How to Make the Most of a Short Road Trip

If you’re like me, you have a lot of traveling to do around the holidays. My immediate family lives about 9 hours away. Since moving to Colorado, it can be hard for me to get home, and oftentimes, a road trip is the easiest way because I have a dog. Nine hours on the road can get really boring when there’s no one to talk to. This is why you need to be prepared for anything.

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We’ve had to get creative when we travel, and depending on who’s driving, the trip can feel like an extended period of time-wasting. I’m sure you can relate. Thankfully, I’ve come up with some ways to make the most out of those long hours.

If you plan on relaxing…

  • Listen to an audiobook. There’s no better time to catch up on your reads than on a road trip. If you’re the one behind the wheel, an audiobook is a great way to enjoy the ride and make it feel shorter! Sometimes, I’m so into the story I just want to keep driving! Check out your local library to see if they have audiobooks for free checkout.
  • Jam to a special road trip playlist. I have a special list on Spotify dedicated just for the open road. It keeps me pumped, makes me reflect, and gives me the feels. I think I’ve cried, rocked out, and felt completely childish listening to my road trip mix.
  • If you’re the passenger and the driver doesn’t agree with your taste in books or music, try writing in your journal (if it doesn’t make you sick.)
  • Try reading a book. As mentioned before, unless reading in the car makes you sick, it’s a great way to pass time on a long trip.
  • Sleep. This is, by far, the easiest way to make the trip fly by.

If you want to be productive…

  • Write some blog posts! This can be accomplished in a couple of ways. If you’re driving alone, open a writing app on your phone and use voice-to-text to “jot” down your thoughts. It may not catch all of your post, but you can easily go back in and edit on your computer later. If you’re riding shotgun, pull out your tablet or laptop and start typing. You may even be able to design your images if you have Illustrator or Photoshop.
  • Balance your checkbook. If you’re like me, you are checking your financial accounts on a daily basis. I like to plan and re-plan our budget to see how much we can pay down on our debt.
  • Do some stretches. This will make the car ride way more enjoyable anyways, as long rides tend to stiffen you up. I have researched this, and there are definitely some stretches you can do while riding in a car. Just check out this article!

What about you? Any long car rides ahead? How do you bide the drive? I’d love to hear other ways!

How to Make Peppermint Bath Salts

There’s a lot of awesome diy’s and crafts floating around the internet, but I have to say that my new favorite is bath soaking salts! Did you know you can make your own bath salts for just a smidgen of the cost you would pay at the store?

Making your own bath salts is fast, easy, and fun! Not to mention, you know exactly what’s being used to make them smell and look a certain way! Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own peppermint bath salts. I found this recipe by the Frugal Girls. I didn’t follow their recipe directly, but I improvised and the salts turned out wonderful!

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Bath Salt Recipe

How to Make Peppermint Bath Salts

1 c. Epsom Salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 drops peppermint oil
6 drops red food coloring

All you have to do is mix the Epsom salt and baking soda, and then squeeze the drops in. Stir it all around and voila! You’ll want to use separate bowls for the separate colors.

I played it by ear and made the recipe huge because I had several little mason jars to fill for friends and family. I made sure to test the salts before hand. The red salts will not dye your skin in the tub, and if you find that your red salt doesn’t have a deep enough hue, just add more coloring.

Also, I bought my peppermint oil at Hobby Lobby. I think it was like $4. They had several other common oils too, if you care to try them. I’m sure lavender or lemon would be lovely.

I also wrapped mine up in tissue paper (it’s New Year’s Day themed that I had left over), and I’ll be gifting these to my co-workers tomorrow. I’m very excited!

That’s all there is! It’s simple, easy, and cheap. You have limitless possibilities when creating bath salts. From the scent to the colors used, you can make any number of combinations.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Christmas as a Couple

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With all the different family celebrations to partake in, it can be tough to navigate Christmas as a newly married couple. You’ll have to share days with certain sides of the family, and you may have to miss out on some of your oldest traditions. If there are step-parents involved, sorting out where and when you’ll visit becomes even more difficult. Sometimes, it may just be easier to go your separate ways to hit up all the stops, if you can agree on this scenario.

Even with all of the tough decisions that have to be made, the build-up to Christmas is still one of my favorite times of year. Everyone is happy and jolly, and there are so many fun, free activities you can do to celebrate and reminisce!

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Drive around and look at Christmas lights.

On the way out of St. Louis, Missouri on west I-44, Jellystone Park stands majestic and tall. At Christmas time, it becomes Santa’s Magical Kingdom and glows like a forest on fire! Supposedly, it’s one of the best light displays in the country.

Mike and I love to drive around and look at the lights, especially in the ritzy neighborhoods. You can bet we’re going to be making this a holiday tradition for the rest of our lives.

Watch Christmas classics.

I am a sucker for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, while Mike loves Home Alone. There’s nothing like curling up next to your best friend and watching your childhood favorites. Gather up all the Christmas movie classics, make some hot cocoa, and laugh the night away cuddled up in each other’s arms.

