World Tourism Day

Starting in 1980, the United Nations began hosting the International World Tourism Day! World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27 September every year.

Tourism is important as it creates social, economic, cultural and even political value.  This year, I would think that sustainability is also a high value on this, World Tourism Day.

For some people, the word tourism conjures images of obnoxious, tank top clad tourists, talking loudly and stomping over the meticulously planned gardens. Or corporate tourism giants counting their piles of money. These are the very few. Tourism is actually very important to communities globally.

In many countries, tourism is one of the main incomes into the community. Meaning, their ability to make a living depends upon your desire to go there. Can you imagine? What would your life look like, if you only got income when your friends spent the day with you? Challenging.

In my mind, on this day – especially this year – we should take some time to think about the impact our tourism decisions have on communities. What do we desire to accomplish? Is it a priority to make sure that our money goes into the communities that need it? Or is it our goal to go see those sights we’ve long since read about in the leafs? Whatever the goal is, we should recognise it, understand it and plan accordingly. If we want to see those places, we should go there. If we want to contribute to these areas, we should go there. If we want to jump into a tropical lake and swim under a waterfall, then we should pack our swimming suits & hiking boots and just go!

Some ideas for celebrating World Tourism Day:

Use it as an excuse to plan that long desired trip!

Been dreaming about that spontaneous romantic getaway, but haven’t quite gotten around to actually doing it? Today is the day. What more do you need?

See some local sights

Always going away for holiday? (Same here) Why not take some time and check out your local sights? You may be surprised at what is offered in your local community. Search engines will always tell you what’s happening.

Make this weekend a holiday at home:

Shut the phone and go for a walk. Or make a nice dinner and a special beverage by candlelight. Avoid the screens and appreciate your time like you would if you were travelling.

If you’re feeling particularly feisty, learn to make some exotic food. Just add sand, fruity drinks and some tropical mood tunes. Put on those sunglasses and dance!

Where does World Tourism Day take you?

-Mliae

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You’re welcome 🙂

-Mliae

*Feature photo sourced via Pixabay


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Win a $1,000 Credit?

Mmmm… Yyyyeeeeeppp!

So here’s the thing; I don’t, quite much never, post promotions / contests. (Okei, you got me – I did do the January sales) but beyond that – Never ever! It’s just not my thing. But, I digress. Gabriel & Co. Fine Jewelry is having several promotions at the moment. This is the one I actually thought ‘hey, can’t get easier than that! Maybe a reader or 2 may be interested in this.’ and decided to post about it. Because hey, I like simple 🙂

The promotion is to visit the Gabriel website, sign up to their email newsletter, and automatically be entered to win a $1000 store credit! Pretty cool, pretty simple & pretty shiny!

If you are interested, just click the following banner. If not, it’s all cool 😉


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PS- I am unsure if this is restricted to only U.S. citizens, or if this applicable internationally. (Fingers crossed for Int’l, I would LLLLOOOOVVVEEE $1,000 store credit! Does that count for my shopping ban?) There are also additional contests going on at the moment on the Gabriel NY site, so if this IS your thing, make sure to check out the social media campaign/competition as well.

Here’s to hoping this adds 1 more win to my ‘people winning stuff off my site’ streak! 😀

-Mliae

*Feature photo kindly uh-hum ‘borrowed’ from the Gabriel New York website.

It’s up and it’s Awesome! – Photowall Product Review

Thank you for stopping by today:)

I would like to talk about a really fantastic company I happened upon, called Photowall. They specialize in wall canvases and wallpaper prints – and art prints (my absolute favourite now) for feature walls. It really is amazing what they do. Wow…I mean, really…WOW!

I have been very hesitant to wallpaper. I’m old enough to remember some of the ghastly designs people used to have up – Oh so many years ago. Due to that ongoing design trauma, I refused to put anything up on my walls that I wasn’t absolutely in love with. Needless to say, after 2 years of searching for the perfect item, we still hadn’t found it. But then this happened. I discovered Photowall. I’ve seen many firms who can do a Photo print wallpaper. But this was just unbelievable. Firstly, they had everything I could’ve possibly imagined…and a whole lot that I couldn’t even imagine for myself. I could never have believed that art. True art. Could cover my entire wall! I fell in love with the art selection at first sight. Imagine it: The person who was unable to find anything in 2 years of digging through countless wallpaper books, suddenly had an email full of links and choices to make! (Yes, I’m that chick. I email myself. ) The choice was a difficult one. Deciding on one of something that really brought out our personalities, plus fit in with the rustic-ness of the house, still offered too many options. We kept going back to this Painting by the Swedish artist John Bauer. His Trolls are just too cool. He is a highly sought after artist from the 1890’s and neither of us ever thought we could have his work in our home! This is the piece we got, on our wall and we love it! No, seriously. We can’t stop staring at it. It’s so magical, it’s kind of like stepping into a fairytale 🙂

