Holiday Travel Tips

PRODUCTIVITY AND FOCUS

That time of the year is back!

It’s time to begin holiday travel preparation. I thought I would offer you all a few tips that I have for travelling during the holiday season. The objective is to make your travels as smooth as possible.

Flight Tips

  • Book Wisely

Plane tickets are not cheap. I think we are all very aware of this. If you’re traveling solo for the holidays then you may feel a little more comfortable waiting until the last minute to book your travel, which could result in higher costs. However, if you are travelling in a group then you probably want to hop online and book as soon as you can. Most websites stated that Tuesday is the best day during the work week to book travel and Friday is the best day on the weekend to book travel.

  • Dress Comfy

We’ve all seen them. The people who are overdressed at the airport. You would think they were about to climb onto a private jet or something. There’s really no need in over doing it. Besides, when you pass through security you want as little fuss as necessary. You also want to be comfortable in your seat, especially if you’re not flying first class.

  • Charge Devices

Admit it…you need it! That tablet, laptop, and/or phone is something that you need when travelling. If you’re travelling with children, it’s nice to have something to keep them entertained. Trust me, the other passengers will appreciate it. Make sure all of the devices you are bringing along are charged and ready for use. Also make sure your portable chargers are ready as well. Don’t forget earphones!

  • Pack Efficiently

Make sure to plan out your attire before you pack. Make adequate use of the space within your luggage so you can fit everything you need inside. If there is a possibility that you will be shopping or receiving a lot of gifts while away then make sure to leave space in your luggage for additional items you’ll return home with. If you know there won’t be enough room in your luggage, then consider purchasing additional luggage for your new items. Better yet don’t forget you can also have the items shipped to you instead of worrying about checking them in at the airport.

  • Ready Your Snacks

Airport food is pricey, especially if you’re travelling with children. Consider bringing along snacks to make things a little easier on your wallet. Please be considerate of others when bringing food onto a plane. Not everything smells yummy in a small confined space like an airplane. Keep your snack choice simple.

Road Trip Tips

  • Safety Supplies Handy

It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. Make sure before you set out on the road that you have all your safety supplies. Have a spare tire and a car-jack. Also have blankets, a flashlight, and water for those just in case moments if you happen to have a long wait for the tow truck. If you have AAA or any type of Road Side Assistance from your car insurance, have that information handy.

  • Plan Route

Thanks to technology, GPS is available at our fingertips at all times. However, it’s always nice to have an idea of the area(s) you’ll be passing through while travelling. Be aware of all the main highways you’ll be using during your trip. You never know when you might hit a dead-zone and have bad reception.

  • Set The Tunes

Get your master playlist ready! Cruising to your favorite music is a lifesaver when stuck in a car for hours. Have a few different playlists on deck to suit everyone.

Additional Tips

  • Bring Ear Plugs – they take some getting used to, but they can be super helpful.
  • Sickness Medications – if you suffer from motion sickness, make sure you keep your remedies handy.
  • Patience – be considerate of others and remember to spread love and cheer.

Hopefully, a few of the tips are helpful. Enjoy your holidays!

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Fall Bucket List

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Hey y’all!

The time of the year for flannel shirts, college football, and gooey s’mores by the fire is here! One or all of those things I listed may not be on your checklist of activities for autumn but don’t let that stop you from creating a list of fun things to do this cool and crisp season. If you need some ideas, here is my fall bucket list!

  • Attend a Football Game – Fall season goes hand-and-hand with football season. Find a college level or professional team to cheer for and go all in!
  • Decorate Pumpkins – There are several diy decorating tutorials on Pinterest and YouTube that can help you make your pumpkin stand out.
  • Learn Cooking Recipes for Cooler Weather – Chili, chicken and dumplings, and stew are perfect to warm you up when the nights get cold.
  • Fall in Love with a Comfy Sweater –  Be well-dressed and comfortable this season by finding that great outfit.

Feel free to use this list to get you started on having a great fall!

Check out my Fall Favorites video to see what I’m loving this season!

 

February 2017 Photo Wrap-Up

Hey everyone!

Of course we all should have seen it coming. February is the shortest month of the year and it still seems like a surprise when it flies by. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if each month was this short. No offense to any of you who were born later any calendar month, lol. Well here it is, a little behind the scenes of what I have been up to the month of February.

