10 Tips for Traveling Outside the U.S.

Are you traveling outside the country for the first time? Don’t worry, with these traveling tips you’ll be a traveling wiz in no time. From researching events to buying travel products, you can plan a trip you’ll remember forever. Without further ado, here are ten tips for traveling outside the U.S:

 1.  Do Your Research  

Research is always important when traveling but especially so when traveling outside the U.S. Understanding what documentation is required as well as the necessary vaccinations needed if any is key. Also, recognizing customs law and import laws of your destination is essential when traveling from place to place.

It’s a good idea to read up on your destination before traveling in order to get a good idea of where you’re going. Books about your destination’s history, crime rates, local atmosphere, culture, and other related topics are a good place to start. In doing so, you might want to pick up a few local phrases to better orientate yourself with your destination. Phrases like, “where’s the bathroom?” or “can you help me find…” could be useful to you in your travels.   

2. Have a Copy of Your Passport  

When traveling outside the U.S, your passport identifies who you are. It’s an important document that you should always have with you. However, since life isn’t always fair, it could get stolen, lost, or even damaged. That’s why it’s always good to have a copy of your passport on hand. Whether it’s a physical copy or an image on your phone, keeping a copy of your passport ensures that you always have a way to be identified.  

3. Have Local Cash 

Since not every place accepts credit cards, it’s a good idea to have local cash on you. You can go to an ATM, bank, or a conversation center to receive cash. Since some ATM’s and banks will charge you fees, it’s best to do your research once again. Before traveling find out which banks or ATM’s you can go to without being charged a fee.  

4. Wake Up Early    

Whenever you’re on vacation, sleeping in is almost required. But if you want to see some of the most scenic sights without the disruption of mass crowds, it’s best to get up early. By getting up early, you can enjoy the peaceful views in the morning sunshine. Also, you can find the cutest breakfast places! Who doesn’t like pancakes, right? 

5.  Buy Event Tickets in Advance    

Okay, let’s be real who likes waiting in line? While many events require tickets to be purchased; the process is often slow and tedious. With some tickets racking up large sums, event tickets can be expensive when obtained at the event location. Buying tickets in advance not only saves you time but can also save you money. Since some online deals may be fitted to your price range, you’ll get a better deal for planning ahead.

6. Don’t Over Plan  

When your on vacation in another country, it can sometimes be overwhelming. Going to events, and sighting is important on any trip, but it’s also essential that you take your time to relish in your surroundings.  Instead of jumping from one attraction to another, soak in the atmosphere around you and get lost in it for a while. Stroll through a market or leisurely walk through some shops. Find what’s unique to you about your destination. 

7. Make Friends with the Locals 

Making friends with locals is an excellent way to get to know your destination. With stories to tell and heartfelt antidotes, they can share more about your given destinations than books. While many people go to see the scenic sights to enrich their understanding of a particular culture; however, the locals offer a wide range of knowledge that is often overlooked.  

8. Bring a Scarf with You  

Travel scarfs are a godsend. With different styles from longer wraps to thick blanket scarves, there’s always a style to fit your destination. You can wear one for sun protection, warmth, or comfort to ease traveling woes. However, with various patterns, you’ll look stylish for any occasion.  

9. Bring a Filtered Water Bottle 

As many people know, tap water is not always safe to drink in some regions. While water bottles are commonly offered, bringing a filtered water bottle can help save the environment. Since you won’t be discarding plastic or drinking contaminated water, you can feel good about what you drink. With different styles and customizations, you can find the perfect water bottle for you. 

10. Have Fun

Whenever you’re traveling, having fun should be your first priority. Whether you’re visiting Rome with family, traveling to Tokyo with friends, or going on an adventure by yourself, you should enjoy your travels. By seeing the scenic sights or strolling through the cobblestone streets, you can delight in the wonders of the world.  

Now off you go, traveling bees go have fun on your next vacay! 

5 Ideas to Embrace Your Sexy

Life isn’t always fair, with troubling family matters, complicated work schedules and bills to pay, it’s easy to forget to put yourself first. But as the beautiful human you are, you should treat yourself and splurge on items or experiences that make you feel happy and sexy. Whether it’s photo shoots or black lace lingerie, these ideas can help foster new ways to love yourself. Without further ado, here are five ideas to embrace your sexy: 

1. Lingerie 

Lingerie is an excellent way to express yourself!

Whether it’s in the form of a costume, a bra, or a crotchless set, lingerie never stops allowing you to celebrate your beautiful body. Due to lingerie’s fun and flirty style, you can choose to mix up your style whenever you wish too. From a large collection of fabrics, including satin, lace, leather, and fishnet, you can be whoever you want to be.

