Bed and Breakfasts Give Travel a Personal Touch

(NewsUSA) – Travelers seeking a personal touch and insider stories would do well to consider staying at a local bed and breakfast (B&B).B&Bs "are more intimate, with much more personal attention," says Sharon Scruggs, who operates the Fife and Drum Inn with her husband, Billy. Both are lifetime residents of Williamsburg, Virginia, and provide a unique and in-depth perspective on the history of the area for their guests.The bed-and-breakfast experience offers many other benefits beyond what travelers find in a chain- hotel setting.- Location. Many bed and breakfasts are historic properties, often located in the center of scenic areas.The Fife and Drum Inn has been part of Sharon’s family for generations. The building was constructed in 1933 by her grandfather as a combination of stores with apartments above, and is a short walk to the sights and sounds of Colonial Williamsburg, including the holiday Grand Illumination fireworks display.- Character. Part of the charm of a bed and breakfast is the uniqueness; art, décor, and food are integrated to create a complete experience. For example, the Fife and Drum retains the colonial feel of the area in all its guest rooms. Special features include antique furnishings, elegant four poster beds in some guest rooms, as well folk art and artifacts from the restoration period of the historic area available for guests to enjoy.- Food. Bed and breakfasts don’t shirk the breakfast half of the equation, and the best of them reflect the local cuisine. The Fife and Drum features daily breakfast casseroles based on family recipes to reflect the southern cooking of the area; other items include fresh biscuits, Virginia ham, fruit, and a unique blend of granola to fuel a day of sightseeing.- Customization. Not only do visitors to a bed and breakfast get a unique perspective on the place they are visiting, they have options for special packages not available in other hotel settings. Bed and breakfasts can partner easily with local businesses for a smoothly organized and highly personalized vacation experience.The Fife and Drum Inn offers options such as the Historic Triangle Package that includes three nights at the Inn, breakfasts, and admissions to historic Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Bed and breakfasts also lend themselves to romance. Helpful hosts can design guest packages built around proposals, anniversaries, or just a special getaway.Visit fifeanddruminn.com for more details about how a bed and breakfast makes for a memorable travel experience.

Black Friday Deals Abound for Orlando

(NewsUSA) – As winter and the holidays approach, it’s time to start planning warm-weather destination trips.Visit Orlando, the official association and travel planning expert for Orlando, offers an additional 10 percent discount on all purchases made at OrlandoTickets.com starting on November 20 to celebrate the start of the holiday shopping season.To access the promotion, visit OrlandoTickets.com between November 20 and 29 and use the promotional code, "GIFT."Shoppers will find exclusive deals and discounts to more than 40 world-famous theme parks, attractions and dinner shows. Most are valid through one year from purchase, so they make great gifts for anniversaries, family vacations, or other special events throughout the year.The Black Friday 10-percent-off offer is in addition to some notable savings opportunities at popular Orlando-area theme parks, including:- Walt Disney World Resort:Savings start at $30 per ticket on Flexible Date Disney tickets.Guests who purchase a 5-day or longer Flexible Date ticket also receive a free commemorative Toy Story towel with each order while supplies last.- Universal Orlando Resort:Guests who purchase a 3-Park, 2 Day Park-To-Park ticket receive an additional two free days of unlimited admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay for a total savings of $65 per ticket.- SeaWorld Orlando: Guests receive 2 days for the price of 1 with a 2-Day, 2-Park ticket that can be used at SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens Tampa for a savings of $75 per ticket.- LEGOLAND Florida Resort: Guests receive a second day of free admission with the purchase of a single day admission for a savings of $35 per ticket.The Orlando area offers more than 450 hotels not only convenient to theme parks and family activities, but also offering a mix of vacation experiences including water parks, entertainment venues, unique and diverse dining experiences, sports, and nightlife, to appeal to all ages and interests.For more information on how to save money on next year’s vacation, or give the perfect gift experience, check out OrlandoTickets.com starting November 20.

