Myrtle Beach, Travel Blog

Beautiful beaches, award-winning restaurants, and first-rate entertainment can all be found in Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach is a visitor’s dream, offering everything from relaxing beaches, shopping, exhilarating thrill rides, exciting attractions, quality dining options, and sizzling nightlife.

Myrtle Beach, a city and vacation resort on the East Coast of the United States in South Carolina’s Atlantic coast. It is situated on the center of a large and continuous 60-mile stretch of beach known as “The Grand Strand” in northeastern South Carolina. Ranked as the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country (per 2018 census estimates), Myrtle Beach is one of the major centers of tourism in South Carolina and the United States because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches, attracting an estimated 14 million visitors each year.

Once you are there, Myrtle Beach is your playground. The fun usually starts at the beach, but it doesn’t have to stay there. Race down a waterslide at one of the local waterparks, or look at dolphins while zipping around the surf on a jet ski or banana boat ride. If you are still seeking excitement, then get on the Grand Strand’s 200-foot Skywheel, or hop on one of the area’s rollercoasters for some spins, dips, and turns.

If you are looking for a way to have fun without the sun, the Myrtle Beach area offers a number of fun-filled indoor activities. Kids and adults alike can bounce the day away at Rockin’ Jump or take a ride on the hurricane simulator at Wonder Works. To experience the amazing sea life, visit Ripley’s Aquarium, where stingrays and sharks are one of the main attractions for visitors. All these and much more entertainment options are available at Broadway at the Beach, from family entertainment to shopping, great restaurants, and exciting nightlife, everything you will find at there.

Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach is known throughout the Grand Strand as a “Family Beach”. The perfect family getaway starts in Surfside Beach, where generations of families have been vacationing in a variety of beach homes and condos overlooking serene, beautiful beaches.

Located directly south of Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach is a small beach community revered for the family-friendly environment. The inlet meets the ocean here, so the area is a hot spot for water sports, fishing, and crabbing. The heart of Garden City Beach is the Pier, a paradise for those looking to fish during the day and like to hear live music at night. The sea here is excellent for surfers too. And nearby arcades are favorite stops for those ready to have fun after a day in the sun.

Myrtle Beach is one of our family’s favorite vacation spot and we will keep continuing to visit there. There is something for everybody; like I said, you can start the day at the beach but I bet you will explore a lot more. Whether visit with a large group or plan for a small weekend break, Myrtle Beach will not disappoint you.

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Weekend Dinner Simplified- Chicken Meatballs with Rice Pilaf

Weekends are very special to my family, it starts with lots of planning for outing, gathering, shopping, and cooking, but, in reality, all we want is to take some rest and relax our mind and body over the weekends.  Now, who wants to cook in these summer weekends for the whole day and don’t want to have fun outside? I love to cook and I love to try different dishes, and simple dishes are always time-saving and easier to cook, so, many times I opt for a one-pot meal. My family loves to eat chicken meatballs, so, I try it to make it often, sometimes as an appetizer, sometimes for the office and school lunch, and this time I tried to mix the chicken balls with vegetables and rice, and make it a nice one-pot meal. This is also great with leftover rice and it is more nutrient than the just regular chicken dish. And it’s definitely an easy and quick recipe so that I don’t miss my summer outings.

It’s a very simple recipe, all you need are ground chicken, any kind of rice(I used jasmine rice), some of your favorites veggies, some spices and it’s done. In the first step I made the chicken balls, then I cut the vegetables and saute them, in the last step I added the uncooked rice and mix all the things and then cook it in the same pot.

So, first I made the chicken balls. Here I take half a pound ground chicken, then I add salt, sugar, egg, paprika, the five spices powder, black pepper for the flavor and then little bit cornflour and breadcrumbs to bind the balls nicely.

Next is to shape the balls. There is no need to be a perfect size and shape for each of them, as you can see mine are not.

And then shallow fry them until they are nicely golden brown and keep it aside. You can make the chicken balls earlier, and store them in the refrigerator, use it when you are ready to make the dinner. I fried the chicken balls on a Thursday evening and make the rice pilaf on Saturday.

Then in another pot, saute the vegetables. Here, I have green peas, sweet corns, and sliced carrots, these are my kid’s favorites, sometimes I also use different colours of peppers.

Then I add 1tbsp ginger-garlic paste and 2 tbsp tomato ketchup, mix it well.

Next step is to add the water. The quantity of water depends on the quantity of rice, usually, I measure a 1:2 rice and water ratio. When the water starts to boil, I add the washed and pre-soaked rice.

Cover the pot after adding the rice and check every 5 minutes until the rice is properly cooked. And in the last step, I mix the fried chicken balls, little butter and cover the pot. And then wait for 10 minutes before serving, this is important as this resting time will enhance the flavor of the dish and help to incorporate all the different ingredients altogether.

