Falling into a ‘better you!’

It’s no new news that 2020 has been a bit of a year. Many of us are feeling pretty tired, lacking in motivation and well – ready for a change. With fall in full swing, and the leaves changing, it’s a great time to changes for ourselves and breath a little ‘life’ into our daily routines. Here’s a few beauty, wellness and lifestyle picks to help you on your way!

Bali Body – Face Tan Water The only way to tan your face. This gradual self tanning water provides a flawless, natural looking tan on your face, neck and chest. Enriched with anti ageing, skin loving ingredients to purify, hydrate and perfect your complexion. It’s skincare meets self tan. Stay safe & have your tan essentials delivered to your door with free shipping by Bali Body!

Coco and Eve – Like A Virgin Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque – This award winning hair masque restores the health of your hair, whilst the Tangle Tamer detangles without breakage. Restore dry damaged hair, improve your hair’s texture and shine, hydrate, deeply condition your frizz and treat your spit ends in less than 10 minutes. It also smells INCREDIBLE.

Karma and Luck – Stone Mala – Karma and Luck is a lifestyle brand inspired by timeless traditions with the power to awaken greater awareness and purpose each and every day. Their stylish, thoughtful pieces are designed to foster happiness, health and prosperity and to help you manifest your dreams. Their beautiful Tibetan Mala Prayer Necklaces are both stunning and grounding. Hand-made in the Far East with a variety of various Rudraksha Beads, these necklaces may be just what you need to stick to your new intention.

Happy Planner – ‘Plan a Happy Life’ by Stephanie Fleming – Today’s everyday life can be busy, but it doesn’t have to be mundane or chaotic! Stephanie Fleming, the creator of The Happy Planner, knows that the secret to living a happy life is all in the planning. A life bursting at the seams with purpose, fun, and work worth doing doesn’t just happen: you have to plan for it.  Plan a Happy Life includes strategies, systems, and methods for permanently getting organized, prioritizing what’s most important to you, and living intentionally.

Boscia’s Skincare – Cryosea™ Firming Icy-Cold Cleanser and Rosewater Mist with Witch Hazel – Boscia’s cold-as-ice cleanser helps plump, retexturize and smooth out fine lines thanks to potent AHAs and their Cryosea blend which firms’ skin to restore a youthful bounce-back to the complexion. Their refreshing and alcohol-free hydrating toner mist powered by Rosewater and Witch Hazel that delivers a dewy, healthy-looking complexion. Grab them both for fresh, glowing, radiant skin.

Vapour Beauty – Combine their fabulous Foundation Brush (ultra soft and dense vegan hand-tied fibers) with their Soft Focus Foundation (soothes and calms with Frankincense, Myrrh + Lotus) and expect to get endless compliments on your SKIN rather than your makeup! Vapour’s Pro-Performance, Eco-Conscious Powder Brushes are also a great tool to sweep on a glow of their Best Bronzing Powder or their Natural Blush Powder for your everyday, healthy- happy, and naturally beautiful look.

Juice Beauty -Prebiotix Instant Flash Facial and Hydrating Gel Moisturizer – Get your Juice Beauty glow on with this fabulous combo from Juice Beauty! Instant action to reveal fresher looking and glowing skin. A facial, exfoliating mask + cleanser all in one. Reveal softer skin with exfoliating plant beads, tartaric acid & lime caviar while the PREBIOTIX™ bio-fermented complex + iris help balance the microbiome for softer skin. Quench and help protect the skin’s microbiome with this patent-pending, ultra-absorbent, lightweight gel moisturizer that transforms the complexion for beautifully smooth and luminous results. High performance prebiotic & reflective ingredients for ultimate hydration and luminosity.

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Rahua’s Hydration Haircare -Rahua simplifies taking care of your hair at home, so be a hairdresser for the day to treat mom! After cleansing and conditioning with Rahua Hydration Shampoo and Hydration Conditioner, prime hair with Rahua Detangler + UV Barrier by misting all over to detangle and glide through hair. This moisturizing formula softens hair, smooths frizz and plant-powered Morete Oil provides a natural UV Barrier. Before blow drying (or air drying) apply Rahua Leave-In Treatment Light to the ends for heat protection from styling tools and definite when air drying.

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Buying a gift for the man in your life isn’t always an easy one, but here are a few ideas to help you out/ that are sure to please Dad, and he might not think to buy himself!

