Best holiday destinations in Europe for families

Are you planning for a holiday? How about Europe? There are so many destinations in the continent apt for a family vacation. Choose the one as per your budget and likings.

Are you planning a holiday or a vacation with your family this summer? If so, Europe can be one of the finest options to consider. Europe is a favorite holiday destination among the tourists from all over the world. There are spots in the continent that seems apt for holidaying with your family members, including children.

While you are visiting Europe, see if you’re eligible for the European Health Insurance Card is an important element to consider for more info on this click here to find out more. This is helpful when you fall sick in a foreign land and require medical attention at the earliest.

The article highlights the top five holiday destinations in Europe that is considered apt for families.

London

For a long time, London is considered as the top most holiday destinations in Europe for families. The city is the greatest example of the amalgamation of the tradition with the contemporary. The best part about the city is that there is something for everyone. You and your children will be mesmerized with the spots like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, British Museum, Piccadilly Circus and so many other spots.

Rome

If you have considered Rome as the next holiday destination with your family, you and your children can create so many memories together as you visit the world famous historical Colosseum and the Pantheon. There are several museums that are kid friendly and there are piazzas or public places tp roam and enjoy gelatos. Basically, it can be said that Rome isana educational city to explore at any age.

Paris

The city is known for its beautiful tourist spots and the name itself brings so much of excitement and thrill. Paris is popular for its iconic historical landmarks that the kids will love to explore and have an enriching and fun filled vacation. Centre Pompidou and Jardin de Luxembourg along with the City of Light are a must visit. Furthermore, visiting Eiffel Tower, especially in the evening is simply jawdropping to watch.

Edinburgh

If you are travelling to the beautiful Scottish city of Edinburg with your family, perhaps visiting in the month of August is the best idea. During the month, the Annual Edinburg Festival takes place in the city. Your kids will simply enjoy every bit of it. They can even try their feet at the traditional bagpipe tunes and have the best of the moments. The ancient Edinburg Castle is also an attraction of noteworthy.

Spain

The beautiful countryside alongside the warm sunny weather and the kid friendly beaches make Spain one of the perfect destinations for enjoying family vacations. There are so many different activities to get indulged in that the kids won’t get bored at all. Mountain biking is one of the popular sports loved by the biking enthusiasts. You can accompany your little one and explore the towns and cities of the country on bikes. This is an excellent way of creating memories and having fun.

 

 

 

The Habit Burger Grill Cooks Up “Charburger Challenge” for National Burger Month

May is National Burger Month and this year, The Habit Burger Grill is challenging burger lovers to get creative and celebrate their favorite charburger through their social media contest, ‘Charburger Challenge.’

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Photo: A delicious cheeseburger from the Habit.

Beginning May 1, The Habit will encourage guests to take their best category-inspired photos and share on social media using the hashtag, #CharburgerChallenge. The weekly categories are:

Week 1

May 1 – May 7: ‘Me and My Charburger’– when the only thing that matters in this moment is America’s Best Tasting Burger. Share the moment.

 

Week 2

May 8 – May 14‘Start Your Habit Early’– We love our little Habit fans! Snap the cutest picture of your favorite little Charburger lover with their go-to Habit order.

 

Week 3

May 15 – May 21‘Perfect Pairing’– Who is your Charburger’s BFF? Share your favorite Habit sides with your Charburger.

 

Week 4

May 22 – May 28‘Habit Your Way’ – Custom-built and made-to-order. Show us what makes your Charburger the best in all the land?

 

At the end of each week, one winner will be selected from participants to win a $100 gift card to The Habit. Weekly winners will then be entered into the grand prize contest where fans will vote on their favorite photo during the week of May 29- June 1. The grand prize winner will be awarded a $200 Habit Gift Card and exclusive Habit merchandise.

 

For more information and detailed contest rules on the ‘Charburger Challenge,’ click here.

The Habit is known for its award-winning Charburger which features 100% fresh, never frozen ground beef grilled over an open flame and topped with melted cheese, caramelized onions, pickles, fresh tomato, crisp lettuce, and mayo served on a toasted bun. Their restaurants have been serving the Best Tasting Burger in America exactly this way since the first Habit opened in 1969.

Connect with The Habit on social media at facebook.com/habitburgerinstagram.com/habitburgergrilltwitter.com/habitburger and youtube.com/habittube. 

