What is … Glamping?

The word “glamping” is a combination of glamour and camping. Instead of blowing up a smelly old airbed to sleep on and banging in the pegs of your tent when you’ve finally found a place to set up camp, it’s all done for you before you get there. But. You don’t have to sleep on the smelly airbed and listen to the wind whip your tent during the night while you lie there wondering if you need to go outside and check that the tent is secure.

Instead, when you glamp, you sleep like this …

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or this …

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As Lee Walton explains, “Glamping is essentially camping in luxury. But that’s not the only way it differs from traditional camping. There is a little more to it than that.”

When someone first mentioned glamping to me, it sounded awful. Evoking stereotypical images of pampered Kim Kardashian types who sip champagne while avoiding anything like getting their hands dirty.
I thought, what’s the point? But some research showed that this isn’t the case. As it turns out, glamping is actually much more interesting than I thought. Glamping is still quite an unusual activity, having not quite become mainstream yet, the great thing is that you can do it on a mountain, at a lake or even in your back garden right in the city center!
Go read this article by Lee Walton who gives a great explanation about glamping.
What do you wear while you are enjoying the afternoon sunshine with a cold white wine and nibblies?
You can always wear your flannelette shirt and jeans for comfort when glamping …
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or maybe ….. dress it up a little!
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Visit Vintage Dancer for a history on what people used to wear camping.
Let’s talk about food. Always a great topic! Go here for delicious ideas when deciding what to cook for breakfast.
Music! Can’t go camping and not listen to a little music!
Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus join together to sing Jolene. Here
Want something a little softer? Iron and Wine sing Such Great Heights. Beautiful!
Enjoy the sunset …
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How to stay cool in the heat

This will apply more to the Southern Hemisphere dwellers and particularly here in Australia where temperatures may rise as high as 50 degrees next week.

“Heatwaves and hot weather kill more people in Australia than bushfires, cyclones and any other natural disaster, so it’s important to adapt your activities and have a plan to keep cool.

Heatwaves can be dangerous for anyone, but they’re especially dangerous for older people, young children and people with a medical condition. However, there are lots of things you can do to help yourself – and your family, friends, neighbors and pets – beat the heat and keep cool this summer.” Source

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Wear cool, loose clothing so heat is not trapped and your skin can breathe. Go see pretty dresses here!

Try to spend time in an air-conditioned place like a shopping centre, library or cinema. Read about some of the most interesting cinemas from around the world.

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Drink plenty of water (avoid fizzy drinks and alcohol. Heat places a lot of strain on the body and can cause dehydration and heat stroke. Carry water with you when going outside. And speaking of outside, perhaps it’s time to bring back the sun umbrella. Read why here.

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My daughter’s boyfriend sucks

This is a bit of a mixed up odd post so here goes …

You don’t like your daughter’s boyfriend? But what can you do about it?

A snippet from The Atlantic …

“For the life of me, I cannot understand why she’s with this guy. I’ve told my husband that I don’t want to entertain them together. I don’t approve of the relationship, and I don’t think it’s good for my daughter. I feel she is not thinking clearly and is not valuing herself. My husband says “It’s her life.” And, of course, it is.”

There are dozens of articles offering advice on how to get on with the boyfriend. But what if the guy doesn’t really care whether you like him or not? It’s a difficult one.

Below are some (tongue in cheek) tips in dealing with this.

If you want to create a good impression, go for glamour a la Dominique Devereaux

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Or perhaps whenever he comes to visit, you could give him “The Look”

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But if you want to avoid talking with him altogether, plan a date with Kdrama!  Always a pleasant distraction.

Legend of the Blue Sea is a great Kdrama to lose yourself in; I’ve just finished watching it for the 2nd time. If you are wanting a rundown, go here and read up on it!

You’ll see in all these dramas that soju is consumed on a regular basis! Learn more about this Korean drink here!

Snacks? What to eat while watching a Korean drama? Korean snacks of course!

But seriously, this post doesn’t give you any answers about relationships with others, just do your best and love your children.

 

 

Pop-up Shops

What is a pop-up shop?

Pop-up retail, also known as a pop-up store or flash retailing, is a trend of opening short-term sales spaces that last for days to weeks before closing down, often to catch onto a fad or timely event.

They are temporary retail spaces that sell merchandise of any kind mobile food trucks, designer fashion, book stores,  pet stores,  Christmas stores … if you have an idea and something to sell, this might be a great first step!

You can see pop-up stores in your shopping centre usually in the form of a small shopfront where one day it’s empty and the next there is a store there. You return next week and it may be gone again!

The Storefront explains in its article, how to create one for yourself.

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Here’s a short, easy to read piece about how to go about starting your own pop-up store.

Kit Kat, Louis Vuitton, and In-N-Out Burger franchise have done the pop-up store thing and you can see for yourself on YouTube.

Want some short lessons on how to create a pop-up? Shopify gives you some tips!

Have you ever been to a pop-up shop? I can’t say that I have although, it’s a possibility that I did!

