Where the boys of summer spend the winter

I am not a baseball fan, in part because of a ten-year bout with “bleacher butt” acquired while cheering three kids through Little League. My song of summer is “Take me out of the Ball Game” and, for the record, I hate peanuts and cracker jacks. If I root root root for anything it is for my dog to escape the village dog catcher so I won’t have to pay yet another fine to Animal Control.

I did not become a Chicago Cubs fan until the day I barely made it out of a Chicago blizzard to the warm breezes of Mesa, Arizona. The fine Mexican food and light-sweater evenings were expected, and I luxuriated in them. But wait. Why was I hearing “Cubs” every where I went? Even I know there are no Arizona Cubs, no Mesa Cubs.

Mesa is where the Chicago Cubs go for spring training, and the Cubs are so important to Mesa that the town built them an $84 million training facility with six fan-accessible practice fields and a 15,000-seat stadium. This is all part of a 140-acre community park and pond so Mesa Cub fans who footed the bill can picnic and watch the kids run around while watching practice games and getting a sun tan,

Mesa’s Cubs Park may look like Wrigley Field with light standards and cantilevered roofs matching those in Chicago and a replica of the Wrigley Field marquee, but there is no snow during spring training season. There are plenty of activities for the Chicago-weary, both travelers and ball players, to forget about the “s” words: snow, sleet, slush, slips, slides, and expletives deleted.

I came for the sun and the food, and I left with a Cubs hat. Baseball still strikes me as kinda dumb and dull, but the Cubs are a savvy team to winter in Mesa. I’ll buy a ticket for that. See you at Wrigley in June. I’ll even eat a hot dog. Hold the cracker jacks and keep your mitts off my Cubs hat.

It Has Greatly Helped My Diabetes

After reading Forskolin reviews for weight loss, I knew it was something I needed to try. Being diagnosed with diabetes really through me for a curve. Reading up on the condition after getting the bad news from my doctor, I quickly realized I was in for some real trouble if I didn’t get my weight under control. I also worried about my blood pressure considering that one of the first things my doctor did was give me pharmaceuticals to control that problem. Diabetes often causes very high blood pressure and the damage that can do to your organs is no laughing matter.

My problem was taking the medicines prescribed by my doctor. Surely, I thought, there had to be a better way to deal with these issues. I thought doing research online might turn up some holistic herbal supplements that could lower my blood pressure to within the normal range. Continue reading →

Online Air Ticket Booking-A Cost Effective Way to Fly in the Air

Online Air ticket booking service has become a viable alternative for those who travel frequently through flight.

With the rapid technological advancement, the face of traveling has been changed a lot. The fact is that it is not used to be the same as it was in the earlier times. More and more people are traveling a lot due to less price and discounted air tickets, hassle-free online air ticket booking and a plethora of amenities, pleasure, as well as comfort provided during traveling. Travelers can go to travel agent to save a considerable amount of money in flight reservation but at this time of advancement and internet it is very awful to spend extra buck on agent commission. Online flight booking is quite convenient as well as straight forward with several buttons click away; save good time as well.

For looking cost-effective airline tickets travel agents helps enough. These people can really do wonders when it comes to suggest individuals in taking right decision and are qualified experts. The good news is that these people used to discuss cheap flight deals. Plus, they are quite aware of all the necessary details and information related to flights. These professionals assist the interested parties in doing right booking when they need it. However, the truth is that at this computerized age paying extra bucks to agent as a commission is quite painful. There could be no denying to this fact that this age has resulted in clearing a number of hurdles. Simply put, online air ticket booking’s advent has made the process of getting ticket convenient. The only need is of a computer system with internet. I would say that both of these things are easily accessible as well as make online booking easy.

There are a plenty of websites available on the World Wide Web through which online air ticket booking became easier and one need not go outside and they can make booking at any time anywhere. The interested individuals are needed to fill the forms which are available on these websites. In short, online payment options are also available on these sorts of sites. Such sites are tailored to cater the requirement of regular travelers. Most of the discounted deals are also provided to pull a significant amount of customers where cheap flights can be available.

