Just Juice

Have you ever tried juicing?

I haven’t. I’ve heard a lot about it, read about the health benefits, seen all the trendy new storefronts opening up – but I’ve never tried it.

Is it a meal replacement? A supplement? A treat? Overall I have some confusion.

As usual, I turned to my pal Google. There are thousands of results – a lot claiming that juicing is the best way to get the vitamins your body needs. Some claim:

  • better skin
  • better hair
  • stable digestion
  • more energy

while other sites share recipes or offer cleanses.

My husband and I have gotten in to a potentially unhealthy habit – whenever we’re out running errands we get ourselves a treat. This is normally a coffee or a tea, but occasionally extends to a treat like a donut or a sugary bar. We normally bring water with us, so we don’t need to stop for that. I think more out of habit than need, we like to take a break from the to do list and grab something for us – hence the coffee stops despite having two cups already at home. So what’s the alternative?

Maybe a juice?

Since I’m not investing in a juicer, I am going to explore a little juicery that I’ve been noticing on the South Shore.

We are both going to try a new treat from Quench Juicery.

As a caveat to this next adventure, I’ll add that I don’t think a one-and-done mentality applies here. Obviously to feel and notice true differences you need to try something routinely. This adventure is just for taste and feel. From there, well have a sense of whether or not we want to try it again or commit to it as part of our regular diet.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Packed it all in

Needless to say, we successfully made it to our honeymoon – and our suitcases were just at the perfect weight.

My biggest packing mistake was not laying all of my outfits out – and packing too many statement pieces. Everything ended up alright, but there were just not enough combinations in my bag to make me happy. I had enough jumpsuits to get me through, but not quite enough tops to toss on with jeans when we were running out to grab a drink.

I managed to coordinate outfits with one pair of sandals – although I needlessly packed two pairs of wedges as well. Pro tip: don’t bother with wedges or heels in any part of Greece. There are so many charming stairs and cobblestone roads, it’s painful to watch some girls attempt to balance in wedges.

As anticipated, the islands got a little chilly at night. I had expected this and packed along a few summer sweaters and my trusty jean jacket. I can’t go anywhere in the summer without my jean jacket along for the ride. I highly suggest bringing one along.

It’s always hard to balance looking cute, site seeing, and having enough packed for day and night outfits. And being comfortable and photo ready!

Apart from what I actually brought along, the logistics of moving everything between locations was tricky. My husband and I each packed a large suitcase as well as a carry-on suitcase. I brought an oversized pocketbook and he brought a backpack. I think we could have consolidated more, but having these bags gave us the opportunity to bring back gifts, and some incredible wine.

It did get tricky traveling by ferry out to the islands – the ferry system in Greece is very different than what you experience heading out to the Vineyard or Nantucket. It somehow is very efficient, but very disorganized and a bit overwhelming. Moving on and off the ferries is where we struggled the most with luggage, and I’m so grateful we had packed on wheels!

Honeymoon packing is sort of a once in a lifetime thing, but I definitely learned a few things about packing for multiple weeks of travel!

Honeymoon Hurry

My brand new husband and I had decided to delay our honeymoon by about two months. We were married in March and between balancing work schedules and both of our part-time MBA programs, going immediately after just wasn’t the right move for us.

Let me tell you, I’m so glad we waited. After the wedding we went away for a few nights on a mini-moon, which gave us some much needed rest and much appreciated alone time. We were able to recharge and relive our wedding, but only a two hour drive away.

The slight delay also gave us something amazing to look forward to! A lot of brides deal with a crash after their wedding/honeymoon. You’ve been the center of attention and had your favorite day to look forward to – and now, well now you’ve got your soulmate but not so much attention as being a bride. We didn’t experience this!

The downfall of the delay was that life got hectic and crazy again. We were running around with a million things to do, and never finished planning our honeymoon! We have flights, hotels, and recommendations, but no solid plan. And we haven’t packed.

I’ve made some piles and did a Target run to get some travel essentials (gum, hand sanitizer, and basically every travel side product they offer just for good measure- whups!).

We received brand new luggage for our shower and were excited to put it to good use. The only concern is that we might have too much space – and we have to keep our bags under a certain weight to avoid charges at the airport. We’ll also be moving five times throughout our honeymoon, so we want to be as consolidated as possible.

My plan is to think through the spectrum of things we’ll be doing – hiking, site seeing, swimming, and hopefully a few romantic dinners. Whenever I pack for a longer trip, I try to focus around a color scheme. This always makes shoe and purse choices more cohesive.

When actually packing, I always roll my clothes. I’ve seen some packing hack videos online – and I imagine they do work to save space. But having everything folded in on itself is not practical for finding something when you don’t want to fully unpack in each hotel.

I’ve remembered some key items too:

  • Power converter – remember, not every country has the same plugs!
  • Eye mask! I am a horrible sleeper and being on a plane or a new place doesn’t help with that – an eye mask helps me get some much needed rest.
  • Essential oils – a weird thing to bring for some, but for me, they help me relax. They’re clutch during a bumpy flight or a jet lagged evening.
  • Travel size steamer – I know from previous trips to Europe, not all hotels have irons
  • Comfy shoes that can be worn with a dress while site seeing.
  • A key jacket – this jacket is functional in that it has inside pockets and rain resistant. It’s also adorable and can be added to a casual outfit or balance out a dressier look.
  • Warm clothes for the plane ride – and socks because on long flights I always kick off my shoes.
  • After sun aloe. Believe me, I stocked up on sunscreen, but that’s really not enough for me and my skin routine.

My entire life I’ve packed weeks in advance of every trip – but before my honeymoon, I’m packing the night before we leave the country for 15 days.

I’ll let you know how it goes.