December 07, 2017

(Christmas) Coffee Chats ~ Vol. 5

If we were having coffee this week, I'd be in a better mood than the last time we had coffee, thats for sure. Life is good these days and its the Christmas season!!! For the past month Ive been busy with work (when am I not) as I'm trying to prep all I can before I leave for my trip next week. Speaking of trip, I'm all ready! I have all my winter gear prepped, and this weekend I bought two new jeans (fun fact - I don't wear jeans). I'd say I'm as prepped as I'll ever be for the cold and for a wintery Christmas #jazzhands #soready.

In wedding news, planning is going great (though I'm still not a fan of the planning process). Just this last weekend my bridesmaids dresses were chosen, my invitations were ordered and I also made a few other big decisions that I was dragging my feet on. Finally getting shit done over here.
December 06, 2017

9 Essential Travel Apps

travel apps

If someone could pay me to travel, I'd do it as a job. I'm kidding, but only a little. Anyway, since I've traveled quite a bit in the past, and have been traveling even more lately (at the end of this year I would have been to four countries!!), I have become quite familiar with travel apps. Over time, I've narrowed down the best travel apps - or at least those that make my travels much easier.

I've used each and every one of these travel apps in the past and I'll be using them on my upcoming trip (I can't believe I leave in less than two weeks).  Let's get to it.
December 04, 2017

Christmas wish list

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I saw this tree over the weekend and fell completely in love with the decorations. So cute. December is almost a week old and most people are done with their shopping lists, so I'm probably a little late to the game here, but since I am notoriously a late shopper (I haven't finished my list yet) its not really surprising that I'm just now putting up my wish list. 

Lately, I've been watching what I spend very closely since our expenses in the next year are quite a lot (read: wedding), so my wish list isn't very long and frankly most of these are wants and not needs.

Jumping right into it, here's what's on my list:
December 01, 2017

Making the most of the weekend

weekend ideas

December 1st! I truly believe this year flew by. I swear it was just January. Anyway, its really starting to feel like Christmas now. I still haven't played any Christmas music and my apartment is not decorated (I travel in 2 weeks and won't be back until January so I'm not sure it will be), but I feel Christmas in the air.

You know what else I'm feeling? The weekend. I was having a chat with a friend this week and she mentioned that she had no clue what to do with this weekend and said that she was bored most weekends. #WUT 

This isn't the first time I've heard this comment (esp in my field of work where everyone thinks work should be 24/7) but I for one fully believe in weekends. Sure, I work some weekends, but lately my weekends have been for me to be the me I was before the career and adulting. There are so many ways to make the most of the weekend. I rattled off a bunch of options for her and the thought occurred to me - I should share this.
November 29, 2017

Winter Travel must haves ~ what I purchased

winter must haves

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It's no secret at this point that in a couple weeks I'll be heading off to Romania (and Germany). I may have never seen snow, but I certainly have experienced winter. On my last trip to Europe in January 2012 or so, the temps got down to about -5 (celsius). Pretty cold, at least to me. While that was a while ago, I do remember I was less than prepared for the cold (and the wind!!!) so for this trip, I'm determined to be as prepared as possible.

A couple weeks back I hopped online and binge shopped for all my winter travel essentials (since I basically have none). On my list were jackets, boots, gloves, scarves, pjs and clothes. Now while its a three week trip, I was conscious of two main things - I didn't want to spend too much since I won't need them again for quite some time (we do plan to visit Europe again in the winter but I clearly don't live in four season country) and they needed to be able to comfortably fit in my suitcase. I think I succeeded in getting everything I needed, at a reasonably cost, and it all fits!

These are my winter travel must haves: