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Project Haiti: Rebuilding 3 Homes in Angibeau

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Project Haiti: Rebuilding 3 Homes in Angibeau

GoFundMe – Project Haiti: Rebuilding 3 Houses in Angibeau “Mavi Says” used to be a mommy blog and a travel blog: stories about a family going through life with a sense of freedom and adventure based on a foundation of progressive values. As we’ve progressed, our search for ourselves as individuals and as a family has led us to find fulfillment beyond travel and adventure. After working with the Bernie Sanders campaign, I discovered ways to get more involved with the community. We want this blog to become a vehicle for...

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Greens and Evangelicals, a Letter to Fundamentalists

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Greens and Evangelicals, a Letter to Fundamentalists

Dear Green Party family, I wish I could believe in fairies. I wish I could still remember what it felt like to know that Santa Clause was real. I wish I could also go to the polls and cast my ballot with the absolute certainty that I was voting for a good person that could actually perform well in office and make an ACTUAL difference that would impact the lives of those who are most suffering in our country. When I cast my ballot for Obama I really believed he was really going to change things, and when he let me down I tried following my...

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“Blacks for Trump” Are Members of a Black Supremacy Cult

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“Blacks for Trump” Are Members of a Black Supremacy Cult

The Miami New Times broke the story that the famous man standing behind Trump at every rally holding the sign “Blacks for Trump” is actually a black-supremacy cult leader who was indicted on the murderous rampage of the cults previous leader. That fact aside let’s talk about your justification of minorities that support Trump. As a marketing professional I respect the scientific method, especially when it comes to demographics. I find it laughable when people use the one minority person they “know” to backup the...

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Stronger Together, Until What Point?

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Stronger Together, Until What Point?

If you are a berner like me, I know what you are probably thinking, reading that title makes you sick to your stomach. When Bernie Sanders told us he was endorsing Hillary Clinton we cried, we got angry and we wanted her in jail. We knew she undermined our voice and the very democracy we profess to be — the very foundation of our country. We got hurt by the whole thing. We have gone through so much together, like a family grieving a loss. We are all going through the stages of grief at different rates, in our own ways and just like a...

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Three Things I Learned From Bernie Sanders

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Three Things I Learned From Bernie Sanders

That’s my hand touching Bernie!! #feelthebern A photo posted by MaVi (@mavisays) on Mar 8, 2016 at 5:51pm PST I wish I would’ve had more time to invest in the Bernie Sanders campaign. At the time I was playing a balancing act between the side of me that worked as a marketing agency owner and the activist side of me that was dying to come out. I think many people have this struggle in their daily lives. How can we make a difference and make a living at the same time? 1. That’s the first lesson. If you have the opportunity to...

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An Open Letter to My Son’s Kindergarten Teacher

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An Open Letter to My Son’s Kindergarten Teacher

It’s teacher appreciation day and I am stuck in my bed unable to get a gift because my back gave out two days ago. I didn’t quite know how I could show my appreciation for one of my son’s teachers. A gift to come when I can drive or even move but for now I just want to give her a shout out. These are our EVERY DAY heroes, the people that deserve ALL of our love and respect.         Dear Ms. S, At the beginning of this year I was terrified, sad and very concerned. Moving from a country (Holland) where the...

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The Real Florida, A Road Trip Guide

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The Real Florida, A Road Trip Guide

Looking for a unique Florida vacation or staycation? I’ve got you covered! This past spring break I spent a week wandering several of the hidden gems in Florida. As a peninsula over 440 miles long, the wandering is richer than one may think. Many of the hidden wonders in this state are spread out and one road trip is definitely not enough. You know about the beaches and theme parks, but Florida’s rich nature is more vast and just as spectacular. The locals refer to it as “The Real Florida.” I was traveling alone with...

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How to Hack Your Summer 2015 Disney World Trip

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How to Hack Your Summer 2015 Disney World Trip

A GUIDE TO THE GUIDE: Hello and thank you for visiting MaviSays.com and for subscribing to our newsletter. I hope this comprehensive Disney travel guide gives you what you need to know about your upcoming trip to Disney. I travel VERY often and my biggest issue when planning a trip is not finding one place that can answer all my basic questions. It takes time to browse through all the info, maps, blogs, reviews and sites. I hope this guide gives you all you need to get you up to speed fast and in a way you can browse easily.  The best way to...

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Baltimore “Hero” Mom, Violence is Not the Answer

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Baltimore “Hero” Mom, Violence is Not the Answer

By now everyone has seen the video of the Baltimore “hero” mom striking her rioting son repeatedly. They are calling her “Hero Mom”, “Mother of the Year” and saying that if more mothers were like her we wouldn’t have this problem. Here’s why I don’t agree with those statements entirely. I have felt this kind of desperation and fear. Just yesterday I was told my son was being rude to teachers at his school. I felt that rush of red to my face. You’re afraid your child will grow up to...

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Give Up, Live a Dream Anyway

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Today, I was supposed to board a plane back to Holland. I was going to continue living what I thought was my dream life. Instead, today is the day I give up on that dream, for now. A few years ago we ditched the American Dream for an entirely different dream. We left EVERYTHING behind for a backpack and a dream of living in Europe. We somehow managed to turn that dream into reality when we moved to Italy in 2009. Then, the crisis hit the Italian economy, finding work was difficult and finalizing our permanent status was beyond challenging. So...

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