Monday, April 24, 2017

Top 4 Tourist Spots to Visit in Belfast

Planning your vacation with your loved ones can be taxing yet exciting. From choosing your travel destination to booking your flight and accommodation to making your itinerary, it can truly be stressful. However, once you have done all these things, you won't be worrying about anything anymore and you will get to fully enjoy your trip.

One of the ideal travel destinations where you can spend your much-awaited vacation to is in Belfast. In case you have the passion for arts and culture, then this is the perfect place for you. This notable city has a lot to offer to all types of travelers out there. Definitely, you will have a great time here and be able to learn a lot since Belfast is naturally rich in history.

Apparently, Belfast is known as the birthplace of Titanic, the most prominent ill-fated ocean liner. It was transformed nowadays, drawing more individuals to visit it every year. Once you go to this stunning port city, you will witness various magnificent tourist attractions. However, always remember that prior to pushing through your trip, you need to consider getting a travel insurance first. This is to ensure your safety wherever country you might go.

Hence, here are some attractions you should not miss when in Belfast:

Belfast Castle
Initially, the Belfast castle was constructed in the 12th century. A lot of renovations have been made to save it. Today, it is a popular venue for any events because of its ravishing historic building and impressive location.

Ulster Museum
One of the must-visit attractions in Belfast is Ulster Museum. This national museum has undergone significant transformations in the previous years and turned into a top spot to visit in the city. Some of the striking exhibits you will see here are Princess Takabuti, ancient relics, a 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy, and a wide range of art and history collection.

St. Anne's Cathedral
This Anglican Church of Ireland's main church was designed by Architect Thomas Drew in 1898. St. Anne's Cathedral has a neo-Romanesque style and three west doorways adorned with sculpture. There are various carved stonework, fine stained glass windows, marble tiles, and delicate woodwork that can be found in this congregation, too. More so, you will discover the tomb of Sir Edward Carson, the pioneer of Ulster Unionists, inside the church.

Titanic Belfast
Named as "the world's largest Titanic visitor attraction," Titanic Belfast is a standout amongst the most unique landmarks in Belfast. It is a tribute to the city's captivating sea history and an ageless story of the Titanic. Apparently, there are nine interactive displays in this building, which show how Belfast has developed from an effective shipbuilding industry to a reawakened tourist spot. You will completely look back on the life-changing history of Titanic when you are here.

All in all, Belfast offers an exciting history to every one of its guests. Never miss the opportunity to see these lovely spots mentioned above. Therefore, add these to your itinerary once you visit the majestic city of Belfast with your family or friends.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Changing Your Kids From Fussies To Foodies!

Getting your children to eat anything remotely healthy can feel like a task and a half sometimes! Anything can feel like a battle, such as getting them to do their homework, but by helping your kids to get into a healthy diet at the start, it will set them up for life! There are many ways to try and get your children to eat their greens, and some are downright devious! But if you are worried about your child not getting the essential nutrients from their food, then you need to try a few of these options…
Yes, it may feel a bit of a back door approach to getting your kids to eat their broccoli, but by offering them the dessert if they eat all their greens is sometimes the only way. It can feel like a battle of wills, especially if they flat out refuse to eat their greens and you think that giving them the dessert will keep them quiet. But this just means that you’ve lost the battle.
Make A Healthy Version Of Their Favorite
If they like pancakes, make a version of their favorite with certain things substituted. You can look at the article Best American Pancake Recipes - Quick, Easy And Delicious for some great ideas, including banana pancakes. But by introducing them to healthy foods that are on their level, it makes the process of transition from unhealthy foods to healthy foods a bit more gradual and easier for them to cope with. And while you're making them their pancakes, give them the option of what fruits they want in their batter mix. Giving them more choice over their meal will help them to make healthier choices as they grow older.
Herb It Up!
Italian meals are full of vegetables, but you never notice because it is so delicious! Mexican food has so many bits of crunchy lettuce, carrot, and healthy pulses that you wouldn’t think they were good for you. So take some inspiration and make meals that are full of vegetables but are so jammed with flavor! Take the classic Italian ragu or spaghetti bolognaise; the sauce consists of garlic, onions, celery, and carrots. But they are so finely chopped in the recipe that you don’t even notice they are there! Making a taco that is full of sour cream, home-made guacamole as well as sliced carrot and cucumber in addition to the flavorsome meat is a great way to introduce vegetables in a more exciting way than just having some vegetables on the side of the plate! And when the children get the taste for vegetables, you can start to present them on the side of the plate. But the trick, in this case, is to make them tasty! Carrots soaked in orange juice for a sweet taste, or broccoli covered in a herby and buttery sauce, and sweet potato fries instead of fries are great ways to make the gradual leap to healthy foods. The wider the variety, the more they have to choose from.   
Friday, April 21, 2017

