Friday, March 29, 2019

Our Honeymoon: Southern Caribbean Cruise with Norwegian Day 6, St. Martin

On Tuesday morning of our cruise we arrived in St. Martin bright and early. From the boat the water looked absolutely gorgeous and we were super excited for our adventure on this particular day. We ate a quick breakfast at the buffet and then headed downstairs to line up to get off the boat.

Norwegian does a lot of things really well but getting off the boat at each island is a thing I think they could definitely improve on. The line to get off the boat was insane most of the time and seemed to be disorganized. 

Once we were off the boat we walked a few minutes from port to Johnny's Scooter Rental where we had previously booked an ATV tour! 

Tim had found this particular tour online and we loved it! I had decided that I would rather ride on the back of an ATV then drive my own. We ended up being on a tour with one other couple from Germany.  Johnny was informative and showed us the entire route we would be taking and pointed out key landmarks as we rode around.

We actually were able to ride around the entire island and saw so much!

We stopped at Maho Beach where airplanes fly right over the beach into the airport. They even have a   schedule for all the flights so you know when to expect one to fly over! We saw a few planes fly by and I did manage to capture one on video which you can check out on my Youtube video.

It really was a cool spot but definitely too crowded for my taste!

We spent a little time hanging out before we started on our way again.

Our second stop was in a marketplace where we walked around and were able to do a little bit of shopping. 

Our third stop was a super quick pit stop to just take in the view. It was a gorgeous location

I just loved the view, particularly the ocean and where the different colors meet in the water. 

Our final stop was Orient Beach which was an amazing, low-key beach.

Tim and I made sure to swim and the water was warm and gorgeous. There was quite a bit of seaweed which apparently is quite the problem here and they often have to rake it out because sea turtles will have trouble getting back to the ocean.

After drying off from swimming we headed up to the bar where Johnny was also having a drink.

The view from the bar wasn't too shabby. I love the way the red umbrellas look against the sand and the water.

Even the coke cans are festive in the Caribbean!

After Orient Beach we took the drive back to Johnny's Scooter Rental and said our goodbyes. We headed back through the shops at port and bought a few things before getting back on the boat.

Once we got back on the ship we ate and then hung around on the front of the ship so we could watch the island disappear as we headed off to the next one!

These chairs on the front of the ship weren't the most comfortable places to sit since the cushions kept slipping all over the place but I absolutely loved being at the front of the boat. 

Seriously, the sunsets on the water are like nothing else! Every night the sunset was so incredible.

I seriously can't get enough.

Also I regret not pulling my tripod out and taking some nice pictures instead of just selfies. 

Photo credit goes to Tim for the last three pictures!

Okay, that's enough of that for now!

We ate dinner at the buffet and then participated in a game show called Majority Rules which was really funny. Sarah who worked on the ship in the entertainment department was hilarious. We loved attending anything she hosted because she was so fun!

The show this particular night was Nicola Ward and she sang a variety of songs and was a very talented vocalist! We enjoyed her show more then we thought we would.

After the show we hung out at O'Sheehans for a little bit and then headed back to our room where our nightly towel animal was waiting for us.

Not quite sure what this one is, if anyone has a guess or knows please comment below!

With two islands down we only had three more to explore and I was really excited to head out on our adventure the next morning so stick around to hear all about it on Monday!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Spring Cleaning: Front Hall Closet (GIVEAWAY!)

Hey loves!

Today is the first episode of my Spring Cleaning series and we are starting small with the front hall closet. 

In my usual forgetfulness I didn't take a before picture but if I'm being honest the before and after wasn't too different. I mostly just wanted to wipe down the shelf and vacuum the floor. There wasn't a whole lot that needed to be decluttered. In this closet we keep our coats, board games, some shoes, and a few other random items.

The first thing I did was pull everything out of the closet and pile it in the kitchen. Then I wiped down the shelf and used my vacuum to clean the floor. 

