My Must Have Travel Essentials

I absolutely LOVE to travel. Over the last three years, my husband and I have been all over the world. As a result, I have gotten better at navigating airports and I know the things I need to make a long trip as painless as possible. Don't get me wrong, I love to fly, but even the most experienced traveler starts to get a little antsy after 13 hours squished in an economy class seat. I've also included some cute travel accessories, that aren't really a necessity, but they add a little flair to otherwise dull travel gear.

Must Have Travel Accessories

These are the items that I won't leave home without:

A Comfy Sleep Mask

Cute Sleep Mask

I worked 12 hour night shifts for two years after college. I know the importance of a good sleep mask. I have a little collection of these, that I acquired over those two, long years. I'm also super picky when it comes to sleep masks. It can't be too tight or itchy. If it's too loose it will slide right off. The best kind has an adjustable strap and a breathable, fabric surface. My husband also likes it when they have funny animal faces, for his entertainment, obviously. The super cute, Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired mask above, can be found here:

Bluetooth Headphones

Apple AirPods

Cords are a thing of the past! Sure you want to be able to plug into the airplane speakers in order to watch the complimentary movies, but the airline offers headphones for that. For the rest of the trip you will want to be able to move freely, without the constraint of cords. Listening to some light music helps to keep me calm and relaxed. I recently got my hands on a pair of Apple Airpods that I love and will definitely be taking with me on future trips.Apple AirPods can be found here: 

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

No long trip is complete without some good reading material. I love the feel and smell of an actual book, but when you have to prioritize your packing, it's best to not bring your physical books with you across the world. My Kindle has been to just as many places as I have, because I do not leave home without it. Reading is a great way to pass the time while you are traveling and it can often make me feel like I get to my destination sooner than I expected. You can find the Amazon Kindle Here: 

Portable Battery Pack

Anker Portable Battery Pack

We live in a world that is dominated by technology. I carry so many things that need to be charged on a regular basis. My iPad, Apple watch, Airpods, Kindle, and iPad (yes, I am an Apple fan). If you spend a day jumping from airport to airport and taking long flights then you might find yourself with a bunch of dead and useless devices. I have been that girl in the airport, holding her phone and charger, and running around with a desperate look in her eyes, thinking "someone please have pity on me and let me use that plug for just a few minutes!"

No judgment! It happens to the best of us!

That is why a battery pack has become an essential item on my packing list.

Pick one up for yourself, here: 

 A Zip Closure Planner/Organizer

Filofax Saffiano Zip Planner

I am not usually a fan of having a zipper on my planners in my day to day life. It tends to get in the way and I much rather use a planner with a button clasp. However, when you are on a trip, you want to feel like your most important information is protected. Your drivers license, your passport, your money and credit cards. They need to be secured and for me the best way to do that is with my Kate Spade Wellesley. Any zip planner will do (the Filofax compact Saffiano is pictured), but it works best if you have card slots and pockets to tuck your cards, passport, and boarding pass into. You can check out the planner pictured above on Amazon:

Custom Luggage Tags and/or Passport Cover

Custom Leather Luggage Tag

This one can be fun and functional! Sure, you can use a cheap, plastic luggage tag. It gets the job done, but there isn't anything exciting about it. Recently, I purchased a set of custom, leather, luggage tags from Bramble and Beene on Etsy and I LOVE them. This shop also does passport covers, which is another way to add some style to an otherwise boring travel item. If you are interested in getting some of your own, check them out here:

After multiple long flights, these are the things that I have learned to bring with me on every trip. They help by making the travel time go by faster, keeping me organized, or just by adding a little style to my travel gear. What are some of your travel essentials? Is there anything you can't leave home without? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 

5 Tips For Surviving a Long Flight

By now you may have figured out that I love to travel. Actually, that is an understatement! In the past three years, I have gone to parts of England, Ireland, France, Germany, and Holland. I spent two weeks on the Island country of Taiwan. I went to Disney World with my extended family and I cruised on the Caribbean with my husband's family. 

