Travel Tip Tuesday

I am your typical beach bum – I could sit out in the sun with my bikini on for 8 hours, listening to my iPod and dozing off  in between magazines… So technically all I would need to pack for Key West is a bunch of bathing suits, right? Wrong. Unfortunately I have over packing syndrome (yes, its real) and I think I need 8 outfits per day. Here is what my suitcase status is so far…

I keeeeed. I’m pretty sure my boyfriend would be livid with me if this were the case because we all know I’m not pulling that thing around! But I do tend to over pack – so, I’m taking charge and writing a list for each day so i only pack that specific outfit(s) for that exact day. Granted my list has 4 options each day – bathing suit/coverup, workout, casual day, casual/tad dressier night – It’s a huge cut from 8 per day so I’m proud of myself 🙂 Now we have to see if I can fit it all into one suitcase!

Fit Sugar had an article I randomly came across today that was perfect for me. “Exercises to do while flying”. Since I’m sure you all will be flying at one time or another I thought I’d share these tips! I usually feel bloated when I get off of the airplane so hopefully by drinking lots of water and following these 5 steps I will feel semi – normal when we arrive to Key West.

Exercises to do while flying

1. Knees Up!

2. Let’s Do the Twist.

3. Raise the Heels

Since doing anything horizontally is challenging on a plane, make a vertical move and do a set, or two, of calf raises. You can do them while waiting in line for the bathroom or just standing up in the aisle next to your seat. Be sure to hold onto something (the wall, a seat back) for a little added stability.

4. Wheels on the Bus

Remember the old nursery rhyme “Wheels on the Bus” from days past? It’s time to get the wheels rolling again! In a controlled motion, circle your arms over each other. If you can manage it, go faster and faster. This may be a move to do when your neighbor gets up for a bathroom break or falls asleep. Try to go for about 30 seconds.

5. Time to tap the toes

Get your toes tapping with this simple move. Start with your feet planted on the ground. Lift your toes up into the air and flex your feet with your heels still on the ground. Bring feet back down flat on ground and then lift the heels off the ground while leaving toes grounded. Repeat the motion 15 times. This is great for keeping the blood circulating in your legs on those long, long flights.

I’ll let you know if I’m feeling slim jim status after the 4 hour flight! 🙂

I’ve had an extremely busy past two days and I feel like the next two might be even busier (if that’s even possible). I did however get a chance to make myself dinner tonight! I bought some Spaghetti Squash at Trader Joe’s on Sunday but instead of the traditional italian spaghetti and meatballs dish I went with a Mexican casserole.

Santa Fe Spaghetti Squash


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 pounds)
  • olive oil spray
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (14-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies
  • 2/3 cup fresh corn
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1-1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. hot water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. agave nectar


  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise *be VERY careful – this is difficult!*
  • Place it in a microwave-safe casserole dish, cut sides up. Add 1/4 cup water and cover tightly with plastic wrap.

  • Microwave on high power until the squash is tender, 10-12 minutes. Allow the squash to sit in the dish for at least 5 minutes after cooking.(I’m sure you could bake it or boil it too)
  • When it’s cool enough to handle, use a fork to scrape out the strands of squash into a bowl. (If you don’t want to wait, you will need to use potholders to hold it while you scrape out the flesh.)

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Spray a large skillet with the olive oil spray, and sauté the onion, garlic, and bell pepper until tender.

  • Add the black beans, chilies, corn and chili powder, stir, and allow to heat through.

  • Remove from heat and add the squash, spinach lime juice, and salt. Pour the mixture into an oiled casserole dish.

  • In a small bowl, mix together the crust ingredients (corn meal, salt, hot water, agave nectar).
  • Spread the batter smoothly over the top of the spaghetti squash mixture

  • Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, until crust is firm and beginning to brown around the edges.

