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Tourism promotion offers prizes for best travel stories

A new state tourism promotion encourages people to go beyond just putting their New Mexico vacation and other travel stories in their own scrapbooks, but share them as part of an online contest that will earn someone a $5,000 prize, as well as offer weekly prizes of gas cards. The New Mexico Tourism Department’s summer […]

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Indonesia lies at the border between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, allowing her to display one of the largest shoreline in the entire world. Its exotic beaches with fine white
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10 Tricks Keeping Weight Loss Resolutions

If you are anything like me one of your New Year resolutions was to lose some weight and get healthier.

Making a weight loss resolution is the easy part. The hard part is to keep the weight loss going weeks later.

Being a busy mom taking care of family…..working…..making sure that everyone else is healthy doesn’t make it easy to stick to your weight loss resolution. It’ hard to find time for regular and healthy meals…..To fit exercise into busy schedule is a hard task.

10 Tricks Keeping Weight Loss Resolutions

Suddenly summer is here. The extra weight is too. We wish that we would stick to our weigh loss resolution 5 months ago.

Sounds familiar? I was there before. Year after year…… after year….. Same old story.

This year I am prepared to follow through to lose some weight and get healthier. It won’t be easy, but there are little weight loss tricks that can help along the way.

#1 Chew Gum – while cooking or baking. It will save you from eating extra 300 or more calories during the day.

#2 Buy Smaller Size Clothing – just one piece and use it to measure your progress and to keep the weight loss momentum going. After it fits buy another item one size smaller.

10 Tricks Keeping Weight Loss Resolutions#3 Buy Snacks For Your Family – don’t buy your favorite snacks. Buy snacks that your family loves and you are not very fond of. They won’t be upset about the lack of snacks and you will be on your way to get healthier.

#4 Cook Bigger Meals – to avoid eating unhealthy foods every time you cook healthy soup or pot of chili make a little more and freeze it in single servings. When hunger strikes you don’t have to reach for bag of chips or plate of nachos. You can reheat your single portion meal in a snap.

#5 Use Your Time Wisely – if you spend hours every week sitting around while waiting for your children during their figure skating, hockey, soccer or other activities you can use this time for a brisk walk or power walk around the neighborhood . I am sure your children won’t mind mom getting some exercise at the same time they are.

#6 Keep Food Diary – this will help you prevent late night snacking. When you get the urge to munch after 7pm just look inside your diary and see how much calories you already consumed. It won’t stop you all the time, but in a long run it will help you to achieve your weight loss goal.

10 Tricks Keeping Weight Loss Resolutions

#7 Call Your Friend – if you are dying to eat something that is really bad for you and there is no way you can say no just pick up the phone and call someone. You will interrupt your thinking process and you will forget abut the craving.

#8 Drink Cold Water – if you feel hungry just gulp down a large glass of ice water. Sometimes thirst is mistaken for hunger.

#9 Start Small Project – like cleaning out the junk drawer, organizing your Tupperware, cleaning out the closet will help you from boredom overeating.

#10 Load Up On Veggies – make sure most of your main meals includes vegetables. The fiber in vegetables is important for speeding up your metabolism which makes it easier to lose weight. Load up half of your plate or more with vegetables and you’re not only lose the weight , but you will get healthier and more energetic.

Guide to Camping Trailers

A camping trailer is designed to fill a niche between a large, full-function motor home and a tent. While a motor home is self-propelled–a house with an engine–a camping trailer is a much simpler, usually smaller offering. Camping trailers will generally sleep four to eight people, and they come in many shapes and sizes. There are models that are designed to be towed behind a mid-sized car, while others require a powerful pickup truck to tow. Their amenities are limited, but if you don’t want a tent vacation, trailers offer comfortable sleeping options.

Guide to Camping Trailers

Travel Trailer

A travel trailer can best be described as a motor home without the engine attached. These trailers will often have a separate bedroom, and often two. The larger models feature separate sleeping and dining quarters, as well as a living area with televisions, couches and chairs. They will have a full-function stove and oven, as well as a refrigerator. Travel trailers are available in lengths of up to 40 feet, and the larger the trailer is, the more amenities it will house. The largest models can have two bathrooms, can weigh as much as 6 tons and require a heavy-duty pickup truck or SUV to pull them effectively.

Guide to Camping Trailers

Fifth-Wheel

A fifth-wheel camper is basically a travel trailer with an extension on the front. These campers often have two bedrooms, with one in the rear and one in the raised area that sits above the tow vehicle. Fifth-wheel models are often up to 40 feet in length and require a special towing attachment bolted to the bed of the tow vehicle. They offer all the amenities of large travel trailers, with the advantage that the “gooseneck” design distributes the trailer’s weight to all of the tow vehicle’s tires. This means that fifth-wheel campers can be much heavier than travel trailers and still be towed safely.