I say all of this, to let you know, that I have had a little experience with long flights. 

Also, we have never flown anything other than Economy class. Small seats, very little leg room, and sometimes squished between people, in the middle of the plane.

In this post, I am going to share a few tips for how I have learned to get through these long flights, without feeling like I need to punch someone after.

Surviving A Long Flight

1. Whenever possible, make it an overnight flight.

My husband can sleep anywhere. I'm pretty sure he could fall asleep standing up. However, I typically can only sleep under perfect conditions. No lights, comfy pillow, fan for white noise, and laying on my left side. These are the things I need to sleep. The only way I have been able to sleep more than 30 minutes on a plane, is on an overnight flight. I wake up at my usual time on the day of my flight and I do not take any naps. When it's time to fly, my mind is saying that it's time for bed. This has helped me to sleep a few consecutive hours on a plane. It may not be the most comfortable sleep, but at least it helps pass the time. PRO TIP: bring a comfy sleep mask and noise canceling earbuds.

2. Wear comfortable clothes.

I have been the person that is in my trendiest outfit at the airport. I'm going on vacay! I gotta look  cute, right?! WRONG. No one on that plane cares what you look like. Even if they do, you shouldn't care what they think. I've been long flights, regretting the skinny jeans I chose, the minute I sat down. Not anymore though. That girl in the yoga pants and t-shirt, with her hair up in a messy bun? Yep, that's me and I'm proud of it! You also might find me pulling out my fuzzy socks, when I get seated on the plane. The outfit might scream hot mess to you, but comfort comes first, when you are in the air for 10+ hours.

3. Don't eat and drink everything they pass out.

On international flights, it seems like the flight attendants are constantly up and down the aisles. A drink, a snack, a meal, another heavy snack, another drink. It's a nice service and don't get me wrong, I do take part, but I have also learned to politely decline. If you eat and drink everything they bring, you may find yourself feeling bloated and more drowsy, especially if you are drinking alcohol. Go ahead and have one glass, because it is complimentary, but the next time they come around, choose good old H2O. It will make you feel so much better. If the snack is packaged (they usually are) you can accept it and then just tuck it away in your carry on for later consumption. I feel much better on flights where I am not eating and drinking all that they offer and bonus...that's less trips to the restroom (which by the end of the flight, isn't the best smelling place to be).

4. Stand up and walk the aisle occasionally.

After you have napped or watched a long movie, it's a good idea to get up and move around. Even if you don't have to use the restroom, you can at least stretch your legs. This promotes good circulation through your legs and the act of moving after being sedentary will help to boost your mood and energy some too. Try to wait till a time when the attendants aren't passing out things, to avoid them having to back their carts up for you.

5. Alternate in-flight activities

Switch it up! After you have watched a movie, try reading for a little while. If you have another form of entertainment like games on your phone, you can do that for a little while too. Try to break up your "screen" activities so that it doesn't cause major strain on your eyes. For example, try taking a nap after playing a game on your tablet. Also, as I said in the fourth tip, stand up between each long stretch of an activity. This routine will help the time to pass much more quickly and it will help to break up the monotony of a long flight.

I hope these tips help you to enjoy your next international flight. Do you have anymore to add? Let me know!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Plan Adventure Live
 
Two Traveling Texans

Ipsy Glam Bag Review - July 2018

Hey y'all! I hope your summer is going great and you are getting plenty of sunshine! We finally had some rain, here in Nashville. I was hoping that it would loosen up some of the heat and humidity, but it is still so muggy that we break into a sweat just going to check the mailbox. Speaking of checking the mailbox...I got my July Ipsy Glam Bag! It came on Saturday and I have had a chance to try out all of the products. Today, I am going to share my thoughts on what was included. If you haven't heard of the Ipsy Glam Bag and you are interested in checking it out, then Click Here and sign up through my referral link!