 

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Retail slows down for no one. I found this cute Easter egg themed package of M&M candies at one of my local Dollar General stores. BUT this was the same week as Valentine’s Day. Yep! The Valentine’s chocolates hadn’t had the chance to become stale before the Easter candy was already on the shelves.

 

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Sometimes you have to give yourself a break. But if you’re a natural hair chick like myself sometimes you have to give your hair a break. I finally let my hair hang (or I guess I should say puff) free. After 7 weeks of letting my hair rest beneath a protective style, I have decided to let see what my hair has been up to. It really grew and seems so full of body. Of course this won’t last long because it will soon be back in some sort of protective style.

 

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Some time last year I fell in love with the sunrise (which if you follow me on Instagram you can probably tell ). The array of colors is always so unique and vibrant. The sun welcoming in a brand new day. There is something magical about it. If you haven’t stopped to take in the sunrise I encourage you to do so.

Welp, that’s all I have for you this month. I know it wasn’t a lot but you can always find me on my other platforms; Facebook, Instagram and YouTube! Thanks for reading!

 

 

Tulsa Food Tour 2.0! Valentines Day Options

Hey everyone!

I don’t know about you but I have been waiting patiently for another Food Tour! David and I decided to kick off this food tour by emphasizing local restaurants that would be great options for a date on Valentines Day.

  • The Wild Fork – 1820 Utica Square, Tulsa, OK

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Our first stop was at The Wild Fork in the Utica Square Shopping Center in midtown Tulsa. This restaurant sits in the center of the shopping center. On first appearance the outside and the inside screamed “charming”. We were greeted as soon as we entered and seated in a cozy yet spacious booth. The restaurant offered various seating options from seating at the bar to seating at one of the giant windows which filled the space with awesome natural lighting. We ordered our food and spent some time chatting and looking at the art work for sale that hung from the walls. I will say our food seemed to take a while to prepare. My mom, who tagged along with us, was not too pleased with that. Once our food arrived it was worth the wait. Everything was made to order and fresh. Although my mother was a little under-whelmed by the food, David and I really enjoyed our tasty breakfast. The price was affordable, the service was great and the ambiance can’t be beat. I definitely would encourage you to stop by The Wild Fork.

  • Senor Tequila – Brookside, The Mill and Plaza Del Sol (3 locations) Tulsa, OK

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For David and I, Senor Tequila is always on the list of possible places to celebrate Valentines Day. We spent our first Valentines Day here years ago at the 71st street location. So as you can imagine it only seems right to bring you all along. This place has a great atmosphere and of course good food. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with what I’ve ordered.

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I ordered the shrimp ceviche tostados. David had the chicken chimichanga. The shrimp ceviche tostados were light and refreshing. David’s dish was cheesy and savory. One of the main selling points at this restaurant is of course the margaritas. We finished our meal with sopapillas with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  With 3 locations I’m sure you can find one near you to try.

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There are plenty of national chain restaurants that you could go for Valentine’s Day but I encourage you to try something different and find a local restaurant. Typically the service you receive will be great, because they appreciate your business, and the food will be superb and have a homemade taste and feel. Celebrate your day of love showing love to some local spots.

 

 

December/January 15-2016 Photo Wrap-Up

Hey everyone,

This is the 1st Photo Wrap-Up of 2016! However, I am including photos from December 2015 because somehow I forgot to post for that month (sorry). Enjoy y’all!

DECEMBER 2015

Eating at Hideaway Pizza on 71st, Tulsa

Eating at Hideaway Pizza on 71st, Tulsa

Christmas program at Church 3434

Christmas program at Church 3434

Delicious lunch at Lassalle's Deli in downtown Tulsa

Delicious lunch at Lassalle’s Deli in downtown Tulsa

Christmas decorations at Riverside Park

Christmas decorations at Riverside Park

Cruising under an Oklahoma sky

Cruising under an Oklahoma sky

One of my Christmas presents! Go Pack Go!

One of my Christmas presents! Go Pack Go!

JANUARY 2016

 

Hanging out inside the Myriad Gardens Tropical Observatory

Hanging out inside the Myriad Gardens Tropical Observatory

This cutie hanging out inside the Myriad Gardens Tropical Observatory

This cutie hanging out inside the Myriad Gardens Tropical Observatory

Opened the online store!

