Tuesday, December 27, 2016

17 Spots You Need To Visit In 2017

"In 2017, I want to travel more." Does that sound familiar? When it comes to resolutions, traveling seems to be a popular one, and rightfully so. As humans, we have the urge to be curious and explore. But where do you start? Start by exploring these options and see what springs off of those to get your travel list started!

1. Flagstaff, Arizona

Flaggstaff
Being a total college town, make sure you visit within the typical school year. With the old architecture and mountains surrounding the town, this is the perfect getaway from the city.

2. Portland, Oregon

Portland

If you like local joints, you will love all of Portland. They thrive off of local businesses, which range anywhere from coffee shops and pizza joints to original bars and boutiques. Bonus: No sales tax here, so prepare your wallet to do some shopping.

3. Seattle, Washington


Seattle
The city on top of a city is popular among college students because of the easygoing bars and the infamous Pike Place market. Cheap and original treasures can be found here. Oh, and the first Starbucks originated here… Need I say more?

4. San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio
It is like a mini Mexican get-away, but still has the roots of the U.S. attached. The river walk is perfect for a night out because it is filled with rowdy bars and speakeasy lounges. Don’t forget to get your history on and visit the alimony!

5. Peru

Peru
Hello?! Fresh ceviche every day! Their cuisine is reason enough to go. Peru is a definite seafood lover's go-to spot. Their water sport activities can be pretty enticing as well.

6. Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville
A more inexpensive travel destination than most, Nashville is known as the "Music City." Home of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame, you are sure to get a good dose of musical history while visiting here. If you go in the winter time, all of their streets are lit up with holiday lights and decorations. It’s quite a sight.

7. San Francisco, California

san fran
A coastal city that will show you the finer things in life. Their lifestyle is one-of-a-kind that can only be experienced. Their diverse culture and extravagant shopping separate itself from other cities. Bring your walking shoes though, because there is no getting around those hills.

8. Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco
Sunset dinners and jungle adventures await here. Want to feel like you are part of the wild? Costa Rica has a ton of outdoor activities for all ages. Zip-lining through the rainforest, rappelling down waterfalls and dipping your toes in the black sand beaches are just a few of the activities they have there.

9. Bloomington, Minnesota

mall of america
Shopping capital of the nation. Not really, but they do have the biggest mall in America. Bloomington is right on the edge of twin cities. Known for their outdoor fun, St. Paul and Minneapolis host a lot of festivals and parades for various communities and events.

10. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas
Everyone should visit the city of sin at least once. This is the place where all your hometown rules are broken, and a life of luxury experiences await you. The Bellagio fountains are ranked as one of the top free visitor spots in the nation, so be sure to check those out!

11. Cancun, Mexico

cancun
White sandy beaches, tropical vibes, and pure relaxation sit upon the coast of Cancun. This is a popular choice for travelers venturing into Mexican territory. This is the ultimate spring break experience with no off-season. Sun-bathing occurs here year round!

12. New Orleans, Louisiana

new orleans
I STRONGLY suggest coming here for Mardi Gras. It is your one-stop, nonstop, party spot. Attending Mardi Gras in New Orleans should definitely be a resolution somewhere down the line. Not into partying? That’s perfectly fine. You can partake in other activities, like how to peel a crawfish or listen to live jazz music at The Square.

13. Frisco, Colorado

frisco
Frisco is the cutest little town in the Mountain Time region. There are tons of nature activities to take part in, as well as locally owned boutiques and bars down Main Street. The whole city is surrounded by mountains, making skiing, hiking and biking some of their most popular activities.

14. Boca Raton, Florida

boca raton
The Atlantic Ocean in this particular area is extremely warm. Even in the spring and fall, the water feels like bath water. The climate can be highly humid, but this cute suburb will get you away from the city and in with the locals. Experience Florida the native way.

15. Redwood National & State park, California

REdwood
Seriously, the tallest trees you will ever lay your eyes on. The Redwoods are over 100 years old with trunks the size of an SUV. Hiking, scenic drives and camping are all part of the festivities that take place here. Go and wander about the trunks of the trees and get lost in the pine.

16. Mitchell, South Dakota

Honestly, there is not much to see here but, if you’re close enough, it might not be a bad drive. Mitchell has a palace made entirely out of corn. It’s a quirky landmark but could make do for a spontaneous road trip destination.

17. Four Corners, CO, AZ, UT, NM

4 corners
Who said you can’t be in four places at once? This is a prime photo opportunity since there is not much else to do in this area. There is a local market set up around the perimeter of the states. They sell anything from healing crystals to keychains.
Get your notebook ready and start making your travel list for 2017!

