Great Wolf Lodge Is Las Vegas For Kids (And It’s Amazing)

Certain hotel experiences cater to the entire family, where parents can tend to their own needs while children can engage in activities that best suit theirs. Great Wolf Lodge is not one of those experiences. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing. Too often on vacation, I’m all too quick to drag my children to a kid’s club or babysitting room, rationalizing they’d rather hang out with kids their own age. Whether it’s true or not, they usually oblige, and then our trip becomes a “family vacation” only after 3:00 pm.

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On a rainy weekend in November, we visited Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, where we engaged in 40 hours of non-stop family time. There was no drop-off, no adults-only restaurant, no 18-and-over pool – only pure, uninhibited childhood fun. If you’re game, you’ll have a blast. If not, you should wait in the car, because Great Wolf isn’t a part-time hang. It’s a full on, all-encompassing kid-zone, complete with giant storytelling bears, a complex scavenger hunt, candlestick bowling, mini-golf, a tremendous game room, and the Great Wolf calling card – an 80,000 square foot indoor water park featuring a lazy river, wave pool, water playground and a series of hair-raising slides. Essentially, Great Wolf Lodge is Las Vegas for kids. And, like Vegas, it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s a sensorial experience that’s super fun and slightly exhausting, but if you step it up and go big, it will be one of the best weekends of your parenting life.

The Great Wolf Poconos location joins the brand’s 17 other locations throughout the US, in regions ranging from Traverse City, Mich. to Colorado Springs to Charlotte, N.C. The first lodge opened in southern Wisconsin in 1997. Fast forward to today, Great Wolf is on a recharged growth trajectory to open additional locations in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Manteca, Calif. while renovating its existing hotels. While each location differs slightly depending on its age – the newer ones feature updated rooms and a different structural flow – the common thread running through each property is the gigantic indoor waterpark and its trademarked MagiQuest scavenger hunt, a “Dungeons & Dragons” style maze where kids navigate the quest with the help of magic crystals, prophetic tomes and nymph-like fairies.

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Branford’s Open House Of The Week (Dec. 9)

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There will be an open house on Sunday, Dec. 9 for this home located at 44 Marks Court, according to Realtor.com. The open house is from 1 to 3 p.m.

  • Address: 44 Marks Ct, Branford, Connecticut
  • Price: $469,000
  • Square Feet: 2840
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full and 2 Half Baths
  • Built: 1993
  • Features: Welcome To This Beautiful Custom-Built Home Located At The End Of A Cul-De-Sac, With Beautiful Landscaping and Gorgeous Curb Appeal! This Home Offers 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms and Sits On 1.05 Acres Of Land! The Main Level Features A Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, 4Th Bedroom, Great Room, Laundry and Mudroom. The Large Eat-In Kitchen Has Newer Ss Appliances, Flooring and Lighting.
  • The Dining Room Is Open To A Stunning Sunken Living Room With Cathedral Ceilings, A Gorgeous Stone Fireplace. Hardwood Floors and French Doors That Walk Out To A Private Deck With Newly Stained Decking and Trex Steps.
  • The 4Th Bedroom Can Also Be Used As An Office, Playroom Or Den. The Great Room Has Cathedral Ceilings W/ Skylights, Stamped Concrete Insulated Floors & An Oversized Slider That Can Be Used As A Separate Entrance For A Possible In-Law Or Home Office For A Small Business Or Practice. The 2Nd Floor Offers A Cozy Loft That Overlooks The Living Room With 2 Bedrooms and A Full Bath Located On One Side and The Master Suite On The Other. The Master Has New Hardwood Flooring, A Walk-In Closet and A Stunning Newly Remodeled Bathroom With Marble Counters, Custom-Tile, Footed Tub and Triple Shower Heads!
  • Lastly, The Lower Level Adds Approx. 1000 Sq.Ft. To Living Space With A Half Bath, A Walk-Out French Door, Bar Sink, Built-In Bench & Movie Room With Custom Glass Cabinets. Great For Entertaining! Most Rooms Have Been Freshly Painted! This Home Is A Must See!!

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Fashion-Forward Flooring for the Healthcare and Education Sectors

Tailor Grace’s Natural Nautical collection adds a warm touch to this hospital waiting room. Rendering courtesy of Mats Inc. 

When it comes to specifying flooring, designers tend to have a tough time finding suitable products for  healthcare and education projects. That’s because these spaces see a lot of action and need to be outfitted with products that perform consistently well. Flooring in a hospital or an elementary school needs to be tough enough to take regular beatings—whether from heavy biomedical equipment or exuberant running and jumping—and pliable enough to provide comfort underfoot. It also needs to resist germs, abet acoustics, and most importantly, look good. It’s a tall order, but one company has a solution that goes above and beyond.

