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Read all about some great ‘Family Travel Road Trip Tips’ and enter to win a GoPro and other awesome prizes

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Don’t Get Road Blocked

Getting ready for a family road trip? Summer is nearly here and many of us are looking to get away and head off for fun and adventure. When planning a trip with your vehicle, there is much to consider. Where will you go, how much will it cost, what can you see along the way, what will you eat? Don’t get stressed and hit a road block! There are many tips from seasoned travelers that can help you plan a memorable and pleasurable trip. At the end of this post, please read up on the fellow travel bloggers ‘trip tips’. Plus, you have a chance to win some great prizes! Roam if You Want To ..On the Road Again. Here are a few of ours that we suggest if you are the type of family that loves surprise and serendipity . Un-orchestrated encounters that make the experience exciting. Like so many road and travel songs portray, it’s seems to be an inner human desire, to explore, to get away and see what the world has to offer.

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Ramble On

Go someplace you’ve never been. Somewhere else. We pick out our destination, order the maps and area guides ahead of time. Just so we are not wasting time, it’s good to plan. For our family, we need to try and stay with relatives or friends in the places we’d like to see. Once we have that sorted out, we don’t plan too much beyond that. It’s refreshing to let the journey unfold as it will. And travel can change your life. A local road trip we took a few years back landed us unexpectedly on a movie set. Just by following signs to explore an historical section of a town we’ve never been to.  HBO’s  “Killing Lincoln” was being filmed. So we stayed to watch and got to meet the cast, assistant director and crew. And through a series of events since that encounter, we have now been in 3 movies as background actors! One thing leads to another..more songs, more family stories to gather along the way of the path of life. Don’t be afraid to let the road guide you.

Map it Out

Map it Out

Hit the road, Jack…and Ramble On. Our idea of a great road trip is to come upon unexpected ( albeit favorable) adventures. As we ramble on towards our end point, we like to venture and meander to see where the road takes us. Once when our kids were little and we were touring upstate New York looking for a spot to have our picnic lunch, we saw a small sign that read “Child’s Park”. Perfect, a playground and park area, so we thought. Climbing up the mountainous road, we come upon the spot in which the sign led us. No park, no playground..but and incredible waterfall and nature hike area. It was someones name, Child’s. You can go your own way..Somewhere out there. Keep an open mind, be patient and let the road take you where it will. Good family memories can be made this way. Things that we experience, the people we meet along the way, the mishaps and breakdowns, they all count for learning and appreciation. These tips are not on any typical list. It’s more like an attitude or philosophy to try and achieve. Along with all of the practical and fruitful travel tips for a road journey, allowing yourself to be a free spirit will be rewarded in the end. So Hit the Highway onto that Freeway of Love ..love of family and exploring this beautiful world together.

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Want more road trip tips? Check out the Blog Hop and enter to win one of two prize packages!

Just click on the highlighted rafflecopter text below to link to the prize chance form.

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Our Grand prize includes a GoPro HERO (camera only, $129 value), a selfie stick ($25 value) and three Lonely Planet Road Trip Guides ($30 value).

 

Second prize includes a travel eye pillow, hand-made soap, world map, stickers, Lonely Planet Kids’ books, National Geographic 2016 Kids’ Almanac, and a Thirty-One hang-up activity organizer. To enter, add your contact information in the Rafflecopter widget below and leave a comment on this post with your best road trip tip. You can earn additional entries – see the Rafflecopter widget to learn how.

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The Rules

1. You must leave at least one comment on one of the participating blogs to enter.

2. Additional entries via commenting on other blogs in the hop are available to you.
3. You will receive additional entries by performing the actions in the widget, giving you a possible 20 entries (there are 10 participating bloggers, with two ways to enter each).
4. PRIZES ARE ONLY ELIGIBLE TO SHIP IN THE CONTINENTAL U.S.
5. The giveaway runs through June 12, 2015 11:59 p.m. EDT.
6. Winners will be notified via email.

Roam the Roads. A Creative Approach to Family Travel

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Last year we participated in Passports with Purpose to help raise funds for schools, homes and medical facilities in Mali, Africa. Thanks for all who contributed to the fundraiser for this worthy cause! In 2013, over $84,000 was raised for buildOn to create two schools in Mali and fund two adult literacy programs.
 Here is an excerpt from passportswithpurpose.org.

Passports With Purpose was founded in 2008 by Debbie Dubrow, Pam Mandel, Beth Whitman and Michelle Duffy as a way to build community among travel bloggers and to give back to the places we, as travelers, visit. In 2009 we added one more member, Meg Paynor.

In our first year, Passports with Purpose raised $7,400 for Heifer International.

