Easy and Adorable Halloween Decorating Ideas

Decorating for Halloween can be lots of fun whether you decorate by yourself or with the help of your entire family. You can do simple little Halloween decorations like window cutouts and clings or you can go all out by turning part of your home or garage into a haunted house. Consider these easy and cute ideas to dress up your home for Halloween!

Halloween decorations are available to suit any budget. You can do a few tasteful Halloween decorations for $10 – $20 or less, or you can spend quite a bit more for a spookier effect. Check out these Halloween decorating ideas for fall.

Halloween Decorations for the Windows
The simplest Halloween decorations of all may be the cardboard cutouts of bats, cats, jack-o-lanterns, mummies, witches, and other spooky ghouls. Your kids will fondly remember putting up their favorite Halloween decorations in the windows each year, so be sure to get a set of window clings or cutouts that will stand the test of time.

You can also decorate your windows with fake cobwebs and plastic spiders or spider rings if you like. You might even find adorable Halloween light sets, such as candy corn light strings or other fun Halloween window decorations.

Little Ghosts in the Trees
If you want a classy and simple way to decorate for Halloween without going overboard, consider this simple and stylish decorating tip for your trees.

White handkerchiefs
Twist ties
Fishing line or thread
Ping pong balls

1.    Wrap a hanky around a ping pong ball and secure with a twist tie. It should look like a little ghost.
2.    Using a needle threaded with fishing line or thread, sew through the top of the ghost’s head and pull through enough line so you can tie the ghost from a tree branch.
3.    Repeat to create as many ghosts as you like.
4.    Take your ghosts outside and space them throughout your favorite trees. Tie them securely to various tree branches.

That’s it – this is a simple yet adorable way to decorate outside for Halloween.

Interior Halloween Decorations
If you’d like to decorate the inside of your house for Halloween, you can find quite a few cute and simple touches to add to your décor. Consider these ideas for interior Halloween decorations.

•    Swap out your usual kitchen and bathroom hand towels for orange and black or Halloween themed towels.
•    Set out Halloween and fall fragranced candles.
•    Get a Halloween tree – a cute tabletop tree that has room for tiny Halloween decorations to hang from its branches.
•    Carve a jack-o-lantern and set a tea light candle inside.
•    Place a bunch of small gourds and pumpkins in a basket for a festive centerpiece.
•    Consider a Halloween or fall themed throw rug to spice up a room or living area.
•    Don’t forget the plastic pumpkins filled with candy!

What other ideas do you have for Halloween decorating inside or out? Share your tips and favorite suggestions below in our comments.


Dream Water Review for Sleepless Nights

Dream Water ReviewsAre you always tossing back and forth in bed trying to fall asleep? Still feeling jittery from your morning coffee or energy drink when it’s time you should lay down? Finding it hard to wind down at the end of the day? If you can relate to these statements, then Dream Water is the perfect product for you! It’s an all-natural dietary supplement designed to help you to relax and fall asleep right before bedtime.

Sleep is very valuable to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy. It can make or break you. If you are not getting enough rest, you are likely to be irritable and feel fatigued. Lack of sleep will also affect your memory. Caffeine and other energy products may relieve some of your symptoms and make you feel less drowsy, but there is no replacement for sleep. Think of Dream Water as the opposite of your caffeine or herbal energy supplements. While these products will give you that much needed pick me up, Dream Water will be there for you when you need to rest at night.

Dream Water ReviewsDream Water is perfect for people of varying lifestyles. It can aid those who have trouble sleeping due to health issues, excess of caffeine, and ever-changing schedules due to work or school. It is also helpful for those who are experiencing jet lag during times of traveling and is the perfect size to go on the plane in a carry-on bag. This product can also ease tension at the end of the day for people who deal with anxiety and stress.

For the purpose of this review, I received two samples of Dream Water free of charge in Snoozeberry and Lullaby Lemon.

