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Monday, July 15, 2019

Gift Ideas For Your Blind Loved Ones

Searching for a good gift for the blind or visually impaired can be very rewarding if you know where to look. These options barely scratch the surface of the rich variety of blind-friendly items available, but they are a good place to start.

Cards

A greeting card is a staple addition to any gift, whether it be money or something more substantial. There is no reason that anyone should have to miss out just because they can't see. Fortunately, there are braille birthday cards on the market, providing a joyful way to solve the problem. You can customize the message and there are plenty of stock options to choose from. Raised designs with braille captions do away with the need for interpretation. Stock up, these are good for any occasion.

Jewelry

Jewelry is a classic and beloved gift item, no matter who you are giving it to. It is not necessary, but there are tailored jewelry options for the blind that include braille designs and messages. This modification will add a touch of thoughtfulness to your present. Whether it be a necklace, bracelet, key-chain or ring, there is a style for everybody.

Candy

This suggestion is not as straightforward as buying a box of chocolates. Appealing to someone's sense of taste is a no-brainer. However, there is such a thing as braille chocolate and candy molds, and they can make your celebration very special. You can go ahead and make chocolates with a braille message to bring to the party, or you can give the molds as gifts themselves. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving! It can be a delightful surprise to find braille where you do not expect it.

Braille is an easy way to let your blind friends and family know that you care. It is easy to find on almost any product. Go the extra mile and pick a gift that has a real wow factor.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

#OnThisDay In 2011

I was looking back at some old posts, and it is sort of fun to do that! It was 2011, and I was talking about A Touch Of Sun (do they still sell that?), some book recommendations, yummy Garden of Eatin' snacks, and a ProBar discount that was especially for my readers. I think I like this looking back on old posts thing! Hee hee.

 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Tips For Choosing The Right Daycare

Choosing the right daycare for your child can seem daunting. You are trusting other people to take the best care possible of your little one, so it is of the utmost importance that you find somewhere that you are comfortable with. It can be challenging to know what questions to ask and what to look for during your search, so here are a few things to get you started. 

Cleanliness

You should be able to see if a daycare is clean during your tour. Most places require everyone to put on shoe covers to enter the infant room so that they do not track in dirt. You can also ask how often they clean the toys and what they do if a student drops his pacifier. You can expect there to be a normal amount of mess while toddlers are playing, but the daycare should overall be safe and clean. 

Student to Teacher Ratio

You will likely find that there is a state law regarding student teacher ratio of child care centers near me Tampa FL depending on the age of the children in the classroom. Most daycares stick to the state requirement; however, you may find some places that actually prefer a smaller student to teacher ratio. This means that your child is likely to get more personal attention from the teacher, so be sure to ask what the care center's number is. 

Curriculum

Most places implement a daily curriculum even in the infant's room. They typically have this posted somewhere for you to see, and some places will give you the curriculum for the month to look at. Ask each location you visit what a typical day would look like for your child. 

Start looking early so that you have time to visit a few places and do your research. This is a big decision, so do not rush into anything. Ask lots of questions, but remember to follow your gut instinct as well. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Caught In The Middle – Caring For Adults

In 2015, 13.5% of Americans provided care for an elderly relative, many of them doing so while also caring for one or more children. This makes them part of the sandwich generation, and the burdens can be tremendous. If you find yourself in this position, there are actions you can take to lighten your load.

Get Help

Solicit other family members to visit, freeing you up for a few hours at a time. Cutting down on errands can make the weeks less chaotic, so where possible outsource mundane time-consuming tasks. Order groceries and household goods online for delivery or quick pick up.  Have a restaurant delivery service like DoorDash help you put dinner on the table after a hectic day. Send the laundry out and bring a house cleaner in. Many public transit systems offer special services for the disabled and elderly, handy for occasional rides to doctor and dentist appointments.

Become a Care Giver

You are primarily a daughter and think of them as Mom and Dad, but you may want to consider establishing an official caregiver-client relationship. Contacting an organization that specializes in adult foster care service Massachusetts can have several advantages. Most importantly, it gives you access to support from professional care managers and registered nurses. Knowing you have resources and a team behind you can help you feel more confident and less alone in your situation. Additionally, once you become a recognized caregiver, you are entitled to a stipend that is not taxed, money that can come in handy in multiple ways. 

