Long Distance Flight Necessities

Last week I spent a eight days on a whirlwind trip to Australia and the flight is a long one, it’s just under 15 hours from LA to Sydney! For international or long distance flights I have my routine down to maximize rest and comfort. For my fellow travelers, today I’m sharing the kit of supplies I carry with me whenever I’m off to see the world and visit a new country.


watercolor world map by art prints vicky

I often take red eye flights and the plane flies through the night arriving in the morning in my new destination, so it’s key that I get as much rest and hydration as possible so I can acclimate quickly to the new time zone and hit the ground running.

I recently bought this washable neck support pillow to test on my flight back and forth to Australia and I love it so much more than the standard moon shaped neck pillow I used to fly with. It provides much better neck support and it’s more compact. I wrap it around my neck and it also covers my chin and lower part of my face with the soft fleece so I can mummify myself together with silk eye mask and hoodie. Do not disturb! 🙂

I always wear leggings and a cozy hoodie on a flight, I need my legs and arms to be totally covered and snuggly and I like to cover my head and ears with a hood to shield myself from air vents, lights, etc. This pink cardigan hoodie is my latest favorite for long journeys. I also take off my travel sneakers and swap them for foldable ballet flats for the duration of the flight.


These 7 ½” zip up travel bags are perfect for storing makeup, skin care, makeup brushes, vitamins, medications, etc. I keep them in my favorite carry on and then slip them into a travel backpack when I’m out exploring.

I’ve noticed that my lower back hurts after a few hours on a flight so I love to have a lumbar pillow for my back and an extra one for leaning against if I have a window seat. These smaller size toddler pillowcases work well for travel if you borrow an airline pillow.


I love love love this travel sized hydramist it smells amazing and makes your skin feel so good after a long flight. I spray it all over when the plane is descending and it totally refreshes me! I also love these facial sprays, they are nice too.

Coughing neighbors? Crying babies? I don’t worry about them because I pack foam earplugs and tune it all out! I know some people like noise canceling headphones but I don’t like wearing headphones while I sleep so I travel with just ear buds for music or podcasts and use foam ear plugs to eliminate noises when I’m catching zzzzs.

Guys, this tea tree salve is the bomb! This balm feels great on your skin and smells soooo good, kind of like Vicks Vaporub but better. It lasts longer than a moisturizer and it’s not as greasy as oils. On the last day of my trip I picked up a cold, and this salve was so nice to have so I could rub all over my nose and face and hands for the journey home. Highly recommended!



In addition to all these things, I also pack antibacterial wipes for wiping down my tray table, armrests, and entertainment screen. I bring soothing cough drops for the dry air and a travel toothbrush to use in the bathroom when I land. And I always bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated on my flight and for taking with me in my travel backpack when I’m out and about.

I know a few people who love compression socks for long flights but I haven’t tried them yet, have you? Another one of my petite friends swears by this foot sling for long flights, but I just prop my feet up on my carry on that I store under the seat. What’s in your kit for long distance flights? What tricks do you use to stay as comfortable as possible?


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Teen Girl Closet Makeover

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One of the projects I’ve had on my to do list this year was a remodel of my fifteen year old daughter’s closet. It wasn’t functional at all, consisting of only one shelf and a rod below spanning the length of the closet. It’s been nagging at me for a long time because she needed a much more practical solution for clothing storage.

When it comes to closet design, there are several styles to choose from, to suit my girl I envisioned something you’d see if you entered a cool clothing boutique. I found a set of storage towers and shelves at Lowe’s that would suit her needs just perfectly. Over the weekend, we remodeled the closet and I couldn’t be happier with the result!



My daughter’s bedroom closet is 80 inches wide by 8 ½ feet in height. Not too small, but not a walk-in either. When she was a little girl, I painted the back of it with pink and green stripes, so the closet needed repainted before the new shelves could be installed. To cover the stripes, my teen chose a pale shade of lavender, Sachet by Valspar.



The closet had only a tall shelf and rod, so not very practical for her lifestyle. Like so many teenagers, most of my daughter’s wardrobe consists of jeans, leggings, sweatshirts, and tops, with very few items that hang on hangers, so what she really needed was a lot more storage for folded clothes and less space for hanging garments.



