Iceland Adventure: The Golden Circle Tour!

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The Wandering Broski

Want to know what you’ll see if you book onto the famous Golden Circle Tour in Iceland? Then Check out this Vlog!

The first vlog from Iceland is of the tour myself and Connor took through the Golden Circle area of Iceland.

This tour included;

  • Geyser Hot Spring Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • The Secret Lagoon (an optional extra we included as the blue lagoon was fully booked!)

The tour was provided by Reykjavik excursions and was around £100. Our tour guide called Bjork was good but her voice kind of sent you to sleep in the mini van – you’ll see in the video!

The sights themselves were spectacular. Gullfoss Waterfall shows the shear power of nature and is the biggest waterfall I’ve ever seen. The Geysers were fun to look at and showed that deep below us there is so much heat!

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Freepaddling in the Ten Thousand Island: Part Two

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Wind Against Current

By Johna Till Johnson

panther-key-everything-tree The “Everything Tree” on Panther Key

In the bright light of full morning, I sat down to make coffee and breakfast… and had a rude shock. The Jetboil, which had worked perfectly well last night (and in pre-trip tests), now would no longer start.

This wasn’t catastrophic, but it was somewhat serious. You can start a Jetboil with a match.. but I’d brought just a handful of stormproof matches with me.  And I only had freezedried food, which required hot water to cook.  So I’d either have to cut short my trip, or curtail my eating—neither of which seemed ideal.

Normally I’d have been panicky. Well, actually, normally we would have fallen back on Vlad’s rickety stove, which he always packed even after we converted to the Jetboil. But there was no longer a “we”, and Vlad’s stove was somewhere back in New York. So that…

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An Overabundance That Is Magical

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Worn Corners

…human beings are possessed of something special, something extra, something unnecessarily rich, something that the novelist Marilynne Robinson calls ‘an overabundance that is magical.’

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

On 18-February-2015, I set up this blog. I didn’t agonise over the name. It crossed my mind like a loyal dog who was waiting for his human to utter his name. Worncorners.

What does Worncorners mean? The answer has been elusive. But I have always managed with the weak ones like ‘a life well lived?’ and ‘dogeared pages…’ I must be honest for I really didn’t invest a lot; the name chose itself. Ahem. Ahem. 🙂

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When I started blogging here, I reminded myself that I would write only about books. I was too shy to call them book-reviews. So I…

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5by20: How Coca-Cola is Empowering Women around the World

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Fitness Goals

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Reality check:
So I am going to say what you are not suppose to say but I JUST WANT TO BE SKINNY!

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Since starting my adult life I have put on a crazy 15kgs. Bonkers, I know. Each and every Monday I plan on starting my diet but come Tuesday diet is out the window. I know I am not alone in this.

It sounds so simple. Eat healthy and exercise. My brain does not work like that. My brain thinks SHIT I have to give up PIZZA and NETFLIX and WINE. Immediately, I set myself up for failure.

Realisation (admitting you have a problem):
Aside from wanting to be skinny I can say I have recently realised the effects of my not-so-healthy lifestyle on my body and my life.
1. Always being tired
2. Becoming anti-social
3. Everything is an effort
4. Struggling to walk up stairs
5. My favourite…

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North Sentinel Island, in India – The most isolated tribe in the world.

North Sentinel Island, in India – The most isolated tribe in the world.

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A small island in the Andaman Sea, North Sentinel Island might be the least visited inhabited island on earth, a testament to cultural survival through isolation. North Sentinel Island is an island in the Bay of Bengal, between India to the west, and Myanmar, to the north and east. It is a part of the Andaman Islands. It is home to the the Sentinelese, who are among the last people to remain virtually untouched by modern civilization. The Andaman Islands feature several tribes scattered over the main islands of the archipelago: The Great Andamanese, the Jarawa, the Onge and the Sentinelese, the latter residing solely on North Sentinel Island. The Andaman tribes that didn’t go extinct have been tragically decimated in the past 200 years by colonial wars, loss of hunting territory, diseases and alcohol. There are only 50 Great Andamanese left alive today, between 200 and 400 Jarawa, and…

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Jewell Pass & The Prairie View Trail

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Trail to Peak: The Adventurous Path

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been posting a lot about hikes that we did last summer with my recent posts. Part of the reason for that is because, due to one circumstance or another, I have been away from the mountains for (gasp!) a month and a half. And partly it’s to help those of you that are planning trips into our fantastic mountains next season.