VOILA! CHICKEN BALLS WITH RICE PILAF is ready to serve.

Let’s Talk Eyeliners

Eyes are always the focal point in our makeup, and the most used makeup product is the eyeliner. Black eyeliner is the safest choice for the office, college, party, basically for everywhere. And nowadays other colors are also getting attention. From a playful look to a bold look, the traditional look or just for an everyday outing, eyeliner is a must for every girl’s vanity. As a makeup lover, I like to purchase new products, but I am little conservative while buying an eyeliner. Why? two main reasons, I like to purchase the same eyeliner every time which I know is most suited for me, I know which shade of black will go perfectly with my skin tone, and without any fails, my eye makeup will be perfect. The second reason is, eye sensitivity. I am little skeptical to use a new formula on my eyes. The eyeliners and eye pencils which are tried and tested for a long time are always the right choices for my eyes. Here are some of my prolong used and most trustworthy liquid eyeliners.

I tried to demonstrate the pigmentation and thickness of these eyeliners. There are some black eyeliners and some color eye pencils.

So, here on the top, I have a gold-tone Hyperglossy liquid eyeliner from Maybelline New York, this is great for the festival time or for parties. Next is my most favorite Stay All Day liquid eyeliner from Stila in the shade of Intense Black, it’s a microtip liner, easy to use, just love it. Next is the popular Kat Von D black eyeliner in the shade Trooper, again deep black, excellent for a dramatic look. Then I have two black eye pencils, Infallible long were eye pencil from Loreal in the shade of Black Noir and another favorite from Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in the shade Perversion. I love this shade, this is my fourth one, I use it every day.

Here I have my color eye pencils. The first eye pencil is waterproof kajal from Rimmel, which is a grayish glittery black pencil, I used it on the evening parties, it’s not very glittery though but enough to create a smoky look. The next brown eyeliner is from Kat Von D, Hemingway, nice color for a subtle makeup. As you can see I am a big fan of Urban Decay eye pencils, I got the four shades of them, each of them are quite unique but trust me, they are amazing. Sometimes I use them as the base, or smudge them over my lids and create a slightly tinted shadow, and sometimes I use it as the bottom eyeliners. I consider makeup as another form of art, be creative and be playful, it is fun. Love yourself and always stay happy.

BE GORGEOUS 

HAPPY BLOGGING

Waterfalls -Nature’s Wonder

 

Water, I want to be like water: strong enough to hold up a ship, but able to slip through your fingers.

                                                                             MICHELLE WILLIAMS

 

I consider waterfall is the nature’s finest art, it is serene, romantic and full of life. From far, it can be a beautiful canvas to capture a perfect scenery, but once you go near to her you will hear her roar, you will feel her force, the spontaneity. To me, waterfalls are the symbols of the celebration of life.

Here are some of our family favorites, captured by us.

The gigantic NIAGARA FALLS, USA.

Horseshoe Falls Niagara

Arial shot of Niagara and American Falls from chopper rideimg_7302

Niagara at night, illuminated from Canada 

Looking Glass Falls, NC, USA

Bridal Veil Fall, Yosemite, CA, USA

Sikkim, India

Yellowstone, WY, USAimg_7287

share your favorite waterfalls on the comments below.

Happy Blogging.

Summer Activities For Kids Under $10

Summer is here and so does the long summer vacation, no school, and lots of fun for my kiddos. I and my daughter have planned to do so many things for this vacation, though I doubt about the executions of those plans. Still, its fun to plan, especially if you have active kids like mine. As the summer vacation starts, the daily routine gets messed up pretty quickly, but that’s okay with me. As long as they are busy with some kind of activities and not engaging their time only on the internet and not watching Netflix for the whole day, I am good. So, like every summer, this year also I have chosen some in-home and some fun water activities for my 7 years old.

Summer Homeworks- 

Every morning I would like to give my elder one some sort of homework, it can be math, reading, comprehension or science. She likes to rotate her subjects through the seven days of the week. Usually, it takes about 30-40 minutes to finish. It is a good exercise to practice all the things she has learned in her class so she can be ready for her next grade.  As I was searching on Amazon, I found some interesting summer study activity books. Here are some links to those books-



Summer Art & Craft-

The more kids will be busy with their activities, the better, and art & crafts are wonderful options to keep the young artists creative and busy during the vacations. Well, definitely it will be messy and can be very stressful to clean the room afterward, but it’s fun and always good to engage the kids in some sort of creativities. My daughter likes to draw and color, she also loves to build Legos, and she recently develops her interest in paper crafting. So, thankfully, making slimes is no longer the only option for her, and fortunately, I have found some great deals on art and crafts products. Here are the links-


 

 

 

 

Reading Story Books-

I always encourage my kids to read storybooks, it is a great way to develop their imaginations and their language skills. Storybook is very beneficial for the active kids also, reading is always good to calm those restless minds and I can also indulge some quiet time around my home. Here are the links to some great kids books-

Summer Toys-

Finally, the toys, which is never enough for my kids. When to choose their toys, I make sure that I stay under my budget because toys are always in demand and kids get easily bored with one toy very quickly, then another toy comes in the demand lists. Here I found some interesting and fun toys-

So, we are all set for the summer days, hope you like our summer activity ideas. Happy summer everybody.