Dream Water is designed as a 2.5 oz “shot” of enhanced water as well as an 8 oz drink. It contains natural active ingredients (GABA, Melatonin, 5-HTP) that aid in the process of relaxing and falling asleep.This product is calorie free and comes in aptly named flavors: Snoozeberry, I Dream of Kiwi, and Lullaby Lemon.


10 Baking and Cooking Theme Party Ideas

Cooking themed party ideasCooking and baking parties can be a lot of fun when you get the right group of friends together. Whether you are thinking about a holiday cookie bake or a night of fine Italian cuisine or something else entirely, you can have a lot of fun with food and friends. Consider these 10 creative and enjoyable baking and cooking theme party ideas for your next social gathering.

From dessert parties to main courses or ethnic cuisine, use your imagination to come up with fun and creative food and cooking theme party ideas. Here are 10 food theme party suggestions to get you started:

Top 10 Food Themed Party Ideas
Try these food and cooking themed party ideas:

Anything Goes Salad Night
Invite all your friends over and have them all bring at least one different topping for your salad extravaganza. Be sure you have a variety of greens like lettuces and spinach, some fresh veggies like cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes, and clever topics of fruits, nuts, and cheeses. Don’t forget your proteins as well – salmon, chicken, steak, hardboiled eggs, and other yummy meats and poultry. Last but certainly not least, ensure you have enough different salad dressings to appeal to your group.

Italian Night
Get everyone together to make an assortment of Italian food and then serve it all family style. Consider dishes like homemade lasagna, huge meatballs, garlic knots, Italian bread, and of course, Italian pastries, cannolis, or Italian bakery cookies for dessert. Don’t forget the wine!

Personal Pizza Party
Work together with your friends to make your own pizza dough and then have everyone make their own personal pizza pies using any kind of sauce, cheese, and toppings they like! Consider Hawaiian pizza, meat lovers, supreme, vegetarian pizza ideas, and anything else you might like. You can even make a dessert pizza if you’re feeling creative! (Just be sure you have the right dough for that one!)

‘Can You Deep Fry It’ Party
Ask each of your guests to bring something they would like to deep fry, be it an appetizer, entrée, or dessert. You can also assign items or have your guests tell you what they are bringing ahead of time so you don’t have duplicates. Be sure you have enough cooking oil. You’re sure to have a blast with a deep-fry party!

Wine Tasting Party
Assign each of your guests a different wine and ask them to bring a dish that complements the flavor. You can also have your guests just bring the ingredients for their dish and prepare everything together as a group.


LOREX LIVE SD3.5 Video Baby Monitor with Digital Recording and Remote Viewing (LW2401) Review

Lorex Video Baby Monitor LW2401 ReviewBabies and young children require constant attention and careful monitoring for their safety. Parents typically set up baby monitors to do the job, allowing parents to be on another floor of the house or outside while still fully aware of their baby’s safety and current state – sleeping, playing, crying, etc. Baby monitors have come a long way since our parents’ day. Now you can get so many more features, especially video capabilities like in the LOREX LIVE SD3.5 Video Baby Monitor, which also allows digital recording and remote connectivity, Skype integration, and more.

My husband and I received a LOREX LIVE SD3.5 Video Baby Monitor for the purpose of this review. I was excited to try it because I feel a video baby monitor offers so much more to parents and caregivers than a standard audio monitor. I was thrilled to notice that my husband was even excited to check it out – primarily because it is a cool tech gadget that he could read about and test all the cool features. This is another huge win for me – if he likes it, I love it.

Video Baby Monitor’s Ease of Use
I’m not exaggerating when I tell you it took him only moments to turn everything on and set it up for practice monitoring. He set up the camera in the kitchen and kept the LCD monitor in the family room with him. The dog and I went into the kitchen to see how everything worked. It was a snap for us to adjust the volume, test all the neat features, and even practice recording footage. The most time you’ll spend setting up is charging the monitor, and you can do that while you sleep!

