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Posts by Kary

Happy Chinese New Year- The Year of the Rooster

The Year of the Rooster

The Year of the Rooster

The Chinese animal zodiac is shengxiao in Chinese and means “born resembling”.  It is a repeating cycle of 12 years, with each year being represented by an animal and its corresponding attributes. There are many stories about how these animals came to fruition, but common belief is the animals simply represented dates on the calendar.  It is said the Jade Emperor created a race of animals and the first twelve to win the race would be chosen.  Prior to the race, the cat and rat were best friends.  The rat promised to awaken the cat so they could arrive at the race early.  The rat forgot and ran into the tiger, horse, ox and other animals that ran much faster.  So the rat offered to sing for the ox if the ox would carry him across the river.  The ox agreed assuming he would automatically win the race.  The rat slid of the ox at the end and ran ahead to become the first lucky winner of the race.  The other animals arrived and that is why they follow the rat on the zodiac calendar in the order of Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Rooster, Rooster, Dog, Pig.  The cat overslept and was too late to participate and hated the rat from then on.  This is why every time they meet, the cat will chase the rat.

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50 Ways To Save For Travel

50 Ways to Save for Travel

One of the biggest obstacles to traveling is money. When planning a trip, the costs can start to add up and it can be discouraging. We are no strangers to this and have done a lot of things to save up some extra cash for our trips. We also are on the lookout for things we can do for free so we don’t have to spend a lot or any money either at home or while on our trip. Every little bit helps! It helps to have a game plan when starting to save for travel. Here are 50 tips that we compiled that can help you get started saving up for your next trip.

[Related: How To Decide Your Next Travel Destination]

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Vegan – Plant Based at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

Vegan – Plant Based (or close to it!) at Disney’s EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Oh wait, wrong season. But it is Food & Wine Festival time which is one of the best times to be at Disney World. The 2016 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival has begun.  The Traveling Gals have made their first visit of hopefully many!  Every year seems to get better and better.  No matter how many times I visit, I still feel a thrill walking from the Beach Club through the International Gateway and into France.  It’s even better during the Fest!

Vegan / Plant Based at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

There are new offerings and returning favorites this year!  All together there are 25 booths in the freshly branded “Global Marketplaces”.  The Chew Collective, Chocolate Studio, Islands of the Caribbean and Wine and Dine Studio are all new.  My focus is on the healthier fare.  Here are our picks for staying plant based at EPCOT during Food & Wine!
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Trip to Italy 2017 – The Neopolitan Experience

Trip to Italy 2017- The Neopolitan Experience

You may remember a previous post where we introduced you to our longtime family friend Carol D’Anca and her website Food Not Meds and books she has written on living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Carol also takes people on trips to Italy and she has a trip coming up in May 2017! Of course we wanted to share this with you because Italy is all about the food and culture. Carol’s family origins are in Naples and this trip will take you through Naples and the Amalfi Coast. You will get to experience Italy from a local perspective and enjoy all of the fresh foods and wine. Can’t forget the wine!

The trip is 4 nights in Naples and 4 nights on the Amalfi Coast staying at 4-star hotels. You will get to see all the sights as well as meet local people. A highlight of the trip is the cooking class with the trained Neopolitan chefs at your hotel. There will be plenty of time for shopping as well!

For more information on the trip to Italy you can take a look at the flyers below or contact Carol at carol.carolina.danca@gmail.com

Italy 2017 Trip Poster

Italy 2017 Trip Detail

Even if you are unable to go on this trip, be sure to check out Carol’s books on how eating healthy can prevent and even reverse some illnesses. She also has some fabulous recipes that you can try!

Amalfi Coast - Italy

We are not receiving any type of payment or commission from this. We just really support and believe in what Carol is doing and want to share it with you! Thank you!

The Traveling Gals

Brown Rice and Lentil Stuffed Tomatoes

Brown Rice and Lentil Stuffed Tomatoes

This stuffed tomatoes recipe uses brown rice and lentils making it super healthy. It is delicious, easy to make, and can be used as the main course or as an appetizer. It is certainly filling enough to have for dinner!
Brown Rice and Lentil Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

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How Do You Eat Healthy on a Cruise?

How Do You Eat Healthy on a Cruise? Healthy eating is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a cruise. You might instead be thinking of the 24 hour buffet. However it is possible to eat healthy. We do it every time we cruise without sacrificing the enjoyment of eating!  It all starts… Read More

Sister Cities

Where is your hometown’s Sister Cities? Post by Kary While on a walk through Bayfront Park, I noticed a plaque recognizing Sarasota’s sister cities with a Ceremonial Tree Walk on March 17, 2003.  Sarasota has 8 sister cities!   The placard whose mission and objective reads “To Foster Peace and Understanding and to Develop Respect and… Read More

Barrier Islands of Florida

Barrier Islands of Florida Post by Kary The splendor of Florida can be found in its hundreds of barrier islands. Barrier Islands are long, thin sandy stretches of land that protect the coast from the full force of storm waves. Between the island and the mainland is a calm water body such as a bay.… Read More

Disney’s Animal Kingdom After Dark

The Traveling Gals at Opening Night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom After Dark When we booked our Memorial Day weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge last year, we had no idea how much extra magic we were in for!  All three of us gals arrived just in time for opening night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom AFTER DARK!  In… Read More

How to Stay Fit on Vacation When You Don’t Really Want to Work Out

How to Stay Fit on Vacation When You Don’t Really Want To Work Out… Post by Kary   One of the best parts of taking a vacation is stepping out of your everyday routine. For most of us, working out while on vacation is probably the last thing on your mind. Even though you know you should, you really… Read More