Ipsy Glam Bag July

This month's bag is an ocean water blue. The theme is all things Summer and it promises to have you pool-party ready, in no time! The bag even seems to be water resistant, so that you can toss it in your beach bag and go.

Hempz Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon Body Moisturizer

I LOVE it! I have actually used lotion from this brand before and it definitely gives you the moisture you need. I have super dry skin so thick and creamy lotions are my absolute favorites. But what I love most about this, is the delicious smell! Seriously, y'all. It smells like Pina Colada's and Summer Nights. It doesn't smell artificial at all and it's not so overwhelming that it knocks you out. It just smells good. Plain and simple.

Hempz Pineapple Melon Lotion

BKR Paris Water Balm Glossy Lip Treatment

This lip balm treatment glides on smoothly and doesn't feel sticky. It doesn't take much to give your lips a soft and supple feel. I have only used it twice, since receiving my Glam Bag, but my lips already feel a lot smoother. The sent isn't strong and reminds me of a mild soap. If you are in the market for a good balm treatment, I would recommend this one.

BKR Paris Lip Balm

theBalm Cosmetics Nude Beach Eyeshadow in Bodacious

This is a good matte eye shadow, with great color payoff. Bodacious is the color I received in my Glam Bag and it is a rich bronze color. I ended up blending it with a shimmery rose-colored eye shadow I had from a previous bag. I have been a fan of theBalm Cosmetics, in the past, and this product hasn't changed my mind.

theBalm Cosmetics Nude Beach Eyeshadow

Vintage Sparkling Lipgloss by Jessica Liebeskind in Papaya

There isn't really anything notable about this lipgloss, except for the brush applicator. I'm used to the sponge tip applicators, so it was a surprise to unscrew the lid and find what looked like a nail polish brush. The color is nice and the consistency isn't sticky, but it is a gloss, so don't expect it to last very long.

Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind

I tried out the eyeshadow and the lipgloss on the same day and decided to take a photo of the results, so that you could see what they both looked like on. As I said above, I did blend the eyeshadow with a another one that I had on hand. 

Eyeshadow and Lipgloss

Sundays Nail Polish in No. 45

When I first pulled this nail polish out of the bag, I was a little disappointed in the color. It's sort of a sky blue. There is nothing wrong with that, but I usually wear bright colors, especially in the Summer. Think Hot Pink, Orange, Lime Green, etc. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, but I actually love it! It's not something I would have bought, which is one of the things I like about the Glam Bag. They do try to use your likes and dislikes to create your bag selections, but I still get a taste of things I wouldn't have normally tried.

This polish went on easily and the finish is great! I almost didn't do a clear top coat, but decided to in the end, just so I could make it last longer. I had never heard of the Sundays brand before, but if this nail polish stands the test of time, then I may become a regular customer.

Sundays Nail Polish

My Overall Impression

This is one of those bags that reminds me why I keep subscribing to Ipsy. I had been debating on whether I wanted to keep it going or not, but after this bag, I am willing to give it some more time. I like and will used all five of these products. My favorite from this month's bag, is definitely the Hempz moisturizer! In fact, I'm gonna wrap this up, and go slather my arms and legs in it.

If you are interested in getting the Ipsy Glam Bag. Check it out HERE.

Until next time!

Much Love,

Plan. Adventure. Live.
 

Traveling in Taiwan: The Golden Waterfall and Yin Yang Sea

Hey y'all! Today, I am looking forward to sharing more about our time in Taiwan! As you know from my previous posts (Taipei 101 and Taiwan National Parks), we spent two weeks in this beautiful island country and we experienced so much! I fell in love with the culture and the gorgeous landscapes. The latter of which will be the focus of today's post. It's all about our trip to the Ruifang district, where we were able to see the Golden Waterfall and the Yin Yang Sea!

