I’m Going To London!

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Only 6 days until I leave for London! I can’t wait!! I bought this flat iron at Boots the first time I went to London, 6 years ago. I had my travel converter, but my flat iron from the States still managed to blow out the power in my ENTIRE hotel, eeeeek, that was really embarrassing :/

This trip means a lot to me. I’m taking my son who’s 17 and my daughter who is 20. I’ve never taken my son out of the country before, and Sara and I can’t wait to share our love of England with him! I hope Ben’s experience in England will change his life and perspective on his life as it did for my daughter and I. :-)

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

Audrey-58daydreams:

So sweet! Amazing brothers!

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Never underestimate the power of brotherly love.

Noah Aldrich

Eight-year-old Noah Aldrich didn’t want his 6-year-old sibling Lucas — who is confined to a wheelchair — to miss out on a youth triathlon this month, so he pulled and pushed his little brother the whole way as he swam, biked and ran in the sweltering heat.

His determination didn’t surprise his parents, who said the brothers are inseparable.

“They have an amazing bond. They’re best friends and they do everything together,” mom Alissa Aldrich told TODAY Parents. “The connection and the love that they share is truly unique.”

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“I like everything about him, he’s perfect,” said Noah told NBC News affiliate KTVB in Boise, Idaho, about Lucas. The boys watch cartoons together and go on walks and bike rides, with Noah pushing and pulling Lucas in a special buggy.

Lucas was born with lissencephaly, a rare brain malformation. Children with the disorder…

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San Jose State University

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Go Spartans! My daughter had to take a test over the week-end, prior to the semester starting, so my son and I went with her, and walked around campus. The SJSU campus has both a High-Tech and an old world feel. Mixed with new, shiny buildings, you will find some of the original buildings. SJSU was founded in 1857, San Jose State is the oldest institute of higher education, not just in California, but on the entire West Coast! Can you tell that I’m a proud mommy? :)

Using Westminster Chimes, the clock belts out the same tones as it’s big brother, Big Ben in London!

Read more: San Jose State University (SJSU) Introduction and Academics – San Jose, CA http://sanjose.stateuniversity.com/?gclid=COvBo9PT1L8CFUiGfgodbxYAeQ#ixzz382Wmp7Jd

It’s Curtains for Coffee

Originally posted on Spirit Lights The Way:

Last month, the South Florida Museum partnered up to present a play in the planetarium, preceded by dessert and coffee in the atrium, PLUS a sneak peak at its exhibit on Coffee.

I don’t have any photos from the play because they asked us to “Please Refrain from Photography.”

I don’t have any photos of the Blonde Banana Brownie because I ate it.

I do have a few snaps to share from the Coffee exhibit . . .

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Harvesting coffee is labor intensive because the beans are hand-picked . . .

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Beans must be processed the day of harvest to remove the hull . . .

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Goats get buzzed off coffee beans (no roasting required) . . .

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Coffee beans are shipped in burlap bags with unique artwork . . .

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Through the ages, we’ve developed many coffee accoutrements . . .

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Because we “heart” coffee . . .

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This…

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