Take Breaks

Most jobs come with break time built in; this should be no different. If you are regularly caring for others’ needs, your mental health requires you to take care of your own as well. Short daily and weekly breaks must be built in to your routine, perhaps in the form of yoga classes or Saturday lunches with friends. Occasional vacations and weekend getaways are essential to keep you refreshed and energized. Remember, to properly take care of your loved ones you must take care of yourself.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

MadeGood Foods & Mabel's Labels #BackToSchool2019

Are you always looking for a healthy treat for your children...and yourself? Look no further. MadeGood has a variety of healthy treat and snack choices to meet your family’s discerning taste. Choose from granola minis, granola bars, cereal, crispy squares, and chocolate chips for baking or snacking. Starting with the all-natural ingredients they use, from dried fruits and whole grains, MadeGood selects ingredients to make tasty, healthy treats. MadeGood products are made in a facility free from the most common allergens; peanuts, tree nuts, soy, dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, gluten, and sesame. The products contain hidden vegetables with the nutrients of one full serving of vegetables from six different sources.
They source their ingredients to adhere to industry standards for non-GMO, organic, vegan, and gluten-free products in order to ensure the highest quality of ingredients for healthy treats. You can rest assured that MadeGood products are an allergy friendly, healthy treat and snack that is safe for school and all public kid-friendly functions. With a selection of delicious flavors to choose from your family will be reminding you to pick some up the next time you go to the grocery store.

Save $10 on Mabel's Labels with specially marked packages!
Check it all out at MadeGood on Facebook, as well as MadeGood on Twitter.  
   
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, July 8, 2019

#MacysBFinJuly Sale


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$2,000 #MacysBFinJuly Giveaway

Win a Macy's gift card! 
 Monday, July 8th at 12:00 AM PT to Sunday, July 14th at 11:59 PM PT. Forty Five (45) winners will receive a gift card to Macy’s: Ten (10) winners will receive a $100.00 gift card to Macy’s. Five (5) winners will receive a $50.00 gift card to Macy’s. Thirty (30) winners will receive a $25.00 gift card to Macy’s. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Macy's page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (7/15) via the email address they used to enter.  
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

oNecklace

oNecklace is an international jewelry manufacturer, that deals exclusively with customized name necklaces. Inspired by the concept of personalized nameplate pendants, oNecklace opened their doors to the world in 2012 and have been creating beautiful and fashionable customized jewelry. They have a delightful range of products, designed by a skillful team of technicians who incorporate a blend of individual style along with sentimental charm. The products are some of the most stunning and contemporary pieces of jewelry that you will come across in the market. They have necklace categories such as name necklaces, monogram choker necklaces, and brushed pendants just to mention a few. Choose between plated or pure sterling silver and pure gold or gold plated chain necklaces to adorn the name of your choice. All the wonderful creations crafted in their confines could not have been possible if it were not for their state of the art factory. This is where the process of turning names and initials into lovely pieces of jewelry unfolds. Coupled with efficient machinery and a competent workforce, they can use all your ideas while creating personalized name necklaces to meet your personal sense of style.
Let your confidence shine with a Personalized Infinity Name Ring of your very own, an effortless statement ring available to customize with any name of your choice. This timeless and iconic infinity symbol is intertwined with your name written in elegant script letters, on a band made from the finest quality Sterling Silver, plated with your choice of 24K Gold or Rose Gold. This infinity ring is guaranteed to be your new go-to accessory you wont want to take off. Let your personality shine!

Check it all out at oNecklace on Facebook, as well as oNecklace on Twitter.
      
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Little - Coming Soon On DVD And BluRay

The big boss gets a small dose of karma in Little, an inventive new twist on the body swap comedy. The film arrived on Digital and the all-new digital movie app Movies Everywhere on June 25th, 2019 and on Blu-Ray, DVD, and On Demand July 9th, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as “big fun”, Little shines a bright light on the incredible talent of the three female leads and shows the true meaning of Black Girl Magic. This light-hearted, comedic, and heartwarming film comes packed with lively exclusive bonus features including a gag reel, behind-the-scenes featurettes, a hilarious “mockumentary” featuring Regina Hall and a special Assistant Survival Guide presented by Issa Rae.

Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood, and having a second chance to grow up - and glow up - right. Regina Hall and Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders - Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation. Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April. Using heart and humor, Little teaches us to not shy away but to celebrate the greatest and most authentic versions of ourselves. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments from beginning to end and amusing bonus content, Little makes the perfect movie for a Girls Night In! The film is based on an idea by Marsai Martin, who also serves as an executive producer, alongside Regina Hall, Preston Holmes, and Josh Martin. Little is directed by Tina Gordon, produced by Will Packer, and also stars Justin Hartley.
 
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

WannaRub Spice Blend

WannaRub was founded in 2018 by Eric Strohl, a decorated Navy veteran who served as an Aircrewman and Rescue Swimmer in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm and in Somalia during Operation Restore Hope.
WannaRub is a spice blend. Sweet and smoky flavor with a little heat. Use as a dry rub or seasoning for beef, chicken, pork, and fish or any side dish as a seasoning. Low in sodium, gluten free, no additives, preservatives, MSG or GMO’s. Check out the recipes here - not only can you put it on all your meats, but add it as a topping on pastas, or use it in dips and sauces. What about baked on crackers? Bloody Mary anyone? The possibilities are endless. And we love it not only for the flavor, because it has literally replaced our go to spice that I used on everything, but because it is supporting a fellow military veteran!

Check it all out at WannaRub on Facebook, as well a WannaRub on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Dumbo Now On DVD

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure Dumbo expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets. 
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

A Pot For Pot Review & *Giveaway*

At A Pot For Pot they are passionate farmers and industry veterans who have been growing pot for years. We started A Pot For Pot to empower people to grow their own medicine, and combat the stigma that pot is difficult to grow. They've been approached by countless amateur home hobbyists who would like to start a small personal grow, but don't know where to begin. They're overwhelmed with information, and think there must be some secret sauce to growing great buds. There isn't....So they created a kit so that anyone can grow their own clean, green weed at home. Everything you need is in the box. Just add water, seed, and sun.  The simple directions take you through the process step-by-step, and make it easy to grow your own natural herbs right on your desk or balcony, or in your living room or home garden. When you grow at home, you save money, protect the environment, and avoid harmful artificial pesticides and other nasty stuff. The grow kits are perfect for the first time grower and for the green thumb who wants to learn more.
The 2 Gallon Kit is designed to be placed indoors on window sills or outside on patios or balconies. It can be powered by the sun or artificial lighting. It contains everything you need to have a healthy harvest at home. Just follow the simple guide and you'll be saving money while enjoying your own clean, green stash in no time! Add only water, seed, and sun. The included living soil blend provides all the nutrients your plant needs from seed to harvest. Box Contents: Grow Guide Seed Coupon. 2 Gallon Fabric Pot. Pot Drain Saucer. Seed Germination Kit. Super Soil. Beneficial Bacteria. Diatomaceous Earth. Aeration Top Soil Mix. Coco Brick. Great White Premium Mycorrhizae. Myco Chum Premium Microbe Food. Natural Leaf Shine. Spray Bottle. Trimming Scissors. Kit includes a Seed Coupon to discount your separate purchase of seeds from the online seed fulfillment partner. Kits are typically privacy wrapped for discretion before being mailed. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Summetime Luxury Now & All Year Long W/ Desert Essence

Desert Essence was founded in 1978 and is a leader in natural personal care. The company draws its inspiration and ingredients from the desert, a model of pristine balance and sustainability, where limited resources, if used responsibly, offer the body and spirit untold benefits. Using nutrient‐rich desert botanicals revered in native cultures for their healing properties, like Tea Tree, Jojoba, Aloe, and Argan Oils, Desert Essence’s body, skin, and hair care products work in harmony with the body to soothe, nurture, and restore. True to its principle, the company works to ensure that both its products and practices reflect the serious commitment it has made to the health of the planet. Desert Essence is proud to support Plan International USA’s Because I Am A Girl Initiative, to directly improve the lives of girls in the world’s poorest countries.
Introducing Desert Essence’s new After Shower Finishing Sprays: Jojoba, Coconut and Chamomile, Jojoba & Sunflower, and Jojoba & Sweet Almond. Formulated to moisturize, smooth, and illuminate skin after every shower.  Scientifically proven to absorb quickly and seal in moisture for 24 hours.  Features various blends of therapeutic oils including Jojoba, Coconut, Sunflower, Shea Butter, Apricot, and Sweet Almond oils formulated to retain moisture for supple, smooth, and radiant skin, as well as soothe sensitive skin. This is just one of Desert Essence’s latest natural skin care offerings. Their new exfoliating Body Scrubs and Moisturizing Oils are an everyday luxury that everyone - moms, sisters, wives, teens and partners - will appreciate as a thoughtful gift all year long.

