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Family Beach Holidays

Family beach holidays are always fun and, with the family tagging along, the fun element doubles. Just imagine what a great time you will have creating sand castles with your children or enjoying water activities with your partner. Family beach trips away are perfect for bonding with your family as you get to spend some great time with your loved ones. Beach breaks should be ideally arranged around the Summer time.

Family beach holidays are really in vogue these days. Many families hit the fashionable or out of the way beaches every summer like any one of the Central Coast beaches. If you really want to make the most of your beach trip, make sure you choose the right beach for your family. Some tips mentioned below will assist you in selecting that ideal beach destination.

If you are planning long strolls dragging your toes in the moist sand then make sure the beach that you select has sand which is made up of tiny, soft particles. Sand made of rough particles can mess up your holiday feel as well as making a mess of your feet and leave long red trails behind you if you drag them a bit too far.

If you would like more than just sun baking for your family beach holiday then watch out for beaches where you can take pleasure in the surf and somewhere with accommodation close at hand. At some family friendly surf beaches, you can also enjoy an array of water activities such as parasailing, paragliding, kayaking and even water skiing although attempting beach starts through the waves can be a bit difficult at times so maybe pick a non surf beach for that particular activity.

Make sure that you check the likely weather of the particular beach destination you are considering to visit as a beach with rain pouring onto it and wind beating up the waves with thunder and lightening along the distant coast, whilst spectacular, is really not all that good for sun baking. Beaches and sun go hand in hand so make sure that it’s going to be bright and sunny where you decide to go to do some sand sitting.

OK, so you have decided on your beach location and got yourself all organised and have arrived there. In summer don’t be stunned if you find it congested. In some parts of the world, if you want a bit of a relaxing time you’ll be advised to make a booking at a beach hotel. These places often their own restricted beaches exclusively for their guests. You get to loosen up fairly easily without the hustle and bustle of too many people around unless you like rubber necking all the good-looking people who also tend to patronize these sorts of places. If your budget does not allow you to go for the beach resorts then don’t worry, join he throng, search for a car spot, run across the hot road and bitumin and sand and then jump on your towel. With a little bit of earlier examination you can always find a beach which is not too over populated – unless you are looking for one on a Saturday or Sunday. If you are looking someplace like on the NSW Central Coast in Australia, you’ll be sure to find the perfect and non-crowded spot on one of the many beautiful beaches.

A beach holiday can be all about being lazy in the daytime and party hard after the sun goes down so be sure that the beach destination you decide on is close enough to night spots offering you some night time entertainment. Many beach destinations provide a great range of restaurants with live music which goes well with exotic trees, cocktails and brown bodies. Ah, those brown bods. A good day at beach and an even better night can make a beach holiday a good break. Hot days as well as hot nights. A great combination.

Don’t forget the fish. Beaches are normally pretty close to water and that tends to be where the fish and other marine type animals like to be. So if you want to explore the marine life then look at choosing beaches which have a place for a bit of skin diving or fishing.

All this beach talk has me looking forward to a few lazy summer nights on the Central Coast NSW in Australia on one of the great Central Coast beaches like Patonga Beach, Macmasters Beach or Avoca Beach. It’s the best place to go to for a weekend or to stay for a whole week with some of the most exquisite beaches in the world. Family seaside holidays are truly enjoyable for some great times with the entire family so head off and organize one this minute. You’ll be pleased that you did.

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The New Family Doctor

While Congress argues over how to reform the health care system, they agree on one thing: family practitioners should be the center. The plan is to create a “patient-centered medical home”. These homes would be run by general practitioners and would be the place people first went to for any medical needs. The family doctor would coordinate all the nurses, pharmacists, and specialists needed to care for the patient. In 2004, the US calculated that if everyone had a “patient-centered medical home”, we would save 5.6% or 64 billion dollars a year.

Today, patients don’t get to spend much time with their general practitioner as the doctors are forced to rush through patients only dealing with one issue at a time. This results in people going to specialists for issues that could be handled by a family doctor. Since physicians coordinate with each other very little, unnecessary costs often result. Additionally, emergency rooms are forced to treat minor illnesses because it is nearly impossible to get a last minute appointment at general practitioner.

The new “patient-centered medical home” is designed to help patients as much as it will keep costs low. Patients will have a central figure who can oversee their care and provide them with easy access. The plan is not controversial and a relatively easy way to organize the disarray of the current system that is wasting money.

Big companies are also supporting the plan. IBM is one of the most vocal advocates. The company ends up paying one month’s income on health benefits for employees annually. Along with 500 corporations, they started the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative to show that the plan will work.Four medical societies are supporting the plans, and several states are starting pilot programs. President Obama is also behind the initiative.

