August 28, 2015

Products We Love: Dylbug

Getting kids to eat is hard. Getting kids to eat healthy food is even harder. Lucky for us the Mini Fashionista has had healthy eating habits instilled in her from the very beginning, so we don't struggle with getting her to eat fruits and vegetables, but I know many, many parents that do. 

Here is a great way to make eating FUN for kids, Dylbug plates! These fun plates, placemats and cutters not only personalize the eating experience but they also make it fun and engaging. 

I know parents tell kids not to "play with their food" (I told the Mini today in fact), but sometimes playing with food is a good thing. 

These are going to become a go-to on my go-to on my list of gifts for kids.

August 27, 2015

Creating an Adult Bedtime

I have been on a podcast kick lately. I've never listened to podcasts with any regularity until a few weeks ago, and I think it is something I definitely plan to continue. It's a great way to pass the time in the car, on a walk, waiting in a doctor's office, etc.

One of the podcasts I have been listening to is "Happier with Gretchen Ruben". Gretchen is the author of the book The Happiness Project which I blogged about back in 2012 (post here). In Episode  2: All-or Nothing, Gretchen recommended setting a bedtime alarm.

Gretchen and her fellow podcast host, her sister Elizabeth

I find that I often stay up beyond my initial onset of "tired" to work, blog, watch TV, etc, and by the time I am ready to go to bed I am too "wired and tired" to actually fall asleep. Gretchen recommends setting your alarm for bedtime just like you do for when you wake up in the morning.

We set "bedtimes" for our children yet we don't set them for ourselves. So, I've decided to implement the bedtime alarm but in a slightly different way. I am going to implement a 9:00 shutdown time. That means at 9:00 p.m. I will close down my phone and my computer for the night. This will leave me time to read, stretch, use the foam roller or go to sleep all by my 10:00 bedtime.

Given that we are currently traveling in Europe, I will most likely try to implement this when we get home.

Has anyone ever tried something like this? Do you have a bedtime?

August 26, 2015

For the Boys: The Orvis Company

Last week on my tour of New England, we stopped by Orvis headquarters in Manchester, Vermont. It was a quick in and out. We weren't even there for 24 hours - which was unfortunate because the town has some INCREDIBLE outlets - can you say Armani and Yves Delorme?! It's probably better for my bank account that way. That being said, there was plenty to shop for at Orvis! What I wanted to take home was this little fur ball!

Alas, her owner didn't want to give her up...shocking, I know! 

And while Dr. B would have been happier if I had come home with a puppy, I did pick up a few prizes for him. Orvis' Trout Bum line has some great stuff for on, or off, the river. Right when I walked into their flagship store I got hooked (get it?) by the display and purchased the shirt and pull-over on the mannequin. 

This Tech Chambray Work Shirt legitimately looks like chambray, but when you touch it, you realize it's a technical fabric. I knew Dr. B would approve, and I love the fact that I won't have to iron it. Wash and wear. Done and done.

They had it paired with the Quilted Snap Sweatshirt in orange, but grey and navy are a better color combo for his skin tone. And while he didn't get a puppy, I think he was pretty happy to get a little something out of my trip up North.

P.S. Happy 9th anniversary Regs and T! I hope you're doing something fun to celebrate on your European vacation! 

August 25, 2015

Currently Coveting

If you were familiar with the brand, IOMOI, then I have news for you. Iomoi is now Parker Thatch: same people, same product, better name.

I've always admired their totes, and after seeing one in person the other day, I was prompted to revisit their site. The totes are as fabulous as ever. They come in three sizes and are well priced.

And I NEED one of these sleeping masks. I use one every night, and my current one came from an airline, so I am definitely in need of an upgrade. 

I'll be adding these to my birthday list.

And, I'd be remiss if I didn't wish a very happy third anniversary to Katie and Dr. B!

August 24, 2015

Carry-On Like a Boss

If you haven't noticed, I travel a good bit. Both for work and play. I've shared some of my travel must-haves before (here) but recently had a travel emergency! My carry-on suitcase broke. #fail  After perusing the endless replacement options I landed on the Travelpro Crew 10 21" Expandable Spinner in navy (my favorite color). 

I took this baby on its first ride last week to New England. A true test of a good carry-on suitcase is if you can travel out of it for a week. And, I'm happy to report, I did! Here's what I was able to fit inside - 3 pairs of pants, 5 tops, 1 skirt, 1 blazer, 2 dresses, 1 pair of tennis shoes, 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of heals, 1 set of workout clothes, pajamas, toiletries (two separate bags), a jewelry bag, underwear and socks, magazines, my Surface, straightening iron, and a computer charger. And that was all without expanding the bag! I really liked using the detachable garment bag, as it made the suitcase more organized. And since I was in four hotels in five nights, I wasn't up for packing and repacking at each stop. 

It fit perfectly into the overhead of a regional jet and the spinner wheels were awesome. My last suitcase had spinners, but this one rolls with such ease - you have to make sure it doesn't roll away from you! My only complaint is that fully loaded it tipped forward a few times, but that's not a huge deal. Here's a video tour of the suitcase if you're in the market. At $200 it's not inexpensive, but I'm pretty sure I should have this one for a while. I understand why many airline crew members choose this suitcase. 

It's important to have legit luggage so you can travel #likeaboss. This week Seattle, next week Rome. Travel on! 

August 21, 2015

Travel Tricks of the Trade

If you travel a lot, Global Entry is a must. Not only does it make clearing customs so much less painful and paper free, you also get TSA-pre for domestic travel as part of the deal. I've got a work trip coming up next week to Rome (rough, I know), and a friend recently sent me an article about Mobile Passport App.

This is going to be my Global Entry backup. Here's how it works. Once you land, connect to wireless or wi-fi and submit your data to Customs. Within a few seconds, you will receive a receipt with an encrypted barcode which is valid for 4 hours. Follow the mobile passport control signs and skip the lines! Show your passport to the CBP officer and scan the barcode and you'll be on your way! Right now it's only available in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami but definitely worth a try if you're coming through one of those airports. 

Has anyone used this before? I'd love to hear your feedback! 

August 20, 2015

100 Years of Fashion in Two Minutes

Watch this awesome video to see the evolution of fashion over the last 100 years!
"100 YEARS of FASHION" in 2 minutes.
Posted by Chalany High Heels on Friday, August 14, 2015