First, a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope tomorrow and this weekend are absolutely wonderful for you and your families! I have a huge list of to-dos for today to get ready for tomorrow, and I’m so excited for the friends (all non-American btw – they’re such good friends!) who will be spending the day with us.
This weekend is extra special for me, because it’s when I start putting out all the Christmas decorations! I don’t have an enormous collection of decorations, but I do try to add a little something new to the mix each year. Next year, once baby number two is in the picture, I’m planning to get us all matching and embroidered stockings.
Since we don’t have too many holiday stores here in Barbados, you often have to either plan really far in advance (like me and my stocking project) or try your hand at a DIY project. In fact, DIY is often the best way to go, because really…who has time to plan ahead? So here’s a favorite that easily adds a bit of sparkle to the tree and can be changed each and every year – painted popcorn garland.
It’s that time of year again! Once again, we’re super excited to be part of the Elf 4 Health challenge! The amazing ladies over at The Lean Green Bean and According to Elle have put together another great set of challenges, and we’re ready to tackle them!
We had a lot of fun last year, and we’re fully expecting this year to be the same. If you’re not familiar with this annual tradition, here’s the skinny:
Elf 4 Health is a four week challenge, designed to keep us fit and fabulous over the holidays. The challenges fall into four different categories, namely food, fitness, for you, and for others. We’ll be randomly paired with a fellow elf every two weeks, and it’s a great way to meet other bloggers and share the experience.
It’s the first bump & run baby bump post. Baby bump? Well, I suppose it’s time to post about my long-overdue announcement;) If you saw me on Instagram recently, you might have been able to guess that I’m pregnant with my second child. I’m due the first week in March, and not only that, little babe is a boy!
So as my belly continues to grow, I thought I would share a few of my fashion tips and lessons learned from my first pregnancy.
When you live in a country that is a popular tourist destination, you become very good at hosting guests. It’s absolutely amazing how popular we become in January! Through trial and error, and a little friendly feedback from friends and family, we have finally mastered the art of making our guests feel comfortable.
I think it’s safe to say that I travel a fair bit. I’m not jetting off on business trips three days a week, but living on an island means I have to take a plane to go anywhere. I’ve taken flights as short as 1 hour, and I’ve been on a plane for over 14 hours straight. I’ve definitely figured out what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to my carry-on bag!
If I’m going to be on a super long flight, I usually pack a large purse and a carry-on suitcase. The carry-on has a change of clothes to sleep in and my DSLR camera, while everything else fits into my large purse. For shorter flights, say less than five hours, I skip the carry-on and just bring the large purse.
Several years ago, when I was living in NYC and completely enamored with my event planning job, I helped organize a truffle auction and private dinner at an Italian restaurant for one of our high-end clients. It was a luxurious event, and imagine my surprise at twenty-five when I realized the price of fresh truffles. It was quite the shock that a little truffle could cost so much!
Until that event, I’d never even tried truffles. But once I did, I fell in love. Truffles are very similar to mushrooms, except they grow underground. And although buying a fresh, whole truffle is extravagant, there are wonderful ways to enjoy the delicacy at more reasonable prices.
Has it snowed where you live yet? Every morning I grab a cup of coffee and watch a morning show from Toronto, Ontario. Last week I saw that dreaded little snowflake icon in the forecast! That’s crazy! Of course, the weather on our little island only gets better between November and May, but that didn’t stop me from wondering how I would handle the cold weather when I eventually have to move back north. A day which I am seriously not looking forward to, by the way. Who wants to trade-in palm trees and sand, for slush and snow?
Happy Friday everyone!
Today we’re joining our friend Linda from Fit, Fed and Happy for her Life in Pictures Link Up! The goal is to take as many pictures as you want throughout the week (or just the day), to recount the things you did, avoiding as much text as possible. Your job is to guess what happened!
So here’s our photo dump from the week. Can you guess what we were up to?