While some people buy lingerie as a means to impress another individual lingerie should be first loved by the person wearing it. Instead of rocking the outfit only when someone else is in the room, soak up your beauty in the mirror, and have your own kind of fun too! 

2. Cotton Briefs 

Cotton briefs are one of the more unspoken pair of panties. While thongs, cheeky’s, and g-strings are discussed immensely for their likeability to impress your significant other. Cotton briefs are just as sexy and perhaps the queen of the underwear drawer. Whether embossed with lace, covered in a cute pattern or featuring a solid color, they embrace your natural beauty. So don’t hesitate rock those cotton briefs like the goddess you are!

3. Sex Toys  

Sometimes you just need to spice things up.

Sex toys can certainly do the trick. Whether you want a new vibrator or something more sultry like handcuffs or nipple clamps. You can embrace your body to make yourself feel happy and sexy, like never before.

While sex toys can be expensive, there are alternate routes you can take to get more bang for your buck. For example, you can subscribe to a sex toy subscription box. While you might not always receive exactly what you want, each week a fun surprise will arrive at your door!

4. Pole Dance classes

Some may say it’s “oh so scandalous,” but it can make you smile for days. Taking a pole dance class is not only a great way to exercise your muscles, but it’s perfect for letting your seductiveness come out to play.

With energized music, and guided by professionals, you can learn a variety of moves including chair dances, floor moves, and pole tricks. While taking a pole dance class isn’t for everyone, for those interested, it’s certainly a great opportunity to celebrate yourself!

5. Boudoir Photo Shoot   

Okay, this is one activity everyone should try at least once! Filled with body positivity, boudoir photo shoots allow you to showcase yourself in a variety of shots in order to display the beauty of you.

While boudoir photo shoots take time to create, you will be the star of the show. With direction from you, the photo studio styles your hair and makeup. In addition, the studio may also have various sets and props for you to use for your photo shoot.

Due to all of these luxuries, boudoir photo shoots can be expensive; however, they are well worth the cost. The images from the photo shoot will not only be breathtaking, but the entire experience will be one to remember!

Now off you go, lovelies embrace your natural curves! 

8 Road Trip Items to Make Any Traveler Feel at Home

Going on a road trip and not sure what to take? These eight road trip essentials will keep you cozy in the car and make you want to sightsee for extended periods of time. While either traveling on weekend trips or across the country, keeping these items in the car will enhance your road trip experience. So buckle up and get ready to see some scenic views here are eight road trip items to make any traveler feel at home: 

1. Snacks  

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Okay, let’s be real; everyone loves snacks! Whether they’re salty or sweet, crunchy or gummy, sour or spicy, snacks are a beloved treat. While traveling, they’re just as fun to eat maybe even more so. In rest stops, gas stations, and grocery stores you have your pick of a variety of different snacks that can boost your energy, maintain fullness, and cure your cravings. So snack away and travel the road you’ll feel like you never left home. 

2. A Good playlist  

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A good playlist can make or break a road trip. So it might be a good idea to take the time beforehand and organize the songs you like best into one playlist. 

While many streaming services are available like Spotify, Google Music, Amazon Music, Pandora and more, however, depending on where you’re going and how long your traveling it might be a good idea to download the songs too. Downloading ensures no extra data is used when listening to music, and also allows you to listen without ads the entire trip. How nice would that be! 

3. A Good book  

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Traveling with a book is a great way to pass the time. Whether you’re reading your favorite novel or listening to an audiobook, you picked up along the way. Reading is a fun way to engage your mind to focus on a different activity other than traveling. By reading a mysterious work, or an epic romance, you’ll forget the time that passed when you arrive at your destination. 

4. Games  

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Whether you’re traveling for seven or seventeen hours, you’re going to want some entertainment to pass the time. 

You can go the old-fashioned route and pick up a crossword puzzle or two or find a unique word search that piques your interest. For kiddos, you can pick up a coloring book on one of your many stops or even an activity book with various projects for your kids to have fun with. 

While apps offer some cool road games like trivia, dot by dot coloring, candy crush, and others, these games may use extra data when used for extended periods. To be sure, you may want to stick to the tried and true ways of the road. Whether it’s tic-tac-toe or hangman, there are always ways to have fun while traveling!

5. Travel items  

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Travel items are your best friend!

