The Week In Pictures: 12.13.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I just got home from New Zealand on Monday and am still settling in. It’s so nice to be back, though. I missed Joey, I missed my pets, I missed my family and I missed my office. As great as it’s been getting the opportunity to travel and see the world this year, it’s always nice to come home. Home really is where the heart is.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

While I was in Australia and New Zealand, I picked up piles of mementos — there’s a stack of business cards, photos and other odds and ends in the corner of my office that I need to organize. One of my favorite finds was this series of Australian maps with illustrations on the covers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Australia has the best chai lattes…pretty much everywhere. I probably sampled a dozen different ones and, well, I didn’t have a single bad one. This was from Cafe Vue in Melbourne.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After a week and a half split between Sydney and Melbourne, I flew to Auckland last Friday. I was completely blown away by all the great branding in New Zealand.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I spent the weekend in Auckland teaching at The Blogcademy with Kat and Gala — this was snapped right outside of our venue by Steph, a photographer who I adore.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After class, we went to Hell. Literally. All I can say is that the Purgatory Pizza is ridiculously good.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

After a solid night’s rest, it was time to make the journey back home in the Northern Hemisphere. Auckland to Sydney. Sydney to Los Angeles. And finally, Los Angeles to Portland. 20 hours of flights was brutal…but coming home to my boys made every second worth it.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

I was definitely having withdrawals from all my old hometown haunts so my mom took me out to lunch at Roman Candle. Pizza and ginger beer for lunch…and homemade granola to go!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Being back home, I wasted no time putting our Christmas tree up. This is the first year we’ve had Chubs and every time I tried to hang up an ornament, he’d steal it from me. The only way to distract him was to give him a piece of bread. I told him to pick up his crumbs afterwards but he wouldn’t listen. 😉

Have a great weekend!

Link Love: 12.11.14

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Untitled Paris

8 tips to improve client relationships overnight.

• What exactly does it mean to run a heart-centered business? And, how can you do it while still earning a decent living?

• If most of us were being honest, our home libraries would be color-coded like this.

• For the majority of millennials, owning a television set is so last century.

• We talk a lot about this subject at The Blogcademy and I’m interested in how the conversation keeps coming up. The new concept of being rich puts more value on experiences instead of possessions.

• The 40 most groundbreaking albums of all time.

• If you’re starting a new business but the basics of getting set up are weighing you down, read this and know that you’re not alone.

• Make your very own DIY flower vase on a tiny budget.

• If you’re overrun with ideas, here’s how to focus and actually get things done.

• Follow these 8 tips to get your blog posts read!

• How not to suck as a creative director.


Image: Untitled — Paris.

Anatomy Of An Office #6: The 2015 Day Planner Roundup

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #6: The 2015 Day Planner Roundup

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” — Paul J. Meyer

Even in the digital age, I hand-write my to-do lists every single day. Surely I’m not the only one? It’s so nice to do a brain dump on a daily basis and know that even if your phone battery dies, your to-do list will live on.

Nubby Twiglet | Anatomy Of An Office #6: The 2015 Day Planner Roundup

If you also enjoy putting a pen to paper, I’ve rounded up my top picks for 2015 planners: 1. Kikki K, 2. ban.do, 3. Moleskine, 4. A Beautiful Mess, 5. Russell and Hazel, 6. Typo, 7. Kikki K, 8. Kate Spade and 9. Emily Ley.

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower


On the hunt for even more office tips and tricks? Check out Anatomy Of An Office!

A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Ah, Palm Springs. It has the ability to transform vacation into a full-time job centered around relaxation. The pace of life is slower. Rush hour is nearly nonexistent. The locals are incredibly friendly. If your goal is to chill out, zone out (and get a killer tan), this is the place for you.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

The initial draw to Palm Springs is usually an event or a trendy hotel but there’s so much more to this desert city beyond the glam and kitsch. Today, I want to show you a different view — the Palm Springs that exists beyond the main thoroughfare. This side of Palm Springs is quieter and full of exotic foliage. The midcentury modern homes are so perfectly preserved it can feel as if you’ve walked onto a movie set. This is the Palm Springs I know and love.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

10 Palm Springs Travel Tips

Finally, I wanted to share a few travel tips to make the most of your time and budget in Palm Springs.

1. Flights into Palm Springs are very expensive since it’s such a specific destination. It’s much cheaper to fly into Los Angeles, take a shuttle from LAX to a rental car place and drive into Palm Springs. It’s about a 2 hour drive in light traffic and your ticket and car combined will still probably cost less.

2. If you drive to Palm Springs, you can stop at the awesome Cabazon Dinosaurs on the way. Who doesn’t want their photo taken in front of a gigantic T-Rex?!

3. Hotels like the Ace are the go-to hotspots but also very overpriced. My trick is to stay at The Curve Palm Springs which is 1/4 of the price and then walk the 3 doors down to the Ace for drinks and dinner.

4. If you do need a cab, I highly recommend Yellow Cab Of the Desert. If Steve is available, request him! He’s a Palm Springs native and knows where all the best stuff is — he once drove me past Frank Sinatra’s legendary house!

5. While the trendy restaurants and shops are lined up along Palm Canyon Drive, the real exploration happens outside of this very long strip. My method is to drive to a new neighborhood each morning and walk Rocky. You get to see how the residents actually live and honestly, anything is possible. Last time we were in town, Joey and I were walking through a neighborhood at 7 am and the next thing we knew, we were getting a tour of a resident’s condo and checking out his art collection!

6. There are some great under the radar tourist attractions like Moorten Botanical Garden. Established in 1938, it’s full of more than 3,000 exotic desert plants.

7. If you’re on the hunt for the best possible hotel deals (and you’d like to book in advance), I’ve found them on Easy Click Travel. If you’re a little more adventurous and willing to roll the dice, download Hotel Tonight!

8. If you prefer to prepare your own food, there’s a great Trader Joe’s a few minutes from Palm Springs in Cathedral City. We always stop by to stock up on bottled water and snacks when we get into town.

9. If you’re searching for a great restaurant, LuLu California Bistro is the place. I’ve been there with groups of 50 and I’ve also been there with my vegan husband and dog and no matter what, there’s something on the menu for everyone. The service has always been spot-on and if you bring your pet, they can seat you along the outside patio.

10. If you want to get different perspective of town (and some great exercise), there are many bike rental places. I rented mine from Bike Palm Springs Rentals and quickly made my way through the city. Need some ideas on where to go? Check out Bicycle Palm Springs.

Nubby Twiglet | A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

Palm Springs has so much to offer and I hope this post gives you some new ideas for your stay!

The Week In Pictures: 12.6.14 | Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

This week: Sydney > Melbourne > Auckland.

It’s been so good exploring this part of the world again after a year away. The best part of my trip by far has been meeting many folks I’ve known online for years during The Blogcademy workshops.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

After traveling so much this year, I’ve realized that it’s the little things that make my day — discovering a great coffee shop, a line of well-branded alcohol(above), and friendly Uber drivers.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

Last week was my first time visiting Bondi Beach — we stayed in a little rental right next to the water and though there were some unexpected antics (flighting off cockroaches in the bathroom, realizing my bed was on wheels after I woke up with it sideways one morning), it was a great adventure. The ups and downs are what end up making the best travel stories.

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures: Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand

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