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Monday, June 30, 2008

Top 10 Places to Celebrate Independence Day

Couple of days more to go and America will be celebrating Independence Day on 4th of July. Have you thought yet about what to do or where to go to celebrate Independence Day? You might as well find out the Top 10 Places to celebrate Independence Day:

A city that cradled the American Revolution and once threw wild tea parties, today Boston hosts a party of a different kind, as one of the nation’s premier July 4th destinations. More than 200 events make up a fun-filled six-day calendar during the annual Boston Harborfest, which kicks off on July 1st and continues through the Independence Day holiday.

Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard
With their sand dunes and salty air, lighthouses and quaint fishing villages, Cape Cod and its neighboring islands make superb Independence Day retreats, with dozens of parades, picnics and fairs that will have you humming the “Star Spangled Banner” all holiday long. Three of our favorite Independence Day events are the barbecue at the Old Whaling Church in Martha's Vineyard (in Edgartown), where you'll get a taste of New England cooking and a dose of nostalgia for the country's old maritime days; the Bike and Carriage Parade in Falmouth (on Cape Cod), where participants dress up as Uncle Sam and parade around in these decorated modes of transport; and Nantucket's Grucci fireworks display on Jetties Beach.

Chicagoans get so amped for the city’s annual Independence Day festivities that they actually kick off the revelry days in advance. Spectacular firework displays, fun festivals, rockin’ concerts and ballgames make the city an obvious choice for a holiday hurrah. Of course, no 4th of July would be complete without a colorful fireworks extravaganza — the most elaborate display is set to patriotic music and lights up the sky over the Navy Pier, a superb location with sweeping skyline views along Lake Michigan.

Mount Rushmore
Acclaimed as one of the ten man-made wonders of the world, Mount Rushmore is as grand a tribute to American history as one can get and, not surprisingly, a prime national monument for Independence Day celebrations. The imperial visages of four of the country’s most venerated leaders — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt — are etched into the Black Hills of South Dakota, and visible from multiple spots in the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Where better to celebrate America’s independence than in the city of our nation’s birth — Philadelphia? The old stomping grounds of the Founding Fathers, this history-rich city lays claim to being the place where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were both drafted. More than 200 years later, Philadelphians are still ready to get all riled up in the name of independence, with a superb week-long celebration. Start off your visit to the city of Brotherly Love by visiting its most iconic symbol of freedom, the Liberty Bell; it, and the historic sites in Independence Mall will have extended viewing hours over the holiday.

Queen Mary 2
The Cunard Line’s prestigious Queen Mary 2 embodies the essence of luxury cruising, and the ship's six-night "Independence Day Getaway" over the July 4th weekend is a brilliant opportunity to hail the Queen stateside (while celebrating our separation form the British monarchy!) This rare local sailing — most QM2 itineraries cover transatlantic or Caribbean jaunts — departs from New York on July 2 and calls on Boston, Bar Harbor and Halifax.

San Diego
Barbecues, beer, bonfires and fantastic fireworks — if there's one beach town that packs a party on July 4, it’s San Diego. The sprawling shores along Mission and Pacific beaches are crowded with merry sunbathers from dawn 'til dusk — some dedicated holiday celebrants even camp out overnight to ensure a prime spot on the sand. Plenty of oh-so-American activities will keep you occupied both on and around the holiday — like the three-week San Diego County Fair on the Del Mar Fairgrounds. But the real action starts after dark, when a no-holds-bar pyrotechnics show lights up the sky before fizzling into the ocean.

San Juan Islands
Watching a bald eagle fly overhead is bound to get you into a stars-and-stripes state of mind and the San Juan Islands, off the coast of Washington state, are one of the few places in the U.S. where such sightings are commonplace. Of the more than 700 islands that make up the chain, your best bet for July 4 is the eponymous San Juan Island, where you’ll find the aptly named Fourth of July Beach along Griffin Bay; claim your spot along the sand, and spend your day swimming, playing softball, and roasting marshmallows on bonfires below the tide line.

