Monday, November 12, 2018

The Most Family Friendly Travel Destinations In Asia

Asia is a magnificent part of the world that should definitely be part of your family bucket list. It offers
unique experiences, plenty of paradise locations, and fun for the whole family too. Most families are a
little bit cautious about traveling to this part of the world as it’s usually very far away, and they’re
scared that it’s not family-friendly.

On the contrary, there are loads of really family-friendly places to visit in Asia. So, here’s a list of the
best places you and your family should think about traveling to for your next big holiday:

Supertrees in Singapore. Source


If you’re looking for a safe place to travel with your kids, then Singapore is your best pick. The crime
rates here are extremely low, and it’s just the ideal place to take your family. They’ve got a public
transport system that’s very easy to use, as well as being incredibly clean. It’s a country that never
makes you feel on edge, and there are also plenty of things to grab the whole family’s attention too.
If I had to recommend one place to visit, it would be the Gardens by the Bay. This is a magical place
that’s home to some supertrees - which are basically futuristic looking trees that’ll leave your kids
staring open-eyed in awe! Another great thing about Singapore is that it has loads of high-quality
family hotels to stay in. Pretty much all of them have indoor/outdoor pools, and if you really want
to splash the cash, there are some with infinity pools on the top floor too.

Penang, Malaysia. Source


Malaysia is one of the most paradisal places in Asia. I’m not sure that’s actually a word, but you get
the idea; it’s a pure paradise! This country is very safe, and there are loads of accommodation options
if you want to stay in apartments or rent out a condo for a week or so. Admittedly, it doesn’t offer much
by way of mainland attractions, but all the joy lies on the coast and off-shore. One of the best places
to go is up north in a city called Kota Kinabalu. It has a nature park, aquariums, and plenty of
family-friendly beaches. This is the perfect place to spend a few days if you want a little fun with your
kids. Or, for a more relaxed holiday, head to Penang. Here, you get a very authentic Asian experience,
in a city that’s nice and peaceful, without the buzz you usually get in Southeast Asian countries that
are overrun by tourists.
Hong Kong
Some of you may already know why I’ve picked Hong Kong as a family-friendly travel destination,
but for those that don’t, I’ll give you a clue; a famous mouse and his friends live there. If you still
don’t get what I’m trying to say, there’s a Disneyland in Hong Kong! Not only that, but it’s one of the
best ones in the world. Right away, you’ve got days of family fun rolled into one package. You can
stay in Disneyland Hong Kong, or you can set up camp in an apartment or hotel in the central city
areas. I think the second option is the best, purely as it lets you see other parts of the country and
explore the fantastic shopping districts as well! You can always go on day trips to Disneyland, so your
kids will be thoroughly entertained. Much like Singapore, it’s a place that’s very easy to get around
with a family, which is always a massive bonus. Plus, the food here is incredible, and there will always
be something that your kids enjoy.


A country with a very deep and meaningful history, Vietnam has evolved into one of the world’s best
travel destinations. It’s a country of choice for many individuals going on a gap year, but it’s also one
of the top places to take your family in Southeast Asia. Why? Because it’s full of some really great
family-friendly attractions that will keep everyone entertained throughout your vacation. There are
islands like Phu Quoc that provide endless quiet beaches that your family can relax on, along with
loads of other amazing things like nature parks and so on. There’s even a safari and theme park that
lets your kids get up close with nature while also getting to experience a thrill on some brilliant rides.
Then, from your perspective, you get to explore a beautiful country that you’ve probably heard so
much about in history lessons throughout your school years. It’s a fascinating place, and it’s well
worth checking out some museums and tours to do with the Vietnam War while you’re there.

Disneyland in Shanghai. Source


A lot of people worry that China isn’t a fun place to go on holiday, but it really depends on where
you go. For me, Shanghai is an excellent family holiday destination as it has so much to offer.
Compared to other cities in the country, it’s very modern and packed full of home comforts that’ll
make you feel at ease. There’s a zoo, water park, museums (including a wax museum), safaris,
and plenty of brilliant parks as well. Then, you have the main focus of your attention;
another Disneyland! Again, this is one of the biggest and best versions out there, with so many rides,
endless characters, and plenty of things for you to enjoy along with your kids. So, if you’ve always
wanted to visit China, but have been worried about taking your children, then choose Shanghai as
your vacation destination.


