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Wild

Wild

  Having accessibility to the outdoors is something I didn’t realize I would not only miss but crave once it was gone. It never crossed my mind that being close to mother nature would become a necessity. The few moments I now spend in nature […]

Cactarium

Cactarium

Recently I have discovered a new thing about myself that if you would’ve asked me a year ago, hell even six months ago, I would’ve said “nah, that’s not me”. However, that’s the beauty of getting older and keeping an open mind. You can discover […]

Golden Hour

Golden Hour

 

 

For as long as I can remember, the most at home I have ever felt has always been in Colorado. The mountains give me peace, comfort, and nostalgia, I can feel it throughout my entire being. I have never questioned that my home truly is in the Rockies until recently I experienced a place that shook that feeling to its core. Last September I travelled to Joshua Tree, after seeing and hearing amazing stories I was finally experiencing it for myself. To be honest, the desert has never been something I have thought much about and frankly when I did, I associated it with heat that I would find unbearable and home to my biggest fear, snakes, all the snakes. My perspective of this ecosystem was completely altered during my time in Joshua Tree, first realizing the obvious, no desert is the same, second realizing there was something here that was tugging at me.

 

 

 

 

The feeling I felt was not nearly the same when I am in Colorado but something else I can’t seem to pinpoint. It was tugging at my soul, giving me inspiration in places I thought were hopeless, making me see beauty again in the darkest of places within myself and lastly, showing me how breathtaking a place that I’ve always been scared of could be. After that first visit I knew it was a place that I had to go back to soon for it was imperative for my health and well-being. A second trip was immediately booked the day I returned to Brooklyn and six months later I found myself celebrating turning a year older in a place that gives me hope, not only for myself but for life.

 

 

 

I remember boarding the flight back to Brooklyn after this past visit and as the wheels lifted off the tarmac, I could slowly feel a part of me drifting away, as though saying goodbye for now. That part was a section of my soul that was refusing to leave, wanting to stay behind, in hopes of me returning. I still feel it now, a little section that longs for the dry desert sun, utter silence, and days and nights that blend together in blissful harmony. Soon I’ll return… to retrieve that part of my soul.

 

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

— Georgia O’Keeffe, 1976

 

Top: ShopDoen / Denim: Madewell / Hat: Janessa Leone / Shoes: Sandro

Think Heyday

Think Heyday

    Today is about getting down to the nitty gritty on skin care. It has been a long battle with my skin and I’m just now starting to figure it out. It’s an issue that I feel we don’t spend enough time educating or […]

Scribner’s Lodge

Scribner’s Lodge

When living in a place that is known as “the city that never sleeps”, it becomes essential to escape that uninterrupted noise in order to keep yourself sane. In October, we decided to venture upstate for Halloween weekend. We camped for the first night, and […]

Off the Grid

Off the Grid

As I mentioned in my 2017, A Year in Review post, I did quite a bit of traveling last year. I discovered the most amazing places around the East Coast. A highlight for sure was the trip we took over Thanksgiving.

 

A couple months ago I discovered this beautiful, quaint cabin through Instagram and immediately booked a weekend for us there. The cabin is the epitome of rustic, all electricity is run on solar power, out-house, and an outdoor shower when the weather permits. They advertise it is an off the grid cabin and there is no better way to describe it. Being Brooklynites it was exactly what we needed, a space to be off the grid where no phones/connections could distract us from reconnecting with each other and the outdoors.

 

 

There was a stove for us to do all our cooking along with a wood furnace that kept the cabin nice and toasty. I will say Ajax had no problem adjusting to the rustic life, I secretly think he wanted us to say there forever. We always notice a change in his demeanor when we go someplace similar that is in the outdoors. He thrives when having plenty of space for him to run around. Not to mention he loves mountain air, you can see it when he takes moments to just stand there, lift his nose in the air and breathe it all in.

 

 

When it was time for us to check out I won’t lie, I got a little teary eyed because I was not ready to leave. We had the most amazing time there and to make it even harder to leave it snowed on our very last day, transforming us into a winter wonderland. After being all packed up and only a few miles down the road heading back to the city we were already discussing that we should come back in the warmer months to experience it in a different season along with utilizing that outdoor shower they had.

 

 

 

If you happen to live on the East Coast or are looking to take a trip over here, I highly recommend you go off the grid at this cabin. You won’t regret it and you’ll feel completely rejuvenated after your stay.

