Happy 2nd Blogiversary!

17 Mar blogiversary-featured2

Hi Everyone!

We are so pleased to celebrate our 2nd Blogiversary!  It’s amazing how time flies by so fast but this blog has been a great way to keep track of all of our adventures.  This past year we added more than double the content to the blog and had over 1000 visitors!

Here are some of our most popular posts from the past year:

In celebration of our blogiversary we decided to bake some delicious vanilla cupcakes!
Blogiversary2015We want to thank our visitors and everyone who has liked our posts over the past two years.  Your comments and interest in our stories are what makes this such a fun experience!  We look forward to creating many more memorable posts in 2015!

XO,

Josh and Jany

St. Patrick’s Day Nails

16 Mar

Hi everyone! I am back with a cute and simple St. Patrick’s Day nail color combo. This is not the first time I have used these two colors together. If you want to see my first post with these colors click here. I didn’t have too much time to do my nails this past weekend but I still wanted to be in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!

The two colors that I used were:

  • Pretty Edgy by Essie
  • Good As Gold by Essie

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I did two coats of Pretty Edgy on all my nails except my ring finger. On my ring finger I did two coats of Good As Gold. I told you it was simple!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow!

DIY Wedding Guest Favors

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This was one of my favorite DIY projects that I worked on for our wedding besides the wedding cake and cupcakes! When I first started planning I had so my different guest favor ideas that I came up with! At first I wanted to create cake pops for everyone! I figured that’s easy I can handle this, but then I did the math: 4 cake pops x 50 guests = 200 cakes pops!!! I realized that it was something that I wasn’t going to be able to handle. I then thought about a cute sugar cookie that I would decorate, but once again I turned that project down! I have to be honest I turned both projects down mainly because of two reasons:

  1. Both of the projects required me to bake and prepare them 2-3 days before the wedding
  2. I didn’t want to be overwhelmed with so many projects so close to my wedding day

So for some weeks I went back and forth with some ideas but nothing that really called my attention. I was looking for something pretty, something that could be used for a guest favor but that would also double as a pretty table decoration. For some reason I always thought it would be nice to give the guests something sweet! Maybe it’s because I like sweets so much! One day when I was searching the web for guest favors and I came across this beautiful table with small gift boxes on top of each plate. I instantly new that was the look that I was going for! I just loved how the small boxes decorated the table and the idea of each guest arriving to a small gift once they sat down.

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Well now I had to figure out what to put inside the boxes! At first I thought about purchasing cake pops, cookies or chocolate covered strawberries! They all seemed like great ideas but once again I had to assemble the boxes at last minute because all these items are perishable. Then my mom came up with a great idea! How about some Lindt Chocolates? I loved the idea! It was exactly what I wanted to give my guests: something sweet and delicious! It was also something that I could prep ahead of time and not have to worry about before the festivities! Now let me show you how to make these beautiful guest favors.

Tools:

  • Custom Tags
  • Small Boxes (3″ x 3″ x 3″)
  • Satin Ribbon
  • Tissue Paper
  • Edging Scissors (Optional)
  • Chocolates

 

I started by assembling all my gift tags. I looped a small satin ribbon through the hole and left about 3″ of ribbon so I ccould tie it to the bow later. I found these beautiful tags online, I will tell you all about them in a future post.

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Because my boxes were shipped flat to save on shipping charges, I then assembled all the boxes.

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Next I cut all the tissue paper with a pair of edging scissors. You can use a regular pair of scissors I just wanted the edges to look prettier.

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Once everything was assembled, I took a pre-cut piece of tissue paper and placed 4 pieces of Lindt chocolate at the center.

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I then grabbed the four corners of the tissue paper together and dropped everything into the box.

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I tied the bows on the boxes using the “Tiffany & Co” method. I really like this bow because when untied the bow comes completely undone it doesn’t have any knots. I plan to do a video of this technique in a future post, check back soon!

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Another bonus is that the box lays flat against the surface.

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And my final step was to add the tag!

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This was a picture taken by our photographers. This is what all of our guests received when they arrived at their table!

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I hope I have inspired you to make your own wedding guest favors!

