Cruising: Life on board

What it's like on a cruise -- description from a 10-day Celebrity Equinox Eastern Caribbean Cruise

What it's like on a cruise -- description from a 10-day Celebrity Equinox Eastern Caribbean Cruise

I recently returned from an Eastern Caribbean cruise with my family. Last week I shared details about all of our port days, but today I wanted to talk a little bit about what it was like on board. We were on the Celebrity Equinox, and had an amazing time. Obviously every cruise line and ship is different, but here’s what I found.

Lots to do; limited time
I found that usually there was a lot going on during sea days. Every night we received a printed schedule of the next day’s activities. Because I’m type A, I had brought a highlighter to mark up the sheet of potential events. One of my favorite events was an evening performance by a magician. I absolutely love magic, so I arrived early with George and got front row seats. He called up volunteers from the audience and both George and I were picked for different parts of the act! It was awesome.

Stacked Valentine’s Bunting

Stacked Valentine's Bunting -- DIY Decoration

Stacked Valentine's Bunting -- DIY Decoration

Normally when I make bunting to hang up, I get lazy and I only create one design. But, honestly, decorations always look better when strategically stacked or accessorized properly. So for this Valentine’s Day, I put in the time and created three different hanging decorations and stacked them all together.

Cutting felt circles for hanging Valentine's Day decor

Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Port Days

Eastern Caribbean Cruise -- Recap of Port Days on Celebrity Equinox

Eastern Caribbean Cruise -- Recap of Port Days on Celebrity Equinox

Hi gang! I just got back from an awesome 10-night cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. It was a super generous gift from my parents, and my whole family was there. I wanted to share some of my photos, along with notes about what we did on each port day. Later next week I’ll spill on what it was like on board the boat, the Celebrity Equinox. I haven’t been on a cruise in many years, and I believe it was my first time at all of these stops!

St Thomas
Our first stop was St. Thomas, and I ventured off with my parents and older brother to see Coral World. It’s an aquarium with other non-aquatic animals, like lorikeets that you can feed. My little niece loved all of the animals, and it we all had a particularly good time with the birds and in an underwater viewing room where you can see all the tropical fish in the wild. Later we went next door to Coki Beach, which was a bit busy, but a very nice place to swim and snorkel for a little while.

Wrapped Storage Boxes

Wrapped storage boxes -- a simple DIY with added metal bookplate

Wrapped storage boxes -- a simple DIY with added metal bookplate

I have been on a huge organization kick recently. I have so much stuff, especially when it comes to crafting supplies, and not everything has a clear home. That, of course, leads to a mess and to frustration when I can’t find what I’m looking for. Especially with a new shared home office in the works, I’ve been planning new storage and starting to organize things. I was all set to buy some of those cute white boxes for some of my greeting card and stationary pieces when I realized I could make storage boxes myself and save some money.

My Creative Month: December 2014

Visiting The Clark in Williamstown, MA

Every month there are many small projects and events in my life that don’t make it on to the blog. My Creative Month shares some interesting tutorials I’ve tried, as well as a little peek into my life.

Visiting The Clark in Williamstown, MA

The holidays are a whirlwind for other people, too, right? Even though we decided to forgo hosting a holiday party (see below for why), December was crazy in all of the best ways.

New House(!)
So we are still in the whole process, but George and I are buying our first house!

Yikes! It is really exciting and scary all at the same time. We’ve been coordinating the sale for quite some time now, and these last details are getting a little annoying to sort out. I don’t want to share too much, for fear of cursing the closing, but the house has some amazing details like ceiling medallions. Here’s a little taste:

living well on less