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About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

Three Tips For Choosing The Perfect Prom Dress

For many young girls, their prom dress is one of the most important investments that they will ever make. Many of us look back on our prom night with fond memories for years and years afterwards, catching up with good friends from school and showing pictures of our prom night to newfound friends throughout the journey into adult life. Your prom night signifies a huge stepping stone in your life, marking the end of being a high school student and moving on to pursue higher education at college or working in order to pursue an adult career. For many girls, making sure that they pick the perfect prom dress is vital, as making the night one to remember is a priority.

Set A Budget

Prom dresses do not always come cheap, so if you are planning on purchasing a prom dress soon for yourself, your daughter, or another female family member it is important to make sure that you set a firm budget beforehand that you can stick to. It can be easy to get carried away when looking at some of the best prom styles ever and it is not as difficult as you may think to end up blowing your budget, especially with a range of high-end dress designers offering some gorgeous pieces and styles to choose from. However, it is important to make sure that you only buy what you can afford — there is no need to be obligated to purchase a gown that is priced like a wedding dress! Having a budget worked out in advance makes prom dress shopping easier as you are limited to gowns only in your price range.

Think Outside the Box

When you are buying a prom dress, there is no need to only look at gowns, which are labelled as being ‘for prom’ or from a prom dress range. Many designers and retailers will have ‘prom’ dress ranges, especially around this time of year, simply to lure customers in; often with higher prices. However, there is no reason why you will not be able to find a suitable or even a better dress at a lower price in another store that is not part of a dedicated ‘prom’ range. Many dresses would look amazing at prom and they come with the advantage of also being perfect for other occasions in the future, such as weddings.

Dress For Your Body Type

Ultimately, the perfect prom dress will be the one which you feel the most comfortable and beautiful in. This can all come down to making sure that you pick the right style of dress for your body type, rather than simply following current trends. For example, if you are small chested, you will want to steer clear of anything with a plunging or v-neckline, instead opting for a higher-necked gown with embellishments to the chest to add definition. Opting for a dress that is matched well to you, rather than simply something that you like, will help you achieve the most perfect look.

Finding the perfect prom dress is not difficult, if you begin early and take the time to explore all your options!

Motherhood: How To Enjoy Being Involved In Your Children’s Lives

Being a mother is a fulfilling experience that can also be quite challenging. Regardless of what your children’s ages are, motherhood is an ongoing job. In order for you to be able to enjoy this role, your children need to feel loved and appreciated, as you teach them about the different aspects of life. It is important to provide your children with an environment where they can develop into independent, confident, and responsible individuals.

Healthy Lifestyle

If your goal is to enjoy being actively involved in your kids’ lives, take good care of yourself, spend time with them, and cherish every moment that you have with them. Taking proper care of your children requires you to ensure that you are also taken care of.

Maintain a lifestyle that your children can aspire to by being healthy and active. This will give you the energy you need to perform your daily tasks. Teach your children the importance of good health by showcasing your healthy lifestyle. Take an occasional break from your regular routine, eat well, squeeze in a daily nap, and get enough rest.

Love And Care

Affection is an important aspect of the relationship that you have with your kids. Even a simple gesture like hugging your child goes a long way towards reminding them that they are loved. Physical touch creates a connection that shows you really care.

Encourage your children with smiles and positive words that will boost their confidence. Let your children know that you love them regardless of how angry or stressed you may be. Your children do not have to earn your love; it is unconditional. Indulge them in plenty of hugs and cuddles that will make them appreciate your affection from an early age. Wifi baby monitor available here.

Positive Feedback

Be a good mother by showing your children your approval and praising them for their accomplishments. Without words of encouragement or approval from you, their confidence may diminish. When they achieve something or do the right thing, acknowledge their actions.

Positive feedback from you should ideally be more than negative feedback. It is just as important to correct your children when they are wrong as it is to praise them when you are happy with their behavior.

Appreciation

Avoid making comparisons between your kids and their siblings or other children. Children are individuals with unique traits and personalities. If you do not appreciate these differences and unique attributes, you risk lowering your child’s self esteem.

Motivate your children to set their own goals instead of forcing them to behave like other people. If you have more than one child, avoid taking sides or making one child feel more valued than the other one.

Communication

Take time to communicate with your children effectively and listen to what they have to say. Aside from enforcing rules, you should be available to talk about your children’s accomplishments and challenges. Your child should always feel comfortable enough to talk to you or express their feelings.