 

 

 

Cabin Items: Suitcase // Adventure Blanket // Weekender Bag // Dog Safety Vest // Hiking Boots // Ajax’s Bandana //

 

Bookworm

Bookworm

With the New Year here you will begin to hear about everyone’s Resolutions. You know, that dreaded word that means to do or not do something or in other terms something that you keep up for the first few weeks of January and then you […]

2017, A Year in Review

2017, A Year in Review

In all honesty this year has not been great. Personally a large part of it was because of today’s political climate after the 2016 election. I myself noticed a shift in the atmosphere with everyone’s demeanor and for the first time there seemed to be […]

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Stress-Free Travel

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Stress-Free Travel

Written by: Jane Moore of FitWell Traveller

 

 

Traveling can be a stressful undertaking even when you are looking forward to the destination, whether it’s a family vacation or romantic getaway with your beloved. Taking road trips with children, spending time in busy airports…it’s enough to jack up anxiety and stress levels for anyone.

 

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ease the stresses of travel. With a little planning and preparation, you can get through anything. Read on to find out the best tips for traveling so you can worry less about the journey and focus on the exciting destination.

 

Pack smart

 

Depending on the length of your trip, you may be able to get away with only bringing along a carry-on so you won’t have to deal with the hassle of checking bags. Make sure you know the baggage rules of the airline you are using. Some allow one free carry-on while others charge a fee. In addition, every airline has size limits that a carry-on can’t exceed. Keep in mind that there is no guarantee that you will be able to bring your carry-on onboard, as space is limited. To avoid the dreaded gate-check, board early by purchasing priority boarding or use frequent flyer miles to earn elite status.

 

Pack smart–only the necessities, roll up t-shirts and sweaters instead of folding them, and think about what you’ll need rather than over-packing “just in case.” If you have to check a bag, do so ahead of time rather than waiting until you are waiting in line to board.

 

 

 

Prepare for the airport

 

Make sure everyone in the family wears comfortable shoes that will slip on and off easily during security checks. If you’re traveling with children, have them carry a backpack for the plane ride with essentials similar to what you’d send them to daycare with, like a change of clothes, healthy snacks, and comfort items or medications.

 

Once everyone is settled don’t get too comfortable, as there is a possibility that you may be asked to give up your seat. How is this legal, you ask? When you purchase a ticket, you are consenting to the airline’s “contract of carriage,” giving them the right to remove you from the flight for whatever reason, such as being overbooked or needing to make room for a crew member. Airlines typically ask for volunteers before randomly selecting passenger to get off. However, the Department of Transportation requires that you receive a payout depending on how long it takes you to get to your destination.

 

 

 

Combat boredom

 

If you’re traveling with kids, pack each child a small bag full of things they enjoy, such as a book, a tablet, and art supplies, and don’t forget the snacks. If you have a long trip ahead of you, map out a route that will allow you to see some sights and make a few stops where there are interesting attractions or a nice place to rest. Keep an eye out for important safety signs and rules, such as warnings against swimming or feeding the wildlife. It might take a bit longer to arrive at your destination, but it will be easier to get through the trip with strategically placed stops.

 

Take the worry out of being away from home

 

Traveling means you’ll have to leave your house closed up and exposed to burglars, so make sure you tell your neighbors that you’ll be going out of town so they can keep an eye on things while you’re gone. Don’t shutter up every window and leave a few lights on timers to avoid attracting unwanted attention to an empty house. Also, don’t announce your travel plans on social media, especially if your account isn’t private.

 

If you have a dog, traveling will be much easier if you can leave him at home. Not only that, but he might deter unwanted visitors, especially if you have a “Beware of Dog” sign outside. Kill two birds with one stone by hiring a pet sitter to come to your home and take care of your pet while you’re away. That way you’ll have someone there to watch over your four-legged family member and your home.

 

Keep the kids close

 

If you have little ones, you know how bulky and unwieldy a big stroller can be. In a crowded airport, it’s even worse. Keep that one at home and invest in an inexpensive umbrella stroller, which will be much easier to maneuver through the throng. You might also consider a harness for toddler-aged children to keep them close. Should you lose track of your child, inform the first airport employee you see and have them call airport security.

 

Don’t let the stress of traveling give you a rocky start to your vacation. Keep these tips in mind for happier travels and a better trip!

 

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DanceAfrica Bazaar

DanceAfrica Bazaar

New York is filled with culture and people from all across the world making it one of the biggest melting pots out there. Walking down the street you may hear a handful of different languages being spoken or stumble upon a parade of celebration for […]