Kidz Gear Headphones Make the Grade

I don’t do a ton of product reviews. Mainly, because I need it to be something I would use, believe in or is in my circle of values. I was happy to take on reviewing Kidz Gear headphones for kids.

If you have children, you know they are the best advocates for tech savvy products and know what is hot and trending. The problem with them being so informed, is much of what they want comes with a hefty price tag. That is exactly why Kidz Gear was invented. Their creator is a mom just like you and I. She hated having to buy expensive yet cheaply made tech products such as headphones, Bluetooth accessories to have an adult product experience only to have it break. And we all know kids might not have the best judgement controlling the sound level so why give them a product made for adults?

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Kidz Gear Wireless & Wired Headphones

Wired Kidz Gears KidzControl products provide high adult like quality products made for kids. The headphones come in bright, fun colors and are very comfortable to wear. I wore them while writing this post and I would choose them over ear buds any day. For kids this is important for being encouraged to even want to use them. They also have a volume limit to them so are safe for kids ears and ergonomically fit.

The Kidz Gears products have won several awards such as Academics Choice Award, Creative Child Award and Teachers Choice Award to name a few! The product line includes Wired, Wireless, Bluetooth, Boom Mics and accessories. I was able to sync the Bluetooth with Mic in 2 minutes to my iPhone and listen to Pandora. Super simple! I know my son will love to use this for his iPod when we are in the car. Do you think those ear buds we stick into our large ears kids enjoy? Likely not. They are awkward to put in small ears and always fall out once children start moving around. Problem solved!

You can learn more about Kidz Gear products here at http://www.gearforkidz.com/shop4.html

Products can be bought online through Target or Amazon to name a few retailers!

I was asked to review Kidz Gear in exchange for headphones and this review. My comments and opinions are my own,

 

Stupidly Simple Salsa

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Time for some salsa!

Americans do not need a reason to celebrate other countries holidays or an excuse to have a margarita! Cinco de Mayo has been a longstanding celebration of Mexican American culture. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the unexpected victory over the French Battle of Puebla. In the U.S, it is often associated with Mexican food and celebratory drinks! One of my favorite pairings to a good margarita, is salsa!

I wanted to share a simple salsa recipe that I have been making for years. Actually I named it Stupidly Simple Salsa because it literally is 5 ingredients and warrants trying before grabbing your favorite can from the shelf even for the most kitchen impaired chef! Fresh, flavorful and for less than $10, you can make twice the amount and with no added ingredients. If you can read and have a food processor, you are capable!

Stupidly Simple Salsa

1/2 green pepper

1/2 red pepper

1/4 cup cilantro

1 tsp salt

1/4 onion

Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse till chopped well. As more salt to taste. Squeeze in a lime for added flavor and serve with your favorite chips!

Renewing Your Home for Spring

This spring has been a wet one. April showers bring May flowers so they say! The earth is renewing itself and getting ready to bloom and blossom.

Renewing your home is no different! You might change the decor from season to season or holiday to holiday. It’s time to take out the patio furniture and grill and dust off the lounge chairs. Inside I normally like to make a consignment shop haul for my son’s clothe’s that no longer fit as well as household items I just have been hanging onto way too long but never use. How about those flower beds that need weeding and mulched?

It is a daunting task to get your home ready for the spring. My best advice would be to tackle 2 things a week rather than pile up the week with a ton of tasks that never fully get executed. Your home will feel renewed and refreshed before you know it.