From hand creams, lip balms, to travel pillows and travel scarves. You can feel as comfortable as you do at home while on the road. With travel packages from the best brands, you can pick your favorite face wash, shampoo, and conditioner, without worrying about how it will affect you. 

Another great travel item for those who are always forgetting something is a mini travel supply kits. Depending on the one you get, it might have moist towels, stain removers, a charging cable, and more. Next time your shopping for your road trip take advantage of the travel items that are available to you they’ll make any road trip a cozy one!      

6. Blanket  

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Bringing a blanket on a road trip will not only make you warm and cozy but can make you feel less cramped inside the contents of a vehicle. While you can buy a blanket at any travel store, it could be more beneficial to bring a blanket from home. If you bring a blanket which has some sentimental value, it can make the trip feel homey and leave you feeling happy even when the trip hasn’t happened as planned. So next time your traveling don’t forget to pack that blanket on your bed!

7. Flip-flops

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Flips-flops are perfect road trip attire. Due to the amount of time spent in a vehicle, there is no need to wear sneakers, high heels, or any shoe with a difficult buckle. In fact, while it might not be the most sanitary option wanting to wear no shoes at all is probably the most human response. Flip-flops offer a middle-round where if you require a pit stop or want to stop at a restaurant you can put on your shoes quickly. Since flip-flips don’t hurt your feet and stylish to wear they’re great for traveling to any destination! 

8. Reusable water bottle  

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Reusable water bottles are a great addition to any road trip! While they’re practical for keeping you hydrated, some have great traveling benefits. For example, when not in use, some water bottles are collapsable, others have storage compartments for food, personal belongs, or money. These water bottles tend to be a little more pricey than regular reusable water bottles; however, depending on your trip, it might be worth it. While reusable water bottles can be fancy or simple, there’s always one that matches your personality! 

Now go ahead and get packin’ you don’t want to forget these items!

5 Reasons Why Mount Dora is Florida’s Hidden Gem

Many travelers who visit the Sunshine State, likely choose to visit places like Disney World, Miami, or even the Everglades due to their popularity. However, one of Florida’s most scenic places isn’t one tourist’s are likely familiar with. Located in central Florida and an hour away from Orlando, Mount Dora offers visitors a family-friendly atmosphere where you can kick back and enjoy the sun. Without further ado, here are five reasons why Mount Dora is Florida’s hidden gem: 

1. Mount Dora Lighthouse  

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Mount Dora Lighthouse is a must-see if you’re visiting the beautiful city of Mount Dora. 

Just a short stroll from downtown Mount Dora you’ll see the picturesque views of the lakefront at Elizabeth Evans Park and also enjoy the sights of Mount Dora Marina. It’s a great family fun adventure; you could even ride around on a segway! 

That’s right, segway tours around Mount Dora lighthouse are available for those who want to enjoy the scenic sights from a different perspective. Catboat Adventure Tours, are also available in which you can drive your own boat and see the charming views. Narration and historical information are provided on the tour, so it’s equally as fun as it is informative about past events, perfect for any family event!  

2. Palm Island Boardwalk  

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The Palm Island Boardwalk offers visitors sights to remember. With eight acres of natural preservation land, visitors can enjoy a tasty treat at one of the three picnic pavilions, walk through the nature trails, or stroll on the lengthy boardwalk. 

While walking on the boardwalk, visitors are likely to see the beautiful waterside of Lake Dora or spot wildlife creatures in their natural habit. Who knows you might even see an American Alligator! 

While its charming views of the sunset are perfect to view with your significant other, it’s family-fun atmosphere is what makes Palm Island Boardwalk an attraction to remember.  

3. The Royal Railway Experience  

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This is one activity you don’t want to miss! Provided by the Orlando and Northwestern Railway, the Royal Railway Experience offers customers excursions including family fun activities to adult-only themed rides. 

Some of the more popular rides include the Pizza Train, Murder on the Royal Palm, The Polar Express train ride, and the Royal Wine Limited train. These train rides provide customers with customary dining selections, entertainment for all, and unique interactive experiences! 

While pricing can sometimes change depending on the season; however, normally children 12 and under ride for free. Whether you’re looking to kill some time or searching for a fun activity for the family, this is one activity everyone will like!  

4. Bed and Breakfast Inns

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If you’re looking to stay in Mount Dora, there is no better place than one of Mount Dora’s bed and breakfast inns. 

Filled with warm-hearted charm and cozy living quarters, Mount Dora is home to about a dozen bed and breakfast inns, which offer visitors a range of options from quaint and quirky to luxurious and grand. Some bed and breakfast inns accommodate travelers with pet-friendly options and convenient living spaces for every type of family. 