Suffice it to say that it was fantastic to be back there this week!!

This hike goes to show you that with a little careful research, it is possible to hike year round in these snowy Rocky Mountains. Not ski: hike. And hike good, long day hikes.

Avalanche conditions and the avalanche forecast in the Bow Valley area were extreme and so, looking for a little safe adventure we turned our sights on the outer mountains in what the locals call…

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To My Dad

Mummy Miller

Today marks 3 years since you left our lives completely. You were travelling back from taking your girlfriend to work with your daughter in the back of the car when you were hit by a drunken, drugged up driver.

I remember that day so well. I was working that day, I woke up at 5.15am, well before my alarm, thought nothing of it and went back to sleep. I went through my day as normal, looking after my patients and generally having a laugh. At about 6.15pm I got a message on my phone from my cousin saying he urgently needed to ring me about my dad. I hadn’t spoken to my cousin since you left, so this was a bit out of the blue and you and I hadn’t spoken in a few months as we had fallen out over something stupid. I remember jokingly saying to my colleague…

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Rishikesh, my Happy Place

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Some places hold a special place in our hearts, and each time you visit them, you take a piece of them with you and leave a piece of yours with them. For me, it’s ‘Rishikesh’ – The Yoga Capital of the World. Rishikesh is magic for my soul and I still don’t know whether it is the River Ganges, the sound of bells during the aarti, the chanting of the mantras, the tiny cafes serving delicious food or is it the whole aura of the city that pulls me towards it every time.

My first trip to Rishikesh was in 2012 with my friend, Ankita and that was us being touristy so we went (you know it) – Rafting!!

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The gurgling Ganges makes river rafting a must try at least once. You can book your slot online in advance or in person (there are…

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Timeless tracks and trails of Belgium

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I Do Not Despair

I am now trying to get myself a bit fitter after a seasonal layoff from longer bike rides. As it is cold, damp and the visibility is poor the roads are not an attraction and I need a bit of a purpose to keep myself going.

Therefore I have taken on the idea of mountain-biking most of the 27 waymarked routesthat criss-cross our commune, 210 kilometres in total. They have become familiar friends since we ended up in Lasne four years ago, but I never consciously tried to ride or walk each route as a self-contained package. On a mountain bike I have been able to do two or three as one connected ride so I am gradually building up a picture of the whole set, and in the process I have discovered some attractive corners that I definitely would not have found on my own.

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Everyday warrior, I mean MOM. Meet Natalie Grim Williams.

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Natalie Grim Williams is like most working moms these days, living in York County, PA. She balances a full time job with another full time job. One full time job has a set number of hours, while the other is never ending. So, how does a busy mom make time for herself, quality time with her husband and her kids, plus still make the public and private sectorworldsgo round while also volunteering for The Junior League of York? Modestly put, with grace and a smile.


Natalie loves her job as asmall business development liason atDowntown Inc.She describes it as challenging, rewarding and impactful. Downtown Inc is THE organization working to enhance and encourage investment in York, PA’s central business district. This is tirelessly done through:

  • Economic Development – business recruitment and retention
  • Promotions – advertising, marketing and special events
  • Placemaking – beautifying the landscape, improving physical elements…

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Why You Should Give Mountain Biking A Try?

