I Love to Travel: Cruise Tips

So, we did it. Our first cruise is in the books. It was a short four day venture and, all in all, it was pretty great. We went from South Florida, to further in South Florida in Key West, then to Cozumel, Mexico, a day on the ship and back.

I had never been on a cruise before but there were some things I brought and I was SO GLAD! Want to know what they were? Here you go=)

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I bought said sun hat in Panama. It’s literally the first (and only) sun hat I have ever bought. It’s big and purple and I love it. Plus, it worked great for the cruise. The last day we spent on the back of the ship, tanning, reading and drinking and without that hat I would have left the cruise with a sunburned face. Instead, I left golden brown face.

Scarf

I have the most beautiful, soft, Persian scarf and this, too, was perfect for the trip. Not only is it gorgeous, cashmere, and an amazing accessory. It’s also huge, warm and doubled as a great extra but also a sometimes needed (warm) shoulder cover up.

Rope or Necklace (Holder) for Your Ship Card

Little did I know we would have to have a card to do everything on the ship. Order food? Need your card. Drinks Where’s your card? Want to leave the ship or get back on? Card. Get a shoelace necklace, rope or chain to wear your card. So much easier and then you always have it with you.

Ginger or Peppermint Oil Peppermintoil

Even if you think your tummy is good, if you’ve never been on a cruise, bring something to tame your tum! I always have peppermint oil on me (or at least in some form because the allergy oil blend I use has peppermint in it) so that is good. I also have been eating crystallized ginger since I was a child..it was my Grams go to for anything tummy.

Sunscreen

Make SURE you have sunscreen. I mean, you can spend 3 times as much on board to buy some if you want, but you WILL need it. On the ship, on excursions, and any time your outside slather it on. The ship gives you ample opportunity to get in your Vitamin D, but if you’re not careful, you’ll get a lot more than that.

Literally having these things (minus anything for my card) helped so much. I was really thankful I thought to bring these items and I know they helped me to enjoy myself to the fullest.

Anything I missed? I hope you are taking the time to enjoy this life, too, and get out and do new things when you can! XOXO

 

How to Stay Well on a Cruise

I know, it’s hard to be well all the time. You have to think about it everyday. You have to make good choices that make you feel well and comfortable. It does take a little work.

Don’t think I never splurge, I do. But even then, for me, there are restrictions. And the restrictions are not to punish myself and or because I think I should follow the “rules,” but because it’s what makes me feel the most well. This means lots of produce and water, gluten-free everything, and moving as much as I can throughout each day.

I was in a picture, in just a bathing suit, on the last day of our cruise. And I was surprised, and happy, at how “good” I looked but more so, how good I felt! This was the last of four days of lots of eating and lots of drinking.

It’s not always easy to stay well and it does take a little bit of work, but it is so so worth it. Here’s what I did:

Stairs

We took the stairs, everywhere. We were up and down and here and there and always going to a show or checking out an event. And, with the exception of carrying our bags on board, we took the stairs the whole time. (Yes, we even took the stairs on our way out, with our bags, LOL.)

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I’m a gym lover anyway so this was easy for me. But the gym on board was pretty great and the view! It was really enjoyable to go to the gym while on our cruise, so much so that we went 3 our of 4 days and we weren’t the only ones. I was glad to see lots of people getting moving, too.

Activities

There are so many things to do on the cruise and so many of them are active things. We took advantage of them all and really enjoyed doing it. The ship had mini golf, we did a ton of walking (and steps HAHA,) and at the ports there were active things to do, too. Lots of the excursions were active, including ours. We did a Mayan ruins tour. And of course you can always get off at the ports and take a long beach walk or walk around the city to get in your steps.

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My love for oils has no bounds. I brought my oils, diffuser, and roller bottles along with us and it was the best. I knew I wanted to have extra wellness “trapped” on a boat and in a room with no windows. So glad I brought my diffuser.

Water

I’m hard pressed to say there is something better for you in your daily life than making sure you’re drinking enough water. Yes, you should eat well, and yes, you should move lots. But drinking water is so, so important and will make you feel the best throughout the day. Drink your water, everyday and everywhere you are!

Pick Healthy

I had a lot of drinks but I also had a lot of salads. I stayed gluten-free just like I would day-to-day. I drank lots of water and had only one cup of coffee (with hot chocolate, YUM.) I did drink all the drinks but with a well-rounded approach to everything else, I felt good.

