5 Holiday Travel Tips You Must Use This Season

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Family Travel, Holidays, Travel

5 Holiday Travel Tips You Must Use This Season

This is the most wonderful time of the year. And one of the busiest in terms of family travel. And because of this, travelers have to take extra special care when flying, driving, or riding during the holidays. I’ve got a list of 5 Holiday Travel Tips You Must Use This Season. And believe me, they are going to come in handy: Holiday Travel Tip #5 | Ship Gifts and Items Beforehand Traveling with packages isn’t only expensive, but can be problematic, especially if your items don’t make it to your destination when you do. As a travel tip during the holidays, ship your gifts beforehand. It will save on time and money, and the likelihood that they will be there on time is increased. Services like UPS Ground are pretty reasonable, and will even pack and box up your things for you, taking out the stress of it all. Holiday Travel Tip #4 | Wear Layers When traveling during the holidays, you may experience different climates. Add to that getting through security, and it can be a hassle. Wearing layers and packing your coat can help speed up the travel process while making you comfortable. Wearing tights under jeans with a pair of boots is sensible for most fall and winter climates. Nix the coat and wear a sweater or top under a shrug or cardigan along with a scarf—all easy to remove (or keep on) while going through security. Holiday Travel Tip #3 | Pack Light Opt for clothing that can be rolled in your luggage, giving you more room to bring back items you may get while you are traveling. Body cons, tank tops, leggings, button downs, and tights can easily be rolled in suitcases, giving you maximum room. Holiday Travel Tip #2 | Keep Kids Busy There may be flight delays or lots of traffic while traveling. Make sure to bring a tablet or two for the kids and make sure it is charged before departing. Packing an extra extended battery also helps. If your tablet isn’t WIFI enabled, download movies and shows that your kid(s) enjoy before your trip so they can watch them anywhere without having a connection. Holiday Travel Tip #1 | Stay Informed Make sure that you have the app for your airline carrier installed on your device(s) to be able to keep up with flight delays and changes. You can also download traffic apps that can let you know about jams and alternate routes you can take to get to your destination. I hope you all have a great holiday travel season! You can also check out this post, Tips to Avoid Long Wait Times at the Airport for more hacks if you plan on air travel during the holidays....

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Check Out Eagle Ridge this Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Family Travel

Check Out Eagle Ridge this Thanksgiving

Don’t want to cook? Looking for something to do this Thanksgiving Holiday? Why not spend Thanksgiving at Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena, IL.! My love for Eagle Ridge Resort started this past summer when the boychild and I headed to the resort to have a little family time before he headed back to school. I loved everything about the resort from our own private house to the scenery, it was probably one of the most peaceful and relaxing trips I’ve ever been on. I’ve been dying to go back since it has gotten cold so I could see what else Eagle Ridge has to offer. With the holidays now upon us, now is the perfect time for you and your family to visit Eagle Ridge Resort. Here’s a list of all the activities they have going on this Thanksgiving. There’s No Place Like Home “Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and the 40th Anniversary of Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa this Thanksgiving! We all know, “There’s No Place Like Home,” but here at Eagle Ridge, we believe we can be your home away from home. Join us for our parade of endless culinary favorites and some that may spark new traditions.  Our home is ready, the tables are set, and the turkey is in the oven.  Be sure to reserve your spot on our parade route.” Thanksgiving Day Buffet Enjoy a delicious, plentiful Thanksgiving buffet in one of Eagle Ridge’s ballrooms that runs from 11 am – 5 pm. Savor traditional favorites like parmesan smashed potatoes with roasted garlic and clementine and salt crusted turkey breast with red eye gravy to more fanciful treats like slipper lobster with ruby grapefruit and avocado and fried bacon jam-wrapped with cotton candy. Thanksgiving Day Pilgrim Delivery Don’t feel like cooking, but don’t want to leave the comfort of your rental home? No problem! Let Eagle Ridge do all of the work this year with the Thanksgiving Day Pilgrim Delivery! Just place your order ahead of time and our Eagle Ridge pilgrims will deliver your entire meal between 12 pm and 5 pm. For reservations please call (815) 776.5066 Monday through Friday or (815) 776.5050 Saturday and Sunday. Thanksgiving Week Events Friday, November 28th – Santa’s Arrival and Workshops 12 pm (noon) – 1 pm: Build A Bear* 3 pm – 6 pm: Santa arrives with his elves. Hot chocolate and sugar cookies served in the courtyard. 3 pm: Santa arrives at the Eagle Ridge Inn with Mrs. Claus and his elves 3:30 pm: Santa Reads the Night Before Christmas in the courtyard (Weather permitting, otherwise we will move inside to the Galena Lobby) 4 pm – 5 pm: Build A Bear* 4 pm: Santa walks the children to Santa’s workshop (Galena Rooms) 4 pm – 6 pm: Children’s Workshops with cookie decorating workshop*, holiday picture frame workshop*, holiday door handle decorating workshop*,...