In 2009, Passports with Purpose blew past its initial goal (which was to raise $14,000 to build a school in Cambodia) raising nearly $30,000 to add improvements to the basic school. The school, built through our partnership withAmerican Assistance for Cambodia is now complete.

In 2010, with overwhelming support and assistance from the travel blog community, we raised $64,128, over 25% more than our original goal of $50,000 and built an entire village in India.

In 2011, through our partnerships with the participating bloggers, we raised $90,000 to build two libraries in Zambiathrough a partnership with Room to Read.

In 2012, Passports with Purpose raised over USD $110,000 for Water.org through the collaborative efforts of more than 200 travel bloggers and 1,242 individual donors who bid on one or more of the 143 prizes on the PwP site from November 28 to December 11, 2012.

In 2013, over $84,000 was raised for buildOn to create two schools in Mali and fund two adult literacy programs

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 This year we are able to offer a prize from a sponsor EatWell DC. A $100 gift card to one of their DC restaurants. So with any donation of $10 or more that you make, you enter a chance to win this or many other amazing prizes. Thanks to Eat Well DC for this generous donation!
Now Passports With Purpose will be having their fundraiser to donate all of the money to Sustainable Harvest International
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Each year we raise thousands of dollars $10 at a time and each $10 means so much. For every $5000 that we raise, Sustainable Harvest International will help one extended family in Honduras learn to farm sustainably for five years with lasting benefits for them and their community.

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The prize catalogue will be up and donations accepted for a chance to win a prize until December 17, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. You can still donate after that, you just won’t be able to win a great prize.



Contribute and get the chance to win a prize to Eat Well DC! There are numerous prizes to choose from, including many valuable vacation packages!

Click on this link here to donate and pick a prize!

http://passportswithpurpose.org/2014-prize-catalogue/

Eat Well DC was not just conceived as a restaurant management company, but a place where synergy is created. We bring together great food, service and people to create an exciting & provocative atmosphere. EatWell DC operates five neighborhood restaurants and employs over 180 people. The partners also own and operate a private farm in La Plata, Maryland, less than 40 miles from DC. We care very much about our many loyal guests and care equally about our team. We’re in business to make a profit but we do it with our people and the planet in mind first. Quality of life and profitability go hand in hand at EatWell DC.
For more information visit: www.eatwelldc.com

Win a $100 Gift Card for “Eat Well DC” and Support “Sustainable Harvest International”

Sending Out An S.O.S. “Save Our Small Farms!”

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FTCLDF Appeal 2014. Please click on this link here for all of the details

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Please consider helping out and donating to the Farm- to- Consumer Legal Defense Fund. They are having their annual drive and celebrating at Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. The Food Freedom Fest will be September 5 and 6, 2014 in the Shenandoah Valley and at Polyface Farm, Virginia.

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As you know, urban and suburban sprawl, unwieldy rules and agribusiness interests continue to be threats to the small scale, humane farming enterprise. That is where Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund comes to the rescue.

Their 24/7 legal hotline and team of attorneys are helping farmers, farm markets and artisan producers in their hour of need. Since they are totally funded by the generosity of our members and friends, they are once again…

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Nordic Naturals Giveaway Contest and “Where Have We Been All Winter?”

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What a Winter We Have Had! Catching Up

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1. The farm was still as it was blanketed in snow and ice. And mud. My memories will be of mud from Winter 2013-14. We spent the winter as background actors in the AMC movie TURN. More on that later when I will be allowed to write about our amazing experiences of being cast as characters in a true story about the Revolutionary War and America’s first spy ring.

TURN on AMC On the Set of TURN

2. Our first baby lamb was born on a snowy ( and muddy) day. Story and photos to follow soon.

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3. We hosted a boy from France for 3 months

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4. I injured my shoulder ( after the filming) and could not move my arm for 3 weeks. Story of my healing journey to follow also.

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5. Due to my injury, I learned a…

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Real Food Bloggers Community ECookBook. Winter Soups On Sale $7

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Here is a brilliant compilation of ‘real food, healthy food’ bloggers favorite soup recipes in one amazing ebook.  This is a special collection of that has been designed as a Community E Cookbook.  We are honored to be included in this Community Cookbook and have one of our best Winter Soup recipes as well. Over 50 of our favorite food bloggers collaborated together to create a winter soups cookbook, and the result is some of the best of the best out there. Every single recipe in this book is made from scratch with all real food ingredients.  The photos are taken by the bloggers themselves and the recipes were all created with health and wellness in mind, using only ‘real food’ ingredients. These are recipes to be able to use in the winter ( and beyond) that are well planned out for your use in your own kitchen. There are…

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Passports with Purpose

Outreach to the Needy in Mali

This Holiday Season, please consider making a monetary donation to this organization that is trying to raise funds to help build schools, homes and medical facilities in Mali, Africa.  Passports With Purpose is reaching out to those who can help in any amounts to fulfill it’s fund raising efforts to be able to get started in their mission.

