Green Feathers + EDM

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This is my new conure “Donnie”. It’s short for a Xhosa word “Dontsa” which is actually a clan name. It means “To Pull”; to pull success towards you, to pull opportunity toward you, health, love, goodness. To pull two nations together, South Africa + America, to become one.

Seeing as I’m a South African now in America, it seemed appropriate 🙂

I don’t know much about him yet, he is brand new. I am slowly trying to get him used to his cage, his new space. I am building the trust between us – feeding him some seeds through the cage. I don’t know anything about gaining the trust of a conure. I’m gathering information on YouTube 🙂 Any tips from you would be greatly appreciated! I only know he loves EDM music and seems to sing to Gwen Stefani. !

I have put up a video of him taking a bath on my Facebook page here.


Blog, Frankfurt

Beeswax Candles + a Cold Frankfurt Morning

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A display of yellow beeswax candles I discovered at the Frankfurt Christmas market.

They burn a golden halo and smell of sweet honey.

– Live Like a German, 

I call little shops like the ones on Paulsplatz square at the Christmas market “winkels” – a South African Afrikaans word meaning shop. Selling various trinkets of hand carved wood, colorful ceramics, local jewelry + tons of knitwear, there’s also food trucks. These are a little more exciting because nothing beats the taste of GlĂĽhwein on a freezing morning at one of these markets! The scene is like a fairytale Christmas village; complete with charming decorations, craftsmanship, wine, spices + the smell of hot Nutella pancakes in the air. Somehow it all works beautifully together!

Where To Buy Pure Beeswax Candles Online

+ Honey Candles

+ Beehive Candles

+ The Wicked Bee

A Traditional Glühwein Recipe

  1. Put all ingredients in a pot and bring it close to boil.
  2. For additional taste, cut 2 oranges into bite-size pieces and add to the wine. Let simmer but not boil.
  3. Remove clove and cinnamon stick before serving it into lightly pre-warmed glasses.
  4. Decorate glasses with an orange slice.
  5. Enjoy and drink responsibly!

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Blog, San Diego, USA

Omni La Costa Resort San Diego

A timeless welcome!


Omni La Costa is a family-friendly resort + spa in Carlsbad, San Diego, California.

Immerse yourself in luxury as you settle into one of 600 rooms, suites or villas. Indulge in relaxation at The Spa at La Costa or dive into one of our eight swimming pools, including family-friendly waterslides and splash pads or the Edge adult pool, offering panoramic views of our championship courses. Turn your stay into a sport outing by teeing off at our championship-quality golf courses or practice your back hand at one of 17 tennis courts. Discover serenity at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing and satisfy appetites at one of our on-site restaurants. – website