Everything Autumn

I don’t reblog too often but this is my friends blog and I loved this Fall post with some yummy recipes. Enjoy!

The A.R.T. of Domesticity

Everything Autumn 

October gave a party;

The leaves by hundreds came –

The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,

And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet,

And everything was grand,

Miss Weather led the dancing,

Professor Wind the band.

 – George Cooper, “October’s Party”


Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love to take in all the beauty of this time of year, whether it’s natural or cultivated, but it always goes too fast. Between the rush of back to school, a plethora of family birthdays in September,  the start of church ministry for me, and a late trip to Hawaii with my husband, I often look up surprised to find it’s November.

So with all that said, it really isn’t too late to consider the beautiful colors of autumn.


I love the look of this cozy room, from Elle Decor, with subtle pops of orange.



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The most beautiful place in the world

Hi Everyone ~
I am reblogging a post from my friend Sandra Maddox who has recently started a new blog ~ The A.R.T. of Domesticity. Sandra is an author, world traveler and accomplished Interior Designer with impeccable taste. She and her husband have just returned from a trip to Mallorca, Spain and she is sharing photos from this incredible trip. If the spirit moves you, give her blog a follow and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Enjoy!

The A.R.T. of Domesticity

With a cordial “bienvenidos” I would like to welcome you to my blog. I am sorry that I have been absent, my husband and I were exploring Mallorca, Spain. This island is filled with rich history and beautiful architecture. We spent a glorious ten days immersed in Spanish culture.

My husband and I

Here is a quick glimpse into my recent trip…



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We stayed at the Valldemossa. This hotel was formerly a Majorcan monastery farmhouse set in the mountains of Mallorca, Spain. Interestingly enough, Frederic Chopin and his lover, George Sand, rented rooms at this very hotel.

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This architectural beauty was designed by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet (1852-1926), a Spanish architecture. Gaudí was heavily influenced by neo-Gothic art and was a big catalyst in the Catalan Modernista movement. I was happy to see one of Gaudí’s designs up close.


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If architecture does not interest you, perhaps the Mediterranean sea will catch your eye. Mallorca, Spain is certainly a…

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Dreaming of….

Kona, HI

Terranea Resort

I recently had the opportunity to stay at the Terranea Resort (terra-nay-a) in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Terranea has a beautiful setting on the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California with a view of Catalina Island across the channel.

Situated on 102 acres, this luxury resort offers over 580 rooms consisting of hotel suites, residential style bungalows, casitas and villas. The resort also offers a 9-hole par 3 golf course, a luxurious spa, three ocean view pools and eight distinctive restaurants, bars, cafes and lounges. Terranea 5-5-13 403 The property was previously Marineland of the Pacific. Marineland was the world’s largest oceanarium featuring sea life, entertainment, and research facilities. Opening one year before Disneyland, many consider Marineland California’s first major theme park, and it remained a major attraction to the area until it closed in 1987. The property has also been the location of dozens of Hollywood films and television shows over the years.


My first full day there, the weather was stunningly perfect so I spent it lounging at one of the three pools, my choice was the adult pool on a cushy chaise lounge. This pool has a hip, contemporary feel. Pops of orange add some drama and a sleek, orange glass fire pit adds a bit a sass to the patio. Conversation seating and lounge chairs on a make-shift sand beach overlook the stunning cliffs and ocean. The pool offers a full bar and snack shack and tunes are played throughout the day for a really relaxing and pleasurable experience.


The next day I decided to give the resort’s luxury spa a try ~ a little workout in the gym, sat in the steam room, sauna and hot tub for awhile and then had a healthy lunch out by the pool.


I ate at a different restaurant each night and they all offered good food. The most popular by far was Nelson’s ~ a casual hangout with a great patio for having drinks and watching the sunset.


With the gorgeous cliffs and grounds this resort boasts, you can bet I’ll be looking forward to returning soon.

@2013 Susan Edel


Guest Post: Vanuatu the Luxury Destination by Danny Duric

Vanuatu the Luxury Travel Destination

If you’re searching for a unique holiday experience, Vanuatu is hard to beat. Once voted the happiest place on earth, it is easy to see why this island is a small heaven on earth. The gorgeous island is located in the South Pacific Ocean and offers many enchanting experiences. It is home to picture-perfect beaches that are a diver’s and snorkeler’s paradise. The world’s most reachable active volcano can also be found here in Tanna Island. You will be captivated by the unique cultural dances and ceremonies in Malekula Island as you explore primitive villages and witness ancient living culture.

Vanuatu the luxury travel destination has a lot to offer far away from the crowds. Remote villages, thunderous waterfalls, magnificent mountains, tropical islets, and huge lagoons are some of the things that make this island a paradise on earth. With a total of 83 islands, you’ll simply be spoilt for choice. Honeymooners and couples on holiday will love the island’s secluded aura and families will love the excellent selection of family friendly hotels. Vanuatu offers a wealth of attractions for all types of visitors. These include:

Iririki, Vanuatu

Port Villa

Port Villa, Vanuatu’s capital city is located on the island of Efate. The vibrant capital is a tourist hub with excellent restaurants and quality accommodation. If you want to sample the many attractions in the island, take advantage of Vanuatu holiday packages. The packages help you to discover the unique place that is Vanuatu. You can choose to have a relaxing holiday or try out some sporty options like parasailing over a spectacular harbour, abseiling down a waterfall, or exploring nature’s delights on a small offshore island. The local markets in Port Villa sell handmade carvings, mats, baskets, and necklaces made from sea shells. The capital is home to glorious sandy beaches that are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing. Fishing trips are also available.


Hideaway Island

This Island is one of the most spectacular islands in Vanuatu. It is home to the world’s only underwater post office. There are many snorkelling safaris that offer an opportunity to sample the numerous tropical fish and wildlife found in the island’s waters.

Samoa Hideaway

The Secret Garden

Located in Mele just outside Vanuatu, the garden is a haven for nature lovers. It has a reptile park, a botanic garden and is a natural habitat for different types of wildlife. Crabs, foxes, birds, parrots, wild ducks, turtles, and lizards and other wildlife can be found here. Ancient houses that date back hundreds of years are also located in the area.

Travel Tips

Your visitor visa will last a maximum of 30 days. Upon arrival, you will be given an entrance visa as long as you show proof of a scheduled departure flight. You passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your trip. Visa requirements change easily so you can contact the Vanuatu Department of Immigration in case you have any questions.

All drivers must have a valid Australian driver’s license. When driving, make sure you carefully monitor the driving conditions as pedestrians are always walking on the roadside.

Before you embark on a boat trip, ask the boat operator for life jackets and proof of insurance as all boats are required to be seaworthy.

Most local beaches are privately owned, so make sure you get permission before visiting one. You may be charged a few dollars for access.

Vanuatu holidays are spectacular and offer out-of-this-world experiences. During your stay, you will feel truly safe and happy. The locals love their country and offer a warm welcome to visitors. While there are many things being sold, there is no pressure to buy. Vanuatu the luxury travel destination is a truly refreshing place to visit.

All statements of fact and opinion are those of the guest authors.