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It’s my favorite time of the year because The Container Store’s travel sale just started! If you’re on the hunt for new luggage, packing bags, toiletries, backpacks or inflight necessities this is the sale you’ve been waiting for.
Last year this travel sale conveniently happened right before we left on our 18-day trip to Italy. I quite literally stocked up on all the items I had been wanting, but wasn’t willing to pay full price for. Both of us got a full set of Eagle Creek packing cubes, sacs and folders along with travel adapters, inflight organizers, luggage locks, etc. Honestly, I knew it was a one-time investment and that I’d be using these items time after time when we traveled so I made sure to grab all my favorites while they were on sale at The Container Store.
We are finally getting the warm, sunny days and my go-to outfit is wearing an off the shoulder summer style that’s effortless and comfortable to wear all day long.
Last fall it was like I had an epiphany when it comes to off the shoulder garments. I thought for sure this style would only look good on women that were in shape and had nothing to hide. Boy was I wrong. Since this girl has a bit of a tummy to hide (I blame the wine), I’m actually feel the most comfortable when I’m wearing an off the shoulder top or dress. Maybe it’s because the eyes are drawn up to the shoulders, but generally I find that the tops or dresses are looser fitting and aren’t clinging to your mid section which is 100% why they are quickly filling up my closet.
Quick and easy meals are my kind of jam lately and this healthy, delicious miso glazed shrimp over cabbage slaw certainly fits the bill. Lately it seems I’m obsessed with any dish that gets served with shrimp. Besides the countless ways to serve it, shrimp cook in less than 6 minutes so meals are quite literally “quick.”
We wanted to break away from our go-to cast iron barbecue shrimp and opt for a creating a meal with an Asian flare. I’ve ordered miso glazed fish at restaurants and absolutely loved it so I whipped up my own glaze at home with a few simple ingredients and plated the shrimp over a bed of marinated cabbage slaw for dinner. It was so delicious and I love the flavor of the creamy glaze with a hint of sweet and salty.
Our latest travels took us to New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s a city full of historical heritage, an abundance of food & drinks and a cultural experience unlike any other. Come along as I share my 3-day travel log through The Big Easy.
Whether you refer to it as N’awlins, The Big Easy or the Crescent City (because of the bend in the Mississippi River), New Orleans has purveyed as a city that carries a rich history and a sense of loyalty of their heritage unlike any other. I’m lucky enough that one side of Sean’s family hails from this area of the south and have had the pleasure hearing stories of growing up in the neighborhoods, fishing in the bayou’s and eating decadent feasts all inspired by their childhood memories. I was eager to explore this great city as a true adult this time around as I previously visited New Orleans at the ripe ol’ age of 21. You can about imagine how that went (ahem … we never left Bourbon Street & I came home with a lot of beads).
There are certain holidays throughout the year that you really feel compelled to find the perfect gift to express just how much someone means to you. Without a doubt, Mother’s Day is one of those holidays where we want the gift to be a token of how much we love and appreciate how amazing they are. To help you out, I’ve created a cute little Mother’s Day gift guide full of great ideas that Mom will be sure to love!
- One Truffle Coin Purse & Card Case | 2. TOMS Bryton Champagne Sunglasses | 3. Curly Kale Market Tote Bag | 4. TOMS Blush Suede Alpargatas | 5. S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottle | 6. Pocket Size iWatch Travel Charger | 7. “More Please” Pie Plate | 8. Cucumber Basil Candle | 9. Canon Powershot G5 Camera | 10. Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish | 11. Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit | 12. Cuyana Leather Tote Bag | 13. Sole Society Wide Brim Boaters Hat | 14. ‘Boss Lady’ Desk Plaque
As a work from home lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur, I’m constantly juggling what feels like a million tasks and a large chunk of them take place away from my desk. I needed to come up with a solution for staying on task while on-the-go and I found it in the Bamboo Slate tablet.
If you are a fan of The Everygirl (because every female should be), then you may have seen them feature the Slate tablet back in November as a part of a giveaway they were hosting and talking about how to keep your holidays stress free. My brain instantly went from thinking beyond the holidays as to how I could use this in my everyday work life to help keep me organized and on task even when I’m away from my desk.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, think about giving her a gift that will produce endless amounts of happiness! It’s no secret that Mothers and Grandmothers alike LOVE to take photos of their kids & grandkids (let’s not forget those of us with fur babies too!). There are countless moments throughout any given day that are photo worthy & there’s nothing worse than missing the moment because she has no space remaining on her phone.
Thankfully the Picture Keeper is here to save all the Mom’s from that dreaded message! Plus, they want to celebrate Mother’s Day with all of you by giving away TWO special gift packages full of goodies from talented Etsy artists. If you scroll to the bottom, you can view the fabulous gift guides + enter to win.
Hey friends, I’m officially back from my unofficial month of “sabbatical” away from the blog! It was very unintentional to disappear for the past 5 weeks, but I spent the better part of March in Wisconsin visiting lots of family, followed by my Mom coming out for a visit where we spent a few days relaxing at the Autocamp in Santa Barbara and then Sean having spring break. It all just felt like I needed to step away and really enjoy each of those experiences.
If you remember back at the beginning of the year, we took a road trip up north to wine country and stayed at the Autocamp location in the Russian River. We loved the experience so much, that I wanted to take my Mom (and Dexie) to the Santa Barbara location for a little getaway while she was in town. It was only 35 minutes from me, which made it the perfect staycation!