Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kicking Off Vlogtember 2014

Hello September! Hello Vlogtember!

Summer is almost over...I can't believe it! Time sure does fly. September is here and in Indiana we are still enjoying some summer weather. Fall isn't quite here. This month I will be vlogging! If you aren't familiar with "vlogging", it's basically a daily video blog. 

September is going to be a great month! I have lots of fun things planned, including a visit from my dad. I look forward to sharing my days with you! Go ahead and pop on over to my YouTube channel, audreyswifelife, and subscribe to receive notifications when I post a new video!


I hope you enjoy Vlogtember!





Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cruise Planning Series: Cruise Information & Documents

Welcome to my cruise planning series. I will be posting a series of blog posts and YouTube videos that will walk you through some of my cruising tips and show you a detailed look at my cruise vacation folder, as well as sharing all of the printable lists with you. I hope you enjoy this series. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Let's take a look inside my cruise planning folder! The first page of my binder is a title page, followed by a Table of Contents. You can download the table of contents here, or by clicking on the "printables" tab above. Following the Table of Content is my Cruise Itinerary and my Pre-cruising Information section, which includes my list of Cruising Dos and Don'ts.  We have already talked about these tips in a previous post.  Now, let's delve into the Cruise Information & Documents section. 
  • First, I have a place for the Cruise Ticket Book that will be ready for you about 30 days prior to departure. Download that page here
  • The next page is one of the most important in the entire binder, it's the Cruise Booking Details page. On this page I include our booking number, cruise itinerary name, passengers, captain's club numbers, stateroom type, stateroom number, embarkation information, departure and arrival information, as well as our travel agency contact information. I reference this sheet the most during my cruise planning and it is very helpful to have all of this information in one place while you are on the ship. You can download an editable version of this sheet here. I also created a PDF version of this sheet, which you can download here.
  • Next is the Cruise Itinerary. The itinerary includes the dates, names of ports, and port arrival and departure times. I like to color code my itinerary - purple denotes arrival and departure of the cruise, blue indicates a day at sea, red signifies a day in port. I created a 7 day and a 14 day version of the cruise itinerary sheet for you. You can download the editable 7 day sheet here and the 14 day editable version here. I also created PDF files, you can download the 7 day version here and the 14 day version here
  • I always like to know a little bit about the ship that we will be sailing on. The next page is a Ship Information page. It includes a picture of the ship, our sailing dates, the ship name, occupancy, length, beam, draught, tonnage, cruise speed and inaugural date. A PDF ship information worksheet is available for you to download here
  • The last piece of information included in this section is Stateroom Information. This sheet includes a floor plan diagram of our stateroom, the stateroom square footage, stateroom number and complete list of all of the amenities that are included with our stateroom. I found all of this information on our cruise line website and I simply copied and pasted it into a word document. I like having all of this information in my folder for planning purposes, but also it is nice to know what your stateroom should include so that you can get the most out of your cruising experience. I do not have a printable for this sheet because it is going to vary from ship to ship. 
Take a look at this video. I walk you through the Cruise Information & Documents section of my cruise planning folder in more detail. 


You can download any of my cruise planning folder printables by clicking on the printables tab above. Please note that these printables are for your personal use only.



Sunday, August 3, 2014

Project Life Share: Weeks 12 & 13

To finish up March, I combined weeks 12 and 13. I didn't have a lot of pictures for these weeks, so I put them together in a very simple spread. I used various cards and embellishments on this spread. I also used a lot of label stickers to do my journaling. This spread is short, sweet and to the point.


If you would like to see a closer look at this spread, take a look at this video.




*This is not a sponsored post*

Project Life Share: Week 11

Week 11 was an eventful week! We took a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee. It was my first time visiting Nashville, so I had a lot of pictures to document. I didn't have enough pictures to make a separate album, so putting them into Project Life was perfect!

To complete these spreads, I used a variety of products. I used a mix of Scraptastic and Studio Calico cards. I pulled wood veneer embellishments from my stash and I used my Freckled Fawn March kit embellishments.















Take a closer look at my week 11 spreads! In this video I explain and walk you through each pocket in detail. 




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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cruise Planning Series: Cruise Folder Dividers

Welcome to my cruise planning series. I will be posting a series of blog posts and YouTube videos that will walk you through some of my cruising tips and show you a detailed look at my cruise vacation folder, as well as sharing all of the printable lists with you. I hope you enjoy this series. If you have any questions, please let me know! 

After taking several cruises I felt like I wasn't organized and I wanted a place to keep all of my documents and other important travel information. To solve this problem, I developed my own solution - a cruise vacation folder. I spent a lot of time putting this folder together and it proved to be extremely helpful. Having everything in one place made finding any travel information, packing lists and other documents so easy! I divided my folder up into several sections:

  • Title Page
  • Pre-Cruising Information: Information that might be needed before starting to plan
  • Cruise Information & Documents: Any travel documents issued by the cruise line, payment information, cruise itinerary and other documents related to the cruise
  • Cruise Preparation: Things to do before leaving on the cruise, such as planning for excursions 
  • Packing Lists: A comprehensive list of everything that needs to be packed for a successful vacation
  • Travel Information: Airplane travel information, hotel confirmation numbers and any other travel confirmation numbers or itineraries
  • Cruise Diary: A place to keep memorabelia and take notes each day
  • Packing Up: A checklist that will help make sure that you don't leave anything behind when packing up
  • Going Home: Any information or confirmation numbers related to traveling home at the end of the vacation



You can download these dividers here, or by clicking on the printables tab above. Also, download the editable cruise folder title page here, or click on the printables tab. Please note that these printables are for your personal use only. 