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(Oh yeah, and this is me. You’ve never really seen a whole pic of me before. Ta-Da!)

Let’s start at the beginning.

The selection. At first glance, one might assume that this is nothing more than a photo print or statement wall papering firm. Oh, how wrong you are! The selection is out of this world. For real! There are, quite literally, THOUSANDS of incredible options! We looked at every single one of them. The ones that really made my heart flutter, are the art. I’m not kidding. Do you love Van Gogh’s Waterlilies? Want an entire wall of it? They have it. And they will get it to you…FAST! Want your entire flat to look like the exhibit hall at The Louvre? Nooo problemo.

Here are some of the items we really loved:

Van Gogh’s almond Blossom

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Watercolour World Map

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(My inner travel blogger is screaming for this in my office.)

Dans le Clapot

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These are just a few of the outstanding collection they offer.

Cost. This product seems to average about 32 Euro per square meter. This price really isn’t bad…especially considering the fact that you don’t need so much. It’s a feature piece, without the feature price. Win-win!

Customer service.  I have never had my emails returned in such a fast & friendly manner. Even with my 1001 questions, they never seemed annoyed or too busy. This I find outstanding in itself because I know I was annoying. But I could feel the smile in every transaction. And that is worth SO MUCH!

Printing and Shipping. Holy Smokes, Batman! That’s the fastest I have ever seen! No joke, I made the order at 11. By 11:20 I already had an email that it was going to be printed. By 18:00 (6 pm) I had another email stating my tracking number and that my product was being shipped. WOW! All in the same day! I love that, really. Also, for those of you like me who rage against International shipping: This is not a problem. The Photo Wall website actually has links to the website in your home country’s format. Just click on the world at the top right and scroll down to your area. It will be in your own language, currency and delivery will be incredibly affordable. YAY! That’s a huge plus in my book. 🙂

I was so excited to get the package, I made a  unboxing video.

The Product: You can see for yourself that their product is superior. It was very easy to put up and the wallpaper comes in one single roll, which is clearly marked where to cut and which panel goes where. It looks like it would be a nightmare, but it was very simple and at no point did we have to rearrange the panels. Just put on the glue, line up the panel and smooth/brush it down. Simple as that! Photowall also offers this instructional video.

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I get approached by companies every so often. Sometimes, the product does not fit into my niche worldview and I won’t bother with it. Occasionally though, there is a company that is really worth looking into. I could tell this company was doing good things and I wanted to know more. Photo Wall surpassed my expectations by leaps and bounds. I really cannot say enough good things about this company and their products. This is the truth. I have never had such amazing everything regarding the entire process, as I have with Photo Wall. I am so excited to have had the opportunity to procure one of their pieces and display it proudly in my home!

I highly recommend checking out Photowall. Even if you aren’t currently in the market for wallpaper, just so you can see how far it’s really come! I couldn’t believe it, and you probably won’t either. If you do happen to be doing some decorating, please feel free to use my discount promo code, it’s valid for the next 30 days! MliaeCampaign2017 Expires January 19.

A note to remember: These items are meant to be a focal point. Many of them are measured to be framed by the wall. If you prefer that your photowall image cover the entire wall, it might be beneficial for you to contact the customer service to make sure that you have given the correct measurements. They ask that you add a few extra centimeters, even for the pieces which don’t expand the entire wall. Photowall customer service is awesome, they’ll let you know precisely how to get what you’re looking for!

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a lovely holiday season!

-Mliae

*Disclosure: I was given a complimentary piece, in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. Happily, I am a very happy – soon to be returning – customer!

