The Best Winter Vacation Home Report 2018

Vacasa recently put out a list highlighting the Top U.S. Winter Destinations to Buy a Winter Home and I was surprised with the results! Getting away for the winter is a dream of mine, relaxing by a beach, staying warm in the sun, all of the things you can find in summer but during the winter. Oh how wonderful that would be. Working with travel agents, or real estate agents in finding the perfect spot in one of these amazing locations should probably make your new year’s resolution list.

In December home prices already are discounted, so maybe Santa should put a nice winter vacation home under the tree this year. Check out this great list and comment on which location you would love to get away to during these cold St. Louis winters.

The data collected and provided by Vacasa is an excellent way to explore some of the countries hidden gems when Jack Frost decides to come hang out around town. Why bother with slippery roads and fighting the defrost when you can work with one of the largest vacation rental property management companies in North America and find that dream winter vacation home.

Now, not all of these spots that made the list are free from Queen Elsa’s wintry grip, but even those are fascinating in their own regard. Such as my favorite #2 – Mount Hood, OR. It doesn’t sound too familiar but maybe the Timberline Lodge looks familiar when you visit, because it was featured in 1980’s Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining! I’m not exactly sure if it’s available for purchase, but why not check out room 237 when you drive by and see if there is anything interesting going on in there.

Honey, let’s get a winter vacation home…

Eventually, I find myself getting out of St. Louis for a few weekends out of the mid-west winter, maybe this is my push to start really considering it. Probably should clear that with St. Louis Mom first. I know she will love getting away from home for a nice winter vacation. Our vacations are usually during those summer months. We can get out on the water and soak up that sun. But maybe, just maybe we can get a little crazy and cozy somewhere like Colorado, or Utah… Baby, I’ll even put a pretty bow on it.

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Modern Days Escapism

Don’t you sometimes have the feeling you just need to take a break and refresh your mind? Nowadays health, hectic workplace, traffic jam, and even politics can lead to high levels of stress and anxiety. Add to the lot the fact the Christmas Is almost here, and you might still need to finish your shopping, and you’re going to feel overwhelmed.

Let’s put it simply: Life can be too much sometimes. You want to break free, in the words of the late Freddie Mercury. You want to give your mind some well-earned peace before going back to your day-to-day life. There’s a word for it: You need a touch of escapism. When booking a vacation abroad and running away is not an option, you need to rely on modern days, local-based solutions.

Disconnect from your reality

Video game players have always suffered from an unjust and unjustified bad reputation. Games have been blamed for encouraging violent behavior and creating dumb generations. But, in truth, a video game could be just the thing you need to forget about your worries and relax. They give you a chance to escape in a fantasy world that can lift yourself from the mundanity of your day-to-day life, as seen here, http://stlouisdad.com/s/4-reasons-why-gaming-isnt-a-wasted-hobby/. If gaming isn’t your cup of tea, you can grab a book and sink into the adventure of your hero. Page after page, your stress disappears, and your mood improves.

Find your gold nugget

You may not be an enthusiastic gamer, but if you love the idea of winning through clicks, you might want to have a look at adult betting sites such as https://www.freebets.org.uk/. In moderation, betting provides a way out of your daily worries – assuming that you can exercise caution and stick to your budget. There’s a rush of adrenalin when you bet that can lift your mood significantly. The secret is to manage your money, making sure you don’t take risks. Small gains can put a smile on your face!  

Escape… physically

What if escapism was all about a physical escape? If you don’t know what to think, check this article about escape rooms: https://www.theprogress.com/community/puzzle-rooms-bring-new-meaning-to-escapism/. Ultimately, if you’re not familiar with the concept, an escape room is a real-life puzzle for you and a small team to solve in a limited time. Most escape games stick to 60 minutes, but you can find exceptions. During the time, you rack your brain to find clues, unlock doors and discover secrets; focusing your attention on the game. As a bonus, at the end, you get to open the door and escape from the room.  

