Must Have Essential Oils for Traveling

Must Have Essential Oils for Traveling

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Must Have Oils for traveling

 

Must Have Essential Oils for Traveling

 

If you have ventured into the world of essential oils you know how easily and quickly they become part of your everyday routine.  Vacation season is just around the corner and I was trying to pair down a list of my MUST have essential oils for traveling so that I can do my best to pack light and what I need for our trip.

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Top Attractions In Fayetteville, North Carolina

Top Attractions In Fayetteville, North Carolina

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A few weeks ago my husband and I toured Fayetteville, NC and toured many great places while in town. We had to skip a few due to having to leave early but I wanted to mention these attractions for anyone that may be interested in a trip to Fayetteville.

I would have never thought that Fayetteville had a Zipline.

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Zip through the treetops of our beautiful North Carolina forest and over the region’s only waterfall – Carver’s Falls. Fly seven stories high on the pure adrenaline rush that we call “Swing Shot,” and amp up the excitement to the max with “Night Quest” – the thrill of ziplining, but in the DARK! You’ve never experienced a nature adventure quite like this one! ZipQuest Waterfall & Treetop Zipline adventure– One of the Top 10 ziplines in the United States. Includes eight ziplines, two bridges over the largest waterfalls in the eastern Carolinas, and platforms from which to enjoy the foliage below. When you take a ZipQuest tour, your feet don’t touch the ground for at least 2.5 hours.

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ZipQuest is truly one of the most exciting outdoor activities in Fayetteville, North Carolina – perfect for family adventures, group activities, team-building retreats, and excursions from nearby Fort Bragg! For active and retired military personnel and their families, we even offer special discounts… a small “thank you” for your dedicated service.

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Top 5 Restaurants In Fayetteville, NC

Top 5 Restaurants In Fayetteville, NC

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My husband and I went and toured Fayetteville, North Carolina a few weeks ago. We dined at a few restaurants and I would love to high light some of our favorites. When you are on vacation make sure to find out where the locals are eating. Check out some of the local owned businesses. I don’t have anything against corporate companies but these types of restaurants is not something you may or may not be able to try in your home town.

Luigis Fine Italian Dining 

Established in 1982, Luigi’s specializes in Homemade Sauces, Pan Sautéed Pasta dishes, Hand cut Black Angus Steaks and Chops, and Fresh Fish daily. In addition to main dining rooms, Luigi’s also offers patio dining and a comfortable bar area, all set in a casual but upscale atmosphere.

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Travel With Jewelry

Travel With Jewelry

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Travel With Jewelry

 

Travel With Jewelry

Do you travel with your jewelry? It depends on my mood before I leave for a international trip if I do bring my jewelry along. I did take my jewelry when I visited Curacao. Always check with a hotel or resort to see if they have a safe in the room. You may not always want to wear your valuables on the beach or some excursions you may be taking. My husband has had some mishaps wearing his jewelry on trips. I now beg him to just leave his valuables at home. Airports have scanners and he took his chain off and the plastic container had small holes. His chain slipped through the holes and we almost did not find his chain. I don’t know why he did not place it in a bag instead of dropping it right down in the container. I wore my ring and was able to leave it on instead of having to remove it. My husband also lost his sunshades with the scanners at the airport. He realized it when we boarded the plane. Luckily, the flight attendant was able to get the shades. The pilot did not want to hold up our flight schedule.

Make sure a hotel has a safe to store your valuables. You don’t want any mishaps to mess up a wonderful vacation.

Before you get away, be sure your jewelry is insured. Relying on an existing homeowners’ insurance policy may not provide sufficient protection for jewelry, particularly when traveling. Consult an insurance agent and consider obtaining an independent appraisal report to ensure a fair replacement if the article is lost, stolen or damaged.

