Packing for a cold weather trip can be a little tricky, especially for this Texas girl! A have a few rules of thumb that I follow to keep my luggage at a minimum and to make sure I don't end up with the worst cold weather mishaps--chapped lips and wet feet.
Check them out below.
My first rule of thumb for packing for a cold weather getaway is to wear my biggest layers on flying day. So I wear my coat and clunkiest boots on the plane. Doing so allows me much more room in my suitcase for all of the layers I'm going to need. Even though my coat may be cumbersome strolling through the airport, it is multipurpose on travel day--saves luggage space and makes a great blanket for the plane.
Photos are important to me, and I don't want to look the same each day of a trip. So I like to switch things up each day. To avoid packing multiple outwear pieces, I like to accessorize with different gloves, scarves, and hats. They pack small enough I can take different accessories for each day!
Packing cubes or Ziplock bags are great ways to keep your accessories easily accessible. If you are going from hot to cold weather, stick a collection of cold weather accessories handy in the top of your suitcase. They are also a great way to keep your outfits of the day organized. Check out my post on packing tips to read more on that.
Weatherproof Foot Wear
A major must for winter travel is waterproof shoes. Since UGGS upped their game with waterproofing, they are my go to for snowy weather. Rain boots are also a great options. The main things is whatever will keep your feet warm and dry!
Cold weather can do a number on your skin. Be sure to pack lotion to keep your skin hydrated. Pack chapstick to avoid chapped lips. This is something a lot of folks forget and regret it. You won't be sorry for adding a few extra tubes of lotion and lip protection in your bag.
Hopefully these simple tips help you better prepare for cold weather travel.
Do you have any other tips you would add?
It is no secret that Broadway shows are one of my favorite must dos in New York City. After a long day of trekking around the streets, I like to get a little gussied up to sit back, relax, and enjoy the many incredible productions the Theatre District has to offer.
But before I can relax, I have to figure out the perfect outfit for the show. You'll see people dressed in all sorts of ways for the theatre, but I prefer to keep it classy. I don't go all out, but dressing up a bit feels great after a long day of touring. So what do I wear? I've put together a quick post on what I wear to a Broadway show for each season.
What about the guys? Well, I couldn't get my husband to agree to be my model, but it's fairly simple with gents. A nice button down shirt with slacks or nice jeans are always great.
I know these outfits are simple, but you don't know what you don't know! And don't hesitate to kick it up a notch! For instance, during my last visit I loved wearing an all black ensemble to see Chicago complete with leather leggings--perfect for the show if I do say so myself.
Hopefully this will help guide you on what to pack if you'll be seeing a Broadway show in New York.
Photography by Sharla Kay Photography
We recently loaded up the babes, and headed out of town to one of my favorite places for an exciting adventure--Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. Fossil Rim is a not-for-profit organization that works toward conservation of many species, some even endangered and threatened. They are apart of many international organizations that work together for species survival. It greatly saddens me that so many of the beautiful animals of the world have become or will become endangered, or even extinct, in my lifetime. Places like this help bring awareness, love for animals, and efforts to better the world for these animals all while providing a unique family bonding experience. At Fossil Rim is the Gosdin Scenic Drive—a drive through safari.
Fossil Rim was a treat to visit as a young adult, then my parents purchased a membership for taking my nephews often. It has been awhile since then, but we decided to do the same. It is an easy and beautiful drive from Waco, and worth the time to see our babies experience the animals. Even at their age, they were aware, excited, and loved feeding the giraffes by hand.
A real treat was to see a baby giraffe and baby rhino! On my bucket list for our family is to stay in one of their cabins and enjoy a guided safari tour aboard one of their open air safari trucks. For now, that's as close as I can get to an African safari!
Have you been to Fossil Rim? If not, you should definitely add it to your list for a family day or even day date with your someone special.
We recently hit the road for a quick trip to Tyler, Texas to spend the day with family. We found ourselves at the famed Caldwell Zoo. We frequented here often when visiting family when I was a kid as it used to offer free admission! Gone are those days, but it was still wonderful to bring my babies to one of my favorite zoos. The Caldwell Zoo offers a beautiful African Savannah habitat, currently a baby giraffe named Lulu, penguins, and so much more.
We enjoyed a leisurely day at the zoo, exploring the habitats, stopping for a refreshing snack, and even feeding the birds! Though the animals and habitats are endless, I love their Wild Bird Walkabout. You can purchase a stick of birdseed, and feed the beautiful birds yourself! If you're patient enough, one will plop down on your popsicle stick of seed, and dine just inches from your face.
If you find yourself in Tyler, I definitely recommend carving out a few hours to visit Caldwell Zoo. After all, those birds are hungry waiting for you!