Travel

10 Packing Tips For Travel!

10 Packing Tips to help make your travel plans start off smoothly. I always used to end up with a room that looked like an explosion went off and now that doesn’t happen anymore. It’s important to always start with a list. Write down all the things you think you need/ want to bring and then each day you are gone so you can easily figure out how much of each item you’ll need

Tips:

  1. Make clothes piles for each day.
  2. Roll your clothes instead of folding them.
  3. Get a good suitcase with four wheels to make travel days easier
  4. Pack backwards – leaving your first outfit on top to easily grab
  5. Try to pack fabrics that don’t wrinkle easy
  6. Back an empty tote for souvenirs
  7. Put heavy items like toiletries on the bottom
  8. Use dry cleaning bags to lay over your toiletries / and delicates to avoid spills and pulls when luggage gets jostled around
  9. Keep medication in your carry on just in case your luggage gets lost.
  10. Bring a laundry cube for dirty clothes

These simple hacks will be sure to reduce stress and anxiety prior to travel. Happy traveling and be sure to take tons of pictures!

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New Hampshire Adventures

NH Adventures

Have you ever wanted to visit the beautiful state of NH? Last summer I had the opportunity to live there for two months while my husband renovated a log cabin. We stayed in a little cabin that was secluded out in White Mountains and it was gorgeous. There is so much to do especially if you love the outdoors and have adventurous little ones. I would highly recommend  visiting. There are so many campgrounds, hotels, and quaint towns to visit. 

Even if you do more winter sport activities- NH is still a great place to visit. While we were there we hiked Mt. Moosilauke and Camel’s hump (VT) both were challenging, fun, and stunning aerial views. We also spent time hiking remote areas with our metal detector, went snorkeling and swimming in the swimming holes. They are everywhere and glorious. We even spent time gold panning in some of the river beds. The sound of the water flowing, nature chirping in the background and the pure silence of the hustle and bustle was just what the doctor ordered. 

If you want to go into town, the food is so good and affordable. Great local spots for ice cream- we visited Moose Scoops more than I care to admit. There are zip lining and rope courses downtown, the polar caves, and Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves that I would definitely recommend checking out for some education and fun. 

We went mini golfing one day, visited a local winery and brewery, and scavenged for covered bridges- there are over 50 in NH. Storyland is also a great spot for kids to visit. You can surely find fun for everyone when visiting. They have beautiful lakes and great pull offs for photo opportunities of the great mountain landscapes.

Another unique experience that I got to do was to pick daisies, boil them down, and dye my own yarn. I learned how to knit and I even made a hat. It was such an amazing experience. I read a book in I don’t know how long, lounged in a hammock, and really got to do some great soul searching and self care. It’s so important to take time to listen to what your body needs. 

If you are looking to get away and find some tranquil, fun and low key family fun- I would say you have found a great place to go.

 

Fun

Summer Family Fun Ideas

Summer is going by so fast, but have no fear there is still time for family fun. Join me as I break down the top 5 family fun things to do that won’t break the bank and are enjoyable for everyone.

 

  1. Mini-golf (my personal favorite) This activity is long enough but not too long. It’s a fun morning or evening activity for all ages.
  2. Beach day or lake day- pack the family up and head to the sand and water for a fun day of building sand castles, swimming, and reading (for parents)
  3. Picnic in the park- pack a fun lunch and snacks or dinner and bring a ball or cornhole games and just enjoy the great outdoors.
  4. Petting zoos or aquariums- with the pandemic hopefully behind us- many places have been letting kids in for free or at a huge discount. Go on a fun learning adventure today!

Since we are from all parts of the world, use this list as inspiration to plan a fun family day that is full of pictures, memories and laughs! Before you know it, it will be back to school and the fall will be upon us. 

 

Bringing the family together will allow everyone to take a break from work, phones, and give you a chance to reconnect and enjoy truly being together. So make the effort to minimize phone use and talk to one another. 

 

I’m planning a mini golf session this weekend and excited to have some quality family time and take time to refuel before going back to work Monday!

 

You can even make a game out of these activities to help the family engage and get into the activity together like a scavenger hunt or I spy type of fun. Or maybe a writing activity after to talk about their favorite part of the day.

 

Enjoy the day and can’t wait to see where it takes you!

 

 

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Favorite TV Shows

I love immersing myself into the arts, whether that be my obvious passion (writing) or other mediums such as music, movies, and tv shows. Here are a few of my favorite tv shows and why I love them!


TV Shows for when I need a good laugh:

The Big Bang Theory is a comedy about physicists Leonard and Sheldon who have brilliant minds that understand how the universe works. However no amount of book smarts helps them interact with people. They must learn the day to day interactions on their own.


How I Met Your Mother follows the story a father tells to his children about how he met their mother and the life leading up to and around it. It’s a great show that follows the lives of 5 best friends and the lessons they experience and learn from.

TV Shows for when I’m in the mood for action:

NCIS LA follows the exploits of the Los Angeles-based Office of Special Projects, an elite division of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service that specializes in undercover assignment. It’s a great action show that has plenty of stand alone episodes with a flowing side story as well.


Jack Ryan is a series based on characters from the fictional “Ryanverse” created by Tom Clancy. This show follows a CIA analyst who is pulled into the field with a past that is more than meets the eye.


TV Shows for when I’m in the mood for romance and drama:

Sweet Magnolias is a tv show based on the novels written by Sherryl Woods. It follows three women from South Carolina who have been best friends since childhood. They explore the complexities of romance, career, and family.


What are your favorite TV shows and why? Comment below!
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