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Losing Photos In The Feed: How To Make The Most Of The Holiday Snaps You Posted Online



We have all been through that annoying experience of trying to find that one photo from a holiday that we actually liked, only for us to scroll through our feed for hours on end to no avail. Well, luckily, there are a few tactics you can employ that can help you avoid this troublesome headache in the future.

See below for a few different ways you can make sure you can find any photos that are of importance at just a moment's notice, as well as discussing why putting your photos online is not the best method of saving them.

Bring Them Into The Real-World


There is only so much you can do with an online photo. Sure, you can download and save a photo all you want, but there are just so many factors that can go wrong in the digital world that it will make little to no difference. 

Corrupted files, performance issues, old technology (CD disc/USB drives), photo sites closing down - the list goes on. At a certain point, you just have to look for other alternatives to keep those perfect holiday photos safe. 

Trillions of photos will remain in their digital form and will most likely never see themselves printed as it was a decade or two ago. Well, luckily, there is a solution. The Instagram photo book is a piece of technology that allows you to send your photos to a company that can bring photos from social media – uploaded easily and with intention – into the real world. 

Not only does this give you a much better way to keep track of all your photos and keep them safe, but it also allows you to have a much more personal experience with said photos - the ability for physical photos to take us to the exact time the picture was taken is akin to nothing else.

This is one of the few ways you can actually bring your photos to the real world without just simply printing them off (which you would have to do individually and at a much lower quality), and it is easily one of the best methods to get the most out of your holiday photos.


Store Your Photos In A Separate Folder 


If a photobook doesn't sound like your thing, then don't worry. Simply downloading all of your photos from social media can be an excellent way to keep everything together, and the classic “holiday photos” folder can be seen on PCs all across the world.

There are a ton of tips for organizing holiday photos out there that can make this method a viable option, and if you are someone who prefers having all of your photos stored on the cloud, then this would be an amazing way to go.

So, do you think you will be a little more careful when it comes to the organization of photos from now on? If so, you would be making an incredibly smart decision.

The importance of photos cannot be stated enough - they allow us to get a glimpse at some of our happiest moments. Protecting them at all costs is vital, and there is no doubt that you will thank yourself later.

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Podcast: The Unromantic Part of Writing Romance


Podcasts are amazing ways to share knowledge in a format that is accessible to virtually all, especially when on the go. 

I have several podcasts that I like to listen to about book reviews and for developing my craft as a blogger and author. One such show is All the WRITE Marketing hosted by Maria Dismondy who discusses... 

A new episode was released and I am the guest, where I share The Unromantic Part of Writing Romance, which is the marketing aspect, but I share how blogging and moving to audiobooks have helped me grow my audience. 

🎙️ You can listen below or in Apple Podcasts :) 

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6 Unusual Things to Do on Your Trip to the UK


If you ask someone who has traveled to the UK for vacation about their favorite spots, chances are high that you’ll hear Big Ben and Buckingham Palace every time. This is normal and everyone who visits the UK must visit these iconic places too, but if you have more time, there are so many more unique places to see.

If you want to have a unique experience and get the most out of your hard-earned money, you’ll have to explore more uncommon things to do in the UK that many others overlook.

From spooky cemeteries to Harry Potter Studio, there are quirky attractions that will appeal to tourists from all age groups. If you’re up for the challenge and want to explore the more quirky side of the UK, you’re in the right place. 

Here are the top unusual things to do on your UK trip.

Have a Drink at the Wonky Pub 

The Wonky Pub is a unique bar just outside of Birmingham that everyone must visit at least once. The town of Dudley, which is located just outside Birmingham is home to the Crooked House, an old building that feels like it’s being swallowed up by the land.

The Crooked House was condemned as unsafe in the 1940s and was all set to be demolished. However, Wolverhampton along with Dudley Breweries came to the rescue. They secured the bar with crossbeams that rendered it safe for visitors.

The place has been done up to shock and awe the visitors. The interiors have been designed in a way to give a feel of gravity-defying interiors. Visitors are greeted by marbles that are rolling upwards and glasses sliding on leveled tables. And since Dudley weather is partly cloudy year long, it’s always drinking weather.

