Pack your bags: Audio books and Kindle Fire


As a bibliophile living on the road, I love my Kindle Fire for keeping a virtual library of books and magazines at my fingertips, not to mention music and movies. But it has it’s limitations for the heavy traveler. Sometimes I want to get my book fix on a long cross country drive, which is where audio books come in.

They’ve created and opportunity to catch up on all those great books I want to read while I’m in the car. N0t that you need to travel to use them — they also work great for you multi-taskers out there who like to play on your computers all day. Like, say, photographers who spend endless hours slaving in Photoshop and Lightroom who can reap great benefits, as well.

And even if you don’t travel, next time you move and have to haul all those books, think about how nice it would be to carry them in a little tablet. Sure, I love the feel and smell of old books, too. But sometimes you just have to embrace the new technology and go with it.

If I can learn to love audio and ebooks, so can you.

If you want to try audio books, check out for a great signup deal: Right now if you signup and download the app for your iPad, iPhone or Android, you get a free book and a free 7-day trial to see how you like it. Would you rather be texting, or listening to a great novel?

(That should be a rhetorical question.)

Here’s a sample of what to expect, including new releases and many genres to choose from.

Travel in style with Rustico Leather


I love the nostalgia of a good  leather journal, and nothing makes a classier way to preserve memories of your travels. Don’t you love the way that leather ages with use, taking on that beautiful distressed look? Well, I can’t wait to see how this beautiful leather journal from Rustico Leather looks in a few years, because it’s beautiful even now.

The Traveler Leather Journal comes in a deep, rich, brown leather with a tie closure. The cover is sturdy enough to hold its shape, but soft enough to feel good to the touch as well. And when you open it up, filled with unlined pages made from a heavy cream-colored stock, with rough edges. So if you’re one of those people who loves to sketch things, this is a great journal where you can mix sketches and words together in one package. There are beautiful patterned end papers in a teal and brown color.

Oh, that leather smell — it’s been sitting on my desk for a few days and my whole office smells of leather. Excuse me for a few moments while I take another deep inhale of premium leather.

Anyway, the journal is the star in the writers’ set I received, and is so nice I’m reluctant to write in it. It’s something I definitely want to save for a special trip.

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But I also received a passport cover in a slightly warmer shade of leather, with subtle “PASSPORT” embossing on the cover.  The passport cover is machine-stitched and sturdy leather to do the job of protecting your precious documents.

The third item in my set was a sturdy leather luggage tag. The luggage tag is, well, a luggage tag, so it’s not exactly designed to set the world on fire, but this one gets the job done. It’s sturdy, although instead of leather on the backside, it’s a wool type material.

They also make some beautiful leather satchels I would love to try out some day. the designs are very simple and not girly, but I know I actually prefer that style as I’m sure many others do as well.

I am a participating Influencer at The Entertainment New Media Network. I have received free product for review to facilitate this post. I was not compensated for this review and all expressed opinions are strictly my own.

Pack your bags: Spork it over


Whether you’re traveling through a tropical rainforest or to the corporate lunchroom, the spork is an all one utensil that helps you pack light but always be prepared, like a good girl or boy scout. Whether you want fancy or simple, these sporks prove  function can take on a pretty form.

Here are the features of this titanium spork, the Cadillac of sporking. Pack your bags: Spork it over

  • Titanium spoon-knife combo
  • Tough, lightweight, and long-lasting
  • Non-corrosive, non-magnetic
  • Hypoallergenic; non-toxic
  • Weighs 17 grams

Or if you want to go colorful and even downright girly, here are a few more options:

 Pack your bags: Spork it over

colorful sporks Pack your bags: Spork it over Columbia River Knife And Tool’s Eat N Tool

  • Multiple tools in one: spoon, fork, bottle opener
  • Includes three hex wrenches
  • Equipped with a carabiner for convenient transport
  • Large central hole for finger gripping and keeps tool weight down
  • Finished with a black non-stick coating

 Pack your bags: Spork it over

pink sporks Pack your bags: Spork it overLight My Fire 3-Pack Spork Little, Think Pink.

  • Designed for children, both a spoon and a fork are available
  • Weigh only .3 ounces each
  • They won’t scratch non-stick cookware and are Teflon-friendly.
  • They are manufactured from heat-resistant and BPA free Tritan and won’t melt in hot or boiling water.
  • They are extremely durable and dishwasher safe.

 Pack your bags: Spork it overblue spork Pack your bags: Spork it overSea To Summit Delta Spork With Knife

  • Ergonomically designed for comfort
  • Spreader knife incorporated into handle
  • Spoon profile to match inside curves of Delta Plate and Delta Bowls
  • Food grade Nylon 66, BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe