About Rachel

PR professional and social media enthusiast, blogging about life, marriage, coffee and type 1 diabetes.

10 Items to Pack for a Cruise that You May Not Think of

Every time we go on a cruise, I think of different things that would should have brought. Or I’m surprised by how much we used something we didn’t think we’d need.

There are all kinds of lists for what to bring on a cruise vacation that make total sense, so for the basics check them out.

But there are definitely some unusual or simply forgettable items that should get a spot in your suitcase, no matter how light of a traveler you are. Here are my top 10: Continue reading

7 Things to Consider Before Getting a Pet

Happy National Pet Day!

April 11th is National Pet Day, and it falls so very close to when my own furballs were born. (They’re about to turn five by the way.)

Go ahead, you can think it: Rachel’s a bit of a crazy cat lady. I’m definitely an animal lover. Holmes and Watson bring a lot of joy and entertainment into our home.

If you don’t already have a cat, dog, rabbit, fish, snake, hamster, etc in your home and are thinking about adding one to your family, here are a few things you should consider: Continue reading

The Corrective Lenses Conspiracy

I’m frustrated with my vision. Well… not exactly my vision. It could be better but I’m frustrated with the crap that comes along with requiring vision correction.

Obligatory giant pupil photo

For me, vision care does the wobbly dance on the line between my vision insurance and my health insurance for coverage. Thanks to type 1 diabetes I have to get a dilated eye exam each year from an ophthalmologist. Part of which includes a regular vision exam. Well, my health insurance covers the dilated exam but not the vision exam part of it. And go figure, the ophthalmologist that my health insurance covers doesn’t take my vision plan… and vice versa. So I’m stuck paying out of pocket for part of my exam.

Then there’s contacts. I can’t get my vision exam, dilated exam and contact order all from the same person. For what reason? I don’t know. Continue reading

Back from Vacation {Cruise Photos}

For our birthdays, Brad and I took a much-needed vacation… a Western Caribbean cruise.

This was cruise number six for us. It was originally supposed to be a couples’ winter escape. Our decision to take this trip was actually made while sitting in a winery in Madison with our friends in November. Tickets were booked and we were planning our escape when our friends found out that they are expecting (yay!). They weighed the risks and decided to do what is best for them and their baby and cancelled the trip. Every place on our travel itinerary had a CDC travel warning about Zika for pregnant women. Whenever you travel, double check no only the security warnings about your destination, but also the health warnings.

So Brad and I went by ourselves. It was incredible and relaxing. It was nice to get away from winter for a little while. I have a few pictures from our trip to share with you. Enjoy!

First order of business when on board: Lunch at Park Cafe

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Repairing by Embellishing {Sweater #Refashion}

I had a black cardigan that I’ve been wearing for years. It was the perfect weight, size and worked for casual, professional or whatever look I had. I even wore it to Luke’s.

But my versatile cardigan met with a bit of a mysterious mishap in the laundry. This is what it looked like after some stitching up. Continue reading