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Ever bike? Now that’s something that makes life worth living!…Oh, to just grip your handlebars and lay down to it, and go ripping and tearing through streets and road, over railroad tracks and bridges, threading crowds, avoiding collisions, at twenty miles or more an hour, and wondering all the time when you’re going to smash-up. Well, now, that’s something! And then go home again after three hours of it…and then to think that tomorrow I can do it all over again!” – Jack London

I always admire the thought of biking because of what they’ve said that it’s the most famous two-wheel destination on the planet. The feeling when I throw my leg over my steed and hammering it out for an hour until I find myself on the road, going nowhere and no plans to stop is so enthralling. Until I got the chance to try a mountain biking…

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Bucking a Trend with the Fenix BC21R Bike Light

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the drunken cyclist

Back in the Spring, I received the Fenix BC21R Bike Light to review (currently on sale for $75 on the Fenix website). For my day job, I commute by bike and I was really looking forward to giving the light a good test. The problem was, they sent the light right around the switch to daylight saving’s time, so I am not getting around to the review until now.

Sorry about that.

My trusty steed with the Fenix BC21R mounted on the bar.

I really hate to admit this, but I am a brand loyal kind of a guy. I pretty much only wear Nike shoes since we received them for free on my college basketball team (Go ‘U’ Bears!). Despite the compelling evidence provided by my physician wife, I will only take Advil even though all ibuprofen is (apparently) the same. And unless it is Crest toothpaste, well, there is a problem…

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10 Exciting Locations for Getaways in Nigeria

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Mercy Williams Explores

Are you in Nigeria for the holidays and looking for a perfect location for a getaway? Or simply just want to getaway from work and the regular life chaos? Whether you’re the explorer, the adventurer, or the beach bum, I’ve curated these 10 amazing locations for a weekend getaway.

Thank me Later!

Green Legacy Resort

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Location: Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Contains: Hotel Room Accommodations, Playground, Artificial Lake, Swimming Pool, Restaurant and Bars, Rocks.

Activities: Boat Rides, Swimming, Rock Climbing, Camel Back Riding.

Yankari Resort and Safari 

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Location: Bauchi

Contains: Hotel Room Accommodations, Warm Springs, Wildlife Animal and Plant Species, Waterfalls, River Valleys, Isolated Hills, Marshall Caves.

Activities: Swimming, Viewing and Sightseeing of Safari, Exploring the Marshall Caves.

Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort

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Location: Ekiti State.

Contains: Site where cold and warm springs meet, Hotel Room Accommodations, Warm Swimming Pool, Restaurant and Bar.

Activities: Swimming, Exploring the cold and warm spring meeting point.

Abraka Turf…

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Family Vacationing Well: Teaching Kids To Persevere

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A Coffee with Friends

Before you say that we are the worst parents ever! Please know that my son Eli watched this video and gave us permission to use it.  Why? Because he knows what we know.  We’ve all had that kind of a day and often they happen on a vacation! You know how it goes, we decide to try something new or think that we are in good enough shape and end up either hurting ourselves or just completed exhausted and grumpy.  On this day, Marc thought it would be a good idea to teach Eli mountain biking.  The problem is that this trail had no map or markers.  They got lost, missed out on lunch, and it kinda went downhill from there!

But, as we look back and laugh now, it caused us to reflect on the purpose behind traveling as a family.  When you think about taking a trip, what…

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Lake Crabtree Morning Ride

The Alchemist of the Woods

I first bought my mountain bike in May 2013 and it has easily been one of the best purchases of my entire life. This one simple purchase has lead to countless adventures, meeting new friends, and has even become a shared hobby between my wife and me. Even more importantly, mountain biking (and hiking) is a great way to explore the state (such as a visit to Occoneechee Mountain), country, or world that you live in. Since Michelle and I have moved to North Carolina we have been able to visit multiple trails around us in the Triangle area (Harris Lake, Lake Crabtree, Legend Park) in addition to several adventures in the western part of the state (riding Rocky Knob Park and Tsali Recreation Area). We even had the opportunity to experience a winter wonderland bike ride after a North Carolina ice storm!

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The Hiawatha Bike Trail

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Last September, I went on a 30 mile long mountain-biking trip on the Montana/Idaho border.  It’s an old rail-road grade that has been turned into a mountain biking trail.  There is ten tunnels, and 7 really high trestles. My favorite tunnel (and the longest one) crossed the border from Montana to Idaho, and was 1.6 miles long. I took this picture from one of the trestles. Across the valley is another one of them!

-Odessa

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Fit Recovery on Cycling: How Fast is Fast Enough on a Bicycle?

