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more tips for island living

So the first post of this series was a pretty popular hit with local island readers. So I figured I would share some more hints and tips that I’ve discovered in the five years of residing in Puerto Rico. 1 | save the silica dry bags. You know those little desiccant bags you get in some of your purses or with online orders? They say “choking hazard, throw away” – well don’t throw them away! You can actually use those suckers to keep out moisture and prevent mold in some of your hard-to-monitor places – like in your camera bag. We recently had to have our Canon sensor professionally cleaned because we started to notice some fungus through the viewfinder. Who would have thought that mold could grow there?? So now I’ve added some silica bags + bamboo activated charcoal to my camera bag to keep all of that from happening again. You can also try my homemade desiccant resource, the kitty litter dehumidifier which still works wonders in my cabinets and closets. 2 | keep …

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avocado hair mask

Avocado season in Puerto Rico translates to months of breakfasts, dinners and snacks centered around the delicious fruit. We are blessed with a plentiful tree just down the road from us. Now that the season has ended, we have to scavenge the area for neglected avo or scale the tree to reach the ones no one else has noticed. Which means we reallly stretch them to their fullest in our cooking! So, I haven’t made this mask in a while, needless to say, but it did some nice things for my hair so I figured I would share in case you have extras around your place! Easy Avocado Hair Mask 1 over ripe avocado 1 tbsp of honey 1 tbsp of coconut oil Massage into your damp hair then wrap in a shoulder cap and sit in the sun for about 5 to 10 minutes to warm the oils and let the nutrients do their work. Wash out well, maybe use a tiny bit of shampoo if you don’t like the feeling of the coconut …

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we have a gift, and it’s everywhere

There is nothing else in our galaxy like our earth. Nothing that sustains life like our planet. We are blessed. But we don’t all know it. How can you teach someone to love the earth? If you can teach them, will they care about what they do to it? Will they love it like they love a friend, a husband, a mother? Will they teach others to love it too? I was at home recently in Texas and as I rode with my family on the interstate, my father pointed out some adjacent land. He asked “see all of that land and how it’s cleared?” I noticed it looked freshly sculpted, like someone came through with a rolling pin and created a hilly landscape and removed all the trees. I asked what was going on and he said “they are extracting oil” and he commented on how nice the land will look after all the grass grows back. Those rolling hills will be so beautiful, he said. The land that was once covered with the …

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the story of a rescue

A few years ago, Evan and I rescued this tiny baby bird from an almost certain death. It was a baby Pitirre, or Gray Kingbird – very common to Puerto Rico. We noticed him when walking down to the beach with Sophie and our friends from Florida. I spotted him on the sidewalk, where he apparently had jumped from his nest in the adjacent telephone pole. Since the nest was well out of reach, we gently placed him in the grass so he was at least out of the way of passing dogs, cats, cars and bikes. We also noticed that the two parent birds were perched on the wires above, seemingly trying to figure out what to do next.  Evan told me that the whole “don’t touch the bird or the mom will not return” was a myth, so we felt confident we did the right thing. Several hours later, after returning from San Juan airport and a tasty meal at MenTa Cuisine in Arecibo, we were finally home and able to relax. I …

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tips for island living

This is a post originally shared on my travelogue, Roots Transplanted. In case you are moving to an island, or perhaps just recently moved to one, then here are my learnt-the-hard-way tips that should save you time and frustration! Thus far, my journey in the Caribbean has taught me many lessons about life, happiness, and where not to hang my clothes to dry. So, I’ve compiled a very special list of things I’ve learned, in an attempt to help you with your transition into this life in paradise. Indoors Arm & Hammer cat litter poured into an 8oz cup with help draw moisture from the air in small places (like closets) and won’t turn into water like those  Damp Rid packets. See my DIY here. *Check your clothes periodically for mold – some materials that you least expect can gather these spores. *Keep medicine tablets out of humid areas. They turn to mush. *Use eggshell, or a more glossy paint finish on all walls inside. This keeps moisture from ruining your freshly painted walls. *Move …

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how to ship your car to an island

