Holy Doughnuts it is officially 2018!!! We are still in shock because to be honest with you we always kind of thought the world would have self destructed by now, but it hasn’t and because it hasn’t we here at Travel and Treats feel that it is the perfect time to TREAT YO SELF! Listed below are a few of our favorite beauty products, believe it or not before we started this blog none of us really used many beauty tools. The world of blogging has opened our eyes to a whole new world and we want to share with you some of the things our eyes have been open to! This is not a sponsored post so these are just items that we genuinely love and want to share them with you!
1.) Wet Brush : Gabi and Dana
Both Dana and I love our Wet Brush! If you haven’t heard about this brush here is a little bit of info about it. Wet Brush was designed to glide effortlessly through wet or dry hair for healthy detangling and eliminates all tugging, tearing, pulling and ripping. We were a bit skeptical about this brush until our hair dresser at Backwoods Beauty told us about it. Dana and I both love this brush and have noticed a huge difference in the health of our hair! We highly recommend getting one!
2.) Mario Badescu Facial Spray : Dana
I ( Dana) first heard about the brand when I was watching different beauty bloggers skin care routine and they all seemed to be using Mario Badescu. I figured I would check out the brand, my skin had been pretty dry so I searched for a product that would help keep my skin from being so dry. In my search I found this facial spray and I love it! I like to use this spray as apart of my nightly routine, I spray it on my face after I take my makeup off and I have noticed that it has helped keep my skin nicely moisturized. I also use it as a setting spray too!
3.) Body Scrub : Dana
This is another product I found out about through different beauty bloggers. This scrub is perfect for the winter, it exfoliates the skin and keeps it moisturized long after I am done using it in the shower. The big plus to this is that it smells like coffee so it gives you that extra kick in the morning!
4.) Mr. Kate Beauty Marks : Dana and Gabi
We both love fellow blogger Mr. Kate and her cats and we can’t get enough of her beauty marks! We used these a lot this year and they were perfect for when we had Gabi’s Unicorn Bachelorette party! They are the perfect way to add a little bit of flare to your makeup! They go on very easy and stay on until you are ready to wash them off!
5.) Cold Cream/ Over night cream : Dana and Gabi
Growing up in the north country we both have learned the importance of using a good cold cream/ overnight cream. We both have very sensitive skin so finding one that doesn’t irritate us is important, plus it is nice to find one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.
Dana: I did a bit of research and found cold cream by Avene, and Gabi and I both love it! The cost is a little bit high but nothing too crazy. It runs about 20bucks but is worth every single penny! It smells amazing and does a great job at keeping the skin moisturized and not super oily!
Gabi: I lucked out when I was in desperate need of a facial cream to help my over dried skin. The price was right and I pretty much love everything Burt’s Bees makes. This cream does exactly what it says it does and it does’t leave my skin super oily which is really nice!
Both of these creams are worth checking out!
We hope you like this post and if you give any of these items a try make sure to let us know how you felt about them!
We hope you have a happy and safe New Year! xoxo – Gabi and Danamarie
So New Years Eve is tomorrow night… Are you ready? Lately we here at Travel and Treats seem to be off our party planning game but by some sort of wizardry we are always able to make it work and pull it off. Some of our best parties have happened when they were put together last minute! We know life can get crazy so we put together a small list of some of our favorite NYE decorations. These are very simple and cheap, plus some of them are made out of Christmas ornaments, which is handy because we have a feeling you still have that Christmas tree up!
2.) Noise makers
This is just as easy as the first one. Just grab a vase and fill it up with NYE noise makers. You can even make a sign for them and place them on the table, they will add flare and it makes it easy for everyone to find them.
3.) Photo props
Photo props like this are easy to make and everyone loves them. You can find templates online if you need a guide but for the most part you just need a ruler, craft blades , poster board and some markers and stickers
Balloons are the best and easiest thing to decorate with, the thing we love most about balloons is that they are the perfect last minute decor. It doesn’t take much work but they still look fab!
The midnight kiss jar is the cutest and one of the easiest ways to add so cute decor to your NYE party!
We hope you enjoy these cute but easy party decor ideas. If you use any of our ideas make sure to leave a comment or email us a photo of your party and we will feature your photo here on our blog!
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We hope you have a safe and happy New year!
2017 has been pact full of life changing events for our Travel and Treats Team, so we have been all about the “easy” party snacks and drinks. This cookie dip is the perfect dish to share with your NYE guest, or it is the perfect dish to bring to a NYE party! We hope you enjoy this tasty treat and enjoy your New Year’s Eve!
