A lot of my friends on Facebook lately have been taking their children to amusement parks. Because I covered tourism and hospitality for years, I'm going to assume it's because this off season (at least on the east coast) means more park to themselves. So I discovered this great blog today: Theme Park Insider, which has been named the top theme park site by Forbes and Travel + Leisure magazines. Theme Park Insider is written and managed by Robert Niles, a "former Walt Disney World attractions host, trainer, and lead, who worked at the Magic Kingdom from 1987 to 1991." Niles has since become a journalist for a number of news organizations, including the Los Angeles Times and Rocky Mountain News. Read the full post on PR Newswire for Bloggers here.
I'm heading to a friend's house for Thanksgiving and am on the hunt for a side dish to bring. I want something healthy (because I know how much stuffing I'll want to eat), but also full of flavor. Fortunately, blogs like Treble in the Kitchen that balance delicious food with healthy living are the perfect remedy. As Tara Deal Rochford writes, “Creating new workouts is something fun for me, and experimenting in the kitchen is a daily occurrence in my life. This blog is updated daily with my latest kitchen creation, sweaty workout, or quick and simple meal.” She took her blog’s name from an apron her grandmother made that combined her love of music with cooking. In addition to blogging since 2011, Tara helps others embrace a healthy lifestyle as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor, and Les Mills Certified Body Pump Instructor. Tara’s recipe for a Winter Squash Salad is a strong contender for my Thanksgiving side dish. And I definitely relate to her post about struggling to enjoy the holidays without fretting over the cookie I just ate. In fact, it prompted me to sign up for The “Good Life” Holiday Challenge she shared. Read the full post here.
I came across an interesting blog today: The Green Divas. The Green Divas -- founder and host Megan McWilliams, co-host Mizar Turdiu, and "happy" booker and foodie-phile editor Gina Gioldassis -- host a weekly, Internet-based radio show through their blog, social media, and live call-in chats. "The green divas radio show offers listeners information on green or sustainable living from a guilt-free, low-stress perspective making information accessible to a broad audience using credible information, humor and technology," the blog says. I really enjoyed The Green Divas' post on Thanksgiving recipes, saving the bees and reducing holiday waste. I also took to a recent post on chia seeds: An Aztec Warrior's Secret Wellness Weapon. Finally, who wouldn't find interesting a list of the best green cars for 2014? Read the full post here.
Bonus post: Grammar Hammer: Into the Great Wide Open. You know what’s been tripping me up as of late? When to use “in” versus “into.” I don’t know why this is suddenly so complicated to me, but that’s the beauty of having a weekly deadline where I can write about such things; it gives me an excuse to settle the spectacular arguments I have with myself on how something should be written. In order to try and simplify the differences here, I’m going to break things down by function. Read the full post here.