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Weird Travel Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed

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While doing a little online shopping I came across these weird travel accessories you didn’t know you needed.  I couldn’t stop laughing so I just had to share these with you. 1. A funky travel themed backpack to carry your things in.  From the manufacturer: “Animal Backpacks are fashionable and cool. The printed animals are vivid that they also want to enjoy life or even a nice plane travel as human do. Specially equiped with laptop linings, provide fully protection for your laptop or tablet while on the move. You can use them for school, camping, overnight, work and more!” […]

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My Best Travel Photography Tips

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Today’s post is filled with travel photography tips to help you capture the best vacation memories.  When we take a photo not only are we preserving precious memories but we are also documenting a place.  We are capturing the essence of a place at a particular time in history.   Angles Just a slight shift in position can dramatically alter a photo. Unusual angles can add impact and different perspectives.  They can bring out point of views we normally don’t see. How to get different perspectives: Shoot from the side. Kneel down. Shoot up. Hold your camera high. Lie down. […]

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Travel Inspired Bedroom Decor Ideas

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I’ve curated photos of 26 different travel inspired bedroom ideas for bedroom decor inspiration.  I’ve been wanting to redecorate my room but I don’t want to do anything major.  I saw these on Amazon and think they look amazing.  I could spend the entire afternoon perusing for inspiration. A splash of color. DENY Designs Bianca Green Its Your World Duvet Cover Inspiration from your favorite city. Le Vele Bedding Duvet Cover Set Paris Map A classic look and it even has matching curtains. New York Map Print Duvet Quilt Cover Black and White Road trippers will love this map of […]

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Travel Inspired Wall Murals Room Decor ideas

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Travel inspired wall murals to give you home decor ideas.   I’m a big fan of all of those diy and home decor shows.  I can watch them for hours at a time. Especially during the weekend. I’m always looking for new ideas.  I’ve decided to curate some specifically travel inspired photos to give you some home design inspiration. Be inspired by your favorite city. Eiffel Tower DIY Removable Art Vinyl Wall Sticker Decor Mural Decal Paris in the perfect shade of Pink. Love in Paris Eiffel Tower Sticker Decal Home Decor Beautiful cityscape and typography. Paris Floral wall mural […]

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Latina Engineers Share Tips for Thriving in Corporate America

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM-related jobs will grow to more than 9 million by 2022. While women and minorities have been traditionally underrepresented in this field, there is a growing sense of urgency to increase their numbers in the STEM workforce. With Latinas completing college at almost twice the rate than their male counterparts, Hispanic women are poised to tap the jobs opportunity by considering STEM-related careers in a wide variety of sectors including the automotive industry. In an interview with three outstanding Latina engineers at General Motors who have been recognized as Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers […]

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Really Cool Travel Inspired Mother’s Day Gifts

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Today I’ve compiled some really cool travel inspired Mother’s Day Gifts.  It’s not always easy to find something special to gift.  What better way to show your love and appreciation with a present as unique as she is.  I worked hard to find a variety of items from entertaining to decor for the different types of women in our lives. Here are my recommendations. Entertaining Subway Sign Food Safe Canisters  Vintage Style Travel Themed Decorative Nesting Trays Cute map inspired coasters Central Paris’ Square Glass Coasters Vintage European Map Tile Coasters “Journey” World Map Coasters, 4 by 4-Inch Vintage World […]

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Copa America 2015 Chile Sweepstakes Enter Now

Copa America Chile 2015

Win a trip for two people to the Copa America 2015 FINAL GAME to be played in Santiago, Chile on July 4, 2015. Calling all soccer fans! The countdown to Copa America destination Chile has begun. Copa America 2015, the premiere soccer event in South America, will be held at host cities across Chile, June 11-July 4, 2015.  It is the main international tournament for national teams in South America. National teams from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela are participating. The Final Game will be held in Santiago, Chile on July 4 2015. […]

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Gifts For Dad Giveaway $250 ARV