Here are some great ideas for spring cleaning your home

  1. Check out the closets. If you have spring pieces you have not worn in 2 years, you likely wont now. Don’t feel guilty! Consign them and let someone else enjoy them and put some cash in your wallet. You also will be freeing up space for pieces you love and will wear.
  2. Jackets. Check to see if your spring coats need cleaning or are ripped and no longer wearable. Those you love, make a plan to get them repaired. This is a great time to wash or dry clean your winter coats and store away clean for next year.
  3. Household items: I am a believer in less is more. I just moved so I literally have 2 boxes of items to bring to consign that no longer go with my decor or they just do not fill me with joy anymore. Books too that I have read and will likely not refer to in the future will go. Renewing your home for spring, spring cleaning
  4. Garage. This has to be the easiest place to store things and forget about them. Check your shelves and find out what you really need and what you are no longer using. Old toys, sleds, equipment, anything damaged or needs repair you do not plan on doing should go. Most towns have a bulk pick up each season. This is a great time to put it on the curb and let it go making room for new space. Things you keep can be easily stored neatly using plastic tool organizers and garage shelving.
  5. Basement. This is usually where we are storing holiday items, bins of extra clothes and keepsakes. Take a look at what you have each year before you put them away. Will you use it and enjoy it or does it just take up space in a bin in your basement. Anything you do keep store in airtight plastic containers and tubs. Most valuable bins should be put on shelves in case of flooding or water damage. The plastic ones you put together and are inexpensive would do.
  6. Outdoors. Normally May is the month that we start looking at our yards and planting when things dry up. Make a plan for cleaning up mulch beds and reapplying new mulch where it is needed. Weeding is also a good idea to keep beds looking neat. Use a weed killer if needed for stubborn areas. You lawn is the footprint of your home, but it comes at a cost with landscapers. Find out what you can do yourself at your local Lowes  http://www.lowes.com or Home Depot  http://www.homedepot.com before calling in the experts. With a little work and a fraction of the cost, you can take care of dead grass, weeds and seeding yourself. 
  7. Cleaning. We clean our homes all the time right? With the change of the season it is a great time to do some deep cleaning such as windows, fans, pulling the furniture away and getting into the crevasses of cushions and floors. touching up walls that need paint, gutters, power washing  the exterior of your home if needed, sweeping out the garage to name a few. Think of all the things you wanted to get done but the project seemed to big. These are the things you want to do seasonally.

The best part of renewing your home is by far how much more you can enjoy your home when it is exactly how you imagine it should be!

What tips do you have for spring cleaning and renewing your home each spring?

New and Noteworthy Connecticut Getaways for Spring and Summer

From a New Luxury Hotel to Sky-High Adventures and Coastal Attractions, Connecticut Offers Distinct New England Activities

HARTFORD, Conn., (April 25, 2017) – Connecticut invites visitors and residents alike to kick off the warm weather travel season with new and improved attractions for families and adults, a new centrally located luxury hotel and plenty of arts and foodie events. Whether planning a romantic weekend getaway or family fun vacation, a day of adventure or retreat, travelers can find all the information they need, including suggested trip itineraries and travel packages, at www.CTvisit.com.

This spring and summer, there are even more reasons to visit Connecticut. Here are just a few top seasonal highlights.

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Connecticut River

New this spring and summer:

  • Experience luxury at the Delamar West Hartford this June, Connecticut’s newest boutique hotel, offering a full-service spa, fine dining and even complimentary bicycle rentals. Other unique lodging experiences, including B&Bs, inns and campgrounds, are featured on www.CTvisit.com along with special travel deals.
  • Get up close and personal with wildlife at the Connecticut Science Center’s new exhibit, “Butterfly Encounter,” opening this June in Hartford; see an exotic array of species at Mystic Aquarium’s “Weird and Wonderful” exhibit, opening Memorial Day Weekend; explore the Maritime Aquarium’s expanded jellyfish exhibit in Norwalk, opening this summer; and, visit Changbai, a female Amur tiger on exhibit now at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.
  • Reach new heights at Skydive Danielson thanks to its new airplane that allows skydivers to jump from 14,000 feet; visit Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury, where youngsters can experience two new rides this spring; or, try the two new 75-foot-high zip lines at Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland, opening Memorial Day Weekend.
  • Pick your own bouquet at Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth on select dates this summer, to be announced; and, use the new “See & Sip Itineraries,” designed by the Connecticut Wine Trail and Connecticut Art Trail, to pick and pair wine tasting locations with local museums.

    Brownstone ziplines

  • Learn something new at Mystic Seaport by visiting the Thompson Exhibition Building, currently showing its inaugural exhibit, “SeaChange;” and, learn all about minerals at Nature’s Art Village’s new state-of-the-art miniature golf course opening this summer, joining the 40 life-sized dinosaurs, pristine nature trails and indoor activity center.

 

Timeless favorites:

  • Explore 216 miles of Connecticut shoreline: soak in the rays at public beaches, including Hammonasset Beach State Park, home to the Meigs Point Nature Center; kayak around the Thimble Islands; take a lighthouse boat tour; and, devour a hot-buttered lobster roll at one of Connecticut’s legendary seafood shacks.
  • Hit the hiking and biking trails that crisscross Connecticut for hundreds of miles, including those in The Last Green Valley, a National Heritage Corridor that runs through 26 towns in Connecticut’s northeast corner.
  • Hunt for treasures along the Connecticut Antiques Trail. Make your first stop the town of Woodbury, the “Antiques Capital of Connecticut,” with more than two dozen shops to discover.
  • Play and stay at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket and Mohegan Sun in Uncasville; enjoy gaming as well as renowned hotels, restaurants, spas, shopping, and live entertainment.

