Hey, hey Thursday!
It’s Shay’s Random Grab Bag #2!
Now, don’t worry, I am not going to do these weekly, but I had room on my calendar, so I thought I’d do one today. If you missed Grab Bag #1, I covered everything from Kensington’s daily g-free meals, to where Andrew buys his clothes, marriage advice and more! Catch it HERE.
Ready, set, here we go! Here are the five random questions from my grab bag this time…
Oh I have crappy days. I most certainly do. I would say that for me, the best way to cope with yucky days is either to shut down or get out (depending on my mood). I either take an early bath or shower, put my comfies on, eat something hearty and veg out on the couch. Sometimes, the only way to get through a crappy day, for me, is just sitting still and physically doing nothing. Sometimes though, I prefer to handle my crappy days by getting out and moving. I would say going for a walk (without my phone…no distractions!) is one of my favorite ways to handle a crappy day. I almost always return home feeling better (even though it doesn’t change the situation, it elevates my mood regarding the situation). Honestly though, most of the time, my crappy days are in the middle of my normal days, and I just have to persevere, right? Just like you guys, I have to suck it up, make dinner, drive carpool, help with homework and do a load of laundry. I try really hard not to let my crappy days cause too much noise in my head, but sometimes, you know…they just do.
Awwwwww! Congratulations!!!! Here’s my tip…enjoy it. Enjoy every stressful, sleepless, exhausting minute because you will blink, and it will be over. That’s my tip. It’s going to be amazing with some hard stuff thrown in, but you will spend more time not parenting these people over the course of your life than you will parenting them, and if I had to do it over again, I would have relaxed more, sat down more, held them more, enjoyed the middle of the night more, cared less about my dirty house, my dirty hair…my dirty life and reallllllly tried to savor it more. Enjoy it, mama!!!
In June, Mix and Match Travel Agency will celebrate TEN YEARS!! Whoop! Whoop! How crazy cool is that?! Spoiler alert, this is going to be discussed on an upcoming podcast episode, so stay tuned. One of the biggest “please tell us more” questions from this year was about the ins and outs of our agency, so Erika and I will “break it down” for you very soon. In a nutshell though, I grew up in a home with an emphasis on traveling. When Andrew and I got married, I told him upfront that saving for traveling and seeing places outside of where we lived was a high priority for me. I was blogging our trips and adventures here and so many people reached out and asked me if I could help them with their trip. I saw a very natural and organic opportunity to turn my passion and sales experience (I sold insurance for over 12 years) into a business. I reached out to people in my community I knew were in the business, did a lot of research online and found the right path for me to get the training, certifications and resources to create a very legitimate travel business. Over the last ten years, I’ve turned this little operation into a very successful business where I now have a team of women working with me. I have both fulltime team members and part-time who spend their days helping me plan amazing and custom vacations for all of our clients. I ABSOLUETLY LOVE IT! I’m proud of many things in my 40 years, but this agency would rank up there as one of my most proud. Every single trip is such an honor to be a part of, and I’m so thankful for each client who allows us to help them make their travel dreams come true.
Anytime I receive samples or smaller sized items (you know how when you place an order at Nordstrom or Sephora for beauty, they’ll often throw in travel-sized or smaller samples from a variety of random brands?), I put them in a big baggie in my bathroom to keep for trips. I rarely, rarely, rarely ever take any full-sized items with me on a trip. Now, a few years ago, my favorite skincare line started selling travel-size kits that I now purchase and use with each vacation, but outside of that, my perfume, lotion, even some of my makeup is an eclectic assortment. I always consider my trips as an easy place to try new products. I also have invested in some key travel accessories to help me when I’m taking these items…
I am obsessed with this right here! OBSESSED!!!
My mom is the first person who told me about this bag for traveling with your makeup, and once I bought one, it was love at first use. I will not travel again without this!! I had seen them before but was concerned my makeup would get broken or damaged just inside this big bag…but I was wrong. I just put all of my makeup and brushes inside, cinch it up, pack it and then when I arrive, it easily opens and everything I need is right there easy to see. I just love this so much!!
I also use THIS…
…for everything else! I put my skincare, haircare, razor, lotion…everything goes right in here and then I’ll hang it on the back of my bathroom door in the hotel room. Easy!
Hmmmmmm…let’s see. I don’t think I do anything brilliant or unique. I do have a very large closet, so that makes it super helpful. Over the years, if you’ve read my blog since the beginning, that has not always been the case, but right now, I do have a lot of storage, so that makes organizing (for me) simpler. I edit my closet regularly (like every month), and I do think that helps too. I prefer to hang as much as possible because if I don’t, I won’t see my choices and will always just pull from the top. For years, I had my jeans folded and in a drawer so I always just grabbed the top pair. Instead of wearing all my jeans, I just kept wearing the top pair. Now, I have the room, so I hang them. I fold my sweaters though and keep them in drawers by color. I have a drawer for whites and creams, one for blacks and greys and then another for multi-colored sweaters. When I’m getting ready, I almost always know what color I’m going for, so that makes it easy. I keep my workout clothes folded and separated into stacks. In one drawer, I have a stack of tank tops next to a stack of sports bras, so I can easily grab one of both when I’m getting ready in the morning. My shirts are hung by sleeve length (from tank tops to long sleeve), so that makes it easy to grab the right one. I have a bin for all of my coverups and then a second bin for all of my “team” shirts (like Red Sox, my kids’ school tees, etc). I also have a bin for all of my seasonal shirts/sweatshirts/sweaters (Halloween, Christmas, etc). It’s not that exciting…just super organized.
That wraps up Grab Bag #2!
I will be back here tomorrow, but in the meantime, I think I’m going to have a super fun day today, so hop on Instagram and see! I hope you have a super fun day today too! xx