Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Re: Half Off Admission to the Portland Children’s Museum

In a message dated 8/21/2013 7:18:07 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes:
Portland | Half Off Admission to the Portland Children's Museum  
Value   You Save
$10   $5

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Save The Drive In!! You can HELP!!!

If you have been following the blog for a while, you know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Drive-In.  Our closest Drive-In theater is The 99w in Newburg.  This theater opened in 1953 and is still run by the Francis family today.  Next year all movies will be digital and no longer produced on film.  That means that Drive-Ins across the country have to upgrade to new digital projectors.  These are about $80,000.  A small independent family run theater just doesn't make that much money.

So here is how you can help...

Honda is running a promotion.  Project Drive-In allows people to vote everyday for the next 30 days, for their favorite Drive-In.  They are giving away 5 digital projectors to the top 5 Drive-Ins.  You can also pledge to support your local Drive-In by, you know, going there.  And you can share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or whatever.

I'm gonna remind you a few times because I feel that it is really important to keep our cultural history alive!  So please go and vote AT LEAST once!


Friday, August 2, 2013

Guest Post - Kendra Thornton - Keeping Healthy While Traveling

Travel Tips and Tricks for Healthy Families

It takes some extra planning to keep your family healthy when traveling. There are all kinds of distractions and temptations that can make this a challenge. If you are sufficiently prepared, however, there's no reason why you can't enjoy vacations that are not only fun but healthy too.

* Tip 1: Make sure your family eats a nutritious breakfast before visiting a theme park. We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there's a lot of truth to this. This way kids and adults alike will not arrive at your destination hungry and ready to gorge on junk foods. You will want to eat at the theme park at some point, but it's best to arrive with a full stomach.

* Tip 2:  If you're trip includes any visits to the beach or other bodies of water, be sure to watch your kids at all times. You should not leave them unsupervised for even short periods of time. It's also a good idea to bring safety devices such as goggles and life vests from home, as they may not always be available at your destination. On a former trip to Florida I used Gogobot to sift through reviews about which Orlando hotels had lifeguards and kid friendly pools. It was a great tool in helping me narrow down my decision!

* Tip 3: Keep in mind that airplanes can be full of germs. This can be from the surfaces such as seats and bathroom door handles, as well as other passengers. That's why you should be careful what you consume, especially when it comes to water. It's safest to stick to bottled water. You should also avoid hot drinks made with water such as coffee and tea, as well as ice cubes.

* Tip 4: When driving, you should make regular stops to give everyone a chance to walk around, stretch and get some exercise. Make use of rest stops when you're on the highway. Stop at scenic parks where you can take a break and the kids can run around a little. This will keep everyone in a better mood and in better shape for the trip.

* Tip 5: Bring some healthy yet tasty snacks along when you travel. This can include trail mix, nuts, coconut flakes, dried and fresh fruit and other nutritious and filling items. You can add some treats such as chocolate to the mix to satisfy sugar cravings. There are many possibilities for healthy snacks your kids will enjoy.

Naturally, you don't want to plan every moment of your trip. It's fun to leave some room for spontaneity. However, you can balance this with some sensible preparations that will ensure that your family stays as healthy as possible whenever you travel.

-Kendra Thornton 


Thanks Kendra, for some helpful and healthy tips!