Bus Driver Thank You

I have a certain appreciation for the people that work with my son, to make sure he gets the most out of his education. This includes the bus driver. I admire her maybe the most of all, because she has sparked my sons dream of driving the bus someday when he is a grown up. To hear my 6 year old dream of a life behind the wheel makes me smile from ear to ear!

As the school year is winding down, I wanted to offer a token of appreciation to the bus driver and let her know how much we appreciate her devotion to getting the kids to school, on time and safely!

What better way to do so than to share the joy of a Hagensborg Truffle Pig!?

This treat is so simple, but the treat packs a delightful surprise of the best chocolates ever, hands down! We put a few truffle pigs in a baggie with a hand written note, signed by my kids. 

It might be a small gesture to make, to say thank you, but we love to share the finest things in life, so chocolates were the natural choice for saying, "Thanks for the sweet ride to school this year!"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Don't Let Your Past Affect Your Present

Ahh, the frivolity of youth, where everything is fun and nothing matters, right? Well, it might seem that way, but unfortunately, the things we did in the past can still have knock-on effects today. Making smart money decisions now is all well and good, but you might have a few financial wounds to heal from some not-go-great decisions that were made in the past. The good news, however, is that all is not lost. Your financial past doesn’t have to ruin your financial future.

Learn from mistakes
The best thing about making mistakes is that we know not to make them again. Sure, they might take hours of hard work and a whole lot of scrimping and saving to get back on track, but you know exactly what not to do next time around. When you’re bemoaning your current financial situation, don’t beat yourself up, but always bear in mind what led to this point - it’s the best way to ensure that mistakes don’t happen twice.

Pay off debts
Debts are a surefire way to drain your money and ruin your credit score, so dealing with them has to be priority numero uno. Whether it’s debts from credit cards or loans, the longer they sit around gathering dust (and accruing interest), the bigger the problem is that you’ll have on your hands. So knock it on the head while you can. Pay back higher interest debts first, as they’re guaranteed to be the ones which will cost you the most. If you’re overwhelmed by the whole ordeal, reach out for help. There are so many resources available, to debt consolidation companies to free debt advisory services - just remember that you’re not alone, and that it’s not an impossible task.

Secure your credit
The problem with poor financial decisions is that, even once the debts are paid off, your credit rating could still be looking rather unhealthy. This could leave you with higher interest rates, and you may even be rejected for loans or a mortgage in the future. But it is possible to fix it, as long as you meet the requirements of most credit repair companies. It usually involves keeping any credit cards to a minimum, avoiding going overdrawn on your overdraft, and even reconsolidating any remaining debts, but it’s totally do-able.

Keep looking forwards
Your future is what matters now, not your past. So while you might regret your poor purchasing decisions, or you regularly berate yourself for racking up credit card debt, it’s what the future holds that counts. Learn from your mistakes, and make efforts to avoid the same mistakes in the future. Your credit score is fixable, and you’re still in a position where you can learn more about managing your finances. Make a budget and stick to it, and you’ll soon see how straightforward it is to get your head around financial management.

