Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Money saving cruise tips from an experienced cruiser

I am fortunate enough to have a few cruises under my belt, we have been on 14 cruises. We are cruise people.....meaning we love everything about the cruise experience. We have been able to travel to some amazing places including Central America, The Caribbean, Mexican Riviera and Alaska. We've also been able to try different cruise lines but we generally stick to one in particular because we seem to find the best rates with them and cruise lines have loyalty programs so staying with one cruise line gets you VIP benefits.

I would say the first thing when deciding on a cruise is to "get a guy or gal",  call the cruise line and get a personal cruise consultant. We have a guy that we have talked to for at least 5 years that is our main point of contact at the cruise line, he calls us several times a year with deals and offers and when we are ready to book our cruise we call him and he customizes the cruise to fit our needs, price, cabin location, dinner times etc.

Cabin type and location vary depending on your preferences and how much you want to spend, we have tried interior, ocean view (window), balcony and mini suite.  An interior cabin on a lower deck is the most economical choice but keep these things in mind when considering one of these cabins..........way down low in the ship tends to be closer to the engine rooms or anchors so they can be noisy very early in the mornings when they are using the propellers to dock the ship at the ports, it is generally quiet when you are at sea.
 If you need sunlight to regulate your sleep rhythm then an interior cabin is not for you, if it's a 3 or 4 day cruise it's probably ok but if it's 7 days or longer the lack of sunlight can affect your sleep pattern. Everyone is different so you might be totally fine, I just know for me the lack of sunlight made it hard for me to sleep, I would wake up super early and constantly check the time because I didn't have light to tell me that it was morning.
An ocean view cabin will cost a little more than an interior but can still be a very economical choice with the benefit of a window or porthole.
Of course a balcony is more money and honestly I love having a balcony so much that the extra money is worth it. I have coffee delivered to my room everyone morning (that is a free service) and I sit out on my balcony and drink my coffee and just bask in the extraordinary feeling of being on the ocean thousands of miles away from everyday life.

Being prepared can save you a significant amount of money, make sure to bring your sunscreen and toiletries otherwise you will be cursing yourself for forgetting and having to pay $20 for a small bottle of sunscreen or $10 for deodorant. I always bring a lanyard for my sail and sign card, I didn't travel all this way and pay all this money to carry a purse around the ship so having my lanyard with my sail and sign card around my neck lets me be hands free.
I always bring an empty reusable water bottle with me on the ship, there are places that you can fill it with ice and water so you can have fresh water with you all the time, your free choices of beverages are coffee, tea, iced tea, lemonade, juice (in the mornings) and hot cocoa. You can buy soda by the can or buy an all you can drink soda package at the beginning of the cruise if you need your soda fix, for an adult on a 7 day cruise it would cost you $61.95 and for kids it would be $40.89

Alcohol can be very expensive on the ship, I've learned a few things that can ease the pain of that final bill that they slip under the door on the last night of the cruise with all of your charges. The ship is cashless, everything is charged to your sail and sign card during the cruise and you settle up at the end with a credit card or cash, it's easy to get out of control buying drinks because you just sign a piece of paper and voila drinks appear but they add on tax and gratuities to each drink so a $10 glass of wine on the bar menu becomes a $12 glass of wine after the extra charge. 

Each adult in your cabin is allowed to bring one 750ml bottle of wine or champagne, bring it with you in your carry on when you board the ship, don't put it in your suitcases that you give to the porters. All the luggage collected by the porters and delivered to your room in  several hours is put through xray machines and if they find alcohol they will confiscate it and you won't get it back. The wine that you brought in your carry on can be enjoyed anytime in your room (bring an opener) they provide wine glasses and I walk around the ship drinking my wine and go back to my cabin to refill. You can bring your wine to the dining room to enjoy, give it to your waiter and he will open and serve it, they do charge a $15 corking fee for each bottle opened, don't worry if you don't drink it all you can take it back to your room or they will store it for you to have the next night with dinner. 

