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Starting The Summer Break At The Spray Park In Celebration Park

Spray Park at the Celebration Park in Allen, TX

Summer is just around the corner my friends.  What are your plans to beat the heat? Are you heading to the beach or to a cold place this summer?

While you are in the process of finalizing your summer vacation plans, take your kids to splash park or a spray park near you. Children enjoy anything involving water fun during the summer.

My cousin and a few mom friends took our girls to the spray park in Allen.  It is quite a bit of a drive but we like it there better because the spray park has more than five water play equipment that the children enjoy. Next to the spray park is a big playground  with swings and all.  There is also a pavilion with tables and chairs for picnics. For some relaxation time, visitors can also enjoy having a good conversation under the shady trees along side of the spray park.

Banana Boat Sunscreen and sunglasses.

There is so much joy in the children’s eyes splashing and playing with the water in the spray park. Just don’t forget to re-apply your trusted sunscreen on your little ones’ skin for protection against the harmful sun rays. My darling daughter and I use Banana Boat Sunscreen Spray with SPF 50+. It is non-greasy and easy to apply sunscreen spray. Important:  Close eyes when spraying on the face. Sunglasses are an essential this summertime, too. They protect your eyes from harmful glare of the sun. For glare sensitive people like me, I always wear sunglasses outdoors. They are a must-have accessories.

So whatever you decide to do outdoors this summer, always bring sunscreen and wear sunglasses.

Vacationing in Costa Rica

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Taking a vacation is a great way to unwind and forget about the pressures of you life. Do you want to take a vacation in the near future? If so, you will need to choose a location. You might want to consider taking a trip to Costa Rica. You might have never considered this tropical paradise as a vacation destination. However, you will most likely not be disappointed by any of the beautiful things that await you in this magical country. Here are a few of the many advantages of vacationing in Costa Rica.

1. The weather is outstanding

If you are like most people, you want to go to a country with warm and sunny weather. This is certainly not unusual. People who live in areas that have cold weather for a large portion of the year often want to spend their vacation time in countries that are tropical. Costa Rica has warm and sunny weather during the entire year. This means that you do not need to schedule your trip only during specific months. You can go at any time that is convenient for you.

2. It is not very expensive

You can plan on spending a lot of money if you take a vacation to places like New York City or London. However, Costa Rica is the complete opposite. The prices you will pay for your hotel, food and entertainment will be much less than many other exotic destinations that are frequented by tourists. This will allow you to stay much longer and get more value for the money you spend. If you want to get some ideas for vacation spots in Costa Rica, you can visit http://www.stayincostarica.com/accommodations/.

3. It is safe

Nowadays, people are scared to go to foreign countries because of stories in the news regarding terrorism in certain places. However, you will not need to worry about that if you go to Costa Rica. It is an incredibly safe place to visit. The major resort areas where most of the tourists stay have plenty of security. You can visit Costa Rica without fearing for your safety.

4. It is a good place for families

Some vacation destinations are better suited for adults and couples. However, Costa Rica has a wide variety of attractions that are perfect for children. In fact, many areas in the country have been created for the sole purpose of attracting families.

Tips For Comfortable Summer Traveling

By the river in hot summer sun.

By the river in hot summer sun.

We love summertime but we also know that summer sun can be mean especially when the temperatures reach three digits high.  Summer is the season when we enjoy road travels and the outdoor activities.  But the hot summer sun sometimes get into our nerves and makes us feel uncomfortable.  The most affected area of our bodies is the skin.  Next is the eyes.  But we can beat the discomfort with these quick helpful tips.

Sunscreen spray is more convenient and easy to use.

Sunscreen spray is more convenient and easy to use.

Helpful Tips 

  • Travel light.  Don’t bring too much c**p that you won’t even wear or don’t even need.
  • Wear shorts, capris, and light-colored shirts and tops.
  • Bring sunscreen, facial moisturizer, and lip balm.  These are must-haves to prevent our skin from sunburn and skin irritations.
  • Wear good sunglasses.  Especially those of you who have glare problems and vision problems.
  • Wear summer sandals.  There is nothing more comfortable than wearing our favorite comfortable summer sandals in the summer.
Red sandals

My favorite red sandals.

  • Carry a medium-sized tote handbag to store and carry your personal things and important stuff around.  This way, all you have to do is grab-and-go.

So I hope everyone is having a wonderful and memorable summer so far.  I bet some of you already have enough and cannot wait for cool weather to come.  🙂

Fun Thrill Rides And Attractions At SeaWorld

My family and I had a great time at Sea World.  Since it’s been five years, some of the attractions were gone and Sea World put new ones.  Parking areas are huge but it’s very difficult to find a spot close to the theme park gates. (Tip: As soon as you enter the parking area at Sea World, pick a parking spot immediately.  Do not drive around for a long time. Chances are you will wind up at the very end of the parking area.)

You can actually purchase tickets for Sea World online and in discounted prices, too.  It is very helpful to buy tickets online than at the gates because you will be in a super long lines.  My husband is stubborn sometimes.  I planned to buy tickets the night before so we can get them cheaper but he insisted to buy the tickets at the theme park.  So when we got there at around 1:00 P.M., the line was very long already.  Good thing it was not too sunny that Saturday.  The weather was just perfect for our Sea World adventure.

Huge splash from Journey to Atlantis ride.

Huge splash from Journey to Atlantis ride.

We enjoyed the thrill rides, attractions, and shows at Sea World.  Few of DD’s favorites were the Journey to Atlantis and the Shamu Kids Rollercoaster.  She loved the Shamu Show and the Sea Lion High Show.  Shows are in timely manner so you have to decide which ones you want to watch next.

My dear husband and I were at Sea World five years ago and we tried riding the Steel Eel and the Great White.  I told my DH I don’t want to ride the Steel Eel again.  He didn’t want to either.  I thought I was going to pass out after the ride.  I lost my voice up there.  I ran out of screams. 😀

My daughter enjoyed the Shamu Roller Coaster.  She wanted to go again and again. We rode a couple of times and that was it.  We wanted to try the Journey To Atlantis.  It was the very first time my DD tried a thrill ride like that high.  When she was told that she met the height requirements to ride, she remarked “Yes!”.  I think I screamed the loudest up there.

Shamu  Show at Sea World San Antonio

Shamu Show at Sea World San Antonio