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NOVICA: Gift shopping that gives back

Novica is a shopping site created in association with National Geographic that is dedicated to offering hard to find goods by artists and artisans from around the globe. Not only can you find jewelry, home decor, artwork and accessories from places like Bali, Brazil, Thailand and West Africa, but Novica also includes a blurb about the artist who created each item, giving you a better insight on the life of the person you are supporting with your purchases. For you savvy shoppers, the website...

Sweet Smell of Success Winner and More Travel Sweeps

The weather has been crazy here in the Midwest. 100 degree temps, 90 miles per hour winds and 4 days of power outages have made blogging… well, there has been no blogging. Thankfully the lights and the air conditioning are back up and it’s time to announce the winner to the Sweet Smell of Success Giveaway: Congrats to Livivua C. and Jeremy S. I will be in touch via email to get your address and fragrance preference. For the rest...

Oh for the love of Bali!

I did it again. I read Eat, Pray, Love. Well not the whole way through. Just a couple of the chapters near the end, really. The part about Bali is so romantic. The way Liz Gilbert describes Bali and her little private bungalow feels even more romantic to me than her relationship with Felipe, played by the mucho sexy-o Javier Bardem in the movie. Thanks to the book, it’s easy to imagine your own Balinese experience complete with balmy climates,...

The "Love" of Eat, Pray, Love: Beauty in Bali

If you’re like me, you’ve read the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, religiously. If you’re really like me, not only have you’ve read it over and over again, but your copy is stained with salt tears and spaghetti sauce and you’ve seen the movie… well, a bunch. My favorite chapters are found near the back of the book when the author finally finds peace and ultimately love in Bali. For the geographically challenged (don’t worry I am so...