Friday, April 20, 2018

Preserving Your Travel Memories Forever

Travel is a hobby unlike any other. While it can teach you a lot of things about yourself and the world, it’s not built to imbue you with a new skill. Nor is it something you use to create physical objects that have their own value and independent existence. Unless you put the effort in, the “results” of the time you spend abroad can float off and be forgotten. That’s why it’s important we preserve those travel memories ourselves. Here are a few ways of doing just that.


Photo by Kaboom Pics

Take a Picture
It’s one of the easiest and the most popular ways of making sure you remember exactly what happens abroad. Exciting events, gorgeous vistas, and even the little everyday scenes that strike you as poignant make for perfect travel pics. Take a look at some of the photos on this blog to get an idea of the kind of pictures you can take. If you really want to remember every detail of the image you capture, you may want to invest in something a little more sophisticated than a smartphone camera. Try to make sure it doesn’t get too burdensome though. You don’t want to be someone who misses the experience because they’re stuck trying to get the perfect shot of it.

Write it Down
For some people, taking a photo of an event or a scene can be the perfect way to stir up the memories of how it felt to be there. For others, however, it lacks something that can really transport them back. It lacks their own voice and their own ideas of what that moment means to them.   Https://penzu.com shows how you can start a travel journal that lets you put your voice to those memories. In time, you might even want to start a blog of your travel experiences. Writing them down helps you revisit those memories, exactly how you remember them. It also prompts you to think a little more deeply about your travel experiences which can help you further grow from them.

Put those Memories Together
Images and words alone might not be enough to really encapsulate what you feel about a trip, however. If that’s the case, then start putting everything together in one place to create your ultimate collection of memories. Travel scrapbooking is becoming a real trend. People will put together photos, tickets, write down their thoughts, press flowers, collect seashells and much more. When it’s all bound together in a single scrapbook, it can really bring those memories to live and give you the full experience of revisiting that location.


Photo by Kaboom Pics

Start a Souvenir Collection
Some people prefer to have a little more order to their memories, of course. Scrapbooks can be a little chaotic and you might not want to spend too much of the trip preserving memories on the spot as opposed to actually creating those memories. A great way to save time is to choose a single item. Make that your go-to souvenir and collect it from as many countries as possible. Coins are a common one. You can make them have even more value by looking for collectible ones. You can try to find them in the country itself, but you will have even better results using sites like https://www.lpm.hk/. Then you have something with value all its own worth displaying as well as those ties to your fond memories of travel.

Make a Visual Map
Sometimes, looking back on the places you have been also give a certain sense of accomplishment. If you’re marking the items off a bucket list one by one, why not put it on display? Get a chalkboard on the wall where you can cross of those destinations. Items like https://www.scratchmap.org/ are becoming a lot more popular, too. They’re displayed on the wall just like any other map. However, every time you visit a destination, you can scratch it off on the map, revealing a flash of color. Not only is it a way of looking back on where you have been but it’s almost guaranteed to inspired you to visit more places if only so you can scratch them off the map, too.

Take a Memory Home
It’s not just personal memories that you want to bring back with you, either. You might have picked up a taste for the culture that you are just aching to get back to. For instance, if you hear any music you grow particularly fond of overseas, endeavor to learn the name of the song and the artist. You can start populating an international Spotify playlist that helps you instantly get back to the moment. If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen, then you can also look at international cooking courses to help you create authentic meals that help you bring your new favorite tastes back with you. Even if you’re not able to 100% mirror the tastes you experience abroad, you can make them a part of your own life.

Make some friends along the way
It’s not just the destinations that make travel so memorable, it’s the people you meet, as well. There are all kinds of apps for meeting other travelers, whether you’re on your own or with a group. If you make friends abroad, why not exchange email addresses or contact details for apps like Skype? You never know, you may be able to meet in future again. If nothing else, then you have found someone else to share travel experiences with, no matter how far away you are. Don’t underestimate the ability to make lifelong friends on your trips across the world.

Without taking the time to preserve memories or commemorate our trips, it’s rather easy for those experiences and the feelings associated to slip away with time. While that won’t change the fact you’ve traveled or the ways it has helped you grow, it can feel like you’ve lost something valuable along the way. Hopefully, the tips above stop that from happening.

