Monday, June 26, 2017

5 Things to do in The New Forest

Anyone who plans to visit New Forest will surely enjoy their stay.  This large area in southern England boasts of many attractions that would be enjoyed from all walks of life. Whether you are looking to soak in some culture or enjoy the outdoors, there is something for you to enjoy at New Forest.

If you’re looking to spend some time at New Forest, here is the list of activities for you to enjoy. Bring your family and friends as you will surely have the time of your life there.

1. Learn more about the history of New Forest – history buffs would be interested to know that in 1079, William the Conqueror actually called this area his “Nova Foresta” or his new hunting forest. Most of the wilderness and woodlands are still very much protected. If you wanted to know more about the history of the area,  the perfect place to start your journey is at the New Forest Museum and Visitor Centre, and from there you can go to the historic houses and villages.

2. Go horseback riding – many locals would say that the best way to explore this area is by riding horses or ponies. If it’s your first time, you can get riding lessons to ease your way into it. For those who do not want to ride solo, they can avail of carriage rides instead. A perfect place to go on a wagon ride is at Burley, which is considered one of the prettiest villages in the area.

3. Enjoy wildlife with the kids – if you are traveling with kids and think that New Forest might not have enough attractions for your young ones, then you are wrong. One of the places you can take them to the New Forest Wildlife Park. In this 25 acres of land, they will be able to see animals like otters, the Red Deer, and even a European bison.  There are restaurants in the area, or you can even bring a picnic with you.

4. Enjoy water sports – if wildlife is not your thing, and you would rather go swimming, then fret not as there are water activities available in New Forest. With 4go 3 miles of amazing coastline, you would not be bored. At the New Forest Water Park, you can go wakeboarding, water skiing, paddle boarding, kayaking. There are also banana rides and water slides for the whole family to enjoy.

5. Attend the New Forest Show – there’s no better time to enjoy New Forest than being there for the New Forest and Hampshire County Show. Happening this year on July 25-27, you and your family can see show jumping, game cookery, and art demonstrations. You can also bring home souvenirs as there are over 500 trade stands that will sell a lot of products.

New Forest is truly a magical place that can be enjoyed by every member of the family. Here’s a guide to help you plan your activities when you visit New Forest.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Starpath Dolls ( 18-inch) Forever Friends that Spark Imagination

Dolls hold a special place in my own childhood memories immersed in imaginative play. In this age of technology, sometimes that imaginative bond gets lost. I was really please to introduce my daughter to Starpath Dolls, a new best friend. A friend she can form memories with, and connect with in a fun and imaginative way. 

Starpath Doll box logo
“Starpath Dolls, a brand new toy concept is giving the doll/child experience a whole new meaningful and fun level where girls ages 5-9 can escape into magical, personalized chapter books starring them and their dolls.” – Starpath Dolls
What makes Starpath Dolls really stand out above the rest, is the unique experience of choosing your new best friend from one of four dolls 18-inch dolls—Morning Star, Shining Star, Wishing Star and Wandering Star— and then creating a personalized adventure for your child and their dolls to star in.

Starpath Dolls
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My daughter thought really hard upon choosing her doll and found something special in the Latina doll – Wandering Star – whom she has named Skylar. She just thought she was really beautiful and as she ages tends to choose dolls whose looks differ from her own. She prefers variety in looks, style, and ethnicity.

18 inch Doll

The really special part for her though, was when her paperback adventure arrived. When you purchase a Starpath Doll you also have the option to purchase a personalized book (you may also purchase just a book). You can choose from one of two chapter books, “A Fairy Tale Gone Wrong” or “Tiger Magic”, in either paperback ($20) or eBook ($15) versions. Then children are able to customize the book using the dolls own or given names, their name, and answer a variety of question to further personalize the book. Question include things like “What is/would be your dog’s name?” “Who is your best friend?” etc.

Doll and Book


Prior to receiving her books she was really enjoying her doll, but the book took her excitement to a whole new level. With each turn of the page her intrigue grew. She kept running to me to show me what facts the next chapter held about her, like her schools name, or town she lives in. She has already read the book multiple times and asked if I could order “Tiger Magic” for her next.


