I’d like to welcome guest blogger Alex A. from My Man Happy. As a dating expert, Alex dishes her best tips about dating on the road as a single girl. Who says you can’t be wined and dined while traveling?
Alex A. has seen a lot of the world, and made a lot of mistakes. She enjoys travel, writing, and salsa dancing. She co-founded My Man Happy to share some of these stories with the rest of the world. MMH is a site dedicated towards developing the best version of yourself to maximize your happiness in life.
I’m sure you all are all too familiar with hair and makeup woes while on vacation in the tropics. Are you tired of your face melting off of your face? Sick of post-swim raccoon eyes? Check out this must-have list of 10 beauty products you can’t travel without.
Men have it so much easier sometimes. Right, ladies? The only thing I can remember any of my ex-boyfriends worrying about is how fast they could get off the plane to grab some decent food. Meanwhile, I’m trying to fix that sad flat spot on the back of my head, my creased concealer, my dry lips, dry skin – all-dry-everything.
After years of research, successes, and failures, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 best beauty products you can’t travel without, and they haven’t let me down since. Best of all, they all can come with you in your purse or carry-on!
Being a full time travel blogger is a lot more work than lounging in the pool all day. Not only am I traveling all the time, but I’m also writing blog posts, creating social media posts on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook, creating graphics for said social media channels, creating material for my consulting business, consulting budding bloggers and influencers, pitching to brands for my marketing business, doing all kinds of research – you catch my drift. I work about 105 hours and week and it still doesn’t seem like enough.
No matter what your job is, I’m sure you feel like you’re constantly pulled in a million different directions. Whether you’re a full time mom or a budding entrepreneur, here are few tips that have helped me keep it together and feel a functioning member of society.
As a natural-born planner, the hardest thing for me to do is veer off course of a well thought out plan. But guess what? Life happens! Things are always going to come up that you didn’t plan for. A lot of unnecessary anxiety can be completely bypassed by going in the with right mindset. Plan to change your plans!
Working my way into the blogosphere has been uphill climb (I still have a LONG way to go), and the plan I have now is completely different from what I started with. When I jumped into this world head-first I never imagined, nor could have imagined, the roadblocks I would hit.
Whether you travel to vacation, write about it or photograph it, you may experience some form of traveler’s guilt some day. This can rear its ugly head in many ways – from worrying about work, to feeling like you should have brought the kids, or in my case, feeling like I should be adventuring instead of relaxing. (Hey! Even travel bloggers need some R&R sometimes!) Here are a few helpful tips to tame that rambunctious guilty voice in your head.
First off, lighten up lady (or gent)! Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not that important. I know it’s hard to swallow, but you’re not. The world will indeed go on while you relax on the beach sipping piña coladas in Mexico. You’ll be amazed at how self-sufficient people can be when their crutch (you) isn’t available to answer all the questions. Whether it’s your assistant, your boss, or your babysitter – they’ll figure it out. Plus, who wants to pay for those international phone calls anyway? If it a real emergency they’ll find a way to contact you, so relax!
The first time I used a selfie stick was at Grand Canyon, Arizona.
For some people taking recreational photos and selfies isn’t a difficult thing – just point and shoot, right? When I first embarked on my Instagram and blogging adventure it never occurred to me that I might feel awkward taking pictures.
When you start taking photos for a purpose, and not just for fun, you realize that sometimes you need to do some pretty weird things to get the best shot. Keep in mind that your picture is competing against millions of others for likes and comments, so it has to be great!
Last week I was lucky enough to dine at Club A Steakhouse to celebrate my brother’s birthday. This place just oozes class. Nestled in Midtown East, this steakhouse boasts sultry red hues, dark wood, and low lighting that pairs perfectly with live jazz music and big juicy steaks. They even printed special menus that said ‘Happy Birthday’ at the top for us!
I’ve been to a fair amount of top-rated steakhouses in the city, and this one is definitely towards the top of my favorites list so far. The steaks were cooked to a perfect medium-rare, all the side dishes were excellent (we tried them all), and they had a great choice of wines to boot!
I love that they top all of their steaks with little plastic cows stating the meat temperature too. It was nice not having to guess if everyone got the right steak (come on, you know you’re never really sure). Some people might think it’s tacky, but I thought it was a nice touch.
Nothing bums me out more than when you have a delicious steak with mediocre side dishes. Not a problem here – this place had the best of both worlds! You need to try their maple and lemon charred brussel sprouts – it’s non-negotiable. They are to die for! I could swear their mashed potatoes were laced with truffle oil too… So. Freaking. Good.
There are so many people who have no idea what they want to do with their lives – no idea what would make them happy and no idea what career path to go down. I know, I was one of them. I also know that a 5-Step plan to your dream job sounds insane and impossible, but I promise it’s not.
It’s 100% do-able if you can dedicate an hour or two of your time to create this plan. This isn’t an overnight miracle, but if motivation is your issue then this plan will pave a manageable path towards living a life that you love. We certainly don’t all aspire to be accountants or shift-workers, right? #lifegoals
Hello my lovelies! I just had to share my trick for the best croutons ever. A few days ago I went to John’s Pizzeria on Bleeker Street, my personal favorite pizzeria in Manhattan. They also have a 2nd place off of Times Square that fills up 3 stories of a refurbished old church. Both have fabulous pizza, but I love the feel of the eclectic cobblestone Bleeker Street place. Luckily we had 1 slice leftover, which inspired this post!
The goal of this blog is definitely not cooking, but I do enjoy cooking in my free time and I noticed that there aren’t many posts about how to use leftover pizza as croutons. Whaaaaaat?! This is my absolute favorite way to use leftover pizza. It will take a plain salad from 0 to 100.
Hey dolls! How fast did this week go? Jeez Louise. I capped off my week on Saturday morning with what I’m now referring to as Brunchnado. My dear friend just moved to New York City from Florida, so naturally we had to hit up one of Manhattan’s coveted boozy brunch spots.
After my usual research (beast-mode) I decided on Benson’s NYC down in the Lower East Side. For those of you who aren’t familiar with New York, the LES is rich with history and creative types. There are countless small restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and more. I know some tourists feel like they need to stay in Midtown when they visit, but please, please don’t! Midtown has less culture than any other neighborhood in Manhattan (#sorrynotsorry). Venture out more than 15 blocks from your hotel and you won’t be disappointed! Promise.
Brunchnado kicked off with a Mimosa toast to congratulate my friend on finding his first NYC apartment! Round 1, the Big Breakfast, did not disappoint. You’ll get 2 eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, and spinach with mushrooms. We opted for double bacon instead of sausage. Then there’s the presentation. I mean come on, this board was just begging for me to snap a picture. Everything was delicious, but that bacon – that bacon was memorable. It’s thick cut and cooked to perfection. I’m usually an extra crispy person, but this place did thick cut right. Try it. Do it. Right now.