How to Pack With Packing Cubes – I’ve Changed My Method

We want to pack efficiently in our packing cubes, and if you follow this method, you will fit 10 outfits in two packing cubes for your carry-on suitcase.  I normally roll my clothes and raved about it in my last travel video, but I have learned how to pack in packing cubes that will save time and save space in my suitcase.  I didn’t believe it, but this is the best method.

Most people I’ve heard from use packing cubes for organization.  Whether your travel suitcase needs organization, or if you just like to pack in sections, then you should try a set of packing cubes.  I’m traveling in the Fall for a week, so I need layers as well as boots!!!  It’s sweater weather!!!

Cubes come in dimensions for a regular mother lode suitcase amount.  But I only travel with a carry on suitcase.  In my former test and review of rolling vs packing cubes, I used only the biggest one.  And that one is designed if you had a whole other section in a huge suitcase you would check curbside.

I’m packing my gingham shirt with a navy cardigan, but it can also be worn with a burgundy cardigan.  I can wear it out or tucked in.  So I am folding each piece the length of the cube.  The other top that goes with either cardigan is the long sleeve heather gray top.  I prefer to wear these tops with skinny jeans that I wore onto the airplane.

But I have another pair of jeans in a lighter shade for a couple of days.  The jeans will not go in a packing cube; they’re going to drape over the entire suitcase when I’m done.  So I’m folding a graphic tee that will also go with the burgundy cardigan.  This should fit in one cube.  In my former video, I didn’t need to bring boots.  But this time of year and the winter, I need boots.  They really do take up so much room so I had planned on only taking these booties, but since I’ll be walking outside and my ankles need more warmth, I decided to take my boots.  I also have some tennis shoes that I could travel with.

I’m also packing my other plaid shirt.  Love this one for a preppy day and with boots.  But I can also wear it out with the long navy cardigan and be fine.  Have any of you bought Mules this year?  I have some from my junior year of high school (1989) that I can take along in my back pack if it’s hot on the plane.

I’m making a travel outfits video in the future so stay tuned for that.  If y’all have any travel questions, leave me a comment below.

I also pack this b jacket because it will go with the gray t-shirt in the other cube, as well as this olive green top.  Look how this olive top changes when I pair it with a burgundy cardigan.

I’ll pack undies in my shoes or in one of them and my spare, hanging by threads bra.  I so need to get a new one…don’t we all?

Once I have my folded clothes in place, then I stretch each packing cube to fit one shoe in each cube.  I start the zipper, squish, zip some more, squish, and zip some more until I have a misshapen cube.  You can even roll a piece of clothing to squish in there.

Then I try lying them flat or with the handles up.

Then I add my curling iron, shoes, and lay the jeans on top.  A hoodie goes in the outer pocket in case I need to have a blanket or squish it up like a pillow on the flight.

The best travel tip of all when packing is to mix and match.  And to wear your heaviest shoes on the plane so they won’t take up space in your carry on suitcase.  But the best part of packing in packing cubes is for when you arrive at your final destination.

Some travelers keep all their clothes in each cube inside hotel room drawers.  Others unpack totally upon arrival.  Where are you going next?  Have you tried cubes yet?

I started with this cheap bundle of packing cubes, and I’m happy with them.  But this will be only my second trip with them.

I seriously never thought I’d change from the rolling method, but now I’m a believer!

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Visit Woodstock, VT: Eat, Sleep, and What to Do


Woodstock, Vermont is, I’m convinced, where the term charming came from!  The village of Woodstock, Vermont was a gift from New Hampshire back in 1761.  And it will be a gift to you when you visit Woodstock.  If you visit the old wooden red bridge, the Taftsville Covered Bridge, Taftsville is part of Woodstock.  Viewing and photographing the Taftsville Covered Bridge has room on the side of the street for about five cars to park and jump out to take a pic.

My YouTube video above gives you much better explanations of what to visit in Woodstock with many pictures that are just beautiful!

