She SAID: Travel Light

Terri Kennerson

‘Tis the season to hop on the first thing smokin’ and head to friends, family or wherever else for the Holidays. Once upon a time, it was chic to shove an entire home into as many suitcases as possible. Fortunately,holiday travel those days are long gone. The more one travels, the more necessary it becomes to pack light, multitask, and eliminate anything that doesn’t serve a specific purpose. The ultimate goal might actually be to fit everything into a carry-on, no matter how long the stay away from home.

The Rose Cleansing Stick from SUM:37 might be the most convenient cleanser we’ve ever used. With 90% natural ingredients, including fermented damask rose, this formula manages hydrate and smooth skin even as it removes dirt and oil. And because it comes in its own built-in case, there’s no messy residue to deal with from traditional bars, or spillage with liquid cleansers.

This Laundry Bag from The Container Store does holiday travel 2a stylish job of separating your dirty clothes on the road. Even with laundry services at hotels (and the washer/dryer at a relative’s house), it’s nice to have the holiday travel 3option to stack your laundry before you have to actually address it.

If we’re being completely honest, of the hardest things to do while on the road is to stay in shape. We promise to go to the local/hotel gym, maybe do a little yoga… but in our heart of hearts we know it’s all smoke. Add to that the inclination to eat everything in sight and the result is almost always unwanted pounds by the time we touch down at home. Commit to a couple of minutes with a TRX resistance cord, which will both lengthen and strengthen muscles. No gym membership required.

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We SAID: Meet Terri Kennerson

SAID Team Member: Travel/Lifestyle Contributor

Charged with: Helping you make informed choices about travel and lifestyle

·Full Name: Terri G. Kennerson

·Astrological Sign: LEO

·Favorite Color: YELLOW

·Spirit Animal: PENGUIN (Penguins make everyone smile. If you’ve ever seen a penguin and not smiled, you’re not human.)

·Favorite Time Of Day: HIGH NOON (I divide my time before and after)

·Favorite Book: WILD

·Favorite Movie: THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

·Favorite Song: WHITER SHADE OF PALE

·Person I most admire: MY SISTER AMY (She’s tougher than anyone gives her credit for)

·Grateful for: EVERY SINGLE DAY

She SAID: Power Of The Patch

Terri Kennerson

I love to travel. There’s nothing more exciting than hopping in the car, on the plane, or on a train (yes, I take those too) for a new destination. Getting there is the easy part. The trouble begins when I come home, and try to get back to ‘business as usual.’patchology2

No matter how much fun I’ve had away… getting back into the swing of things (and not looking like I’ve been hit by a 2-ton boulder) is the worst. My normal recovery routine consists of too much coffee and stolen cat naps whenever time allows. But I’m trying to do better, so I’ve turned to Patchology for a little help.

patchologyThe company merges patch technology and skin care, to deliver targeted treatment. For me, that’s tired puffy eyes. One Patchology kit contains a series of ‘patches’ for 12 treatments, and an activating gel. 20 minutes later and my eyes are brighter and tighter. Instead of two hours of sleep I look like I’ve gotten maybe… six.

The concept behind patch skin care is not new. Patches have been used for centuries to deliver a targeted care. They first appeared in ancient Chinese medicine with medicinal herbal plasters, and were used across many cultures. More recently, patches have been scientifically developed in the medical field to deliver ingredients such as nicotine, hormones and pain medications.

I just want to fool the world into thinking I’m well rested and have it all together, no matter how far I’ve traveled.

 

She SAID: Fly (to) Ride

Terri Kennerson

Loyalty pays. And these days, frequent fliers are cashing in on more than just miles. An increasing number of airlines are offering a fantastic little perk that money can’t buy. Well, at least not directly. You have to pony up for a helluairlinecars1va lot of plane tickets to qualify. The most loyal customers are enjoying an exclusive ‘car service’ – to get them from one flight to the next.

Delta led the charge with chauffeured Porches. We did a little math to figure airlinecars2out how much we’d have to fly to qualify. Turns out… it’s at least 125,000 miles a year. That means a lot more trips to see Grandma before we ever see the inside of that Porsche. United recently joined the ranks, and will shuttle us in a Mercedes to our connecting flights (There’s no warning. These folks just show up, smiling at you and holding the door open). That means no more running through the airport at breakneck speed, warning people to get of the way! We like.

Now, you do have to fly out of a major airport to experience this lovely perk. That means booking out of (or coming through) Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, Atlanta, or Chicago.

She SAID: Cali Girl in a Southern World

Robynn Love

Let’s get something straight right out of the gate: I am a Californian who just happens to live in Georgia. I am born and bred in California… Santa Barbara to be exact. That city is in my insides, my heart, my blood, everything. But since I had to become a Valley Girl for my career, I lost a bit of my luster for Southern California. The mile after mile of dirty strip malls, the ghetto bird buzzing my crappy one-bedroom apartment on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis, and the fact that my daughter’s only outdoor space was a parking lot littered with bad cars, forced me to make a decision. CNN helped that decision along by offering me a job. So we decided to pack up our lives and head to the South.

atlanta3Sometimes it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. Sometimes it’s the worst. I can say that 98% of the time it is a great place for us. There is plenty to love here. It’s so green. I am not just talking your average grass green… but hurt your eyes, dripping in jungle-like green. I guess that is due to the unreal humidity (that’s a minus on the Atlanta list). I had never set foot in the South, so it’s safe to say I moved here completely blind. I’ve been pleasantly surprised. Southern hospitality is not a myth. It’s a real thing here. I had been told many times that I was too nice to be a Californian (not sure what that really means). Many of the people are very polite and willing to help strangers, and will do little things Californians would never consider. True story: I was struggling to shove a bunch of crap into my car trunk, and a man actually pulled over to help me out!