Hard Day at Work?

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This article on Bored Panda shows the other side of backtalking against women.

If you’re tired after work and want to rustle up a quick dinner, try Japanese curry! I encourage you to do this soon! It’s warm, it’s tasty and doesn’t take long to cook.

Want to try a little bit of yoga when you get home? Here is a 10 minute yoga stretch routine.  No pretzel poses!

Do you sometimes daydream of being somewhere else other than work?  Well, dream about this this villa in Bali.

To finish off today’s post is a quote:

“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.”
― Lady Gaga

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Want to watch the music video? Here! Go and enjoy.

See you folks later!

How to Ikigai (生き甲斐)

The word “ikigai” is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile. The word translated to English roughly means “thing that you live for” or “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.”

Each individual’s ikigai is personal to them and specific to their lives, values and beliefs. It reflects the inner self of an individual and expresses that faithfully, while simultaneously creating a mental state in which the individual feels at ease. Activities that allow one to feel ikigai are never forced on an individual; they are often spontaneous, and always undertaken willingly, giving the individual satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life. (Source)

Here is Tim Tamashiro on YouTube explaining what this concept is.

 

Let’s go to … India!

Summer in India sure sounds hot and sweaty and dusty but this gorgeous blog will change your mind pretty quickly! Also look for their Instagram account for more beautiful photos.

 

Bollywood

Hindi cinema, known as Bollywood used to be called Bombay Cinema.

Looking for a Bollywood movie but can’t decide? This article has it all!

Toppings of Love is one of my favourite food accounts that I follow and would recommend it to anyone who loves Indian cuisine. The food is presented perfectly but do not scroll through photos on an empty stomach!

 

Here are a few more worthwhile sites to visit:

Saree Speak

The best of Indian fashion

Want to visit India? This article fills you in on what to expect and how to behave.

That’s all!

Books are our friends …

Today’s theme is … books! After many years of not really reading (life, kids, work), I’ve jumped back into it and man, have I missed it! Looking back I had absolutely no excuse for not being a more prolific reader; even 10 minutes a day would have been acceptable and now my bookshelves are filling up again after having culled them some time ago.

17403672This is what I’m currently reading. Highly recommended! Read its review on the Goodreads website.

The snacks you eat while reading determine the mess you make!  Here, Simone talks about her favourite reading food on her blog, Simone and her Books

Do you think having a dedicated reading chair is a luxury when you can slump down onto your lounge or roll around on your bed instead? This site gives you a rundown on its choice of best reading chairs.

Now that you’ve picked your chair, wouldn’t you like somewhere lovely to place it? Not everyone has room for a reading nook; I have a red tub chair in the corner of my bedroom next to my bookcase and it works just fine! The Spruce website shows you how to create your own space.

So now you’ve chosen your book, chair, food and place to read, what to wear?! This site has a range of stylish stretch pants.

And that’s it for today!

What is it you really want?

“A lot of people live their lives having no clue about what they want. They usually follow the American Dream without a second thought, just because that’s what’s expected of them.

If you ask me, that’s a pretty lousy way to live your life. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I’d like to point out that you have only one life; make the most out of it and do things that make you happy. And you should start right now!”

Unsure of how your life will pan out but worried about what others may think of your future choices? What others think should not bother you.

Mel Robbins has a YouTube video about how to stop screwing yourself over.

Are you watching people living their dream life? Stop right now and figure out how to do the same.

What to eat when you’re sad. I know, we shouldn’t rely on food to make us feel better but … food does make us feel better! A list of comfort food.

Dad opens new donut shop. Is sad when nobody comes. Son shares photo on social media which goes viral. Customers flood the shop.

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Starting a new business from scratch is difficult! Putting in long hours developing or creating your idea takes time and a lot of effort. This is a heartwarming story about a dad who opened a donut shop but nobody came to his Grand Opening. That is until his son got involved.

Billy By is that son and he was heartbroken that his father’s newly opened store, Billy’s Donuts didn’t have any customers. But Billy’s love for his parents and social media gave his father a helping hand. After reading the story online, many people made their way to the store and proceeded to buy the shop out.

And apparently, the donuts are delicious!

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English Expressions

buy the shop out” – to buy everything that is available for sale until there is nothing left.

starting a business from scratch” – when you start something from scratch, it means you start from the very beginning and build on that. For example, when you make a cake from scratch you would gather all the ingredients such as flour, egg, milk etc and make that cake yourself rather than buying a cake box and making it that way.

20 things about Australian working culture that can surprise foreigners

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If you have plans to work in Australia, here are some insights into our working culture.

The swearing.

“Profanity has a natural place in the Australian vocabulary. It’s regularly used in workplaces to express frustration, used to exaggerate for effect, or for humour. For example, “bastard” is frequently a term of endearment in Australia and isn’t really considered swearing. But saying this, gauge the room. You wouldn’t drop the f-bomb in front of gran, or a conservative executive.”

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