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One of the top things to do in Paris:
Originally built as a temporary exhibition for the 1889 World's Fair, today there's no other monument that symbolizes Paris better than Gustave Eiffel's world-famous Iron Lady. It's breathtaking, whether you see it sparkling from your hotel window after dark or join the millions of annual visitors to brave the glass-elevator trip to the top.
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Take Time to Take Vacation: Five Facts about the Benefits of Taking a Break
Today's families are very busy—too busy to take a vacation some might believe. Add to that financial loss and living in uncertain economic times, and many families feel as though they simply can't take a break.
However, routines and rituals, like vacations, are important to the health and well-being of families. It's healthy to take a break from the daily demands of juggling work and home. We should consider the benefits of play and family time together and perhaps redefine what vacation means.
Here are five facts about the benefits of taking a break or vacation.
Vitamin D is free
Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and keeping the immune systems and nervous system functioning normally. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin made by the body, in the skin, from exposure to sunlight. While this essential nutrient is available as a supplement, spending some time outdoors each day (as little as 5-15 minutes) can provide the needed benefits. The best part: the sun is free! Further, preliminary research suggests Vitamin D can help prevent various forms of cancer, including breast, prostate and colon cancers.
Play is not just for kids
Taking time to play has powerful benefits for children and adults. Play has been said to be the single most significant factor in determining our success and happiness. Play is just as important as sleep! Play involves anticipation, surprise and pleasure. Adults who play can enjoy freedom from time, rules and responsibilities, bringing balance to their busy lives.
Relationships are enriched
Spending time together enriches a marriage, which strengthens the family foundation. Through traditions and rituals, such as vacations, any relationship can be enriched. Vacations and other traditions make memories and are the glue that binds us. Vacation can provide an opportunity to talk with one another, learn new skills or discover new interests.
Children feel love, support and safety
Children who witness their parents and grandparents having fun, laughing and enjoying life learn valuable lessons about life. Spending time together as a family provides children with feelings of love, support and safety, which are key components for thriving in today's uncertainties.
Vacation time shrinks stress
Vacation helps shrink stress and anxiety while also boosting the mental and physical health of the entire family. We need a brain break, a detour from deadlines and a timeout from technology! It takes effort to unplug from the ever-spinning world around us, but one's mind, body and spirit will be renewed by re-plugging into the joys of quality time with family and friends. Isn't it time for you to take a break?
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A Checklist for a U.S. Passport
Bronwyn Timmons, Demand Media
Passports are essential for international travel.
Passports are essential for international travel.
U.S Virgin Islands Passport Requirements
Obtaining a US Passport in Virginia
Requirements to Obtain a US Passport
How to Check on a US Passport
If you're planning a trip outside the United States, you'll need a passport to enter the country you're visiting and to return to the U.S. Until 2009, exemptions were in place for Canada and Mexico, but this is no longer the case. Acquiring a passport is often a fairly lengthy process, and involves compiling documents and filling out an application.
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Form DS-11 is the official application for a U.S. passport, and you'll have to fill one out before a passport can be issued to you. The application is required for all first-time passport applicants, adults who were issued a passport before the age of 16 or have not renewed their passport for 15 years or more. The application can be filled out and submitted online through the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, or you can print it out and complete it by hand.
Proof of Citizenship
To acquire a U.S. passport, you must be a citizen of the United States and submit proof of your citizenship when you submit your application. There are several acceptable documents, including a certified U.S. birth certificate, a previously issued U.S. passport, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a naturalization certificate or a certificate of citizenship.
Proper identification is required. Acceptable forms of identification include a naturalization certificate, a previously issued U.S. passport, a valid driver's license, a current government identification card or a current military identification card. You must have the identification with you, as well as a photocopy of the front and back of your identification when you apply.
Your passport will contain a photo. You can get your passport photo taken by virtually any professional photo service, but the photo must be two inches by two inches and in full color taken in front of a white background. Your head should be 25 to 35 millimeters from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head. The photo should also be no more than six months old and taken directly from the front. The Bureau of Consular Affairs offers a complete list of passport photo requirements on its website.
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Help Take Care of Our Planet!
10 tips to reduce your carbon footprint
1. Use reusable shopping bags.
2. Ride a bike, walk, or use public transportation.
Find information on your cities website.
3. Drink filtered tap water and use a reusable
4. Compost your garbage; up to 60% of your
waste is suitable for composting.
5. Eat and buy local! Try to purchase foods and
products grown or produced within 100 miles
of where you live. You can start at one of
your local Farmer’s Markets.
6. Reduce, recycle, reuse.
7. Make sure to recycle all electronics and
batteries. You can check the CURE website
for the nearest household hazardous waste
drop off location.
8. Use heat-producing appliances like dishwashers,
clothes dryers, and irons in the morning or after
9. Turn lights off in rooms that aren’t being used.
10. Conserve water by spreading mulch around
plants and trees.
Hope you will use some of these Green Tips!
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