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Six Simple Ways To Stay Healthy While Traveling

After spending the last 10 out of 12 months traveling, I can't help but notice it's taken a bit of a toll on my mental and physical health. As exciting as traveling is, it can also take a lot out of you. Have you ever heard the term I need a vacation from my vacation? It couldn't ring more true, especially when you're coming home from a 12-hour flight in a completely opposite time zone. 

I am constantly getting sick or run down during and after trips. I almost always get off a plane with a sniffle. On Melanie and I's most recent trip to Hawaii we both came down with full-on colds courtesy of our seat-mate sneezing and coughing all the live long way to Los Angeles. But after a few simple remedies we were up and ready to go explore Kauai in no-time.
That's why I'm partnering with Viactiv to share my favorite ways to stay healthy while traveling. I feel like it couldn't be a more perfect fit because I'm definitely about probiotics, but let's be honest they're not always to most practical thing to tote around while traveling. For one thing, in most cases they need to be refrigerated. With Viactiv® Digestive Health probiotic-derived chews that is so not the case- thanks to the heat fermentation process. You just pop a couple of chews into your bag for a delicious way to get prebiotic fiber plus 10 billion cells of hearty, heat-stabilized Lactobacillus bacteria to strengthen your digestive defenses. Take your individually wrapped dark chocolate chews wherever you go, whether it's to work, the gym or halfway across the world. You had me a chocolate.
Now, let's talk about how to keep yourself healthy (and sane) while traveling..

Six Simple Ways To Stay Healthy While Traveling

1. PROBIOTIC-Derived Supplements
As I said before I'm all about probiotics for a number of reasons. One: because traveling definitely messes with your system and sometimes your digestive health needs a little boost to keep things from getting uncomfortable. Two: healthy, diverse gut bacteria is, among other things, actually a secret weapon to keeping your immune system in fighting shape. Basically you take the good bacteria to fight the bad, it's as simple as that. But because probiotics need to be refrigerated, they’re not practical for travel, which is why I usually take a Viactiv® Digestive Health probiotic-derived chew with my coffee every morning. All days should start with coffee and chocolate, right? 

2. HYDRATE
Probiotics and hydrating go hand in hand. One of the worst things you can do while traveling is let yourself get dehydrated. So drink, drink, drink your water. I like to carry a refillable water bottle with me on every trip, so I can fill up in the airport after security and use it throughout the rest of my trip. It's amazing what a little water can do for you after a long, exhausting trip. 

3. Sleep
I know, it's hard. I find it almost impossible to sleep while on planes, trains or in cars. I just can't seem to get comfortable. I will say though, that a neck travel pillow is essential if you're trying to catch zzz's or stay comfortable on a long trip. Make sure you're getting enough sleep before and after the trip too! I tend to go to bed early the day I arrive at my destination just to help fight whatever "bugs" I encountered on my travels. I know you're on vacation, but your body needs rest after the stress of carrying luggage & jumping time zones.

4. Santize, Sanitize, Sanitize
Airports and public transportation are a breeding ground for all things that go bump in the night. So have sanitizer and wipes on hand to keep things germ-free. Remember your phone, wallet and passport can be huge breeding grounds for germs; so be ready to wipe them down on-the-go. If possible, give your armrest and airplane entertainment screens a quick wipe.  Always wash your hands wherever you go or have hand sanitizer available for when soap isn't. 

5. Eat Regularly + Healthy 
When I'm traveling I tend to err to the cuisine of the destination. While in Hawaii I probably ate my weight in pok√©, pineapple and papaya. I also made sure I included a healthy dose of vegetable and additional fruits at every meal. Also, don't skip meals- always have breakfast before heading out in the morning and be sure to pack snacks to nibble on throughout the day and in between meals. 

6. Exercise When You Can
If you're on vacation this should be easy: you simply just walk, cycle, hike, and/or swim when the option presents itself. If you're on a work trip and are cooped up indoors for a good chunk of the day, taking the stairs or a few of sets of squats, lunges, and stretches throughout the day should be suffice. As always, don't over exert yourself and make sure you're doing plenty of breathing exercises to help relax your throughout your trip. 

What are your favorite tips for staying healthy while traveling? 
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This post is sponsored by Viactiv®. All opinions are my own.




How To Make Black and Brown Your Go-To Combination This Season

Ok, who else loves black and brown paired together?! I know, it took me a while to get on board but after diving right in I haven't looked back. This fall backdrop should be all the proof you need that black and brown BELONG together. Now, let's make them your go-to combination this season. 

 I'm usually all about an all black outfit paired with brown or cognac accessories. Note: start with tans and cognacs if you're not ready to go full on black and brown. I've noticed 'warmer' browns tend to look best with black but it's all about preference. 

After you've mastered the brown accessories work your way up to separates and layers. I am obsessed with the black turtleneck, faux-leather brown shorts and over the knee boots. It breaks up the color in the outfit a bit giving the perfect amount of contrast for the colors. I stuck to using brown just the one time but it POPS perfectly against the black. Not ready for separates? Let's try layers - scarves and jackets are the best way to make a statement without the full commitment...