Product Review: Organic Baobab Powder by Pandavita

Hello all 🙂

I’ve been testing out a new Super Food Product and I really like it, so I wanted to share my thoughts! Those of you who have been with me for awhile, know that I have been on the search for superfoods, brainfood, and good nutrient mixes. So far, there have only been a few that I’ve found worthy of a good share.

The reason why I’ve been on the lookout for the best of the best however, has remained a mystery…until now. I have blood issues. A horrendous case of anemia – no, not the ‘I bruise easily’ kind of anemia, but the ‘we’re going to find you unconscious on the floor if you don’t fix this’ kind of anemia. So, not only is it fun trying new products, but it is imperative to my health that I find good products that actually work – and stick with them! This is one of those products. Seriously. I have to take a ton of iron supplements on the daily and taking Vitamin C with that iron, helps my body to absorb more of the iron that I need. So you can imagine how excited I was to discover this product.

Until recently, I had never even heard of Baobab fruit. So, I was a bit hesitant to try it. But when I tried it, it was really good – even just on its own, so that was a two-thumbs up moment. 🙂 Also, any kind of nutrient that is derived straight from the plant, is much preferable to nutrients created in a lab. I mean honestly, who says ‘I want non-natural chemicals to make my natural body healthier!’ – Ummm…nobody. So of course I was thrilled to see that this is a vegan, plant-based product.

About this product: Baobab fruit is a fruit that is grown in Africa. The Baobab powder used is 100% organic and unprocessed because the powder actually dries inside the fruit, so no processing is necessary. It contains tons of Vitamin C, Potassium, Fibre, Magnesium and Calcium. It’s very fruit-y, sweet, maybe a bit zingy so it’s great in all yogurts, smoothies, or on its own. I would personally, only suggest using this product on its own, or in cool or room temp foods; as from what I know about superfoods, mixing it with hot food – or heating it – will diminish it’s nutrient power. If you are taking other nutrients which need to be absorbed quickly into the body, or else will be wasted, taking Vitamin C will help your body absorb those nutrients faster. Trust me 😉

About Panda Vita: Panda Vita is a small company in the UK which currently focuses solely on Baobab powder. They believe that the investment into 100% organic product is well worth it because it is healthier for the consumer and the planet. Panda Vita donates 5% of all their profits to charity, to a Panda conservation center in Chengdou, China. (Ok, that’s awesome! ) The people that I have had the pleasure to be in contact with are extremely friendly and helpful. Fantastic customer service is always a huge bonus! Not to mention one of my favourite bits: Affordable World-wide shipping! Yeah, Baby, Yeah!

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The nice folks at Panda Vita have been cool enough to even offer a promo code for my readers: If you would like to order this product, please go to the Panda Vita site and when you are checking out, use the promo code: LEB15 for your 15% off 🙂 I will be using this code in the very near future too!

I have been using this product in a Almond Coconut milk Chia Pudding, which I think you might like and I will be sharing the recipe next week 🙂

Thanks for reading, and I hope I was able to help you on your search for great nutritional products!

-Mliae

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary package of Organic Baobab Powder in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. I will be buying myself more 😉

My unsolicited advice to beginning bloggers

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by to scan my unsolicited advice for beginning bloggers post! Now, I am well aware that this post is a bit of a risk. I am not a professional blogger, and I absolutely do not claim to have a plethora of knowledge on the subject. I definitely don’t want to come across as saying ‘blog like me’. The reason I felt compelled to write this post (and am a bit nervous as to how this will be perceived) is that, well, honestly, I’m big on  etiquette. As in – saying ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’, ‘May I’ and telling someone when they have something in their teeth. I’ve spent a lot of time cringing at posts with something in their teeth. Although I’m sure that there are plenty of people out there who cringe at some of my posts with the same vigor.

As a blogger – that seems to have been around for awhile (comparatively speaking, as this article from 29 August, 2016 states that the current average lifespan of a blog is only 100 days…That is dismal.) This article has a few theories on why blogs don’t seem to last so long anymore. Anywho, I digress….