Along with China, Japan is one of the most well-known countries in this area of the world. People
don’t often look at it as a holiday place, but there’s actually lots to do here. Tokyo is a very busy city
with a brilliant public transport system that makes it easy to get around. It’s also home to loads of
cool technology, which means staying in your hotel an experience in its own right! Plus, what a lot of
people don’t realize is that there are so many theme parks in this city alone. It’s got more than enough
to keep your children entertained, and you could even travel to another city to get an experience of
the legendary bullet trains.

You can travel to the top of the Tapei 101 skyscraper for amazing views. Source


Lastly, we have a country that hardly anyone talks about when it comes to Southeast Asian vacations.
Even individuals make the mistake of missing it out, but Taiwan has so much to offer. The main source
of your attractions is Tapei; the capital city. Here, you have an abundance of things to whet your
appetite for fun. You’ve got beautiful temples, a massive skyscraper with incredible views, and even
an amusement park for kids. Then, there’s the wildlife - which is an absolute beauty to behold. Get up
close to some pandas and see so many other animals that you’ll never see over here. It’s the type of
place you leave feeling like you’ve gained a lot from the experience, while also having loads of fun too.
For me, it’s the hidden gem on this list.

If you’re planning a family vacation for next year - or even further in the future - then Asia is a great
place to consider. As you can see, there are plenty of family-friendly destinations for you to enjoy
with the kids. Naturally, you have other things to think about when planning your trip, such as
vaccinations and other issues like that. So, I strongly advise you read up on Southeast Asian travel
before you go, just to be on the safe side!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Part Of The Parental Journey: The Big Hurdles In Life That Improve Our Mommy Skills

As if it doesn't need saying, starting a family is one of the big journeys in life. Not just because we are
bringing a child into the world, but we learn so much about who we really are. You may have gone
through life without a sense of focus or purpose, and now everything becomes crystal clear. During
our parenting journeys, we will hit big hurdles, and while they can feel difficult to overcome, we can
take solace in the fact that they will improve our parenting skills infinitely. Here are some of the big
hurdles we all experience…
Losing Our Temper For The First Time
It may have been a bad day, and your little one constantly pushing your buttons may have sent you
over the edge. If you’ve never shouted at them before, this can be difficult to deal with. And while you
struggled to keep a lid on it, now you know where your upper limits lie. But you also need to know the
best coping skills. If you really can't put up with it, remove yourself from the situation.
Seeing Our Parents Age
There is nothing more sobering than seeing the people that raised you getting older and weaker. It
puts a lot of pressure on our parental abilities, especially if we are doing our utmost to look after our
parents and children at the same time, as well as balance other aspects of our lives. Maybe you're
struggling to find the right retirement community for seniors, or you are bombarded with questions by
your siblings because you're the one who decided to take the initiative, and, even though after all
of these issues get fixed, we still have to deal with our parents getting older and succumbing to the
inevitable... Throughout all of this, our children are going to have so many questions that can be very
upsetting for us. And throughout this, we need to learn how best to communicate the facts to them.
Sugar coating doesn't particularly help, but we need to find the best way to describe what's going on,
and if this is your child's first brush with mortality, it's confusing for them to understand. Simplicity is the
key during these circumstances.
We all have creeping doubts, maybe we're not good enough, or we fixate on one little thing that we
mistakenly did. But life is all about learning, and if we don't have faith in our own abilities as a parent,
how can we expect to have our children believe in us? Doubt comes across everybody's mind on
occasion, but it's about learning how to deal with it. Belief in yourself is the best approach to tackle
these feelings. Sometimes an incident can cause us to feel that we are failing as a parent, but if you
feel like this, clearly you care enough to want to improve yourself!
There are major hurdles in life, emotional and physical, and it is all part of the parental journey. But
every one of these metaphorical brick walls will not hinder your ability, but will improve it.

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Tough Talks You Need When Struggling To Conceive

When trying for a child, admitting to trouble with fertility can be a difficult thing to do. However, at this
point, communicating as a couple and a family is essential in making sure that you’re taking the
journey ahead in the safest and most responsible manner possible. For that reason, here are a few
conversations that you need to seriously consider starting.