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Taftsville Wooden Covered Bridge

After snapping pics of the Taftsville Covered Bridge, keep going six miles on 4 East to the Quechee Gorge Gifts store, park there and walk to the middle of that bridge to view and take tons of pics of the Quechee Gorge.  You can easily do this with a wheelchair as well.  If you want to hike down the gorge, its entrance is right behind this Quechee Gifts store.  There’s a huge parking lot and it’s maybe a 100 foot walk on a sidewalk to the middle of the Quechee Gorge bridge.  Quick stop and worth it!

There is a Quechee Ski Club near there so it’s not in the middle of no where.

But Woodstock is where I want to stay and live!  We stayed at The Shire Woodstock, a five minute walk to the downtown “oval” of Woodstock.  Think town square tightly cozied up together.  The Shire Woodstock is an inn on the Ottauquechee River so you have a table and wicker chairs from the back deck of your room to view it.  The Shire also has a grassy area near the river if it’s warm enough for you to hang out there.  In the front of each room is a main street view with white rocking chairs.  Almost everyday you have The Shire Woodstock gardener watering his flowers; he will even let you pick his grape tomatoes-he said they’re free.  They’re right in front of the check in office.  We shared a king bed and SIX pillows!  Such a lovely sleep.  However the bathroom does not have a vent fan; but it does have a little window.  Felt kinda humid.  We highly recommend staying at The Shire Woodstock if you are visiting Woodstock.  You are very close to town and right across the street from the little market.

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Cozy setting at The Shire Woodstock
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Three minute walk down Main Street in this charming village

I can recommend the Mont Vert Cafe for coffee.  I saw a local Woodstocker who brought her own sliced tomatoes to add to her breakfast sandwich.  We just happened to visit on National Coffee Day to receive our 50 cents off.  They have a lovely downstairs as well as an entire upstairs for seating.  And if weather permits a brick patio right out front.  Pedestrians can easily get around town because of the patient Woodstockers.  Tourism puts bread on their lovely tables so they are gracious.

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Delicious coffee, roomy seating and locals eat here.

Parking in downtown Woodstock is free before 10 am.

We ate breakfast at Mountain Creamery.  They serve breakfast and lunch and downstairs is where you can get ice cream.  My mom and I split a Maple Sausage Apple Cheddar omelet, and look how perfectly melted the cheese was.  I recommend getting your own because it’s so good.  Now the toast had to be homemade!  It was dense and had a sweet wheat taste-not a bland taste.  They bring you a little shot of their strawberry jelly, which I’m sure comes from Sugar Bush Farms.  I wanted to take a bath in this strawberry jam or jelly!  Sweet but not too sweet; not too thick and spreadably smooth!

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Maple sausage, apple, and cheddar cheese omelet

The Middle Covered Bridge is right there in the oval downtown of the village of Woodstock.  Great pics there.  There’s a foot path crossing attached to the bridge-wheel chair friendly.  You can see Adirondack chairs along the creek underneath. Ottauquechee River (babbling creek) runs underneath this and through Woodstock.

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Middle Covered Bridge – pretty much attached to the town square oval


Highly recommend Sugar Bush Cheese and Maple Farm.  Vermont is the highest producer of Maple Syrup in the United States at almost a million gallons per year.  Awesome tasting samples as you come in to the shop formed in small groups.  Very strict ladies ushering you to squeeze in and get samples from approximately 5 different cheeses.  But it’s a very tiny area so squeeze together and obey.   Yummy!  Then you get to taste maple from their actual Maple Trees on the Sugar Bush Farm.  There are new Maple Syrup grades for depth of flavor.  You get to taste all four grades.  They have a tiny shop where you can get the grade you want.  Your shop guide will give you like a score card so you can check with cheese you liked. They would not ship my cheese to Houston Texas until November, so I just will order online.  If you want it shipped from the store, they just would hold off on delivery until mid November.  And shipping from the store seemed like a lot of work for them.  Like I was inconveniencing them.  They’re so busy and shipping is all done by paper work.  I just recommend taking a pic of what you want and ordering them from your laptop.  Oh, the cheese and the maple syrup was so delicious.  They have quite a few tasters in another room – like mustards and tiny oyster crackers for spreadable cheeses.