XO,

Jany

Valentine’s Day Striped Nails

8 Feb Valentines Day Striped Nails

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I have posted a DIY nail post. Because Valentine’s Day is right around the corner I wanted to share with you a cute, easy and fun Valentine’s Day Striped Nail tutorial. I used two nail colors that I had on hand but the color possibilities are endless! Get creative!

For this tutorial you will need two nail colors of your choice, tweezers and nail tape. The main nail color that I chose was Status Symbol by Essie.

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For the stripes I chose No Place Like Chrome by Essie.

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I started by painting all my nails with Status Symbol, except my ring finger. On my ring finger I used No Place Like Chrome. Once it was dry I cut small pieces of nail tape and applied them to the nail with tweezers. Tip: Press the center of the nail tape to the center of the nail and then push the nail tape to the sides.

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Next apply two or three coats of Status Symbol, after your last coat wait about 2 minutes and with tweezers slowly and carefully remove each piece of tape. And last but not least apply your top clear coat.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that special person in your life brings you lots of roses and chocolates!

Nail Color With Chills and Thrills

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The other day  I went shopping for some new nail polish and if you have read my previous posts you know that when I go shopping it’s usually for pink nail polish! I think I might be a little obsessed with pink! But much to my surprise this one nail color in particular stood out the most! Let me introduce you to Chills & Thrills by Essie. It’s a beautiful blue with a hint of purple. I know what you are thinking, is she crazy!?! But the colors almost blended the day I wore my purple tank top!

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This color covers nicely! Two coats were applied to get this look!

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Enjoy!

Oasis of The Seas Day 7: The Adults Only Pool and Sundeck

26 Aug Oasis-of-The-Seas-Adults-Only-Zen

Hi Everyone!

Well it is the end of an amazing week aboard the Oasis of The Seas!  We have been at sea for the last two days and besides the Dreamworks Parade we have spent the vast majority of our time at the Adults Only Pool.  But it is much more than just a pool, it is an entire area comprised of two levels at the front of the ship that is sectioned off for passengers over 16 years old.  It is designed with a bit of zen and a lot of glass but there are also plenty of openings so that there is a very nice breeze blowing through to keep you cool.

Don’t get me wrong, we love kids, we are planning on having kids, but for two adults on a vacation on their own it is wonderful to have an area where nobody is running around or screaming or splashing.  We actually didn’t even discover this area until about day 4 since there were so many other things to do and see on the ship.  We also thought that it was just going to be a small area around a pool, when in actuality it is a small pool and jacuzzi surrounded by a very big area!

Here is our first view, you can see the bar and someone gesturing to a seat, you definitely need to get here a little early to get the best seats, but most of them are very good.  We actually preferred this area as it was out of the direct sun and we already had pretty good tans from the first few days!

Oasis-of-The-Seas-Adults-Only-BarHere is what the ocean looks like, you can see how the sun deck blocks the wind (and the rain if it happens) but is also open to allow a breeze.

Oasis-of-The-Seas-Adults-Only-OceanAt this point we took a quick break so that Jany could check the main camera.

Oasis-of-The-Seas-Adults-Only-EntryI took the opportunity to get a shot of the beautiful Zen pond on the first level.
Oasis-of-The-Seas-Adults-Only-ZenHere is a nice shot of what we were looking at from our lounge chairs.

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And here is what we were looking at when we laid back on our lounge chairs…if only I could package the feeling I had at this moment and sell it!Oasis-of-The-Seas-Adults-Only-SkySo that was our final day on the amazing Oasis of The Seas.  We had such an amazing time I know that this series of posts have not even done it justice.  I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a relaxing but fun and adventurous vacation.  There is not too much to say about our disembarkation, it went smoothly, we loved our stateroom attendant and tipped him generously.  Luckily Jany arranged all of the tips on night 6 and so we were able to take it easy on our last night.  I hope you enjoy your vacation as much as we did and if you have any questions about anything at all please leave a comment below.

Bon Voyage!