I have been around several people at the lake that has lost very valuable jewelry.  My husband’s friend lost his Citadel class ring. They were playing volleyball and he went to hit the ball and the ring flew off. Everyone immediately stopped playing ball and searched the water. He was very lucky that his ring was found. I also can bet you he will not wear it back on the lake again.

Most people hands may swell a little during the summer. However, you may not realize how loose rings may get if you are in water. Just to be on the safe side you may want to leave your valuables at home on certain trips.

Have you ever lost jewelry on a trip before?

 

Top 5 Adventures in Alaska

Top 5 Adventures in Alaska

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Top 5 Adventures in Alaska

 

Top 5 Adventures in Alaska

Those people with an adventurous spirit should head to Alaska! There are more things to do in Alaska that your adventurous side would never get bored. Grab your gear and learn the top five adventures in Alaska that are just waiting for you.

Ice Hiking

Have you ever thought that you could ice hike over a glacier? Well, in Alaska you most certainly can! There are a few glaciers that you can drive pretty close to then hike back to. Once you get to the glacier, you will need crampons to walk on the ice. If it is your first time, you might want to go with an experienced guide so you don’t hurt yourself!

Ice Climbing

One of the coolest experiences is ice climbing down a crevasse. Ice climbing should be done with an experienced guide and by as it is a bit on the dangerous side. See a different world under the ice and witness a world that very few people ever see.

Dog Sledding

Dog mushing down the Iditarod trail on a sled pulled by at least six Alaskan Malamutes and Huskies is one experience that will get your blood pumping. The smile on your face as you glide over the snow will be proof that there is something magical about partaking in activity that has been a single mode of transportation for hundreds of years.

Kayaking

Head out on a kayak adventure into the Kenai Fjords National Park via kayak to view glaciers, icebergs, and some awesome marine animals such as orca whales, stellar sea lions, sea otters, and harbor seals. When you are out gliding on a kayak, you have the opportunity to camp in some of the most remote parts of the Alaskan wilderness. Kayaking in Alaska can take you to places and allow you to see that would not otherwise be possible.

Ski Mountaineering

After you climb up that formidable mountain, what would be better than skiing down fresh powder that has a level of difficulty that is hard to measure? Ski Mountaineering allows you to be the first person to ski that mountain that season, or possibly ever. What an awesome experience!

Great Travel Destinations

Great Travel Destinations

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As most of you may or may not know, I love traveling. I wish I could quit work and just travel every where. Unfortunately, I must keep my job so I have gathered some help from some other bloggers to bring you some awesome destinations . Vacations do not seem long enough, sometimes we do not get enough time off from work. My job only gives us 2 weeks a year. I am lucky that I can sneak a extra vacation time in though. Our vacation time is the same 2 weeks per year. We have 4th of July and the week after Christmas. My husband usually wins a trip from work and that trip is always in May. This year we will be visiting Curacao.

Make sure you pin if you like some or all the destinations or you can just pin this post also and have everything in one place.

Pigeon Forge one of the best vacations I ever had

Myrtle Beach I do not live far from Mrtle Beach, I sure love the ocean salty smell.

Franklin,NC Mountain Trip

Costa Rica

Devil’s Hole State Park  – looks stunning. We have family in Niagara Falls hopefully one day we can visit the area.

Niagara Falls, Goat Island and Three Sisters Islands

Letchworth State Park

Disney World Orlando VIP Tour of Magic Kingdom

Gaylord Opryland-– Looks like so fun fun for kids

The Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena

Sahara Sam’s

Top 10 Orlando Attractions with Kids

A Visit to Arches, Utah and Four Corners USA!

Summer Road Trip to Yellowstone— I would love a 4 week traveling vacation. How cool is that?

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise Review & Cruising Gluten Free

 Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn in Middleburg, Virginia

Puerto Rico

Good Eats While Traveling— Nice knowing where to stop and eat on the road.

