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BrookeZiegler.com ↞ Farm girl with a gypsy heart. Life-long obsession for junking and all things vintage. Working on on being a wife & mama, our next travel adventure, enjoying the little moments, colorful salads and a healthy earth. ↠ Read About BrookeRead more posts by Brooke

Weleda Skin Food

When someone turns 90, you throw a celebration with those you love! When Weleda’s Skin Food turns 90, you get everyone to celebrate something you love! And you give out gifts* (see end of post for giveaway details). I’ve been using Weleda’s organic, nourishing Skin Food cream on my head, shoulders, knees and toes (and nails,Continue reading

13 foods to reuse: don't throw that out (Native Gypsies)

Throwing food waste in the garbage, garbage disposal or down the sink can be a habit you don’t second-guess as you food prep. Before you throw that out, think about a second use for your food scraps, veggie stalks and peels. Check out 13 foods commonly disposed of, and how you can give them new life. NewContinue reading

Compassion. Pass it on.

To the worker at the Budapest Airport who stole four 1000 forint bills from my luggage, thank you for inspiring me to write this and reminding me that compassion is a virtue that we should never allow anyone or anything to steal from us. Karma (as defined by Google) is When we take things that aren’t ours to possess, theContinue reading

We didn’t experience mineral hot springs growing up in the Midwest. The closest I’d come to one is someone recounting a visit to a hot spring in the western United States and her family being horrified that everyone was naked! As an adult, finding and visiting hot springs in the areas we travel to are someContinue reading

Church of St. Martin in Čerín

On the top of a hill overlooking the peaceful village of Cerin (Čerín) in Slovakia sits a quiet church with a gothic history. Cerin is located 12 miles from the edge of Banska Bystrica (Banská Bystrica) in central Slovakia. (Google map directions from Banska Bystrica to Cerin). We toured the perimeter of the church, and the entrance to St.Continue reading

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How do you eat healthy at home when you don’t have a kitchen to cook in? Just like making a craft meal, the chef in you needs to channel your creative side! Whether you’re living in a hotel due to work, or living in a kitchen-less dorm or studio, you can still cook health-conscious meals at yourContinue reading

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Time to venture out of the city. In the wintertime, nature may be at rest, but not in the Slovakian mountains. We hiked to one of the highest waterfalls (a 23 meter shower) in Slovakia, located in the center of the country near Hrinova (Hriňová). Waterfall Bystre (Vodopád Bystré) is a treasure hidden within the ancient extinct volcano Pol’ana.Continue reading

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We recently spent 24 hours in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. If you’re planning on making a stop in this Eastern European metro, see how we spent our 24 hours to get a taste of the city. PRECONCEIVED NOTION You can’t always believe what you hear. Before we arrived in Bratislava, I read how theContinue reading

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For Americans visiting Europe, you have plenty of things to see, do and learn without worrying about where to go, well, you know… A top 10 list (plus one bonus) of things Americans should know about Euro bathrooms. 10. Reverse Toilet This is noted first because it’s the most dramatic difference between Europe and the states. As The Incredible KimmyContinue reading

Bride and Groom sign on back of chair, Little Swan Lake Winery

For all thee old souls getting married, you don’t have to sacrifice your vintage soul for a modern-day wedding. DIY or buy the right decor to suit your un-modern tastes. My husband and I both enjoy digging for antique treasures at flea markets and estate sales. We fell in love in Europe, both with each other, and with the historic architectureContinue reading