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Travel Tuesday

The past few weeks have really led to many highs and lows.  As summer comes to an end – although it doesn’t feel like summer is ending any time soon with this heat – many things have been going on around here.

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Family and friends have been visiting and staying with us – before starting the exciting new school year.

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Several home repairs are going on – which will be great, but can add to unpredictability and extra stress.  I have a few posts I am trying to work on – including a giveaway.

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I was interviewed by Enricoh from  Alfonzo Words for the Tuesday Travel Tag.  If you have already read this interview on his website or commented on it — Merci Beaucoup!   Don’t jet off too quickly – scroll down to the comments and share a travel memory with us.  Thanks for visiting and for all of your support!

Travel Tag: 200 Saturdays Until Paris 

This interview was originally posted on the tremendously uplifting blog – Alfonzo Words on August 2.  Enricoh is such a sweet soul.  He made the interview process so much fun.

 Inspire. Create. Write.TM


One of my favorite days of the week has arrived, iiiiiiitS  #TravelTuesday
Travel is a Billion Dollar industry almost teasing at Trillion Dollar status, Why?
Because EVERYONE loves to travel!

Upon my interactions on Facebook, I came across a most interesting blog name, 200 Saturdays until Paris.  Even though the name is pretty self-explanatory, I was still drawn by the name and the mission of the blog.

Every once in a while you come across someone whose spirit is iridescent.

Meet Christine


Christine’s dream, for as long as she can remember, is to visit the City of Light and experience the majestic wonder it has to offer.  The first step in her journey is 200 Saturdays until Paris.  A personal blog, where she shares her passion for yoga practices, inspirational posts, and the daily shenanigans’ life sends her way – while researching for her dream vacation.

1. Tell us about a recent holiday

  • The most recent vacation was in Las Vegas.  You know the saying – whatever happens in Vegas – stays in Vegas.  All I can divulge is – you can’t have a bad time in Vegas!

2. Best destination to travel to

  • I love everywhere I go and haven’t been to every destination on my list – so this answer is always evolving.  My answer for now is Bar Harbor, Maine.  I like hiking and exploring.  Acadia National Park was very memorable.  One of the friendliest cities – in my opinion.

3. Worst Travel experience? 

  • Flight canceled and returned home a day late.  My luggage decided to stay on vacation 2 additional days. I only take carry-on luggage now.

4. How traveling has changed your life? 

  • I love learning about new cultures – first hand.  I love that it doesn’t matter what country I am in – we are different, yet the same. Human.

5. Where are you from? 

  • Chicago, but I live in Florida now.

6. Where have you been around the world? 

  • I haven’t been to as many places as some people.  I really haven’t been around the world.  I recently starting blogging and following travel blogs – there are so many places now added to the must see list.  The places outside of the US that I have been to include, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Mexico and the Virgin Islands.


7. What is your favorite City? 

  • St. Augustine, FL – The location is convenient.  There are so many things to do and see in the oldest city in the United States.  I will have a post about St. Augustine, on my blog – soon.

8. What are your dream destinations? 

  • Since I have a blog dedicated to Paris – I would have to say France!
  • Also Hawaii, Amsterdam and Canada.
9. Best item have you purchased overseas? 
  • I haven’t purchased any big ticket item for myself, on any trip.  I tend to be cheap when it comes to myself.  That will change – when I go shopping in Paris!

10. What time of the year do you like to travel? 

  • Anytime it isn’t too hot – I experience that enough where I live now.

11. How many times a year do you travel? 

  • As many as possible, although the last few years we were caring for our 3 elderly Chihuahua’s and couldn’t do much traveling.  They are no longer with us.  Our new puppies love to vacation at the doggie spa while we are away!

12. Show us your favorite travel picture?


13. What are some new and exciting cuisines that you tried on your travels? 

  • I don’t know if this is very exciting.  One of my favorite memories on a trip to Jamaica, was having a resident cook a meal for us – in their home.  The aroma in the house and the hospitality made it such a great experience.  Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Red Stripe beer!  Oh and Blue Mountain coffee is THE best coffee!

14. Have you ever lost something while traveling? 

  • Besides my dignity??  No – I usually triple check that I have everything.

15. What are your favorite travel activities? 

  • Para-sailing and climbing to the top of lighthouses.  I really love architecture – looking for interesting buildings is one of my favorite things to do.

16. What are your must-have travel accessories?

  • A good book.

17. What is your favorite accent in the world?

  • Francais- of course.

18. If you could live anywhere where would you live?

  • Tough question.  I could probably live anywhere, but, I haven’t been everywhere – so I am unable to choose the dream location.  I suspect I will want to live in France, once I visit the City of Light.  Home is where you hang your hat!

19. Why do you enjoy traveling? 

  • I love seeing new places and meeting new people.  I have a weird fascination of people watching at the airport.  I arrive hours before my flight, just to be able to people watch while I wait.

20. Do you have a travel buddy? 

  • I usually travel with my husband, but a getaway with the girls is always a good time.

21. What are some of the interesting places you’ve visited and the different cultures? 

  • Besides many places in the US – I have mostly been to the Caribbean.  I feel any place you visit is interesting.  There is always something to learn.

22. Have you ever had any bad travel experiences? 

  • Not really, besides my luggage abandoning me.  All experiences are just that – experiences.  You can learn from any of them.