Rahua Shower Gel  – is an invigorating wash that nurtures the skin and awakens the senses with a rich, gentle foaming lather.  Skin is left clean and glowing through antioxidant, Omega 3 and Omega 9 rich ingredients such as Sacha Inchi and Rahua Oils, plus organic, vanilla-filled anti-aging polyphenols that leave skin moisturized and supple.  He’ll love how the shower has now become a spa experience through the calming lavender, uplifting eucalyptus, sweet vanilla, and woodsy Palo Santo scent.

 Rahua Body Oil is the perfect after shower accompaniment. Fast absorbing, light weight and deeply hydrating, he will love how it heals and moisturizes dry skin. Crafted with potent oils meticulously cultivated in the Amazon Rainforest, this delicate mist is surprisingly powerful. Filled with Omega 3 and Omega 9 fatty acids, carotenoids,  vitamin C and E, as well as antioxidant rich Guayusa, which has twice the number of antioxidants as green tea, all plant-based ingredients work to repair, restore, and nurture dry skin. heal and moisturize. Lightly scented with rainforest grown botanicals, this is a sure winner for the special man in your life.

Urban Armor Gear Std. Issue 24-Liter Back Pack The Standard Issue 24-liter backpack is fully loaded with room for dad’s gear and then some. With backpacking backpack details like multiple compartments at different easy access points, chest strap, and ergonomic design. Grab all the basics and explore more. Well suited for the weekend warrior and the constant traveler.

Urban Armor Gear Biodegradable Outback Phone Case Series  100% Tough, 100% compostable and 100% mindful is the Biodegradable Outback Series. UAG’s first biodegradable and compostable series is here taking steps to inspire awareness and influence change towards a more sustainable future. A biodegradable case with an actual design! Not bulky or speckled but smooth and with an ergonomic design providing a great in-hand feel. Think beyond protecting your device and take steps to protect the future.

RéVive Gel CleanserGentle Purifying Wash – Cleans deeply, visibly minimizing pores, eliminating shine, and helping to maintain skin’s delicate pH balance to help retain natural moisture. Skin is left refreshed, soft, smooth and hydrated. Cucumber Fruit Extract creates a gel consistency that purifies skin with essential nutrients.

RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream – Ultra-Retexturizing Hydrator – This luxe eye cream increases skin cell renewal and deeply hydrates to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Retexturizes and renews the skin without irritating the delicate eye area, leaving eyes looking brighter and more vibrant.

RéVive Sensitif Oil Free Lotion  – Broad Spectrum SPF 15 – This gentle oil-free lotion helps repair visible signs of aging, control excess oil, and balance the troublesome t-zone, without irritating facial hair. SPF 15 helps protect skin against UVB/UVA rays that can lead to visible signs of aging. Helps repair and renew the appearance of damaged skin and leaves a healthy, matte appearance all day.

Function of Beauty Custom Shampoo, Conditioner and Serum – Fully customizable according to your unique hair goals, and aesthetic preferences (including color + fragrance). Individually formulated to give your hair everything it needs to look and feel its best. Sulfate- and paraben-free, vegan, cruelty-free. Formulas can also be made silicone-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free, based on your preferences. The serum is ormulated with a hair-healthy blend of argan, jojoba, and sunflower oils, and a custom blend of natural ingredients depending on your hair goals. 100% customizable and designed to work specifically for your unique hair type and goals.

Atelier Cologne Fresh Woods Collection – Avant-Garde; mystical & powerful wood essence reinvented with the essence of  unexpected bright citrus.
Patchouli Riviera Cologne Absolue – A sailing day along the mediterranean creeks, with notes of Patchouli from Indonesia, Pomelo from Italy, Pink Pepper from the Indian Ocean. Musc Imperial Cologne Absolue– An effortless chic night and day classic, with Musk Accord, Bergamot from Italy, Cedarwood from the Americas. Vetiver Fatal Cologne Absolue – A classic adventure in all circumstances, with Vetiver from Haiti, Orange Flower from Tunisia, Cedarwood from the Americas. Cedre Atlas Cologne Absolue– A trek in a forest envigorated by the comforting strength of Blue Cedarwood from the Americas, Lemon from Italy, and Papyrus from India.

Retrouvé Luminous Cleansing Elixir – An elegant, water-free cleansing balm rich in beneficial oils that is ideal to massage onto the skin for an ultimate cleansing experience, Luminous Cleansing Elixir hydrates the skin while gently removing dirt, debris, and residue from its surface. This easily-spreadable, yet richly textured, effective moisturizing cleanser has been formulated to be removed easily from the skin so as to avoid unnecessary pressure or pulling to the delicate facial area.

