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Plan A Mountain Vacation

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Plan A Mountain Vacation

There is nothing like being able to look out the window and see tall mountain peaks, pine trees, and then hear the bugle of an elk—there is something very special about spending time in the mountains. It’s even more enjoyable when the whole family is gathered together.  One of the best ways to spend time in the mountains is to rent a cabin or lodge in the mountains. There are many reasons to plan a vacation or an extended stay in mountain lodging, here are just a few of those reasons.  Customizable You may be a regular John Wayne that was forced out of the mountains in the first place to find a good job, or you could be a person that has never stayed a night away from home. No matter what type of background you have, there is going to be a type of mountain lodging for you. If you want a cabin where you have to chop your own firewood and cook over the stove, then you will be able to find that no problem. However, if you are wanted to have all the luxuries of home, but with the scenery of the mountains, you will be able to find a perfect location. No matter what you want in your cabin or lodge you will be able to find the perfect match for you and your vacation. Activities Often at these lodges and cabins you will find that there are a plethora of things to do. You will often find ATV’s, horses, bike trails, boating, canoeing fishing streams, and some of the best hiking trails available. It really does not matter what you enjoy to do, you will be able to find a cabin that will provide you with the experience that you are really wanting. This is one reason that a mountain vacation is so good for a family. There are so many things to do that the kids should never get bored and ask what they should do. These are the times when families can grow together. Playing together during the day on an ATV and playing board games at night, either by candlelight or electricity.  Finding mountain lodging for your next summer vacation or family reunion doesn’t have to be difficult. To learn more about your options, contact services that provide mountain cabins. You can ask them about reservations, pricing, and more over the phone or...

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2 Reasons To Go To An Escape Room With Friends

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Reasons To Go To An Escape Room With Friends

If you are looking for a fun activity to do with friends, you should consider going to an escape room. This is a room that you are essentially going to be locked into, and you are going to need to figure out the clues in order to escape. You are going to be given a set amount of time to figure out the clues and escape, so you will have to work quickly. There are several reasons why going to an escape room is a great activity to do with friends and this article is going to discuss 2 reasons why.  You Get To Work Together One reason why going to an escape room is a great activity to do with friends is because it allows all of your to work together and bounce ideas back and forth. If you were to go in the escape room by yourself, it would just be up to you to try and figure out all of the clues. This would make it much harder for you to be successful because you wouldn’t have others to work with to help you figure out the clues. Also, because they are your friends, you will be comfortable enough to discuss the clues in detail and work together well, which probably wouldn’t happen if you were working with strangers.  You Will Have A Great Time The escape room is going to tell a story with the clues that are planted inside of it, and each time you solve one, you are going to feel a sense of accomplishment and excitement. As you move through the room figuring out the clues, you are also going to feel some adrenaline pumping through your veins as you try and race the clock to get out of the room in time. If you happen to solve all of the clues, and get out of the room before the time is up, you are all going to be thrilled with your skills. However, even if you don’t get through the room the first time, you are still going to have a great time with your friends. And, you also have the option of trying the escape room again, anytime that you’d like. You will probably get a bit further each time, until you and your friends get the ultimate sense of accomplishment from working all of the way through it and...

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Don’t Forget These Features When Designing Your Escape Game Room

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Forget These Features When Designing Your Escape Game Room

