Have safe and happy July 4th celebrations

Tomorrow is the day when Americans will be celebrating Independence with fireworks, food and fun.  As a web designer I love technology, but as a mother and grandmother, I urge all of you to use safety measures if you or your children are going to handle fireworks.

Technology advances are not restricted to computers and televisions, today’s cutting edge technology includes the ability of fireworks. This year’s fireworks can display shapes, different colors, words and even designs.  Don’t let fascination with these advances dull your vigilance toward safety measures around fireworks.


Vote for your favorite Iowa Attractions

Vote for Iowa Attractions as an “8th Wonder”
Four Iowa attractions are finalists for Virtual Tourist’s 8th Wonder of the World contest. You can vote for your favorite through September 30.
Iowa finalists include the Fenelon Place Elevator in Dubuque, the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott and the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden in Des Moines.
Vote for your favorite by clicking here.

GasBuddy – a great money saving application

While on my first cross-country book tour last year, I discovered GasBuddy.com and have been using not only it’s website, but the ipad and iphone application every since.  The GasBuddy app lets you type in the city, state or zip code to “find gas” nearby, using crowd-sourced updates to keep the pricing current (each price shows how recent the update is in minutes, hours or days). You can filter by gas type (regular, midgrade, premium, diesel) as well as distance/price.

As my husband and I prepare for my next cross-country book tour this winter, GasBuddy will be one of the apps we can’t live without as it has already helped save hundreds of dollars on book tour gasoline expenses.

Northwest Iowa Bed and Breakfasts Launch New Web site for Travelers

If your travel plans are taking you to NW Iowa this season, there is a new online resource to assist you.  The premier Inns of northwest Iowa are all listed on this easy to navigate site, here is a link: http://www.nwiowabedandbreakfasts.com/

Local attractions are listed as are golf courses. The group even furnishes you a link to order a bike guide/map for Iowa — a great resource for serious bicyclists.

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Chocolate Facial Mask for Innkeepers or Inn Travelers

Chocolate Facial Mask — a fun idea for any Valentine’s Day celebration or preparing for a romantic getaway for two at your favorite Bed and Breakfast Inn!

This decadent mask is actually an excellent moisturizer — it leaves your skin baby soft. Recommended for normal skin.

1/3 cup cocoa
3 tbsp. heavy cream
2 tsp. cottage cheese
¼ cup honey
3 tsp. oatmeal powder

Mix all ingredients together and smooth onto face. Relax for ten 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

Homemade spa treatments, beauty treatments, cosmetics and more, courtesy of SpaIndex.com: Guide to Day Spas and Stay Spas. The web’s most comprehensive resource for Spa Enthusiasts.