Just watch out when someone says “Bless your heart”. I’ve learned that it isn’t such a nice statement.

There is a pretty diverse mix of people in the Atlanta metro area. There’s a very large homosexual population here, which makes me very happy. There is obviously a very large African-American population. That was another driving force behind my decision to move here. My daughter is bi-racial, and it’s important for her to be around such a diverse group of African-Americans.  Plus, I love dating black men… so for me it has been an eye-candy fest!

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You can’t talk about Atlanta without mentioning the food. EVERYTHING is fried, or coated in mayo. And not just any mayo, it must be Duke’s.

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Atlanta has billed itself as a foodie town. There are some amazing restaurants that have unique concepts and delicious eats. But (and this is a big one) the Mexican food here is laughable. I miss for-real Mexican food and tacos. I dream about tacos. The sushi here is also embarrassing. Without shame I admit I love fried foods, so the chicken here is life-changing. But nothing compares to LA restaurants.

atlanta6Many also compare Atlanta traffic to LA. To these people, I say you have never driven in LA. But Atlantans do have some very creative moves on the road. My favorite is the Atlanta left turn. This is where a driver — not in a left turn lane — proceeds to make a left turn from the middle of the road, cutting everyone off! That is fun.

Another favorite sight is cops directing traffic during lunch out of fast-food restaurants. Yes, really. Atlantans love their fast food!

The women here are also obsessed with monogramming… everything! Stickers on their cars, necklaces with their initials, purses, sweater sets, and that’s just the beginning.

After a year here, I am pleasantly surprised by how happy I actually am. I love my house. I love my job (most days). I love the slower pace. I love that I can provide a better life for my daughter. I love that I never pay more than $3.30 for a gallon of gas (yeah I said it). I miss my family terribly. I miss the beach. I ache for palm trees. I am here for the long haul, although I will never claim to be an Atlantan. I’m a Cali girl for life.

*Robynn Love is a producer for CNN.

She SAID: Travel Wise

Terri Kennerson

‘Tis the season to pack up and get away! The Summer travel season means more time on planes and hotels than home, so lots of us are tempted to bring as much of ‘home’ with us as we can. We rounded up some of the best ‘travel friendly’ items that will help you get packed up and on your way, without taking up too much space.

Herban Essentials Wipes

We’re suckers for these individually wrapped essential oil infused wipes. They come in five different varieties, or (if you’re indecisive like us) an assorted pack of the top selling blends (Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint). Each wipe is big enough to clean hands, face… and even a few ‘hot spots’ (oh, don’t pretend you’ve never ‘freshened up’ in the car or airplane lavatory). They also double up as a makeup remover in a pinch. They feel good going on, and we feel good using those essential oils directly on our skin. bathoils

Aromatherapy Associates Mini Bath & Shower Oils

This set of nine oils work beautifully when directly added to bath water, or lathered onto your skin in a shower. Each oil is infused with a unique blend of esssential oils and fragrances, for a therapeutic boost. We think it’s perfect way to detox after a long flight, before getting on with the rest of our vacation.

NIA 24 Spring Resurfacing Kit

nia24This limited edition kit features 3 full sized (but still travel ready) products from NIA24. The skin care line claims to ‘time release’ skin strengthening Niacin to resurface dull dry skin. This kit contains the Skin Strengthening Complex, Mineral Sunscreen, and Rapid Exfoliating Serum. The products are specifically designed to wear during the day or at night, to give you full protection around the clock. The largest size in this kit is still less than 3 ounces (travel size requirement) so you’ll be able to it into your luggage (or even your carry-on) without any danger of it getting confiscated at a security checkpoint.

 

Experience the ultimate therapeutic splendour with this multi-award winning Miniature Bath and Shower Oil Collection. Complete with all the Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower Oils in 3ml bottles, each allowing for one unique bath or shower experience, this set of nine miniature oils is the perfect collection to get you or a loved one immersed in the compelling power of aromatherapy.

 

Directions for use

Add contents of bottle to a full bath or apply to body before showering. Each 3ml bottle contains one unique bath or shower experience.

– See more at: http://www.aromatherapyassociates.com/travel/miniature-bath-oil-collection.html#sthash.H4vQFD6k.dpuf

Experience the ultimate therapeutic splendour with this multi-award winning Miniature Bath and Shower Oil Collection. Complete with all the Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower Oils in 3ml bottles, each allowing for one unique bath or shower experience, this set of nine miniature oils is the perfect collection to get you or a loved one immersed in the compelling power of aromatherapy.

Directions for use

Add contents of bottle to a full bath or apply to body before showering. Each 3ml bottle contains one unique bath or shower experience.

– See more at: http://www.aromatherapyassociates.com/travel/miniature-bath-oil-collection.html#sthash.H4vQFD6k.dpuf

Experience the ultimate therapeutic splendour with this multi-award winning Miniature Bath and Shower Oil Collection. Complete with all the Aromatherapy Associates Bath and Shower Oils in 3ml bottles, each allowing for one unique bath or shower experience, this set of nine miniature oils is the perfect collection to get you or a loved one immersed in the compelling power of aromatherapy.

Directions for use

Add contents of bottle to a full bath or apply to body before showering. Each 3ml bottle contains one unique bath or shower experience.

– See more at: http://www.aromatherapyassociates.com/travel/miniature-bath-oil-collection.html#sthash.H4vQFD6k.dpuf