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10 Fun Facts About Newport, Rhode Island!


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A picture perfect harbor on our way into Newport

Highlight on Newport, Rhode Island

We spent a few days in the charming, affluent seaside town of Newport in Rhode Island. It’s where many millionaires had their summer homes during the gilded age, including the Vanderbilts! We were in New York for Christmas and decided to drive through Connecticut to get there! I’ve always wanted to see it.
The weather was freezing! But we thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We surrendered to the cold and piled on coats and scarves! Of course we we did the mandatory mansion tour of gilded mansions down Bellevue Avenue, as well as some lighthouse and harbor walks, a ghost walk (of course) and antique shopping… but most especially, I LOVED being in our “Turret Suite” at Castle Hill Inn, a 4-star Forbes Rated Property… Photos below!
Plan your vacation there, now! Nothing like relaxing seaside air and salty walked along the cliff. It remind me of my home town in South Africa.
A visit to The Classic Coast—nine vibrant and historic towns all sharing some seriously prime New England coastline—is both everything you expect and enjoyably unpredictable.

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Blog, Ghost Walks, New York

Ghost walk in… New York


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Ghost walk New York
Edgar Allen Poe’s Front Door, where the ghost walk begins

I did a ghost walk when I was recently in New York. If you have been following my blog, you’ll know I love them.

Below are some photos with captions of the most haunted spots in NYC! Feel free to ask questions or give feedback about an awesome ghost walk you have done! (please try leave the name of the company and the city you did it in!) (more…)

Blog, Leadville

Furry friends in a Colorado ghost town


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There might not be much life in a Colorado ghost town called “St.Elmo”, but the life (or little lives) that are there soon have you forgetting all about their ghostly neighbors who could be watching you as you pull up to explore. Voila! The cutest things on Earth (which I’ve never seen before because we don’t have them in South Africa), chipmunks! Buy seeds for 25c + spend a lovely little morning with them nibbling out your hand. The ghost town’s little residents have a Facebook page here + the General Store in the town where you can buy seeds also have a Facebook page here.

Blog, San Antonio, USA

Stay San Antonio: La Mansion Del Rio Hotel


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This hotel is in a Spanish colonial building, only minutes away from the famous River Walk

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This exquisite hotel is ranked “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains” by J.D. Power 2015 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study. I can see why! Have a look at its website for more photos, especially if you’re planning your vacation or wedding in Texas!

Where?

San Antonio, Texas.

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❤ Africa, My Life in Africa

Stuff That Makes Me Smile


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In no particular order:

  1. Colour. In any way, shape or form.
  2. Watching Russell Brands YouTube Channel.
  3. Banting chocolate brownies (carb-free).
  4. Daily yoga, prayer + meditation.
  5. Having cream + honey in my coffee.
  6. Listening to Grooveshark, especially the EDM Broadcast.
  7. Being in Cape Town for Summer.
  8. Collaboration. On books, blogs, brands + business.
  9. French manicures.

What’s been making you smile lately?

Ps. Here’s the Brownie recipe. Takes 20 minutes!

Ingredients

¾ cup Almond Flour 3 Tbs. Cocoa Powder 1/3 cup Xylitol / Honey ½ tsp. Bicarbonate of soda Pinch of Salt Handful of assorted nuts 3 Eggs 1 tsp. Vanilla ¼ cup Butter, melted.

Method

Mix the dry ingredients; and add all the wet ingredients. Whisk till it is combined. Pour into a small baking dish/pan (we used a dish approx. 140mm x 220mm) and bake at 170°C for 15 minutes or until the brownie almost does not “jiggle”. Do not overcook, as the brownies will dry out quickly!

*Photo from behind-the-scenes of a knitwear shoot I did for a brand I’m managing, BaliBali Fashion Store in Kloof Street Cape Town

Creative Inspiration

Afraid? Of What?


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Afraid? Of What?
me with my new peace bracelet from Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa

I don’t have many apps on my phone, but one of them is “Daily Devotionals”. I received this devotional today and fell in love with the words because my grandmother has just passed. She joins my father in Heaven. I loved the author’s passion and I truly relate to it. God gives me such peace. Reblogged from this awesome website, Happy Sunday.

Never have I been so glad that I had faith as when my husband died.
Oh, the comfort, the blessing, the peace in the hour of trial that those of us who believe can draw on. Many of the condolence cards that I received had messages based on this Bible verse: “We sorrow not as those that have no hope”—and that is so true!
When I was visiting my husband in the hospital, I talked with people who had no faith, who were standing by the bedsides of dying loved ones without any consolation or hope. I thank God for His wonderful plan of redemption that makes me know that I’m going to meet my husband again in a better place—a plan that was worked out in God’s mind from the foundation of the world, that though we die, we shall live again. I thank God, too, for the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and the third day arose so that we could do likewise. God gives a special dispensation of grace when we need it. We don’t have it beforehand, but when we come right up against what would otherwise be a time of severe heartbreak, there He is.
When my husband was sick, I would often sing to him, standing by his bed. I don’t have a beautiful voice, but the hymns were beautiful, and his favorite was a verse of “How Firm a Foundation.”

Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.
And when through deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow.

How God upheld me! I’ve seen that promise from His Word proven true once again. I came to deep water, but it did not overflow me.
You know, life isn’t complete without faith in God. He says that He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. How true that is! It’s such an abundant life when we have faith.
When going through my husband’s things, I found this poem that he kept in his Bible.

Afraid?
Afraid? Of what?
To feel the spirit’s glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
Afraid to see the Savior’s face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace
The glory gleam from wounds of grace?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
A flash—a crash—a pierced heart;
Brief darkness—Light— O heaven’s art!
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To enter into heaven’s rest,
And yet to serve the Master blessed?
From service good to service best?
Afraid? Of that?
—E. H. Hamilton

My dear husband wasn’t afraid to move on, and if you have received Jesus as your Savior you won’t be afraid either, because you’ll know that He will be with you. Though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, He says, “I will be with you.” He will be there to comfort you.
Never has God’s love proved so great, never His mercy so sure and His grace so abundant as during the week after my loss. I praise Him with all my heart for fulfilling His Word and for His faithfulness.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 (NIV) Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.

John 11:25-26 (NIV) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

1 Corinthians 15:4 (NIV) that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

Design

Mixing & Matching Fonts for Design


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Here are some great font pairing ideas for your next project. These are nice ideas for anything needing some sassy fonts which work well together for creative stuff like party invites, posters and blog or website design. It’s nice to have ideas for how to pair fonts from the design experts. Sometimes we don’t know what looks nice together. Just Google the font you like and download it from a site like dafont.com. I sourced these combos from Pinterest. I never thought I’d be interested in Graphic Design, but as I blogger I’ve had to be! I’m not too hectic, but I do love some inspiration for my simple projects. Follow my Graphic Design board here.

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