Learned a great lesson !

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Quiet corners to relax
Everybody helped with this delicious mega nacho dish

I am sure we all have heard it, “everything in moderation” . There should be a balance with everything we do. Eat, exercise, social media, travel, and many other things we think of when treating ourselves. Too much of one thing, we are off balance.

Considering what our world is going through some activities are difficult to plan, when we are aware of the hardship, people around us are going through.

Call it guilt, but to feel happy and satisfied just doesn’t feel right. I believe we need balance in our world in order to enjoy a good movie, a good hardy laugh, or a great hug.

If there is one important lesson in this difficult time to learn, and later teach our children is to be happy with every small thing around us. Turning our home to our sanctuary, cooking a great meal with our family, plant some herbs, go for walks.

Face time, zoom, sharing photos is fine for now, they allow us to share our time at home with our friends, and family. We are staying in touch with our grandparents, help with home work, take flowers or herbs from our garden to neighbors & send thoughtful messages to our friends via email. It is our way to make others happy, and make our days special and productive.

We all must Stay positive, stay at home and healthy, until things are back to normal.

Santa Fe Indian Market

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Santa Fe Plaza

Held on August 17&18 on the Plaza, it is one of the most interesting and family friendly places to visit.

The largest and the most prestigious Native American fine art show in the world, every year it attracts more than hundreds of artists-and more than 150,000 visitors. During the show artists display their hand made jewelry, sculptures, and paintings as tourists and locals enjoy the traditional Native American cuisine from the nearby market.

The most glamorous of all the events, the fine Art Gala & Auction gives visitors the chance to bid on some of the most unique pieces of the market. And during the market there is dance and music performances, even a Native American clothing Contest, where contestants model their finest traditional attire.

August is Santa Fe’s peak season and for good reason. Average high temperatures are in the mid-80s, with few afternoon showers and cooler nights.

We hope you get the chance to experience this beautiful city and enjoy its clear blue sky.

 

 

How to Create an Itinerary

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Georgia O’Keeffe, yellow hickory leaves with daisy 

For us the most important aspect of traveling is having fun, creating memories & learning.

Let’s be honest, visiting the American girl store or a baseball game is not fun for everyone.

So we create a list based on everyone’s interests.

1- First the categories:

Food

Sites

Museums

Entertainment

Shopping

2- If we have to create certain groups, we start with a common interest list & break up & meet later for meals & snacks.

Important to note:

Before you plan on which restaurants to eat at, ask around or do some research. For example, most museums in Washington DC have the best restaurants & most diverse menu we have ever seen.

Be safe, be patient & have fun

Fragrant early Summer bloomers

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Magnolia

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Gardenia blooms

If you are living or visiting any southern cities this time of the year you can not miss the gardenia plants covered in their white fragrantful blossoms. Used by many as border plants when they are in full bloom you only see a full mound of pure white beautiful blooms with thick petals. To enjoy their flowers there are dwarf gardenia plants that can grow in a pot placed indoors or out .

When it comes to size the magnolia tree is jaw dropping gigantic. They can grow to seventy feet. This prehistoric tree with cereal bowl size blooms adds a gentle fragrant to the evening air.

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Branches Wall Mirror

Branches Wall Mirror at HouseResort Atlanta at Westside Market Atlanta at Toco Hills Shopping Center