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Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!

Hello all, it’s Crystal here!Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!

 

With summer in full swing I can’t help but think of vacationing. And my new favorite way to vacation is a cruise!
If you have never been on one before I’m going to give you my top 5 reasons why I love to cruise.
  #1 One price for everything. Your room, food and entertainment are a one stop shop therefore you don’t have to do tons of research to figure out how much dough you will need to save up. Of course don’t forget to calculate the costs of getting to port and back. But if you prepay gratuities and research your cruise line of choice there really aren’t any surprises.

#2 Fun destinations! Who hasn’t secretly or not so secretly, as in my case, wished of traveling to other countries? I love to go to new countries and see how they live. It’s very inspiring. I tend to come home with a new outlook on life.

Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!

 #3 Step outside that box!
When I go new places I like to find at least one way to step outside my comfort zone and try new things. On a cruise there are tons of ways to do that. I sampled new foods. Some were very good, others were not so much. Haha! If you have never been on a cruise make it a priority to eat in the dining room at least once.  But it’s really the highlight of the ship in my opinion. The food is wonderful and at times exotic. The best part is, you can order all you want! Another way to challenge yourself is with excursions.  My two best friends went parasailing on the beach of Cozumel. I’ll tell you one of them had a blast. The other was a good sport while we laughed at the video of her totally freaking out.
Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!#4 The scenery. Have you ever watched the sun set over the ocean? It’s beautiful. The waters in the Carribean and Mexico are so clear. You can see the fishies as they swim around you. If you love to take pictures like I do, then you will love all the photo ops you can get while on a cruise and in ports.

  #5 Busy, Busy, Busy! There’s always something to do on a cruise. Even if it’s just eating. The food is everywhere and it’s so yummy. The pools are a hot spot, and the shows are super fun. I caught a couple comedians, some Broadway type shows, and even hit up the casino just for fun. I played a whopping $12 haha! There are tons of other activities as well and they occur all day and into the night.
Here is a bonus #6..I love getting dressed up to go to diner each night. As a stay at home mom/writer I don’t get many chances to do that. There is one or two nights depending on the length of your cruise that is fancy wear night. That one was the most fun. Get dressed early and pop down to all the photo ops to have your picture taken!
Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!
Photo Opp from Fancy Night!

Why I Love to Cruise: 5 Reasons YOU Will Too!!!

I’m ready to set sail today after that, how about you?
If you would like more information about cruising sound off in the comments below. I have lots more information that I can give you.
I would also like to hear what you love to do on vacation, or your favorite things about cruising if you have been.
Check out this sleep mask for the ride to your cruise!

Originally posted 2017-07-12 07:12:51.

Tilt-A-Whirl

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Not gonna lie, I’ve reached an age where the tilt a whirl made me sick.  Joy.  But the kid had fun so it was totally worth it!

Got any great fair/carnival memories?

Originally posted 2013-10-23 04:41:50.

Birdie’s Playhouse: Move Like An Animal Album

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Some of you may remember my previous review of Birdie’s Playhouse that I did last year.  If you don’t, check it out here.  I loved Birdie’s first album, it is such a fun set of music even for not-so-little kids.  Her music makes me want to move and I will admit to having cleaned the house to her first album, as it really is great for motivation!

Her new album is just as fun and catchy as the first one!  I am still loving the way she puts in the educational aspect!  Throughout all of the songs, she sings about various animals and you end up learning so much about so many species!  My favorite piece of trivia from this album is about the butterflys, but I won’t spoil it.  If you wanna know, you have to check out her Birdie’s Playhouse and figure out what it is!!!     A little warning: you’ll be addicted and unable to stop the album from playing!  Many times, reviewing music you get extremely tempted to skim through songs and have to force yourself to listen.  This is NOT the case with Birdie!  With the salsa feel of the songs, you’ll be dancing and moving to the rhythm from the first beat!

Check out the song ‘Big Feelings’.  It seeks to teach the little ones, and even the grownups, how to express themselves.  That song seriously made me giggle.  Another song that really made me laugh, and made Monkey smile and roll her eyes, is Furry Belly Dancer.  Between these two, my face hurts from laughing!  Love love love it!!!

From Birdie’s Press Release

In addition to being soulful, upbeat and fun, Move Like An Animal  teaches kids about animals and helps guide them through life. The song “Chimpanzees” shows us that all creatures are equal.  And “I’m a Toucan” and “Running Far” explain how to overcome obstacles and pursue your passions.   Find out why gerbils are doing the “Furry Belly Dance” and what the cottontail rabbit’s best defense is! And don’t miss stellar guest vocals from Mista Cookie Jar and Aaron Nigel Smith on the “Snail Cha Cha.”  Other featured musicians include: stunning guitarist Omar Torrez (Tom Waits 2008 tour), kindie keyboardist Mike Schmid (Miley Cyrus tour), master drummer Chris Wabich (Sheila E, Sting recordings), two-time HBO Def Poet Joe Hernández-Kolski and crooner Jonny Blu.

 Keep an eye out for the giveaway to come!

It will be part of our Little Ones Giveaway Event August 4th-31st!

Originally posted 2013-07-14 00:01:21.

Beat Depression: One Moment at a Time

Hey all, Crystal here!
I have been wanting to do a series on ways to overcome depression. I struggle with a recurring depression and I know how difficult it can be. But I do not like wallowing. I feel like I may have this thing that makes me sad some days. Although I do not have to let it
get me down.
One thing I do is journal. That may sound boring but hear me out. There are lots of ways to journal.
Junk Journal, Art Journal, Bullet Journal to name a few. I even use a Travelers notebook and the ways to accessorize them are so much fun!!!
So today let talk about Art Journaling. Yiu can go big or small or somewhere in between, it’s just up to you. You may be thinking, But Crystal I can’t draw! Yeah you can. Trust me. You can. because this isn’t for a prize, or to show. It’s just for you. I’m not a Picasso or a Michelangelo by any means. But it makes me happy to color, paint or sketch.

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My Jane Davenport Watercolor Pallett and brush.

I have a secret. I just look at other peoples stuff and go from there. I don’t trace it, but I look at it to make my own version.
So what do you need to get started? This is where I said go big or small. You can start with any piece of paper and colored pencils, markers, paint. Or you can go to a craft store and load up. They have blank art journals with mixed media paper or watercolor paper.. You can splurge like I finally did and get some Jane Davenport watercolors and water brush. It’s just whatever you prefer really.
get started and have fun!

 

You can also check out our post: 10 Ways to Overcome Depression.

 

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You can see my talent level is low. HaHa Full disclosure used a Jane Davenport Stamp set for the face.