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So it is April 1st and a day of foolery! There are several different versions of the origin of this day and one dating back to 1392.  Whatever the reason, it gives us a day to laugh!

And after the long week I have had, laughing is good!   There is something to be said about having a day like this as spring is around the corner and dreams of a vacation loom.  For me this day is the first day of the countdown to a milestone birthday this month!

The jokes and pranks are spreading world-wide and hopefully in good taste 🙂 

Here are a few outrageous ones that I found on www.wikipedia.org from over the years that had me laughing!

Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times announcing that they had purchased the Liberty Bell to “reduce the country’s debt” and renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell”. When asked about the sale, White House press secretary Mike McCurry replied tongue-in-cheek that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be known as the Lincoln Mercury Memorial.

U2 live on rooftop in Cork: In 2009, hundreds of U2 fans were duped in an elaborate prank when they rushed to a shopping centre in Cork believing that the band were playing a surprise rooftop concert. The prank was organised by Cork radio station RedFM. The band was in fact just a tribute band called U2opia.

Trips to Mars:  Expedia  ran a prank on 1 April 2009, offering flights to Mars. This was internally known as Project Dawnstar.

Scratch and Sniff:   In 2010, British newspaper The Sun run an article about its new “Scratch and Sniff” paper, providing a sample of plain newspaper. This led to a lot of readers sniffing the paper in an attempt to smell the scent.

Whatever the joke or prank – take it light-heartedly today.   Luckily April Fool’s Day only happens once a year!

Have a favorite prank to share?

Happy Travels!

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A Journey with Granddaddy

It’s been a long week already as I attended the funeral of my granddaddy.  A funeral of a loved one always puts things into perspective about your own life as well.    He looked so peaceful at the viewing.  In my mind I replay the playing of Taps and the folding of the flag from his coffin as we said our final tearful goodbyes on a hot South Carolina afternoon.   But then I remember all of the wonderful things my granddaddy represented and the love story of him and grandmother.   I find that I draw my sense of strength from him and my sense of humor as well.   I have grown into a successful and family focused person partly because of him.

It was a journey back to the past for me and all the good times shared with him.   The rides on the riding lawn mower, the family reunions, his love of sweets and a game of golf or going to feed the ducks at the lake. 

The day brought smiles as well. It was the coming together of family from all over the US over a meal before the service.  It was the gentle reminder to me from my grandmother after the service to keep the memories alive of granddaddy.   It was the innocence of my son’s face as he watched and heard in awe the 21 gun salute at the grave side service.

These memories along with others from the past will always be in my heart.  I have traveled all over the world but nothing feels more right than when you come back to a place where you have such fond memories.

You are dearly missed Granddaddy but I know you are at peace now.  Thank you for the memories.  Oh and….”Hot Dawg!” – you always made me laugh when you said that 🙂

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A guest post from Blythe Lipman is the president of Baby Instructions

Summer is here and many of you will be traveling with your babies and toddlers. Thought you would enjoy this article.

15 Tips for Traveling with Your Little Ones

If you are planning a summer trip with your baby or toddler, make sure to plan ahead. Here are fifteen sure-fire ways to make traveling easy and fun.

  1. Before your trip, visit the dollar store and stock up on coloring books, paint with water books, and age appropriate toys for your toddler. And save them for a trip.  There is nothing better than something new!
  2. If you have a small video player, stock up on age appropriate movies for your little one. Baby Einstein has some great videos for a younger baby.
  3. If you can plan your plane schedule around your child’s nap-time, your trip will be a breeze.
  4. When traveling on a plane, feed the baby while the plane is taking off and landing. This keeps the Eustachian tubes open so the baby’s ears won’t hurt.
  5. When traveling on a plane with a toddler, it’s sometimes difficult to sit still during take-off and landing. Give him a sippy cup and some goldfish crackers and play a counting game with the crackers. It will be fifteen minutes of fun, instead of fifteen minutes of tantrums.
  6. Always take a change of clothes, extra diapers, wipes and socks for your baby or toddler. Spills happen in the blink of an eye.
  7. Remember to take a change of clothes for yourself on the plane. There is nothing worse than meeting the family smelling like formula.
  8. Bring lots of healthy snacks for your toddler whether you are traveling by car or plane. Buying them at convenience stores can get very costly.
  9. Bring extra formula for your baby when traveling. One spill could result in lots of tears.
  10.  When staying in a hotel, bring along the lullaby CD that you play at home. Most hotels have CD players or you can request one. There is nothing more comforting than the sounds of home.
  11.  And don’t forget to bring your toddler’s favorite lovey and bedtime book along.
  12. Try and stick to your bedtime rituals while away the best you can. Consistency makes everything easier.
  13. If your toddler has a difficult time falling asleep in a different crib or bed, let him listen to your Ipod. He will be snoring away before you can count to ten.
  14. If you are staying in a hotel and are going to hire a sitter for the evening, ask that she come and meet your children a few hours before you leave. It is worth it not to have that dreaded phone call to come back.
  15. Don’t forget to bring along extra batteries, photo card for your camera and protein bars for you.

Most of all have fun and happy travels!

Blythe Lipman is the president of Baby Instructions. She is passionate about babies, toddlers and their parents. After working in the field for over twenty-five years, she wrote her third award-winning book, HELP! MY BABY CAME WITHOUT INSTRUCTIONS which is available at  www.babyinstructions.com  and all major bookstores . You can hear Blythe’s weekly radio show on Mondays, 11am EST @ www.toginet.com  Blythe is available for in-home, video and telephone consultations. ©Blythe Lipman 2010

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I just wanted to post a quick message today to say “Happy 4th of July”!  I feel so lucky to live in a country where I am free to pursue my dreams without persecution and free to live my life to the fullest.

I am truly blessed in this life and feel privileged to do what I do (and what I love!).

May God Bless everyone today and my prayers are with those who fight for our freedom everyday!

I am proud to be an American!

Happy Travels!

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Happy Travels!

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Happy Travels!

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