Stylish Carrying Case Corrals Handbag Essentials in Style

(NewsUSA) – Despite their best efforts, most women have had the experience of frantically digging into the bottom of a large purse or handbag for an essential item such as eyeglasses, cellphone, keys, or passport. A separate case to corral these important possessions makes sense, especially if it combines fashion with function.Being able to protect, carry, and access these items in a reliable, convenient, safe way makes women’s lives easier and better, according to the creator of TravelEyez, a unique, stylish accessory that holds not only eyeglasses, but other essentials including phones and keys.The TravelEyez products are double-sided and designed to zip around the strap or handle of any purse, handbag, or backpack.This stylish accessory is available in black mesh with six different-colored zipper options, as well as black leather and caramel leather for a dressier look, and are sold in sets of two cases that may be zipped together or used separately. The designs are identical regardless of color, so they can mix and match, or stay consistent."Each TravelEyez case can hold a pair of glasses or car keys, money, credit cards, jewelry or a smart phone. You can zip cases together to connect as many as you need, and attach them to your purse or bag handle to keep your personal items organized and close at hand for easy access," says Yvonne Graber, creator of TravelEyez.TravelEyez also gives women peace of mind. The case cancels the need to keep valuables such as a phone or keys in a pants or jacket pocket where they might fall out.Some of the most popular uses include:- Travel. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, the case provides a secure way to monitor a phone, wallet, credit cards and passport. Try it on a suitcase, travel tote, or carry-on bag.- Shopping. As mundane as it may sound, don’t underestimate the value of a handy way to easily access your phone and wallet when shopping, especially for moms toting small children along.- On the go. This is an ideal accessory for students, fitness fanatics, or those on the go. The cases attach easily to bike bars, gym bags, and backpack straps.With the holidays just around the corner, TravelEyez also makes a great gift or stocking stuffer.The patent on the TravelEyez design is pending.For more information, visit traveleyez.com

Big & Tall Men’s Fashion Arrives at Your Doorstep – Literally

(NewsUSA) – In an age when you can get nearly anything delivered to your doorstep, and when boxed subscription services such as Blue Apron and PopSugar have become household names, it was only a matter of time before subscription boxes for clothing would seem practical instead of odd, and experience massive growth.Now dozens of companies are clamoring to have a piece of the fashion subscription box pie – and nearly all of them are achieving some level of success – whether it’s small start-ups like Nadine West that cater to women only or Silicon Valley giant Stichfix, which just had a major IPO.Yet virtually no one has addressed the most obvious need in the industry: a clothing service tailored for just big and tall men.Nearly every single study ever published, including those from the Center for Disease Control, agree that American men are getting larger every year. To illustrate this point, consider this: the average American man has a waistline of 40 inches, yet it’s unusually hard to find a variety in fashionable men’s clothing with more than a 38-inch waistline.To this point, it seems hard to believe that this market is only now truly being served, and first to market is a small, Austin, TX-based company called Maximus Box. (Clients can choose from three different subscription levels starting from $69 a month and stylists at Maximus Box then pick out and mail the clothes and accessories.)Founder Wes Riddick says his own personal struggles with finding fashionable clothing for big and tall men were validated with research and Twitter surveys that summarized that half of all men and women in the plus-size category report difficulty with the shopping process, in terms of sizing and fit.They would also prefer their clothes to be reasonably priced, and online shopping rates are typically too high in this category, according to the research and survey."I’m a big and tall man myself, but don’t want to be relegated to ill-fitting or unfashionable clothes," Riddick says."Far too much of the big and tall clothing available was too boxy or had a lumberjack look that just doesn’t appeal to me. I figured I couldn’t be alone in this, so I created Maximus Box and offer fashion-forward clothing at low prices," says Riddick.For more information, visit https://maximusbox.com/

