DAILY LIFE: What I Eat- Snacks

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I have changed my eating habits in the last year, and I’ve found it has really helped me. I have lost weight, and I look very different overall (or so EVERYONE says!), from my eyes being brighter to my skin being healthier. Of course, there have been some other changes too, but what you eat makes a huge difference in the rest of your life.

Now, these are my snack staples.

YOGURT: I cut out dairy, since it seemed to be affecting my inflammation and sinuses. I was a major Chobani addict, so finding a yogurt that could replace it was trying at first. I love the texture of this coconut milk yogurt. The creaminess is actually more satisfying than the flavor, since the flavors of these are just okay. Still my favorite yogurt overall, now.

COFFEE: I also had to lose my Half and Half for my coffee, and have found the hazelnut flavor of the coconut milk creamer to be a great fix. On days I want it a little sweeter, I put a pack of Truvia in my coffee along with the creamer, but most of the time a splash of this is just perfect.

HUMMUS: The Mediterranean Hummus is the best! I found this at Trader Joe’s the other day– or rather, the boy in Trader Joe’s who was helping me find my pita chips would NOT let me leave until he got me a container of this creamy, dreamy hummus from the back room. I dip celery in it when I get hungry at work. Love it!

VEGGIES: I’m not a good cook, so having avocados of various ripeness in the house help me to eat my veggies without having to do much work. Sliced avocado in a salad, or on wheat toast, just makes everything better. It’s a guilt free addition to anything. PS- if you’re worrying about the fat content of an avocado, you should think twice. It’s a vegetable! And one of the best for you.

GRANOLA BARS: like the Pro Bar in the picture, are helpful on days when I need all my food to be portable, easy, and filling. Pro Bars are perfect because they are high calorie, healthy, and can substitute a lunch if I don’t have time to eat a whole meal. I recently discovered them at Whole Foods. I also love the Thunderbird Energetica bars that we have sold on every corner here in Austin.

LENTIL CHIPS: I have a bag of salt and pepper lentil chips from Trader Joe’s in my house at all times. They are salty enough that I only need to eat about ten, and they are filling. Make sure they are made with mostly lentils, or brown rice flour, or whole wheat flour.

FRUIT: I am a fruit addict. I eat apples, bananas, grapes, nectarines, on and on. I love it. My friend taught me a great trick for apples that I’ve been using a lot lately, since I prefer my apples cut up rather than biting into them.  First, cut a Fiji apple up the night before and put it in a container. I know what you’re thinking- but Rose, won’t it turn brown? Isn’t it gross to eat brown apples the next day? Well, yes. But then you cut a Meyer lemon in half and squeeze it all over the apple slices. Meyer lemons are sweeter than regular lemons, and their acidity works the same way as regular lemons to prevent browning. If the lemon is still too sour for you, just throw some unsweetened coconut shavings in!

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I also eat three meals a day, made a specific way by my chef, which we can talk about in another post. If you’re an on the go business person like me, I would love to hear what you eat in the car between meetings! I know it can be hard sometimes, which is why staying organized and planning ahead are so important. I know my mom readers out there know this better than anyone.

So, tell me your favorites!

Happy snacking,

Rose

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BEST TRAVEL TIPS

Over the years, I have perfected the art of traveling.

I get on a plane often, so I really know what I’m doing when it comes to packing, getting through security, and not killing yourself on the plane.

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TIP 1: BAGGIES FOR SECURITY

The night before I travel, I prepackage all of my make up into plastic baggies. Then I put them in an easy access spot in my black plane bag. I have a lot of products, so I HAVE to plan ahead. We all know that TSA wants you to put your stuff in ziplocs, and sometimes you can get through without this step, but this is a definite “better safe than sorry” in my book. You can pre-baggie everything at home and zip through, or you can chance it and possibly spend 25 minutes with TSA agent Joseph going through your purse!

TIP 2: ROLLING DUFFEL BAG

If you’re checking your bag, make it a rolling duffel in a water resistant fabric. If they leave it on the tarmac, you’re f*cked- trust me, I know from personal experience! This is an easy bag to fill and drag through an airport, and isn’t unwieldy.

TIP 3: TISSUE PAPER

I pack everything in tissue paper. This is my little secret. I wrap suits, dresses, and everything else in tissue paper that I save during the year. This prevents stuff from wrinkling, to some degree, and is a good form of protection from the stress of traveling.

TIP 4: STEAM YOUR STUFF

Use the hot shower in your hotel room to get any wrinkles out of your clothes IMMEDIATELY upon arriving. Really, the sooner the better. Then hang them up in your closet. Hang the clothes over the shower rod, on the outside, with the shower head pointing straight down so there’s no splashing.

TIP 5: LIFT TEST OR CHECK

This is probably my biggest trick. If you can’t lift your bag over your head, check it!! You would be amazed at how many people, especially women, don’t check this before they leave the house. Then they get on the plane and someone else has to help them lift it into the overhead bin and take it back out. This is such a time killer! At home, just keep taking stuff out until you CAN lift it, if you don’t want to check it.

What are your best travel tips?

I would love to know!

Happy travels.

-Rose

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Moms, Sisters, & Girlfriends

This week is the first annual THIS DAY RIGHT NOW Holiday Gift Guide!

And with Christmas just a little over a week away, it’s present buying time. It’s okay if you procrastinate until Christmas Eve. Just give something nice, fun, and useful, and no one will ever have to know!