While other bed and breakfast inns are suited to serve adult couples and small families. Whether your passing through or sighting seeing, consider staying at one of Mount Dora’s highly rated bed and breakfast inns, it will make your vacation all the more special! 

5. Antique Shopping  

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For those who love to shop for antiques, Mount Dora is a must stop! Since Florida’s Antique Trail travels right through Mount Dora, it offers visitors a chance to stop at various antique shops, and malls, providing travelers with the perfect adventure for antiques. 

One mall, in particular, Renninger’s Antique Center, presents customers with lavish events throughout the year such as cars and guitars shows. While they’re open to the public, an entry fee may apply in some events. 

However, Renninger’s Antique Center also features two separate areas, one completely designated for antiquing while the other is a flea market. While not everyone may enjoy the specifics of antiquing, although searching through a shop or walking through the one the various malls could be an entertaining date! 

Now that you know some of Mount Dora’s perks, check it out and visit it for yourself, trust me you won’t be disappointed! 

5 Scenic Places to Visit on Your Disney World Vacation

Taking a vacation to Disney World can certainly make you the happiest person on earth from the unlimited fairytales to the thrills of the amusement rides. However, by limiting yourself to visiting the parks at Disney World can make you miss out on the wonders of the surrounding areas. These five locations feature their own unique twist to family fun and romantic outings. On your next Disney World vacation, check out these five places: 

1. Cocoa Beach 

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Disney World can sometimes be stressful through the long lines and the amount of people that funnel through the park on a daily basis. If you want to get away for a day, why not take a trip to Cocoa Beach? 

Located an hour away it can give you time to relax and regenerate for the next day of Disney fun. While at Cocoa Beach you can surf some waves, have a picnic at the beach or build sandcastles! 

Also, you can take a stroll on the Cocoa Beach Pier and explore the unique shops filled with locally made accessories, apparel, and more. If you’re interested in dining, there are multiple restaurants located on the pier that feature oceanside views and a variety of seafood. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the sun!

2. Cape Canaveral  

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Cape Canaveral is certainly a gem of a city. With its beaches, parks, and museums, it provides a laidback atmosphere for all types of family fun. It’s most known attraction the Kennedy Space Center offers an insight into space as you learn about NASA and the astronauts that entered into history. It’s a great learning experience for anyone interested in space or science. 

Also, Manatee Sanctuary Park is a great place to walk and talk with your partner if you need some alone time. With a waterfront view, you can walk on the boardwalk or have a picnic at one of the many picnic stations. Cape Canaveral is more than meets the eye, next time you’re on vacation check out this scenic city. 

3. Celebration, FL  

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If you’re looking for a quaint place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Disney World than Celebration, Florida is for you. This charming city features various types of food, such as seafood to macarons. 

Also, Celebration, Florida provides activities such as lounging by the waterside, shopping venues like Dazzling, and a movie theater. Since Disney established Celebration, Florida, there is a similar delight within its streets. 

It’s laid back atmosphere is perfect for a romantic outing with your significant other. You can talk in the seats by the waterside or enjoy the day with a book in your hand. Celebration, Florida is a place that keeps on giving.  

4. Disney Springs   

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Disney Springs or as it used to be called Downtown Disney features an assortment of activities not offered in the Disney parks. From upscale and eccentric shopping venues to family fun entertainment. Disney Springs offers many live shows, movies, and games such as bowling for families to partake in. 

However, unlike other places, you can be taken to Disney Springs by the Disney bus. It’s a great opportunity to explore the wonder of Disney in a different way. Each night different performers take the stage to bring a new twist to Disney springs. 

For adults, Disney Springs offers various bars, lounges, and even different forms of entertainment to choose from.  While on your next Disney vacation check out Disney Springs it can add a sprinkle of happiness to your day. 

5. I-Drive  

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International Drive Resort Area is one of the most diverse areas in Orlando, offering a variety of dining, entertainment, and shopping selections. Some of the venue’s that are most popular include: Pirate’s Cove Adventure miniature golf course, Orlando International Premium Outlets, and Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 

Since I-Drive prices are lower than some of the amusement parks, it has become a hub for many visitors. With its many options for family fun such as dinner shows and recreational activities, it allows families from all over to enjoy their stay.  

However, I-Drive also provides selections for adults like the world’s largest permanent ice bar, BB King’s Blues Club, and more. With both family activities and nightlife selections, I-Drive has it all to make your vacation be one to remember.  