To recreate this design you’ll need two closet towers and six extra shelves, two additional for each tower (the kit only comes with two) and two additional shelves to form the middle section. You’ll also need a rod and rod supports, also available at Lowe’s in their closet organization aisle.

The towers aren’t difficult to assemble, the instructions are clear, but it does take time. I’ve got to give Matt credit, he was the one who assembled and installed these for our daughter. Job well done! The towers hang with a cleat system so once the hanger is secured to the wall (make sure you’ve secured them to a wall stud), the towers simply slide on and off the cleat.



One middle shelf is fixed, the other is adjustable. As previously mentioned, I added two additional shelves to each tower to maximize the ability to organize and stack folded clothing.



Also notice the two white hooks I added to the walls on each side, perfect for storing purses, bags, or hoodies.



The two middle shelves were secured with L brackets to the adjacent towers, and Matt cut a basic closet rod with rod supports so our daughter could hang dresses and tops.



I purchased four woven baskets to act like drawers and hold her socks, underwear, bras, and bathing suits.






To hide the interior, originally we were thinking of a curtain rod and curtains (like she had for years) but now I’m thinking no, it’s time to return to sliding doors, that way it doesn’t always have to look this neat. 🙂  I’ll be shopping for new closet doors to hide the interior in the coming weeks.



Meanwhile I can rest assured at least there’s better practicality and some sense of organization happening in this space.

These storage towers are such a great option for closets! They’re also available in gray and java wood stain if you’re looking to give your own bedroom closets a makeover with the same products with a different finish.


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Signs Your Oil Tank Needs To Be Upgraded

home that uses heating oilIf you use heating oil to heat your home, then you have an oil tank on your property. While many homeowners tend to pay attention to the maintenance of their furnace or boiler, there are some who do not pay much attention to their oil tanks.

The oil tank is a critical component of your overall heating system in your home. Its condition will impact your wellbeing and safety.

However, oil tanks do not last forever. If you have an old oil tank on your property, then it is crucial for you to replace it when the time has come. This way, you can avoid any of the issues that arise with old and outdated tanks.

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Signs You Need An Oil Tank Upgrade Brick NJ

If you want to be warm and cozy during the winter, you need to avoid issues with your heating oil system. By inspecting your tank on a regular basis, you can ensure that it stays in optimal condition. However, it is essential to know what to look for. Below, we will discuss some clear indications that require immediate attention from a professional.

Look For Heating Oil Tank Leaks

Ultimately, sludge accumulates at the bottom of the heating oil tank, regardless of the quality of the oil. This buildup could eventually cause rust to form inside the tank, and it could also spring leaks. In most homes, this problem frequently goes unnoticed until it is too late. If you notice oil leaking from the tank, call a professional immediately to prevent contamination of the groundwater in your region.

Are You Using More Oil Than You Normally Do?

home fuel oil delivery serviceIf you are using oil much faster than necessary, have a professional inspect the tank to figure out the issue. A clear indicator that your tank is on its way out is excessive use of fuel oil.

Check For Any Exterior Damage On Your Oil Tank

Typically, heating oil tanks start to deteriorate from the inside as debris and sediment accumulate at the bottom. However, if there is visible damage on the exterior of the tank like peeling paint, rust, cracks or chips, this could be an indication of a significant issue with your oil tank. Also, dent marks and corrosion are indications that something is not right with the operation of the oil tank. Furthermore, the presence of wet spots, either on its surface or underneath the tank, is a sure indicator of trouble that requires immediate professional attention. If you notice any of the above signs, be sure to contact a heating oil professional immediately.

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Consider The Age Of The Tank In Your Home

If your tank is located outside your house or in an area where it is exposed to winter conditions, the elements will prevent it from functioning optimally after a while. If you cannot remember the last time you replaced the oil tank, it could be time for an upgrade. Experts recommend replacing the oil tank every 15 years to prevent inefficient heating patterns and costly repairs.

