Cruise Life Day 5- Grand Bahama Island

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Today was the best day ever!! We went with a group of friends to Dead Man’s Reef. We snorkeled. It was amazing! We got to see 2 sea turtles, several beautiful fish, & coral. This was absolutely the best day! We also went to a local restaurant and got free wifi!

 

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***Tip of the day ***

Dealing with the taxi drivers & business owners can be a daunting task annoying. Especially when you feel like they are cheating you left and right. DONT LET THEM GET YOU DOWN, you’re on vacation have fun! IMG_7217

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Cruise Life Day 3- Nassau (2nd day)

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Our second day in Nassau we went out with our new cruise friends to Cable Beach. It was absolutely peaceful. It was nice to go with friends. Rob and I did a jet ski ride. It was a lot of fun. I really liked that the local people left us alone for the most part. It was a great day!

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We got in the routine of getting drinks by the pool bar and then having dinner with our new friends.

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The evening was hilarious. We participated in an ‘adult’ game night. It was really pretty funny. The tasks ranged from finding a ‘pair of twins’ to showing a ‘thong’ and ‘making a human pyramid’. The funniest part of the night was when we dressed the men up in women’s clothes and they did a fashion show.

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We had a swan towel animal waiting for us today! I want a lesson of how to do this! I have to give the housekeeping staff a shoutout. It was so nice coming home to a clean room every evening.


***Tip of the day***

It gets cold at night bring a sweater!

Cruise Life Day 2 – Nassau

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The second day we were in Nassau. I did a lot of research on the area about where to go. I found that Cable Beach was the best area to go. When we got off the boat we went to the area to catch a cab. The cab driver convinced us that cable beach was no good and that cabbage beach was the way to go. The car ride was similar to a rollarcoaster. I was scared for my life, literally. When we arrived at the beach we knew immediately that we were deceived. Several locals crowed around our car trying to get us to do a variety of activities including: parasaling, jet skiing, use of beach chairs, …. (the list goes on). We got conned into purchasing drinks out of a coconut. This was literally the stupidest idea ever because they took Hawaiian punch, a bottle full of alcohol, and ice. It was the grosses drink ever and totally unsafe.

We got a puppy towel animal?!

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***Tip of the day***

Learn about the area you are going to. Stink to your guns about where you want to go. There are so many taxi drivers so if one doesn’t want to take you to were you want to go find another driver. Travel with a group of people.

Cruise Life Day 1- Cococay

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The first day of our cruise we went to Cococay, Bahamas. It was a beautiful & relaxing beach day. We had fun doing Bahama line dancing! The island is owned by the cruise company so the food was included. Our favorite drink was the Cocoloco! So yummy.

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Also this is considered a ‘wet dock’ this means that the ship stops and you get on a smaller ship to take you to the land. To be honest this is not particularly safe.

 

 

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We got to see some wildlife on Cococay!

 

 

 

 

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One of our favorite parts was coming home to these cute towel animals! Today was a bunny?

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We had dinner back on the ship. One of the nice things is that you can order what ever you like and if you don’t like it you can order something else. The only annoying thing is that the cruise really nickel and dimes you with everything. (We later decided to purchase the drink package).

 

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Exhaustion

We landed yesterday and were exhausted. My favorite way to travel is having the flight overnight and arriving in the morning. When you do this you don’t lose the day tired. We ended up having a low key night doing putput. We found a cheep Groupon and went close to closing. !It cost 12 dollars for both of us. (Cheep date night!!!)It was really relaxing because we were the only people at the course. I ended up losing by 1 point!
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We didn’t have much of a plan for today. We saw several ballons with signs saying “$30 for tickets to Orlando studios”. We found out that this is a scam. These companies make you watch a 2 hour video about timeshares before they give you the tickets. We opted out of this. Instead we went to a botanical garden. It was absolutely beautiful. image

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We also had an amazing lunch at a Greek resturant through groupon. We ate at Hubbly Bubbly. It was Greek food in a Chipole resturant style.

After lunch we went to get my nails done. I think it’s so important when you wear open toe shoes to have your nails done.

Next we found another groupon for a massage. We went to Spring Spa Massage and Bodywork. It cost about 30$ each. This was much better than the cruise rate of 200$ for 40 minutes. The massage was not a “relaxing” massage. Note for next massage make sure you check out the kind of massage your getting. It was nice to get a massage after flying and having a stiff neck.

We went out to downtown Orlando to walk around and dinner. We first stopped at a resturant called Scratch. It had high reviews on yelp. The atmosphere was super cool and the menu changed daily. We did not eat dinner here though because the options were really wierd like chicken liver, no thank you!!! We had dinner at 310 Park South. It was delicious! The Greek salad was to die for. This is a picture of Orange Street (the Main Street through downtown). We also got to see a couple get engaged to super romantic live jazz music.
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Off we go!!

imageRobbie and I are so excited to be going on our first cruise together! Our flight was at 7am (ugh too early). Thankful for papa T who dropped us off bright and early. This picture is a very tired (but excited) Lex and Rob.

