what to pack for the Super Bowl

I can not believe that we leave for my show, Steve's Hall of Fame activities, and the Super Bowl tomorrow.  I still am trying to wrap my head around this crazy journey we have been on and I am just blown away every time I think about it.  Something else that I have been trying to wrap my head around is all the things I have to pack for this trip.  I knew that there were going to be lots of activities surrounding this weekend, but I was totally overwhelmed when I got the itinerary.  To say that I did some panicked shopping this past weekend is an understatement.

 my Cambria Quartz Countertops in Brittanica Warm

While the shopping was a little stressful, I am so glad that the packing doesn't have to be thanks to the island in my closet.  You guys know that I was hesitant at first over the size of the island.  It just looked SO BIG.  Luckily the immensely talented Mrs. Paranjape talked me down off the ledge and I am so glad she did.  It is one of my favorite features in the space and it is perfect for laying everything out for packing.  You guys know I like to have everything out where I can see it and plan outfits and this island allows for all of that and more.

 outfit planning for the Super Bowl


 winter travel essentials

I have never given the full details of my Cambria quartz countertops, so I wanted to give you my review on those before I show you everything that I packed in my suitcase for this weekend.  The timing is actually perfect because Cambria is actually headquartered in the #boldnorth, so I will be on their home turf this week.  If you followed my closet reno on Insta-stories, you know that I was originally debating between two different countertops; their Britannica Warm and Delgatie.  They are both new patterns from Cambria's Marble collection and they were both so gorgeous.  One thing I want to note is how marble-like they are in appearance.  I mean they really look so much like marble it is almost hard to tell the difference.  One way it is easy to tell the difference is in their care and maintenance.  These things are virtually indestructible and require no sealing or polishing like traditional marble.  This is such a huge plus.  I have had Carrerra marble countertops that you can't even cut a lemon on because the acid will eat away at the finish.  Not with the quartz.  Regular granite is approximately 40-60% quartz that is combined with softer minerals and impurities and it has to be sealed to remain non-porous.  Cambria is pure quartz and is much stronger than granite and doesn't require any long-term treatments. They would be perfect in a craft room where kids were going to be working and are a must if you are looking at remodeling your kitchen with a more durable surface than marble.


 packing on my Cambria Brittanica Warm Countertops

In the end, I went with the Britannica Warm and I am so glad that I did.  It brings so much warmth to the space and really looks amazing against the white countertops.  I actually went with Cambria's Matte finish and it is beautiful.  Cambria now offers all of their countertops in both a high gloss and matte finish.  I love the matte finish because it has an almost satin like feel to it.  It is just so smooth.  The matte finishes don't require any special care though, just like the high gloss, so that was a huge selling point for me.  I liked that it was a little bit non-traditional and because the island surface is so large I wanted something that would really stand out in the space. 


If you are really interested in getting a Cambria countertop, I wanted to share some of the nitty-gritty details with you about how the process works.  Once you pick your surface, you have to find a local dealer in your area who carries Cambria.  Cambria has a dealer locator on their site, where you can check out local dealers in your area.  I ended up choosing Smoky Mountain Tops as my fabricator and installer and I was so pleased with their work.  I got the Brittanica Warm in the 3cm depth (which is about 1 1/8 inches) with an eased edge.  There are tons of different edge profiles that you can choose from; just check here on the Cambria site to see all the options.  We lucked out and even though the island is so large we were able to eek in in all on one solid slab, so there are no seams at all.  The slab came from the manufacturer at 65in x 132in and the island ended up measuring 49 1/8in x 129 3/4 inches.  Basically it was dumb luck.  In all honesty, I can not say enough good things about the entire process.  The countertops are beautiful.  Cambria and Smoky Mountain Tops were a dream to work with and I just LOVE how they turned out.  I can not recommend them enough.


 Landyn packing her suitcase for Minnesota

I promised you guys in the beginning of the post that I would share with you guys everything that was going in my suitcase for this trip.  I had tons of questions during my dressing room try-on sessions on Saturday + Sunday about where I was getting things.  I have found everything that I bought and things from my closet that are still available online.  I put everything below so that you can find it easily.  Hope this helps! Wish me luck and that I don't end up paying some obscene BAG FEES for being overweight on my luggage. 


Thank you to Cambria for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  Thank you to all of you who support the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.




