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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May Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey y’all hey!

I can’t believe it, but it’s the end of May! To be honest, I had a somewhat uneventful month. But none the less I took a few pictures here and there and put up a few videos!

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One of the most important things I did in May was celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom! We had a great time hanging out in downtown Tulsa at the Guthrie Green. We also had good food and great conversations.

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If you have been to downtown Tulsa lately than you must have noticed the addition of artwork on the walls of several buildings. I personally love the colorful additions to downtown. The artwork really brings a new energy to downtown Tulsa.

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My sweet tooth has been in overdrive lately. Although it’s still chocolate I decided to try a gluten free option. This one was actually pretty tasty.

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David and I stopped by the Bixby Barbecue Festival. We enjoyed great food (we really stuffed ourselves). If you are in the area, I suggest stopping by next year to see the festival and eat some great barbecue. The event is very family friendly.

I hope you had a great month of May. I look forward to awesome adventures in the month of June.

How To Save Money For Travel

 

How To Sav Money For Travel

Have you ever scrolled through someone’s social media page and wondered how they seem to always be somewhere awesome? I’m sure you have. We all have! I’ve even gone as far as to drop whatever Iwas doing and hop onto an airline website to see how much tickets were to a far away place. Only to slowly fall back into reality when I realize that even if with the cheapest tickets I still would be digging deep into my bank account to pay for the trip. Since beginning this blog I have racked my brain with ways I can save money to pay for my travel adventures. I hope you find at least one option on my list helpful when you need to come up with funds for travel.

  • A Piggy Bank

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I know, I know a piggy bank sounds a bit ridiculous. However, I am referring to a direct deposit account either with your bank or an online banking service. Direct deposits are typically automatic and are electronic. Since you don’t see the cash you’re less tempted to spend money. An example of a good online banking service is Smarty Pig. Smarty Pig allows you to set up an account (using your typical personal information), choose where the money is deposited from and what your goal is. It will keep track of your money and give you an estimate of how long it will take you to reach your goal. Once you have reached your goal you can close the goal and receive your money (give or take a few days).

  • Odd Jobs

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We all have talents and gifts. Why not put those talents to use to earn some travel dough? If you’re computer savvy you can sign up on websites like Fiverr. Fiverr is a company that allows people looking for help with technology based projects find and pay those who are skilled in that area. If you’re not big into technology there are other things you could do. For instance if you love animals you can walk dogs and/or pet-sit. If animals are not your thing, you can also offer to be a personal assistant for a family member or friend. You could pick up their dry cleaning, drop their kids off at school or do their grocery shopping. Most family members and friends may feel reluctant to allow you to do that but once you explain what the money will be used for they should understand and be willing to help you out.

  • Sell Your Junk

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A quick way to make a few bucks is to sell items that you no longer need. Make a sign, set your things outside on the lawn and sell away! A yard sell is a quick and simple way to sell items. If a yard sale is not your speed you can sale unwanted or old clothing to clothing resale stores. If you have electronics that you no long want you can sell those items on Ebay or even your local pawn shop.

  • Clock In

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It’s not something that most of us want to do. However, sometimes we have to put the rubber to the road, pull our sleeves up, burn the midnight oil, and…well…you know what I mean. Sometimes your best bet is to get a temporary or part-time job. I say temporary or part-time because I’m assuming most people reading this already have a full-time job or maybe go to school full-time. Temporary jobs (sometimes called seasonal jobs) are great because they are exactly that…temporary. The hours you spend working will help your travel budget and there is no long-term commitment in place. A part-time may have a little more commitment involved but you won’t have to spend grueling long hours a day working. If you put the money you earn at these jobs towards travel you will be on your way in no time.

   Traveling takes the ink out of one’s pen as well as the cash out of one’s purse.
– Herman Melville

 

There are other options for saving money to use for travel adventures. I hope the ones I listed here are helpful to you. Thanks for reading!

 

April Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey everyone!

The time has arrived once again for the monthly Photo Wrap-Up. So here’s a peek at what went on with me throughout the month of April!

Before I get carried away with this post I should mention my Spring Favorites video. Just in case you missed it!

Now on to the rest of April!

David and I visited the most iconic waterfall in Northeast Oklahoma, Natural Falls. The area was very beautiful and worth a trip if you’re in the area.

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As you know, David and I are definitely foodies. We strayed away from our typical breakfast spot, Village Inn, and decided to eat at IHOP (Internal House of Pancakes). Let’s just say a buy one meal get one free coupon may have seductively influenced that decision.

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I am doing much better handling my stress levels at work. March was a hard month for me. However, I am pushing through. Like the saying goes, once you’ve hit the bottom the only place to go is UP!

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We enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend. It was a little rainy, but that is typical for Oklahoma weather around this time. I can’t complain. I also began my manual car lessons. I never thought that I would be learning how to drive a stick shift in my 30’s.