Your past doesn’t have to affect your future as long as you go through the necessary steps to make the improvements you and your finances require.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fashion and Function with an Eco Hug from prAna

This conversation has been sponsored, but all opinions are my own.

Versatile clothing is a must have for this busy mom. I like to maintain a classy casual look that can work no matter where I am. Finding clothes that meets my need for function and fashion can be challenging because I consider my environmental footprint with all purchases.

When I spied the prAna line, I had a starry eyed surprise!  prAna clothing is made to accommodate any adventure, and the items are first and foremost mindfully made in order to support fair trade and sustainable practices. prAna actually has only one core belief and that is to give back more than we take from the world. That belief sits well with my mindset and they have some absolutely fabulous options for functional fashion that can multi-task whether you are headed to work, a baseball field to cheer on the kids, or on a hike.

I really liked this Open Knit Parker Sweater. The dusty skies color compliments most of my wardrobe nicely. It is toasty without being bulky, it is the ultimate sweater for spring.

I swooned for the Liana Sweater in moonrock. The color is a gorgeous charcoal-esque shade and this sweater is eye catching to say the least. It is pretty, can be dressed up or down, and highlights the female figure nicely!

If you aren't sure why making environmental choices are important when it comes to fashion, you will want to check out this video about Why Hemp Matters. It has great info for making fashionable choices with great benefits to our planet!

If you want to get your hands on prAna at a great price, you are going to want to snag this coupon and put it to use before May 19th. Visit prAna and use code MHMS17SL. 

I would love to hear how you find clothes that work for business and pleasure. Leave me a comment!
Monday, April 17, 2017

Easy Aquarium Craft for Kids

This easy aquarium craft is perfect for kids of a variety of ages. It gives them a chance to explore their fondness of fish and get creative! Requiring simple supplies, this is sure to be a fun activity kids will flip a fin for!

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My kids love to look at the fish whenever we visit a shop that sells them! I am convinced that between the free cookie at the bakery and a chance to look at the fish the kids look forward the grocery store more than almost anything!

They have been asking if we can get an aquarium, but I hesitate. I am solely responsible for the care of the hamster they begged for last year. Now, don't get me wrong, Hamish, the winter white hamster has brought me a lot of joy, but I am not looking to dive into the world of fish keeping!

To appeal to their interest and buy a little time, in hopes they move on from fish to something else before they talk me into buying a tank we made this incredibly easy fish tank craft! We used two sided tape and contact paper for this project, but you can use construction paper and glue if that is what you have on hand!

A piece of green card stock
A section of contact paper or a piece of blue cardstock 
2  or more colors of construction paper
googly eyes


Cut your contact paper or blue cardstock to resemble a fish bowl.
Cut several fish shapes from your construction paper
Secure the fish inside the fish bowl with two-sided tape

Secure the eyes to the fish using two-sided tape

This was an easy activity for the kids to complete together. They needed a little help with the contact paper but overall did a great job smoothing it out. We proudly displayed this one on the fridge!

Easy Yoda Puppet

May the 4th is right around the corner and Star Wars fans will love this super easy and cute craft to add a little force fun to the special day!

                                        My son Rolf, is the biggest Star Wars fan ever.

He loves to play with Star Wars action figures after school! I wanted to add something fun to his daily Star Wars play and I made something cute and easy to delight him!

This is so easy, all you need are 2 ovals of green paper, a circle of green paper, a popsicle stick, 2 googly eyes and some glue.

Begin by gluing the oval ear shapes to the large circle of paper.

Next glue those onto the craft stick.

Add the eyes and draw on a smile.
There you have an easy Yoda craft puppet!

Amazing tips for Tabletop Fireplaces Maintenance

Amazing tips for Tabletop Fireplaces Maintenance
Tabletop fireplaces are now very trending and no doubt it is one of the best decoration pieces. There are many types of tabletop fireplaces available in the market. But most of us are in confusion or having an issue that ho should we maintain it. So, in this article, we are going to tell you the amazing tips for table top fireplaces maintenance. Customary tabletop fireplaces that consume wood and require a stack will be harder to keep clean and may be all the more exorbitant, while vent-less fireplaces are generally simple to set up and require negligible maintenance. Whichever one you pick will rely on upon exactly how much time you have for managing your fireplaces.