The most time you will spend at Sugar Bush Farms is a little over an hour.  You can walk around their Maple Tree area-short distance and venture up to their chapel – kid friendly rocking horse inside.  You can also see the tubes where the maple would travel.  There are little facts nailed to trees.  Fascinating process for making Vermont Maple Syrup.  It’s not super wheelchair friendly because it’s outside on the dirt, and the shop is so tiny.  But it can be done.

When you pull out of Sugar Bush Farm, go left and keep going left to meet up with the Taftsville Bridge.  If you don’t have the Google Maps app, download it for free.  You type in the store name if you don’t have directions, and it will lead you there.  For example, as we were leaving the Sugar Bush Farm, I typed in Taftsville Covered Bridge and we found our way there.

Don’t miss this farm.  It’s not just a farm, it’s a gorgeous view with local samples galore.

Ruth’s Table was a farm to table style bistro restaurant.  I had the schnitzel chicken with a caper sauce on top of garlic mashed potatoes.  Sauteed zucchini with it.  Melt in your mouth with just the right amount of tang to it.  My mom got a piece of salmon on top of a risotto that was creamy good.  Loved how quaint but fun its decor was.  Felt like I walked into the Old Yankee Workshop because of all the beautiful wood in Ruth’s Table.  Again, it’s directly on the main street going through town.  Hard to read the words on the door.  Such fabulous, made to order food.  You MUST eat here.

I wanted to go to Soulfully Good Cafe, but they weren’t open for supper.  They have these white wrought iron table and chairs out front.  Adding to the charm of Woodstock Vermont.

Red Rooster at The Woodstock Inn is just as pricey.  It’s a way to see the inside of the inn.  Beautiful grounds but you don’t have the river view.  It’s smack dab in the very middle of the oval downtown, but like The Shire and The Woodstocker B&B, The Charleston House, are all right down there too.  But The Inn is breathtakingly beautiful.

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Woodstock Inn – beautiful but no river view – in the downtown oval, but most everything is.

I hope these tips help you figure out what to do in the village or shire of Woodstock Vermont.  POP over again soon!

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4 Things You Must do in Portland, Maine


4 Things You Must Do in Portland, Maine

We just visited Portland Maine and I have four things that you must do while touring.  All of the hubbub happens in Old Port.  It’s got a lot of modern, hip tours and lobster rolls to try too.  We even saw the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas cruise ship docking in Portland, Maine.  Do not miss the views in Portland, Maine.  POP into my video and I’ll tell you four gorgeous and delicious things you must do in Portland, Maine.

Lobster Roll

If you ask 20 people in Portland where to get the best Lobster Roll, you will get 20 different answers.  A local Portland friend named Tarilyn recommended Scales in Old Port, Portland – upscale in price not in dress.  Wear what you want-you’re in a fishing port.  But for the most part, it’s business casual at night.  MAKE RESERVATIONS!!!  This place is a local favorite.  My seared scallops and seared bacon chunks in a poblano corn sauce was to die for and was $30ish and came in a big black skillet.  My mom got the whole lobster, which they do all the work to help you dig in easily.  We also got fried cauliflower; it was too thickly battered but still delicious.

Bite Into Maine has 3 locations – Portland Head Light Lighthouse, an airstream by the Allagash Brewing Co and their own brick and mortar store opening soon. Lobster Roll sometimes has mayo lightly mixed into the lobster meat and sometimes it’s not.  We found them by the Portland Head Light Lighthouse.  Food truck right there by the three huge parking lots.

Pro:  several large parking lots.  When you enter the park (free), keep going to the right and you’ll see it in-between the three parking lots.  You can choose several different options in how it’s prepared for you.  You have to watch my video above to see really HOW MUCH lobster is in one roll!

Con: can’t sit inside anywhere if yucky weather

Picnic style is no mayo and on top of mayo based slaw in a folded piece of huge Texas toast. Warm, melted butter drizzled all over it!!!!  My fave style!

