Friday, 18 April 2014

Next Vacation: Wilmington

First of all, riverboats cruise up and down the Christina River at a leisurely pace, offering excellent views to relaxed boaters. Narrated tours provide information to tourists while they sit and enjoy the ride. A lunch cruise and dinner cruises of various kinds add some fun to the boating. Who wouldn't want to do that?

The Riverwalk, which is on Water Street, is full of possibilities for dining, drinking and entertainment. A quarter-mile long, this walk allows visitors to amble along and find out where to shop or have a snack. There are plenty of lunch and dinner offerings, some on the water. The sight of a celebrity is not uncommon since Screen Gem Studios make shows, films and advertisements on a regular basis, including "Iron Man 3" and "Under the Dome." Tours of the studio are available.

Three area beaches, 5-10 miles from the city center, are certainly big draws for vacationers in Wilmington, and at least two have long piers. Wrightsville, Caroline and Kure Beaches are clean, family-oriented and accessible. There is surfing at Wrightsville Beach and a restaurant with its own pier for over-the-water dining. Speaking of restaurants, it's difficult to find one without fresh seafood year-round.The rich history of Wilmington begins with Native-Americans, but the English began settling there in the 1720s. As a key site in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, many events took place that are documented for visitors in old homes and area museums. The Burgwin-Wright House, from 1770, is particularly well-preserved, and is about two blocks back from the Riverwalk. Take a water taxi to see the WWII battleship, the USS North Carolina, across the river from downtown Wilmington.



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My H&M Makeup Brushes

After watching a few YouTube how-to-videos on techniques regarding the proper way of applying makeup, it is still evident that me, makeup and I still aren’t good friends.  But well, I have that positive feeling that we’re getting there sooner or later.  Either way, no rush, buttercup!

Anyway, since November of 2013, below are three of my favourite makeup brushes that I’ve purchased at the H&M shop downtown.  I only have three [so far] but I’m still calling it my little H&M vanity corner.  *wink*

From top to bottom:

The H&M Blush Brush --- purchased at around $9, this one’s a great buy.  I don’t however use this for my blush.  Instead, as my powder brush.  It’s soft and smooth!

The H&M Eye shadow Brush --- got this baby at plus/minus $4.50.  Again, that’s cheap and well worth it.  Nice bristles – definitely also soft and smooth.

The H&M Foundation and Powder brush in one --- at $9 [59.50 Swedish crowns], I have to say that this one’s a bargain.  Not only that this two-in-one brush looks more luxurious than the first two [black series], it also has that luxurious feel when it touches your skin.  The bristles are way softer and nicer!  Now I am pondering on grabbing its Kabuki brush as well as the 2-in-1 eye shadow brush.

If you reside in Sweden, the brushes are available off- and online.  If not, there’s a chance that you can only get these from your local H&M shop.



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Things To Do In California For The Whole Family

California is known as the Golden State as it has a deep and rich history with gold mining and its discovery. If you do plan to visit California you will have to check out their Golden Poppy Fields, which can be seen throughout the spring months.

There is so much to do if you want to visit California, that it would be impossible to name them all.

Instead, here is a list of the top places to visit should you go to California:

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: The museum covers around 50,000 square feet, and is full of galleries that contain works from the likes of: Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse and Georgia O’Keeffe, amongst many more. It is the one stop place to visit if you love art, and especially modern art. Depending when you plan to visit California, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art offer a number of special exhibits throughout the year.

[Thanks to James McCaffrey for the photo, via Flickr]

The Tech Museum of San Jose:  The aim of the museum is to showcase how technology works, how it affects who we are and how we work, play and learn. Indeed this is the museums philosophy and goal. The museum opened up in 1978 and began to grow at a steady pace to become one of California’s must visit sites. The Tech Museum has grown in size to about 132,000 square foot that is completely devoted to science and technology. There are a number of permanent galleries and exhibitions on site, as well as plenty of visiting exhibitions throughout the year. One of the permanent galleries focuses on green technology, while others focus on the internet, exploration and how technology has moulded and shaped our lives and the world in which we live in today. If you love technology, this is a must see as well as the gift shop which contains all sorts of technological wonders and toys [for children and adults alike].

Disneyland: This guide of must visit places in California would not be complete without the inclusion of a Disneyland. Explore the park and meet all of the Disney characters while you travel around. The park includes a number of different attractions that are really for the children, however adults can also enjoy the rides and activities too. If you are looking for accommodation that would be ideal for Disneyland, as well as the other California attractions and places to visit that are featured in this guide. Venere offers some of the best hotels and are ideally situated so you can enjoy all of what California, Los Angeles offers.



Saturday, 5 April 2014

4 Reasons to Pay Your Dentist A Visit

Some people go years without a trip to their dentist, but without the proper care, oral health can be compromised. Whether it is out of fear, lack of insurance, or a general misunderstanding for how important regular visits are, if you haven’t been to the dentist for an extended period, now is the time to call and make an appointment. 

1. General Health

Regular check-ups make a big difference in the health of your mouth and even your overall health. Research has shown that there is a link between the health of your teeth and gums and the health of your entire body. The systems that are negatively impacted by poor dental hygiene include:

  • Circulatory System
  • Reproductive System
  • Digestive System
  • Respiratory System
  • Medical professionals often see a correlation between heart disease and gum disease. A trip to the dentist can be beneficial to both your mouth and many different parts of your body that you may not have realized were affected by your oral care.

    2. Prevention

    It is often easier to prevent a problem with your teeth or mouth than it is to fix the problem, which is why seeing your dentist at least once a year is so important. Getting into your dentist’s chair frequently for a cleaning and quick inspection of your mouth can be the best way to find out if an issue could arise. Even if your at-home dental care is top notch, you will not be able to remove tartar buildup on your teeth as well as a trained professional can. The mineralized deposits can cause serious consequences unless your dentist removes them every six months to a year. If left untreated, the calculus could cause tooth decay, gum disease or other preventable conditions. Other problems that can be detected at a regular check-up include:

  • Cavities
  • Faulty fillings
  • Impacted teeth
  • Improper positioning
  • Dry mouth
  • 3. Save Money

    If you have been uninsured, then you may have avoided seeing a dentist for fear that you will end up paying more than you can afford. With a quality dental plan like Florida's All-In-One Dental Plan, you can actually end up saving money by making regular visits to your dentist. Individual and family insurance plans cover almost any procedure that is performed at a dental office and with preventative care, you can avoid having to pay for costly treatments required to fix problems that have been left untreated. Depending on your insurance plan, you can find dentists that are covered by your insurance provider so that you can receive affordable treatment.

    4. Improved Self-Esteem



    Thursday, 3 April 2014

    Knitted Pullover By Mango: From Portugal With Love

    A couple of weeks back, Bebe, along with two of his great friends visited Portugal and stayed there for three days.  Although I wanted to, I could not tag along.  That busy work week made it impossible for me to take an  impromptu short leave.  It was okay though.  Days went quick.  No painful waiting, if you know what I mean.

    And although I made my boyfriend promise that he wouldn’t get me anything from his trip, he still came home with this pretty knitted pullover by Mango in pink.  He simply couldn’t resist shopping items for his one and only.  *wink wink*

    The obvious --- I am one happy girlfriend!  Thanks, Bebe!

    Knitted pullover in pink: Mango --- perfect for spring!
    Floral fashion ring: eBay
    Leather belt: Pieces

    My wardrobe houses quite a number of pullovers and it seems like this piece is starting to crawl up on my list of favourites.  I love the texture, the feel on my skin, the color combo [pink and white], the fit and its length.  Perfect!  Made just for me!

    Time flies!  It’s past my bedtime.  Work starts early tomorrow morning so I better hit the sack now.  Zzzzz…

    Have a great evening one and all!  See you on my page again --- tomorrow, maybe?



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