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LA Furniture Store starburst gold mirror

Win a $125 Gift Card for Sleek, Modern Home Decor and Furniture!

OK, dear readers and impeccable home decorators! It’s giveaway time again. And I’m pretty pumped on the latest prize.

The modern home decor, furniture and accessories retailer LA Furniture Store is offering Homebody in Motion readers a $125 gift card toward its super chic and sleek modern styles, available online as well as at locations all over the country (including several right here in my home town of Los Angeles — DTLA and Westside Pavilion holler! — plus New York and Florida).

Put your (free!) money toward a huge selection of modern furniture, or use it to completely cover one amazing accent piece — like this gilded starburst mirror with kind of a mid-century modern feel, a steal at $125 on the nose. (It reminds me of my fave Palm Springs, and I totally want it in my house — we can be twinsies). Read more…

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More Homebody, Less Motion?

Oh yes, this blog is about to take a turn.

My absence here in recent weeks can be explained by the big news that (wait for it) I’m pregnant… with twins no less!

At this stage, I’m into the second trimester and expecting mid-summer. Obviously the exciting developments over here mean that our decision making about all matters both house related and travel related shift in new directions.

I hope you’ll keep reading to see where all of this takes us. I’m pretty darn curious myself!

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PAW Animal Sanctuary Caye Caulker, Belize. Madi Collins.

The Amazing PAW Animal Sanctuary: Your Volunteer Vacation in Belize? (Or a Very Worthy PayPal Click!)

I want to tell you guys about a really wonderful woman, and a really special little place in the world.

The woman is named Madi Collins, and the place is the colorful little PAW Animal Sanctuary on the tiny island of Caye Caulker in Belize.

I found Madi (that’s her pictured above) several weeks ago, while asking relatively pettier questions about hotels and such on TripAdvisor’s Belize forums. (Sidebar: Do you know about/use TripAdvisor’s travel forums? They’re the best wellspring of info ever.) She popped up there in a somewhat desperate search for a donated laptop for her animal sanctuary — and as a devoted animal lover, I reached out to her in the hopes we could help.

Just before our trip, we’d not yet turned up a spare laptop we could donate, but I emailed Madi to tell her I had a never-used smartphone, still in the box, if perhaps she could use it for her organization? She emphatically said she could, so I put it in my suitcase and we set off for Belize. Read more…

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Like Homebody in Motion on Facebook and This Prize

Win This Amazing Package of Goodies From All Around the World!

I love travel. I love shopping. And I’d love for you to like this blog’s Facebook page.

To that end, I’ve put together a fun little contest for you all, my dear readers, and all you have to do is “like” my Facebook page and you could win all this great stuff. For added festivity and fun (my dual middle names), I’ll draw the winner on July 15—my birthday! (Just be based in the U.S. to win, please.)

The prize you will receive, you lucky thing, is…a lovingly assembled group of fun stuff I picked up from all over the world. Read more…

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So Long, Huell Howser

You’ll always be [pause] very much a part [pause, smile] of California’s gold.

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Hiking Runyon Canyon at Sunrise

How to Hike Runyon Canyon Before Sunrise: 6 Tips From a Total Expert You Should Obviously Trust

I’ve been so excited over so many personal projects that I’ve not slept much this week. Today I woke up at 3:45 a.m. and thought, “I’m going for a hike.” There’s a lot that doesn’t add up about that. “It’s arithmetic,” Bill Clinton might have said mockingly of my suggestion.

Anyway, it’s now 6 a.m. and I’m at the summit of Runyon Canyon — writing you, dear readers, from the most perfect bench in Los Angeles County. Regular Runyon hikers will know it well.

Without ado, here are my tips for hiking Runyon Canyon before sunrise: Read more…

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– final presidential debate moderator Bob Schieffer (quoting his mom)