Unstable Or Wobbly Legs

In many cases, issues with an oil tank result from faulty installation. One of the dead giveaways of this issue is the unevenness of the legs. Unstable legs will prevent the tank from operating at its full potential. If the legs appear unstable, contact a professional immediately and have the tank inspected.

Defective Vent Alarm On Your Oil Tank

fuel oil tankIf a vent alarm is on the tank, but there is no sound when the tank is filled, this is a sign of malfunction that requires professional attention.

Unprotected Fuel Oil Lines & Pipe Clogs

If there is a clog in the vent pipes due to wintry elements or infestation, have them cleaned right away. Have the lines that transport oil between the oil tank and the furnace inspected. Additionally, if the rubber tubing is cracked or split at any point, contact a professional immediately.

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Broken Or Frozen Fuel Gauge

If the fuel gauge on your heating system is broken or frozen in place, have it addressed by a professional immediately.


Typically, a new oil tank will last 15 years or more, which is two times as long as the majority of homeowners live in the same home. If well maintained, an oil tank can last for up to 20 years. If you decide to buy a new oil tank and keep the property as a forever home, it is unlikely you will need to invest big money in an oil tank for an additional 15 to 20 years.

Point Bay Fuel provides affordable and reliable home heating solutions. We can inspect your tank and let you know its condition.

At Point Bay Fuel, we offer exceptional heating oil delivery services. When you want to find the most competitive home heating oil prices in the area, you can count on us. For added convenience, we offer numerous financing options and delivery plans.

Also, Point Bay Fuel employs NATE certified technicians that are capable of servicing your heating unit as well. Our team can make sure that your heating system is able to run efficiently throughout the cold season. Working with us will provide you with the peace of mind that you are getting high-quality services every time. For more information, call us today.

Some of the areas we service include Allenwood, Brick, Lakewood, Toms River, and these zip codes: 08720,08723,08701,08753, as well as all surrounding areas in Ocean County, New Jersey.

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How I Installed Frosted Window Film — and Got the Dog to Stop Barking!

Thanks to frosted window film, my master bed and bath share a bright, sunny space but with the added comfort of privacy. Bonus: it got Charlie to stop barking at the neighbors walking past the house! In this post, I’ll share the easy install and frustration-free tips. Why Not Curtains or Blinds? When I mentioned … Read More about How I Installed Frosted Window Film — and Got the Dog to Stop Barking!

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Weekend Reading

It’s a wet week here in Northern California, we’re getting a ton of rain and snow so I’m hunkered down indoors and taking the opportunity to catch up on my to do list.

I’m also finishing up the remodel of my teen daughter’s closet and will be sharing that soon! Behind the scenes I’m working on a really big project, it’s a new business venture that I’m so excited about but it will take a few months of dedicated effort to pull it off. Despite the mountains of work involved, I’m encouraged by this opportunity, and once it’s ready for public release, I’ll be announcing that too!

Meanwhile, here’s just a few links spied around the web that I found inspiring this week:


 A stunning home designed in black, white, and varied wood tones.

Lovers of lots of white will crush on this Australian family home.

What’s the right height? Some good examples of bathroom tile installations.

Now this is one great looking RV, don’t you agree?

My new favorite wallpaper, just need a place to install it!

Amazing talent: this shadow dancer artwork.

Results from not caring what others think of you.

Have a great weekend friends!


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Trending: Wall Murals

I’m back from my whirlwind trip to Australia! Wow, what a fun time I had! It took me a full day to acclimate, reconnect with my family, and feel mostly normal, it’s quite a long journey. Today I’m back to work!

Have you noticed the growing popularity of wall murals? They’re showing up everywhere in room reveals, they’re definitely trending and arguably the cooler version of the painted accent wall that was so popular in the 2000s.

Creating a scene that spans the length and height of a full wall is nothing new, in fact it’s one of the most old school installations in design. Think of the painted frescos from centuries ago, intricate mosaic scenes in ancient cities, and wall murals that cities and towns use to capture and display their history.

