I wouldn’t call myself a hard core antique hunter, but every once in a while I do love a fun search for treasures that provide a special touch to the home. Moving to South Africa made antique shopping a little harder, but not impossible, when I discovered the antique route in Pretoria South Africa.
South Africa’s capital city of Pretoria may be four hours away from my home, but that hasn’t stopped an occasional weekend trip to hunt for forgotten gems. Twelve shops line a 5 kilometer route through a quaint part of Pretoria. From old books to aged vinyls to charming wardrobes, you’ll find it all, each shop possessing their own flavor that makes them truly unique.
I’ve visited just about every single shop on the route. For my taste of cool vintage but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, these are the shops that catch my eye every single time.
By far the coolest little shop you’ll find on the route. Heavier on the bric-a-brac (aka knick knacks), there’s a high possibility you’ll find something to add to your home decor. The room of vinyls will have you sorting through for hours. At their … >> find out more…
Feeling fresh and pretty at 40,000 feet can be about as easy as figuring out middle seat armrest etiquette. Mainly because: makeup. Our favorite blushes and balms aren’t always very travel-friendly, crumbling faster than the little behind you who can’t pop his wee ears.
But if years of travel have taught me anything, it’s how to pack makeup properly. Streamlining is key of course, and comes down to focusing on the essentials you’ll need to feel your best – primer, foundation, mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, blush and finishing powder; plus the implements (think brushes and an eyelash curler) to apply them.
These are my tried-and-true favorites, and despite being accidentally stepped on (carry-on bags have a tendency to slide during takeoff and landing), dropped in hotel bathrooms and otherwise handled less than gently, have stayed intact and mess-free, making me feel a lot less stressed and a lot more pretty. (Nothing goes on worse than that shattered powder blush you just tried to scoop off the floor with a postcard, thinking you can just pretend it’s the loose mineral variety. Trust me.)
Then there’s makeup bags. We all know there are some super gorgeous ones that make us happy whenever … >> find out more…
Do you dream of traveling to Scotland? Smoky whisky, lilting brogues, family tartans, medieval castles, bagpipes, mythical creatures, verdant backdrops – all that and more makes Scotland easy to fall in love with, something my family discovered first hand while visiting the small, incredibly vibrant country peopled with some of the most welcoming folk in Europe.
And though my husband and I are used to overnight travel and jet lag, this was the very first time my kids had gone beyond the limits of the Caribbean. Adventures by Disney invited us to join them as a family to experience an abbreviated version of their Scotland itinerary, and after a proper night’s sleep, both kids proved themselves seasoned travelers, excited to go exploring from the minute the sun came up until long after the stars appeared in sprays across the inky night sky.
We can’t wait to go back, and if you’re not smitten with Scotland already, these five adventures should leave you convinced and ready to pack. (Besides, you kind of have to heart a country whose national animal is the unicorn.)
EXPLORE OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is where historical medieval awesome meets thoroughly … >> find out more…
I just so happen to live about thirty minutes from one of Africa’s top safari destinations, Kruger National Park. Being the size of Israel, this park offers an amazing African adventure that no tourist will want to miss. It has perpetually ruined my kids appetite for the zoo and with good reason. There’s something so beautiful about seeing Africa’s animals in their natural habitat. If you find your travels taking you to the beautiful country of South Africa, then I have no doubt safari at Kruger National Park will be at the top on your “things to do list.” Along with a spirit of adventure, you might also find these nine tips helpful for your safari in the park.
1. Bring your passport. You will probably have it on your person anyway, but you can’t get into the park without it, so double check that it’s on your person!
2. Bring plenty of food and beverage. You can only leave your car at marked areas, and driving through the park can be hot and long. Be sure you’re stocked with food and beverage for your journey.
3. Beware of elephants. Do a search on YouTube, and you’ll understand this tip. … >> find out more…
Ah, travel. I heart it so. Nothing inspires me more than really great, really deep quotes from fellow travel lovers both vintage and modern, and I’ve adopted the ones that speak to me most as personal travel mantras.
Travel is what makes me pore over travel books and magazines like a fan-girl tears through Tiger Beat. It keeps my wanderlusting mind filled with happy thoughts.