Monday, December 19, 2016

7 Traveling Tips To Keep You Sane Through The Holidays

There's no time like the holidays because the holidays are crazy and in turn, make you crazy. It might be the giving time of year, but it is also the busiest time of the year. People are coming and going in all different directions, which can cause a little more than chaos in the airport. There are long lines, weather delays and little missteps along the way. Avoid as much of the turmoil as possible by following these airport holiday tips to ensure smooth sailing:

1) Be at the airport two hours in advance

Check-in
Look at this as a rule and not a guideline. Most people try to skate by with an hour left to boarding and expect to get to their gate on time. Long lines and inexperienced travelers will be frequently encountered during the holidays, causing undue stress. It is worth packing up a little earlier to avoid the anarchy.

2) Use your phone for your boarding pass

Mobile
Smart phones are a miracle in disguise for traveling. Use your passbook so you’re not shuffling papers around. Keeping everything in one spot will help keep you from losing your damn mind.

3) Use airport TVs to charge your phone

TV Charger
Desperate times call for desperate measures. If there are no open outlets available, most screens will have a USB port ready for you to juice up with. BONUS: These are usually in prime seating areas.

4) Take immune system boosting medicines

immune system
Medicines such as Emergen-C and Airborne help with strengthening your immune system. Planes are enclosed pieces of machinery, so you are not going anywhere and neither are those germs. Protect yourself by preparing with prevention! Don’t forget to take some along with you for the way home too!

5) Be present at the TSA checkpoint

TSA
When it is your turn to get your ID or bag checked, be present in the moment. Pay attention. Drop your conversation for the five minutes it’ll take you to get x-rayed. Have your ID ready, prepare to take out all of your electronics, take your shoes off, and have your liquids out in a Ziploc bag. You may be in a hurry, but appear to be patient and the agents might work with you.

6) Take advantage of delayed or canceled flights

airport host
This is the time to bat those long eyelashes or use that charm. You need to get to your destination but clearly, that’s not happening right now. The ticketing booth is bombarded with angry customers. If you’re looking for a little bit of an upgrade, this would be a good time to ask, in the nicest way possible. “I have a middle seat and I was wondering if I could get that changed to a window or an aisle seat?” There might’ve been some cancellations and they could bump you up to premium or first class just because you were the first nice person they had seen in a while.

7) Don’t put wrapped gifts in your carry on

packing
TSA might have to unwrap the gift if anything suspicious pops up. Buy wrapping materials when you get to your destination to make sure nosey little elves don't get their hands on your presents.
Happy holidays and safe travels!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Workouts That Suit You Best Based On Your Zodiac Sign

We look to our horoscopes for predictions on life, love and sometimes, even financials. But what about fitness?
Ever wonder why you always seemed to be one beat off in Zumba? Or why you could never master Triangle pose? Believe it or not, I think the stars might have some say in those matters, too. Our horoscopes tell us who we're compatible with, but our Zodiac can also tell us which types of exercises work for our personality and goals!
See which workout is recommended for you below, according to astrologer Victoria Dawson Hoff:

Aries (March 21- April 19): Kickboxing

Kickboxing
Aries, you are a brave individual and ready to take charge in any situation. When it comes to fight or flight, flight is not an option. Prepare yourself and conquer your goals through a kickboxing class. Kickboxing will allow you to be in control of your impulsive actions. Discipline yourself by teaching yourself to think twice before you act. You are a competitive one, Aries but only with yourself. Track your progress and see amazing results.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20): Barre

Barre
Taurus, intense exercises turn you off. You want to workout, but not have to feel like you are. Getting in touch with your sensual side in a barre class would be in your best interest. A class like this can be challenging because you are isolating certain parts of your body, creating a longer and leaner you. You are determined Taurus, and never give up. Barre is also an exclusive class, and who's to stop you from enjoying the finer things in life?

Gemini (May 21 - June 20): Pilates

Pilates
Gemini, you are always on the go. I know you love those intense workouts, but a class that forces you to slow down a bit and gets in tune with your body will be a more beneficial workout. You're not one to spend hours at the gym because you have so many other things to do! Try a pilates class. They vary their workouts but focus on core movements. These classes will help remind yourself that gym time is YOUR time. Classes are only about an hour so that you will be in and out, and onto your next task!

Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Rock Climbing

Indoor rockcliming
Cancer, you are a great big softie on the inside, but you have a tough exterior. Your willingness to take care of others is your strongest attribute. Compliment that with a shoulder workout in rock climbing. Then you can be there for your loved ones emotionally and physically! A good shoulder workout will reduce some stress in your upper back, which might help with those mood swings that sneak up on you! Keep yourself out of conflict by taking those emotions out on the rocks and not others.