If you want to order wine from the menu I would recommend buying an entire bottle instead of by the glass, you get more for your money and if you don't finish that night your waiter will put your name on it and store it in the kitchen and bring it out the next night for you to drink......trust me it won't go to waste!!
Check your "What's Happening on The Ship" for special free drink times or deals on drinks at certain bars. They always provide free champagne at the art auctions, you don't have to buy anything you can just drink champagne and peruse fine art. They also have martini tasting or craft beer tastings in certain bars on the ship, these are not free but you usually get quite a bit for a small price and you get to try things you might not have ever been brave enough to try before.  If you go to excursion talks or shopping talks in the theater they always ask for volunteers to come up on stage and they generally give you a bottle of free champagne so if you are comfortable volunteer, volunteer, volunteer!
My last tip about about drinking, there are usually a bunch of places to drink right when you get off the ship at your ports, we usually go do our excursion or tour all day and then right before we get back on we sit and relax and have several beers or drinks just right outside the ship


Excursions can be the best part of your entire cruise, you stop at all these exotic ports and you can visit ancient ruins or go zip lining or climb down into underground caves and float along hidden rivers. You can visit plantations and rum and tequila making factories, swim with dolphins or take jeeps through the jungle or snorkel on an a reef. There are so many things you can do but they can get very expensive. If you just want a city tour you don't need to pay $85 just to go shopping, take a taxi or a bus, there is usually all kinds of transportation readily available right where you get off the ship.
 When you buy an excursion through the cruise line you have the security that you will get back to the ship in time and will be safe, I recommend doing that your first few cruises until you learn what is offered at each port. We don't usually go on the cruise excursions anymore, we buy basically the same thing right when we get off the ship with private tour operators, you have to be very careful and smart about who you deal with and always triple verify that you will be back to the ship on time. We've been able to go to some really fun places because it might just be a van with 2 or 3 couples instead of a huge busload of people and the driver can take us wherever we want and customize it to our interests. Again be very careful, they should be operators that have clearance to be in the secure area right outside the cruise ship.


Spending money and shopping on the ship: You think when you buy the cruise that all your food and accommodations are paid for so you won't spend much more......that is so far from the truth. They will try to get you to spend more money around every corner. There is Bingo, casino, after hours kids club or yours want to do build a bear, there is premium restaurants that aren't included in the price of the cruise, They have a small mall where they put out jewelry, clothes, perfumes, watches, memorabilia etc..and it's on "clearance" so you need to get carnival tote bags and pj's and a gold bracelet because it's the last day of the clearance but honestly they do it on every cruise. You can pay to have your clothing dry cleaned or laundered, or you can rent a suit or gown if you forgot to bring your formal wear, you can buy flowers for your loved one and  have a special cake brought to the dining room so they will sing Happy Birthday. It all just depend on how much you want to spend, we've gone enough times that we know what it worth it and what is not. Don't forget you've got gratuities at the end of the cruise that will add on several hundred more dollars. I'm just saying all this because you need to budget to spend money during the cruise as well, not everything is included.

This small list doesn't cover everything, just a few of my tips, I can do part 2 and get into more detail.
I can tell you that we have had some of our most amazing experiences on cruises and our daughter has been able to have those same experiences which is priceless to me.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Turkey Thaw Times

Is it time to start thawing that frozen turkey? Here's a chart with thaw times depending on the size of your turkey. Keep these things in mind when you are thawing your turkey in the refrigerator.


  • Make sure your refrigerator is at 40 F or lower.
  • Leave the turkey in its original wrapper.
  • Place the bird in a tray or pan to collect any juices that leak out.
  • Keep it at the bottom of your refrigerator so any leakage will not contaminate anything below.
Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Amazon: Lego Harry Potter Hogwart's Express 801 Pieces $64.00 shipped (Regularly $79.99)

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Head over to Amazon to snag this awesome Lego Harry Potter Hogwart's Express Building Kit for only $64.00 shipped, regularly $79.99.

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Homemade Creamy Coleslaw Dressing

I know when you think of November you don't really think of coleslaw but I made a batch of BBQ pulled pork in the crock pot for Sunday night dinner and I always make coleslaw to go with it. We take a hoagie roll, slap a big glob of BBQ goodness on it and then smother with creamy coleslaw, it's delicious and a really inexpensive meal. 

I splurge and buy the bag of pre-shredded cabbage with carrots instead of shredding my own but I always make the dressing from scratch, it's so much better than store bought and costs pennies to make, a decent brand of coleslaw dressing at the store is at least $3.99 for the bottle.

Creamy Coleslaw Dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix the sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, pepper and salt together until the sugar granules are dissolved, whisk in the mayonnaise until smooth and creamy.
I usually make the dressing and mix in the shredded cabbage about 30-45 minutes before we eat, it lets everything mix together and softens the cabbage a little bit.
If you like spicy you could add a little chipotle sauce or cayenne pepper.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

25 Tips to make your fruit and veggies last longer

If you are like me there is nothing worse than having to throw away a bag of fruit or veggies that you just bought. I have every intention of using whatever it is that I purchased and then stuff happens and you don't eat at home for a couple days or you have to whip up a quick meal so you can get your kids off to their sports thing or class and then a couple days go by and you go to the fridge to use it and it's slimy or moldy and you have to just toss it. It's basically just throwing money straight into the garbage and I hate wasting money, we all do it and it's not on purpose but it just happens.

I've put together a list of 25 tips to keep your fruit and vegetables fresher for longer, it doesn't cover every produce item on the planet but most of the common ones we use on a daily basis. These are just recommendations, you have to do what works best for you and your family!


1. Throw a clean dry sponge in the fruit and vegetable drawer of your refrigerator, the sponge absorbs moisture and your produce will last longer. Change out the sponge every couple of months.

2. Keep apples in a cool dry place, most of us don't have a root cellar to store food so the refrigerator will have to do. Be careful to store them away from vegetables, apples produce a gas that can cause other produce nearby to ripen prematurely.

3.If you have a banana hanger use it! Bananas give off gasses that make them ripen and turn brown, they need good air circulation around and under them. I actually use a banana hanger, here is a picture of mine.



(Did you know you can freeze ripe bananas)? Check out my post How to freeze ripe bananas.

4. Make sure berries are completely dry before putting them in the refrigerator, wait to wash them until you are ready to use them. Keep them in the little plastic container with holes that they usually come in or in another container loosely covered.

5.There is no definitive answer for citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, I keep mine on the counter but they can be stored in the refrigerator in a ventilated bag. Just use a sandwich or freezer bag and cut small holes to allow ventilation. Maybe you have a better solution that I don't know about, please share.

6. When you buy grapes, after rinsing, leave them in the colander for storage in the refrigerator. The holes in the colander allow air to circulate around them.

7. If you want to store produce in bags make sure to wrap loosely, air circulation around fruits and vegetables reduces spoilage. Make your own bags, poke holes in ordinary ziploc storage bags.

8. If you are only using half of an avocado, leave the pit in the half that you are not using and sprinkle with lemon juice to keep it from browning. Store in an airtight container or bag in the refrigerator.

9. To keep asparagus fresher, place the stem ends in a container of water or wrap them in a wet paper towel and put in a plastic bag. The asparagus will continue to absorb water and stay fresher longer.

10. Broccoli will keep longer if you store it in the refrigerator like a bouquet of flowers. Cut an inch off the stems and submerge the stems in a bowl of water.

11. Best way to store celery is to take it out of the plastic bag from the store, wrap it in aluminum foil and keep it in the refrigerator.

12. Store garlic at room temperature in an open container, don't take off the protective paper husk until you are ready to use it. It is ok to store next to onions.

13. Keep raw ginger in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer. When you need some for a recipe, no need to defrost, just use a grater and add what you need to your recipe.

14. Revive wilted greens like lettuce or cilantro by soaking them in ice water for 15-20 minutes.

15. To make iceberg lettuce last longer just remove the innermost core before storing the the refrigerator. I just hit the core hard on my kitchen counter and then it pulls right out. Make sure the lettuce is dry and store in a bag with holes that allow air circulation.

16. Leave mushrooms in the original container that they come in, the container is usually cardboard to keep the mushrooms from being too wet. Plastic containers tend to hold the moisture in which allows them to become soggy. Don't wash them until you are ready to use.

17. If you only need half an onion, use the top half first. The root half will not sprout and will store longer in the refrigerator.

18. Store onions in pantyhose...I know it sounds funny, you start with one leg, put the onions in one at a time and then tie and then add another and repeat until you reach the top, do the same thing with the other leg. When onions are stored touching each other they tend to spoil faster, this really makes them last longer. Here are my onions in pantyhose in the garage if you don't believe me, when you need an onion just use a pair of scissors and cut off the bottom onion, the rest won't fall out because you have tied in between each one.


19. Don't store onions and potatoes together, moisture in the onions will cause the potatoes to sprout faster.

20. To keep your potatoes from sprouting store them in a bin with an apple, the apple will slow down the sprouting process.

21. Spinach gets slimy so fast, the best way to keep it fresh for as long as possible is to make sure the leaves are completely dry. Separate into layers and place paper towels in between the layers and store in an airtight container or put back in the original bag including the paper towels. That's a whole lot of work that I don't want to do so my professional advice haha, is to use spinach as quickly as you can!!!

