Friday, July 31, 2015

Amish Country in Ohio

Our long vacation  to Busch Garden and Virginia Beach got cancelled so hubby and I  decided to just hit  different places while he was on vacation leave.  We went to Hershey Park for two days then we came home.  Then we  drove to the Amish place in Sugarcreek, Ohio on July 17th.  It was our first time visiting an Amish place.  Hubby have been to one when he was a kid though.
 It was raining when we left home and we were praying the whole way though  for the rain to stop when we are there and it did!
 One thing that we love about road trips especially to places with lots of farms is seeing the  farm animals that we don't normally see in the city.
 There are so many interesting to see when you go on a road trip.
 Going to the Amish  place was not planned, it was just a random urge that hubby and I had.  I have been wanting  to see how Amish lives since I only see it on TV so I was excited on this trip.
Our GPS took us to the back road and we were starting to think we were lost again, lol.  We were driving in the middle of nowhere but  glad that we were on the right path.  
 When we finally reached Sugarcreek, we were  relieved!
 The kids were very excited when we  stared seeing horses.
 The first place that we went and see  was the oldest  Amish house that was built in 1869 but was relocated.  This old horse buggy was fascinating in the eyes of my son.
 The old Amish house was relocated  near a cornfield.
 It's amazing that  the house was relocated  with  its foundation and every thing still intact.
 There was a couple Amish who  are entertaining guests inside the house.
 I will  make a separate post of what is inside.  They have so many display that took us back from the olden days.  Those things that we see in old movies were on that house
 I asked the old guy if he foundation were just added when it as relocated but he said that   everything is original.
 Before leaving, we  wanted some photos  by the horse buggy as we don't see  this things in our place.
 The couple who were attending to guests were very sweet and kind.  I love that they are still  maintaining the house for future generations to see.
 Our son was in his ornery mood of making those poses, it makes us  laugh, lol.
 I will  post some more  photos of our  adventure in Amish land next time.  July  brings us interesting  adventures.  We were in Sweet rush hunt, from Hershey o Sugarcreek, they are all sound so sweet

So You'd Like to Visit Tasmania?

Of the six states which comprise modern Australia, perhaps the most famous is Tasmania. Perhaps this fame owes much to the hyper-energetic marsupial made famous by Warner Brothers; perhaps it’s because it’s the easiest to spot on a map. Whatever the reason, Tasmania has much to draw those who venture there – both tourists and prospective migrants alike! In this article, we’ll take a look at this island province, and see exactly why so many of those choosing to emigrate to New Zealand and Australia are choosing to make their home in Tasmania.
Photo IS NOT mine

What is Tasmania?

Let’s begin by establishing exactly what Tasmania is. The state comprises not only the main island, which is the twenty-sixth largest in the world, but also the more than three-hundred smaller islands dotted all around. It is divided from the mainland by a one-hundred-and-fifty-mile-wide stretch of ocean known as the Bass Strait.

The state is Australia's most mountainous and much of that elevation can be found in its Central Highlands area. There, sharp, craggy outcroppings sit alongside serene lakes. The sharply undulating landscape is due not to volcanic activity (in that respect, the region has long been dormant) but to more recent glacial activity. The region's tallest mountain is Mount Ossa, which sits in the center of Lake St. Clair, one of the many national parks the state has to offer.

Where wildlife is concerned, many visitors might come in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the state’s most famous creature, the aforementioned Tasmanian devil – with its tiny body and outrageously powerful jaws. Unfortunately, the devil is an endangered species, with some estimates suggesting that the population may have contracted to around 30% of the mid-nineties figure. This is thanks in the main to an expansion of the Tasmanian road system and the illegal introduction of the red fox at the turn of the current century.


As well as containing a wealth of natural beauty, Tasmania also offers visitors many sites of historical interest. In the country’s north are a series of picturesque villages and estates which date back to colonial times.

Of course, this description of Tasmania’s history makes it sound unduly rosy; visitors should therefore also make time to inspect one of the five convict sites dotted around the state, each of them listed by UNESCO World Heritage. Being physically removed from the mainland, Tasmania seemed to the early settlers to be perfectly suited to housing the nation’s (and indeed, the world’s) convicts, and so the state contains a number of different buildings suited to that purpose. Indeed, many of the historic buildings were constructed using forced labour.

Of these historic penal settlements, the most famous is Port Arthur. Between 1833 and 1853, the port was where the British shipped the worst offenders – those that re-offended after arriving in Australia. Though the place enjoyed a reputation as a more progressive-minded facility, it still provided a harsh, brutal existence for its occupants – especially by the standards of today. Port Arthur is surrounded by forest and sea and accessible to visitors via a short – yet picturesque – drive from Hobart, the state capital. The place is officially the state’s most popular tourist attraction.

Urban life

Tasmania’s population density, at just over seven people per square mile, is roughly equivalent to that of the mainland. That said, on the mainland this population is concentrated in four or five hubs, with vast swathes of wilderness in between. Tasmania’s people, by contrast, are spread more evenly. Consequently, you’ll rarely find yourself totally isolated – but then you won’t find yourself surrounded either.

The State’s capital is Hobart, on the South coast. While few outside Australia have heard of Hobart, it is actually among the oldest cities in the country and home to more than two-hundred thousand people. The area boasts a wealth of culture, from its concert hall, which plays host to one of the world's finest small orchestras, to the Museum of Old and New Art – the southern hemisphere's largest privately-owned museum.

The nightlife is similarly impressive, and mostly concentrated in Salamanca Place, a bustling waterfront comprising row upon row of sandstone warehouses which once served the port and have since been converted into a raft of different bars and restaurants, serving food from across the globe.