Make Christmas cookies.

My family has a special recipe we make every year, and it’s important to me that Mike and I keep that tradition alive in our own home, even though he doesn’t really like them. It’s fun to have our friends over and eat the dough while decorating the cookies with icing!

Stuff your lover’s stocking.

Mike and I already have everything we could ever want (that we can afford), so we decided to give each other stocking stuffers this year. As you know, just because it fits in a stocking doesn’t mean it’s cheap. I love this idea because it requires us to think creatively. Once the stocking is full, you’re done!

Do a good deed.

While many people volunteer at charities during the holiday season, there is still so much you could do without being official. Do you have an elderly neighbor? Why not visit and take a Christmas card with some cookies? I have spent a lot of time with seniors, and there’s nothing that brings them more joy than a surprise visit. If visiting neighbors is out of your comfort zone, set aside some money to buy food pantry items. Christmas is the season of giving, and there’s nothing that feels better than giving to those that are less fortunate that we are. Blessings abound when you share your wealth.

Christmas is a time of togetherness, and you should enjoy this time together.

What about you? Did you make some new traditions when you became part of a duo?

Career Success Tip #1: Remove Your Emotions

Some things have been changing at my workplace. We’re shifting strategies, changing priorities, and the original job I was hired for nine months ago has been omitted. Without going into too much detail, it’s a big transition for our team.

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This new transition made me start thinking about my career as a whole and how I let my emotions control my behavior. I take things personally and it can cloud my judgement. This is a bad thing in the workplace.

Remove your emotions.

You often hear the saying, “It’s not personal. It’s just business.” This can be a hard pill to swallow, but in my experience, I’ve found it to be true. Most people are not out to get you, even if they do not like you. All businesses come back to money, and without it, they cannot operate successfully.

If your boss or supervisor jumps on your case about an issue, remember that it is not personal. She/he wants you to do the best you can in the position you were hired for. If you fail in that position, consequences or criticisms will come your way. Do not react in anger. Do not cry (at least until you know you’re in private). Take it with a cool head and use it to better yourself.

On the other side, do not let your emotions affect the way you treat your peers or boss. Even the worst scenarios call for composure. No matter how annoying a person is, remember that you are a professional and all of your reactions reflect who you are at the core. You do not want to be known as the hothead or whiner.

Keeping your feelings in check can be tough, but it’s worth working on. Even when the situation is unfair and you feel justified, it is better to stay silent before spouting words you will later regret.

In terms of my own career growth, I am much better than when I started my first “real” job, but I still have a long way to go. It is difficult, but I continue to challenge myself to be level-headed and calm in less-than-desirable situations so I am seen as a young, yet mature woman in the workplace.

Have you ever let your emotions get the best of you at work? Was it worth it in the end?

6 Tips for Handling Long Winter Nights

There’s nothing worse than long, cold winter nights. Winter is my least favorite time of year. Now that I live in Colorado, the nights are colder than ever. When November and December roll around, I struggle to keep my eyes open past 8pm. The darkness never seems to end! Since this is a predicament for me, I built a list of ideas to help combat the cold darkness. They’ll probably work best for you if you’re an introvert like me.

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1. Early to Bed, Early to Rise

This is my motto. I’ve always been an early bird, but it benefits me most in the cold seasons when the nights are long and the sun rises early. If you like to live by the light, you’ll maximize your sun exposure by waking up earlier.

2. Turn on the Lights

All of them. When the sun goes down, your body thinks it’s time to sleep. If the lights are on, you can fool your body into thinking it’s still daytime, maximizing your ability to stay awake. I am really digging these low-lit, mood-inducing lights on Amazon. Very Hygge!

3. Stay Busy

This is important. If you come home tired and sit down, you’ll find it much harder to get motivated and tackle your to-do list. You have to keep moving. Try to run errands right after work so you don’t have to go out twice once you get home. Make dinner, tidy the house, and take care of all the important things. Once you’re done with your main tasks, let your body relax and unwind. If I don’t follow a routine like this, I start falling asleep the minute I get home from work.

4. Hold Dinner Parties with Friends

And by party, I mean watch movies and play board games. That’s my kind of party. However you do it, it will make the days seem longer.

5. Find a New Indoor Hobby

For me, it’s knitting and sewing. Every year, I take this time to fix my clothes, sew buttons back on, and knit scarves and what-nots for family, friends, and charities. There are lots of fun indoor hobbies to choose from: painting, puzzle-working, reading, cooking, baking, blogging, etc. The possibilities are endless!

6. Catch Up on Your Reading

The winter season is the best time to catch up on your reading lists. It’s not like you can do much when it’s dark outside anyways! Check out these reading lists for inspiration:

Though there’s no cure for missing long summer days, the winter nights don’t have to be unbearable. Try some of these tips and I’m sure you’ll be happy as a lark. What do you do t0 stay sane in the wintertime?