Long weekend vacations

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Good morning Loves.  It’s already the middle of August and soon we’ll be celebrating Labor Day.  Before we know it summer will be over.  If you’re like me you love summer and you try to soak up every last ray over the warm months.  I live in the north east so unlike my friends out in sunny California we don’t get to see the sunshine and warm weather all year round.  Since there are only a few weeks left of summer I for one plan to take advantage of every last minute.

There is something fun about planning a trip in advance and having something to look forward to over the next few weeks.  However, there is something very exciting about booking a last minute trip for an extra long weekend, packing your bags and jumping in your car or hopping on a plane.  Am I right?

Living on the east coast puts me in close range of several great cities such as Boston, New York City and Burlington, Vermont.  There are also some cities on the east coast that I have yet to visit but hope to get to soon such as Washington, D.C., Charleston, South Carolina and anywhere in Connecticut.  I’m not sure why I want to go to Connecticut, but it just looks so great on T.V. and by T.V. I mean on Gilmore Girls.

Where would you go for a last minute vacation?

Here are three places I would love to spend a long weekend:

Boston, MA

Boston Aquarium 3There are so many great things to do in Boston.  It’s the perfect combination of historic America and a modern big city.  The buildings are old, it’s on the coast and the residents are extremely patriotic.  The vibe in Boston is very laid back – maybe it has something to do with all the water, churches and green spaces.  Everywhere you turn in Boston there is a church and they are all old and gorgeous.

Some of my favorite things to do in Boston are visit the New England Aquarium, walk along the harbor front and of course eat mac and cheese at the Quincy Market.  I love walking the streets of Boston and listening to people have conversations – you know I’m a sucker for a man with an accent.

New York City

IMG_0375I absolutely love NYC and I try to visit as often as I can until I move there someday, hopefully someday soon.  You can visit NYC several times a year and never see the same thing.  There are so many different places to stay, so many vibrant neighborhoods to visit and so many great restaurants to eat at that it’s like taking a new vacation every time you go.

My favorite places to visit in NYC are Central Park, downtown including the financial district, Little Italy and Canal Street, the upper west side and the American Museum of Natural History.

Burlington, VT

Vermont 2If you want a quiet, relaxing long weekend then head to Vermont.  Burlington is the cutest little city I ever did see and it’s full of small town charm.  It’s quaint and it’s the perfect place to relax in a wood cabin or stay at a four star spa.

The shopping in South Burlington is great and it has all the stable stores you’ll need to finish off your weekend getaway with a little retail therapy.

Savings by a Frugal at Nordstrom Fashion Sale

In the current economy, every penny you save is very welcome and though some people have taken to cutting back on their expenditure to save money, it’s clear that fashionable clothes still feature in the budgets of many. The one place that many people shop for high end fashion is Nordstrom as it stays ahead of trends, has variety and most importantly the Nordstrom promotion codes allow customers to save so much on different products.

This store caters for everyone as they carry tons of brands for men, women as well as kids. They sell clothes, shoes, cosmetics, and jewelry and fashion accessories amongst other things making it a one stop shop for everyone. Being an online shop, one is able to buy anything at any hour of the day which is great given that people’s schedules are getting busier by the day. Just like coupons save you money in the grocery store, you can use Nordstrom coupon codes to get discounts and shop some more for the latest fashions.

For you to lay your hands on these coupons codes, you first need to register for email alerts from Nordstrom’s online retailer. You can also subscribe for the store’s catalog, leaflets and adverts and ensure you read them so as to get the codes before they expire. The stores usually email about discount coupons, sales and activities and you can actually print the coupons and use them at several stores.

Those who prefer online shopping also get coupon codes which they can use but you need to be careful and ensure you read the conditions that they come with since some require you to purchase a certain minimum while some stores may not accept the use of multiple coupons. Because of the different conditions that different stores impose, it’s important for you to learn the ins and outs of using coupons so as to make the most out of it. E.g. in the case where multiple coupons are not accepted, you need to know how to use the shopping cart wisely.

To further save with Nordstrom, you can sign up for their debit or credit card and gain points which you can redeem every time you purchase. Keep your eyes open for sales, special days and appearance as this is when you get great discounts for really amazing things. The points awarded to your card equal Nordstrom money allowing you to purchase what you want of course depending with the amount of your points. However, to make the most of these points, wait for triple and double point days and walk away with a basketful of goodies.