I served mine with a dollop of greek yogurt as Sour Cream. I had the entire pan to myself… And i took down 2 slices so I have PLENTY of leftovers! Guess you know what I’ll be eating for lunch the rest of the week 🙂

After getting my butt kicked at bootcamp, taking care of 2 sick children, chasing around 2 dogs that weigh more than I do and being on the go for the past 14 hours I’m ready to crash!! Hopefully I’m feeling more refreshed tomorrow

QUESTIONS: How do you usually eat your spaghetti squash? Any travel tips??


40 Responses to “Travel Tip Tuesday”

  1. I’ve unfortunately ever had spaghetti squash 😦 but If i do I will be sure to use your recipe!

  2. wow I LOVE that recipe!!!!! I usually just throw on marinara-I love this though….ohhhh bookmarked! I’m with ya on the sleepin in the sun all day with no intentions of anything else:) -and always overpack too!

  3. I’ve actually not had spaghetti squash either. It’s a food I know I need to try.

    Key West will be so awesome! I’m a total over packer, too. I packed like 5 options per day for my ski vacation and I couldn’t get my giant duffle bag and smaller suit case closed. My fiance had to unpack and repack everything. Apparently geometry wasn’t my forte…

  4. I roll my clothes, makes for more room and less wrinkles! Plus I put whatever else I can in my husbands suitcase too as he usually doesn’t take as many clothes as I do:)

  5. ohhh i was tempted to bu some spaghetti squash this week and now you definitely convinced me to do so!! hope you have fun packing! cant wait to see all the pics!

  6. Only have tried squash once before and *hated* it. But this looks quite good so maybe I’ll take another walk on the wild side 😉

  7. I DO THE TWIST! haha I do that all the time during boring travel days

  8. OMG, I bet you are super excited!! Have fun on your vacation! I’m super jealous!!! ❤

  9. Love the tips!! I adore spaghetti squash. I usually eat it just like spaghetti, or I stuff it inside of a sweet potato 🙂 Have fun on your trip!!

  10. Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce! Greek yogurt as sour cream is so delish.

  11. I over-pack too! But I always manage to forget something! Thanks for the travel exercises! I hope I can go back to Greece this summer, and that’s an 11-hour flights, so those moves will come in handy!

  12. This looks delicious! I must say that spaghetti squash and I don’t really get along well, simply because I cannot cut it for the life of me. I always end up nearly taking off my arm! I wish someone figured out how to sell it already cut??

  13. I love spaghetti squash. I usually just add a little butter and parmesan cheese – mmm! Love your Mexican twist!

  14. I’m so jealous of all your delicious produce from the last post… I adore spgahetti squash! So jealoussss

  15. That casserole look so good–I hope I remember to try it the next time I have spaghetti squash!

  16. This is so weird, but I ate this tonight! Well, almost this. I baked a spahgetti squash and then poured some chilli on it. Pretty much the same thing, in much less time. 🙂

  17. The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook. —Julia Child

  18. I love those airplane tips, unfortunately I won’t be needed them soon 😦 No fun places anytime soon! I’ll tell my mom and dad though, they are going to Hawaii in 2 days. so jealous

  19. I haven’t made spaghetti squash yet because I’m afraid I’ll hurt myself trying to cut it haha
    Looks delicious though 🙂

  20. yummm great post and thanks so much for those travel tips 🙂 i’ll def think of them on my big trips in about TWO months! i’ve actually never had spaghetti squash yet haha but it looks super delish! xo

  21. I didnt see any errors babe! And if you start doing those excersises next to me on the plane i will switch seats. haha

  22. Wow how creative! I never thought to do squash Mexican-style! I’ve never cooked with spaghetti squash (it was next on my list) but I do love butternut squash and zucchini and pumpkin, so I’m excited to add this one to my repertoire. I might try to take your recipe and turn it into a burrito or enchilada to make the fiance happy 🙂

    Travel-wise, love the sitting workout tips! Sometimes if I have a heavy book with me (think bio textbook, Black’s law dictionary or the Vogue Sept issue) I will be a huge nerd and attempt do lifts and curls with it. However, I’m not sure how productive that is when you’re confined to an airplane seat, and it certainly elicits weird looks from people! A more covert move is simply flexing the abs for a few counts at a time. Also a packing tip – try a convertible dress to save space! They’re usually made of very pack-friendly material, and they can be worn a million ways, dressed up or down. I just bought a Butter by Nadia dress in bright green which I’m now obsessed with!