More updates to follow!

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Friendsgiving

This past weekend I held my first party ever. I’ve grown up going to some really fabulous parties.The pressure to compete with the past parties was immense. When I started planning the party I did extensive research trying to figure out where to start. It was definitely an overwhelming process. I wanted to hold a party where I could spend time with friends and family that I might not be able to be with on Thanksgiving. I decided to hold a Friendsgiving. I started first by making a list of people that I wanted to spend time with. By deciding who/ how many people I wanted to invite it really helped me decide where to focus on where to hold the party.


Choosing a Location:  Currently, I live in a one bedroom apartment and there was no way to have all the people that we wanted to have over in the apartment. I started looking at different venues and the prices varied greatly. I knew that I didn’t want to spend a significant amount of money on the venue but wanted it to look nice. I decided on going with the clubhouse at my apartment. The price was the cheapest ($75) but also the proximity was nice for day of set up.

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Choosing a Date:  The next big decision was picking a date. I tried to feel several of the guests out for a good date to pick. I realized that I was never going to be able to accommodate everyone. I decided a date that worked for me and I stuck with it. I wanted it to be before the Thanksgiving & December Holidays.

Creating Invitations: 

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One of my favorite parts of the process was designing the invitations. At first I thought that I was going to use a set of pre-made cards. I found the cutest cards at target but they were $30 for 25 cards. I found the cards a little pricey and impersonal. Michael’s had plain cards that I could decorate my own way. I was able to get 50 plain cards for $6. (http://www.michaels.com/recollections-cards-and-envelopes/M10205015.html?dwvar_M10205015_color=White#q=cards&start=2) I found a can of glitter spray paint for 6$. (http://www.michaels.com/design-master-glitter-spray/M10151035.html?dwvar_M10151035_color=Silver#q=gold+spray+paint&start=6). I also purchased a bag of fake fall leaves for $1. I spent a total of $13 on 50 cards vs. 60$. I spent approximately 4-5 hours decorating the cards (with the help of a friend). Next time I send a cards out I will send them 2 months prior to the start of the party. I sent the cards out one month early and because of this some people received the cards after the party happened. I struggled with doing an Evite or Facebook event since I am in the marketing industry.  I felt that since it was a more formal (invitation only) party it was better to send out cards.

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Potluck vs. Cooking Cooking is not my forte. But I really enjoy baking pies. I cooked: pumpkin pie, blueberry pie, peanut butter pie (my favorite) http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2013/10/chocolate-peanut-butter-pie.html#_a5y_p=1011863  and cookie dough cheesecake(http://www.copycatrecipeguide.com/How_to_Make_Cheesecake_Factory_Chocolate_Chip_Cookie-Dough_Cheesecake) . I asked all of the guests to bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish. I thought this would be fun to see what everyone brought. Several of the guests were very concerned about having duplicate dishes. This wasn’t a concern to me personally because I figured that if a dish was multiple peoples favorites then more people would eat it. The only duplicate food that was at the party was 2 pumpkin pies.

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Drinks  All of the articles online tell you to not pretend you are a bar and buy one of every drink. I only purchased beer, soda, and wine. I completely overpurchased on the drinks. Soda can’t go bad so I was okay with that. Several guests bought their favorite drinks which was helpful.

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Music  Music makes or breaks a party to me. We brought a speaker system to the venue that was blue tooth capable. This was a nice feature because anyone could connect to their phones to the speaker and play a song that they wanted.

Day of Event  I had a to do list for the day of the event. Literally every detail of the preparation I had written down. This is really helpful because not one single person can do everything for the event. By having everything written down it allowed for other people to help and jump in when needed.

Clean up One of the best things that I did to help clean up was having several boxes and baskets onsite to make carrying everything out of the venue.  It was great that a few guests stayed to clean.

What I would change While I found my party a success there are still several changes that I will implement earlier to make the party even better. Firstly I need to send out invitations earlier. I sent the invitations out approximately 1 month early. Next time I need to send the invitations at least 2 months prior. In regards to food I will have all of the guests RSVP with the food that they plan to bring.I also over purchased drinks. I am not sure if there is a specific ratio of people per drinks. Music makes or breaks a party. It would be better to have a set play list for music that way no one would have to be consumed with worrying about picking the next song.   A big time sucker is picking out an outfit no matter where you are going. When its your party and you have a million other things to worry about I think it would be better to have an outfit picked out prior to day of event.  The day before the event I found out that the venue had to be cleaned by 9 AM the next day. We partied until 4 AM. It really was hard to clean up after partying for so long. I think I would plan to have a definate end time in the party to allow for clean up time.After the dinner was over the party turned from eating to mostly drinking. Next time I will plan to bring additional munchies/snacks for everyone to eat while playing games. I also will plan for a designated driver/ someone to ensure everyone’s return home safely.

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