A bit about me: When I began blogging, I didn’t really know if anyone would even be interested in what I have to say. After all, it’s a mishmash of all things ‘my life’. Travel, thoughts, home reno, shopping, spa days, book & product reviews, and just life in general. Surprisingly, it didn’t take long for me to make some golden friendships here and honestly, without their help, support & guidance, I think I would have easily foundered by now.  I don’t usually write posts about blogging, because well, I am no expert. Just like most everyone else, I have had to learn by trial and error, ask for tons of help, read better blogging posts until my head hurt, and just see what happens over time.  Aside from my own mistakes, I have seen several ‘goods’ and ‘bads’ that seem to be a recurrent issue in many of the blogs that I peruse. So, as your sister in the blogosphere, I feel obligated to share my thoughts on things that might help you out a bit. Agree or don’t, its completely up to you. I’m not telling you what you should do with your blog. It’s yours, keep it yours.  I know that I scoured thousands of articles on this topic when I was starting out – and continue to today. So here’s a few lessons I’ve learned and would just like to pass on:

Please DO, I think it will help:

  • Be yourself! Everyone is different and every blogger has their style & preferences. If you do what everyone else does because you think that’s the way things should go, then all blogs would be the same and … that’s no fun.
  • Write what you are passionate about!  People can see your passion and expertise in your posts.
  • Proofread your posts!  If you can’t spend the time to review your writing before hitting the publish button, why should people spend the time out of their lives reading it?
  • Publish regularly. It doesn’t have to be daily, or even weekly. But you should maintain some sort of schedule. Personally, I now post at least three times weekly. More often if I have more to say. When I began blogging, I posted once weekly. That was enough to slowly build my blog and have the time to learn about what I was doing. Your followers will appreciate your consistency. (It is one of my blogging pet peeves when a blog I follow posts daily, or multiple times per day, and then drops off the planet without any reason given for two months, returns with an apology & 5 posts on the same day. It IS however completely understandable & acceptable if life gets in the way. We all have things to do. Just let people know and it seems to go over better if your posting schedule isn’t totally erratic.). Slow and Steady wins the race.
  • Set reasonable, yet challenging goals for yourself. For example, my goal was to reach 1,000 WP subscribers in my first year. Not easy, but I knew if I could do it, it was sign that I could continue blogging. It took almost a year to achieve that goal, but once I did – it felt like nothing could stop me. Thanks everybody for THAT! 🙂 🙂 
  • Make sure your Gravitar profile is on-key! Many people will find you through this, so make sure its updated and well kept!
  • Sync all your social media accounts. I can’t tell you what a time-saver it is to have my posts updated on all accounts the moment they are published.
  • Make your posts worthy of a life/time investment! There is spending time (wasting time) and there is investing time. The point being, that people are spending time in their lives that is gone – never to return- once it’s spent, reading our blogs. Do we want this to be a waste of their time in life? OF COURSE NOT! This is where the term time investment comes into play. The difference? An investment implies ROI – or return on investment.  If someone invests their time reading your article, and comes out of it enriched with something – be it motivation, knowledge, awareness, a smile, an idea or increase in blog traffic – then they have received a solid return on their investment. Well done!
  • Enroll in everything! Learning is the best way. WordPress Blogging University offers free online courses on a regular basis: Blogging 101, blogging 201, commenting bootcamp, branding & marketing strategies, photography, et al. Follow the link above for the sign-up page. Personally, I never stop learning. I’ve found that the more I learn about blogging, the more I realize I don’t have a clue and need to learn more.
  • NETWORK! There are constantly sites hosting meet and greets, networking parties, drop your link posts, et al. Do it! This is a great time investment for you! Get to know other bloggers, leave your link, repost the parties and socialize, socialize, socialize! This is hands-down the best way to get your site out there. Personally, I have followed hundreds of new sites I found on these parties that I never would have known existed otherwise.
  • Be considerate of your fellow bloggers. New, old and indifferent – we are ALL here to accomplish something. A large percentage of your subscribers are fellow bloggers. They are investing in you, you should invest in them. Take the time to check out their sites. Like or comment if you find a post you like.
  • Sharing is caring. If you stumble across a blog post that is wonderful and you think your followers would love to read it, share! However, please always ask in the comments section before you reblog or wp it. Some bloggers love to be shared, some don’t. So make sure first. Personally, I love it when someone deems my work worthy of a good share 😉 Also, when you share the post, make sure to thank the original blogger in the additional area for an introductory comment. Respect for others is key!