Time

Make enough time for all your kids without excessively pampering them. The time that you spend together is special. Spend time with each child, have conversations, and go out to places that match their individual interests.

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Three Addictive Hobbies That Make You Want To Travel More

In the 1991 unforgettable action/thriller movie Point Break, surfer and bank robbers’ gang leader Bodhi was passionately talking about a surfer’s search for the best waves all around the world. Hunting for something that really makes your heart beat and your soul fill with joy is the curse and the privilege for all those embracing a hobby entirely and irrevocably.

Pursuing a dream and traveling for a particular hobby and not as a hobby in itself is a whole new experience and lifestyle, as people like these do not rest, do not falter, and do not miss any opportunity to hop on the next flight. The virus of their hobbies and the virus of traveling make a heavenly match of these people, keeping them going! Let us see today three of the most “addictive” hobbies that open people’s paths to new traveling adventures:

Photography

Once you get the taste of it, you cannot do anything but pick one of your favorite Serbags vintage messenger bags, fill it up with photography gear, tie your shoelaces tight, and roam the world in search for its beauties. Some people love to capture nature in all its wild glory. Others are fascinated by architecture, some by plain everyday life in remote places, and others by people. It does not matter why you backpack and set foot toward one continent or another. Wanting to get the next best picture is your only desire.

The world is huge, but if you want to start somewhere to scratch the photography hobby itch, there are at least fifty best places to catch on film around the world. Morocco, Iran, Chile, Peru, Russia, Mongolia, Switzerland, New Zealand, and many more are some of the destinations with the highest photographic potential. Beyond landscapes, natural monuments, man-made structures, and glimpses of life, traveling for photography allows you to experience a different life, to immerse in new cultures, to live like locals, to explore little-known places, and to travel even back in time — metaphorically speaking.

Food And Cuisine

Some people love food so much they are willing to turn into real globetrotters to find the most exotic, unusual, tasty (or downright disgusting), unusual, complex, or unheard-of culinary dish. Beyond expert chefs who do this for a living, true gourmands do not necessarily look for recipes, they look for a unique and unforgettable experience. Food and travel bloggers are known for their amazing discoveries and their passionate, selfless ways of sharing them with the entire world. One might say that you will find special food and amazing dishes no matter where you go, after all each different culture comes with its own local cuisine and culinary secrets.

The ones traveling for these experiences rarely make reservations to awarded restaurants. They prefer street food and family food, immersing in new cultures and new ways of life, sharing a table with the locals and understanding the intimate relationship a culture has with its own cuisine. Now we all love Italian food made in Italy, but how about trying the kebab in Armenia, the nasi campuri in Bali, the ceviche in Ecuador, a cup of coffee in Ethiopia, and so on?

Food is a universal language, bringing people together, smashing boundaries, unifying cultures, and giving all a sense of belonging for sharing the collective love for everything that tastes amazing.

Mystery

Humanity loves mysteries and tries to learn as much as it can about secrets that stood the test of time and still fascinate even today. You might say that in a world dominated by science and technology one would not even consider traveling to some of the “most haunted buildings in the world” or to “most breathtaking abandoned places on the planet.”

However, many travelers choose to take the unbeaten path in a quest for exploration, learning, understanding, and amazement. There are still places out there that are still puzzling for the scientists of today and the world entirely. Wanting to see with your very own eyes is a natural human inclination. While some prefer watching documentaries and films, others choose to pack their backpacks and travel to places not many have heard of.

An easy start is Stonehenge in Great Britain, but the mysterious structure is not quite on the unbeaten path, as millions of tourists visit it every year. How about Loch Ness for the fun of it, just to get a taste of what is coming?

If you want to play in the big league, take a trip to the ghost town of Pripyat, Chernobyl, a walk in the Aokigahara Forest in Japan, a ride to Turkmenistan to see the Door to Hell with your very own eyes, a once-in-a-lifetime walk on the Salt Desert of Uyuni in Bolivia, or a trip to pay your respects to the Craddle of Life in Africa. And if you want to experience more than natural phenomena and local legends, put some abandoned-by-society mysterious places on your list!

What is the hobby that keeps you going? What road do you take led by your passion?

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How To Get Rid Of These Three Skin Irritants That Are Probably Hiding In Your Home

While high-quality products are certainly ideal in your ongoing quest for clear skin, break-outs are simply bound to happen. If you are prone to break-outs, but remain convinced that you are doing everything right in terms of skin-care, chances are the culprits are right under your nose!

