Carry On Essentials

Carry On Essentials

I’ve spent so much time flying the past few years I’ve become almost an expert when it comes to packing my carry on. I’ve learned all the things I absolutely need, and the things that aren’t worth the space.
I always traveled with my laptop, but once I got my iPad I hardly ever take my laptop in my carry on anymore. My iPad does most of the things my laptop does, weighs so much less, and doesn’t take up nearly as much space. Plus it doubles as an e-reader. 
I’m always cold. So a light blanket is an absolute must.
I always thought these travel pillows where the dorkiest looking things ever. I couldn’t imagine that they were comfortable or worth the money. But on one long trip across the country I broke down and bought one, and boy was I ever wrong about them. Definitely one of the best purchases I have ever made. Now I don’t travel without it. Short haul, long haul, car, plane, train, doesn’t matter, I take it.
The air on planes is always dry. Moisturizer is must. And I love Hempz. It smells nice, isn’t greasy, and dries super fast.
Lip balm, can’t travel without it.
I find that mascara is the easiest way to freshen up your look. A few swipes and you look rejuvenated. Also, I probably should have included some deodorant here as well. I definitely always have it packed in my carry on.
Cosmo is my go to travel magazine. So many different articles to keep me occupied.
And of course headphones. Earbuds just don’t cut it for long amounts of time. They hurt my ears. And these lovelies are great for reducing outside noise and let me focus on my inflight movie or my tunes. Plus, the person next to me is usually pleased that they reduce the noise the people around me can hear.
What are your carry on essentials?
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Mascara
7.22 CAD – target.com

Eagle Creek rectangle throw pillow
30 CAD – shoebuy.com

Off My Rocker

So here’s the deal, I’m kinda super weird, and you probably already know that, but in case there are any new faces around here today, I thought I’d put that out there.

Need proof?

I’m a girl who hates, hates, hates all things domesticated like cooking, baking and cleaning. I’ll go out of my way to avoid it as much as possible. I’m not proud of it, and I try to change it, but so far no luck. I am never in the mood to do any of those things. But every once in a while I’ll get the urge, and it will be at the strangest times. I’ve been known to start cleaning my apartment at 9:30 on a Sunday night, or clean my bathroom at 1:00 am Saturday morning. Not normal right? Well it happened again this weekend. Sometime just before midnight on Saturday I got the sudden need to bake a banana bread. First one ever at that. And I did it. And it turned out pretty good. I’m super proud of myself. And because I’m always sometimes bad at this bloggy thing, there are zero pictures. So you’ll just have to take my word for it.

I found a simple recipe here and then tweaked it for the things I had in my cupboards:

Ingredients

For the bread:
3 over-ripe bananas, smashed up
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1 1/2 cups flour

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and four a loaf pan. Mine was 9 x 5, but you could use any sort, I suppose. Just keep a close eye on it in the oven, and adjust the time as needed

Mix bananas, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together. sprinkle baking soda and salt around on top of the banana mixture. Then gently stir in flour. Be careful not to over-mix!

Pour mixture into pan.

Bake for 50-60 minutes, but remember, if you’re using a different-sized loaf pan, be careful and keep a close eyeball on it!

Guys I’m telling you, this recipe is super simple. If I was successful on the very first try, its impossible to mess it up.

And now I’m off to work, to do my very best to be productive for the three short hours I’ll be there before heading to the airport!

I’ve got a few posts lined up for while I’ll be gone, so that this place won’t be abandoned. And since so many of you said you want me to keep you updated of my adventures in Paris, I’ve decided to do what all the cool people do and came up with a hashtag for Twitter and Instagram so that you guys can check up on me if want.

The Post That Was Meant to Be

Note to self: To be a successful blogger, one must make sure to schedule posts for the correct date.

I had this post ready to go for Friday, but apparently I wasn’t quite paying attention when I scheduled it. So, I updated it a little and here it is. A short and sweet September Goals update.

ONE //  I’ve done pretty well with this one. I cheated last Saturday night with some pizza after a night of many Bud Lights. And I don’t feel at all bad about that because really, it was preventative measures. If a $5 slice of pizza saves me from a hangover, its worth the money and calories. I did however cave and grab some McDs for lunch on Friday. I forgot to pack my lunch. And the oatmeal I had in my lunch bag just was not gonna cut it.

TWO //  I did great on this one. The birthday gift I bought for my mom does not count.

THREE //  Yeaaaaah. Definitely was unsuccessful at this one. I only exercised once. But I made up for it on Saturday by helping my dad out with yard work around the cabin. Not as good as cardio, but still a healthier choice than lying on the couch watching HGTV.

FOUR //  I was 138 lbs when I set these goals and Friday morning I was 135.8. Not too shabby for someone who didn’t exercise at all. Very minor lifestyle changes have occurred, and things are moving in the right direction.

FIVE //  Most days I’ve done pretty well with my water intake. Some days I have to force myself to drink more, but all in all its going well…minus the bagillion trips to the ladies room.

