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Our Favorite Halloween Tradition

Come on guys.. you didn’t think I’d forget about the Halloween Bucket, did you? The most treasured tradition of all our Halloween traditions? Heck, maybe the most treasured of all our traditions, period, exclamation point! Let me remind you, we recently moved. To a different country. Across an ocean. We let go of and wept over many things we couldn’t bring with us when we left the Dominican Republic. But do you know what was packed in suitcase #1… the...

6 Awesome Dia De Los Muertos Traditions That I’m Silly Crazy About

To start, any holiday that extends their celebrations for 2-days is top notch in my book. Add to that bright colors, serious festivities, the infinite diversity of calacas (skull or skeleton), and the overall otherworldly, magical feel and Dia de los Muertos is easily one of the coolest holidays. It’s actually so cool and such a defining attribute of Mexican culture that UNESCO recognized it as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008. I still have so much to...

SnapShots: An Expat Thanksgiving at Cabarete Beach

Talk to most expats and what they’ll tell you they miss most when living abroad are the special moments they miss back home; holidays probably being the biggest and hardest. With holidays come attached nostalgia, memories, and traditions and moving away from that could be impossibly hard but our community at CMS and our Annual Thanksgiving at Cabarete Beach hasn’t been your typical expat holiday. It has all the feels of a family dinner with with none of the mess or...

Shop Small Business: A Gift Guide for Supporting Small Entrepreneurs

As the holiday season approaches, I often cringe when I walk into these huge mega stores. Don’t get me wrong, I like walking into the huge abysses of retail more than anyone but I also know that my money isn’t well spent here. At least not as well as it would be if I were to shop small business. As someone who has been a mover and a shaker for the last half a decade with Drinking the Whole Bottle, I...

Going Trick or Treating: An American Tradition with a Caribbean Twist

When I was a kid, in our suburban New Jersey neighborhood – which could have been any suburb in the States – going trick or treating was everything. We ran home from school to switch our book bags for empty pumpkin buckets and began our evening’s work because make no mistake, this was a job. Our costumes were well thought out and practical; they had to withstand the dropping temperatures of the evening. There was no time to return home for...

The Sweet Tradition of Small Things: A Tale of Halloween Candy Pails

I have very visceral memories of running around on Halloween in my cookie-cutter, suburban neighborhood of New Jersey with my sister like 2 mad escapees. For a long time, we had matching costumes and for probably even longer we had matching Halloween candy pails. Thanks to our parents who usually – and with no intention – went bigger than any parent I knew, while everyone else was collecting candy in a normal bucket or pillow case, sis and I were sporting around the Cadillac of...

Spring Break Friday Weekend

It’s Friday. But not just any Friday. For us, it is Spring Break Friday. I know, I know, I just came off a month long beach stay which is why we’re going to the mountains instead and keeping it pretty low key. On Sunday – fingers crossed – we’ll finally get to Grupo Bonye’s free Sunday concert in the Colonial Zone, plans that have been zonked every time we’ve tried to make them for the last five years. Then we’re heading to this place for...