MIA – Week Three

 

Week Three

As time continued on, I was happy that I was able to find my way out of the Postpartum Depression. I also began to feel little more like I had a some control on myself and the “new normal” of adding second child to our family. We were finding a rhythm to our day, as well as a good nap schedule!

Coming out of this fog was a really great feeling. Our oldest daughter was doing great in school, and loved being a big sister. Mark helped out at home where he could, and I am forever thankful for his support and understanding. 

In June of this year, we had the chance to go home to Oregon to visit my family and our friends. Traveling with a 10.5 month old is about as fun as it sounds at times, however, we all did great and managed wonderfully on the flights.

We were able to do so much while there, and see so many friends. We stayed with my parents so we had a lot of family time. We also got to spend a few days on the Oregon Coast, which is my favorite place. We got to relax a little and just enjoy being a family of four. 

It was during this time that I began to think a little differently about the blog and gave myself some grace regarding it. I was a new mom, I had a family and a life that wasn’t happening in a screen. It was okay for me to take this time for ME, my daughters, and my husband.

I can be completely open and share that I was certainly struggling with my “post-baby body” and it was natural not to feel like doing outfits posts. I had to remind myself that it was okay to take a step back from everything, focus on what truly matters in my life. I had found my love of reading again, even joined my local Barnes & Noble Book Club, and was enjoying life with two beautiful daughters and wonderful husband. It is a very freeing feeling when you decide to give yourself time and understanding, rather than beat yourself up over somethings that are out of your control. It is okay to allow yourself space, to not feel like you have to try to do it all. 

It may have taken awhile, and I still have a long way to go, but at least I am starting to navigate this new area of life, of understanding and patience for myself. No one can do it all, not even me. 

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How To Prepare For A Spot Of Winter Sun

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When you’re used to going on vacation in summer, it’s quite easy to get yourself prepared. First of all, you’re probably used to a set way of doing things, and have a routine that you like to work through. But when it comes to going on a vacation in winter, you can be completely thrown out. Sometimes, you even decide to go on your trip last minute, which makes everything a bit more of a rush. And that can definitely complicate things. But you can still get things done quickly and easily.

If you are heading out on a winter vacation sometime soon, then you’ve come to the right place. As we’re going to talk you through exactly how you can prepare for your winter break, even when you feel completely out of practice. So let’s take a look at what you can do to get ready and make sure that you have a great time when you’re there too.

Research The Weather

First of all, you’re going to want to figure out what kind of weather you’re going to be faced with. Because although you’re heading out on a winter sun holiday, it’s not always guaranteed to be good weather. You need to find a weather website that you can search historical forecasts and predictions on for the place that you’re going to. Then, depending on what it’s going to be like, you can then finish the rest of your preparations.

Raid Your Wardrobe

Then you’re going to want to raid your wardrobe. More often than not, you’ll be able to find that you have enough clothing to take with you already, but you also need to be sure. Not only should you look to see if anything you have is suitable, but you should also make sure that things still fit and are in good condition. As you don’t want to leave things too late and find they’re broken or don’t fit.

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Shop Online

Your first step for finding new pieces that you need to take with you is to head online. You’re going to want to find stores that still have women’s dresses and sundresses in them as many stores will only have their winter wear out. But when you go online, you can often find lots of summer wear and beachwear that you’re going to want to stock up on.

Search The Stores

Next, you are going to want to think about heading out to the stores too. Because there will be some things that you need that will be available in stores. This is definitely the case when it comes to travel accessories, or even evening wear, as lots of winter pieces may still be suitable for your evening outfits.

Pick Out Your Travel Outfit

Then, while you’re still sorting your clothing out, you’re going to want to choose your travel outfit too. This can often be quite hard when you’re traveling in winter. Because when you head off on your vacation, it can be cold. But it’s going to be hot when you get there – hopefully! So you need to make sure you travel outfit is not only comfortable, but that it’s going to work for both leaving and arriving too.

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Get Your Luggage Ready

Your next job is to sort your luggage. It’s easy to think that your suitcases are going to be fine, just like you did with your vacation clothing. But you really do need to check everything over first. You don’t want to just assume then go to pack and find out that everything is falling apart. If you’re only taking on carry on luggage. You may also want to make sure that you have something suitable for this too.

Plan Your Airport Arrival

Next, you’re going to want to make your airport plans too. Because this can often be a stressful part of going on vacation, so you want to make sure that you get your times right. From knowing that time you need to be there, to finding the right parking, this is often stuff you can do to make it easier on the day.

And Enjoy

Finally you’re then going to want to focus on having the best vacation ever. Because traveling can be stressful, and planning a last minute trip can be hard work, but you don’t want it to ruin things. Instead, you want to make sure that you can make the most of your time away and soak up all of that glorious winter sun.

