Friday, November 30, 2012

DIY Emergency Kit: Are you prepared?

I grew up in California so I am used to earthquakes. We had earthquake drills in school and I am pretty calm during the smaller ones we have had during the last few years. But if there is a big earthquake? Who knows what I would do! I think it's kind of crazy that I had no earthquake/emergency supplies in my apartment (I always have a flashlight and shoes by my bed-that's earthquake 101!). But that's not enough. I also thought about work and what I would do if there was an earthquake when I'm watching H.

I was inspired by stories from Sandy (the people with the backpacks that were ready to go) and two blog posts: Tea Time with Tess (a new Californian that was smart enough to get her kit ready soon after moving out here) and Three Bs: Books, Bottles, and Bags (Elise is a California native that made awesome kits for her previous nanny family).

**I highly recommend going to this FEMA site to get more information on what to include in a kit and how you can best prepare!  **

I made a small box for my apartment and an even bigger box for work. I decided to make my own (true shopaholic here) but you can easily find already complete emergency/earthquake kits online or in stores (Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc). Since I was preparing for earthquakes I filled a box because you don't usually leave (since there is no warning and it's often safer to stay inside under a table/desk/etc). BUT if you are preparing for a different kind of emergency (storm, fire, doomsday ;)  I recommend filling a large duffel or backpack so you can evacuate quickly.

On top of each box I taped a paper that lists the contents and any expiration dates (forgot to take a photo so just use your imagination). My box is still in progress (I need a better first aid kit, some canned vegetables/can opener, matches, candles, better flashlight, change of clothes, blanket). BUT my work box is complete (yay) and in their hall closet.

My box!
fruit snacks, cereal bars, raisins, peanut butter, breakfast/protein drinks
Water, lighters, mini first aid kit, poncho, gloves, toilet paper, contact lens solution, soap, pain medicine, feminine products, mini flashlight, batteries
the box fits perfectly in my linen closet outside my bedroom
The work box also includes extra stuff for H (small toys, crayons, wipes, change of clothes, diapers) and the dog (food and leash).

How have you prepared for emergencies? Do you have a kit?

This is not a sponsored post. I am just sharing how I organized supplies. I know it's random but I think it is very important to be prepared!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Coastal Christmas: Lemondaisy Design etsy store

Today I am featuring the adorable etsy store, Lemondaisy Design, that I discovered last week. I was especially excited about the coastal Christmas towels featured below. Lemondaisy Design also has non-holiday nautical towels, art, notecards, and calendars.

Receive 15% off your order with code: NAUTICAL at checkout 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SailorBags Giveaway Winner!

And the winner is...Courtney C.!

How cute are these Sailcloth Christmas stockings? Perfect for a nautical Christmas!

Great gift for guys! iPad sleeves:

Wine bags are the BEST hostess gift! A hit at every party! Wine bags:

These duffels are the perfect size for a weekend getaway! Round duffel:

Kind of wish I had one of these nautical back packs in college! Backpacks:

Everything is cuter mini! Mini tote:

A smaller duffel option, I think this size is ideal for the gym or running errands on the weekend! Duffel purse:

Nautical Photo of the Week: Preppy Sue at the Ocean House

This week I am featuring retired blogger Preppy Sue! Preppy Sue was one of the first blogs I ever read and I was able to meet Sue in New York for the Martha Stewart Lilly Pulitzer special.

Sue, her mom, and her daughter attended afternoon tea at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

The Ocean House has a fabulous fireplace with an anchor mounted above!
Sue's daughter looking pretty in pink!
Sue writes, "It's such a beautiful property and tea was lovely. Lucky for us, it's not far from my parents' home!"

Tea by the ocean: sounds perfectly preppy to me!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Preppy Princess 20% off

The Preppy Princess is doing her annual pink and green Monday sale! 
Today only take 20% off with code: PGM

Shop your favorites in one place! Lilly Pulitzer, Jonathan Adler, Sloane Ranger, and more!

Nautical Ornament: Crate & Barrel

Wool whale (I have this from last year):

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Start shopping!

ETA: I am adding codes at the bottom as I discover new sales and promotions so scroll down!

J.Crew: 25% off all orders and free shipping on orders over $150 with code: COLOR25 (11/21-11/25)

J.Crew Factory: 40% off everything plus an extra 15% off with purchases over $100 with code: GIVEANDGET (11/21-11/25)

Madewell: 25% off everything and free shipping with code: TREAT (11/21-11/25)

Anthropologie: 25% off sale items- no code required! (11/23- 11/25)

Nautica: 40% off your purchase with code: THANKS12 (exp 11/27)

Tommy Hilfiger: 30% off your purchase with code BLKFRIDAY30

C. Wonder: 30% off orders of $100 or more + free shipping – no code required! (11/22-11/25)

Rugby Ralph Lauren: 30% off all full-price styles and 50% off sale items plus free shipping! (11/23-11/26)

Tory Burch: Spend $300 get 20% off, spend $500 get 25% off, spend $750 get 30% off AND get a limited edition notecard set with any purchase of $150 or more when you enter code GIFTFORYOU

Lands' End: 30% off and free shipping with code: THANKFUL and pin: 2025 (exp 11/26)

Loft: 40% off with code: ENJOY

ASOS: 20% off everything with code: BLACKFRIDAYBONUS (11/23 ONLY)

Added 11/23:
Brooks Brothers: 15% off (or 20% off if you use your Brooks Brothers card)

Lilly Pulitzer: Receive a complimentary bow ring with any purchase. Receive an ornament with a purchase of $250 or more.

Anchored Style: 25% off with code THANKFUL

Amanda Catherine Designs: 25% off with code: HOLIDAY and each sale over $30 will receive a free gift! (exp 11/26)

Added 11/24:
The Dahl House: Buy 3 hand painted frame ornaments get one free!

Added 11/25:
Kate Spade: Up to 75% off!

Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic: 30% off CYBER (exp 11/26)

Athleta: 20% off with code: CYBER (exp 11/26)

5 Years! Thankful for my readers!

Last week was my 5 year blogversary (is that what it's called?). I wrote my very first blog post on November 12, 2007. I completely forgot to do a post last week on the 12th. But I think today is the perfect day to say thank you to all of my readers! I am thankful for every comment, email, follower, tweet, call and blog friend turned real life friend.

During the past five years you have gone all over the world with me: semester in Australia, Mediterranean cruise, trips to Kauai, Mexico, New York and beyond! You've been there for the not so fun too (cross country drive , my beloved lab's death, post-college unemployment and all my ranting about tough days with toddlers on twitter!). My readers are the BEST!

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you didn't take this survey last year please fill out a few questions so I can make my blog even better and a more enjoyable reading experience for my readers!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nautical Photo of the Week: EAS Stardust Cruise

This week I am featuring EAS of Let the Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore! I featured photos of Erin and her now fiance, JCW, at the Inn at Perry Cabin here and JCW in a nautical photo here.

EAS and JCW did a sunset cruise on the Stardust in Martha's Vineyard. The Stardust is docked at Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. The Stardust is a wooden boat that was built in 1966.

All photos via EAS

Fun fact: Lindsay from Vineyard Loveknots actually got engaged aboard the Stardust last month!
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