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In Product Reviews

Chrysalis Cardi Review: The Convertible Travel Scarf You Can Wear 8+ Ways!

Whether it was five weeks in France or five months in South America, I have traveled carry-on only since 2014! So, folks, listen up when I say, "You HAVE to see this!" I found the perfect piece of multiway travel clothing I NEVER want to go on a trip without: the Chrysalis Cardi by Encircled.I've just returned from two months of travel, including a five-week train trip through Italy and Eastern Europe, during which I practically lived out of the…

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In Travel

How to Get a US Passport Renewal Expedited by Mail (WITHOUT Paying a Shady Agency!)

Honestly, I’m surprised I even need to write a post on how to get a US passport renewal expedited. For something so common and major as this, I can’t BELIEVE how hard it was to find information on how to do it. Even the State Department website left me with so many questions. If you Google “how to get a us passport renewal expedited,” you will find a TON of websites for third-party agencies offering US passport renewal expedited services. Please note…

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In Stories

Thank You for Your Service

No one ever tells you what kind of bra you’re supposed to wear to the ER. “Is there any metal in it?” the nurse asks me as she pulls back the curtain surrounding my hospital bed. “Um, there’s underwire,” I reply, kicking myself for not putting on a sports bra in my feverish delirium this morning. She throws me a hospital gown and says, “You can keep your pants on.” When she shuts the curtains and walks away, I begin…

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In Travel

The ONE Travel Tip You Should Follow—or Your Trip Will Be RUINED!

Before my trip to France in 2015, I stopped by my bank to order some euros. While informing the teller of how much I would need, he asked where I was going. “Paris,” I told him. “Oh!” gasped the woman at the teller to my left. “If you’re going to Paris, you HAVE to go to Barcelona too! It’s absolutely beautiful!” Now, this woman did not know me. The only obvious thing we had in common was that we used…

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In Remote Work

“How Much Should I Charge?” How to Price Your Freelance Services

“How much should I charge?” This was the question I struggled with the MOST when I started freelancing. And the answer to this question matters—get this wrong and you will constantly struggle to get by. I know I did. At the start I was undercharging so badly that even though I kept getting clients, I still couldn’t make rent. Figuring out how to price your freelance services is one of the most important things you will do as a business owner. So…

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In Italy/ Stories

Piove (It Is Raining)

Agustina looks to the sky and hopes for rain. Dark, billowing clouds loom above the church bell tower in the distance. “If it rains, I can finally take a nap!” she laughs. We are on our hands and knees by a stairwell in the shadows of some forgotten part of the cloister, attempting to free the ground from the overgrowth of dirt, moss, and mildew that has engulfed it. The scraping of our metal palatine against the bricks, the occasional rumbling…

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