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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

“the haven’s kitchen cooking school” giveaway

Cooking School book

Thanks to Artisan Books for sponsoring this post and teaching
me how to cook. All opinions and failed dishes are 100% mine.

It’s no secret that I don’t cook.

So I was wary about doing a cookbook giveaway — until I saw the book itself.

The Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School is beautiful but there are lots of beautiful cookbooks that have turned into art books on my shelf. What really drew me to this one was the simplicity of the recipes, the language, the instructions.

Author Alison Cayne takes the essential skills gleaned from her popular cooking school classes at Haven’s Kitchen in New York City, and makes them easy enough for people like me to follow. read full story »

Sunday, 16 July 2017

“war for the planet of the apes” movie review

War for the Planet of the Apes

I realize this may shock you — trust me, it shocked me, too — but I kind of loved War for the Planet of the Apes, and found it surprisingly moving.

Of course, I was rooting for the apes. read full story »

Sunday, 9 July 2017

my new friend, ted’s pain cream

Ted's Pain Cream


Thank you to Ted's Pain Cream for sponsoring this post and,
more importantly, for making me feel better.

Okay, I am a skeptic. I pooh-pooh most claims, and it takes a lot to get me to try something that seems too good to be true.

So when Ted’s Brain Science approached me to test Ted’s Pain Cream, I admit I rolled my eyes.

Ted’s Brain Science? Ted’s Pain Cream? Really? read full story »

“maudie” movie review

Friday, 7 July 2017

Maudie

I hesitate to tell you that Maudie is, hands-down, my favorite movie of the year so far because I know how easy it is to be disappointed when you go in with such high expectations.

But I’m pretty sure you will love Maudie, too. read full story »

hamanasi resort, part 3 by alex and julie

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Hamanasi balcony

One of the things we loved most about Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort was the fantastic setting of the resort. We spent every afternoon in Belize at the pool, which offered amazing and much-needed relaxation after all of our activities. We loved spending time reading in the lounge chairs while being shaded by palm trees. Drink service and food service was offered at the pool—we even had ice cream delivered there! One of our favorite times of day at Hamanasi was Happy Hour from 4-6PM every day when the resort provided delicious snacks for guests. During this time we got to try lionfish tenders (an eco-friendly snack because lionfish destroy reef ecosystems!), ceviche, and chips and dips. The snacks and drink specials varied every day so we never got bored. read full story »

“the big sick” movie review

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The BIg Sick

From the minute we saw the trailer for The Big Sick, Michael and I knew we would love the movie.

And we did. read full story »

hamanasi resort in belize, part 2 by alex and julie

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Alex and Julie at Hamanasi

While we both love hanging out and reading on the beach, one of the primary reasons that we chose to go to Belize is the country’s diverse selection of activities that leverage its natural beauty. Hamanasi makes it easy to take full advantage of these options with a full-fledged activity center onsite that not only books, but operates tours to all corners of the country. Despite only being in Belize for four full days, we managed to have both “reef” and “jungle” adventures—and we only scratched the surface of the tours that Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort offers. read full story »

“the beguiled” movie review

Monday, 3 July 2017

The Beguiled

I loved watching The Beguiled.

I loved the actresses, I loved the costumes, I loved the moody cinematography, I loved the girl power, I loved Colin Farrell.

I did not, however, love the movie. read full story »

“wonder woman” movie review

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wonder Woman

Let me start this by saying I have never been into the whole Marvel/DC comics thing. The only comic books I read when I was younger starred Betty and Veronica, and the superheroes I admire are real-life human beings whose super power is kindness.

I have little interest in the testosterone-driven stories of good men fighting bad men to save the world. At some point, they all blend into each other, alienating female audiences who know that, really, the world could be saved if regular men just stood up for what’s right.

But then Gal Gadot came along as Wonder Woman, and the world has suddenly become a little bit brighter. read full story »

hamanasi adventure and dive resort: our oasis in belize by alex mark and julie lustbader

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Alex and Julie Hamanasi
As many of you know from my mom’s very active Facebook, I (Alex) just graduated from my MBA program and have a few months until I rejoin the real world – work starts July 31. To make the most of my time off, Julie and I decided to take a trip. Given that she is still part of the real world and has a job with limited vacation days, we wanted to go somewhere relatively close to home that had a combination of relaxation and activities. Belize, at just two hours away from the US, with English as the primary language, and general acceptance of the US dollar, fit the bill perfectly.

After reading my mom’s article for USA Today about the 10 best treehouse hotels, we knew we needed to stay at Hamanasi! read full story »

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