Fit Recovery

How fast is fast enough on a bicycle?

There are too many variables to even begin to answer that question in a blog post.  The easy way out, and certainly the funny way out, is to answer simply, “If you have to ask, you’re not there yet.  Pedal harder and/or faster.”

What are your goals for cycling?  Is it just to shed a few unwanted pounds?  How about a lot of unwanted pounds?

Perfect, the correct answer is faster than you want to go.  If your idea of a good ride is 10 miles in an hour, a lot faster than you want to go.

How about if you want to hang with the next group up at the club ride?  How fast is fast enough?

The answer is, “Fast enough to keep up.”

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Here’s the ugly truth, all BS aside:  Until you get to the Cat 3 racers (some would argue Cat…

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Weasel Poop, Rice Wine & Silk Worms: Our day mountain biking in Da Lat.

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Active as Matt is, he decided he wanted to do a mountain biking tour around the Da Lat countryside. As someone who enjoys cycling but does very little in the way of exercise and has the muscles of a 12 year old, I dubiously agreed.
We were picked up from our hostel at 8.30 by our guides and taken to the office, where we quickly realised that we would be the only people taking part in the tour. This suited me just fine as I’d had horrible thoughts of a whole group of strangers having to wait while I puffed my way up a hill. Anyway we set off and it became very apparent how out of my depth I was… being in mountainous terrain, there were always bound to be hills; I just didn’t think that these would be straight away ….

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Summer’s Race for Stillness

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Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

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Summer fun includes a wide range of activities. Some can be enjoyed at breakneck speeds while others require taking a moment to be still and take in the surrounding beauty.

It’s wildflower season in the high country. Summer is so fleeting at high altitudes, it’s hard to find them at their peak. I went on a quest.

While hiking Baker’s Tank in Breckenridge, Colorado, I shared the trail with others on a different sort of quest. It was part of a race course for mountain bikers. I was surprised they took the time to say hello, smiling and chatting as they passed. Later, I found out the race was 100 miles long! I don’t know if you’ve ever biked in the mountains, but sometimes you can walk faster than you can bike when trails become treacherous.

On the way back home, I found this amazing field of flowers. They were backlit…

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Solitude, Peace and Beauty

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the Antimuseum in Paris (and beyond)

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When I think of “solitude“, I think of our beautiful mountains in the Pyrenees. The chair I sit in and from which I look at the top of the mountains where I do mountain biking. There’s no one there. Just bears. And even so.

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The lakes, the vista. Peace. A break from the Big City.

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The stunning landscapes (here from the Spanish side). 

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Peace. Green peace. Pure beauty.

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Mountain biking & fall foliage in Abruzzo

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Autumn biking, AbruzzoI often find myself missing home when the autumn months roll around. As much as I love Rome, there is no transition between the seasons in the Eternal City, no colorful fall foliage.

This is why I enjoy visiting nearby Abruzzo during these months, to enjoy the sights, smells and climate of the autumns I miss.

Although the foliage isn’t as vibrant as the New England falls I grew up with, it is very beautiful in the mountains and never fails to put me in a good mood.

Autumn biking, AbruzzoIt’s also a great time to get out and enjoy those colors on my mountain bike.

I’d been having a hard time managing a weekend out in Abruzzo this fall. Every weekend has been either a tennis tournament for my older son or a track meet for my younger.

Autumn biking, AbruzzoAfraid I’d lose the colors all together, I decided to accept I’d be seeing…

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Biting off more than we can chew

Ends and Beginnings

“Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.” – Ella Williams

For a guy my size and age I am a good road cyclist. Over the course of the last ten years or so I have probably ridden 60,000 miles. As a comparison, it is 2,800 miles from New York City to San Diego, CA if you were to drive. I have been challenged by miles, hills, weather, cars, trucks, dogs, squirrels, my will and my legs. I can think of many rides where I wanted to get off my bicycle, lay in a ditch and wait for the buzzards to come pick my bones clean. But other than wrecks or a mechanical issue that I couldn’t fix on the road, I have never gotten off the bike, given-up, or quit.

