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  • 9 Ways To Travel Easier

    Looking for the best travel accessories? We asked our team members to share some of their go-to Grommets for when they are traveling and this is what they said:

    9 of the best travel accessories to take on your next trip

    FitKicks
    Flexible Fitness & Travel Shoes
    “I take FitKicks on EVERY trip for lounging and walking around my hotel or Airbnb (the floors aren’t always the cleanest). I also pack these go-anywhere shoes for the beach because you can just shake the sand off.”
    –Cynthia Njuguna

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    On the go? Here are 9 of the best travel accessories to take on your next trip.

    Hydaway
    Pocket-Sized Water Bottle
    “Hydaway is hands-down my favorite. The bottle folds up so small (perfect for TSA), and once you're past security you can fill it up! Whenever I travel with it, people ask about it or comment how cool it is. Pilots, flight attendants, parents, fellow fliers...everyone is impressed.” –Katherine Foley

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    Long trip? Here are 9 of the best travel accessories to take on your next trip.
    Trtl
    Neck Support Travel Pillow
    “I try to sleep a little on long plane trips to trade shows, and the last thing I want when I wake up is a sore neck. Trtl keeps my neck still and in a comfortable position. The fleece is soft, too, with a nice cozy feel.”
    –Mike Lovett

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  • A Traveler’s Gift Guide

    Maybe you know a backpacker, road warrior or frequent flyer. If you do, these gifts will assist them on any adventure.

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    The worst part of traveling? Packing. It never stays as organized as you hope. Jonathan Teplitsky solved the problem with travel organizer PACK Gear— it’s like a miniature dresser in your luggage or backpack. With two hooks to hang it up and four mesh compartments to fit all your stuff, packing and unpacking your bag is no longer a problem.

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  • 7 Travel Gift Ideas

    Wherever you’re headed, we’ve found incredible travel accessories to prepare, pack, travel, relax, and make time away from home even better. If you're headed out of town this fall, or looking for a unique travel gift idea, these seven products make the perfect travel companions.

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    The Travel Halo

    A portable and comfortable alternative to bulky travel pillows. The Travel Halo cradles the head to allow for rest while traveling and it has a built-in eye mask that can be folded up or down. Shop Now

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    Lay-n-Go Cosmo

    This quilted cosmetics mat cinches closed into a travel-ready clutch. Protect your brushes and accessories from getting wet, and pack them up easily when you're done. Shop Now Continue Reading

  • First Time Tips from an Unofficial Brimfield Antique Show Guide

    I absolutely love The Brimfield Antique Show. I mark my calendar every year for the May, July & September show dates, and aim to make it to at least a couple of the shows to enjoy a “me day." I totally geek out over all the pretty treasures -- I love spending the whole day wandering around, sifting through the piles of odd & ends, and filling my truck up with gems (most always huge oversized pieces of furniture). I could easily outfit several homes with my basement + attic stockpiles!

     Brimfield flea market | Tips

    I have been going every year for more than a decade now, and have "guided" more than a dozen friends through their first time.

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  • 5 Ways to Soak Up the Sun This Summer

    MeghanBy: Meghan Gibbons, Discovery Team Intern

    Summertime is here and it's time to get outside and enjoy the sun.  I await for this season all year round, and the minute the temperature rises you will find me outside. Each summer I escape to the beach often (though not as much as I'd like!) and look for other fun things to do in the summer.  Whether you find yourself in the suburbs, the city, the waterfront, lakeside or on a mountain-top, here are some 5 great ways I have found to soak up the sun during the summer!

    1. Hit the Sand

    Nothing beats plopping yourself in the sand all day with the refreshing waves just a few steps away. The number of beach activities are endless: splashing in the waves, playing beach volleyball, reading a good book, building a sand castle, taking a walk or simply sunbathing. Although I love the beach, I hate to leave and I especially dislike how messy and sandy I feel at the end of the day. This summer, thanks to a find by The Grommet, I am going to tote a mesh-bottomed Hello Beach bag so that the sand stays at the beach after a fun day in the sun.

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  • An Art Walk in Boston

    This past Sunday, some Grommet team members ventured into Boston to stroll through the "Public Art Walk" where you have the ability to walk freely in and out of people's personal art studios and exhibitions.  There were many beautiful pieces of art, rich with colors, textures and stories. One exhibit stood out to us, as it touched on the important subject of education and the artist did a particularly good job of detailing his passion for the issue throughout his exhibit. Above the Standard is an art exhibit created by Boston Public School Teacher, Ari Hauben. His solo art show depicts the detrimental effects of the increasingly standardized and mechanized worlds of education and society. Read more about Ari and his exhibit here and view some of his most beautiful pieces below.