TOTAL TIME: 2:15
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. mini chocolate chips
Assorted rainbow and silver sprinkles, for decorating ball
NILLA Wafers or pretzels for serving
In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese and butter. Add brown sugar and vanilla. Fold in mini chocolate chips.
Place a sheet of plastic wrap on a work surface and scrape cookie dough mixture on top. Using your hands, form mixture into a ball. Cover with plastic and refrigerate until firm, 3 hours. (After 2 hours, better shape mixture into a ball once it’s semi firm.)
In a small bowl, mix together rainbow and silver sprinkles.
Transfer ball to a serving platter and sprinkle all over with mixture, making sure to coat the sides. (If your ball is firm enough to roll, try that.)
Serve with Nilla Wafers
Hi guys! Can you believe that the New Year is here!?!? We wanted to share a fun and easy jello-shot recipe with you, we know how crazy life can get but dispite how busy we get it is always nice to have a bit of fun! We hope you enjoy these jello-shots and we wish you a happy and safe new year’s eve!
Champagne Jello Shots :
A sparkly gelatin alcoholic treat
- Prep Time: 5 minute
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 4 hours
- Yield: 12 Jell-O shots
- 1 cup sparkling cider or lemonade
- 2 packets gelatin (.5 ounces total)
- 3/4 cup sweet sparkling wine, like spumante
- 1/4 cup vodka or flavored vodka
- sanding sugars
- Prepare molds. (I used plastic shot glass cups, but you can also use cupcake wrappers or mini-muffin tins.) Spray them lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle the sanding sugars in the bottoms of the molds.
- Soften gelatin. Whisk together sparkling cider or lemonade with 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over top and allow to rest for 5 minutes until gelatin is softened and the liquid’s surface appears slightly wrinkled.
- Dissolve the gelatin. Warm the liquid over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Do not let boil. Remove from heat.
- Add liquor. Whisk in the vodka and champagne.
- Fill the molds. Distribute the liquid evenly among the molds. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours before serving.
- Serve. If using a mold (in lieu of cups), dip bottom of pan into hot water for 5 seconds. Run a paring knife around the edge of the Jell-O to loosen. Flip out the molds onto a wax paper-lined surface. Keep chilled until serving. Sprinkle with more sanding sugars before serving.
I tried both lemon vodka and plain vodka in this recipe, and both were excellent.
This year has flown by, it seems like just yesterday we were welcoming in 2017! So much has happened this year at Travel and Treats and we are beyond blessed with all the good change we have experienced! Our two cofounders Gabi and Vicky have both had some life changing events take place. Vicky moved to India for work and Gabi advanced in her career and got married to one of our guest bloggers! Our “Drink of the Month” writter / Danamarie has made a few changes this year as well, Danamarie went back to school and is now working towards getting her PTA. Also one of our guest bloggers aka Gabi’s husband also got his first e-book published ( you can find it on amazon ” View From the Shore”) ! We are extremely proud of all the work our team has put in this year and we are very happy for all of them, this New Years Eve is the perfect time to celebrate and this Rosé Raspbery Sorbet Minmosa is the perfect drink to celebrate with! What we love most about this drink is that is extremely easy to make and it tastes like a colorful celebration, it’s the perfect New Years drink! We hope you like this drink as much as we do and we hope you have a happy and safe New Years! Love always – The Travel and Treats Team
Rosé Raspbery Sorbet Mimosas
prep 1 mintotal 1 min
yield 8-10 servings
1 bottle Rosé Champagne/sparkling wine
1 pint raspberry sorbet
Fresh herbs for garnish, such as rosemary or mint (optional)
To make one drink: Place one small scoop of sorbet into a champagne flute, top with champagne. Garnish with herbs if using. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Fox and Briar at https://www.foxandbriar.com/rose-raspberry-sorbet-mimosa/
One of the things we like about shopping small is that you really get to know the sellers and the sale becomes more personal! Recently I ordered a scarf/shawl on Etsy from Flora and the Wolf it is a super cute vintage shop that you should defiantly checkout! (You can also check them out on instagram @floraandthewolf ) . When I ordered the scarf/ shawl it came with a small handwritten note and a single packet of tea, it was the cutest thing! ( see photos below for the packaging and what the shawl looks like )
It was no shock that I fell in love with the shawl right away but what was a shock to me was how much I loved the tea! Now I have been a big tea lover ever since I was a pre-teen, and with all the tea I have tried I had never hear of the tea brand called Pukka. I fell in love with this tea the moment I took my first sip, I so badly wanted to try other flavors but I soon found that we did not sell this brand of tea around me, so I took to the internet to find out more about this tea and what I found made me love it even more.