America is far behind the plan as only 27% of physician practices are close to qualifying as a medical home. By investing in this system, preventative care will be the focus. By having a physician know your case closely, they can detect problems before they get out of control. For example, if a patient is at risk for becoming diabetic, the doctor can identify the issue and help the patient make lifestyle changes to offset the diabetes.

Although the government is working to reduce the cost of health care, it is still expensive. Therefore, it is important you have a good health insurance plan to reduce your costs. For more information on health insurance, visit today.

Joseph Devine

The British Royal Family

The Royal Family, otherwise known as the British Monarchy has been ruling over the UK since 871 when King Alfred the Great was recognised as the first British Monarch or King of England. The current British Monarch stands as Queen Elizabeth II who has two main roles, one of which is official and one of which is unofficial. The official role is head of state, the unofficial role is head of the nation.

Head of state
This role is what gives the British Monarch the power to appoint Prime Ministers and approve legislation as well as bestow honours. On top of this they also have official roles to play in other organisations, which includes the Armed Forces and the Church of England.

Head of nation
The role of the British Monarch when it comes to the less official role of head of nation is when the British Monarch acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride. The role also includes providing a sense of stability and continuity. It is also within this role that the British Monarch recognises success and excellence and supports public and voluntary services.

Members of the Royal Family
When the Queen is however carrying out her duties she is supported by other working members of the Royal Family. They help with carrying out a wide range of public engagements and involvements with charities as well as personal interests. The Royal Family however is a large one and one that dates back years and years. Currently the Royal Family is made up of the Queen and her consort, The Duke of Edinburgh as well as the following:

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall who are The Queen’s eldest son and his second wife
Prince William of Wales and Prince Harry of Wales who are The Prince of Wales son’s
The Duke of York – The Queen’s second son
Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York – The Duke of York’s daughters
The Earl and Countess of Wessex who are The Queen’s third son and his wife
Viscount Severn, the Earl of Wessex’s son and Lady Louise Windsor, the Earl of Wessex’s daughter
The Princess Royal – The Queen’s daughter
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and The Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy who are the Queens cousins and their spouses.

Within the UK there is no strict legal or definition of who is considered to be a Royal Family member. However those who carry the titles HM – His or Her Majesty or HRM – His or Her Royal Highness are always considered members and all of the above have one of these titles.

The British Monarch – Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the British Royal Family and has reigned for 57 years. She is the 32nd great-granddaughter of King Alfred the Great who as I previously mentioned was the first effective King of England during the years of 871-899. She has four children and eight grandchildren and is 83 years old.

Queen Elizabeth II has broken several records. She has become the first reigning monarch to have been married for 60 years. In December 2007 she became the oldest reigning British Monarch and has even outlived her great, great grandmother Queen Victoria. Also in March 2007 Queen Elizabeth II become the 3rd longest reigning monarch in over 1,200 years of British history.

The Royal Family have been a part of the UK for hundreds of years and the British Monarchy also represents several other countries, making it one of the biggest monarchy’s in the world and the title of Queen or King of England will continue to be passed through the family for as long as the blood line continues.

Lisa Mills runs two websites, one selling baby gifts and the other promoting childrens gift ideas.

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Have a Family Picnic

How many of us remember the family picnic?

I have many fond memories of packing up a cold supper and going with my family, including aunts, uncles and cousins, for a family picnic by the lake. Sometimes we would barbecue hot dogs and hamburgers to go with the salads and cool desserts my mother had packed. Other times it was a cold supper, with cold meats and fried chicken pieces to eat alongside those wonderful salads.

Before supper we would play in the water, play games and get our appetites ready for delicious picnic food. After supper, we would relax, maybe play some cards and watch as the beautiful sunset amazed us yet again.

Times have changed and it seems we don’t always take the time to create those memories with our families. It’s an easy thing to do though.

Here are three easy recipes that will help to create a memorable picnic experience for your family. They are all easy to pack up in plastic containers with lockable lids. Just pop them into a cooler with some ice, take along some cold drinks and maybe a watermelon, the perennial hot weather refresher, and you have a fun day that family and friends will remember for a long time to come.

Peanut Crunch Slaw

2 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 cup finely cut celery
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
1/4 cup chopped cucumber
1/4 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Toss the cabbage and celery together and chill. Mix the sour cream, mayonnaise, salt, onion, green pepper and cucumber. Chill that mixture too. Just before serving, toss chilled vegetables with the dressing. Sprinkle the chopped nuts on top.

Makes 4 servings.

