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Girls Rule at CHICABRAVA

Girls Rule at CHICABRAVA

By Lisa Collins-Haynes Las Vegas Informer Have you ever jumped?  No, I don’t mean up and down.  I mean really jumped.  As in took a running jump and leaped on nothing but faith?  Recently I did, and I can honestly say it changed my life.  My jump led me to an unassuming town off the […]

I am Panama

I am Panama

By Lisa Collins-Haynes Las Vegas Informer The Republic of Panama holds a dear place in my heart. I am half Panamanian, but was born in the US with nearly no connection to my Afro-Panamanian roots. When the opportunity arose to visit my “home” country, I was thrilled. Upon landing in Panama City I was completely […]

Riviera Nayarit – A Luxury Mexican Vacation

Riviera Nayarit – A Luxury Mexican Vacation

By Lisa Collins-Haynes Las Vegas Informer For a long time, I’ve avoided visiting Mexico because of all the travel warnings and negative media coverage.  Not to mention nay-sayers and friends with misguided advice and fear-mongering.  Despite the warnings, I took a leap of faith and hopped a flight down to Riviera Nayarit recently.  Precautions are […]

The Party Don’t Stop – Reggae Sumfest 2014

The Party Don’t Stop – Reggae Sumfest 2014

By Lisa Collins-Haynes Informer Media Group Photos by Mark Munroe and Odane Brydson Montego Bay, Jamaica – Recapping the weeklong festivities, this year’s 22nd staging of Reggae Sumfest did not disappoint.  The official kick-off event, the Ravin in Rio Beach Party allowed attendees to not only enjoy their favorite DJ’s, but also watch the World Cup […]

Make a Statement with a Javelin

Make a Statement with a Javelin

By Lisa Collins-Haynes Informer Media Group I travel often and the last thing I normally pack up is my MacBook.  It’s an essential part of my traveling network and without it; I’d be at a major disadvantage.  I used to have a bulky backpack for my laptop.  Functional to some degree, but completely lacked style […]

Traveling Made Safe

Traveling Made Safe

By Lisa Collins-Haynes Informer Media Group Have you ever heard that hindsight is 20/20?  Or have you ever thought, “If I only knew then, what I know now”?  That was my initial reaction when I recently heard about the RFID passport wallet by Allett. While traveling out of the country to attend a popular music […]

Get In Style with Flanabags

Get In Style with Flanabags

By Lisa Collins-Haynes  Informer Media Group If you’re anything like me, you want to travel in style.  I recently tested out a travel product on the market called AirQuart by Flanabags.  AirQuart is travel bag that allows you to store liquids and gels in a compact, durable and stylish lightweight container.  It’s 3-1-1 and TSA […]

eBags, an Easy Choice for Travelers

eBags, an Easy Choice for Travelers

By Lisa Collins-Haynes Informer Media Group I’m an avid traveler and I’m always on the hunt for the best travel gear, luggage and accessories that will make my life a little easier as I roam the world.  While I used to be the girl that always needed to have matchy-matchy luggage, I’ve evolved a little.   […]

Silverland Bakery is the Perfect Blend of Sweet and Healthy in Forest Park, Illinois

Silverland Bakery is the Perfect Blend of Sweet and Healthy in Forest Park, Illinois

By Lisa Collins-Haynes Informer Media Group Silverland Bakery is making all the right moves with their decedent brownie and raw bar creations.  With so many options in their all-natural line up, its difficult to choose which one is the best.   Rest assure however, there is a baked goodie for everyone.  These delightful bars are hand […]

Finding Your Utopia at Paresa in Thailand

Finding Your Utopia at Paresa in Thailand

By Lisa Collins-Haynes Informer Media Group Have you ever searched high and low for that one place in the universe that just feels right?  The one place that surpasses all others in the same category; the one place that has been apart of your destiny—you just didn’t know it?  Unexpectedly, but undoubtedly a utopia exists’ […]

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