Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cruise Recap : Did we enjoy it? (and some pictures)

I'm sure that everyone is sick of cruise recap posts. If so, you can go ahead and skip over this post. I'm writing these because I want to look back and remember everything. Too bad I am still writing these 6 months later. Oops.

We loved our anniversary. It was the best to date. We drove down to Cocoa Beach, spent an hour looking for a hotel room, spent the day at the beach, and ate the best buffalo shrimp I have ever tasted. And that was just Friday - Saturday. Our week was off to a great start. To think that we had basically 9 days free from stress was fantastic. Sunday, boarding was  a breeze. It took us no time at all, and we were on the ship before we knew it. It was a ship we had never been on before, so exploring was the first order of business. (We didn't figure out which side of the ship our room was on until at least half way through the cruise.)

Leaving port meant we were officially on vacation. We watched the ship pulling out of port from the helicopter pad (Freedom of the Seas : Deck 4, all the way to the front - it is no where near as crowded as the upper decks), but eventually made it back to our room to sit out on the balcony as we headed toward our first stop. We had the late dinner which meant that we had plenty of time to unpack, and see what all the ship had to offer. I think I walked over 10 miles in the 7 hours between boarding and dinner. The first night of a cruise for me is always the most exhausting. Between getting boarded, unpacking, and trying to figure out where everything is, you just get run down pretty quick.

When we woke up the next morning, we were at CoCo Cay. As I mentioned before, we decided not to get off the ship. Instead we enjoyed the FlowRider, the pool and lots of pizza. We even attended an art auction which was actually pretty interesting. That night, was the Captain's welcome which meant it was a formal night, the nights that are my favorite on a cruise. We dressed up and headed out to the reception. Side note : We got a bunch of compliments about how good we looked. Obviously I am extremely hard on myself, so I didn't agree, but it was nice to hear.

The next day was a day at sea. Talk about relaxing. We slept in, ate breakfast in bed, and just enjoyed our day. Cs love for the FlowRider continued. We spent hours out in the sun. Dinner was more casual, so it didn't take any time to get ready.

Having a balcony room was a great choice. When you pull into ports when you have a room without a balcony, you have to go to one of the decks to watch. Seeing as how most all the rooms on a cruise ship are in fact interior rooms or rooms with just a window, lots of people crowd the decks. Having a balcony meant that we were able to watch the ship pull into port without fighting through a crowd. The views for St Thomas were amazing. 

Ive already talked about our time on St Thomas. That night was our anniversary dinner, so even though it was not formal, we decided to dress up a little more than we would have for the main dining room. We celebrated by going to Chop's. It was fantastic, and I recommend you go as well if you are ever on Freedom of the Seas.

We were in St Maarten the next day. St Maarten was beautiful, but you can read more about it here. Back on board, we ended up at another art auction where C accidentally bid on some art that we didnt want. We were so glad someone bid after him. 

Our last two days were spent at sea. Those days were my favorite. They were spent sleeping in, laying out, watching C fall countless times on the FlowRider, and just relaxing. We had out last formal night, and once again, we dressed up. 

We got all packed up the night before, and actually got a decent nights sleep. We were up a 6 am, and ready to go by 6:15 am. Waiting to depart was pretty easy, and the whole departing process was easier than any other cruise I have been on. Leaving was bittersweet. We were lucky though because it felt like I was a lot longer than a week long vacation. It went by slow, so heading home wasn't near as bad as I had anticipated. By the time we got home though, I was already wanting to plan on next cruise. Cruising is just our vacation of choice, and I am sure we will go on plenty more! In fact, only about 200 days until our next week long cruise! 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Friday!

Guys, it is finally Friday! I spent all day yesterday thinking it was Friday, so much so that I almost refused to get up this morning. This week has just flown by! I'm not even sure where the time went, but I am glad it is almost the weekend! We have a special wedding to attend this weekend. C is actually in it. The groom was actually in our wedding. So I am ready for the weekend! But now it is time for Five on Friday!

1. We went to pick up C's tux for the wedding. I swear he would wear a tux every day if he could. Such a stud. He is goofy as anything, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I think he feels like James Bond or something. 

2. I bought this primer this week. I usually don't wear make up, but after buying a few things last weekend, I have decided to give wearing make up on a more regular basis a shot. I've heard nothing but good things about this primer, so I decided to try it. I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that it will be as amazing as I think it will be. 

3. Speaking of make up, I have been in love with this Smashbox eye liner. I tried it once, and threw out all my other eye liners. I like it that much. 

4. My Faith. I love God all day, every day, but this week, I have had a much stronger than usual yearning to spend time with God. I'm human, so I have a hard time letting go of things and turning them over to the Lord, but this week has actually been one of those weeks where I just give my worries over to God and not think twice about it. He has a better plan than I do anyway. 

