Saturday, March 23, 2019

5 Things to Pack for a Cruise

5 things to be sure to pack for a cruise

There are some obvious items you'd pack for a cruise like clothes, toiletries, and travel documents. But here are five other items to consider adding to your packing list.

1. Magnet. Did you know the walls in your cabin are magnetic? A magnetic clip, like a big chip clip, can be placed on the wall and used as a bulletin board area. The clip can be a good place to put all the papers that will be delivered to the cabin each day. The daily paper, the invitations to the art auction and health seminar, the ads for the boutiques and spa specials can be organized on the wall instead of strewn about the desk.

2. Highlighter. Each day a printed schedule of the activities happening around the ship is delivered to the cabin. A highlighter allows passengers to mark those activities they don’t want to miss. Each member of the family can use a different color on the same schedule. Or ask your steward for extra copies and each person can have their own schedule and mark it up.

3. Reclosable bags in a variety of sizes. These can be used to bring snacks back to the cabin from the buffet. They can also keep valuables dry and sand out of electronics when at the beach. Larger size bags can be used for sandy/muddy sandals and shoes.

4. Packing Cubes. With the number of outfits needed for a cruise – formal wear, resort casual wear, swimwear – not to mention regular day-to-day clothes, suitcases get filled up fast. Rolling clothes and putting them into packing cubes leaves space left over in the suitcase for bringing home souvenirs.  You’d be surprised how much you can fit in those things.

They even make it easy for unpacking. Actually, it's more like not unpacking - we just unzip them, fold back the top, and leave them in the drawers. Super duper easy and convenient. We've used the eBags brand for quite a while and they haven't had as much as a rip or broken zipper. Easy to wash and easy to use!

We use multiple sizes and we each have our own colors (me-pink, hubby-green). They have a ton of colors and sizes to choose from. Take a look:

5. Fabric refresher that can double as an air freshener. You may wind up wearing the same clothes more than once so it comes in handy. And remember - the bathroom is small. A couple sprays can take care of any issues arising from enclosed quarter bathroom situations.

5 things to pack for a cruise

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Friday 15

I seriously found 15 more items to get rid of? Heck, yeah. That makes almost three straight months of sending off 15+ items per week. Add that to all the Friday 15s I did last year and I'm getting pretty darn good at this downsizing thing.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Make a Spring Flower Table Runner - Tutorial Tuesday

For today's Tutorial Tuesday we are going to make a flower table runner.

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Homemade Quilted Spring Flower Table Runner Sewing Project
For the project you will need:

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sewing for Good Sunday

Despite that:
*I'm in the middle of a rheumatoid arthritis flare up and can barely get out of bed and dressed.
*My back is throwing fits and won't allow me to sit for an extended period of time.
*Both knee replacements won't let me stand for an extended period of time.
*The screws in both my shoulders - especially the shoulder that got roughed up during the transatlantic cruise - are bugging me and drastically reducing my movement.
*I've been fighting a migraine for the last few days.
*I'm having to work hard to cough up whatever gunk is in my one working lung.
*The inflammation in my thumb is pressing against a nerve and make it twitch incessantly.

I still have plugged along and now have all 12 charity quilts basted. And even got another one quilted.

Here's hoping for better days so I can get more sewing done. But that day isn't today.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Alaska Cruise Resources

Click on the links below to learn more about what I have to say (and show) about cruising in Alaska!

5 Things to do in Juneau
Nugget Falls Trail at Mendenhall Glacier
Juneau: Cruising Alaska on the Golden Princess
The Royal Princess in Juneau

5 Things to do in Ketchikan 
Ketchikan: Cruising Alaska on the Golden Princess 
Ketchikan: Cruising Alaska on the Royal Princess 
The Royal Princess in Ketchikan 

5 Things to do in Skagway 
Dogsledding in Skagway 
A trip to the Yukon Suspension Bridge 
Skagway: Cruising Alaska on the Royal Princess 
Skagway: Cruising Alaska on the Golden Princess 
The Royal Princess in Skagway 

5 Weeks Cruising Alaska on the Royal Princess 

Island Princess Cruise Wrap-Up 
Cruising Alaska: Royal Princess Wrap-Up 
Several years of blog posts about Alaska are here 

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