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I got a much needed hair trim. Sometimes it’s the little things that really add up and make a difference. I am really enjoying my hair now. This natural hair journey is not always easy. There are times I get so frustrated but there are times that are completely great! You have to take the bad with the good. Enjoy the good times while you can.

Thank you guys for reading! You are awesome! YES YOU!

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Iconic Oklahoma Waterfall – Natural Falls

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One of the most iconic waterfalls is located in Northeastern Oklahoma. Natural Falls is a well-known waterfall that is 77 feet tall and located in a quiet wooden area.

David and I made the 30 minute drive from Tulsa to the park that surrounds the waterfall near West Siloam Springs on the border of Oklahoma and Arkansas. Once you enter the park you’re greeted by a park guide who gives you instructions on where to park and takes your admission (it is $5 per car to enter the park). After that you are free to roam the park. That includes enjoying a picnic, Frisbee golf or barbecuing. There is also a RV park available (inquire before arriving about the cost to park your RV).

 

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There are two trails available if you want to view the waterfall. One trail is the less scenic route and is a straight shot to the waterfall. The other trail guides you over several short bridges and down a few paths to the waterfall. There is also a viewing area at the base of the waterfall if you would like a closer look.

 

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The park is an awesome location for some family fun outdoors and I believe it is worth the trip and the $5.

The YouTube video of our trip can be found here

 

 

March Photo Wrap-Up 2017

Hey y’all

Well better late than never! Here is a my Photo Wrap-Up for March! Enjoy!

 

David and I had several date nights throughout March. It’s all about quality and not quantity.

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Of course I have to show you what I have been nimbling on this month. Naturbox is a wonderful company if you are wanting to find new and tasty snacks.

David and I also made our first trip to Denver, CO.! We had a great time exploring the beautiful and friendly city.

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It’s hard to have a post and not include at least one picture of the sunrise! If you haven’t taken a look at the sunrise lately than I encourage you to do so soon!

Since spring is now officially here, check out my Spring Faves video for the products I am enjoying!

Thanks for stopping by the blog! Have a wonderful April. You know what they say “April showers bring May flowers”.

 

 

Things To Do In Denver CO

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Hey everyone!

David and I were dying to travel west for the first time! We finally got the opportunity last weekend. We took a three-day weekend trip to Denver Colorado. The town is very beautiful with a laid back atmosphere. There are some cool things to do in Denver.

  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a wonderful place to take the family. There were interesting things to see. If you’re not really into taxidermy than I wouldn’t encourage you to visit (just being honest).

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  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre
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The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a Denver staple. It’s very easy to get to, which is nice for families. The area is beautiful and has very scenic views. It’s open to the public (free of charge) all the time unless there is a performance scheduled.

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  • Downtown Denver
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Downtown Denver is busy, but not in an obnoxious way. People and vehicles are rushing about but there is no feel that you’re going to get run over (if that makes any sense, lol). The architecture in Downtown Denver seems somewhat modern and vintage all at the same time. It’s cool to see the tourists interacting with the locals in downtown as well.

  • Larimer Square
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Larimer Square is a great place to find food and shopping in Denver. The Union Station is a great place to grab a bite to eat, catch the train or hook up to some free Wi-Fi. The streets in Larimer Square are pedestrian friendly so that allows for easy access to and from restaurants and shops.

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We had an awesome time in Denver! The people were friendly and weather was beautiful. There are plenty of other options available for your entertainment while in Denver like zip lining, amusement parks, medical and recreational marijuana, the zoo, professional sporting events and malls. Take your time and enjoy this laid back city.

The YouTube video of our experience is below! Check it out and SUBSCRIBE!

 

Tulsa Food Tour 2.0 – Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli, Bill & Ruth’s and Sushi Train

Hey everyone!

This is the third and final part to our Tulsa Food Tour 2.0! We hope you have enjoyed discovering all the yummy places we have ventured to here in Tulsa. For Part 3 of the tour we decided to visit places that weren’t new to us but we knew that they were little gems that some people might not know about.

  • Lassalle’s New Orleans Deli – 15 W 5th St. Tulsa, OK
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David introduced me to this place a few years ago when it was at its former location. The owners are New Orleans natives who were uprooted by Hurricane Katrina years ago. They made a home for themselves in Tulsa and decided to introduce their culture to our growing city through food. Everything I have eaten at Lassalle’s has been awesome. This is not a place to go if you’re on a diet. Fried food, buttered food, sauces galore. This place has it all. David and I had the Pick 2 option on our recent visit. I chose the seafood Po boy, with fried shrimp and fried catfish, and the crawfish etouffee. The seafood in the Po boy was hot and crispy. The “WOW” sauce they add to it amps up the flavor a lot. The etouffee was flavorful with a subtle spice. David had the muffelatta, with ham and salomi, and red beans and rice. He really enjoyed his choices. The red beans and rice is very savory.

  • Bill & Ruth’s – 3202 s. Memorial Dr.