Two-Way Talk Feature
Then my husband tested out the two-way talk feature – very cool! You can actually talk to your baby or child from the LCD monitor unit, even if you are on a different floor or outside your house. I can see this being very useful when soothing your child. The monitor also has built-in lullabies, which we have yet to test, but this is a wonderful feature I look forward to using often.

Video Monitor’s Digital Recording
We also tested the digital video recording feature and found that to be super easy at the touch of a button and fairly easy in playback as well. This one-touch recording has got to be a huge plus for anyone who doesn’t want to miss one precious moment with a new baby in the house. Record playing, sounds, and motions your baby makes while you aren’t in the room. The video monitor is really smart in that it automatically starts recording when it detects a change in audio level in the room, such as your baby crying. The LIVE SENSE alerts you and video begins recording immediately.

Room Temperature Monitoring and Feeding Alerts
You can also rest easier knowing your baby’s room temperature is being monitored for a constant temp. You will receive an alert if the room becomes too cold or too hot – you’ll find the cool little temperature sensor on the back of the camera. Parents can also set the feeding timer to remind them when baby’s next meal should take place.

Remote Viewing of the Video Baby Monitor
When the monitor is connected to a computer via USB, working parents, remote grandparents, and distant aunts and uncles can see the child in real-time, even from miles and miles away. The unit is compatible with Skype, allowing your video monitor system to be viewed anywhere in the world using a Skype login.

Other Exciting Video Monitor Features
The LOREX LIVE SD3.5 Video Baby Monitor has a gorgeous 3.5” LCD screen for full-screen or split-screen viewing. The device is very portable, roughly the size of a smartphone or just a bit larger, making it a nice fit for your pocket, purse, or tabletop / nightstand. The night-time viewing allows you to get a good night’s sleep without sacrificing your child’s safety. There is a video on/off button for this purpose as well, with the audio remaining intact.

The LOREX LIVE SD3.5 Video Baby Monitor system is expandable up to four cameras so you can simply add to your system as your family grows. You may also wish to use this unit as a monitoring system for your pets so you can watch your dog or cat while you are at work. It also works nicely as a home security system, giving you peace of mind knowing your home is under surveillance.

The LOREX LIVE SD3.5 Video Baby Monitor comes with a camera, rechargeable LCD monitor with base, two power adapters, MicroSD memory card, software CD, and three safety clips for assembling your monitor system. The LOREX LIVE SD3.5 Video Baby Monitor works with iPad™, iPhone™, and personal computers.

For more information about the LOREX LIVE SD3.5 Video Baby Monitor, check out www.lorextechnology.com.


Boring Band-aids No More! Cynthia Rowley Adds Style and Shine for Your Little Boo-Boos

Cynthia Rowley band-aids reviewGone are the days of boring nude-colored band-aids used to conceal and help heal a cut or other wound. You may have seen little kids’ bandages with cartoon characters or other fun designs, but choices for adults have been lacking. Beyond the clear band-aids, there really haven’t been a lot of choices for women when it comes to dressing (up) a wound. Until now…

Johnson and Johnson has partnered with fashion designer Cynthia Rowley to bring us Band-aid bandages with fashionable designs showing off sequins, gold chains, bows, and more. The bandages also feature a signature blue band-aid with the designer’s name surrounded by zigzags.

Cynthia Rowley band-aids reviewThe stylish band-aids come in a chic black package with raised and glossy print. Each box of band-aids contains 10 small and 10 large bandages in a variety of patterns and styles. You’ll find everything from multi-colored sequin patterns to pink bows on a blue background, gold chains on a black background, gemstone patterns, and so much more.

These colorful band-aids will be great for a fashionable fix for your next boo-boo or a creative way to get your little fashionista’s mind off a small injury with a cute bandage to cover it.