That we’re a family of travel hounds is no secret, and when we’re not flying off somewhere, we’re talking about the places we want to explore next (the kids want to go to England and the Caribbean while my husband and I want to lose ourselves in France and Mexico), or making note of the adventures we want to try (my seven-year-old has visiting a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica at the top of his life list).
And though we can’t live the life of nomads, what with things like school and work and funds to consider, we’ve found that travel quotes are a wonderful way to harness all that free-spiritedness and channel it into what amounts to warm hugs via cleverly crafted words and phrases.
Here are a few of my … >> find out more…
Yes, a bucket bath. Do you ever think of something and before you know it, your mind has gone down a very long rabbit hole? I know you have. Everyone has. I can think of what I need to do tomorrow and in 60 seconds, my mind goes to laundry and then the money I found in my husband’s pocket, then the craft project supplies I can buy with said money, then my very long craft to-do list created from browsing Pinterest, then the red Roman shade I want to make for my kitchen, then that pretty red lollipop I saw at the store, then how awesome that lollipop would be for a photo shoot. Just like a bucket bath leads to a major life change.
“Mom, what’s for lunch?” It’s someone getting my attention that snaps me back to reality and makes me realize that I did that rabbit hole thing again. It’s very similar to the way this “I want to travel the world” thing was birthed.
I was sitting in high school English class. Who knows what was being discussed. The only thing I remember is one of my classmates saying that they had never been to … >> find out more…
(cold weather goodies to take on your travels: check out the resources below to find out where to buy these beautiful bits of coolness)
Say the word “travel,” and our minds have a tendency to wander off to warm places where sun-kissed toes can sink into soft beach sand and the drinks come with a ring of brightly colored salt and a straw-hatted waiter. Not so much icy locales requiring cold weather goods like sweaters and mittens.
I blame the Polar Vortex and all its nose hair-freezing nonsense.
Because, if you think about it, there are so many places where fresh white snow and crisp winter air laced with earthy wood smoke make for one unforgettable calling card. Places where dog sleds and ice hotels and ski slopes leave us pining for more cold weather adventure and the coziness that comes with them. Not to mention the buttery hot drinks.
Knowing what to pack can be tricky since bulky coats take up a lot of suitcase space, and camera equipment (guilty) and toiletries oftentimes take up the rest.
The key to keeping winter looks warm yet wildly stylish when traveling is dressing in pretty, fuss-free layers that mix … >> find out more…
I’ve been life listing a lot in the last couple of years. Living like I have one foot in the grave and the other on a surfboard, and I’m only planning on ramping it up from here. And while I’ve been living all this *life*, I’ve been thinking a lot. Thinking about purposeful living and what it means to live life to the fullest, happiest, most badass it can possibly be.
What does that look like for you guys? For me, my Life List changes every year. I go back to the original Life List (aka Bucket List) I made in 2010 and change it up all the time. Things that sounded awesome to me 4 years ago sometimes sound stupid to me now. So I take things off the list, add new things, and all the time try to cross things off, having fun in the process.
For example, #30 on my Life List is to be in better shape at 40 than I was when I made the list. The last few years of my health have been pretty awful. What am I doing about it? As much as I can, really. Well, a month ago I … >> find out more…
We’ve never hesitated to tote our kids around the world. Our son made his first flight overseas before the age of one and our daughter before the age of two. We broke them in at an early age.
I remember one time, several years ago, my husband and I were sitting at P.F. Chang’s in Austin, TX. We were on a little kid-free getaway. Somehow, we started talking with the manager about some of the work we’ve done in Africa with orphans. He left our table and came back later. You could tell he had been pondering the conversation. He said, “I’d love to travel like that, but we have kids.” I countered him and said, “We have two little ones.” He was so blown away that he comped our meal.
Kids don’t have to keep you from traveling.
In fact, I think it’s important to travel with your kids. Let me tell you why…
1. It’s educational. Kid’s minds are like a sponge. They learn an incredible amount of knowledge in their childhood. How awesome would it be to not only read about the Rosetta Stone but to see it with your own eyes? Last Fall we were … >> find out more…