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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Duquesne University Campus #GraduationDay

After we took some  pictures in our backyard, we head out to Pittsburgh.  My husband did not attend the  Baccalaureate mass and the commencement  ceremony because he didn't want us to be there for more than 6 hours.  Commencement is when all the degrees is conferred  upon all the graduates  as a group.  Although he signed up for the  reception, we didn't go to it because the location was a bit far from where the location of the  ceremony is.  Our daughter did not have a  jacket on that day so we didn't want to  walk around.
Thye commencement ceremony  was just  finish when we get there so all the graduates were still taking pictures in  the field.
Although we have been to this campus so many times when my daughter was still taking piano lessons here, we didn't know where the location of the graduation so we looked around.  The good thing is that, we had plenty of time to do it since we got there rather early.
Duquesne University is a huge campus so there's a lot of walking involve.  I am glad I did not wear heels that day, it would have been  so uncomfortable.
While we wait for the  people to leave and vacate the  place where we were going, we stopped in front of the building where my daughter used to go for  her music class, the Mary Pappert School of Music.

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit is a private Catholic university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Tuition cost an arm and a leg in my opinion  but it is like that  in every school I guess.  Glad my husband  used  the G.I. Bill he got left in pursuing  his master's  or else, we won't be able to afford it.  His work also offered some financial help granted he would stay in the company for  several years after he graduate and  that he maintain an A grade which he did.  
I can tell how relieved my husband was after taking his last test for the semester.  Now, he can relax and used the knowledge he  learned in doing his job.
He recently assumed the roles of two people in his department because his co-team leader got transferred to another  department.  He said that his manager was expecting him to fail, at least they were setting him up to fail.  They scheduled some presentations  that my husband has to do without telling him in advance to see if he is doing his job right and  he is glad that he did it without problem.  
He said that his manager gave him a Not-Promotable in his review but  my husband asked him what exactly the standard for promotable.  He was encouraged to apply for a managerial position back then but he didn't want to do it because he doesn't want  a huge responsibility so I guess  the management took that as negative.  But he defended himself by saying that  it doesn't he did not want to apply for a certain position that he is not promotable.  I am sure that when is given the right opportunity, he would take it if he think he would enjoy doing it.
Anyway, back to the graduation, we went inside the  gymnasium where the  diploma ceremony is going to be held a couple of hours early.
When you have an 11 year old boy with you who can't sit still, it's challenging.

So we let him roam around the gymnasium while there is no people yet just so he could burn some energy.  I just wish that my daughter have anticipated for the cold temperature inside the gym.  She caught a cold after   this event.

But despites  all the hoo and haa issues, we are so happy that my husband is finally done with school.  I was teasing him that he should  go for  the Phd lol.  He said he is done!  I don't blame him, after I got done with my master's , I will never go back to school again.  Not unless it is something I would love to do like landscaping or photography.  

To all the graduates, Kudos to a job well done, especially to a great guy right here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Kid-Friendly Vacation Resorts in the U.S.

Finding an affordable resort in the U.S. that’s kid-friendly is not as easy as you’d think. Many resorts are looking for couples and singletons who wish to relax in style. Some places are all-inclusive to cater for kids, but that’s not always what the parents want who often prefer more choices at the luxury end of the market. Also, when there’s plenty of activities both on the resort and outside of it, going fully inclusive can get restrictive after a while. Having a little greater flexibility on your vacay is no bad thing either!

Here are a few kid-friendly resorts that offer enough activities for the children and the adults too.

Half Moon Trail, Minnesota

The Half Moon Trail is a family-owned treasure. It is a resort in Minnesota, the state known for copious lakes through the region. The Half Moon Trail resort is no different with Boot Lake right there to go kayaking or fly-fishing depending on your preference for getting wet or staying dry!

The kid-friendly activities at the resort including learning woodworking, going on organized treasure hunts, trying to succeed at Marble Mountain, Minnow Races and various other tournaments. Some activities are kids-only, and others are with the participation of mom or dad. There’s usually a kid activity in the morning and sometimes one in the afternoon too. For parents, there’s a family activity each evening too.

