Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Eight Top Ways To Decide Your Next Family Vacation!

Are you finding it hard to decide on your next family vacation it’s a pain, isn't it? Especially when you have younger kids and older kids. Trying to find the right destination that suits people of all ages can be a difficult thing to do, and while there are plenty of conversations to be had, you also need to know where to be inspired. Your kids are going to help you to determine where you can vacation. For example, there’s no chance of an adults-only resort where there are white-sugar beaches, is there? Instead, you have to balance not having an adult place to go with not heading to Disneyland for the nineteenth time. 

Instead, you need new places to decide on. This means research, and the good thing is that there are plenty of things to look at that can help you to shortlist your next family vacation location. Are you feeling adventurous? Do you want a beach holiday? Are you up for camping in the wilderness? Either way, you need to decide on the vacation that your family will benefit from, and in the mean time you can read more camping tips here to decide whether you can really camp with toddlers! With all of this in mind, you need some clarity on where you can get some advice about the best vacation for your family and luckily for you, we have a bunch of suggestions that you’re going to benefit from! Let’s take a look:

Head To Social Media

Your friends are going to be invaluable to you at this time. You're connected to a bunch of worldly wise people and whether they go near or far, they’re going to have some inspiration for you in their photos online. Most people love the reviews of people they can trust when it comes to going to new places, and vacation places are no different. Not only can you get the best Airbnb recommendations, you may discover a totally new location you’ve never even heard of. Bonus points for those who have traveled with families, too!

Check Out UNESCO World Heritage Sites

We are blessed to live on a planet that earmarks special locations as being precious enough to preserve. From national parks to beaches, you can find plenty of untouched places in the world that will satisfy everyone in the family. Beach vacations have their positives as well as city vacations, and you can find them on the UNESCO website. There are places like Mostar in Bosnia that you may not have considered. How about Kinabalu Park? There are things to see that you wouldn’t get to when you’re close to home.

Check Your Local Newspapers

There are newspaper articles on travel and local things to see and do every single week. The thing you need to do most right now is actually buy the local paper and see for yourself! There are often reviews on the local camp sites, information about group tours of local towns and cities and, if you’re lucky, coupons and discount codes to go with them.

Take TV Inspiration

How many times have you watched Beaches and wanted to head to the beach there? What about FRIENDS? NYC has never looked more beautiful than with the wide lens shots of the city during the episodes of friends. Take your inspiration from your favorite shows and you can find a whole host of cities and countries to inspire you. There are whole channels dedicated to travel, and you can be on them today and booking your holiday tomorrow. You should see the way David Attenborough talks about the penguins and the kangaroos, and then pack up the kids and go in search of kangaroo parks that will let you stroke and feed them. There’s a whole world out there for you discover, and the TV can help!

Visit Far-Flung Friends

Do you have friends hunkered down in New Zealand? What about sitting pretty in London? If you are lucky, you’ll have friends and family who took advantage of globalization and have settled elsewhere than your home town. Make it a part of your plan to go and visit them, taking into consideration their locations and what’s surrounding them. They’ll be able to be your unofficial tour guides and keep you company during your visit, too. You can get a full experience of a new place when you know the local faces in the area.

Get School-Inspired

Do you remember the days of sitting in lessons and learning about new countries in Geography lessons? If your children are in school right now, ask them where they would be interested in going for the next family vacation. There is every chance that they will have seen some beautiful places come across their desks and they can help. You can make lists of places to go, from Spain to Andalusia, and allowing your kids the chance to give you some help gets them involved in the process.

Visit Travel Agencies

The role of the travel agent may be dying out in the face of the internet, but that doesn't mean that there aren't still knowledgeable travel agencies that can’t help you. Planning a huge family vacation isn’t easy, but with their help you can get your itinerary in order and go! You can figure out what your dream vacation is with their help.

Grill Your Friends

Other than the photos on social media, you are likely to have friends who have visited the places you’ve been desperate to see. So, ask them! Grill them about everything to do with the places you want to see, and get their insider knowledge. You need to choose places that will fit the entire family and they will have been there and can tell you how worth it those countries are. This way, you can build a full picture and possibly color your own rose-tinted glasses.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Phone Booth in Downtown Street of Charleston, WV

After we ate dinner at Pies and Pints, everyone suggested, we should get some ice cream before we walk back to the hotel.  My family was full from the food we ate that we  just decided to just wait for the rest while we  explore the streets.  While we were waiting, we hangout in the front.  I can't remember the name of the ice cream place but everyone says it's really good.
When you have kids, sitting is not an option which is good because we needed to burn the calories we  had at the restaurant.
While the kids  are having fun  exploring the telephone booth, I was also having fun with them.
I mean how can you resist  these energetic kiddos.  They give me life and make me want to stay stronger and healthier everyday so I can keep up with their energy.  I wish that this phone booth  isn't broke.  I was going to  let the kids  experience  how to use  this kind of phone and call a friend or family back home.

