7 Tips for Your 1st Time Flying

If this is your first flight, you will be very relieved after hearing these seven tips to get you through the airport.  Some passengers have never flown before.  I’m a former teacher AND I’m married to an airline employee, so I have 7 practical tips to help flying in an airplane for the first time be easy!  Some people who do not travel very often can also benefit from these airport tips.  I will get you to the airport, walk you through the security line and get you to your plane on time!

When traveling on an airline, there are TSA packing guidelines, airport tips and airplane tips.  I highly recommend visiting www.TSA.gov for actual rules and guidelines.  They even have their own YouTube channel like myself with very specific questions.  Knowing the 3-1-1 liquids rule when flying will set you up to go through security.  Each container has to be 3.4 oz or less.  So, you cannot bring a 20 oz bottle with two tablespoons of shampoo in it.  They will discard that liquid.  You also have to use a quart size zipping bag.  Anyway, in the top right corner of the main page on TSA.gov you will see What Can I Bring Through Security in my carryon bag for the airplane?  The list of approved liquids for carryon as well as your checked luggage, is alphabetized.  I stopped at the Ns and I was on the 28th page of this liquids list.  What’s crazy is that they have probably seen these items in carry on bags and had to add them to this list.  I have been on probably more than one hundred flights, and I will still forget to take off my belt or I have left a half empty water bottle in my backpack by accident.  I recently found the MyTSA app and can recommend it.

Helpful Tip #2 for flying for the first time: When you arrive at the airport, arrive 2 hours before your flight.  There are lines in ticketing, and there can be huge lines in security.  TSA sometimes has only one agent checking IDs and tix.  I think, “I might have to wait in the ticketing line 30 minutes, and I may have to wait in security line 45 minutes.  Then I want to get a snack and magazine.  That is about 2 hours before my flight boards.”

Helpful Tip #3  if you have never flown before: Airlines have boarding times for you to board the plane.  They stop boarding about 15-20 minutes before the plane will leave.

Have your confirmation number in your hand, your suitcase and your carryon handbag or backpack or duffel or purse.  You do not walk up to the ticket counter in the airport and then look for your confirmation number and ID.  A prepared traveler is going to have those documents ready to pull out so that no one has to wait.  Please know that I’m speaking to you as an adult, but I have to say don’t sometimes.

So now you know what the rules are, let’s learn some frequent traveler tips to go through security.  There are TSA checkpoints in the airport security line.  Before you can even enter the security line, you will have to have your boarding pass out so they know you have a real ticket.  Do not be in a hurry.  Rushing only will stress you out and you will forget important steps.  You are calm cool and prepared because you watched an awesome YouTube video about how to go through the airport the first time.  You will never see the agents or the passengers again.  Now get out Have your shoes ready to take off.  While standing in line, untie them or unzip your boots.  When you get to the actual TSA agent, you will have to show your ID AND your board pass or ticket.  Know ahead of time where you will put those because you are DONE with your documents.  Just put them somewhere quick until you get through security.  I put mine in the zipped pocket of my backpack.  Sometimes I throw them in the outside pocket of my suitcase.  I like to leave it unzipped sometimes so I can throw my liquids bag and documents in there until I have a second to get organized.

TSA

TSA.Gov states that you can bring any sized stick deodorant because it’s not a liquid.  But gel and aerosol deodorant needs to be no larger than 3.4 ounces.

In checked bags, larger liquids can go in your suitcase.  They actually say you don’t have to worry about the liquids rule if you store liquids in checked luggage.  But remember that they may leak in the belly of the airplane.

Safety razors are not permitted, but disposable razors are allowed, even the extra blades can be in your carryon bag.

Baby formula, breast milk, prescription medicine, baby food and JUICE – it says it in their 3-1-1 page – are all allowed on your person.  And it does not have to fit in a quart bag.

My YouTube above is even more thorough so check out the rest of the tips there.  Where are you going this summer?

If you are a nervous flyer, my interview with a pilot may help you overcome your fear of flying. pilot advice fear to fly

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Clothing Haul – Over 40 Women

I’m sharing a clothing haul for other women over 40.  My fashion needs and tastes have changed in my 40s, and retailers are creating clothes with the mature woman in mind.  In this clothing haul, I want you to be inspired.  I want to encourage you to dress for your personality and feel confident with the tops or skirts that you do buy.  Some women over 40 want to feel casual chic and not frumpy.  I will show you tops that show my personality, while hiding certain trouble spots like my tummy. I found a skirt and even a bathing suit that helps me feel confident and casual chic.  I will show you outfit ideas from Ann Taylor Loft, J Crew, Kohls, Ann Taylor, Chico’s and Francesca’s, that will inspire you to celebrate your fashion sense with just a bit of class, just a bit of cuteness.