About The Habit Burger Grill

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh hand-cut salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit Burger Grill opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969 and has since grown to more than 175 restaurants in 16 markets throughout California, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia and Washington. More information is available at www.habitburger.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free gift card to feature. Info was provided.

GRAMMY Museum FREE For Moms On Mother’s Day!

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In celebration of Mother’s Day, this Sunday, May 14,  all moms can visit the GRAMMY Museum for free! Plus, it’s the last day of their Jim Marshall’s 1967 exhibit, which features 60 images taken by legendary photographer Jim Marshall in San Francisco in 1967.

 

Credit: The GRAMMY Museum.

Last minute Mother’s Day getaway — Catalina Island!

Looking for another great last minute gift for Mom this weekend? How about whisking mom away for a quick island escape – to Catalina Island! Mother’s Day packages include overnight accommodation at Hotel Atwater for Sunday night and Sunday brunch at Avalon Grille.

 

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I know this would be a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day weekend!

Available to book online here: https://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/specials-packages/hotels/mothers-day-package

 

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received. Info and photos were provided. 

Yogurtland ‘s Newest Hand Crafted Flavors Bring Beloved Family Recipes To Every Spoonful

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Inspired by the family recipes everyone knows and loves, Yogurtland is introducing five new scratch-made flavors that will have fans loving each spoonful more than the last. Yogurtland’s hand crafted yogurt flavors are made at its very own dairy, filling each step of the tasty frozen yogurt creation process with love and quality.

These new promotional flavors, available from April 3 to June 4, explore the tastes of delicious home-made favorites. These new flavors join more than 200 other hand crafted, gourmet flavors that are created with mastery and care, and with one thing in mind – delighting guests.

As a tribute to all the things our guests love, Yogurtland begins the yogurt journey with their new love-inspired cup. Adorned with a heart filled with all things symbolizing Yogurtland, the new cups reflect Yogurtland’s dedication and love for scratch-made yogurt and delicious flavor while customers experience love from the beginning of their visit through their very last bite.

“A consistent thread shared by our fans and employees alike is a love for Yogurtland. From our delicious frozen yogurt to the personalized experience, our fans are passionate about creating the ultimate treatexperience,” said Chad Bailey, senior director of marketing, Yogurtland. “These flavors give our fans another reason to love coming to Yogurtland.”

With these family recipe inspired flavors, fans can connect with yogurt flavors beyond taste, it will be reminiscent of past memories and cherished experiences with friends and family. The five mouth-watering flavors are:

–       Grandma’s Famous Marionberry Pie- This scrumptious dessert will win the hearts of Yogurtland lovers by combining real Marion blackberry with sweet shortbread cookie. Notes of buttery, golden piecrust for a complete dessert sensation follow the delicious fruity taste of marionberry.

 

–       Momma’s Secret Recipe Almond Fudge Gelato- Go nutty for this perfect combination of chocolate and almond. This flavor pairs rich fudge notes and almond tastes to create a creamy and sophisticated gelato.

 

–       Blue Ribbon Pineapple Upside Down Cake- Flavor-packed with delectable caramelized pineapple flavors followed by buttery, dense cake notes combines to adapt the many layers of the traditional pineapple upside down cake into yogurt form.

 

–       Spring’s Simply Sweet Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares- Enjoy a taste of grandma’s kitchen without the guilt. This no sugar added flavor combines real peanut butter with yummy marshmallow flavor to create the true marshmallow square taste.

 

–       Pairings and Sharings Strawberry Basil Lemonade Sorbet- This drink-inspired sorbet will be the perfect thirst quencher on a hot day. The subtle balance between sweet and tart, this flavor combines two varieties of sweet strawberries and tangy lemon. Real basil and hints of mint add a cooling freshness to finish this flavor taste.

My favorite so far?  The Blue Ribbon Pineapple Upside Down Cake! This one is simply delicious! I highly recommend that you try it before it’s gone! 

 

Yogurtland’s flavorologists are continually seeking craveable flavors that keep fans loving their experience. Yogurtland owns its own dairy and by controlling the frozen yogurt making process, the company can deliver the highest quality flavors, setting new standards for millions of fans.

 

All of Yogurtland’s flavors meet the National Yogurt Association Criteria for “live and active culture frozen yogurt” and are produced in a kosher-certified facility. Yogurtland features non-fat and low-fat yogurt flavors as well as non-dairy and no sugar added choices while using milk that does not contain antibiotics or added hormones. Fruit flavors are fortified with Vitamin C for an extra boost.