U.S. Virgin Islands
St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John are the only American-owned islands in the Caribbean and they pull out all the stops with two celebratory holidays: their own Emancipation Day, on July 3rd (to commemorate the end of the slave trade), and Independence Day, on July 4 (since joining the U.S. in 1917), culminating with a parade on St. John, the tiniest, and, arguably, prettiest, of the islands. Not only is airfare to the isles cheaper in late June and July, but hotel rates are nearly half off their winter highs as well, making a visit here a cultural treat and a bona fide bargain.

Washington, D.C.
Of course the nation’s capital is going to rank as a top ten place to celebrate the nation’s birthday! Several exciting events lead up to the culmination of the July 4th festivities, one of which is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival along the National Mall. The festival runs until July 6 and features artists, artists, performers, and craftspeople. Next up is Constitution Avenue, where the massive National Independence Day Parade incorporates a stream of lavish floats, bands, giant balloons, and military groups and makes for an impressive spectacle against the backdrop of imposing national monuments. Finally, as night falls on July 4, the free A Capitol Fourth concert kicks off on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building, with special guest performances accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra.


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Colorado Top 3 Most tech Savvy State

I am proud to find out that the State of Colorado tops third in the Ten Most Tech Savvy State according to the Milken Institute’s 2008 State Technology and Science Index. Massachusetts tops the tech-savvy state in the nation beating out California, Texas, and New York. Maryland ranks second, followed by Colorado and California as fourth.

Here is the list of the top ten most tech savvy states:

1) Massachusetts
2) Maryland
3) Colorado
4) California
5) Washington
6) Virginia
7) Connecticut
8) Utah
9) New Hampshire
10) Rhode Island

Find out more for the rest of the story here.....

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Links Around the World

I grabbed this meme from Maricel, the original author of this tag. Thank you sis for coming up with this creative idea of helping all bloggers build our technorati authority and hopefully our google page rank as well.

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This is the Links Around The World Tag.

1. Place your link after the list. If you have more than 1 blog, feel free to add them all here!
2. After placing your blog's address/es, you must tag 5 or more bloggers that is not yet in the list, this is to keep the ball rolling.
3. Here is the best part: Make sure to update your list every now and then, by getting the master list here.

