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How has special Christmas trees impacted your life?

Christmas is an annual event, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It has been celebrated by millions of Christians across the world, and continues to be a steadfast holiday season for most of the people in the Western world. However, Christmas trees, which is an integral part of the Christmas Day celebration is also a major environmental factor as it leads to deforestation due to the demand of proper Christmas trees during the holiday season. This is the reason why people have now been purchasing the best artificial Christmas trees that they can put their hands on.

However, going for the best artificial Christmas trees also has own set of benefits.

  1. For those people suffering from allergies, purchasing the artificial Christmas trees that does not contain any kind of pollen grains are any kind of artificial scent is the best thing to a Christmas gift. Therefore, there would not only be able to enjoy the Christmas traditions with the Christmas tree, but they do not have to compromise with its beauty neither with their own health.
  2. The fake Christmas trees does not require any kind of maintenance, and therefore you will not have to worry about constant watering or even taking care of the needles like you need to do with a real Christmas tree. Moreover, some of the artificial Christmas trees come with prefixed lighting systems, and therefore you need to do is to connect it to a power source and you are good to go.
  3. The artificial Christmas trees can also be purchased from the Internet, and get it delivered to your home as early as possible. Therefore, it also benefits you not having to go out in the cold weather to purchase Christmas trees and get them delivered to your house without having to spend gas money.

MY TOP 10 PET PEEVES

We all have those little annoyances. Things that aren’t really a big deal, and shouldn’t bug you but they do. Pet peeves. Here are my top ten.

1. People waiting for parking spots. Especially at Costco. People do it everywhere, but especially at Costco and it kills me. If you parked at the farthest parking spot, and walked in it would still be quicker than waiting for someone to unload their massive Costco cart, and get their kid(s) in their seat(s) and get out. KILLS ME!

2. When I have a Pandora station on, and they don’t play any songs by the artist I’ve chosen. ie: When I’ve got my Gavin DeGraw station on, and they don’t play any Gavin DeGraw in the 30+ songs I’ve listened to.

3. Smudging nails I’ve just painted. Argh.

4. People who never use their blinkers when they drive. So rude. And dangerous.

5. People that don’t put shopping carts back where they belong at the store. I always see people put carts near where they belong, but not where they actually go. Like it will actually kill them to walk the extra foot and put it back in the right place.

6. When a book starts out great but doesn’t end that way. I recently read Pretty Girls, and was sucked in right away. And then it took a turn for the very dark and very disturbing. I can handle a little bit of dark, and a little bit of disturbing but this was too much. I actually had nightmares from this book.

7. People who take up two parking spots. I can’t believe how often I see this. WHY?!?!

8. When people call San Francisco Frisco. Or when people refer to California as Cali. I cringe so hard with both of those. It really is like nails down a chalkboard to me.

9. When a book becomes a movie, and then they change the book cover to the movie poster. No, just no.

10. When I hold the door open for someone and they don’t thank me, or even acknowledge me. What happened to manners, people?!

What are YOUR pet peeves?? Let me know I’m not the only crazy who has them! 😉

CARRY-ON ESSENTIALS (FOR A LONG FLIGHT)


Hey friends! If you follow me on Instagram you know that Tony and I were in St. Lucia a couple weeks ago for our tenth anniversary. It was an absolutely incredible trip, and one for the memory books. While being on the lush, amazing, incredibly beautiful island was magical, traveling so far was long and arduous, but I wanted to share a few things that helped. We flew out of San Francisco and into Atlanta. That was a five-hour flight. In Atlanta we had a three hour layover, and then another four and a half hour flight from Atlanta to St. Lucia. Coming home was even more of a beast, but I digress. I think what made the long travel times so bearable was my handy-dandy carry on, packed with the following…

All of those goodies fit beautifully into my carry-on bag, which is just a super large purse. That bag also had my wallet, passport and other travel documents, but still fit easily under the seat in front of me, and I didn’t have to carry on any additional luggage. Let me breakdown the specifics of what I carried on.

To keep boredom at bay I had a fully charged iPad, loaded up with a bunch of shows from my DVR (if you have the comcast app you can do that too, it’s super easy), my iPad charging plug and my iPhone charging plug. We flew Delta which has charging stations at every seat, but if the airline you’re flying doesn’t make sure to bring a Mophie. I also brought a brand new book that I was dying to read. (Spoiler alert – it was awesome! I also read The Nightingale on my vacation, which was heart breaking, and beautiful and I can’t recommend it enough.) With my iPad (and in-air wifi) I was able to watch my shows, return emails and of course Instagram. When I got bored of that I read my book, and before I knew it we were landing.

 

All that travel in a cooped up plane, with recycled air can get you funky. I brought wipes, deodorant, a super luxe lip balm, hand cream, eye cream, eye drops (my eyes always get dry in a plane), tylenol (just in case), Colgate wisps (basically little toothbrushes you can use anywhere, without water), a brush and micellar face cleansing wipes. I used all of these things travelling both ways, and reached my destinations feeling great despite 12+ hours of travel.

What is up with planes charging big bucks for crappy little snacks? $12 for a cheese plate? No thank you. I brought a box of individually packaged almonds and a bunch of protein bars. It might look like too many protein bars, but I figured my hubby would steal one or two. I was right. I highly prefer Detour Bars and Quest Bars. Both are super clean, and high in protein which keeps you full, longer.

My husband made SO much fun of me for packing slippers, but they were probably the best thing I packed. I snagged these ones at Payless because they are super light weight and could be shoved into any corner of my bag, but they were also super warm and cozy. I am always freezing on planes, and these helped big time! I got the neck pillow (also fuzzy and warm) and eye mask – this one is awesome because there is extra space above the eyes, so your eyelashes don’t get all smooshed down – at TJ Maxx.

We flew overnight on the first leg of our trip, and my eye mask was awesome. It may have looked like I was wearing a tiny bra on my head, but it was 100% worth it.

TJ Maxx and Marshalls both have great travel sections, make sure to check them out before your next trip.

What are some of YOUR travel essentials??