What I learned many years ago about cycling is you get stronger by doing those rides that damn…

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Ancient ‘Moon Rock’ engravings protected as proof of Aboriginal astronomy | NITV

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The Moon Rock site, located at one of the highest points in Kuringai Chase National Park, 20km north of Sydney’s CBD, includes extensive sandstone engravings by the Garrigal clan of the Cammeraigal peoples.It is unique because it includes rare engravings of the 8 phases of the moon, beginning with the creator Biame’s boomerang. Its presence adds further weight to national evidence demonstrating that Aboriginal people were keen observers of the sky and indeed, the world’s first astronomers.The Moon Rock site is owned by the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (Metropolitan) since being handed back under the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act.  Among the ridges and spurs, there are more than 50 engravings, including depictions of spirit figures, wallabies, shields, fish, sharks, whales, eel, mundoes (or footprints) and tools that are estimated to be more than 5 thousand years old.It’s registration as a significant Aboriginal Place under the NSW Parks and…

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. November.

The Blooming Garden

The garden is winding down now and we have had a little frost. There are quite a few roses about but I don’t particularly want to look at them in November.  Having said that, these dainty little ‘Perle d’Or’ blooms are still very pretty.

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What I love at the moment are the chrysanthemums. I used to hate them and I am still not keen on the big mopheads, but now I love the vibrant colours of the daisy flowered ones.  What else is blooming so cheerfully in the garden right now? My favourite is Chrysanthemum ‘Chelsea Physic Garden’. The flowers are orangey-red but the reverse of the petals are bronze.

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Maybe brown flowers are an acquired taste but I love Chrysanthemum ‘Marjolein Brown’. I forgot to take a photo of it and now it is getting dark, so this is one I…

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The Island Life

My Life Lived Full

My city has a wonderful little neighbourhood that’s precious to the people who live there, but carries a bohemian mystique for those who don’t.  I finally ventured into the heart of this treasure for the first time.

Sitting in Toronto Harbour, with a gorgeous view of the city skyline, is a cluster of islands known simply as the Toronto Islands.

Tucked away on the far east end of this archipelago is Ward’s and Algonquin Islands (which I will call The Island) – certainly the most unique neighbourhood I’ve seen in Toronto.

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The history of this residential area is long and rather convoluted.  My description of it here is superficial at best.

From the late 1800s to the mid 1950s, the Toronto Islands was a thriving summer resort area. Hotels, hundreds of cottages, and numerous amenities lined the islands from east to west on lots created and leased by the city.

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Uunisaari Island in Winter Darkness

The Want List (Feb 2017)

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Maggie Simple Life

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It is February, and I am writing my shopping list 😄 Since there are a lot of brands release their new goodies for the new year, I think it is the time people shop for new clothes, accessories, skincare, etc. I actually did some shopping on a Chinese website Taobao already, but I still want some more 😉 Here are some items I want to get (Or I will get? 😄 )

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1. Kiehl’s  Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque

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I saw this new mask on Kiehl’s last month, and I want to try it so badly! This mask calms can provide an instant cooling sensation relieving skin for calming and refreshing hydration. Once my skin gets irritated, it turns red and breakout. It is so important for me to calm and hydrate my skin. Since I have used Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque and loving it, I…

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Feeling Like Solange.

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Summer 2016 has been so good to me. I got one of my favorite hairstyles (locs) back and everything in my life is going great. I love love love off the shoulder tops and what better season to wear them than in the summer time? Exactly.
So if you did not know, off the shoulder crop tops were trending summer 2016 & I got mine from Necessary Clothing. The material was not really my favorite seeing that it was really really thin, but it did the job. I decided to pair mine with black jeans, just because as usual my outfits are last minute! These black jeans are from Lucky Brand, the go-to store haha.jacy-august-34-of-70fullsizerender-1jacy-aug-shoot-1-august-25-2016jacy-aug-shoot-6-august-25-2016jacy-august-26-of-70

jacy-august-61-of-70On my feet are the famous Solange Knowles Puma Collection, “Word to Women” Suede sneakers! My boyfriend actually surprised me with these and I’m so in LOVE. I literally walk so carefully in…

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Because Bebo Birthed a Baby Boy! 