Please DON’T:

  • Sweat SEO. The search engines will pick up your articles at some point. I’m still pleasantly surprised when I see search engine views on my stats page.
  • Post more than twice daily  (Unless you are an incredibly popular site (in excess of several thousand followers) news site or a massive site which has multiple bloggers publishing articles – then it’s a whole new ballgame and post away!) The reason for this is that it appears (to me) as though you are only inundating the web with links, photos or little snippets in order to attract more traffic to your site. Trust me, its obvious. Quantity does not mean Quality. Not to mention it gunks up people’s email inboxes. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule. There are at least 5 blogs that I follow which post good quality posts, multiple times a day. But I can tell you as someone who spends a lot of time reading blogs, that this is the exception more than the rule.
  • Post the link to your site in the comment section of other blogs, unless it has been specifically requested. (My other major blogging pet peeve) It’s spammy, and many bloggers, including myself, will just delete it. Other people’s blogs are not your free marketing arena. People can find their way to your site via your profile name and gravitar profile which is displayed with your comments. Plus, there is always a networking party to be found where you are encouraged to drop your link. But as for comment spamming: Seriously, please, don’t do it. Send an email if you truly want to thank people for following. Comments are great! Please just don’t use them to direct traffic to your own site.
  • Put all your stock in numbers. True, stats are important. And the difference between 200 followers and 2,000 is huge. However, its the quality of traffic that really matters. Go with the 10% rule (personally, I think more like %6 is more realistic). Meaning: Only an average of 10% of your subscribers will actually see or like your post. Interaction is huge! If you have a higher ratio of views, likes and comments – then you have high quality traffic. A person with 200 followers can get 70 likes on a great article and a person will 2,000 followers can get 30. This is what I mean.
  • Let your ambition turn you into a naive nut. This is the internet. There are predators out there and we are prime prey. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If a company you’ve never heard of contacts you, do some research before replying. And NEVER-EVER pay to be an ambassador or freely hand out your personal information for anything! Companies will contact you in time, don’t you worry. Looking for fresh talent is what people do for a full-time job.
  • Play the follow/unfollow game. This is not instagram. You can’t expect likes & follows in return, although many people respect others enough to do so. But also because professional and business bloggers, as well as those who have popular blogs are paying a small fortune for self hosting domains with all the bells and whistles – which include google analytics. Many watch the numbers very closely, as it tells what we are doing wrong: navigation and the like. So, WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Nobody likes a cheater, so please stop doing it. Be legit, or be gone. (Another pet-peeve: on all platforms, the people who do this are kind of A-holes, in my personal opinion. I always make sure that I do NOT follow or like any of those who play this follow/unfollow game…I don’t care how great your content is.)
  • Invest too much money until you know where you’re going with this. I realize that this is difficult at times. We all need hosting, new programs, cameras, products and the like. Fake it, till you make it…right? BUT what happens if you spend yourself into oblivion and then decide 4 months later that blogging isn’t for you? Remember your ROI. You are left with a pile of investment and no return.
  • Drink and blog. Seriously. Yes, you will regret that rant in the morning. We all know you were wasted because it looks like you were typing with your face. Sleep it off and rant in the morning.

Please Remember:

  • Quantity is not Quality. Quality is better.
  • Remember who your friends are, they are golden.
  • Gain a thirst for knowledge
  • Sharing is caring!
  • ROI on your followers time investment.
  • It’s not all about numbers
  • If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Be legit, or be gone
  • Respect for others is key!
  • Enjoy yourself!

Thanks for reading, everyone! If you have any more advice you would like to add, please leave it in the comments section so we can all see!

Feel free to share this post if you would like 🙂

– Mliae

Guess what?!

Yours truly is now also a contributing blogger on Millionaire’s Digest! I’m really excited to be joining the team 😀

I will, of course be blogging on my own site constantly and sharing any posts I do on the Millionaire’s Digest here as well 🙂

I feel like I have accomplished yet another awesome milestone in my blogging life and I am thrilled to be celebrating that with you!

WOOHOOOOO!

-Mliae

New online marketplace: Webstore.com! #freeonlinewebstore


Hi there everyone 🙂

I wanted to share this, because I know that there are many who sell online and basically all of us have an online shopping habit at one time or another. If you’re anything like me, you used to be an E-bay addict, until all the hidden fees and price boosts due to extra seller fees occurred. Then it kind of turned-  ‘meh’.  So now I search for better e-commerce platforms.