SIX //  To be honest, I haven’t assessed this situation for a few days, mostly because I’m scared to look at the finances, but I’ve avoided the stores like the plague, so that means things should be looking better, right?

Did you set any goals this month? How are you doing with them? Hit up the comments and let me know.

Accountability

I’m jumping on the idea stealing train today. Ty made a list like this on Wednesday and I felt inspired. I’ve had a list of goals in my head for this month, but I have a tendency to make goals and then forget about them.
For that reason I’ve decided to write them down. And perhaps if I put them out there for all of you to see I’ll be more inclined to follow them through.

 So there you have em. They’re pretty lofty, but I think I can do it. I’ll post updates every Friday on how I’m doing with them (brief ones I promise).

one. Bridesmaid dress shopping.
two. Yummy meals out with coworkers. And those cute retro fry baskets.
three. Taking a time out to feed the ducks at the river.
four. Morning cuddles with this precious face.
Five. Silly selfies on the mini roadie with the cousin.

And because no Friday is complete without a tune or two its time to…


Peace out trouts. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

The Curse

As per usual, the minute I make up my mind to do some serious money saving, I get in the mood to do some serious shopping. Of course, with Paris being just more than a month away, I’ll have to do my best to refrain.
Therapy Thursday

I’ve been dreaming of owning a Burberry scarf for years. And these Tory Burch boots have been on my radar from the first day I discovered Pinterest and subsequently Polyvore. A pair of legit Ray Ban wayfarers would make me jump for joy. And don’t even get me started on Kate Spade. I’m basically in love with everything they have.

Tory Burch black leather boots
520 CAD – jildorshoes.com

Kate Spade black leather handbag
240 CAD – saksfifthavenue.com

Kate Spade bag
150 CAD – piperlime.gap.com

Burberry shawl
425 CAD – my-wardrobe.com

Ray-Ban black sunglasses
150 CAD – barneys.com

Things I’ve Learned from Carrie and the Girls

Today I want to talk about Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha. The women who taught me so much about friendship, love, life, sex and shoes.

I was a little late discovering the series, but I was obsessed immediately. My friends and I identified ourselves as the characters we closest resembled (I was Carrie, duh), we had SATC marathons, did the weekend meal thing, and of course, bought the movie package that came with a tshirt (I still have and wear mine).

Those fabulous ladies bestowed some brilliant life lessons on me and I’m here today to share them with you. You’re so welcome, in advance.

I know it should go without saying, but you wouldn’t believe the number of women who can’t wrap their minds around the concept of hoes before bros. The fabulous foursome never let the men in their lives interfere with their friendship. Of course there was the occasional squabble about douche bag exes, namely Big. But they never lasted long because the friendship always came first.

Which leads us to always being honest with your girls, even when the truth isn’t easy. Sometimes your friends really need to be told when the dude in their life is a loser. Or when they are acting a little bit pathetic over a guy. Or even when they need to spend less time with the Rabbit, ahem Charlotte.

Choose the nice guy, for the love of God, choose the nice guy. I know it didn’t work out this way in the movies, but lets get real, this is where the ball was dropped. Carrie should have chosen Aidan. The nice guy won’t have you as his mistress, or let you get caught in his apartment by his wife. The nice guy doesn’t stand you up at your own wedding. No, the nice guy forgives your indiscretions, buys the apartment next to yours, and refinishes your floors.

Sometimes you just need to embrace your singleness. Spend time with the girls, enjoy being able to do the things you love whenever it suits you. And use the space to find yourself. One of the wisest things Carrie ever said was, “the most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”

Lastly, the most important thing you should take away from this post is that pre-marital sex is a good thing. You can’t tell if a guy has issues “getting it up” just by looking at him. So don’t marry him without taking him for a test drive first. Otherwise you run the risk of finding yourself your very own Trey McDougall.

I know, so much wisdom for one post. I told you you’d be thanking me.
Have a fabulous day!

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Lazy Lazy

This was the first relaxing weekend I’ve had since my layoff. I spent it exactly the way I wanted to…flaked out on the couch watching tv. But I’m feeling pretty guilty because I was home visiting my parents and after all they’ve done for me, I should have been more helpful. My mom asked me to dust her furniture and sweep the floors, and I didn’t do it, for no other reason than when I am preoccupied with tv and being lazy, I forget about everything else. And that isn’t really fair, my parents work long hard days, and I should do as much as I can to help them out when I’m home.

But alas, as much as I am ashamed of my actions, or lack there of, I can’t change this past weekend, all I can do is make a conscious effort to do better in the future.

