Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Five Countries Around the Globe to Run Away from Winter {Guest Post}

This post was written and brought to you by ChameleonJohn... and it makes me dream of being in a warmer climate right now!

Some people love winter very much. They ski, they build snowmen, and they just enjoy cold and snowy days. That is okay, but there are some people who would rather spend their time somewhere warm and sunny. And if you are one of those people who prefers to swim in the ocean rather than do snow angels – this short article is just for you!

Bellow I present five countries for everyone who wishes to run away from snow and cold. All of these countries are warm, have a perfect climate, and will let you forget everything. Furthermore, it is not that expensive to travel there either! In fact, if you plan your trip smart, you can reduce your expenses radically. Just take a quick glance at these Hotels.com online coupons. With these great discounts, you will surely get a lot closer to your perfect getaway. Have fun!

around the world


Argentina is not that far away and the climate is always perfect, a great getaway destinations for people who love a little bit of warmth and humidity. And the best part is that since Argentina is in the South Pole, the climate is always the opposite of United State's climate. So right now when we have winter, in Argentina summer just started!

Also, since Argentina is such a big country, you can enjoy many different seasons there as well! You can get a tan one day and see mountains with snow on them the next day. So it is all up to you where you wish to travel, but Argentina is surely one great destination.


Yes! Nepal belongs here too! Despite the fact that this small country is far into the East and just on top of the Himalayas, Nepal can be proud of the perfect climate. And by perfect I mean right in the middle of temperatures.

For example, if you settle in the central hilly region of the Kathmandu Valley or the southern plain, you can enjoy warm summers and mild winters. For cool summers and severe winters, you can head north to the Himalaya Range and Mt. Everest – the tallest mountain in the entire world. So although Nepal seems to be far away and a little bit too cold, in fact, this small and exotic country can amaze you with the perfect climate too.

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Another country far into the South, this time in Africa, can also be an ideal place to run away. Tanzania is so beautiful and so warm that you will forget about cold nights in your hometown instantly when you land your feet on hot Tanzanian soil.

Apart from perfect climate, in the biggest country in Africa you will be able to see wild animals too. Just don't forget to take a tour in the worldly famous Serengeti National Park. So Tanzania is perfect for whose people who love nature and a hot climate.


Oh, lovely France must be on this list as well. One of the reasons is that the south of this country is just perfect for all who wish to pamper themselves in luxury and romance. Moreover, from France's grape orchards and beaches to its snow-capped peaks and hills, everyone can find a perfect region to run away to. France is a perfect place to visit for culture, food, and wine lovers, as this great country has something for everyone to love.

The United States

Sometimes the best place to run away from winter is just around the corner! The United States of America, as we all know, is so big that there are many climate zones too. So if you live in the Northern states, traveling just a little bit to the South can change the climate radically in front of your eyes.

From the tropical paradises in Hawaii or Florida to always beautiful Alaska, you don't need to travel that far to experience different temperatures at various times of the year. And since it is all USA, you won't struggle with language barriers or difference currencies. Perfect!

holiday suitcase

Where would you like to travel this winter?

Monday, November 30, 2015

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts {Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote Giveaway!}

Another Black Friday has come and gone and, as with every year, I cringed watching the news and seeing the videos of crazed consumers fighting over toys and (literally) throwing others out of the way to try to grab a television.

Even though holiday decorations have been appearing in stores for weeks, for many Black Friday (and today, Cyber Monday) are the official kickoff into the season. The shopping! The spending! Buy, buy, buy!

But... please, folks. In this season of family and generosity (and retail frenzy), don't forget take a step back from the commercial craziness and focus on something even more important: giving. No reason is ever needed, but the perfect one is here tomorrow as it is Giving Tuesday!

This year, to celebrate the 4th annual Giving Tuesday, it is easy to do just that and feel good about your choices as World Vision partners with Thirty-One Gifts to help charitable donations make twice the impact.

Giving Tuesday Thirty-One Gifts World Vision

Since it began in 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative; featuring over 100 ways to improve the lives of children through gifts such as: clean water, food, medicine, education, job training and small business loans, among others. Gifts range in price from $10 to $39,000 and can be made in a loved one's name.  Last year alone hundreds of thousands of people were helped through.

If you've never browsed this wonderful catalog, then just know that you'll find more than 250 items that are available to help improve quality of life for women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world. If money is tight, there are more than 30 gifts in the catalog that sell for $35 or less, including items like chickens, job training or school supplies.