I am not telling you that you need new clothes to feel confident.  Take these ideas from my clothing haul and make them your own.  For women who like fashion, getting the best deal or finding a sale or a big thrifting score is part of the fun!

As a woman over 40 I should know exactly how to dress for my age and body type.  And yet I keep watching other women’s clothing hauls for inspiration.  Your body parts move around as you age so I think we will need to keep adjusting our fashion.  And that’s okay.  It’s also okay to gain inspiration from other women’s clothing hauls.  We’re not comparing, we are learning new ways to dress more confidently and feel casual chic.

Let’s POP into my spring and summer haul for 2018. 

Ann Taylor
Shell:

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I bought this shell because of how it hides my belly.  Ann Taylor has impeccable style for the woman who wants to flatter the parts of her body that she wants flattered.  I like how it is A-line almost, skimming my waist yet leaving room for more tacos in my tummy if I wear this to a party.

Can we talk about this polka dotted JCrew skirt?  I’m in love, one because of the length, two because it’s on sale for less than $35, and three because it can be dress, fun and casual.  It’s true to size.  Some skirts that zip and clip with the little metal thing cut in on me, but this lined skirt has plenty room in it.

polka dotted skirt

This Ann Taylor dress is so very flattering on; the website makes it look like it hangs.  You’ll have to watch my video to see how pretty it is.  It definitely comes in pretty high.  Very pretty flutter sleeves or bell sleeves and the length of this dress is awesome.  bell sleeve striped dress by ann taylor

Their white denim was not worth the money to me since you could see the pockets through the jeans.  white denim pocket not worth money

Francesca’s: crochet linen sleeveless shell top from Francesca's

I went in Francesca’s for a graphic tee, but I came out with this cute cute crochet shell made out of linen.  It is almost a baby doll top because it starts jutting out at the chest.  I think the ruffles are very flattering.  I can’t wait to pair it with mint and maybe white denim.

Loft: tee from Ann Taylor Loft for women over 40

bar back tee from Ann Taylor LoftLove this tee, but I think I’m going to ask to go up to the Large.  The bar back is super flattering, isn’t it?  Love the fit.  Love the neckline and color.  This top will help elevate a nice pair of shorts and look great with denim capris.

aqua swing dress by ann taylor loft
Hurry, it’s on Final Sale.

Sadly this is on final sale, but if you’re looking for a long dress that doesn’t cling, you can get this one.  I’m in a Large Petite (not sure why I bought it in P).  And it only goes down a bit too far under the arm.

Love this mint color, and I’m jumping up and down that it doesn’t cling!  I’ll wear it with a chunky navy sweater and boots and navy leggings in the winter. 

I highly recommend this parrot tank that is fully lined!  The fit is phenomenal, and the draping is great; I just didn’t need it. 

Love love love this top from Loft below:

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The sleeves are fitted around your arm pit, and the fabric is 100% rayon so it hangs without clinging.  I like the length for wearing it over white denim and tucking it in with some capris.

Curvy skinny crop jeans:  HEAVEN!  You’ll have to watch the video for proof that I can bend all the way down, and they do not budge! denim for over 40 from ann taylor loft

Smooth, lift, fit and flatter…made out of cotton, polyester and elastane

This denim goes so well with the bright sing and summer colors.  I like wearing denim capris on the airplane in the summer because they match most color palettes.  These have a firm stretch to them.  When I bend down, they do not come down in the back, they don’t budge from my waistline.  I tell you, I’m shocked!

Kohls:

tunic for over 40 from kohlsI have been in search of a long tunic I can wear running errands with leggings.  After I found this top, I bought two leggings from Athleta.  I’m so excited!!!  I also bought it in black thinking I could travel in the black one as well.  It’s a thin sweatshirt material and hangs without clinging.

Amazon:

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This Amazon suit I bought on Amazon, but I usually go through so many swim suits that I thought I’d try Amazon.  As embarrassing as it is, I wanted to share my thoughts.  I love it!  It’s a size large, and for reference, I’m 5’8″ and a size 10.  It’s a great one piece swimsuit for me in my mid 40s.

These shoes, y’all!  I love their support in my life ha.

dainty athletic shoe laces

athletic comfortable support from adidas

And I also bought these Adidas Bounce shoes with ribbon laces on Amazon.  They’re now less than $50, and supportive as an athletic shoe, no lie!  But you don’t wear them as an athletic shoe because they’re dainty. 

So many more videos about travel, makeup over 40, and DIY.  POP over to my LauriePOP Ideas That POP Channel and let’s chat!