Great list of restaurant reviews

The Best Christmas Shows In Pigeon Forge

The Best Christmas Shows In Pigeon Forge

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hatfielddisasterlogoAs Most of you know I visited Pigeon Forge last month. Every business was starting to get ready for Christmas. I would love to visit during the holidays. I can only imagine the great shows and how beautiful everything looks during the holidays. I went to the shows while visiting Pigeon Forge. My friend and I had a blast. I hope I can make another trip in July next year.

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The Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show
A wise man once said, “Anything worth doin’ is worth doin’ right.” And the kinfolk at the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show couldn’t agree more. Which is exactly why, this holiday season, the Hatfield & McCoy “Christmas Disaster” will be an absolute calamity!

Last year the holidays were left in an utter state of bewilderment after our kuntry kuzins got hold of em’, throwin’ this, shootin’ at that..why HECK..we heard tell that there were even some ghosts involved! That’s right, GHOSTS! This weren’t no “Hallows Eve” tale, no sir, but a direct representation of how us hillbillies like to fire up the Ol’ Yule log. And then pitch it at somebody! Why it’s the true meaning of Christmas at the Hatfield & McCoy! Lest ye not forget that Ma’ herself is addin’ a little somethin’ extra to the dinner table this year and it is shor to be a hit! It’ll be a dinner table like y’all ain’t never seen before!

These two families ain’t the kind of folk that rest on their laurels so this holiday season they’re bringin’ out the big guns and plan on makin’ the “12 Days of Christmas” feel like it lasts all week! Why there’ll be 9 ladies dancin’, if ye include them McCoy boys, a few of them “Calling Birds”, Ma’s moonshine still will have it’s pipes a’ pipin’ and word has it that some French hens will be in town. They best look out fer Pa though, cause he don’t take kindly to strangers.

So this year fer Christmas try on somethin’ a little less stuffy by havin’ supper with them Hatfields & McCoys! It promises to be the Fightinest, Funniest, Belly-Fillinest, Yultide Feud you’ll ever experience with all of your kinfolk around ye! And there just ain’t no better way to welcome Santee Claus to town! And hey folks, we’ll be sure to remind y’all the “reason fer all the season”. That’s because we plan on “pepperin’” ye with BUCKSHOT!!

For more information about how you can get yer tickets to the “Christmas Disaster” at the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show log on to www.HatfieldMcCoyDinnerFeud.com or call the box office at 1-800-908-7469.

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Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry
While backstage trying to get a look at some of the brand new additions to the incredible “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”, a familiar sound rang throughout the hallways. Not only did we recognize the sound but also we could have sworn we also smelled a Christmas tree. That’s the power of Christmas music folks and the vocal coach at the Smoky Mountain Opry was hard at work with some of the singers ironing out the some of the newest songs to be featured in this year’s version of “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”. Last year the show had just about something for every Christmas appetite from a magical wonderland where sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers played hand in hand with our friend Slim Chance, to a broken down hillbilly homestead where all the boys sang opera songs despite the fact that Santa himself was only a few feet away.

Most of that last paragraph sure does make you yearn for Christmastime, doesn’t it? Even as far back as September 2nd the cast and crew at the Smoky Mountain Opry have been hard at work raising the bar of what has been, up until now, the most sought after ticket and successful Christmas show in the Southeastern United States, “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”. We sat down with General Manager Robert Kalina and asked him what we could expect this year.

“Without giving too much away” he said with a look of secrecy, “we’ve spent a great deal of time, effort and money into this year’s Christmas production. Our world caliber aerialists Simone and LeAnn are choreographing something unlike any show in the region has ever done before, there are new songs with some new orchestration and this year… you can expect to see Santa a little more than before. Also we added a little extra something to our Nativity, which is the largest of its kind. We always want to remind our audiences of exactly why we celebrate Christmas so the Nativity and birth of Christ is an extremely important portion of the show.”