1 - Momhood Moments 2 - Business Mars 3 - Pinay Mommy Online 4 - OnlineBiz and Resources 5 - A Simple life 6 - moms….. check nyo 7 - Mommy’s Little Corner 8- Princezz 9 - Princess 10 - Random Thoughts 11 - Paradigm 12 - See Me For What You Will 13 - Pamp's Blog Corner 14 - Pampered 15 - HappyHeart 16 - Qtcotzkie and Baby 17 -tragicseven 18 - s.t.a.r.d.u.s.t. 19 -Twinkletoe I 20 - Twinkletoe II 21 - Kaye's Side 22 - out of the box 23 - Just Saying 24 - Tipsy Tips 25 - Different Angles 26 - Delicious Corner 27 - I Care 28 - Blog Blag Blog 29 - Daily List 30 - Life's Journey 31 -Cecil 32 -Ron & Cecil 33 - Frenchcess 34 -Trendy Momma 35 - Cherish 36 -Dha Maldita 37 - Lovin’ Purple 38 - The Notebook 39 - Saranghaeyo 40 - Welcome to my Crib 41 - Hearts Desire 42 - Island Paradise 43 - Texas Life 44 - Long Journey 45 - D' Cooking Mudra 46 - My life 47- Swept Away 48 - Winged Words 49 - Rainier and Katrina 50 - Life! Learn it. Live it. Love it. 51 - Colour Our World 52 - pinkykei 53 - Choc Mint Girl 54 - The Next Chapter 55 - Painted Life 56 - Jannesse 57 - Shopaholic Pat 58 - A Matter of Perspective 59- Ang Therapist 60- Endometriosis & Fertility Resource Page 61- Freebies Australia 62- Abstract Musings 63 - Joey M.D. 64 - The Working Mom 65 - Online Raket 66 - Ang.Lakambini.Org 67 - Listen to the Beat 68 - The Strategist Notebook 69 - Link Addiction 70 - Ardour of the Heart 71 - When Life Becomes a Book 72 - The Malaysian Life 72 - 74 - What goes under the sun 75 - Roshidan’s Cyber Station 76 - Sasha says 77 - Arts of Physics 78 - And the legend lives 79 - My View, My Life 80 - A Simple Life 81 - Juliana RW 82 - The Callalily Space 83 - Petra Summer in Blue 84 - Confessions of an Army Wife 85 - Bless’ Sanctuary Happy Life 86 - 87 - La Place de Cherie 88 - Chez Francine 89 - Le bric a brac de Cherie 89 - Little Peanut 90 - Pea in a Pod 91 - The Creative In Me 92 - Me and Mine 93 - Expressions from the Heart 94 - TeacherJulie 95 - Sweetbites by Bang 96 - Paul, Toni and Lance - Bridging the Distance 97 - Our Growing Family 98 - The Uncensored life of me 99 - My Untamed World 100 - Something Purple, A Detour 101 - Something Purple 102 - Changing Lanes 103 -Blog District 104 - The Chic Shopaholic 105 - Gracie de guzman 106 - The Wifey Diaries 107 - Kelli 108 - Sindi 109 - Mark 110 - Mrs. Nespy 111 - My Kids Mom 112 - Bringing up Salamanders 113 - Turtleheart Cove 114 - Turtleheart Crafts! 115 -Mom Knows Everything 116 - Beth & Cory's Mom 117 - A Mind Forever Voyaging 118 - enjoying the ride 119 - Jennifer's thoughts 120 - Mom of 3 Girls 121 - Amanda 123 - Don't Make Me Get The Flying Monkeys 124 - ExPat Mom 125 - Just Jessie 126 - Wilson Six 127 - Krisitn 128 - Nuttier Than You 129 - Shonnte 130 - Summer's Nook 131 - Laura Williams Musings 132 - Sher 133 - Shanda 134 - Seven QTPies 135 - Mel 136 - Skittles 137 - Lady Banana 138 - Make Every Day Your Lucky Day 139 - Thumbelina Creations 140 - Ivonnardona’s Creations 141 - Jewellery Craft 142 - A Bead a Day 143 - Useless Ramblings 144 -Candid Yammering 145 - Green Eyed Mama 146 - Mother May I 147 - Full Time in New Mexico 148 - Dragonflys Musings 149 - Missbodybeautiful 150 - My Thoughts and Moods 151- My JOurney 152 - Celebrate Life 153 - Deeply In love 154 - mY pReciOus 155 - mY vOyAge 156 -denz techtronics 157 - denz recreational 158 - Cashing 159 - Icelog 160 - Life's Impression 161 - Liza 162 - Its Not A Weekend;Its a Lifestyle 163 - Napaboaniya APAD 164 - the travelling ducks 165 - Rooms of My Heart 166 -Lifes with the Two Crazy Dogs 167 - Pearly with Love 168 - Rose' World 169 - A Roadmap Of Memories 170 - Blog Indulgence! 171 - My Wanderings 172 - Maiylah’s Snippets 173 - Picture Clusters 174 - MyOwnUtopia 175 - Bahchi 176 - Adie 177 - LiLo 178 - Kulit’s Money Making Tactics 179 - Yotoblog 180 - My so-called world 181 - Labski 182 - Pamps' Blog Corner 183 - Pamps' Pamps Compilation of Videos 184 - Mailboxmoney 185 - Rainbow Traveller 186 - Urban Arts 187 -Cybercoolsnews 188 - Cybertunes 189 - Cybershopping 190 - Hip Hop Fanatic 191 - About Blog Contests 192 - Free Music Lyrics and Videos 193 - Total Health Blog 194 - In The Life Of...Mne 195 -In My Kitchen 196 - Get Your Wish 197 -UTOPIA 198 - Amei79 199 - Just About Make Money Online 200 - Scrappynhappy 201 - Byaheng Pinay 202 - Pinay dot US 203 - Photographs and memories 204 - My Blog Entry 205 Kevin Tracy Online 206 - The MSPaint Comic 207 - Cheeky-Pinay 208 - 209 - Watchamacallit! 210 - Nellypie's Chatterbox 211.Pinay heart wanderings and musings 212. Me, the islands and the world 213. SLIDES 214. CLAIRE...BY HEART 215.Pinay heart wanderings and musings 216 - Me, the islands and the world 217. Janeth Vicy's Life Journey 218-Belen's Survivor Mom 219. When mom more problem 220. Cheerful's Journey 221. YOU'RE NEXT! =)