The texture of the band-aids reminds me of some fun vinyl stickers I used to have when I was a teenager. The white trim gives a nice emphasis to the other colors in each distinctive band-aid style. Even if you aren’t familiar with Cynthia Rowley, you can certainly appreciate new bandage options with colors and patterns that sweetly replace traditional band-aid bandages.

These specialty bandages came out for pre-release with New York’s Fashion Night Out. The full release is planned for mass retail stores sometime around the holidays. This product will be available for $4.25 per box in various retail stores as a regular part of the product line. For more information about the stylish Cynthia Rowley band-aids, check out CynthiaRowley.com.


Guardian Technologies’ Germguardian 3-in-1 Tabletop Air Cleaning System Review (Model AC4010)

Germguardian Tabletop Air PurifierNot to make us sound sickly, but my husband has asthma and I get really bad seasonal allergies in the spring. Since we both have issues with breathing at some point or another, I was interested to see what I could do to improve the quality of the air inside our home. I received a Germguardian 3-in-1 Tabletop Air Cleaning System by Guardian Technologies® for the purpose of this review. Let me tell you, we’ve been using it for a week or so and I’m already impressed. This home air purifier showed me real results the very first time I used it.

We set up our 3-in-1 UV power true HEPA odor reduction air cleaning system in our bedroom on top of my husband’s tall dresser. It plugs into the outlet that turns on and off with a small lamp, so it is a nice setup that we can easily control without reaching for the device every time to turn it off or on. We’ve probably run our home air purifier for about 10 hours or more so far. Even the first day when we ran it for about two hours continuously, I immediately noticed that our bedroom had a different scent – very clean and pure! It smelled markedly different and I was thrilled for the immediate change.

The Germguardian 3-in-1 Tabletop Air Cleaning System is designed for small to medium-sized rooms and processes the air in a 200-square-foot room every hour, with a focus on removing odor as well as smoke particles, capturing allergens, pet dander, and dust, and killing airborne mold spores and other unwanted particles. The tabletop air purifier harnesses the power of UV light and filters with charcoal to kill germs. The cleaning efficiency is rated at capturing 99.97% of germs and particles in the air, passing through the filter at size .3 microns or greater.

At a glance the air purifying unit reminds me of a standard black alarm clock without all the buttons and dials. It is sleek and unobtrusive, so you can put it in just about any room in the house. Since we spend a considerable amount of time sleeping each day, keeping our unit in the bedroom made the most sense for us. The purifier produces white noise, which can aid those who find difficulty in getting to sleep. It is fairly quiet, but I don’t think we would watch television and run the purifier at the same time in our room.

Germguardian recommends replacing the filter every six months. I really enjoy the clean air and odor removal that this unit provides and I will absolutely be purchasing replacement filters so we can continue using this device to enhance our living areas.

The AC4010 Tabletop 3-in-1 True HEPA Air Cleaning System lists at $99.99 and retails for $69.99. For more information on Germguardian air cleaning products or Guardian Technologies, please check out www.germguardian.com and www.guardiantechnologies.com.


Did You Get an HP Touchpad This Weekend? There’s Still Time…

Buy a discounted HP Touchpad!HP’s firesale on the Touchpad (32gb and 16gb) exploded this weekend, causing customers to scramble far and wide, vying for a device of their own. The HP Touchpads were marked down to 75% off the retail price, coming in at $99 for the 16gb Touchpad and $149 for the 32gb Touchpad. After countless phone calls and numerous fruitless trips out to the stores – Staples, Walmart, Best Buy – I finally decided to give up. But then my pal gave me links so I could still get my hands on a discounted HP Touchpad this weekend!

For anyone still interested in getting the HP Touchpad at a discounted price, either for themselves or as a gift for someone, there are still a few options for last-minute clearance devices. I highly recommend watching slickdeals.net for the latest and greatest. I would also recommend watching prices on Amazon and checking back to HP’s site regularly.