22. If you are only using half a bell pepper in a recipe, make the other half last longer by leaving the seeds and membrane intact on one side. Leaving the seeds and membrane will make it last longer, store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

23. Don't store tomatoes in the refrigerator, cold destroys the flavor and texture. Keep them on your counter at room temperature and try to keep them separate.

24. If you buy root vegetables with leafy tops like beets or carrots, remove the greens before storage. The leafy tops will suck the moisture and shorten the life of the vegetable.

25. Last but not least.....Bagged Salad...my nemesis. Don't get me wrong I love the convenience of bagged salad but we don't always use the whole thing so I wrap up the leftovers and then a day later it's all slimy and gross. The amount I spent on that bagged salad I could have bought several bunches of green or red leaf lettuce and had 5 salads. After some research here is the best way to keep it fresh for as long as possible, dump out the remaining salad onto a paper towel, wrap it up in the towel and place it back into the bag, leave the bag open for air circulation. Honestly this is another one like the spinach, too much work so just eat the salad as quickly as you can!!!

Whewww that's a lot, what tricks do you use to keep your fruit and veggies fresh?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

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Save money by preparing and freezing meals ahead of time or use for leftovers, perfect for work or school lunches.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

4 Different Home Depot Kids DIY Workshops this month....all FREE!

Wow, Home Depot has 4 Kids DIY Workshops this month. Check out all these fun activities and best of all they are FREE!!

Make sure to find your store and register here: Kids & DIY Workshops

Give your favorite Veteran a Challenge Coin Holder to display their memories of accomplishment during service
10:00 -11:30 AM Saturday, November 10, 2018
Make a tree shaped holiday card display
6:30 -8:00 PM Thursday, November 15, 2018


Make a holiday magazine holder
10:00 - 11:30 AM Saturday, November 17, 2018

Make a gingerbread picture frame that doubles as a tree ornament
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Saturday, November 24th, 2018




Monday, November 5, 2018

BLT or BLTB?

In my house there is never enough bacon. I cooked some up for a different recipe and made extra in order to prepare lunch for my husband and kiddo. Do you ever feel like a short order cook? I know I do. Between our likes and dislikes and then there is the food intolerance.

My son loves a BLTB or Bacon Lettuce Toasted Bagel. We skip the tomato and load up the bacon.

My husband doesn't eat bread so I've gotten creative with alternatives. I used spring roll wrappers and added Dijon mustard to make a BLT - Bacon Lettuce Tomato wrap. I was also able to use more of my excess unripe tomatoes. Makes for a great snack or lunch!


Wine bottle gift bag from a pair of jeans

So funny story.......my Sister knows that I'm always looking for cheap or free fabric or even old garments that I can cut up and re purpose. She gave me several pair of her old jeans to use for a fun up cycle project or whatever I wanted. I ended up using one of the pant legs and sewing it into a wine bag to give to her as a gift (with a bottle of wine in it of course).

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Green Tomato Rice Dish

Did you get left with a bunch of green tomatoes from your garden? Besides the larger ones that I'm letting turn on their own, I had several small tomatoes that aren't going to turn red so I had to find a use for them.
I typically search Pinterest for recipes and then customize them based on what I have at home. I found this rice recipe and started my creation. Following the directions I cooked the bacon. I did it in the oven according to the instructions found here which is so much easier and cleaner. I used yellow onion I grew in my garden instead of the green onions the recipe calls for. I also used my dehydrated onion stems I made from my garden trimmings this summer.

Add the chopped tomatoes, cook and then add the garlic. After a minute, add rice and the rest of the ingredients. Once it was all cooked up I added the chopped bacon and then threw in some kidney beans I canned a couple of years ago.

It looks great and hubby loves it. I love putting together recipes where I can use my garden and canning foods.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

File Cabinet Makeover

I'm always thinking about how I can re purpose items I have in my home rather than adding more garbage to the landfill and spending money to buy something new. I had an old file cabinet that I wasn't using, I tried to give it away but nobody wanted it so I thought it might work for fabric storage in my sewing corner, my fabric stash was taking over.

I've seen some really great makeovers on Pinterest, mine didn't turn out as cute as some of those but it serves the purpose. I didn't buy any supplies, I had some leftover tiles in the garage, the handles were from old cabinets and the frames around the tiles are old picture frames, I painted everything blue and attached them to the front of the cabinet. It works for now and I didn't spend a dime on anything.