As I put things back I tired to keep my coats on one side and Tim's coats on the other. I'm sure we have more coats then we really need but I truly wear all the coats from my side and Tim's stuff is his responsibility to declutter.

On the top shelf I stacked up our games and found a spot for my dance bags. I'm not sure why I insist on keeping all my dance stuff ready to go, but I like to have it here. The second bag is for my dance team stuff so that is necessary to bring when I coach.

I keep a  few extra hangers available in case we have guests who want to hang up their coats in the closet.

I despise our floors, they are so gross looking. I can't wait to buy a house and chose my own floors at some point!

On the floor I kept my rainboots, my uggs, Tim's boots, Tim's lunchbox, a shovel, car cleaning supplies and my step stool. In the back I also have a poster with a picture of me from Halloween when I was little and the poster from my bridal shower. To the right side there are also a few golf clubs and a golf umbrella. 

Overall the only thing that didn't put back in here was a gaming chair that Tim has never used but it definitely gave us a little more room.

Now for the exciting news, I am hosting a giveaway!!

If you haven't heard, The Home Edit just released their first book and let me tell you it's incredible! The pictures are gorgeous and their method for organizing and making things look beautiful is perfect. I adore their Instagram (thehomeedit) and want to share the inspiration with all of you so in addition to buying a book for myself, I picked one up to share with one of you! In order to enter the giveaway you can head HERE.

This giveaway will be open until April 3rd at 11:59PM and I will announce the winner here shortly after. This giveaway is only open to those located in the United States. Good luck!

In addition to this post I also filmed a front hall closet clean with me video which you can check out here.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Our Honeymoon: Southern Caribbean Cruise with Norwegian Day 5, San Juan Puerto Rico

Hey loves! Today I'm sharing day five of our Southern Caribbean Cruise! On this day we spent part of the day on the boat and arrived in San Juan Puerto Rico around 4pm. The majority of the day on the boat was taken up by eating at the buffet, attending a workshop hosted by the magician from the night before, and watching our arrival into Puerto Rico.

After a few days on the boat I was ready to get onto land and explore. Both Tim and I had been to San Juan before so we didn't feel the need to do any excursions for the short time we were there so we decided to just walk around and explore.

We started off aimlessly walking and ended up following another group that had just gotten off our ship. They said they were heading towards one of the forts so we decided to follow them so we could see a historical location.

There were so many cats wandering the street everywhere, it was so sad. As people who love animals and would love to have a kitten we felt so bad leaving them behind. If only Norwegian would let us bring a cat back on board with us!

There is so much history in San Juan and so much to see!

The San Juan Gate was really cool to see!

I was a little obsessed with these cats.

Finally we arrived at Castillo San Felipe del Morro. It seemed that a lot of locals used the sprawling lawn as a park because we saw plenty of kids with kites and dogs running through the grass.

The entrance fee for this fort and the other one nearby (Castillo San Cristobal) is $7 total, so it is definitely a cheap activity.  The views were gorgeous and it was really cool to read the history of the fort.

I love all the colorful houses in the distance.

There were quite a few other people exploring but it never seemed like it was crowded.

The cannons were huge!

After we finished walking around the fort we set off in the direction of a pizza place Tim has seen online.

While wandering around we found this street filled with pink umbrellas. It was the strangest and most  photogenic street we came across during our trip.

Tim was very excited about getting pizza in San Juan and had found Pirilo Pizza online. It was a small hole in the wall pizza place but it was delicious! We both raved about our pizzas and wished we could've brought it back on the boat with us. 

After dinner we walked to a nearby beach to gather sand for our honeymoon sand jar. We took a little bit of a sketchy walk to get there, but it was totally worth it so we could fill our Puerto Rico jar. (I will show you all of them in a future post!)

Before we got back on the boat we traded off taking pictures in front of this sign with another couple.

Once we got back to our cabin we had two towel animals waiting for us!

We couldn't wait to arrive in St. Martin the following morning....