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Morning peeps!

I read this blog over the weekend. And I thought I’d share. Here are signs that you’re with a good man. Do you agree?

James Sama: 15 Signs You’re with a Good Man


Hello all,

Destination number seven is by far my most desired vacation. The Republic of Fiji, or simply known as Fiji, has postcard perfect islands with white sandy beaches and tropical weather year round. I mean c’mon, this is the ideal vacation for two on a honeymoon or a romantic getaway in general. Although, I’ve heard it can be very pricy because many things have to be imported, it still tops my list of places to go before I die.

Seventh stop: Fiji Islands!

Map of Fiji

Fiji Islands consist of 333 islands, which over 100 are inhabited. Most of the islands are clustered around two main large islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The small island of Rotuma is isolated in the north and inhabited by people of  Polynesian descent.

Hut on the Water Fiji

A bungalow perched in the crystal-clear waters is the ultimate dream. These over water rooms are on stilts over a lagoon or just offshore. Most have platforms that offer direct access to the water for swimming or to watch the sunset. Pure perfection for any honeymoon or romantic getaway, if you ask me!

Sigatoka River Safari Fiji

Ever wondered what a water safari was like? Wonder no more. Fiji’s Sigatoka River Safari will transport you deep into the Fijian interior aboard a custom-built jet boat. Your guide will introduce the rich culture of the Fijian people as the adventure begins in the coastal town of Sigatoka. Traveling upriver, one will be left in awe by the stunning natural scenery until arriving at the designed village. A village guide will present you to the community and then you will experience village life firsthand.

Waterfall Jumper Fiji

Have you ever wanted to do a backflip into at the top of a waterfall into the lagoon below? Uh, yes! A tour called Adventures in Paradise Fiji will give you that opportunity. After visiting with a village chief and partaking in authentic ceremonies, a traveler can enjoy an exhilarating dip in the waterfall lagoon. On top of that, the locals teach you how to husk a coconut.

Robinson Crusoe Island Fiji

If you’re seeking an experience filled with Fijian customs, culture, and cuisine then Robinson Crusoe Island may be the place for you. The island is a part of the secluded Fiji Beach Resort, which has an assortment of free activities to enjoy. A few Fijian traditions that will enrich any trip are fire and knife dance shows, basket making, dancing under the stars, bonfires, and kava ceremonies.

Whether you’re on your honeymoon or seeking a serene getaway, Fiji offers plenty for couples. I can’t wait to go!



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I was watching the ABC nightly news on a Friday night. And there was a segment about 25 ways to ask your child their school day without asking, “How was school day?” It was a very resonating piece as I struggle every day to get my son to tell me about his day.
I worry about not knowing my child as he begins to discover himself and the world around him. And I’m sure plenty of other parents feel the same way. So check out this piece: 25 ways to ask your child “How was your day?” without asking “How was your day?”

Number nine and ten are my favorite.


goodbye summer, hello autumn
Great Sunny Day, Batman!

With only five official days of summer left, I had planned to close out in a memorable way. These last 46 days have been hectic, enjoyable, upbeat, and adventurous. The summer of 2014 has definitely reminded me that each day should be appreciated. And even though the days have flown by, I’ve learned that there’s something appealing about simplicity. I’m glad that I spent the last six weeks with the ones I care about.

  • August 4: Annual check-up for my son
  • August 5: Girl’s lunch with my cousin Jessy
  • August 8-10: Family reunion in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • August 13, 14 & 18: Interviewed childcare centers
  • August 16: Kiddie birthday party with my son / Saw Lucy
  • August 17: Guardians of the Galaxy with my friend Temple
  • August 19: Happy hour with my good friend Wesley
  • August 23: Shop and lunch date with Nikki, fashion and beauty expert
  • August 28: Kindergarten orientation with my son
  • September 2: First day of school for my son
  • September 9: Celebrating my cousin’s 5th birthday with the family
  • September 17: Root canal procedure instead of the Matisyahu concert at The National (Sept 16)

Here’s to the escapades of autumn.



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If you ever wondered where the best places are to watch a sunset around the world, check out The Hand Luggage Only blog for the 16 top places. At least two of my dream vacations are on the list!


Uncle Sam wants YOU!

Uncle Sam wants YOU!


Can you believe it’s September already? That means in about a week or so, summer will be over. I don’t want it to end! To celebrate the ninth month of the year (in the Georgian calendar), here are a few fun facts about it:

  • It used to be the seventh month on the Roman calendar. And it had 29 and 31 days but was later changed to 30 days by Emperor Augustus.
  • September is the only month with the same number of letters in its name in English as the number of the month.
  • In any year, no other month ends on the same day as September.
  • September 8 is International Literacy Day.
  • September 13 is International Chocolate Day and Uncle Sam Day.
  • Shakespeare did not mention September in any of his plays.
  • National Sickle Cell Month
  • In the U.S, the first Sunday after the first Monday (Labor Day) is National Grandparents’ Day.
  • Mexico’s War of Independence began on September 15, 1810.
  • On September 3, 1900, Wizard of Oz was published.
  • On September 1, 1905, the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan were established.
  • On September 2, 1789, the U.S. Department of Treasury was established.
  • On September 25, 1789, the Bill of Rights were created.
  • President McKinley was assassinated on September 6, 1901.

For more interesting facts, check out September Facts and Random facts about September.



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This is why I chose to keep my son at home when he had a 104* fever two days ago. Parents, don’t allow your sick child to go to school and spread this sickness.