If you find yourself prone to surprise break-outs and cannot seem to find the source of your woes, consider these three incredibly common skin irritants that may be hiding in your home. While they may take some trial and error to uncover, understanding what is causing your break-outs can be a huge “aha moment!” that keeps your stress levels low and your skin looking fabulous.

Beware Of Your Bed

There is perhaps nowhere more important than your bed when it comes to keeping your skin clear. Think about it: your skin spends hours upon hours against the sheets on any given night. Therefore, it is crucial that you keep your bedding clean and invest in a high-quality sleeping space.

For starters, a high-quality bed is a great starting point for ensuring a better night’s sleep and less potential for irritated skin. While beds with a plush headboard may be fashionable, they are very likely to attract dust particles and allergens. On the flip side, an elegant wooden bed that boasts a solid foundation will not trap irritants and will keep you from tossing and turning.

Likewise, consider investing in a mattress cover and regularly wash your pillow cases. A good night’s sleep can be the difference between clear skin and a nasty breakout: if you are looking to eliminate irritants, start in the bedroom.

Make-Up, Shampoo, And Lotions

Although, it may seem backwards, sometimes the products we use to keep our skin clear are the worst offenders for break-outs. Look through your make-up, hair products, and lotions and consider tossing out anything containing the following:

  • Parabens, which are plastic molecules used to hold lotions together yet commonly irritate sensitive skin
  • Talc, which may potentially clog your pores
  • Alcohol, which tends to dry out the skin (including the skin around your hair and scalp)

Even when purchasing “natural” products, read labels carefully and try to avoid low-quality ingredients that are incredibly common skin irritants. While you may have to spend a bit more cash at the drug store, your skin will thank you in the long-run.

Drive Away Dust

We naturally want to keep dust out of our homes, however hidden dust can cause big trouble for your skin if you do not stay on top of your cleaning routine. This is especially true if you have pets — even if you are not allergic to any animals — pet dander and dust can easily accumulate within your home and wreak havoc on your face.

Beyond simply vacuuming, remember to regularly clean your curtains, which dust tends to cling to. Also, consider investing in an air purifier that will collect particles throughout your home over time and replace the filter accordingly.

Although, you cannot avoid all break-outs, there are steps you can take to keep your home clean and decrease the likelihood of encountering irritants. Stay vigilant with your beauty products and cleaning habits of home and your skin will thank you in the long-run!

Family Friendly Surfing Destinations To Consider

When you are young, a surfing vacation is quite simple to organize. You do not have to worry about much except how much money you save and where you can get the best waves. You think about surf lifestyle clothes, shoes, and accessories and you just want to have a lot of fun. After you get married and you have children, surfing trips tend to disappear. Well, it does not have to be like that. You can always enjoy surfing as a family activity. Just make sure that you plan everything with the entire family in mind. In order to get you started, here are some wonderful family friendly surfing destinations you are bound to love:

Belize

If you love Mad Dogs, you might not want to visit Belize, but in reality this is a great place to visit if you love the outdoors and you want to do some surfing with your entire family. The common belief is that you cannot surf here, but there are different beaches that can be visited if you want to enjoy this activity. Also, Belize offers truly impressive scuba diving and the barrier reefs here are particularly superb. The great thing about it is that the official language in Belize is English. You can so easily find different accommodation types for all possible budgets and the entire family will have something to do.

Punta Mita, Mexico

The waves are perfect for beginners, traveling is really easy, and the water is quite warm. If you are looking for wonderful surfing spots, we recommend the Puerto Vallarta coastline, especially in the north. The beginner breaks are definitely perfect and waves will be long, breaking and rolling in two directions. Many surfers can catch the same wave. Beginners can also enjoy Sayulita, a destination that is perfect for family thanks to extra activities available like zip lining, ATV tours, and horseback riding.

Playa Negra, Costa Rica

Playa Negra offers so many beautiful beachfront vacation homes that will give you really quick surf access and a lot of space to enjoy this sport. In the event that your family wants to rent a beach house and most of the time will be spent relaxing, Playa Negra has to be considered. It is located half an hour away from Tamarindo and the sunsets are simply incredible. You should wake up early, as the beach has a very interesting appeal right after sunrise and you can also consider different other surfing spots that are close-by like Playa Avellanas.

Siargao Island, Philippines

The Philippines is definitely a great place to go to with your entire family, no matter what you may want to enjoy on a vacation. Surfing is available in various places, but Siargao Island has to be considered as the top spot to go to with your family. Since tourism in the region is down, the prices are low so you can afford much more than what you initially imagined. Beginners can easily practice and kids can learn.