My Top Travel Items

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Hello! And it is off to Iceland we go! Today we are off on what turned out to be our Babymoon. We booked the trip prior to knowing our little guy was on his way; but what better way to celebrate his impending arrival but with another international trip? As I’m packed and we are off, I figured why not put together a list of my favorite travel items?!

First, my top packing tip: the rolling method! I’m able to fit so much more in my suitcase, which is a lifesaver to this over packer. Now I know over packing isn’t the best tip, but you’d never guess how much I fit in that suitcase with the rolling method.  Also, in this case, my overpacking may be helpful since the weather calls for layers. The rolling method is life changing. Try it!

Now for my Top Travel Items:

  1. Reading material: Lately traveling is the only time I’m able to enjoy a good read. Whether you are killing time on the plane, in the airport, enjoying a cafe or a beachside retreat; a book is a must. I guess I’m old school because I still prefer an actual book to my kindle. My latest read was We Were The Lucky Ones …you can pick it up here:

2. DSLR Camera: While I am no professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination, I still love to play around with my Canon EOS. I enjoy playing around with it and I get better shots than using my phone. Here is the one I use.

3. A Tripod: A tripod is key for any solo traveler wanting to get themselves in a few shots. Set that timer mode and go! It also helps eliminate the shake or blur from photos. Again no professional over here but I find it useful. I use a lightweight, adjustable, easy to pack one like this one.

4. Shoe bags: Have you ever used shoe bags in your suitcase? The husband introduced me to these and I’m never going back. For trips that involve sand, mud, rain or snow, I can zip up my shoes in a separate compartment, pack on top of everything else and keep the muck from getting all over my clothes. I’m all in on these. Plus since I’ve already saved room in my suitcase with the rolling method; these truly add no more bulk at all. We use ones similar to these.

5. Make up: This lipstick. While I don’t normally wear a ton of make up while traveling, a good lip color does wonders. It just makes me feel more put together even when I’m totally not. Even if this is all I manage to swipe on in the morning, I still look awake and ready to explore.  Find it here!

6. Facial Moisturizer. Planes, travel, different water and diets all dry out my skin. When I’m traveling I need an intense moisturizer. My favorite is Kiehls. Nothing keeps my face from drying out quite like it. I have no doubt it will hold up to the wind, rain and potential snow we will see in Iceland. Grab it here:

7. Blanket Scarf: A cozy wrap is a must-pack for me. I freeze on airplanes and miss the days of blankets for all! This also comes in handy if the weather in your destination is cooler than expected; or if the Airbnb is lacking in blankets. A good neutral can be paired with many an outfit. Always keeping those layers in mind 😉

 

What are your top travel items? I’ve got more; just ask! 

 

Wedding Planning Tips

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On a park bench in Bruges, Belgium, my life forever changed. My now husband shocked the heck out of me with a beautiful, simple proposal. There I was thinking he was trying to tell me how much he enjoyed traveling. But at that moment, what he was really getting at was, “Will you marry me”?

The next year was consumed with wedding planning. Wedding planning can be fun but overwhelming at the same time and then not so fun at all. With blogs on blogs of tips, Pinterest and Pinterest perfect weddings, how do you decide on anything? How will you make it reflective of the two of you? Below are some of my favorite unique tips we discovered during our planning process.

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1) Go with your gut. What are you naturally drawn to? Trust it. When you find it, stop looking. Questioning and comparing your decision over and over again will be the thief of the joy you initially found in that decision. If you love it and think its beautiful then go with it!

2) Weddings can be as expensive as you make them. Look for deals and decide where you want to splurge and where you want to save. After looking at wedding bands for my husband in multiple brick and mortar jewelry stores and balking at the costs for a simple, thick, gold classic band; I turned somewhere else. The internet! Blue Nile has so much information on their website on how and what to buy. I felt I knew what I was purchasing and saving some money at the same time. Turns out the husband also turned to Blue Nile for my wedding gift; we are repeat customers!

3) Invite Suites: who knew paper could be so expensive or the options so endless?! In order to save here and have a more personalized experience, I found a friend who was starting her calligraphy business. She had created an invitation suite for someone else and it looked great. I paid her a fee for the digital file and design and then researched local printing companies. Another option is to use Etsy! The same concept; have a suite designed for you and use a local printer. Just click here to head over to Etsy and search the many options for invite suites.

4) One of the most important things to us for our wedding day was that we enjoy it! I know that I am too detail oriented and too much of a planner to allow myself to relax on the actual day; which is why I needed someone to step into my shoes and take charge of the overall management. We didn’t want a family member or a friend essentially working all day and not enjoying themselves; so a wedding day coordinator was a must for us. Look around your area; there are many different packages available that can fit your budget. We used Rosetree Events in Minneapolis and I cannot say enough good things. I didn’t worry about a thing and was able to enjoy every moment. Truly one of the best decisions we made.

5) Make it fun! Yes there are a lot of moving parts and not everything during planning is “fun” but it can be! For example, we wanted donuts instead of cake for dessert. So on the weekends we would go on donut hunts… test out different shops and do a little tasting on our own. Or as a couple we never had a song… so to pick out the first dance song we made appetizers and cocktails and listened to lists and lists of songs. An evening of food, drinks, and music… what could be better?

Hopefully, these tips help your planning.

What is your favorite wedding planning tip? What did you do to make your day reflective of you?

Back to Blogging 2018

Hello friends! It’s been some time since words hit this white space. A lot has changed. You won’t find any more comedy about bad dates. Though you can re-read and reminisce here. And here.

Instead, you may find the joys, laughs, and lessons of marriage.

Because this happened:

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You will still find delectable bites and drinks; perhaps an occasional recipe or two. The love of food doesn’t fade.

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In about five months you may also catch tips and tricks for the new mom or mom to be.

Because this also happened:

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What does remain unwavering is the love of travel and joy of writing. With trips to Paris, Amsterdam, Bruges, and the Philippines; we’ve got a lot to catch up on!

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Ready to join me again? Or for the very first time? 🙂