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Jon Snow is the founder of Star Fish Oyster Bed and the owner of thought catalog. He’s been writing for many years and now focuses on managing online platform and blog design for several organizations.

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Affordable Summer Activities

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Summer holidays are rapidly approaching. Some parts of North America are already enjoying their summer holidays. As I write this there are probably thousands of kids saying: “I’m Bored” and thousands of moms thinking what to do with their kids for little or no money.

Affordable Summer Activities

Having two school children of my own and two school-age nephews I will be facing same summer holiday boredom blues in a few weeks myself.

Summer holidays are about fun and being carefree. Summer is about having fun while still learning a thing or two.

……..Summer Break is 9 weeks long…..long…..long………..

Many of us have planned a week or two of family summer vacation, but what about the remaining 7 or 8 weeks of summer?

There are families who can’t afford a family vacation in this economy never mind 9 weeks of keeping children entertained with activities that cost money like amusement parks, weekends getaways, shopping trips, excursions.

Fortunately, with a little bit of planning and a few resources, we all can help our kids to beat the summer boredom blues and ensure that they have the most wonderful summer holidays yet. This year you can have summer on the budget.Affordable Summer Activities

There are many activities that are free to entertain children throughout the summer. There are also activities that cost a little bit but guarantee tons of fun and lots of great memories.

I made a list of few free activities and ideas to keep kids busy and moms sane this summer:

  • Free Art Classes – check with your local museum or art gallery. Many places offer free art classes once or twice a week for a couple of hours.
  • Free Story Time at Library – most local libraries offer summer reading programs and story and activities time.
  • Free Church Day Camps – check with your local churches if they are planning to offer free day camp. Some churches offer sports day camp, drama day camp or fun day camp. They usually are only 1 week during the summer Monday to Friday for a few hours.
  • Free Waterpark (splash park) and Picnic – pack up a picnic basket and head to your nearest free waterpark for the day.
  • Beach Day – nothing gets kids more tired and happy then a busy day at the beach. Bring some card games, have a sand castle building contest. Don’t forget the sunscreen.
  • Free Museum, Zoo or Pool Day – check your local newspaper for free activities happening in your area. Many places have a free admission day a few times during the summer.
  • Theme Days at Home – plan different theme days in case of rainy days. Have kids to plan their costumes, ask them to decorate the house or yard. Let them plan the activities and menu. You can have Reverse Days, Breakfast All Day Days, Cowboy and Country Days, Board Game Extravaganza…..
  • Free Festivals – summer is time for lots of festivals that offer free entertainment and activities for the whole family. Take advantage of that just stay away from the overpriced concession stands (few treats won’t break your budget).
  • Exploring Your Neighborhood – take a hike, bring a camera and have kids start a scrapbook of adventures.

Many summer activities require a little bit of money, but they give you lots of fun and bonding with your children:

  • Theme Pool Days – our local pool hosts special theme pool days every Friday throughout the summer. Kids get to dress up. Enjoy special (cheap) snacks and activities provided by the pool staff. All it cost is an admission to the pool.
  • Movie Matinee – check with your local movie theater. Many movie theaters have matinees throughout the summer for half of the cost of regular admission.Affordable Summer Activities
  • 2 for 1 coupon – many businesses, parks, amusement centers offer 2 for 1 coupon during the summer. The economy might be bad, but the deals are great. So take advantage of it.
  • Day on a Farm – spend the day picking fruit or berries, hiking and having a picnic on one of your local farms. It will cost you only the price of the fresh fruit and vegetables that you take home with you.
  • Camping – doesn’t have to cost a lot. Staying at forestry or free campsites is so much fun. Roughing it is part of the adventure. Nobody ever talks about the “perfect” camping trip.

All you need to do is to plan your days and this summer holiday will be the best ever. No more summer boredom blues. Your kids would be too tired to complain.

The best part will be having summer fun without hurting your budget. This is the year to have summer on the budget. Can you do it?

