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Postagram…the postcard app

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Just heard about this cool app Postagram where you can actually create a postcard from your photo library, and they will send it off in the US mail for 99cents.Today it seems with cameras in cell phones, facebook photo albums, and Instagram, is there really a need for a postcard app? True the days of sending postcards is a bit old school but postagram let’s you send any photo from your library, so the postcard is totally personal and unique. coque samsung galaxy There is something to be said for having a photo in hand! Photogram can also be used as a great marketing tool. Coque Huawei Soldes You can keep particular clients notified with a personal photo that certainly has a better chance of being read than a generic ad. coque pas cher samsung s8 As an example, let’s say you are in the business of renting your property. Coque pour Huawei You may want to send a photo of a your property in a new season or special light to a list of former happy renters, in the hopes of inspiring them to rebook. Vente Coque iPhone There could be many different applications depending on your business and budget. I love the idea of thank-you postcards created specifically for each recipient. Who wouldn’t welcome a note of appreciation with a picture chosen for them! There is of course the obvious use of sending postcards to your friends and family for the simple pleasure of sharing the sights while you are traveling. Much more fun with a snap shot which includes your smiling face! The app is free.

Summer Olympics… Inspiring

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The opening ceremonies were full of tradition and surprises… Countryside scenes, traditional, historical music, British humor, British legends, and Royals. I thought the filmed scenes of the queen with the James Bond character was sensational. What fun and whimsy! Good for her to allow that and be part of a fun joke at her royal highness’ expense! Good show! Thank you Danny Boyle and England! London is a fabulous city. It looks as though it was well planned. Good job! What was Mitt Romney so concerned about anyway? A city that moves people and a central location for all events. I have heard that they didn’t have the crowds of people they were hoping for. Evidently that is a recurring problem with the recent, past 10, 15 years of Olympiads. They plan for hoards of people to attend, even building new hotels and restaurants hoping for boosts in business and hiring more staff in anticipation and in the end the people stay away and the locals leave town fearing the discomfort and inconvenience. I guess now is the time to go. Coque huawei After the Olympics are done and everyone is leaving and the rush of the excitement is still present. Rooms are discounted and air fares are also low to encourage the end of summer travelers. I miss the Olympics. It was great to have so many choices for entertainment in the evening. I love my Tivo and recorded the daily events and could go back to anything. The swimming and the gymnastics were exciting. The track held me amazed at the incredible feets in just second… A flash of time and records are broken. The human being at a physical peak takes their body to the edge… and then does it again… The Beach Volley Ball…. To think that Beach Volley ball is an Olympic sport! This speaks to present times not the past. It was introduced at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, a demonstration event, and has been an official Olympic sport since 1996. We, the USA teams, have won gold in either men’s or women’s since 1996. Right on team.

