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What began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year, Thanksgiving has taken a bit of a new direction over the years. Thanksgiving has become commercialized, like most holidays inevitably end up becoming, we all eat far too much (guilty as charged right here), and at some point, football gets added into the equation.

Is there anything wrong with this? Not at all! For some families, they put their spin on Thanksgiving entirely. There isn’t a Thanksgiving rule book we all need to follow. But what if you want more out of your Thanksgiving this year? You may have always wanted to be more involved in your community, or remotely, but have no idea how to go about doing it.

Alone for Thanksgiving? I’ve been there, and it can be a bit of a drag. Some years I have been alone by choice, other times it was by circumstances, but regardless it is easy to fall into a funk. The good news about being alone is that you get to do whatever you want! You can completely get out of your comfort zone and try something new. (more…)

6 Ways To Make The Most Of This Thanksgiving

6 Ways To Make The Most Of This Thanksgiving

What began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year, Thanksgiving has taken a bit of a new direction over the years. Thanksgiving has become commercialized, like most holidays inevitably end up becoming, we all eat far too much (guilty as charged right here), and at some point, football gets added into the equation. Is there anything wrong with this? Not at all! For some families, they put their spin on Thanksgiving entirely….

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11 American Christmas Markets

11 American Christmas Markets

With just 40 days until Christmas (can you even believe that?) I thought it was time to open your eyes to some of America’s best Christmas markets. Oh, you thought Christmas markets only existed in Europe?  I was right there with you, but some amazing things are happening across America to help you get into the holiday spirit. If you’ve never had the opportunity to experience a Christmas market, it should be on your holiday to-do list. They’re much more…

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Paris, Part Deux

Paris, Part Deux

Paris finished itself out much the way it started. Keeping a lot of its beauty and charm close to itself becoming visible only to those who took the time to get to know her. Whole in the wall restaurants, boutiques, and smaller sized museums became the favorite for us while we traveled. Paris during the day was quite glib. Anyone who has spent even a small amount of time in the Pacific North West of the United States would appreciate…

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Paris, Part Une

Paris, Part Une

When you find yourself living in a part of the world that isn’t exactly busting at the seams with Christmas, you cannot wait to get to a place that has a holiday feeling. I had never been to Paris before this trip. As a New Yorker, I’ve always felt the need to come to this city.  Now I was finally getting my chance. I was reminded a lot of New York from the moment we exited our plane at the…

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