Mothers Day….summery gift ideas for the mama in your life

It’s not the most normal Mothers Day this year, with a worldwide pandemic affecting us all, particularly our abilty to spend it with our mothers or loved ones. And yet, we can still show them we love them, and here are a few great gift ideas that also welcome in the summertime!

Rahua’s Hydration Haircare -Rahua simplifies taking care of your hair at home, so be a hairdresser for the day to treat mom! After cleansing and conditioning with Rahua Hydration Shampoo and Hydration Conditioner, prime hair with Rahua Detangler + UV Barrier by misting all over to detangle and glide through hair. This moisturizing formula softens hair, smooths frizz and plant-powered Morete Oil provides a natural UV Barrier. Before blow drying (or air drying) apply Rahua Leave-In Treatment Light to the ends for heat protection from styling tools and definite when air drying.

Bali Body Lotions and Self Tanners – A great way to kick off a summer look even if you can’t get to the beach, Bali Body’s self tan and natural suntan oils and lotions give a deep golden glow, while hydrating and nourishing your skin. Bali Body self tanning range is a game changer in fake tan, formulated with colour guide technology to tailor your desired tan to your skin tone. Have a balcony, backyard or rooftop? Get a rich tan going with their SPF suncare products which protect the skin while achieving a natural sun tan – available with SPF15, SPF6 & no SPF and in some incredible scents from coconut to pinapple!

M Pearl Jewelry – Looking for a thoughtful, timeless piece of jewelry that expresse sthe strength and elegance of motherhood? Pearls are a great way to go. Designer Monique Sousa of M Pearl, was born in the Netherlands and has used her European influence and travelling to design today’s basics and modern classics for her line of jewelry since 1995. These fine freshwater cultured pearls and semi-precious gem stones are carefully hand selected and used to create the M Pearl collection. Each piece is hand strung on silk thread and finished with high quality sterling components, ensuring designs of beauty and longevity.

The Happy Planner – A great way to get wellness on track, The Happy Planner® Wellness Undated Classic Planner is perfect for the planner that likes to be free and exploitative when it comes to her wellness planning.  The Happy Planner® Wellness Undated Classic Planner also comes with 12 beautifully designed dividers to move around and use to differentiate months to your choosing. Pickup a pack of Wellness Stickers to match, that will allow her to personalize her wellness journey and make the most of this great planner.

Valentines Day Beauty

Whether you are gifting yourself or a loved one this Vday, there are a bunch of great beauty products that are sure to bring out the L in LOVE. Here are my top Valentines Beauty pics!

Ere Perez: Oat Milk Foundation– Non-greasy, natural finish and long-lasting for light porcelain skins, this unique formula has star ingredients such as natural oat milk, peach & vitamin E to promote healthy skin. As a buildable foundation, it offers medium to full coverage and is free from impurities it won’t clog your pores and suits sensitive skin. Their Rice Powder Blush and Bronzer is also a winner – made with non-GMO rice for a silken texture that blends beautifully on clean skin or over foundation. The compact comes in a universal duo of shades that suits all complexions, adding healthy natural colour to your face. It’s also a breathable formula that doesn’t clog pores and even helps to absorb impurities. (Best applied with our eco vegan blush & bronzer brush.)

Clove and Hallow: Lip Velvet – This PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan liquid-to-matte lipstick dries down to a comfortable budge-proof finish to last through a long work day, Galentines Day or Valentines Day date! Infused with coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E, Lip Velvet delivers long-wear liquid lip color that hydrates and nourishes, too.

Juice BeautyStem Cellular CC Cream – Beyond BB Cream, this 12-in-1 multi-tasking CC cream (color correcting) delivers the ultimate in age-defying, skin perfecting results. Stem Cellular Vinifera Replenishing Oil – This replenishing Oil with jojoba esters, is a fast-absorbing facial oil that multi-tasks for ultimate night time hydration + a daytime primer.  Its a great way to get more hydrated, radiant-looking skin with a light-dewy finish and is named after Vinifera grapes grown on Juice Beauty’s Farm. 

