Oct 28

Exploring São Paulo’s Municipal Market

As soon as anyone I interacted with knew I was visiting the market, they encouraged me to visit the Hocca Bar, a São Paulo tradition, which is original creator of the city’s famous codfish pastry (pastel de bacalhau) an iconic dish that’s part of São Paulo’s cultural heritage.

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Oct 15

How NOT to apply to a House Sitting advert

First Impressions count when you’re applying for a housesitting assignment online. People make snap judgements and this can stop you getting the assignment.

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Oct 03

Search Tips for your next Airline Ticket

Here’s some Search Tips for your next Airline Ticket. These should help you to reduce the costs of your next flight.

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Aug 25

Wrong Root from the Market

I picked up the wrong root at the Farmers Market. I went in search of Beets and got more than I bargained for…

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Aug 18

Britweek in Los Angeles

I ended up in Santa Monica one weekend, and stumbled across Brit Week. An Annual event when all good things from the UK are displayed and touted.

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Aug 12

Learning Pen & Ink Drawing with Alphonso Dunn

Introduction to the volume of videos featuring Drawing with Alphonso Dunn. Learn Pen & Ink Sketching with Alponso Dunn. He has created lots of free instructional videos on You Tube and I’ve included the links here.

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Jul 23

Pet Sitting in Redondo & Dog Friendly Trails

We house sat in Redondo for 4th of July. Now I have visitation rights to take my new BFF on some dog friendly trails in Los Angeles.

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Jul 20

Break Free: The Ultimate Guide to House Sitting e-book

The Ultimate House Sitting Guide is available as an e-book and pdf from the Globetotting Girls. Global nomads who have living a nomadic lifestyle since 2010

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Jun 14

Roving Jay Fashion Prodigy

I have no idea why I touted this childhood memory from pillar to post until my late 20′s, and then left it to fester in the attic for another 20 years, but I had a good old trip down memory lane as I relived my foray into fashion design.

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Jun 09

House Sitting Home Page

I’ve put together a home page of all my House Sitting information. This is a good starting point if you want to see all of my House Sitting content in one place, and includes articles about our different house sitting assignments, as well as some House Sitting 101 information.

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May 25

House Sitting: Beach Stylin’

Our House Sitting weekend in Hermosa Beach. Long Haul hike to Redondo Beach for Coffee, and then watching Volleyball & Beach Tennis on the way back. Great photo opportunities along this 10 mile round trip.

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May 01

True Blue Madonna for a day

I loved the Madonna look in True Blue’s Papa Don’t Preach. So when I left a relationship I cut my hair into a True Blue Cut of my own. It took nearly a decade for this decision to pay off.

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Feb 17

Josh Reviews Hollywood: 10 Best Movies of 2013

Josh the Movie Squabbler finishes off his trio of guest posts about last year’s Hollywood movies, by giving us a recap of the top 10 movies of last year… just in time for this year’s Oscar celebrations.

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Feb 09

Josh Reviews Hollywood: Worst Movies of 2013

It’s Awards season again in Hollywood & in the run-up to the Oscars, Josh the Movie Squabbler returns with a guest post about the Worst Movies of 2013.

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Feb 02

Long Beach & Izmir Sister City Event

Read about the Community Event held in Long Beach to celebrate the Sister City Alliance between Long Beach & Izmir in Turkey. Eclectic mix of people & a macaw as well as delicious food & good music.

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Jan 26

Josh Reviews Hollywood: Obscure Gems for 2013

Josh the Movie Squabbler is our movie buff reviewer for this year’s Hollywood Obscure Gems. A duo of gems have caught Josh’s attention, hear what he has to say about “The East” and “Trance”

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Jan 19

Mar Vista Farmers Market: January 19th

A trip to the Farmers Market in Mar Vista to see what fresh produce is in season – I found lots of citrus, and an odd looking cauliflower.

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Jan 04

New Year House Sit at Hermosa Beach

Sunset Photos from our New Year House Sit at California’s Hermosa Beach. The Pier and Life Guard Huts make great props for sunset photography.

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Dec 17

Forget the Turkey. Order a Goat!

I’m trying to reduce the amount of crap I purchase. Let’s face it, around this time of year between Black Friday and the January Sales needless commercialism and excessive spending run rampant. One of the impacts of this new zen approach is the difficulty I’ve encountered while searching to find the ideal Christmas gifts for some co-workers.

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Dec 04

Expat Blog Carnival #5: Royalty

Copyright Andy Warhol

This is the fifth edition of my Expat Blog Carnival. This is a collection of all the best Expat blog content on the web. This edition has a theme of “royalty”

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Dec 01

Santa Monica and Bodrum becoming sisters

Santa Monica Sister Cities Association has reached out to Bodrum to request a Sister City alignment. Find out more about this partnership, and how I have been blazing the trail of Citizenship Diplomacy for years.

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Nov 24

Sunny Blue Rice Balls

Sunny Blue Rice Balls You usually have to travel to a foreign country to encounter a new dish that captures your taste buds and imagination, but yesterday I stumbled upon a narrow little hole in the wall called Sunny Blue along Venice’s Main Street. “First Omusubi Store in Southern California”, caught my attention, and at first …

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Nov 13

What is House Sitting?

Not quite sure of what a house sitter is or does? Here’s a definition of House Sitting, with a high level overview of the benefits to both the Home Owner and House Sitter.

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Nov 06

House Sitters How-to e-book

Rick and Colleen from House Sitting Adventures website have published “The House Sitters How-to Handbook” to help you travel the world one house at a time.

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Oct 30

Who pays utilities during House Sitting Assignments?

If you’re making a house sitting arrangement through a Listing Site, one of agreements you’ll need to reach is, who pays for utilities. This post contains guidelines about who pays for what during your house sitting assignment.

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Oct 26

5 Steps to House Sitter Membership

Here’s a summary of 5 steps you’ll need to complete to sign up for a House Sitting Listing Service, and tips on how to be proactive in your search for a house sitting assignment.

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Oct 23

How to Become a House-Sitter e-book

Hecktick travels have published a House Sitting Handbook for anyone wanting to find out more about becoming a House Sitter. Discover more about the contents and how to buy a copy for yourself.

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Oct 20

Top 5 ways to find House Sit Assignments

This post is part of my House Sitting 101 series, and includes a summary for the 5 main ways to find your ideal House Sitting assignment. If you’re a new House Sitter, this list will provide an introduction on where to start your search.

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Oct 16

5 House Sitter Questions

With more than a handful of housesitting assignments under their belt, there’s a few house sitter questions that nearly always get asked of this house sitting couple. In this guest post provided by James from The House Sitting Couple, he gives a run down of what those five frequently asked questions are.

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Oct 09

Articles About Being a House Sitter

This House Sitter Article Round Up includes excerpts of House Sitting Articles culled from the web. Just follow the links to view the full content.

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