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I go into my closet sometimes and pull my jewelry box down from where it’s hidden on the shelf, underneath winter sweaters and clothes from my thinner days that I can’t bear to part with. I sit down on my bed with the box in my lap and when I close my eyes I hear my mother’s voice telling me about the day she saw it through a storefront window, how beautiful she thought it was and how grown-up it made her feel, her first real jewelry box. I remember when she gave it to me, at a pivotal point in my teenage years. I look at the images she chose to decoupage the leather with before passing it on, images that are, without a shadow of a doubt, decidedly ‘me’.

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Doing Rome in Luxury

Whether you are doing Rome in luxury or figuring out a way to get the most out of Tuscany, Italy certainly will not disappoint eager honeymooners seeking a romantic and memorable experience.
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Rome is a city packed full of fabulous architecture, rich with culture, overflowing with amazing restaurants and mouthwatering cuisine and full to the brim with beautiful people. Unsurprisingly, the popularity of this passionate city has ballooned over the years and it is now one of the top European destinations for everything from romantic proposal weekends to stylish hen holidays and Euro-railing stop offs. With the influx of tourists, hotels, restaurants and bars in the city have grown in numbers, from the smallest street side snack shop to some of the most spectacular restaurants in the world.  If you are looking for luxury in Rome then you won’t have to go far to find it as pretty much every need is catered for here and the Romans are particularly good at fabulous decadence.

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Tired and rambling…

Yesterday was one of those days where, when my kids were asleep, I wasn’t in active Mommy-mode and it was finally fucking over, I curled up on the couch and had to fight back tears. It was a day that left me spent, feeling stretched too thin and exhausted at the thought of having to get up and do it all again today.

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Top 5 Unusual Places to Visit in Australia

As the only country on Earth that is also an entire continent, it should come as no surprise that Australia boasts thousands of potential destinations for visitors who head to the outback each year. However, many of the most popular destinations can become inundated with tourists, making it a less than authentic experience. For an Australian vacation that goes beyond the urban cities of Sydney and Melbourne, consider these top 5 unusual places to visit in Australia:

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Brand name power

A couple of nights ago Dave came downstairs with a bunch of red licorice in his hand. “Want some?” he asked.

“Um, yeah,” I said. Like, duh. He knows red licorice is my favourite.

He tossed me a few whips. They were smooth and almost wet-feeling. Ew. Fuckin’ Nibs.

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Re-live the Olympics in Sydney

With the Olympic’s fast approaching next year, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

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Grand Final night © by Simon_sees

The 2000 Sydney Olympics was one of the most memorable Olympic Games of all time. With its stunning location and impeccable organization, it was enjoyed by the world and made every Australian proud. Although the Games have long since finished and have moved on to various other parts of the world, the legacy of the Sydney Games lives on and thousands of people still make the journey to the Olympic village to re-live the historic event.

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A May Date at the Cannes Film Festival: More Romantic than You Think

Head out to London, Paris and Rome on an exquisite tour with a detour to the Cannes Film Festival during your stay next May.

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Cannes Film Festival 2011-1978 © by soaringbird

Secluded getaways have become passé. Couples want to experience the hub and vivacity of colourful and picturesque destinations. One of these is Cannes, and a good time to visit this beautiful French Riviera city is during the month of May. Why? Because this is the time when the weather is warm, mild and enjoyable. Clear blue skies greet you while the occasional spring showers add an extra dash of romance. And it is also Cannes Film Festival time, an annual event where stars from across the world descend, and movies from A-list directors and first-time talent are showcased.

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This month’s Self Portrait Challenge theme has been ‘Introduce Yourself’. I was thinking last night about what I could do for today’s picture and suddenly remembered my tattoos. Not that I forget about them, but since all but one are on my back I don’t see them that often, so they’re not at the forefront of my mind, ya know?

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Top 5 National Parks in South Africa

Traveling to South Africa with your family would be a wonderful school break opportunity for one of your longer vacation periods.  Highly educational, enjoyable and memorable.

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Kruger National Park © by Franck Photography

When travelling to another country, it is often hard to decide what you will spend your precious time and money on once you’re there. This problem becomes even bigger when you have your precious family to consider.

One of South Africa’s greatest heritages is the wildlife, the birdlife and the rich vegetation. If you want to see all of this in one place, visiting a national park is the best option. Choosing one can be a bit of a minefield, so I have compiled a list of the best national parks South Africa has to offer, to make your decision easier. Most of these parks boast world class safari lodges as well as down to earth camps if you need to stay over during your visit to South Africa.

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