I hope you all had a great week and are excited for the weekend (this girl sure is)! With spring break coming up next month, I thought I would share some tips for going on cruises. I’ve been on about five cruises now & I think I’ve finally mastered the do’s and don’t’s of cruising. I also highly recommend sailing with Royal Caribbean as they are a great company & always have great sales going on throughout the year!
- Wear Sunscreen Everyday (& no tanning oil does not count): This tip might seem like it’s not important, but trust me, it is! I made this mistake last spring break and regretted it for the entire trip. I went to tan by the pool during the first day and thought to myself “I live in Arizona, I don’t need sunscreen, I won’t burn!” I was very wrong. I only put tanning oil on and was burnt to a crisp at the end of the day. I was miserable for a couple of days, which put a minor damper on my “fun in the sun.” The Caribbean sun is very strong so don’t make the same mistake as me & end up being a charred lobster the first day!
- Dress code: This tip might also seem like a no brainer, but it’s really important! While I was cruising with my parents last year, we didn’t pay attention to the dress code one night. Every night there is a different theme or dress code and my mom, dad, and I showed up to formal night wearing pants & nice tops… which was super embarrassing. The greeter at dinner told us we needed to be wearing dresses or skirts and my dad needed slacks, a tie, and button up shirt (so don’t be those people like we were).
- Do the excursions: I HIGHLY recommend doing the on shore excursions during your cruise. They can be pricey, but all of my favorite memories of cruising were on excursions! During previous cruises I: went swimming/held/snorkeled with stingrays in the Grand Cayman Island, went cave tubing and hiked the jungle in Belize, went ziplining and on a roller coaster through the jungle in Haiti, snorkeled and went on giant inflatable slides and trampolines in Cozumel, went on a catamaran and snorkeled in Honduras, and many more fun excursions!
- Immerse yourself into the culture: I highly recommend immersing yourself into the culture on every island or mainland you visit, you won’t regret it! Ask around and find out where the locals eat and drink, I guarantee you will eat the best food and have the most fun! While we were in Belize, we went on an excursion and afterwards ate lunch in a small village in the jungle. I had the most amazing chicken, Belize beer, and fresh coconuts. I loved eating the authentic food and spending time with all of the villagers while they prepared the meal and served us. I also met the sweetest children in Jamaica. They were on a field trip to the town center, where we were shopping. They loved my blonde hair and were just so happy to be on their field trip. As with anything, the more you put into your trip, the more you will get out of it. If you spend more time looking for local restaurants and meeting locals, you will have a better experience as they know their land better than any cruise specialist.
- Room: If you can afford a room with a balcony or a suite, it’s definitely worth the upgrade. I have stayed in both a balcony room and a suite and having the balcony makes a huge difference while cruising. It’s so nice to be able to open the sliding glass door and listen to the ocean while you fall asleep or sit on your balcony in the morning with a cup of coffee. I personally think having a balcony helps if you get seasick because the fresh air keeps you from feeling constrained. I had never been seasick before until I went on a cruise and stayed in a stateroom with no windows or balcony, I felt claustrophobic every night. I also recommend getting a suite if there will be three or more people staying in the room during your trip. My parents and I all shared a standard room one year and having three adults in one small room was difficult at times. We had a difficult time fitting our luggage and unpacking all of our stuff. The room upgrades are definitely worth it if it’s in your budget.
I hope you all enjoyed these tips and I hope they will be of use to you! I thought I would share some pictures from previous cruises.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
I hope you all had a great weekend & enjoyed the Super Bowl (I know I sure did)! Today I’m doing a round up of my recent outfits on Instagram. I’ll be sharing links on where to purchase pieces from my outfits (or similar pieces). I hope you all enjoy!
I hope you are relaxing and enjoying the weekend, I know I sure am! I had such a fun time shooting these pictures yesterday, I hope you all enjoy them. Today I am sharing some different outfit ideas for Valentine’s Day. I shot three different outifts: a casual look, a fun/flirty look, and a fancy/more sophisticated look.
Here is a more casual look, perfect for a sporting event or a night out to a movie, shop the outfit below:
Here is a fun/flirty outfit for a night out at dinner, a picnic, or going out with friends, shop this outfit below:
And last but not least, here is the last outfit. I love this lace dress and it is perfect for a fancy night out! Whether you are going out to a nice dinner or going out for drinks, this is the perfect dress.
Happy Friday, everyone!
Today I am sharing five tips on how to stay on task while working or studying at home. I know many people work and study at home, which is why it is important to make your time effective and task-driven. Being a college student, I have always found it difficult to study at home since there are so many distractions. I would always find ten other things to do in order to procrastinate studying until I made a few minor (yet impactful) changes.
- Brew yourself a coffee or tea and eat before you even attempt to start working or studying: This is seriously a huge problem. Many people will be ten minutes into working or studying then realize they haven’t had coffee or a meal yet, which automatically becomes a distraction. If you get up ten minutes into studying or working, you have already lost your focus and train of thought and have to start all over again!
- Create a quiet work space and a clean desk: Having a quiet work area (away from kids and other distractions) is a major key to staying focused. I know it can be difficult for moms especially, but being in a quiet area helps focus and attention span. Having a clean desk also helps because this allows you to spread out your books, notebooks, papers, and have space for your computer or laptop while working or studying. Having a clean desk also prevents you from wanting to dust and clean while you are working because it will already be clean! I love having an organized work space because I know where everything is and don’t have as many distractions.
- Work in a well lit room: This is a very small tip, yet very important. Working in a well lit room prevents you from getting tired and groggy. If possible, working in a room with natural light is the best because your brain responds to natural light and knows to remain alert while natural light is present. If you work in a dim room with no lights on, your brain can release Melatonin and make you think it’s nap time.
- Check Facebook, Instagram, text messages, etc. before you start, then PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY: I honestly think my phone is always my #1 distraction and the reason why I procrastinate so much. I always think I’m going to scroll through Instagram or Facebook for ten minutes, which turns into an hour. Keep the distractions out of sight and stay focused.
- Make a to-do list: I personally think this is the most important tip. It is so important, like with anything else in life, to write down goals and objectives before you start working or studying. This allows your brain to know how long it has to stay focused before you even start. I also think this helps people stay organized because you sit down and know exactly what needs to occur before finishing. I also find when I do not make a to-do list, I’m just finding random tasks to complete, which is not effective.
PS: Shop my look!!
Happy Wednesday, Everyone!
I hope you are all surviving the week & enjoying January so far. We have been getting TONS of snow & I have been taking advantage of it. We hardly got any snow from October through December so I have been trying to enjoy the snow as much as I can. Last week we went snowboarding, which was a total blast since we had fresh powder and sunny skies. We played in the snow and made Moscow Mules yesterday, which was also fun! I used the Williams Sonoma ginger apple moscow mule mix and their copper mugs, I will share the link for both items (they’re totally worth buying)! Yesterday I wore all white and blue in order to capture a wintery look. The white vest I wore was so warm and cozy, I wasn’t cold or felt like I needed a jacket all day. I will share my outfit details, Moscow Mule recipe, and links to purchase your own Moscow Mule makings, I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!
Recipe for Moscow Mules:
4 oz Williams Sonoma Apple Ginger Moscow Mule Mix
1 oz Club Soda
1 1/2 oz Skyy Vodka
Squirt half a lime into the drink then leave the lime in the mug for added flavor
Shop my outfit & these super cute copper mugs!
Thanks for stopping by!