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My husband works at construction job sites all over South Florida so in his search for quick and affordable places to eat lunch he often finds great places to grab a quick bite. That’s how we ended up at Temple Street Eatery in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. I happen to be a big fan Asian Fusion and bowls. One plate, one pair of chopsticks and a filling meal with fresh, healthy ingredients. What’s not to like?  I am not,...

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If you are an opera fan, you probably know that Lucia di Lammermor is a pretty gut-wrenching tragedy. It is also a VERY long opera, about three hours. Still, I jumped at the chance at making this my son’s first opera.   Since birth I have made it a point to expose Angelo to art and culture. Being a singer myself, art, music and theater are a huge part of our family traditions. He has been to many important museums all over...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Give Up, Live a Dream Anyway


Posted By on Apr 27, 2015

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...

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