Check Out London’s Neon Haven 



No visit to London will ever be complete without a visit to the God’s Own Junkyard located in the Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street. The place is marketed as a merchandise shop and is home to the largest assortment of antique neon signs in the United Kingdom.

The late owner of the shop, Chris Bracet was known as the neon man and has created neon signs for notable Hollywood directors. His clientele included the likes of Christopher Nolan, Tim Burton, and Stanley Kubrick. Additionally, Bracket is also known for collecting and installing iconic neon pieces from notable movies like Eyes Wide Shut. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Batman.

Puffin Spotting on the Northumberland Coast 


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The UK has enough wildlife for tourists to enjoy during the season. However, nothing beats the sight of breeding puffins. If you want to catch the rare sighting of puffins breeding, it’s best to head to the Northumberland Coast. Every summer over 150K pairs of puffins migrate to Northumberland Coast to mate.

Additionally, during the summer season, UK’s grey seals are often spotted sunbathing on top of the rocks. If you’re lucky, you might witness the biggest group of grey seals resting. To be able to witness puffin mating and the seals up and close, tourists can book a boat ride along the coast.

However, the British summer is not always sunny and balmy. So if you are going on an adventurous route to spot wildlife, make sure to check the current weather on this radar before starting out. It will help you plan what gear to bring along.

Witness the Northern Lights 

While over on the Northumberland Coast to witness puffin breeding, factor in a night stay at the island. Step outside after dark to witness the magnificent Aurora Borealis right above your head.

If that’s not enough to convince you, the fact that Northumberland has clearer skies than Norway and Iceland, means you can witness the Aurora better than anywhere else.

Visit the Museum of Brands

The UK has more than 250 galleries and museums for tourists to visit but that’s not the assignment. The Museum of Brands is what fits the assignment to the T as it’s a museum that’s as unique as it gets. As you can tell from the name, the museum is all about brands.

The Museum of Brands has 12,000 staple products on display but all in their earliest packaging. You’ll be able to see people’s favorites like Kellogs, Oxo, and airy in their early packaging on display.

Be Spooked at the Gallery of Heads 

This is as unique as it gets on a trip to the UK. The St Leonard's Church Crypt is home to an ossuary, which means a house bones holding the UK’s largest collection of human skulls and bones.

The church itself is located in the coastal town of Hythe in Kent. It overlooks the English Channel towards France. Looking at the location, no one can guess that the church is hiding a sinister collection of more than a thousand skulls.

These were just some of the quirky and unique experiences to have when in the UK.

What's your favorite off-the-beaten-path must-see in the United Kingdom? 

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Top 5 Sporting Events To Add to Your Bucket List

Let's get ready to rumble! Here are some of the most impressive sports events around the world, which you simply must-see. These games and competitions may look great on the TV, but that is no substitute to living and breathing the action from the sidelines. So, if you love to combine travel with other fan interests, and to those of you out there who adore sports, these are some of the events which you should be adding to your bucket list.

Super Bowl - Feb. 12, 2023 

 American Football fans the world over tune in for the NFL’s biggest event, the Super Bowl. The sheer razzmatazz surrounding this event is spellbinding and actually being there takes things to a whole new level. Tickets aren’t cheap and in order to get your hands on them, you need to be at the ready when they are released. The 2023 game will be played in Las Vegas, the perfect city to indulge your fandom and have one of the greatest weekends of your life.

FIFA World Cup - Nov 21 - Dec 18, 2022 

The coming together of nations from around the world to watch their teams battle it out is an incredible experience that you will never forget. Even if you cannot make the final itself, given the scarcity of tickets, catching any game at the FIFA World Cup finals is well worth doing. The next event takes place this year in Qatar, but if you can’t make it then get saving for 2026, which will take place across the US and Mexico.

Wimbledon - Jun 27 - July 10 

Wimbledon is widely considered the home of tennis and its lush grass courts are revered by tennis players and fans the world over. This event takes place each year in London, where attendees indulge in the classic strawberry and cream dessert and watch some of the world’s best players as they take to the grassy courts of one of the world’s oldest tennis clubs.