Visiting Disney World can be an adventure in itself but if you have the time check out the surrounding areas and shop at the local stores, see the scenic cities, and perhaps visit one of the many entertainment selections on the way. Disney has many attractions in its parks, but Disney World is only one of Florida’s charms there’s much more to Florida’s beauty you just have to travel and see. Have fun!   

5 Tips to Stop Biting Your Nails

Biting your nails can start at any age, whether it’s introduced as a way to ease anxiety or release boredom. While the action can be easily adapted, it’s not always so easy to stop. However, if you wish to stop biting your nails, there are many ways to do so. I’ve compiled a list of five tips to help lessen the need for nail-biting, but some ideas may suit your personality and style more than others. Without further ado, here are five tips to stop biting your nails: 

1. Get a manicure  

By getting a manicure, you may bite your nails less or simply stop biting them altogether. Since you pay for the manicure, you’re more likely to want it to last longer. Thus, biting your nails may no longer interest you since you want your nails to stay looking beautiful instead of giving in to the urge to bite them. So pamper yourself! Add a pop of color, go nude, or simply choose the classic look whatever you decide make sure you love it. 

2. Coat them with a terrible taste  

If you’re looking to stop nail biting at the sight, then this trick is for you. Certain polishes contain a sour taste in the polish itself in order to prevent nail biting. This will allow you to no longer want to bite your nails due to the terrible taste of the nail polish. While some polishes have a stronger taste than others, most are clear making you forget that you even have the polish on. 

3. Find what triggers you

Nail biting is most likely due to some anxiety of some sort. Finding what triggers you to bite your nails and addressing the issue can not only make you stop but can help you grow as you learn about yourself too. Allowing yourself to focus on something positive instead of a negative act like nail biting can benefit you when your anxiety is heightened. For example, you can write about your anxiety in a journal, or talk about it with a friend instead of showing it through biting your nails.

4. Make sure the lunula isn’t seen  

For some people seeing the lunula (the white part of the nail) pressures them into nail-biting. By making sure the lunula isn’t seen by painting your nails, putting stickers on your nails, or even Band-Aids can lessen the need to bite your nails. Thus, you can allow yourself to focus on the other facets of your anxiety or release your boredom in another way. Sometimes the phrase, “out of sight, out of mind” really does ring true.

5. Keep your hands and mouth busy  

Biting your nails can also be caused by boredom. By keeping your hands and mouth busy, you can lessen your chance of wanting to bite your nails. For example, you can chew gum, suck on a mint, look on your phone, or play with a fidget spinner. Instead of biting your nails because your bored ask yourself what else you can do. Perhaps you can take a walk, talk to some friends, research some news, or even read a book.  

Now off you go, and remember no biting! 

10 Fun Activities To Do On July 4th

Fourth of July has been long celebrated by barbecues and block parties. Sometimes it good to switch up the festivities with a relaxing evening at home or a weekend getaway. Doing something fun for yourself or the whole family is perhaps just what you need to relieve the stress of a chaotic week. Without further ado, here are ten fun activities to do on the fourth of July:

1. Plan a getaway

Going out of town can be an exciting adventure if you allow it to be. Whether your traveling out of the state or simply driving an hour away, you can experience different scenery and immerse yourself in the different cultures. While some states are more popular than others for fourth of July weekend, don’t let the popularity scare you away. Enjoy the celebration the way you want to!

2. Bake red, white, and blue treats  

Instead of buying treats for your fourth of July party, why not make them instead? Not only is it fun for the entire family, but it’s a great way to add a personal touch to any party. You can make a cake and decorate it like the American flag, or bake cookies in the shape of a four and paint them with different color frosting. Have fun with it and enjoy the day of celebration!

3. Go for a picnic

Having a picnic at the park can be so much fun! Not only is lounging in the shade relaxing but going to a park can be a great place to go if you have little ones. They can run around and play while you set up the picnic area allowing them to use their stored up energy. If you want to add some patriotic spirit to your picnic, you can always cut up sandwiches into the shapes of the US states or bring a blanket that has some of the American spirit. By bringing patriotic items it may get your child involved with the holiday allowing for a fun learning exercise about the United States and why there is a fourth of July. Whether your child is older or younger, you can always make learning fun.  

4. Go for a bike ride

If you’re bored at home and want to go out, why not take a bike ride around town?  Chances are you’ll see many types of fireworks in the air and see many funny or interesting events happening throughout the night. However, you don’t have to take a bike ride alone, if you want, ask your friends or family to join you. If you find yourself bored while out riding, try challenging each other to see who can spot the most American flags.