Indie LeeMeditation Facial Mist – Promote a sense of calm and overall wellbeing with this restorative aromatic essence with Rosewood, Bergamot, Eucalyptus and Patchouli. Soothing Rosewater and Aloe Vera combine with Lavender, Chamomile and Sage to tone and rebalance skin. DeStress Body Oil and I-Recover Body Soak – Indulge in this therapeutic blend of Dead Sea and Himalayan Salts combined with Arnica, Black Pepper and Patchouli essential oils which help to ease tension. Rosemary, Lavender and Sage smooth and revitalize the skin while Eucalyptus reinvigorates the soul.

Kari GranGalentines Day Lip Whip Duo – This clean, moisture rich solution comes in a variety of colors. Their Galentines Lip Whip Duo combines ruby red Suji with Jolene, our buildable pink lip balm (this saucy duo is available only for a limited time.) Prep with their Lip Whip Perfector, for the perfect pout; an amazing lip scrub that doubles as mask for gentle exfoliation and intense hydration.

Vapour BeautyVelvet Glow Foundation

This innovative bio-serum foundation is infused with fresh, skin-toning botanicals to promote a flawless, radiant complexion with a weightless velvety matte finish. Loaded with antioxidant, protective Desert Date oil, nourishing, soothing Macadamia and Jojoba oils and skin smoothing + softening Sweet Almond oil – it will leave your skin looking, feeling and smelling wonderful. Pair this with their Natural Blush Powder which adds an elegant velvet touch and vibrant buildable color. Its also formulated without Talc or Bismuth Oxychloride and rich in mineral pigments and soothing amino acids.

PYT Beauty – All + Nothing Concealer – P/Y/T Beauty is no-BS clean makeup—meaning: that they’ve left out over 1,300 harsh chemicals for your peace of mind. With buildable coverage, this brightens things up under the eyes and spot-treats redness and discoloration easily.  A not-too-liquid, not-too-matte formula helps it glide on and stay put. No BS Eyeshadow Pallete -This easy blendable pallete, helps you go from day to night in a blink, and of course it’s clean, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic. It’s two base shades, plus 3 matte and 3 shimmer shadows you can mix and match for an easy, on the go, routine. Glam Glitter Gel – From a soft shimmer to all-out glam, this clean glitter gel is revolutionary. Eco-friendly (made from natural mica*, no microplastics), harsh chemical-free (with nourishing Vitamin E), and safe to wear (with a comfort-flex applicator and a formula that goes all day)—it’s ready to sparkle up your beauty routine.

Good Science Beauty Purifying Face Mask – For blemish prone skin aggravated by city living. Combines Willow Bark with Amino Acids in Good Silicon+ to purify and moisturize at the same time.Helps combat the skin damaging effects of pollution. Helps reduce oiliness and the appearance of blemishes. Formulated to unblock pores and replenish skin. Hydrating Face Cream – Perfect for February skin…this cream locks in moisture to plump skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and boosts lipid content to restore your natural skin barrier. Good Silicon+™ in the cream with Hyaluronic Acid help to increase deep hydration and lock it in.

Raincry – Magnesium Volumizing Brush – Perfect for getting that voluptuous, sexy V- Day hair at home! This medium size, Italian made, brush is ideal for mid-length hair (above shoulders) and used by those looking for extreme volume or curl. RAINCRY’s exclusive Magnesium Alloy heats and cools faster than ceramic, helping to lock in style and reducing styling damage. Premium Nylon Bristles remove excess product and oils away from the hair.

Boscia Rosewater Mist with Witchazel – Smell and feel like a rose this Valentines Season. A refreshing and alcohol-free hydrating toner mist powered by Rosewater and Witch Hazel, it delivers a dewy, healthy-looking complexion. This multi-purpose mist works to absorbs excess oil, tighten pores and soothe for glowing, radiant skin. Have a heavy-hand with makeup? Spray after makeup application for a naturally smooth and flawless finish! 

ILIA Multi-Stick Blush – This is perfect for that one beauty item you take in your date or girls night our clutch bag. This multi-use stick seamlessly blends into lips and cheeks thanks to a soft, buttery texture that instantly melts upon contact. An easy-wearing and incredibly versatile formula, these Multi-Sticks warm up and flatter a range of skin tones, adding a pretty, fresh finish to the complexion. Apply with Ilia’s Perfecting Buff Brush for a natural, skin-texture finish.