Paint and wallpaper are the most commonly used backdrops in interior design, but a wall mural does something different. It tells a story and sets the tone of a space. Murals can be serene, playful, exotic, or even visually transport the viewer to a different time. Of course one can always hire a local artist to make one’s vision come to life, or you can turn to any number of preprinted wall murals. These are a few of my favorites.



painted cherry blossom



large scale vintage floral


black fern


blue ink



blue pines



tonal banana leaf


blue mountains



artist splatter


large scale leaf



moody floral


dark forest


woven vintage flowers



vintage countryside


What are your thoughts on wall murals? Are you a fan?


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What Homeowners Should Know About Their HVAC Air Filters

HVAC air filterPart of being a responsible property owner is completing home maintenance on a regular basis.

For example, if a person does not have his or her furnace serviced on at least a yearly basis, problems with the unit breaking down and unnecessary expenses are usually the result.

One important task that should never be overlooked with regard to an HVAC system is the changing of air filters.

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HVAC Systems And Indoor Air Quality: The Role Of Your Air Filter

Replacing dirty filters with new ones is a simple and inexpensive task that is often the difference between uninterrupted year-round comfort in your home and costly repair bills. You can have this task taken care of by an HVAC professional. Air filters are one of your system’s most essential parts, and below are two of their vital functions:

Air Filters Keep The Unit Clean

HVAC air filters keep debris such as dirt and dust from causing clogs in the air-conditioner’s evaporator coil and in the furnace’s heat exchanger. Blockage of this kind restricts airflow, which results in reduced performance, and subsequently higher utility bills. If air filters are extremely clogged, it can even result in a total breakdown of the HVAC system.

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Improved Indoor Air Quality In Your Residence

The air filters in an HVAC unit are responsible for keeping a normal flow of air circulating through the home. In addition, the filters catch and trap airborne debris, which ensures that the air quality in the home stays at a healthy level. Because air filters play such a vital role, it is essential to purchase filters that will effectively trap air pollutants, such as the aforementioned dust and dirt. This ensures that you and your loved ones are breathing the cleanest air possible.

Servicing Your HVAC System Correctly

indoor air quality and hvac filterYou may have wondered how often you need to have your HVAC unit serviced by a reputable and experienced technician. In most cases, yearly servicing is sufficient. HVAC systems are comprised of many moving parts, such as belts and ductwork. If belts are dry or cracked, problems can develop. Similarly, if rust or cracks are present in the coils, fans or ductwork, the operation of the system may be restricted. Most professionals lubricate such parts and inspect them for damage to determine if replacement is necessary. To ensure optimum results, a properly trained professional should be the one to decide whether or not repairs or replacements are necessary.

Regarding thickness, air filters typically measure one to four inches. One inch is generally the most common size for a home. However, because this differential is present, it is best to check your specific system requirements before purchasing air filters for your HVAC unit. Alternatively, you can simply hire an expert to handle the changing of the filters.

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Air Filter Maintenance & Care

Investing in high-efficiency air filters does little or no good if the filters themselves are not replaced regularly and properly cared for. If particles accumulate in the filters, your system will be forced to work harder. A dirty filter increases your energy bills, raises the risk of malfunctions, and negatively affects the system’s overall performance. Fortunately, caring for the filters properly can eliminate many of these problems.

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Property owners who have their HVAC filters replaced or cleaned on a regular basis can avoid system downtime. Likewise, they can avoid high energy costs and expensive repairs. In addition, regular maintenance improves indoor air quality. An HVAC professional can offer additional suggestions when conducting an annual home furnace inspection.

The professional HVAC techs at Point Bay Fuel are NATE-certified who are friendly, skilled, and capable of performing a variety of services on your furnace.

Consumers who choose Point Bay Fuel as their HVAC professional can expect exemplary customer service. We offer high-quality repairs, tuneups, installations, filter replacements, and many other services. Every NATE-certified contractor we employ has the experience and training to ensure that the HVAC system in your home remains in optimum working condition for its entire lifespan.

If you require heating and cooling repair services, you can call us to service your HVAC unit. We will solve any issues promptly and efficiently. In addition, we believe it is very important to offer the most competitively priced fuel oil in the local area.

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We also offer free, in-home estimates. Therefore, you should not hesitate to call our office to schedule an appointment. We can help you find various ways to use fuel more efficiently and lower your overall heating and cooling costs.

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