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After



Friday, November 2, 2018

Saturday Nov. 3 Free Home Depot Kids Workshop, Make a Helicopter

Celebrate and honor all who have served our country in this hands-on Veteran's Day focused workshop. You and your child can build a custom model military helicopter. When your "helo" is complete your child can decorate with stickers and paint. They get to keep their craft and get a certificate of completion, a workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last.

It's a good idea to register, go to homedepot.com/workshops to get all the details.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 3, 2018


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A little super glue will do ya!

I have a new obsession! Superglue and spray paint. I have been scouring Goodwill looking for cute combos in order to make some fun and inexpensive gifts and home decor!


This one was super simple. I first saw the candle stick and immediately thought I would spray paint it. I'm not really into the gold accents. Finding the right platter for the top was a bit more difficult. But then I saw it. A super cute pink plate with gold inlay accents. It looked so cute I didn't have to break out the spray paint. And all for around $5.00!


How fun to use for cakes when you're hosting a play date or cupcakes for the littles! I have a feeling this is the first of many superglue projects in my future!


Make your house smell like Fall and Halloween

Super simple recipe to make your own air freshener..........your house will smell like fall and all the Holidays put together. Just put orange, lemon or lime rinds in a saucepan with cinnamon and water, bring to a simmer,  you can use whole cinnamon sticks or ground, try poking some cloves into the orange rinds before you put them in the saucepan. The smell is mouthwatering and it's chemical free.

 Anytime you use oranges, lemons or limes just save the peels in a ziploc bag in the freezer and then just pull a few out whenever you want to freshen your home. It looks like kind of strange mixture but I promise you will love the smell. You might also like this one, Love curry but hate how the smell lingers in your house, I have a few natural ways to help.



Thursday, October 25, 2018

Inexpensive Homemade Harry Potter Gryffndor Tie and Scarf

I started sewing 3 years ago, it's been fun and I've learned how to make quite a few things, I made some awesome Teacher gifts but I can share those later. Last year I made a Gryffindor Tie and Scarf for my daughter to wear to a Girl Scout Harry Potter themed activity. I also ended up wearing it on Halloween as Professor McGonagall.



















I just happened to have the fabric colors that I needed, I alternated colors for the scarf and then I drew out a template for the tie, the burgandy was the main body and I added gold stripes. It was a really inexpensive costume, just add a white shirt and a long black coat or robe if you have it.



Sunday, October 14, 2018

ORGANIZE YOUR TRAVEL MAGNET COLLECTION!


 This is a great way to share your memories 
without cluttering your refrigerator! Or if you have a stainless steel appliances and magnets don't stick.


What kind of collections do you have? I come from a long line of hoarders. In order to avoid the same fate,  I typically do not collect things. But if I do, I don't want it to be packed away in a box or a storage locker. If I'm going to keep it, I find a way to display it and give the collection purpose. Hence my magnet collection.

I travel a bit for business as well as pleasure. I used to bring home t-shirts and local made crafts, but eventually those things find their way into a yard sale.  I've found that magnets are a small, cheap and useful conversation piece. Plus they are just a little reminder of adventures I've been fortunate enough to take. 



I had an idea about metal instead of glass in a picture frame that I could hang on the wall. I checked the internet and of course loads of people already had this great idea. I saw several examples, although don't you hate how they make everything look so simple? 

I learned that the local hardware store carries sheet metal. I didn't know it would be super greasy. I assume the grease is so they don't slide around or cause friction during transport. So be prepared,  bring gloves and a towel to keep your car clean. 


Now cleaning the greasy metal proved to be a lot more difficult that I expected. Hot soapy water worked okay but really required a lot of effort. Eventually my husband pulled out the electric sander and we wrapped a clean rag around it and ran it over the metal with hot soapy water. That worked so much better and way faster. 

I'd found a frame at Goodwill selling for $8.99, it was pretty beat up so I negotiated a bit and got it for $5.99! I love a bargain! Took it home and used putty to fill the dents and dings, sanded it smooth and then spray painted it white. 

The sheet metal fit perfectly in the frame. We just had to change the direction of the hanging wire on the back. It's important to find the studs in the wall to hang it as it is much heavier with the sheet metal and then the weight of the magnets as well. 



It came together really well. I'm super excited about it. Not all my projects turn out as planned. The magnets look great and there is room for many more. 

Now I'll have to schedule some travel to fill it up! 





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