5. Have a parade  

If you’re interested in having a fourth of July party but lacking to come up with some activities to do during the party, why not have your very own parade? You can invite guests to dress up in patriotic costumes and pay tribute to the very men and women who helped create such a nation. You can also create mini floats for kids or dogs in the form of wheelbarrows and decorate them in the spirit of celebration!

6. Play a game

Sometimes it’s nice to have some childhood fun. Whether you like to play trivia, a board game, or a game of tag, playing a game can be fun for the whole family. Instead of simply making it a competition, you can make it more educational and interesting. By asking trivia questions about the United States and fun fourth of July questions, you can learn interesting facts you wouldn’t have known before. If you play a board game or a game of tag, have the loser ask the winner a series of questions about a given topic about the history of the United States. No matter whether you win or lose, you can have fun playing a game you enjoy but also learn about the history of the United States.

7. Go to a beach  

Going to the beach can be a great fourth of July treat! Not only can you see fireworks from the water but you can have fun in the sun. Inbetween building sandcastles and surfing waves, you can relax in the shade and read your favorite book. Of course, beaches are likely to be busy during the holidays but don’t let that get you down. Find a relaxing spot and let the cool ocean breeze do the rest.

8. Go to a sporting event   

Are you a fan of sports? Then why not catch a game on independence day? Of course, you might have to buy tickets beforehand, and some teams and or sports might not be playing on July fourth. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t play a game with friends or family. Invite them to join in or cheer on fellow teammates. Whether you go to a sporting event or simply attend a community baseball game have fun and remember it’s not who wins, it’s about the love of the game!

9. See a Movie  

Seeing a movie is a great way to shake up your fourth of July routine! You can rent a movie from Redbox, or go out and see a new movie in theaters. Or if you want to be creative, you can have an outdoor screening of a Netflix film or an old timing flick. No matter how you see it, seeing a movie can boost your intelligent wisdom and open your mind to new possibilities.

10. Quiet day at home

Rather than going out and being social, why not spend your fourth of July holiday at home? Sometimes it’s necessary to have some peace and quiet away from the chaos of those who are celebrating. Not only can relaxing at home be the vacation you need, but it can rejuvenate your spirit too. If you want to add some patriotic activities to your day, you can watch fireworks from your porch or TV, watch historical shows, or learn about the USA.

Now it’s time to celebrate, what are you going to do?

If you have any fourth of July tradition feel free to tell me in comments!

10 Inspirational Quotes from Movies and TV Shows

We all need inspiration from time to time, but sometimes it lies where you least expect it. So I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite movies and TV shows with the most inspirational lines. Some of them you may have seen or heard while others may be new to you. I hope they inspire you as they inspired me. Without further ado, here are ten inspirational quotes from movies and TV shows:

1. Be Brave: We bought a Zoo

You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.  

Benjamin Mee

Benjamin Mee said this to his son when he didn’t know how to express his feelings to a girl he liked. Sometimes you need to throw caution to the wind and take a chance. While it’s risky and it might not turn out how you hope you’ll end up feeling happy for having shown your true feelings.

2. Don’t give up: Secretariat

This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it! Because you never know how far you can run unless you run.

Penny Chenery

Penny Chenery says this as to why she shouldn’t sell Secretariat, but her reason is one everyone can relate to. It’s important to not give up on your hopes or dreams. But instead to chase them by working towards them in whatever way you choose. Following your heart after everything in the world is telling you not to may be a hard pill to swallow, but you just might reek the rewards for it in the future.  

3. Be yourself: What a girl wants

Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?   

Ian Wallace

Being yourself is often difficult with everyone trying to tell who you’re supposed to be. But don’t go along with it, don’t cave. Be who you want to be whether that’s an artist, geologist, or a personal trainer. Be yourself, and you won’t regret the happiness you’ll find along the way.  

4. Don’t be afraid of the unknown: A Cinderella Story

Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.  

Samantha Martin

As a phrase her father used, Sam soon adopts it to express her faith in herself. While the future is uncertain, don’t be afraid of those uncertainties. Embrace them. The future doesn’t have to be scary if you don’t want it to be. So live in the moment and have fun. You only live once, right.

5. The truth will set you free: NCIS

We collect secrets over the years; hide behind them, depend on ’em like aces up our sleeve. We think we have to protect the people we love from the truth, but the truth isn’t the poison it’s the cure.  

Mike Franks

While the phrase ‘the truth will set you free’ is cliche, it’s true. We have to stop protecting the people we love by saying what we think they want to hear or what is easier to say. By telling the truth and letting your true feelings be shared, we all can better communicate about what is wrong or right.