Could you utilize tabletop fireplaces for heating?
This obviously relies on upon the kind of table top fireplaces you are introducing. If you are setting up a customary fireplace on your tabletop that incorporates a stack and may be utilized for cooking, then they can be a suitable warmth source. Be that as it may, these types of fireplaces are more fitting for entertainment purpose. For example, if you have a log lodge that you get a kick out of the chance to use in the winter, it may be reasonable to introduce a better than average tabletop fireplace amidst the home with an incredible ventilation framework above it.
Moreover, if you're keener on getting vent less table top fireplaces, then it's far-fetched that you will have the capacity to utilize these for warming purposes. They basically don't make as much warmth as typical fireplaces do, for the most part since they are composed not to combust wood, but rather a fine gel rather which makes no smoke and is not hurtful to individuals or creatures. These sorts of fireplaces are for the most part utilized for their capacity to make a specific vibe without the dangers of smoke and the dangers of carbon monoxide harming that an awful fireplace presents to a home. Be exceptionally cautious that on the off chance that you do have a conventional fireplace with a fireplace that it is frequently checked and cleaned and is in consistent with all the fire security laws which are relevant in your general vicinity.

Discovering tabletop fireplaces
Purchasing table top fireplaces are for the most part conceivable over the Internet, however, you can likewise check your nearby equipment and home stores. There are for the most part a ton of models accessible that you can browse.
On the off chance that you don't know much about tabletop fireplaces and what may be the most reasonable one for you, then you ought to consider conversing with a delegate or a specialist internet, calling by telephone or notwithstanding going to a nearby store where the staff can help you and disclose to you the diverse sorts of tabletop fireplaces accessible.
We hope that the information given in this article will help you to identify and buy the best tabletop fireplaces for yourself and you would also be able to maintain it for a long time without any difficulty.

Special Savings Event at Albertsons #MyMixxv17

This conversation has been sponsored, but you know the chit chat comes from yours truly!

You guys know I like to save money! It is my duty as the financial manager of my family to make our buck get as much bang as possible! When I heard about the special savings event running through 4/22 at Albertsons, I knew I needed to jump on it! You are going to want to dash over to Albertsons and save some cash too!

Right now is the best time to buy Visa gift cards, and lots of them too. At Albertsons, you are going to save big on your Visa purchases too! Visa gift cards are PERFECT for graduation and mothers day gifts. But, think about this, you can totally use a Visa gift card for a non-gift reason too!

I buy them at these prices to pay my bills and save $10!

Listen to this:

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Think about double dipping on this deal too!

  • Buy $100 or more in Visa gift cards, get $10 off
  • Earn Credit Card Rewards: By using your favorite rewards credit card to purchase, you can earn points, miles or a percentage back on your purchase.
  • Gift cards are great for graduation gifts or a great way to save on new spring clothes.
  • Savings like this are a win/win
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I will be buying a few Visa gift cards this week to make my cash stretch further while building up to a future reward with my credit card company!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

10 Easy DIY Window Treatment Ideas

10 Easy DIY Window Treatment Ideas

Having window treatments installed is a great way to decorate your home’s interior. The best sheer shades online come in different colors and unique designs that will catch your eye, but if you are aiming for variety, changing up your window treatments might get difficult and expensive over time. Thankfully, you don’t always have to buy a new shade when you feel like changing up the theme of your home. All you need are inspiration and a few great ideas (like I did) to get the ball rolling.

I’m more than happy to share with you these easy DIY ideas for window treatments that I have tried in the past.

