Quintessential New England Winter Activities

Quintessential New England Winter Activities

Lots of places in the U.S. don’t have four seasons. So they are unable to experience fall and winter. That’s not the case with New England. Ice Skating There’s just something special about the first day the local rink opens. And then it’s that first skate on the fresh, untouched ice. I’m not one for skating on frozen ponds. I stick to indoor rinks. Ice skating is a great winter sport to do with friends or as a family. The…

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Blog Plans for 2020

Blog Plans for 2020

Passport by Design will be two years old in February and it seems like just yesterday I published my very first post. I want to try out a few new things in 2020. This includes experimenting with different types of blog posts. I hope to include more interviews. A few trips are coming up shortly and I can’t wait to share them with you. I also plan on doing more staycation posts that show you around New York and Connecticut….

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Domestic Travel Packing List

Domestic Travel Packing List

What about domestic travel? We see so many checklists for international travel. Yet there are so many great places that exist right inside our own countries.  Passport- Do you need it or don’t you? Right now no U.S. citizen needs a passport to travel domestically. This will change on October 1, 2020. The Real ID Act means that after that date your state ID will need to meet certain requirements. They call it Real ID-compliant. If you already have a…

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Packing Light for a Night in the City

Packing Light for a Night in the City

Packing light is best they say. But what about lots of outfit options? No need for lots of options when it comes to a single night. Pick an outfit that you love and stick to it. That go-to outfit you know fits you well every time. That one. Use a backpack or tote In most cases you won’t need anything larger than a backpack. If you decide to bring outfit options choose a small rolling duffel. Roll your clothes In this…

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Mid Century Modern Living Room Design Inspiration

Mid Century Modern Living Room Design Inspiration

Look in any magazine or go to a design showroom and you will see Mid Century Modern design all around you. I even mentioned it in this post about “Design Trends I’m Loving.” I’m still very much obsessed myself. So I’m here to inspire you to bring a little Mid Century Modern design into your own space. Mid Century Modern Couches I love the different styles of couches that fit the style. Many of then have narrow wooden legs that…

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Traveling with a Chronic Illness

Traveling with a Chronic Illness

Traveling with a chronic illness! Is that even possible? One of my readers recently made a comment about her desire to travel despite her chronic illness. I was inspired to share my own experience traveling with a chronic illness. Most people know how much I love to travel. But not many, even those who know me personally, know that I have Crohn’s Disease. In a nutshell, it can give you intense abdominal pain and symptoms that resemble food poisoning. That’s…

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DIY: Pocket Square Sewing Tutorial

DIY: Pocket Square Sewing Tutorial

So you think you can’t sew. I bet you can sew a pocket square. It’s one of the simplest things you can make. Then you can jazz it up by using fancy stitches. Everyone will wonder how you learned to sew so fast. Keep reading for this fun DIY. What you will need fabric needle and thread/sewing machine sewing pins scissors ruler dark colored pencil Sewing Machine Used Singer Heavy Duty 4423 Step 1: Select Your Pocket Square’s fabric and…

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Hardside Suitcase Checklist: Choose the Right One

Hardside Suitcase Checklist: Choose the Right One

You need a suitcase to bring all your things with you when you travel. Lots of people are buying hardside suitcases now. How can you choose a good one? Suitcase Sizes Suitcases come in so many sizes, and size requirements vary by country. In the United States carry-on requirements are not as strict. For example American Airlines says that your carry-on shouldn’t exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches / 56 x 36 x 23 centimeters (including handles and wheels)….

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DIY: Jackson Pollock Art Inspiration

DIY: Jackson Pollock Art Inspiration

Have you heard of Jackson Pollock? Maybe you don’t know him by name. But you’ve definitely seen his work. Think of paint splatters everywhere and every color of the rainbow. He is one of the most famous abstract painters and his work is so inspiring. So inspiring that you want to try it for yourself. So let’s do just that. Step 1: Purchase Your Supplies For this project I recommend purchasing acrylic paint. For a complete list of items I…

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Laundry & Clothing Care While Traveling

Laundry & Clothing Care While Traveling

Laundry is something I’m always thinking about while traveling. Firstly, I hate doing laundry wherever I am. But especially since I’m trying to be a “light packer.” This means less clothes overall and a greater need to wash them away from home. I’ve stayed in hotels, Airbnbs, hostels and beyond. Each has its own unique challenges when it comes to laundry. Washing Laundry Major hotel chains usually have laundry rooms with coin-operated machines. Get change from the front desk and…

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