People who seriously have a desire of traveling through flights should always plan and make booking in advance. This is because the booking done at last moment always cost costly and can burn one’s pocket easily. Lastly, while planning for the travel one is highly recommended to keep an updated information regarding fares like high, mid, low season of fare.

Such informational sites also come up with the offerings of membership to the passengers and one can become its member quite conveniently and keep get news regarding the air flight fare offers or about the flights. Plus, they also provide cheap air flight deals. Using these websites one can easily make comparison in services and price offered by different airlines. On a final note, such techniques of evaluation assist individuals in finding tickets which are in their range of budget.

Student Travel Vacation Packages Ideal Way to Celebrate Your Vacations in Style

Traveling and vacations are counted among one of the effective tools to bring freshness in life and thoughts as well. Vacations allow you to do something different and build awesome memories. Every age of people needs breaks to rejuvenate their senses before jumping to a new thing or market. If you are a recent grad and looking to take a jump to higher education or a competitive job market, give a break and go to an amazing vacationing destination to celebrate your 18 years of schooling.

There are many companies providing summer break grad trips to recently grads. The advantage of consulting with these companies is that they possesses years of student travel experience. They understand the High School Grad Trip is once in a lifetime experience. Hence, they are providing action packed packages that are full of nonstop activities and deliver some new and amazing experience to grad.

In order to find the right company provides a reliable, fulfilled and safe Senior Class Trips, you can also search them online as well. Whether you are looking to vacationing for two days or for a week, these school vacationing tips organizers are capable to meet your specific needs. Hence, don’t waste your time and start planning your one in a lifetime trip today by finding a dependable company now over the internet. Among many vacationing places, Disneyland Grad Trips, Summer Grad Trip to South Padre Island have been receiving a bulk number of students for over the years. Awesome pool parties and amazing night events make your trip awesome and fun.

They are providing the very affordable packages for student travel. You can choose Summer Grad Trip to South Padre Island for you and for your friends. They design your trip to South Padre Island as a last “hoorah” before you and your friends goes into your separate ways to college or career. These companies understand that graduating is a big step into the adulthood; hence, they are organizing a complete safe celebration trip that will stay with you for a long time. You senior class packages will allow to have great fun to the international destination within the right set up such as a safe, alcohol and drug free environment. Some of the features your package includes:

  • 5 nights/6 days’ beachfront accommodations
  • Round trip luxury motor coach transportation
  • Hotel or Condo
  • 8 premium dine out restaurant meals
  • Destination office opens to the public
  • Grad Days onsite professional staffers
  • Welcome orientation briefing upon arrival, etc.

Disney launches Disney Movies Anywhere app with over 400 movies in the cloud

Disney has released a brand new app, and it is going to bring joy and magic to everyone anywhere. The app is called “Disney Movies Anywhere,” and the Disney Parks Blog officially announced its release on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. It’s new, it is ready to try, and it is free.

The launch of the Disney Movies Anywhere app on Tuesday came with a library of more than 400 titles and it coincides with the release of “Thor: The Dark World” and Disney’s “Frozen.”

Users can link the app to their Apple iTunes digital store and get a free copy of “The Incredibles.”

For those that have a vast collection of Disney DVDs and Blu-rays already, don’t think they are obsolete. The app actually recognizes the codes that have enabled digital downloads of Disney movies since back in 2008.

It even allows you to access movies from the “Disney Vault” that are unavailable for purchase at the current time.

This app is honestly the best thing you could have for those long car or plane trips to Walt Disney World. On your way to all the magic, just have all the movies you’ll need downloaded and your kids will be entertained for the entire trip.

