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How do you bring the fun of a camp out, when you are stuck inside?  It’s going to be a long, cold winter.  Want a big bright sky full of stars into your bed room, living room, playroom?  Or how about just bringing the fun of sleeping outside inside?  With the new 2-in-1 LED Starlight lantern.  This fun lantern combines two great ideas into one fun product.  Authentic-feel-camping, here you come.

pic5First of all, the Starlight Lantern is a Star Projector.  This means it projects stars on ceilings and walls to give you a feeling of laying under a star filled sky at night.  This is, of course, minus the bugs and sleeping on the ground.  To add to it’s usefulness, the lantern doubles as a lantern with the flip of a switch.  Now it is a 4 LED lantern that will easily illuminate your way, be it on the way to the bathroom in the woods or just to your sleeping bag in the living room.
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Jingle All The Way 2 Movie Party #JingleInsiders

This past weekend, we had a movie viewing party of the new Jingle All the Way 2, starring Larry the Cable Guy.  We were sent some fun crafts and movie goodies for the kids (OK, and some of the adults) to have a fun time while watching the movie.


The kids had a great time coloring ornaments for the trees


IMAG0604and we made them peppermint hot chocolate in Jingle All the Way 2 mugs.  How cute are the mustache straws?  They loved them- but I think the adults had fun laughing at the kids almost as much.  (Oh, sorry, with the kids?  That’s what I’m supposed to say, yes? Haha.)


pic5The kids also had fun with the activity pages.  They were able to follow a maze, make a list for Santa, and color holiday pictures in their own frames.  They also did quite a few “Mad Libs” style joke sheets- I think those were everyone’s favorites.
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Amazing Chocolate Cocktails

Got a chocolate lover in your life?  Maybe you are looking for an amazing “signature drink” for an upcoming party.  You will love  the flavored vodkas by Van Gogh – they do all the work for you, just mix and serve!  So delicious, and there is nothing overly “girly” about them, so the guys will enjoy it as well.
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Traveling with Tots Too

Holidaying with kids can be stressful; particularly when they’re young and you need to pack everything but the kitchen sink to create a home away from home.

The important thing when choosing a family holiday is to make sure you look for hotels and destinations which offer plenty of activities to keep the little-ones safe and entertained. After all the happier your kids are, the more time you will have to relax and really enjoy yourself.
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Rosetta Translation Services

Speaking another language can be difficult when in a foreign country, especially if that particular country is quite different from your native language and culture. For a small taste of this, try walking into your local ethnic market, of a different ethnicity then yourself of course, and try going grocery shopping. This will give you an idea of a different culture without veering too far from home.

pic2I say to try this, because we all need to step out of our comfort zone sometimes and into another person ‘s shoes.  Those of us who take for granted our ability to understand everything, should try to remember that it’s not that easy for visitors or tourists.  For those of us who love to travel, this means us ourselves from time to time.  Hey, I don’t speak Slavic!  Let’s say you are in a foreign country and, God forbid, something horrific happens where you need medical records translated into another language or legal documents, even financial information. Who can you trust with these sensitive translation services? Well that is where translation companies like Rosetta Translations can be a huge help. They are located in London and specialize in legal, financial, technical and medical translations.  These translations can be tricky and involve sensitive information that you can’t trust with just anyone, but only with the most professional of services. The service provided by Rosetta is guaranteed a consistently and excellent quality of translation in each of these various fields by making sure each document translation is given to the most appropriate specialized team of highly qualified translators, proofreaders, and editors. In this way, errors are a minimum and work quality is a maximum.
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Head To Vermont, and The Basin Harbor Club

I am a sucker for a hotel that has not only history but also charm. The last time I was in Vermont I had the pleasure of staying at Basin Harbor Club. This hotel delighted my traveling soul. The location is not only is it scenic, but it offers so many opportunities for adventure that one could ponder why anyone would visit another place for a one of a kind vacation.

Basin Harbor

Located on 700+ tranquil acres, Basin Harbor Club is an ideal hotel for couples and families as well as large groups. Regardless of the size of your travel party, there is a spot for you at this wonderful resort. The scenery, the unexpected delights to be found around each corner and the endless opportunities for fun, relaxation, and a chance to reconnect with friends and family make this a noteworthy destination.

vermont resortsFor more than 128 years this lovely resort has been operated by the Beach Family. The love of the property and pride in their resort are obvious and make this a destination that is unforgettable. The history of Basin Harbor Club is rich, which adds something super special to your stay.

hotels on lake champlainLake Champlain offers water lovers the chance to dive into boating, swimming, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing and more. Tennis lessons and a fantastic course for golfing will appeal to athletic guests. Lawn games are a favorite for guests that are looking to get active while playing together as a family.

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How to Help Your Kids Cope With the Loss of a Pet

The death of a loved one. It’s something that none of us like to face and yet, it’s a part of life. And when that loved one happens to be a pet, it can oftentimes be really challenging for your children to emotionally process (especially if they’ve never lost anyone before).

Our dog, who passed away nearly 2 years ago. We still miss him.

Thankfully, there are some things that you can do that will help your kids to better cope with the loss of a family pet. If you’d like to know what some of those tips are, here are five supportive methods to keep in mind.

Listen to them. If you’ve ever had someone close to you die, then you know what it’s like to be filled with all kinds of emotions. You also know how important it is to simply have a listening ear available. Although it can be hard to see your children hurting, try and not focus so much on “fixing it” for them. Instead, provide lots of hugs and kisses and more than anything, your willingness to listen to whatever it is that your children have to say about what they are going through.

Answer any question they may have. Death can be really hard to understand. This means that during your children’s grieving time, there’s a pretty good chance that they are going to have a lot of questions. Ones like “Why did our dog have to die?” and “Where do dogs go when they die?” Sometimes, providing explanations can be difficult. If you go to your local library or even an online book website like Barnes and Noble, you should be able to find books that will help you to address any concerns your kids may have surrounding the issue.
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Caramel Apple Strudel Recipe

4 tbsp of butter for simmering apples
4 cups of Fuji, Pink Lady or other favorite baking apple
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 stick of melted butter for brushing fillo dough
8 sheets thawed Kontos fillo dough
Jar of caramel topping, warmed
French vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel apples and slice them about 1/8-inch thick.
  3. Gently melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a pan with lid. Add the apples and saute, covered, for about 10 minutes until the apples soften.
  4. Combine the softened apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and optional nuts.
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