2/12/15

How to NOT Overpack

How someone packs says a lot about them.  Do you procrastinate or pack a week in advance?  Do you shove everything in a bag not thinking about how it goes together or do you try on every outfit?  Do you look up weather where you are going?  Or do you even know where you're going?!


I am one of those organized packers that starts a week in advance.  I lay out all my ideas for outfits, and yes, I try them all on, including shoes and jewelry.  I actually make a daily schedule for trips that are longer than a week and I plan what I will be wearing each day.  I HATE to overpack!  I allow myself one miscellaneous outfit, just in case.  I get excited about finding something new to help me organize my suitcase.  My husband is the exact opposite.  This picture above describes us perfectly.  After 22 years of marriage I have finally let it go and don't worry about his methods.  


I recently bought a sheet of these from a local store.  I like to fill out the top and give them to my kids to help them pack without my help.  It is a good reminder to read through before you zip up that bag for good.  I recently watched a video on YouTube about how to not overpack from Ingrid Nilsen.  I liked the way she organized her things so I decided to share it with you.  


I want to know what kind of packer you are.  Please comment below and share.  Thanks!

2/5/15

Basilica Santa Maria del Mar: Barcelona, Spain

Of course you have heard of la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, but there are other cathedrals that you should visit as well.  One of the more well known ones is the Cathedral of Barcelona (easy to remember).

Cathedral of Barcelona, Spain

On the day we visited, there was a line to get in.  Not near the line la Sagrada had, but a line, none the less.  After waiting for some time, we found out that you can't wear shorts into the cathedral.  Bummer!  So we decided to come back another day with pants on...never happened.  Anyway, since we couldn't get into the cathedral we had more time to explore the Gothic Quarter where it is located. And guess what we found?  The Basilica Santa Maria del Mar

1/24/15

10 Travel Beauty Tricks

Everyone wants to look their best as they exit the plane.  And after traveling across the entire ocean~ that can be difficult.  I have been writing about my trip to Spain, which was a very long trip from Chicago, including a layover in London.  My number one key is to sleep.  You feel better, and with a little help, you will look better as well.  Check out this video from the YouTube channel Polished about 10 travel beauty tricks.


Which trick was your favorite?  Any special tricks of your own you want to share in the comments?

Take care and safe travels...

1/5/15

La Rambla & the Gothic Quarter: Barcelona, Spain

One of the most popular things to do in Barcelona is take a walk down La Rambla.  It is a tree lined street that connects the Catalunya Plaza (where we stayed at the Olivia Plaza Hotel) all the way to Port Vell at the statue of Christopher Columbus.

La Rambla in Barcelona, Spain

It is very busy and very touristy.  Were it not also beautiful, with the trees and gorgeous buildings, it would not have been one of my favorite things to do.
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