Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Why Canada is the Perfect Place for a Family Vacation


From vibrant cities to rural, rugged landscapes, Canada has everything to offer. If you’re looking for a family-friendly holiday destination, this sublime North American country should be top of your list. No matter what your interests, you’ll find a wide range of attractions, excursions, and expeditions.

The Calgary Stampede
For an authentic Canadian experience, it’s hard to beat the annual Calgary Stampede. If you’re vacationing in July, be sure to plan a visit to ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’. As well as world-class shows, you’ll have fairground rides and stalls to explore. The carnival-like atmosphere is ideal for families and the wide range of exhibitions, shows and attractions mean there’s always something new to see. 

When you’re planning your trip to the Calgary Stampede, you’ll want to arrange accommodation well in advance. With a handy hotel in Airdrie, Alberta, you can base yourself close to the venue and near to other attractions too. Amenities, such as indoor pools, fitness centers, and saunas mean you’ll have the perfect place to relax after a long day at the Stampede. Over 1 million people visit the Calgary Stampede each year and it’s one of the most popular events in the country, so be sure to plan your trip in advance and book your accommodation early.

Calgary Zoo
Home to over 1,400 animals, Calgary Zoo has impressive facilities and enclosures that are designed to mimic the animals’ natural habitats. With bears, hippos, tigers, gorillas, pandas, penguins and much, much more, it’s easy to spend an entire day wandering around this fantastic environment.

Routinely described as one of Canada’s top family-friendly attractions, there are interactive exhibitions for children of all ages and regular events too. Throughout the festive period, the Zoo runs the ZOOLIGHTS program, which is filled with activities, such as Wizarding Wednesdays and Potions Class. If you’re planning a winter break, it’s an ideal venue for families and young people. 

Canada Olympic Park
Now open to members of the public, the whole family can enjoy themselves at this spectacular Olympic Park. Winter events include the Acura Tube Park, ice skating, skiing, snowboarding and hockey and you can also try summer bobsledding, zip line tours, free falls, skyline luge, mountain biking and mini golf throughout the summer. 

Designed to be a family-friendly experience, there are activities aimed at all ages, and you can even book lessons or courses to hone your skills. Whether you want to explore the outdoor slopes, take a scenic ride on the chairlifts or free fall from eight stories up, the Canada Olympic Park has it all. 

Planning your vacation to Canada
In a country that covers 10 million square kilometers, you’re never going to run out of places to visit. From the magical national parks to the urban life of the cities; you’ll find family-friendly activities in every location. If you want to keep toddlers busy or make sure teens are entertained, Canada is the perfect place for children of all ages, and grown-ups too.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception #WashingtonDC2019

My daughter's class had their field trip in Washington DC May 3-5, 2019.  We left the day after we got back from Charleston WV for the  championship of the WV History Bowl .  The last week of April and first week of May was a tiring  time for us physically (physically and mentally for my daughter).  I went together with other parents as chaperones.  It was exhausting but fun and educational.  It was my daughter and I's  first time  visiting Washington DC so we were excited.
We left Weirton by bus at 6 a.m. and was suppose to arrive around 11:45 in DC but  the driver missed one exit and we had to deal with some heavy traffic so our scheduled tours got  delayed.  We arrived at the Basilica  of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception  past noon so we missed to attend the 12:10 mass that we were suppose to attend.  
The front exterior of the shrine is beautiful.
Our tour  lasted for an hour.  There is so much to see and learn inside the church.
I wish that the tour guide that was assigned  to us  was a little lively so we could understand  what he was explaining but he was old and the voice was very low.  It was  putting me to sleep almost.
Anyway, these are just some of the  photos I took inside the  Basilica.
The Basilica of the Shrine is designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage.  This great Basilica is our nation’s preeminent Marian shrine, dedicated to the patroness of the United States, the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

I can tell the kids were feeling it to have their photos taken as the sun was shining  in their faces but we managed to take some.
It would have been nice if we could have  catch the noon mass, it would have been a memorable experience  aside from the tour.  
On the positive side of  us missing the  exit was that  it might have  protected us from some sort of accident because  there was an accident where we suppose to  exit so it was a blessing in disguise.  God works in mysterious ways so I  always look at the bright side of things.  Anyway, if you are in Washington DC and looking for some things to do, try to see the Basilica Shrine, it's beautiful!

Discreet Options for Straightening Your Smile

If you've been putting off a straighter smile because of the disruption orthodontics could make in your routine, you need to know there are other options available locally. If you're looking for something, aligner trays can do the work of braces for moderate or minor adjustments. There are limits to the improvements they can make, but many if not most cases fall into that window. Since many adults who did not have the opportunity to address alignment issues in their youth put it off because of the visibility caused by braces, options for Invisalign Montreal need to be more prevalent in the public's awareness.
All Smiles:  Washington DC 2019

How Does It Work?
Aligner trays are removable, so when you need to eat they get out of the way. At the same time, though, they need to stay in place for 22 hours a day, so patients do sleep with them in. They're also removed for cleaning, though, and the fact that you can clean your aligners separately from your regular brushing makes it convenient. Recently, a teen version of Invisalign has come out with a colored dot that disappears when it's time to put the aligners back in, to help with self-monitoring. Many patients worry about the cost of the system and its drawbacks, but it really is comparable to other treatments, because while the up-front costs can be higher, other costs can be streamlined in some cases. In fact, the less expensive option sometimes changes from patient to patient.

Learning More About Treatment
If you're considering this as an option, you need to learn more about how it will meet your needs. For that, you need a professional consultation because a lot depends on exactly what is going on in your mouth. Generally speaking, though, people without major complications find this option quite accessible, and a consultation can also tell you more about whether your insurance covers this option. It can also be a good way to learn about financing if you are going out of pocket, so don't wait to learn more.

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.

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