Pregnant woman on hospital bedrest gets a surprise maternity photo shoot – Featured in today.com

When it became clear that Francesca Page, then 27 weeks pregnant, was not leaving the hospital before she delivered her baby, she felt sad that she was missing out on some of the traditional mom-to-be experiences. But that sadness didn’t last long. A week into her stay, her sister, Georgina, threw Page a maternity photo shoot in the hospital. See full article here!

When it became clear that Francesca Page would spend the rest of her pregnancy in the hospital, her sister, Georgina, arranged a surprise maternity photo shoot.
When it became clear that Francesca Page would spend the rest of her pregnancy in the hospital, her sister, Georgina, arranged a surprise maternity photo shoot. 

Discover LA this summer

Spot Hollywood stars and top athletes, enjoy a stroll on the long strands of beach, or fine food all in one of California’s top destinations. Lifestyle and Travel Expert Francesca Page shows off Malibu, which is more affordable than you think.

The Hospital Bag

Those who are expecting might just find that the most important trip they eventually make is – to the hospital. Whether your delivery is planned or your baby comes when you least expect, it’s wise to have that bag ready to go. So what kinds of items should it include?

The bag itself – You can use just any old bag, but it needs to be compact, light and easy to grab when your rushing out that door to the hospital. Dange Dover does a range of really cushy, easy to pack bags with mini pouches and compartments inside that can keep all your goodies organized. Size wise, a good option is their London Carryall which does just that – carry all – oh and look good too.

Hospital Gown and Nursing PJs – I love the look and feel of Kindred Bravely’s Nursing and Maternity Lingerie Gown  – fun, fresh, flattering and feminine, it features a flattering empire waist, which allows room and conceals, easy clip down cups and a built-in bra offer light support for nighttime baby feedings. The same brand also does a Labor & Delivery Gown for $29.99 that comes in a variety of colors, so you can bring your own flare to the hospital.

Water Bottle – styrofoam cups aren’t the best for you or the environment but they are still the ‘go to’ for most water you get in hospitals. Opt instead to bring your own aluminum or bamboo bottle. Keeping cool and hydrated during delivery is key, so for something that insulates well consider Cornickle’s line of water bottles that are both nice to look at and a dream to drink out of.

Treats – Your’e having a baby so you should be allowed to treat yourself. However, choose options that will either aid in your delivery (think candy you can suck on) or snacks that pack some nutrition or energy. I love Hail Merry’s Bites made with shredded coconut, organic virgin coconut oil and heart-healthy fats from nuts.

Slippers/Slipper Socks – You will want these when walking around the hospital or even your room. Kindred Bravely does some super cute ones with fun inspirational quotes to make you smile and feel like a strong mama!

Cremes and Calming Oils – I am a big fan of aromatherapy during pregnancy. Hatch’s Pocket Spa Trio for $68 is a great way to carry a mini spa of ‘mama to be’ blended oils (ginger, eucalyptus and lavender) that do everything from energize to relax or aid sickness.

TRAVEL TRENDS FOR 2019

TRAVEL TRENDS FOR 2019
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The rise of the ‘mini trip

Maybe it’s because people are working more hours but it seems travelers are reporting that they plan to take more weekend trips in 2019! Thanks to improvements in flight routes and flight tracking apps – ‘micro trips’ will become increasingly more popular and varied. Go-to tracking apps like Hopper have made it easy for people to book hotels or flights based on notifications and predictions on when and how prices will rise and fall and when the best time to book is. Tools like this are also a great way to explore different destinations and see when and where price wise the best place to go for you is!

The Caribbean and FL Keys continue to bounce back in a big way

Many of the Caribbean islands and the keys hit by Hurricane Irma and Maria are well on way on their way to recovery by now. There are also more flights to these destinations than ever before (from smaller cities like Boston and Denver.) They Keys are a particularly good bet for accessible paradise with something for everyone; take Key West’s Havana Cabana Resort – rich in charm and character where guest can relax and unwind with a midday mojito by the pool, conquer an array of watersports or just explore the colorful, buzzing town on a bicycle or vintage Vespa.

Conscious travel

2019 Should likely see a rise in people’s desire to learn something new while on vacation. Destinations like on the west coast like the City of Los Angeles should be a popular choice offering that California ‘all round vibe’ that includes a variety of experiences for a conscious traveler to experience from sustainable, farm-to-table cuisine to scenic hiking and surfing. Meditation gardens like Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardensprovide incredible spiritual retreat, while Bikes and Hikes L.A. offers hikes throughout the day until sunset, to discover some of the City’s most picturesque views. And between Santa Monica, Redondo and Manhattan Beach, travelers will find an array of surf camps to choose from!

