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Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Your Pup

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Happy Halloween! Looking for last minute pet costume ideas? Being the pet-lovers that we are, we’ve put together a list of our favorite doggie costumes that Fido is sure to love!

 

#1 – iPug – This could work for any breed, but it’s “punnier” with a Pug. Get ready to get crafty! You’ll need a piece of cardboard cut in the shape of an oversized iPad. Then, spray paint it black for the base. This is where you can have fun painting the recognizable characteristics of the iPad on the cardboard, like: the home button, apps, date and time icons, etc. One the paint is dry, you’ll need to hot glue the “mock iPad” to a doggie t-shirt. Voila, an iPug!

 

#2 – Superhero – These pre-made costumes are cute and are available at many retailers including Target and Party City. The characters range from Superman, Batman, Underdog, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and the list goes on.

 

#3 – Waldo – This is a simple costume to put together. Any red and white striped doggie sweater or shirt would work. And, don’t be afraid to spray paint the red stripes on a plain white doggie sweater. Head to the pet store and look for a white dog beanie and paint stripes on it. And the glasses? You can easily make the Waldo glasses out of black pipe cleaners.

 

#4 – Three Headed Dog – Venture to the toy store or anywhere that carries stuffed animals. Look for two stuffed animals that are the same breed (and coloring) as your dog. Attach the heads of the stuffed animals to your dog’s collar. The three-headed dog is funny and oh so cute!

 

Whichever pet costume you chose, we wish you and your pup a Happy and Safe Halloween!  For a quick quote on Protect Your Bubble’s Pet Insurance, visit ProtectYourBubble.com.

 

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Why I Fell in Love with Peru

Those who know me best know that I love traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures and cuisine. I try to put my passport to use every year. So 2013, I decided to put it to use to visit Peru.  The country has been on my must-travel-to list for quite some time now and I was excited to finally have to opportunity to go.  And what could be a better reason, than to watch two of my friends get married!

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CUSCO

We spent the first 4 days of the trip in Cusco, which is a quaint city located about an hour plane ride away from Lima. It’s an ancient city which at one time was the most important city in the Incan Empire. It now serves as a beautiful city with sweeping views of the Andes….and also the city in which the wedding took place. The altitude in Cusco is more than 12,000 feet above sea level. Thus, making the air thin. It’s very common for hotels, restaurants, and other public buildings to have oxygen tanks on standby for those are who are short on air. Altitude sickness affects many differently. Some experience nausea, headaches, shortness of breath and general discomfort. It’s advised to drink plenty of water and allow your body to adjust to the new altitude. And for the adventurous traveler, Cocoa Tea is recommended by the locals.

 

The wedding took place in Cusco in a beautiful hotel which used to serve as a monastery hundreds of years ago. The grounds were stunning and beautifully manicured and the building was breathtaking. And speaking of breathtaking, Mariella, the bride, looked gorgeous. They are a wonderful  couple and it truly was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve had the privilege to attend.

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MACHUPICCHU

No trip to Peru would be complete without out a visit to Machupicchu, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. It’s an amazing empire built by the Incans nestled on one of the peaks in the Andes Mountains. Many travelers each year take the pilgrimage to the ancient ruins by foot. Starting the journey in Cusco, the trek takes about 4 days. Along the way, the hikers are sure to experience the Peruvian culture first hand through the stunning scenery , the small villages that hikers pass though and the pure serenity that only nature can provide. Others opt for a more luxurious option: by train (which is what I chose.) The train is comfortable and is equipped with a glass ceiling for maximum views of the Peruvian countryside along the way. Meals and beverages are served aboard the 4 hour journey through countryside, over rivers, and through mountains. You know you’re approaching the foothills of Machu Picchu as you start seeing snow capped mountains ahead and intermittent ruins beginning to become more commonplace.  The train’s route ends in a small city called Aguas Calientes, translated as “hot waters” due to the natural hot springs in the area. The city is located in the valley and surrounded by the green, jungle-like mountains.