    Ari Hauben | Art walk Boston

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  • A charming town and a charming team

    It's so easy to get caught up in your day-to-day work that you can easily forget to take a moment to look around and appreciate your surroundings and colleagues. Personally this is all to easy to miss out on, given that I work remote from my home office in California while most of the Daily Grommet team gathers every day in Lexington, MA at HQ. While we are very much in-touch throughout the day, I don't get to soak up the local environment (other than what is shared through our daily videos and behind the scenes photos) -- until last week that is.

    My colleague Katherine and I (she works from her home office in Minnesota), traveled to worked in house from Lexington and finally met several of our colleagues in person for the first time! Our week was productive, exciting and a bit of a whirlwind. Here are a few photos.

    Tori and Katherine

     Our ride for the week? Jules' 64' Rambler. She explains why she loves it here and you can see it in this Daily Grommet video. Katherine was a great driver.

    I loved that on the end of the street from the offices there was a cake shop. I spent 3 years as a cake decorator during college and have a thing for buttercream. I'll have to pop in next time I'm in town.

    During our weekly meetings, it's normal for the team to pile in and grab a spot where they can. However, normally Katherine and I are dialed in on a conference line and watching via video. It was a treat to be there "in the flesh" and we gladly grabbed a spot on the steps.

    We also grabbed ourselves a debut in a Daily Grommet video. We knew this time was coming and I was honestly really nervous (after all they all seem so natural, don't they?). I quickly was at east with Jesse's great direction and filming  alongside Kate who is a pro.  Stay tuned for the video in a couple of weeks.

    As for Lexington itself, it was completely charming. During lunch time I was able to grab some local fare at a nearby Italian deli and also took a "lap" at a local farmers' market where we grabbed some amazing tomatoes to snack on.

    Did I mention we also took a team "field trip" to see Bruce Springsteen play at Fenway Park? Yeah, I was definitely able to take a moment to look around and appreciate my surroundings and colleagues. Looking forward to the next trip and exploring more of Boston!

  • Brimfield Antique Show

    Our team here at Daily Grommet would love to be at every cool event happening across the country. We'd scour fairs, trade shows, and markets all day, every day if we could. But unfortunately we can't exactly be in every cool place. What we love though, is when our Grommet friends and fellow "finders" share their expeditions with us. We are alway eager to hear your first-hand accounts of what cool stuff you've discovered.

    Today, we are thrilled to share what our pal Cynthia Bogart, Editor for The Daily Basics , recently experienced at the Brimfield Antique Show.

    by Cynthia

    Kelley L Moore -Brimfield Antique Show

    Kelley L Moore finding Jadite

    If you always wanted to go the Brimfield Antique Show (the largest outdoor antique fair of its kind . . . anywhere) but haven’t, you might want to live vicariously through 80 tweeting Interior Design bloggers plus Kelley L. Moore, lifestyle expert on the Nate Berkus Show and Brian Kelsey, radio personality on Kelsey On The House on Martha Stewart Radio. They all got together last week to meet IRL (that’s tweet talk for In Real Life) at the #Brimfield Tweet-up (twittereze for get-together) to shop for antique finds together and talk about trends and what’s going on in the world of antiques.

    This year the bloggers noticed a few things.

    1. Brimfield was hopping! It was filled with great vendors and it looked as though everyone was finding the fabulous, the ridiculous and the stuff from which dreams are made.

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    2. People were buying! Maybe it was because of a good economy, or because everyone was looking for a good deal in this.... bad economy. No matter. They were passing the green and supporting great design.

    Swedish furniture from Lone Ranger Antiques

    3. There were definite stand out trends. Gustavian Swedish, paint peeling architectural elements, garden accessories and vintage leather furniture were aplenty. Exquisite vintage jewelry, linens and lace and good quality furniture -- abounded as usual!

    Deidre Drewes from Steuben, Julie Browning Bova from Julie Bova Interior Designs and Pandora de Balthazar in one of the beds set up in Pandora’s tent

    The Belle of the Ball was Pandora de Balthazar who held court in her air conditioned castle and when you entered, she put you right into a bed filled with Hungarian down and antique starched lace shams and sheets. Once you got into that bed - it was hard to get out.

    Over at the #Brimfield Social Media Tweet Up tent, Kelley L Moore and Brian Kelsey teamed up to do a project for the #Brimfield Tweet-up which involved great finds and creative designs.  This was definitely a highlight of our Brimfield experience.

     Be sure to stop by tomorrow and we'll share their #Brimfield design challenge video with you!