Sweet Potato Salad

4 orange sweet potatoes
1 small red pepper, seeded and diced
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 ribs celery, thinly sliced
2 green onions, sliced
1 – 8 ounce can pineapple chunks, drained
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted

Wrap each sweet potato in foil and bake for 1 hour at 400ºF until tender, or poke with a knife, wrap each potato in a paper towel and cook in the microwave for 5-6 minutes until soft.

Peel the sweet potatoes, then cut them into 3/4 inch chunks. Combine the mayonnaise and mustard in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the sweet potatoes, celery, red pepper, pineapple and green onions. Toss gently. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

Chill, covered, for 1 to 10 hours.

Just before serving fold in the pecans. The salad can be sprinkled with chopped chives for presentation if desired.

Serves 6

Three Fruit Fluff

1 cup crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup canned mandarin oranges, undrained
8 ounces strawberry yogurt
8 ounces whipped topping
1 small package white chocolate instant pudding mix
maraschino cherries or fresh strawberries (optional)

Combine the undrained pineapple and mandarin oranges, yogurt, whipped topping and dry pudding mix in a large bowl. Mix well. Chill, covered, until ready to serve.

Top each serving with a few maraschino cherries or a fresh strawberry.

Serves 6 to 8

Of course all of these recipes can be enjoyed anywhere and any time.

I hope though that they pique your interest in packing up and finding a great spot for a family picnic.

Don’t forget the frisbee!!

Karen Ciancio is a cook and a fan of all things cooking related. Her website contains recipes for all occasions, cooking tips, cooking measurement conversions and lots of kitchen ideas. Look for more great summer recipes here

Fun Family Phonics

There are many courses out there to teach phonics and it can be confusing trying to decide which one to go with. The problem is that not all phonics courses are created equally. Some phonics courses are overpriced, some lack good support material, some use rather shady business practices so that you can’t claim your refund, and the biggest problem with a lot of phonics courses is that they fail to make phonics fun.

This issue of having fun while learning phonics is absolutely critical. If your child sees phonics as boring and dull, then they will be hesitant to study it with you.

So how do you make phonics fun? That’s a big question that we faced at my school. On face value, phonics wouldn’t seem to lend itself to games that young children could play, but there are actually a lot of games that you can use to make phonics entertaining.

Newspaper search: This one is really easy to do. Let’s say you just learned a blend, like “sp”. You’d give your child a highlighter and see how many times they could find it in the newspaper within a minute. Use a timer (egg timer or a stopwatch) to make it more exciting.

Dance Dance Phonics: This one takes a little more setup. You probably don’t have many hula hoops lying around, but one thing I used to do was say a sound like “buh buh”, then children would jump to the circle with the “B” in it. And if I said “duh duh” then they’d jump to the circle with the “D” in it. Sometimes I’d say a sound that wasn’t actually in one of the hoops to catch if they were listening or not.

Scrabble Tiles: This can work two ways. One way is to take a few consonants and vowels out then allow your child to arrange them and then you pronounce the word for them. Kids really enjoy seeing what kind of sounds come together. Or, alternatively, you can have a word written on a flashcard, say the word, and see if they can spell it correctly. If you’re teaching phonics and have a big group of kids, you can pour out the bag of letter tiles and see which team can correctly spell the word the fastest.

My Story: Have children draw pictures based on their life and then you write simple sentences underneath the picture that describe what is happening. This keeps the reading material relevant to their lives while teaching reading and writing skills (you can ask the children to trace over the sentence in a different colour).

These are just a few games to enjoy fun family phonics. Learning phonics and reading skills is critical and I hope you try some of these games out and have fun doing it!

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Family Memories Scrapbook

You are ready to make a family memories scrapbook and you do not know where to start. This will be a special scrapbook if you take the time to arrange the items you want to include together in some type of order. Do you want to have pages for the grandparents and the aunts and uncles? Or are you thinking more along the line of using special times spent together such as birthday parties, weddings, holidays and vacations? Whatever way you decide to arrange your pages, it is a good idea to put everything you want to use in your family memories scrapbook together before you start.

The Arrangement is up to You

For going back into ancestors in your family, you may want to make copies of some of their photos. This will keep the originals in good shape and you will still have a photo for your scrapbook. Some of these pictures are very old and the daughter or son who has them may not want to part with them. So copying them is one way of having the photos for your design and allowing them to keep the original.

The family memories may start with the relative of your choice. If it is your great-great-great grandmother and grandfather, that is fine. Someone may have a picture of their wedding or a photo of their family after their children were born. These are the types you want to place in your scrapbook. Write in anyone you do not have a picture of and if you are good at sketching, you may want to sketch their likeness from a description from one of your relatives.

