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Packing Cubes: My New Favorite Thing!


My husband and I love to travel! And these packing cubes fit perfectly into my Type A line of thinking.  I just stumbled upon these nifty packing cubes a couple months ago and I love how they transform the contents of your suitcase into neat little cases.  These are particularly helpful if you’re traveling by air!  We drive pretty much everywhere, but the next time we fly, they’ll definitely be in our luggage!

They are simply zippered cases that help to organize your clothes.  For instance, we break up long distance drives by staying in a hotel at a midway point.  Putting our change of clothes for the next day & p.j.’s, etc. into a packing cube for each of us means that we don’t have to lug the entire huge suitcase into the hotel just for one night.  Genius!  Of course, you could simply throw everything into an overnight bag, but using the packing cubes just makes it so much more organized.  I put my husband’s clothes in one cube and mine in a separate cube.  He doesn’t have to ask where anything is!  All of his things are right there!  Love it!  Where have these things been all my life?  I suppose they’ve been out there.  I just wasn’t aware.

They come in various sizes too:

There are other brands, aside from the eBags, like Eagle Creek and others.

If you’re planning a summer vacation, you may want to check these out.  They would be especially helpful when packing for young children too.

They are a bit pricey, but perhaps you could put them on your wish list for a birthday or Christmas.  Mine were a gift, which makes them even more valued.  🙂  I ordered the canary yellow color as it’s just so bright and cheerful.  🙂

And because I’m so Type A … I’ve made up these drawstring cloth bags to hold toiletries and medicines, etc. in our suitcase.  And, I put our shoes in clear, plastic gallon size bags.  So, everything is neat and contained!   Love it!



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Top Places I’d Like to Visit

I’ve got traveling on my mind!

My husband and I absolutely love to travel!  

We’ve been to: Disney (Orlando, FL), Washington, D.C., Mt. Vernon, VA, the Florida Keys, St. Augustine, FL, Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor and Kennebunkport, Maine,  Los Angeles, CA, Asheville, NC, Smoky Mountains, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN, Lancaster and Hershey, PA, Savannah, GA, Outer Banks, NC, Tulsa, OK, and more.  Those are the highlights anyway.    

We also took a Caribbean cruise for our 10th wedding anniversary with ports in:  Bahamas, Cozumel, Cayman Islands & Jamaica.

We look forward to traveling more in the future!  Always an adventure!  Have suitcase, will travel.

My Top 11 are:  (I know 11 is an odd #, but I couldn’t pare it down!)  🙂

  1. London, England and surrounding areas.    First of all, I have English roots and love genealogy, so England has always held a special place in my heart.  Double decker buses, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, castles, English gardens and old phone booths intrigue me…
  2. France and Germany.  I love history and would love to see various historic sites! (the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, castles!)
  3. Sistine Chapel in Rome.  The architecture & the artwork!
  4. Alaska.  I’d like to take a cruise and see all the natural beauty and key sites. Annnd…take goo gobs of pictures!!
  5. Redwood National Park in California.    The huge Redwoods and Sequoias amaze me!  I adore the rich blue sky and green grass and trees in CA!  The colors are so vivid and rich.
  6. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  So appreciate God’s beauty!
  7. Cape Cod in Massachusettes.  Love the water!
  8. Branson, Missouri.  I’d love to experience a live music show & take a ride on a showboat!
  9. Niagara Falls, Canada.  Although I visited as a 12 year old girl, I’d love to enjoy seeing it again!
  10. Grand Canyon in Arizona.  I wouldn’t necessarily opt for a mule ride but might be persuaded to hop on a helicopter for a superb aerial view of this immense canyon! (over 1,900 square miles!)
  11. Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.  This 60 foot engineering marvel has always beckoned me.


~  What are your top desired destinations?



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Vacation Dreaming


Okay, I’m heading south.  At least I am in my mind.  I’m ready…more than ready to bid farewell to this bitter winter and say hello to sunshine and warmth!  Anybody with me?

The white, fine sand of Florida is beckoning me.  I am sitting on the beach, under my trusty beach umbrella, of course.  (Gotta protect my fair skin.)  A stack of books are nestled in a yellow tote bag beside my rainbow colored beach chair as I listen to the waves lap against the shore.  The seagulls are squawking and swarming around those who foolishly offer their human food.  The lifeguards are in their wooden stations keeping watch over the happy swimmers enjoying the warm waters.  Mounted police officers casually make their rounds up and down the coastline.  Occasionally, beach goers stop to pet the officer’s horses.

The cool breeze coming off the ocean is enough to ease the warm temperature.  A father controls a huge, red kite with his little ones running behind with excitement.  Power boats and jet skis can be seen racing along the blue green water in the distance.  Daring souls are having the time of their lives as they parasail above the crystal ocean.  Children merrily build sand castles while the older ones hone their skills on their wakeboards.

One or two older gentlemen make their way slowly down the beach with their metal detectors actively waving across the sand in hopes of finding treasure.  A family from up north plunks another handful of seashells they’ve collected along the shoreline in their sand bucket to remember their fun vacation.

The sunshine is unrelenting and the relaxation tangible.


My suitcase is pleading to be released from my closet, and my summer wardrobe is itching to see the light of day once more.  My new white, Crocs flip flops are waiting to get broken in.  The SUV is gassed up and ready to navigate the busy interstate.

Oh, that the calendar pages have turned to the circled and highlighted date when my inner coastal lover can be released!  🙂

I can hear the symphony of the sea.  Can you?



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