There’s a lot of advice out there about designing a room for an escape game, but it often focuses on making the game itself interesting. If you want to design a room yourself, or if you’re looking at companies that construct these rooms, it pays to pay attention to details that seem small but that do have a major impact on how many people can sign up to use your escape room. The construction of the room itself is just as important as the design of the game, and keeping in mind that these games are more popular than ever will help you plan features that make your room one of the better ones. Emergency Exits When you play in a legitimate escape game, you’re never truly locked in a room with no way out. That would be too dangerous because someone who got hurt or who began to panic would need to get out quickly, regardless of how they were doing in the game. Many rooms simply leave the main door unlocked, letting people know that’s for emergency use only. However, that does limit your storytelling. You may want to consider, instead, having a separate emergency exit that is camouflaged but easy to access, while using the main door’s lock as part of the game. That might not sound like such a difference, but it can be because having to really unlock a door can add to the suspense of the game. But again, you must have an emergency exit installed if you make the main door lock. The emergency exit should be easy to reach, be easy to open, and not set off any alarms. Accessibility Most escape rooms are one level, making it easy for people who have mobility problems to get into the room, and if your room will be open to the public, you’ll have to take ADA compliance into account. But the game design often calls for props to be placed all over the place, including on the floor in a mess. Furniture might be placed at odd angles as part of the mystery. That can interfere with people who are in wheelchairs, and it can be dangerous for those who are visually impaired. Leave at least a wide pathway where no props or furniture are placed so that people who need the space do have a way to be in the room without being unnecessarily hemmed in by props. The space should allow them to access the emergency exit, too. Multiple Language Availability If you live in a city where there are multiple languages spoken, or if your city tends to be a favorite with tourists from a particular country, consider having versions of each game you offer in those languages. You should get everything professionally translated in the standard dialect for each language. Doing so will allow more people to take part. For example, a family whose teen children speak English fluently but whose parents are only at a basic conversational level could have a lot more fun if the story was in their first language. Escape games are growing in popularity because people are finding out that these can be fun puzzles to solve. They don’t have to be scary at all, despite the sound of the name, and they...

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Milestone Birthday Coming Up? Tips For Throwing The Big Bash

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Milestone Birthday Coming Up? Tips For Throwing The Big Bash

Whether you are coming of age or celebrating the big 5-0, a party is always in order! Use some tips to create a festive venue, intriguing entertainment, and clever accents to make the bash a success. Visit party rental companies and speak with national booking agents to firm up supplies and talent for your affair. Some timeless and clever party tips include: Your venue. The easiest approach to any party is to hire help or host it in a venue that provides catering, bartending, and servers for your event. This will cost, but it can make it a worry-free experience for the planners as well as the guest-of-honor. Talk with venue staff about décor when booking the reservation. The entertainment. Unless you are friends with a local band, work with national talent booking agents to find renowned performers if you really want to make a splash at your event. Hiring top-name talent for your party will make it something that is remembered for years to come, and it is the perfect gift for the celebrant. The menu. Catered affairs are fine, but talk with staff or venue hosts about setting up some self-serve stations for guests to help themselves. This is perfect for cocktail hour or during a party when you don’t want to arrange a sit-down meal. Stations offering staple fare with all the fixings allow your guests to eat, while drinking and being merry! Some extras. So many things make a big impact at a party, from a photo booth to the types of party favors that you give out. Try to think of your guests’ experience and look at party details with their eyes. Some extras to think about include: Pay attention to things like parking and access when booking your venue. Guests may not want to attend if parking is a problem. Check out the restaurant facilities at your venue to make sure they are adequate for the size of your party. In restaurants or establishments, this will likely not be an issue; at a private home or outdoors, you may want to rent some portable toilets for the day. Greet guests warmly with cocktails and a welcome when they walk in the door. The guest-of-honor may find it difficult to enjoy themselves if the guests are not having a good time. Give your guests a little something to thank them for attending the party. Swag bags, mementos, and treats are that little something extra that will be remembered and appreciated. Celebrating something special? Use these tips to pull-off the perfect party. Work with professionals, like David Maida Presents, to make it easier to plan, but be sure to add personal touches that will make celebrants feel...

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Unique Block Party Ideas: Host A Wine Tasting Event!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Unique Block Party Ideas: Host A Wine Tasting Event!