Curried mayo

Chipotle mayo


dollop of mayo with a jalapeño

Lobster Shack – At Two Lights Lighthouse.  Only parking for about 20 cars unless you drive back up the hill two houses and park in the little parking lot that’s there.  The port authority worker told us that this place wins the best lobster roll every year.  I could not find that stat anywhere though.

Portland Lobster Co – where all the other shops and cruise ships park, this is in Old Port, the hubbub of Portland, so while you’re here you might as well check it out.  When we did a drive by, people were standing shoulder to shoulder inside.  They do have a dock.  Just if it’s yucky weather, you may have to wait a while.

Honestly, you’re going to have fresh lobster so it depends on what you want.  Do you want a quiet and beautiful view?  Got to the food truck Bite Into Maine at the Portland Head Light Lighthouse.  If you want views and ability to sit inside, Lobster Shack.  Don’t care and no car?  Portland Lobster Co.

Take a Tour

Y’all this is the most bang for your buck when visiting a town like Portland, Maine.  You will be so glad you tried it.  You pick the tour.  Here’s a list from their site, but check dates because winter time tours are limited.

Maine Foodie Tours allow you better choices for your family to tour.  You can even choose the type of tour-just happy hour, art tour, lunchtime lobster crawl tour, culinary tour and many more! We are huge fans of food tours over in Europe.  Maine Foodie Tours, like other food tours, give you the quirky facts of that restaurant, that food, and that area.  Your guide also can give you his/her tips on individual questions concerning touring because he/she is a local. 

Ours was $60 for 3 hours of food!!!  Don’t forget some cash to tip the guide.  You’re going to want to tip him fyi because they end up being lovable and so friendly!  They have a lunchtime lobster crawl tour!  WOW!

For example, I had heard to go to the observation tower up Munjoy Hill.  Asked our guide about it, and Avery gave me an ever better idea.  Plus how to get there most easily if driving.  And the food samples will fill you up!!!

Portland, mainly is the Old Port area.  That is a half a mile MAYBE.  Old Port is a 4 by 20 block rectangle. 

It was 68 degrees, and I still needed a cardigan if just standing still in the shade fyi.  If you’re going to be on an open air truck, dress with warm layers!!!  Chilly at almost 70 degrees!

East Promenade

Take Uber or drive or tour to East Promenade.  You will not be disappointed unless it’s completely fogged in.  And go in the afternoon when the sun will be behind you, making the water seem bright deep blue.  Gorgeous views, plenty of free parking for RVs, cars and bikes.  Take the kids; there’s a playground.  There are several open fields and a little history monument spot.

It’s a great spot to get a quick walk in for some fresh air and jump right back in your car.  It’s also a great spot to just take a nap on a towel.

Go east on Congress, up the steep hill and just keep going.  It’ll dead end into the huge, expansive East Promenade.  You will pass the look out tower, but hardly any parking is there because you can get to it via foot traffic.


Two Lights Lighthouse: You can see the Two Light Lighthouses, but they’re just okay.  And we only could find one of them; maybe the other one has a light but not in the stereotypical house?

Portland Head Light Lighthouse in Fort Williams Park – ample free parking, quick 15 minute drive from Old Port, great for pictures.  Aaaand they have Bite Into Maine lobster rolls!!!

Con: Port-a-Potties.  Ick!  Yuk!  I was so disappointed!  But the ocean and lighthouse views were one of the most photographed places.

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8 Things to Know Right Now About Renting an RV

Pack your glamping shirt because we are renting an RV for the first time!  Here are eight things you need to know right now about renting an RV for the first time:

#1 If you do not enjoy camping, you will like using an RV.  If this is your first time renting a Recreational Vehicle, you will do fine.  Newbies will discover that renting an RV for the first time is easy!  If you are a non-camper, renting an Motor Vehicle is the way to go.  Campgrounds are only $40-$50 per night.  An RV rental is around $200 per night because we rented 500 mile from CruiseAmerica.  If you go under that amount, they will reimburse you 35 center per mile.  And the same goes for going over 500 miles.  We chose campgrounds that would keep us in the 500 mile range.