Designed specifically with the healthcare and education sectors in mind, Mats Inc.’s newest flooring product, Tailor Grace, provides a durable, environmentally friendly, and aesthetic alternative to standard commercial flooring options. Designers styling spaces as diverse as classrooms, NICU’s, libraries, and operating rooms can focus on making spaces beautiful knowing that Tailor Grace is equipped to handle the rough demands thrown on flooring products. In addition to being a resilient vinyl flooring product from Mats Inc., Tailor Grace is FloorScore certified, 100% phthalate-free, and manufactured with water-based inks and no heavy metals.

Tailor Grace’s Urban Classic collection in lime green enlivens this school cafeteria. Rendering courtesy of Mats Inc. 

“Tailor Grace emerged from the timeless nature of the capsule wardrobe: well-appointed and edited to include essentials that withstand the test of time,” explains JoAnn Durette, vice president of marketing at Mats Inc. “Like a favorite outfit, Tailor Grace flooring is beautiful and reliable.”

Although its name draws inspiration from fashion, there’s nothing superficial about Tailor Grace. The line features four distinct collections of saturated hues and warm wood tones with matte finishes, all designed to be mixed and matched to create dynamic spaces.

Tailor Grace regulates noise in this cavernous university building lobby. Rendering courtesy of Mats Inc.

With the inclusion of Tailor Grace, Mats Inc. ensures that designers now have a product that not only keeps people healthy and comfortable, but also elevates these spaces to a new standard of beauty.

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18 Year-Old Becomes Richest Boy In India Making Money Online

Sai Reddy is now officially one of the richest 19-year olds in the Pune and the entire India, for that matter. The Pune native was playing on his smartphone last week when he discovered a popular new app called Olymp Trade. He had recently downloaded it but hadn’t played it yet.So, Sai opened the application and started playing with the demo account you get when registering for free. In just 15 minutes he doubled his money, making more than his parents earn working hard the entire month.One week later, Olymp Trade binary options deposited 1200$ of Sai’s earnings straight into his mother’s bank account.Sai is the only son of Vihaan and Pari Reddy, a typical middle-class couple, both of whom are originally from Chennai. Sai’s mom taught him how to use a computer at the young age of 6 and ever since then, he had been hooked. When he’s home, he can be found usually playing video games online or on Youtube. Their family did not appear to be the “stock trading” type though. That’s why his father, Vihaan was shocked when Sai showed him his balance on his phone!Mr. Reddy tells us, “I was watching the game with my wife when all the sudden, I heard Sai yell out, ‘Dad, Mom, I just made 120$ for us!’ I thought he was talking about some game on his computer again. I went into the bedroom to see what the fuss was all about and saw his trader account with graphs and numbers and most importantly with 130$ on it. And that was just in 15 minutes! I couldn’t believe it at first; I thought it was some kind of a joke. But then Sai told me he was playing a popular new Olymp Trade binary options app he downloaded. For him it was just like a game. But he took that game seriously reading a lot about market signals and trading strategies on Internet. Later on Sai had surprised us more and more with how much money one can made with binary options. 350$ a day and it’s not where it really stops!”

First I thought this was some kind of another gambling scam” says Mr. Reddy “but soon with relief I have found out that binary options are offering real currency market trading not some casino or some other hoax. I have read articles on Olymp Trade and learned about binary options. It occured that with it you can trade successfully with much less risk because you have strategies and market signals. They are really easy to find on Internet. This helps a lot! And you can practice it on demo account not risking any real money.”The next day, Olymp Trade holding company contacted the Reddy family to ask where they should wire the money. Sai’s parents decided it would be best for Sai to keep the money since he had technically earned it. They opened a savings account for Sai and funded it with a chunk of the money he had made. Sai is the youngest trader to make such profits on a regular basis with binary options, but certainly not the first. Since the beginning of 2017, over 3400 citizens of India started making over 300$ daily with Olymp Trade, many of whom had with minimum deposit.

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Tips for DIY flooring projects: Everything you need to know

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If you have less experience and less time, click-together floors can make it easier.Getty Images stock

Nov. 14, 2018 / 11:10 PM GMT+5:30 / Updated Nov. 14, 2018 / 11:13 PM GMT+5:30 / Source: TODAY
By Chrissy Callahan

Replacing the floors in your home is a surefire way to give your space a fresh, new look. At the same time, purchasing quality flooring and hiring an experienced professional can get pricey — fast.

If you’re craving a new floor and aren’t afraid to go DIY, attempting your own flooring project can save you lots of money. Of course, it can also turn into a huge mess if you don’t do all the research first. To save you from a major headache, TODAY Home consulted the pros to find out exactly what you need to know before starting your own DIY flooring project.

