Muay Thai training in Thailand for you

If you want to experience something completely different on your trip in Thailand, we suggest you join a Muay Thai training camp. There is a good reason why Muay Thai is getting so popular around the globe and why so many people travel to Thailand for only one reason – training Muay Thai.

Although this martial art is practiced for centuries in Thailand, it became popular in the rest of the world in the past 2-3 decades. With the growing popularity of Thailand as a tourist destination a lot of people found out some great things from Thailand and Muay Thai was surely one of them.

There are a lot of gyms in the USA and Europe that are offering some types of workouts combined with Muay Thai training elements. One of the main reasons for this situation is the benefits that Muay Thai training brings with it. It is a very active combat sport that involves all body parts and all muscle groups. That’s why Muay Thai is attractive not only for those who are looking to learn a new combat sport and those who learn some self-defense technique, it is equally attractive for those who are looking for a way for physical activity that can help them sculpt their bodies and lose weight in a short time.

If you want to truly understand what Muay Thai means you should join a camp in Thailand. In this way you will be completely sure that you are practicing this sport in its original traditional form with the help of the professional Thai trainers.

Suwit Muay Thai is the most famous Muay Thai camp on Phuket Island. With over two decades of existence and continuing development of its facilities, this camp can guarantee you the ultimate Muay Thai experience. Starting from the high quality gear necessary for proper Muay Thai training and ending with the great accommodation (fan and air-conditioned rooms), Suwit Muay Thai camp is here to provide best service when it comes to Muay Thai training. You can find a lot of professional as well as amateur students here, all guided by professional trainers with years of experience in this field. Suwit Muay Thai training camp is also offering the best prices for the top quality training that provides!

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Bookstock Used Book and Media Sale #BookstockMI

Bookstock’s back at Livonia’s Laurel Park Place, offering incredible deals on used books and media. Bargains abound at Bookstock, metro Detroit’s biggest and best used book and media sale where all proceeds benefit literacy and education projects in metropolitan Detroit.

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As much as I love movies, I also enjoy reading. It’s something I share with my entire family. Sometimes, there is just nothing more relaxing than curling up with a good book, and getting lost in then story. Yet, books don’t also come cheap. So, I’m super excited to share about Bookstock! A local event to help families enjoy books, and other media at awesome bargain prices.

WHAT IS BOOKSTOCK?
Bookstock is an annual, non-profit used book and media sale. It is a highly visible event with thousands of shoppers. All merchandise sold comes from donations and all workers and organizers are volunteers. Proceeds from the sale, after deducting expenses, are donated to non-profit organizations. Merchandise remaining after the sale is donated to area non-profit organizations and schools.

Thousands of Pre-sorted books and merchandise!

  • Current fiction
  • Non Fiction
  • Books on tape
  • Children’s books
  • Cookbooks
  • CD’s
  • DVD’s

WHEN AND WHERE DOES BOOKSTOCK TAKE PLACE?
Bookstock takes place April 27-May 4, 2014 at Laurel Park Place in Livonia, Michigan.
On Sunday, April 27, 8:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m., there is a Pre-Sale for which there is a $20 entrance fee. After that, admission is free.
Hours are 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on both Sundays.

WHAT BENEFITS DOES BOOKSTOCK GENERATE?
Bookstock benefits the entire community by recycling gently used books and media and then offering them for sale at value prices. Most books and media range in price from $1-$4, although there are “special selections” (more valuable books) at various price points.

In 12 years, Bookstock has donated just shy of $1,000,000 to non-profit organizations in Detroit and the metro area, including those comprising its coalition. Additionally, Bookstock donates large quantities of unsold books to other non-profit organizations and schools. For example, the Salvation Army receives the bulk of the remaining books and media. Bookstock also underwrites a scholarship at the Wayne State University School of Library Science and supports the Bookstock Fund, a literacy fund that provides micro-grants to enhance literacy and learning in Detroit and the metro area.

WHAT ADDITIONAL SPECIAL EVENTS DOES BOOKSTOCK OFFER?

  • Bookstock’s Monday Madness, Monday, April 28, all day: Each purchaser receives an envelope with varying prizes. Prizes are randomly varied in each envelope but a single envelope could include gift cards, coupons and/or a giveaway.
  • Teacher Appreciation Night, Tuesday, April 29, 3:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.: Teachers with valid i.d.’s receive a 50% discount.
  • Bookstock B.E.S.T. Award, Tuesday, April 29, 5:00 p.m.: The B.E.S.T. Award is given to the winners of a contest open to fourth grade students in the Detroit Public Schools based on submission of a one page essay about their favorite books. Five students, their teachers, and their schools all receive monetary awards.
  • Booksbuster Sale, Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1, 3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.: For every three items purchased, a fourth one may be gotten for free (it must be the least expensive of the four chosen).
  • Half-Price Sale, Sunday, May 4, all day: All books and media are half price.

This is an incredible event for the entire community!

For more information about Bookstook, call the Bookstock hotline (248) 645-7840, ext. 365 or visit www.bookstock.info. You can also follow along on Facebook. Laurel Park Place is located on 6 Mile Road east of I-275 in Livonia.