Here’s me in my studio haha: lauriepop youtube

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The “Un-To-Do List” for Women

I’m sharing how to be less stressed as a woman, mom or business woman.  POP into these ideas by not doing certain things…

I want to relieve your stress so that you feel encouraged by this “un” to-do list for women. I hope these help you not give up.

I heard a talk on setting goals and keeping those goals in episode 13 of Christy Wright’s Business Boutique podcast. She said jokingly that we women needed to make an “un” to-do list. And that concept gave me such relief and relaxed shoulders as I went through the rest of my day.  As a business woman I want to accomplish goals in a timely manner, as a mom I have a to-do list that must get done, and I have a calendar list. Some days I feel guilty because I absolutely cannot achieve certain goals at this time. With her inspiration, I have created an ‘un” to-do list for us women that will help us not feel like a failure if we have not completed our list of goals for this year.

What I Used:
Christy Wright’s Business Boutique

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BauBax Travel Jacket (For Seasoned Travelers)

 I am reviewing my Baubax Travel Jacket Sweatshirt (Creative Lifestyle) that I got for Christmas as a surprise from my husband. This review is not sponsored fyi.  I have worn this travel coat on two airplanes since then. Whether you travel for work or fly for leisure, let’s POP in for a full review.

15 features of this travel jacket with a built-in stylus, neck pillow, eye mask, gadget pockets, and even a drink holder pocket. 

 

4 styles of jackets; I prefer the sweatshirt because more than the 15 features of this travel jacket is that it keeps me warm while in-flight.  There is a heaviness to it.  But they have a vest version, a windbreaker as well as a thicker coat.  Baubax Travel Jackets come in sizes for men and women. 

Cons: Baubax Travel Jackets run small

They run out quickly and take weeks to produce more – for Christmas mine was too small.  They did not have my size in any of the women’s style so I ordered a small in the mens’ sizes and I love it.

But I really wanted the light blue color sweatshirt that the women’s options.

Another negative from Baubax is no free returns or exchanges.  For as high quality and high price tag for this travel jacket, I expect free returns and exchanges.

It’s really expensive.  So critics say it’s just an over priced jacket with pockets.  But their placement and thought process is helpful for airline travelers.

The head pillow is not super taut; since you fly upright, I want a neck pillow that I can lean on from the side.  So it needs to be thick.  I would also only pack this on a long haul flight abroad.

As an airline employee’s spouse, we fly world-wide and often.  I want ease and efficiency in airports.

1) Going through security is faster and no hassle.  Your travel gear and accessories mostly fit in one jacket.

Passport and airplane ticket fit in a pocket.

Phone fits in pocket

iPad fits inside pocket

Power bank fits in a pocket (but I’d store mine in a carryon bag)

2) I like that so many of the pockets zip, and for travel abroad, we want to hide our personal belongings.

3) Neck pillow has a one press deflation and an easy way to inflate it.  You inflate the neck pillow with one breath and gently press the flap to instantly deflate it.  The travel jacket comes with the neck pillow in your hood, but it’s way too bulky even though it’s deflated.  So I recommend storing it inside a pocket or in your carryon bag.

4) Storage for earphones if you are walking through the airport like a cool teenager listening to music on your headphones.  Store them in two loops, place your phone in the zipped pocket.  You can quickly take out one headphone to talk to the flight attendant, but look at the no-stress part: you just drop the ear bud.  No more looking for it between the airplane seats.  Hassle free!

I’ve shared some of my travel hacks in my most recent post, and one of them is about headphones.

Pause it: here’s the link to the cutest airplane shirt people have asked me about. DSC_0003

5) Store sunglasses in another loop on this travel jacket.  But once I enter the airport I store my sunglasses in my  carryon bag until I’m at my vacation destination.

6) Love the built in eye mask.  Note that this built in does not completely and tightly cover your eyes, but this flap does shield some of the brightness.

7) Drink cup section?   Hahaha, cracks me up.  But have you seen the size of the tray tables. tray-table-on-airplane

Saves space!  When I use my laptop on the airplane, it takes up all my space.  I recommend zipping your coat before inserting the soda can because the pocket is more taut. 

8) Being cold on an airplane is such a hassle so I appreciate the extra soft pockets to warm my hand.  I appreciate the hood’s warmth, and I love the built-in gloves (now if Baubax could only invent a foot warmer for when I’m wearing sandals on a flight).  If you own a Baubax travel jacket, you may want to get the blanket because there’s a pocket for that!

If you want warmth, get the sweatshirt.  If you might get wet in the elements, get the Baubax windbreaker or vest.

