Disneyland Through the Eyes of a First Timer

Disneyland Through the Eyes of a First Timer

We are traveling to Disneyland for the first time ever and we are beyond excited!  Not only is this our first trip to the ‘original’ Happiest Place on Earth but Jason and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this week! So since this is a special anniversary trip, we are traveling without the kids.  Once we have them well secured at their grandparents’ house we start our travel day.   We begin our adventure After some crazy heavy rain…

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What to do in Belize: Goff’s Caye & Snorkeling the Second Largest Barrier Reef

What to do in Belize: Goff’s Caye & Snorkeling the Second Largest Barrier Reef

How many different boat rides can you take in one day???  Well in Belize… a lot!  This is a shallow port so you take a tender boat to shore and then hop on another boat to go out on your excursion.  We have a great day planned with a trip to Goff’s Caye.  We chose this because of the uniqueness of this teeny tiny island and the amazing snorkeling.  Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world and…

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FUNKTOBERFEST: Craft Beer & Music Festival

FUNKTOBERFEST: Craft Beer & Music Festival

We had a great first experience this past weekend at Funktoberfest! 2017 was the third annual event but it was our first time attending. Jason and I thought we were doing good by arriving right at the start time of 3:00 but we could see that there was already a nice size crowd as parking was near full. We turned in our paper tickets for wristbands and headed into the event. As you walk in you are greeted by the…

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CRUISE LIFE: CLUE: Murder Mystery on Carnival Dream

CRUISE LIFE: CLUE: Murder Mystery on Carnival Dream

Having seen the press release when Carnival first released Clue: Murder Mystery on their ships, I was extremely excited to see this in person and play along! We were already in the theater as we wanted to see both shows that night and we held on to our front row seats. We were given a folder with the details of how the game is played and who the suspects are. Your job as a detective is to figure out where…

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CRUISE LIFE: Relaxing Poolside & Fantastic Comedy/Magic Show on Carnival Dream

CRUISE LIFE: Relaxing Poolside & Fantastic Comedy/Magic Show on Carnival Dream

Sometimes you need to just sit back and relax… After an early rise and a full day in port in Cozumel this is exactly what we needed. What better way to relax than to take a shower to get all of the sand off of you – that sand sure does get in places it shouldn’t be in – grab a bite eat and sit in the shade by the pool and feel the cool Caribbean breeze blowing on your face. It…

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CRUISE LIFE: Twister Speedboat & Isla Pasion – Carnival Dream Cruise

CRUISE LIFE: Twister Speedboat & Isla Pasion – Carnival Dream Cruise

What gets you going in the mornings? A morning jog… a strong cup of coffee… well, how about a speedboat??? This is how we started our day in Cozumel! Our excursion was called Isla Pasion by Twister, which means you are going to a beautiful island by way of a speedboat. We met up with our group and laid eyes on our vessel… a bright yellow boat with rows of black seats. No windshield here, that would just get covered…

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CRUISE LIFE: Arriving in Cozumel – Carnival Dream

CRUISE LIFE: Arriving in Cozumel – Carnival Dream

There is something very special about waking up early in the morning to walk outside on the top deck of a cruise ship and watch the sunrise! I will admit this was the first time I have ever done it as I am not a morning person. But on this morning Jason woke me up so we could experience this together. The Lido deck was quiet and peaceful as so many were still asleep.  We really soaked up the moment…

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CRUISE LIFE: Motor City Show & Motown Showdown – Carnival Dream

CRUISE LIFE: Motor City Show & Motown Showdown – Carnival Dream

Who’s ready for a good show? One of my favorite things to do on a cruise, other than eating, is to watch the great shows in the theater!  Tonight is the Motor City show which features music from Motown!  The pre-show can be a ton of fun too!  The four male performers were dressed like bellhops and were walking around the theater interacting with the passengers and making everyone laugh.  Then they picked a few guys from the audience and…

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CRUISE LIFE: Formal Night on the Carnival Dream

CRUISE LIFE: Formal Night on the Carnival Dream

It’s time for a formal night!   Or as it is now called… Cruise Elegant Night.  Believe it or night, our kids love to get dressed up on the ship… not at home but on the ship, it is something special!  Once we are all dressed up we head down to Promenade to see what all is going on…  This is the area of the ship that comes alive at night.  During the day most people are on Lido deck…

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CRUISE LIFE: Guy’s Pig & Anchor and Tea Time – Carnival Dream

CRUISE LIFE: Guy’s Pig & Anchor and Tea Time – Carnival Dream

Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que We made our way down to deck 5 for lunch at Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse.  You can smell this place before you can see it!  It has a wonderful smoky BBQ smell that the sea breeze picks up and carries around this area of the ship.  It was early so the line wasn’t very long and we had our food in no time.  They have the service set up where you choose your…

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