The Golden Waterfall and Yin Yang Sea

The Ruifang District is located outside of Taipei, along the northeastern coast of Taiwan. It's easiest to see this area by car, so we had a guided tour that stopped here, as well as a few other locations that I will talk about in future posts. It was around 30 minutes from Taipei to our first stop at Jinguashi, a town that was known for gold and copper mining. Towards the end of World War II, this area was also used by the Japanese as a POW camp. Today, the crumbling mining facilities and the tracks that were used to transport gold down the mountain, are all that remains. However, the highlight of this stop was the Golden Waterfall. It gets its name from the yellow tint in the water and the rocks that have turned a copper color from years of exposure to heavy metals. While it's not a massive waterfall, by any means, it is a popular spot to see in Taiwan, due to its uniqueness. 

The mining area is interesting to navigate and being on the side of a mountain makes it even a little challenging. There are tunnels, tracks, and winding paths if you are aiming to get a little adventurous. It also makes for some pretty spectacular views.

Remnants of the Mining Village

The Golden Waterfall

Further down the road, in the same village, we made our next stop. It was a gorgeous observation area, where we could look down at the Yin Yang Sea. Like the Golden Waterfall, the water pouring into the ocean has a yellow tint to it. The heavy metals in the water don't allow it to mix well with the blue ocean and this results in the "Yin Yang" appearance that you see from above. It's recommended that you don't touch the water due to this contamination, but it is worth the stop, just to see this unique phenomenon. 

The Yin Yang Sea

The color changes in the water, were once thought to be due to the mining that took place in Jinguashi. However, there hasn't been any mining done, in this area, in decades and yet the water remains the same yellow tint. This has led people to believe that the color actually comes from pyrite or "Fool's Gold", which this area is rich in. No matter how the color came to be, it is certainly an amazing sight to behold and one that you shouldn't miss, if you are making a trip to Taiwan!

Taiwan Travel

I hope you have enjoyed learning more about this stop on our trip! Are you interested in visiting Taiwan? Or have you already been? I would love to know! I look forward to sharing so much more with you. Follow me on Facebook to keep up with my most recent posts, so you don't miss out!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 
Two Traveling Texans

Planner Tips for a More Organized Life

Hey planner girl! I see you there, struggling to keep all of the facets of your life running smoothly. It's not always easy to do, am I right?! This is definitely something I struggle with and even though I use a paper planner (usually more than one), I still find myself getting frazzled and stressed at times. If this is something you have experienced, then keep reading, because today I am going to share a few tips that I have learned, that help me to maintain a more organized life.

Planner Tips

1. Designate a day and time for planning.

It may seem redundant that you have to "plan time for planning," but for me, it is the only way I can remain consistent. We all start the planning process with good intentions. We buy our new, pristine, paper planner. We set goals and create a daily routine. We are ready to conquer the world! This may last a couple of weeks or even a month, but then life gets in the way. It's not that we are lazy. It's not that we don't want to plan. It's simply that we lose track of that time. The easiest way to not lose track of that time is to schedule it. Block off the time needed. Write it in that pretty planner of yours. For me it is Sunday afternoon or evening, depending on what our plans look like. Every week I write it down and that makes me accountable to do it. 

2. Choose a system that works for you.

Planners are not a "one size fits all" concept. That's why there are so many options! I know the sheer amount of different types of planners can be overwhelming, but it is important to pick a system that will suit your needs. Think about what you will be recording in your planner and the areas of your life that need to be tracked. Also, think about the type of goals you want to set for yourself and how you will turn those goals into actions. If you find that you are going long periods of time without using your planner, then it may be time for you to reevaluate your system. Don't be afraid to try something new or to ditch something that hasn't been working well for you. Sometimes it's a game of trial and error.

3. Use sticky notes for future planning.

I don't know who was the first person to come up with this idea, but it is a popular one amongst the planner community. The reason I use sticky notes for future plans, is because quite simply, plans change. When I am doing my weekly planning, I write everything directly in the planner, but if I have an appointment or day-specific task, that is more than a month out, I will write it on a sticky note and put it on the day it needs to go on. This prevents a lot of chaotic scribbling out and rewriting of things and it just helps put my mind at ease. Obviously, there will still be some things that get written in the planner itself, that get rescheduled and have to be crossed out, but this practice just limits that.