Give Expectant Parents a Once-in-a-Lifetime Gift This Holiday Season

(NewsUSA) – While the latest gadget, toy or jewelry still has its place on holiday wish lists, there is a desire among Americans, especially millennials, to receive gifts better aligned with their values.According to a recent *on-line survey among approximately 2,200 US adults, 79 percent said they want the gifts they give to their family this holiday season to better reflect with their values.In fact, 54 percent of millennials surveyed said they would like to give or receive gifts that represent more than material value. The survey went on to ask if costs were the same and they could choose from experience gifts, gifts to protect their health or donation to charity, Americans would rank experience gifts the highest, those that could help protect their health, second, and donations to charity, third.Cord blood banking – a process whereby blood left in a newborn’s umbilical cord that contains valuable, pristine cord blood stem cells, is collected at birth and stored for potential future use – is one such health-related gift that may resonate with millennials as they start to plan for families. After learning more about cord blood banking, 68 percent surveyed say that they’d likely recommend it to expecting parents."The moment of birth presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture and preserve a newborn’s stem cell-rich cord blood, but 95 percent of valuable cord blood is discarded. Expecting parents should understand that cord blood stem cells have the potential to help treat many diseases. Arming parents with information about the value of cord blood can help them make the right decision for their family," says Frances Verter, founder and director of the non-profit Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation.Cord blood stem cells have already been used in more than 40,000 donor transplants worldwide to reconstitute healthy blood and immune systems. Cord blood is currently being investigated for its potential use in regenerative medicine to treat brain injury, hearing loss, autism and congenital heart defects.Heather Brown, vice president of Scientific and Medical Affairs for Cord Blood Registry, the largest and oldest family cord blood bank with over 700,000 units stored, explains, "Preserving a baby’s newborn stem cells may give that child access to his or her own cells for potential future regenerative medicine uses and your baby isn’t the only one who may benefit. Depending on different factors, preserved newborn stem cells can potentially be used by siblings and parents."With research evolving, a gift of cord blood banking may be the perfect gift this holiday season.To learn more, visit www.cordblood.com.*This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of AMAG Pharmaceuticals from November 28-30, 2017 among 2,196 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact media@amagpharma.com

Parents Want Fun, Safer Messaging Solutions for Kids

(NewsUSA) – Today, parents are increasingly allowing their children to use tablets and smartphones at younger ages. In fact, nine in ten 6-12-year-olds in the US have access to tablets or smartphones, and two out of three use tablets or smartphones on a daily basis. But parents often have questions and concerns about how their kids use them and which apps are appropriate.Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she’s working late to say "hi," parents want safe messaging options that are also fun for kids to use.Messenger Kids, which launched this month in the US on the App Store, is the latest solution to answering these parents’ needs."After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, we found that most feel there’s a need for apps that let kids connect with people they love, but also have the level of parental control parents want," says Loren Cheng, Product Management Director.Standalone apps such as Messenger Kids have many benefits, including:Connection. Apps are a great way for children to connect with the people they love. With Messenger Kids, kids can video chat and message with parent-approved contacts once their account is set up by a parent.Creativity. An app should be fun, and should allow kids to express themselves within the limits set by parents. Messenger Kids features a library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools that let them decorate photos and videos and have more fun with live video chats.Control. Messenger Kids helps ease parents’ concerns about how children are using devices and whether they are using apps that are age-appropriate. It also gives parents more control. Parents fully control the contact list and kids can’t connect with people that their parent does not approve.Convenience. Apps, especially for kids, must be easy to setup and use. Messenger Kids was designed with input from thousands of parents and over a dozen expert advisors in the areas of child development, online safety, children’s media and technology. Once the account is established, the home screen shows kids at a glance whom they are approved to talk to, and when those contacts are online.This preview of Messenger Kids is only available in the US at this time on the Apple App Store, and will be coming to Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the coming months.For more information, visit messengerkids.com.