*This is not a sponsored post.*

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Project Life Share: Week 10

I am excited to share my March Project Life spreads with you! This month my crafty "mojo" just wasn't flowing, so these spreads didn't come together as easily as others. I used the Scraptastic "This Life Noted" March 2014 kit for my week 10 spreads. I stuck to using one kit this week because my crafty "mojo" just wasn't there. I find that when I am struggling with creativity, using one kit helps to create a cohesive spread. In the end, I am happy with how my spreads turned out.






For a more detailed look at my Project Life week 10 spreads, take a look at this video where I walk you through and explain each pocket.




Monday, June 23, 2014

What's Growing On: June 2014

It's already June and the gardening season is in full swing. I love to garden and play in the dirt! My garden is really looking good. Some things are blooming, while others are getting their buds and are on the verge of blooming. Everyday it is fun to look outside and see the new flowers that have opened up. This year I am really enjoying my roses. Pretty soon there will be an explosion of color as the coneflowers and daisies pop open and the zinnias start blooming.







Come along on a garden tour and see what's growing on in my garden!


How is your garden looking? What are your favorite things to grow?



Sunday, June 22, 2014

June 2014 Monthly Project Life Kits

I am addicted to Project Life! I am enjoying the process of documenting everyday life. I am a member of several monthly Project Life kits. It is always exciting when a new kit arrives, it's like Christmas! I couldn't resist sharing what came in my June monthly kits!

Studio Calico Project Life Kit: June 2014



Freckled Fawn Oh Deer Me Monthly Embellishment Kit



Gossamer Blue Life Pages Kit: June 2014



I hope you enjoyed seeing what's inside my monthly kits. I am so excited to start creating my June Project Life pages!


*If you are interested in joining the Studio Calico Kit Club, click the link and you and I will get 500 points which translates to $5. http://www.studiocalico.com/welcome?ref=eb74779b*

*If you are interested in joining the Freckled Fawn Oh Deer Me Kit Club, visit Freckled Fawn and leave my name (Audrey Hannaford) and email address (anmerrell@gmail.com) in the notes section at checkout. We will each receive $5 to spend in the store.*

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Our Trip to Dana Point

Recently, Mark and I went to Dana Point, California for a long weekend! Mark had a medical symposium at the Ritz Carlton at Dana Point. I was lucky enough to tag along for a mini vacation. We went to this conference last year, so we knew that the accommodations would be fabulous.

We arrived early Friday morning. By the time we got settled into our amazing room, the sun was shining! We took a walk around the Ritz Carlton property and explored. It is a gorgeous hotel with spectacular views of Dana Point Beach.

Fireplace on the Patio of our Room

View of the Beach from the Hotel

Walking Paths Throughout the Property

Mark had some time before the conference registration, so we went back to the room to put on our suits and wandered over to the pool. After a long morning of traveling we were hungry! We enjoyed some sushi poolside. Also, we couldn't resist getting into "vacation mode" with a couple of mango mojitos.

Pool at the Ritz Carlton

Mango Mojito

While Mark spent most of his time at the conference, I enjoyed time at the pool. It was nice to have a few cocktails and soak up the sun while leisurely reading magazines.


Dana Punch Cocktail

Fish Tacos for Lunch

On Saturday night Mark and I went to the US Healthworks dinner. It was a fun evening and I got to meet a lot of Mark's colleagues.
Dressed for Dinner

Before Going to Dinner

After dinner, Mark and I spent some time in front of the fire on the patio. It was fun to sit by the fire, enjoy the view and talk. The sound of the waves crashing in the background made the setting even more perfect.
Fireplace on Our Patio

We stayed an extra day so that Mark could enjoy some vacation time as well. We started our day with a leisurely walk on the beach.

Morning Walk on the Beach

Dana Point Beach

Dana Point Beach

In the afternoon, we went to the pool to soak up some more sun and have some lunch. We even had a few cocktails! We were still in "vacation mode".  

Every night we tried to see the sunset, but the marine layer rolled in and we couldn't see anything. But, on our last evening we were lucky enough to be able to watch the sunset. It was breathtaking.
Sunset

Sunset

We had the perfect day together. It was so relaxing, and Mark even got to enjoy some well deserved vacation time. But, like all things, it was time to say goodbye to Dana Point and the Ritz Carlton. On Tuesday morning we headed back to the airport and jumped on the plane back to Indy.
View from the Plane

We came back home renewed and restored! A little time away in sunny California was just the thing we needed. Mark learned a lot at his conference, and we were able to make it into a mini vacation. I will say, the service at the Ritz was superior. The hotel provides you with a friendly, luxury experience. I highly recommend the Ritz Carlton at Dana Point if you ever have the opportunity to visit that area.

We had a wonderful trip, but home is home. It is always nice to come back to our little corner of the world.

*This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.*