Excellent blog post 🙂 beautifully written

The Times of Our Lives

I usually don’t post stuff related to current affairs, but this one somehow got the best of my imagination.

Over the past couple of days, the internet has gone haywire over the choice of name for a darling little boy, who has absolutely no idea of what “Trolling” means.

What more, the little fella was just born on December 20th, 2016…and as luck would have it…Bebo’s baby is an inborn “Star”!

It’s not about how much jobless you are.

Nope.

It’s about how many unimportant, “things-which-shouldn’t-be-mattering” issues suck out the very best aspects of patriotism from your otherwise-very-beautiful soul, and bring Pakistan in almost every feud you have within you.

No. You didn’t just say that.

Dadu on the other hand is losing it on Twitter…

That’s a newborn baby for heaven’s sake! Are you seriously out of your wit’s end?

Apparently the pseudo-parivarik-dharam mode is

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What this MoM  is wearing this winters?? 🐧☃️❄️🌨️👢

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Winters are best enjoyed when your fashion and comfort both go hand in hand. Fashion that keeps you cozy and warms up your heart.

From parties to picnics…check all out!

Look 1 : This is for Birthday party of my Son at our place with friends and family in attendance. Something like this calls for a nice comfortable dress which looks chic and at the same time gives you freedom to move around freely attending and serving your guests..playing with your kid and his friends. I choose to wear this cute black beaded @mango dress providing the correct amount of glitter with cutest @pramod fur collar cardigan

Look 2 : Picnic Outing . Winters are the time for picnics with your loved ones. Delhi an otherwise warm city is all nice and sunny in winters, perfect for these outings. I choose to wear @veromoda trousers with a very smart back…

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Dear Future Self

Unveiling the Incogitable

So, today I and my best friend were out on our usual car drive sessions. Having a random discussion on whatnot, he all of a sudden asked me, “What do you think, where will we be after 6 years from now? Will we be married? Will we be happy? Where do you think we’ll land up?”. I pondered for a while before answering his question, because for the first time I didn’t know how and what to answer! This post is thus a well-contemplated response to his rather swift question and a dedication to my future self. I hope, and pray, and wish that we’ll be the way I’m visualizing us to be! On that ground, here it goes . . .

Dear Future Self,

Hope you’re healthy, wealthy and wise! Most importantly, I’m hoping that you’re alive! Presently, life is embracing its own roller coaster ride – there are too many falls than hikes. I…

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In a flash #carrotranch #flashfiction

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August 10, 2016 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about something or someone that is transient. It can be a fleeting moment, a rogue vagabond, or ephemeral like trending hashtags. What is passing by and how can you capture the passing in a flash?

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I’ve been focused on insects this week. They loom large in my youth, those ephemeral flappers that captivated my father and created a bond between him, my brother and I as we wandered far and wide after an elusive fritillary or secretive skipper.

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Another option for shopping local: the Faribault Winter Farmer’s Market

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Bluebird Cakery in historic downtown Faribault is decorated for the holidays.Bluebird Cakery in historic downtown Faribault is decorated for the holidays.

UPDATE, 1:50 PM Friday: Because of the winter storm, the Faribault Winter Farmers’ Market will be closed on Saturday. Instead, the market will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21.

LOCALLY-GROWN/MADE has been trending for awhile. Know what you’re buying. Know the source. Know the farmer, the craftsman, the artisan.

Downtown Faribault last Saturday afternoon, here looking south on Central Avenue. Downtown Faribault last Saturday afternoon, here looking south on Central Avenue.

This time of year, especially, we’re encouraged to shop local.

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In my community of Faribault, it’s easy to buy local, direct from the hands of those who raised or grew or crafted. And nowhere is that more grassroots possible than at the Faribault Winter Farmers’ Market.

The musicians' list of holiday songs and music. The musicians’ list of holiday songs and music.

