I thought I hated cruises. Turns out I was doing it wrong! #SeasTheDay


Last November I went on my first cruise with my husband and two boys. The room was super cramped, the food was meh, and it honestly felt like they were trying to drain every last penny from our wallets. During the ship orientation one of the staff actually said that since we were on vacation, we needed to open our wallets. While the boys did enjoy the trip and my youngest has asked repeatedly to go back on the boat, if I knew cruising was like that experience you would never get me to step foot back on a ship.

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Fast forward to last week. I was invited with 39 other bloggers to #SeasTheDay with Royal Caribbean on their vessel Liberty of the Seas. The Liberty of the Seas is a freedom class ship and the third largest cruise ship in the world. It was AMAZING.
Exhibit A:

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This was the room on the previous ship. The kids slept in bunk beds over our heads. We were near the engines and could hear the stabilizers throughout the evening.

Versus Exhibit B:

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This was my room on the Liberty of the Seas. I shared my room with Heather from OurKidsMom and after we were settled on the cruise, our room steward separated our bed in two twins.

There was so much to do on the ship.
A rock climbing wall…

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A wave rider…

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A fitness center complete with boxing ring…

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Seriously, if you gain weight on a cruise it’s because you chose to, but because of a lack of things to do. I took the stairs between the decks as much as possible and that alone had my calves screaming by the end of each day.
Even the kids areas and arcade were amazing.

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The promenade with shops was beautiful and the coffee shop with specialty coffees was my favorite place.

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So if someone were to ask me now, “should I go on a cruise?” The answer is a resounding YES! The activities, the food, the shops and places to explore are wonderful. It’s a great reprieve from the day-to-day and even for those of us that live in vacation spots, it’s a worthwhile endeavor.

Cruise provided by Royal Caribbean and Brandfluential. All opinions are my own. (Always.)

Pack 540 Pinewood Derby 2014


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The Pinewood Derby for Pack 540 was yesterday morning. This year Cam was in charge of the event for the first time and I must say, he pulled it off well! Steve and Dave helped tremendously and between the three of them, they had a great event.

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The cub scouts are provided a kit of a block of pine, 4 nails and 4 plastic wheels. They are then tasked with making it into a fast car. The Pinewood Derby is when all of the cars are pitted against each other to determine the fastest for each den which then move up to the district races.

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It’s a fun, family oriented event. Riley made the Minecart this year while Cameron raced Jake that they made last year.

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We didn’t place this year. Or any of the previous years. But we had fun and Riley is learning a bit about engineering. What more could you ask for?

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