6. Know when to move on: The West Wing  

What’s Next?

Jed Bartlet

Sometimes we get comfortable in our jobs, relationships, and even in our homes to notice that were too comfortable. It’s important to know when to move on not only from one task to another but also in life. Whether it’s applying for a promotion, moving to a different city, or chasing a lifelong dream, ask yourself, “What’s next?”

7. Nothing’s ever completely gone: Mary Poppins Returns

Nothing’s gone forever, only out of place.

Mary Poppins

Nothing’s ever completely gone due to the memories we have, the stories we share, and the people we talk to. While some people may not be able to see the world today, that doesn’t mean their spirit is gone. It’s simply existing in a new form.

8. When one door closes another one opens: Uptown girls

Every story has an end. But in life, every ending is just a new beginning…

Ray Schleine

I know you probably heard the phrase when one door closes another one opens, but it’s true. After a breakup, you can move on and meet new women or men. After losing a job, you can look for a new one that offers different benefits, hours, and wages. By starting a “new beginning,” you can experience new opportunities and new adventures that you wouldn’t have had before.

9. Ask someone who understands: The West Wing

This guy’s walking down a street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep, he can’t get out. A doctor passes by, and the guy shouts up, “Hey you, can you help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a priest comes along, and the guy shouts up “Father, I’m down in this hole, can you help me out?” The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Then a friend walks by. “Hey Joe, it’s me, can you help me out?” And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, “Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.” The friend says, “Yeah, but I’ve been down here before, and I know the way out.”

Leo Mcgarry

Leo Mcgarry shares this brilliant metaphor with Josh, who is sharing his feelings on PTSD. By asking for help from someone who understands your situation can not only make you feel less alone in the process but can be extremely beneficial to your mental health.

10. Sometimes you just need to take a break: Christopher Robin

Doing nothing often leads to the very best something.

Winnie the Pooh

Anyone who has seen Christopher Robin knows Winnie the Pooh delivers some killer wit and it’s no surprise that this line came from the funny old’ bear himself. Sometimes when dealing with a project, personal issues, or matters of the heart, you can overthink and get inside of your head. But by doing “nothing” as Pooh declares you can relax and de-stress. Oftentimes this act of doing “nothing” leads you to ideas of inspiration and thoughts of clarity that can point you towards your end goal.

So…what do you think?

Have these quotes inspired you? Do you wish I included other movies or TV shows quotes? Tell me in the comments some of your favorite inspirational TV show and movies quotes.  

10 Activities That Will Make You Smile

Are you having a bad day or even worse a bad week? Or are you just in the mood to smile? Sometimes it’s necessary to take a break from the world and turn that frown upside-down. So, I’ve gathered ten ideas that are foolproof to make you smile and giggle. Do one or do them all just remember it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile!

1. Play with puppies  

Playing with puppies will make you smile from ear to ear! You can volunteer at a local shelter or offer to dog sit for a friend. Playing with puppies will not only help you de-stress from a long week but also provide you with the loving support of man’s best friend.

2. Be a fashionista

It’s time to put away the sweats and put on what makes you glow. Whether it’s a feather dress or a polo tee, wear clothes that express who you are and who you want to be. Wearing clothes that make you feel good will send a smile straight to your face. So have fun with it, mix and match patterns you never have before, try on unique looking shoes, and be you!

3. Play on the swings

It’s always fun to do something from your childhood, and playing on the swings is no different. While it’s a joyful exercise for all ages, it’s one that’s guaranteed to leaving you smiling! No matter if you choose to go alone, or with a friend, or loved one playing on the swings can be an opportunity to laugh about the past and enjoy the present.

4. Listen to your favorite artist

Listening to music is a great way to put a smile on your face. Not only does listening to your favorite artist make you happy, but it also lets you get lost in the music. So clap, dance, make funny faces and snap pictures all to the beat of the songs you love.

5. A good quote  

Reading quotes can help you through a hard time. Since they’re inspirational, sometimes funny, and overall moving they’re more than likely to bring a little happiness to your day. A favorite one of mine is by Randall G Leighton who said, “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one is watching.

6. Hug a stuffed animal  

Stuffed animals are not only for children but are for the smiles of everyone. Whether your weakness is Olaf’s cuteness or a baby penguin’s cuddly nature hug a stuffed animal for a minute or two and you’ll experience an uncontrollable burst of happiness. So next time you see a stuffed animal in the store, instead of passing it up buy the little creature and give him or her a little cuddle.