Q13 FOX News

SEATTLE — Dr. Keith Jerome with the University of Washington Department of Laboratory Medicine has some advice on how to better understand enterovirus-D-68.

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During Q13 FOX News, Dr. Jerome answered some of YOUR questions in a live chat on the Q13 FOX News Facebook page.

Click on the Facebook post below to see the Q & A:

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Salutations Readers,

We’re going to the wild and arid land of the Serengeti for destination number six. Who hasn’t wanted to go on a safari to take in the picturesque view of this reserve? The area is best known for its vast migration of herbivores (mostly zebras and wildebeests) and the predators (lions, cheetahs, hyenas, oh my!) that pursue them. What most don’t know is that the Serengeti is one of many national parks of Tanzania. So let’s explore this natural reserve on the motherland of Africa!

Sixth stop: Serengeti, Tanzania!

Map of Serengeti, Tanzania

Located in north Tanzania and extending to southwestern Kenya, the Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest on earth. Its climate, vegetation, and wildlife have barely changed in the past million years. The Serengeti is most famous for hosting the largest continental mammal migration in the world, which establishes it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.


Wildebeest of the Serengeti plains.

Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then they swirl west and north after the long rains of April, May and June. The primal, yet ancient, instinct of these herbivores to move is so strong that no drought, gorge, or crocodile infested river can hold them back.


Massai Warriors

The land is also known as Massailand, named after the fierce Massai warriors that live alongside the wildlife.


Ol Doinyo Lengai in the Serengeti

Another attraction of the Serengeti is Ol Doinyo Lengai, the only active volcano in the area that ejects carbonatite lava. It is also a Massai holy site.


Serene SerengetiWhether it’s for the splendor of leisure or going for business, the Serengeti is one place that shouldn’t be missed on your trip in the area.




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Good day everyone,

More often than not, we tend to get caught up in the glamour of big cities and their charms. As a seasoned traveler, I’ve been lost in the metropolitan glitz and ignored the appeal of America’s towns. I’ll never forget that feeling of old-world living and peace when I stopped for breakfast at a café in Burlington, Vermont. With more thought, the small towns of America need our attention.

Based on Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s most romantic towns, I’ve chosen the top five of the 26 that have captured my attention:

  1. Burlington, Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

I fell in love with the quaintness of this small New England capital in the summer of 2007 on the way to a Montreal wedding. I wish I could’ve stayed longer. Well, at least to watch the sunset over Lake Champlain. I can only imagine the fall foliage and then the first snowfall of winter. Apparently, one sip of Lake Champlain Chocolates’ decadent hot cocoas is all it takes to see why the town also scored highly for cafés and ranks among the top 10 for winter wonderland holiday-season visits.


  1. Annapolis, Maryland
Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis, Maryland

I’ve been an east coast girl for roughly over half of my life. It’s mostly due to family, but blue crabs and fresh from the farm food help significantly. The food isn’t the only highlight of this Chesapeake Bay getaway, this city also ranked well for its wines. And after you visit Annapolis, you’ll discover much more to keep coming back to right coast too.


  1. Amelia, Florida
Amelia, Florida

Amelia, Florida

If you’ve ever dreamed of horseback riding with your lover on a beach then this is the perfect spot to do it. Amelia Island State Park is one of the few places in the country where you can still saddle up on the sand. This barrier-island town is prominently known for its parks and quaint historic inns, such as the Fairbanks House (a Victorian-era home filled with fireplaces, four-poster beds, and claw-foot tubs).


  1. Telluride, Colorado
Telluride, Colorado

Telluride, Colorado

Surrounded by the majestic San Juan Mountains and only having one road leading into the township, you realize how amazingly isolated Telluride really is. This southwestern Colorado town is perfect for a romantic rendezvous with its colorful Victorian homes and charming Western downtown. Winter or summer, complete the experience by hopping on the gondola and looking out over Telluride’s incredibly scenic canyon.


  1.  Fairhope, Alabama
Fairhope, Alabama

Fairhope, Alabama

With five rivers converging at this scenic Gulf Coast town, Fairhope boasts plenty of Civil War history (even the nearby Marriott was the site of a Confederate hospital). Be sure to explore this southern town’s own small French Quarter, which is home to a dozen little shops and the largest crape myrtle tree in the South, called the Alabama Champion Tree.


Check out T+L’s complete list: America’s Most Romantic Towns



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Fun Facts: Pizza


For the love of pizza

For the love of pizza

Cowabunga dudes and dudettes!

In the spirit of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie I’d like to share some fun facts about pizza (TMNT’s favorite food). As many of you may know, the modern-day pizza originated in Naples, Italy and the circular bread topped with tomato sauce and cheese has been prominent around the world ever since. It also happens to be my son and boyfriend’s favorite food. This isn’t surprising news since 94% of Americans eat pizza regularly.

Other fun facts about pizza:

  • In 1889, Pizza Margherita was created in honor of Queen Margherita, who strongly preferred her pie be covered in the colors of the Italian flag: red (tomato), green (basil), and white (mozzarella).
  • October is National Pizza month in the U.S.
  • Pizza derives from the Latin root word picea, meaning the blackening of crust by fire.
  • Domino’s Pizza is the world leader in pizza delivery.
  • The longest pizza delivery was from Cape Town, South Africa to Sydney, Australia. For more interesting facts, check out Pizza Fun Facts.



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