23. Advice for those who want to travel but think they can’t? 

  • Give me a call – I will gladly go with you and show you that you can travel!
Quick Fire
Road Trip around your country or Plane ride to an exotic location
Hotel or Hostel
Summer or Winter 
My favorite season is Autumn – when the leaves are changing colors.
Window or Aisle seat
Book or Movie on the Plane
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Remember to check out Alfonso Words – if you haven’t already.
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What is your favorite travel memory?
Posted in book review, encouragement, kindness, self care

Secrets to Shine Through the Noise – Book Review

Secrets to Shine Through the Noise is Akasha Garnier’s journey from “starving artist” filmmaker to brand expert – with lessons from her first mentor and promo partners along the way.  These lessons helped amplify her personal and professional brand value.  Akasha was invited to write this motivational book based on her branding expertise, love of travel and ability to inspire with the right blend of business and creative skills.

Akasha also enjoys giving back and is proud to partner with Teen Cancer America.  Teen Cancer America is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.  Akasha will donate 10% of the proceeds from Secrets to Shine Through the Noise to Teen Cancer America. 


Shine Through the Noise



WOW! I love the enthralling title and cover!
To judge a book by its cover, goes against everything I have been taught in my life.  Secrets to Shine Through the Noise is an exception to that rule.  This book spoke to me from the second I saw the cover reveal on Alfonzo Words.  Even through all of the noise, I could hear its sweet whisper.  From the title of the book, to the eye-catching cover, I was drawn in to find out more.
How will Secrets to Shine Through the Noise provide enrichment in your life? 

In this book, you will gather the tools needed to work out the glitches that have you stalled on your life’s journey.  You will believe in yourself and create your new soundtrack.  Akasha provides the inspirational foundation needed to create a plan of action – with your own playbook.

I devoured the book, although that is not the intention of this book.  I began doing some of the writing prompt exercises, but I will return to them and put forth the effort that is needed.  I appreciate that I can reflect on my writings, while coloring in a meditative state – with the carefully chosen pictures the book provides.  What an unexpected treat!

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone – Secrets to Shine Through the Noise – will give you the elevation you need to sail forward with your own personal and professional growth.

Make and use a strategic GPS to amplify your life.
I have been provided with an ARC of Secrets to Shine Through the Noise.
This review of the book is genuine.
Posted in nominees, Versatile Blogger Award

And the Nominees Are….

Last week, I was excited to be nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Educating Una.   The incredibly sweet Una is a music teacher/musician.  She has many relatable posts, along with some great pictures of her favorite chill spot in Ireland.  If you haven’t checked out her blog – please do.  Thanks again – Una!

The Versatile Blogger Award is for newer or smaller blogs.  It was created to encourage engagement with fellow bloggers – to lift each other up and support each others’ hard work.   Please join me in supporting my fabulous nominees!!


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Cassie Wears What:  This is such a fun blog!  Cassie shares adorable – quirky outfits and beauty tips.  She has a love for France. What more can I say?  Of course there was an immediate connection!

Leslie’s Bookcase:  I love reading and I love books – which made for an easy love affair of this blog.  Her husband built a great bookcase to showcase her collection. She shares reviews on many of the books that are nestled in their special home.  I need a bookcase like Leslie’s!

Puppy Tales Studio:  If you are a dog lover – this blog is a must follow!  You will find tons of helpful information at your fingertips.  There are also some very cute pictures of Valerie’s fur babies!

But Why?:  Natalie is a writer.  Her mission is for us to try new things and break stereotypes. She has a passion for helping new bloggers – with tips to keep their head above water.  Check out the link on her blog for the WordPress Community Pool.

Busy Bee:  A corporate escapee who loves to write and has a stationary addiction.  I absolutely had to follow this blog.  Buzz on over to her blog and partake in some fun banter with The Bee.

Snorkels to Snow:  John and Juliette, packed up their lives in New Zealand – for an adventure in Fiji.  View the underwater world through their lens, and feel as if you’re in Fiji, too. Follow their blog to see where life’s next adventure will take them.

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There is something for everyone in the blogs I have nominated.  Pop on over, say hi and support each others’ blogs.

The other requirement in accepting this award, is to share 7 things about myself  * Sigh *

7 fun facts – everyone was waiting with bated breath, on the edge of their seats to know about me – Note: There will be a quiz next week!

  1. I love reading.  Sarah’s Key,  Orphan Train and Wild are my favorite books – thus far in life.
  2. I love trying new – non chain – restaurants.
  3. I am obsessed with carpool karaoke on The Late Late Show with James Corden.  Fair warning – anyone who walks into our house has to watch at least one episode. I love all of them, but the Jennifer Lopez and Sia episodes are my favorite.
  4. I love dogs.  All dogs. Of course, my two rescue dogs are the best !!!  I do like cats, too – but I am allergic to them. It’s horrible!
  5. Bruno Mars is my idol.  I don’t even try to keep this a secret.  I recently watched him in a few interviews, which made me love him even more.  He is a great performer AND a comedian!
  6. I love the TV show Gilmore Girls.   If  Stars Hollow was an ACTUAL location, I know I would be sitting in Luke’s Diner drinking coffee right now!
  7. I love yoga and everything it offers to my mind, body and spirit!


If there are any blogs you think I should be following – including your own – feel free to put the link in the comments!

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