In an RV you will see so many different cities in one vacation!  RV-ing through mountains, through the prairies, through green and golden waves of grain;rent-rv-recreational-vehicle-cruise-america God bless America my home sweet home!

#2 You will have quality family time.  Being stretched and living outside of your comfort zone is good for you; your kids feel empowered, tough and get in touch with their creative, nature side. 

Campgrounds have awesome websites so you will easily be able to choose a few to suit your family’s needs.  What we would do next time is check out trip advisor forums where visitors post pics of the showers and up to date pictures of the grounds themselves. rv-rent-recreational-vehicle-motor

We first stopped at Amish Country in Lancaster, PA.  White Oak Campground was absolutely beautiful.  Our second one was called a Family Campground so they had many more kid activities.  The third one had the creeks that I wanted my child to experience.  They’re amazing!  And these all had pools and a playground!  We are city folk, and my child learned how to light matches on this RV rental trip…at age 12!  Our RV broke down, and my child experienced blue collar tire center talk and getting the giggles while we were waiting.  Sometimes those totally rainy days on vacation or those moments you’re broken down on the side of the road are your best memories.

Now, my husband does not like that campgrounds offer free wi-fi because older children exist through social media.  So just do like you do at home and limit the times, make them eat a snack while walking around the campsite; not inside the RV. 

#3  You or your spouse will know how to work all of the RV and you will know how to troubleshoot.

Upon renting an RV, you will decide on the length.  That will tell you the size mattresses that will be in your RV.  We had queen in the master, the kids’ loft cushion area above the cab of the RV as well as the table.  Our RV was 32 feet.

They called this the Man-Cave!

Then you will commit to watching a couple of their required videos.  Those videos are golden!  If you want any peace of mind during your vacation, you must watch those videos.  And y’all this is for your own happiness; watching these will make your vacation better because you are prepared!  For instance: Our AC circuit breaker tripped, and immediately my hubby knew to go under the table and flip the circuit breaker switch because he had watched the video.  It never happened again. clean-dishes-rv-rent

The generator buttons are easily visible.  There’s a holding tank that holds lots of water for when you’re on the road or unable to hook up to water while en route to the next campground.  The tank level that tells you it’s near full or full is with the other buttons.  When you rent an RV you can pay for a propane tank for cooking.  The dump tank process is easy and very clean; you too can empty it as easily as Uncle Eddie did.  They started us off with one tablet of blue dissolving powder to throw down the toilet after the first use; the tank needed to have water in it though so wait till you can hook up to water for the first drop.   We bought additional ones because the Cruise America guy said to put a new one in after each dumping.  So for us, we dumped before leaving the first campsite; then we put in a new tablet, etc. rent-rv-first-time

We rented 500 miles.  Paying for gasoline is really expensive if you will be doing a lot of driving.  We flew to Virginia and drove the RV from there.  We had a friend who let us use camp chairs, bedding and towels.  We rented a kitchen set. 

The generator is the machine you can hear, but you will only use it when you cannot be plugged in at a campground.  When you’re in the campground, you hear your AC running, and you can hear happy birds chirping and the babbling creek water.  Amazing sights and sounds!

#4 It’s a moving hotel suit.

Renting an RV gives you the convenience of traveling with your own kitchen and towels and pillows.

Our shower was like 4 feet; we did not use it but to clean the boys’ feet one day after playing in the GaGa Ball Pit at one of the family campgrounds.

We all used the campground showers.  Some are nice and some are “primitive.” Be prepared by taking flimsy flip flops.  Aaah you feel so clean after a warm shower.

The best part is you do not have to pack everything back into suitcases before moving to a new campground in a city 2 hours away. rent-rv-first-time-storage

#5 Kids feel cool because they can eat lunch in a moving RV while sitting at the kitchen table.

