What does vanilla bring to mind? If you’re like most people, vanilla is but chocolate’s less popular cousin. This luxurious, aromatic spice, has over time become the pejorative shorthand for all things boring, bland, and banal.
From vanilla ice-cream to ‘Plain Vanilla Camilla’ the spice has gained a reputation.
I know I haven’t been super active over the last few months, but I’m going to try and get back into blogging regularly! I’ve been meaning to update my logo for ages, I wasn’t happy with the old one so I finally sat down and got it done today!
I’m thinking of doing a photo challenge for March. 31 Days, 31 Themes, 31 Photographs. It would have a common hashtag so everyone could join in, what do you think?
It would be a great way for you to grow your IG and blog following. #Justsaying
That’s all for now!
When traveling overseas, especially to Africa, it’s so hard to know what medicine you’re going to need. We usually end up bringing way too much of one thing and realize we need something else that we didn’t even pack with us. Essential oils have been the best way for us to prepare for getting sick and staying healthy on long flights, train rides, road trips and hitchhiking adventures alike. They’re compact and each have several uses saving valuable packing space. Shoutout to my awesome mom for getting us these three particular oils as a gift before leaving for Rwanda!
- Thieves – Supports your immune system, kills airborne bacteria and is a powerful disinfectant.
Put a few drop in a capsule and swallow it as an immune system boost if you’re getting sick or before traveling. Add it to tea if you don’t have any capsules, make sure the tea isn’t too hot so it doesn’t damage the therapeutic compounds of the blend. Add a few drops to a spray bottle and use it as a disinfectant in hotel rooms, airplane seats etc. You can also add it to a travel size diffuser to kill airborne bacteria.
- Peppermint – Gets rid of headaches, Keeps your energy up, cools you off, soothes stomach aches, anti-itch and keeps mosquitos away.
Rub a drop on your temples and forehead to get rid of a headache. Hold it under your nose and breathe it in or diffuse it when your feeling tired. Rub a drop on your stomach when you have a stomach ache. Rub a drop on the back of your neck when your feeling too hot, you can also add a drop or two to your water bottle to cool you down. Rub it on a mosquito bit to get rid of the itch. You can also add a few drops to your shampoo and other beauty products to repel mosquitos.
- Lavender – Aids in sleep, reduces swelling of insect bites, gets rid of nausea and motion sickness and gets rid of cramps.
Put a few drops on your pillow at night to help you sleep. Rub on bug bites and bee stings to make the swelling go down. Diffuse or hold under your nose to get rid of motion sickness and nausea. Rub on your stomach to get rid of period cramps.
Bringing these oils instead of other medications will save you time, money and space in your bags.
Check out this brilliant recipe from Ameni Too Many for a little taste of Japan! ❤
I hope that this start of the year has been great for you so far! How was mine? One word, two syllabuses and six letters can eaaaasily describe it : it’s been so H. E. C. T. I. C.
I was literally all over the place, trying to chase the right classes, catch up with my friends, and oh lord the work load – I feel like it’s finals again. My apologies for taking so long to write my first real post but it is here now and I promise you there are lots more coming up soon!
So. Udon Noodle Soup.
Why the recipe? It’s comforting, it’s healthy, it gives you all the veggies you need, all the protein you need, and let’s face it: it’s so damn good. And as a plus: so easy to make! I first made it randomly while seeing a…
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My parents have always dreamt of living in a tiny home someday, and it’s a dream that my sister and I have inherited as well. So when Sue from The Adventures of Paul and Sue approached me with a pitch on tiny homes INSIDE a bus, I was sold!
Check out Sue’s post below and be sure to head to their blog too!
The tiny house movement is not only growing in popularity but in creativity as well. The desire for more time, freedom, self-sustainability and becoming more environmentally friendly are all reasons people are downsizing their living spaces. The average American home is around 2,600 square feet while a school bus is only around 200 square feet. Using RV and motorhome parts, scrap wood, garbage and garage sale finds people are able to create customizable tiny living spaces from used school buses.
Get your shopping done before you find yourself neck deep in the holiday season! Here are 10 gift ideas that the traveller in your life will treasure! (Click titles to open in new window)
For deep thoughts and pretty illustrations.
Take a little festive cheer with you, wherever you go.
It’s gorgeous and will look even better as it ages.
Probably the single most useful thing for a female traveler. Can’t recommend this enough.
The iconic wallet from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The quote reads:
“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
I have this and I absolutely adore it! ♥
Who says travel can’t be stylish?
Stylish and functional this practical addition to your traveller’s wardrobe will keep them warm, cute and safe! Available in 5 colours.
One of the most inspirational travel books on the market, perfect for the strong, independent women in your life.
I know I’ve been pretty MIA of late, but that’s because I’ve been working on something BIG!
As some of you may know, reading and writing are huge parts of my life. I’ve been writing and proofing work for people for at least six years now and it wasn’t until someone mentioned it to me last month that I ought to be charging people that it occurred to me that I could be making some money out of doing what I love. Maybe make some extra cash for that Adventure Fund..
As a result, The Scribesmith was born. Check it out here: www.thescribesmith.com
So if any of you, or even friends of yours, ever need help with any type of written or editorial work, hit me up! I’m offering 10% off for the month of December to celebrate its launch, but I’m planning to an offer an additional discount for readers of my blog!
I’m really excited about this and I’d love to know what you all think!
McDonald’s has always had a special place in my life.