Great Idea for State and County Parks



Hey neighbors!!

I just have to share this with you.  One of my daughters and I LOVE photography.  She does a lot of photography for Southern Gospel groups and the goes out with me doing nature photography.  Since spring is finally peeking it's head out, we decided to go to a couple of parks a few hours away and spend the day taking pictures.  The end of last year we discovered these two parks in Iowa, that both have special bird feeding areas set up, but the best part is, they have small buildings, blinds, where you can go in and sit and watch the birds.  One of them even has binoculars, a dry erase board to post sightings, and posters about the types of birds you are likely to see.




The blinds at the first park we visited, F W Kent,  have small windows with hinged covers, so you can open different ones for different views.  There are seats to sit in, so you can get comfortable and watch.  The windows are at different heights, so you can also stand and look out.  They have placed several different feeders out to attract many types of birds.  There was actually a raccoon at the one feeding area when we arrived.  This blind is also easier to access, as it is at the end of a parking lot and has a sidewalk right up to the building.




The second park blind, Macbride Nature Recreation Area,  is a little rougher in condition, then the first.  It has long benches placed in front of a permanently open long narrow window.  The actual feeding area though is a little better.  They have plenty of brush for the birds and other little animals to hide in.  They also have feeders out that squirrels and chipmunks can utilize.  This blind is a little harder to access, as you can not drive back to the location.  You must walk back on a gravel road, and then cut across a grassy (and at this time muddy) area to reach the blind.  Definitely not designed for anyone with disabilities.




I really wish more parks would do something like this.  We spent over an hour at the first one taking pictures.  It was so peaceful and quiet.  I am sharing a few of my photos here that have my photography watermark on them.  I hope you enjoy them.




Do any parks in your area have anything like this?  Leave a comment telling me what your parks have.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Guide to Assist in Choosing the Right Dog for Your Home

If you are ready to get out there and get a new pet for the family then you will find out quickly what an exciting experience this can be.  You will also learn how great it can be to really welcome a new fur ball to the family home.  The problem is that choosing the right dog can be a difficult process, and this is especially the case if you don’t know what you are looking for.  If you’re ready to get started, then you can find out everything you need to know below.

Your Current Lifestyle
When you choose your dog you need to think about the lifestyle that you have now.  Think about it, what adjustments need to be done?  What sacrifices are you willing to make?  All of this will really help you to know which type of dog is right for you.  If you have kids then you will need to make sure that you take into account any allergies.  If you do have a slight allergy to dog fur then it is a good idea for you to try and get a dog that is low-shedding or even dogs who have been specifically bred as being hypoallergenic.  You will also have to find a dog or puppy that will co-exist with your other pets.  The next thing that you need to do is make sure that you can commit to the responsibility of being a dog owner.  If you want to find out more then take a look below.




Size
You may already have an idea of the dog that you want.  Some people like to have a little dog that they can carry around with them and others may have their heart set on a big dog that is larger than a small child.  If you haven’t set your sights on either of these then it may be a good idea for you to consider what  size dog will fit in best with your family.  It’s also worth noting that smaller dogs can be much more active and some have a tendency to bark a lot.  Larger dogs of course need more room and usually need more exercise than a small dog.

Obedience
All dogs need some kind of obedience training.  If you choose a smaller dog then they can develop a tough-dog kind of attitude as this will help them to compensate for their smaller size.  You need to be prepared for this. Very large dogs need to be trained not to jump up on people.  Larger dogs can sometimes become aggressive if not trained properly when they are younger.  All dogs need proper exposure to people and situations to be able to go places with you.

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Activity Level
Some dogs have a higher energy level when compared to others.  Not all dogs need the same amount of exercise as a result, but don’t go thinking that if you get a chihuahua that it won’t have much energy.  Every single dog out there needs their fair share of exercise. This is regardless of the breed that you have, so if you can’t commit to two casual walks a day then you may not be suited to owning a dog.  If you want an example of a calm dog that has a lower level of energy then a check around to find a calmer breed.  If you want something that you can play frisbee with at the park then consider opting for a Border Collie or Aussie.  If you want something in-between then consider going for Yellow Lab puppies from Puppy Joy.