Hosting a block party is a great way to encourage neighbors to spend time together and get to know one another. But in order to inspire good conversation and encourage people to attend, you may need to do more than toss a few hot dogs on a grill and fill a cooler with beer. If you want to host the block party of the decade, consider setting up a wine-tasting event for your neighbors. Here are some guidelines and tips to get you started. Rent tables and chairs to make the area comfortable. Wine tasting is not the sort of thing you do while awkwardly perched against a chainlink fence. To make sure it’s comfortable for attendees to linger and taste, consider renting tables and chairs from a party supply company like Party People Rentals & Sales. You can set up a few rows of tables under a large tent. Place a few chairs at each table for guests who would rather sit. Consider putting chairs on one side of the tables and leaving the other side bare for attendees who would rather stand. Set up one type of wine at each table. Head to your local wine store, and purchase a few wines of each variety. For instance, you could purchase three or four Rieslings, a few Merlots, and a couple of Pinot Noirs. You could even stick to a certain theme, such as wines from your home state or only wines from France. Depending on how large your neighborhood is or how many people you expect to attend, you may want to buy several bottles of each wine. This way, you can replace bottles as they are emptied. Set up one type of wine at each table. For instance, put all of the Rieslings at one table and all of the Cabernets at another. Make a label for each table. This way, guests can gather at the tables with the wines they enjoy most. Also, set up a table with a few plastic coolers of water for rinsing glasses. Ask neighbors to pitch in financially. Clearly, hosting a wine tasting event will be a bit costly. To help defray the costs, ask neighbors who attend to contribute financially. Add up what you spend on the wine and other supplies, and divide that cost by the approximate number of people you expect to attend. Send a notice out to the neighbors at least a week or two before the event asking them to RSVP and advising them as to the amount you expect them to contribute. Have neighbors bring their own glasses and snacks. This is a good way to keep costs down. Have each neighbor who attends bring a wine-compatible snack to share along with their own tasting glasses. Anything from cheese, to chocolate, to fresh fruit works well. Supply a few plastic wine glasses for anyone who forgets theirs. Set up a kids’ area, if needed. If you live in a neighborhood where there are few or no children, this may not be necessary. But if your neighbors have little ones, it’s smart to provide them with some sort of entertainment. Renting a bounce house is always an option, but if you’re trying to stick to a budget, you could set up a kiddy pool, a...

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3 Tips To Save Money On The Flowers For Your Wedding

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Save Money On The Flowers For Your Wedding

When you think about your wedding, you might picture yourself carrying beautiful flowers and seeing flowers everywhere that you look. Flowers can really dress up your wedding venue, but the problem is that they can be quite expensive. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can save money on the flowers for your wedding. 1. Cut Costs on Vessels You and your florist will obviously need a vessel of some sort that you can use to arrange and display the flowers. Many people spend way too much on vases and other similar vessels, but there are a few ways that you can save. One option is to purchase glass vases in bulk from a wholesale supplier. Another option is to mix and match with vases that you might already have and a few that you can purchase used at a yard sale, flea market or consignment shop. One other thing that you can try is to use Mason jars instead, which is a very trendy look right now. The good news is that you can even reuse the Mason jars after your wedding, as long as you wash them out really well! 2. Go With Seasonal Plants The plants that you choose can make a big difference in how much you spend on flowers. You will generally be able to find tons of flowers at reasonable prices if you buy flowers that are in-season, so this is definitely something to talk to your florist about. Along with saving you money, buying seasonal flowers will also help you keep the venue looking festive, no matter what time of the year you choose to get married. 3. Bulk Up on Filler Plants You don’t want to skimp on the filler plants when you’re putting together the arrangements for your wedding. In fact, if you’re looking to cut costs, consider doing the opposite and loading up your arrangements with affordable greenery. Then, you won’t have to buy as many flowers in order to get a nice, full look. As you can see, there are a few ways that you can save money on the flowers for your wedding. If you are looking for a way to buy flowers for your event without spending more than you can afford, give one or all three of these tips a try. If you do, you can save a significant amount of cash while still purchasing the perfect gorgeous flowers for your...

