Hi, I'm Sarah and this is my blog. With nearly a decade of posts, Novakistan is filled with stories from my early days in Minnesota and then our Diplomatic adventures in the Philippines, Peru, DC and Malawi, our current home. I'm glad you're here and hope you enjoy our overseas adventures as much as we do!
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Friday’s Inspiration: The Candle Cannon!

Inspiration

These people are having fun at work- you can too!  :)

July 25, 2008
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Date Night: A Relaxing Evening on the Water

Date ideas

In celebration of a recent milestone, Nick and I celebrated by taking a 3 hour private sailing lesson on White Bear Lake.  Northern Breezes Sailing School offers delightful packages for either 2 or 3 hour private sails.  Rates are between $200-$300 for these lengths and include a certified instructor.  You can have up to 4 […]

July 22, 2008
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Fabulous Eco-sacs!

Environment

 I am enamoured with my latest eco find.  This trendy little bag rolls up into a compact unit that can be stored in your purse or car.  What blows my mind is that it’s waterproof, fashion-forward, and able to carry the weight of two supermarket plastic bags (a whopping 44 pounds)!  Thank goodness for the reinforced […]

July 21, 2008
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A Dose of Inspiration for a Monday

Inspiration

Expect the unexpected!

July 21, 2008
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Hip Replacement in Bangalore anyone?

Foreign Service Life

Fast Company recently featured this story titled: Why Americans are Going Abroad for Health Care. Over half a million Americans flew overseas last year to save up to 90% off of US rates on major surgeries. And yes, they paid out-of-network rates and still saved that much! This isn’t that farfetched though, as many major […]

July 21, 2008
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In Love with Network Spinal Analysis

Recommendations

Well, I continue to explore new and crazy things.  I worry that I’m going to develop a complex and you’ll all think I’m crazy.  But I swear, this is one of the coolest things I’ve stumbled on in a LONG time.  It’s called Network Spinal Analysis and builds off of chiropractic care, except minus all […]

July 18, 2008
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Restaurant Review: Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine

Restaurant Reviews/Food Topics

I like to think of myself as a food snob after my time in the Target Deli.  I mean, I do know my cheese!  I also learned quite a bit about the restaurant scene.  Therefore, I see it as my duty to share my latest and greatest restaurant finds.  On Saturday night Nick and I […]

July 14, 2008
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Goodbye Car!

Environment

So I got rid of my car!  I know you’re probably thinking that I’m crazy right now, but I swear, carless living has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself in a long time.  Here are some of the ups and downs that I’ve seen so far. Benefits: Bus Buddies: I have […]

July 14, 2008
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