At first I thought the built-in travel pillow stayed in your hood, but with only one button hole, you take it out and expand it in one breath.  It also deflates with one tap of the anti-locking flap.

I hope this review helps you make a more informed decision.  Efficient travels to you!

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23 Travel Hacks (My Tips and Tricks)

(Once you hit play, click on YouTube for more clarity)

Here are 23 travel hacks for your next vacation.  My tips will help you when packing in your carryon suitcase, and my tricks are some you can use while on the actual airplane.  We fly often, so some of these travel hacks have become a way of life so much that I didn’t realize they were a hack.  Hopefully these 23 travel hacks will be ones you have not seen before. 

My YouTube above goes into much more detail, with pictures and videos of these helpful hints.

If deodorant breaks off into pieces-pile them on couple pieces of toilet paper and wipe onto arm.

Separate purse items into smaller slim/skinny containers: one for visa cards and cash, one for headphones, one for chapsticks/lipsticks, one for glasses, one for band-aids, one for advil, tylenol, vitamins, small earrings, etc.  You get the picture; I’m not saying to have 10 little bags inside your backpack…just separate items as you think of it.

Cross your purse through your leg and hold it between your feet especially if you are going to Barcelona and want to avoid pickpocketers.

Store liquids horizontally in liquids bag to 

Roll your clothes instead of throwing them in or folding them; i compare rolling vs packing in travel cubes if you click here

If you forgot the plug to charge your phone, you can use the cord pushed into your hotel TV usb thing to charge it. But I just bring my power bank.

Or you can just buy a power bank.  These usually give you a full charge of your phone’s battery.  I use these on flights longer than 2 hours b/c if I’m using my phone to watch the airplane’s entertainment system, my battery drains super fast.

If you forgot your phone prop up device or if you POPsocket popped right off like mine did, unfold a magazine and you can prop it.  I think it works best if you have a rubbery case; this is a slim case and is kind of slippery. 

Or you can use a cheap pair of sunglasses upside down to prop your phone on.

You can also put your bag in a new ziplock bag and poke it through the seat tray table’s hook-but i do not prefer that method for blurry reasons.airplane-seat-tray-table-hook

I suggest using google maps off line in a remote location. Type in the address you want to visit in the actual Google Maps while you’re connected to the internet.

Get cash from ATM not the airport, etc.  Better rates; and store cash in different locales.

Bring a hair clip or bulldog clip to hold curtains together. hotel-curtains-clips-hold-together

Bring an empty water bottle because now water fountains have the water bottle filler upper.

My favorite one is to take a picture of your passport and insurance and DL and email them to someone so that if you need to find them.  You won’t have to find a printable, you can just pull it up via your email.

Wear 2 socks to the airport-the outer layer being very old.  Once you’ve gone through security with your socks off, trash the outer pair.  A subscriber gave me this idea.

Wear heaviest shoes on the plane so you have more space in your suitcase.

Another travel hack is to store cleanser or vaseline in these little discs (or contact lens containers).  I say cleanser because it’s thick.  My moisturizer leaked in this one time only so I cannot say moisturizer.  I just found these disc containers that I’ll store vitamins and earrings in.  They’re one hand use…because that makes them a cool gadget. 

Pick the busy time of day to travel and volunteer to be bumped asap.

Pack in a carryon suitcase and use backpack as your under the seat bag.

Jewelry through a straw…too high maintenance.  Place them in a gallon bag and roll very tightly so they don’t budge.  Or you can get one that rolls up but stays very snug.

Headphone organization: I keep mine in a case that came with purchase, but you can also use a big clip-got this idea from Aspyn Ovard. 

You can check Trip Advisor for places to eat and things to do, but you can also check Pinterest.

Save your purse and back stress; use a backpack but pack a cross body small purse inside your backpack.  Most of us have a phone in one hand or coffee in one hand, while the suitcase carryon is rolling behind us in the other hand.  Be hands free!

The #1 travel hack is using water soluble paper, brushing liquid soap on both sides of the paper, hanging it to dry, cutting it into one inch rectangles.  When you are traveling and do not have soap, you pull out one of these tiny rectangles, run it under water, and the soap is activated so that you can wash your hands.

Let me know if you have a travel hack on your airline of choice below in the comments.  Smart and on time travels to y’all!  Thanks for POPping over.

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Trading Spaces Reunion Show Party

Now that Discovery Communications owns TLC, they are bringing back the cast and crew of Trading Spaces for a reunion show.  I’m creating a Trading Spaces Reunion Viewing Party and will give you some ideas for hosting your own shindig this April 7.