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The Best Cheap Hotels in Paris

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Paris is one of Europe’s most beloved travel destinations, as well as one of its most expensive. Contrary to popular myth, however, you don’t have to look outside the city to find a cheap place to stay. Keeping price, location and overall quality in mind, it is possible to find budget accommodations in Europe’s most romantic city.

Hotel Eldorado

As of 2009, you wouldn’t pay more than 90 euros for a room at the Hotel Eldorado, and if you’re traveling solo, you could get a room for as low as 35 euros a night. Located near Place de Clichy, this Bohemian-style establishment consists of 23 guest rooms, each colorfully decorated according to various ethnic themes. If the weather is nice, relax at the end of a long day in the hotel’s private garden. Note that the cheapest rooms only come with washbasins. You will have to share bathing and toilet facilities with the other guests.

Hotel Eldorado
18 rue des Dames
75017 Paris
France
011 (+33) 1 45 22 35 21

Hotel de Blois

Hotel de Blois is near trendy Boulevard du Montparnasse, just south of the train station. The Hotel de Blois’ 25 rooms may be small, but they are also well-equipped, with satellite televisions and direct dial telephones. All rooms come with showers or bathtubs. For some rooms, though, you will have to share toilet facilities. Rooms ran in the 50 to 98 euro range as of 2009.

Hotel de Blois
5 rue des Plantes
75014 Paris
France
011 (+33) 1 45 40 99 48
hoteldeblois.com

The Best Cheap Hotels in Paris

Port Royal Hotel

The same family has been running this one-star establishment since 1931. The rooms are quiet and spotlessly clean, with some of the rooms overlooking a delightful glassed-in courtyard and others allowing guests to observe street life in the surrounding Latin Quarter. As is common in Paris, the cheapest rooms only come with a washbasin. Rooms ranged from 41 to 89 euros as of 2009; breakfast will cost you an extra 5.50 euros per head.

Port Royal Hotel
8 Boulevard Port Royal
75005 Paris
France
011 (+33) 1 43 31 70 06
hotelportroyal.fr

The Best Cheap Hotels in Paris

Hotel du Sejour

Located in the heart of the Marais, just a few steps away from the Centre George Pompidou, this one-star establishment offered rooms for as low as 47 euros a night in 2009, if you book for a minimum of three nights. While the hotel is well designed, the rooms are quite simple and most of them do not come with bathrooms. There is also no elevator on the premises, which might make staying here difficult for guests with disabilities.

Hotel du Sejour
36 Rue du Grenier St-Lazare
75003 Paris
France
hoteldusejour.com

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Reviews of the Luxor Hotel & Casino

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The Luxor Hotel and Casino is the only 30-story, 4,400-room, pyramid-shaped hotel and casino in the world. The Egyptian and contemporary-themed resort has everything you need in a desert vacation: entertainment, dining and gaming. Located in a prime location on the Las Vegas Strip, the Luxor was one of the original mega resorts.

Reviews of the Luxor Hotel & Casino

Wows and Woes

Some great features of the Luxor include staying in a pyramid and the many amenities the hotel has to offer. I adored the oversized showers, room service, fitness center and spa. There’s more than a dozen dining options and 120,000 square feet of gaming space.

If you are looking for the “coolest” hotel on the Strip, this is not it. The jet-set head to the newest and greatest Las Vegas has to offer. There’s an additional fee for Internet access and a daily resort fee.

Insider Tips

For the best savings, book weekday visits.

Check out packages for gaming credits and free credits to the Luxor’s spa, buffets and shows.

Reviews of the Luxor Hotel & Casino

Author’s Most Memorable Moment

I love the casual atmosphere of the Luxor. My favorite memory is having a laid-back dinner with friends at The Burger Bar. The service was outstanding, and building your own burger from scratch from a list of hundreds of ingredients was a lot of fun.

Bottom Line

If you have ever wanted to stay in a pyramid, complete with a sphinx and all the amenities, head to the Luxor Las Vegas.