Gifts For Dad Giveaway

Gifts For Dad Giveaway $250 ARV Deliciously Savvy is Hosting a Giveaway For all things Dad! Lots of Cool Prizes for That amazing Man in Your Life! Valued at $250 all for 1 LUCKY Winner! Hosted By ~ Deliciously Savvy Co-Hosted By ~ A Medic’s World Michigan Saving and More Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains couponfreestuff Amy & Aron’s Real Life Reviews The Math Lovin’ Momma Welcome to My Circus & My Silly Little Gang PLUS a Big Thank You To All Other Blogs Promoting This Giveaway! Thank You! Sponsored By: Owltopper Black Stallion Corkscrew ($18 ARV) Owltopper The Tops in […]

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Brand New Travel Apps Inspire You to Travel

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I never leave home without my phone and thanks to technology it has become one of my greatest resources. The Development of phone apps have turned our phones into powerful travel tools. We can do anything from making reservation, finding the right directions and even tabulate expenses. Here are a few travel apps who all just happen to be developed in Massachusetts to inspire you to get traveling.   Brand New Apps to Inspire You to Travel Click To Tweet Hopper Flight Tonight is Hopper’s iPhone app to help you get out of town in a hurry. Flight Tonight helps […]

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Travel Tips Round Up From Flying to Packing and More

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I’m going through my travel tips articles getting ready to start planning my summer vacation.  I enjoy researching new places and going on new adventures.  Sometimes planning can be fun but sometimes it can be tedious since there are so many things to do before we get to leave and have fun.  Here’s my round up of travel tips articles to help you out.     There are lots of details to be wrapped up before leaving on your next trip.  Here’s a long list you can use to check things off and not worry you’ve missed something. We do a […]

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BVBL Wins Tecla Award for Best Latina Travel Blogger

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I want to send a big thank you to the incredible Hispanicize team and the Tecla Award judges.  I’m incredibly honored to receive this recognition for my work.   It means a lot to be a part of an uplifting community of professionals. Thank you family and friends for your eternal support.  Thank you to the sponsors, boards of tourism, ad agencies and marketing communities and advertisers for your support.  You have enabled me to maintain a career out of my passion for travel, photography and storytelling. Bella Vida by Letty continues to be a place for me to share […]

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Crockpot Slow Cooker Mexican Quinoa Recipe

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I’m making a big effort to eat healthier and one of the things I’m doing is eliminating foods with little nutritional value like white rice and white bread. It’s been fun expanding my horizon and discovering new foods to eat. One popular super food to try is quinoa. Quinoa is a grain that comes in a variety of colors originating in the Andes and is super healthy. It’s gluten free, high in fiber and iron. Quinoa is also complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. That should give you enough reasons to try it.   This recipe is very […]

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Fannie Mae Offers New Plan for Florida Foreclosure

Fannie Mae offers help for Florida foreclosures.  Many friends and family members were affected negatively by the slow economy. I witnessed my neighborhood change leaving many families in bankruptcy and foreclosure. Now these families have another alternative to themselves back on track. While bankruptcy may have had a negative connotation years ago, it does now offer individuals with devastated finances a fresh new start. Fannie Mae has changed their lending guidelines to reduce the wait time for borrowers that went through a Florida foreclosure. This newly court approved action has reduced the wait time from 7 years to just 24 […]

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Roadtrip to Plimoth Plantation

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Last summer I took an amazing road trip through the state of Massachusetts and one of the towns I visited was the famous historical town of Plymouth where the Mayflower landed and the first pilgrims settled. Plymouth is a small coastal town and it’s super easy to get around. Everything is close by and lovely views of the waterfront can be enjoyed from just about everywhere. When visiting Plymouth a great way to spend the day is a visit to Plimoth Plantation. Located on several acres near the waterfront it’s a living indoor-outdoor museum. It’s the recreation of a 17th […]

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Things I Loved About 2014 Travel Books Movies

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Before moving forward into the adventures 2015 will bring I wanted to look back at the things that brought me joy in 2014. I’m an avid reader and movie watcher making me a diehard lover of stories. So here I’ll share my favorites. If you want to see what I’m reading you can connect with me on Goodreads. It’s what I use to keep track of all the books I read. One thing that has helped me read more is the Overdrive app which allows you to borrow books, audio and movies from your library. My favorite feature is that […]

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