Today Amazon decided to drop the prices to match the manufacturer’s offerings. I managed to play my order, but it seems the prices have since been increased. Here are the links just in case the pricing comes back to the low, low rates I had:

HP FB356UT Smart Buy Touch Pad QUALCOMM Snapdragon APQ8060 1.2 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless 9.7″ IPS TFT 1GB RAM 32GB

FB454UT Smartbuy TouchPad QUALCOMM Snapdragon APQ8060 1.2 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless 9.7″ IPS TFT 1GB RAM 16GB

Buying online from a favorite retailer like Amazon proved much more relaxing for me than running out to the stores where it felt as if employees (who had probably already cashed in on the deal) were mocking the line of customers pouring into the stores for this sick deal. Here’s the scoop – if you like gadgets, surfing the Web, checking email, and viewing photos and videos, it really doesn’t get much better than $99 and $149! If you still want to buy a Touchpad, you might be in luck if you can find a current deal. Good luck to anyone looking to buy one of these bad boys – I wouldn’t delay too long if you are, since I almost didn’t get one.


Football Cupcakes – Ideas for Tailgate or Football Parties

The NFL has finally agreed on terms and preseason games are in full swing. Players are getting back into their groove and sports fans across the United States can enjoy all the action. In tandem with watching football games on television or actually going to the games, football fans are big on partying with football food, whether enjoying the game at home or tailgating in the parking lot. Main courses and side dishes range far and wide, from pork sandwiches to burgers, hotdogs, cheese steaks, crab cakes, and so much more, especially depending on what team the sports fans follow. Football cupcakes make a wonderful dessert for sports fans – consider these ideas for some fun football cupcakes!

Cupcakes are super portable and serving sized, making them a popular snack for any environment. Try these ideas for delicious and fun ideas for football cupcakes.

Football Cupcakes – Ideas to Wow Your Guests and Friends

Football themed snacks are always a hit during the sports season. Check out these fun ideas for football cupcakes:

•Bake chocolate and vanilla cupcakes to appeal to all of your guests and friends.

•Decorate your cupcakes with the logo of your favorite team.

•OR, decorate your cupcakes with logos from both teams if you have fans from both sides.

•Decorate your cupcakes with green frosting that looks like grass and use a cake decorator to make football shapes.

•Look for cupcake papers in the colors or boasting the logos of your favorite team.

•If your party is at home, place your cupcakes on a football shaped platter.

•Pack your cupcakes in shirt boxes if you don’t have a cupcake carrier.

These ideas for football treats should get you started on making your own football cupcakes to share with your guests or friends. What other ideas do you have for the perfect cupcake for tailgating or watching football at home?


Baby Shower Ideas: Boy on the Way

When a baby boy is on the way, it’s a great time to celebrate with the mom-to-be, friends, and family. Boy baby shower ideas, boy on the way themes, and even gender neutral shower themes can come in handy for the planning phase of the baby shower. Consider all kinds of fun boy themes for the shower, including blue and green color schemes, character showers, monograms, and countless others. From invitations to decorations and everything in between, check out these great boy baby shower ideas.

Give yourself a little time to plan and the baby shower should be a shining success!

Top Baby Shower Ideas – Boy on the Way

Consider these ideas for boy baby shower themes:

•Baby Boy Sports Theme

•Dinosaurs Theme

•Everything Blue!

•Airplane Baby Shower

•Cars and Trucks Baby Shower

•Baby Animals Theme

•Mickey Mouse Theme

•Farm Animals Theme

•Jungle Animals Theme

•Elephant Baby Shower Theme

•Travel Theme

•Tropical & Marine Theme

•Nautical Theme

•Hollywood Theme

•Garden Party for Mom

•Carnival Theme

•Circus Baby Shower

•Winnie the Pooh Shower Theme

•Mardi Gras Theme

•Brown and Teal Color Scheme

As you plan the baby shower, it is also important to keep the atmosphere of the party in mind. Consider baby shower boy decorations like wagons, tricycles, and trucks to create a fun boy baby shower setting. You can also dress up the shower with balloons in the blue and green color scheme as well as Mylar balloons shaped like baby bottles and other baby themed items. Stuffed animals and plush baby blocks can also make great baby shower boy decorations for your event. Consider boy themed baby shower cakes for each table of guests to enjoy, or tiers of blue cupcakes with baby themed toppings.