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Robe (similar)

Every year I typically pick a theme or phrase that guides me and my decision  making throughout the year.  This year I am doing something a little bit different and am picking the idea of self-care and putting ourselves first as my goal for the year.  I guess you could say this is going to be the year of ME!  I do not mean this in a selfish way at all.  In fact, I think that the idea of self-care, while it has become much more popular in recent years, has gotten a bad wrap.  As women, and especially as mothers, we always tend to put everyone's needs above our own and typically only get the time and attention that is left as we scrape the very bottom of the barrel.  I think we are afraid that if we do put ourselves first sometimes we will come across as selfish or self-absorbed.  I am here to tell you that there is absolutely nothing further from the truth. 

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Pajamas (same style, different pattern)

I have learned over the years that by taking care of myself and doing things that make me feel good I am a better wife, mother and friend.  No one can constantly run with their tank on empty.  It is a recipe for burn out, broken relationships, and exhaustion. The saying that you can not love someone if you don't love yourself is so true. So this year ladies let's resolve to make an intention to put ourselves first every once and a while and NOT feel guilty about it.  I think that is the key.  You have to all promise me that you will try some of these things and not feel guilty about it. 


I don't want you guys to assume that self-care has to cost a ton of money or requires hours of time.  It is honestly so much simpler than that.  It is the little things that we do that add up, and while it is fun to splurge on spa days and girls weekends every once in a while, that is not the only type of self-care.  Today I wanted to share some of the things I do for self-care, as well as some thing that I would like to try and incorporate in my routine this year as I focus more on self-care.

essie polish | color: urban jungle


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This is probably one of the simplest, but most important things that I do for myself.  I like to wake up anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour before the rest of my house does.  I love the chance it gives me to sit in quiet and have my first cup of coffee.  It gives me time to think, plan my day, and gather myself before the onslaught of demands that we all face.  My husband is very much a morning person.  I am not necessarily that way naturally and so I like to have a few minutes to myself before he comes bouncing in all chipper and ready for the day.  I also want to be ready for my kids to come down so I am not sushing them and and telling them to leave me alone until I have had my first cup of coffee.

I get that not everyone is a morning person, so if you can't get up earlier find a time to have quiet time to yourself, then try to carve out another part of the day.  Maybe it is before you pick the kids up from school or during nap time or before bed when you draw yourself a hot bath.  Whatever it is, just take that time to shut off the TV and just sit and do something that relaxes you.


 tips for self-care

Because I get up early during the week, I like to try and sleep in a little on the weekends.  I don't know about you guys, but sleep is a critical component for me in terms of how I feel and how I act.  As a nation that suffers from an epidemic of lack of sleep, this is such an important thing to do for yourself.  I am lucky and my kids are older and don't need me to fix them breakfast, turn on the TV or wipe their bottoms anymore.  I know that some of you guys are not in that stage of life yet.  When the kids where little, Steve and I would take turns sleeping in.  If I did one weekend, then he would do the next.  You can also split it up and one person sleep in on Saturday and the next person sleep in on Sunday, depending on what your schedule is. 


 self care tip- pamper yourself by putting on a face mask

This is something that I love to do for myself.  If I am feeling good about myself, I feel better about life. Whether that is because I like my outfit, my skin looks good, my nails are done, etc., it just makes me happier and more positive.  As you guys know, I always do a mask on Sunday nights and more often if I need to.  I love that ritual and how it makes me feel.  I like to get my nails and lashes done regularly as well.  Again, all of these are superficial things, but they really do impact how we feel about ourselves.  So try to carve out some space in the budget and time in your schedule to do some of these things for yourself.  You will be so amazed what a pedicure does for you, even if it is every few months.  You have to remind yourself that you are worth the investment and your happiness is worth spending time and sometimes money on.  I am going to share my three favorite masks down below, so you can try some of them out.



This one is right up there with getting up early as one of the most important self-care activities that I do for myself.  I have a confession to make.  I am still really STRUGGLING to get back in to a regular exercise routine.  I honestly am not 100% sure what my problem is.  Even with making a commitment to Orange Theory, I can't seem to make myself go.  It wasn't that I didn't like it, it was just way out of my comfort zone and I am still not sure it is the workout for me.  However, I haven't really been fair to it either seeing as I have only gone once.  I have said it time and time again, I am a better wife, mother and general human when I am working out.  I know this about myself for a fact, yet I still am struggling to get back to it.  This is something that I am really going to focus on this year and try to find my groove again.  I would love for you to comment below about some of your favorite types of workouts.  I am in a total RUT and need help! 


 tips for self-care, read a book

This is another thing that I am going to try and be more intentional about this year.  I actually really like to read, but never manage to squeeze it into my day.  I am a go, go, go kind of person and generally charge through my days at full speed.  Because of that I typically fall right asleep as soon as I get in to bed.  A blessing and a curse because it doesn't really leave me any time to read before bed like most people do.  Maybe I will try starting to incorporate it into my quiet time in the morning.  I would love your suggestions on some good books to read, so leave them in the comments below.



