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November 24, 2014

Holman Ranch - Wine and Olive Oil Review

Holman Ranch is a 400 acre property that is surrounding by Santa Lucia Mountains. They are located 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and pretty close to the quaint town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. It has become a venue for weddings, special events and corporate retreats. They have been around since 1928 and have hosted celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin.

This vinery grows - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. I requested Pinot Noir for review and I give it a 5 star rating. I loved the subtle yet fruity flavor of this wine, and I totally enjoyed this with my meal.  I also loved their Olive Oil which is harvested by hand around December time, then milled to produce a high quality Olive Oil. It had a light aroma, just enough to bring out the rich flavor of the olives. An interesting fact is that their olive trees are alternate bearing, which means that one year they may produce 650, 375ml bottles worth of oil, while next year they may produce only 50, 375ml bottles. I highly recommend to try wines and olive oils from Holman Ranch during this holiday season.. you will not be disappointed!

Disclaimer: This is a partnered post with The Holman Ranch. I received the wine and olive oil for participating in brand activities and spreading the word. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

November 22, 2014

Gadgets You Will Love - Valhalla Luggage Scale

This gadget is for travelers who want to travel without anxiety of paying extra for heavy baggage. I can't imagine the last minute stress of going to the ticketing counter when one or more of my suitcases have crossed the limit! It feels awful to pay hundreds of dollars in fees - I would rather spend this money during my vacation. A gadget that costs less than $15.00 can relieve a significant amount of stress. Isn't this something you might want to consider for yourself or as a holiday gift for someone you care about? Check out its sleek design and durable strength of Valhalla Luggage Scale
Valhalla Luggage Scale

Valhalla Luggage Scale

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

November 21, 2014

Traditional Hanok Houses

Continuing my mini-series on an architectural world tours..  in this page, I've featured Hanok Houses from Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, Korea. These traditional Korean houses reflect Korean architecture and their long history. I believe Hanok's are now trendy, and travelers want to experience living in a Hanok! After putting this page together, I really feel like spending my next family vacation in a Hanok!

I've some information here and links to go to for more.. followed by some of my favorite Hanok houses. Hanoks are environmental friendly. Natural resources such as stone, wood and paper are all used to build this house.  The Korean paper called Hanji which is made from the bark of a mulberry tree is stuck on every flat surface inside the home, which includes the walls, doors, ceilings and floors.  It has excellent insulating capacity and it also adjusts humidity levels by absorbing excess moisture in the air and evaporating it when the air is dry.

Hanoks are also characterized by their dual flooring, ondol and maru, which fit together like yin and yang. Ondol is stone flooring for the winters, heated from below by a fire in a heating system unique to hanok. Maru is raised wood flooring which is both porous and cool in summer. This dual floor design marks how hanok deviates from the typical Chinese architecture of the Tang era.

sources: Hanok Traditional Korean House5 reasons to stay hanok while traveling Korea

Hanok Houses from Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, Korea.
Hanok Houses from Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, Korea
via: pinterest
Hanok Houses from Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, Korea

November 19, 2014

A Great Way To Send Flowers Via The Bouqs

Disclaimer: This is a partnered post with The I received these flowers for participating in brand activities and spreading the word. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The flowers I received from made me very happy! It arrived intact in a nice box and they were so fresh that I could even smell the white roses. I had a hard time selecting from their wide collection because all of them were stunning. I picked 'Peace' which is a beautiful mix of white roses and purple accent flowers.  I love how their different bouquets are named - such as 'Cake n Cream', 'Harvest Moon', "Lady Bug', 'Sunfire', and so on.. where the mix of really make them look like what they are being called!

Other observations that I made are - website is very simple to use - bouquets come in are three sizes: Original for $40, Deluxe for $50, and Grand for $70.  There is no shipping charges and you choose the delivery date unless you want overnight delivery.  Not only that, the Bouqs flowers are sourced only from eco-friendly, sustainable farms that respect both the environment and their workers.

Finally, every bouquet they send is curated - meaning they are already styled gorgeously by experts. All if you have to do is carefully put them in a vase. Well, if you're looking for beautiful flower bouquets, to send to family or friends, be sure to check out The Bouqs! You will not be disappointed!

Peace Flowers by Bouqs

Peace Flowers by Bouqs

via: TheBouqs Peace flowers in my home