Considering how much I loathe long car rides, even I was a little shocked when I proposed our recent road trip to Chicago. I’ll share the trip details in another post, but first, wanted to share some of the essentials we relied on as we trekked half-way across the country. There’s nothing like being in a car for 9+ hours to test your love — but we made it, and dare I say… had fun!
AAA Trip-Tik – A customized trip guide, courtesy of AAA. Yes, please!
Great sunglasses – I never appreciated a good tinted lens until I stared at cornfields in Indiana for 3+ hours.
Headphones – Because sometimes you just want to blast the Fever Pitch soundtrack but let him listen to his jams.
Blankety scarf – Perfect as a blanket, a pillow, a shawl…basically a must for car napping. So versatile!
Well-stocked cooler – The munchies are half the fun of a road trip.
Trivia/Questions books – To break-up the hours, these can be really fun.
Great road trip playlist – A given. But one of my favorite tweaks involves playing the “20 favorite songs of all time” game and alternating adding to your lists in real time using a service like Spotify. Once a song is taken, it’s gone, so you have to draft strategically.
iPad with downloaded TV/movies – When things got really tedious, I turned to Olivia Pope.
An honest-to-goodness paper map – Believe it or not, we used this when we got to Canada and realized we couldn’t rely on cell phones without risking expensive roaming charges! It’s nice to know that maps still, erm, get the job done.
Chatting about food and restaurants and occasionally exchanging recipes is a given when together with friends, but after spending last weekend on the Cape with some girlfriends, conversation turned to the go-to meals we make after a long workday or when we’re less than inspired. Listening to everyone share their favorites reminded me of a discontinued online series by Self magazine called “Eat Like Me.” Have you heard of it?
The series followed the food travels of registered dietitian (and fellow-Bostonian!), Cristin Dillon-Jones; what she cooked at home and what she ordered at restaurants for every meal and snack, along with photos and brief, but much-appreciated, posts ranging from balancing nutrition to using up whatever was in her fridge before a vacation. It was a simple, practical, source of inspiration I looked to regularly and I miss it. So I had an idea. Although I’m hardly qualified to dish out dietary advice professionally, I do think I can help inspire.
Each week or so, I’ll post some of my favorite eats from the week as a series. A little bit down the road, I can even imagine featuring those of my friends, fellow bloggers, and Instagram buddies for even more inspired eats.
- Almond butter and jelly on whole wheat, honeydew, carrots and hummus, and an apple. I can’t tell you how often my dinner looks like this in summer!
– Yogurt and blueberries with slivered almonds and coconut
– Spring mix with BBQ chicken, grill-roasted tomatoes, and sunflower seeds
– Tomato soup made with 1% milk
– BBQ chick, grilled peaches, pineapple, tomatoes, and zucchini
– Baked pork chop with steamed broccoli and a cinnamon sweet potato
– Shake Shack burger for a little mid-week lunch splurge
– Giant salad of spring mix, chopped chicken, chickpeas, tomato, cucumber, and sunflower seeds; blueberries and strawberries
– Two eggs scrambled with parsley and chives and two pieces whole grain toast spread with avocado
I’ll be the first to admit that the majority of my undergarments are functional. Most of my bras are an oh-so-unsexy, yet practical, nude (for wear under white clothing and just about everything else), and for a while now, my underwear have begun to start moving away from preventing VPLs (“visible panty lines!”) and more toward concealing just how little I’ve hit the gym and how many cookies I’ve consumed of late. Still, there’s something so lovely about elevating an everyday, often plain old wardrobe stable like a racer-back bra into a sweet, delicate work of art. Since I bought my Eberjey Collette Racer Back Bra two years ago, (and seen it re-pinned on my page 57+ times!) I’ve gone out of my way to find reasons to wear it. Like with off-the-shoulder tops so the delicate lace strap is visible or with loose camisoles, so the top peeks out on purpose. And it is so, so, so comfy. I know a “bralet” might send a lot of women running since they do NOT offer much in the way of support, but for my fellow less well-endowed ladies, this is one way to flaunt what you’ve got for a change. It’s so pretty, too, right?