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3 Simple Rules For Guilt-Free Binge-Watching

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Simple Rules For Guilt-Free Binge-Watching

Do you remember when you had to wait a week to see the next episode of your favorite television show – even if you were watching reruns? Today, you can easily pick up the full series of your favorite show on blu-ray and watch as many episodes in a row as you like, complete with special features and no commercials. Binge-watching is the ultimate in instant gratification, and it’s a fun way to spend a rainy weekend, ride out a case of the flu, or stay cool indoors on a summer day when it’s just too hot to go outside. But face it – binge-watching isn’t exactly a healthy activity. You may tend to eat too much, move too little, or both. And while one lazy day now and then isn’t the end of the world, you don’t want it to turn into a habit. Take a look at a few rules to follow when you’re binge-watching that can make it a slightly healthier activity and prevent you from making a habit of being a couch potato. Rule #1: Stock Up On Healthy Snacks If you find that binge-watching and binge-eating go hand-in-hand, you’re not alone. Research shows evidence of links between television consumption, unhealthy eating, and weight gain or obesity. Interestingly, the type of show you’re watching may make a difference. For example, researchers found that study participants who watched action shows ate 98% more than participants who watched talk shows. Participants watching sad shows ate 55% more than participants watching more cheerful content. And watching food-related content makes people who are dieting eat more. The healthiest thing that you can do is turn the television off while you eat. If you’re not watching TV, or otherwise distracted, you’ll be more mindful of what and how much you put in your mouth. But you don’t necessarily have to ban all snacking while watching to make binge-watching a little healthier. If you really want to be able to snack while you watch, take the time to make sure that you have healthy snacks readily available before you turn the TV on. Hide the potato chips and cookies, and cut up some fruits and veggies so that they’re ready to grab and go when you decide you want a snack. Substitute your movie-theater-style popcorn for some lightly salted, roasted edamame. Stock your fridge with water bottles instead of cans of soda. That way, you can have your TV marathon without increasing your waistline. Rule #2: Stand Up In Between Episodes It turns out that even if you exercise regularly, sitting down for long periods of time is really bad for your health. That’s why experts recommend that you stand up for at least two hours a day during working hours. And don’t think that the recommendation doesn’t apply to you because you’re binge-watching TV at home instead of sitting at a desk at work – your body doesn’t know the difference between eight hours of office work and eight hours of Orange is the New Black. Luckily, research also suggests that it doesn’t matter if that two hours of standing is broken up into small periods of time. Pause the show every so often, or take a break between each episode to stand up, stretch, and move around. You don’t...

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Having Fun While Minimizing Real Fear In A Haunted House

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Having Fun While Minimizing Real Fear In A Haunted House

Haunted houses are a fun way to have some Halloween fun by creating a little artificial fear in a controlled environment. However, if you fall a victim to real fear or panic, haunted houses can become terrifying. Here is how you can have fun in a haunted house without experiencing true terror. Expect Something Around Every Corner In a haunted house, a brooding atmosphere is created by tapping into our fear of the unknown. People are almost instinctively afraid of things that are new or which they don’t understand. One of the best ways that you can balance out that fear in a haunted house is by expecting something to pop up just around every corner. So every time you see a door, a window, or a curve in the house, expect something to pop out. This expectation is a large part of the fun of a haunted house, and tapping into it is crucial for avoiding falling a victim to real fear or panic. Take Advantage Of Quiet Moments Haunted houses are designed to pull you through a thrill ride from one peak to the next, which creates a very specific rhythm. There isn’t a lot of time to just sit and relax, but there should be several quiet moments spread throughout. These are designed to be a “calm before the storm” (i.e. a relaxing moment before the next big scare is sprung on you). Take advantage of these quiet moments by gathering your wits and preparing for the next scare. Though there’s no telling what it might be, you can usually anticipate that something is going to be happening pretty soon. Just don’t let the spooky music and atmosphere get to you. Calming Potential Panic Attacks As you move through the haunted house, a sense of fear might start to develop and potentially become severe enough to become a panic attack. A good haunted house will have an emergency crew that can help out anyone that suffers from this problem, but it is one that is important to avoid if you want to have real fun in a haunted house. The trick is to acknowledge that your panic is building, accept it, and work toward making yourself more comfortable. This may require laughing during “scares” or repeating calming breathing exercises. Remember, haunted houses are a fun experience and nobody in there is going to hurt you. By following these simple steps, you can have the kind of fearful excitement that only haunted houses can offer. Try bringing along a group of friends to further increase your courage and to have a support group in case things do get too...