 

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we quickly checked into our hotel and set off for the bus ride up to the peak of the mountain where we would finally experience Machupicchu. The bus ride was a thrill for sure; narrow roads, a windy route, steep drop offs and no guardrails. The 20 minute scenic ride went by quickly. I recommend to anyone who goes to Machupicchu to get your passport stamped. It’s a cool memento and a worth the wait in line.

 

When we finally arrived at the site of the ancient city, we were speechless. I have never experienced such natural beauty that is so intertwined with man’s creation. And the architecture found within Machupicchu’s ruins has been a mystery for many scientists and researchers. The site was built with such precision, that not even the blade of a thin knife can fit through the mortar-less stonework. Upon touring the site, we learned about other mysteries that have been baffling experts for a while: Where did this civilization go? It appears as though the people just disappeared hundreds of years ago. There are no records that explain this. Why did the Spanish not conquer this civilization as they had all other Incan civilizations of its time? We may never know. But one thing’s for sure: the Incans left us with a true jewel.

 

Peru is truly a beautiful place to experience, so it’s important that tourists are adequately prepared before their Peruvian adventure commences. Below are a few tips I would recommend to anyone who plans to make this journey.

 

  •  Allow time to adjust – Machupicchu is located in a very high altitude. Tourists should allow a few days in Cusco to adjust to the altitude before making the trek up to the site. It’s common for tourists to suffer from altitude sickness. Travelers should drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol for the first few days and get plenty of rest. You can also visit a travel clinic beforehand and get a prescription for altitude sickness medication as a precaution.

 

  • Research the significance – Before heading to Peru, research the history of the land and its historical significance. Incan culture is a big part of Peru and it will help tourists fully comprehend the beauty of Machupicchu.

 

  • Endurance Prep – There are two ways to get up to Machupicchu. If the multi-day hiking/camping excursion is the method of choice, tourists should be sure to spend the months leading up to the trip exercising to build up endurance. It’s not an easy trail, so the more prep, the more enjoyable the journey.

 

  • Be adventurous with food – Do not, I repeat, DO NOT eat at a McDonalds during your trip. Did you go halfway around the world to eat somewhere you can easily go to at home? Hopefully not! Part of truly experiencing a culture is through the food. Peruvian food is wonderful and exotic. Be sure to try the local delicacy: Cuy. Or as we call it in the states: Guinea Pig. It tastes just like chicken. Honest!

 

  • Try to learn a little Spanish – The people are nice and very helpful to tourists, but it’s a nice way to prepare for your trip. Good phrases to know are “Thank you,” “How much does this cost,” “Where are the restrooms” and “No thank you.” In either case, bring a language translator.
  • Get covered – Before traveling, I was sure to get travel insurance through Protect Your Bubble. It was affordable, easy to purchase and I enjoyed having peace of mind throughout my Peruvian adventure.

 

When planning your Peruvian adventure, remember that vacation insurance is a great way to cover trip emergencies, cancellations and interruptions. Visit ProtectYourBubble.com for a quick quote.

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Protect Your Bubble is Proud to be the Presenting Sponsor at the 2013 Party Rock Open

 

Party Rock OpenParty Rock Open, the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit female tennis event, returns to Las Vegas this year at the Darling Tennis Center.  The event will take place September 22 – 29, and Protect Your Bubble is excited to be a part of this fantastic event.

 

Party Rock Open, originally named “Lexus of Las Vegas Open” was founded by Tyler Weekes of Courtthink, LLC. He co-directs the tournament with WTA-certified player agent Jordan Butler.  The tournament began its journey in 2009 changing its name to Party Rock Open came to be when Weekes, taught tennis to Redfoo (Stefan Kendal Gordy), leader of the pop group LMFAO, and after some negotiations, Redfood agreed to have his Party Rock clothing line be the new title sponsor of the event.  The players will compete on hard courts in an outdoor setting in the Darling Center in the heart of Las Vegas. The tournament will feature both singles and doubles events. This year, we’re geared up to see challenging matches guaranteed to keep fans at the edge of their seats.