I alluded to this in my organizing post, but the cleanliness and organization of my home is a huge component of my self-care routine.  I know it is non-traditional because it is technically a chore, but isn't the whole point of self-care doing things that make you feel good.  Well, a clean and organized space makes me feel good.  I know it is not for everyone, but I get a lot of uneasiness and anxiety if my space is in disarray.  Think of it this way, if you keep everything organized and in order you free up so much time and mental energy to do the things you really want to do, like get your nails done or read a book.  You guys might think I am crazy, but don't knock it until you try it. 


Women need women.  It is just a fact of life.  We all crave connection and closeness and finding and maintaining your tribe is such an important component of self-care.  As we get older, get married, have kids, work, it becomes harder and harder to keep those connections with your girlfriends.  I really try and make an effort to see my girlfriends but it is something that I am going to be more intentional about this year.  I always feel like my cup has been totally filled up whenever I get to spend a night with my friends.  If a night out isn't a possibility or your best girlfriend lives out of town, try to schedule some phone time with them so you have guaranteed time carved out to focus on your friendship.  Even if it just means a group text or sitting down to right an email to catch everyone up what is going on in your life, it all makes a huge difference.  Nurture those friendships!


 Ingredients for a healthy meal or healthy snack

Do you dread the new year or do you love a fresh, clean slate to get the year started? I am not one to make resolutions, but I do typically choose a theme or a mantra for the year. I love doing that as a way to help guide my thoughts and actions throughout the year. It is not as much pressure as setting these lofty goals that you may or may not be able to keep.

 making a healthy breakfast with berries on a marble cutting board

This past summer I turned 40 years old and in order to get ready for my 40th, I went on a pretty regimented eating and exercise plan. I looked and felt the best I ever have. Unfortunately though, life got in the way and I have not been exercising or eating well consistently since then. Luckily Marshalls came to the rescue to help me get on track. And this year, I’m expanding this commitment to being healthier with my family too.

In our house, healthy eating starts with meal planning and meal prep. Luckily, Marshalls has EVERYTHING I need for meal prep and planning. Healthy choices start first thing in the morning, and I was so impressed with the things Marshalls had on the shelves that would be perfect for your morning yogurt or smoothie – a favorite in our family. I picked up everything from bee pollen to organic honey and chia seeds. The thing I was most excited about was that all of these supplements and ingredients ranged from only $2.99-$5.99. If I went to my local health food store or supermarket they would cost two to three times that amount!

 healthy food stacked in glass storage containers

Meal planning, meal prep and meal journaling are three things I do to help stay on track when it comes to healthy eating. Our family is busy and on the go quite a bit, so I am always looking for good storage containers for packed lunches. I don’t like using plastic containers, so I am always on the lookout for glass containers to store my food in. Marshalls has an amazing selection at awesome prices. I picked up several different sizes and they were all under $6.

 writing in my food journal

I also picked up this pocket-sized calendar. I don’t use this as a calendar, but rather as a food journal. It helps me to see what I am eating each day. I find that it holds me accountable to what is going in my body and helps keep me on track if I actually write it all down. This one was only $5.99 and my local Marshalls had a huge selection of them. If you are trying to lose weight or eat healthier in the new year, then this is probably one of my biggest tips for you.

Exercise is a very important part of my life and that is something that I also let slide the past few months. For me, it is as much about the mental benefits and how it makes me feel as it is the physical results I see. It truly is a sanity saver and a stress reliever for me. Let’s just say my entire family can tell when I am not exercising regularly. While I was cruising the aisles of my local store I found this awesome hoodie jacket and running belt. I am going to let you in on a little secret. I am a closet fan of fanny packs and this running belt is helping that obsession. It really is perfect because it fits snuggly to the body and is big enough to fit your keys and your phone. The best part is that I was able to get both of them for less than $25. I am starting to run again, since it has been over 5 years since my last half marathon, and this belt will come in handy. I was really excited about the great selection of workout gear and accessories that my Marshalls had. Everything from weights to yoga mats and tons of workout clothes to choose from. I can’t wait to try this gear while we’re working out and running together as a family.

Let’s work together and make 2018 our healthiest, happiest year yet!


Thank you to Marshalls for sponsoring this post.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  Thank you to all of you for supporting the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.