A Look Inside My Overnight Bag

Living in Atlanta, having all of my family in Alabama, and being convenient to several amazing cities often calls for short one or two night trips.  This past weekend I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to work an event at the infamous Rocketown, so I thought I would bring you along by giving you a look into my bag.

1. Clothing
When I am out of town, I always take my daily outfits on hangers with a garment bag over them to protect them.  So, these are the only clothes I am packing into a bag for my one night trip. My pajamas are a t-shirt and comfortable shorts. I am taking fuzzy socks and slippers because they make me feel at home and I refuse to walk barefoot on hotel room floors.  Underwear and socks are essential, plus I always bring an extra pair just in case!

2. Accessories/Shoes
I tried to pack as lightly as possible since I would monly be away for a single night, but after this photo I managed to add yet another pair of shoes. (In my defense, in the Southeast every day is pretty much a low of 30 something and a high in the fifties, so it makes choosing between practical and fashionable especially difficult). The blanket scarf is from Target and is an easy addition to an outfit if it's one of those 30 something days. I use a dust bag to keep all of my jewelry together and organized. For sunglasses, I often times take a cheap pair from the dollar store because it will not mater if they're damaged or lost while on the trip.

3. Toiletries
I always take my "wet" toiletries in a cosmetic bag that has plastic lining that is easy to clean.  The first thing photographed is a Viva La Juicy roller ball by Juicy Couture.  I like to take roller balls when I travel because they are less expensive, more compact, and have less product than full size bottles, so there is less risk.  Next are Cetaphil make-up wipes, Dove deodorant, and a travel bottle with hand soap inside.  I always take my own hand soap to hotels because I hate using the bar soap that is provided.  Following after are all of my in shower products: Aveda shampoo and conditioner, a Softsoap body wash, Summer's Eve, and Cetaphil face wash.  Last are floss "pluckers," my travel toothbrush, and toothpaste!

4. Make-Up

Most days I do not wear make-up at all, but I make up for it on the days I do. I am not a beauty guru and I do not do anything out of the ordinary. I honestly do not have much brand loyalty, either. What you see is what you get!
5. Hair

I get my hair done at an Aveda salon by a girl who loves their in house products, but is open minded about what works for her clients. Through our conversations, I have found the perfect cocktail for my blonde hair. Aveda Damage Remedy is great for anyone, just be careful how much and how often you use it! I have always been obsessed with Dry Bar because who doesn't love someone else styling their hair while you drink a mimosa? I was on the fence about Blonde Ale because it's expensive for such a small amount of product, but it goes a long way and I cannot imagine my hair routine without it! Before finding out about It's a 10 for Blondes, I had wanted to try their original formula for ages. Once again, the cost ratio did not seem practical... until there was one for blondes. Put "blonde" on a product and I will purchase it and try it because keeping the perfect shade is important to me. The last product is hairspray, and like make-up, I do not have brand loyalty. I brush it through my hair once I am satisfied, and I'm done! I have no problem using a hotel's hair dryer, so the only styling tool I take on any trip is my straightener. Straightening my hair is the only way I know how to do it. 

I know everyone has their own method of packing, but this is what works best for me. I love watching any kind of "What's in My Bag" videos on YouTube and I know others do, too! I hope you learned a tip or two that can help you pack more efficiently. What's your travel must have? Leave a comment or find me on social media! @SavannahMaye

Skip the Reservations: A Guide to a Memorable Valentine’s Day

Every year for Valentine’s Day, thousands of couples exchange gifts, sit down at a table for an overpriced dinner, have everyday conversation, and go home like after any other date.

The holiday that is completely centered around love often times becomes monotonous and nothing more than another excuse to plaster photos all over social media.   

This Valentine’s Day, whether you are spending it with family, friends, or your significant other, it should be special and centered around making your bond stronger.  Regardless of where you live, you are within driving distance of tons of fun attractions as long as you are willing to think outside the box.

With Valentine's Day being on a Sunday this year, it will be easy to spend the day somewhere unusual. Instead of having to deal with dinner reservations and having the "perfect" date go wrong, do something simple, thoughtful, and hard to mess up.

If you live near a large city, this is especially easy. If not, take a day trip or a weekend trip to somewhere a few hours away!

The Atlanta skyline at sunset

If you are taking a road trip, start with a thoughtful gift by making goody bags for you and whoever you are traveling with.  You should include your Valentine's favorite snacks, a drink, and maybe a couple of other things related to your planned activity such as hand sanitizer or tissues.

Once you are actually at your destination, here are some ideas of what to do:
1. Museum - Art gallery, science or history showcase, or exhibit on food or pop culture, such as World of Coke in Atlanta, Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, or Hershey’s Chocolate World in Pennsylvania
2. Park - Either a city park for a picnic or a state park for hiking
3. Theme park - Six Flags, Disney World, Busch Gardens
4. Aquarium - Perfect location for the perfect Instagram shot, plus who does not love watching fish for hours?
5. Zoo - Seeing the animals is always entertaining, but adding an experience like feeding giraffes will make it especially memorable
6. Beach - Walking around, swimming, or doing anything by the water if it is warm where you live 

My boyfriend, Greg, and I at World of Coke
If you do not have the funds or time to go out of time for Valentine’s Day, you could either do something from the above list in your hometown or have a staycation for the day in the comfort of your home.  Amazon Prime, Netflix, Red Box, and take out food in bed should be more than a suitable date for your significant other, family, or friends.  For those without much money to spend, you can also focus less on the event and more on letting your loved one know how appreciated they are through a note, serving them, or anything that goes out of your way compared to a normal day to show them how much you care.

I truly hope this was helpful and that you have a great Valentine's Day this year!  Make memories, show others your love for them, and do not forget to show your better half gratitude every day throughout the year.  What are your plans?  Leave me a comment below or find me on Instagram and Twitter!  @SavannahMaye

An Introduction

I did it.  I made a website.  I am publishing my writing in the most professional way I ever have.

My name is Savannah Maye Champion and I have a way with words that has been complimented since the time I could form a sentence.  I have had a love for the Internet, the good it can do, and the ability it has to connect people to one another since the first time I played Neopets in the fourth grade.

I am now twenty-one and my experiences with words and the Internet have increasingly become better.  I am currently a full time nanny by day, a music industry professional by night, and am planning to add "blogger," or even "writer," to the selection of hats I put on every day.  I have always been an avid reader and writer.  Finally having a creative outlet that allows me to share and interact with both loved ones and strangers through writing is an actual dream come true.

I love all forms of media, especially video and other web based content.  Instead of watching television, I watch YouTube.  Tory Burch designs the accessories that make me feel at home in my outfits.  My favorite color is simply the lack of color: black.  My natural habitat involves live music and hundreds of strangers I refer to as "friends."  I genuinely love my life and want to share the happiness I have found in everyday living with others.

I am planning to post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In addition, you can expect a guest post over the weekend.  My posts are going to be on subjects that I hope to be beneficial or informational to any person.  However, the posts are most likely be most interesting to other females in my general age range.  These topics will include music, relationships, saving/spending money, and more!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you join me in this new project.  Check back Wednesday for a new post!
© Savannah Maye

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