Travelspiration: Looking Fabulously Fashionable

Coco Chanel, the world’s most famous fashion icon, once said, ‘Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” All of the world’s most iconic fashion legends have certain expectations and style standards that they hold themselves accountable to, regardless of where they are of where they are going. Even when traveling, they hold themselves to the same high style standards, making every effort always to look effortlessly chic.

 

As someone with a love of fashion, when it comes to traveling it’s important to make an effort to travel in style. Throwing on a pair of lounge pants and an oversized tee just isn’t going to cut it. Believe it or not, it is possible to dress to impress when traveling and still be comfortable; it’s just a case of taking the time to put together the perfect look.

 

Heading off on vacation soon? Here’s how to ensure that you look effortlessly stylish and elegant, even when catching a 4 am flight.


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Pick the perfect suitcase

 

Wondering whether a suitcase really has an impact on your look? The answer to that question is yes, it does. A suitcase is an accessory, just like a shoulder bag is, so naturally, you want to ensure that it is elegant and stylish, and works well with your outfit, that is if you want to look fabulously fashionable. To avoid having to buy a different suitcase or duffle bag for every outfit, it’s best to opt for a neutral design that’s timeless and elegant. For more options you can find wholesale leather from Leather Impressions. Aztec patterns and pretty floral prints might be in right now, but unlike a leather design, they won’t stand the test of time and will be out of style by this time next year.

 

Dress comfortably and stylishly

 

To ensure that you are able to travel comfortably it’s vital to pick an outfit that you look stylish in and are also able to relax in. You can’t go wrong with black jeans – whether they’re ripped or not it doesn’t matter – teamed with a pretty cami top and an oversized cardigan. Prefer a more feminine look? Then how about teaming a printed tea dress with a pair of leggings and a denim jacket? A maxi skirt or dress could also work well. What you want to do is ensure that you look stylish and elegant but are also comfortable – take your time playing around with a few looks until you find the perfect one.

 

Get your shoes spot on

 

Any fashion lover knows how vital the right pair of shoes are for completing a look, so it pays to pick what you put on your feet carefully. Heels add elegance and glamor but aren’t that travel-friendly, wedges, however, can be. If you are hoping to add elegance to your look, heels are a must. However, for a more casual (and comfortable) look, a pretty pair of peep toed pumps could perfectly compliment your outfit.

 

Jetting off to somewhere sunny? Make sure to dress to impress and travel in style.

 

The Anatomy Of Healthy Travel

 

Exploring the world is what life’s all about. But traveling can be unpredictable, and things can and do go wrong.

 

Health is a major concern for many travelers, especially when going to unfamiliar parts of the world. In some developing countries, there is a risk of catching malaria, waterborne illnesses and food poisoning. And even in wealthier countries, like Switzerland, there is still the change of altitude sickness and hypothermia at high elevations.

 

For these reasons, travelers need to take their health seriously. Here is some advice for keeping in good health while traveling abroad.

 

Be Extra Careful Around Water

 

Unlike in Western countries, many developing countries near the equator don’t have facilities to treat water. As a result, a lot of water contains parasites and bacteria that can quickly ruin a trip. Drinking infected water can leave you glued to the toilet seat for days on end.

 

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When it comes to liquids, there are two important pieces of advice. The first is that if you are going to drink local water, make sure it’s boiled first. Drink plenty of hot teas and herbal drinks and avoid anything cold. Second, drink canned drinks. Canned drinks are made in factories that only use filtered water and so they are much more likely to be free from contaminants and bacteria.

 

Finally, if you’re out in the middle of nowhere, you can purify your water, so long as you don’t mind the taste of the purifying chemicals.

 

Don’t Be Foolish

 

Just because you’re on holiday, doesn’t mean that you should take unnecessary risks. As such, international health insurance is essential. Foreign countries usually won’t have reciprocal relationships with your countries of origin to provide health care, and so if you do fall sick, you’ll have to pay out of pocket, and that could cost you a lot of money. Worse still, funds might not be available in your account, and you might not receive treatment.

 

Heat And Sunshine

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If you’re used to colder weather, you’re used to getting too little sun, not too much. But believe it or not, it is possible to get too much of a good thing, especially in places where daytime temperatures regularly exceed 40 degrees Celsius.

 

Many travelers suffer from heat stroke and some point in their traveling careers. Heat stroke is brought on when the body isn’t equipped to deal with high daytime temperatures. Wear lighter, looser fabrics if you can, and if you’re going out in the midday sunshine on an expedition (to, say, the Pyramids) make sure you wear a hat. Factor 50 sunscreen might protect your skin, but it won’t keep heat stroke at bay.

 

Mosquitos

 

Malaria is a serious disease, but it’s not the only disease carried by mosquitos. The insects also carry another disease called Dengue Fever. The problem is that there is no vaccine against malaria that’s commonly available right now so protecting yourself takes a bit of effort. Insect repellents and mosquito netting at night are essential, especially if you’re camping in the open.