#6 Storage is okay, and the fridge is as tall as I am 5”8’ and held enough food for us four guests for 5 days.  I would next time bring tupperware to maximize storage for dry foods that you can store under the kitchen table for example…or between the driver and passenger chairs.  There are not a lot of cabinets for dry, preservative foods.  Like cereal, boxes of microwave popcorn.  We had the cabinets above the table and skinny, narrow ones above the door.  I am really glad we had ziploc baggies because we put dry noodles, half the ground beef, opened graham cracker package, the rest of the marshmallows since we didn’t use the whole bag of marshmallows the first night. refrigerator-rental-rv

Storage under the back of the RV is amazing and huge!  Camping chairs, suitcases, kayaks, bulk dry foods, picnic table cloths that you would use if the ground was wet, that’s what we stored under there.  CruiseAmerica offered to keep our suitcases stored at their location for us since we flew in, but we didn’t need them to.

#7 There is no dishwasher so you’re it! rent-rv-coffee-maker-portable

Bring at least three dish towels – one for washing dishes, one to set the washed dishes on, and one to dry hands.  Bring Dawn or Ajax and hand soap for washing hands.

#8 There was no coffee maker and no oven.  My husband brought the neatest thing.  It’s a French Press that doesn’t have to be plugged in.  You boil water in a kettle.  Put 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of coffee into the mug, pour the boiling water over it to the top, seal it with the plunger device, and set the timer for 4 minutes.  Then slowly push the plunger all the way down, and that filters all the grounds to the bottom.  I poured my cup into a mug that was provided, but this kind of mug is created so that you can drink out of this while the grounds at the bottom don’t leak out.  So he drank out of this mug.

I would’ve packed:

*Aluminum travel mug just for holding my hotness vs the RV ceramic mug

*Plastic gloves for cleaning and handling meat and the dump station handles-you can fit a ton in a plastic baggie

*More antibacterial wipes for cleaning surfaces and rough cleaning the floor

*Dish towels for laying your wet, cleaned dishes on and another dish towel to dry them

*Sharpie marker to write initials on water bottles – refill them with gallon water jug water; you cannot use the sink water! We only bought water bottles and kept buying them and kept buying them.  We used bottled water for our coffee by the way.

*Shoes that can walk through muddy-ish grounds.  It had poured all night before we arrived at a campsite so our site was pretty muddy.  We bought a picnic table cloth with the flannel underneath and laid that under our step so we could take a few steps on it before coming back inside the RV. rent-rv-first-time-rain

*CruiseAmerica provided us with a towel on the two steps; that caught so much mulch, pine straw and dirt.  It was great having that towel on the steps.  We also used a bath towel in the middle of our floor just to help with extra debris on our shoes.

*Car charger

*String Lights string-lights-rv

*Magnetic clamp for use outside the RV-look how cute this one is! rv-rent-first-time

*Flannel backed picnic table cloth

*Happy Glamper T-Shirt

Sweep daily at night – maybe that can be a child’s chore.  It helps with your mental sanity. Our small broom came with our rented kitchen set.  

Didn’t like:

feeling damp

towels don’t get all the way dry and smell damp/moldy

mental about bugs but i never saw one the whole 6 days!!

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The Easiest “Party Nail” for This Summer


This summer I’m guiding you to the easiest and smartest ways to create your own nail art for a beach trip. It’s your “party nail” – that’s when one fingernail design is having its own party.  The nine other nails have a solid nail polish color – the wall flowers of your party.  Which is  your nearest ocean: the Atlantic, off of California, in the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands?  Let’s make nail art for the summer.

Nice to meet you!  POP over to my YouTube Channel to see more detailed pics and demonstrations!

3 Things POP into my head when painting a “party nail” on my fingernails for a beach trip.

1. What colors match my bathing suit?

Some of you may not care if the nails match completely.  I just want them to blend.

2. What glitter do I have?

The color of your solids determines which color glitter you will want.

3. Do I want the party nail to blend with the other nails or really POP with its own party?  Muted or Pizzazz?

Wedding ring was off because I was on the way to sinus surgery.

