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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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Give Up, Live a Dream Anyway

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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Stop Putting Your Kids First

Posted by on 7:59 pm in Art Thou Mindful, Blog, I say, Love is Family | 3 comments

Stop Putting Your Kids First

Traveling the world and living abroad gives you some perspective on yourself in the context of community. The American culture, its very fabric, is woven with a strong value for individualism. It’s about winning and personal achievement not the greater good and the best for the future of society. That’s great for economies and making money but what does that do for our communities? When we put ourselves before the good of others, what does that do to our sense of compassion and gratitude? When we see ourselves greater and more...

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Got mommy issues? Forget them today.

Posted by on 7:09 pm in Blog, Love is Family | 8 comments

Got mommy issues? Forget them today.

I wrote this on International Women’s Day. Sadly, for me, it was also the 7th day I had been in the hospital with my mom, five of which were spent in the ICU.  She’s a strong, 64 year-old woman, and her sudden sickness took all of us by surprise. She was taking care of me, my sister and my son, we were in bed with a terrible flu and she then caught it. The difference between her and us is that she is a diabetic and has recurring issues with her heart and kidneys. A couple of days after arriving in the ER she went into septic shock...

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Mindful Fashion

Posted by on 12:23 pm in Art Thou Mindful, Blog, Girls are Pretty, I say, Spiritual Rainbow | 10 comments

Mindful Fashion

Mindfulness is an ancient practice of being aware, of living the moment fully. Kaballah and Buddhism have several techniques to teach ways to fully experience the moment. These techniques are thought to be the secret to living life to the fullest and happiness. No matter what you’re doing even something as simple as eating you can be mindful. Feeling each bite, chew and swallow instead of thinking about what you have to do after dinner is a good practice of mindfulness. Right now, stop reading, close your eyes and feel the air coming in...

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Weather-Proof Outfit for Christmas Market Hopping (or Just Wandering)

Posted by on 12:01 am in Art Thou Mindful, Blog, Girls are Pretty, Wanderlust | 16 comments

Weather-Proof Outfit for Christmas Market Hopping (or Just Wandering)

When you live in Europe you have to always be ready for taking day trips to amazing places. This weekend we decided we had to see the most talked about Christmas market in Holland and famous the world over. We were off to Valkenburg, a town that hosts the biggest, most talked about underground Christmas Market. This place is amazing, the markets are inside marl caves! This trip involved a three-hour train ride with a 4 year old, being rain ready, prepared to walk a lot and able to stay cool in the caves. So, this meant I had to have an outfit...

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How To Create an Inexpensive Elegant Beach Wedding

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How To Create an Inexpensive Elegant Beach Wedding

You have asked, “Is there a way to have a cheap, elegant, green beach wedding ?” I have your answer. I worked as a wedding planner aboard cruise ships and other exotic destinations so simplicity with impact is a vital mix for a successful event. A few years ago we decided to celebrate a 10-year vow renewal on our anniversary. Our first wedding was small so beating that budget was going to be a challenge. Also, after living in Europe for a year we went back home to South Beach, I knew I just had to embrace the its beauty and give...

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