 

Presently Yogurtland has more than 330 locations across the U.S., Australia, Guam, Singapore, Thailand, Venezuela and Dubai. Flavors are always subject to creative change and popular demand. For more information, visit http://www.yogurt-land.com or http://www.facebook.com/yogurtland.

 

Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to visit my favorite Yogurtland and will be trying these delicious new flavors!  Photo images were also provided.

 

Red Hot Teen Retailer Five Below To Open Its First L.A. Stores, April 21st! Grand Opening at the Hawthorne location this weekend!

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Looking for a really cool store for ‘Tweens and Teens? This is the store to visit!

Starting April 21, LA area teens, tweens and their parents will experience a greater degree of “cool” when the trend-right, extreme-value retailing phenomenon Five Below opens its first nine stores in California.
You may not be familiar with Five Below (after all, the Philadelphia-based company’s closest location to LA is Oklahoma), but it is a hip, high-energy destination for the younger demographic looking for “gotta have” stuff — including backpacks, sporting goods, iPhone cases, books, candy, makeup and hundreds of other items — all for $5 or less.  (https://www.fivebelow.com)  The company currently has nearly 600 stores in 32 states (plus Washington, D.C.).
My 13-year-old son and I had the opportunity to visit the store the other day and were quite impressed! It is already open but there will be some Grand Opening specials this weekend such as hotdogs for 5 cents!
My favorite things were the T-shirts and the Big Pinwheels! My son loved the BIG candy selection!
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Everything there is between the prices of $1-$5. I like that there is such a variety of products. They have a really great selection of Mothers Day cards by the way! 😉
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I really think that both Tween and Teenage girls and boys will like the store! I know that my son wouldn’t mind going back to this one again soon!
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Self Disclosure: I received a gift card to shop with my son. No other compensation was received. 

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Teams Up With Autism Speaks To Increase Acceptance and Understanding of Autism

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Family-owned, award-winning barbeque destination Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is teaming up with Autism Speaks to help increase understanding and acceptance of autism. The April campaign marks World Autism Month.

During April, Lucille’s will donate to Autism Speaks the Round It Up America contributions – in which guests “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar – at 22 participating locations throughout Arizona, California and Nevada. Team members at Lucille’s restaurants will wear buttons and blue beads, the color of Autism Speaks, to show their support. Tabletop signage will share information about autism and Autism Speaks.

To kick off the promotion, on Sunday, April 2, for each donation of $5 or more, Lucille’s will give guests a $10 bonus card good for a return visit. (One per table, please.) Lucille’s will also be serving up a ‘Blueberry and Basil Margarita,’ a blue drink inspired by the color of Autism speaks, that combines El Jimador Reposado Tequila, fresh basil, vibrant blueberries and is then hand-shaken with agave nectar and fresh lime juice. For each drink sold, Lucille’s will donate an additional $1 towards their final donation to Autism Speaks.

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People with autism spectrum disorder may have challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech or nonverbal communication, but they also may have unique strengths. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

“Autism hits close to home for the Lucille’s family,” said Brad Hofman, president of Hofman Hospitality Group, parent company of Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. “This year, we are expanding our support to include all of our restaurants. Together with our guests we can make difference in the lives of those affected by autism.”

Last year, Lucille’s two Las Vegas restaurants raised about $2,000 for Autism Speaks. This year, Lucille’s hopes to raise more than $30,000 to help the nonprofit organization support research into the causes and better interventions for autism.

“We’re thrilled to work with Lucille’s on a larger scale this April,” said Autism Speaks Vice President of Corporate Development Peter Morton. “This fundraising campaign helps us ensure that children and adults with autism have access to reliable information and services throughout their lives.”

Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse with a distinctive Southern décor that features reclaimed wood outline doors and windows for a rustic yet contemporary look. Lucille’s features blues-inspired art throughout the restaurant and the Flying Pig lounge.  Lucille’s has been participating in Round It Up America, a platform that encourages restaurant guests to donate change; over the past ten years, Round It Up America has collectively raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations and programs across the country.

My husband and I had the opportunity to visit Lucille’s and the food is simply fabulous! The service is great and we both highly recommend! Here are a few of our favorites:

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They have the best BBQ and my personal favorite is the Fried Chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, and veggies! It is soooo good! They have a great selection of appetizers too! And, you simply can’t leave without having dessert!