This post comes over from my first blog, Roots Transplanted, where I chronicled my and Evan’s move to Puerto Rico. It was quite a popular post, and I’ve received many emails with questions about other aspects of life on the island as well. But alas, I have decided to try and consolidate my online presence, so I deleted old blogs and accounts I no longer use. However, this post was one of the few that made the journey over to sea, field & tribe. So if you’re considering moving to the Caribbean from the States, this will certainly apply to you. In fact, the key concepts of this post will really apply to anyone moving to an island! Best of luck! If you are moving to Puerto Rico and will be in need of transportation (and you will, don’t count on public transportation because its virtually nonexistent), then you have two options: 1. Buy a car or 2. Ship your car. There are benefits and disadvantages to each option. I’ll present both and let you …

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DIY: natural insect repellant in a jar

An easy and natural way to keep the bugs out of the house or patio is by using all natural ingredients. We’ve been growing lemongrass for a while. Like all grasses, it grows rampant and much faster than I have time or need to consume it all. Apart from seasoning my rice, I also use this as a natural bug repellant. Here’s what to do: What You Need: Several long stalks of lemongrass, cut into pieces Citronella essential oil Germanium or other floral essential oil Sliced lemons or limes A glass of warm water Pretty vase or cup for display What to Do: Simply place the sliced lemons or limes into the bottom of the cup. Add the lemon grass pieces. Pour the warm water over top. Now add about 10 drops of Citronella essential oil and about 5-6 drops of your other favorite scent. Use lemon stalks to stir and combine. This smells heavenly and works best in smaller rooms or areas that aren’t super breezy or exposed. The scent lasts for a couple …

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ranch: blue sky land & cattle company

The Blue Sky Land & Cattle Company is a venture by my brother and his fiance’s parents. Together, they own and operate a 440 acre ranch just minutes from where I was raised in East Texas.I took these photos on my first visit to the land after its purchase. Since then, they’ve cleared the fields, built numerous fences and introduced cows and donkeys. It’s gorgeous land, and that’s why I want to get married here. Yes, this would be a beautiful venue. It’s rugged, rustic, outdoors and currently lacks all the necessary amenities of modern life, like running water, plumbing and electricity. How then, can you possibly get married out there? Good question! My dream was something intimate, open views and outdoors. I pictured a large tree, with all my loved ones around me, and a tent with assorted vintage pieces. Vintage and mismatched chairs, tables, china, and antique sofas and lounge chairs. String lights, chandeliers, candles and torches. Wood, succulents, greenery, flower garlands, honey, jams, biscuits, sweet tea… Ivory dress, blush, sage, lavender, grey …

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great is thy thankfulness

Thanksgiving is a holiday I have not been able to spend with my family in over 5 years. Living in Florida, now living in Puerto Rico – it’s always been too expensive to travel back and forth for only a couple days spent at home. We’ve had to get creative – spending this time with friends instead, and cooking or helping with a special feast to share in a unusual tropical setting. But regardless of the food or company, it is always a time I like to reflect and count blessings. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday? Health? Financial security? Love and life? Small things, large things? I’d like to take a minute to share with you the blessings I’m remembering today, tomorrow and every day following: 1 // A healthy family whose always supported me near and far – I’m grateful that my grandparents are alive, healthy and still seeking the most out of life! And I’m grateful for my parents, in a long lasting marriage that has set the example for …

places: new mexico

I’ve spent a little bit of time in the desert. From traversing the flat plains of West Texas, to exploring the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. The desert has a much different allure to me than the ocean. I’m fascinated by nature in this place. I’m intrigued by how things grow and thrive. Not just the plants, but the people too. Driving along the interstate, looking out over the vast plains, occasional mountain, and open range with the single home plucked right in the middle. Is this a destitute place? Surely not. Surely the ground teems with hardy plants and animals just like any other place. And in fact, it does. You don’t need to look that close to discover this. Perhaps it’s the scientist in me that wants to compare everything to the ocean – but again perhaps that is just how I make sense of it all. The cacti resemble corals. It’s the perfect contradiction. New Mexico was a place of wonder and mystery for us. One of our only …