Here is an excerpt from their website explaining their history and goals:

Passports With Purpose was founded in 2008 by Debbie Dubrow, Pam Mandel, Beth Whitman and Michelle Duffy as a way to build community among travel bloggers and to give back to the places we, as travelers, visit. In 2009 we added one more member, Meg Paynor, who serves as PwP’s public relations representative.

In our first year, Passports with Purpose raised $7,400 for Heifer International.

In 2009, Passports with Purpose blew past its initial goal (which was to raise $14,000 to build a school in Cambodia) raising nearly $30,000 to add improvements to the basic school. The school, built through our partnership with American Assistance for Cambodia is now complete.

In 2010, with overwhelming support and assistance from the travel blog community, we raised $64,128, over 25% more than our original goal of $50,000 and built an entire village in India.

In 2011, through our partnerships with the participating bloggers, we raised $90,000 to build two libraries in Zambia through a partnership with Room to Read.

In 2012, Passports with Purpose raised over USD $110,000 for Water.org through the collaborative efforts of more than 200 travel bloggers and 1,242 individual donors who bid on one or more of the 143 prizes on the PwP site from November 28 to December 11, 2012.

Thank you for considering any gift giving towards this wonderful outreach!

passportswithpurpose.org.

Passports with Purpose

Children of Mali, Africa


Putting Your Passport Towards a Worthy Cause

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Thanksgiving in the USA coincides with Hanukkah this year..

A time for reflection and thankfulness. The miracle of the Hebrew Nation is being celebrated, starting today, on Thanksgiving Day for the USA. We are grateful for the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. Blessed to be living a mostly comfortable life here. But we know that in many parts of the world today, there is oppression and strife. Those of us Americans who complain about our circumstances, need to consider the plight of other countries and what they are enduring. And of course, what has happened in the past,the horrible parts of the worlds history should not be forgotten. It can and has repeated itself. So for all who celebrate Hanukkah and for those in the USA, lets give thanks to God for this country and for miracles.

Happy Thanksgivukkah

Happy Thanksgivukkah

Give Thanks, and Never Forget

Never forget, and yet, so many have. The atrocities of WWII and the Holocaust are slowly becoming a mere ‘one’ chapter mention in many of the latest school textbooks. History is being rewritten it appears, to accommodate the ‘politically correct’ and those who want to keep societies heads in the sand. We all know that those who deny or ignore the true facts of what has occurred in the past , that horrific history, may be repeated if we don’t learn from it. To those who have had to live through any genocide ( or still do ), government lead or otherwise, they need their voices heard now, before they are no longer alive to tell their stories. Stories of first hand persecution, of the lives lost, of the horrors of what other fellow humans have done to them because of their religion, race, color or beliefs.

There are many people groups to this day that are victims to hate crimes. From all across the globe and in our own towns. Thankfully our family has never had to endure any atrocities as some of our distant ancestors may have.

Holocaust Victims Tattoo

Holocaust Victims Tattoo

Right now we are honored to be volunteering and helping a Jewish man who lived through and survived the Holocaust. Through multiple miracles, Jay Ipson and his parents escaped a Lithuanian Ghetto and hid for 9 months from the German Nazi’s and their own countrymen. For 6 of those 9 months, Jay and his parents and 10 other Jews hid underground in a potato hole. A Polish Christian family risked their own lives and protected them on their farm. Jay Ipson lives now in Virginia and teaches Holocaust History ( and at the time of this writing , his mother Eta is still alive, 102 years old! ) His story of survival is portrayed at the Richmond Holocaust Museum, a museum that Mr. Ipson co-founded. Virginia Holocaust Museum. His family saga is told in the book ‘Izzy’s Fire’ About “Izzy’s Fire” | Nancy Wright Beasley.

Jay Ipson, Holocaust History Lecturer

Jay Ipson, Holocaust History Lecturer

Lawyers without Rights

An exhibit is coming to Richmond, Virginia, USA  that presents the stories of all of the Jewish lawyers who’s right to practice law was taken from them. Jay Ipson’s father, Israel Ip ( Izzy) was an attorney  in Europe at the time and was denied the right to continue his profession. Due to his being so smart and desperately wanting to protect his family, he told a German soldier, when questioned on what his occupation was, that he was “a mechanic”. Through a sequence of events, Israel Ips quick thinking and an adjustable wrench helped save his family. Eventually Jay with his mother and father, came to the USA to live in freedom.

