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Natural Cold Remedy

Natural Cold Remedy: Homemade Ginger Tea

Recipes, Tips & Tricks

Natural Cold Remedy

The holidays are in full swing, business is booming, and I have tons of meetings this week before I wrap things up for Christmas and New Year’s.  So of course, my body decides to come down with cold this weekend. I’m determined to knock this thing out before Friday, and since rest is not an option… le sigh… I’m turning to another natural cold remedy: this AWESOME ginger tea concoction I just whipped up. Check it out, and let me know what you think if you decide to try it…

The Remedy:

  • 3 cups of boiling hot water
  • 2 inches of thinly sliced ginger
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Bring ginger to a boil in a medium sauce pan. Remove from heat and add lemon juice, honey, and cayenne pepper. Let the mixture steep for 15 minutes. Afterwards, just strain the ginger, sip, and be well… hopefully!


No Stress Guide to Packing for Holiday Travel

Tips & Tricks, Travel


Traveling during the holidays is already pretty hectic, so there’s absolutely no need to add addtional stress by worrying about what to pack. This month, I’m sharing a few tips that I personally use each and every time I travel to minimize chaos and maximize the time I get to spend with my loved ones.

Let’s face it – traveling during the holidays can be downright stressful! Here are a few tips I personally use each time I travel to minimize chaos and maximize the time I get to enjoy with my loved ones during this crazy time of year.

Start with a checklist.

Ok, this first tip might sound a little nerdy, but I’m ok with that. I have a deep love of organization and spreadsheets, so over the years I’ve developed my own foolproof travel checklist. You can download a copy here and adapt it to your own needs. The first sheet, “Packing List”, spells out all of the items I plan to bring with me organized by category.  The second sheet, “Itinerary”, gives a day-by-day breakdown of the weather, scheduled activities, and planned outfits for each day of my journey


Plan outfits out in advance.

Speaking of planned outfits… I leave absolutely nothing to chance. My husband and I are typically in alignment about most things, but our approaches to packing are like night and day. He usually starts the night before and hurriedly tosses everything willy-nilly into his luggage and hopes for the best. I, on the other hand, like to plan out each of my outfits down to the last accessory. Speaking of accessories… things like statement necklaces, scarves, and foldable hats take up very little space in your bag but can go a long way in transforming your looks. 


Stick to a theme or color palette

With airport security and baggage fees at an all-time high, I’m all about traveling as light as possible. I’m the carry-on queen, and I’ve only checked luggage twice in the past 10 years. One thing that helps tremendously is sticking with a single theme or color palette. For instance, I cut down on shoes, belts, and handbags by choosing either black or brown—this way everything coordinates.  The same thing goes for my outfits –I’ll pick a specific color palette and make sure all of my tops and bottoms are interchangeable for maximum versatility. Sometimes I like to get really fun with it. For example, on a recent getaway to Bar Harbor, I packed all striped tops and different bottoms that I could mix-and-match. I think that was the shortest packing time I’ve ever had in my life, and I felt so cute and chic on each day of our trip.

And that’s all folks! Hopefully these tips can help guide you this holiday season. Wishing you happy and safe travels!


Weekend Sales Roundup

Tips & Tricks

The Mills at Jersey Gardens

Hi Guys,

It’s been AGES since I put one of these together, but here’s the motherload of sales you need to be aware of this weekend… just in time for the holidays. Let me know if I missed anything, and I’ll add it to the list.

Happy Shopping!

ALICE + OLIVIA  15% off $250 purchase when you join email list
ANN TAYLOR Extra 50% off sale items
ANTHROPOLOGIE  20% off tops and sweaters with code TOPITOFF
ASOS  Up to 70% off outlet selection & up to 60% off shoes
BANANA REPUBLIC Extra 40% off sales items with code BRSALE
BARNEYS Veterans Day Sale – Extra 40% off clearance items
BAUBLEBAR  Get 20% off your first purchase with email signup
BLUEFLY Warehouse Sale – Up to 80% Off + Extra 10% off with code SAVE10
BROOKS BROTHERS Veterans Day Sale – Save up to 70%
DVF  Up to 50% off sale items
EXPRESS Up to 70% off clearance items
GAP  40% off with code WOW
GORJANA  Get 15% off when you become a Royalty member
J.CREW FACTORY  Extra 35% off with code YOUWIN
J.CREW  Extra 30% off fall sale styles with code GETSHOPPING
LOFT Extra 60% off sale styles + 25% off with email signup
LORD & TAYLOR Extra 20% off sale items with code VETSDAY
MACY’S Extra 20% off with code SUPER
MADEWELL  25% off select items with code FALLREVAMP
MAX & CHLOE 20% off all jewelry with code SPARKLE10
NEIMAN MARCUS Up to 40% off First Call Sale
NORDSTROM Up to 40% off clearance sale
OLD NAVY 40% off $100 with code ENJOY
OVERSTOCK TONS of sales going on, get the full scoop!
REVOLVE CLOTHING  10% off with email signup
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE  40% off Sneak Peek Sale
STEVE MADDEN  Up to 25% off with code SHOPEARLY
TARGET Spend $25, save 30% on fall styles