 

Right now, acceptance sheet shows 20 main draw players, 26 qualifying players and 87 alternates, a few of the players include Alisa Kleybanova (former top 20 player), Camila Giorgi (2013 U.S. Open Rd of 16), Andrea Hlavackova (2013 U.S. Open Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion), and Tamira Paszek (2012 Wimbledon Quarter-Finalist)…just to name a few! Indeed, quite a strong player list for this years’ Party Rock Open tournament.

 

We’re excited to be part of Party Rock Open. If you plan to attend, be sure to look for our sponsor table and come say hello! For more information about Party Rock Open, visit the official website at www.partyrockopen.com. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to receive VIP tickets to the event (that’s a $250 value)!

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Apple’s 2013 Announcement Boasts New iPhone 5c Features and a New, More Affordable iPhone

Whether or not you were surprised by Apple’s announcement today, thanks to the rumormill, it’s safe to say that many consumers are excited by the two new devices launching later this month. The new iPhone 5c and the coveted iPhone 5s will hit the market in most countries on Sept. 20, with 5c pre-orders beginning on Sept. 13. But what are the new features?

 

iPhone 5c

The announcement of the new, lower-cost device is music to many ears. We predict that this more affordable device will likely gain the support of a younger audience. Especially with the slew of colorful phone options. Among other features mentioned today include a more powerful battery life and a wide screen video. According to Apple, “5c is beautifully, unapologetically plastic.” The back of the device is composed of a hard-coated polycarbonate material abd the inside of the phone is built with a new steel-inforced construction method. Sounds pretty durable. But what is the pricetag, you ask? The iPhone 5c 16GB will be available for $99 and the 32GB will be available for $199, both with a two-year contract.

 

iPhone 5s

Cosmetically speaking, the iPhone 5s will offer new color options of Silver, Grey, and…Gold, yes, Gold!  Aside from the new look, Apple boasts three noteable new features in the iPhone 5s: A7 chip, Enhanced Camera, and Touch ID.

 

So, let’s begin with phone’s speed. According to today’s announcement, “The iPhone 5s is a huge leap forward in mobile computing performance. It starts with a brand new system on a chip called the A7. A7 is 64-bit, the world’s first and only such CPU in a smartphone.” Basically, this means that the new device will compute at a very, very fast speed. Next, the camera has been enhanced, making phototaking on the iPhone an even better experience. For starters, it has a 15 percent bigger active sensor area. And according to Apple’s announcement, “We know a secret: bigger pixels = better pictures. Our sensor has 1.5 micron pixels.” The enhanced camera also features a flash which has two LEDs and photo-editing capabilities allowing users to use Instagram-like filters on their photos. Finally, the third big feature is Touch ID. This security feature is the likely going to be a big win for consumers. According to TechCrunch “the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is capacitive, 170 microns thin, has a 500 ppi resolution, scans sub-epidermal skin layers, and has 360 degree readability (no matter how you train the sensor to read your finger, it can read it from any rotation).” This phone sounds aweomse, but with all of these features, comes a hefty pricetag: 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399, with a two-year contract. Its starts at $649, sans contract.

 

True to form, Apple does not disappoint with the news from today’s announcement. The big question is: will you be buying one of these new devices? If so, consider iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c insurance from Protect Your Bubble…now available.

 

Image source via Chicago Tribune

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Your Gadgets and Extended Warranties

We’ve all have been offered extended warranties for electronic gadgets we buy and with what seems like ‘generous’ offers, we sometimes agree without really realizing what we are getting into. USA TODAY contributor Regina Lewis explains whether it’s worth it to invest in extended warranties or not.

 

If you are buying televisions, smartphones, tablets, computers or appliances and are ‘advised’ to get an extended warranty, there are some things that you need to consider first before jumping the gun.

 

When looking for a good deal on an extended service contract, it’s important to seek out top-rated warranty plan providers like Protect Your Bubble.

 

To read the full article, visit

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2013/07/20/money-quick-tips-extended-warranties/2569515/

 

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