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DIY flooring isn’t for the faint of heart

Looking up DIY flooring ideas can be fun, but make no mistake: Installing a new floor isn’t easy. “Even relatively simple materials, like vinyl or laminate, require a lot of careful calculations and precision cutting for the patterns to be just right,” said Dan DiClerico, an expert at HomeAdvisor.

In other words, if you’re new to the DIY home renovation world, it may not be the best idea to start with flooring.

Then again, if you’re up for the challenge and don’t mind doing your research, learning how to install floors can pay off. “An intrepid DIYer who tackles the project could save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars,” DiClerico said.

Before you get ahead of yourself, though, make sure you spend plenty of time poring over how-to videos and deciding which type of flooring will work best in your home.

“Before you go on a tool-buying spree, you want to determine the type of floor you are laying and do your research. Go online and look at installation videos for the products you selected and talk to the supplier about the warranty conditions and get advice on how to deliver, treat and install the flooring product,” said professional contractor Mike Holmes, whose DIY Network series “Holmes & Holmes” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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The Best Flooring Store In Each State

When it comes to home renovations, there are few things more stressful than projects taking longer than expected and results just not turning out as you wanted. This is especially true when it comes to replacing old flooring, which naturally causes everything at home to feel ungrounded—literally.

Finding the perfect place to buy your tiles, carpets, or hardwood, and the right installers to do it is half the battle. So, I reached out to our friends at Yelp to help us compile the 51 best flooring stores in the US, one for each state, plus one in the DC area. To pull this data, the review website looked at the star rating and number of reviews for flooring showrooms and shops in the home category. Dare I say you’ll leave all your renovation projects feeling floored from now on?

1 Alabama: Bama Flooring
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“Definitely worth a call if you have a flooring project you want taken care of quickly and without any headaches.” – Derek M.

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22970 AL-59
Robertsdale, AL 36567

2 Alaska: Sav-On Flooring
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“Hands-down the best prices in Alaska. I have been searching for a quality hardwood that can withstand the winters here in Alaska…I would recommend Sav-On Flooring and will be back for a few more projects.” – Matt H.

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3600 Minnesota Drive, Suite B
Anchorage, AK 99503

3 Arizona: Paradise Tile & Natural Stone
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“My new wood floors look fantastic. I really had a great experience with Cosimo Militello. He came to our home right away to measure and review the process with us. They completed the job in the timeframe promised and everything looks terrific. We are very pleased. We strongly recommend Paradise Tile and Natural Stone!” – Sheila B.

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Fashion-Forward Flooring for the Healthcare and Education Sectors

Fashion-Forward Flooring for the Healthcare and Education Sectors

Tailor Grace’s Natural Nautical collection adds a warm touch to this hospital waiting room. Rendering courtesy of Mats Inc. 

When it comes to specifying flooring, designers tend to have a tough time finding suitable products for  healthcare and education projects. That’s because these spaces see a lot of action and need to be outfitted with products that perform consistently well. Flooring in a hospital or an elementary school needs to be tough enough to take regular beatings—whether from heavy biomedical equipment or exuberant running and jumping—and pliable enough to provide comfort underfoot. It also needs to resist germs, abet acoustics, and most importantly, look good. It’s a tall order, but one company has a solution that goes above and beyond.

Designed specifically with the healthcare and education sectors in mind, Mats Inc.’s newest flooring product, Tailor Grace, provides a durable, environmentally friendly, and aesthetic alternative to standard commercial flooring options. Designers styling spaces as diverse as classrooms, NICU’s, libraries, and operating rooms can focus on making spaces beautiful knowing that Tailor Grace is equipped to handle the rough demands thrown on flooring products. In addition to being a resilient vinyl flooring product from Mats Inc., Tailor Grace is FloorScore certified, 100% phthalate-free, and manufactured with water-based inks and no heavy metals.

Tailor Grace’s Urban Classic collection in lime green enlivens this school cafeteria. Rendering courtesy of Mats Inc. 

“Tailor Grace emerged from the timeless nature of the capsule wardrobe: well-appointed and edited to include essentials that withstand the test of time,” explains JoAnn Durette, vice president of marketing at Mats Inc. “Like a favorite outfit, Tailor Grace flooring is beautiful and reliable.”

Although its name draws inspiration from fashion, there’s nothing superficial about Tailor Grace. The line features four distinct collections of saturated hues and warm wood tones with matte finishes, all designed to be mixed and matched to create dynamic spaces.

Tailor Grace regulates noise in this cavernous university building lobby. Rendering courtesy of Mats Inc.

With the inclusion of Tailor Grace, Mats Inc. ensures that designers now have a product that not only keeps people healthy and comfortable, but also elevates these spaces to a new standard of beauty

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