August 2017

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know September is ovarian cancer awareness month? Pink ribbons are everywhere for October’s breast cancer awareness, so why isn’t ovarian cancer just as public? One reason is because, unfortunately, there are fewer survivors. Most ovarian cancer isn’t caught until stage 3, and the five-year survival rate for a stage 3 diagnosis is 39%. Ovarian cancer is a silent killer. Because the symptoms often mimic a stomach ache and are assumed to be temporary, most women don’t recognize them and go months without seeing a doctor. By the time they…

A Review of Best Western Hotel La Solara -Sorrento, Italy

  Best Western Hotel La Solara Located on Via Capo, 118 – Sorrento, Italy 80067 GRADING Overall Score: B Staff: A Room: B Amenities: B Recommended?: Yes Overall Impression: Solid mid-level hotel outside of town with clean rooms, ample room to lounge, decent amenities, and a polite staff.   Outside of downtown Sorrento, in the lush tree-covered hills, you can find great lodging at Best Western Hotel La Solara. Tucked into the hillside, the Hotel La Solara has only 58 rooms, providing the benefits of both boutique and larger scale hotels; visitors here will find Italian charm and…

Digital Scrapbooking with Blurb

Are you a scrapbooker? Are you looking for an easier way to record family memories and moments? If so, you should try digital scrapbooking with Blurb. As photographs have evolved from prints to digital images, so has my method of documenting my family’s lives. After I had children, I documented their lives in baby books. However, these books never had room to hold photos and later, school work. So I switched to scrapbooking. My children got their own scrapbooks for each year, which contained photos, stories, drawings, and more. However, for me, making these books was an incredibly…

The Perfection of the Pantheon

The Pantheon Located between Via della Rotonda and Via della Minerva at the Plaza della Rotonda, in Rome GRADING Overall Score: A Cost: Free (Guided tours are available for a fee) Fun Potential: C Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:30am – 7:30pm, Sunday 9am – 6pm, and public holidays 9am – 1pm.  Last admission is 15 minutes prior to closing. The Pantheon on closed January 1, May 1, and December 25. Closed for mass during holidays (10:30am) and Saturdays (5pm). Click here for more information. Recommended?: Yes TIP: Because the Pantheon is a functional church, visitors are required…