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Try The World: World Box Gift Of Gourmet Foods


“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Tecumseh

Try The World: World Box Gift Of Gourmet Foods

Try The World: World Box Gift Of Gourmet Foods

With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, what better way to celebrate with loved ones than with food? Try The World: Welcome to the World Box! is ready and waiting to take you on  a gastronomic adventure with gourmet foods that will satisfy the most discerning palate. With all the celebrating that goes on during this month dedicated to love, there are so many ways you can share your affection with your loved one. One terrific way is through the gift of a great meal. As the saying goes, a good meal is the way to the heart from the stomach. So, consider giving this gourmet world travelers box as a special gift to your Valentine this month. Order a subscription or a gift box and then kick back and enjoy the meal and treats together.



“Food, to me, is always about cooking and eating with those you love and care for.” David Chang

Try The World: World Box Gift Of Gourmet Foods

Try The World: World Box Gift Of Gourmet Foods

Try The World: World Box Gift Of Gourmet Foods

Try The World: World Box Gift Of Gourmet Foods

What’s inside my Try The World: World Box? Typically, each Country Box of curated gourmet items comes from a specific country and includes a spice, a sweet, traditional foods that folks love and cherish in the country of origin, and a Culture Guide that walks you though the history of each item, the family behind the farm or company, and a few recipes to try with your food items. You may use the items in your box to create your own recipes or add them to your favorite food. For the World Box, however, we get to truly go global in one gift package. Each box has a selection of foods from around the world. The box featured in this post includes an item from the following nations; Portugal, Belgium, Spain, Mexico,Hong Kong, Poland and Taiwan. Either way, you get a chance to venture into new territory from the comfort of your home. If you choose to gift the world box or subscribe, then the selected countries change with each box. Stay tuned for a full description.

Sign up today for your first journey into Try The World’s gourmet items to enjoy. As an Ambassador for this extraordinary brand, I’d like to remind everyone about our special deep discount. SPECIAL OFFER: Try The World has made a special offer of 15% discount off the first subscription box to all my readers. As a reader of this blog, you can use the discount code on purchasing your first $39/box subscription option and/or on all gift boxes. Use the coupon code MMTRAVELS15 during your checkout to get your awesome discount.

What about pricing?  Subscriptions now start at $33/Box.
A bi-monthly subscription is $39/box charged every two months
A 6 months tour subscription is $35/box charged every six months
A year tour subscription is $33/box charged every year
People have the option to order a gift single box and/or gift tours.

If the World Box calls you, sign up today, save 15% on your first box and a new box will be shipped, every other month, when it becomes available.

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Motivation Mondays: Heart Of Transitions


“February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.” Shirley Jackson

Heart of Transitions

Motivation Mondays: Heart of Transitions

February makes a bridge and March breaks it. George Hebert
Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do – or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so. Stanley Crawford
Go to the winter woods: listen there, look, watch, and “the dead months” will give you a subtler secret than any you have yet found in the forest. Fiona Macleod

Motivation Mondays: Heart of Transitions. What does February bring to the Monday Motivation table? This shortest month of the year packs a powerful punch with harsh winter days that force us to turn within. February brings us the heart of the depths of winter when all forms of life are either hibernating, dying or anticipating change; a time of transition that leads to rebirth. Its severity reminds us to be grateful and work at what matters… It is the month of historic celebrations; black history month, Valentine’s day, and more. Embrace the dark, cruel, cold days with hope for loving change in the air. The groundhog agrees with me. For this post, I have added poetry written with this month in mind. I hope it will inspire and motivate you to press forward. Come back for more.


“I’m a little groundhog, it’s my day.
Wake and stretch, go out and play.
Down in my burrow, down so deep,
Time to wake, from my long winter’s sleep.

Grumble, grumble, scratch, scratch,
Grunt, grunt, yawn.
I’ll eat my breakfast in your front lawn.
I’m a little groundhog, it’s my day.
Wake up and stretch, go out and play.’ Author Unknown

Edward Ward, ‘February’. via interestingliterature
He who would, in this Month, be warm within,
And when abroad, from Wet defend his Skin,
His Morning’s draught should be of Sack or Sherry,
And his Great Coat be made of Drab-de-berry.