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Check Out the Samsung Galaxy Studio in SOHO

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Tech, Travel

Check Out the Samsung Galaxy Studio in SOHO

During a recent trip to New York, I wanted to check out some sights and scenes that I hadn’t previously uncovered whilst visiting. While walking with a friend from dinner in Little Italy, we came across the Samsung Galaxy Studio located in Soho. Being that I am an avid lover of technology and gadgets that can help improve out everyday life, I wanted to experience the the studio and see what it had to offer. Nestled on tre chic Prince Street between Broadway and Wooster (and almost across the street from the Soho Apple Store), the studio serves as a demonstration haven for all things Samsung Galaxy. You can try out the phones, wearables, and other technology. There’s also a cafe and an interactive play area for the kids. And each day, they have a free Samsung Galaxy Studio DIY craft you can make yourself with the assistance of the Galaxy Tablet. On the day I visited, I was able to make a personalized luggage tag. It was quite easy to do since I had the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on hand sent from Verizon. I was able to use the NFC on the device to send a photo from my phone to the tablet to make the luggage tag. I made a luggage tag while at the @Samsungtweets Samsung Galaxy Studio. Perfect for all of my travels 🙂 pic.twitter.com/iBWMaIa9Yw — Danyelle Little (@TheCubicleChick) November 16, 2014 The staff is wonderful and is able to answer all of your Samsung related questions. I love the vibe of the studio—it’s interactive, fun, trendy, and cool to hang out in. I really wish they had one in my area. We when we visited, it was about thirty minutes before they were due to close, so I didn’t get to see and do everything there was to partake in inside of the studio, but I do plan to go back when I am in New York City again. I had that much fun. It had a hip urban vibe and incredible energy. If you are ever in the Soho area while in New York, I urge you to visit the Samsung Galaxy Studio. Below are a few pictures from my...

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Tips For Traveling with the Elderly During the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Travel

Tips For Traveling with the Elderly During the Holidays

It’s that time of year, where people pack up and travel to spend the holidays with their loved ones. We often see tips for people traveling with children and pets but what about tips for those of us who are traveling with elderly family members. I love my grandmother and when we travel, I already know that I have to make her as comfortable as possible or she will complain the entire way there. She doesn’t really like to fly, so we usually travel by car or train. Maybe you have a loved one that hates to fly or maybe you have a elderly family member who is a complainer. Check out my tips for traveling with elderly family members this holiday season. Pick the mode of travel that is the quickest and easiest whenever possible: Again, my grandmother hates planes so whenever possible I travel by other means. If traveling by plane is unavoidable, I suggest upgrading to business or first class to give them as much room and space as possible. Elderly people like to be comfortable, so this will cost you a few extra dollars but it work like a charm. When flying, driving or taking the train bring blankets to keep them warm. Its often very cold on these modes of transportation so bring something to keep them warm. Don’t forget to pack all of their medication and print out a schedule before you leave. I suggest setting a reminder on your phone to ensure that they take their medicine on time and don’t forget to bring the water. It’s important to make sure that they have on comfortable loose fitting clothing, such as a jogging suit or dress and comfortable shoes. I also suggest bringing a pair of thick socks and perhaps a pair of well-cushioned house shoes. Bathroom Breaks-Elderly people generally have to go to the bathroom more so make sure to stop every so often so they can handle their business. If you are on on a plane, perhaps let them have the aisle seat or sit closer to the bathroom if this makes it easier for them to go. If your elderly relative is in to books, I suggest downloading a few of their favorite book or magazines to your kindle, iPad or tablet beforehand. Change the font to a bigger size if they have trouble reading small fonts. My grandmother loves to read her Bible when we go places. If that doesn’t work download a few of their favorite movies or shows, this along will keep them happy for a few hours. Also, try downloading their favorite games. My grandmother loves solitaire so I make sure she has it ready to play when she wants and don’t forget to bring them a pair of headphones. Last but not least, bring their favorite type of food or snacks. Again the name...

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