Category Archives: Lifestyle

Traveling Light, Also Known As No Suitcase

Female traveler surrounded by green fields and mountains

I had a four-day weekend trip planned, and I decided to travel without a suitcase. It was mostly a casual trip so I thought it would be a good venue to test out some of the theories and tricks I’ve been reading in travel blogs. I took a small crossbody purse and my trusty Jansport […]

My New Cookbook, Delicious on a Dime

Woman reading cookbook

My mom just gave me a new cookbook, Delicious on a Dime, and it has gotten me thinking about the average cost of eating at home. Sometimes it seems that it almost is not worth the hassle to cook when you look at that grocery bill every week. I have been working to reduce the […]

Downsizing Toiletries for Travel

Toiletries

Sure, the infamous 3-1-1 TSA bag can technically hold several bottles of the 3-ounce size. However, do you really need 3 ounces of shampoo for your long weekend trip? Probably not. Same holds for the 1-ounce bottle of foundation and the full-size cream blush. But realistically, how can we shrink those toiletries and still have […]

Traveling Solo

Woman using map in unknown city

Oftentimes, we put off certain activities that we assume would be better suited if we went with someone else. Whether that is a friend or a significant other, there is something about sharing the experience that does make it special. But that does not mean that traveling solo is out of the question. In fact, […]

Five Delicious High-Protein Snacks

Devilled eggs on wooden board

While many of us think that not eating is the way to diet, most experts will tell you that continuing to fuel your body in healthy ways will help your body lose weight faster than sending it into starvation mode. One of the key parts of this theory is snacking smartly. Protein will help keep […]

Realism: Packing Your Long Weekend Into A Backpack

Woman with sunglasses and backpack outdoors

I have read a number of blogs from people who have taken entire trips with nothing but their purse. I have also read stories from regular cruise patrons who pack nothing less than three suitcases, a train case, a carry-on bag, and an oversized purse. Surely realism is somewhere in between! I have two weekend […]

Realism: Build a Healthy, Filling Salad

Woman making salad in kitchen

Yes, salads can be a great diet food if you make the right choices. But those choices include making sure that you are getting enough nutrition to keep yourself full until the next meal. Having a salad for lunch does you no good if you end up at the vending machine mid-afternoon because you are […]

Healthy Italian Options

Healthy Italian food

Italian cuisine is mostly known for being carbohydrate- and dairy-heavy and diet-unfriendly. And even the best disciplined of us have a hard time turning down the amazing scent of garlic bread. But if you plan ahead and choose wisely, you can still enjoy your favorite Italian flavors without the side dish of guilt. Start with […]

Three Purses You Need To Own

Woman outdoors with fashionable yellow bag

Some of us may have a closet full of different purses while others may only use one bag for absolutely everything until it falls apart at the seams. But if you fall somewhere in between, you may wonder what handbags are absolutely essential. For the most part, that will depend on your lifestyle – do […]

What Should You Take In Your ‘Personal Item’ On the Plane?

Woman packing suitcase

We have discussed suitcase packing lists for several kinds of trips, but let’s take a look at what needs to go in your personal item. Most suitcases travel in the overhead bin or under the plane altogether, but the personal item goes under the seat in front of you for easy access during the flight […]