Storytelling

Life is all about stories. Things that happen every single day. People you meet. Places you go. Things you do. These are just everyday occurrences and quite remarkable things that become entertaining, enchanting and beg to be shared. We learn from these stories. These stories are the arteries veins and capillaries of our lives that pump oxygen-rich wisdom and memories throughout our very being and become the invaluable treasures that we sometimes pass on and other times simply close and think, wow, that's a great story! Enjoy as I take you with me and share stories from my world~if you like a story, be sure to comment and share~I want to hear your stories, too. xox ~peace & namaste~ ally

food is a family affair

I'm so happy to share this beautiful post 'food is a family affair' because it's the memories of one special friend, Joan Leotta, who is a published author and writer who happens to have a love affair with food. Memories like this can make you realiz... Read More...
hassan & tea

hassan & tea

I have this really great Army green vintage jacket that I found in a boutique in Crested Butte, Colorado. When I saw it, I knew it was mine and I had to have it. Perfect for traveling~wrinkled, washable, pockets. And, best of all, on the back this me... Read More...

grandma’s porch

When I was a littl' girl in elementary school, which went to 6th grade,I couldn't wait for school to be out every day. As a seven-year-old, the most fun thing for me to do after walking home from school then getting my homework done was to walk over ... Read More...
my huge failure=big success

my huge failure=big success

Rose-colored glasses. Yes, that's what happens when you think others are like you and want only the best for you, are being genuine and truly have an honorable intent. You'd think I'd learn to clean off my rose colored glasses. I'm talking about real... Read More...
the clothesline talks

the clothesline talks

Backroads when driving offer the most charming glimpses into history and the past. Unless you’re really in a hurry to get somewhere, I say avoid those big highways and Interstates. It's worth the time. Sometimes getting to your destination means find... Read More...
the art of grandmothering

the art of grandmothering

I grew up during a time when grandchildren were to be seen not heard. And, this was no more evident than when we had big family gatheringss at my grandmother Alice's home, which was right around the corner within a stone's throw of our home~~looking ... Read More...
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the art of the small things

the art of the small things

Little things, yes, small things, in life can bring such pleasure, satisfaction and happiness. Doesn't take much other than maybe some effort and thoughtfulness, then throw in some creative thinking and planning, and you can create sparkling memories... Read More...
a boho cookbook

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So what's Ally's Kitchen all about~~well, just click this picture, sit back and savor the flavors~~the thinking, fooding and living of Bohemian Bold! Ally's Kit... Read More...

bohemian sparkles

bohemian sparkles for 2015 Tune in to the Rose Parade on New Years Day 2015~~I'll be there as the social media correspondent for Dole Packaged Foods! Their float, Rhythms of Hawaii, will be one that you don't want to miss! Here's a sneak peek~~pssss... Read More...
~the happiness factor~

the happiness factor

I Googled this question—‘what creates happiness’? And, you know how many hits I got—over 22 million! There’s obviously a lot of people writing about happiness, what it is, how you find it, how you keep it—it’s indeed a mysterious phenomenon. As a for... Read More...
~keeping good company~

keeping good company

Growing up, my Mom used to hammer into me the importance of being in the right company, choosing the right friends~~mainly hanging out with kids who shared good values, morals, from good families and kids who had integrity and were working hard to be... Read More...
~~ally & key ring app~~

ally & key ring app

It's the #1 shopping app downloaded.  It's one of the Top 25 apps at the Google PlayStore.  As of this posting there are 9 million users. There are 6-26k downloads daily!  It makes your life easier~~it removes the clutter from your key ring~~it's 'Ke... Read More...
Taste of Israel~~The People Behind It

the people taste of israel

So, what is Taste of Israel—who’s behind it, why do they do it, what does it involve, how is it done, how do you become part of it?  Wow, good questions that I had, too, and ones that I know a little more about now after my about 104 hours in the cou... Read More...
Lemon Cottage Cheesecake

Lemon Cottage Cheesecake

This cheesecake is a variation of my Croatian Mom's wonderful cheesecake she used to make us when I was growing up.  The key ingredient, cottage cheese, was used because it was cheaper and more readily available than creamed cheese, mascarpone, or ri... Read More...
My Roots~~Finding Family in Croatia

my roots: searching croatia

Wearing my Oz red shoes and riding on my magic carpet, I had a real-life fairy-tale! Like a Nicholas Sparks' novel, a Lifetime movie or, better yet, the movie, Pretty Woman' {"I want the dream!}, this sojourn could not have been scripted any more per... Read More...

your kids are not you

I usually don't even make New Years' resolutions because one,  I don't think they work and, two, I usually work on things in my life as they crop up.  But, this year is different, I'm making a resolution for 2013, and it's spurred by the fact that so... Read More...

The Fairy Tale…The Beginning

I’m documenting this while my brain’s still groggy, foggy and operating on slow motion mode after only a few hours of sleep recently.  It’s hard to capture the magic of what happened in the past couple of days in words and here on paper.  To bring yo... Read More...

Campo Viejo Dinner 7 Days & Counting: I am The Help

Entering contests is one of my avocations--I mean someone has to win, right? I’ve entered quite a few in my lifetime, “I’m a Contest Junkie,” and won some pretty darn neat ones! This particular contest was sponsored by Campo Viejo wines. It’s a Spanish company, and the name of the contest was ‘Color Me Uncorked.’

the traveling nomad

I am a nomad. A traveler. My life is like a rolling stone, it gathers no moss.  I’m a tumbleweed that rolls and blows through places and spaces.  Until recently, I lived in 3 places Boston, the coast of South Carolina, and the mountains of Colorado, ... Read More...