Don’t-miss events:

  • Enjoy the blooms at any one of Connecticut’s major flower festivals, including the Meriden Daffodil Festival (April 29-30) and Dogwood Festival in Fairfield (May 12-14).
  • Cheer on the pros at the Northeast’s only PGA tour event, Travelers Championship, in Cromwell (June 19-25) or the Connecticut Open in New Haven (August 1-4), featuring tennis great Martina Navratilova; and, music fans won’t want to miss the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz in Hartford (July 14-16), the largest free jazz event in New England, and the Litchfield Jazz Festival in Goshen (August 5-6).
  • Experience the arts at the Greenwich International Film Festival (June 1-4) and take in more than 60 events, screenings, premiers and educational panels; then, enjoy the work of more than 180 nationally recognized craft artists at the Guilford Art Center’s Craft Expo (July 14-16).
  • Indulge in seasonal delights at the Milford Oyster Festival (August 19), featuring the largest variety of oysters at any festival in the United States; and, don’t miss all the special events at breweries along the renowned Connecticut Beer Trail.
  • Try something new on Connecticut Open House Day (June 10), when Connecticut residents enjoy discounted or free admission, giveaways or special offers at 150+ attractions.

 

“Connecticut’s prime New England location makes it the perfect destination for visitors looking for a quick weekend escape from metro areas like New York and Boston, or an extended vacation,” said Randy Fiveash, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism. “We welcome visitors to come and experience Connecticut for the first time, and encourage those who have visited before to discover what’s new.

To learn more about all there is to see and do in Connecticut, visit www.CTvisit.com. For additional travel inspiration, follow Connecticut onInstagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

Spring Menu at Fresh Salt is a Connecticut Must Try

I was invited recently with fellow CT Bloggers to sample Fresh Salt’s new spring menu at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa and it did not disappoint! Nestled on the waterfront of the Long Island Sound in Old Saybrook,  Fresh Salt’s views are beautiful including sunsets and lighthouses. Once the temperatures get warmer, drinks at the Marina Bar are a must before dinner.

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This menu had something for everyone. From fish and beef to salads and soups for a lighter fare. Full of fresh, artisan,  local ingredients, Chef Rodriguez has a flare for pairing flavors and textures well.

The Sushi Tuna Triangles were generous in size and fun to split with others. These overstuffed sushi pieces were perfect for picking up with your hands. No chopsticks required!

 

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Tuna Sushi Triangles

Another favorite was the Duck Confit Spring Roll. Beautifully displayed sectioned in half and paired with a Chipotle Cherry Salsa Cruda. These were not your ABC restaurant spring rolls. Fresh, savory and the perfect amount of crunch with fresh veggies and duck.

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Duck Confit Spring Roll

We were able to choose from a few specials this evening as well. We were told the Chef switches it up daily. The Short Rib was unbelievable and fell right off the bone. Accompanied by a savory sauce, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts. Yum!

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Braised Short Rib

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Pan-Roasted Cod

My sweetheart had the Pan-Roasted Cod Loin served with Crispy Potato, LIttle Neck Clams and Sweet Pea-Leek Veloute.

I am not sure how we were able to fit it in, but we could not pass up the dessert which had its entire own menu! We enjoyed the Dairy-free Coconut Sorbet and Spring Trio which consisted of Chocolate Mousse,  Semifreddo Berry Panna Cotta and Pistachio Macaroon. The sorbet was homemade and was rich with coconut flavor and bits inside and the trio was the perfect sampling of treats. That macaroon though… divine!

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Dessert’s at Fresh Salt

Fresh Salt’s Chef Gese Rodriguez has an eye for detail and fresh, local ingredients. The warm and attentive staff at Fresh Salt make this food experience a memorable one. We will definitely be back! Check out their events page for updated events. To make a reservation, contact Fresh Salt at 860-395-2000 or visit online at http://www.saybrook.com/restaurant/fresh-salt/

We were invited by staff at Fresh Salt to sample their spring menu and stay at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

So I’m Engaged, Now What?

I can’t say their is a more exciting time then getting engaged.  The only other big life event would be having a baby.  Both are filled with an abundance of learning curves, information gathering and intense planning!

