An Anglophile Finds Her Crown Joules

Fadra in the sun #aventuralife

An Anglophile is a person who admires England, its people, and its culture. Its antonym is Anglophobe. ~ Wikipedia, source of all things First, let me say that I had no clue there was such a thing as an anglophobe, which is basically dislike of or fear of the English or England. Personally, I consider myself […]

100 Good Deeds in a Weary World

A Good Deed Brightens a Dark Work #DeedADay

There are a few movies with which I can quote almost every single line. Some are funny, some are poignant. All are memorable. The title of this post, for example, comes from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The original, starring Gene Wilder, was and is one of my very favorite movies. I sympathize with Charlie […]

For all the fine, thin, straight-haired girls out there


They say the grass is always greener on the other side. And that certainly seems to be the case with women’s hair. Those with full, curly locks wish they could tame their hair into long, sleek locks. Meanwhile, those with straight hair long for just a little bit of wave. In fact, I find it’s very rare […]

Finding Local Adventure – Twitter Chat #traventura

New Mexico

When I was 24, I joined the ranks of the travel industry. I wanted to get out and see the world and the only way I could think to afford it was to become part of the industry that promoted the one thing I wanted to do! While it didn’t pay well, the fringe benefits […]

How I Lost My Summer Fashion Sense


Back in the Spring, I applied to and was accepted for the Aventura Ambassador program, which basically meant I could wear and talk about clothes that are supposed to be comfortable and eco-friendly. I was selected with some of my other favorite bloggers like Jessica, Alissa, Deborah, Tracy, and so many others. What an amazing group of […]

Show & Tell Tuesday: Episode 9

Show and Tell

This week, I’ve got something HOT to show you and it’s all because of a book I’m reading. It’s called “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?” (Answer: yes). So as I’m going through every single corner of my house, I’m asking some hard questions and coming up with some easy answers: IT’S GOT […]

Show & Tell Tuesday: Episode 8

Show and Tell

You guys. This is my EIGHTH episode. Another five episodes and it will be like I just filmed a major network series while I sit and anxiously hope it gets picked up as a mid-season replacement. (Note to entertainment network executives: My agent is, um, on vacation so you can send all your inquiries directly […]

Men Can Be Eco-Friendly-Fashion-Conscious Too {Giveaway}

Catalog poses

Last week was supposed to be my all-male review. In other words, I had posts specifically geared toward men or the men in your lives. With Father’s Day coming up (and my husband’s birthday just after Memorial Day), the timing couldn’t have been better. I got some cool men’s stuff to show off and my […]

Good Things Come in Pretty Packages


The older I get, the more I appreciate the finer things in life. And by things, I mean material things. I’ve never been a brand name girl, mainly because I couldn’t afford it. And then when I could afford it, I couldn’t escape the idea of value. I couldn’t imagine paying $100 for a purse when […]

Eternally 30


If you could freeze time at one certain age, what would it be? Or have you not reached it yet? I can remember reading one of Sylvia Browne’s books (yes, for whatever it’s worth, I’ve read many of her books) where she described what she knew heaven to be like. I can’t remember the specifics […]

Well, I went to a garden party


You’re probably way too young to remember the sounds of Ricky Nelson singing about going to a garden party. But anytime I’m invited to something that even remotely resembles a garden party, this theme song echoes through my head. Ironically, the song isn’t so much about a garden party but about the price of fame. […]