_1520490I figured I’d take a break from talking about the trip to bring you an awesome giveaway from Linger Rose! Linger Rose is an online boutique that sells handbags and accessories. I’m really loving the wine color for winter this year, so when I saw this Danielle Nicole tote, I couldn’t pass it up..

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Enter to WIN a Bag from Linger Rose!

The bag I have is currently sold out, but Linger Rose has agreed to giveaway another one of my favorites from the Danielle Nicole collection! Enter to win this bag below:

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This wintry weather has brought a ton of snow for people to begrudgingly shovel up. But shoveling is way more fun with this inventive kid. YouTuber Rick Delashmituploaded a video of his sons plowing their driveway. One of his sons had a brain injury in 2008 and now uses a wheelchair. Watch as the boy holds a shovel and powers forward creating his very own snow plow.

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A large part of our trip was planned around the Loi Krathong festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Loi Krathong is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand during which people release krathongs (flower boats) on a river. Loi Krathong coincides with Yi Peng, commonly known as the lantern festival. Yi Peng is a relgious ceremony that pays homage to the Buddha. During the festival, thousands of lanterns are released into the sky while making a wish.

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There are actually two celebrations held in Thailand. The exact date of the actual festival is typically not announced until a few weeks before to allow citizens of Thailand to celebrate a very important holiday in peace. The second, typically held a few weeks after the first is held mainly for tourists (but many Thai people also take part in the celebration). At first, I was disappointed to not see the ‘real thing’. But then I remembered; that is a rude way of thinking and that as a tourist I should be respectful of the cultures through which I am traveling.

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Loi Krathong translated, means “to float a basket”. A krathong is typically made from a banana tree truck, banana leaves, pins, and flowers. Sometimes, a small coin is placed in the flower boat as an offering to the river spirits. Other times, pieces of hair and nail clippings from family members are included to symbolize letting go of past transgressions and new beginnings. Paul and I released 3: 1 for his family, 1 for mine, and 1 that the two of us made. We floated the boats down the Ping River on the second night of the festival.

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There’s our little boat! Who knows where it is by now. Though unlikely, I’m gonna tell myself it made it all the way to the Chao Phraya River :)

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Next up, lanterns. The main attraction. This is probably a good time to talk about expectations vs. reality. In my mind, everyone would release a lantern at the same time in this beautifully symbolic, ethereally poetic fashion. In reality, it was pretty disorganized, and people were releasing lanterns at random. We still wanted meaning to our lantern release, so we went to a Wat and had a monk bless it (and light it) for our before our release.

Disorganization aside, the lanterns were beautiful. Every time I looked up as we wandered around during the festival I couldn’t help but be in total awe of what I saw.

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A New Mexico woman’s missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery. The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook earlier this month by a man who found her inside a duffel bag outside a Portland thrift store. I can only imagine how excited the woman was to have Spice returned! Check out the full story here!

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It’s that time of year again, the gift-giving season is upon us! Black Friday, Cyber Monday, perfect opportunities to grab deals and get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Check out some of my favorite places for deals below..

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Zappos – Remember those awesome boots I got a few weeks back? With fast shipping, free returns and awesome deals, Zappos is definitely the place for holiday shoe shopping.

Macy’s - For all you clothing and jewelry needs (I especially love literally everything from their American Rag line).

Sephora – The best place to shop for the beauty guru in your life. Maybe you can even get your hands on the ever popular, Naked3 palette.

Office Depot OfficeMax - Office Depot and OfficeMax have combined and this year are offering the lowest prices ever.

Barnes & Noble – The best place to pick up the next best seller (and possibly, the next hollywood blockbuster, Gone Girl, anyone?)

So, you’ve made your list. Checked it twice. Now the only question is..

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I used to love the hustle and bustle of Black Friday shopping; midnight madness sales, long lines and angry customers. These days, I’m definitely more of a Cyber Monday kinda gal.

What Kind of Shopper Are YOU?

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Tired of hearing about the 2 most holy shopping days of the year? #ElfYourself with Office Depots (slightly cheesy), but really fun app :)
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