How much do you want a baby?
It’s not a glib question, but something you and your partner need to seriously consider. Depending on
the results of fertility tests, you may both discover significant barriers between you and the child you
want. In cases of infertility, natural conception may be impossible. It’s crucial to make sure that your
ideal futures meet, and that you both want children before you make the commitment of energy, time
, and money into starting your family.
When do you look for help?
A lot of couples have trouble naturally conceiving only for it to work out of the blue. By and large, the
recommended time to look for help is after a year of unprotected sex if you’re under 35. After 35, it
may be wise to set your doctor regardless to see if there are any potential issues with fertility. It’s also
important to note that men need to seek help and answers about their own fertility just as much as
women. Though this isn’t often addressed, men are just as likely to contribute to potential problems
with conception as women are.
Talk about all the options
There are a many routes you might take towards having the baby that you could have trouble with
naturally. Fertility treatments, IVF, asking for the help of a surrogate, and adopting are all amongst
them. It’s important that you and your partner are able to come to some agreement of what you are
and aren’t willing to do.
Don’t get surprised by the costs
Regardless of the route you take, it’s going to cost you money. For that reason, it’s wise to come up
with a budget together to ensure that you’re not surprised by the costs that could lie ahead. Get the
cost of treatment detailed from your local fertility center. After all, being able to manage your finances
is an essential skill for parents.
Check in on one another
With all the practical concerns that come with treating fertility problems, it’s important that you touch
base with one another. Coping with the stress of fertility issues can be somewhat easier if you’re both
in it together. Set aside some time to check in with your partner, ask how they’re feeling, even if that
simply means giving them the opportunity to vent.
Trying for a babe when having trouble with fertility is never easy, and the subject can be difficult to
broach. However, letting your feelings and concerns linger beneath the surface will only make them
worse, and it can lead to resentment if you don’t feel like your partner understands them, too.
Communication can make sure that you’re both in this together.

Dating and The Holidays

The holidays are coming up, it's hard to believe it's time to wrap up the year of 2018! If you don't already have a date for all of those holiday dinners, office parties, and events, you might be tempted to start browsing your local northamptonshire dating site, searching for true love. However, that's not always the best idea. There are so many different dating sites out there, wherever you live, whatever your interests are, whatever your chosen profession is, or your age group or even your musical interests. There are so many different dating sites out there, it can be super overwhelming! There is definitely something for everyone, so keep your mind open during the holiday season while you are trying to find your true love! 

If you have been searching for dating sites in northamptonshire , you might be overwhelmed with all of the different options out there! Don't ever be discouraged about the options that exist out there! From senior dating to dating sites for single moms or people who love to travel, there is a match out there for everyone! Take some time to enjoy the holiday season, spend time with your family and friends, and just enjoy some holiday magic. Sometimes, we can get so caught up in actually trying to find love and trying to find a partner, we can miss out on fun that comes along with the holiday season! 

My husband came into my life with a bang, as I hear most great loves do. Although we had been together during our high school days, it had been fifteen years since we had talked or seen each other. I was not looking for a partner, and he just came into my life out of nowhere. That's what I hear when it comes to real love, life changing true love, is that it comes when you are not expecting it. You have to be along for the ride, you have to just kind of let it go and be open to any kind of love that might come your way. It's never guaranteed, and there is no way to tell when love is coming along, but keeping an open mind might be the best thing that you can do in these types of situations. 

Enjoy your holiday season and don't be discouraged if you are single during the holidays. There are so many great things about the holidays, and you don't want to be caught up in finding a mate and miss out on the great memories and the amazing opportunities out there that happen during the holidays! As we wrap up 2018, whether you have had a great year or a not so great year, try to embrace the holiday season, have a happy time, make some memories regardless of whether or not you are single or in a committed relationship. Happy holidays and I truly hope that each and every one of you are able to find the love that you deserve in your life! 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Best Hotel In The Smokies: Econo Lodge Riverside: Pigeon Forge! #Smokies #SmokyMountains #Vacay

Well, everybody. We're now a few weeks into our first year of homeschooling, and I am a few weeks into college life. So, how's it going? Let's just say... I am SO ready for our vacation,and I am counting down the days until we hit the road for the Smoky Mountains! We had so much planned for our trip this past January, and with all of the snow, tornadoes, and vomiting inside random stores (Yes, all of this happened. I swear.), we didn't really get to cover everything as much as we would have liked. So, we're heading back at the end of September and I can not wait! Its my favorite place, from the shopping to the sights, to the outdoors and the mountains, it's the best place on Earth! 