  23. Oh my gosh, that is so awesome! I bet your aisle neighbor would think you’re pretty crazy. 😛 Who cares, since you’re toning your muscles and he isn’t. 😛 hahaha.

  24. Oh my goodness. I am the same way girl. I pack so much to go anywhere. I normally pack everything then literally cut it in half. (Minus underwear ha). That way, I’ll force myself to wear 90% of the clothes I pack unless I’m going grime girl. Think about this way-no one will remember exactly what outfit you wear each day and in a couple weeks-will it matter if you wore the pink shirt or blue? (but obvs go with pink ;))

  25. I totally do those travel/fitness tips. I can’t sit stiill on planes and I feel like my @ss is spreading the longer the flights are! haha…

    For packing, I layout all my clothes and put a dry cleaning bag over them and then fold them over (or roll the bag) — totally prevents wrinkling!

  26. I eat spaghetti squash like spaghetti! With meatballs, marinara sauce and parmesan cheese, yum!

  27. The Santa Fe Spaghetti Squah recipe really is unique and sounds utterly delicious. I have to give that recipe a try. And I think most women suffer from over packing syndrome lol. I know I always over-pack just in case.

  28. I was so frustrated with myself as we were getting ready to leave the hotel and i was getting my stuff together yesterday- I sooooo could have gotten everything into a carryon. But you just never know!!!

  29. OMG I totally thought those really were all your suitcases! (I tend to overpack too…)

    I heart spaghetti squash since it’s soooooooo versatile! You can use it for anything. I usually bake mine in a cheesy/vegan dish! It’s SO good! ( if you care. hehe)

  30. I always over pack and end up not using half the clothes I take with me lol I love spaghetti squash just plain with some garlic salt and i can’t believe its not butter 🙂

  31. KEY WEST!?!? Are you kidding me!?! I feel like you and I would get along REAL well because laying on the beach with my ipod and magazines just happens to be a talent of mine as well. If only we could find someone to pay us for that…
    That spaghetti squash looks really good! What a fun twist on something that can be kinda boring. I usually eat mine with spray butter and a little bit of salt and pepper, or some veggie marinara.
    I am picturing myself doing those exercises on the plane and I love the thought of it. Get the whole plane involved! It’d be like an in flight boot camp!! 🙂 Have so much fun on your trip!

  32. I’m loving the travel tips! So cute/funny!
    I’ve never had spaghetti squash! I’m not a big fan of squash, so not sure that I would really like it…

  33. SO jealous of your vaca! I am a chronic overpacker, it’s a problem. When I went to Colorado in Jan, my boyfriend & I packed together to save money on baggage fees and I had to seriously take out half the clothes I originally packed.

  34. wewh! you must be pooped! hope that pedi helped:)

    love these plane tips btw! I always get sooo antzy on an airplane and in the car…definitely need to try some of these out!

  35. I love my aunt’s spaghetti squash casserole with diced tomatoes, veggies and cheese! The recipe is on my blog. 😀

    So jealous you’re going to Key West!

  36. I roll all my clothes in my suitcase as well… I really will try to limit my shoes and clothes when I head to Malibu since when I went to Miami last year I didn’t wear half of the clothes I packed. 1 pair of tennis shoes, 1 pair of sandals and 2 pairs of heels I think that should be good 🙂

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  38. You spaghetti squash look way to good!! Yummy! 😀

    I have that same packing syndrome!! I alway pack a couple outfits per day, and then lot’s of extra clothes that add up to a few more outfits per day – very glad to see I’m not the only one! But better to be over prepared than under prepared right? 😉

    I love those exercises for flying! I’m definitely going to have to put them to use this weekend 🙂

  39. Hahhahaha- I totally have the over packing syndrome too!! I think it’s a girl thing- guys just don’t get it 🙂


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