7 Facts About The Himalayas You Never Knew (Sivana)

It’s still Growing!

The Himalayas are considered to be the tallest and youngest mountain ranges (only 70 million years young), which were caused by a continental collision between the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, resulting in the development of the Himalayan mountain ranges.

Various geological tests conducted by scientists have confirmed that this great mountain range still moves approximately 20mm every year.

Because of this restless or continuous movement of the plates, the whole Himalayan region is prone to various natural disasters like earthquakes, tremors, and landslides.

More about the Himalayas & this story at Sivana

Pistachios & A Recipe (or two)



2 cups roasted, salted, shelled pistachios
1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
Place nuts in processor and turn on. Leave running until the nuts begin to break down into a smooth butter, about 10 minutes.
Add the maple syrup. The mixture will begin to clump up again, but leave processor running until it smooths out. Stop when desired consistency is reached.
If you have raw pistachios, I would recommend roasting them at 350 degrees for about 10 min and adding 1 tsp of salt to the first step (or to taste).



Half cup of shelled pistachios, soak in hot water 15 mins. 2 cups of water, 3 dates or honey (to your taste), ground cardamom (to your taste), splash of rosewater. Blend it until smooth, strain it very well.





Me and my friends would have been leaving for Myrtle Beach tomorrow. A long overdue still1009_00000_1476024241637_6453564_ver1-0and much needed getaway. But then Hurricane Mathew hit and well as you can see, that area of Myrtle Beach (Cherry Grove)had a horrendous fire the day the hurricane hit and several buildings caught on fire. The high winds of the hurricane blew debris and burning embers to other structures after what they think was a transformer blowing and one building catching fire.

The people we were renting the time share from said the area was in bad shape. Huge amounts of cleanup, inspections, rebuilding and elimination of safety concerns were going to take quite some time and the area was not open to tourists and guests. At some point the time share (we won the stay for trip at a raffle) would be rescheduled but when. hard to say. Hopefully before the end of the year, if not some time next year.

So many lost so much due to this hurricane.
Rebuilding from Hurricane Matthew to take time in Myrtle Beach

But we all had time off and now nothing to do. So my friends are headed here to spend the week frolicking the beach (yayy we still have beach weather!) and taking in some sights of the season. Not really a vacation for me, but I feel lucky all the same. Like I said, so much loss for so many. In my area we had some major flooding and trees down and a lot of sanitary cleanup is being done. And many trails are still washed, parks flooded and debris cleanup is still ongoing in many neighborhoods.


So it will be a fun time! A little relaxing, a little night life, a little haunting good times! No, it’s not going to be a getaway. But it will be time well spent with great friends and much laughter and tons of memories to be made!!

I will try and take pictures to share with you all here! Have a great weekend everybody!


Vacation for less


Most people I know wish they could travel as much as possible. The two biggest reasons I’ve heard for why they don’t travel more is money or vacation time from work. I can’t solve the vacation time…

Source: Vacation for less

A Mindful Hike


Hiking. I like hiking more than any other physical exercise. And that in itself says a lot.Taking in nature in all it’s grand forms; mountains, trails, beaches, parks, etc… is very grounding and calming to me. Very meditative and gives time for introspection or even just the ability to shut the chatter of the mind completely out and just take in the scenery and feel the earth below my feet. I recently learned there is a term for what I like to do and it’s called Mindful Hiking. I like to let the experts do the talking so here is more info and ideas about stepping out on a meditative type of hiking experience!




hike_spot2Physical activity. Beautiful scenery. Who doesn’t like the occasional hike in the great outdoors? And when you add a little extra awareness to the experience, your outing can benefit both your body and your mind.

Take a Mindful Hike





ISO Release!



Now this is one I’ve been waiting for. You know when you are a follower of a designer or
any collection and the phrase, “I’m searching for my unicorn” comes up? Well INKnBURN just released the ISO (In Search Of) Kit and a Unicorn Hunter Hat!

As a lover of Unicorns and the colors blue and black, these are a must have in my closet!