Caldera View from Fira, Santorini by Gabriela Fab via Flickr
New Place // Santorini, Greece
Although one of the most popular destinations in Greece, and possibly one of the top ten island destinations in the world, Santorini is still on my must visit list. This small island located about 120 miles southeast of Greece can be reached by ferry (which can take between 5-10 hours) or by plane via select European airlines. What first attracted me to the island was seeing pictures of the bright white buildings with blue roofs along towering cliffs overlooking the deep blue Aegean Sea. But there is much more to this Volcanic formed island than the trademark views from the islands west side.
The east side of the island is closer to sea level and features numerous beach front resorts and black sand beaches. It’s also a bit more affordable. To the south are multi-colored sand beach and one of the most popular on the island, Red Beach. On the interior of the island, you can find traditional villages and vineyards, if you want to get away from some of the touristy areas.
If I get the chance to visit, here are a few to do’s on my list:
Hike from Fira to Oia – This six-mile hike takes 3-4 hours and features the best scenic views on the island. You also pass through 4 of the most important villages.
Explore Ancient Akrotiri – The archaeological site is one of the most important in the Eastern Mediterranean!
Wine Tasting Tour – Known for its dry white wines and dessert wine known as Vinsanto made from the islands indigenous grape variety, assyrtiko.
Cool Thing // The cure for stinky laundry
Do you ever feel like the stink in your laundry, specifically sweaty clothes never fully goes away? For years I just figured that my husband's sweaty work clothes would just have to stay that way…until recently! With a couple household products, you most likely have sitting around the house, you can eliminate or greatly reduce the stink from clothes and towels that seem to never smell fresh after washing. What are those two products? Baking soda and (distilled white) vinegar. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer while vinegar will kill odor-causing bacteria and brighten clothing. Additionally, baking soda and vinegar will help your washing machine clean and are completely safe for the environment unlike the majority of detergents out there.
IMPORTANT: You do not want to combine Baking Soda and Vinegar in the same wash cycle. You could end up with a room full of bubbles. Instead, I recommend testing a few methods to see which works best for your odors. Here are a few to try:
Baking soda pre-soak: Dissolve ½ c. baking soda in water, add clothes and let soak overnight, then wash normally.
Boost Detergent or Bleach: Add ½ c. baking soda to any normal wash or bleach cycle.
Kill odor causing bacteria: Add two cups of distilled white vinegar, wash on hot. Then run through a normal cycle with detergent.
Spot Treat: Fill a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and spray directly on stains or underarms and let sit for 10 minutes before washing.
Best Self // Avocado Mattress
It's no secret a quality night sleep is one of the best things you can do for yourself. One of the most important pieces to a good night sleep is a good mattress. After sleeping on my current mattress for more years than I’d like to disclose, I decided it’s finally time to bite the bullet. The one currently on the top of my list is the Avocado Mattress. Not only is the Avocado a relatively affordable option, it meets my number one requirement which is that it's made from non-toxic and organic materials. If you’re wondering why the materials are so important to me, check out this article and you might be second-guessing your current mattress.
Similar to other mattress companies, which have popped up in the last few years, you can try the Avocado at home for 100-nights risk-free. They also provide free shipping and free returns, unless you order the King with a pillow-top, then delivery is $99. Speaking of pillow-top, it’s an option (for a price) you have when ordering any size if you need the extra cushion. Not being able to test the Avocado out in the store the only drawback for me. But looking at all the 5-star reviews on the site, I feel confident the Avocado is a great choice.
Happy Hump Day,