If you look at the picture, it seems like the phone has nothing wrong with it.
But my daughter is just  holding it together.  Someone have broken it in half and the wiring  is messed up too.  
It sad that some people can't help but destroy  things.  I wish  everyone has a sense of preserving things.  
Anyway, after  10 minutes or so, the gang is ready for a long walk.  The  restaurant is a bit far from our hotel but we all agreed to walk just so we could all explore and also have some  exercise while discovering the area.  I will be sharing the beautiful view of our route.  We also  seen some not-so-pleasant scene along the way.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

3 Common Mistakes Parents Make When Moving With Children

Moving is a tedious and time-consuming task. Regardless if you’re just going to move within the same city, expect that you will still exert time and effort in scouting for the best moving company NYC. Moving long distance will require from you as you’ll have to look at several long-distance movers and compare your options. And while moving itself is already challenging, the task can become tougher when you’re doing it with kids. Fortunately, moving with children can become a breeze if you know what mistakes to avoid.
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Aside from making sure that all of your valuables are properly packed, and you have properly budgeted for the move, as a parent, you should always look after your children. Just as how tiring a move is, the same can also be felt by your children. For your upcoming move, make sure to avoid committing the following mistakes:

1. You’re Not Bringing The Children Whenever You Visit Your New House

After choosing a home to move in, you will usually change your schedule and visit your new home weeks before the actual move. This is the time when you carefully inspect if the home is equipped with the amenities your family needs and if its neighborhood is suitable to your family’s lifestyle. You’ll have the free range to decide when to visit the new house. And because children can be a handful at times, most parents would opt to leave them home whenever they are visiting the new house. Most parents think that their children will not have any tasks on the new house, there’s no need to bring them. When you’re moving with your children, make sure that you don’t commit the same mistake.

Instead of leaving your children home, tag them along whenever you visit your new house. If possible, visit the new area during weekends so their studies will not get in the way. Bringing your children to your new house will allow them to adjust easily. They will know what the new house will look and better manage their expectations. Even if they are only children, keep in mind that they will still need to adjust when moving – and allowing them to personally see and experience the new neighborhood will enable them to do just that.

2. You Forget Communicating About Them

As mentioned, a move will require a lot of tasks from you and from other adults of the family. Aside from picking the right professional moving company to hire, you will also need to think about the expenses before, during, and after your moving day. And while it can be tempting to totally disregard the children in decisions and updates regarding the move, don’t do it. Neglecting to communicate with your children about the move can only make them feel isolated from the family. They will think that they are not part of the family, and as a result, they won’t show interest in helping with the move. In worse cases, they might even begin to rebel against you because you excluded them from the move.
Any updates about the move should be communicated to the children. Have you picked a new house? Is your moving date already scheduled? Does the family know why you guys are actually moving? Sit down with your family whenever there is progress about the move. This is a simple step that can keep the family intact, making it easy for you to assign tasks whenever needed. Don’t forget to ask for their opinions and suggestions, as well. You’ll be surprised how smart your children are once they provide effective packing and storage hacks!

3. You’ll Be Unprepared While On The Road

Children can want different things at different times. They might want to eat a bar of chocolate now and the next thing you know it, they’re looking for their favorite stuffed animal. To avoid stress when traveling on the road, prepare all of the things your children will possibly need and want. This means packing their favorite snacks, toys, and even sleeping essentials. The more prepared you are, the easier it’ll be for you to manage your children’s behavior.

Change Your Mindset

Instead of focusing on how tiring a move is, look at it in a positive view. Utilize the move as a time to bond with your children and know them better. If you treat the moving as an activity that can bring the family together, for sure, you’ll be driven to accomplish the task as soon as possible!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Morgantown, West Virginia #MarriottHotell

The  25th Catholic Schools Dinner was held in Marriott Hotel in Morgantown, WV.   We've never really explore Morgantown but we do drive by there often times when we do our road trip.  It was our first time to see a little bit of Morgantown.
Marriott Hotel was located by the river so the back of the hotel is quite relaxing.  I can imagine how beautiful it is during the Fall.  It  still looks dead  during the event but still a breath of fresh air to  go out from the  hotel and enjoy mother nature.
As I have mentioned in my previous post at the other blog, we suck at socializing so we kind of avoided the crowd and hang out at the back and  took some pictures.
Our son is not digging the pictures though lol.  Oh well, he will regret not smiling for pictures (I warned you, giggles).
The table outside served as our camera holder for a family picture.  I should have brought our tripod but it's inconvenient carrying it around especially to an event like this.
The cherry blossoms were  beautiful out there.  It reminds me of the annual  Spring Flower Festival we used to go to in South Korea when we were still living there.  In  Japan, cherry blossom festival is called Sakura festival but in South Korea,  it is called beot-kkot.
I wish the  mountain isn't looking dull but the cherry blossoms kind of beautify  the view.
There was a greeter at the door of the hotel which I thought was nice.  I am not sure if he was part of the  event's organizer or an employee of the hotel.  I thought it was a nice touch to welcome the guests.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Exercise is Essential to Your Little Ones' Wellbeing

When we think of exercise, we tend to think of adults hitting the gym or fitness classes. Of course, exercise is important to adults. But it’s important for kids too! Luckily, kids do get a lot of their exercise organically. They tend to run from one place to another much more than adults do and they tend to engage in more physical play. But seeing as it’s recommended that kids get at least one hour a day of exercise, you might want to try incorporating routine exercise in too! 

 Of course, let your kids still engage in other activities they enjoy. Game consoles aren’t bad and neither are other more creative pursuits. But a little exercise is going to be good all round. A great place to start is team sports. Team sports don’t feel like exercise, because there’s such a social element to them. Your kids will be bonding with others, learning communication skills and teamwork at the same time as getting a physical workout. 

 You can also try individual activities. Alternative activities like archery, high jump, dance, and other exercise are all just as good for your kids and might appeal a little more to those who prioritize independence and freedom - wanting to work alone and at their own pace. 

 The infographic below by Cisco Athletic Uniform Manufacturers shows some common trends in youth sports participation. Take a look and make sure that you’re helping to contribute to positive trends - keeping your kids fit and healthy!
Infographic Design By Cisco Athletic Uniform Manufacturers

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