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        Just in Case...

        Just in Case...

        Just in case…. when you pack for a vacation is this always in the back of your mind?

        I was a Girl Scout as a young girl and thus I learned to always be prepared. It’s something I always think of when I’m packing for a vacation.

        So many times, I’ve been so glad that I packed a tote. It doesn’t take up much room and even if I’m not going to the beach, it’s been so useful.

        If you like to shop, it’s the perfect carry on for all the extra fun purchases. I often like to carry a lot of essentials if I’m out a day trip and a tote is the perfect purse.

        You might need to do a little laundry and again the tote is right there. Or perhaps a quick trip to the grocery store, you can avoid plastic bags.

        A road trip always requires snacks and a tote filled with all your favorite goodies fits easily in the back seat. And it will definitely suit your style as a diaper bag.

        A tote is the perfect "just in case" bag. You’ll always feel prepared with a practical and stylish tote.

        You can find the Belle Isle Tote in the link below: https://www.cheriparkerdesign.com/collections/totes/products/belle-isle-tote

        Now get out there and go someplace you’ve never been before.

        The Sunny Side of Life

        The Sunny Side of Life

        “Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.” — Jeffrey Glassberg

        Butterflies are said to symbolize feelings of freedom, beauty, joy, love, femininity and transformation.

        I love the power of transformation. Transformation comes from growing, learning and changing.

        Buckminster Fuller said, ““There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.”

        The butterfly shows us it takes time to change and the end looks gloriously different from the beginning.

        Love yourself in the process, enjoy your life, surround yourself with people who love you and celebrate even the smallest change.

        Whenever you need inspiration, just look at the butterfly. The butterfly cannot see the beauty of their own wings, but it’s still there.

        It’s time for you to take flight, and let others see the beauty in you.

        What if the change you are avoiding is the one that gives you wings!

        What's in your pouch?

        What's in your pouch?

        A pouch is the perfect place to keep on-the-go essentials.

        Of course, each of us may have a different idea of what an essential is. LOL

        Here’s a quick list:

        • Snacks
        • Gum
        • Pen/Notebook
        • Makeup
        • Wallet
        • Sunglasses
        • Business Cards
        • Medication
        • Phone Chargers/Cords
        • Wipes

         This is the beauty of the pouch; to organize your purse and categorize your essentials.

        You can also use a pouch as a wristlet.  Just grab your phone, wallet, lipgloss, sunglasses, keys and it’s off to the market or out for a quick coffee.

         Pouches are even more useful for travel. Here are more useful suggestions: jewelry, passport and important papers, first aid kit, sewing kit, stationary, feminine products, makeup, small toys, gym supplies, hair care, beach supplies or just mix it all up.

        It’s so easy to quickly find something when your purse is organized and this definitely helps with stress relief.  You’re not digging and rummaging in the bottomless pit, which we would all try to avoid. 

        I think we all know getting organized is easy, staying organized requires discipline.

        What’s in your pouch? Will I find some chocolate? I’d love to hear.

        xoxo cheri

        Embrace a slower pace.

        Embrace a slower pace.

        “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” –Charles Haddon Spurgeon

        This quote always makes me aware of the importance of slowing down.

        Carl Honoré , author of In Praise of Slowness: How A Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed writes such a beautiful description of what that really means.

        He says, "I think of slow [living] as more of a mindset than anything else. It's quality over quantity. It's doing things with presence, being in the moment. Ultimately, it's about doing everything as well as possible instead of as fast as possible."

        Slow living is a lifestyle of stepping back and being more mindful of how you spend your time and asking yourself, “What is really important?”

        "We're racing through our lives instead of actually living them," says Honoré.

        Personally, I can tell when I’ve hit the wall so to speak. It’s time to take off my shoes, spend some quiet time outside with my dogs. Put away the phone, the laptop, or any other distractions and just enjoy nature.  Listen to the birds and listen to myself breathe. 

        Living a fast-paced lifestyle will eventually begin to take a toll; so take some time to pause, reflect and recharge.

        “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

        Wherever your summer takes you!

        Wherever your summer takes you!

        Beach bags can be a chic way to carry all your belongings.

        Here are 5 things I like to consider when looking for a beach tote:

        1. It has to have an eye-catching style that will be the talk of the beach.
        2. Will it hold all the essentials; towel, water, book, sunscreen, hat, and cover up.
        3. A tote needs to be multi-purpose. Great for errands, shopping, the gym, the list goes on.
        4. The perfect tote is easy to fold up and store in the car or easily fits in a suitcase.
        5. Size matters; it can’t be too big and must sit comfortably on your shoulder.

        The key is to find a bag that makes it fun to carry your stuff to and from the shore.

        You can find this amazing Belle Isle Tote by clicking on the link below: https://www.cheriparkerdesign.com/products/belle-isle-tote

        You’ll want to carry it this tote around all summer long, even when you’re not combing the shore the perfect seashell.

        Don't worry, beach happy!!!