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What to Do with All Those Family Vacation Photos

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Every parent is guilty of extreme photo taking while on a family vacation. As a parent, pretty much every moment of the vacation can feel like one you want to capture and keep. The problem is that by the end of your vacation you can be left with hundreds upon hundreds of photos. And, what happens to all those photos? Do they just sit on your mobile device or memory card and never really get fully enjoyed?

Rather than let these photos be forgotten, here’s a few creative things you can do with massive amounts of vacation pictures.

Create Your Own Monthly Publication
As far as unique and creative ideas go, this one is hard to beat. Why not take all those family photos of not just the vacation, but also special events, and start creating your own monthly magazine publication? You can include photos, small blurbs about the event/vacation, anecdotes, and anything else you want. It can be enjoyed by everyone in the family and sit out on the coffee table for all to see.

Now, before you start to protest that you don’t have publishing experience, and couldn’t possibly make a magazine yourself, you’ll want to check out the Adobe Spark magazine creator tool. You will be able to select the size of the magazine you wish to create, pick a theme and template (all of which are professional looking), and then start filling it with content – all those fabulous family photos and text. You can then download your results, so you can share them in a digital format, or print them out.

Create Your Own Wall Art
Rather than spend money on expensive paintings and photographs, why not create your own wall art? You may want to set aside one room, or one wall as your “family wall”, and use this area to display all your favorite pictures. Once you buy enough frames, you can then change out the photos on a regular basis. Maybe you can change it to reflect the change in seasons, change it each time you go away, or on a monthly basis.

By rotating the photos in the frames you’ll be ensuring that all those great shots get seen.

Put Together Mini Photo Albums and Start a Library
Another great way to display your photos, and keep them organized, is to create mini photo albums. Each time you get back from vacation, you can pick up a blank mini photo album and fill it with the top photos from the vacation. Just make sure to label the front of each album so they stay organized. Before you know it, you’ll have a little photo library that you can enjoy whenever you like.

Get Creative So You Can Enjoy Your Photos
By thinking up various ways to display and show off your family vacation photos, you will, in fact, be giving you and the whole family a chance to enjoy them and remember those special moments you had together.

Brought to you by our friend, Carol.

Things to Do with Kids in Costa Rica

Friday, August 26th, 2016

beachIf you are hoping to take your children on a family vacation that’s full of adventure and great things to see and do, Costa Rica is a destination which is perfect for everyone. There are great beaches for kids to play on whilst the adults relax in the sun, a vast array of water sport opportunities, fantastic opportunities for spotting wildlife, and exciting volcanos that you won’t want to miss. With so much to do for all the family in this Central American hotspot, it can be hard to choose the best things to do on your vacation. So, we’ve put together a list of some of the best things to do with kids in Costa Rica.

Volcano Arenal
Whether you’re visiting Costa Rica with kids or not, Volcano Arenal is one of the must-see sights. This active volcano is a sight that none of you are going to forget any time soon, and kids will love seeing something that up until now, they have probably only learned about in school. Standing at a huge 5,437 feet, the Arenal Volcano looms over the pastured green hills which surround it at the base. For the past forty-three years, the Volcano Arenal has been the country’s most active volcano, with both major and minor eruptions.

Gold Coast
With beaches, fishing villages and more, the Gold Coast of Costa Rica is a must-visit if you’re planning to visit the country as a family. With plenty of things to do for all of the family, the Gold Coast and its beaches are a hotspot for water-based activities such as snorkeling, fishing, boating, and more. Or, you can simply spend your days relaxing on some of the stunning beaches where children can happily spend hours playing games on the brilliant white sands and paddling in the clear blue sea.

Manuel Antonio National Park
With a wide array of things to do and see, the Manuel Antonio National Park makes a great base for a Costa Rican family vacation. The most popular National Park in the country, it’s easy to see why tourists flock to see this area in their droves due to the stunning unspoiled beaches, amazing wildlife, and the dense, vibrant rainforest. Red backed squirrel monkeys are one of the hugest attractions to this National Park, and little ones will love spotting these rare monkeys on a trip through Manuel Antonio National Park. There are also other monkeys to be spotted, including the spider monkey, white-faced Capuchin, and the mantled howler monkeys which often hangs around at the entrance to the park in search of food. If you’re hoping to stay close by to Manuel Antonio National Park during your stay in Costa Rica, the Villa Punto de Vista Costa Rica offers some stunning accommodation options which are perfect for families.

If you’re looking for a vacation opportunity which offers something for everyone of all ages, Costa Rica is one of the most perfect destinations. With great weather, beaches, wildlife and things to do, it should definitely be on the top of your list this summer!

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