A mother to the mothers: Meet Khilah Butler, the spiritual Doula

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A mother to the mothers: Meet Khilah Butler, the spiritual Doula

It shouldn't just be Mother's Day when we celebrate our mothers — whether those mothers be our own or the women we call on as mothers regardless of blood. But while we pour out posts of gratitude every second Sunday in May, there are those who center their lives around the support of women as they transcend into motherhood.

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How to up your (traveling) tech game

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How to up your (traveling) tech game

The Wanderlove³ is seven tech goodies all in one, and it's a great holiday gift idea if you've got the dough to splurge, the person who deserves it, and the wherewithal to part with what's inside. 

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Omg national parks postcards!! (Plus coupon code for 10% off)

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Omg national parks postcards!! (Plus coupon code for 10% off)

Guys. I'm OBSESSED with my National Parks postcards from the Anderson Design Group. Shannon, Kae Lani, and I each were like, "Yep, swooping this," when we saw them. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with them (maybe try to do some nifty DIY project?), but right now they're littered across my floor and I love it. Maybe I'll just leave them there. Decoupage a coffee table? I DON'T KNOW.

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Haunted Iowa: the Mason House Inn

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Haunted Iowa: the Mason House Inn

Possibly the most haunted place in Iowa is the Mason House Inn, a 170-year-old "steamboat hotel" — and in case you can't do the math, that's 1846. It's also been a hospital and a stop on the underground railroad, but for a while now it's been a bed and breakfast in Bentonsport, Iowa, right next to the semi-famous Bentonsport Bridge. If you can't picture it (no one will blame you), it's practically in Missouri, not too far from the Mississippi.

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Cairn Boxes: The gift that keeps on giving

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Cairn Boxes: The gift that keeps on giving

Where do I even begin with Cairn? You subscribe for a monthly box of various surprise outdoor products and BAM! Suddenly every month is a freakin' holiday. What's in the box, you ask? Besides not being Gwyneth Paltrow's head, I couldn't tell you even if I knew. That's the cool thing about Cairn — it's always a surprise.

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Nobel Prize 2015 week (more like the MTV Music Awards than you realize)

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Nobel Prize 2015 week (more like the MTV Music Awards than you realize)

Last week something beautiful happened in Oslo: The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and Concert was held (among a few lower-profile things, like the Children's Peace Prize Party and the torch walk down Karl Johans gate, Oslo's main thoroughfare and prettiest street). The entire week was a celebration of this 114-year-old tradition, and the city buzzed with a life that, I assume, is similar to the end of war.

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Love craft beer? Go to Grand Rapids. NOW.

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Love craft beer? Go to Grand Rapids. NOW.

Are you a beer snob? Are you tired of getting grief from your friends who still chug PBR and your dad who just doesn't see why you'd ever want to infuse beer with chili peppers? Truth it, it's a tough world out there for someone who doesn't drink shit for beer. But luckily, there's a safe haven for you --- a Utopia for beer snobs and craft brewers alike. But where is such a glorious, hoppy place? Grand freakin' Rapids. 

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The Best Budget DSLR for Beginner Photogs

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The Best Budget DSLR for Beginner Photogs

My friend recently bought a Nikon D3300, inspiring me to get my act in gear. When I asked her why that specific one, she said, "It's the best in the market for the price, and it still packs a pop." Or something like that. Now, I originally intended to prove her wrong, not copy her, and go out and buy something else, but she was right.

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It's World Vegetarian Day! Here's how to TWV (Travel While Veggie)

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It's World Vegetarian Day! Here's how to TWV (Travel While Veggie)

Happy World Vegetarian Day! To celebrate, here's a fascinating infographic from GetYourGuide. For starters, Vietnam isn't on this list? WHAT? There are 9 countries that do veggie-ism better than the 'Nam? I guess I'll have to find out for myself. I find it hard to believe, but I'm willing to open my mind. You'd feel the same if you experienced the black magic done to tofu there, but I digress.

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The Daily Travel Podcast: Change Your Role in Life

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The Daily Travel Podcast: Change Your Role in Life

Things are happening, folks. The episode with yours truly on The Daily Travel Podcast is live! It actually happened. 6 months into the travel writing game and I'm going to Germany and having my voice preserved forever on the Internet. But enough about me: let's talk about this episode, let's talk about Nathaniel, and let's talk about starting new, scary careers.

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Alpacas: Sustainable, Adorable, and Total Camera Hogs

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Alpacas: Sustainable, Adorable, and Total Camera Hogs

On our trek back and forth over the Appalachians in pursuit of this story, one of the places we stopped was Landmark Farms, an 18-acre farm outside of Lansing dotted with just-sheered alpacas. While I got the down-low from Ralph and Rachelle, two people I'm now convinced have dream careers, Megan got to poke her nose around the alpaca pen and make a few new friends. The farm has 9 of the 20-some varieties of alpacas (though 15 alpacas in total), all of which are some degree of frickin' adorable. And it turns out – incredibly sustainable. 

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