Those looking to move to Australia from the UK should certainly spare a thought for Tasmania. As remote as it may be, it contains some of the most amazing sights and sounds the country has to offer.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Fun Tenth Birthday at Home

I now that  leaping from one digit to  double digits is a big thing so I made our  simple celebration a bit  special by decoratring  even though we did not have a big party.  Only the  four of us celebrated at home.  I woke up early that day  and  decorated our dining room with the  Hello Kitty theme birthday in a box that I got for her earlier.
This is the DIY  birthday  card that I made for  Rye Bean.  The blak heart space is for my husband's message for her, I know that he love to write so I reserved the biggest one for him.
She was all smiles when she woke up,  Glad she loves it even though it's not as frand as her friends birthday  party celebration is.
She love Hello KItty so this was perfect for her, make her day  extra special.
Here's my goofy little lad  trying to  pose for us.
I cooked some of her favorite food for us to eat at dinner time.
My husband had to work  that day so he was also suprised when he arrives home as we didn't tell him that we prepared something.
After we ate dinner, we played  ball at the backyard and had some pgoto fun.
 My son is almost  tall as his big sister.  I can't believe how big they are getting.  They will be taller than me pretty soon.  It makes me happy and at the same time sad, lol.
Five more years and she will be driving, ugh.  I can already ell that she will be a hot rod.  If I am scared to drive, I am sure she is not!
I love that both of them are growing up  liking each other.  They argue once in a while but most of the times, they  get along.  
 I am so glad that she had fun, we all did!   

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Teaching Your Kids Healthy Skin Habits

From the time they’re born, we’re charged with protecting our children’s skin. We make sure to use only the most gentle cleansers and lotions. We take pains to buy the softest clothing. We slather them with sunscreen every time we even think about leaving the house. Then, as they start to grow up and learn to take care of themselves, we need to stop doing the cleaning for them and teach them how to care for their skin on their own. Here are some tips to help you do that:

Face Washing

Every child goes through a phase where he or she hates getting his or her face wet. This is true whether we’re talking about swimming, playing in sprinklers, having water fights and even during bathing time. The problem is that dirt is not going to be respectful of your kids’ wishes and that dirt? Needs to be removed. To encourage even the most stubborn child to wash her face, the best thing to do is to teach her how to wash without having to actually put her face in the water. Show her how to get a washcloth wet and use that to moisten her face before she cleanses it.

It’s also a good idea, when they are still young and in this stage, to teach them how to cleanse around their eyes so that you don’t have to worry about them accidentally rubbing soap into their eyes when they get excited about being able to get clean without dousing their faces with water.
When they get over this phase, make face washing part of the regular bathing routine instead of a separate event that accompanies brushing the teeth. When it happens during bath time it becomes more ingrained. Then, when they’re older and switch to morning bathing, they’ll be so concerned about their skincare anyway that they’ll likely keep up the nightly cleansing on their own without prompting from you.


Hands off the face! Acne, in spite of what you might have read, is not caused by eating oily or fatty foods. It is mostly caused by hormones and by dirt and debris getting into a person’s pores. How does that dirt and debris get there? Sometimes it is simple environmental absorption. A lot of the time, however, it is by your own hands! Every time you touch your face, rest your face in your hands, etc, you are transferring oils and whatever your hands have touched that day into the pores on your face!
Make “hands off the face” a house rule along the same lines of “don’t bite your nails,” “don’t pick at scabs,” etc. You might not be able to totally prevent face touching, but you should be able to reduce it!

Skin Tags, Warts, etc.

Sometimes our skin just decides to spontaneously grow extra stuff. It is inconvenient but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world...though it will seem that way to your kids. A lot of these problems can and should be resolved naturally. For example, instead of just letting a skin tag hang linger, try using skin tag removal products to reduce the tag’s size and help it heal. With warts, instead of using ice or burning them off yourself, use an over the counter wart remover.

Obviously, if the problems are severe, you should take your son or daughter to the dermatologist to have the situation evaluated and the skin issue removed professionally. The same is true for acne.


Kids do not like the feeling of sunscreen. This is a universal trait. The thickness of the sunscreen, combined with it’s strong smell can cause even the most mild tempered child to resort to a tantrum to avoid having it applied to his or her skin. To combat this, try using one of the sport sprays (make sure it is safe for young skin). Sprays feel better on the skin and offer more even coverage. Whatever you do, though, don’t skip it! If you skip the sunscreen now, you’ll have a harder time convincing them to keep up with it when they are older.
Once your kids are old enough to handle washing their own faces, they are old enough to start learning how to apply their own sunscreen. Make them start doing it themselves so they get into the habit of reaching for the bottle on their own.

Remember too, that with most kids, it is positive reinforcement that wins the day. Scaring them with pictures of skin that hasn’t been properly cared for won’t go very far. Praising them for caring about their skin’s health will have more of a lasting effect.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ships for the 4th of July

These are the ships model  displayed at the Brooke County Historical Museum  in Wellsburgh.  I think that people who can do these models are really talented because even though these are smalls. a lot of details  goes into it.  It's amazing how they can build  this looking exactly like the real thing.  
 I wish I have  information  for every  ship on the display but unfortunately, I have none.
 But I thought these are good photos to post since the 4th of July is coming.
 I think that as time passes by, less and less people are appreciative of what  men and women in unifprm are doing for the country.
I am not exactly sure though if these are war shhips or just  ships that carried cargos and other stuff on the river.  ne thing for sure is that, they are beautifully made!

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