I was selected for this sponsored post by Hay There Social Media. All opinions expressed are my own.

Starbucks Spring Blend Review @Starbucks @ModernMom #starbucks

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I recently received the above gift package from Starbucks to review. As I sat down to write this blog post, I started thinking about spring, and what it means to me. To me, it means fresh new beginnings. The feeling of sunshine, the smell of flowers, and the anticipation of fun summer plans. The past few mornings have been wonderful here in Michigan. After a long cold, snowy winter – it feels great to sit near a window and feel the sun come through while I catch up on some work.

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Of course the goodies from Starbucks definitely add some deliciousness to this experience!

Starbucks Spring Blend 2014 is one of our favorites around here. The aroma is heaven as it brews. Not as bitter or dark as other blended options, the juicy notes and medium body are a great pick me up as the day begins. A fresh beginning, just like spring.

I’ve had one family member say she enjoys this blend so much, she wishes it was available year round. But, it’s not, so just like the fun summer plans that we make each year, it gives us something to look forward to.

FTC Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions and photos used are honest and my own. I was not asked or influenced to write favorable review. This blog post contains no affiliate links.

Now onto figuring out this game

Since receiving a gift of an antique Maj Jongg game from a friend (See prior blog post “A Most Unexpected Gem” ) I’ve decided that it might be a good idea to actually learn how to play Maj Jongg. The only version that I’ve ever played is the one online where you are timed to uncover matching tiles. I would soon learn that this is nothing like any real Mah Jongg game.

I decided to go to our local senior center where they have a weekly group of ladies that play Maj Jongg. The write-up indicated that they welcome anyone from beginners to experts, but that they appreciated it if you would commit to at least three weeks to learn.

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I was soon to find out that the version these ladies play is the modern American one which was created in 1937. The object of the game is to discard all of your tiles based on various combinations from a printed card showing all possible legitimate variations. This card is called the “Official Standard Hands & Rules” and is available to dues paying members of the National Mah Jongg League, Inc. (see www.nationalmahjonggleague.org for further details). This card is updated on a yearly basis.

I sat out the first game while observing how the game progressed. It’s been said that if you are familiar with gin rummy, that you have a basic understanding of the game of Mah Jongg. I guess on a very basic level that is true, but I found it very daunting. They encouraged me to play the second game, but I declined, wanting to continue to just sit back and watch. They actually made me join the third game, though, telling me the more that I sat out the harder it would be to learn. I am not sure about that, lol!

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There are more than 40 known variants of American and a dozen Chinese varieties of Mah Jongg. The modern American version that we were playing happens to be the hardest to learn of them all, lucky me. Only the American versions use a card to determine allowable hands, all the others are freehand.

The ladies kept remarking how they felt that I was getting the hang of the game by the questions I was asking. I really was, but when I started to actually play I was very bothered by the lady who had given up her place for me to play. Instead of sitting back and letting me learn by playing and arranging the tiles on my own, she stood over my shoulder and kept pointing out what I should or shouldn’t be doing. This only made me more flustered and really didn’t allow me to sink or swim on my own.

I’ve decided that I will attend at least the next two sessions with those ladies, but I will try to be tactful and ask that I be able to play my own hand, but have them available if I have any questions. In the meantime I went to the library and picked up the book, “A Beginner’s Guide to American Mah Jongg How to Play the Game & Win” by Elaine Sandberg.

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It’s been very helpful thus far, actually clearing up some questions that I had written down to ask the ladies at our next session. There are also several exercises that I have found to be very informative, getting me more familiar with the card with it’s variations on it. I’ll keep you posted in my next blog how I am progressing.

Planes: Fire & Rescue Free Activity Sheets

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When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.

In celebration of the upcoming release of PLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE I have some fun free activities for you and your family to enjoy!

Download Print & Play Activities

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE opens in theaters on July 18, 2014!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide & Prize Pack Giveaway #Spiderman

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

I have been a Spider-man fan for as long as I can remember. I even dressed as Spider-man for Halloween, two years in a row. Wearing that costume, while running through our backyard and jumping out of our tree is still one of my favorite childhood memories.

Knowing that even the best of movies can bring up important issues, I have the below family discussion guide to share with my readers. Just click on the image to down the .pdf file.

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Family Discussion Guide
The discussion guide for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a great resource for families to discuss a range of important themes that include the relationship between personal choices and destiny, living a life that counts, sacrificing yourself in service to others, and the nature of power. This guide will help parents start (or continue) conversations with their children that will inspire them to think outside themselves and challenge them to live lives that matter. The conversations that will result from using this guide will reveal that even the most explosive summer blockbuster can leave lasting, positive impacts on its young viewers.

We downloaded the guide and had a great in-depth discussion with our girls. One I’m glad we had. It’s nice to know that your family is all on the same page when it comes to important issues.

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Enter to win a The Amazing Spider-man 2 Prize Pack!
Prize pack includes: t-shirt, paper mask and phone case.

Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have any issue with the widget or would prefer to enter by email, please contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email on May 2, 2014. Must have a valid email address to enter. Must be 18+ and live within the U.S or Canada to win.

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