Liking Nordstrom Facebook page will also bring you inside the loop so that you know what is happening and where you need to be to cash in on the discounts. That said, always read all your coupon codes in advance as this will help you know what to buy when and also helps you plan your budget more effectively. Patience is also key if you are going to score big as you will need to wait for those special days while piling up the necessary codes.

How Curtain Poles Can Enhance The Look Of Your Home’s Interior

There are many small exciting ways to enhance your home’s interior, and it is not necessary to spend a fortune. As windows act as a main focal point, installing new curtain poles to enhance the look of a room is an excellent plan.

Generally speaking, people do not consider the importance and value of this great fitting. Curtain poles are not only functional accessories, they are also ornamental pieces that can drastically improve your home’s interior. In fact, a popular article featured in Yahoo News states that: “curtain poles are the best accessories to any window in your home”. Not only do they make a striking impact on the way the room looks, they can also highlight your choice of curtains.
There is a fantastic choice of different designs, colours and finishes, as well as a broad range of shapes and lengths to suit all window sizes. Some of the best sellers include: stainless steel, brass, copper, and black nickel. Mahogany, pine, oak and beech wood is another option, and it can be either natural or tinted. When deciding on the best option, always consider the style of your curtains; and the decor and furnishings. What colour are they, are they ultra modern, or more classic, or are they vintage or rustic?
The wooden pole variety are bold and full of character, and give off a classical eco-friendly ambiance. On the other hand, metal poles give off a more ultra modern, artistic contemporary appeal. Both forms are ideal if you are fitting heavy curtains that need a strong support.
End caps are fitted on to each end of the pole in order to prevent the curtains from slipping off. As they are visible, they are treated as an artistic element, and there are some fabulous beautiful designs to enjoy.
In summary, it is wonderful that just by changing your curtain poles, you can add an eye catching attraction to your room that will sum up your own special style and personality, for all your family and friends to enjoy.

Why is Kim Kardashian so successful?

why is kim kardashian so successful

Good morning Loves.  If there is one thing that I really hate in this world it’s snotty little rich kids who have everything handed to them.  Maybe it’s a little bit of jealousy and a whole lot of envy, but I just can’t stand people who have everything in life served to them on a silver platter.  However at the same time I can’t get enough of watching their lives.  I was obsessed with the TV show Gossip Girl and I religiously watch The Real Housewives.  But one show that I just can’t get into is Keeping up with the Kardashians.

What does it take to be a success?

Every time I see a preview for Keeping up with the Kardashians on the E! network I think to myself, what is this show about? I honestly don’t care about what happens in the lives of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney or any of the other Jenner/Kardashian family members.  However everywhere I turn all I see is one of the Kardashian kids promoting their products.

As far as I know none of the Kardashian’s graduated from college and none of them have a business degree.  So how is it possible that they have a multi-million dollar empire?  I have seen clothing line deals with the retail chain Sears, nail polish deals with OPI, their own clothing store named Dash and most recently a brand new “day in the life” app where people can actually live a day in the life of Kim Kardashian.  Yes that’s right people can actually download an app on their Smartphone and make the daily choices that Mrs. Kim herself would make.

Why am I working so hard every day?

What does this see about America?  It says that uneducated people who have pretty faces, hot bodies and are always at the forefront of every Hollywood scandal can become rich and famous.  It says that people can make boat loads of money without even working for it.

I personally don’t think the Kardashians should be famous and they definitely shouldn’t be rich either.  They are poor role models that tell young girls all they have to do is wear tight clothes and make sex tapes if they want to be famous.

Take a peek through the looking glass

However just to play devil’s advocate let’s just look at the other side of things.  Let’s take the exact same information: no education, no specific talent and a pretty face and look at it from a different angle.  The Kardashians have taken their good looks and turned them into an international brand with product lines and endorsement deals.  They have also squirmed into the social circles of Hollywood’s elite to marry successful athletes and famous singers.

Kim Kardashian may have first been discovered as a teen because of her infamous sex tape, but now she is a very rich woman, wife and mother who has created an empire solely out of her name.  Her brand is herself.  She doesn’t have a specialty, she doesn’t give advice and she isn’t actually qualified to do anything.  However she’s made a fortune.  So here’s the question: is Kim Kardashian just another spoiled brat living off her parents money or is she truly a smart business woman?

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