7. Eat breakfast in bed  

Eating in bed can greatly improve your day. While it’s practical, it’s also so much fun. You can make cereal and lounge around and watch TV. Or if you want to try something new, why not craft together an omelet or some waffles for a morning of fun. It’s not only relaxing, but it’ll allow you some time to just be you.

8. Take a bubble bath  

Taking a bubble bath is one way to relax from a chaotic day. While it’s rejuvenating bubble’s will make anyone want to smile, it’s also the perfect treat to treat yourself to. There are various types of bubble bath’s that you can choose based on scent, skin type, and ingredients. So jump right in and relax!

9. Watch an old movie

Watching an old movie is not only nostalgic but also is an activity that brings joy to the entire family. Movies like The Breakfast Club, Cinderella, and The Godfather leave you with timeless characters and plots you want more of. Grab some popcorn and click play, and you’ll be smiling in no time.

10. Buy a gift for yourself

Sometimes it feels like we don’t appreciate ourselves as much as we should. So go out there and buy yourself a well-deserved gift. Whether it’s a cute bikini or a foot massager, buy what you have long wanted but never bought. It’s time to spoil yourself, and you might find a little smile peak at your lips.

Now off you go smiling angels have a great week!

10 Relaxing Summer Activities

You know it’s summer when the sun stings your eyes and sweat trickles down your back. Finding relaxing activities to do can be difficult. Going to a theme park or a concert may seem fun in theory but can be stifling hot and crowded in reality. Sometimes we just need to cool down and relax from the day. Without further ado, here are ten relaxing summer activities:

1. Eat a snow cone

Snow cones are a perfect addition to a hot day! Not only do they cool you down, but they’re a tasty treat. Whether you’ve grown up eating them on a hot summer day or simply want to try a new concoction snow cones are great for any event.

2. Play a childhood game

Summer is often a time for play and what better way to play than to play a childhood game. Perhaps a game with the family such as tug of war, tag, or even hopscotch. Just because you may be older than you once were doesn’t mean you can’t still get in touch with your childhood self. So have fun with it! Play a board game or two, get out a deck of cards, and play your favorite games.

3. Read a book

Reading a book throughout the summer is a relaxing way to shake up your summer routine. Whether you like sci-fi, romance, or mystery books, there is a large variety you can choose from. But it’s great to mix it up every once in a while whether you’re giving a new author a chance or trying a new genre. Reading a book that greatly interests you will make your summer even more special!

4. Eat a slice of watermelon  

Nothing says summer more than eating a slice of fresh watermelon. Its appetizing taste can be mouthwatering to the senses leaving you to sit back and relax as you enjoy your treat. Watermelon on a hot day can be re-energizing, but if you don’t like it, other fruits are just as great.

5. Lay in a hammock

Hammocks are a summer must for they’re comfortable, cozy, and above all relaxing. You could bring your summer book and read a few chapters or simply doze off in the comfort of the shade of the nearby trees. Taking advantage of the summer weather by laying in these makeshift beds can not only be fun but calming too.

6. Stargaze

Stargazing is so fun! It can be as in-depth or as simplistic as you want to make it. If you’re into astronomy, you can buy the tools necessary to see the stars and planets close up, or if you just want to stargaze, you can simply lay a blanket on the ground and look at the stars with your naked eye. Since anyone can do it, stargazing can be a fun family activity or an intimate gathering with your significant other.  

7. Pick wildflowers

Picking wildflowers is a fun activity! Not only is it relaxing for the mind but you’ll have a bouquet for your table in seconds. Invite friends and family over to chat while you look for flowers that peak your interest. Or if you like, find a cool place to sit down and enjoy a picnic in the midst of the pretty flowers.

8. Bike ride  

Taking a leisurely bike ride around your town, park, or forest can make you unwind from the chaos of the day. You’ll be able to observe nature and or people watch as you ride along on your chosen course. You can have fun with the activity by bringing along friends or family to chat with you as you ride.  

9. Collect seashells  

Depending on where you live collecting seashells may be difficult. However, if you live by a beach or able to get to one you should definitely collect seashells on your summer vacation. Not only could you find an assortment of unique looking seashells, but it’s also a fun activity that will leave you with memories of your special summer!

10. Have a barbecue

Having a barbecue can be a great way to relax during the summer. You can invite friends and family over and play family fun games, or you can simply cook up a meal by yourself and enjoy the peace and quiet. No matter what you choose, you can appreciate some good food and have fun during the summer.

Now go put on your sunglasses and relax in the sun, have a great summer!