Work your way down the line to your children’s grandparents and aunts and uncles. This is where you will have more to work with because of the increase in the number of photos taken in recent years compared to 70 or 80 years ago. The pages can reflect all the special occasions as well as just family time spent together. For instance, a backyard picnic is a time that you will want to remember when the whole family was together.


There are all types of embellishments that may be purchased today to add to the pages. Even the ones of your ancestors from many years ago can be embellished using things you can find on the Internet if you cannot find them anywhere else. If for instance, a relative was in the Civil War, find a picture depicting this war and copy it for your scrapbook. Using the computer you can even replicate the color these old photos would be if they were real.

Copies of newspapers that were from the era of the relative’s time are another great way of adding interest to your scrapbook. A replicated post card from another era is also a great way to add to the scrapbook and make the page especially for the person who is being featured on the page.

If you take your time and think about every page before you put the scrapbook together, the finished project will be a great tribute to the family memories scrapbook. There are so many you may have to make more than one.

Tracy Ballisager provide info on babyscrapbooking tips online.See her website for Family-Reunion-Scrapbook layouts and more

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Our Latest Family Time

It is just really fun to spend time with our love ones. I always look forward to it once a week. and so with my husband Jeff. Taking time being with each other every once in a while makes our relationship stronger. It doesn’t matter where and how we celebrate it, whether at home or in a park as long as we are together, it makes a difference. It feels so so so good knowing that my husband and I with our little angel Mac never forgets that family is the most important thing in life not money. Some photos are below taken during our family time:

During the 16th birthday of Cameron, our nephew.

At Boston Market while having our late lunch

My husband has been working out at the gym every week nights. He is just so determined to maintain his body health and figure. Sometimes I even ask him to skip working out but he always refused. I can’t believe how disciplined my husband is when it comes to something he wants to do. Aside from regular exercise, he does strict diet too, which I couldn’t do. We are totally opposite on diet and exercise thing kinda.

Months ago before I got pregnant and before I gave birth to our first baby, I use to work out with him. My husband helped and encourage me to go to the gym and I did really enjoyed those times. Aside from spending time together, we both like doing something productive to our body health. In fact, I went to the gym still the night before I delivered our baby. I loved going to the gym, those equipments are just great and very effective to everybody who uses it. I have seen gym members where we workout who exercise couple times a week and I can tell how physically fit they are.

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My name is Vicy. I am married to a wonderful man and a mom of a baby girl. They are my joy and my inspiration. They are the reason why I continue to breath, to smile, to laugh, to cry, to dream and to live. They are my angels. I am very proud of my family.

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Family-Type Condominiums

According to many Filipinos, condominiums have become one of the most popular and in-demand types of housing in the Philippines. Part of the reason is because of its many benefits, particularly its location in which most of these types of housing are found in business and commercial districts.

However, other than those types of condominiums, there are also a number of new condominiums which are found in a more peaceful and relaxing location, such as in the outskirts or in the provinces. These types of condo in Philippines are known as condominium complexes.

A Condominium for the Family
Condominiums are some of the most popular types of housing in the Philippines today according to many real estate experts as well as Filipinos. The advantage of living within walking distance is said to be the main reason why these types of housings gained a lot of popularity in the Philippines,

However, the main disadvantage of these types of condo in Philippines is also because of its location, which is believed to be unsuitable for a growing Filipino family. Because these types of housing are found in the heart of some of the busiest districts in the Philippines, many Filipino families found these unsuitable for their growing children.

Another major disadvantage of these condominiums is the lack of facilities in which growing children needed such as wide open spaces, parks, as well as playgrounds. Because of this, a new type of condominium was introduced in the market. These new types of condos are known as condominium complexes.

Family-Oriented Environment
The main reason why condominium complexes became popular among many Filipino families is their locations, which are mostly found in the outskirts or in the provinces. Because of its location, these types of condominiums can offer their residents a pace and relaxation which is rarely found in the city, even for the many condominiums in the city.

Other than its family-oriented environment, condominiums are also known for its wide open spaces, though normally used as parking lots. However, the main reason why condominium complexes became popular for many modern Filipino families is its amenities.

Condominium complexes are known to offer their residents amenities which add to the luxury and modernity of these types of condominiums. Amenities include swimming pools, gyms, recreational parks, playgrounds, as well as a full-sized sports complex complete with basketball courts, tennis courts, as well as volleyball courts.