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They have the best Banana Pudding! 

 

ABOUT AUTISM

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.

 

About Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Signal Hill, Calif.-based Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que (lucillesbbq.com) offers award-winning, savory, Southern-style food in 22 full-service, high-energy restaurants throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. Signature slow-smoked barbeque, flavorful appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sides and desserts are served with a large helping of down-home, friendly service. Lucille’s restaurants are reminiscent of a Southern roadhouse replete with its distinctive front Southern decor, and select locations offer live blues entertainment at the Flying Pig Lounges. Family-owned, Lucille’s has plans to expand its unique brand of Southern hospitality to more locations in the future.

 

For more information, visit lucillesbbq.comfacebook.com/LucillesSmokehouseBBQ or twitter.com/Lucilles_BBQ.

Self Disclosure: I was able to review Lucille’s prior to posting. No other compensation was received. 

Say Aloha to Pineapple Season at Islands Restaurants SoCal restaurant celebrates the tropical fruit’s peak season with new pairing menu and you have to try the New Limited Items too!

Synonymous with warm weather and beach days, sweet and tangy pineapples hit peak season from March through July. Islands Restaurants, known for its surf-inspired menu and ice-cold tropical drinks, is celebrating the tropical gem with a special Pineapple Pairing Menu this spring.

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Starting April 1 and running through May 31, pineapple lovers will find a limited time Pineapple Pairing Menu with suggested pairings of popular pineapple dishes from the main menu. Favorites include the Hawaiian Burger, topped with fresh grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce, paired with the Big Island Iced Tea; the Yaki Tacos, topped with a house-made grilled pineapple salsa, paired with a refreshing Piña Colada; and the Hoisin Beach Bowl, made with chunks of fresh grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables, served over brown rice with mahi mahi or chicken and paired with a signature Mai Tai. Each pairing is meant to complement and bring out the sweet and savory flavors of the fruit.

Kids can join in on the fun with a themed coloring contest, which will also run through the end of May. To enter, kids simply design and decorate the pineapple coloring sheets provided in restaurant, and parents or legal guardians post the colorful creations to social media using #PineappleParadise and #IslandsBurgers for a chance to win $50 to Islands. Ten lucky winners will be selected. For kids that love pineapple, Islands Gremmie Menu features a dish popular with both kids and parents, fresh pineapple spears with yogurt dip.

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My husband and I had the opportunity to visit our favorite local Islands in Redondo Beach this past week and were quite impressed with the service and the food! I do have to admit that I am always quite impressed with the friendly service and delicious food at this local restaurant.  But, here’s some news! Islands has two items that are only available for a limited time!  They are the Moa Kaneohe Crisp with fried chicken, applewood smoked bacon, Swiss cheese and tomato and the Moa Mauna Loa Crisp with fried chicken, topped with buffalo sauce, bleu cheese crumbles and tomato.  We tried the Moa Kaneohe Crisp and it was delicious!  I am hoping that this one will stay on the menu for a long time!

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We also tried some of the Pineapple menu items and I do have a favorite new Taco! The Yaki Tacos are really tasty! I just loved the house-made grilled pineapple salsa! Another hit is the Hawaiian Burger!  I have to agree that pairing these meals up with a Pineapple drink such as a Mai Tai is a really great idea!

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My husband and I also had to have two of our regular favorites!

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I simply can not go to Islands and not start my meal with their Spinach & Artichoke Dip! My husband loves their Buffalo Wings! 

We highly recommend going to Islands this month! I suggest going there as soon as possible and try their delicious Moa Kaneohe Crisp and their Yaki Tacos!  I know you will love the food and I still think that they only pick the friendliest of staff!  

 

Follow Islands on Twitter and Instagram at @IslandsBurgers and like Islands at www.facebook.com/IslandsRestaurants. Don’t forget to share your favorite pineapple moments by using hashtags #PineappleParadise and #IslandsBurgers!

About Islands Restaurants

Founded in 1982, Islands focuses on providing the finest quality food and an outstanding guest experience. The company’s philosophy that eating out should not be complicated is reflected in the simple, fresh ingredients found in its signature burgers that are never frozen, daily fresh cut fries and the best tropical drinks around – all served in a laid back, beach-inspired environment. The Carlsbad-based company operates 55 restaurants throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. For more information visit www.islandsrestaurants.com.