DIY Nautical Dec(k)orations

Brad and I are preparing to clean, fix and stain the deck on our new house, which inspired me to share a project from last summer that didn’t make it on the blog yet.

I can’t take credit for anything you’re about to see, all the credit goes to my crafty and talented mother-in-law. She has the cruise bug worse than anyone I know and is drawn to all things nautical. This is the woman who made a cruise-themed Christmas tree for their living room.

At the beginning of summer last year, she was anxiously anticipating an upcoming cruise so she decided to deck out their deck with some awesome handmade nautical items (please tell me someone else appreciates all the ways I can use “deck” in this post). I’ve linked to her inspiration with each item as well.

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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

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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