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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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!

 

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!

 

 

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!

Tulsa Food Tour Part 3 – Sweet Lisa’s Cafe & White River Fish Market

Nothing compares to good home cooking. I’ll say it again. Nothing compares to good home cooking. David and I decided to make sure we added restaurants with some soul to this part of the tour. These restaurants are off the beaten path which makes them more enjoyable, in my opinion. You know, like a secret dining spot.

  • Sweet Lisa’s Cafe – 1717 N Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74106
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One of the places that I’ve heard about for years is Sweet Lisa’s Cafe. The first time I noticed a picture on Facebook I asked, “Where is that”? I knew I had to try some for myself. But time passed and I never seemed to get around to trying this legendary place out. This week my opportunity finally came. The restaurant is located in the Shoppes of Peoria shopping center. When entering you’re greeted politely by the staff and they are ready to assist you in making your dining choices. The ambiance is very laid-back and unassuming. Our food arrived in a timely fashion and smelled so yummy. I ordered the grilled catfish meal, which came with two sides. I ordered the fried green tomatoes and the cabbage. David decided to go with breakfast (which is served all day at Sweet Lisa’s Cafe). He had home fries, scrambled eggs and chicken n biscuits with gravy. David also got a mini pecan pie (which he devoured in two bites, lol). We were not disappointed. I’ll take that back, we were only disappointed in ourselves for not trying this place sooner. If you’re looking for a meal to hit the spot, with a little touch of home, then you definitely should try this place.

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  • White River Fish Market – 1708 N Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74115
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If you’re on the North side of Tulsa, OK and you’re looking for a good seafood restaurant look no further than White River Fish Market. The first time I visited this place I was blown away by how tasty the food was. This was David’s first time and he was not prepared for the array of seafood he would find available to order. The White River Fish Market has been around for over 75 years. I don’t have to tell you that you don’t make it that long in the restaurant business without serving delicious food and providing good service. When we hopped in line a couple that came in after us began to tell us what they usually order, in hopes of helping us decide on what to get. They were very helpful. David ordered a bowl of gumbo and the swordfish with a side of green beans and potato salad. The gumbo was hot, savory and not too fishy to the taste. I joked that the swordfish looked like a meaty pork chop. David said it was amazing. I also liked the potato salad, because it reminded me of my mom’s potato salad. I ordered the broiled shrimp with a baked potato and side salad. The shrimp were accompanied by a small container of melted butter. Without a doubt this was the best shrimp I had eaten in a long time. The baked potato was average (it came with butter and sour cream). The side salad was also average. We were so full we decided against dessert. However, we probably should have at least got a slice of cheesecake to go. The cool thing about this place is that you can order seafood a la carte without having to buy anything at the restaurant. They have a fully functional seafood counter to make purchases. Another cool thing is that the seating is set up on a first come-first serve basis. That means during the busy lunch hours you could be sitting next to just about anyone. That could allow for some interesting mealtime conversations.

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Part 3 of the Tulsa Food Tour was an experience to remember. We were not disappointed or left with empty bellies. If you try any one of these two places you won’t be left with an empty belly either. There was something very off the beaten path about these two places that made me appreciate them more. It was like they just wanted to serve good food without all the frills and gimmicks. Hey, that’s what you should pay for right, GOOD FOOD!

Thanks for reading and make sure you check out Part 1 and Part 2.

You can check out out more of our food adventure here

Travel Bloggers and Vloggers You Should Follow!

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Hey ya’ll!

Everyone needs a little motivation or better yet inspiration from time to time. You could be a singer drawing inspiration from Andrea Bocelli or Usher. Or maybe you’re a cook inspiring to be the next Anthony Bourdain. Everyone looks to someone to inspire them or simply someone to motivate them to get back on the horse and keep going. As a novice traveler I often need a push to get back out there and see new things. I thought I would share with you some of the bloggers and vloggers (video blog) who continue to spark my interest in the great big world out there!

Louis Cole

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Deciding to create the Colormyfootsteps YouTube channel was not an easy decision. I went back and forth over all the things that could make it a bad idea. When I did a little research into the idea one of the first YouTubers I came across was Louis. I think I binged watched for at least 2 hours, lol (each of his videos are approximately 12 minutes…so yeah I watched a lot of videos). It was so cool to see him go from place to place so carefree. I felt so inspired by him. Out of everyone on my list, Louis, probably has the most stamps in his passport. His motto is “Live The Adventure”, that statement in itself should be enough to make you want to get off the couch.

Brooke Saward

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I actually stumbled upon Brooke on YouTube because I wanted to use the word “wanderlust” as part of my blog/brand name. You can tell that Brooke is well traveled and her joy of travelling truly shows in every post on her media platforms. Her blog and YouTube channel offer helpful travel hacks and tips. Brooke has also written books dedicated to her travels. I think the biggest thing I have learned from Brooke, so far, is sometimes you have to give up what you want now for what you want most.

Becca and Alex Foss

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One day, about 6 months or so ago, I received a notification that a WordPress user was now following my blog. I thought,  “cool”. So I checked them out to see if I wanted to subscribe to them as well. Little did I know that I would absolutely love what I found. Becca and Ross are a traveling couple (along with their hairless dog) who live out of their camper and pretty much go where they desire. I always look forward to their blog posts. Their posts are always heartfelt and interesting. They also take beautiful pictures (why can’t my camera seem to do that?). If you’re not interested in subscribing to their blog at least follow them on Instagram. I’m sure you’ll be in awe.

Alli Speed

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  • Twitter: @AlliSpeed
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I actually found Alli via Louis Cole (mentioned above). I believe he was on a Contiki trip for Youtubers in Asia and Alli was one of the YouTubers. I gravitated to her humor and different perspective of showcasing the culture around her. Alli does travel often, some is nationally but a lot is international (her boyfriend, Chase, lives in South Korea). Alli is a natural in front of the camera and always seems to enjoy herself while on the road. She also lives in Florida, which makes her random vlogs at home seem pretty cool.

Tracey Coleman

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I came across Tracey on Instragram. Almost every photo she was either eating something yummy or frolicking on the beach somewhere. I just knew I had to see more of her world. Tracey stays busy on the road but she also gives us a peak into her neck of the woods, Brooklyn. She was included in the list of Essence magazines “9 Travel Instragrams You Should Follow” in 2015. That alone should make you want to see what she is up to. Right now she is making me want to plan a trip to the next carnival season in the Bahamas!

That’s my list y’all! If you think that you have been bitten by the travel bug or maybe you are just a weekend road warrior, I hope this list has added a few faces to reference when you are sitting at home wondering where to go next. Take care and safe travels!

Keshia