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I'm tagging my blogger friends around the world namely; Ella, Ester, Honey, Kate, Maritess, Yums and Jamie.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Family Vacation in Las Vegas

We just had our Family vacation in Las Vegas from June 6th to the 12th. We spent six days at Circus Circus Hotel. Hubby, me and the children started our trip Friday morning and arrived in Vegas at around 5 or 6 pm. It was an 8 hr long drive from Colorado. On our way to Vegas, I took some photos of the beautiful mountains of Colorado, Utah and Nevada. Hope you enjoy these photos.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Got Tagged!

I was tagged by Vhiel, though I'm not a mommy yet but a step-mom to my hubby's children so I think that counts. Thanks Vhiel for this nice tag.

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1. Copy and paste this tag from "Start Here" to "End Here". (don't forget the image)

2. Place your blog's name with your URL at the end of the tag. If you have more than one blog, please add them too! Just make sure that you post this tag in all of your blogs.

3. Tag 5 blogs that is not yet in this post (just to avoid duplications ^_^ )

4. This is the twist... Go to the 5 blogs that you tagged and comment on any of their posts. Why? So that search engines can crawl to your site. ^_^

5. Return to the Momhood Moments blog and leave a comment saying that you joined the tag together with the URL of the tag. I'll be checking on it and add you in the master list.

Momhood Moments Tags You List:1. Momhood Moments 2. Business Mars 3. Concealed Mind 4. 5. Vhiel's Corner 6. Anything and Everything in Between 7. Can of Thoughts 8. Pinay dot US 9. My Blog Entry 10. Byaheng Pinay

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I'm passing this tag to other mommies in the blogosphere namely Pinaysmiles, Pinaymama, Amor, Em, and Fe.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dinosaur Hill - Fruita, Colorado

Dinosaur Hill may no longer be an active dinosaur dig site but it has yielded important finds. In 1901, Elmer S. Riggs, Assistant Curator of Paleontology at the Field Museum in Chicago, unearthed roughly 2/3 of an Apatosaurus, the 70-foot plant-eating dinosaur once referred to as the Brontosaurus, at this spot between Fruita and Colorado National Monument. The 1-mile, self-guided interpretive trail offers insight to the area’s paleontological and geological importance and includes a stop at the site excavated by Riggs.

Dinosaur Hill information booth.

Just taking a pose.

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The boulder above bears the mold of a femur (upper back leg bone) of a Diplodocus-like dinosaur. Fossils of various freshwater clams are also embedded in the boulder, which was submerged in the ancient river channel. The boulder broke away from it's original position, several feet higher up the hill.

Dinosaur Hill is located 1.5 miles south of Fruita on Hwy 340. From I-70, exit 19 - CO 340 (Fruita/US-6/Colorado National Monument). Turn left on CO 340 and travel south.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Grand Mesa

This photo was taken during my first couple of months of my arrival in the US. I think it was in February 2007. Hubby took me a ride around to see some beautiful views of the mountain.

We drove to the Grand Mesa and took a photo from the top of the mountain over looking the Valley. The photo above was taken during winter time.

The Grand Mesa is largest mesa in the world, it has an area of about 500 square miles (1300 km²) and stretches for about 40 miles (65 km) east of Grand Junction between the Colorado River and the Gunnison River. Hubby took this photo just last month.

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