World Vision catalog 2015

While I have long been familiar with the way that World Vision makes it possible to make an important charitable donation while still giving a meaningful, amazing gift, I did not realize the correlation that the company has with Thirty-One Gifts.

Thirty-One Gifts was founded on the principle of helping women — they are passionate about empowering women through their direct-selling business — but is also known for their charitable heart. In 2012 they founded a philanthropic initiative called Thirty-One Gives and to-date has donated more than $80 million in cash and products to nonprofit organizations that empower women and girls and support families.

This year, Thirty-One Gifts is continuing that generosity on Giving Tuesday, as every donation made by phone or online to World Vision will be matched by Thirty-One Gifts with a donation of one of their products, such as a tote bag or blanket, up to a total of $1 million worth of products for women and girls in need around the world.

Thirty-One Gifts organizing tote

This beautiful Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote from Thirty-One Gifts is not only stylish, practical and extremely versatile (and has an uplifting message inside), but is one that has been recently been distributed to volunteers in Burundi who use the totes to carry materials for educating families about malnutrition.

Before receiving the totes, volunteers like Renathe Kabageni (pictured below and at top), a volunteer who works to combat malnutrition occurring in children in her community, carried all of their materials and equipment by hand. Now, the simple gift of this tote bag is helping to preserve her teaching materials and make it easier to teach parents how to feed their children nutritious foods.

How incredible that the partnership between these two companies results in such great benefits for communities in need and that women like Renathe are able to continue the important education they are providing!


If you have always wanted to encourage the spirit of giving in your family and show the importance of giving back, there couldn't be a better time than now. You'll not only be seizing the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women like Renathe (as well as their families and communities), but your donation made tomorrow will be matched by Thirty-One Gifts and will make twice the difference!

To find out more about the World Vision Gift Catalog and to place an order, visit WorldVisionGifts.com or call 855-WV-GIFTS. You can also connect with this incredible company on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to also check out ThirtyOneGifts.com (specifically their Thirty-One Gives line) for more about this inspiring company as well as finding them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Plus, thanks to the never-ending generosity of these two companies, one person will be able to proudly share in the inspirational, life-changing ways of these organizations as well, because...

One lucky person will win a Thirty-One Gifts Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote (ARV $35) WITH custom embroidery (ARV $7)! 

Thirty-One Gifts tote giveaway

A big thank you to World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts for providing a Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote for me as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

Restaurant.com 'Better Than Best' Cyber Monday $3 Sale!

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With the passing of Thanksgiving and Black Friday come and gone, I think it's safe to say that just about everyone is on the lookout for great gift-giving ideas.

When it comes to finding just the right token of appreciation, gift ideas can range all across the spectrum in terms of creativity and budget. Big? Small? Specific? General?

One sure winner? Giving friends and family (and teachers, hairdressers, mail carriers and more) time away from the kitchen by letting them dine out at their favorite restaurant. Who doesn't love when someone else does the cooking and cleaning for you?

Which is why there is still time to head to Restaurant.com to not only pick up a gift certificate, but one that will provide a savings at more than 22,000 restaurants nationwide with an endless number of gift certificate options!

Restaurant.com gift cards

Gift certificates are a great idea all year round, but if you're stumped on last minute holiday gift ideas, then you won't want to miss out on the awesome Cyber Monday special they're holding TODAY ONLY!

Restaurant.com Cyber Monday sale

That's right, throughout today, Cyber Monday November 30th, Restaurant.com is offering a $3 for $25 deal for anyone using the promo code CYBER.

If you've never visited Restaurant.com, you'll want to head to their website to see what local restaurants and small businesses in your area are included (or in areas to which you may be traveling — their mobile app is fantastic for traveling and you can use certificates right from your phone!) so that you can get the best deal on your next meal. The site is designed to help diners find and visit local restaurants, get a great value, and, in turn, strengthen the local economy. What more could you ask for?

So go ahead and fill up your cart with $3 gift certificates for stocking stuffers, grab bag gifts, or simply a tasty meal out for your friends, family, coworkers or YOU! We're talking a $25 gift certificate for only $3! But remember that you have to hurry because this offer ends Monday, November 30th at 11:59 pm CST.

This holiday season, show your lucky recipients that you care while also being smart and saving money on dining deals at Restaurant.com. Be sure to visit their website to find out more about their gift cards as well as to find participating restaurants near you. You'll also want to connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and their blog so that you never miss their next great deal.

As a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew, I have been provided gift cards and compensation in order to facilitate my reviews and for sharing this information. However, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. 


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