New to Faribault’s holiday shopping scene, the market fills the cozy lobby of the Paradise Center for the…

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Using Social Media To Boost Your Blog

Article Souce: jenniferkellandperry.com

Jennifer Kelland Perry

Social media is here to stay, and cannot be ignored as a way to network. By connecting you with millions of users around the world, it is the perfect marketing tool – although many of us are still working out how to get the most out of it.

For blogging, it is one of the best tools you can use to increase your readership. Share your blog posts on Facebook and Twitter and you’ll immediately notice the increase in visitors – but that’s only the first step to using social media to boost your blog. By using social media to its full potential, you can transform your small, seldom-visited site into a buzzing blog with an avid community of readers.

Which types of Social Media are best suited to you?

There are many social networks, to all of which you can sign up, although in most cases certain ones…

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Saturday Night Serenade–Looking Back

Adventures in Date Night

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It’s been a week, hasn’t it?  You get to the point where, when you see a celebrity trending on social media, you feel like you just don’t want to know any more.  For me, it seems like 2016 has been unusually cruel, especially right here at the end.

This year, we’ve lost so many iconic dreamers, artists, and poets.  Is is just that we’re getting older, is that it?  I don’t know.  But I’m not feeling all that festive this New Year’s Eve.  I mean, the year’s been rough, and we’re staring down the barrel of a world where an ignorant orange troll effectively unravels decades of careful diplomacy, 140 characters at a time.  I don’t know anymore.

But I wanted to remember a small sample of those we’ve lost:

  • David Bowie
  • Alan Rickman
  • Glen Frey
  • Abe Vigoda
  • Harper Lee
  • Garry Shandling
  • Doris Roberts
  • Prince
  • Patty Duke
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Elie…

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5 Tips for Creating a Successful Blog

Article Source: alexischateaullc.com

Alexis Chateau PR

Writers come to the blogging world with many different goals in mind. Some are content with a few hundred views per year, while others want their articles shared among millions of readers around the world. And still, there are some who pay no attention to numbers at all.

So whatever your goal, here are five tips to help make it happen.

1. Create Great Content

Writing is one of those skills that anyone can do, but not everyone can do well. However, if you’re not a writer who puts out great content people will love, it doesn’t mean you can’t start a blog. Hire someone who can, or someone willing to ghostwrite on your behalf.

So what passes for good content – even great? Great content attracts interest, encourages people to share, prompts responses, and informs readers. If the writing on your blog doesn’t do all or any of these things, then…

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“Is Kindle Scout Right for You?” by Ann Everett

Article Source: aliciadean.com

Author Alicia Dean

Please help me welcome Ann Everett with a fantastic article about Kindle Scout, which I was anxious to read myself. I don’t fully understand the process, so it is great to hear from someone with experience. (I was supposed to post this on Sunday and did not, so I am posting it in place of my Tuesday Two-Minute Tip blog, which will return next Tuesday)

Take it away, Ann…

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IS KINDLE SCOUT RIGHT FOR YOU??

Back in 2014, when I decided to leave the small press publisher I was with, I never thought I’d consider signing another publishing contract. Well…never say never!

For my latest book, a new adult romance, I decided to submit to Kindle Scout for consideration. For those of you unfamiliar with the program, here is a brief run-down.

  • It is for new, never-before-published books, at least 50,000 words.
  • Readers help decide if a book gets published.

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Why You Should Write Your First Draft Before Outlining Your Novel

Article Source: writersafterdark.net

Writers After Dark

 

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I often say I suffer from CRD—Chronic Rewriting Disease, a term I made up because it seems at least 50% of my work needs to be rewritten. But that’s my writing process, and I accept it. Sure, I could be like many writers and outline my novel from the start . . . but my brain doesn’t function that way. I’m a pantser, and that’s the way (uh-huh, uh-huh) I like it (uh-huh, uh-huh).

My secret is in outlining AFTER completing my first draft.

At first, I had some stressful moments, questioning my writing process. We all have to choose our methods, but inevitably we all reach a point where we wonder if what we’re doing is effective. So if you’ve reached this point and are interested in trying something new—even if you’re a hardcore pantser—I’m going to ask that you give this a shot. Pants away, but then…

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