First up are the women in our lives!

Here are my ideas for great gifts for our moms, sisters, and girlfriends.

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Room Spray: This smells great, and we love that! It’s a little more expensive that your sister is likely to spend on herself, but it’s also useful, beautiful, and looks Christmassy. A nice bottle of room spray is a great gift.

Costume Jewelry: This nice pearl necklace (in a cute sheer white bag) is pretty and special. My advice to women shopping for other women- if you like it, usually the other women in your life will like it! I want this necklace myself, so I know whoever I give it to will be pleased!

Special perfume: Creed is the definition of elegant, and this classic white bottle would look great on any woman’s vanity. This LOVE IN WHITE scent was made especially for one of the First Ladies, and it is a timeless, luxurious gift.

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Journals: Aren’t these just the best gift? You’re giving someone blank pages, full of promise.

Earrings: Light, pretty earrings are a timeless gift that you can’t go wrong with. Be sure to pick a light pair that match everything, like these plain silver ones.

Luggage Tag: This is such a pretty gift, and luggage tags are something you can never have enough of. They help you recognize your bag, encourage you to travel more, and the leather strap is durable.

Soaps: Any soap is a great gift to me! You can never have too many. Pick one that looks gorgeous in its wrap, and smells great. It’s personal, and girly.

Happy shopping! Get the ladies in your life something great.

Be sure to add THIS DAY RIGHT NOW to your bookmarks, because we are coming back each day this week with another hard-to-buy-for group. Tomorrow find out what to buy the men in your life!

-Rose

Daily Life: My iPad Mini

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I have an iPad mini, and I absolutely LOVE IT!

Why I Bought It:

I needed something to take with me when I travel. I have a PC laptop, and the iPad mini is the perfect complement to that. This is SO perfect for traveling! I write, stay connected, and don’t miss anything with this device. I use the iPad in my car to send quick emails, and since it uses both cellular and wifi, it works everywhere. Honestly, I bought the mini because it fits in my purse!

Why I Recommend It:

I crank out tons of work on this baby, and it is so much better for my aging eyes! I don’t want to be squinting all day long, trying to reply on an iPhone, and you shouldn’t either! I can even text message other iPhone users from it.

Plus, I watch Netflix on here at night! The iPad mini is so cute, it’s aesthetically pleasing, and the interface is so easy to use. I highly recommend the Logitech Keyboard I bought with it for under $100- plus it doubles as a stand.

Check the stand and the mini out here.

As a woman who travels a lot, I love my iPad mini for business and entertainment. You don’t even need to take it out of your bag in the airport, unlike a laptop! I always have it with me, just in case.

What are your most essential business tools? I’m debating switching over to Google Drive, as well.

Have a good Thanksgiving week!

-Rose

Working Out: The Power of Walking

I tend to be an all or nothing girl.

If I’m going to work out, I would rather run stairs than take a leisurely yoga class. You’ll find me going hard with my trainer for an hour instead of taking an extra hour to watch TV. A lot of the time, this is a great thing.

Yet recently, my life has been settling down. Things are calmer, and a more relaxed view of working out only makes sense. So I have started walking.

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Luckily I have my girl Mandy to motivate me to get out there and walk everyday, and I’ve really learned to love it.

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Getting out and walking everyday is so good for me. It’s good cardio (albeit less rigorous than sprinting steps), good for the heart, and good for my soul. It gives me a chance to catch my breath and meditate.

And it’s good for Mandy, too!

What do you do to relax? Do you enjoy a nice walk?

-Rose

DAILY LIFE: Jewelry Storage

Storing jewelry is a tricky thing. I used to keep everything in a wooden jewelry box, and hello tangle city! I also couldn’t see everything I have. As someone who travels a lot, it is incredibly helpful to be able to see my collection.

I found this awesome hanging jewelry storage at the Container Store a couple of months ago. I hang it over the back of my door, and I can see all of my current favorite necklaces.

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Great, right? I recommend it to anyone. I keep my rings in little dishes on my dresser, and my watches in a jewelry box.

How do you ladies store your necklaces? I’d love to know!

-Rose

DAILY LIFE: What I Wear For a Fun Night Out!

A couple years ago, I had a closet full of jeans and serious work clothes.  Fun clothes were a challenge for me.  Since I am admittedly vain and really don’t like to show up in the wrong thing, and since I have made a personal commitment to having more fun in my life, my serious wardrobe was becoming a serious problem.

Until I discovered the joy of…

fun classic dresses!

It’s not that I wasn’t aware.  I started trying them on while shopping, and ordering them online, and now I have quite a few in my closet. I wear them all the time!  And for a fun night out, you can’t beat ‘em.  Dresses also travel really well. A recent favorite, chosen for a first date kinda night was this striped knit from Anthropologie.  Body conscious without being aggressive, it was a great choice.

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This dress has all the forgiveness attributes – (1) cut on the bias, (2) strong cotton knit, and (3) lined!  The colors allow pairing with almost any pair of sandals already in the closet.  Also this dress could go up — fancier shoes and jewelry, or down – casually paired with a jean jacket.

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By the way, this perfectly cropped jean jacket will be getting its own blog post – it’s an absolute essential and favorite of mine!

What are your tips for a fun night out look?  Share Please!!

-Rose