Alright, enough seriousness for this post. Lets move on.

one. I read the entire 50 Shades of Grey trilogy in one week. And I liked it. Honestly, I thought it was kinda hott.

two. In an extreme contrast to number one,  I watch ABC Family. Seriously, I PVR Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, and Baby Daddy. And I was super bummed out when The Lying Game was cancelled.

three. There’s a One Direction song on my iPod.

four. I dance around the house belting Spice Girls songs into my hairbrush.

five. I don’t shave my legs unless I’m going to be wearing shorts…or dragging a boy home from the bar obvs.

six. I like Nickelback.

seven. I’m seriously considering buying a pair of comfy Dr. Scholls from Naturalizer for walking around Paris.

eight. I don’t really like Twitter. gasp.

nine. The only time I make my bed is when I change the sheets, or I have company coming.

ten. I don’t think that all babies are cute. Some are downright ugly.

bonus. I’m back to being employed for three weeks. And I’m not thrilled about it. Paycheques are great. Having my tv watching interrupted sucks.

Loving…

Polyvore is becoming an obsession. I find tons and tons of outfits that I’m in love with. Every time I type the url in to my browser my credit card gets nervous. Theres just sooo many cute things on there.

Its no secret that I love to shop, that I love clothes and shoes, and that I’ll never have enough. I like to think that I’m got pretty good style, but sometimes I need a little help coming up with ideas. I love walking into a store and seeing a great outfit on a mannequin. If I love it, I’ll probably buy the entire thing, or at least keep it in mind and create my own version of it. Polyvore is alot like a digital mannequin or like admiring someone elses outfit from afar. I get to cruise the different posts, find outfits I like, and easily find out where to buy the pieces.

coral and aqua

This outfit is bright and sophisticated. Perfect for a summer night out. I’m really loving the scalloped top. The color is fabulous, and the detail is fun yet classy.

Business Attire.

I’m not loving the jeans in this compilation, but they could be easily switched out for something without an elastic waist. This outfit is very well put together. It would be great for work. And the teal shoes add little punch of color and fun.

Evening Glam

Is it becoming terribly obvious that I love blazers? Because I do. But what I’m really loving about this outfit is the bling! Hello glittery tank. I think you would look lovely in my closet.

Summer country outfit

This outfit screams tailgate party/outdoor concert. Its a great way to look put together but that your ready to let loose at the same time. I pride myself on being a girl who is just as comfortable all dressed up in heels as I am in casual clothes. Unfortunately just because I’m comfortable, doesn’t mean I’m one of those girls who looks bangin’ when I’m dressed down. But, I’m pretty sure an outfit like this would fix that problem a little. Its a little badass and girly at the same time.

Puffer Vest & Boots

I know fall isn’t here yet, but I couldn’t resist sharing this one. Its warm and cozy, yet extremely well put together. I love it when you can wear a hoodie and still rock some stellar pieces like those boots and pearl earrings. Can’t beat an outfit in which you can be super comfortable and not look like a slob.

Because I’m Feeling Less Than Inspired…

I think one of the most difficult things about being laid off, besides the impending unemployment, lack of paycheques, and uncertainty about the future, is having to work through your two weeks of notice.

Here in Newfoundland employers are required to give employees two weeks notice of lay off. What this means is that once you get your notice, you are entitled to two more weeks of pay. Sometimes employers expect you to work during this time, and other times, they waive the notice, pay you out, and send you on your merry way.

My employer expects me to work. And it sucks. Seriously, as if getting up early in the morning for work isn’t hard enough on a regular morning, take it from me, its eleventy billion times harder when your employment is coming to an end. Its hard to motivate yourself to do things to insure a positive future for a company that’s letting you go. I keep having to force myself to do more than the bare minimum.

This lack of motivation is starting to spill over into my ‘tude towards everything. Hence why this post is so damn depressing and unoriginal. But at least I posted something, right?

Without further ado, currently I’m…

Eating – Silver Hills Bakery Mack’s Flax Bread with Crofter’s Organic Apricot Spread. I’m not someone who eats super healthy grained bread or organic food on the reg. But when I visited Shell Bell this is what she ate, and my white bread lovin’ self decided to suck it up and eat her rabbit food so that she wouldn’t spend more money on groceries just for me. And well, as much as I hate to admit this, I really liked it. So when I got home I took my ass to the store and bought some.

Drinking  – A French Vanilla Cappuccino from Timmies

Purchasing – Bahahaha….given the pending unemployedness I won’t be doing much purchasing for a while.

Looking forward to – My cousin is getting married this weekend, which means dancing and booze, obviously. It also means a mini family reunion. Can’t wait to see these faces…

Watching – Obviously since I’m at work I’m not watching anything at this exact moment. But I can’t wait for the next episode of Rookie Blue. Seriously, I’m obsessed. Its not your typical cop show, its more like the Grey’s Anatomy of police shows. And if you’ve never watched it, you should start. But I would suggest starting from the beginning. Rookie Blue marathon anyone?

Loving – This pins from Pinterest

Listening to – Runnin’ Outta Moonlight – Randy Houser. This song makes me happy.

Reading – I’ve been reading the Beautiful Bastards trilogy. I’ve got two out of three read and I would have the third read by now if I wasn’t doing the whole saving money thing.

Craving – Pepsi. Its my go to guilt food.

Feeling – Unsure and uneasy. About life. About what to do next.