Lifestyle / Travel
Sharing pictures and memories from my recent mountain west road trip.
As I mentioned in my post about my favorite road trip snacks, I haven’t actually always been a fan of road trips. Hopping in a car to go anywhere usually equals nap time or a horrific amount of time spent in traffic. It wasn’t until last year when I went on this same road trip that I truly came to appreciate life on the road. Fast forward 365 days and my brother, Ryan, and met up in Montana to start yet another 9-day road trip journey through the Mountain west.
What I love about traveling with Ryan is that he pushes my comfort boundaries and he usually is up for my impromptu last minute suggestions. It’s a healthy balance with limited arguing, plenty of laughs and memories made that will last a lifetime.
My love for adventure means hitting the open road en route to new destinations. To get through the long drives I rely on my favorite road trip snacks.
If you would have asked me even as little as two years ago to embark on a 2000+ mile road trip, I promptly would have answered no. I’ve never been a big fan of sitting in a car for extended periods of time and more often than not, I couldn’t keep my eyes open even 10 miles into the trip. Thankfully, I’ve had a major change of heart and thoroughly love road trips now (taken 3 BIG ones in the past year), but it isn’t without strategic planning to get me through them. As a self-admitted habitual snacker, you can always bet that I have my favorite road trip snacks packed along.
All of your Autumn dreams come true with the flavors in this Paleo Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread recipe.
I know when I say that autumn is my favorite season that I’m in the same boat as a majority of you. Unfortunately, having lived in California for the past 12 years, we really don’t have much of a fall. At least not like what I’m used to having grown up in Wisconsin. I miss the changing of leaves, the drop in temperatures so you can actually wear a sweatshirt and apple orchards, I really miss apple orchards.
In order to make up for me desperately missing the fall season, I tend to go overboard in the kitchen with seasonal inspired recipes that incorporate pumpkin or apple. Have you tried any of my recipe creations over the years?
The suspense is over. I’m sharing my jaw-dropping home office makeover reveal!
To say that I’m excited to reveal my home office makeover simply doesn’t do it justice. It’s still a jaw-dropping transformation for me, but I am so thrilled with how light, bright and refreshing my new workspace is! While my previous office design was fitting for the industrial design I was originally going for, I simply couldn’t handle the darkness of the space any longer. I now get to show up for work each day in a home office that inspires me to create beautiful content for hours on end.
Now let’s get into the details as to what’s changed, what I added, what I took away and at the very bottom I’ll list all the resources.
We spend a majority of our waking hours working, so I thought I would share how I add wellness to my everyday work life.
This post is sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Candle.
Whether it be you wake up and go to an office every day or if you’re like me and work from home, the place you go to work is where we spend a majority of our hours in any given day, in any given week, in any given month. I truly believe that if there’s any place where you should try and achieve a sense of wellness it should be taking place in the areas where you are spending the majority of your time. For me, it’s my home office or my bedroom.
Alright, I figured it was time that I spill the beans on how I keep my sanity when running 3 separate businesses, plus have a love for travel and quite simply, downtime.. I’m going to share with you 5 ways to outsource your life so that you can lessen the load you carry day-to-day and have back a little bit of your life to enjoy the things you love.
As a blogger, entrepreneur, photographer, adventurer, etc…. time is precious. I’m sure every single person feels that way, especially if you have a family. As per typical with “most” females (not saying all), we carry the responsibility of running the home as well. It was about a year ago now that I changed my outlook on how I felt about outsourcing everyday type of tasks because I equated that with a dollar amount. I bill my clients X amount per hour and if it were to take me 3 hours to shop at Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Costco, well then that’s 3 less hours of potential income.
Let’s talk minimalism.
Guys, I am SO excited about this minimalism blog post and how to achieve it because I’m stepping aside and introducing my dear friend / associate, Christina DeMaio. While I have always been inspired by those who live minimally, it wasn’t until I met Christina that I really started to focus on minimizing the excess in my life. Christina has been working alongside me at Modish Digital and here on Modish & Main since April. Truth be told, she has been the greatest asset to my brand.
Christina is an incredibly talented photographer and graphic designer, but she also has insane organizational skills + actively lives a minimalist life with her husband and dog, Sydney, in Washington D.C. (sadly, they just moved from California). I cannot wait to hand over the reigns to Christina and have her share with us her journey to minimalism and how in the world she sustains it!
The quest continues with my weekend makeovers to update areas of my house and my recent project was redesigning my bar cart.
So there are a few things you’ve probably realized about me by now.
(1) I’m a crazy organizing / re-organizing home freak.
(2) I love my wine + cocktails.
Therefore, all it took was trying to come up with a new cocktail over the weekend and 2 hours later I had redesigned my bar cart and was still left without a cocktail. Go figure. My goal with updating the bar cart was to make it more of a functional design piece rather than a figurative “bar cart.” Therefore, I carefully curated a selection of remaining booze (emptied out 9 bottles) so it no longer overtook the space and then added our record player and vintage vinyl albums. I have also come to learn that the key to pulling any redesign together is adding greenery. In this case, I transferred my basil plant to the bar top along with my Grandpa’s vintage decanter. A little bit functional, a little bit personal = the personal combination.