Check it all out at Desert Essence on Facebook, as well we Desert Essence on Twitter.

       
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Cool Off With Chloe's Fruit Pops This Summer

When the creator of Chloe's Fruit Pops became pregnant with her first child, she started paying more attention to the quality of the foods she was eating. With an intense sweet tooth, it was a challenge! She was searching for a frozen treat that satisfied her craving without all the artificial ingredients, colors, and flavorings. After she left a job as an Assistant District Attorney, she started experimenting with fruit in juicers, blenders, cuisinarts - you name it! Following countless recipes, tons of frozen bananas and lots of patience, Chloe’s Fruit was born using just fruit, water, and cane sugar. Today, she is proud to share with us Chloe’s Pops and Soft Serve Fruit - creamy, clean and delicious snacks that she enjoys and happily gives to her three kids at any time of the day.
Chloe's fruit pops are made with just fruit, water and cane sugar – that’s it! No stabilizers, no additives, nothing artificial. Go ahead, let them eat pops!

Check it all out at Chloe's Fruit on Facebook, as well as Chloe's Fruit on Twitter.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Bolaball Games For The Summer

Bolaball is a company based on deep family values and they strive to provide the highest quality product at an affordable price so everyone can enjoy the games. The Bolaball games are about whirling bola’s, spinning bean bags, sinking washers, flying discs, and much more. They specialize in high quality, solid wood games that your family can enjoy for years to come. They work with many innovative inventors to provide fun and exciting games for you and your family to play. The games are perfect for just about any age and skill level and can be played just about anywhere, indoors, outside, at family gatherings, outings with friends. You can take the games to the park, the beach, BBQ’s, camping, or even your own back yard. Some of the games can even be played in the water! So clear your schedule, finish your chores and take a vacation day because once you get started playing these games...nothing else will matter!
We got Cornhole! There are 2 ways to score, throw your bean bags into the hole for 3 points or onto the board for 1 point. First team to 21 points wins. This is a great indoor/outdoor game! Game Includes: (2) targets 24″ x 36″, (8) colored bean bags. Carrying bag for easy storage and transportation. Grip handles for easy handling. Complete rules and instructions.

Check it all out at Bolaball on Facebook, as well Bolaball on Twitter.
      
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

6 Vacation Ideas For Introverts

Vacationing is a luxury that most love to take advantage of, but for introverts, it can be a daunting situation that requires additional mental preparation. Luckily, traveling as evolved to include options for introverts to enjoy these experiences in their own unique way. For example, while you’re being transported to your destination, it’s socially acceptable to have your earbuds in to avoid talking with individuals, so no more forced, awkward conversations. Here are 6 vacation ideas for introverts who love to travel. 

Cruise Around Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia offers an incredibly rich culture that has recently been featured in movies like Crazy Rich Asians. You’ll enjoy some of the world’s best street food and ride the Singapore Flyer to get an incredible view of the city. In Bali, you can see wild monkeys that are sacred to the natives and relax on its famous beaches.

A cruise may seem terrifying for an introvert, but it might be one of the most perfect types of vacations for one. If you’re traveling in a group, traditional dining can mean you’re always and only eating with your friends. You can tailor your shoreside experience by choosing excursions that are private or are offered to a smaller group.

Relax in the Caribbean
If you’ve ever imagined of staying at a resort away from home, there are few places better than booking a room at on in the Caribbean. With options for families, couples, and singles, you can treat yourself to the vacation of your dreams without stressing about being forced into social situations you aren’t prepared for. Also, choosing a resort for your Caribbean stay typically includes some beach front property and crystal-clear waters.

