Hit the road Jack…but don’t forget to pack!!

Everyone has had that moment. You’re 30 minutes from home driving down the highway and you think “Did I remember to pack my _____?” or you’ve arrived at your destination and now you try to get comfortable and it hits you….”Aww man I forgot ______!”. In all the excitement and the stress of packing for a trip you forgot something. Everyone has experienced this and if you haven’t well… you need to get out more. Labor Day weekend is on the horizon and thousands of people are hitting the road. According to AAA Travel, 34.7 million people are expected to drive 50 miles—or more—this weekend. Guess what, this girl is going to be one of them. I’ve been going back and forth in my mind about what I need to pack and what I WANT to pack (to my ladies reading you know what I mean). It’s not a long vacation at all, but a girl likes to have options. There are things that we use every day that slip our minds when packing for a trip. I decided to make a quick blog entry about what I bought (at Target) or have purchased sometime in the past for other adventures to help my stay away from home unfold smooth.

4Pack 2.4 oz Travel Pack at Target for 2.99.

4Pack 2.4 oz Travel Pack at Target for 2.99.

 So I am pretty sure everyone is well aware of these convenient product containers. They are great for storing your shampoo, conditioner, body wash and or lotion. They’re great for throwing in your suitcase or carryon luggage. Most general stores carry them, I bought these at Target for 2.99.

Conair compact mirror with 1X and 2X magnification. Target for 10.29. Toiletry bag gifted from Aeropostle.

Conair compact mirror with 1X and 2X magnification. Target for 10.29. Toiletry bag gifted from Aeropostale.

No one likes running late. You can’t find your makeup AND on top of that…you have to share a mirror with someone else who is in just as big of a hurry as you are. I’ve been needing a large but easily portable mirror for quite some time and I finally purchased one. What I love about this mirror is it opens and closes like a small compact which makes it less prone to get scratched or break. Don’t be fooled by the picture above. The mirror is definitely not small. The toiletry bag I received as a promotional gift from the clothing store Aeropostale a few months back. Great size for throwing my makeup in.

Travel size Aleve 1.99 Target. Travel case of BandAids .99 Target. Up&Up non-drowsy allergy medication 4.39 Target. Travel First-aid kit Walmart

Travel size Aleve 1.99 Target. Travel case of Band-Aids .99 Target. Up&Up non-drowsy allergy medication 4.39 Target. Travel First-aid kit Walmart

It may seem a teeny-tiny bit neurotic but…I like to be prepared when there’s the slightest chance I might get sick. It’s a shame I know. As you can see from the picture above I made sure to cover most of the bases. Obviously if you have any medications prescribed by your doctor make sure to keep those secure and within your reach but not accessible to pets or children.

Some other things you may want to add to your list of things to remember are:

1. Phone Charger. Of course you want your phone charger when you travel so you can keep that object that seems to be permanently attached to your hand working so you can upload pictures and let the world know exactly what you’re up to. For those who don’t want to keep up with cords there are cordless phone charger options like to Portable Power Bank available at T-Mobile for 29.99. Once you’ve fully charged the device slip it into your purse and when you need to charge your phone simply attach it to your phone and Waaalllaaaa!

2. Ziploc bags. Yep simple, cheap, and plain Ziploc bags are an easy way to tote your lil nick-nacks around. You can put your jewelry in one bag, your nail polish in another and whatever else you can think of that you want to keep easily accessible.

3. Antibacterial wet wipes. No matter what brand you purchase these are something you should consider. You never know when you might need to disinfect a surface (tub, sink, etc.) or clean your hands. You don’t have to buy the normal sizes, most stores sell the 10-15 count sizes at the impulse buy areas at checkout.

Lastly don’t forget to bring something to help you pass the quiet time while traveling. Bring an Ipad, Nook, or if you are old fashioned…a book.

I hope my little travel packing tips helped you. Be safe out there this Labor Day weekend.

What are your “must haves” when traveling LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!!

 

AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.

http://newsroom.aaa.com/category/travel/

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Random stop at The Guthrie Green Sunday Farmer’s Market

Guthrie Green & Downtown view

Guthrie Green & Downtown view

I decided to stop by the Farmer’s Market held every Sunday at Guthrie Green in Downtown Tulsa. I had heard about the farmer’s market but I always seem to forget about it or was too busy to go….BUT NOT TODAY. I headed out (on a very warm August day I must add) with the boyfriend and camera in tow. In spite of the heat there was a decent sized crowd gathered. Vendors were waiting with patience and smiles. Musicians were setting up when we arrived. The splash pad was full of kids cooling down from the heat. One of my favorite food trucks, The Local Table,  was serving up “good eats”. I have to say that anytime I spot them at an outdoor event I have to stop by. You definitely get your monies worth at that food truck. Then we swung by Josh’s Sno Shack to top off the meal with a delicious snow cone…and cool off–did I mention it was hot?!!

Vegetable food vendors at the market

Vegetable food vendors at the market

Looking for some grub at the farmer's market

Looking for some grub at the farmer’s market

Local Tables; braised pork sandwich, cheeseburger and fries. It was da bomb.com!

The Local Tables; braised pork sandwich, cheeseburger and fries. It was da bomb.com!

The Farmer’s Market on the Guthrie Green will be open every Sunday (10am-2pm) from now until October then it’s bye-bye until next year. Since I’m kinda late to the party…have you been to the farmer’s market? If so how was your experience? If you have and think I should try another one somewhere else let me know. Comment below!!

GO GO Power…Lifters!