This time, we are going to be staying at the Econo Lodge Riverside in Pigeon Forge! Now, most of you guys know me pretty well, and you know that when it comes to a hotel, I need to have affordability. I just do. It's in my nature, and I think even if we were millionaires, I would check out hotel rates and compare them to make sure I found the very best deal. Well, I am happy to report that the Econo Lodge Riverside has some of the very best rates in all of Pigeon Forge. But, if you know me, you know that affordability is not the only thing that I need from a hotel. 

I also need info. Lots and lots of info. Months before any trip we take, I scour the internet, reading reviews of every single place we plan on going, and making all of my decisions before we even arrive. I am a planner. So, sue me. Anyway, I was thrilled to see that the Econo Lodge Riverside is rated #10 of 94 hotels in Pigeon Forge! To me, that is a huge deal. I really trust my fellow Trip Advisors, and they have never steered me wrong on hotel reviews in the past, so we are really looking forward to staying at the Econo Lodge and seeing if things there are just as great as my Trip Advisor Friends say they are! 
What else do I need from a hotel? I need a pool. A good pool. Actually, this is not my rule, but my sweet three year old Bean's rule. You see, of all the vacations we have been on, all of the trips we have taken, even the overnight trips where the hotel was just a place to crash and drive home the next day, Bean's favorite part is always "the pools". No. Matter. What. So, for him, a good pool is a must. I mean, the rest of us do enjoy the pool, but nowhere near as much as he does. I swear, when we take this kid to Disney World, we're gonna come home, and ask what his favorite part was, and he's going to say "the pool". It's just his thing, so I have to pick a hotel with a good pool! 

What do you think, friends? Will my little fish be impressed with this big pool? I think so! 

What else do I need from a hotel? A free breakfast. I know, it might sound like a silly "must have", but it's true. When traveling with two kids as ahem, moody, and ahem, spirited as these two, waking up, getting dressed, and going out to breakfast every morning IS. NOT. HAPPENING. I found that out real quickly when I would drop $6.99 a piece on a kid's breakfast at some sit down restaurant. Somebody would take a bite of a banana. Someone would take a bite of a donut. Someone would spill their chocolate milk. And there you have it, breakfast is over. SO....  a hotel with a free breakfast is a must when it comes to my kids. I can either sneak them a quick little snack back up to the room, or if they are acting decent and presentable, they can come down and eat their one bite of food. Either way, no stress for me! Yay! 

Those biscuits and gravy are already calling my name!! What about you!? There's nothing like a no stress, no mess hotel breakfast! 

What else do I need from a hotel? Well, at the risk of sounding like an idiot, let's just say that I am a bit "directionally challenged." When we go on vacation, I drive. I just do. And, I get us lost a lot. So, a hotel that is easy to find, right on the main road? Yes, please! Especially in a place like Pigeon Forge, being right on the main road and in the middle of the action is important to me! I need to be able to walk to things, and I want to be able to have easy access to a trolley in Pigeon Forge so I can get where I need to go with no worries! So, yes, being easy to find is a must for hotels for my family! 

Can you tell that we are really excited to stay with Econo Lodge on this trip? The boys are also really excited that the hotel is on the banks of the Little Pigeon river, so we can hang out there and feed the ducks, how much fun will that be!?! Love it! I know, we haven't stayed there YET, so I can't give you guys the personal pictures and the in depth review that I want to do, but it is coming, so stay tuned! I really do have a good feeling about this one ( I have that hotel sixth sense you know, haha!!) and I can not wait to relax and get away here! But, you want to know the best part of all? I can not wait to wake up to a view like this!! 
Isn't it easy to see why this is my favorite place on the entire planet? Ahhh...... Get ready for us, Pigeon Forge, we'll be there soon! 

Make sure to check back regularly for our updates and reviews of our latest trip to the Smokies! If you are interested in booking a room at the Econo Lodge Riverside, click here!! You won't be sorry! Also, make sure to "like" their Facebook Fan Page for the latest news, deals, and promotions!! Click here to stay in the know! 

My family will be provided with a media rate discount and/or complimentary stay during our visit in exchange for our honest thoughts and reviews. No monetary compensation is provided, and all thoughts and opinions are always 100% our own. 


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