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Where Can You Rent a Car for Three Months

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Walking or using public transportation can be convenient, but there are times when not having a car isn’t an option. Here is a list of affordable car rental locations where long-term renters are greeted with low rates. Options include Avis, Budget, Rent a Wreck and Fox Rent a Car.

car rent Avis

Avis

To encourage monthly rentals, Avis offers $100 off any rental of 30 days or more. It also has lower rates for customers who want to rent for 60-plus days, and the longer the life of the rental, the more the monthly fee drops. Avis has a one-time contract process; you are billed monthly for your rental without having to renew the contract. It also provides 24-hour roadside assistance.

Avis
(800) 331-1212
www.avis.com/car-rental/avisHome/home.ac

car rent Avis

Budget

Budget car rental offers savings for any rentals of 30 days to 11 months in length. It also offers $50 off any rental up to 330 days long, as well as 24-hour emergency roadside assistance. Like Avis, Budget has a contract policy in which you only have to fill out paperwork once, and from that point on, you are billed monthly; there is no need to continuously return to Budget’s office for contract renewals.

Budget
(800) 527-0700
www.budget.com/budgetWeb/home/home.ex

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Rent a Wreck

Rent a Wreck markets itself as “the oldest and largest used car rental company in the world.” Don’t overlook this company simply because it uses the term “wreck” to describe its rentals. The majority of cars it has in stock are highly capable and much more affordable to rent than vehicles from other car rental locations. In many cases, its monthly rental fee can be cheaper than the daily cost of renting a new car elsewhere.

Rent a Wreck
(877)-877-0700
www.rentawreck.com

Rent a Wreck

Fox Rent A Car

In addition to the same deals as the brand-name car rental locations, such as one-time contract setup and roadside assistance, Fox Rent a Car provides a rewards program in which customers can earn points toward cheaper rentals in the future. This company is the perfect selection for anyone who needs to frequently rent cars for months at a time.

Fox Rent A Car
(800) 225-4369, ext.1
www.foxrentacar.com/Default.aspx

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What’s In Your Child’s Breakfast Bowl?…..a Twinkie?

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Last couple of years breakfast cereal was almost daily breakfast choice in my house….given the age of my boys….9 and 14….it was quick….convenient…..and big time saver since they could do it themselves.

I always had a variety of kids breakfast cereals….whatever was on sale I bought it….

My older son eats healthier grown up cereal due to his diabetes, but once in awhile he was known to indulge in his brother’s kids cereals.

What’s In Your Child’s Breakfast Bowl?…..a Twinkie?

I noticed that my kids were starting to eat cereal as a convenient snack between their meals when I wasn’t home…..

…that led me to a decision I made few weeks ago….NO MORE KIDS BREAKFAST CEREAL….

Last three weeks I’ve been getting up earlier to make sure my boys have a healthy breakfast prepared or approved by me. They still have breakfast cereal once or twice a week, but I make sure the only cereal in my house passes my sugar and fiber inspection.

It’s been only few weeks and the difference in my kids is amazing….relaxed…..calm and organized mornings.

…..where am I going with this?

Yesterday morning I came across an article on MSN.com called THE 10 WORST KIDS BREAKFAST CEREALS.

Did you know that some kids breakfast cereal contain more sugar then a Twinkie? As matter of fact if you give your child a Twinkie for breakfast you will be saving them some sugar intake….

….isn’t that sickening?

The Environmental Working Group did a new study….study of 84 popular kids breakfast cereals…..

….the result….three-fourth of them failed to meet the federal government’s proposed guidelines on what makes food nutritious enough to be marketed to kids.

Some cereal had more sugar in 1 cup serving then 3 Chips Ahoy cookies…..

….56 out of 84 kids breakfast cereals contained more sugar then the maximum recommended intake.

I was floored…..I knew that not all kids breakfast cereal is the best choice, but I had no idea that majority of kids cereal should not be served to our kids…..PERIOD.

What’s In Your Child’s Breakfast Bowl?…..a Twinkie?