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Craft store finds

Christmas morning I was surprised with a stunning diamond ring and asked to marry the most generous, thoughtful and dedicated man I have ever met. Of course it was an astounding yes! Having been together for 4 years, this was a natural progression in our relationship and a firmer commitment to making our dreams come into fruition and creating our lives together.

I was married once before, so I have planned a large formal event before. My fiance has never been married. It is my goal to make sure we make decisions together. No Bridezilla here! This event I knew would be much smaller at maybe 60 guests, but the goal is to plan it with just as much detail, elegance and thoughtfulness as my previous larger one. I want this event to be just as much about him as it is me. We are becoming one! This is a time for us to imagine what we want the day to look like, have a nice chunk of time to research our vendors and include all the details we want to make this day unique and special.

Once we secured our date and venue, we quickly started investigating vendors. DJ, Videographer, Photography, Florist’s, Hair and Makeup and Gobo’s? I’ll explain later!

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Me and my future hubby

It is AMAZING to find out how far photography and videography has come in 15 years. So much more versatile and so much more cinematic. It is exciting to have the opportunity to have our special day captured with so many options!

One tip I can give you is do your homework! View the websites of the photographers and look at their photo albums and get a feel for their style. There are SO many and SO many are SO different. Prices will normally go higher depending on the package but you can negotiate! If something is included that you don’t need  like a highlight reel or engagement session, see if they will take it out and reduce your price. I also think ( along with food) this is the one area you should not skimp on. Get a professional and get it done right. It is a special day and you want to savor those memories for a long time having the photographer capture both your personalities and highlight the love you have for each other.

You will quickly find out after getting engaged, when you start your vendor search there are a lot of additional services these vendors offer. Photo booths, design and decor, rentals for tents, up lighting, wedding officiants, wedding coordinators and Gobos?  Yes Gobos! No, not that adorable character from Fraggle Rock. A Gobo is a custom monogrammed image that is lit on the wall or dance floor at your wedding. Typically with the couples initials or last name and date of the event. Fancy! Let’s just say it is easy to keep adding, adding, adding more and forgetting your budget.  Discuss in advance of going to these appointments what you want and how much you are budgeting.

A great resource  for the newly engaged is  http://www.pinterest.com. You can get a wealth of ideas from dresses, decor, floral’s and ceremony ideas, favors and themes just by putting in the search bar a topic. I have to say my wedding  Pinterest page is flowing over. But I know it will come in handy when we make decisions on decor, what kind of hair I want that day and floral’s to have some ideas mapped out so when I see something that catches my eye, it gets pinned.

Etsy is another site that has a ton of inspiration for weddings. Found at http://www.etsy.com , you can go on peoples personal shops to purchase items you might want to incorporate like decor and favors. http://www.theknot.com is the premier wedding planning site. The Knot has planners and calculators leading up to your special day as well as resources for vendors, dresses, honeymoons, you name it.

One thing I am hoping to accomplish while engaged is a nice long time frame for planning. Reveling in the process. Sharing our ideas together and making our event a magical day with friends and family.

Stay tuned as I will be posting other engagement planning posts in the upcoming months!

Rosemary & Maple Roasted Nuts

Enjoyed what was likely the last winter ski trip for the season. You just are never sure what you are going to get in New England each year. 70 degrees one week, 25 degrees 3 days later!

rosemary and maple nutsWe ended up spending the weekend at Stratton and got some good runs in despite it being 70 degrees earlier that week. Just cold enough but comfortable and low winds! Friday night brought unexpected snow squalls and we almost did not make it to dinner fighting sliding cars on a long stretch of road that froze quickly once hitting the pavement. Thankful to say we made it to dinner and home in one piece!

We enjoyed something we have not ever tried before and was quite simple. Roasted nuts. We spent our dinner at The Copper Grouse which is located inside the Taconic Hotel in Manchester, VT. The hotel is amazing so I was not surprised this restaurant was also fantastic.

rosemary and maple nutsWe wanted something to start with our cocktails and the Rosemary and Maple nuts sounded fun. They came out warm on a small cast iron plate. Sweet, salty and aromatic. They quickly were gone! What a nice accompaniment to our drinks before dinner. I thought they could not be that hard to replicate. So.. here is my copy cat recipe. I was pleasantly surprised how easy this was.

