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Lavender in the Village Photos

Lavender in the Village New Mexicans dress to impress. Established in 1994, Lavender in the Village is a lavender-focused event held in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM every July. It's the largest Lavender Festival in the Southwestern USA and is fun for lavender-enthusiasts and lavender-newbies alike. The mission of the Lavender in the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque is to preserve and enhance Los Ranchos public open space, stimulate an interest in sustainable agriculture, with an emphasis on educating the public, including such matters as historic agriculture, lavender and its uses, and fostering community spirit. Lavender in the Village Festival Activities Learn how to paint lavender plants and bring a memento of the event home. The 2022 family-friendly festival included: Night Market with Chris Cordova Latin Jazz Concert Special Lavender Menus at Local Restaurants 5K Run New Mexico Beer, Wine, and Spirits Local Arts, Crafts, and Home Decor Creators Henna and Face Painting

Travel Hacking 101

 Travel Hacking Travel hacking expert and guest poster, Laura, shares tips to save $ on your next vacation. No time? She'll even help book your discounted trip for you! I like to think of myself as quite the travel hacker. Sexy Nerd and I have a Southwest Companion Pass  and we've taken cruises for around $25 per person, per night.  Compared to expert travel hacker, Laura with Travel Hacking 101, that's nothing. Travel Hacking 101 teaches you how to use credit card points and miles to make your travel dreams a reality. Just by using your regular everyday spending, you can earn valuable points and sign-up bonuses that can drastically reduce the price of travel.  For example, my family’s recent trip to Egypt only cost us: • $155 round trip for 3 people • $600 for 13 nights in five-star hotels Next we’re headed for Thailand, with three round-trip tickets from the US for $203 total! All of this is possible without incurring any debt, and without hurting your credit score. Follo

15 Fun Things To Do in Hobart, Tasmania

After our 2-week Tasmania road trip , my plan is to retire in Hobart one day. There are so many fun things to do! Just call us Tasmaniacs. For the Hobart portion of our grand Australian adventure, we did not need a rental car. Other than an occasional Uber (the Hobart airport is much further away than we'd expected), we found Hobart to be a pleasantly walkable city, even in May. Remember kids, May in the USA = nice. May on the opposite side of the world = well, still pretty darn nice. Don't miss out on Tasmania when you visit Australia. Here is our complete guide to the best things to do in Hobart , plus a couple of places you can skip: Things to Do in Hobart I'll start with everyone's favorite, the food. Food is what travel is all about, isn't it? If I could go back in time, I'd shake my younger self by the shoulders and say, You're on Vacation!   Stop eating at McDonalds! If your fondest vacation memories are of the things you ate, you can't

Breakfast, the Most Embarrassing Meal of the Day

Let me start this post by stating, for the record, that I stay at Marriott hotels all the time. I'm in it for the breakfast and when a hotel doesn't include this, I stay elsewhere. I am a hotel waffle-making pro . Then again, making your own waffle is easy peasy, right? Behold, the tower of waffle batter goodness. How many gallons does it contain? We would soon find out. I always look forward to creating a decadent hotel waffle. The fateful Monday morning after the Summit County Parade of Homes was no exception and I was pleased to discover that no one was using the waffle iron, despite the crowd in the hotel breakfast room. It's no secret that I'm a social-anxiety mess, even with something as basic as navigating a shared waffle iron, so this was a relief and a great start to my day. I picked up my little plastic batter cup. I pressed down on the dispenser nozzle, as I've done 100 times. And then... The nozzle broke off. It just snapped right off

Soup's On! Don't Miss the 2023 Souper Bowl in Santa Fe

I t's soup weather and the SOUPER Bowl is back! Join the fun in Santa Fe, NM this weekend on 1/28/23  from noon to 2:30 pm.   We had such a blast last time! Will Jambo Cafe's Ginger Coconut Parsnip with Roasted Sweet Corn soup make another appearance? How about the Chilled Chocolate Cherry Soup with Espelette Chile Pepper, Almond Nougatine, and Lavender Cream soup from L'Olivier? Uh oh, this post is making me hungry! Don't just take my word for it. Scroll for photos from the 26th annual Souper Bowl. And h urry - 2023 VIP tickets have already sold out!  TICKETS:  https://thefooddepot.org/souper-bowl-2023/ Thank you for supporting The Food Depot, Northern New Mexico’s food bank. Souper Bowl in Santa Fe, NM Instant Pot soup recipe at the end of this post. Sexy Nerd and I had a great time for a great cause at The Food Depot's 26th annual Souper Bowl fundraiser.  We don't live in Santa Fe and you-know-who tried to skip the long drive to the Souper Bowl ab