I personally find the uniforms rather revealing, almost sexually exploitive for media purposes. I am sure there are those at home watching for reasons other than athletic interest now. They do look very containing, and supportive. I would say that of all the sports now. The athletic attire has become rather like extreme costuming. They were joking on TV about a man’s penis and whether he was aroused for the medal ceremony… Well so what if he was, or perhaps he just has a larger one… just like women’s breasts, they come in different sizes and shapes and these things are hard to hide in the skin tight minimal clothing specially designed for the teams… It was an exciting moment for him and with all the men and women in such evocative attire how could he help it in that moment, and with the snug fitting, form revealing uniforms how was he to hide it. Where? Really! But then the Olympics of ancient Greece and Rome were done naked! The human body being celebrated and the athletic prowess rewarded. coque samsung pas cher Of course, I love to watch the sports that I have enjoyed doing myself. As a young girl in gymnastic class, didn’t we all imagine ourselves at the Olympics… Remembering Nadia, Kathy Rigby… Cathy Rigby went on to acting and you could find her guest staring in a role on a TV series for a while. Then she really blew up on stage with her teaching Peter and Wendy to FLY on Broadway in Peter Pan. On the diving board when a child is asking her mom or brother and sister to rate their dive, we play at our own little competition with ourselves, wanting to do our best. The crazy fun I had with my sister when we would attempt the synchronized swimmers upside down movements or the apparent lack of above the water as they hold a pose gracefully never showing the manic paddling that it takes to keep a leg poised upward and then jut it up suddenly in synchronicity with others on the team. Wow! Remembering the old movies with the swimmer movie star, Esther Williams! I haven’t been to any of the Sea or Ocean amusement parks since I was young.. Oh no I forget the bay area Marine World Africa USA in Vallejo, California. coque iphone france I think they call it something else now. Surely there is an ocean theme park that employs these amazing anonymous athletes that spend much of there performance time holding their breath. I am thinking in Florida. While we play at our sports, some are taking the play seriously and making it a life passion, direction, and later profession. I do miss the days when the Olympic athletes could not be professionals. that when they would only become endorsed or advertised after they decided to leave the amateur status and that had to be a big decision whether to pursue another 4 years of intense Olympic aspiration driven training with out the financial backing of any large business. In history many Olympic athletes were working a day or night job while striving to find time to train. I am sure there are still many who do, but so many of the athletes today are supported by the sporting companies. The rock stars of the Olympic games are able to support their training and have major contracts with their sponsors well ahead. I wonder what the past athletes would have accomplished if they were able to have an extra 3 to 4 hours in the pool, while their mother looked on, free to drive them and spectate because she didn’t have to take a job to support her gifted child’s pursuit of the coveted Gold, Silver, and Bronze. I am sure families still have a challenge to deal with the intensity and demands of supporting and encouraging the gifted athlete, but the ability to now have the financial support of commercial sponsors is powerful. I do miss the simpler times of the amateur athlete at the Olympics. It seemed to be a more pure sense of competition. Just the athletes without the business and money behind the advertising. coque huawei livraison rapide Many would retire from Olympic pursuits just so they could cash in while the offers were still there for them. coque imprimé huawei pas cher Now we have Olympians who return for 3 even more games. Amazing that you can, but also wonderful to stand back and feel your success and open the door for others to experience the opportunity after you, the same glory. I would list the names of all the US Olympians, but that would take more time and we know so many and we just watched them. I was amazed daily with the athletes from all over the world…. The swimmers, runners, vaulters, jumpers, racquet swinging, shot put hurling….You know who you are inspired by. I imagine the work and skills that are developed by these athletes and in some way covet their incredible abilities… Their natural ability was a gift of birth and their dedication and perseverance to perfect their moves and pursue an excellence such that few will ever achieve at anything in life. Bravo… I admire and applaud you.

Travel; Charleston, SC

Monday, May 28th, 2012

We had but one day in Charleston, and it was lovely. Charleston is a city of beautiful architecture, fine food, great music, romance and history. With only a day to spend in this gorgeous city, where do you start? We began the day with a carriage tour. I think that seeing an unfamiliar city with a good guide, who can tell the stories that bring a city to life makes your visit so much better. coque samsung s7 pas cher The great thing about bigger cities, like Charleston, is that they have a tour for every interest, music tours, tasting tours, ghost tours, house tours and history tours. Following the tour, we strolled the city, taking in the waterfront and the French Quarter, stopping for lunch, she crab soup and fried catfish. coque samsung a8 2018 Ron and Jay took off for the aquarium, Kylie and I opted to tour the market and enjoy the weather. Charleston is a city I will surely visit again, so much of the South is unknown to me, and I can only link its’ history to such a painful period in American history. I want to know and understand more. “There was a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South. Here in this pretty world, Gallantry took its last bow. coque imprimé huawei Here was the last ever to be seen of Knights and their Ladies Fair, of Master and of Slave. coque iphone Look for it only in books, for it is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.”Prologue – Gone With The Wind Charleston, evokes such sentiments, it is a terribly beautiful city with a rich and fascinating past, that even our tour guide admitted, is hard to talk about, and a lively and still fascinating present, that is charming. Check TripAdvisor for information on tours, restaurants and hotels.

Vermont Life

Monday, May 28th, 2012

I love this state, it’s not just beautiful, it is full of interesting people and ideas. The State of Vermont publishes a magazine 4 times a year, Vermont Life. It is geared toward tourism and full of advertising, but it also highlights some of the state’s best finds. coque de samsung galaxy s3

The spring 2012 edition is no exception, I spent the morning studying the wonderful photography and catching up on the better restaurants throughout the state. coque samsung s7 edge A few articles caught my eye.Corrine Prevot of Skida

The Fabric of Vermont, by Melissa Pasanen, photos by Daria Bishop, is a great piece about the designers and entrepreneurs of the textile industry who make their home in Vermont. Coque huawei Pas Cher Dedicated to high quality, social responsibility and natural fabrics, these young people are taking the world of small business in a new direction.

