02/08/17

Free “Nevertheless, She Resisted” Postcard

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Nevertheless, she resisted free postcard“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Download these postcard for free. Print and send to your representatives, to the strong women in your life, as a thank you to Senator Elizabeth Warren or use as a daily reminder to persist in what you are fighting for. Click here to download.

01/19/17

Free Women’s March Sign Downloads

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WOMEN'S MARCH SIGN DOWNLOADSDownload signs here: march.domecollective.com  /  forallwomankind.com  /  counter-type.com  / jointheuproar.com

*protip: printing these signs at 11×17 will be cheaper than a bigger size, but copy shops like Staples and FedEx can do either for you. You can also print large signs at home and tile them together like a puzzle. Just takes a little patience, a long ruler, some tape and a sharp exacto. Here is a good tutorial for word and for photoshop

I’ve been inspired by the Women’s March sign design I’ve seen on instagram the last couple days. I need a digital flip board for all I want to say, picking one statement is so hard. I’ll be at the Women’s March in Boston with my 6 yr old son and my husband. Enjoy your right to peaceful protest!

01/19/17

what to do in Rome, Italy

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What to do in Rom Italy on Vacation by JHill Design

A few of my favorite things about Rome, Italy…
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The colors of the Campo de’ Fiori Market, (which is next to a fantastic bakery, Campo de’Fiori).
Michelangelo’s impossibly fluid marble.
Painted angels on high (this after hours tour is on my bucket list).
Bernini’s work; risqué and otherwise
The largest amphitheater ever built, (buy tickets ahead of time to lessen a massive line)
DRINK:
A tart + sweet cocktail with a twist of orange, (try the Negroni’s flirty sister… the Aperol Sprtiz). 
EAT:
My 3 favorite Roman pasta dishes: Amatriciana, Carbonara, Cacio e Pepe.
Finish it off with Gelato, (my favorite cone was topped with whipped cream via Venchi).

We spent 4 days of our 2 week Italian holiday in Rome, not nearly enough. I’d go back in an instant.

03/16/16

Travel Cocktail: Singapore Sling

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Last month of Singapore in our 2016 calendar. The pattern was inspired by architectural lines and purple lights. If I was vacationing in the Lion City, I would definitely need a few Singapore Slings just to get through the humidity. But till I’m Singapore-bound, I will make the classic cocktail in my Boston kitchen.

The Singapore Sling was created by a Hainanese bartender in the early 1900’s at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. It has since gone through many variations, but at it’s heart it is Gin + Pineapple + Cherry Brandy.

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03/15/16

Travel Tips: Surviving Long-Haul Flights

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Obviously we’re big fans of far away places and all their delights. That said, getting to said places can be really hard on our bodies. Check out our tips for surviving, and dare we say enjoying, long-haul flights…

R U NOT ENTERTAINED?! In-flight entertainment in 2016 is pretty wonderful, but don’t rely on it to keep you occupied for over ten hours. Come prepared: download any movies, books, games, etc. the night before and charge all your devices. You may even want to bring battery backup.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Staying hydrated on any flight is vital, but especially for those over six hours. Fill an insulated bottle after security, and then don’t be afraid to ask (and ask, and ask) for more from the stewardesses. Don’t forget about your skin either! We love this hydration spray from Aesop, or the Jasmine Garden by May Lindstrom.

Stagger your booze + avoid salty foods. If you’re going to drink on a plane, try and wait until you’ve been aboard and hydrating for a couple of hours, or about to go sleep. Alcohol is a diuretic and will make your skin feel very tight, among other side effects. As great as comfort food is on a plane, all that salt will undo your hydrating.

Breathe, stretch, shake, let it go. A no brainer. To avoid aches and pains once you land, make sure to walk around every couple of hours and stretch in your seat.

Traveling internationally? Fill out customs forms first thing. Don’t be that guy filling out forms in line, slowing everyone else down. Take 5 minutes once the seat belt sign is off and collect all the customs forms you’ll need for your arrival, and spare yourself the stress and drama. And bring your own pencil.

Minimize your carry-ons. The more carry-ons you have, the less space you’ll have to stretch.

Ambien is your friend. If you don’t sleep easily on planes, procure a sleep aid before your trip – but do make sure to try it out at home first. Mood-altering medication, like most sleep aids, work differently in different altitudes so at least make sure the medicine you bring won’t upset you on the ground.

Isolation for the introvert. When I fly I like to have an eye mask, ear plugs AND noise canceling headphones. It’s my own way of creating the private space that has been sucked away from me.

What’re we missing? Tweet and tell us your best tricks for surviving long-haul flights!