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I spent the weekend at the NASA World Cup 2014 in Oklahoma City. When I say NASA I’m not referring to the space program (even though that would be cool). I’m talking about the Natural Athlete Strength Association. This was not my 1st time attending a powerlifting meet, however it was my 1st time attending a full powerlifting meet. Let me quickly disclose: I am not a powerlifter (but I play one on television, lol just kidding), BUT my boyfriend is. He is a novice but is very knowledgeable about the sport. Yes it is a sport. These competitors train hard (sometimes months at a time), study other lifting techniques and load and cut weight, purchase equipment and miss time with family and friends just so they can participate in this sport. Some even go on to be sponsored by big name supplement companies. There are so many different topics that I can’t even begin to elaborate on in this post (and honestly I know I’m not the most knowledgeable on the topic). There are different powerlifting organizations, different divisions, different rules, drug-tested and non drug-tested and the list goes on when it comes to the specifics. But back to the weekend mentioned earlier. The meet took place at the Wyndham Garden Hotel near the OKC airport. Since we traveled into town Saturday afternoon we didn’t arrive early enough to watch the children and women lifters. Yes I said children and women.

Putting me to shame, this girl can lift!

Putting me to shame, this girl can lift!

Having witnessed kids and women lift at the previous meet I attended I know just how cool it is to watch them do their thang on the platform. But we were able to see a few of them do deadlifts at the Sunday meet. The meet is divided by weight and equipped/non-equipped (and age groups for Sub-Masters and Masters). Thousands upon thousands of pounds were lifted this weekend. It was an all day event and I was pretty exhausted just as a spectator. The meet is topped off by the awards ceremony and I am happy to say the boyfriend got a cool 1st place trophy! Hard work pays off! NASA will host the Natural Nationals in OKC February 14th and 15th 2015. Put it on your calendar, it is definitely a sight to see.

Swwimm'n

Swwimm’n

Trophies Galore

Trophies Galore

Super strength!

Super strength!

And looked who popped in! Gov. Mary Fallin

And look who popped in! Gov. Mary Fallin

Fellow Okie: Keith Boyd

Keith Boyd the CEO of Keith's Ice Cold Lemonade

Keith Boyd the CEO of Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade

Months ago I had the wonderful opportunity to meet a cool guy by the name of Keith Boyd. Keith has nonverbal cerebral palsy. He communicates through a computer attached to his wheelchair. Keith definitely doesn’t let his condition limit him. He loves Duck Dynasty, playing with his trucks, running over speed bumps and gravel in his wheelchair, he loves his pet chicken Gia and he loves being a CEO. CEO of what? Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand.  Keith made a goal to raise money for the Little Light House by running lemonade stands across Tulsa throughout the summer. Chick-Fil-A partnered with Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand to help promote the charity. I was so pleased when Keith took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few of my questions.

Fellow Okie Questionnaire

  • What’s your name?

Keith Boyd

  • What organization or company do you represent? 

Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand

  • What city in Oklahoma do you call home?

Tulsa

  • What cities in Oklahoma have you lived in?

Tulsa

  • What’s your favorite thing about Oklahoma?

Arthur Greeno

  • Compared to other places you’ve traveled, what stands out most about Oklahoma?

KICLS (Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand)

  • Tell me a little bit about your organization or company.

We give back to the community.

  • What are your goals for the company or organization?

We are trying to raise $250,000.00

  • How can others help you achieve your goals?

Go to our website.

  • How can people contact you?

Like us on facebook  www.facebook.com/Keithsicecoldlemonadesale There you have it! Keith’s an Okie out there making a difference. Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade stands will be open from 10am to 2pm August 13th and 20th. If you would like to find out how you can participate in Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand or want to reach out to Keith visit him at:

Keith and his parents, Erin and James

Keith and his parents, Erin and James

http://www.keithsicecoldlemonade.com/

Park Hopping! Checking out Tulsa parks.

Swan Lake Park (Midtown)

Swan Lake Park (Midtown)

Oklahoma has beautiful summers. Temperatures soar and if we’re lucky a lil’ rain will pour. Days where the sun is shining bright and the clouds are leisurely rolling by are plentiful here. Those wonderful days are best spent outdoors. So outdoors I went. I didn’t have enough time today to enjoy all the parks that Tulsa has to offer but I did manage to stop by three in my area. Swan Lake Park is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Midtown Tulsa between 21st street and 15th street. This is a small park compared to most but what it lacks in space it makes up for in class and polish. It has a beautiful pond in the center that’s home to swans, ducks and turtles. It’s a quaint location if you’re looking to get away and get a moment of peace. Woodward Park near Brookside was my second stop. Woodward Park is a beautiful space filled with flowers, pathways, trees, a playground, a fountain and the Tulsa Historic Society building. The park is open 5am to 11 pm. There’s plenty of space to bring your family and enjoy the open air. Tulsa Riverside Park is one of Tulsa’s larger parks. It’s located on the west side of town by the Arkansas River (“hence the name Riverside Park”). Riverside Park has a runner/jogger and biking path that stretches miles along the river. I myself have jogged there many times and it’s very quiet and relaxing. Not a jogger and don’t own your own bike? The park offers bicycle rentals for a small fee. Looking for a bite to eat along the river? The Blue Rose restaurant is located at 1924 Riverside Drive near the 21st street bridge. Riverside has numerous playgrounds available and a splash pad for the kids to enjoy. You can hang out along the river even after the sun goes down. Sunday evenings the park hosts live music, near the Blue Rose restaurant, that is free for all who want to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the river.

Woodward Park

   Woodward Park

Swans at Swan Lake Park

Swans at Swan Lake Park

Riverside

Riverside

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Woodward Park

Swan Lake Midtown

Swan Lake Midtown