Create freedom out of discipline

Last, but not least, you can create a positive routine that releases stress and creates a happy feeling. Workouts, for instance, are linked to mood-enhancing hormones. In other words, your gym membership is not only about staying fit, but it also helps you to escape everyday stress. There’s a sense of high you get when you stick to your training plan, which acts as a soothing balm on your mind.

Escaping reality for a short time is a fundamental need for your mental health. Stress can be overwhelmingly destructive. Consequently, you need to find the best escape for your personality.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Teens More Likely to Learn Distracted Driving Behavior From Their Parents

As parents we know that our kids are always watching. They notice our behaviors and actions when we least expect it and often reflect back what we do in their own actions.

In a recent study of more than 1,500 teens conducted by Texas A&M University and Aceable Drivers Ed, researchers found that teenagers are more likely to witness their parents engaging in distracted driving behavior than their peers. It’s often assumed that the generation who grew up with cell phones from a young age are the worst offenders when when it comes to poor driving habits when, in reality, they report their friends and peers engaging in fewer instances of distracted driving than their parents.

Modeling good behavior for our kids starts at home. This is why it’s so important for parents to set a great example around safe driving habits. Driving is a huge responsibility and we want our kids to be as safe as possible on the road. Here are a few easy tips to get started so you can set the right example, and become a safer driver yourself:

  • Put your phone in the glovebox while driving
  • Pull over to a complete stop if you need to make a call or eat
  • Get completely ready at home so you’re not multitasking in the car
  • Keep pets in a carrier or secured in the back seat while driving
  • Find some apps that help pause notifications on your phone while driving
  • Always put on your seatbelt and insist others do the same

Be sure to check out the article with more in-depth information and tips from the distracted driving study.

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Using Your Phone as a Source of Entertainment for Your Kids

We tend to associate smartphones with adults. The majority of over eighteens own one of their own and chances are that you are either reading this article on one right now, or have one in your pocket or nearby. While we may use our phones for professional purposes (responding to emails), social purposes (catching up with friends), or sheer procrastination (scrolling through the explore page of our Instagram feeds), it’s important to remember that smartphones can prove extremely beneficial for little ones too! While you might not want to purchase one of these expensive devices for your little ones to use independently quite yet,

Ensuring It Is Always Connected

Phones aren’t much use if they constantly lose signal or are unable to make use of mobile data. So make sure that you sign up to a reliable provider like Freedompop phones, who will be able to ensure that your little ones can engage with any of the following recommendations as and when they grow bored throughout the day!

Online Videos

The web is awash with media that is appropriate for your little ones. Whether they want to watch their favourite cartoons, sing along to the latest kids’ chart song, or – you will be able to find the content online through some sort of video streaming service. Perhaps the most popular is Youtube. This can be accessed easily through your web browser, but you’re generally better off downloading the app, so that everything can be accessed more readily and easily. If you’re willing to pay a small sum of money monthly, you can even skip its notorious pre-video ads. Just remember to make use of parental controls, which can prevent your little ones from accessing unsuitable or age inappropriate content.

Photographs

Once kids can recognise themselves in the mirror, they are likely to become increasingly interested in taking pictures of themselves with you, siblings, pets, and pretty much anyone or anything else they adore. They’re growing up as part of the selfie generation! They’re bound to find hours of fun using your phone’s camera. Consider allowing them to use fun apps like snapchat to take and save pictures too! They’re bound to enjoy the different novelty filters they can try out. Just make sure they don’t send pictures around to your whole contact list!

Games

Phones have had games for a long time. But we have come a long way from simple classics like Tetris and Snake. Nowadays, there are seemingly endless different games down there that can be downloaded for your little ones to try out and play. Again, be a little cautious. Some will allow you to carry out in-app purchases and may charge your card directly. Ensure that protective settings are on or that your card is not connected to your account when letting your kids play games on your phone.

As you can see, your smartphone can provide your children with a whole lot of entertainment!

And if you really want to show off, check out this guide on how to mount a projector!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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