Self Care

Finding Peace in a new Perspective

This isn’t a real post, but I recently finished visiting Miriam at Out ‘n About and got distracted. If you haven’t read it yet, here’s a link. Prepare for surprisingly profound animal-inspired wisdom and plenty of grins.


One point she makes that really resonates with me are the surprising relationships that spring from being open to new experiences and unexpected encounters

Image from Out ‘n About


You can almost tell something magical is about to happen…

(Just in case you were confused, I’m the ass in the hat)

Despite my undeniable animal magnetism, its not nearly as easy for me to make meaningful connections with real living people. But when I do, amazing things seem to happen.

This is particularly true in the blogiverse. Seeing so many others sharing the best (and worst) of themselves has taught me how to do the same.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but this blogging thing has made me a different person. I’m not sure if its a better version of me, but I’m having a lot of fun so far, so I’m going to keep at it. And I hope you do too.


Wonder where this journey will lead us…


For real… if you haven’t made it over to Miriam at Out ‘n About yet, what are you waiting for?


Hey Pinterest -Don’t forget about us little guys!

Pinterest Traffic Avalanche Review #pinterest #bloggingtips #

I recently completed an online course called Pinterest Traffic Avalanche – where Alex and Lauren show us how to use Pinterest to drive free traffic to our blogs.

This course is a game changer for me in terms of time saved and reaching my ideal audience. However, it may not be right for everyone. Hopefully, this review will help you decide if the $197 Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course is right for you.

Searching for an “aha moment”

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Creative Date Ideas for Couples that cost less than movie tickets

Date Ideas for couples | cheap and fun date ideas

Fall is one of my top 4 seasons of the year. Leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and almost every day is hoodie weather. Fall is also the season we seem to come up with our most creative date ideas. Since the holidays are right around the corner, we’re facing busy schedules and extra expenses. It’s a crucial time to make sure those relationship bonds are strong.

Here are a few date ideas that cost less than a pair of movie tickets, but are far more memorable:

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(almost) funny, Short Stories

What we saw in Bellu Cemetery was NOT a vampire and other Creative Date Ideas for Couples

“Love, let’s do something fun this weekend, something exciting!”

Normally, when Monica utters these words this is my cue to break out Venn diagrams showing “fun” in one circle and “exciting” in another non-overlapping circle to illustrate that these are mutually exclusive activities. And before she gets a chance to interject “logical” and “reasonable” arguments, I remind her that one of the costs of basking in the awesomeness that comes with being married to me is my need to devote adequate whining and pouting time to each request before addressing the next. If we start throwing out suggestions willy-nilly, chaos would undoubtedly ensue.

“Besides,” I continue, “Friday is Stir Fry night, Saturday we torture ourselves into a stupor on the treadmill, and Sunday is obviously Netflixing or football.”

“You know there are enough hours in the day to do more than one thing, right?” I’m sure she means to be rhetorical, but the look on her face tells me she kinda wants to make sure we’re on the same page.

“Yup, I get it. No need to brag about your multitasking mastery. But maybe you’re forgetting the dirty dishes, and laundry and…” (I sometimes draw a blank on the rest of my househusband chores, but I’m sure there are plenty of other things I’m supposed to do.)

I finish with the coup de gras. “And of course, we have to watch 40 hours of Netflix each week if we want to get our money’s worth.”

These points may not be as persuasive as you’d think, but it’s important that we keep trying. That’s how we grow.

However, this is prime vampire hunting season. My househusband chores can wait, and as much as it pains me to slack off on Netflixing, this is the year. I can feel it. We’re gonna find Dracula.*

Now, when Monica suggests we do something fun and exciting, I’m ready with date night suggestions…

“Wanna go check out a cemetery?”

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(almost) funny, Living Abroad, Travel

I found a Vampire (and he’s totally cool!)

Beautiful Romanian Destinations | Carpathian Mountains | Romanian villages

I hardly pouted at all when our search for vampires in Romanian cities came up empty. A skeptical observer might raise an eyebrow, but I assure you: foot stomping and annoying grunts is not pouting. It’s an incredibly effective way to shed the city grime. Besides, exploring Romania’s cities wasn’t a total loss. Timisoara and Cluj are beautiful places to visit. And after way too much immersion in Bucharest’s intoxicating night life, I learned that “clubbing” has the same impact on me as it does for baby seals.

The search wasn’t over yet. Once we left the big cities, I was sure we were going to get lucky.

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