The perks of resort stays are amazing for introverted travelers. If you feel like dining in your room, you will undoubtedly have an option for room service. Otherwise, you have a variety of restaurants on the property to choose from for each meal. Also, most water sports are very individualistic, so you can enjoy the beautiful underwater landscape when scuba diving or let the sound of the air entrance you while parasailing.

Italian Coasts by Train
 
Italy has something to offer for everyone who steps foot within its borders. Italy’s coasts are also some of the most gorgeous in the entire world, and the country’s train system makes them all incredibly accessible. Trains are able to take to all the hot spots along the water and give you the autonomy to travel at your own pace.

You’ll easily be able to see Cinque Terre, Venice, the Amalfi Coast, and Sicily along with some other enticing coastal cities. The Amalfi Coast offers boat rides to the nearby island of Capri, and you can take a ferry or bus between each of the popular cities. Cinque Terre offers a train that runs between each of the five lands to make it easy to hop between cities during your stay. Consider a night’s stay in Bari on the eastern coast.

Hike Yellowstone National Park
Becoming the nation’s first national park in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is a destination that attracts all ages. The sapphire blue hot pools and Old Faithful will not disappoint any visitor who visits the park. There’s wildlife throughout the park to catch your eye and make you feel closer to nature.

With over 900 miles of hiking trails within its borders, you can take a stroll to experience the plains, waterfalls, and valleys that fill the park. If you’re a fisherman, you can hike to one of Yellowstone’s lakes for a peaceful day of fishing. The variety of hiking trails offer several levels of difficulty to cater to your fitness level.
 
Fill Your Senses in Brussels
Introverted foodies will find a haven for their eyes and stomachs in Brussels, Belgium. Numerous food tours will take you to some of the best chocolate shops and breweries in the city until your belly is fully satisfied. The public transportation system is superb and will get you anywhere via metro or bus. Day trips to Brugge and Ghent are also popular options for tourists who want to experience the quaint towns.

For museum lovers, Brussels has plenty. You can start at the world-famous Atomium, built for the World Fair in 1958, and check out one of many exhibitions that find a home inside the iconic structure. Brussels is also home to Autoworld, Museum of Natural Sciences, Musical Instrument Museum, and many that are dedicated to the allure of Brussels itself.
 
Ski the Alps
Winter sports lovers will find peace within the Alps regardless of which region you choose. Whether you’re into skiing, snowboarding, or any other sport that involves snow, there are nearly endless options for you available in this mountain range that expands over 7 countries.

Once you exit the lift, you’ll be able to enjoy some personal time as your head back to the base of the mountain, and there will be a view to put you in awe as you maneuver through the ski runs. If you’re solo, you may strike up a conversation with someone else riding up the lift with you, or find yourself in a situation where you both are recovering mentally and physically from the last run in silence.
  
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

5 Tips To Plan A Perfect Caribbean Wedding

 
Your wedding will be one of the most important days of your life. Why not plan a destination wedding to make it as perfect and memorable as possible?

While there are many places to choose from, you will be hard-pressed to find a place more beautiful than a Caribbean island for destination weddings. Not only will a beach wedding give you the perfect backdrop for photos, but your guests will love having an excuse to take a quick getaway to see you on your special day.

While some may assume that planning a wedding would be difficult from across the ocean, in fact, many resorts specialize in providing wedding packages for every budget. These resorts are staffed with wedding experts whose job it is to think of every detail. Some of these resorts have wedding planning down to such a science that some couples consider it easier to plan a destination wedding than to plan one in their hometown.

Here are five tips for planning a fantastic Caribbean wedding.

Plan as early as possible
While you may not be thrilled to have a long engagement, the earlier you can plan your destination wedding the better. Not only will early planning give you your choice of the time and venue, but it will also give your guests more time to save money for travel, find childcare, and obtain passports. If it is vital that you have friends and family members attend your wedding, make sure you find a moderately-priced venue that will make it possible for everyone to attend. If your resort does not offer a variety of price points, make sure there are quality accommodations nearby at a lower cost.

Save money on decorations and flowers
One of the benefits of having a destination wedding on a Caribbean island is that the beach acts as your backdrop. Embrace this! Simplify your ceremony by using a few natural, local stems to carry as a bouquet.

