Feb Vacation- Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Cruise

This marks our third cruise in three years with the kiddos in tow. This post is in no way sponsored (I wish!) but I still feel the need to let you know that. All opinions are my own. You can read my Symphony of the Seas blog post HERE and my Carnival —- HERE.

Why did we pick this cruise? We have found that in general, we prefer Royal Caribbean over other cruise lines. We did the huge Symphony of the Seas cruise ship two years ago and we wanted to go on another of the huge boats. The Oasis of the Seas very recently got a major facelift and upgrades so we went with it. I am *pretty sure* the Oasis of the Seas was the original mega cruise ship.

Our cruise ship compared to another cruise ship- INSANE.

The boat is definitely nice. I do feel like the Symphony of the Seas was better though. Things I remember being better: Our state room was bigger, there were outlets on both sides of the bed and in the bathroom and the couch pulled out into a trundle (the one in our room now pulls out into a huge bed and takes up a ton of space when opened). The main areas of the ships are essentially indistinguishable (restaurants, Boardwalk, ice rink, pools, slides, etc.), but the rooms itself was better on the Symphony of the Seas. That’s all that comes to mind at the moment. I will add more if I can think of anything else.

Pros

The food on RC ships far exceeds that of any other company. The variety is also above and beyond anything else we have experienced.

The dining staff is phenomenal. I will say though- it seems like across all cruise lines, the waitstaff and cleaning staff are just amazing. So attentive and nice.

Cons

There is very little storage in our stateroom. There was definitely more on the Symphony of the Seas. There’s not a ton of space to unpack- snacks, drinks and clothes. Things are just in random piles because there isn’t any place to put things.

Breakfast- I have been going on cruises for many years. One of my favorite things has always been ordering room service breakfast and eating it on the balcony. Now it seems as though the room service breakfast is quite limited. You are able to get fruit, cereals, pastries and coffee/juices. You can no longer get eggs, hash browns, etc unless you want to pay an added fee. I am not sure when this changed but I found this disappointing.

YOUR FAQS:

Sleeping situation? Best way to create a separate sleeping space for kids who go to bed early? If you need a separate sleeping space for kids, you may need to get a suite. We’ve heard getting two adjoining rooms can sometimes be more cost-effective. Not sure if Disney offers some other workaround. Otherwise the whole family is all in one room. Rooms vary in terms of trundles, bunkbeds, etc. Check with the cruise line.

Do I worry about coronavirus/norovirus/illness? Yes. Hand-washing and alcohol hand sanitizing is emphasized and mandatory throughout the ship. We are as diligent as we can be. The cruise line does everything they can to protect the passengers. Cruises are such great vacations for us that we accept the risk.

Fav cruise line? Royal Caribbean. We’ve also been on Carnival and Norwegian. Haven’t tried Princess or Celebrity or Disney. Of the three we’ve been on, Royal Caribbean consistently has been the best experience.

Claustrophobic? Not really. The ships are so huge that our kids frequently ask us if we are still on the boat! On sea days the ship can feel crowded at times, but we can always retreat to our room for privacy and quiet. We choose a room with a balcony, which gives us extra space and is incredibly relaxing and amazing. I wouldn’t say it’s any different than being in a really busy hotel.

Packing list, tips for cruise travel? One major tip is check if your cruise ship has laundry available to you. In some cases there is self-serve, in others they’ll give you a decent-sized bag and it’ll be a flat fee of around $25. The rooms are small and there isn’t a lot of storage space. Pack wisely. We bring every possible medicine we could possibly need so we don’t need to go visit the doctor if something straightforward comes up. We might be a bit on the obsessive side…

Day care on the boat? Yes. Day care is available for all ages and all hours. Late-night daycare is extra $. We are always amazed that you can leave your 3 year-old at the activity center until 1am. And No… we’ve never done that!

One afternoon after being at the Kids’ Club.

Best room to get to avoid feeling the motion of the boat? Not sure. We choose a room near the middle of the ship. The ships are HUGE. Being in the middle just makes it more convenient to get anywhere. I am very very prone to motion sickness and have never had an issue. My mom is even more prone than I am and she has almost never had an issue either.

These two were regulars on the carousel.
The kids pool areas were really big and pretty fantastic.
This is part of “Central Park”, it’s so lush and beautiful.

Is it safe to go to Haiti? Royal Caribbean takes you to Labadee, which they advertise as being Haiti. Yes, it is in Haiti. However it’s really just a huge private beach. Unless you book an excursion (not sure if it’s even an option) you’re not visiting Haiti in any really significant way. It is completely secluded and private… and it’s beautiful.

Labadee, Haiti

I hope you guys found this post helpful! If you have anymore specific questions- please feel free to reach out to me and ask! Again- this was in no way sponsored by Royal Caribbean. All opinions are my own!

9-5…

Hi! I have had so many requests to share more office-ready pieces. Today I’m super excited to share an amazing 9-5 outfit from J. Crew Factory. Right now, they are running an in-store promotion- all wear-to-work styles are 50% off through 3/1 and online you will find lots of wear-to-work deals through 2/28!