Personalized Books


With Starpath Dolls you’ll not only find beauty in their 18 inch doll collection, but imagination and growth in the customized books also available for purchase. These dolls would make an excellent gift any time of year.

Starpath Dolls will be available online and at select retailers throughout the United States for the MSRP of $79. For more information, or to order, visit http://www.StarpathDolls.com.



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Monday, June 5, 2017

Shop and Get Paid!


I very well might be late to the game, but last month I was introduced to Ebates and am thrilled with the savings and cash back rewards. I was skeptical at first, and then I received my first payment. If you're a frequent online shopper like myself, Ebates is worth signing up for. 

Earn Cash BAck


When you sign up for Ebates you earn cash back on online purchases you make. In May I made over $100 for shopping online as I usually do, from places like Walmart.com, Amazon, ProFlowers, The Children's Place, Sprint, Ulta etc. etc. Just shop as you normally would, but access the site you wish to shop through Ebates - or you can install the browser extension that just activates as a small pop-up in the corner of your screen asking if you want to activate cash back for that store. 

Different retailers offer different bonuses like Walmart is typically only 1% cash back, but other stores maybe 10% or more. Rates can also can vary by day or promotion, and you can find additional promo codes to use through Ebates as well.

The Cash back that you've earned is paid via PayPal or check (your choice) every three months as long as your total is over $5. If it does not total $5 your balance will simply carry over. Just for signing up you get $10 cash back added to your account with your first purchase of $25 or more that you make online via Ebates.  You also can make an easy $50 by referring two people, the only catch is they have to not just sign up but make a purchase of $25 or more at some point. 

I just wanted to put it out there for anyone like myself who is a big online shopper. Ebates is for real, does actually reward you cash back, and so far customer services has been more than great. It costs you nothing, so why not get a few dollars back if you're gonna be shopping anyway? 

This is my referral code ( https://www.ebates.com/r/CRYSTA35479?eeid=28187 ) if you' d like to use it, but I just really wanted to spread the word. Cash to shop! Whats not to like about that?!


* This post was not sponsored or paid for in anyway. The link used is my referral link. The experience with Ebates is my own that I wanted to share. As always, your opinion may differ*

Friday, June 2, 2017

Qualities Your Plumber Should Have

You may have not needed to hire a plumber before. However, you now have some leaky pipes that are creating a big problem in your home. You need the quality work that only an experienced plumber can provide. You do not know what to look for when it comes to hiring a plumber because you have never done it. What are the most essential qualities that you need to look for when you are considering potential plumbers to work at your home? Knowing what to look for will allow you to hire someone who will do great work at an affordable price. Here are the qualities that need to be at the top of your list.

1. The plumber needs to have a spotless background.

You need to take a close look at who you are hiring and allowing to enter your home. A plumber will most likely not go out of his way to tell you any unflattering details about his past. Therefore, it will be up to you to uncover anything bad in their past. For example, has the plumber ever been sued by any of his former customers? If so, did the plumber win the lawsuits? Has the plumber ever had his license suspended? If so, what was the reason? Ideally, you want to avoid plumbers who have been sued and found guilty of fraud or negligence. You should also not hire a plumber who has had his license suspended. There are plenty of plumbers to choose from who do not have these issues in their past.

2. The plumber should be able to show up at your home and begin work within 48 hours of when you call him.

You do not want to wait for several days for a plumber to finally show up and start fixing your problem. This is why you should seek a Dallas plumber who cares about pleasing his customers so they keep coming back in the future. Never hire a plumber unless he can make an appointment with you that is two days or less from the time of the initial phone call. You should never tolerate waiting longer than two days to have your plumbing fixed. 

3. The plumber should charge rates that are reasonable.

There are many plumbers out there who charge insanely high rates for their service. You should never simply accept being charged an arm and a leg for a plumbing repair. There is a large amount of competition in the plumbing industry. Call many different plumbers in your area. Compare their prices in order to determine which ones charge the most reasonable rates. You should always shop around for the best deal.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What is the best photo printing service? I use Amazon Prints! Plus $1000 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won!

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