My nail art is flamingo inspired for the beach this summer.  I loved the pinks and gold in my Recollection stickers so I ended up going with a fuchsia pink beside the gold.

I debated whether or not to use my favorite pink: A-rose at Dawn, Broke by Noon.  In the end, it had too much silver that does not go with gold.

Then I started thinking, wait, flamingos are salmon colored-not fuchsia.  So you can try that orangey tone next to the gold.  I don’t like it as much as I like the Kiss Me On My Tulips by OPI.  Then I put glitter on top of the orange color, and it can give you a much more muted but fun beachy look.

I wanted my party nail to really stand out, and the best way to do that is by using the lightest color in the gold glitter.

Look closely; see the white in that gold?  So my base color should be the lightest color that is in the glitter….

The best ever white fingernail polish is Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear White On.  Here is a sample of a cheapy cheap white by Sinful Colors-that’s what was cheapest in my grocery store that day.  They’re mostly milky.  OPI has a better one, Alpine Snow, but it still not the best.

This stuff is like white out.  Raise your hand if you ever painted your nails with white out in school in the 80s….

Glitter Nail Polish

When you’re picking out glitter, make sure it is condensed looking.  You do not want the ones that have big pieces of glitter or sequin type pieces (below).  It’s super extra sticky, which makes it hard to get off.  Plus, it has minimal impact.  You hardly see the party.  No one will want to attend that party. glitter-nail-art-summer

See how the gold and purple glitter are like a powder?  That will give you more impact.  More bang for your effort.

When using a blue toned glitter, the base color can be a lighter purple, a pink or a light pink.  So I’m going to try all three and show you the different party offerings.

So then I tried white because I do see white in this glitter.  Look how it is turning out on the video above.  It makes me not like this glitter as much.  It looks goopy and not very condensed.  BUT what if we painted our other nails a I’m Not Really a Waitress (red), and this white one with silver, red and blue glitter POPped?  Looks like a patriotic party, right?  That’s next week’s nail art for sure!  Happy Summer Beach Trippin, friends!

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Top Things to Take on Your Cruise

Your cruise to the Caribbean, to the Bahamas out of Miami, or a Mediterranean Cruise is going to be so much fun.  Here are the top things to take.  You don’t want to forget these top things on your cruise.  If your ship stops at a beach location like the Caribbean, I suggest bringing a small soft cooler.  You can save money by taking your own water bottles and snacks.  And it keeps them cool! 

A drawstring cinch sack bag will come in handy because you can store an iPad, snacks, book, keys and passports, etc.  You could even get them monogrammed and have one for each family member.  CUTE! 

dont-forget-to-take-magnet-caribbean-cruise Take magnets to decorate your cabin door.  You can even take this magnetized lightweight dry erase board.  Kids and you will recognize it from far away.  And you can write notes to your steward. magnets-top-things-to-take-cruise

I packed my Cleanser and Vaseline in these containers to save space in my carryon suitcase liquids bag.  They hold alot.  I love love love writing the contents on cute washi tape from my planner onto these.  In the video, you’ll see how little of my cleanser I actually used.  Do you wear alot of makeup while on vacation?  I want to, but I always end up not.  I packed vaseline in case your legs get chapped at a beach stop.

Go-toob to the rescue.  I was in Europe for 10 days, and this is how much I had left in the shampoo bottle.  They’re tiny but huge! top-things-cruise-shampoo

This waterproof phone case with a lanyard is so awesome!  cruise-water-proof-case-phoneBut we found that we didn’t use it all the time.  If you will be at the beach, I can highly recommend this.  It’s an Amazon Top Buy product.  Solid, and you can use your fingers through the plastic case.  I also think just a key card lanyard would be awesome especially for kids who are on the unlimited soda package and for getting on and off the ship.


If you will have time to enjoy coffee on the deck or a cool drink, we wish we would’ve taken our aluminum mugs.  The ship’s coffee mugs are tiny!  Plus you can dump the fruity drinks in there to stay cool as well.