Photo by Bear Cieri

Then there is Fairfield Middle School, where, in addition to the standard curriculum, students learn the art of sugaring. “Project Sweet Talk” begins in 6th grade and incorporates history, economics, science, marketing, design and production. Their hands on teaching is a lesson that really is easy to swallow. Finally, I reach my favorite part, the last few pages where an interview with Jay Stevens titled ‘Every Vermonter has a Story’ and an essay by Castle Freeman, Jr., ‘A Contradiction in the Mind’ reiterate what I already know. Vermont is a wonderful place, full of individuals, caring, eccentric, opinionated and dedicated to a sense of community that is like no other. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, visit Vermont, spring and summer are my favorite times, but make sure we’re through mud season. coque samsung pas cher Check out Vermont Life’s website where you can read more and order a copy.

Sayulita Shrimp Burger

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

I have developed some food envy due to Sally being in Sayulita Mexico for quite some time now, as proven in her chile relleno blog. coques Samsung pas chères This is at the core of my food envy, the thought of those delicious authentic Sayulita chile rellenos! I am happy to say that I have had the good fortune to know first hand that Sayulita is indeed a food lover’s paradise. etui samsung a8 2018 While I was there, I fell in love with the local shrimp burger. It’s kind of like a crab cake made with shrimp served on a hamburger bun. coque de telephone samsung s7 I like mine of course with guacamole and a slice of tomatoe, just like I like my beef burger. So, I have created a Sayulita Shrimp Burgers recipe in our online cookbook. Coque iPhone 6 To make the shrimp burger you use raw shrimp coarsely chopped. Saute some garlic, onions, scallions, and celery and when cool add to shrimp with a little cayenne pepper, fresh cilantro, an egg, and breadcrumbs. Form this mixture into patties which you then put in a hot frying pan with some melted butter. Serve on a toasted bun. coque iphone prix Cinco de Mayo is coming up, but who can wait! Enjoy these and other Mexican delights like Sal’s Layered Mexican Dip and shrimp tacos, and Michele’s easy quesidillas.

Brooklyn to Manhattan on The Williamsburg Bridge

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

I love NY, everything about it, the rhythms, the food, the landscape, the people. NYC is a walking town, you can hit the pavement any time of day, and take in the color, the sound, the smell and the feel of something new. I find it energizing. In all the years I lived in NY, I never once walked across the Bridge into Brooklyn. coque huawei Of course, back then, Brooklyn wasn’t what it is today. coque samsung galaxy pas cher But, yesterday, my husband and I made the trek across the Williamsburg Bridge, from Brooklyn to Manhattan, and I found myself wondering why I never did this before. It was windy, very windy, traffic whizzed by below us, trains ran alongside us, cyclists, runners and fellow pedestrians joined us on the walkway. The East River ran beneath us, skylines on either side, beautiful. Achat Coque iPhone The only way to describe the feeling is exhilarating, shared sensory overload. This will be a Bridge week, we’ve got 2 more to cover, the Manhattan and of course, the Brooklyn. coque huawei nova pas cher Walking them is a great way to stay in shape, or in my case, get in shape while we’re here.

Jack Mitrani’s 5 Reasons to Attend the 2012 Frendly Gathering

Friday, May 25th, 2012

By: Heather Hendricks

The third annual Frendly Gathering in Windham, Vermont, is less than three weeks away and the anticipation for the event is ramping up. coque samsung The three-day grassroots music festival will take place June 14-16 and is the brainchild of the Frends Crew. coque iphone outlet shop With over 40 bands and DJ’s slated to perform, this year’s event is bound to be the biggest to date. etui samsung a8 2018 We spoke with Jack Mitrani, a member of the Frends Crew who’s spearheading the event, and he gave us five reasons why he thinks you should attend this year’s festivities. Take it away Jack! 1. The Frendly Gathering wouldn’t be a Frendly Gathering unless you and your Frends were there… coque samsung 2018 Obviously that’s el numero uno. Coque huawei 2.There will be 40 Bands/DJ’s, 5 stages, one stage in the trees, a skate ramp, drumming workshops, dance parties, and everything else you could ever imagine to have the best time possible. 3.

