Protect Online Data When Traveling Abroad: Lesson Learned!

Last summer, my mom’s high school (for their reunion) sponsored a trip to China. It was an amazing experience for her – she got to see the Great Wall and some of the sites of the 2008 Olympics , she got to learn about other cultures and even picked up a few words in Mandarin, and she also got to find out first-hand about some of the hassles of traveling to a high-risk location!...more
Great tips! I especially like the one about using prepaid credit cards to make purchases abroad ... more

Essentials for an Overnight Stay

During the holidays, you find yourself traveling to places you ordinarily wouldn't go. Most of the time it's to find that perfect gift, visit family or in my case, a company Christmas dinner. My husband's company is based a few hours away from home, so we decided to make it an overnight stay. I mean really, who wants to drive hours home after eating a huge meal? The answer ... Nobody! Driving on a full belly and dressed in stuffy clothes is no one's idea of a fun night....more
I love this article! Thanks for the wonderfully detailed tips! more

5 Awesome Beauty Cheats You Probably Didn’t Know

I was chatting to my girlfriends the other night about girly-girl things, you know those nights: red wine, cheese and chocolate (also known as cheat day) … usually sporting an "around-the-house look" with messy buns, baggy t-shirts and leggings. While playing with bright summer lipsticks, we got to talking about beauty cheats, and I was really surprised that some of them hadn’t heard of these five beauty cheats. I was compelled to write it up and share it with you — enjoy!...more
Great tips! more

Grandma's Secret Ingredient for Chinese Beef Noodle Soup? Just a Little Rum

Now that I live off-campus, I've realized how much I crave home cooking. I didn't miss it while living off of dining hall food, but that's probably because they distracted me with differently disguised fat.While I'm trying to eat a balanced, temporarily omnivorous diet (earlier this week I realized that I haven't been eating enough protein), I try to find recipes that are more protein-based rather than carb-based. The good thing about this recipe is that it can be tweaked to reflect either! ...more
This looks delicious! I can't wait to give it a try. more

Healthy Travel Tips: What's in My Carry-On

As I was packing for our trip to Canada last week, I starting thinking about the different kind of air travelers. There are the people who roll out of bed the morning of a flight, grab a muffin and a magazine on their way to security, and get to their gate right as the plane is boarding. Then, there are the people who pack everything they could possibly need, print off their boarding passes as early as possible and feel the most comfortable sitting at the gate at least an hour before boarding. I supposed there are probably people that fall somewhere in the middle, too. ...more
Brilliant article! I’m also a huge believer of packing and prepping ahead of time. more

NoChocoForNaBlo (or why I failed NaBloPoMo)

I started writing this blog about having writer's block 4 days ago, with only the title written. Then lost my train of thought. This morning I realized that Evernote isn't even open on my desktop! That is the first time ever that's it's not been floating in the background waiting for tidbits from my soul.I blame the missing chocolate. ...more
@KarenLynnn  @runningfoodbaby I totally agree! There are some things I can't blog about ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your November Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily November NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
Inspired by Christmas decor pieces at Michaels! ... more

Do You Have Trouble Proofreading Your Own Blog?

My trade off, which as I get older, I find just as upsetting as my kindergarten teachers ridicule is the fact I struggle a great deal with proofreading. I have trained my brain to "see" what my eyes do not see. Somewhere, unconsciously, I have trained myself to compensate for what my eyes do not see properly and my brain interprets correctly for me. As a blogger the difficultly of proofreading is an incredible challenge. None more evident than when I handed out my business card for my blog and found out there was minor typo on it! ...more
Awww, don't be so hard on yourself! I think it's great that you DO proofread your work. Many ... more