Saturday Small Talk

Happy Saturday, all! What are you up to today?

If you have some time to kill, here are some posts and articles worth checking out.

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What do you need in your kitchen and what is a waste of space? (according to the experts)

“And here’s the best part of getting back to doing what you love: It’s not just you who benefits.” –Christy Wright

You could buy a Bed and Breakfast in Maine for $125 and a 200 word essay.

Want to see most of the major landmarks in the US on one trip? Here’s a map.

How not to raise a narcissist.

Emily shared some books she’s read and loved recently. Check them out!

Enjoy your weekend!

5 Post Vacation Survival Tips

Coming back from a vacation is hard. There’s unpacking and dirty laundry and no food in the fridge. Not to mention you’re exhausted (thanks, time change). In my utopia, we would all have a built-in Vacation Recovery Day to handle this re-entry exhaustion and stress, but we don’t. I recognize I could come home a day early and give myself my Vacation Recovery Day, but then I feel like I’m cutting my vacation short.

Trapped in this catch-22, I generally end up returning home from vacation on one evening, and then having to be at work bright and early the next morning. Am I alone? I suspect not.

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In an effort to save myself some re-entry stress, here are my must-dos before I leave for a trip:

1. Food: leave at least one days’ worth of meals in the freezer/cupboard. These meals should be simple. Think oatmeal, smoothie ingredients, canned or frozen soup, pasta and sauce, frozen chicken breasts, etc.

2. Work clothes: have an outfit picked out for your first day back to work. You may not take these clothes with you on vacation, and are thus guaranteed to return home to at least one clean, coordinating outfit.

3. Toiletries: make sure this trip isn’t using up your last bit of shampoo or soap or toothpaste or…. There’s nothing worse than coming home exhausted, only to find you’re out of toilet paper or shampoo.

4. Think ahead: What are you going to need to take with you your first morning back at school or work? Put it all in one place, packed and ready to go.

5. Leave the house relatively clean: Emphasis on the “relatively.” For me, this means the kitchen has to be clean (anything gross in the fridge needs to be tossed and the dishes need to be done) and my bedroom has to be somewhat orderly.

Follow these five tips, and your jet-lagged, travel-weary self will thank your thoughtful, pre-vacation self!

I wanna know: How do YOU make returning from vacation less stressful?

Saturday Small Talk

Congratulations on making it to another weekend! The time has sprung forward, and we’re enjoying the light(er) evenings. Did spring-like weather come visit you this week?

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A desire to travel could be in your genes. Or not. Were some people born to travel?

Thanks to bloglovin’, I’ve been following Apartment Therapy more closely than I usually do. Recently: dowel projects, technology charging station, how to know when it’s time to move, and 10 clever things you can do with pegboard.

Whenever we go to a knew place, I love checking out grocery stores. Bob thinks this is weird. Apparently, I’m not alone.

I’m always interested to hear what makes long-lasting relationships thrive. I think number 4 is especially key.

Our culture uses exhaustion as a status symbol. The busier we are, the more awesome we are, right? Wrong. Brene Brown discusses this issue with the Washington Post.

How do you feel about coffee in your cocktail?

Do you organize your digital photos? One blogger doesn’t, and here’s why: “I take photos to share them. Share them currently, with family, friends and blogland….Photos, to me, are a form of communication….Because really… Tens of thousands of digital photos? I am so bored just thinking about those and I took all of them.”

Enjoy your weekend!