Guide to Camping Trailers

Pop-up Campers

Pop-up campers are wildly popular for short camping adventures. Pop-up campers are small and light enough to be pulled behind a mid-sized car, and they are compact enough to fit in most standard campgrounds. Typically measuring less than 10 feet in length and 4 feet in height in their closed state, they can house a surprising number of amenities. When the destination is reached, you unhitch the camper from the car and raise the roof to its full height. When deployed, a pop-up camper will have an interior tall enough for a 6-foot-tall person to stand comfortably. Air-conditioning, heating and a gas stove are standard in many pop-up models, and larger models can include separate shower and toilet facilities as well as sinks and several beds. The sleeping areas in a pop-up camper are located at each end, on fold-out extensions covered by a tent-like enclosure.

Top 15 Holiday Stress Buster Movies

Christmas time might be the most wonderful time of the year……,but…..it also can be the most stressful time of the year…..depends on who you are talking to.

Believe it or not……There are few superhumans who somehow figured out how to have totally stress-free holidays….I am NOT one of them.

Top 15 Holiday Stress Buster Movies

So, if you are one of those people who figured it out…..do let me know what your secret is.

Anyway, first three weeks in December my life is a total chaos…..three weeks before Christmas is the only time I do not live in Organized Chaos…..yes, even daily organized chaos gets disorganized and stressed before Winter Holidays.

My “To Do” list gets so long that I need to find a way to get some quiet time…..collect my thoughts…..recharge my batteries…..turn off the voices in my head….

I am not a big TV watcher, but in December almost every night after the kids are fast asleep I find my escape from holiday hustle and bustle with W Network Holiday Movies.

I make myself big mug of creamy hot chocolate……grab couple of Christmas cookies and I snuggle on a couch with either my husband (if I ma lucky and he’s home) or my fluffy blanket.

Watching holidays movies always gets me in festive mood. Most of the Christmas movies I love to watch are not the big Hollywood production….big screen….award winning movies, but good feel….Hallmark….Made for TV movies.

Top 15 Holiday Stress Buster Movies

These holiday movies don’t have big Hollywood budget and special effects….They always come with a message….silver lining or with the feeling of being grateful for what I have.

I decided to share with you TOP 15 HOLIDAY MOVIES I really enjoy every holiday season. Some of these Christmas movies are really sappy….some are funny and some will have you reach for tissue box, but all of them help me relax and give me strength to go on till the holidays are over….hope they will do the same for you.

My Top 15 Holiday Stress Buster Movies for Overworked Moms:

  1. Home By Christmas (2006) – Linda Hamilton, Rob Stewart
  2. Borrowed Hearts (1997) – Roma Downey, Erick McCormack, Hector Elizondo
  3. Eve’s Christmas (2004) – Elisa Donovan, Sebastian Spence, Cheryl Ladd
  4. All She Wants For Christmas (2006)
  5. Santa Baby (2006) – Jenny McCarthy, Ivan Sergei, George Wendt
  6. Holiday in Handcuffs (2007) – Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Markie Post
  7. Will You Merry Me? (2008) – Wendie Malick, Cynthia Stevenson
  8. Moonlight and Mistletoe (2008) – Tom Arnold, Candace Cameron Bure
  9. The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (2008) – Henry Winkler, Brooke Burns
  10. Santa Baby 2 (2009) – Jenny McCarthy, Dean McDermott, Paul Sorvino
  11. On Strike For Christmas (2010) – Daphne Zuniga, David Sutcliffe
  12. Night Before the Night Before Christmas (2010) – Jennifer Beals, Rick Roberts
  13. The Town That Christmas Forgot (2010) – Lauren Holly, Rick Roberts
  14. The Santa Suit (2010) – Kevin Sorbo
  15. Mrs. Miracle (2009) – Doris Roberts, James Van Der Beek, Erin Karpluk

I watch most of these Christmas movies again and again with my kids while we decorate cookies or just having a little afternoon siesta. There is something about holidays movies that puts everybody into festive and giving mood.

Do you have a favorite stress-buster activity while getting ready for the holidays?

INDONESIA

INDONESIA Indonesia lies at the border between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, allowing her to display one of the largest shoreline in the entire world. Its exotic beaches with fine white sand and tropical trees attract millions of tourists each year. Indonesia consists of splendid settings, including mountains, large forests, national parks, unique animals and many islands to choose from. If it still doesn’t sound as a perfect destination, think about Bali and its tranquil, relaxing scenery.