Josh and Jany

Here are the links to all of the previous posts in the Oasis of The Seas series:

Oasis of The Seas Pre-Cruise Planning
Oasis of The Seas Boarding and Day 1
Oasis of The Seas Day 2: Atlantis and 150 Central Park
Oasis of The Seas Day 3: Central Park, Rising Tide Bar and a Bow for the Bow
Oasis of The Seas Day 4: Sort of Alone on the Ship
Oasis of The Seas Days 5 and 6: St. Maarten and Dreamworks Parade

Oasis of The Seas Days 5 and 6: St. Maarten and Dreamworks Parade

4 Aug oasis-of-the-seas-parade-featured

Ahoy Fellow Cruise Enthusiasts!

I decided to combine days 5 and 6 because we mostly spent day 5 relaxing on the beach without our camera.  We chose to do the 4 X 4 St. Maarten and Beach Escape for a couple of reasons: First, I love Jeeps and second, we wanted to just relax on the beach for most of the day.  We had a great time and actually got to see a lot of St. Maarten and spend some nice time on the beach.

Here you can see me plotting out our course for the day…approximately.

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When we got back to the ship we were scheduled for our only return to the Main Opus Dining Room for dinner.  As discussed in previous posts we were not very happy with our first night in the main dining room and decided to visit the 150 Park Central specialty restaurant the next night.  We were so happy with the experience that we dined at the other specialty restaurants the following nights. But the customer service on Royal Caribbean lived up to its reputation and they followed up with us to see why we were not happy with the main dining room.

The Maitre’D promised to improve our experience by giving us a table that was separate from everyone else.  It was definitely an improvement but the service was still a bit slow so we decided to return to our beloved 150 Central Park on night 6.  It worked out great because they change the menu for 150 Central Park halfway through the trip so we were able to try a whole new menu and it was just as delicious as the first menu!

The chandelier is the highlight of the Main Opus Dining Room.

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But our love of the specialty restaurants is old news from previous posts.  The main purpose of this post is to tell you the importance of arriving early to the Dreamworks Parade on the promenade!  The Dreamworks Parade only happens on the days at sea.  On the first day we showed up about 30 minutes before the parade was going to start and we could not even see what was going on.  There were so many people in front of us on the parade route that we could only catch glimpses of the performers, but we knew from the little bit that we could see (and from the applause and cheers) that we were missing an incredible show.  So we vowed to show up early for the next parade.

We decided that arriving almost two hours early for the parade would ensure us a front row seat.  And luckily we were right!  But not by much because we got one of the last front row seats on the route.  You might think two hours is a bit excessive but if you want a seat instead of standing it is worth it.  The time waiting for the parade passed quickly, as I grabbed a couple of beers and watched the people while Jany went to check out some of the awesome shops on the promenade.  Her favorite was a cupcake shop where she bought a couple of books and a few cupcakes for us.

They started setting up for the parade about an hour before it started and we could tell it was going to be incredible.  This is also when the rest of the passengers started showing up and I had to do the old “Sorry this seat’s taken”.  I was only defending one seat so I didn’t get much argument but there were a few people that were defending multiple seats and there were some minor arguments…enough to keep me entertained.

The parade was so worth the wait.  All of our favorite Dreamworks characters were there, including the crazy lemur from Madagascar and the whole cast from How To Train Your Dragon!  Yes we are adults but we love the modern computer animated features…who doesn’t?

It starts with an incredible acrobatic display.

oasis-of-the-seas-acrobatThen the lion from Madacascar shows up with the scheming secret service penguins!

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oasis-of-the-seas-parade-penguinsThen Puss in Boots makes an appearance on the Rising Tide Bar!

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And finally the family from How to Train Your Dragon shows up!oasis-of-the-seas-parade-dragon

The show lasted around a half hour but it was full of fun and entertainment and it is one of our best memories from the cruise!  Remember the early bird gets the front row!

Below are links to the other posts in the Oasis of The Seas series…

Oasis of The Seas Pre-Cruise Planning
Oasis of The Seas Boarding and Day 1
Oasis of The Seas Day 2: Atlantis and 150 Central Park
Oasis of The Seas Day 3: Central Park, Rising Tide Bar and a Bow for the Bow
Oasis of The Seas Day 4: Sort of Alone on the Ship

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