Monthly Best Of: March 2015

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March was interesting. The biggest thing that happened to us was our further involvement with the Red Cross. We were deployed to work at our first shelter which opened for some residents that were displaced for a night because of strong winds causing several trees to fall over their apartment complex. We also had tons of training which involved a 8 hour road trip (roundtrip) for a weekend. We met our Disaster Services Manager and we both passed our Emergency Response Vehicle driving test as I mentioned in the last weekly small pleasures post.

I am looking forward to doing more training needed to be a great Red Cross volunteer. In other news, our kitty won’t be going into heat anymore because she got spayed this week. She recovered amazingly. Continue reading

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Last week we took a 4 hour road trip through the Columbia River Highway which took us by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The more I stay in Oregon, the more I realize how big and beautiful this state is. It keeps surprising me. The landscapes that this river and this canyon provide are stunning. We were so mesmerized by the changing colors and landscapes provided in combination with the sky, the sun, the trees and the river. Continue reading

This Week’s Small Pleasures #42

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I was away last weekend so I wasn’t able to share my small pleasures of that week but I will include some from last weekend and this week. Continue reading

Wood Around The World

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I just love looking at wood. I love interiors that are highly decorated with beautiful woods, I love fireplaces, and wooden objects. There is just something about wood that I am really attracted to. It might be part because I am an Earth sign, who knows.

With that said, here is a series of photos of woods I’ve captured across my travels. Continue reading

[Guest Post] Konark Sun Temple: The Black Pagoda

The Konark Sun Temple, built in the 13th century, in India takes its name from the Sanskrit words, Kona (corner) and Arka (sun) in dedication to the Sun god Surya. The monument was called the Black Pagoda by European sailors in contrast to the Jagannath Temple in Puri which was called the White Pagoda. Both temples served as important landmarks for the sailors.

I find it astounding how we are able to visits places from such historic dates. The Traveloholic had the privilege to visit this temple and he is happy to share his experience with us. All the photos and the following words were provided by Somnath, the traveloholic Continue reading

4 Ingredient Green Superfood Smoothie + GIVEAWAY!

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How would you like to make a delicious tasting smoothie that provides powerful antioxidants, immune support, and the nutrition of several servings of green leafy foods with just 4 ingredients? Well, believe me, it’s possible.  Continue reading

21 Fun Facts About Europe

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Europe is my favorite continent and for some reason, I love random facts; they tickle my fancy. So when Jess from Tripelio offered me an infographic based on her knowledge and travels of Europe, I was excited. Plus, 21 is a good number, don’t you think?

If you want to find out how many estimated Europeans are conceived in an IKEA bed, how to unblock Netflix in Europe, and one random action that could land you in jail in France, then please read on.

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