Traveling is one of my favorite things, my very special, very favorite things in the whole world. But travel has its ups and downs. Air travel usually means heading somewhere exciting, but just thinking about getting through security makes me break out in a sweat. I’m getting better at the whole process, but almost always something goes wrong; last time I flew from LA —> SLC my Cookie Butter was confiscated by the T.S.A.. It was all very traumatic. The T.S.A. needs to get their own Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s from now on and leave my stash alone.
Anyhoo. We were talking about traveling. And how wonderful it is, T.S.A. aside.
One of the things I’ve gotten better at in my travels across the globe, is how I organize all my gear. I’ve gotten much better at traveling with less, WAY LESS, than I once did. And part of all that organizing and gear wrangling means getting smarter with the kind of products I take with me on my travels. Having the right tool for the right job doesn’t only apply to garage tool stashes and construction sites, it also applies to wrangling toiletries and … >> find out more...
Ah, travel. I heart it so. Nothing inspires me more than really great, really deep quotes from fellow travel lovers both vintage and modern, and I’ve adopted the ones that speak to me most as personal travel mantras.
Travel is what makes me pore over travel books and magazines like a fan-girl tears through Tiger Beat. It keeps my wanderlusting mind filled with happy thoughts.
That we’re a family of travel hounds is no secret, and when we’re not flying off somewhere, we’re talking about the places we want to explore next (the kids want to go to England and the Caribbean while my husband and I want to lose ourselves in France and Mexico), or making note of the adventures we want to try (my seven-year-old has visiting a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica at the top of his life list).
And though we can’t live the life of nomads, what with things like school and work and funds to consider, we’ve found that travel quotes are a wonderful way to harness all that free-spiritedness and channel it into what amounts to warm hugs via cleverly crafted words and phrases.
Here are a few of my … >> find out more...
Let’s talk Spring fashion trends. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Utah we had a few pretty amazing days that made me feel like Spring will be here sooner than later! On Sunday we walked outside to 60 degree weather! 60 degrees! Now to some that may still feel freezing but to us and our usual 30-40 degree February, 60 is practically a heat wave. So with my wishful thinking, I decided a Spring fashion trends post was necessary. When we think of Spring and fashion, what comes to mind?! Color. Bright colors! Basically anything you would see in a flower shop is a must have.
Now once you have your pop of color, whether it be a bright top, colored denim
, or a pair of cute neon shoes, then comes the fun! Play it up with a fun print or get really brave and mix bright colors! Spring fashion trends mean having fun with your colors and patterns. It’s also good to mix dressy pieces with casual ones- similar to this dressier pencil skirt paired with a fun striped baseball tee!
A shopping list for Spring fashion trends inspiration:
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When I worked outside of the home I enjoyed packing a lunch everyday for myself. I don’t function well unless I’ve had something healthy to feed my brain. I’m sure you’ve all seen salad jars, but have you actually ever made one? I wish I had known about them when I was packing my lunches all those years! I hadn’t seen this brilliant idea until last year. I work from home now, but I still love them. They are easy to put together. Depending on what you layer in the jar, you can even make them once a week for the whole week. For this one, I’m using my very favorite quinoa taco salad recipe – minus the taco.
The idea with these taco salad jars is to layer the vinaigrette at the bottom and work your way up to the leafy greens. That way the greens stay fresh because they haven’t been sitting in the dressing. When it’s time to eat, you just turn the jar over. The dressing coats everything and it’s ready to eat!
I chose my favorite ingredients, but these are just a suggestion. You could certainly add in shredded chicken or meat, cheese, sour cream, or … >> find out more...
For most of us gals coloring our hair is pretty important. And expensive. And those home hair color kits can be scary! So, for those of you lucky women who have never had dye grace your beautiful locks – don’t. What a joy to not have to worry about roots or scheduling hair appointments every six weeks or so. But for the rest of you wondering about home hair color how-to’s I’ve got some handy tips and tricks!
Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I had my hair colored in the salon. See, it went a little something like this: I had a boyfriend waaaayyy back in high school whose sister was a hair stylist. She would put three different colored highlights into my hair for free and I was a beautiful blond. Well, let me rephrase — my hair was a beautiful blond. Blond, however, is not really my color. Hard to resist free highlights, though. Well, we broke up (shocker!) and probably the saddest part was that I either needed to find another hair stylist to do the same for free (unlikely) or go closer to my natural color. I chose going almost natural. Not all … >> find out more...
Yes, a bucket bath. Do you ever think of something and before you know it, your mind has gone down a very long rabbit hole? I know you have. Everyone has. I can think of what I need to do tomorrow and in 60 seconds, my mind goes to laundry and then the money I found in my husband’s pocket, then the craft project supplies I can buy with said money, then my very long craft to-do list created from browsing Pinterest, then the red Roman shade I want to make for my kitchen, then that pretty red lollipop I saw at the store, then how awesome that lollipop would be for a photo shoot. Just like a bucket bath leads to a major life change.
“Mom, what’s for lunch?” It’s someone getting my attention that snaps me back to reality and makes me realize that I did that rabbit hole thing again. It’s very similar to the way this “I want to travel the world” thing was birthed.
I was sitting in high school English class. Who knows what was being discussed. The only thing I remember is one of my classmates saying that they had never been to … >> find out more...
Hear the word “travel,” and our minds have a tendency to wander off to warm places where sun-kissed toes can sink into soft beach sand and the drinks come with a ring of brightly colored salt and a straw-hatted waiter. Not so much icy locales requiring cold weather goods like sweaters and mittens.
I blame the Polar Vortex and all its nose hair-freezing nonsense.
Because, if you think about it, there are so many places where fresh white snow and crisp winter air laced with earthy wood smoke make for one unforgettable calling card. Places where dog sleds and ice hotels and ski slopes leave us pining for more cold weather adventure and the coziness that comes with them. Not to mention the buttery hot drinks.
Knowing what to pack can be tricky since bulky coats take up a lot of suitcase space, and camera equipment (guilty) and toiletries oftentimes take up the rest.
The key to keeping winter looks warm yet wildly stylish when traveling is dressing in pretty, fuss-free layers that mix the best parts of functionality and fabulosity. (That means no ironing and mostly machine washable).
You’ll want to pick all of these up immediately:
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Is it better to blend in or stand out? You can do both when sporting one of my favorite fall trends that has been continuing into spring: I’m loving the camouflage fashion trend. What used to be considered “hunting attire” is actually a pretty hot look with lots of versatility. Stay with me and I’ll show you how to wear camo. You can, I promise.
Camouflage is good in small quantities. You will definitely look like you’re ready for a weekend in the mountains if you try and pull off too many pieces at once! Opt for a cute camouflage tee with feminine details paired with skinny jeans and converse sneakers. Top a pair of camo pants with a striped top, or even add a pair of feminine camouflage-print flats to black skinny jeans and a chunky grey sweater. These options all have a splash of the trend but don’t overdo it. You can also go with a fun button down camo shirt with boyfriend jeans and booties similar to my look here. The rolled cuffs and chunky necklace keep the look fresh. Watch for slightly feminine fits and avoid anything too boxy.
Another great thing to consider when considering … >> find out more...