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Packing a Toddler for a Longhaul Flight

– Or, How Not to Lose Your Shit in 10 Hours – Dreaded and feared, the longhaul flight with a toddler. I don’t claim to be an expert on this, because this will be my first attempt, but I have a few qualifications: I have traveled internationally overseas since the age of 6 months straight through into my teens, every year to visit family in Norway I was the oldest of five children spanning a decade in age ranges, so…
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My Umstead Spa Experience

About a week ago I had the most amazing spa experience of my life.  I haven’t been one much for facials or spa treatments in the past, mostly because I couldn’t bear to spend that much money on myself.  But when I was treated to a very generous gift card to the Umstead Spa from my CRNA’s at my place of work for Christmas, I browsed the treatment menu for months trying to decide which experience I would indulge in.…
Cary, N.C.
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My Stay, Shop, Sparkle Experience in Dallas

Hi friends! Today I’m going to share a vlog and a contest with you regarding my two night stay at the Hyatt Regency Dallas which included a shopping trip at the famed Northpark Shopping Center in town. The Hyatt Regency and Northpark mall invited my husband and I to come out and sample their “Stay. Shop. Sparkle.” package — and with a name like that, who could resist?
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What’s In My Airplane Handbag

I hope you have enjoyed PSS Travel Week here on my website! I have really enjoyed making these videos for you guys. I truly hope you’ve found something useful among them. Next up, a favorite video category of mine to search for on YouTube: travel handbag videos. I just find it so interesting to see what people find useful to bring on planes and trains with them. Now, this is not for a long-haul flight overseas or anything, or I’d…
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What’s In My Travel Bag

The past week has been a blurry whirlwind of traveling in airplanes (and logging over 1300 miles of driving around Texas!) which definitely holds up the theme of Travel Week here on Pretty Shiny Sparkly. I hope you’ve been enjoying the series thus far. You can check out my travel-themed posts anytime over at The Jet-Set. Click on to watch the video!
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TSA Approved Beauty Essentials

Hey guys! I hope you are enjoying PSS Travel Week (#psstravelweek)! Today I’m sharing my TSA-approved beauty essentials, which includes all carry-on friendly items and liquids under 3.4 fluid ounces. For a list of what you can and cannot bring with you in your carry-on and checked luggage when traveling to or within the United States, I recommend checking out this website. Check out the rest of my PSS Travel Week series on YouTube!
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My Travel Makeup Bag Essentials

HB and I are off to a sunny, hill-country-esque getaway in the middle of nowhere, in the heart of Texas Wine Country (who knew there was such a thing?) and we couldn’t be happier. Since this is the first time we’ve gone away since our cruise last September, I thought I would share with you my updated travel makeup essentials.  When it comes to travel makeup, less is more for me. I like to use multi-purpose products (like my newest gorge…
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What’s In My Makeup Bag

Just a quick little update from last week, what’s currently in my makeup bag plus what I find handy to take for makeup when I’m traveling. HB and I are back from vacation this week–and we have a VERY SPECIAL VIDEO to share with you on Friday! So please, please mark your calendars, set a reminder, because this will be the BEST. VIDEO. EVER. No joke. In the meantime, enjoy this quick little segment shot in a country ranch house.…
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