US Open at Augusta - June 16 - 19 

Golf fans can catch any number of tournaments across the world, but there is just something so special about the U.S. Open. This takes place at Augusta each year, which is situated in Georgia. This course has some of the most iconic holes anywhere in the world and there isn’t a golfer in the world who wants to miss out on this prestigious event, which has been one by legends of the game for many years.

Tour de France - July 5 - 26 

Getting to see the Tour de France will only cost you your flight and board, as the event takes place right on the streets of France. Each year world’s greatest cyclists take on a grueling challenge through rural routes and cityscapes, with the race culminating in the French capital Paris. This is a great way to explore the country and catch the most famous cycling event on the calendar.

Which is the sporting event that makes it on your bucket list? 

I know Raphael would like to attend all of the Tennis Opens as part of his bucket list. He's attended the US Open several times, but not Wimbledon, France Open, Australia, etc.

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Five dishes you have to try when visiting China


When it comes to travelling around the world, China is a go-to option for many people in need of a cultural experience. One of the most appealing aspects of visiting China, alongside its innovative technology and remarkable architecture, is its cuisine. In fact, globally, people adore Chinese food making it a popular option for many when opting to eat out. 

What we have in the western world isn’t necessarily authentic Chinese cuisine, though. Many popular dishes from China have been adjusted for the tastes of people outside of the country, therefore presenting holidaymakers with a culinary adventure when holidaying in this part of the world. Of course, favorites like duck and crab, both of which are featured in the Chinese Kitchen slot at casino.com, can be sampled in China, but they might be prepared or even taste slightly different to what many people visiting the country are used to. In order to enjoy Chinese food in all its glory, though, it’s certainly worth venturing to the country where it originates. But with so many traditional treats to try, let’s assess five of the tastiest on offer. So, without further ado, below is a look at five dishes well worth trying when on vacation in China.

Ma Po tofu 


Particularly popular in Chengdu, Ma Po tofu is from Chuan Cuisine and is steeped in history. A warming dish that consists of beancurd and some minced meat in a spicy sauce, it’s a favourite that was created by a Chinese grandmother which grew in reputation before becoming the delight that it is today. If you’re into fragrant cuisine with a spicy kick, then Ma Po tofu will be right up your street. 

Peking roasted duck 


A famous dish that originates from Beijing, Peking roasted duck is truly delicious and is a familiar dish that has found world fame. Best enjoyed in China, though, it is famous for its thin and crispy skin, with people packing it into a pancake and then topping it off with a memorable topping of either sweet bean sauce or soy sauce with mashed garlic. If it has been good enough for government officials and people in power since the 1970s, then Peking roast duck is most definitely good enough for you.


Hot Pot 


An incredibly popular treat in the country, hot pot is essentially a simmering pot of soup stock on a gas/induction hob that is typically placed in the middle of the dining table. From there, diners can add and cook whatever they fancy in the broth. A popular choice for most is slices of meat and a variety of vegetables, all of which pair beautifully with the broth. A winter warmer, hot pot is an interactive dish that immediately gets people talking.

Dim Sum


Dim sum can be enjoyed practically anywhere in the world, but like many traditional dishes, it’s best to eat it in the place where it was first created. A Cantonese favourite, dim sum originated in Guangzhou city and is usually consumed for breakfast or lunch. A light treat to savour, it typically contains small but tasty dishes of either rolls, cakes, dumplings, meat, seafood, dessert, and more. In fact, there are over a thousand dum sum dishes in the modern world, highlighting its extensive choice and all-round popularity.

Char Siu 


In need of some roasted deliciousness? Then look no further than char siu, a dish that is truly comforting, especially with the addition of some rice or noodles, or even packed inside a tasty stuffed bun. Make no mistake about it; char siu is best enjoyed in China.

5 dishes you have to try when visiting China


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I'm a mom and a medical cannabis user

While I've shared this on my social, I haven't here on my blog, so I'm finally doing so. 

