6 Ways to Prep for a Beach Vacation

6 Ways to Prep for a Beach Vacation || Runway Chef #traveltips #healthytips Whenever I find out that I’m going on a tropical getaway, I usually come up with some elaborate plan as to how I’m finally *finally* going to get a 6-pack. I head to my favorite grocery store, find my favorite beer, pick up a 6-pack and head to the check-out lane. Kiiiiidddddddinnngggg! My real plan for a real 6-pack usually involves lots of smoothies, an intense routine of daily hour-long ab workouts, military-style runs around the neighborhood, and basically swearing off food until said trip. If you know me, I’m sure you’re laughing by now because we both know me swearing off food is the biggest joke ever. I mean have you seen my blog??! Two days ago I posted a dip compromised of cheese, beer & bacon. Yesterday, I was in the kitchen up to my eyeballs in cupcakes, chocolate, caramel, cookies, cream, and butter. “Diet” is not exactly a word that is in my vocabulary. Instead, I subscribe to the philosophy “everything in moderation” (and by moderation I clearly mean moderately testing all foods to make sure they are ok!). When it comes to preparing for a beach vacation, I’ve learned to adopt the same philosophy. Starving yourself and stuffing green juices down your throat isn’t going to give you an instant 6-pack, but incorporating a few of the below healthy tips into your vacation prep will help you put your best foot forward once you hit the beach.

Lemon Detox Water 1. Drink detox water // When I’m gearing up for the beach, I usually start making at least half my daily water intake some kind of detox water. At the minimum, you’ll want to make sure you’re having at least one glass of detoxifying water a day. 

2. Avoid foods that cause bloating // Broccoli, brussel sprouts, onions, beans, lentils, peas, asparagus, cabbage, sugarless gum, apples, frozen dinners, processed foods, carbonated beverages,  and some dairy products can all cause your stomach to expand. To insure a flat stomach try incorporating some of these items into your diet: lemons (hello lemon detox water), avocados, kale & spinach (both can be added to smoothies), eggs, nut butters, bananas, salmon, and non-fat Greek yogurt (also good for those probiotics).

Orangeberry Smoothie via @runwaychef #breakfast #healthy #fruit 3. Replace a snack with a smoothie // I’m all for snacking but I’ve found that one of the easiest ways for me to cut a few extra calories prior to a trip is to replace a snack with a smoothie. Plus, it’s a great way for me to pack lots of nutrients into one small beverage. Here are some of my favorite smoothie combinations. I also love this orangeberry smoothie.

6 Ways to Prep for a Beach Vacation || Runway Chef #traveltips #healthytips 4. Incorporate dietary supplements // Part of my daily vitamin routine is to take a probiotic and digestive enzyme with every meal. To see effective results this is something that you need to incorporate into your daily routine well before your vacation. However, there are some other effective ways to get probiotics in your system in only a couple weeks time. My favorite way is with yogurt, but I also really like drinking probiotic beverages. We discovered GoodBelly juice by accident, but now we love drinking it. We even add it to seltzer water for a “soda”. My favorite flavor is the Pomegranate Blackberry.

5. Cut portions in half // This is a habit I try to do on the daily, but it’s one I especially make sure to stick to leading up to a trip. It’s hard to completely resist the urge to have a cupcake or a slice of pizza, so cutting the serving in half ensures I won’t feel guilty now and I won’t binge later.

DIY Pumpkin Scrub 6. Use a body scrub // I always make sure to use a good body scrub prior to leaving on a beach vacation. My favorite is this homemade pumpkin scrub (perfect for this time of year) because the coffee helps with cellulite, the pumpkin is full of enzymes, and the coconut oil is moisturizing.

How do you prepare for a beach vacation?

Happy Hour

Beacon Falls, NY || || Happy Hour @runwaychef #NYstate #travel {Beacon Falls in Upstate NY}

I have to tell you guys the funniest story. Well, at least I think it’s funny, but maybe I’m just crazy. Last Friday, I’m sitting at my desk, dealing with a ridiculous wine pizza hangover (#strugglecity) from NYCWFF. I’m typing out an email, when I start hearing a clicking noise, a click that is definitely not coming from my keyboard. Thinking I’m imagining things based on a lack of sleep, I continue typing. The noise gets louder, so I turn to check it out, and as I do, a furry little face peeks up at me from the foot of my desk. Keep in mind, we have no pets. Within the span of 0.5 seconds I realize it’s a squirrel, scream like someone just got murdered in front of me, frantically start dialing my husband, and jump on the couch. What can I say? It was a productive half second. After I calm down/remember how to breath/don’t pass out, I inspect our screen door to find that the squirrel had some how weaseled his way underneath the screen. He had run back out of the apartment when I screamed, but needless to say I’ve now been extra careful when I leave the door open as the neighborhood squirrel is not exactly my ideal assistant. In addition to wild animal intruders, this week has been a bit of a busy one, so I’m looking forward to heading to the Caribbean this weekend for one of my best friend’s weddings.