5. I've been on the search for a new Devotional. I'm kinda picky about them. We went to Lifeway last night and I had one picked out that wasn't what I was looking for, so when I overheard someone talking about this, I scooped it up and I am so glad I did. I started it this morning and I am so grateful. I am really looking forward to the next 10 weeks. 

Happy weekend!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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So you guys, I am over here today sharing what 3.5 years of marraige has taught me. Be sure to go check it out. I talk about getting a busted lip from redecorating and my husband moon walking out of his socks. If nothing else, you should get a laugh in because of it.

In other news...

Happy Joyful Day // My Life as a Long // A Sorta Fairytale
Marry Mint // Becoming Adorrable // A Hundred Tiny Wishes
Notes from a Newlywed // Sprinkles & Sundresses // Lavender & Light

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Our Wedding - Engagement Pictures Take 1

These pictures were taken in Downtown Cartersville by Graham Photography. Since we had a long engagement, we ended up taking 2 sets of pictures. We took the first set about a month after the proposal, and then another set about a month before the wedding.

To read our love story, or see other wedding related posts, go here.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Funday!

This weekend was great! And it went by super slow, so I am actually okay with the fact that it is Monday. Shocking, I know. Friday I got off work early, so I headed home to finish cleaning for a party we had planned for Saturday morning. That is why I was so absent on the blog this week. We didn't go to bed until after midnight every night last week.

Saturday we threw my dad a surprise birthday party at our house. We decided a month ago to plan this, and it was a success. We decided on a waffle bar with navy/silver as the colors. I took pictures with my actual camera, so a review of that is going to be coming soon! It was a huge success. After the party, we took my older sister and her husband to Costco. They have been throwing around the idea of getting a membership, so we let them try ours out to see if they want one. Spoiler Alert : They do. Saturday evening, my step brother and his girlfriend came over for burgers. We haven't seen them since Christmas, so it was really great to catch up with them. I was so thankful that I got to kick my feet up for the first time in a while.

Sunday, We slept in. It was glorious.  We couldn't figure out what to do, so we had breakfast in bed while watching Catching Fire. We finally decided to get out of the house, so we went out to lunch. I had promised C that I would take him out after the party was done with, and Penn Station was his pick. It was fantastic. Plus, I got to wear my wedding set I got for Christmas. Since we got our wedding date tattooed on our ring fingers, neither C or I wear our bands much, but I decided to wear it Sunday.

We ordered C a new wedding band about a month ago and it came in, so I was excited to get to pick it up. We walked around for quite a while without buying anything before heading over to the other side of town. I wanted to go to Ulta to get some of the NYM dry shampoo. They were out though, which sucked. So C told me he had a surprise for me, and that we needed to go to Hamilton Place. It wouldn't be a great weekend if a funny face wasn't made.

We walked though several stores before I decided to pick up some make up. We spent way too much time looking in Sephora, but in the end, I came out with some new favorite make up. Before we left though, we went to Build-A-Bear. I had told C back before we got married that I wanted him to build me a bear, and 4 years later, he did. It was the sweetest thing in the entire world. Meet Captain Awesome... Yeah, C named the monkey.  

Finally Sunday evening rolled around and we spent the evening just hanging out watching Revenge. Good news is our house is ready for when we throw another party. 

Hope y'all had a great weekend! 
Linking up for MMG

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Who doesn't love a custom stamp?

Ive been tossing around the idea of buying a custom stamp for C and I for a while now, and by a while, I mean since 2011. I just never could justify spending the money on something I would hardly use. I haven't sent out invitations for anything since my wedding. My Christmas cards had my address pre-printed. And in the world of technology, I send emails or texts rather than a hand written note. Horrible, I know.

While starting to plan the several parties we are having this summer, I figured it was about time to buy one in case I send out invitations. So I started looking all over Etsy. I came across Designologist and was blown away at once. The amount of designs that she has made it hard to pick just one. Eventually I did. I settled on Circle Monogram. I received it Saturday and I am in love. (And of course, with my luck, my sd card reader isn't working so I will have to update this post with personal pictures later, but let me just say that ordering one of this will not disappoint you!)

I went for the wooden handle stamp. To me, it makes me feel more crafty which is a great thing given that I am horrible at DIY projects.  I made a point to send my husband a handwritten letter when I got the stamp, just to try it out. Oh boy am I in love. The stamp is made so great. And talk about pleased with the outcome of the stamp on the envelope.

She doesn't offer just return address stamps either. She has tons of different items in her shop. And you can get your stamp with the wooden handle, or self inking. I love the idea of using different colors which is why I picked the wooden handle. 

Kimberly over at Designologists has offered to give away a custom stamp to one of my readers! Isn't that just super nice of her!! Be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win!! 

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If you visit her shop, you will see that she is giving you $3.00 off any design if you pin a design to Pinterest. Just click the design, pin the image, and send her a message letting her know you did with the link to your pin and she will send you a promo code.

