In the past week the #younameit (#unameit) challenge has been in full effect on social media, just in time for the Holidays. Thousands of videos that have been created, and it was even mentioned in our children's moment at church this past weekend when asked, "What's Grandma cooking for Thanksgiving?" It created such a stir that the subject of the challenge, Gospel Artist Shirley Caesar, decided to use it for the good by opening an online UNameIt shop which has a number of merchandise for sale with proceeds benefiting several great causes, including Haiti Relief and St. Judes Children's Research Hospital. As the chorus notes, "I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes,...you name it". As a vegetarian/vegan the list stops there as it can be an ordeal preparing meals during the holiday with family and loved ones. Thankfully our parents have adjusted with our dietary restrictions, and have been thoughtful in their preparation of meals with and without meat. Some of the treats we're looking forward to are collard greens, yams, yellow rice, green beans, black-eyed peas, and sweet potato pie. For a vegetarian/vegan this is more than enough to fill one's stomach. We're looking forward to the Holidays with our family, and no matter how you celebrate (with or without meat) we wish our readers blessings in the time with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!!
This will be the only political-related blog you'll see us post. As many of you know, the recent election results caused much upheaval in America. There have been peaceful demonstrations in major and smaller cities across the country, yet violence have also plagued them when others exercise hate. Many Blacks and other minorities have threatened to leave the country permanently or at least for the next four years (ie...HELLO Canada). In other instances, they have been threatened with their life if they choose to stay under the premise of "Make America Great Again". We've seen so many FB posts, videos, and TV news reports on this matter in the last three days alone that our hearts hurt. Do we stay, protest, run or hide? How about all those notions. Sometimes it helps to get away, to hideout and reflect, and then come back rejuvenated to take a stand. As the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Yes, we love to travel (and will continue to do so) both domestically and internationally to see the world, but as God has ordained, America is our home. So we're not going anywhere (permanently), we're staying right here!!
This time a year our memories flashback to our first adventure to South Africa in October 2014. We were excited about the entire trip that included several overnights in Cape Town and two nights on a Safari and Game Reserve. During the last night of our stay, we participated in a South African Braai which is the equivalent to an American Barbecue. One dish in particular that comes to mind was the starter, butternut squash soup. We didn't know what it was at the time of first taste, but once we found out what it was, we were hooked. We tried several versions of it when we came home from Trader Joe's Grocery Store to local restaurants, but it's something about the South African version that remains true. We came across this simple South African Recipe that we will look to make this Fall/Winter season. And we couldn't help but throw in this throwback pick of Sharee dancing during the South African Braai. Still working on that high kick!!
ot a week goes by when we're not asked to assist someone in finding a "fare deal" to a particular destination. There are a few go to websites that we use to find deals outside of the airline website or even Google Flights (a personal fave). These deals are often called glitch or error fares. The rates are tremendously low and one of the reasons we were able to secure a $350 round-trip flight to S. Africa last year. Here are a list of our faves:
The Flight Deal Published fight alerts must adhere to a particular criteria: 6 cents per mile or less. This means a flight from New York to Barcelona should cost no more than $425. Flight alerts can be found for both domestic (within the United States) and international locations.
SecretFlying Similar to The Flight Deals but also includes deals between international locations as well as alternative flights such as Open-Jaw (return from different location) or extended stay and overnight lay-overs. It's also possible to find deals on this site where the foreign currency is weaker than the US dollar (ie...purchase from American Airlines UK website for a flight from the US to London roundtrip).
Skyscanner Recently undergoing a change, the website can now be utilized to find flight deals for a particular month or weekend getaways from your home or nearby airport. You can also just note "everywhere" in the destination field, and any flight deals from your home or nearby airport will be provided.
Airfare Spot New on the block and similar to Secret Flying. We're still feeling this one out and currently receive text alerts. We recently received info on an around the world ticket that takes you from NYC to three other continents (Europe, Asia, And Australia) and return to San Francisco for under $1100.
Do you have a website or alerts set-up to help you secure flight deals?
Rhonda & Sharee Washington