I am a proud Florida medical cannabis user and want to share my experience. After all, it's just a plant and a more natural treatment than pharmaceuticals, yet, taking prescribed pills is normalized, but not doctor-prescribed marijuana. How does that make sense? 

Although medical cannabis has been legal in Florida since January 2017, there are still many misconceptions about this natural medication that’s been used medicinally for thousands of years. The truth is, it’s much safer than conventional pharmaceuticals and is legal in some form in more than half the country. I've had my State ID card for almost three years now. 

Medical cannabis is effective, safe, affordable and accessible treatment that can be used to treat pain, inflammation and sleep deprivation. Prescription medications have numerous side effects that compromise your health in exchange for temporary relief from pain. But with marijuana, there’s no such thing as getting too high—and most importantly, it won’t kill you. Studies also abound on its ability to treat seizures, pain, nausea and many other ailments with zero fatal overdoses ever reported.

The funny thing is that I never smoked recreationally growing up or ever and now I'll use some form of legal cannabis whether it's a vape pen, edible or flower on a nightly basis. 

A mom's story of medical cannabis

A mom's story of medical cannabis for anxiety and sleep

Why I Decided To Start Using Medical Cannabis:

As an author and mom, Medical Grade Cannabis helps support my sleep at night, so I’m rested and focused while raising my twin boys and writing. I’m happier and pharmaceutical free and it feels great, all thanks to a plant! I’m a better me and I love that Florida dispensaries provide a safely cultivated and trusted option to cannabis products prescribed by my own doctor. I’ll say it again ... it’s just a plant that comes from our earth 🌱 

Overall, it has helped me with anxiety, depression, and sleep, plus there aren't the unpleasant or dangerous side effects of opioids. Previously, I tried Zoloft for a couple of months and didn't like the fact that I was taking a pill or losing my train of thought during the day. 

You can also start with over-the-counter CBD solutions too, to see if it relaxes you and provides other benefits. For more, check out my CBD Guide for Moms - Hemp Beuty and Wellness

Does this make me a stoner or a bad mom? 

No. It's no different than the parent who chooses to self-medicate with a bottle of wine, prescribed pills, etc. Medical Cannabis is simply a natural alternative to prescription drugs. It's whatever works for you, so don't judge another person's solution. Am I a stoner now though? Kinda, lol. 

Am I afraid my children will find out or get into my stash?

Nope, because I never medicate when they are present or awake. They have seen me go to a dispensary though and I was honest and told them that I'm picking up my medicine, it's the same as going to a pharmacy. 

I also store my products in a StashLogix case that is locked with a code. It's pretty stylish too. However, a couple of times they did find some ashes out on the porch and I said it was from a candle, lol. 

How Do I Get Medical Cannabis In Florida?


Once you have your MMJ card, it's as easy as walking into a pharmacy, but instead it's a dispensary. 

It's very professional and the "bud tenders" are usually knowledgeable and helpful no matter what your level of experience. You can even select your products online and have them ready for pick-up, but I like browsing and asking questions before committing to an order. Some locations offer home delivery too. 

For me, I use Indica gummies, pre-rolls or flower at night for sleep and body numbness, and the occasional Sativa vape during the day for anxiety so when I'm stressing or before a blogger event. 

Here are my favorite Florida medical marijuna dispensaries and products:

Cannabist (formerly Columbia Care) - I find their flower really pure and their staff knowledgeable and helpful. They have made recommendations that helped me find the right products and dosage. I especially enjoy their Grandaddy Purple and Terpanado strains of flower, their Chocolate Drops and Chews with Azuca Infused and their vape pens (not as smoky or fumey as others). 

Curaleaf - This is the first dispensary I went to and they make it easy to discover new products. I enjoy their Pre-Rolls.

MUV - I like their Fruit Chews with CBD. Their Vapes weren't my fave though. 

Fluent - Their stores are very modern. I really like their OG Blueberry, which comes in pre-roll glass pipe. However, their gummies did not work for me. 

 

Fun fact: George Washington grew hemp at Mount Vernon as one of his three primary crops.

I also talk about my journey in the following 26 minute WeedSpeak Vibecast. Take a listen:

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