Piñata cookies
Piñata cookies

Llama Piñata Cookies

I haven’t been traveling much lately, unless you count back and forth between my kitchen and my local grocery store, but I’m okay with that, because I’m having a ton of fun right here at home. I do have some pretty great travel plans on the horizon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share directions for these festive piñata cookies, which would make a  welcome addition to any celebration. 

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Cookie Gallery

Looking for something special to bring to your next occasion or event? Need a special thank you, closing, or hostess gift? Why not consider cookies, they bring joy and smiles to all who receive them, especially when personalized, and as you’ll see in the photo gallery there really isn’t anything that can’t be turned into a cookie. The sky’s the limit, so what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

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Panorama view from the Tate Modern Viewing Platform
Panorama view from the Tate Modern Viewing Platform

Discover London From Above

There are many great ways to explore a city, guided tour, public transportation and wandering through neighborhoods are some, but another, and maybe my favorite is the view from above. Whether you’re visiting a city for the first time, or the 10th, there’s nothing quite like seeing it spread out before you.

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Faraway Files #120

Welcome to this week’s edition of Faraway Files. Summer is on the horizon and with only 5 weeks left in the school year the countdown to vacation has begun. My younger son, Elliot and I will be heading to England (one of our favorite places), and if that weren’t special enough, once again we will be meeting up with Clare and her family. We couldn’t ask for better guides, so we won’t even need to google “things to do”.

#hevercastle #kentengland

Hever Castle

Speaking of googling, I often use the search engine to find things to do, even in my hometown of Los Angeles. This week I’ll be sharing my overall Guide to Los Angeles, or rather the homepage for the over 50 articles I’ve written about the City of Angels. Sort of like a one stop shop for all things LA. Another great place to find great things to see and do is Faraway Files. We hope you’ll inspire us with your travel related adventures old or new, and find some fun new ideas for yourself.

Erin was our host last week, and her favorites were:

A Complete Guide to 48 Hours in Budapest, Hungary | Memories of the Pacific

budapest guide itinerary instagram worthy spot sights landmarks hungary liberty bridge citadella gellert hill

London – Smart Choices with Kids | Daisy the Bus

Why Heritage Matters: Notre Dame de Paris | This Postcard Life

Why Heritage Matters: Notre-Dame de Paris | this postcard life

Temple at Gangaikonda Chozhapuram | Le Coin des Bobby

Welcome to Faraway Files, the travel link up hosted every Thursday by Erin from Oregon Girl around the World, Corey from Fifi + Hop, Hilary from Hilarystyle and Clare from Suitcases and Sandcastles.Faraway Files is a weekly file of the best travel ideas on the web. We want to dream of faraway places, make new travel plans and share our travel secrets. We hope you’ll link up and inspire us to travel to new places or revisit a place we thought we knew. We know that you can feel faraway even when close to home, so share your experiences of travels near and far wherever you are in the world.

Don’t forget to comment on the hosts’ posts as well as any others that catch your eye. The more links you read and share the more fun and successful our community will be, so please join in.

We’ll try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favourites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles. How it works:

  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8am, UK time, until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Suitcases and Sandcastles, Fifi + Hop, HilaryStyle and Oregon Girl around the World. This week’s link up is right here.
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all of the marked hosts’ posts and at least one other.
  • Tweet us your posts (@suitandsand, @oregongirlworld @fifiandhop @hilarystyleme) using the hashtag #FarawayFiles and we’ll retweet to our followers.
  • Love Instagram? Share your favorite photos from your posts with us, tagging #FarawayFiles and we’ll add our favorites to our Faraway Files Instagram feed.
  • Check out our Faraway Files Facebook page too.
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Fiesta!
Fiesta!

Cookies Are Everything

So, I accidentally started a cookie company, yes, that’s right, a cookie company! I admit I’m a little surprised, though my son says I’m the only one who is. He says it’s completely in character, and I suppose he might be right. Cookies are a nice combination of baking and art, two things I have a great fondness for.

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Locals Guide to Los Angeles California

Free time is a real commodity these days, which makes how you to choose to spend it that much more important. Things to do in… (insert city name here) is easily my most common search term. There’s no shortage of interesting activities here in LA, it’s quite the opposite, in fact there is so much going on that it can hard to keep track or keep it straight. 

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LA Skyline
LA Skyline

22 MORE things to do in Los Angeles

‘ve spent the better part of three years exploring LA, and there truly is no end in sight, which is just one of the multitude of reasons I adore this city. As you can imagine I’ve got a long list of recommendations, and in fact have already shared over 100 of them with you, some of  which appear in previous posts including: 50 Things To Do In LA, 50 MORE Things To Do In LA, and Taste of Los Angeles, all were born out of the idea that I am determined to take full advantage of everything this city has to offer. 

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View from the Bill Wallace Trail El Capitan Canyon
View from the Bill Wallace Trail El Capitan Canyon

Glamping in El Capitan Canyon Santa Barbara

I know its not a popular opinion, but I don’t really enjoy camping. I just don’t find it fun. I grew up tent camping every summer, but somewhere along the line I decided that hauling a car full of gear into the forest, slathering myself in bug repellent, sleeping on the ground and peeing in a hole just wasn’t for me. However, I do love the company of good friends gathered around a warm campfire, and being surrounded by beautiful scenery, I just don’t want to sleep there.

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Instagrammable Los Angeles

Whether I’m visiting a new city or exploring my own Instagram has become my go to for finding the fun. Instagram’s popularity is off the charts, and with no signs of it slowing down anytime soon businesses have definitely taken note.

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The Hollywood Sign Hike
The Hollywood Sign Hike

Hike to the Hollywood Sign

It took me 18 years, but I finally went on the Hollywood Sign hike, and it was wonderful. If you’re wondering what took me so long, I’m asking myself the same question.

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