Have you been on a cruise yet? They are really fun but really expensive. I liked that there were so many things to do that you get to “travel” to different places, too. And without having to jump in the car or get yourself to the airport. All in all, I would be up for going again sometime.

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Our First Cruise, and Why I’m so Excited

When you’re living in a touristy, beach town like Delray Beach, FL, you really have to take in everything that’s around you. When Nick and I first moved here, there were so many new and fun things to do and places to visit. We were always on Groupon looking for fun adventures, wine and beer tastings, and things to do for day trips.

It’s over two years later, and we’ve done a lot. Parks were walked in, drinks were had, IMG_20160814_103155and exploring was done. One of my favorite things was Devil’s Millhopper State Park. I loved that it was a hilly hike and the different views (from forest to rainforest) you got to see on your way down into the sink hole.

There are some things we knew we wanted to do before leaving South Florida, that we haven’t yet done, and a cruise was one of them. Neither of us have ever been on a cruise and I am definitely so excited.

Why I’m Most Excited

This is the thing though, and I know it will make you laugh. The number one, most exciting cruise thing I cannot wait for is the complimentary room service! And probably not for what you’d expect. I want to have a fresh fruit plate in my room at all times, HAHA. (But so serious.)

Isn’t that the best? Totally me though. Of course I have already thought of and “planned out” what to have and such for wellness purposes. Because, well you know me. Anyhow, beyond my excitement for a constant fruit plate, there are so many things I look forward to!

The Best Parts

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  • our first stop is Key West, another Florida must see that’s on our list
  • I can only imagine the gym is amazing, sprawling and state of the art- Yay!
  • Our last stop is Cozumel, Mexico and Nick told me he wants to hike the ruins, double- Yay!
  • since it’s our first, I’m glad the cruise is only four days, in case we don’t like it (js)
  • According to what I read, there are comedy shows, stage shows, a rum bar, a tequila bar and a DJ to top it all off

The View

If these aren’t enough reasons to be excited, we are also staying in an ocean view room. How gorgeous will that be?!?

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What Happened to all the Resolutions?

I know, it seems I’m late to the game..but it’s not true! I’ve been thinking about and working towards my “resolutions” and goals already this year. But I have a question..

dodo-model-news-two-column.jpgDid anyone see resolutions made publicly this year? It’s almost as if resolutions are going the way of the dodo.

I mean, I know statistically we “give up” on the years goals before January is even over. Or we don’t want to make them because we don’t want to fail..but this is the thing. If you aren’t trying to better yourself, you’re getting worse.

I know it’s hard (and scary sometimes!) to make and set goals and keep them, it is for me. But I’m going to try anyhow!

Because resolutions don’t have to be life or death. Or if you don’t do it, you fail. Or if you miss one day, one time, one extra, then you didn’t do it right. No, that’s not the point of it.

~The definition of a resolution is the firm decision to do or not to do something.

~And the definition of resolve is to find a solution or to decide firmly on a course of action.

I like resolve better, instead of a set in stone, unmovable decision you can make a plan that remains flexible but with an equally great end goal.

So for me, resolutions are out and resolving to do things in my life, is in. Is it the same thing? Maybe. But I don’t mind a good plan of action.

I’m excited for 2018. A year better than the last and a year of moving forward. And I’m excited about the things I have chosen to resolve to do more, too.

This year, I resolve to:

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First, I want to pray more. My faith has grown stronger with each passing day and I want more. I’ve been reading my daily prayer book with quick devotionals, I downloaded a Bible app that sends me short devotionals each day and I’m getting caught up with my Cindee devotionals, too, and it feels good.

stretch more.

I want to do more yoga, too, but my stretching is so essential! Working and sitting a lot is so terrible for you. I love to stretch during shows or during an at-home movie. It feels so good to stretch after a workout, too. I’m aiming for 3 times a week.

eat better, more.

I love to eat healthy, so I guess I’m blessed with that. But I also love snacks, drinks, wine, cheese, and coffee…all things I should cut back on more. I did have a coffee this morning, but no wine last night. Getting better already, LOL.

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So, I recently tested for allergies and intolerances and it turns out, I’m highly sensitive to caffeine. I like tea and have drank coffee for years and like dark chocolate more then milk chocolate, too (dark has more caffeine.) Anyhow, I got this result less than a month ago and I remember feeling sad!

