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The Smoochies Must Buy Book List Vol.1

Living in Rwanda, there aren’t many options for buying books.  It was one of the things we were warned about before moving from London, so we stocked up on 4-5 books each and sat on our bags to zip them up (praying we wouldn’t excessively exceed the weight limit). Bookstores are one of my favourite places in the…

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The Female Lead: Showing How Women Shape the World

The Female Lead is a much needed project, founded by Edwina Dunn, to highlight “the breadth of female achievement in order to offer inspiration for future generations.”  The non-profit is celebrating women role models around the world, such as Christiane Amanpour, Lynsey Addario, Michaela de Prince, and Meryl Streep, by sharing their stories through a coffee table book, social…

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Boredom Cure for Long Journeys: Ted Radio Hour

Ted Radio Hour is an absolute obsession of mine. It’s like an audio wheat grass shot, perking you up for the day with all the benefits that intelligence, science and expertise can bring.  I often need to travel by car for several hours at a time for work, and Ted Radio Hour always comes to my…

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Climb Up to These 3 Luxury Treehouse Hotels

Channel your inner-kid by booking a hotel at one of these incredible treehouse hotels that will make you feel on top of the world again! The 7th Room at the TreeHotel (Harads, Sweden) If you find yourself in Harads, I would highly recommend booking one of the 7 magical rooms offered by the TreeHotel, situated in…

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Inspiring Stories from #PantsuitNation

With nearly four million Facebook followers, Pantsuit Nation has become a place for women (and men) to “gather around Hillary’s call to be Stronger Together.” Since the election, stories, ideas, advice, fears and inspirations have been posted on Pantsuit Nation’s Facebook page, opening up tough conversations about racism, white feminism, transphobia, and discrimination. But above all,…

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Where to Eat Every Meal in Brixton, London

Having lived in Brixton for nearly four years, I can truly say that this Jamaica-influenced south London neighbourhood has stolen my heart. For anyone who knows me, one sure fire way to my heart is through my stomach, and Brixton is filled with countless boutique-style restaurants that can satisfy any craving. From Colombian to Jamaican…

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Vayando: The Solution for Authentic Travel

Written by Emily Packer Have you ever taken a 10 hour flight to a faraway beach, only to find yourself on a lounge chair drinking a delicious Mojito next to a group of loud-talking fellow Americans, French, British….fill in the blank…? Or perhaps you miss that feeling of being totally lost on vacation – unable…

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Against the Travel Ban: “We’re Not Going Back, We’re Going Forward”

This short film captures the fighting spirit of American protestors, Congressmen, and lawyers to protect what makes America great in light of the travel ban implemented on January 28th by President Trump, blocking US entry to people arriving from 7 Muslim-majority countries (Syria, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Somalia). This is just one day, in one airport,…

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What Happens When Fear Takes Over

Written by Emily Packer Think of when you were scared as a child. You might have closed your eyes and hugged your body close, fear playing games with what’s real. The sound of the water pipes became a monster under your bed. Your dog’s footsteps became someone breaking in to the house to kidnap you.…

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Ludovico Einaudi Plays on Ice to Save the Arctic

What does 8 million voices sound like as a piece of music? Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi partnered with Greenpeace to play an “Elegy for the Arctic.” Floating on a glacier-shaped platform in Svalbard, Norway, Europe’s gateway to the Arctic, Einaudi’s music is as chilling as the ice that surrounds him. A reminder of the consequences…