I want to share with you the list of 10 WORST KIDS BREAKFAST CEREALS:

  1. Kellogg’s Honey Smacks: 55.6% sugar
  2. Post Golden Crisp: 51.9% sugar
  3. Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow: 48.3% sugar
  4. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries: 46.9% sugar
  5. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original: 44.4% sugar
  6. Quaker Oats Oh!s: 44.4% sugar
  7. Kellogg’s Smorz: 43.3% sugar
  8. Kellogg’s Apple Jacks: 42.9% sugar
  9. Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries: 42.3% sugar
  10. Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original: 41.4% sugar

Did your kids breakfast cereal made the list?

Luckily, only two of my kids cereals made the WORST KIDS CEREAL list…..and the rest of the breakfast cereal my boys enjoy actually made the cut as kid-friendly cereals.

What’s In Your Child’s Breakfast Bowl?…..a Twinkie?

TOP 3 KIDS FRIENDLY BREAKFAST CEREALS:

  1. Kellogg’s Mini Wheats: Unfrosted bite-size, Frosted Big Bite, Frosted Bite-Size, Frosted Little Bite
  2. General Mills Cheerios Original
  3. General Mills Kix Original

Are you surprised that with all of these kids breakfast cereals on the market….and constant TV ads making them sound good and wholesome there is an epidemic in Type 2 diabetes in children in North America? I am not…..and I am doing something about it in my house.

So, mom and dads…..grandmas and grandpas….aunts and uncles….caregivers…..

….it’s time to re-think what we are feeding our children for breakfast…..and snacks.

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Essential Tips For Hiring A Perfect Limo Services

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Some individuals love to live a royal life. For it, they are trying to buy luxurious & highly expensive cars and some other things. If we talk about the most popular cars, then limousine is appearing at the top. Everyone is not able to buy it. Here, the prom limo hire services are beneficial in completing the desire.

With it, many people are also considering it as the mean of transportation when they are going for any specific occasion. Travelling with limousine helps in leaving a good impression on others. Now the question appears how to avail quality services. For such a task following are some essential tips.

Registered company

You can find lots of companies in the market those can help you in availing the limousine hiring services. All types of companies do not have a similar existence or nature. You need to hire the service providers those are registered.

In case you are going to unregistered service provider then you may face lots of issues. Mainly these issues appear when you do not receive proper services or going to pay a higher amount.

Reviews and ratings

The use of online sources can help you in several ways such as – checking rating & reviews. On the internet, you can find different types of prom limo hire service providers. With it, you can also get information related to the service providers in the form of reviews.

With the help of reviews & ratings, you can easily know that what kind of services provided by the company. In case, the company is providing bad quality services then it is tagged with negative reviews and lower ratings. You need to choose a company which is available with lots of positive reviews and higher ratings.

Cost estimation

All companies are charging a different amount of money when it comes to provide services. Here, they are paying attention to lots of factors such as – time for which limo is hired. Some companies are charging a fixed amount of money for a day or a specific hour duration.

Some companies are charging money on the hour system. Here, the interested ones need to pay only for the hours in which they are going to avail the services. Before making the final decision, you need to ask the service provider for giving cost estimation.

Details about driver

You should have complete information related to the driver who is provided by the company with the limousine. Here, you should try to get details regarding its driving history. It can help you in getting that driver is professional or not.

Another important thing is that you can know that he/she can drive efficiently or not. There is also an important factor which you cannot avoid, and it is the drug & alcohol test of the driver.

Final words

On the basis of these factors, you are able to set up a comparison for getting best prom limo hire service provider. In case you have any kind of doubt then you can fix an appointment or visit the official website of the service provider.

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Glacier Park Vacation Reviews

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Originally home to ancient ancestors of current Native American tribes, Glacier National Park became a national park in 1910. At least 1.6 million people visit the park each year. Lodging include hotels, lodges, cottages, inns and two chalets accessible only by backpacking.

Glacier Park Vacation Reviews

The park is open all year; however most visitor facilities are open from late May to early September. Vacationing at the park offers many activities for people of all ages.