I had never heard of this site until I was on the hunt for reception decor ideas. There are LOTS of wedding, party decor and necessities listed here! Then I checked it out. (Thoroughly, as I never blog about anything until I check it out and ask questions.)

There are NO fees. Seriously, I even contacted the company to ask about it. No hidden fees, no listing fees, no sale based commissions. The only thing I could find that costs anything, is actually optional. That is the $10 fee for the verification process. You do not have to be verified, but if you wish to be verified, that is the cost. The reason this costs exists is to cover the expenses of the company in order to verify you. For the most part, I was told that some sellers choose to be verified as it contributes to legitimacy of the sellers business. Webstore.com is completely upfront about how they make their money via on-site marketing so that they can cover their expenses without charging the people who make their site highly functioning: The buyers and sellers. I don’t know about you, but I very much respect a business that is forthcoming about their strategy.

Webstore.com is really easy to navigate, and the bidding process -as far as I can tell -works in a similar fashion to e-bay. Paypal is accepted. International buyers and sellers are welcome! (A huge plus in my book, as I hate it when I’m checking out and then I’m told that such and such store does not ship to my country.) The verification process seems quite diligent, so if you find the perfect item from a verified seller you can trust that it’s coming from a solid source.

I hope you check it out, and if you decide to use http://www.webstore.com as your new selling platform (Hello all you Etsy sellers out there!) drop us a line with the link to your new e-store!

Thanks for reading!

-Mliae

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and I will be using webstore.com for some of my personal shopping.

Kapow! Meggings!

 

Kapow-meggings-bengal-ronny-reagan-actionWe have to talk about a new trend in menswear that’s actually pretty cool! In a world where menswear shops are full of the mild and conventional muted and neutral colors – with the same basic cuts (you know what I’m talking about) it is a breath of fresh air to see some variety for mens clothing with color on it! These are a conversation starter, for certain. I can say for certain that the people will be coming up to you asking about your meggings!

Now, apparently the appearance of the bright and colorful made for men, meggings, has made quite the stir on social media. These seem to be a love it or hate it type of situation. Personally, I think these are REALLY COOL! Albeit, I can fully understand why this apparel seems to be quite controversial.  At first consideration, I was a bit skeptical too. However, when I took the time to check out the patterns, colours and most importantly – the way they are actually made, I found that several things set these apart from the assumed gym pant. Although these would be PERFECT gym pants. But I think they would be good for other places and activities as well. KAPOW!

  • Patterns and colours. The array of patterns makes these suitable for more than the workout. Take the below photos for example (Taken from the Kapow site). These sets would even be suitable for the club or music festival.Kapow-24Carat-meggings-hero2Kapow-Mr-Bonejangles-meggings-sideMIlky-way-meggings-front-1

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  • The fit. These are supposed to be incredibly comfortable. Like never want to take them off -kind of comfy. They stretch with your body and still leave things to the imagination (see next bullet point). The sizes range from a 28-38 inch (71.12 cm- 96.5 cm) waist and there is a lot of give on top of that. They are said to be very forgiving for different body shapes, as the material is adaptable to many forms. Also, for my guys who never skimp on leg day, these leggings stretch to fit your body comfortably. So if you have larger legs than the normal guy, these should still fit nicely. I know, I asked. They would be great for yoga, running, anything really that requires movement when you don’t want to let that shorts leg hang down or hike up too much! And I think these patterns would be groovy 🙂

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(Just a little note: These above are my faves. ‘Supernova’)

  • Make. Ladies and gentlemen, this is where it gets good. You remember that bicycle shorts craze where everyones …assets were on display? Well, if you look back through the photos I’ve posted, you will see that that is not the case here. These are tailor made with extra width around the waist, so everything just sort of blends in with the waistline. As a woman, I think this is fantastic! I don’t think any of us really like it when, um…when the family jewels are standing out from the crowd. Thank you to this company for making sure to say ‘buh-bye’ to unsightly bulge!
  • Price. Totally reasonable at 24.99GBP, 29.82€ or $33.24 (based on todays conversion rates)
  • International orders are welcome and I’ve got a great code for SHIPPING on orders of two or more pairs. Orders are made through the Kapow Meggings website. (I have linked it for you). Just make sure to input the code’ LEBFREESHIPPING ‘ so you can get your free shipping! (Seriously, free shipping is HUGE) This code is only valid through the end of October.

