Aug 29, 2016

Doorways of the Fan

If you've read my blog for some time, you've probably seen me mention the Fan district of Richmond before. It was named after the way the streets extend in the shape of a fan and is one of the oldest (and most beautiful) parts of the city. I moved to the Fan in 2011 to attend VCU and loved living on its quaint little streets, even if parallel parking is a beast. We moved out of the Fan in 2013 when Mark and I got married, but it's always fun to come back and visit. Now my sister lives there, so I can enjoy its beauty all over again every time I visit. I snapped a few pictures on my phone when I was there recently.

More Richmond posts:


Aug 18, 2016

This Week's Links 8.18.16

More walks, more podcasts, more sweat from this insane humidity. 

Here are a few fun links from the week...

to-do list tweak to try

Cheat meals without the cheating

An easy-to-assemble couch shipped to your door

I want to make all of these: refreshing summer sorbets

How to grow your own pineapple plant

Beautiful bolga baskets

Fixer Upper craziness

In case you missed it, here's what went on the blog this week:

3 Ways to Workout While Traveling

A travel essential

Have a great weekend!

Aug 17, 2016

Richmond Walks

I've been loving my morning walks in Richmond this week. It's been nice keeping a regular routine, even while I'm traveling (I'm a weirdo, I know), plus getting outside first thing in the morning is such a peaceful way to wake up and face the day. I've always loved how walkable Richmond is. The scenery never disappoints and I appreciate it more and more every time I come back to visit. 

richmond walks
These photos were all taken around the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts which I've blogged about before here and here. I've only actually been inside the museum once, but their grounds could almost be the main attraction.  It's its own little oasis within the city and definitely worth a visit if you're in the area!

richmond walks
I did a quick search for a new podcast to listen to on my walks and came across Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell. I've only listened to two episodes (Blame Game and Saigon, 1965) but, so far, I really like it. Gladwell picks a different event, idea, or person out of history every week and looks at it in a new way, trying to find something that was overlooked or misunderstood. Their tagline is "Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance." Take a listen the next time you're looking for a new podcast. It's really good!


Aug 16, 2016

A Travel Essential

We humans are too quick to judge. We hear of something new and we scoff in scorn over the ridiculousness of such a thing, not pausing to consider the actual genius of it. Such was the case when I first heard of facial spray aka a bottle of scented water...that you your face.

I can understand why it's hard to grasp such a concept, especially since everything in life teaches us to avoid things being sprayed in our face (mace, pepper spray, Lysol). But facial spray forces you to put your pre-conceived notions aside and enjoy the rebellious feeling of squirting something in the direction of your eyes.

I received a bottle of Mario Badescu facial spray for my birthday last winter, but it wasn't until I started traveling this summer that I truly understood its genius. It's made from a combination of aloe, herbs, and rosewater, and is so hydrating for your skin. I've completely replaced using lotion on my face with facial spray instead. During the summer, lotion is just too heavy for my skin and I start breaking out, but facial spray doesn't clog my pores and feels so good to apply! It's been a constant in my bag during every trip this summer.

Have you tried a facial spray? What's your favorite brand?


Aug 15, 2016

3 Ways to Workout While Traveling

I am in the middle of a trip at the moment, bouncing between a few different cities for work and family time. Ever since this trip popped up on my radar, I've been thinking about how I could maintain my work out routine while traveling. Typically, I would never think about that but this hasn't been a typical year. I'm proud of the effort and results I've seen from working out over the past few months (and doing Whole30!) and I didn't want to blow it all of that in a two-week span. Plus, working out is oddly addicting and after carving out a routine for the last four months, it's actually something that I want to fit into my schedule now. Here are a few ways I'm staying active these days...

Body weight workouts 
I actually considered packing some weights or a kettlebell in my suitcase for a split second before reason dawned. Luckily, there are plenty of workouts to do that don't involve lugging heavy equipment around in your suitcase. Even if you're staying in a hotel with a gym, bodyweight workouts are a good thing to keep in your back pockets for any moments of downtime. Here's an example of a routine I've been following:

25 squats
60 jumping jacks
20 push ups
50 crunches

I usually do as many rounds as I have time for. You can find other great examples of body weight exercise routines on Pinterest, like this 20-minute HIIT workout, or on Instagram. I like following fitness trainer Carmen Morgan for her quick workout routines.

Long walks
Squeezing in a full-size workout can be hard when your routine has been tossed on its head, but there's usually always time for a brisk walk or run when you're traveling — you just have to look for the right moments. Since I've been in Richmond for the past few days, it's been fun to walk around some old familiar neighborhoods, but if you're visiting an area for the first time I would recommend doing a little research first to find the best local parks or safe places to run by yourself.

Local classes
This requires a little advanced planning as well, but it's one of my favorite things to do when traveling. The last time I was in Richmond, I was able to walk to a free outdoor yoga class one morning and it was so much fun. A quick search online for city event calendars or local yoga, pilates, or fitness studios will usually give you all the information you need to find a local class.

Most importantly, don't be too hard on yourself if you miss a day. I used to feel really guilty about skipping workouts while we were on vacation or traveling, but now I try to remember that the whole point of working out is so I can feel good and enjoy those special moments, like trips and vacations, rather than feeling guilty.

Do you have any good tips for exercising while traveling? I'd love to hear your go-to routines!