Do you guys have any fun plans coming up? And I have to ask, any funny encounters with wild animals in your home? Please tell me I am not the only one!

Morning Glory Flowers || Happy Hour @runwaychef #flowers {Even though it’s starting to get cold, there are still a few flowers in bloom}

City of Beacon, NY || Happy Hour @runwaychef #NYstate #travel {Exploring Beacon, NY after a hike…we got a waffle sandwich from YogoWaffle and a Bleu Boar grilled cheese from Beacon Bread Company, both of which were really good}

abandoned house, upstate NY || Happy Hour @runwaychef #travel #explore #upstateNY {Ever since Mr. RC and I discovered this Instagram account, we’ve become obsessed with abandoned things, usually simultaneously shouting “It’s abandoned!” when we see something that looks abandoned (obviously). You know we said that about this house, which you know means we had to take a picture of it.}

Halloween Candy Bar || Happy Hour @runwaychef {The festive Halloween candy bar at the JCPenney lounge at NYCWFF}

when everything feels like a struggle, just think of the view from the top

2nd Anniversary Gifts for Her

2nd Anniversary Gifts for Her @runwaychef #anniversary #giftideas Last week I shared 2nd anniversary gifts for men, but let’s be honest, we all know it’s really the men who need help finding gifts for the women ;) So men, if you’re getting ready to celebrate your 2nd wedding anniversary her are a few gift ideas to get your lady based on the traditional theme of ‘cotton’. And ladies, feel free to share/tweet/email/Facebook/send-by-carrier-pigeon this post to your husband…a couple subtle (or not so subtle) hints never hurt nobody!

1. A Bouquet of Cotton Stems in a pretty vase

2. Cotton Scented Candle 

3. His Hers Pillows (a joint gift that will make a woman far happier than the man)

4. Cotton Candy (yes this was on the list for men, but let’s be honest, EVERYONE likes cotton candy + you could always give it in the “gift bag” of a designer handbag, just saying’….)

5. Sheets (another good idea for a “joint” gift)

6. Bathrobe (You can even get it personalized with initials; also, think about pairing it with soft slippers and a nice eye mask or even a spa day) 

You can see ideas for 1st anniversary gifts for women here.

Happy Hour

Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour {A day at the farm}

If you don’t like farms or farming or farm animals then a) what is wrong with you (baby farm animals are basically the cutest thing since forever)?! and b) you probably won’t want to read today’s post. Don’t say I didn’t warn you….

Unless you’ve been hiding out on Pluto, I’m sure you saw that the Mr. and I celebrated our anniversary on Monday. Anything to do with my guy has me full of smiles, but getting to celebrate our 2 year anniversary together made me seriously happy, hence why the focus of this week’s happy hour is tidbits from our weekend. We kept things pretty local and low key, but we did go on a few day trips. One of our day trips happened to be to the Queens County Farm. Who knew you could see cows and city buildings in the same view?! The farm was full of animals, families with kids….and us, the couple celebrating their anniversary. I think we were more entertained by the chickens than all the kids were and Mr. RC couldn’t stop taking pictures (of the chickens, not the kids). So just to summarize, we spent our anniversary with a bunch of farm animals and kids, acting like we were 5. It’s totally cool. And hey, when you love someone, everything you do together is special and fun, right?!

P.S. Now we want to buy a farm, but until then….how do you think chickens would go over in our Brooklyn backyard?! No???! No??!

cotton plant at Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour {Found a cotton plant on the farm, which was fitting since 2nd anniversary gifts are traditionally supposed to be cotton}

chickens at Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour {Some of our favorite farm animals}

sheep at Queen's County Farm || Runway Chef Happy Hour Buvette Bike || Runway Chef Happy Hour {The Buvette bike and a basket full of corks}

Happy Hour - A Weekly Round-up of Happy Things on Runway Chef {Obligatory anniversary picture}

Oscar Wilde love quote {Picture from our engagement session by Ian Holmes}


2 Years

Happy Anniversary! || Runway Chef Happy Anniversary Mr. RC! You make every day better just by being in it and without you I would be completely lost. You are the butter to my bread, the sprinkles to my funfetti cake, the logo to my Chanel bag, the runway to my chef, the breath to my life….

Happy Anniversary! || Runway Chef

Photos by Lesley of Kensington Blue; See all the details of our wedding here or in our SMP feature