Here are the official instructions on how to get and use the Disney Movies Anywhere app:

Download the free Disney Movies Anywhere app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (iOS 7 or higher). You can also sign up through DisneyMoviesAnywhere.com. Create an account — in some cases you can use your existing Disney website credentials such as Disney Infinity, Disney Movie Rewards or ESPN — to log in and get started. (Right now, Disney Movies Anywhere is only available in the U.S. and account holders must be at least 13 years of age.)
Immediately, any Disney Digital Copy codes you’ve previously registered with a Disney Movies Rewards account will show up in your new Disney digital movie locker through Disney Movies Anywhere.
Follow the simple steps to connect your iTunes account to your Disney Movies Anywhere account, and eligible titles you previously purchased from iTunes or redeemed in iTunes with a Digital Copy code will be accessible in both your Disney Movies Anywhere locker and your iTunes account. This is also how you get your free digital copy of The Incredibles — by connecting your iTunes account.
Do you have any previously unredeemed Disney, Pixar or Marvel Digital Copy codes floating around in the DVD or Blu-ray cases on your shelf? You can register eligible codes in Disney Movies Anywhere to expand your digital collection — you’ll also earn Disney Movies Rewards for these and for any digital purchases made through iTunes going forward.
Commence downloading, streaming, browsing and buying! You can download a movie to up to eight devices at a time, and you can stream simultaneously on two. You can also explore exclusive original content in the Disney Movies Anywhere app or website.

Island Life: Paradise Just to the South

Planning a trip to the Conch Republic? You have chosen an amazing, tropical paradise with an affluent cultural and historical heritage. No matter what you enjoy, from night life to historical sites, they have something for what you crave.

Indoors or out, Key West will keep you busy. This tropical paradise separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Gulf of Mexico, with the look and feel of being in the Caribbean. Only 90 miles from Cuba and the southernmost point of the continental United States, this speck of an island is surprisingly loaded with fun-filled actives.

Of course, being surrounded by pristine turquoise waters lends this to the perfect haven for all water sports. Fishing, snorkeling, diving, parasailing, and boating reign supreme during the day. A prime spot for sport fishing, more saltwater world records have been established in the Florida Keys than any other angling destination on the globe. Snorkeling is a fun, quick trip to explore and take in the wonders of the ocean without having to dive in too deep. For the more adventurous, amazing dive sites are available for those with SCUBA certifications. The Florida Keys do offer the only living coral barrier reef in the United States. Not certified? No worries! Many dive shops offer one-day dive classes, so you can go explore the shipwrecks and reefs that abound under the calm blue seas.

Want to really enjoy the warm, tropical breeze? How about an airborne trip around the island? Get yourself strapped in, get whisked off your feet, and settle back for an awesome glimpse of Key West that others almost never see. Not a fan of flying through the air? Enjoy a chartered boat ride that will allow you to enjoy every inch of the pristine beaches that the island has to offer. There is even a replica pirate ship available to take you onto the ocean, complete with cannons in case the enemy approaches.

Be ye not worried, landlubber! There be enjoyment to be had on the shores, too. The infamous Hemingway House offers tours of the writer’s home base from 1928 to 1940. Papa Hemingway, as he was known to the locals, could often be found at Sloppy Joe’s bar when not writing or spending time with his polydactyl cats. Speaking of Sloppy Joe’s, you can take a short stroll over to enjoy a cool cocktail after browsing the Hemingway House and Museum.

When the sun goes down is when the party really starts on the Key. From award-winning, fine dining restaurants to the numerous bars and hangouts, there is something to please every pallet. Remember to partake in the Key’s world renowned dessert: the crisp and cool Key Lime pie.

Your own bed of nails at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum: art history of yoga

Here in the West, the term Yoga brings to mind special sexy pants, healthy stretching, and meditation. But did you know that Yoga’s origins go back 2500 years when wandering ascetics from the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain religions looked for ways working with the body and breath to quiet the mind, to counter what the Buddhists call “Monkey Brain”? We’re all still working on that one, right?

“Yoga” in Sanskrit means “yoke” or “join,” referring to its basic concepts of stilling the mind and uniting mind, body, and spirit.

The Asian Art Museum’s exhibition, Yoga: The Art of Transformation will be on view in San Francisco February 21-May 25, 2014. Previously it was at the Smithsonian and next will travel to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Asian Art Museum director Jay Xu says: “We are honored to serve as the only West Coast venue in presenting this historic exhibition…illuminating aspects of yoga and its hidden histories to Bay Area audiences.”

