Travel Essentials

VACATION! Today, I am flying out to the Centennial State, aka Colorful Colorado. It’s been just shy of a year since I have seen my BFF, Le Ann, and I am super excited!

After this sweet venture to the middle of the country, I am traveling to the west coast of Florida. With only a carry-on and backpack, and two completely different climates, I am certainly presented with a packing challenge. Though weather extremes make it difficult to pack light, there is always room for these travel staples no matter where I go in the world.

1. Eo Hand Sanitizer – I will not travel without hand sanitizer. Period. This travel size from Eo fits nicely into your bag or purse and smells really good too.

2. Sea Bands – Only in the past few years I’ve started to get motion sickness on planes. The half hour descending part of the flight is my worst nightmare. Instead of taking drugs that make me groggy, I started using Sea Bands. The band fits tightly on your wrist and a ball on the inside applies pressure to a pressure point relieving nausea. I tend to keep mine on before the flight and after until I get to my destination. They have helped tremendously!

3. Flents Super Sleep Ear Plugs – Sometimes I have a hard time falling asleep in new places, and have found ear plugs work great. I like these because they are shorter in length, don’t fall out, and are comfortable. Plus, they come with a little travel case. If you have smaller ears, these are a good pick.

4. Sun Bum SPF 30 Lotion & Face Stick – Gotta block! Sun Bum is a super product. I also love the smell, it takes you right to the beach. The face stick is great to have on hand for all day protection, and won’t cause blemishes.

5. Vital Proteins Collagen Stick Packs – Collagen Peptides from Vital Proteins are my jam! I use this product every day. I love that they came out with single serving pouches so I can take it with me on the go.

6. Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream – Fortunately most hotels, and my friends, have blow-dryers, but for those times you just don’t want to do anything, Beach Babe is where it’s at. Just apply to wet hair for some body and texture, and let it air dry.

7. Old Navy Luxe Curved-Hem Tank – If you don’t have these tunic style tanks I highly recommend them. They’re great for layering, easy to throw on, and go with any outfit. Stellar buy! (oops, no pic, already packed)

Now that I am all packed up and ready to go, I’m standing here outside your door, I hate to wake you up… OK enough of that.

I hope that you find some of these products making their way into your bag on your next venture. Do you pack travel essentials? What are your favorites? Share in the comments below!

Have a wonderful week, guys!
xx Tammy

Savory Oatmeal Bowl

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Does anyone else get overwhelmed/over-stimulated by social media? Or maybe finding yourself just checking your phone so many times a day for absolutely no reason? Sometimes scrolling through all these feeds make my head spin. I have to stop and ask myself, “Why am I even looking at this?” We all know nothing has changed in the last 5 minutes, yet, somehow it becomes strangely addictive. I think I am due for a media detox.

Speaking of detox, the candida diet is not working out for me right now. I’ve come to realize that maybe this is just not the right time no matter how hard I try to “get it together.” I am beyond distracted, unfocused, forgetful, and blatantly unprepared all the time lately. I have about 30-something unread emails (and counting!) and a full schedule that feels almost impossible to edit. I don’t know if I need to slow down, or catch up, or what.

What I do know, is that my day always starts off without a hitch. Mornings are my favorite time of the day. I enjoy them. I live for them. Mornings are a fresh start.
Every.
Single.
Day.
There is something about the stillness and quiet before the world around me wakes up that makes me feel at ease. It’s peaceful and consistent. Each day I rise, exercise, hydrate, and eat a nutrient-packed breakfast. This is the one meal of the day where I am completely present.

Savory Oatmeal Bowl

1/2 cup Gluten-free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 cup water
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1-2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 cup packed organic baby spinach
1 pasture raised egg
2 slices Wellshire Sugar free Turkey Bacon
Salt & Pepper

Boil one cup of water in a small pot. Add oats and simmer on medium heat till cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add more water if needed depending on your desired consistency. Remove from heat and stir in collagen peptides, flaxseed meal, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

While the oats are cooking, heat a medium pan over medium heat. Cook turkey bacon to desired crispness. I like my bacon crispy. Sometimes I’ll take the faster route and microwave it. I know, I know, not the best preparation method.

In the same pan over medium heat, cook the egg in a little extra virgin olive oil or real butter: sunny-side up, over-easy, over-hard, scrambled, whatever you fancy. I love runny yolk so my go-to style is over-easy.

To assemble: Place a cup of baby spinach in a shallow bowl, pour oatmeal over the spinach, top with egg and either place bacon strips in the side or crumble over the top. Season with salt and pepper.

Breathe.
Be Present.
Be grateful.
Savor every single bite.
Be thankful for each new morning and time to reset.

Now, where’s my coffee?