Here is a little bit about Pukka:
Our name Pukka comes from an Indian word that means genuine, authentic and top quality. When our founders Tim and Sebastian set up Pukka, they wanted to reach as many people as possible to connect them with the wonders of plants. They also wanted to create a business that would bring benefit to everyone they came into contact with. Pukka is all about using business as a force for good, creating circles of benevolence so that people, plants and the planet can all benefit.
They are members of 1% For the Planet :
Big journeys are made of small steps. As passionate members of 1% for the Planet, we give 1% of our turnover to environmental and social causes. It’s part of our own campaign for positive change. Just by buying our incredible organic tea and wellbeing supplements, you are helping to care for this beautiful earth. You buy, we give back. So thank you to every Pukka customer – together we are doing something really special.
They are certified Fair for Life:
How often do you look into your cup of tea and ask “who grew these herbs?” Probably not very often, but don’t worry – at Pukka we have that covered. Behind every cup of tea and herbal supplement there are people growing, picking, testing, blending, packing and delivering each root and leaf.
We want everyone involved to benefit from working with us, so we have worked hard over the years to pioneer new ways to ensure that we’re making a genuine contribution to global equality, poverty and the environment by pioneering ethical trade.
That is why all our teas meet the exacting Fair for Life standard – the gold standard in fair and ethical trade. Fair for Life is one of the fairest, most equitable and transparent fair trade systems in the world.
You’ll see the Fair for Life logo on all our packs of tea. This is a guarantee that at least 20% (and often far more) of the herbs in each tea blend are grown on Fair for Life certified farms, or on farms certified to an equivalently high fair standard. You’ll always be able to spot the certified ingredients, as well as the overall percentage they represent on our packaging.
Their teas and supplements are certified organic by the Soil Association
In the face of climate change, rising diet-related ill-health and widespread declines in our wildlife, the need to produce healthy food, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and protect wildlife grows more acute by the year. There’s no magic bullet to tackle the challenges that face us, but the buying decisions we make every day are a simple but powerful form of direct action. That’s why all our teas and supplements are certified organic by the Soil Association – a guarantee that when you buy Pukka you are making a little difference to people, plants and planet.
They are certified as a B-Company: Using Business as a force of good:
Our founders, Tim and Sebastian, started Pukka over 15 years ago with the aim of doing good through commerce. From the moment they first met, they quickly discovered a shared passion for finding a better way of doing business. So when the B Corporation movement landed on UK shores, we were quick to get involved – becoming certified as a B Company in the first UK cohort in 2016.
Annnndddd they are a certified business with Fairfield Conservation:
There’s an old Hindu proverb that says, “Help your brother’s boat across, and your own will reach the shore”. In many ways, this wisdom captures the very essence of FairWild.
With one in five wild plant species under threat from over-harvesting and habitat loss, the need for change has never been greater.
The FairWild certification is about protecting the magic of wild plant species and the beauty of their natural habitats, whilst respecting deeply rooted traditions and cultures and helping support the livelihoods of the communities that depend on them.
For us here at Pukka, FairWild is an exciting and essential initiative – it allows us to strengthen our relationships with the incredible collectors who work hard to bring the power of herbs to others. But, just as importantly, FairWild gives our customers a unique opportunity to join this ‘virtuous circle’ simply by enjoying teas blended with incredible FairWild herbs.
I won’t lie, this tea company is by far one of my new favorite companies, it is clear that this company is not just about tea, they are all about the planet, helping others and the health of others! I know it’s a bit random to have a whole post about a tea company but I think you guys are starting to understand why I felt the need to share about this company and once you try the teas I think you will fall in love with the delicious flavors just like I did! There are so many different flavors to try but right now my two favorites are Womankind and Blackcurrant Beauty. I hope you all check this awesome tea out, if you do make sure you share your thoughts and what your favorite flavors are!
*As of right now Pukka does not ship to the USA but you can buy it off of Amazon! Or Maybe you can get a relative or friend to send you some in a care package!
Make sure to check out https://shop.pukkaherbs.com for more info about the company and to check out all the awesome teas they have!