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Two Things New Diabetics Should Know About Tattoos Before Getting One

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Things New Diabetics Should Know About Tattoos Before Getting One

Many people dream about getting a tattoo. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, though, you may wonder if it’s still safe for you to get one. As long as your blood sugar levels are well controlled, you should be okay to get inked. However, there are a couple of things you need to prepare for before you head to the parlor. Choose the Tattoo Site Carefully One thing you might not realize yet is that diabetes can have a negative impact on your healing ability. High blood sugar levels damage the veins and nerves, which can cause poor circulation. This, in turn, can make it harder for white blood cells and other beneficial elements to get to the wound site, resulting in longer healing times. This means people with diabetes have a higher risk of infection when they get tattoos, so it’s critical you carefully choose where you get your tattoo. Make sure the parlor is clean and the artist uses a brand new needle for you. The shop should also sterilize the equipment and use disposable ink pots to avoid spreading diseases between customers. Lastly, only get your tattoo from a licensed and accredited inker. It’s also important to be careful about where you get the tattoo. You may want to avoid getting tattoos on your ankles, feet, shins, calves, or buttocks. Blood has to fight gravity to get back to your heart from these areas, so it may take longer to heal if you have poor circulation. You may be more prone to getting an infection in those areas due to this. However, every person’s body is different. If you’re fairly healthy and your doctor says it’s safe for you to get a tattoo in these areas, then go for it. Just be certain to adhere strictly to the aftercare instructions to protect your health. Be Prepared for Long Ink Times Depending on the size and colorfulness, tattoos can take several hours to complete. In fact, large and intricate designs can take several sessions over a period of days or weeks to do. The primary concern with long ink times is that your blood sugar level may dip while you’re waiting, putting you at risk for hypoglycemia. Many tattoo parlors don’t allow people to eat in their shops, so you either need to arrange to take a food break or bring along glucose tablets to help keep your sugar up. Also, sitting for long periods of time increases your risk of developing blood clots in your legs. Therefore, be sure to get up every hour or so and walk around for a few minutes to stimulate the circulation in your lower limbs. For more information about getting a tattoo or to make an appointment to get inked, contact the best tattoo shops in your...

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4 Reasons To Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons To Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer

Putting together your own special wedding day takes a lot of time, money, and hard work. If you’re in the middle of the planning process, you may be looking for ways to save on costs. Some people consider saving money by hiring a close friend to take photographs. However, it’s recommended that you don’t cut corners when it comes to your wedding memories. If you’re looking to capture your special moments on this day, you’ll want to hire a professional wedding photographer. Take a look below to learn some of the reasons as to why this is important. It’s an Investment Yes, wedding costs can quickly add up. You may feel like you’re already nearing or even breaking your wedding budget, but you need to think about this cost as an investment. Do you want quality photographs to look back on later in life? Do you want to display these images in your home? You want to make sure that you think of the cost in this way so that you don’t try to cut corners to save a few dollars.  A Photographer Does This All The Time If you have a family member or friend take your wedding photography, you may not get the results that you’re after. This is because if someone is inexperienced, they may not get the best shots. On the other hand, a wedding photographer has experience shooting many weddings and knows the best shots to get. If you want quality results, it’s always best to pay a professional to do the work for you.  You May Get Deals on Printing If you’re going to get wedding photographs taken, you want to make sure that you are also able to get them printed. By working with a photographer, you may be able to get extra savings on your wedding prints. This can be a great way to save money in the long run. Your photographer may also be able to coordinate all of the printing for you, too. This means less work and stress on your part.  Get Coaching on the Best Photographs When working with a photographer, he or she will talk with you ahead of time to learn what it is you’re after with your photographs. He or she can also coach you on your special day to help you pose and coordinate the best possible photograph moments. If you don’t hire a photographer, you may not get a great posed shot. As you can see, it pays to hire a wedding photographer for your special day! If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to discuss your needs and goals, contact a photographer...

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