The first reason, I love coffee! And as a writer I feel it a right of passage, to brew and consume my morning cup. Plus, anyone who has had a caffeine headache (me,) never wants one again. But it turns out, I don’t miss it too much.  I had a tea a couple of days, a coffee a couple of days, and have had nothing some days. Yay! And knowing I shouldn’t have it motivates me not to, so it’s working out already.

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Nick really loves to read and while I do, too, it isn’t something I want to do for hours everyday. But the thing is, he does. I want to indulge him more in reading this year. I can read more and he loves to read together (but separate,) so I want to do that more with him.

So there you have it. There are lots of other things I want to do this year, more butt workouts, being one of them. (Did one today, yay!) And to be the best wife and friend that I can be, of course.

The thing is, there is plenty of time in the day, you just have to do it right. You just have to make it happen and fit in things when you can. And remember, small changes along the way make such a difference=) So, with that being said, go out and do it!

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Happy Halloween, and Happy Birthday to Me!

That’s right, I’m a holiday baby. Want to learn more about me? Here’s 33 Emmy facts for you:

1. I love garlic.garlic.jpg

2. I’m a clean freak.

A clutter-free and clean (but not necessarily scrubbed) house is my fave.

3. I think the best everyday workout would be doing an obstacle course 5K.

4. I love lilacs.

I always imagined my future house having light purple, dark purple and white lilacs. Lilacs are my idea of the first official sign of summer, however, they’re also something my husband seems to have an awful allergic reaction to:(

5. Fireworks are my most favorite thing, therefore making the 4th of July my favorite DSC_5210holiday.

6. I love painted nails, but hate getting manis and pedis. I don’t like when people pick, and cut at my nails, so I do it myself.

7. I love Spanish.

And everything about it. The food, culture, music and language are amazing.

8. I moved to Panama for 5 months with my boyfriend (now husband) in the winter 2013, which happened to be one of the worst winters in WI since we’ve been alive.

9. I’m a five times self-published writer.

Four cookbooks, one wellness tips book, and more to come!

10. I have watched children professionally for over 20 years, that is ⅔ of my life that I spent with other people’s children=) #bestjobever

11. Jazzercise is my favorite workout.

12. I’m a girly girl.12592258_825742764220201_667262404304408035_n

I love to paint my nails, dress up and do my hair.

13. I’m a tomboy, too.

I grew up fishing, camping, hiking and generally outside. I still love all of these activities.

14. I am obsessed with Dawson’s Creek and Sex in the City, and have watched all the seasons of both shows, several times over.

15. I make my own wine.Screenshot_20170410-131303

I would love to do it up big and mass produce my own brand with labels and flavors and all, but for now it is just for me and my peps.

16. My favorite movie of all time is Man on Fire.

17. I like all music except for “Scream-O.” You know, where you can’t hear the words just a lot of shrill screaming? Ya, I don’t like that.

18. I love to walk and hike.

19. I don’t like when people touch my face. Please don’t.

20. Fall is my favorite season and I would love to live somewhere that’s between 50ish and 75ish degrees almost year-around.

21. I’m not a huge sports fan.

But I love baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers.milwaukee-brewers-throwback-logo-patch_1

22. My husband and I spoke of a “pipe dream” a few years ago, to both become remote (workers) and work and live wherever we chose. Less than 3 years later, and we’ve all but made it happen.

23. My hair is the longest it’s ever been. And I love it.

24. Deep fried Oreo’s are my most favorite indulgence. They are beyond delicious.

25. I experienced love at first site.

I don’t even know if love at first site is a thing, all I know is I knew I loved my husband before I even met him. From that very first second, I knew that he was the one I wanted to spend my days with.

26. I love freshwater lakes.IMG_20170818_085239

27. Last year Nick took me to watch the sunrise on the east coast of FL and watch the sunset on the west coast of FL. This was by far my favorite birthday gift ever, and a total surprise, as I once said I wanted to do that in passing and he not only remembered it but made a whole weekend out of it.

28. Essential oils are life. I use them for everything and love them. Best decision I ever made.

29. My favorite Disney movie is The Emperor’s New Groove. If you’ve seen it, I know you Grooveposterlove it, too. If you haven’t, go watch it right away!

30. I want to go to Italy. The pictures, views, and history are amazing and I want to eat everything Italian.

31. I picked out my own wedding ring and never looked back. I knew Nick was the one, the ring was the one, and that was it.