To learn more, check in with Jay Ipson’s website: Holocaust Teacher. It is currently under construction, but check in when you can to find out if Jay will be lecturing in your area, or contact him if you would like him to visit and teach your group or class.

Lawywers Without Rights Exhibit

Lawyers Without Rights Exhibit

Some Words to live by from The Good Book:

“Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one”. Deuteronomy 6:4

 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself . Leviticus 19 :18

      Shalom, peace, may God bless us all.

Extra photo credit: A.P., Google images and the producers of the Lawyers Without Rights Exhibit

Thankful in the USA..From the Holocaust to A Free Country

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Quoth the Raven ..”Edgar was a poet and he didn’t even know it.”

A pictorial tour of the oldest house in Richmond, Virginia ( the Edgar Allan Poe Museum).

Oldest House in Richmond

Oldest House in Richmond

Once upon a midnight dreary.. Edgar lived and wrote in Richmond, Virginia.

back of the museum

back of the museum

Ghastly grim and ancient raven.. with fiery eyes perched up in a dark corner.

Edgar's Raven

Edgar’s Raven

On this home by Horror haunted.. Edgar did not live here in this exact house, but he lived in many other homes around Richmond ( one of them very close by). This old home houses his artifacts.

The Edgar Allen Poe Museum House

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum House

Sitting lonely on the placid bust.. A marble sculpture of one of America’s famous writers. Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 and died on Oct. 7, 1849. He died a mysterious death at only 40 years old.

Bust of Edgar Allen Poe

Bust of Edgar Allen Poe

For the rare and radiant maiden.. Edgar Allan Poe married his 13 year old cousin when he was 27.  A ‘Tell-Tale’ sign of his creepiness. Back in the day, it was common to marry at such a young age.

Mrs. Poe

Mrs. Poe

This I sat engaged and guessing.. Poe had his chair back cut so that he would sit up straight to write when he worked for the magazine ‘The Southern Literary Messenger’.

Poe's Writing Chair

Poe’s Writing Chair

Darkness there and nothing more.. Behind the home is a beautiful courtyard. Brick walkways, flowing fountains and many rose bushes in the gardens.

The Coutryard

The Courtyard

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, shall be lifted – nevermore.. Edgar Allan Poe was known to be eccentric and a drug user. His stories and poems were frequently spooky and at times, quite gruesome.

Poe's Portrait

Poe’s Portrait

Rapping, tapping- Surely that is something at my windows lattice..inside a stairwell of the home.

A window in the stairwell

A window in the stairwell

Open here I flung the shutter.. a 1737  home.

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Then methought, the air grew denser…

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By that Heaven that bends above us..by that God we both adore

1737 Oldest Home in Richmond

1737 Oldest Home in Richmond

More on Poe and the museum…

Edgar Allan Poe Museum : Poe’s life, legacy, and Works : Richmond, Virginia.

A red rose is mysteriously left each year on Poe's grave in Baltimore, Md.

A red rose is mysteriously left each year on Poe’s grave in Baltimore, Md.


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The EXPO Experience

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Our trip to Baltimore to attend the worlds biggest health foods and products trade show!

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EXPO East 2013..Highlights on the Natural Foods and Products Industry Biggest Trade Show

Every year we try and attend the Natural Products EXPO EAST at the Baltimore Convention Center near the Inner Harbor with a few of our family members. Being within driving distance to Baltimore, Maryland, it’s an easy enough trip to take. And well worth it. This September 26-28, I took two of our girls. These health food and products industry shows are phenomenal and are important yearly events for anyone in the world of naturals. Two years ago we were able to attend the EXPO West in Anaheim, California  Southern California For Under $30

Each year we have our challenges on where to stay ( due to us needing to be on a conservative budget and having to be resourceful..see our Southern California trip). This time around our generous friends from Harvest Market in Spotsylvania, Va. invited…

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Naturals In Baltimore..On Our Way to Expo East!

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Headed out to Baltimore, Maryland for the biggest trade show in the world for natural foods and products. In the Fall it’s held on the East Coast in Baltimore and in the Spring it’s the Expo West, held in Anaheim, California. These shows are phenomenal! The convention centers on both coasts are filled with all you can imagine in the health foods and products world. Seminars and workshops, businesses and vendors from all of the biggest and best company’s and also new start ups. We will be learning and researching, taking photos and doing market research. looking forward to this amazing educational and helpful gathering of all those in the naturals industry!

For more info, please read this press release on the Expo East 2013:

EE13 Press Release 060613_FINAL.pdf.

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