If you’re in Tulsa for a while it won’t take long for you to notice that there are Bill & Ruth’s locations all over. Bill & Ruth’s is kind of like a local restaurant chain, with each location adding its own pizazz to the menu. This particular one is one that David has been eating at for over 5 years. The owner, Sam, has been there for over 20 years. Needless to say, he knows his food. The menu offers some of the lunchtime staples like sandwiches and salads but it also offers Lebanese options. So if you’re hungry for a sub or a gyro you can get it here.

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We ordered an array of items from the menu. I wanted something light but filling so I took a recommendation from David and ordered the chicken salad. It was large and fresh. The chicken was grilled and seasoned perfectly. David ordered the kafta kabob pocket, which is a beef kabob he orders regularly. We also split an order of cabbage rolls and a chicken gyro. Our eyes were definitely bigger than our stomachs because we couldn’t finish it all. This Bill & Ruth’s location is worth stopping by.

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  • Sushi Train – 3300 e. 51st St, Tulsa, OK

When it comes to sushi for David and I, Sushi Train is our go-to spot. We’ve tried other locations but there is something about the no-frills feeling of Sushi Train that we like. The service is always great and the food doesn’t disappoint.

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Lisa Roll

Sushi train is nestled on the corner of a shopping center near several popular food chains like Chili’s, Papa Johns and Starbucks. But this little sushi spot holds its own. There’s always a good crowd and something good playing on the televisions. You can grab color coded plates of sushi from the toy train, hence the name “sushi train”, or you can order from their large menu.

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Now we don’t consider ourselves to be sushi connoisseurs but we do know what tastes good. There is so much to choose from. You will for sure find something worth trying at Sushi Train. Pop in and you may find us sitting across from you.

I hope you all have enjoyed the Tulsa Food Tour 2.0. This was so much fun to do and we had a blast stuffing our bellies for your enjoyment.

Catch the vlog of Part 3 below! Which was your favorite restaurant we featured. Comment and let us know!

How To Be Successful In 2017

Hey y’all! Let’s get caught up really quickly so you will know what I have been up to. The last time I posted to the blog was in October. There’s no real excuse for my absence other than I was feeling very burnt out mentally and it was effecting my creativity. So I took the remainder of the year to relax and let new ideas for the blog flow in naturally. What can I say, everyone needs a break from time-to-time.

Now let’s get to the title of this post.

While perusing through Pinterest one day I came across a link to a blog post by Sivan Ayla. The original post was “50 Healthy Habits Every Girl Should Consider“. Now initially I wasn’t going to read it because 50 seemed like a lot to remember. However, I went through the list and found several to be very helpful to me. Most of the habit suggestions were pretty simple but were things that we can easily overlook in our day-to-day lives. I decided to take 10 of the habits and elaborate on them more in a YouTube video on my channel.

The 10 that caught my eye were (in no particular order):

  • Start fresh everyday
  • Check your finances often
  • Put down your phone when you’re with people
  • Cut back on sugar
  • Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses, you’ll lose
  • Take care of your clothing
  • Make your home a place you want to be
  • Stand up for yourself
  • Don’t skimp on sleep
  • Prioritize stress management

I think these are all great suggestions that can contribute to you having a successful 2017. Some may seem minor, but the small things add up. Take the time to read the original article by Silva Ayla. There may be a few habits out of the 40 others that you may find more helpful to you and want to apply to your lifestyle this year.

Have a great 2017 everyone! Make the most of your time and energy! Enjoy life!

 

September Photo Wrap-Up 2016

Hey everyone!

I can’t believe we are wrapping up September already! This has been a good month. The weather has started to cool down and I have to admit…I am not complaining. It’s nice to have a change in the weather. If you have been watching the YouTube channel than you probably have noticed our Tulsa Food Tour. David and I had fun showing y’all around. We also celebrated David’s birthday and our wedding anniversary. Enjoy the pics.

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The Tulsa Food Tour was awesome! David and I have a fun time stuffing our faces and trying out some new restaurants. If you haven’t checked out the tour you can find Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 here.

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We were thrilled to be invited to Char Broil Nights at Oklahoma Joe’s. The event was put on to showcase some of Char Broil’s new products and what better way to showcase grilling essentials than to throw a cool barbecue. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was warm and inviting. If you haven’t stopped by Oklahoma Joe’s on 61st and Sheridan than please do!

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I created a few new items on the Colormyfootsteps merchandise page. I hope you hop over there and look around. Don’t forget to buy something for yourself or a fellow okie. If you follow me on my other social media outlets than you’ll often see discount codes available.

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David had a birthday this month and we celebrated our wedding anniversary. Since we had been eating out a lot lately (see the above mention of the food tour) David and I took a simply path to celebrate.

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I don’t know what it is about the sunrises this month. They have been simply breathtaking. The way the colors melt together and blend seamlessly just makes me so happy. Everyday is a gift and the sunrise is proof of that.

Thank y’all for stopping by my neck of the world wide web. I hope your month was great. October is around the corner. Let’s get ready!