HAVE A FUN SUMMER WITH YOUR LOVED ONES.

HAPPY BLOGGING.

My Saturday Breakfast Dilemma​

Every Friday night is a night of making plans for the weekends, we plan that we will wake up early, will try to make a nice sumptuous breakfast, then get ready and we will do lunch outside, then we can go shopping or movie or something equally interesting. Well, like I said, we plan that on Friday night, and then we go to sleep. In my dream also I am making the sumptuous meal like Egg Benedict with Hollandaise sauce or chicken noodle or something decadent with egg etc. Where is in the reality, as the alarm is in silent mode and our precious children are in deep sleep, we got a chance to enjoy the sweet morning sleep a little bit longer than it should be. Results, we woke up a little after 10 o’clock and started to think what will we prepare for a lunch or a brunch? This is a kind of paradoxical situation for us, we want to get up and get started for the weekend but after a long tiring week, sleep is the only indulgence we want to have. So be it, just when I realized we have lost our nice morning breakfast time and started to give up hope for my continental or any kind of exotic breakfast, the husband came to rescue. Sometimes only the simple food is enough to start the day. So, on this Saturday morning, he managed the kitchen while I was helping him with the ingredients.

 It was a simple breakfast, Pancake. But that’s all I need to clear my head and to get ready for my Saturday outing.

Mother’s Day

Lara is very upset today, she was planning to go to a movie with her friends. She was so excited in the morning, she was waiting to have some fun with her friends. She is on the break from college just for this week, so wanted to make this time worth while. As the weekend started, she started making plans – shopping, dining and then the movie. She was busy on the Friday and Saturday, at last, on Sunday, she became free. So, today, since the morning, she was looking for the showtimes and when she got the perfect timing with all five seats for her and for her friends, she was so happy. She started texting on WhatsApp with the movie timings and all. But, everybody replied that they had other plans, isn’t that weird? All of a sudden, everybody got busy on the Sunday afternoon? Lara got restless, she started calling her friends, shockingly all of them had the same reason, they were all busy because today is Mother’s Day and everybody wanted to spend time with their moms, well not everybody, since Kiara’s mom was working today, so, Kiara went to her mom’s hospital to give her a surprise visit. And Lara’s rest of the friends also had plans with their moms, some of them were going for Mother’s Day special brunch, even one of them was going to the movie with her mother. Lara is very disappointed with her friends, what is the reason to celebrate Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day should be celebrated every day, she felt irritated. Lara refused to celebrate these special name tagged days, like Valentine’s Day, Friendship day, Women’s Day or Mother’s Day. She believes that these days are only to promote the consumerism, this is a very clever way of making marketing strategies. She is utterly against to celebrate these kind of days. She got angry with her friends to behave so stupidly like the others. After the lunch, she was feeling little bored, no video calling, no chatting, all she can see is her friends’ selfies with their moms on Facebook and Instagram. She lost her patience, she has nothing to do now, what kind of stupidity is this? As she is determined to go the movie alone, she started to get ready.