Infertility Guidance Begins with Healthcare Providers

(NewsUSA) – Infertility can be a difficult topic to understand for couples trying to conceive a child. Many questions arise during the conception journey concerning health, timing, and fertility treatments. So where do most couples go for guidance and support?The Stork ib2C Inc. conducted an online survey among 150 adult consumers under the age of 45 who have been trying to conceive for at least three months and have taken action to improve fertility or would consider taking action in the future. The survey uncovered that healthcare providers are the top resource consulted about fertility at the beginning of many couples’ conception journey and during the time couples began to feel concerned. The results showed that 51 percent of respondents consulted their healthcare provider initially for fertility, and 49 percent for concerns related to fertility.The more-concerned respondent bases most likely consulted resources about fertility from the very beginning, including 92 percent of those who were moderately concerned and 84 percent of those who were highly concerned.The number-one reason for concern, by a ratio of more than 2 to 1, was the number of months the couples spent trying to conceive, in addition to how long these couples thought it would take at the time they started trying to conceive. The level of concern positively correlated to couples who tried certain conception techniques, including over-the-counter (OTC) medical devices and incorporating lifestyle modifications about diet and caffeine.The survey showed that experiences and actions changed as the respondents moved along the levels of concern. The most-concerned segment was eager to try new options. Twenty-six percent of respondents were unaware of the possibility of using an OTC medical device to improve fertility, as only 6 percent of respondents were using one; however, another 25 percent said they were considering it. This is where The Stork OTC can help.The Stork OTC home conception device is a low-cost option that affords couples the opportunity to increase their fertility without engaging in long-term and costly treatments. There are no shots to take, scans to schedule or prescriptions to fill. The FDA-cleared, over-the-counter device provides a way to keep higher sperm score concentration at the cervix compared with natural intercourse by cervical cap insemination.For more information, visit www.storkotc.com

How Buying A Fishing License Helps the Environment

(NewsUSA) – As tens of millions of people across the country prepare to celebrate National School Choice Week Jan. 21 through 27, our goal is to focus on parents and children, not politics or politicians.During National School Choice Week, schools of every type – traditional public, charter, magnet, online, and private – will join homeschool groups to celebrate the things that make their education environments unique and effective.As a nonpartisan awareness effort, National School Choice Week provides an opportunity to bring conversations about education out from the political sphere and to the kitchen tables and living rooms of parents in communities across America.This is important because, even though education is a matter of public policy, it is also deeply personal.At its core, school choice affirms the special bond between parents and children. School choice empowers parents to turn the love and concern they have for their children into action. It encourages them to talk to their children and make decisions together about what schooling environments fit the talents, interests, and challenges that are unique to every student. And it recognizes that while one school might be a good fit for some students, it isn’t necessarily a good fit for every child.By exercising school choice options, parents who want their children to learn Mandarin can send them to a school where they will learn Mandarin; parents who believe their kids need a lot of time outdoors or who want to affirm their faith tradition can follow that path; parents who didn’t go to college but want their kids to have that opportunity can find a college prep choice.Parents choose schools for a variety of reasons. For example, a survey of Indiana parents found that parents considered factors such as academics, morality, social skills, diversity, college preparation, an appreciation for nature, patriotism, the ability to enter the job force without a college degree, and an opportunity to learn another language.These choices reflect the diversity and individualism of our great country, and they should be respected and celebrated. After all, no matter where we fall on the political spectrum, we all share the same goal: to unlock the potential for success and happiness in every child through a great education tailored to who they are and who they want to be.