32. We got married in my hometown court house on 8/13/14, the second anniversary of our first date. Awwwwwwwww.

33. Today, I turn 33 and you know what? I’ll probably get carded at dinner, LOL.

Feel like you know me better now? Is there a fun fact you want to share with me?

Oh, wait, I have one more. Nick and I are both holiday babies, so watch for a Christmas Eve edition for 33 things about my hubby=)

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed learning more about me. And Happy Halloween!! XOXO

 

Walking Dead Fans: Senoia GA is a Must See!

Do you love the Walking Dead as much as I do?

Did you know that the Walking Dead is filmed in Senoia, Georgia? Did you know that Georgia is the biggest filming location, for TV and movies, in the entire US?

While escaping from Irma, my husband and I stayed in Peachtree City, Georgia. The city sits a short 20 minute drive from the filming location of the Walking Dead and you bet we couldn’t wait to take the tour!

Want to see some pictures? Of course you do! Here they are:

Question 1
Remember this building? It’s the generals apartment up there!
Question 2
The Walking Dead store
Question 3
This is look from the back of the Governor’s apartment. Do you remember when he kissed Andrea back there?
Question 4
In front of this wall where Enid got separated from her parents.
Question 6
This house is where Carl sat on the roof and ate the can of pudding.
Question 7
Carl crossed the street to this house and puked in the front yard. It wasn’t scripted like that but because he ate the whole can, he got sick and the director loved the footage and kept it.
Question 5
Recognize that wall? This is Alexandria!
Question 8
This is a post office and the only building that refused to shut down during taping. To “block” it out, they parked a box car on the train tracks in front of it for the back of the scene.
Question 9
You can see this garden center in some scenes of the show.
Question 10
I know you know what this is! My favorite picture and coolest thing to see was the entrance to Alexandria!
Question 11
And these tracks led to Terminus. Don’t believe me? It’s because they edited in a tunnel in the show, something you cannot see in real life.

This Walking Dead tour is $25/person and about a mile walk around “the grounds.” It takes a couple of hours because the guide gives you insights, behind the scenes talk, and lots of spoilers along the way.

I love to travel and we actually found this (tour and city) while looking for an AirBnb, something else I love. Having to leave because of Irma was no fun but finding this place and touring the show set was awesome.

Also, we had lunch at Nic and Norman’s, a restaurant owned by Greg Nicotero & Norman Reedus. The food was delish, so go eat there after the tour, too.

Need snacks and goodies for your trip? Check out some of my favorites!

Coconut LaraBars are less than ten ingredients and so good!

These Pressed by Kind bars are kind of a new find and favorite for me, you have to try them!

Exploring Indiana: Chateau Thomas Winery

I was just sitting in Vegas, after finishing (and publishing) the final edits on my fourth cookbook, and to say that a glass of wine was on my mind was more than true! LOL. After all, in FL, it was almost 5pm!

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(Whenever you can find a Groupon, do it. They almost always include extras no matter what you’re doing, and you get a discount. What’s better than that?)

When we were work traveling earlier this year, we went to a winery, grabbed a last second Groupon deal, and had a great time. That’s what I should have done..gone to find a winery..

Anyhow, back to it. The Indiana winery we visited was great, and I knew we had made a great choice when the first wine I chose was a no-go.

“You don’t want that one,” she whispered to me. I chose Pinot Noir from my tasting sheet. I love a good Pinot Noir. I also love someone who’s honest enough to tell me the truth about a wine.

“You don’t like it?” I asked.

“No one does,” she countered with a laugh. I was convinced.

My first and only Indiana wine experience happened at the Cheateau Thomas Winery. The winery was super cute, there was a sassy fun lady doing our tasting, and the wine was good, too.

We found this winery at the last minute, along with a Groupon. The Groupon was $25 for two tastings, two souvenir wine glasses, cheese and crackers, a complementary wine bottle holder/carrier, and $10 to spend in the shop.

We liked the wines that we had at Chateau Thomas Winery. We especially liked the Peach chateau-thomas-winery-abe-martin-peach-chardonnay-indiana-usa-10751851tChardonnay, so much so that we took a bottle with us. The nose was all peach and the taste was light and refreshing.

In an unexpected twist, I found myself enjoying a port wine, too. Usually not a fan, she convinced me to try it. The outcome? It really was delicious. The trick is to drink it with chocolate.