Hawks Cay Resort, Duck Key, Florida

Drive past the 61st mile marker in the Florida Keys and you’ll reach the Haws Cay Resort. For the children, they can join the Coral Cay Kids’ Club with organized activities like snorkeling in the clear waters, participating in a scavenger hunt, or working on arts and crafts. The Haws Cay Resort has four villages with different accommodation spread between them. Whether wishing to stay in a villa or lanais, each have their own unique aspects to recommend them.

For the adults, there’s kayaking on the calm waters, fishing for mahi fish or taking a cruise as the sun sets in the distance. The saltwater lagoon is also interesting to swim in and enjoy fresh ocean water rather than chlorine water.

Carmel Valley Ranch, Monterey Peninsula, California

When the idea of staying on a ranch appeals, then head on over to the Carmel Valley Ranch for a good ‘ole time. Only a 10-20-minute drive from either Monterey or Carmel by the Sea, it has three heated pools available all year and a kids’ pool too. There are also areas for toddlers, young kids and teenagers that are safe to use because the pools are away from the main relaxation areas for safety reasons.

Explore the downtown areas of Monterey or Carmel by the Sea, Cannery Row or Pebble Beach for a good one-day excursion. There are plenty of sporting activities available including swimming, tennis, horseback riding, and golf. For organized fitness, there are classes to keep in gym shape too. And for parents who want a quiet night out, there’s babysitting available for a fee too.

A suitable resort to keep the kids occupied so the adults can get a rest from their role as ‘parent’ is like paradise. Organized activities tailored to children of different ages makes it possible for parents to enjoy themselves more than when trying to organize it all by themselves. As a result, they’re likely to return home far more rested than they would otherwise.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tall Buildings in Downtown Las Vegas

I think the best time to go to Vegas is during Fall and Spring time  because it is not too hot.  We made a mistake of going there  in the Summer and the weather was way too hot.  It felt like I was inside the oven whenever the wind would blow.  That is one downside when doing a one minute decision of visiting a place.  I thought our decision of  being spontaneous would  reward us but  it wasn't all that  great.  We did however had fun with our road trip to Grand Canyon.
I would like to share some of the  photos we took of the tall buildings in downtown Vegas.  The Stratosphere  is the most striking one.
If you are into  thrill rides, Stratosphere has it for you.  Rising 1,149 feet into the Vegas skyline, the Stratosphere Tower has the most exciting thrill rides in Las Vegas.  
When we were driving around, we saw how the rides dropped and even seeing that  made me dizzy lol.  I am not a thrill seeker so even if someone would pay me to try it, I would decline.
If you don't believe me, just watch the video below.
We did however got inside the hotel, we ate dinner there  one night while we were in Vegas.  Of all the hotel we went to in Vegas, I think the Bellagio is  the one that I love because you get to   enjoy a display of their conservatory and botanical gardens.  I will  have to post the photos sometimes.
Circus Circus is where we stayed.  
Our hotel was located not far from the Trump tower.  
It's amazing to me that  despite all of these tall buildings and busy streets, you can see the mountains from a distance. 
If New York City is the  city that never sleeps, Las Vegas seem dead in the morning.  It's a great time to  walk around with  the kids except you see some drunk people walking but over all, morning in Vegas is dull especially during summer time.  It might be a different scenario though with different seasons, I don't know.  But if you ask me if I would ever go back there again, I'd say no.  It was nice to see it though.

3 Great Ways To Get Your Baby To Sleep

You'll never regret having a baby, as they bring with them the unbounded joy and love that all parents know. Being a new parent involves some serious adjusting, however, and one thing you'll have to get used to is interrupted sleep, and sometimes little or no sleep at all. Getting your baby to sleep soundly at night is one of the major challenges that parents face, but here are three ways that you can turn the tables in your favor while giving your child the sleep he needs to develop and grow.