It’s improper to talk about Indonesia’s Mountains. More accurate would be the use of the term volcano. Bromo, Krakatoa and Semeru are worth a visit. Bali’s beauty exceeds any expectations, with Hindu artifacts, amazing landscapes and relaxing beaches. The Equator line raises people’s interest. Sangiran holds fossils from people who lived 5 million years ago. The cultural make-up of the nation includes a great number of tribes, communities or ethnicities, each tiny island having certain characteristics. Borobadur became one of the most famous Buddhist Temples, the Prambanam one is for Hindu adepts, while Masjid Istiqlal, welcomes Muslims in Jakarta. Furthermore, the Dani tribe inhabits Baileem Valley, the Taraja people have their own architecture in Tana Toraja and in Papua, the Asmat Tribe used to be a cannibal community.

INDONESIAAs you can see, not only the seaside deserves attention. Many tribes are a reminder of global diversity and alternatives to urban civilization. Korowais prefer a nomadic lifestyle and build their homes in trees. Pygmies manage to get by due to their agricultural activities. Moving to the majority, people are very careful with their behavior and avoid refusing someone. A dialect has more than 20 words to say ‘No’. Enjoy Indonesian food’s specific flavor, given by a mix of spices. The archipelago has a group of islands called the Spice Islands. Don’t forget to check the festivals, with symbols of many religions and ethnicities.

Virginia Beach Restaurant Guide

Virginia beach is part and parcel of the state of Virginia’s beach communities but has the distinction of featuring a record-winning pleasure beach strip. Tourists flock to this venue with a resort feel, and the three neighborhoods that almost always are featured front and center in a travel itinerary are Hilltop, Lynnhaven and the Resort Area, which is also referred to as the Boardwalk. Not surprisingly, the demand for a budget-conscious Virginia Beach restaurant guide is high.

Virginia Beach Restaurant Guide

Hilltop Eateries
Visit Laskin Road, where the majority of Hilltop restaurants are located, but do not be afraid to branch out onto Colonial Road or Hilltop Plaza. Budget travelers should check out the Virginia Steak House at 620 First Colonial Road and the Guadalajara at 509 Hilltop Plaza. If money is no object and you can afford a more expensive evening out on the town, check out Otani—an Asian eatery–at 1532 Laskin Road. Most restaurants on Laskin Road are mid-level venues, where a plate might run right around $15.

Virginia Beach Restaurant GuideLynnhaven Venues
Check out Marina Shores Drive and also West Great Neck Road, where quite a few of the Lynnhaven restaurants are located. The Green Oak Pub on 2253 West Great Neck Road and Don Julio’s on 3656 Shore Drive offer the cheapest eats in this area. High-end restaurants include the Trade-winds seafood eatery at 2800 Shore Drive, One Fish Two Fish on 2105 West Great Neck Road and Croakers’ on 3629 Shore Drive. More reasonably priced seafood is available from the Dockside Inn at 3311 Shore Drive, where a typical plate costs about $15.

Virginia Beach Restaurant GuideResort Area—a.k.a. Boardwalk
Oceanfront is one of the main thoroughfares in the Resort Area, and, as such, a good many restaurants are located in this venue. The majority of locales are mid-level eateries, such as the Courtyard Cafe, which serves seafood, on 25th and Oceanfront, or the Ammos Authentic Greek restaurant on 14th and Oceanfront. Expensive seafood may be had at the Fish Bones Buffet on 13th and Oceanfront or the Galley on 1401 Atlantic Avenue. The Belvedere Coffee Shop features the cheapest eats on 36th and Oceanfront.

 

Advantages Of Crazy Bulk Products

Steroids has proven to be one of the most controversial supplements in the body that a lot of body builders use in order to gain muscle mass in a short period of time, and with as little exercise as possible. While it does give you the muscles that you want in terms of looks and bulk, there are a lot of disadvantages that the use of steroids carry. This includes the conversion to estrogen which can cause unwanted enlargement of breasts, and other body side effects including liver damage. Crazy bulk results guarantee the same results as that of steroids, but they give it to you the safe way. With that said, what are the main advantages of Crazy Bulk Products that make them worth availing of, especially their Bulking Stack?

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Drugs out in the market that are prohibited are those that bring harm to those who take them in, whether as a result of constant taking of it or all in one go. With CrazyBulk, you don’t have to get it from a black market, as you do with most steroids for body building which are illegal. These are natural alternatives to steroids that give you the same effect without putting harm on the body.

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