Last year the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater set records in attendance, highest grossing show and “Fan Favorite” as voted on by travelers to the area. Even before entering this grand venue located directly on the Parkway you will be mesmerized by the over 2.5 million lights that blanket it’s façade and the sheer magnitude of Santa’s sleigh high atop the roof and maybe, just maybe you will be swept away to the same magical wonderland where the sugar plum fairies and toy soldiers play as we spoke of before, paying us no mind despite the fact that Santa himself was only a few feet away. He is indeed. He’s right inside. Why not come say hello?

For more information about how you can get advanced reservations to “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” please call our box office at 1-800-768-1170 or log on to www.SmokyMountainOpry.com.
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The 12 Deals of Christmas

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In recognition of the upcoming holidays and in keeping with our track record of providing incredible offers on travel to the Great Smoky Mountain area we are proud to announce our “Twelve Deals of Christmas”! Consider it an early Christmas gift from all of us here at SeePigeonForge.com to you and your family!

From now until mid-December we will showcase a different deal for the “budget-minded” traveler every third day. These will not only include accommodations but will encompass everything from theater tickets, dining and at times Dollywood tickets! You’ll not want to miss out!

For the time being there is no restriction as to how many of these “deals” you may purchase but be aware that supplies are limited so tell your friends, alert the neighbors and wake up Grandpa because deals like these only come once in a blue moon. Or in this case, just in time for the Holidays!

For more information about these or any other travel packages to Pigeon Forge call us at 1-800-908-9018 or log on to SeePigeonForge.com.

National Quartet Convention comes to Pigeon Forge!

Southern Gospel music has long been a draw for tourists to Pigeon Forge and it’s surrounding areas and the very roots of the genre are deeply embedded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. At any given time of year one can find southern gospel performances by groups or quartets at many of the available venues in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville. The fact that the City of Pigeon Forge has contracted the National Quartet Convention to be held in the brand new LeConte Convention Center should make the over 30,000 expected attendees very happy as well as those of you reading this today! SeePigeonForge.com has put together a wide variety of 3 to 6 day packages of accommodations and tickets to NQC 2014 that can meet just about every budget!

After residing in Louisville, Kentucky for the past 20 years a location change was in order and long over due. Such well known act as The Kingdom Heirs, The Collingsworth Family, The Kingsmen, The Crist Family, Tribute Quartet, Dove Brothers, Hoppers, Mark Bishop, Karen Peck and New River and The Triumphant Quartet were featured at this years convention so 2014 promises to be an inaugural event in Pigeon Forge that won’t soon be forgotten. Spectators of the renowned convention are looking for something new and exciting and the city planners of Pigeon Forge are overjoyed to offer these folks exactly that.

Picture credit: Thanks SEEPIGEONFORGE.COM

 

Pigeon Forge Vacation

Pigeon Forge Vacation

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Disclaimer:I am a US Family Guide blogger and I will be getting tickets to all the attractions and hotel for my honest review when I return.

Have you ever taken a vacation with a friend instead of your family? I have this awesome opportunity to visit Pigeon Forge and my family is busy. My daughter has already missed 3 days of school, my husband loves deer hunting and does not want to miss a Saturday so what is the next best thing? Ask a friend to go :).  I have never been to Pigeon Forge before and I am beyond excited to take this adventure of a lifetime. I am so glad my friend Tonia will be going along with me.  I was worried she would not be able to take off work or her husband might say “no”.

Have you ever taken a girls vacation or just the guys vacation? I have once, I went to Myrtle Beach for a weekend with my best friend. We took the kids and they had a blast.

Tonia and I will be so busy we probably will not even have time to miss the family. I am used to having “my time”. My husband stays at the hunting club every single Friday night. He does not get back home until late on Saturday.  My daughter is 17 and she works and also hunts so she will not even realize mom will be away for the weekend. I have a wonderful husband. He will take the dogs with him to the hunting club and my daughter will go out their when she gets off work.

