Travel for work perks

I don’t travel as much as some people for work, but when I do travel for work, these are three of my necessary things: (1) TSA pre, (2) Hertz Gold Plus membership — so I don’t have to wait at the counter to rent a car, and (3) a cute, lightweight 360° spinner wheeled carry-on suitcase. When traveling for work, I typically don’t check in a suitcase so that I can go in and out of the airport as quickly as possible. However, being 5’2 does not make lifting a suitcase into the overhead bin a very fun experience, so making sure that my suitcase isn’t made out of heavy material is also very important. I ended up getting the London Fog carry-on off of Macys.com and I love it! It’s trendy, lightweight, and being able to either roll my suitcase next to me or behind me makes it easy to navigate in any situation.

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I’m a huge online shopper, and if you are too, I definitely recommend trying Ebates. Ebates.com alerts you of online deals, but more importantly, you can earn cash back on each of your purchases when you shop through Ebates. Right now, you can earn 6% on your purchase from Macy’s! Using Ebates is super easy — you just click on the store you want to shop at, and then you’re routed straight to the store’s website. Buy whatever you want, and then you’ll earn cash back on your purchases. Ebates is also great because there are SO many stores on there: Macys, Target, Amazon, Nordstrom, Sephora, etc. Give it a try! Sign up and automatically get $10 when you click here. Let me know what you think! Do you have a suitcase that you love?

 

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Saying goodbye to my first home

Yesterday was my official last day as a Buckhead Betty. It was a bittersweet day as I said goodbye to my first apartment after college, but looked forward to officially moving to the Highlands. That little Craigslist-find definitely had its ups and downs, but that tiny apartment saw me transform from a naive, single early-twenties post-grad to a calmer, somewhat more mature mid-twenties yuppie. The apartment saw countless evenings of laughter with friends, Grey’s Anatomy binge-watching fests with my dog, early morning workouts, too many cockroach-induced screams, and even a few tears here and there from my bad taste in men and some stressful days (nights) of work. In my little Buckhead Bungalow, later to be nicknamed my Summer Cottage, I bought all of my furniture with my own grown-up money; I joined ClassPass; I fell in love.

I remember sitting on my couch – I love my couch – waiting for Timmer to pick me up for our first date. I remember calling my friends and having them feed me compliments to boost my ego and calm my nerves, but I also remember telling them that this was going to be pointless because there was no way there was going to be a second date because I just didn’t feel like dating anymore and I was moving to Dallas the next summer. Fast forward 3 hours later and I remember sitting on my couch, thinking to myself “hmm what if that was my last first date ever?”

That little apartment saw me grow so much in those 2.5 years and it will always have a special place in my heart ❤

Fall, yall…and arm knitting blankets

Fall in Georgia only lasted about a week and a half, and then it immediately became super cold (or maybe I’m just a baby when it comes to cold weather). But nonetheless I loved every minute of Georgia fall – the changing leaves, the perfect temperatures, the new outfits, the food. I guess during the day when I’m sitting inside at work, it probably still feels like fall outside, but when I leave for work in the mornings, and by the time I get home from work at night, it is very very cold. So, I was feeling crafty and decided to arm knit my own blanket. I saw a picture of an arm-kitted blanket on pinterest last year, and so I finally decided it was time to try it out myself. I bought six rolls of Loops & Threads Chunky Grande yarn in cream from Michaels, watched a YouTube video on arm knitting blankets, and turned on Gilmore Girls. I’ve arm knitted scarves before, so it was pretty easy for me to get the hang of it – and I was loving how it was turning out! …until I ran out of yarn. I transferred the yarn that was on my arm onto one of my boyfriend’s golf clubs and made an emergency trip to Michaels, only to find out that they were completely sold out of the yarn in store and online, so TBD one when the blanket is ever finished. But, I really love how it looks and feels so far, so if you ever need an easy fun and useful craft, this DIY is a great one!

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My first blog post

Twenty-six. I just turned twenty-six. That doesn’t really make me old, but it makes me old enough to not really fit in with the ‘young and dumb’ crew. I think I’m going to need to start making better skin decisions — more sunscreen to prevent aging, investing in better moisturizer, etc. I should probably start eating healthier too…nah who am I kidding. Twenty-six is going to be a great year. I already have a lot of great things going on in my life: supportive family, great friends, amazing coworkers, perfect dog, and a wonderful boyfriend. Obviously my life is far from perfect, but I do have a lot of things to be thankful for.

I’m creating this blog as a reminder for me to continue doing what I love: I love love love anything related to food – going out to eat, trying new recipes, cooking for friends. Luckily, I’m dating another avid foodie, so we frequently cook great meals. The ‘Food’ tab will document our favorite recipes.

I also love decorating/designing space around my tiny Buckhead Bungalow. I found my little apartment on Craigslist. It’s kind of like a duplex; it’s a house divided into four apartments. My place has half of the main floor. It’s really cute and cozy, but the set up is more of a studio style as there are no doors inside, and you have to go through the bedroom in order to get to the kitchen from the living room. Non-the-less, I’ve created the tiny space to make it perfect for me. Additionally, I love DIY projects, such as arm-knitting, and turning simple things (like a normal boring bulletin board) into something much prettier. The ‘DIY & Design’ tab will be all about decor and DIY projects.

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And then I’ll have the blog, to write down whatever happens to come to mind. I’ll still have my travel blog – Travels and Trouvailles – which documents a few of my favorite things of each of the places I’ve traveled, as well as some of my favorite things to do around Atlanta.

Cheers!