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(NAPSI)—Good news for travelers: As more and more families are discovering, vacation rentals can offer twice the space at half the price of a hotel room and are easier to book now than ever. That may be one reason, according to the global travel market firm PhoCusWright, online bookings of vacation rentals increased from 12 percent in 2007 to 24 percent in 2012.
(NAPSI)—Ever considered an aesthetic treatment like Botox or laser hair removal, but were nervous because you didn’t know what to expect? A great way to enjoy cosmetic treatments and build your confidence is to go with a friend. Just like shopping, working out or dieting, it’s always better with a buddy.
On Sunday, we honored our mothers. We thanked these women for making us who we are today, for sacrificing so much to help us succeed. It’s an important day that means so much more to me now in these last few years since becoming a mother.
Dark thoughts consumed her mind. She thought of her family and saw an alcoholic and abusive father, her silent, beaten down mother, and imprisoned brothers. She looked at herself and saw an 18-year-old girl in a destructive relationship and a dropout who was barely making ends meat.
Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, it can only mean one thing -- spring has sprung. May 9, which is National Public Gardens Day, is an ideal time to celebrate the warmer weather and visit a local garden.
My daughter is going to prom this weekend. She has everything she needs: a dress, heels and a hair appointment. She is going with is a young man I very much approve of; the two of them have been dating for over six months (which is an eternity in high school time). The other day she mentioned something about driving to his house before prom and—without even a pause—she went right on with whatever it was she was saying. I can’t tell you what that was because I lost focus on that part when she mentioned driving herself over to the young man’s house.
(StatePoint) With Mother’s Day around the corner, you may be thinking of ways to show your appreciation for mom.
Music softly played in the background as one picture after another slowly swiped across the screen. There were 103 pictures to be exact – some were small, others were large; some were black and white pictures while others were color. For Reva Webb these mattered little in comparison to the memories that each picture held - a collection of memories from her 103 years of life.
Thousands of freshmen will descend on the University of Arizona campus this week to move into residence halls and begin their transition to college life.
Many moms-to-be receive advice from well-meaning friends and relatives. Yet there seem to be myths about taking care of teeth and gums -- if dental health is even mentioned at all.
In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m sharing a rather humorous conversation that I recently had with a long-distance friend via text (with her permission). I hope you find it as entertaining as I do. While the names have been changed to protect anonymity, the story is completely true.
Growing up, my relationship with my mother was stereotypical in many ways. As a rebellious teen, I’d find myself staring down a punishment I didn’t like or a rule I didn’t want to follow and—in opposition-- I’d voice how differently I would do things when I became a mother. Without fail, she’d smile a knowing smile and nod pleasantly. “I guess we’ll see about that, won’t we?” she’d say.
In a classroom in Tucson, young mothers all gathered together, taking a moment to relax while their babies played on the floor with employees from Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services.
Megan Traquair’s life runs non-stop. She works full-time, and she and her husband are raising two teenagers. Her favorite relaxations are to garden, read and work out. Spare time? What’s that?
My oldest daughter turned eighteen yesterday. To celebrate (or assert her adulthood, I can’t be sure which) she went out and got a body piercing immediately upon leaving school. When she came home and showed off her new navel ring I oohed and ahhed appropriately before eyeing the redness and asking whether it hurt. She confirmed that it did, but she said it was worth it. And then I asked if it was everything she had hoped for. A sly smile crept across her lips and she reported that the best part of the experience was when the technician verified the birthdate on her driver’s license and then took a bold black Sharpie to the parent/guardian signature line on the release form.
There isn’t a single story that I can share of my mom that will accurately and honestly portray how great she is. My mom is wonderful because of all the little things she does consistently everyday.
My mother is without a doubt the best mom I have ever met and I have met a lot of mothers. For over 30 years I worked in an average of 6 homes a day, 5 days a week. That’s a lot of homes and a lot of moms! (Over 45,000! Of course some were repeats, so an exact number is impossible.)
Next month we will be celebrating our mothers. On Mother’s Day we thank them for raising us, caring for us and being there for us with gifts, hugs and sometimes tears. This year, instead of just telling mom how great she is in person, The Explorer is looking for you to tell thousands of people just how you feel about your mom. Through the “What makes your mom great?” contest, we are taking essays and will be handing out prizes for that special day.
For some in their post-high school years, a reflection on being a teenager will likely bring back a flurry of positive memories. Lifelong friends were made, a driver’s license was granted, and on that long awaited day, everyone tossed their graduation caps into the air with parents and teachers looking on proudly.
My children are starting to leave home and start their independent adult lives. What are the top five pieces of advice you offer to young adults newly on their own?
We don’t want pot shops on every corner
During my semi-annual trek to the mall a few days ago, I overheard a parent attempting to discipline a little urchin who was screaming, spitting and kicking by telling him, "You're embarrassing me in public and heading for another time out mister."
Kathy's mom lives next door about 60 yards away. She called Sunday morning to tell me her Aussie Shepherd Maxmillian had run into a bobcat kitten in her carport.
Thursday, May 7
Letters to the editor for June 4.