries of cars in a four story building of different type, made, speed, and technology and showcasing vehicles since the 1900′s and up. Most of the cars are from the LeMay family who amassed a collection in thousands to include vintage and limited editions. Other cars are on loans too from other collectors.

 The entrance fee of the museum is $14 and $12 for military, students, and seniors, $8 for kids and below 5 years old is free. The parking fee is $5; and during occasions or events happening, make sure to come in early as parking will surely be hard to find. Inside the museum, you can also find shops for souvenirs and the museum cafe featuring classics by the Pacific Grill at the museum’s mezzanine.

There are for sure lots of interesting cars at the museum and for car enthusiasts this museum is surely an eye candy. The cars on display are all in its shining glory. My husband asked one of the attendants if all cars are still running and they said almost all are and they rotate the cars on display those from the LeMay’s and other collectors in order to keep the display fresh as possible. You can also get some information of the car’s history on it’s monitor display making it more interesting and adding to your knowledge about it.

Among the cars our girls were so excited to see are these in picture below:

And who would have thought you will see Flintstone’s car used in the making of “The Flintstones’ Movie” in the museum.

It is surely an educational and historical experience at the museum with the family. You will surely see the development of America’s car culture and its “love affair” with cars. The  museum is hosting a lot of interesting events and  to all car enthusiasts, those are the ones to watch out for.

Seattle Center Attractions | Sightseeing and Tours in Seattle

Posted by admin on June 17, 2013
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One of the city of Seattle’s attractions is the Seattle Center. Accordingly, it was first built in 1962 for World’s Fair. It has a 74 acre area and includes different attraction sites. The first landmark that is a must-visit for tourists is the Space Needle. You can have a 360 degree panoramic view of the Puget Sound. There is also a monorail that traverse from the center to downtown Seattle. There is also the International Fountain that shoots water with music accompaniment. This is a hit during warm weather in the spring and summer.

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International Fountain

Monorail passing thru the EMP

Seattle center also have other attractions for science and culture. There is the Pacific Science Center, Key Arena for sports and concerts to be held, McCaw Hall for ballets and operas, SIFF Theater for world and classic films, and Seattle Repertory Theater for exciting plays and events. They also have the center house which they now changed the name to the Armory that has restaurants and shops. Below it is The Seattle Children’s Museum. There is also the  Science Fiction Museum, Intiman Playhouse and the Experience Music Project [EMP].

Seattle Center hosts different festivals year-long to include Bumbershoot, the largest music and art festival held yearly, and this will be held this year in August 31st to September 2nd. There is also the Northwest Folklife Festival that is held every May, and different festivals showcasing different world cultures. This month, June 8th & 9th, they also had the Pagdiriwang Festival, which is on its 27th year already, presented by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington [FCHSW] .

Another addition at the Seattle Center which was opened last year is Dale Chihuly’s Garden and Glass Museum. This is accordingly the world’s largest glass museum devoted to glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Pardon for all my pictures’ low quality as I only took it with my phone. It does not give justice to what the actual place really looks like :-)

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