Energy
If your dog is barking constantly or if they are digging up the yard all the time then there is a high chance that they have excess energy.  If a dog is acting out then they could be bored so you may need to give them some extra activity.  You may need to take them out for an extra walk in the day or you may want to try and play with them more.  Consider toys that also entertain, like the ones where they have to work for the reward.  This will help to keep them under control and it will also help them to feel more at ease as well.  Remember that when you choose a dog, you will have to commit time to them and you may also have to tend to any special needs that they have as well. if you are not able to do this then you may want to think about getting another type of pet.

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Physical Maintenance
Your dog’s appearance really does have a lot to do with the amount of maintenance they require.  All dogs require some kind of basic grooming but some dogs will need much more depending on the coat that they have.  Of course, if you get a dog that has a longer coat then they will need brushing a lot more and you will also have to make sure that you shampoo their fur as well. If you have a dog with a shorter coat then they can shed an incredible amount and this can cause you problems in that way. Fortunately, there are plenty of grooming tools available for you to choose from to help handle each of these situations.  As far as physical care goes, make sure you have a good vet that you can trust nearby for shots, deworming an such.  You do not want to have a medical emergency and have to start searching for a vet.

Floppy Ears and Drooling!
Dogs that have floppy ears have a tendency to get ear infections.  They also require much more frequent ear cleanings as well.  If you don’t like drool then make sure that you get a dog that is not big on drooling or you might start to get irritated with your new found friend.  In other words avoid Mastiffs, Saint Bernards and more.  If you do want one of these dogs then make sure that you cover your face when they decide to shake.  You’ll be thankful for it later!

So choosing a dog is a very personal experience, and when you have found one that is right for your needs, you can be sure to welcome them as a great addition to your family.  Be sure to do your research before bringing a new dog home.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Welcoming a Cat into Your Family



Cats are amazing pets that can bring joy to your entire family. They are appealing as a pet due to the minimum care they require. They basically groom themselves, and they can be left home alone for short periods of time as long as plenty of food and water is on hand, but you should still carefully consider the responsibility before inviting a feline into your home.

Food and Water - Feeding your feline may sound simple, but there are a few considerations. If your cat tends to over eat, you will need to closely monitor his food and be willing to offer several small meals each day. Other possibilities include a sensitive stomach which will require more expensive pet food. You also need to keep their food out of reach from other pets.

Medical Care - All pets need routine car from a profession veterinarian. Before you take in a new kitten you need to be committed to spending the time and money necessary to keep your feline healthy. You can take them to a typical veterinarian office for routine shots and exams or you can look for a cat friendly clinic like Feline Medical Clinic in Vancouver, WA.



Personalities - Seriously think about a cat’s personality. Although each feline has an individual style, you need to be aware that most cats have behaviors that not all humans enjoy. Cats are naturally night owls. Be prepared for plenty of playtime in the middle of the night. They also tend to scratch. This means your drapes, carpet, and furniture are at risk. Scratching posts or de-clawing may help. If you have carefully considered all the aspects of having a cat as a pet and still want to make that new little kitten a part of your family, he will provide you with love and friendship for many years to come. As long as you take good care of him, he will bring you plenty of joy.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Spring Into Bonuses With Swagbucks!



All throughout April you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 

1. Sign up using this link 

2. Earn 300 SB total before May 1st, 2018. You'll get a 300 SB bonus for it! 

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned several Amazon Gift Cards to purchase gifts with for the family, as well as a PayPal deposits.  It's GREAT!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

$50 Amazon Shoe Credit Giveaway!

Sponsored By: Shoe Adviser

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

This April, ShoeAdviser.com is running this giveaway that appeals to all Moms, Dads and Kids!
The prize is, any pair of shoes for yourself or your kid from Amazon up to $50! Choose from any design, brand or style you wish. Into walking, crossfit, running, dancing or just need some new heels for the weekend, ShoeAdviser has you covered! One pair of shoes up to the value of $50. 

Winner Will Receive:

Any pair of shoes they want! Up to a $50.00 Shoe Credit To Amazon

Open To US & Canada entries and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 4/1 9:00 AM EST through 4/22 11:59PM EST
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