A 3-day Itinerary in Portugal’s Hidden Gem – São Miguel, Azores

Shaped by dramatic landscapes, gleaming green pastures and vibrant blue hydrangeas, the Azores, a remote nine-island archipelago in the mid-Atlantic, is one of the most beautiful destinations the world has to offer. There are nine major Azorean islands and an islet cluster: Flores and Corvo to the west; Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial in the center; and São Miguel, Santa Maria, and the Formigas Reef to the east. Across the archipelago, there are 26 active volcanoes.

The island of São Miguel (Saint Michael) is the largest and most populated island of the Azores. With plenty to offer to nature lovers and tourists seeking a special but affordable destination, Portugal’s hidden gem is located 2 hours away from Europe and 5 from North America. São Miguel’s delicious cuisine, breathtaking views and crystal blue Atlantic waters will captivate anyone who appreciates the simple things in life.

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It’s Giveaway Time!!

It’s time for the first (of many) Sugar Muffin’s giveaway! This is for U.S. residents only and to enter, you must follow Sugar Muffin on Twitter and retweet the giveaway post; follow Sugar Muffin on Instagram; and leave a comment below in this giveaway post. The winner will be announced in the blog and all Sugar Muffin’s social media platforms. Continue reading for a detailed description of the prizes. Good luck!

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The Art of Food – Mobile Eateries of Western N.C.

The food truck industry can be traced back to the years after the Civil War. According to the History Channel “Chuck wagons and pushcarts served cowboys and urban workers…” The wagons served breakfast, lunch and dinner on vehicles designed to prepare, cook and store food. Pushcarts served cheap and on-the-go lunches to construction workers, delivery boys, busy newspaper reporters and anyone who would enjoy a cheap but nourishing meal.

The 1920s brought us the first motorized food vehicles – while the Henry Ford-led automobile industry expanded, Harry Burt Jr. invested in 12 refrigerated trucks for distribution of Good Humor ice cream bars in the city of Youngstown, Ohio. By the 1960s, thousands of ice creams trucks became part of communities across the country.

Since the 2008 recession, the food truck industry has grown in popularity, and the most devoted foodies love the convenience, the quality, and overall experience street food has to offer. To enjoy this finger-lickin’ experience, you must step out of your comfort zone – support our local entrepreneurs and try delicious street-side cuisine from these mobile eateries in the Western North Carolina region.

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5 INTERESTING ITEMS YOU CAN FIND ON AMAZON – Beauty and Personal Care Edition

Sephora, Ulta, Walgreens and CVS continue to dominate the beauty and health sector but Amazon is not far behind, being a popular preference with online shoppers. According to the article “These are the top beauty brands dominating Amazon” on www.fastcompany.com, Amazon is now the second-most-shopped retailer for beauty products and shows no signs of slowing down. Back in March, Amazon launched an exclusive skincare line and “Indie Beauty Shop”, an online store dedicated to emerging brands. The online retailer has also private labels dedicated to health and personal care categories: Presto, Basic Care, AmazonBasics, Mama Bear and Mountain Falls.

This can be frustrating for competitors but great news for frugal customers, offering shoppers the opportunity of scoring great deals. Check out my tested and approved Amazon’s beauty and personal care items!

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Creamy Grape Salad

Perfect for summer cookouts and a must during warmer days, this Grape Salad is a quick and versatile side dish that everyone will love. The silky sweet cream cheese dressing will deliver a delicious mix of flavors that will satisfy crowds. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pecans or eat it as is, this easy and creamy grape salad recipe packs a punch and can be made in 20 minutes or less!

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Sea Dragons, White Walkers and the Age of Heroes – How Game of Thrones Prequel is Set for Success

In the epic fantasy novels, A Song of Ice and Fire, the power struggle for the Iron Throne among the great Houses of Westeros, reveal a convoluted plot with fantastic elements. Martin’s storytelling ability offers a complex and ambiguous world that remains throughout the centuries – important points in the history of Westeros and Essos are highlighted in the narrative, shaping the actions and reactions of many characters. The Age of Heroes and the Targaryen Dynasty periods are exceptionally lore-rich, indulging readers into a world of magic, dragon riders, and extraordinary cliffhangers.

According to the official synopsis, HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series will take place “thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones, the series chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. “ If done right, this spin-off has the potential to outshine Game of Thrones’ popularity. The new series will be shrouded in mystery but with many stories to tell.

If you didn’t read the books, you might be wondering what exactly the Age of Heroes is and what stories can unfold. Although the information on this particular period is limited, book references can give us an idea on what to expect in the upcoming series.

Are you ready for spoilers?

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Bye Bye Dark Circles – Top Affordable Eye Creams That Actually Work

Many of us start using our first eye cream in their 30s but the earlier you can start your skincare routine, the better – best results come from prevention. The skin around your eyes is 10 times thinner than your face and if you don’t take the right steps to keep it healthy, those pesky, under-eye circles will manifest sooner or later. Low iron and B12, low vitamin K, dehydration, sun exposure, genetics, allergies, thyroid problems, lack of sleep and food intolerances are the most-common causes that will enhance dark circles, puffy eyes and other eye-specific issues. If you are determined to put an end to your dark circles, great eye creams can be found at your local drugstore. They will deliver the line-smoothing and dark-circle-reducing affect we all look for – check out my suggestions!

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Beauty Gurus – The YouTube Channels You Must Watch

Makeup is much more than conceal your dark circles and hide other imperfections, it’s considered an art form. For the last 5-7 years, the makeup industry suffered an exponential growth and significant improvements giving customers the opportunity of purchasing the effective cosmetics we all use and love today. Customers are more aware of the ingredients, therefore staying away from toxic chemicals. Makeup is not an exclusive routine for women these days – more men are also wearing makeup. This makeup boom just keeps growing and thanks to the internet, we can gather as much information before making the final decision in what product we should invest in.

YouTube’s beauty community is here to guide us and I’m here to share my favorite channels.

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