What other ideas do you have for a boy baby shower?


Baby Shower Girl Themes – Pink and Beyond!

Baby showers can be so much fun to plan, no matter if it’s a girl or a boy or a surprise or twins. So many beautiful baby shower girl themes exist to celebrate the arrival of a precious baby girl. From simple pink themes to yellow and purple color schemes, to actually girlie baby shower themes, there are so many possibilities to celebrate a baby girl. Consider these baby shower girl themes for the next baby shower you plan for a mommy-to-be with a baby girl on the way.

Baby girls bring so much joy! They’re cute and sweet and sometimes impetuous as they grow into young ladies. Here are some fun girl baby shower ideas.

Top 20 Girl Baby Shower Ideas

Celebrate the upcoming arrival of a baby girl with these girl baby shower themes:

1.Princess baby shower ideas

2.Baby Animal shower themes

3.Ladybug or Firefly baby shower themes

4.Dragonfly or Butterfly shower themes

5.Pink and Black Zebra baby shower theme

6.Garden party theme

7.ABC / 123 theme

8.Elegant color scheme

9.Chocolate goodies theme with pink accents

10.Care Bears theme

11.Hello Kitty theme

12.Everything Pink!

13.Pink, Yellow, and Purple Footprints

14.Tropical baby theme

15.Hollywood / Movies theme

16.Retro / Vintage theme

17.Minnie Mouse theme

18.Winnie the Pooh theme

19.Pink Paisley theme

20.Pink Bling theme

These are just a handful of cute girl baby shower ideas you can consider. Think about the mommy-to-be’s favorite things, childhood favorites, and other popular ideas around you. You’ll be sure to put together a wonderful baby shower with some creativity and a little planning.


Great Food – Party Hawaiian Style!

Tropical food and drink ideasHawaiian party food can be some of the best you will ever serve, especially if it is for an outdoor event, barbeque, or a special occasion like a milestone birthday, retirement party, or even a summer party. You might not realize it, but party food with a Hawaiian theme doesn’t have to be difficult to make. In fact, sometimes you can even wing it with a fun recipe or your own twist on a standard dish. Consider these tropical food ideas for your food; party Hawaiian style!

If you are planning your Hawaiian luau or Hawaiian beach party on the fly, you can still come up with fun and easy tropical food ideas at a moment’s notice. Here are some of my favorite Hawaiian food ideas for parties and large groups:

Tropical Party Food Idea #1 – Hawaiian Ham and Pineapple
Fast preparation food for a large group or party scene can be the key in reducing your stress. One of the easiest Hawaiian party food dishes I’ve made involves nothing more than a crock pot, a bone-in ham, and a can of pineapple. Simply rinse off the ham, pour the canned pineapple over it – slices, chunks, crushed – whatever your preference, and set the crock pot to its low setting for six to eight hours. When it’s ready, you can slice the ham or pull it apart – it’s so tender and yummy. You and your guests will be sure to love it! Serve it with sides or buns so folks can make their own sandwiches. For a special touch, slice up a fresh pineapple and arrange it next to your crock.

Tropical Party Food Idea #2 – Chicken Skewers with Peppers and Pineapple
I have recently become known for this dish in my circle of friends. Every 4th of July my husband and I make Hawaiian chicken skewers on the grill, featuring pineapple and red peppers. You can also add maraschino cherries if you like. The key is to chunk the fresh chicken and let it marinate for a few hours before you put it on the skewers. For the marinade, I used pineapple juice, a bit of soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry (cooking wine), ground ginger, and garlic powder. I also added a touch of coconut oil this year, but it solidifies a bit in the fridge, so it’s up to you.