A couple years ago (seriously, time flies!) I became obsessed with the J.Crew Factory sweater blazer and even coined the hashtag #babesinblazers where so many of you shared your outfits in the beloved blazer. To me, the blazer is the number one piece to have for your professional office wardrobe. It can be styled in so many different ways, you’ll never feel like you’re wearing the same outfit every day. I size down in it because I like the arms to be slightly more fitted. One of my favorite pieces to pair underneath the blazer is the famous scalloped camisole. This piece is an absolute staple and comes in so many colors! Of course, when I saw that it is now carried in leopard, I had to have it! For this piece, I get a size 2. I am in between a 0 and 2 but the straps are adjustable so I would rather have it a little looser than a little tighter.

My pants are fabulous! If you are looking for a classic pair of black ankle pants, these are them! They aren’t too tight, they have a little stretch and they look very professional. I took my regular size in these- I am 5’5 and you can see they are ankle-length.

Lastly, comfortable heels are key! J.Crew Factory has done it again this season with these block heels. I love the squared toe, chunky tortoise heel and gold detail. I took my regular size in these. If you are in between, I would suggest sizing up.

Thank you to J.Crew Factory for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and ideas are my own and genuine.

Affordable Utility Jacket…

It’s February – which means spring is right around the corner. It also means that I’m back at Walmart searching for affordable and trendy items for the season! Just as in years past, I rely on Walmart to help me get my spring fashion items so the minute the snow melts I’m all dressed up and ready to go! In this post, I am sharing the most perfect spring utility jacket! I love the tie detail in the front and the overall style. You can totally dress it up or down, depending on how you style. it. I am wearing a small for reference. Also, I have shared these metallic loafers before but they are THAT GOOD. So comfortable, totally neutral but with a hint of shiny fun. The fit is true to size and they even come with memory foam insoles!

Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own and genuine.

The Grey Coatigan…

Hi Everyone! I am back at it today. I have gotten a lot of requests to continue sharing my Walmart finds so here we are! Ask and you shall receive! I did my usual where I go in with an open mind and not looking for anything in particular. I wait for something to jump out at me. That is actually how I generally always shop. It didn’t take long before I stumbled upon this sweatshirt/blazer/cardigan gem. Actually I guess it’s technically called a coatigan. It immediately reminded me of a particular piece that is much more expensive! It’s super versatile. You can easily pair it with leggings and a longer tank top and sneakers or go the other way and wear jeans, a nice camisole and heels. It isn’t very structured which gives it a more casual vibe. The pink one would be great for spring! I got a size small, I am not sure it comes in an xs but I did try to shrink it a bit so it would fit more like an xs. Oh also, I wanted to point out- my shoes are actually from last year but they were so popular, it looks like Walmart kept them around for another season! They are comfortable and look so much more expensive than they are!

Happy Shopping! If you find any gems from Walmart, be sure to DM me or email me!

Thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own and genuine.

A Year In Review- 2019

2019 was the busiest and best year for me! I got to check off a few things from my blogging bucket list, so some traveling and meet a few IG turned real life friends. Here is a mini review of some of my highlights from the past year!

Transforming my home with the help of Serena and Lily– This year I was able to make some major upgrades and beautiful changes to our home with help from my favorite decor brand Serena and Lily. We made our living room come alive and become so much more inviting with a new couch and lots of blue decor accents. We were able to take our dining area from drab to WOW with new chairs and a rug. it’s amazing how changing a few small things adds a big impact to your space. The kitchen got new counter stools which again, really elevated the room. Our bedroom and bathroom also got more hints of blue spread throughout. I think blue and white accents has become the primary decorating colors in my house and I just love it. It’s so fitting considering we live in New England. None of these changes would have been possible without the help of Serena and Lily- so a huge thank you to them!

I was also able to work with one of my favorite brands of all-time- J.Crew. And what made it even better was that Emmy was in the posts with me- matching! I just love these pics and will forever cherish them.

Another brand that I have been able to work with through out the year was J.Crew Factory. It’s been an honor and a privilege to be recognized by the brand after all the promoting I did in the past with #BabesinBlazers. It was genuinely a special moment when they reached out to collaborate with me!

In May one of my best friends and I took a trip to CT. It was SO fun and memorable. The entire trip was centered around meeting with Dudley Stephens and visiting their Townhouse. We were actually star struck and it was SO cool to see where all our favorite brand operates. Lauren and Kaki were also sweet as could be which made the experience that much more special. During our trip we also got to have dinner with one of my long-time IG friends Liz Joy from Pure Joy Home. It’s always so fun when IG friends become real friends.

Over the summer I did a little bit of traveling with my family but we mostly stayed put. Maine isn’t a place you want to leave in the summer but we did fly to Toronto for our annual summer trip. We went to a Blue Jay’s game and Canada’s Wonderland- I look forward to the day at Canada’s Wonderland all year long. It was my favorite day in all of 2019! Can’t wait for next year’s visit!

I actually took a second trip to CT this fall for an even with Sail to Sable- another brand i have loved and have worked with for years. During this trip I was also able to meet a few more IG friends turned real friends- Ailsa from Happy Go Curly, Rachel Moore from Pinteresting Plans and Krista Robertson from Covering the Bases. It was a fun-filled 24 hour trip for sure!

Thank you for all your support and following along with me this past year. I am so excited for everything that 2020 has in store!!