4. Create categories or sections for different parts of your life.

Most of us have a life filled with appointments and tasks coming at us from different angles. Depending on what all you are involved in, it may feel impossible to keep track of it. Some choose to separate the big categories into different planners and if that works for you, then do it! I have a separate planner that stays at work, I have a home/blog planner that stays at home, and I have little pocket planner that houses my personal calendar that goes everywhere with me. Another way you can do this, is to have it all in one large planner, that is separated by dividers. Color coding your different categories is another great option, if you want to put everything on the same monthly and weekly views.

5. Make planning enjoyable.

My last tip is a fairly simple one: have fun with it! If you aren't into stickers and washi, that is totally fine. Decorating is one of the ways that I make planning enjoyable, but it's not the only option. Try creating a nice atmosphere for planning. Listen to music or your favorite podcast. Have a youtube video going in the background. If the weather is nice, plan outside. If you have the room for it, you can create your own little "planning space." Enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, while you plan.

Whatever you choose to do, don't think of it as something tedious or boring, because it doesn't have to be. Imagine what all you can accomplish, if you take just a little extra time to sit down, set goals, and plan it out! 

Do you have any planner tips that help you stay organized? Let me know! 

Until next time!
 

Much Love,

Kimberly
 
Planner Tips

7 Fun Accessories for the Summer

Hey Y'all!

I don't know how the weather is where you are, but here in Nashville it is HOT. The elevated temps wouldn't be so bad, but when you combine it with the excessive humidity, it can be down right miserable to be outside for long periods of times (like just walking to the car...). Summer is in full swing, which has me pulling out my shorts, tank tops, water bottles, and hair ties. It also has me obsessing over pineapples, palm trees, and pretty much all of the popular summer prints. With that in mind, I decide to put together a little list of my summer faves! 

Summer Accessories
Fruit Infuser Water Bottle Paperchase
 

When it is this hot outside, it is so important to stay hydrated. That's why I never leave the house without a water bottle. My favorite kind are the fruit infuser bottles, because it gives plain, ice water a little something extra. My favorite fruits to add are strawberries, kiwis, mandarin orange slices, and pineapple. TIP: Use frozen fruit! It keeps your water cold and flavors it!

Tiki Lounge Umbrella Paperchase
 

In the summer time, an umbrella serves two purposes. It can shade you from the harsh sunlight and it can keep you dry during an abrupt, summer shower. And who wants to carry around a boring umbrella? Not me! This design is perfect for summer activities.

Resting Beach Face Bag
 

If you are going out for a day at the beach or pool, you probably will want to bring some snacks along with you. A cute lunch bag is a great way to keep your food cool while you have fun. Also, the phrase "Resting Beach Face," just makes me giggle every time!

Pink Glitter Palm Tree Pouch
 

Lip balm, sunscreen, wet wipes, and waterproof mascara. These are just a few things you may need to carry around with you, on your summer outings. This palm tree pouch is perfect for holding all of those items and it doesn't hurt that it's super cute!

Pineapple Glasses Case
 

The fun, summer prints just keep coming! What better way to protect your shades from getting scratched, than this adorable pineapple glasses case?! It also comes with a matching, cleaning cloth to wipe away lint (or sand).

Straw Pom Pom Bag
 

Now that you have all of those smaller items, you need a big bag to put them all in, right?! The brightly colored pom poms really make this bag stand out. It has a couple of pockets on the inside for your phone and other essentials and then inside is line in hot pink!

Gold Pineapple Picture Frame
 

When you are done making fun, summertime memories, you will need a way to remember them! This gold, pineapple picture frame would look so adorable, displaying your favorite summer photo!

What are your current, favorite, summer accessories? Let me know!

Until next time!

Much Love,

Kimberly
 
Summer Accessories