So anyway let me tell you all the fun Tonia and I will be doing while in Pigeon Forge.  First stop will be the Titanic Attraction, then we will stop by Music Road Hotel. We have a 6 hour ride to get to the hotel. I am thinking we may need to check in before it gets to late for us. Then that night we will stop by the Hollywood Wax Museum, and then off to the Comedy Barn for a show and dinner afterwards. I am sure we will wake up early on Saturday morning so we can get our day going. We will visit Parrot Mountain ,and Ripley’s Aquarium , and that evening we will go to  Hatfield & McCoy show and dinner. On Sunday we will visit the Smoky Mtn Opry. Hopefully we will have some more time to tour around Pigeon Forge.  I like having a plan and depending upon our time if this is how we will visit each place but we may visit the attractions in a different order.

As you can tell we will be extremely busy during the weekend and we will not have a lot of down time. We will come back home on Monday and I will have to go back to work on Tuesday. I am sure I will be ready for the weekend so I can relax :).

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Ramada  Pigeon Forge Vacation

Ramada Pigeon Forge Vacation

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Come on down to Ramada Pigeon Forge South hotel for a convenient location, thoughtful amenities and the Southern hospitality you expect. Our Pigeon Forge hotel near the Great Smokey Mountains foothills is located off the Parkway, providing easy access to Dollywood, Gatlinburg and more.Start your morning with free continental breakfast with piping hot items before enjoying all the attractions and excitement in the area. Kick back by the outdoor heated pool and hot tub. Enjoy balcony access, free Wi-Fi Internet, large-vehicle parking and 24-hour front desk service. Kids 17 and under stay free, and family suites are available. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS. Our Pigeon Forge hotel is about a quarter mile past Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede dinner attraction. We are also just three miles from Dollywood, the family amusement park in the Great Smokey Mountains. Take in country music and family fun at one of several nearby theaters, including Comedy Barn Theater, The Miracle Theater, Country Tonite Theater or Smith Family Theatre. WonderWorks amusement park combines excitement and education. There are five factory outlet malls in the area, so you can shop until you drop. DINING OPTIONS. Try a local restaurant like Alamo Steak House, Corky’s BBQ and Sagebrush Steakhouse when you stay at our Pigeon Forge hotel. Stop in at The Old Mill for one-of-a-kind homemade baked goods and preserves. If you prefer to stick to familiar favorites, we are also within a mile of T.G.I. Friday’s, Cracker Barrel or Krispy Kreme. TRANSPORTATION SERVICES. Trolley service is available in front of our hotel. BUSINESS AND EVENT FACILITIES. Plan your next business or social event at the spacious on-site banquet facility in our hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN, or reserve space at Smokey Mountain Convention Center.






I will be visiting Pigeon Forge at the end of October. I can not wait to sight see and tour around the area.

Take A Beach Vacation

Take A Beach Vacation

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Take a beach vacation

I just came back from spending a week in Myrtle Beach. My mom and daughter went with me. We stayed at the Hampton Inn Suites. If I could take one of those beds home I would. I sleep so good in those beds. I love waking up and watching the sun rise every morning. My mom and daughter slept through all those beautiful sunrises.

We had so much fun at the pool and on the beach. We also saw a little shark action down on the beach below our hotel.

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It is not every day you get to see a shark in the swimming area.

We tried out a new restaurant for us in Surfside beach called Bubba’s Fish Shack. The food was great and the service was fast. I also can not go to the beach without eating at The Original Benjamins. The food is a bit pricy but I love it and feel it is worth it.

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Shopping is a must at the beach or rather walking around broadway is a must. Make sure to stop by the Fudgery, and get a sample taste of all the fudge. I can never make up my mind on which I like the best.

I tried planning a lot more activities but it sometimes can be hard when you have a group of people. Myrtle Beach is so full of places and things to do. We did manage to ride the Skywheel.  I thought I would be afraid but I managed without a problem at all. You even ride with air conditioner.

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The views are breath taking from the Skywheel.

What are some of your favorite places to visit when spending time at the beach?