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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What To Pack For A Ski Trip & Packing Checklist

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I've been skiing since I was a little girl, my parents took me for my first time skiing when I was 3 years old. Since then, skiing became my favorite sport! 
I've made plenty of packing mistakes a long the way. I thought it was about time to put a post together that answers a very important question: What should I pack for a ski holiday?

Here’s my perfect ski packing list: 

A suitcase

I have recently got a brand new suitcase from NICOLE LEE which accommodates for trips where I need to take more / bulkier items with me. This was perfect for skiing as the jackets / boots / layers can take up a lot of room.

(Super good quality, many zippers, compartments and it’s currently on sale (click the picture to shop)!)

Portable Charger/Bag
Access to charging points when travelling is limited. If you’re listening to music or playing on your phone, shooting with your GoPro or using any USB device then chances are you’ll need to give it a boost. 
I'm using the GHOSTEK bag every time I travel and honestly, I COULDN'T LIVE without it!!! This bag is water-resistant. Last charged for 12 hours if in use. You can connect 4 different electronic devises to it at the same time! 
Built-In 16,000mAh Battery
◙ Intelligent Power LED Indicator◙ 1-External USB Port | 2-Internal USB Ports
GHOSTEK is little pricey, but total essential for me!

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Day backpack ( I love and use Lily Jade)

(pop your extra layers, sunglasses, bottle of water, camera accessories, go pro & Nikon Camera, portable charger, headache meds.,gums, chapstick ..etc. in)
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Your gloves are super important too, because if you’re like me, your hands and toes are the first parts of you to get cold almost immediately. I was pretty stoked to find a pair for only $16, (my husbands gloves here) and can report that they served me well during my ski trip. 

Waterproof and snow-proof ski pants

Sweaters – Sweaters, sweaters, and more sweaters. Sweaters are the key to staying warm! Vintage-looking sweaters with ski motifs are essential ski must-haves. You can find a lot of cute sweaters at Dresshead.com Sweaters are right here.

Waterproof and snow-proof ski jacket (MUST HAVE)-These two are very popular, practical and reasonable.
(Faux) Fur – There’s nothing more luxe than a little bit of fur. Definitely pack your favorite faux vest, coat, stole, or hat! It’s a fashionable and functional add-on to just about any outfit.

Pants – When it comes to pants, one pair of white jeans and regular, stretchy leggings jeans, fleece-lined leggings, and even a pair of leather leggings are usually in my suitcase. Leave the distressed jeans at home!
 – On the beauty and skincare front, be sure to pack your SPF day cream. I use Dr. Denese cream with SPF 30 (all of the white snow is ultra reflective!), heavier moisturizers, and hand cream. 

Sunglasses/ Goggles— Don’t forget your sunglasses! With all of the white surrounding you, and maybe even some blowing snow, you’ll be a whole lot more comfortable with your eyes protected! And, I mean, sunglasses always look chic.

Here’s the full ski packing list: 

Ever wondered what cameras I use on my travels?
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After all that, I hope you have a wonderful ski trip. I wish you all the safety and enjoyment you could possibly get out of your trip.

Have you been Skiing?Where have you been? I’d love to know! 🙂

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Our Gatlinburg, Tennessee Trip In Review ( Where We Stayed, Ate, Played, ETC)

Hello! As many of you know we just returned from our ski trip in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I had many questions asked about this trip on my Instagram stories, so I decided to do a "TRAVEL" review.

Gatlinburg is an active place throughout the year. With hiking, rafting, and other opportunities throughout the summer and fun at Ober Gatlinburg Mountain Ski Resort during the winter. The Gatlinburg area promises fun for the whole family. Honestly, we were blown away with the beauty of this city! We arrived right after Christmas, so Tennessee was still transformed into a winter wonderland complete with festive decorations and specials events. 

We were on a tight schedule and had an activity booked every day, but the goal of this trip was to teach Anayan how to ski...  Mission accomplished!! (He learned in just one day without falling)

Where We Stayed

We stayed at the RIVER TERRACE RESORT AND CONVENTION CENTER through our Westgate timshare. I wanted to stay somewhere downtown Gatlinburg with a nice balcony and a mountain view, so I could stand out on it and watch it snow. We could choose between the fireplace or the balcony room, and I think we made the right decision. Location wise - the hotel is ideal! We could walk everywhere! Parking is pretty expensive in Gatlinburg.

Where To Eat
If there is one thing you’ll learn about dining in the Smokies, it’s that these folks don’t mess around when it comes to breakfast. Don’t let the line deter you when you arrive at the Log Cabin Pancake House.(moves faster than I've  ever experienced) 
This place has favorites like cornmeal or buckwheat pancakes the size of an 8" pan (5 pancakes in one). Very unique, but delicious! 

Draft Sports Bar
Has a buffet on the weekends (children $5, adult $11) with a beautiful river view. Draft was located downstairs of our hotel, so it was very convenient to eat there + it was Anayan's favorite! 

Another delicious breakfast place we ate at was Pancake Pantry. The food and service here was fenominal! 
We ate a huge breakfast every morning because like I said the portions were generous and kept us full most of the day. For lunch we ate up the mountain at Ober Gatlinburg.

The Peddler Steakhouse
Was our favorite dinner place! It was recommended to us and I must say it is the best place I have eaten in very long time!!! Salad bar is a la cart and the rest you ordered from the menu. I had Trout and my husband had Steak (both were delicious). Anayan ended up eating half of my food because it was delicious!

December marks the beginning of the skiing and snowboarding season at Ober Gatlinburg. The slopes typically open around the middle of the month. 
We didn't have a lot of natural snow, but snow machines did their job just fine, making it look like a white wonderland up in the mountains.
Anyone over the age of three can enjoy snow tubing down the resort’s specially designated hill. Thrill seekers will love Ober’s Ski Mountain Coaster, an exhilarating ride with plenty of twists, turns, and corkscrews. Other exciting things to do in Gatlinburg TN in December at Ober include ice skating, an alpine slide, a scenic chairlift and a wildlife encounter.

Anayan's favorite was the Tram (cable car). He only likes to watch it going up and down. He was afraid to ride it, so we took it up and down the mountain only once and the other times drove our car. The mountains provides you with a shuttlebus also.

WILD BEAR FALLS INDOOR WATER PARK (water temperature 80F-108F)


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