**I purchased this stamp. I did not receive any compensation for reviewing this product. All opinions are my own.**

Monday, March 17, 2014

A Seriously Funny Weekend!

So this weekend was quite great actually. I'm really surprised at how many great weekends I have had in a row! Friday, I ran errands to finish buying some stuff for the guest room that we are redecorating. I am so glad I got most everything we needed. I'm hoping to add a few DIY things to the room, but I just don't know how it will work out.

Saturday, we headed to Knoxville to celebrate a special little girl's 3rd birthday at Chuck E Cheese. I have a new respect for any parent who had a birthday there. It was a mad house. It was great to get to be there to help her celebrate though. I got to spend some time with a very dear best friend.

As usual though, C and I ended up making funny faces for quite some time. We were snap chatting my step sister, so the faces kept getting funnier and funnier. I did happen to get a picture that has now become my new favorite picture of us.

The funny faces continued until we went to bed. It went on for hours and we laughed and laughed. 

I'll be happy if the front camera of the iPhones ever gets better at taking pictures. Sunday, we woke up and made waffles. Since we knew we would not be waking up in time for a festive breakfast this morning, we went ahead and made it yesterday. Green waffles topped with Lucky Charms? Best. Idea. Ever. 

We then went to run errands and get almost everything else we needed to get to finish the guest room makeover. It isn't quite complete, but here is a little spoiler that I snapped this morning. 

I can't wait to show you guys the finished product! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Be sure to stop by tomorrow! There will be a giveaway! 

Linking up for MMG

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cruise Recap : Amended Packing List

To see other posts in this series, check them out here

This is what I based my packing list on for this cruise. After actually going on the cruise, my list is still remotely the same, but I learned a few things.

The over the door organizer was never opened while on the cruise. We stayed in a balcony room on the Freedom of the Seas, and there was tons of bathroom storage so we didn't need this at all. I can't say that it will be this way for all ships, but if you happen to be on this one, you don't need it.

I can't say enough good things about the canvas overnight bag. It was the perfect size to hold everything I needed. I was really impressed after going through the boarding process. I figured that I would get sick of carrying it, but the shoulder strap was long enough to allow me to use it as a cross body. That allowed me never have to set it down.

The wristlet wasn't used as much as in previous cruises. While on board, I used my iPhone to take a lot of pictures, so C carried my card in his wallet, and I carried my phone in my pocket. On the next cruise though, I plan to not use my iPhone as much and stick to my camera, so this will be used quite a bit more.

The floppy hat was not used at all. Instead I used my KAVU Visor. It was a last minute decision to pact the visor, and I wish that I would not have taken the hat. It just took up too much space.

The beach tote was great especially when we were out by the pool. I was able to hold the towels, cover ups, sunscreenTervis, Kindlesunnies, and sanitizer without trying. Everything was organized perfectly and  I didn't ever worry about losing anything.

At the last minute I changed over the shoulder bags, and I was really bummed that I did. I loved my KAVU bag on previous cruises, and from now on, it will be the bag I take to walk around ports with.

The travel alarm clock and the extra bags were complete lifesavers.

I've got some great ideas on what to pack for our cruise in October. I will be posting a more complete packing list as that cruise gets closer.

Friday, March 14, 2014


We started this week off with some fantastic weather here in Chattanooga, but things quickly turned cold mid-week. I was so bummed that I stayed inside Wednesday night after work and took a nice long bubble bath. That will teach Mother Nature to send us 30 degree weather a day after we had 80 degree weather. 

Anyway, on to a love list for Friday. Is anyone else glad it is finally Friday? No, just me? Okay. 

Trees Are Sweet T-shirt : We have a party planned that I can't share details about, but it involved ordering something from The Syrup Shop in Vermont. I have heard a lot about their clothes, so I may or may not have ordered C a shirt so that I could wear it and not break my no clothes shopping resolution. Spoiler Alert : Super super comfy shirt!

KT Tape : I've just recently learned how amazing this tape is. I've had serious knee problems for going on 8 years and I tried this. I am so glad I did because now working out is so much easier. Plus it comes in bright colors. Who wouldn't be excited about that.

Yes To Cucumbers Face Wipes : I have used the Yes To! brand for a while. I started out just using the face wipes, but I quickly started using a lot of their other products. These are my favorite go to though. In fact, I keep a travel pack in my purse.

Essie : No Place Like Chrome : Who wouldn't love this! I was really nervous that I wouldn't like this color, but after using it, I am in love. It is really a great change from the basic neutral colors I have been using.

BEHR French Court : We are in the process of doing some serious spring cleaning/redecorating around here, and even though I am not ready to reveal the progress yet, I will tell you that this color has made an appearance in our home and I couldn't be more excited! It was exactly the color I was looking for.

Happy Weekend!

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