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Creating Wanderlust in a Stairwell: Photo Collage

Do you have a big blank wall in your home? We do. It stares at me. More like yells at me. “Cover me up already!” Our naked wall is in our stairwell, a wall I pass multiple times every single day. I know something needs to go there but I do not like buying knick-knacks made in China (no offense, China!) and we do not have the budget for a large piece of quality art. Then, an obvious solution came to me when on Pinterest – a photo gallery. But not just any ol’ photo gallery – a travel photo gallery. There are so many different layouts you can choose, but I chose colorful frames in a nice and neat square. What do you think?

Travel Photo Gallery DIY

Materials Needed:

  • hammer
  • nails
  • tape measure
  • a laser level would be handy, but is not necessary 🙂

Price tag:

  • 9 frames @ 12.99 each = $116.91
  • 9 8×10 photos @ 3.99 each = $35.91
  • Grand Total = $152.82

We no longer walk past an empty wall each time we traverse the stairs. Instead, we are greeted with memories from around the world. The photos evoke feelings of excitement, gratitude and utter happiness. Who would’ve thought photos on a wall could have such a positive impact on our home!

Chicken and Stir-Fry Noodles

Michael and I LOVE Thai food. This is the one cuisine that Mike isn’t super “adventurous” with. He is typically up for trying new or different dishes but not with Thai. He is just ridiculously obsessed with Pad Thai. Seriously, I think I might need to stage an intervention! Even during our cooking class in Chiang Mai, Thailand, when he had many options to experiment with he chose Pad Thai. *Sigh!* I, on the other hand made a great dish, that was new to me. I loved it so much that I have made it at home since. I modified the recipe a bit. Below is the modified version.

Travel Inspiration:Cooking Class in Chiang Mai


  • 4 ounces of rice noodles
  • 1/2 lb of chicken cutlets cut into small chunks
  • 1 spring onion chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tsp of chopped garlic
  • 2 ounces of bean sprouts or cabbage
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp of cooking oil
  • 5 tsp of oyster sauce (Mushroom sauce is an excellent substitution if you are creating a vegetarian dish)
  • 4 tsp of soy sauce
  • 2 tsp of sugar
  • 4 tbsp of water


  1. Saute garlic in cooking oil until fragrant.
  2. Add chicken and stir until cooked.
  3. Break eggs in, spread eggs around pan and stir until cooked.
  4. Add the noodles to the water and stir until tender.
  5. Stir in oyster sauce, soy sauce & sugar.
  6. Add bean sprouts (or cabbage) and spring onion.
  7. Continue to stir until everything is cooked.
 Fried Noodles, Chicken and Veggies Thai Cooking Class