How Parents Can Have A Device-Free Meal with the Tap of A Button

(NewsUSA) – While the latest gadget, toy or jewelry still has its place on holiday wish lists, there is a desire among Americans, especially millennials, to receive gifts better aligned with their values.According to a recent *on-line survey among approximately 2,200 US adults, 79 percent said they want the gifts they give to their family this holiday season to better reflect with their values.In fact, 54 percent of millennials surveyed said they would like to give or receive gifts that represent more than material value. The survey went on to ask if costs were the same and they could choose from experience gifts, gifts to protect their health or donation to charity, Americans would rank experience gifts the highest, those that could help protect their health, second, and donations to charity, third.Cord blood banking – a process whereby blood left in a newborn’s umbilical cord that contains valuable, pristine cord blood stem cells, is collected at birth and stored for potential future use – is one such health-related gift that may resonate with millennials as they start to plan for families. After learning more about cord blood banking, 68 percent surveyed say that they’d likely recommend it to expecting parents."The moment of birth presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture and preserve a newborn’s stem cell-rich cord blood, but 95 percent of valuable cord blood is discarded. Expecting parents should understand that cord blood stem cells have the potential to help treat many diseases. Arming parents with information about the value of cord blood can help them make the right decision for their family," says Frances Verter, founder and director of the non-profit Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation.Cord blood stem cells have already been used in more than 40,000 donor transplants worldwide to reconstitute healthy blood and immune systems. Cord blood is currently being investigated for its potential use in regenerative medicine to treat brain injury, hearing loss, autism and congenital heart defects.Heather Brown, vice president of Scientific and Medical Affairs for Cord Blood Registry, the largest and oldest family cord blood bank with over 700,000 units stored, explains, "Preserving a baby’s newborn stem cells may give that child access to his or her own cells for potential future regenerative medicine uses and your baby isn’t the only one who may benefit. Depending on different factors, preserved newborn stem cells can potentially be used by siblings and parents."With research evolving, a gift of cord blood banking may be the perfect gift this holiday season.To learn more, visit www.cordblood.com.*This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of AMAG Pharmaceuticals from November 28-30, 2017 among 2,196 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact media@amagpharma.com

Fall in Love with Greater Fort Lauderdale

(NewsUSA) – Travelers may think of summer and beach activities when they think of Florida, but Greater Fort Lauderdale takes its relaxing vibe into the fall season.With options for off-season savings, visitors can enjoy a VIP experience for less and make the most of a fall visit to the destination, including deals on fine dining, outdoor activities, and indulgent spa experiences, just before heading into winter.-Food: Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month is back by popular demand with a new name and improved dining deals. "Crave GFL," Greater Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month, is back by popular demand with a new name and improved dining deals. "Crave GFL," which runs through the month of September with many restaurants extending until October 15, celebrates the distinctive fusion of flavors that Greater Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The promotion includes a series of tasting events, and more than 45 area restaurants offer specially created three course meals priced at $37. celebrates the area’s distinctive fusion of flavors that Greater Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The promotion includes a series of tasting events, and more than 45 area restaurants offer specially- created three-course meals priced at $37."The natural beauty of our seaside community inspires chefs to create meals that are fresh and palate-pleasing," says Stacy Ritter, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau."Our restaurants and cafes are taking their rightful place not only on the global-cuisine stage, but also among our abundance of visitor attractions," she adds. For more information, visit sunny.org/cravegfl for more details.-Fun: The Vacation Like A VIP program, offering packages at a number of upscale hotels through October 15, allows visitors to Greater Fort Lauderdale to enjoy a buy-one-get-one free deal on activities, including Everglades airboat rides, visits to Sawgrass Recreation Park and Everglades Holiday Park, scuba diving, snorkeling, and surfing the FlowRider at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, along with other water-sport activities and water-taxi tours.Visit sunny.org/vip for additional information.-Feeling good: Greater Fort Lauderdale’s popular spa promotion is back through October 15.During "Spatember," the promotion includes specialty services for $99 at select spas in the area, with many extending to October 15. Treatments range from organic facials and eye treatments to therapeutic manicures and pedicures, as well as unique hot stone massage sessions.The Spatember deals may be a welcome opportunity "to find some much deserved ‘me time’ to restore the mind, body, and soul without breaking the bank," Ms. Ritter says.Visit sunny.org/spatember for more information.