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Thrift Store Treasures #9 — Great Bargain Finds

The pace of my thrift store shopping has slowed a little, but my excitement about thrift store treasures will never diminish!

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Fitbit Charge 2 Review: Vastly Superior to Fitbit Charge HR

My Fitbit Charge HR got waterlogged recently (don’t turn upside down in a kayak while wearing it) and quit working, so I had to buy a new fitness tracker. Another Charge HR wasn’t an option — since it’s being discontinued … Continue reading

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Second Women’s Kayaking and Hiking Weekend in Brevard: Wonderful Except for the Near-Death Experience

Recently came back from a second women’s kayaking and hiking weekend in Brevard, North Carolina, and it was great — except for the near-death experience…

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Beware of Thin-Soled Sandals: What to Do When You Get Blisters on the Balls of Your Feet

There are so many cute sandals! But before you buy the next pair, keep this in mind: sandals with ultra-thin soles can result in days of misery!

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Amazon Echo Look: The Follow-Up to Amazon Echo and Amazon Dot

If you own and use an Amazon Echo or an Amazon Dot like I do, you’re probably pretty impressed with the things Alexa can do. And now Amazon is introducing a follow-up product that sounds intriguing.

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South American Souvenirs

South American souvenirs are different from things you’d pick up in the Caribbean islands or in Europe.

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Weird Vacation Incidents on My South America Cruise

Whenever I travel with Merry Ellen, we have weird experiences (“adventures” as we like to call them).

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South American Cruise: Ushuaia, Argentina — the End of the World

If you occasionally have a bad day and want to take off for the “end of the earth,” Ushuaia, Argentina, is the place for you. It’s the last city on the southernmost tip of the South American continent, followed only … Continue reading

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The Know-It-All: A Book Review

The Know-It-All was so good! It’s the quirky-but-true story of A.J. Jacobs,  a 35ish New York City magazine editor who undertakes a one-year odyssey to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica so he can become the “smartest person in the world.”

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Kindness Counts: Make the World a Better Place

Kindness counts.

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