Last Minute Homemade Christmas Presents… That don’t suck

 

Natural Homemade Hand Scrub

Recipe from Food Network–Giada

You will need:

1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon dried lavender
1 cup kosher salt
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1 small lemon
Instructions:

Heat the olive oil and lavender in a small saucepan over low heat for about 5 minutes to warm the oil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the infused oil to cool to room temperature.

In a small bowl, combine the salt, lemon zest and lemon juice. Pour in the infused oil and stir to incorporate. Transfer the scrub to an airtight glass container. The scrub will keep for 2 weeks at room temperature.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/giada-at-home/700-series/how-to-make-citrus-lavender-hand-scrub.html?oc=linkback

CGAB Variations

Add mint instead of lavender

Waiting to Run

When it comes to working out, I am actually one of those people that enjoy it. However, when it comes to mac and cheese, I am also one of those people who enjoy it! The hardest thing for me about working out is “finding time to do it.” We all are very busy and have so much going on in our lives. There are times when I want to work out but I feel bad that I am not working in my “off” time. If I have a deadline coming up and I am not finished with the project I feel like I need to work on it instead or workout or spend time out {I think this is another one of those instances of realizing you are a workaholic and moving on with life}.

But what I am realizing quickly is that waiting to workout because of other things that are on my to do list, I will never get a chance to work out.

Coffee Shop Finds-New York, New York

When you work from home, what that really means is that you are working from home a few days a week and wherever you can find decent internet for the rest of the days of that week. So realistically, you will probably be spending somewhere around $75-$100 on coffee and a place to sit that isn’t your couch!

I have tried so many coffee shops in New York City and here are some of my favorites.

West Village: The Coffee Prodigy

Perfect for the remote worker that likes a chill and “not stuffy” environment.
Coffee shop by day and karaoke by night—or the day if you are board. This place is a remote worker’s paradise. It is visited by locals, mainly. I always like to work in an environment where if I talk to a coworker on skype for a few minutes that I don’t get death stares and also a place that is not so loud that I can’t hear someone beside me. This is also a coffee shop where if you sit to work for a while you don’t feel the need to get up after your allotted 20 minutes in your seat of free wifi.

Carry On Packing

So as you all know, I have been traveling A TON! I have been in over five states in two weeks and flying so much. With flying comes so many things–stress, planning, and of course, packing! When have been traveling about every two weeks to a month but I am new to traveling every week. I enlisted the help of one of my best friends Kay to get advice for packing a carry on. I have her advise as well as a little of my own below!

Tips from Kay:

I travel for work. A LOT. And with this comes early morning meetings, late night client dinners and 45-minute hauling ass connections. Which is why, when I fly, carry on is not just the best way, it’s the ONLY way. Your luggage won’t get lost, you won’t be late for that conference call because you’re waiting on your bag, and you won’t get it back to find one wheel missing and all your toothpaste on your favorite sweater.

The most important thing when packing a carry on is, well, the carry-on. Anything adorable and a duffel bag- save it for road trips. Unless it has wheels or you plan on backpacking it and need to get used to the weight, it’s just going to piss you off. I am a fan of the “spinner”, but anything with wheels will do. If you travel occasionally- a good Samsonite, Travelpro, or London fog will do the trick, and for a pretty minimal investment. BUT, if you plan on being a road warrior – go for the tumi, briggs & riley, or the ADORABLE Steamline Luggage (HEART). These are pricey, but come with good warranties.

I personally have a Tumi continental spinner- and I love it!

Before I leave on a trip, I make a list of the days I’ll be gone, and the temperature in the city where I’m going each day. Then I write down what clothes I’ll need (work, travel, outside, etc).

When packing, leggings are a girl’s best friend. So is silk. I usually take a pair of thick black legging-pants and 2-3 silky tunics to go with them (they don’t wrinkle too bad, and can roll up small). If the tunics are long enough, this is a great option for work, and if not- a great option for going out. Throw in a flattering winter white skirt for evening parties, and chances are- it’ll match every shirt you packed. Think coordinating colors: camels, blue, black, white and jean always match… And if you’re me, leopard print is a neutral too. I always pack a pair of tennis shoes and workout clothes. AGAIN- spandex is king. The smaller your shorts and top for running, the better.

Wear your riding boots and a cute blazer or jacket on the plane, this way you can save that precious carry-on space. Stay light on bulky jewelry and scarfs- only take your favorite basics, and if you can, wear these on the plane as well. This will not only save you space, but keep you from leaving your earrings at the hotel.

If you play your cards right, it’s easy to pack in a carry-on for a week.

Just a few more tips from me:

 

 

Cheers and Travel Often!

 

 

While We Were Out: Charleston

We have been traveling machines lately! We were blessed to have family that recently purchased a home in Charleston, and of course we couldn’t wait to go visit! Even though it rained most of the weekend, it was so nice to get out of town for a few days and really enjoy ourselves and explore!

 

We went to a few different places that were so good for food! We started by doing dinner with family on Friday night at the Red Drum in Mount Pleasant. I got the salmon dish and it was SOOO good!

While We Were Out: Cocoa Beach, FL

 

Hey y’all!! It has been a while! We have so many changes going  on in our lives right now and have been so busy traveling I have not had much time to update the blog with outfits, food suggestions, or activities! Hopefully, I can catch up this week! We went to the Kennedy Space Center this weekend in Cape Canaveral {Titusville} on Saturday. It was actually really fun and very informative. I would suggest getting there early, especially if you really enjoy science, space, or anything/all things NASA. Also, because there really aren’t that many people there in the mornings.{I would also suggest bringing lunch, they have a ton of places to eat but it is overpriced and not that good. However, you can go to your car and in and out as long as you get a stamp. We went to Publix and got subs for lunch before hand, I was very glad we did!}

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After finishing the day at KSC, we went to Cocoa Beach for the night and for Sunday to enjoy the sunshine! As a Southerner living in the North, we are not used to cool days until May! I am loving being in Florida for spring this year {call me a snowbird, I don’t even care}. It was such a nice weekend! While we were there, we went to a few cool spots. For dinner we went to Fat Kahunas {get the tuna and Key Lime Pie} and Jazzy’s {get the Calamari, Mahi, Hush Puppies, and Mac salad}. Both of which I would suggest. To get drinks I would try Coconuts (if you are wanting a beach view and more of a main stream experience) or if you are looking for a more local dive bar try Hunkerdown Hideaway. Y’all I am telling you this is the dive of dives for a good band and amazing people watching!!

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Cheers,

 

Tess

 

While We Were Out…Nashville

Y’all, we have been traveling non stop! We have been in Birmingham, Brooklyn, Nashville, Bristol, and Orlando all in two months! I wanted to share a couple of pictures from our travels to Nashville and a couple of places to try! First off we were in Nashville to celebrate one of my best friend’s weddings! Miss Hannah is now Mrs. Hannah and I am so excited for her! it was a gorgeous day and she looked stunning!

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The rehersal dinner was held at Merchant’s and man was it delicious! I had a delicious steak and shortcake!

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We went out to a few bars but I really liked Acme. It is a large area, but they had plenty of things to keep you busy. A band on one floor and shuffleboard on another. They also sale food, which is always nice. It is a great place to go with a big group of people.

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{Sorry the pictures aren’t the best! these are from snapchat and I haven’t had time to edit the pictures from the wedding on my real camera yet!} Where do you like to go in Nashville?

Cheers,

Tess