Customization and Personalization

Especially technology that can help you keep track of & benefit from airline loyalty programs and offer solid travel hacks from a well travelled community, are on the rise. Apps like App in the Air is personal flying assistant that not only does that but also keeps you up-to-date with your flight: real time status, provides airport tips and in-airport navigation maps, flight profile with all your flights logged. The app works offline (gate changes and flight status updates are delivered via SMS which requires no data roaming).

The rise in the ‘vacation home’

According to a recent survey by Wyndham Destinations, more than half of millennials surveyed said have vacationed in a timeshare and a whopping three quarter said they actually liked it. Nearly half of Americans in general travel as a family and tend to like comfort when they travel like spacious accommodations, consistent service and brand names — all things that timeshares offer. In fact, the number one thing (34%) consumers say make their vacation less enjoyable is a lack of amenities like laundry, a fitness room or pool.  Homes away from home seem to be the future…

Surviving Flight Delays

Surviving Flight Delays

This holiday season I found myself subject to the mass delays surrounding the bad weather front that hit the northeast a few short days before Christmas. Even as a travel expert, I know that no amount of planning can control the weather,. However, there are ways to be prepared for the worst. So with the extra time due to my flight delay/cancellation, I used this as an opportunity to share some a few of my own tips with all the hardworking news networks on site!

Have ‘plan B’ ready to roll

I always keep a list of apps that come in handy in case of delays, especially when it comes to needing to rebook flights due to cancellation. You can’t always rely on the airline to get you on the next available flight, or predict when that will be, so you may need to do your own research – and FAST. Apps like hopper are great to have handy on your smartphone, as they will not only be able to compare what airlines are flying and at what prices, but also track these and can let you know when they go up and down and price and when to book them. Predicting future prices for flights and accommodations with 95% recommendation accuracy sure comes in handy when you have to think (and rebook) fast on your feet.

The Hopper App

Get Travel Insurance

While most travel insurance policies cover overnight stays, medical expenses, delayed or lost baggage, trip cancellations and airline change fees, most people still opt out of the added travel insurance. However, it can come in handy, especially if you find yourself booking a trip close to any major holidays like Christmas. The trip-focused plans are pretty affordable, but if you travel frequently you want to look into getting an annual travel insurance plan so it’s always there.

Pack prepared

If you are delayed for more than a few hours, airlines tend to hand out food vouchers, and sometimes nearby accommodation, but not always – so it is best to come prepared. Some essentials I suggest include granola bars, a water bottle, wet wipes, a blanket, a neck pillow, medicine, chargers, headphones, earplugs, an eye mask, some basic toiletries, and maybe a clean t-shirt rolled up in your bag! I personally love my Dagne Dover – it has a compartment for every item I travel with!

Keep yourself charged up and have offline options handy

There are some great portable chargers out (unless of course you have a ‘smart’ suitcase) so it’s worth carrying at least one power source in case you don’t find yourself near a pug for a while. You may also find yourself subject to slow airport wifi with hours to kill. Download movies and your favorite sitcoms from Netflix and Amazon Play (which are free if you have a subscription) so you can watch them offline during delays and on long trips. 

Stay CALM

This is probably the hardest thing to do – even I still get stressed when it comes to delays and cancellations. If you experience a delay and need to speak with the airline, stay composed and be polite, as remember, they are going to be the ones to get you on the next flight out. After that, find somewhere sit down, call anyone you need to, and wait it out. If you have lounge access, this is where it comes in handy. Remember, if your not flying, there’s often a good reason for it – which can include your safety in the air!

‘Momma’s to be’ On The Go – tips and tools to aid expectant mothers

As many of you may not know, I am expecting!
Five months into pregnancy, all the comforts become important, especially if you are like me, and always on the go. Many women work and travel right up until they are not medically allowed to, which can start to get tough as you stomach swells and your body changes. There are of course, tips and tools you can use to make any travel experience more comfortable, from your daily commute to jetting off on your ‘baby-moon.’ Below I share a few:

Give yourself time  – It’s not so bad being at the airport early anymore because they’re basically like big malls. Just do a little bit of shopping and go grab a light meal. Then (if you can) plan to take a nap on the flight, which is when comfort is key. GoTravel’s Ultimate Memory Pillow ($34.95) is well worth it and far cheaper than a flight upgrade. 

