Caribbean Cruise 2012 – The Outtakes

Alright I'm going to be honest here: I have no need to document the Caribbean Cruise I took with Vince, Tracy, Greg, Jesi, Ben, Shay, Brian, Jake, and Amy the second week of September. I took over 500 photos with a brand new Canon D20 waterproof camera, which I wrote a length review of on Amazon. I've got three cruise videos on YouTube and at least four more that need to be uploaded. I made a 54 page digital scrapbook on And I uploaded over 120 photos to Facebook. So yeah - Continue Reading

Jamaica 3: Relaxin’ HARDER

Remember that vacation I couldn't afford and shouldn't have taken? Well, I found a way to afford it and totally took it. And it was worth every. single. penny! Some highlights from this trip: Sleeping in a room perched on the edge of the cliffs, surrounded by the sound of waves. Showering outdoors, underneath our 'hut,' during a thunderstorm. Showing up with 17 friends who had one mission: To relax, catch-up, and otherwise enjoy life on Island Time. Eating curry chicken, Continue Reading

And the Jamaica 2011 scent is…

Marc Jacobs' Daisy - Eau So Fresh! Every time we go on vacation I allow myself to make one completely selfish purchase: New perfume. I do this because I want to be able to close my eyes, take a deep breath, and remember my vacation with my heart and soul. I purposefully create scent association. In the movie The Parent Trap with Haley Mills, she smells her Grandfather and says she's "making an imprint" by remembering his smell of cigars and peppermint. When I'm on vacation, I do the same Continue Reading

Tensing Pen, Negril Jamaica

I'm going here to stay at Tensing Pen in Negril, Jamaica to celebrate my dear friends' five year marriage anniversary. Below, is the view I will wake-up to every morning. I'm going to sleep in this little cabin, called the "Middle Pillar," which features a bed surrounded by bug netting and a shower nestled underneath the pillars, surrounded by foliage, with a view of the Caribbean sea. I can't afford it. I shouldn't do it. Taking the time off from work is going to be next to impossible Continue Reading

Asheville Venue Review: Deerpark at Biltmore

Let's be honest here, if you've heard of The Biltmore, and you're a woman, you've wanted to get married, move into that house, and live happily ever after. Vince and I spent our 5 year anniversary on the property, and we were blown away at how we were treated. The Biltmore treats guests like royalty, and I honestly can't imagine a better place to get married. Now, there are multiple places one can have a ceremony and reception on Biltmore Estate. Unfortunately you can't mix and match the Continue Reading

Asheville Venue Review: The Crest Center

The Crest Center is on the top of almost every list of potential wedding venues in Asheville, North Carolina, and there is good reason. The venue is truly beautiful. If you're a bride-to-be looking for more information on this venue, you've likely found their website over at, and if you're like me you saw the main photo on that page and said "WOW." So let me give you a walk-through of the venue as Vince and I saw it, followed by the pro's and con's (our opinion only) of Continue Reading