2 travel goodies

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N….in the summer time…..  can’t get that song to stop looping in my noggin.

Vacation is exciting and different and wonderful.  However……  by the sheer fact of the exciting and different part….our  “normal” comfortable routine is mixed up patty whacked.   Today, I wanted to share two things that might make your next trip a bit easier and happier.

I found a lush creature comfort that I knew I wanted to share.  (Side note:  don’t you just slump in your chair and throw your arms up when someone says, “Oh, I’ve been using that for two years now, you didn’t know?”  Urgh.)button scarf

Right, this minute, as I type, my lush, dreamy soft, Scarf/Poncho/Wrap is rolled up and stored in my carry on satchel for use next trip.

The store that I purchased it from is called Lace & Grace.  Quick service and quite a large variety of items.


These are my own opinions & sadly, no, I was not paid to endorse my new favorite travel items.

First the details.  It is huge and yet manageable. Excellent quality, reversible with substantial buttons and rich saturated colors.   The fabric is soft, you sort of want to pet it, but that would be weird.  By the way, this company has several colors and patterns to choose from.

I have a tendency to get cold on the airplane.  Out came the scarf.  I had it rolled up inside my carry on bag, easy to get to.  button scarf, lace and graceI wore it like a poncho so it covered my shoulders and kept the chill at bay.   It looks great with jeans and a t-shirt, however, I did wear it one evening with bold jewelry and as a scarf, it looked rather fetching, if I do say so myself.

Next option,  I just buttoned only one of the buttons, turned it a couple times and wore it as a scarf through the airport as we caught our next flight.

During the driving….. Mr. Right logged 1,873 miles during this vacation…… I folded the scarf/poncho/shawl over my legs and was nice and cozy without blasting the heater.

I must say this garment construction is beautiful and the reverse color of soft gray and white herringbone complemented several outfits.

Overall, extremely pleased with this piece.


berkey water bottle







The other best travel piece is my Berkey travel Water Bottle.   http://www.getberkey.com/

It has the filter right inside.  I pack it empty in my carry on and once past airport security, I can fill it up using a water fountain or any tap water.  (Note:  It does not filter out fluoride. I keep a list of bottled waters sans fluoride and when available I purchase those. Then I pour those into my bottle. )  Travel choices are not perfect, we do what we can.

When not traveling, I store this item alongside my travel satchel and suitcases.  A quality product that works very well.  I can’t imagine traveling without one.  I highly recommend.

I hope these gentle suggestions will make your next trip ( you are planning your next adventure, right?) a bit smoother.

In this together, friends.

Just sharing the goodness.

Chat soon.



bag lady

You know those souvenir paper shopping bags we all collect?  The ones you get when you buy something from a specialty shop while on vacation?

I can’t seem to part with them.  They hang on a hook in the back of my closet. They hang off a push-pin on my note board in the sewing room.  The moment I see the bag with the logo, I just adore the holiday memories that come flooding back.

20170603_184307_resizedI took one and used it.  That’s right, I cut it up, put double-sided sticky tape on the back and lined a new drawer.

Over the weekend, I finally found & bought a new hall table that I liked.  The drawers needed lining before I filled them with treasures.

I cut up a souvenir bag for one of the drawers.20170605_094357-1_resized

I get a little shiver the moment I tug open a drawer and under some pens, candles or note cards, I spy a little piece of vacation.   Having it there helps me remember all the wonderful trips and places we have explored.

Now, go find one of your souvenir bags tucked away! Get out some scissors & tape.  This “craft” will be over faster that you can imagine.

Think how happy you will be each time you see it.  🙂

In this together, friends.

Chat soon.


free the sample

Recently, while on vacation, I actually used a “great idea, I should try that sometime” tip.

Packing a suitcase……I want to be one of those people who toss a few things in a bag, add one big, gorgeous scarf that triples a pashmina to ward off the chill on the plane, a lovely wrap to go out to dinner and somehow tie a swirly knot and it magically becomes a bathing suit cover-up.

I am not one of those people.

I bring two huge, beautiful scarves and a bathing suit cover-up and three pairs of flip-flops (not sure which ones I want to wear with what) and a sweatshirt (in case it is chilly…. while watching stars near the Sea of Cortez….. um, note to self, next time leave the sweatshirt at home where it is 47*) and the list goes on and on.

To sum up, my suitcase for a week at the beach, weighed 42 pounds.  Seriously?  Who needs that much stuff?

Here is one thing that actually worked, saved space, weight and I actually remembered to do it!

photo 2When ever I order my natural lotions and potions and shampoo and conditioners….. the amazing companies almost always send free samples.  You know the ones that clutter up your make up drawer, lotions & potions basket?  You know that sample that is standing behind the sink faucet, because you are going to use it sometime?

I started collecting those samples about 6 months 20151110_091955-1ago.  I put them all neatly into a zip-lock bag.  I tossed the bag into my suitcase.

I actually USED them!  Instead of packing all the containers and pouring some potions into “travel” containers, I skipped that part of the packing ordeal.

All those little sample packets of things I already knew I could use that didn’t have any crazy chemicals were ready to go.

I just tossed the empty packet when done.  Nothing to bring back home.

Now, you would think that since I was so smart and tossed all those empty packets, my suitcase would have been much lighter coming home?

Hahaha, turns out bringing home books for the grands weighs more than lotions and potions.