She’s a natural
She stepped off her stage with a smile that went ear to ear. Queenie had never done anything like that before.
“That was exhilarating!” she exclaimed as she walked away from her instrument.
Exhilarating is right. Not only was that the first time she had done anything like that, she, in fact, became the first in the world to do that.
Queenie could hear the crowd in the distance as they cheered her on. After years of hard work, she had achieved a goal of hers. But that - well, that was just the beginning for her.
We were all sitting around the dining room table playing Speak Out - ya know, the game where you stick the plastic piece in your mouth and try not to sound like a complete fool.
“Oh, I got it! ‘The mailman is a tad mall slayer!?" I basically screamed.
“Wha?! No,” my brother sloppily said with drool coming out of his mouth.
“Times up!” said my sister. Her team was currently winning. We all started cracking up. “What were you saying?”
“Ugh. The mailman is a bad ballplayer. Bad! Ball-player! That’s what I was saying! Jeez.”
We were all laughing, having a great time! And that was usually the case whenever we were all together at the Lakehouse.
So far, this was shaping up to be a fantastic week in southern Michigan. Not only did we have family games planned for most nights, that were, of course, paired with (probably) copious amounts of alcohol, we also had a bonfire planned, a relaxing day on the water, and great conversations we won’t soon forget.
That’s what a typical stay is like at the Lakehouse my siblings and I own. It’s actually a house that not only has been in my family since it was built, it also has quite a history.
History of The Cozy Lakehouse
From going on a whale watching tour to visiting the (not-quite) first ever Starbucks, there’s plenty to do during a visit to Seattle. Honestly, the hard part is narrowing down your list.
Enjoy outdoor activities? The list is nearly endless. Are you a foodie? Plenty of options at your disposal. Like exploring craft beer? Your taste buds will thank you.
But if you only have two or three days to explore the city, what should you do? And what should you skip? Here’s your answer:
Things to do during a weekend in Seattle
We’re coming up on a big problem that isn’t really being talked about that much. A problem that could seriously hurt the aviation industry in the coming years.
There’s a shortage of airline pilots and that shortage is only expected to get worse. What makes this problem even more glaring is the fact that air travel is becoming more popular. Yeah, not a good combination. Even I can do the math on that one.
Where does the problem begin?
Even though it may not seem like it to all of you reading this north of the Mason-Dixon line, summer is on final approach. And that means individuals and families everywhere will start looking for places to go over the summer (which, by the way, I’d read this and this before you make a final decision). However, airlines and airplane manufacturers have been in the headlines as of late after two fatal plane crashes involved Boeing’s 737 Max. So which airline should you choose to fly on and which ones should you avoid?
Based on this list from WalletHub, I’ll break down which airlines are the best in all the categories that matter to you:
The wedding vows have been said, the marriage certificate has been signed, a party was had, and the day went by surprisingly fast. All the wedding stuff is behind you. Unless, that is, you plan to change your name. In that case, you’ve got quite a bit more paperwork to fill out.
But what institutions do you need to change your name at? What are the dos and don’ts when it comes to honeymoon travel? And where do you start? Bookmark this page, because the following guide has the answers and will help turn a tedious process into something that’s - well - less so.
Use your maiden name when traveling on your honeymoon
Wanna get away? Silly question. Of course you do. Who doesn’t? A better question would be to ask yourself “where should I go?” With 2019 well under way and people planning for their spring or summer vacations, the world is at your doorstep.
I will break down some of the top trends emerging for 2019. I will also break down the good and bad of those trends, which will hopefully help you make a decision about whether you want to be among the group of people that follow those trends or, alternatively, break away from the pack.
It’s pretty cool to live in a day and age in which it’s easier than ever to travel halfway around the world. All you have to do is hop on a plane and in a half-day’s time you’ll be on the other side of the earth. Like I said, pretty cool.
But it’s not all good. When something is that easy to do, a lot of people end up doing it. And when you add that with the advent of social media influencers whose job it is to travel full time and - well, influence you to travel - you end up getting a picture that looks pretty worrisome.
Overtourism or toxic tourism?
The one thing many (all?) newlyweds want during their honeymoon is romance.
Just imagine… the two of you holding hands, walking down a beach with the perfect sunset happening in front of you. Shut your eyes for a second and imagine that.
Whatever it is that you thought of, whether it was a specific location or just some random beach in your head, that scenario can actually happen to you if you visit many of the places on this list. Some of these places are landlocked, but most of the places I have on this list are surrounded by water.
I should also mention, many of these places are not budget destinations at all. Of course, at risk of sounding like a broken record (if you're a regular), you can save quite a bit by using points and miles but some of the more high end locations could still set you back.
With that said, here are the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world:
Do you ever feel like you’re more susceptible to getting sick when on a plane? Well, turns out there’s a good reason for that. Science shows that you actually are more likely to get sick on an airplane. According to the World Health Organization, one of the main reasons for that is because of the humidity in an airplane cabin, which is under 20%. At home, the humidity is typically above 30%. The dry air on board will affect your mucus production, which is an integral first-line of defense for your body’s immune system.
What does this all mean? Simply put, you’re more likely to catch the common cold on a plane than off the plane. And that’s a total bummer! Because who wants to get sick, for example, before your vacation even starts??
Thankfully, there are things you can do to help yourself avoid that fate.
So, what are the dirtiest places on an airplane?