Michael Field, ‘February’.via interestingliterature
Gay lucidity,
Not yet sunshine, in the air;
Tingling secrets hidden everywhere,
Each at watch for each;
Sap within the hillside beech,
Not a leaf to see.


“The February sunshine steeps your boughs and tints the buds and swells the leaves within.” William C. Bryant

 Motivation Mondays: Heart of Transitions

Motivation Mondays: Heart of Transitions

The February born will find
Sincerity and peace of mind;
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they the Pearl (also green Amethyst) will wear. Anon
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. Edith Sitwell

Transitions are often difficult because most of us prefer the comfort of the status quo. We compartmentalize our lives into secure little boxes and retrieve as needed. In times of transition, all our reserves are swept away and we stand exposed, ready for change… whether we like it or not. Like the harsh, cold, winds of winter, all that stands in the way of our toughest seasonal change is swept away and left bare. Life forms that dug deep roots in the warmer clime, dig deeper knowing that a time of renewal will soon arrive. Those that frittered away time on senseless pleasures disappear. Even in this month of chocolate, love and remembrance of black history, we must stay vigilant and plant meaningful seeds. Without adequate preparation, we cannot reap what we did NOT sow.
The heart of transitions that forms the title of my post is about digging deep within to tap into our core resilience in times of great change/transition. Like a muscle, it takes practice to develop the inner strength to weather all storms. It takes hard work and an unshakeable determination to trust that seasons of harshness in our lives will pass away but, we must do our part. Stay motivated to do your heavy lifting. Without laying the foundation, your house will not stand the winds of change.


February By Margaret Atwood via PoetryFoundation
Winter. Time to eat fat
and watch hockey. In the pewter mornings, the cat,
a black fur sausage with yellow
Houdini eyes, jumps up on the bed and tries
to get onto my head. It’s his
way of telling whether or not I’m dead.
If I’m not, he wants to be scratched; if I am
He’ll think of something. He settles
on my chest, breathing his breath
of burped-up meat and musty sofas,
purring like a washboard. Some other tomcat,
not yet a capon, has been spraying our front door,
declaring war. It’s all about sex and territory,
which are what will finish us off
in the long run. Some cat owners around here
should snip a few testicles. If we wise
hominids were sensible, we’d do that too,
or eat our young, like sharks.
But it’s love that does us in. Over and over
again, He shoots, he scores! and famine
crouches in the bedsheets, ambushing the pulsing
eiderdown, and the windchill factor hits
thirty below, and pollution pours
out of our chimneys to keep us warm.
February, month of despair,
with a skewered heart in the centre.
I think dire thoughts, and lust for French fries
with a splash of vinegar.
Cat, enough of your greedy whining
and your small pink bumhole.
Off my face! You’re the life principle,
more or less, so get going
on a little optimism around here.
Get rid of death. Celebrate increase. Make it be spring.


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JAN 2018/FEB 2018 are:



01/01 –    01/01 New Year’s Day, 01/04  World Braille Day, 01/07 Orthodox Christmas, Golden Globes Award
01/08 –   01/11 Human Trafficking Awareness,  01/14 Orthodox New Year,
01/15 –   01/15  Martin Luther King Day,  01/21 World Religion Day,
01/22 –   01/26 International Customs Day, 01/27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
01/28 –   01/28  Grammy Awards,


02/04 – 02, National Wear Red Day, Groundhog Day,
02/11 – 13, Mardi Gras, 14, Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, 16, Chinese New Year
02/18 – 19, Presidents Day
02/25 – Wrapping Up February – Black History Month, American Heart Month, National African American History


Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.


— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab



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Photo Challenge: BELOVED


“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved

Photo Challenge: BELOVED

Photo Challenge: BELOVED

And O my people they do not love your hands. Those they only use, tie, bind, chop off and leave empty. Love your hands! Love them. Raise them up and kiss them. Touch others with them, pat them together, stroke them on your face ’cause they don’t love that either. You got to love it, you! ― Toni Morrison, Beloved


This week’s photo challenge topic – BELOVED – had me thinking of how our perceptions of the beloved can be expressed in so many forms; from the very specific to the evocative and even the higher expressions of ourselves. Our natural inclination on the subject is to look to our loved ones and that is fine. They are our first experience of the term… then it spreads out beyond that.



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