Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's Christmas Time

Are you excited for Christmas? I look forward for Christmas this year in fact, I already decorated the living room before Thanksgiving. Too soon? Not really! I saw some houses in the neighborhood already set up their candy canes and Christmas lights in their yard. Our Christmas Tree was up a week before Thanksgiving but, I gradually hang the ornaments ... until today. Hopefully, on the 1st day of December, I will be done decorating. The picture below is our miniature Christmas Village.

This was our Christmas Tree last year.

This year, some miniature buildings are added to the Christmas Village collection.

We spent our Christmas last year in our condo.

This Christmas holiday will be our first in this neighborhood.

Well, I hope that you are as excited as I am for this Christmas. I have one special wish for this Christmas though. May God bless the hearts of my friends who lost their love-ones on Dec.16 CDO flooding. I wish them well, peace and happiness knowing that their love-ones are now in heaven ... looking after them.

Distracted Driving : Danger on the Road

We had a week-long road trip a month ago traveling from Florida to Kansas City, Missouri. My husband cancelled our flight the day before the trip and decided to rent a car. I sat on the passenger seat and most of the time, I kept him awake. I always open a pleasant conversation with him and so far; his driving skills are perfect. Well, perfect is just a metaphor really ... in reality, nothing is perfect when we are on the road because accidents do happen no matter how careful we are since other drivers are irresponsible. Some drivers disregard the safety measure when they are driving and in fact, on that road trip, 85% of the drivers were on the phone. You know what's scared me the most? When I saw drivers texting while driving on the Interstate. Check out the infographic on Distracted Driving below:
distracted driving infographic from ifa auto insurance
Presented By IFA Auto Insurance

I just hope that the use of cellphone and texting while driving will be ban in all state. There is great danger to that because the driver will be distracted. What do you think?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Good Deals on Designer Footwear on Black Friday

I refrain from buying designer shoes for one good reason, brand names are pricey.  That is not the case on Black Friday. It is the only time of the year which I can afford to buy brand names at discounted prices. I won't miss shopping on the biggest sale event of the year in fact; I was saving for weeks just to have a budget for my shopping spree.

My husband and I went out shopping for at least two hours starting from midnight on Black Friday. I was a happy camper because I was able to buy the designer shoes that I wanted. I bought a Converse Chuck Taylor Slip-On in natural color; an Ansley Slipper Chestnut Suede which is an UGG product and the Rokkit Flip Flop Black Leather by FitFlop. I bought these items for half the price using the Black Friday discount and the coupons that I have. For now, all prices are back to the original and since today is Cyber Monday, I am still on the lookout for amazing deals.

As I was checking online, I saw the beautiful selection of Birkenstock Sandals at then I saw the Arizona Taupe Suede. I like it a lot but, the price is still above my budget. I am hoping that in few days, the item will be on sale.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Hotel in St. Robert Missouri

ROAD TRIP October 4, 2012 - It was already 8PM, the road was dark and we were only trusting the GPS. We were driving towards Bonneville Missouri. We were so tired since we left the state of Georgia early that morning. When we passed St. Louis Missouri, we were ready to rest for the night. We tried to check on the hotels along the way but, we didn't like the location and the hotels so; we drove for more than an hour more. Then, I saw the big building of Motel 6 on the left side across the street. It looks like a decent hotel ... not the typical motel 6 building that I am familiar with. It looks clean and we look at the room first before we checked in. That was our first time to check in a Motel 6.

This Motel 6 is located in St Robert #4211, 545 Highway Z on the I-44 at Missouri Avenue, Exit #161
St Robert MO 65584. This Motel 6 is centrally located, clean motel, friendly staffs; restaurants are nearby as well as the food chains such as Papa John's Pizza, Waffle House and Mc Donalds. The Holiday Inn Hotel, Econo Lodge and Quality Inn are just around the corner as well. We decided to stay here because the building is newly renovated. The bedroom smells clean and we sleep well that night. Breakfast is not included but, coffee does. We really don't care. We were tired and all we care at that moment is a good night sleep.

The next morning, we were the last occupant to check out. Everyone has left early. Would I recommend this motel? Yes! If you need a good bed to sleep on, queen bed with clean sheets, clean towels and tidy bathroom then, you should stay in this motel. The price is right too. We hit the road at 9AM.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Mai Tiki Bar in Cocoa Beach Pier Florida

One of the reasons why we moved to Cocoa is the beach. We live about 17 miles away and to get here is such a smooth ride. First, we will be passing the gorgeous view of the Indian River which is a waterway in Florida. It is a part of the Indian River Lagoon system which forms the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. It is an estuarine system where freshwater meets salt water within the same body of water. We often times saw people fishing, boating and kayaking.

Then, we also pass by the awesome view of the Banana River, a lagoon between Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island. It has an outlet to the Atlantic Ocean and this river provides habitat for many marine species. After enjoying the ride, we will then arrive to Cocoa Beach Pier where Mai Tiki Bar is located. The picture below is Mai Tiki Bar, about 800 feet over the ocean and once you get here, you will love the view from each sides.

If you are in Breavard County and you happen to be in Cocoa area, you should check out Cocoa Beach Pier. You will find the Mai Tiki Bar at the end part of the Pier. Once you see this sign, you will see a gate and a small amount of fee is collected. The fee is worth paying for especially when you want to go fishing or watching sunset.

When there is a storm or hurricane, the entrance fee is lifted. I took these pictures when Hurricane Sandy was miles and miles away but, as you can see, the waves are coming on strong.

The waves are actually 12 ft high. There were few people who came to this area and it was raining so hard. Mai Tiki Bar was close.

More or less, we are about 20 who went all the way to the end of Mai Tiki Bar. It was scary because the waves hit hard on the pillars of Cocoa Beach Pier. I can feel that the area was shaken by the big waves.

On a nice weather, this place is spectacular. Visit Brevard County and visit Cocoa Beach Pier. Remember, the Mai Tiki Bar is located at the end part of Cocoa Beach Pier. Enjoy your visit.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Container Garden 101 and Miracle Gro Products

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Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center

Two days ago, hubby and I decided to visit NASA's Kennedy Space Center. This place is about 15 minutes away from where we live. On the main street of our neighborhood, we can actually see this building, pretty cool huh?Anyway, this is called Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and it is the fourth-largest structure in the world by volume and was the largest when completed in 1965.It was mentioned by our tour guide that the VAB is the largest single-story building in the world. Oh yeah, it is only a single story building. This place is where they assemble the Saturn V rocket for the Apollo program. This was the tallest building in Florida until 1974 and is still the tallest building in the United States outside an urban area. These are pretty fascinating facts right? Check out the picture below.Did you see the building which was pointed by the arrow (picture above)? That's the Vehicle Assembly Building and I took the picture from the bridge heading to Kennedy Space Center.The tour bus drove at the back of the Assembly Area for us to see the huge crawler. Are you planning to visit Florida any time soon? You should check out NASA's Kennedy Space Center. You will definitely love this place.

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