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Don’t Let These Excuses Limit Your Travel Dreams

Image by DarkWorkX from Pixabay Many of us dream about traveling. We imagine ourselves on sun-soaked beaches. We long for the adventures that can be experienced in faraway countries. We eagerly listen to the stories of our friends and neighbors who have taken the time to see the world. We wonder what life might be like in Thailand, Paris, and Japan. We Google snapshots of the countries we desire the most and add destinations to our bucket lists. We do all of these things in the hope that one day we will have the opportunity to travel. However… Many of …

Colonial-Style Summer Celebration

Colonial-Style Summer Celebration

Guest Contributer: Becca Jones Becca is the head photographer for B. Jones Photography. Check out her site here. Vibrant Firs is a new wedding venue in Auburn, WA. It has a charming Colonial structure right by the lake, dock access, barn, gazebo, and 50 acres of land. Its exterior paint and front door design left a great impression on our first visit. As soon as we pull in the roundabout driveway, at the end of the brick path is the tiffany blue and white painted, column entrance. Along with the lake view, we immediately decide that we will be setting …

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Family Holiday? Here’s How You Should Do it

Photo by Elina Sazonova from Pexels Sure, holidays are fun and all that, but those that you take together with your family can be overly stressful. Some people get into a row about something, others get sulky when they don’t get to do everything they wanted to, while the youngest complain about being bored when you just really want a relaxing day in. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be like this as long as you’ve taken a few simple precautions. Here is a handful of tips to make your big family holidays a lot more pleasant so that you can start to look …

Modern Home Restoration in Crete

Modern Home Restoration in Crete

Guest Contributor: Andreas Markakis Andreas is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer based in the beautiful city of Chania, on the island of Crete in Greece. Learn more here. Being part of a personal project, as this home belongs to myself and my wife, we wanted to show exactly how that even a small home can be comfortable and pleasant for visitors vacations. An almost 150-year-old stone building that belonged to my grandfather and grandmother was passed on to me and I felt the urge to renovate and restore. After construction was completed we styled the home for this photo …

Spring Soirée in Emerald Isle North Carolina

Spring Soirée in Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Guest Contributor: Allie Miller The photographic talent behind Allie Miller Photography gives us an exclusive look at this gorgeous Soirée! On Saturday April 14th, we had the greatest time capturing, following are some images showing all the colors and decor which welcomed the 2018 spring season at The Islander Hotel & Resort in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. The resort was the location for Emerald Isle Realty’s “Spring Soirée” – which is held to celebrate the busy season ahead and to recognize their team’s great efforts to make every summer a wonderful season for guests who frequent the area. Professional Planner, …

Italian Wine for your Valentine

La Dolce Vita: Italian Wine for your Valentine

This post was sponsored by the Italian Trade Agency as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Valentine’s Day is here, do you have plans yet? If you don’t, then I have a fabulously romantic and delicious way to celebrate love with a date-night-in… Do as the Italians and celebrate “La Dolce Vita.” That’s right, take your valentine on a tour of Italy through their most famous wines, and learn a bit about the land while you’re at it. Here are my steps to putting together a romantic “La …

Panama City Beach

5 Things Visitors Must Do at Panama City Beach

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Panama City Beach. All opinions are 100% mine. As many of you know, I am a Houstonian. I had only been living in the city for a year when Hurricane Harvey hit. Now, I’ve lived through the Northridge Earthquake, tornados in Ohio, and Hurricane Sandy in New York, but nothing compared to the devastation I saw during Harvey. Nothing also compared to the loving community that rose to support one another as well. My friends in Florida experienced the same devastation just last year during Hurricane Michael. But …

Hawaii's Hottest Export - Kō Hana Agricole Rum

Hawaii’s Hottest Export? Kō Hana Agricole Rum!

As if Hawaii wasn’t dreamy enough, they’ve decided to outdo themselves with a farm to bottle rum, Kō Hana Agricole Rum. Initially conceived as a zero-waste facility and pet project for owner, Robert Dawson , Manulele Distillers has morphed into much more. From harvesting rare sugarcane to redefining rum distillation, the result is a liquor that celebrates both earth and heritage in its purest form. I recently visited the tropical distillery and was pleasantly surprised. Located in the old Del Monte post office and company market, the distillery is deceivingly simple from the outside. But through its doors, a trendy …