Leo (July 23 - August 22): Zumba

Zumba
Leo, you thrive in social settings! So exercise classes with a variety of music will be your best workout option. You'll probably in the front row adding your little flair to all the moves. You want to see what the instructor is doing as well as the class. Zumba is your top option because it does not even feel like a workout to you — it's purely fun! Oh, and don’t forget your highlighter leggings, Leo.

Virgo (August 23 - September 22): Yoga

Yoga
Virgo, your greatest pet peeve is when people tell you to relax. As a smart and practical Virgo, you know how to relax on your own which is why Yoga would be a gratifying experience for you. Your lower back is your strongest attribute, so use it to your advantage and master some floor exercises. Yoga is a beautiful practice with extreme amounts of discipline. Be careful not to make it a competition. It’s yoga practice, not yoga perfect. For an added burn, try Hot Yoga.

Libra (September 23 - October 22): Squash

Squash
Libra, you are fair and balanced. Utilize your strengths in a game of squash. Being the social butterfly that you are, finding a playmate won't be a problem. You like things to be orderly, so loosen up by doing something you don’t have as much control over. The most gracious of the signs, you'll be able to dominate the quart without tripping over your feet and feel rejuvenated afterward.

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21): Running Laps

Track
Scorpio, "you get out of it, what you put in it," is what you tell yourself for motivation. Laps are for you. Whether it is swimming, running or even lunges, you like to do multiples of the same thing and see how far your energy will take you. Your passionate personality drives your determination to finish your workout and even do a victory lap at the end. Work out in the morning to keep that adrenaline pumping through you all day!

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21): Instagram Workouts

Girl fitness
Sagittarius is typically on the hunt for big ideas and new experiences. Instagram workouts are inspiring to you, so why not give them a shot? The idea of trying something off the beaten path excites you. Your own natural rhythm will inspire you, plus you don’t mind a little attention in attempting workouts most stay away from. There's not a routine you wouldn't try!

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19): Stretching

Stretching
Capricorn, you're calm, cool and collected. You don’t need to show off with an excellent workout. You’re perfectly fine on the ground, getting those muscles relaxed. Stretching is the substantial portion of allowing yourself to be a more flexible being. Allowing your body to change naturally helps mold your mind to do the same thing. Not everything has to be so structured. Driven to succeed, you will meet your goals at your own pace.

Aquarius (January 20- February 18): Partner Workouts

Partner
Aquarius your instinct to lend a helping hand inspires partner workouts. Your quirky personality allows you to be yourself in the gym and not care what other people think about what you are doing. You are extremely independent, and the world knows it. Show off your collaboration skills with partner workouts! Be sure to change up the exercises because we are all aware you don’t like doing the same thing twice. Bonus: A compatible gym workout buddy could be a Gemini or a Libra.

Pisces (February 19 - March 20): Sauna Sweating

Sauna
Pisces, your sensitivity and compassion keep your mind where it wants to be, not where it should be. It’s rare we catch you checking in with the real world since you are always looking for an escape. You keep your head full of ideas and dreams, and that's wonderful, but keep yourself grounded with a nice sweat in the sauna room. A Sauna will help bring you down from the clouds and focus more on what is going on around you. As an introvert, you don't mind the peace either.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

12 Reasons It's OK To Be Single During The Holidays

"Seeing anyone special lately?" 
Yes Grandma, their name is cabernet
Don't stress, feel blessed! Cuffing season is among you but that's no reason to feel down about your relationship status. There are many reasons why being single throughout the holiday season is 110 percent acceptable... 

1) You don't have to share your holiday treats.

You do not have to face the pressure of sharing your box of Ferrero Rocher Fine Hazelnut Chocolates. They are all yours.
Heaven

2) You also don't have to share your holiday drinks.

Lit

3) You get to watch “12 Dates of Christmas” as many times as you want

It's Netflix’s way of saying “We’ve got your back, we’re not going anywhere.”

4) You don't have to buy a significant other some sort of lavish gift.

You just saved a bunch of money on Christmas gifts by switching to single.
Walmart Single

5) You can take the money you save from buying a significant other a gift and buy yourself a gift.

On Dasher

6) Cuddling is overrated.

You know what no one ever complains about? Having the whole bed to themselves.

Sleeping Alone

7) You can listen to as much or as little holiday music as you like.

No need to accommodate anyone's Christmas spirit.

Christmas music

8) You can sit back and enjoy the Christmas themed Tinder pick-up lines.

"Shouldn't you be sitting on top of the tree, angel?" Yikes.

Tinder


9) You only have to worry about accommodating one schedule.

It's ME o'clock.

Star

10) You have complete say over what type of holiday card you are going to send.

Hopeless

11) You can do more important things this holiday season.

Like lay around in your Rudolph onesie, stalking people on Instagram, and drinking eggnog.

Stalking

12) Get in shape... Or don't.

It’s sweater season. No one can tell anyway.
Wine Workout
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