Make sure you soak your skewers entirely in water for at least 20 minutes to a half hour before you load them up! This will usually prevent them from catching on fire. Chop up a fresh pineapple into cubes and slice a few red peppers into squares or wedges so you can get them all onto the skewers. Grill until done, serve, and enjoy! These are a huge hit at our house.

food party hawaiianHawaiian Party Food Side Dishes
You can’t go wrong with a few Hawaiian side dishes. Here are a few sides to consider for your Hawaiian party food menu:

•    Sticky Rice
•    Fruit Salad with Dip
•    Veggie Stir Fry – green beans, carrots, cauliflower…
•    Mandarin Orange Salad
•    Baked Beans

Perhaps most importantly of all, don’t forget your tropical drinks! You can make wonderful cocktails with fresh fruit or a Hawaiian punch for all your guests to enjoy. Don’t forget the little drink umbrellas!

Finishing Touches for Your Hawaiian Party
If you want to expand your menu, you can always add on hotdogs and hamburgers or other easy favorites. But don’t forget your Hawaiian decorations! Use some tropical flowers to set the mood and grass skirts to dress things up, Hawaiian leis for your guests, and tropical music playing in the background – steel drum bands make awesome mood music for a Hawaiian beach party!


5 Best Summer Vacation Spots

Check out these 5 best summer vacation ideas!When it comes to summertime, there is no need to limit yourself or your family on the amount of fun and adventure that you can squeeze into the season. Visit these great spots for family and friends in the summer to get your fill of culture, nature, and thrills.

Best City: Hands down there is no greater city to visit than The Big Apple.  If you want to get a taste of the ultra-metropolitan scene, New York City is the place to go. A melting pot of culture and entertainment, there is no way you could be bored in the city that never sleeps. The choices for food, entertainment, and culture are practically endless with the famous Times Square, Broadway, and Museum of Modern Art, to name very few. Get your closest friends and family together, take a day trip into the city for the weekend, and live like a local, or rent a property on Long Island to get the entire New York experience.

Best Theme Park: In Sandusky, Ohio, thrill seekers will find their true home at the Cedar Point amusement park. It is filled with 75 rides, 17 roller coasters, and a water park. Some of the most notable coasters find their home at Cedar Point; Mean Streak is an enormous wooden coaster that boasts a length of 5,400 feet and 65 mph of adventure, and The Top Thrill Dragster was opened in 2003 as the tallest and fastest coaster in the world! Even if you have someone in your family or group of friends who prefers to keep the ground under their feet, there are several award-winning shows there to watch for some good laughs.

Best Museums: The National Mall is located in our nation’s capital of Washington D.C. This city contains many beautiful landmarks, museums, and memorials. Just within The National Mall you will find 13 museums that make up the Smithsonian Museums. With no charge to visit, feel free to make multiple trips to this beautiful, culture rich area to expand your mind without breaking the bank!

Best Water Park: If you’re looking for an entertaining way to stay cool this summer, then visit the largest water park in America, Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells, WI. With 49 water rides, 4 children’s water play areas, 2 wave pools, and 2 rivers, Noah’s Ark has more than plenty to offer any aquatic adventurer. With more than 30 years of experience, you can also be sure that Noah’s Ark offers only the safest and cleanest rides.

Photo credit: kconnors from morguefile.comBest National Park: Take your family and friends on a journey to visit the beauty and great outdoors at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. No amount of photos can prepare you for the stunning view of the Canyon in person. Not only are there the beautiful sights to take in, but also there is excellent hiking and camping around the rim and thrilling white water rafting in the Colorado River below.

Share any places you’ve visited this summer!

About the Expert:
Megan Gates is an active blogger and handles communications on behalf of Elliman.com.  She provides written work to the blogosphere pertaining to New York City Real Estate, Long Island Real Estate, and the latest in architecture, design and fashion.  Follow her on Twitter @MEGatesDesign.