Monkeying around in Thailand…

I felt the delicate fingers of the small monkey climbing up my arm, around my back and before I knew it, I had a new friend sitting on my shoulder nibbling my hair. This little monkey was so cute but I didn’t want to scare him or piss him off.

Courtesy Meghan Bunchman

It was my first experience seeing monkeys in Thailand. We traveled by longboat that first day in Koh Phi Phi to Monkey Beach and observed a handful hanging out near the water. They were completely unphased by us, as if entertaining tourists was part of their daily routine and I’m sure it was.

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Winnipeg eh?

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The Forks

When we relocated to Fargo, North Dakota, I wondered where we’d actually be able to road trip other than Minneapolis. What were our options? I used to think the edge of the world was at the northern border of North Dakota because if Fargo is that cold, how could life be sustained even farther north? I didn’t even know what the closest city in Canada was until we moved to Fargo. To my surprise, Winnipeg, a city of 700,000 people, was just three and half hours away.   No one we had met since moving to North Dakota mentioned traveling there before we planned our trip so I was a little suspicious of venturing “north of The Wall.” However, the chance to visit an area of Canada I’d never been to was extremely appealing. I also thought it would be fun to take our three-year-old daughter on her first international holiday.

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The coffee shop revolution

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Young Blood Coffee Co., Downtown Fargo

If you are someone in need a caffeine fix to get you going in the morning, you likely have a favorite coffee shop. Starbucks continues to be a choice for convenience; however, a new breed of coffee establishment is popping up around the country.  Ambiance, modernity and artistic details envelope these spots that don’t just market coffee but a feeling, a lifestyle.  In an all too complicated world, coffee houses are pairing things down and adhering to simplified business plans.  Rather than offering extensive variety, they are favoring minimalistic marketing and decor, abbreviated menus, and environmentally concious business practices.

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Four misconceptions about people who enjoy art

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25th and 10th, Manhattan, New York City

Misconception 1:  You have to have a degree in Art History to understand and appreciate art.

Not true. It is true that the art world can seem daunting and even unwelcoming. You can hear a pin drop in most galleries and curators seem to size you up by asking questions to assess your knowledge.   Many people would rather skip the embarrassment of not recognizing the stylings of artists like Monet and Picasso than begin to explore the kinds of art and artists that inspire them. Continue reading “Four misconceptions about people who enjoy art”

Musical Inspo

Perhaps my favorite thing about the social media age is being able to effortlessly connect with likeminded individuals across the globe.  I heard this song for the first time doing research for my upcoming trip to Thailand on a travel blog.  The blogger, who lives in Ireland, personally offered up her best travel tips for two of the islands I will be going to.  This song was the background music of her vlog of a similar trip to the country in 2015.  I am touched by her graciousness and inspired by this music and the images from her trip.

If  you would like to see Maya’s vlog, you can go to:
travelinmayasstilettos.com

The Bohemian Sophisticate Toddler Room

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One of my fears before having kids was that my living space would be taken over by Disney characters.  Everywhere you turn, you see Disney children’s products…Disney clothes, Disney bedding, Disney dishes… They even put Disney characters on diaper packaging… It’s overwhelming!  Don’t get me wrong, I love Disney but my kids don’t need their characters’ faces on everything they own.  I want my kids bedrooms to feel youthful but also aesthetically pleasing for adults.  I’m also a big fan of gender-neutral coloring.  I don’t mind some femininity but that doesn’t mean my daughter has to have a pink room.

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Musical Inspo

I could sit an watch music videos all day…  They provide me so much inspiration and this tune really captures what The Bohemian Sophisticate is all about.  Jain incorporates Arabic percussion, African rhythms, electro, reggae, soul and hip hop into her sound.  She’s got some other great songs on her album ZANAKA too!  Check it out!!