Rosemary & Maple Roasted Nuts

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  • 2 cups assorted nuts. (I used an assorted nut package from Trader Joe’s.)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper ( You can also substitute for cinnamon for cayenne for a sweeter version)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp coarse salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients except the nuts and whisk together. Let it sit. Roast nuts on parchment lined baking sheet for 10 minutes once oven is preheated. Once complete, take nuts out and pour mixture over nuts and coat well using spatula. Roast for 10 more minutes. Take tray out of the oven and let nuts cool until hard. Enjoy!

 

TBT! Healthy Shamrock Shake

Bringing back last years Shamrock Shake post! It’s just about that time to celebrate St. Pattys Day!

Staying healthy is not always easy. With a Green Shamrock Shake, it can be! It is a good idea to find treats and some healthy desserts to incorporate in your diet so you never feel unsatisfied. Since March is now here, many people see the tempting commercials for that fast food St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Shake. The minty, icy, smooth shake is tempting. But fear not! I have a healthy version and your kids won’t even know the difference.

DEsconstructed Green Shamrock Shake

There are many variations of this shake floating around the web. This version has 5 ingredients. The original recipe contains 54 ingredients that I am not even confident I could properly pronounce!

Mine uses Almond Dream Ice Cream making it dairy free and gives it an awesome shake consistency. You could also use coconut ice cream which would also be dairy free.  I also added spinach. Why not?! You cannot even taste it and it adds in nutritional value. The raw honey is a major health boost. Raw honey (unlike that cute plastic bear that is available at your local grocery) store boosts your immune system, contains no pesticides and aides in healing!

GREEN SHAMROCK SHAKE

2 cups Almond Dream Vanilla Ice Cream

1 cup fresh spinach

1 Tbsp Y.S Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey

1/2 avocado

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

In a blender or Nutribullet mix all ingredients until a shake like consistency. Garnish with shaved chocolate and a sprig of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Fresh Salt Cuisine Series at Saybrook Point Inn & Spa

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa

When I was invited to visit Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, as well as to be a guest at their Fresh Salt Cuisine Series for the Macallan Scotch Dinner, I knew I was in for a real treat!

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Fresh Salt

Nestled in the heart of the Old Saybrook waterfront, Saybrook Point Inn and Spa is rich in history and luxury. The Main Inn has beautiful cozy rooms as well as suites. Need more water views? Stay in the 1 room lighthouse suite surrounded by water! The Main Inn is also a fabulous place to consider for business meetings, private dinner parties or even weddings in their ballroom.

The Main Inn had many amenities including fitness center, spa, indoor pool and it’s award-winning restaurant Fresh Salt which has both indoor and outdoor seating in the spring and summer seasons. If sightseeing and local attractions have you tired, the Sanno Spa has luxurious massage and facial treatments to relax you during your stay. It was interesting to also hear that the entire property including the spa is “green” and they have put an emmense amount of time and effort to ensuring the property is eco-friendly.

Looking for something different? Stay at one of the two guest houses Tall Tales or Three Stories located directly across the street. Tall Tales includes six guest rooms. Each room is fully equipped with beautiful furniture and art and has a small kitchen and dining area on the first floor. Many rooms have decks where you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee watching the sun come up. Three Stories houses 8 guests rooms and beautiful gardens in the outside and decks. to enjoy sunsets and the fresh salty air. Both homes have access to all the amenities at the Inn.

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Three Stories

Tall Tales

Fresh Salt Macallan Scotch Dinner

The food a Fresh Salt never disappoints. The Fresh Salt Cuisine Series is a pairing of wine or spirits and decadent dishes. During cocktail hours, we dined on hors d’oeurves like Prosciutto-Basil Wrapped Shrimp, Crab Rangoon,  Pork-Chive Sui Mei and Roquetfort-Pear Phyllo all paired with a specialty Macallan Cocktail which was muddled with orange and cranberry. Yum!

We were lucky to sit with Macallan’s Brand Ambassador, Jeremy Fonicello and we were able to ask more questions while we dined. Not being a Scotch drinker, the biggest question I had to ask was “What is the difference between Scotch and Whiskey”? I found out I was not the only one that wondered that! Scotch…well.. has to be made in Scotland. Of course it does!

The amazing staff at Fresh Salt brought out 5 courses that evening starting with Big Eye Tuna Tartar with toasted coconut, dry cranberry and mango salsa. I am not gonna lie, I could have eaten 2 of those. Delicious. It was paired with The Macallan Fine Oak 10 year. Jeremy discussed how the scotch was made and the proper way to taste it. No twirling! Nose it and sip. Add ice or a cap of water if the drink is too strong.