Since we needed to carry passports, I suggest taking a Buddy Pouch that is the strongest velcro carrier I’ve ever seen.  It’s magnetized and does not budge from your shorts waist band.  We also used this Pink Portable Charger for our cell phones.  You can stick it through the hole to charge your phone while you’re on a train or bus or tendering.  Do you see the little zipper?

Totally fun thing to not forget is these clips to hold your towel down on deck.  Super windy!  They just make me smile!  They come in all kinds of beach styles.

take-cruise-top-outletsThe #1 top thing to bring on a cruise ship is a rotating power strip.  Cruise ships only have two American ones in your whole room!  I love mine!

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And my all-time favorite book to read at a beach location is The Devil in the Junior League.  It is about exactly what it sounds like.  Cute but really good!cruise-pool-top-things-to-take-bahamas-

I hope you have smooth sailing and that your mind is at ease while packing!

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Three Things to Wear on an Airplane

Whether you’re flying on a transatlantic flight or a flight to Europe, there are three things you should wear on the airplane. I’ve created several YouTube videos about travel so check out my LauriePOP Channel sometime.airplane-three-things-wear

Airline travel outfits should be smart.  These three things to wear on an airplane will help you mix and match during your vacation.

Why should you care about what to wear on the airplane to Europe?

Why Care?
Bring Sexy Back (haha)

  • Justin Timberlake would be appalled at what I’ve worn to the airport; that’s probably what led him to performing that son way back when.  But after many flights across the pond and the waves of grain, I’ve figured out non-frumpy things to wear.
  • Sitting for hours is awesome in yoga pants, so a tight waist band should be in the suitcase not in Seat 22E.
  • Some transatlantic flights are freezing.  Some European flights are hot, depending on where you are sitting.  Be prepared with an extra layer that can be worn or shed.
  • Wearing pieces on an airplane that can be worn other times during the trip is just smart.  Saves space in your carry on suitcase and saves you money because you packed efficiently in your carryon suitcase.  Is that two words or just one??


I stumbled upon a gray tunic extender like this, but black was more versatile.  My gray one was a Medium, and this extender is Small.  It’s just a tad shorter.  They come in like 20 colors!

By the way, I’m a size 10 and 5’8″.  THE ONE REASON I love this and wear it is because it hangs correctly!  It doesn’t cling.  It hits mid to upper thigh, so proportionally you’re correct. three-things-wear-airplane-transatlantic-european-flight

You can see that this tunic can look dressier as well as more casual.

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I didn’t want the lace-bottomed ones, although I’ve seen some that are adorable.  I just didn’t feel comfortable styling that type, and I liked the one-and-done of this extenderwear-three-things-airplane

I’ve even put a tee on top of my gray extender.  Check out my YouTube Channel for more inspiration and Ideas That POP

From last Fall

I just love this in black because it can get dirty, doesn’t wrinkle easily, and can be paired with so many layering pieces for a transatlantic flight.


I add the most comfortable shoe to travel and sightsee in to make it more sporty.  No longer am I that American wearing frumpy clothes with my white Asics abroad.  I am super picky about shoe comfort when traveling.  That is why I have bought my second pair.  I even made a YouTube video about this comfortable shoe for travel.  I cannot wear Skechers because they’re not supportive enough.


If you’re going to Ireland or a rainy location, I do not recommend these shoes.  The airy, super light upper mesh will allow rain drops to pour in.  But if you will have moderate temps or are running through an airport, I love them!  AND THEY’RE UNDER $30!


No more swollen calves for me after a long haul flight!  These compression leggings really do work!  Plus they’re high waisted.  I’m wearing a size Medium.  I only wear these flip flops in the airport and at restaurants because they’re not super supportive.  As soon as I get on the airplane, I put on socks and slip on shoes.  You can see them in this video.

These capri gray ones are not compression so I wear them when sight seeing.

If you start with three things to wear on the airplane to Europe or on a transatlantic flight, you will be steps ahead in the packing process.   Let me know where you wear your tunic, shoes, and leggings!

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