Travel Tuesday: Types of Honeymoons and What to Pack
Travel Tuesday: Types of Honeymoons and What to Pack
Something Different Monday’s
Peacock Themed Wedding Cake & Cupcakes!
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Prep your entertainment. Charge up all your devices. Download movies or seasons of your favorite shows (I highly recommend The White Queen and Continuum). Stock up on paper and books on your e-readers, as internationally departing flights don’t allow the use of small devices yet. Invest in a quality pair of headphones. And don’t plan on getting any work done on your laptop – there’s no such thing as elbow room.
Get comfortable. Change into a super comfortable outfit before you board. I opt for stretchy leggings (Lysseare my favorites), a cotton tank top and long-sleeved tee, a lightweight blazer or cardigan, and compression socks. Layers, baby. I also carry a pair of cashmere socks if my feet get cold (common for window seat aficionados and a scarf to use a blanket.
How to actually get some sleep. Speaking from personal experience here – alcohol will only make your sleep worse on a long haul flight. Do. Not. Drink. Booze. Chamomile tea actually proved quite helpful in lulling me to sleep, as did the world’s best eye mask and neck pillow. I use the airline provided pillow as a lower back support, my own neck pillow to cradle my head, and used my steeped chamomile teabags (wrapped in tissues) as compresses for my eyes before I slipped the eye mask on top. The skin under your eyes is the most delicate, and this tip significantly helps keep it hydrated in flight.
Quench your thirst. I purchase the largest bottle of water available before boarding the flight, and will usually have it refilled by the flight attendants during the flight. Hydration is everything. I try to avoid heavy foods (read – bread, rice, meat) in flight as well – you’re not burning many calories by sitting on your bum for hours on end. Pre-ordering the strict vegetarian/vegan option is key – the food is usually decent (and vegetable-rich) and it’s served before everyone else gets their meals. As for snacks, I’ll bring along vegetable sticks, fresh fruit (NOT bananas – the smell is too strong), and almonds.
Stay healthy. Planes are incubators for viruses, and I’m all about prevention. I wipe down my arm rests, seat belt fasteners, tray table, window pull, and wall next to my seat with these sanitizing towels. I’ll add an E BOOST to my water bottle after I’ve woken up for a boost of vitamins. And I ALWAYS use a paper towel to open the bathroom door from the inside as I’m leaving.
Pre-pack THIS. An in-flight toiletry case with the basics (toothbrush and toothpaste, your eyeglasses, face wash and lotion, eye cream, facial spray, lip balm, hand cream, a spare set of contacts) is something you should have with you on any flight longer than 5 hours. Mine is an old United Business First toiletry kit, but you can use any waterproof-lined bag (or even a Ziploc baggie) to make one of your own. I’ll also throw some makeup (concealer, powder, eyeliner, mascara, and eyebrow pencil) into it. This case, along with my tablets and headphones, stay in the seat back pocket in front of me.
Pack it best. If you don’t read anything else, READ THIS. I keep a Baggu pre-packed in my travel bag. Prior to boarding, I’ll put everything I’ll need during the flight inside it – my iPad and Kindle, headphones, snacks, water, my in-flight toiletry kit, neck pillow, eye mask – and place the Baggu in the space in front of me. My other bags go in the overhead bin, thus yielding more leg room AND with everything easily accessible. To prevent items from falling out of the Baggu, tie it closed using your scarf. Also, lie a magazine flat at the bottom of the bag, to ensure it stays upright. There are few things worse than rummaging through your bag, looking for something lodged at the very bottom, while jabbing your neighbor. Being in the middle seat may be one of them.
And there you have it, folks. My tried-and-true tips for surviving those awful and long flights. I’m thankful for the surplus of United miles it yielded me, so I can book my next trip to Australia in the upstairs business class cabin. Because there’s nothing like being on the second floor of an airplane AND sleeping horizontally.
Something Different Mondays:
Mason jars are all the rage for home decoration. There are a million ways you can decorate with them and here I’ll show you a Fall craft that even your kids can take a stab at. This decoupaged mason jar project cost me less than $5. I always have the Mod Podge on hand, and the mason jars only cost me a dollar each from my local Dollar Tree. These Autumn leaves aren’t real, but try using real leaves too. I find that faux leaves work better because the decoupage medium soaks through the fabric leaf, allowing for easier application. I purchased the pack of fake leaves from the dollar store as well. If you know how to decoupage, you know how to do this project! It may take some time, but this craft makes great Autumn decor for the home.
A sponge brush is optional for this project, as some people tend to just use their fingers to apply. Personally, I like using a sponge brush over a paint brush, and I also use my fingers when necessary. First, make sure the outside of your jar is clean. Wipe it gently with rubbing alcohol to get any grease and grime off the outside of the jar. The leaves won’t stick if the jar is oily or dirty. Then make sure your leaves are malleable. Bend them a little bit to loosen them up. Stiff leaves won’t stick either. If they are thin, fabric leaves, they should easily form around the jar. If they are real leaves, you may want to dampen them slightly (almost the way leaves become after it rains) to unstiffen them. You can also iron fabric leaves as well to loosen the fibers. To decoupage, dip your brush in the Mod Podge and paint a thin layer on a section of the jar. Once that layer becomes quite sticky (check by dabbing your finger on it), place a leaf on the jar. Paint more Mod Podge on top of the leaf in thin layers, making sure to smooth out the edges. Start in the center of the leaf, and push your way out to the edges with your fingers. It may take a few layers, but the leaf should stick to the jar. I had to press a few times to get the leaves to stick; but as the Mod Podge dries, it should. Don’t be afraid to use your fingers to smooth out the leaf so that it is fully secure. Layer more leaves on top, filling the jar with as many as you desire. I didn’t cover my jar fully, as I liked some of the negative space in between the leaves. Once all the leaves are on, it will take a few hours to dry completely. The tiny edges of the leaves may not stay completely down, but when the look is complete, you may barely even notice.
Finish off the top of the jar with rafia or ribbon to complete the look. Place a candle inside and watch it light the room with beautiful orange, red and green fall colors!
Some tips for completing:
TIP: Adapt this project for the spring and summer by using silk flowers or green leaves.
Filled with rich earthy tones, this whimsical, free-spirited collection of florals is perfect for the unconventional bride.
- Protea (1 stem)
- Rose (2 stems)
- Safari Sunset (3 stems)
- Liatris (2 stems)
- Succulent (1 stem)
- Scabiousa Pod (3 stems)
- Limonium (4 stems)