Opened the online store!

Opened the online store!

Opened the online store!

Thanks for stopping by my internet haven. I enjoyed having you. I hope your new year has started off well. I’m excited to see what the remainder of the year has to offer. Have a great one y’all! Be Blessed!

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The EBB & FLOW of Blogging – No Regrets

I left work last night feeling a little blue. Before leaving work I reviewed my audience analytic stats for my blog and vlog and realized that I was no where near where I wanted to be, especially with my blog. When I began blogging it was mainly a creative outlet for me to express myself and do something fun. Along the way it has morphed into something more. It has become something I am passionate about. Putting thoughts to words.

“Putting thoughts to words.”

I enjoy showing my love for the mundane and simple things around me through art. I think many people have reached that point in their lives. The point where you have found something you enjoy and now that becomes all you want. It’s all you want but it seems so far out of reach. Thoughts of stopping never crossed my mind – I blame it on my Capricorn goat-like stubborn-ess, but I can also think back to moments in my life where I could have given up but I hung in there. Flashback with me…

I was 16 and in my sophomore year of high school. I decided to get a job because I felt it was time. So I got a job at the wonderful world of Burger King! My first day was very challenging for me. My supervisor was hungover (so probably not the best person to teach me the ropes). I wore the only pair of black shoes I owned, which were extremely uncomfortable. And of course my supervisor (see hungover statement above) left two hours into my first shift, leaving me to man the front counter by myself with only the help from two other coworkers (who each had their own jobs to do). It was an extremely busy night, I was so nervous, my feet were screaming and I knew how to do maybe 3 of the 20 things I needed to remember. I couldn’t wait to clock out and go home.

“I couldn’t wait to clock out and go home.”

Fast forward 3 weeks later and I was far from the deer in headlights that I was my first night. I was knowledgeable and efficient in nearly everything in the restaurant. I had improved and things turned around for me greatly. The key thing was I didn’t give up. That experience made me mentally stronger. It helped me in many ways further down the line. Sure I learned customer service skills and how to work in a kitchen, but I learned something bigger than that. I learned to persevere.

“I learned to persevere.”

Come back to now. Although this year has brought it’s frustrating times with blogging I know that I must persevere. Every time I make a blog post I feel happy at that accomplishment (no matter how meager it may seem to others). I realize that I Am Doing It. Through those odd moments when I didn’t have anything on my calendar and then some how and some way the calendar seemed to fill itself out. To the times when I had numerous things to do but not enough time to do them all but somehow the “right” things got done. I’ve had to learn how to better manage my time. I’ve had to learn to accept things that just didn’t work out. I have learned to be myself in a world where it is so easy to become a carbon-copy of someone else (my road is my own). Most importantly I’ve learned to persevere.

“My road is my own.”

My plans going (and growing) into 2016 is to allow my blogging to increase my income. Like the saying goes: If you do what you love you will never work a day in your life. I also want to build the Colormyfootsteps brand…<–I don’t really like using that word because it seems like everyone does these days. I want to build upon it and develop more cool stuff. Although this year of blogging and vlogging has been tough at times I have learned a lot and I have taken chances that have been beneficial to me and I am proud of that.

Thank you so much to those who have been faithfully reading. Also thank you to those who are new to this blog. I want to encourage anyone who is reading this and wants to begin something new for themselves in the upcoming year to…Just Do It! Take a chance and when things get tough dig your heels in and keep pushing forward. You’ll be just fine.

“Just Do It.”

Thank you for reading!

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November Photo Wrap-Up 2015

I’m back to wrap up the month with you guys. <—Did you see what I did there? Lol. The beautiful month of November is almost gone. I say “beautiful” because it really has been beautiful watching the leaves change colors (at least here in Oklahoma) and watching everyone transition into their fall attire. This post has a few pictures to recap how my month went. Enjoy!

One of my FAVORITE Fall outfits...so far

One of my FAVORITE Fall outfits…so far

It wouldn’t be fall without a cute pair of boots. I got a good deal with these boots. Target was having a Buy One Get One Half Off Sale and they were also giving a 40% discount if you use their Cartwheel app. So I got these and a cute pair of black combat boots.

All The Makeups!!

All The Makeups!!