Glacier Park Vacation ReviewsWows and Woes

Wildlife viewing is excellent; it’s possible to get close-up photos of grizzly bears, mountain goats, moose, elk and bighorn sheep. Bird watching is amazing; harlequin ducks frolic in McDonald Creek, dippers bob and golden eagles fly high.

Glacier National Park offers a wide array of lodging for every budget.

The weather changes quickly; bright summer days can bring heavy rainstorms without warning and snow at night. Internet access and televisions are not available at Glacier Park, Inc.’s lodging. Lake McDonald Lodge rooms do not have air conditioning, coffee makers or bathtubs.

Glacier Park Vacation ReviewsInsider Tips

The best time to visit the park is from late May to early September, as many visitor facilities close in the fall and winter. Take a Scenic Red Bus interpretative tour offer for a comfortable way to enjoy the scenery. Take fishing gear to catch abundant lake trout.

Bottom Line

Glacier National Park is an excellent vacation spot for families, couples or singles. The wide variety of activities will please anyone.

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Things to Do on Maui Railroad

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railwaysMaui’s Sugar Cane Train is a relaxing, six-mile steam train journey through some of Maui’s most beautiful scenery. The journey includes colorful guided commentary, as well a trip across an old-fashioned trestle bridge. Tourists, train enthusiasts and those looking for a fun and different activity in Hawaii all gravitate to Maui’s Sugar Cane Train.

Sightseeing

Most visitors to the Sugar Cane Train come for the views. With humorous narration from your local guide, passengers on the train learn about the sugar cane trade for which the train was originally built, the history of Hawaii and the natural environment around them. From December to April, you may see humpback whales as you round the curves above the sparkling ocean.

Dining

Thursday evenings are set aside for the Sugar Cane Railroad dinner train. Board the train at Puukolii Station and take a 30-minute guided journey, where you will disembark and be treated to a delicious buffet dinner, with a weekly featured ingredient. While you eat, enjoy a hula show and then return to Puukolii Station in style on the homeward leg of your journey.

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Special Events

The Sugar Cane Train is also available to rent for special events, such as weddings, receptions, and anniversaries. Make your even truly stand out by having it hosted on the Sugar Cane Train. You can also book a caterer for any dining events and have a delicious meal waiting for you at the end of the line. The train moves back and forth along a six-mile track that takes approximately a half an hour, and you can book a single trip with an event at the station or an extended train ride.

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Digital Overload: Could there be TMI?

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With the proliferation of smartphones and mobile devices, we all recognize that shoppers can now get vast amounts of information wherever they are, whenever they want it. Now, as marketers, we can spend our work hours and brain cells on how to effectively navigate this complex online landscape.

Digital Overload

But we at Shops-cape suspect that few of us have stopped to consider the possible side effects of so much information, especially for (let’s face it) items with less than earth-shaking importance. Sure, you want lots of input for an expensive new car purchase or when moving up to a cutting edge piece of technology. But what about an everyday “medium-ticket” purchase like a set of bed-sheets?

In the old days, a shopper would have checked the options at a local department store, thought about them for a bit, maybe looked at other sets at another store or two, and finally made a purchase. Now it’s second nature to check the web, research the price at different stores, read thread count reviews, check to see if the sheets are on sale anywhere, scan the bar code in the store to see where else they’re sold, and Google coupon codes, etc. Just writing that sentence was exhausting—which leads us to wonder if too much information may sometimes have a counter-effect, confusing or turning off the very customers we’ve sought to engage.

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What we think it means: Information fatigue could offer an opportunity to stand out by making life easier for your customers. For example, by simplifying product selection or by giving them all the product information they want (including reviews and ratings) right on your site or in your store—so they don’t feel the need for extensive research elsewhere.