Look at photos of previous weddings held at your venue.
Think of how amazing your wedding photos will be as you and your love pose on pristine beaches with aquamarine water behind you? You can’t improve upon perfection with decorations. Don’t even try.

Spend your budget on a great party
Your guests may have spent their entire year’s vacation budget to attend your wedding. The least you can do to thank them is to host a fabulous wedding reception with locally-inspired food, drinks, and music.

While hosting an event for a large number of people may sound expensive, you will spend little money on decorations, flowers, transportation, and a honeymoon. Treat your guests to a party they will never forget.

One benefit of having your party at a resort is that the celebrations can continue way past your designated event time. Your guests can move to other bars and restaurants available at the resort and celebrate your wedding until dawn.

Don’t check your bags
While you may not want to wrestle with stuffing carry-ons in overhead compartments when you travel to your wedding’s destination, think how heartbroken you will be if you arrive at your Jamaican wedding while your dress goes to Phoenix.

To avoid such disasters, put all wedding-related paraphernalia into your carry on luggage. Tell your wedding planner or concierge that your gown will require pressing when you arrive.

Speaking of gowns, make sure yours fits your venue. Find a dress made with a breathable fabric that will work in hot, humid locations. Wear sandals or no shoes at all.

Find a resort that specializes in weddings
Why re-invent the wheel? If you are planning a destination wedding, find a place that specializes in hosting such events. Many of the nicer resorts have wedding experts on staff to assist you with planning your special day.

Since there may be a variety of packages available, make sure you understand what comes with your particular choice. Some of these package offerings may be dependent upon how many nights you are planning to stay and how many guests you bring to the resort.

When you are working with vendors at your location, you may be frustrated with their laid-back attitudes. Understand that this attitude comes with the territory. If you are the type who wants to plan everything down to the minute, a destination wedding may not be for you.

There are many benefits to hosting your wedding in the Caribbean. Not only does nature provide a perfect backdrop, but it also provides a neutral wedding location that may be appreciated when couples have complicated family dynamics
 
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6 Things To Have In Mind When Creating Embroidered Hats

Creating custom embroidered hats is really fun! It allows you to show your creative side and create something that will last for years and years. It can also be very personal; you can make items that are close to your heart and which you could never buy anywhere else.

While creation of these hats is pretty easy and streamlined, there are certain things to consider. First and foremost, different online stores provide different options. Still, most of them focus on several main categories which you have to go through until you create the ideal embroidered hat.

Here are some of the things you will need to do when creating a custom hat and things to consider when going through these steps!

1. Size and sex
While most hats and caps are stretchy or at least, you can adjust them, it is much better to choose a product based on your head size. Sex is another thing you need to consider. While you might think that every hat is unisex there are some significant differences between them.

2. Basic type of hat
Keep in mind that every store has various types of hats and caps at their disposal. First, you have to decide what you want to create; this will affect the rest of the process as well as the end product you will have. The size of the cap and its layout are especially important for custom products. This will affect the placement of images as well as where you can put the text. Make sure to consider what kind of a logo or image you want to use beforehand. If the cap is too small or there is no space for anything, your long might turn out to be too small.

3. Base color
When it comes to base colors, clients usually have limited options. In most cases, it revolves around 10 options. Some bigger companies will have an even bigger palette than that. Again, base color is important not only for the overall appearance but is something you need to consider because of the image and text.

4. Main image
Here, you can either choose a logo or an image. In the end, it all depends how you’re using the hat. The greatest thing about custom designs is that you can use literally anything for it. You can draw an image, download it from the web or you can use company’s logo. This gives you various fun options and you will certainly have something to use. In fact, people usually decide to create custom hats and caps because of the image, not because of the text.

5. Custom text
Besides the image, you also have the option of adding text. As already mentioned, some people will just use text, majority will use image and in some cases, customers will use both. Anyway, text is a good way to share a message or to promote your brand. It is another option you need to consider. Each online store gives numerous options in terms of font and color. All you have to do is choose the right one!

6. Finishing touches
In the end, you have to check the final product and see whether it’s the right fit for you. Give it some time; you don’t have to buy it instantly as most custom hat sites will store your project for several days. Anyway, make sure that this is the right hat for you. There are some people who get disappointed afterwards just because they missed a line or something on image. So, make sure to check the design twice.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.