I purchased the BH Cosmetics Nude Rose Palette. I love the pretty neutral shades. Some of them have a hint of shimmer, which is always nice. I have yet to use all the colors in this palette because I haven’t played in my makeup in awhile (busy time of year) but I am sure that I will make time for it soon.

Lit the Fire!

Lit the Fire!

You can’t really tell by this picture, lol, but we lit a fire in our fireplace. I say “we” but it was actually my husband lol. This is the first time I’ve lived somewhere with a fireplace. The temperature finally was cold enough to do it. The fireplace along with a few holiday decorations and things are really coming together for us for our first holiday season as a married couple.

Entertainment ready!

Entertainment ready!

Of course we had to make sure we had the right entertainment to bring in the holiday season. We stopped by Vintage Stock and picked up a few movies to add to our collection. We purchase Scrooged, Jingle All The Way and one of my favorites National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

David and I made a YouTube video recently to help bring in the holiday spirit. You can find the link below!

 

What were some highlights from November for you? Share below in the comments section! I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading. I’ll see you in December!

 

Top 5 “Not So Scary”, Scary Movies!

With Halloween fast approaching I felt that I would create a short list of scary movies that are lacking on the “scary” part. Please be aware that all of the movies on this list are from the 80’s or early 90’s. This is due to the fact that when I initially watched these I was a kid and once I got older I realized they weren’t nearly as scary as I thought they were. So here we go!

  1. LEPRECHAUN – 1993
You don't want to see this guy on your box of Lucky Charms!

You don’t want to see this guy on your box of Lucky Charms!

The only thing good that came of this movie or series was the rise of Friends star Jennifer Aniston. Yep, Jennifer Aniston was in Leprechaun. I don’t want to overlook Warwick Davis, he’s a good actor. However, somewhere half way through the movie you realize you haven’t winced or jumped yet. But you have giggled a bit at the dialogue. Yes the makeup is a little creepy, but that’s about as scary as it gets. You walk away from the movie with the reminder not to take anything that doesn’t belong to you. But didn’t your mom always tell you that?

2. GREMLINS – 1984

Not so cute and cuddly

Not so cute and cuddly

Don’t you want a mogwai? Of course you do! As long as you don’t get it wet or feed it after midnight then you’re in the clear. This movie is more fun than scary. Of course if anything like the events in this movie happened in real life you would probably be freaked out.

3. VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN – 1995

Sorry Eddy. I can't you serious

Sorry Eddy. I can’t take you serious

I love Eddie Murphy. I love Angela Bassett. I love John Witherspoon. I do not love Eddie Murphy as a vampire or Angela Bassett as his love interest. This movie had some hilarious parts but I thought vampires were supposed to be scary. They tried it y’all, smh. It’s still entertaining though.

4. Chucky franchise

They couldn't leave well enough alone

They couldn’t leave well enough alone

This is a six film series. They scared me with the first film, Child’s Play. After the first movie things went out the window for me. It stopped being scary and became a little weird and comical. Basically as soon as Chucky got married I was through with the entire series!

5. Beetlejuice – 1988

The ghost with the most!

The ghost with the most!

I had to mention this movie. This is one of my favorite Michael Keaton movies. This is also one of the first Tim Burton movies I ever watched. I still enjoy the weird cartoony world that Tim Burton brings to his creations. The staircase snake and the sand worms are probably the only scary aspects of this movie. However, it’s still fun to watch. Especially the dinner table scene. You have to watch it to know why.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • KILLER CLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE – 1988
Definitely an honorable mention

Definitely an honorable mention

When I watched this movie as a kid it was pretty scary. However, as an adult the concept alone is pretty goofy. This movie actually has a cult following and many people remember it. The main reason it is an honorable mention is because there are people of all ages who are scared of clowns (also known as Coulrophobia) so this movie does have a decent “scare factor”.

  • CRITTERS – 1986
Just...yuck

Just…yuck

Aliens, called Krites, arrive on the planet and begin terrorizing everyone. And by terrorizing I mean eating. Bounty hunters chase them. People run in fear. That’s…about…it.

  • PUPPET MASTER – 1989
Not your average puppet show.

Not your average puppet show.

Puppets (toys) are animated by a spell to kill a man. This movie is the first of nine. Yep…they kept making them.

So if you’re looking for some strange and creepy movies to watch for Halloween then I hope this list helps with that. You never know some of these could make for a fun night. You’re Welcome! Enjoy!