Monthly Archives: October 2017

Baby On Board: Travel Tips For Vacations With Young Children

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If you’re ready to take a vacation but worry about traveling with a young child, relax. Yes, going on a trip with little ones can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. In the interest of happy family travel, we are pleased to present a few tricks and tips to ensure a successful holiday, even when the kids tag along.

Before You Go

Prior to buying airline tickets and booking hotel rooms, make sure you’re going to a kid-friendly destination. No, you don’t have to build your entire trip around the kids, but the more there is for them to do, the more likely everyone will have a good vacation.

If your kids are old enough to walk, they are old enough to go through TSA security at the airport. Be sure to explain how this procedure helps to ensure safe travel without going into details. Kids older than 12 can walk through a security scanner alone, but they won’t be out of sight of their parent or guardian. Babies and toddlers may be carried through X-ray scanners in a parent’s arms.

While You’re Traveling

Take along a child-size carry-on bag for each kid in your family. Stuff it with a few favorite toys and plenty of healthful snacks. Eschew sugary treats in lieu of whole grain cereals, dried fruits, granola bars, and yummy trail mix.

Most airlines are willing to bend the liquid rules a bit when you travel with infants and small children. According to the TSA website, allowed items include breast milk and child-size containers of juice. Accessories to cool milk and juices are generally allowed, although they will be subject to screening. Gel-filled teething rings and unopened jars of baby food may also be allowed in carry-on bags. Continue reading

Postbox Cards From Japan

It is always a delight to receive cards from Japan so imagine how happy I was to get a notice from the local Post Office that I got a parcel from Japan. I went to the post one morning to pick up my envelope, and as expected, it was such a treat!

Mommy Clang, one of my oldest postcrossing friends, sent me a couple of Postbox cards. I got one featuring Halloween and I love it because it is purple! ^_^ The other postbox card features a Japanese festival, Tanabata.

According to Wikipedia:

Tanabata {七夕, meaning “Evening of the seventh”}, also known as the Star Festival, is a Japanese festival originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi {represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively}. According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on 7 July of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.

I also got a cute little Fukushima gotochi card, which I love. Mommy Clang even sent me a couple of lovely washi tapes, which I will be adding to my growing collection! Thank you as always, Mommy Clang, I will be sending you an envelope from the Philippines very soon! ^_^

4 Tips To Booking A Romantic Honeymoon In Bali

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Are you planning the perfect honeymoon for you and your future spouse? Look no further than beautiful Bali. This exotic place has been attracting so many tourists for the past several years for the many beautiful experiences it has to offer.

Bali is also a favorite honeymoon destination for couples. People from all over the world, some coming from halfway across the globe, come to Bali to experience all it has to offer. This place is a perfect place to celebrate the beginning of your marriage.

If you’re very interested in going to Bali for your honeymoon, check out the tips below so that you can start planning your travel with your spouse.

1. Start Planning As Early as Possible

In the same manner, that you started planning for your wedding early, you want to do the same for your honeymoon as well. Traveling takes a lot of time and effort, and with the added stress of planning your wedding at the same time, you want to make sure that your honeymoon will go smoothly as well. After all, it is your first trip with your spouse so you want to make good memories. When you research and book early, chances are you can even get cheaper tickets which is good because you would have spent a lot of money on the wedding.

2. Pick Your Location Based On The Activities You Want To Do

There are a variety of specific locations you can go to in Bali, and you can choose depending on the type of activity you want to do. If you’re a fan of the movie Eat, Pray, Love, for example, you want to stay in Ubud, but take note that there are no beaches there. Instead, you can find rice paddies and jungles. Other places you can go can be Nusa Dua, where there are great water sports activities, and Seminyak, where you can catch great sunrises by the beach. Do your research, and ask your spouse about the activities you can do so that you can plan your trip well. Continue reading

Make An Ordinary Day Extra Special

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You can easily turn an ordinary night out into something extra special. You don’t have to spend a fortune or do something over the top in order to create a memorable experience. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, marking a special occasion, or looking to have an intimate night out, the following tips will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

The Main Event

Start your planning with the main event. Where are you and your special someone going? Is it a movie? Maybe you are simply going out to dinner. No matter what you choose, you can turn things up a notch in the excitement department. Seeing a movie doesn’t have to be a trip to the local theater to see what’s playing. Choose a theater in the city. This alone can often make it feel more exciting.

Getting There is Half the Fun

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Don’t look at the trip to your destination as simply a way to get from point A to point B. Turn your travel time into an event of its own. If you do choose to do something in your own neighborhood, consider walking. It will give you plenty of time to talk, and a moonlit stroll can be quite romantic. For a further away destination, consider a Chicago limo rental. Businesses such as Athena Limousine Rental can take you there in style. Continue reading