As she is almost ready to leave, suddenly she overheard her mother’s voice. Lara’s mom was talking to someone over the phone. Her mom was giggling and sounded excited, she was telling the other person, “yes, my daughter also made me silly cute cards when she was in school. Even one year, I remember, she woke up early in the morning and made breakfast with her dad. It felt so nice. And you know one Mother’s Day..”, Lara could hear her mom’s voice was rising in excitement as she was sharing her Mother’s Day memories with her friend, ” ..I think 5 years back, she was in high school then, she gave me one amazing in-home facial and pedicure. I was so pampered that day, it felt so special. My little girl was taking care of me as I used to take care of her when she was a baby.” Lara got little confused, does her mom misses those days? Is her mom expecting something from her for today? Her mom is so busy all the time, does she even know that today is Mother’s Day? Yes, Lara used to celebrate Mother’s Day, but that was a long time back. For last five-six years, she got so busy with her life that she almost forgot about Mother’s Day. She only realized this year, because of all of her friends, of course. Lara was feeling hesitated, should she wish her mom? or she can give a nice Mother’s Day card? she has time. It’s still Sunday, 13th May, it’s not over yet. She felt little embarrassed too, suddenly Lara got the feeling that maybe her mom was waiting for the last 5-6 years to hear Happy Mother’s Day from her, or expected a nice treat or just a hug. She felt guilty, she wanted to go to the Hallmark store to get a perfect Mother’s Day card. Then it would be little late, she wanted to wish her mom now. She started thinking, and quickly draw a rough portrait of her mother. It was not perfect but she could manage to draw her mom’s beautiful eyes, and then she wrote,”Today and always, I love you. Happy Mother’s Day”. Her mom was still talking over the phone, Lara softly patted her mom’s shoulder. Her mom surprisedly looked back to her. She handed over the portrait to her mom. The other lady was still talking on the phone, while her mom’s eyes were fixed onto the portrait only. Lara could see her mom’s eyes were getting wet, she looked at Lara and then she hugged Lara like never before. She kissed on her forehead, kissed on her cheeks and then hugged her one more time. Then mom said, “thank you, darling, I thought you will never give me any of your handmade Mother’s Day card to me. Thank you so much, it’s so precious”. Lara was relieved, she felt happy now, since the morning she was feeling very grumpy, she got nothing to do, her friends got busy, her planning for a perfect day out with friends got failed. Lara was so upset, but to see her mother’s proud face, Lara got so emotional. Lara decided to spend the rest of the day with her mom. It was a day well spent, in the house, Lara, and her mom only, remembering all those sweet childish acts of her.

Often we think that we are being stupid to celebrate these so-called days. Yes, agreed that there shouldn’t be only one specific day to celebrate love or only a day in the year to celebrate womanhood is not justified or no special day is required to show love and respect to our mother, every day can be Mother’s Day or every day can be Hearts day. But, in reality, is it true? Do we really have the time to celebrate every day as Valentine’s Day or do we hug our mom every day and tell them how much we love them and how much we are grateful to them for all their care and support? Do we really try to make everyday special for our mom’s? Well, let’s have this debate at some other time.

As of now, let’s celebrate this Mother’s Day with gratitude, respect, and love, let’s show our moms that how privileged and lucky we are that we have them in our life.

Happy Mother’s Day to all beautiful moms around the world.


Around the park

We like to go to the park, especially our kids like to go there, and I get a chance to just enjoy the time without worrying about the mess. Sunday afternoon is the most heightened time when my kids are in the disastrous mode. After the heavy Sunday lunch, when I and husband are all set for our most desirable Sunday nap, some extraterrestrial superpower got into our kids’ blood steam. They got supercharged and started doing all the naughtiness. All my magazines were spreading on the floor, the showpieces have been split into halves, cushions were used to make the imaginary fort. The little chair climber dropped every little thing from my kitchen platforms and when we saw that my elder one started doing science experimentation with food, we canceled our much needed afternoon nap and headed to the park.

As spring is here, afternoon stroll in the park is quite a relaxing one. Last Sunday we went to a park. The park is very beautiful, a lot of kids were playing and their parents were watching them from the bench. I saw parents faces and could identify their reasons behind the park visits. Those poor souls were as tired as I was. They were also relaxing while watching their kids. I got a job there too, as my husband was busy to look after our kids, my job was to look after the stroller. After spending some time in the park, I felt that I have become the sole protector of the stroller, not only it is a must needed baby gear, it also carried the jackets, water bottles, snacks and most importantly diaper bag, which can’t get lost. The rest of the afternoon went very well, there, for some time I also enjoyed with my kids, as they were jumping, running, giggling around.

The job of a parent is definitely a tough one, one has to be more patience, responsible, had to give up time for the little ones, it’s a 24/7 tiring job. But when I remember my childhood, I could see myself playing in the local park and running, sliding, bouncing with my friends, I could felt that little park time made me so happy. Then I realized it, even I have to settle down with my priorities, its worth it. Childhood is the most precious time we have in our life, and as a parent, it’s our privilege to nurture it.

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Spring-summer finds from IKEA

I love to go to Ikea for shopping, my kids love their meatballs and deserts and my elder one is always interested in the play area. I like their seasonal stuff, as well as their space-saving types of furniture. Last Sunday we visited local Ikea store to find some new fresh looks for our home and bingo we got what we have wanted.

There was some special display on the sustainable materials, I like the idea, we need more environment-friendly products around us. But what I really like about these eco-friendly materials is that they are mostly from India.

I am quite familiar with these materials, those can be easily found in Indian villages. The whole Ikea looks like a greenhouse.

There are lots of options to choose from the artificial green indoor and outdoor plants, colorful floral decor, beautifully printed curtains to eco- friendly products.

It was so refreshing in there that I wanted to redo my entire home. I got some really nice deal though. Now, I am excited to place those around my house and be ready for the summer entertainments.

Hope you like my spring- summer finds. Share your favorite finds for this season.