15 Perfect Gifts for Travelers

Dear Santa,

What do I most want for Christmas this year?  Do you really have to ask?  Plane tickets!! If that’s not an option, I have a few more suggestions of what a traveler would like to see under her tree.  The following are 15 picks for the perfect present for travelers: (BTW..I have no affiliation with any of these products.  They’re just items on my wish list.)

Leather Travel Quote Luggage Tag.  I love how classic this tag is and it can be put on anything from your suitcase, overnight bag, camera case, computer bag, etc.  My favorite feature is you can customize your favorite quote.  (Love the Jane Austen quote!) $26   https://www.etsy.com/listing/232235365/leather-travel-quote-luggage-or-bag-tag?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share

 

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My First Piece on Thrive Global!

SO EXCITED!!!!

 I was so sad when Arianna Huffington (she’s my Oprah!) left Huffington Post to start her new website Thrive Global, but I quickly fell in love with it. The whole site is about wellness, productivity, and becoming your best self. Today I had my first feature on it!!! So excited to be a part of this new adventure! 

Click here to take a peek…


How to Feel at Home while Traveling

 

One reason people sometimes give about why they don’t like to travel is because they hate the feeling of being away from home.  Traveling is about the unknown, and that makes some people uncomfortable.  The trick is to bring a piece of home to you…wherever you are.  Here are 10 tips that may help you cure your cause of homesickness:

1.     STICK TO YOUR ROUTINE.  If you work out every morning then you should head to the fitness room.  If you have a bedtime ritual, don’t’ let being in a hotel stop you.  Bring your face wash and makeup removal, read a book, and make some of your favorite herbal tea.

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Being Prepared for Sick Kids on Vacation

 

I’ll never forget our nightmare eventful first morning on our trip to Turks and Caicos.  I woke up to the sound of birds chirping and waves crashing as I rolled over and wrapped myself up in our fluffy down comforter.  Oh, and did I mention it was a white comforter? When suddenly I noticed my sleepy five-year-old standing by my side lean over and throw up all over our bed. Perfect start to our vacation!

You can’t prevent your kids from being sick or getting hurt, but you can be prepared for these vacation hiccups by packing a few supplies.  We’ve seen it all…pneumonia in the Turks, ear infection in Florida, stomach bug in St. Lucia, sliced chin in Grand Cayman, jellyfish sting in Santorini, and countless sunburns.  (Holy cow…we’ve had some really bad luck!)  I’ve learned to pack for many “what if” situations.  Here’s what I always carry on vacation for these occasions:

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Host the Perfect Cocktail Party with ROOT 23

 

The holiday season is always a time for us to stay closer to home and spend time with friends and family.  Every once in a while, cocktails are involved…hahaha…who are we kidding…cocktails are ALWAYS involved!  Often, these are last-minute get-togethers and so I always like to be prepared.

When ROOT 23 asked if I wanted to test out some of their simple syrups, I was more than happy to host a few cocktail hours!  ROOT 23 specializes in the farm to cocktail movement, using organic sugar and locally sourced ingredients, and they provided two syrups for us to taste along with six cocktail recipes.  I decided to divide it into two different tastings (You’re welcome liver).

What syrups did I receive?

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Yogi Surprise Subscription Box Review

My oldest daughter is obsessed with yoga right now.  She has the absolute best yoga instructor (The fabulous Mrs. Audra!!!) and I love that she’s learning about relaxation, stress reduction, and how to be a fierce girl all while getting in a good workout.  She could not have been more thrilled when we were asked to review the Yogi Surprise subscription box. Check out what we thought of it. Namaste!

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Kidstir Subscription Box Review

If the television is on in my kids’ playroom it’s not hard to guess what will playing…a cooking challenge show! They love watching people come up with recipes, work together, and end up with a tasty treat.  I often hear, “5 MORE MINUTES!” screamed from the TV and my girls yelling, “Hurry Up!” They love to help me cook but we don’t get around to doing it too often because of the hassle of finding appropriate recipes, making a list of ingredients, and buying supplies needed to make the meal.  This can be quite a pain in the butt inconvenience.  Kidstir.com does all the planning for you so you only have the fun stuff to do!  My girls were anxiously awaiting this Kidstir.com subscription box and practically tore it open when it arrived.

 

What do I love about this box?

These Kidstir.com boxes are not full of junk food recipes, but instead it shows kids that healthy food can be fun to eat.  They believe by educating and empowering our kids about food, we can prepare them to make smart, healthy choices.  Also, if kids help prepare a meal, they are more likely to eat it.  Plus, it is a wonderful way for kids to gain life skills in the kitchen.

What comes in each box?

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A Week Itinerary in Grand Cayman

 

When we traveled to Grand Cayman we had one thing in mind…get away from the depressing lovely piles of New Hampshire snow.  We wanted to soak in the sunshine and play in the sand.  We did a few outings but the beach was our main agenda.  Here is our itinerary for 5 full days in paradise:

DAY 1

We always spend the first full day enjoying our hotel and spending time in the sun and sand with our family.  Enjoy the pool and the beach and soak up all the sunshine!

Since we stayed at a condo, we went to the market to load up on local food to make for breakfasts and lunches. We found a farmer’s market and bought delicious local fruit and vegetables.

After lunch, we rented jet skis on 7 Mile Beach.

Dinner:  Deckers Caribbean Grill (A fun beach bar where you can sit with your feet right in the sand.)

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Cape Codder Resort and Spa

At times I like to travel with just one of my daughters so we can spend some quality one-on-one time together.  Recently, I was so pleased to be able to stay at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa, in Hyannis, with my youngest.  After looking at the website and seeing the hotel has a water park, she could hardly stop talking about it.  The hotel did not disappoint and we had a fabulous time playing throughout our stay.  The hotel is located near several beautiful Cape Cod beaches, and near many restaurants and adorable shop. 

Click here to read all about our stay…


My 10 Favorite Huffington Post Articles

A year ago, I dreamed of being featured in the Huffington Post and decided to work my butt off in order to see my name on an article.  I’ve been so fortunate to have the opportunity throughout this last year and wanted to take a minute to share my Top 10 articles on the Huffington Post…

15 Ways to Save Money While Traveling

10 Tips for Taking Kids on Overnight Flights

10 Reasons to Get Out of Your Resort and Explore

Is A Hotel the Right Accommodation for Your Trip?

10 Must-Do Activities in Santorini

10 Reasons to Choose an All-Inclusive

 

10 Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While Traveling

15 Ways to Entertain Kids on a Plane

Picking the Perfect Island Destination

10 Lessons Kids Learn by Traveling