Created in partnership with the Smithsonian, it is the world’s first major art exhibition that explores yoga’s history and art over its 2500 year history. The works from 2nd century through 20th century are drawn from twenty-five museums in India, Europe, and the U.S.
Displayed in three galleries and drawing from the perspectives of many disciplines including psychology, sociology, religion, and health, the presentation includes the Core Practices, Yogis and Place, and Contemporary Practices. The latter include contemporary focus on health as well as yoga in Hollywood films.

Some highlights of the exhibition include three stone yogini, or goddesses, from a 10th century South Indian temple. Combining the attributes of ferocity and gentleness, their loose flowing hair, and draped snakes indicate danger. They carry weapons as well as cups made from skulls filled with either blood or liquor. It’s interesting to note that after the 13th century yogini temples ceased to be built. Why did their female presence fall out of favor?

Artworks show various forms of yoga practice, including meditation and postures. Especially from the 17th through 20th centuries, the Western imagination was piqued by the sensationalism of partially naked yogis, with long matted hair, practicing extreme rituals, like lying on beds of nails and austerities–fasting, celibacy, and immobilizing the body in difficult positions–with cages on head and neck as well as nether parts. From around 1600, ten pages from the first illustrated book of yogic postures (asanas) is on display, as is a 1902 film by Thomas Edison, Hindoo Fakir.

In the final section of the exhibition, modern Yoga as we in the West know it, emerges with its aspects of health, fitness, and spiritual well-being. As you exit through the tempting bookstore and gift shop, the title of Robert Love’s book The Great Oom: The Improbably Birth of Yoga in America might catch your eye, as you hurry to your next yoga class–most likely sans bed of nails.

The Asian Art Museum’s exhibition, Yoga: The Art of Transformation will be on view in San Francisco February 21-May 25, 2014. Previously it was on view at the Smithsonian. Next it travels to the Cleveland Museum of Art
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Using a Tool to Keep Track of My Kids Online

I believe that it’s important for my kids to be able to have a sense of independence, and experience and learn new things for themselves. When it comes to their online safety, I want them to know that I trust them, but at the same time I need to know that they aren’t putting themselves in danger. That’s why I decided to use Snapchat Spy to keep tabs on what they do with that app. I know that my kids use it multiple times per day, because I’m on there as well, and I can see all of the things that they’re posting. I’m sure that they’re posting even more things that I can’t currently see, which worries me.

Another parent told me about this tool, and he’s been using it for a few months now, with great results. He told me that he hasn’t found anything really alarming, but the fact that the tool is installed and he can check in on his daughter at any time really gives him peace of mind. He knows what she’s doing on the app, and whether or not she’s behaving appropriately. Continue reading →

Win a VIP experience at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Starting today, Visit Fort Wayne announced a contest offering a coveted VIP experience at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, located in Fort Wayne, IN. The contest runs through Monday, March 24 and features a Fort Wayne Girlfriend Getaway and VIP experience at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale. To enter, visit: https://www.facebook.com/FortWayneIN/app194975693850063.

Every year the Vera Bradley Outlet stages a gigantic sale where savvy shoppers can save 40-60% off retail prices on Vera Bradley’s great handbags, luggage, and accessories. It is expected that over 60,000 women will be checking out the sale running from April 9-12, 2014.

So what are you waiting for? Grand prize winner receives four VIP tickets to the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale for Friday, April 11. In addition, winners will enter the sale prior to the official door opening and will receive VIP check out as well. Prize package includes a grand cargo bag, grand cosmetic, all-in-one cross body tote, umbrella, and ditty bag. Guests of the winner receive a grand tote, cross body tote, and umbrella. Plus, the lucky winner and her three guests will receive an over night stay at the Courthouse Marriott for April 10.

We Sell Online As a Full Time Job

I first started selling online when my daughter was born nearly 15 years ago. I did not want a daycare raising her, so I quit my job. I knew that I needed to bring in an income, which is how my online business started. There are all kinds of sites where you can sell things, and I started off with just selling my own items like books and clothes. I have since changed the entire look of my business, mainly because of Worldwide Brands. I no longer sell my own personal items, because you can only do that for so long. Continue reading →