If you’re down for the social media hunt, you can find their Facebook page here, and their instagram here. I know, I’ve been stalking to make sure these really are as popular as they seem to be. They are 😉

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If you’re the kind of man who wears the clothes and doesn’t let your clothes wear you; confident, fun, happy…I say GO FOR IT! WORK IT! I know my fiancé might have a colorful surprise for his birthday…

What do you think, would you wear these? Love it or hate it? Or do you have some? (I’d love to hear your thoughts!)

-Mliae

*disclaimer: I did not receive payment or product in exchange for my opinion. I did however, receive a limited time free shipping code to pass on to my subscribers 🙂

Book Review: Blood Tide by Brian Burt #WWVBT


Blood Tide, book two of Aquarius Rising, by Brian Burt is a great read!

As most of you know, I’m not a huge science fiction fan. However, I have recently found myself reading more and more science fiction and this book is a shining example of why – it’s interesting! I’ve been sucked into this book and just find myself turning page after page.

This book actually takes place under the surface of the sea as an underwater world, as opposed to space. In this book, the underwater world is actually trying to repair itself after the destruction in the first book. It is easier to read than many science fiction books because there are small familiarities which tie us as humanity into the book: internet and the memories of humanities past presence.

The main character is Megalops, a dolphin-human hybrid, is so plagued by what happened to his wife and daughter that he loses all sense of ‘humanity’ and releases a virus just as deadly as the one that turned his loved ones to stone on the Juno water tower. This results in a species on species war which is wrought with suspenseful twists and turns.

Ocypode makes a reappearance from book 1, and it’s interesting to read on and find out how it’s really going to go with our hero Ocypode back in the midst of things.

This is a really good book and I would recommend it for adults who enjoy reading Sci-fi. I must suggest that you read the first book, and then the second. In the first book, it lays out much of the thoughts and emotions involved in this cataclysm and the horrors felt during a time of genocide. In the second book, it is more of a continuation of revenge and although easy to empathize, you don’t truly get the full effect of the heartbreaking emotional pain which is the driving force behind this book.

This ebook can be purchased from amazon by clicking here.

Great read!

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae

*Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this e-book in exchange for my unbiased and honest review

Many congratulations Jacqueline for your new publication!

 

I would love to give a shoutout and a ton of congratulations to fellow blogger, total sweetie, and extremely had worker – Jacqueline Oby-ikocha for publishing her first book!

This book, ‘Out of the Silent Breath’ is a collection of poems. I’m sure its a gorgeous read and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! Please visit A cooking pot and twisted tales to check out all Jacqueline has to offer, and also where this gorgeous new book can be found!

*Disclaimer: OMG, I reposted this and we realized that on twitter and elsewhere, it looked like I had basically stolen her post and that it was me who’d published. Jacqueline, I’m very sorry, I was just trying to get the word out…I’m so happy for you!

Reaching me through social media outlets

Social media, social media, social media…. As bloggers that’s a majority of what we’re told we have to do. So, I’ve done it. I really enjoy staying in touch with my fellow bloggers and followers. The more platforms, the better. So I thought I would take a minute to share my contact info.

I’ve been on instagram for awhile now and I must admit that I am addicted. I spend way to much time on that app. You can follow me on Instagram at my_life_is_an_experiment or click here. I always actively follow my fellow bloggers if I just know that its you! 🙂

I recently (as in..yesterday and today) opened a blog twitter and Facebook account.

My twitter handle is: @mliaeblog

My Facebook page can be found here.

Hope to see you outside of wp as well!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Mliae

A promotion worth sharing

Hello all 🙂

I’m taking a step out of my norm today. I rarely ever post promotions, as I take a hands-off approach to anything that might seem sales-y. I do have my links and wish list pages if anyone is interested to see what’s going on in my world.

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However, I think we all like a solid sale! So, since I managed to get this promo code, I wanted to send it out so that if any of you have been looking at this item, you must use the promo code so you can take $5 off the purchase cost. Who doesn’t like a good deal!

This is the Spinot Noir Wine Aerator from bevratech. It’s actually a pretty cool little gadget 🙂 You will receive $5 off the retail if you use the promo code: MLIAE

You can visit the product page by clicking here.

Have a great weekend!

Mliae