Friday, May 2, 2008

Free E-Cards!

Don't let Mother's Day, or any other occasion, catch you unaware. Send free e-cards and help save rainforests at the same time by using Care2. You have the option when to send the card, so you know it will be on time.

There are many engaging cards to choose from, including interactive flash and animated images. Categories include standard birthdays and holidays as well as unusual ones such as No Housework Day, Toothache Day, and Panic Day.

So save some money on stamps and take the time to pick out a great Mother's Day e-card at Care2!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Easy Budget Mother's Day Craft

Celebrate Mother's Day with a handmade picture frame. They're quick and easy to make, plus you probably have everything you need already.


  • Picture frame or cardboard or poster board

  • Decorative wrapping or origami paper or fabric scraps

  • Scissors

  • Craft glue

  • Photograph

  • Optional - Paint

  • Optional - Magnet

If using cardboard or poster board, use the photograph as a size guide to cut out the frame and a back. If you already have a picture frame, skip this step.

Place the decorative paper or fabric right-side down on your work surface. Put the cardboard pieces or the frame on your material lightly trace around it. If you want to make a collage or don't have large enough pieces of material, you can cut up your material into fun shapes and use paint to cover the other areas of the frame.

Cut out the patterns you just traced. Turn your material right side up and glue them to the cardboard, spreading the glue evenly so there aren't any bumps. Let dry and apply paint if you choose.

Line up your cardboard and backing and position the photograph. Glue it to the backing. If you already had a picture frame, insert the photograph.

Optional - Glue a magnet to the back of the frame

This craft can be done by all ages, even adults. Your mother would appreciate the whimsy of a handmade picture frame from her grown children.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Romantic getaways done cheap

Have you dreamed about a romantic trip to an exciting European location? It isn't as far out of reach as it appears with planning and budgeting. Countries such as Spain and Italy offer many opportunities to create memorable experiences.

Experience the worldly pleasures of Milan, Italy, with its fascinating shops and tempting restaurants. View the Duomo Cathedral, topped by the Maddonnina. The Muso Poldi-Pezzoli is filled with gorgeous home decor items, jewelry, and more. Feast on provincial cuisine such as saffron-scented risotto and pannettone at various restaurants in the city center. Find a great cheap place to stay with Cheaper than hotels - Milan.


Navigate the canals of Venice and savor the breathtaking sights of the Piazza San Marco. Spend a day island-hopping to Murano, Burano and Torcello. Shop for classic Murano glass items or exquisite Carnivale masks and enjoy a wide variety of wonderful seafood. Use Cheaper than hotels - Venice to book a base for your adventures that fits your budget.


If your perfect romantic trip involves art and architecture, Barcelona, Spain would be ideal. Stroll through the heart of the town to see segments of the Roman wall and La Catedral. Enjoy the myriad examples of Gaudí's work, such as the Palau Güell, Casa Batlló, and La Pedrera. Take a break in the El Born area, filled with restaurants offering many different delicious foods. Cheaper than hotels - Barcelona can help you find a place well within your spending limit.

Let the character of Madrid, Spain charm you with its heady sights and sounds. Visit the extraordinary art museum Museo del Prado and enjoy the stately architecture of buildings such as the Plaza de Cibeles. Indulge your sweet tooth at the Chocolatería de San Ginés. Book your room with Cheaper than hotels - Madrid to save.


Using Cheaper than hotels to book accommodations can help you find your ideal balance between comfort and cost. Picture yourself enjoying a romantic getaway in Italy or Spain and make it a reality!