Create a spa experience – Whether you are arriving home after a long commute or arriving at your travel destination, creating a calm environment is essential when you are pregnant. Scent is particularly important so I suggest taking along some naturally scented travel candles. GoodLight makes a gorgeous range of natural travel size candle Apothecary Jars that you can light by your bedside, starting at just $8.99. Hatch’s Pocket Spa Trio for $68 is also a great way to carry a mini spa of ‘mama to be’ blended oils (ginger, eucalyptus and lavender) that do everything from energize to relax or aid morning sickness.

Bring a book/ download an app – Take along a book or download a meditation app that helps you zone out a little. There are a magnitude of books, e-book and apps on the market for expectant moms but you don’t want anything that causes you any more ‘expectant anxiety’ while you are in transit. One of my favorite books is Deepak Chopra’s Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives, which takes a soothing approach to pregnancy, focusing on the wondrous process of bringing new life into the world, as derived from the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda – with an emphasis on body, mind, and spirit.

Comfort wear – Wanting to be stylish and yet comfortable when you travel is tough for the average person, never-mind pregnant. Luckily Hatch is well ahead of the curve with their maternity wear. One of my favorite travel essentials is their Slouch Dress which not only looks gorgeous but also weighs less than nothing, and takes up no suitcase space. Maybe get one in every color?!

Hydrate your skin – This is super key when you are traveling. The skin around your breasts and belly are especially susceptible as they stretch so be sure to keep these areas supple and hydrated. I love the $12 Belly Mask by Hatch – an all-natural hydrating sheet mask, made to help minimize stretch marks during pregnancy and help soften inflamed scar tissue postpartum. I am also now obsessed with coming home to the the Jua Essentials line of washes and cremes, which not only smell incredible but are free from harsh chemicals, petroleum, parabens, damaging sulfates.

Foot care – All this new baby weight is standing on one thing…. your feet. Aside of getting that regular pedicures and foot rubs there are other ways to make sure your tootsies are cared for. Compression socks are key for pregnant women traveling to prevent blood clots and aid circulation, and luckily Dr Motion makes a gorgeous range to choose from. I am also a big fan of  Down Girl Soothing Leg and Foot Relief $42 by Hatch – an anti-inflammatory gel-based cream that helps reduce swelling and invigorate tired feet and legs (perfect after a long journey or day on your feet.)

Take care of ‘down there’ – Over your pregnancy there is a lot going on ‘down there’ which can be more than uncomfortable, especially when on the go. Love Wellness does PH balancing, perfectly packaged ‘Do It All Wipes’  that fit right in your purse to keep you feeling feeling fresh and healthy wherever you are.

Record Breaking Holiday Travel – tips to survive!

I probably say it every year, but this year holiday travel is actually set to break some records!

Numbers released last week by AAA show that 112.5 million people are expected to be traveling in the air and on the roads; that’ s a  4.4 percent increase over last year’s number. Broken down by transport, 102.1 million people are expected to travel by car, 6.7 million people will travel by air and 3.7 million will travel by trains, buses and cruise ships.

So what’s the best way to beat the madness?

Timing is everything; the earlier you leave the better. That goes for every kind of transport. If your flying be sure to get to the airport at least two hours ahead of time. Drivers should note that data released by AAA shows that Thursday, Dec. 20 from 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. will be the worst time for travel in New York City. 

Get some handy apps stocked up on your phone, like WAZE, that use real time traffic data and also show alternate routes for you to consider based on traffic and time. 

3  Consider traveling on the actual holiday itself when there is usually the least amount of traffic and (for the risk takers who haven’t booked already) flights, trains and such can have price drops. Re flights in particular, be sure to download tracking apps like Hopper which will let you know when those deals strike.

4 Drivers, never hit the road with less than a full tank of gas, especially if you’re driving an extended distance. Its also smart to pack a driving kit with blankets and gloves, drinking water and flashlight with extra batteries, and healthy snacks for the journey. 

5  Keep update on weather reports, as this time of year weather can cause mayhem to travel plans. If you are driving, make sure you check weather conditions, have a working radio and your vehicle is prepared for any circumstances that may arise. If flying, be sure to keep an eye out for ‘winter storm warnings’ or severe delays,. This is particularly important if you have a connection somewhere that may be subject to temperamental weather you would not otherwise be. 

6  Stay calm, as he holidays can be stressful enough. Try and make the best of  journey ahead, no matter what it may bring (and know that a little extra preparation goes a long way.)