Road Tripping

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

I was fairly certain that this was going to be the trip from hell. coque huawei Nothing screams WARNING! WARNING! Trouble Ahead, like the words ‘Family Vacation’ and it’s a known fact that traveling in close quarters for any period of time can leave the best of friends not speaking to each other. But, we had a wedding to get to in South Carolina, air fare was astronomical, and since Jay had the week off, we needed to stop at school and pick him up, the car was the obvious, albeit most painful, solution. Ron, myself, Kylie and Jay squeezed into the Subaru with all our stuff and set off on a ten day road trip. It was great, we laughed, played games, ate deliciously bad for you food, sang and had an all round good time. Coque huawei Outlet I’m so glad I didn’t bail on this trip. So here are 5 rules for a successful road trip.

  1. Expect the worse, the lower your expectations, the less likely you are to be disappointed.
  2. Pack your sense of humor, decide ahead of time to make the best of anything that comes your way, this is the time to be flexible.
  3. Stop often, 3 or 4 hours in the car is more than enough and an hour or two to stretch your legs will refresh and energize you. We visited friends and hit some roadside attractions, even the tackiest (South of the Border), can be fun.Surprise! Just dropping by
  4. Dress comfortably,nice pajamas are acceptable, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll run into someone you know, and if you do, Oh Well.
  5. Respect your fellow travelers, shower, brush your teeth, empty your garbage at every stop and don’t eat day old fish tacos in the car.

Really, it’s all in the attitude. coque iphone prix We made Rob and Allie’s wedding on time, saw old friends and made some new ones. coque iphone pas cher Together we saw parts of the country we never would have visited, and we grew closer.

Sayulita Shrimp

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Eating my way through Mexico, coque samsung a8 amazon again! Only a week left and I’m in a panic to get all the recipes before heading home. Shrimp or camarons in Spanish, are the number one favorite dish of this seaside town. Camarons are abundant in the state of Nayarit, coque huawei en ligne Mexico. coque huawei pas cher Whether you’re cooking them on the BBQ, shrimp tacos or cold as ceviche, shrimp is versatile and delicious! Yes, this is the way we buy our shrimp here, coque de telephone samsung galaxy j5 right off the truck! Can’t get any simpler than this! Visit our on line cookbook for more delicious and super simple recipes.

Spring Break-what you need to bring for a perfect beach vacation

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

As you’re frantically packing a years worth of clothes into your carry on bag for the up coming beach vacation, you might want to take a good look at what you really need. Over the years, I’ve gotten pretty good at this and with the help of my traveling daughters, we put together a list of must haves.Courtesy of

1. Two perfect bathing suits-You’ll be spending most of the day in these, so try them on before going. If you’re planning to surf or swim a lot, have one that the top doesn’t fall off! This goes for guys as well, not the top part but a suit that fits well for all beach activities. 2. A good pair of sunglasses-That doesn’t mean expensive, just ones that have dark lenses to protect your eyes from sunburning. 3. A light weight and colored beach cover-up or long sleeved shirt-I prefer light colors, they don’t get hot on the beach 4. Books or Kindle-the beauty of lying on the beach is you can catch up on the reading. Whether you’re a paper reader or electronic, it’s the perfect compliment to your tan. The Kindle is easier to read than the Ipad because of no back lighting. 5. A few different numbers of sunscreen-have at least a 15-30, face specific one in case you are worried about break-outs and lip balm. 6. coque samsung A brimmed hat-no matter what your skin type is, a hat will cool you down. 7. Pair of sandals-a pair that is comfortable to walk-in all day and can be worn at night. coque pas cher samsung

8. Night life duds-Keep it simple! For girls, a couple of sundresses or loose fitting skirts with tees shirts and two pairs of shorts. For guys, I suggest 2 pairs of shorts (other than the bathing suits), tee shirts and at least one collared shirt. achat coque samsung pas cher Wear comfortable clothes on the plane and bring along a light weight sweater or jacket for cool evenings. coque telephone samsung Pack an empty re-useable shopping bag to pack possible purchases for the return home.