Go ahead, make black and brown your go to this season..

Shorts Chicwish (similar) // Shirt Peruvian Connection (similar) // Boots Report Shoes // Bag Kohl's (similar $25)// Hat H&M //

How Does Pampers Pure Protection Hold Up To Their Leading Competitor?

One of the perks of having older kids in the house with a toddler is an extra set of (willing) hands when it comes to diapers change. Honestly, it's a game changer. Fact: Aiden had been begging us to help out with diapers since the get-go and when we finally said yes things got so much easier. He's actually kind of amazing at diaper changes, I think that Indy (not-so) secretly prefers him to us. I'm more than ok with that...

Since we're a Pampers Pure household, it's no secret that we do not compromise when it comes to anything and everything on what's best for our boys. Sure, that's sounds like the typical mom thing to say but let's be honest, we refuse to compromise on the things we believe our kids need. 

For me, I wanted a diaper that was adorable, had ingredients I don't have to worry about and, most importantly, didn't leak every 20 minutes. I wanted that Pampers Pure Protection with diapers made without chlorine bleaching, fragrance, parabens, latex (natural rubber) or any of the 26 allergens identified by the European Union. Pampers Pure collection is made with premium cotton and other thoughtfully selected materials, adorable prints, and provides the Pampers performance parents know and trust. 
So, when Pampers Pure asked me to put them to the test against their leading competitor, I asked our resident diaper-changer and future scientist to do the honors. After all, he can appreciate less changes more than anyone (well, maybe Indiana too). Less Diaper Changes = More Playtime. 

- Watch The Video - 
What We Did: 
We compared Pampers Pure & the leading competitor, Honest, in the size 4 diaper variety. We used 150ml of liquid on each diapers to mimic the pee from baby's diaper. Waited 30 seconds and applied a paper towel to each diaper to check the dryness of each diaper..
What We Found: 
Pampers Pure Protection working hard. Note the left paper towel has way less liquid than the right, showing Pampers Pure absorbing almost all of the 150ml of liquid poured into the diaper. Meaning a drier, more comfortable diaper for baby's bum.
Left: Pampers Pure Size 4 // Right: Honest Size 4 
Pampers Pure Protection for the WIN!
 
This post is sponsored by Pampers Pure. 

Fifteen Last-Minute Costume Ideas for Best Friends and Couples

Halloween is 24 hours away and there's still time to put something together! For me, it's all about finding pieces in your closet that can elevate your costume creation from blah to YEAH! Who needs to buy cheap polyester and nylon costumes that everyone and their mother is wearing when you have your very own treasure chest of costume ideas in your closet. 

Whether it's a little leopard or a bold red lip, you're going to nail Halloween this year. 

And yes, ginger ladies, I 100% have your back on these...

Fall Staple Under $50: Cropped Wide Leg Denim and Bell Sleeve Top

Before I put away my trusty slides & straw bag for the season I wanted to throw in one more wear that wasn't completely outrageous for high 60 degree weather. Apart from the accessories I'm 100% sure the other staples, the top and jeans are going to get plenty more wear as the season goes on. Yes, you need a great pair of cropped denim and a bell sleeve top to make your way through Fall and Winter this year! Luckily, I've rounded up a few favorites that are stylish and under the $50 mark! Check them out...

Fifteen Jumpsuits Under $50 To Wear All Season Long

I'm loving a utility jumpsuit right now. It's one of those pieces that can be thrown on and accessorized   a number of ways and worn countless times. I scored this particular A New Day jumpsuit on clearance at Target a couple of months back but don't fret: there's tons more for under $50 below, in several different colors and styles. I'm obsessed. You better believe I'll be stocking up so I can wear these all season long. 

Tips: Layer them with turtlenecks & sweaters. 

Easy Sweet and Savory Peach, Arugula and Mozzarella Salad

At the risk of sounding unpopular I have to admit that I LOVE arugula. I put it on everything from pasta to tacos (I know, weird). There's something about that bitter crunch with sweet and savory that gives me life. So, it's not really a huge surprise for me to want to eat a bowl full of it with some of my favorite ingredients. One of my current favorites is with peaches and mozzarella with a drizzle of honey. It's heaven in a bowl if you ask me. Add some savory cured meats and boom, it's a full meal. 

...not a peach lover? Tart, crunchy apples or mandarins are a great substitute! 

Best Places To Stay In Kauai: Kauai Marriott Resort

I'll start by saying that picking the right hotel for any adventure is a pretty important task. I've mentioned before that it can sometimes make or break the experience of your vacation. So when Melanie and I booked a last-minute trip Kauai we knew we had to find a place on the beach, have some kind of a view and of course, a pool. Priorities, right? 

It took some digging but eventually we found the perfect place, The Kauai Marriott resort. After a quick look at their location (it's 5 minutes from the airport), the website, and their offerings it was a no-brainer that they were going to become our home for nearly a week. Like most things I'm always anxious to see how a place holds up in-person after seeing it on the worldwide web but the resort blew our expectations out of the water. It's an understatement to say it's stunning.