  • Hidden Secrets of Savannah

    For me, a staunch northerner, coming to Savannah for college was like being a fish out of water. Having grown up in Washington DC all my life, I was coming to a city where the pace nowhere near matches that of our capitol city and where buildings tend to be smaller, not taller.

    However, once I got over the heat (even in February!) and the occasional whiff of the nearby paper mill – reminding us all of its presence – I discovered Savannah’s many hidden gems. They’re not on the top of every tourist’s list, but to me, they really encapsulate Savannah’s character.

    What to do in Savannah - Forsyth Park

    Forsyth Park

    One of my favorite areas of Savannah is one that is free of charge – Forsyth Park. Located in the heart of the historical district, Forsyth Park covers 30 acres and dates back to the 1840s. Whether you want to sit and relax or play with a Frisbee, Forsyth is the perfect place to do so. With two beautiful fountains, a stage, tennis courts and a basketball court, Forsyth always has a plethora of activities happening. Jazz festivals, outdoor concerts and movies in the park are just a few of the city organized events that have happened there; just walking through under the overhanging Spanish moss gives you a sense of calm.

    Zunzi's always crowded entrance way

    It is the South, so food does play a huge part in Savannah’s culture. When you think of Savannah, the food that comes to mind is usually grits, biscuits and gravy. However, whenever I miss food in Savannah, I always want Zunzi’s. The food that they serve is nothing short of extraordinary; a mix of South African, Swiss, Italian and Dutch cuisine, Zunzi’s never fails to impress. They say you know how good the food is by how long the line is – walking by Zunzi’s, I always see the line snaking out the door.

    Gallery Espresso's inviting exterior

    If you’re not in the mood for a lot of food (which Zunzi’s always gives you), then make sure you stop by the neighborhood coffee shop, Gallery Espresso. Gallery is not the only coffee shop in Savannah, but it’s my favorite. I always see people I know there (which may be a bad thing when I’m trying to do homework!), no matter what time of day it is. Although I’m not a coffee drinker, Gallery always has something I want to try; from their hot chocolate to their quiches. One of my favorite things to do is to sit in one of their comfy chairs with a book – it’s a relaxing way to spend an afternoon if I don’t have any pressing need to be somewhere.

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    The Starland's wonderful backyard seating

    The last place in Savannah that I will introduce you happens to be a little off of the beaten path. Located a couple minutes from downtown, the Starland Café is one of my favorite places to eat lunch. Right next to the Savannah dog park, the Starland’s bright orange exterior is what immediately draws your attention. Just sitting and eating in their back patio takes you away from the rest of Savannah; it’s as if you are sitting in your own backyard talking to your neighbors. The food…oh, the food! I don’t think I’ve tried anything there that I didn’t like. From their amazing Panini’s to their delicious salads, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

    I hope that by telling you a little bit about some of my favorite places in Savannah, many of you will be able to experience the city as I have! Even if you've been to Savannah before, you may not have discovered these places. For those who haven't, maybe it will inspire a trip down South!

  • Enjoying the Great Outdoors

    Now that we’re (finally!) thawing out after winter, we’re busy searching for excuses to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. From camping and hiking to road trips and cycling, we can’t wait to get moving again.

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    Our tester, Paraag Maddiwar, used the Voltaic Systems solar charger to charge his iPod twice and his camera once during his hike at Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania last month.

    One of the challenges with a weekend camping trip or a hike, however, is that it’s not always possible to recharge your camera, cell phone, or iPod. We’re more than happy to leave the laptop at home, but who doesn’t want to listen to music and take pictures while enjoying the great outdoors? With the travel solar chargers  we’re featuring today, solar charging is easier than ever. So now we definitely have no excuses to stay inside!

    As we plan our getaways, we’ve been turning to a few websites  that are worth sharing:

    National Park Service – This is the first place to look when you want to find parks near you or near your destination. The website even has a handy sorting feature where you can search by topic or type of activity.

    Tripleblaze.comHere you can find advice on the best camping and hiking sites as well as equipment reviews. They even have information on guided trips.

    BestHike.com – There are lists for every continent on this website, and you can update information to add your own knowledge of the trails -- a great hiking guide.

    ABC-of-Hiking – This website has active forum discussions and is a great place to obtain how-to information as well as advice on hiking locations. 

    BootsnAll – This is a one-stop travel website with information on flights, advice on destinations, and opportunities to find travel partners. BootsnAll is a great place to look if you’re planning a trip overseas, and there’s plenty of information about how best to enjoy the outdoors in great hiking destinations like New Zealand. 

    Do you have some great resources that you use when you’re planning an outdoor getaway? We’d love to hear about them!

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