I grew up with knowing TLC as The Learning Channel.  Then its name changed to TLC. In 2000 is when Trading Spaces began their home genre reality show.  Before there was an HGTV.  And before there was one of my favorite reality show, What Not to Wear which also aired on TLC.

Discovery Communication’s president and general manager, Nancy Daniels, will not tell us when the new season will begin.  April 7 is when the Trading Spaces Reunion show will be.  It’s been ten years so what is a few more months of waiting.  But we do know the returning cast members on the reunion episode.

It ran for from 2000-2008 reality show when reality shows were just beginning. Two couples would trade houses to redecorate a room in one another’s house.  Their budget was $1,000 (later 2).

If you are planning a reunion viewing party, I recommend borrowing this book from a friend.  Michelle had this!!!  Still! She had it.  It’s full of what each designer is known for-great for making trivia questions.  I’ll link my trivia questions; you can give away key chains, paint sticks with Trading Spaces 2018 painted on each one-spray paint them gold.

On the 3rd page, I see what is ETCHED in my memory of this TLC show….Paige crossing her arms with the homeowners’ key chains in each hand.

Paige would swap the keys.

Laurie Smith was pregnant twice during the first eight years. She will be on the Trading Spaces reunion episode.  Paige went into broadway and will definitely be on the show.

Genevieve Gorder was on several HGTV shows following TLC’s Trading Spaces.  She was known for going barefoot and had the coolest designs.  She will be on the show.

Hildi Santo-Thomas – covered the walls of one house with hay, filled someone’s basement floor with sand, and hot glued fake flowers to someone’s bathroom walls-every inch of them.

Frank Bielec – funny, down-to-earth, persnickety artist who has a pseudonym guy from Texas.

Amy Wynn Pastor – so down-to-earth, an excellent carpenter.  She and Laurie always seemed to jive with what elements Laurie wanted.

Ty Pennington is returning to be with his original family of co-stars.

The PARTY IDEAS

Dress up like a crew member.  Decided against that.  Instead, I thought I could wear the bright orange or bright purple or blue or green nurse’s shirt and glue a DIY logo to the back of my shirt.  You can get the original shirts on eBay.

Sweet Designs by Chelle is making the cookies in a house shape with keys drawn on them for a party favor.

Bring your best key chain to show.

Host buys everyone a key chain as a party favor.

Trading Dishes-bring an appetizer to share.

Play the Trade Spaces Game….Trade spaces if you drove more than 10 miles to get here…trading spaces reunion
Trade Spaces Game

Print a picture of each designer and put each on a paper plate or construction paper for stiffness or just glue to a paper towel tube. 

Decorate ladder with streamers wrapped around it.  Tape the designers’ faces to the back (since I’m on YouTube, I’ve just written each crew member’s name on a piece of paper).  When asking trivia questions, switch the designers photographs from the back of the ladder to the front.

For swag across my mantle, I was going to print some free printable of hammers and paintbrushes or use some paint sticks from Home Depot that I spray painted.  But I just bought this banner from Hobby Lobby.

Dip tin paint cans (but you can get them from Party City for 99 cents each) in paint and let the paint drip down into a decoration pattern.  I used old paint, practiced with white paper cups, and the best way is to pour the paint on half the rim, put two fingers in the way so the paint runs down in a wavy pattern.  I actually like the way the white cups look; just wish they were taller.

Visited my own workshop bench and saw old paint sticks and two pain trays and several extension cords and blue tape rolls that could be hung on the wall as decor.

Welcome people to your house with plastic orange cones.

Thank you to Juggling Act Mama for explaining how in the world to do this extension cord wreath.  I wrestled my first trial like a bear!  I used a cross stitch hoop, it was a hot mess, found the correct way thanks to Juggling Act Mama, broke that hoop and finally made it to welcome the folks into the house.  I just wrapped a short one around a wreath hook and called it a day.

Trivia Questions

This Behind the Scenes book was invaluable for remembering Trading Spaces trivia questions on each designer! Just click and print these questions.  I recommend spray painting paint stir-er sticks with gold spray paint as a prize. Trading-Spaces-Reunion-Trivia-Questions 

Here is a welcome sign to hang in your house.

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Everyone will come to your house in a happy mood because those are the vibes we got from Trading Spaces…from the way Paige cared for each homeowner’s reactions at the end of each show, the way Ty, Oosterhouse and Amy Wynn Pastor joked around but respected each designer, the way each designer did their own thing but brought their own personality to the show.  We fell in love, and home decor reality shows ignited.  Happy reunion party watching and leave me a message below if you have a creative idea because we have a month before TLC’s Trading Spaces Reunion April 7th launch episode. 

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