Painted linen curtains - You don’t have to be an artist to change up your home’s interior dramatically. Even basic painting skills will take you a long way. Add a vintage feel to your plain white linen curtains by painting it in another color.
Repurpose bed sheets - Make ombre ruffled curtains by gathering bed sheets of similar colors but in different shades and sewing them together. All you need are basic sewing skills and an iron, and you’re good to go.
Vintage doorknob tieback - Not only does using a door knob as a tieback cut costs, it also provides a vintage look to your window treatment.
Stenciled monogram valance - The internet is your friend - just look up tutorials on how to do stenciled monograms, and put it up your wall right above the window to give a personalized, grand look to the room.
No-sew pennant valance - Simply gather pennants made from felt and hang them up along the tops of the window, no sewing required. This will add a touch of sportiness to the room, which is great for a kid’s bedroom.
Gold chain tieback - Use a gold chain as a tieback with one of your plain white curtains. Any color will do just as well.
Stenciled draperies - Plain white curtains can be transformed to a more modern looking drapery with just stencils and some spray paint.
Leather belt tieback - Even an old leather belt can be fashionable still. Take a solid colored belt and use it as a tieback for your curtains. You can mix and match patterns and colors for a more edgy look.
Knotted chiffon cafe curtains - You just need to know how to tie a knot and you’re set to do this DIY project - and chiffon fabric, a curtain rod, and a pair of scissors, of course. It lends the look of a cafe window without much effort.
Neckties - Leather belts aren’t the only accessories that can get repurposed here. I had a bunch of old neck ties that my husband refuses to wear, so I repurposed them as curtain tiebacks. You’ll be surprised how good it looks against any pattern.

If you are tired of searching for the best sheer shades online every now and then, try one of these super simple DIY curtain projects to spice up your home without having to shell out any more cash.

Finding and eating traditional Mexican food in your city

Finding and eating traditional Mexican food in your city
If you enjoy Mexican food you may find yourself hanging out at one of the many Taco Bell locations across the country. But is this really Mexican food? No, not really; it's a mix of ideas from the recipes that were brought across the border from northern Mexico and the food that was loved by Texan ranchers at the time. TexMex, as this type of food became known, remains popular. But it's not traditional Mexican cuisine. In fact, the food that is eaten in Mexico is not one particular thing but a diverse mix of ingredients and meals, from different regions.
Of course, there will always be a place for TexMex establishments, such as Taco Bell. They have all of the fun factor elements that are popular with many diners. But, what if you want to taste food that is traditionally Mexican; dishes such as Chiles Rellenos a la Veracruzana and Huachinango a la Veracruzana. We are going to take a look at why TexMex and Mexican food are not the same. We are also going to give you some tips on finding that traditional Mexican food you are looking for.
What is the difference between TexMex and traditional Mexican food?
There is certainly a Mexican influence in the TexMex meals that we eat today, but it comes with a large dose of American taste. It all started in the very early days of American history when settlers arriving in the Rio Grande area first came across Mexican cuisine. Gradually, these people started to make their own versions of Mexican dishes. They included food items such as beef and wheat, which were not present in the original versions of the dishes.
Over the years the American influence on the food of the area continued to grow, and the phrase TexMex was coined. So, Taco Bell may be a fun place to eat but it's definitely not traditionally Mexican.
Where to find traditional Mexican food
The vast majority of businesses now use the Internet to advertise so you can do a Google search to find Mexican restaurants in your local area. You can check out online reviews, so you know whether you are likely to have a good experience, and enjoy your meal. This does not necessarily mean that the experience will be the most traditionally Mexican you can find.
Probably the best way of finding the most authentic Mexican dining experience is to ask a Mexican. This is especially the case with people who were born and raised in the country. They know what a Mexican dining experience is like, including what makes a tasty and authentic meal. If you know any Mexicans personally then ask for a recommendation. If you do not, then take a look at TripAdvisor and check for comments about the authenticity of the food at any listed Mexican restaurants.
You may even want to just head for a couple of restaurants and take a look at the diners. If the place is full of Mexican people then it's likely to be a pretty safe bet.