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First,  melt 2-3 chocolate chips in your mouth and then take a drink of port with the melted chocolate. The combination was heavenly, and I was glad to have taken the suggestion.

Along with the wine we bought a little bag of spices to make a mulled wine. It’s a warm and very winter-y combination and when we visited with the in-laws, we all enjoyed it together.

Check this place out. It’s awesome and for that matter, so is the rest of the Midwest!

On a road trip? Here’s some delicious healthy snacks to bring with you!   Staying in? These snacks would all pair well with a glass of wine two! (As in, two glasses of wine=)

This snack mix is good anytime!

These chocolates taste so yummy and would be delicious with a port wine.

And I love these bars!

Don’t Forget To Follow Your Dreams

Remember when you were little and all around you, you were told you could be whatever you wanted to be? Well, let me tell you something. You still can.

I’m not saying it’s easy and I’m not saying to go spend every last dollar you have, but please, don’t forget to get out there and live!

About a year ago I found myself in the middle of jobs and feeling a little frustrated. I needed to feed my soul, not just my bank account. So (with the help and support of my hubby,) I did.

I had already been blogging a bit and it came easy to me. I like to talk so I have a lot to downloadsay and rather then blab to Nick all day, I started writing and sharing. It wasn’t easy and it didn’t come right away, but soon I had secured my very first, remote, freelance writing position! I still write for this 80s website in which I started and will write about the 90s too, come this fall.

I find myself working four (part-time) positions, and I couldn’t feel better about it. You see, I never wanted (nor excelled) in a 40 hour work week, at the same job. I always preferred multiple endeavors (and income streams) and it turns out, nothing has changed.

But all the sudden. I work from home, with a schedule that’s mine to make, and (almost) more work then I know what to do with. And well this may not be your dream, I just want to encourage you to remember YOUR dream. And make it happen.

imagesHow do you do this? Well, you have to figure out what it is you want. What do you love to do? What do you do everyday, “work day” or not? What makes you smile? Laugh? What do you loathe? Dig deep and make sure to be honest with yourself.

Find ways to indulge your soul. Do more of what you love. Want a new job but don’t know where to start? Do something on your own, at home or whenever you have time, unpaid, and dive in. If you start a blog, make sure to post more than once a week. Want to become a personal trainer? Talk to someone at your gym and see what they have to say. You can further your education with free online courses (some even taught by Harvard!) Whatever you do, remember this is your life. Don’t waste it.

The thing is, for me, I laugh at myself. Why? Well, everyday, I like to write, cook, and workout. The weekdays are filled with this (and tapings.) But then, so are the weekends. I find myself always wanting to do these things whether it is a workday or weekend day. A holiday or vacation. For instance, I’m on a train in Norway, right now, on vacation. And what do I do? Write.

As for my other jobs, because I know you’re wondering, here you go.

  1. I write for LT80s (liketotally80s.) Like I said, it’s remote (from anywhere I want) and freelance, making it fit into my life, my way. Also, starting in the fall, I will be writing for the same boss for another website he’s procured, noduh90s. As an 80s baby and a 90s kid, both of these writing gigs are nostalgic and fun.
  2. I work as a mystery shopper for A Closer Look. This job is too fun, fully reimbursed, sometimes includes a bonus, and includes write offs. The company has “shops” all over the US and even into Canada. Taking in a great meal, visiting the dentist, or even having a drink at the bar are all things that you can do with this company. Love it.
  3. I work for Trust Review Network. This job sends me products (again, fully reimbursed) to try out and write a review on. If you share it, you make more money. If you tape yourself doing a video, you make more money. In a couple of months, if they are happy with my work, I will make more money. Pretty awesome, huh?
  4. I test recipes for HelloFresh. As a part of their taste makers program, I am sent recipes to test and try (most of which I already have the ingredients for as I am an avid foodie and cook) and then I complete a short, concise survey, and I’m done.

Oh, and did I forget my blog? I guess that’s five jobs. Not to mention I have written four self-published (mostly cookbooks) in the past year as well.

So, that’s that I guess. And the thing is, since starting vacation (a little over a week ago,) I have received next to no work emails, stressed phone calls, or anything. It has been over IMG_20170821_125717two years since both Nick and I have taken a non-work vacation, and it’s a true and honest vacation this time. What a blessing.

But here we are, on the train, working. Haha. Happy Monday!

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