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Try Out A Tapestry Weaving Machine Today

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There are a number of reasons why you should consider tapestry in your spare time and if you have always admired your family members such as your mother or grandmother stitching tapestry with their hand then there is no need for you to stress about creating the tapestry just like they did. While tapestry was initially created by hand people can now create Gray tapestries for sale in 2019 using weaving machine because there are specific weaving machines for tapestry available in the market. In case you’re wondering where you can find the best tapestry machine then one of the most reliable methods is to go online and check the various available options.

There are a number of things you should look for while investing in a tapestry weaving machine and one of the most essential things that you should always focus on getting is really broad base. People ignore the fact that a tapestry is extremely heavy and a weaving machine that has a small base will not manage to balance the tapestry well and you will need to carry it throughout the time that you are sitting there. This does not work in your benefit and you tend to tire your hands very soon. The broader the base the better support the tapestry has and it helps you to turn the tapestry around more efficiently. It also helps you to create some beautiful designs on the tapestry and this will make it look pretty.

These days you find a number of tapestry machines that come with embroidery designs and customization options. This will help you make the tapestry look prettier and it also adds some style to the tapestry. In case you want to add a personalized touch such as create names on the tapestry you can always do so using this machine.

The tradition of creating tapestry has been followed by families all over the world and women love creating tapestry for the family. If you are keen on creating tapestry for your family members but you are not too interested in wasting too much time doing it manually mainly because it takes a lot of effort then there is no need to stress. With the latest technology you can now create tapestry using a weaving machine. It is essential for you to find the right tapestry machine so you can create some pretty tapestry and if you are not too sure how you can find this tapestry machine then one of the best things to do is go online and check the reviews for the various tapestry machines available these days. This will help you in finalizing the best tapestry machine for you.

While there are a number of tapestry machines available in the market there are a few things that you should keep in mind while purchasing one. It is very important for you to remember to invest in a tapestry machine that runs on electricity and does not require any manual labor from you. If you have to stitch by hand this means having to put in a lot of effort and one can get extremely tired very soon. Investing in a machine that enables you to stitch tapestry not only allows you to create more tapestry but it also helps you to create better designs and you can also consider selling the tapestry professionally. Using weaving machines is extremely easy and once you get the hang of it you will not stop creating tapestry. Creating tapestry are an amazing the way to pass the time and they also have a number of health benefits for women.

Tapestry has been popular amongst women for a very long time and irrespective of what country one belongs to there is always one lady in the house who enjoys creating tapestry during winter for all the family members. If you have always admired a woman in your house who creates tapestry and you too want to continue that tradition you do not necessarily have to create these tapestry by hand anymore. Thanks to technology there are a number of beautiful tapestry machines that you can invest in so you can create some amazing tapestry without having to spend too much time or put in too much effort in creating them. If you are interested in purchasing the tapestry machine but you are not too sure how you can find the best tapestry machine all you need to do is go online and check for the various tapestry machines available.

While you can approach a local store that will try and sell you some amazing tapestry machines it is always feasible to buy welding machines online mainly because you can read the review that various customers provide for the machines and this enables you to eliminate the risk of purchasing bad tapestry machines that will not work in your benefit. One of the most essential things that you should always remember checking is the quality of the machine and the broadness of the base of the machine. Tapestry are a quite heavy to handle and if you invest in a machine that has a narrow base you will have to hold the tapestry in your hand and this isn’t really easy because since tapestry are heavy it becomes uncomfortable for you to stay in that position for a long time.

Tapestry is used by people all over the world during winters and it has been a tradition for women in the family to create these tapestry by hand for many years now. If you love making tapestry but hate the idea of making it manually there is no need for you to stress anymore. You can now create tapestry using the best tapestry machine available in the market and you do not have to put in as much work and you can still create tapestry that are much prettier than the ones that were made in the past.

With the advancement of technology you can now opt for the best tapestry machine that enables you to create some of the most beautiful tapestry with some designs that will impress everyone around you. There are a number of different kind of tapestry machines available in the market and in case you aren’t very sure how you can find the best tapestry machine available all you need to do is go online and check for some of the machine models and read the reviews the customers have provided.