Get Your Baby Into A Night Time Routine

It's a fact of life that for the first few months of a baby's life, his sleep patterns will be erratic and his needs when awake great, so parents of a newborn have to learn to take snatches of sleep when they can. From around three months, however, parents can start to get their baby into a night-time routine, and the sooner this is established the better for all concerned. Bathing your baby first and then putting them into their night clothing can help to relax them, and they'll soon come to associate this, subconsciously, with bedtime. Always carry out this routine at the exact same time. For the first six months, a baby should sleep in the same room as you, so be careful not to wake them when coming to bed.

Comforting Baby Hammocks

Cots are traditionally used as a bed for babies, and if you use one try to make it as warm and welcoming as possible. One alternative that can prove highly effective at encouraging a young child to sleep is a baby hammock. These are specifically designed for the first three months of a baby's life and help them to get used to sleeping on their own. They're designed with safety as their first priority and create a snug atmosphere that will make the child think of the comfort of the womb. They also allow the baby to rock themselves gently, which can aid them in getting a good and uninterrupted sleep. There are many models on the market, so check out an online baby hammock guide to find the right one for your child.

Give Your Baby A Night Time Comforter

Babies develop rapidly during their first year, mentally and emotionally, as well as physically. They first become aware of being separated from their parents at around six to eight months old, which can cause distress at bedtime and difficulty in sleeping. At this age, a stuffed toy or security blanket can be a great comfort to a child, especially if it's been kept near to his mother's body for a while beforehand. It's important, however, not to give such objects to any child under six months old to sleep with, for safety reasons.

Helping your baby get a great night's sleep can be one of the most important gifts you give him, so try to get it into a successful bedtime routine as soon as possible once they reach the age of three months, with a baby hammock being a good idea before that time. When your baby sleeps well, you'll sleep well too, so even if it seems difficult at first, keep trying and remember that a restful sleep will eventually be your reward.

Friday, April 20, 2018

6 Reasons You Should Consider a Camping Trip this Summer

Summer is creeping up on us and that means you’ll be starting to think about your summer vacations. Will it be a beach holiday this year, a city break or an epic backpacking trip across Europe?
If none of those appeals or you are looking to holiday on a budget, then why not give camping a go? It’s inexpensive, it will bring your family together, you’ll be miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life and you’ll be reconnecting with Mother Nature.
Still not sold? Here are six reasons why you should consider a camping trip this summer
You’ll be living off the grid
Forgetting about your coffee maker, your iPad and whether you’ve replied to that email from Steve from accounts can help us relax and unwind away from the pressures of modern life. Camping takes us off the grid, out of reach and away from the hurly burly of the everyday.

You can learn new outdoor skills
Camping requires so many skills that we might not otherwise get the chance to develop with urban living. Can you pitch a tent? Light a fire? Fish for your dinner? You might find those basics come in handy out in the wild. For the more adventurous, there is navigating by the stars, rock climbing or hunting for your own dinner. Take a look at Bestriflescopereview.Com if you are planning on going hunting.

It’s inexpensive
Once you’ve purchased camping equipment such as a tent, sleeping bag and any food and drinks you want to take with you, it becomes one of the least expensive vacations you can have. You can do a camping trip foraround $800 all in – Mother Nature costs you nothing to enjoy.

It brings your family together
There is no age limit on who can go camping. Old or young love sitting around the camp fire, singing songs and watching the sun go down. In a day and age where families tend to be less close than they were, a camping vacation can bring everybody back together – there will be nothing but you, your family and the great outdoors.

You’ll get plenty of exercise
Camping is a great way to get exercise. The average hikeburns 500 calories and you can’t go camping without at least one hike. You’ll probably end up backpacking, swimming, kayaking and playing games as well.  All that time moving outside in the fresh air is the perfect way to get some much-needed exercise into you and your family.

You’ll see parts of the world you never knew existed
Camping gives us a reason to visit parts of the world we never thought we would. While a city break to somewhere like New York or Seattle involves going and visiting the Empire State Building or the Space Needle, when you are camping you are free to create your own unique journey and see sights and experiences sounds that none of your friends would. It can be a truly unique experience which creates memories to last a lifetime.


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