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Big Eye Tuna Tartar

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Scotch Braised Short Rib

Herb Crusted Wild Boar Rack

My favorite course was Scotch Braised Short Rib with smoked potato puree, crispy brussel sprouts and short rib reduction. The meat was so tender and full of flavor. As a result, it was pure perfection! It was paired with The Macallan 12 Year Sherry Cask.

Can we talk about dessert? Beautifully plated and included flowers! We were served Tiramisu Entremets with an Amaretto Truffle, caramel espresso and vanilla sauce. If you are a chocolate lover, beware. This one is to die for. Decadent and just how dessert should feel. Sinful!

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Tiramisu Entremets

Our stay was wonderful and we had the pleasure of having a guided tour by John Lombardo the General Manager upon our arrival who told us all about the history of the Inn, the surrounding property and how it has evolved. Most of all it was a truly special day and night.  Living in CT ,we sometimes feel we have to go far away to get away. If you are looking for a getaway, you do not need to look much farther than Saybrook Point Inn & Spa.

 

 

Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner

Upcoming Fresh Salt Cuisine Series includes Jack Daniel’s Family of Whiskey Dinner March 3rd at 6:30pm.  Join them as they pay special tribute to Frank Sinatra who used to frequent the Inn way back when! With each course you will enjoy a whisky drink along side expertly paired cuisine. If you are interested in making a reservation for an upcoming Fresh Salt Cuisine Series, call Fresh Salt at (860) 339-1327.

Special thanks to Stephen Tagliatela and John Lombardo for the excellent hospitality.

( I was invited to stay at the Saybrook Point Inn and Spa and attend the dinner in return for this blog post. All opinions and remarks are my own)

 

5 Tips for Eating on the Road

Eating on the road is not always easy. The best part of my job is the fact that I get to see areas of the state I normally might not visit. That includes eateries, coffee shops and restaurants which all have an abundance of choices and selections for eating out.

I work in sales and have adjusted to not having a physical office everyday to go to and making the most out of my vehicle. The trunk is my mobile office holding much of my marketing materials and supplies. My front seat has accessible pens and pads as well as my work bag and iPad for writing notes. Having your car as your office certainly has its perks. No one is supervising you over your shoulder. You get to control your day and where you spend it and learn to miss all the high traffic areas during high traffic times!eating on the road, on the go, healthy, lunch

I mostly bring my lunch with me each day as  I find it saves times and I have better options for what I am eating when I am controlling it. Their are times that I have a coworker with me or I am training an employee and we eat out. I have found some great spots on my travels and now frequent them when I am in that town which is nice! You get to know the staff and owners of these businesses and I feel like I am supporting small business and treating myself to my favorite meals.

With that being said, it would be very easy to do this daily and I have to imagine some of my co-workers do! I can’t seem to want to spend 10-15 a day on lunch. That’s $50 a week and $200 a month eating out for only 1 meal a day. It adds up! So I bag it! Here are my 5 tips for eating on the road.

5 Tips for Eating on the Road

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  1. Hydrate! I have a 32 ounce water bottle that comes with me for the day. I find if I have water, I will drink it!

2 .Be well-rounded! Pack easily accessible foods and a variety. Fruit, cut up veggies and Hummus( one of my favorites) , guacamole and chips, yogurt, nuts, dried fruit or hard-boiled eggs. A simple sandwich or salad can work to, but I opt for a “snack style” lunch to reduce the possibility of spills.eating on the road, on the go, lunch, healthy

 

3. Pack utensils. Nothing is more annoying than having the yummy lunch you planned and nothing to eat it with! I pack a fork and spoon with napkins in my lunch bag and wash when I get home.

4. Bring antibacterial wipes. This will help when you do not have an accessible restroom around on the road but need to wash the hands before eating. I also keep them in the car for spills. Yes, they do wonders on your clothes when you are eating off your lap. 🙂

5. Treat Yo Self!  Yes. You are allowed! I have 1 place on my travels I go weekly. It is my favorite place and has my favorite food and bonus for me, there is ample work space so I can have a working lunch but get out of the car. They also have a nice bathroom which every person in sales can appreciate!

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There are much more than only 5 tips for eating on the road but these are just the top five that I utilize every day . If  you are a road warrior, what are your tips of the trade?