The disadvantage of these types of condo in Philippines is with its location, which is found far from business and commercial districts. Because of this, residents found it harder to get back to their work compared to living in a condominium in the city.For more information visit to our site at

Samuel Caballero is a business entrepreneur from Davao City Philippines.He’s now based in california and writes in his spare time for various articles including

Full Family Dental Care With a Family Dentist

Most people will agree that a toothache is one of the most uncomfortable and painful things a person will go through in their lifetime. It can effect how you sleep, eat, work and even just how you are able to function on a daily basis. Sadly, many people are suffering through this pain for no reason at all though simply because they don’t believe they can afford to get the dental work done that they need. A problem like this will not go away on its own and will only start to get worse as more time passes by. This is why it is important to get family dental care for everyone in your household to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place.

A family dentist can provide everyone in your family, no matter their age, with great dental care that is close to home. They usually accept a wide variety of insurances and most even offer financing plans for more complicated and expensive procedures. Knowing this, there is absolutely no excuse for not getting the appropriate dental care your whole family needs.

Many people have a strong fear of going to the dentist because they automatically assume every problem will require a painful and lengthy procedure. Once you have visited your dentist, however, you will find out that they can use the tools and equipment they have to quickly diagnose the problems and give you a list of available options for treatment.

Sometimes you only need something as simple as a new filling but you won’t know unless you go in to have your teeth looked at. A consultation can provide a great deal of insight into what kind of dental care you are in need of.

For cosmetic procedures you might find yourself quite surprised that many family dentists can do teeth whiting and other cosmetic work right in their own office with the need to refer you to someone else.

If this is more along the lines of the work you are looking for than you should look into the payment plans and financing that are available. Most places can set you up to get the work you want while you pay payments on it over several months.

Most of the steps that need to be taken to apply for financing are done by the dental office. The most you will have to do is fill out a short application and give it to someone that works in the office. They will usually call in to the finance company they are using and give them all of your information. In most cases a decision can be returned to you within a few minutes and you can go ahead and begin the process of getting the work you want done started on.

As you can see, dentists office are a lot more high tech than they used to be. Most dentists can perform just about any procedure you could need or want in their own office without having to sending you to a specialized clinic hours away from where you live. The least you can do is call or stop by an office in your area to inquire about all the services they can offer to you and your entire family.

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Afraid That Fumes from Defective Drywalls are Sickening Your Families and Ruining your Investments, Chinese Drywall Remediation is a Solution for it!

Chinese Drywall is being blamed  for significant property damage, including damage to HVAC systems, smoke detectors, electrical wiring, metal plumbing components, and other household appliances. The gases from defective drywall produce a sulfurous odor that permeates homes, and cause metals, including air conditioning coils and even jewelry, to corrode.

Chinese drywall also known as defective drywall or Reactive Drywall is an open eye  incubus, that is a danger to not only ones property but also to ones health. This nightmare  began in early 2001 and peaked when the domestic supply could not keep up with the demand caused by the housing boom and Hurricane Katrina. It is estimated that in 2006, more than 550 million pounds of drywall were imported from China from which identifying Chinese drywall was found  in seventeen to twenty different markings or stamps identifying. This defective drywall emits highly reactive gases that are absorbed by porous materials. This means most construction materials used in building your home including personal belongings such as furniture are saturated with these gases.

The number of homes affected varies widely according to the information source. A range from 100,000 to 500,000 was estimated of affected homes. The greatest amount of defective drywall was installed in Florida and Louisiana with upwards of 75% of the reactive drywall used in Florida alone. Problematic drywall has also been reported in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Maryland, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, Wisconsin and Wyoming as of this writing. More states are likely to join this list in the future.

But fortunately a way out has been found out  to stop this disasters from ruining your houses and appliances, i.e. Chinese Drywall Remediation. Surely it seems quite painful method but it can save you from a lot more. Not knowing the status of your home may cost you big money, not to mention potential safety and health hazards. Thus,  Chinese drywall remediation is a good option.

Remember, a true remediation process must remove the contaminating source and remove all absorbent materials of these toxic elements. Homeowners also need to understand that the Chinese drywall  remediation protocol by BESI  is an interim guidance as it was developed with no clear standards. Actually the work group Defective Drywall in America and the Building Envelope Science Institute – BESI embarked on a mission to produce a cost effective and certifiable process that was scientifically sound that would implement enough controls to properly re-mediate buildings with defective drywall thus, there are many items that were not addressed by the CPSC which may need to be replaced, such as air conditioners, in built microwave ovens etc to provide you with the best have studied all aspects of Chinese Drywall and for this reason only as per to meet your needs we have been certified by the institute to perform Chinese Drywall remediation. If you are a homeowners, commercial building owner, investor or lender seeking remediation we would welcome the opportunity to show you the innovative techniques and exclusive products that make our remediation so effective. Our expertise in construction and BESI’s protocol makes us your best choice when its time to remediate your property.

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