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Hi friends!  I’m officially back at home and back to blogging!  For those of you who didn’t know, my husband and I took a Southern Caribbean cruise last week and it was amazing!  We ate a lot, caught up on movies, got a tan, ate more, relaxed, caught up on sleep, didn’t touch the internet/phone for a few days, and did I mention we ate a lot… as in four meals a day (at a mininum) and multiple desserts at dinnertime!  :)  Not to mention, I may have gained some poundage which will lend itself to a nice New Year’s Resolution of “Lose the weight gained on cruise!“, haha OK not funny.  Anyhow, I’ve been spending this last week catching up on emails and such and am VERY afraid to tackle my Google Reader but I did upload/edit a few of my cruise pictures to share with you, let’s call it a sneak peek as I’ll do a full post or two with pictures in the next few weeks~!

Our rockin’ home for the week – the Caribbean Princess! My husband and I still get dizzy and sway sometimes when walking, HA!

Love this photo of me on the pier (isn’t my hubby a great photographer)?  And in case you missed it above, we ate,  A LOT!  Here’s a picture of three different desserts we ate after dinner one night!!

At every port that we stopped at there was TONS of shopping to be done, from local handmade jewelry to every flavor of rum imaginable!

*sigh*  Oh how I miss the Caribbean already.  It’s so crazy that Christmas is coming up in a few days here (especially since I just spent a week in super warm weather)!  We finally sent out all our presents to finally a few days ago and that felt great!  Can’t wait for them to receive them.  :)  But as for the holidays, this will be the first time that we are just staying in town and we’re going to sit on the couch in our PJs all day long. ;) Perhaps I’ll work on some new bows for my etsy shop, or prepare out all my blog posts for January, or maybe I’ll just bake bake bake, but whatever we decide to do, I hope it’s pure relaxation awesomeness!

I just wanted to take this time to send a *HUGE* THANK YOU to all my guest bloggers this past week!  They kept my blog alive while I was gone and I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.  And another THANKS to all those that still stopped by and left comments too!  Just to recap, here’s a rundown of all the guest posts (there were recipes, holiday decorating tips, fashion and photography advice, a music playlist and inspirational posts), if you aren’t following these bloggers, I highly recommend that you do because they are all amazing!

Saturday, December 11 – Breakfast All Day by All Things Ami
Sunday, December 12 – Countdown to Christmas by Sweet Caroline
Monday, December 13 – Fashion Tips by Much Love, Illy
Tuesday, December 14  – Tune Tuesday by Sassy Smolak
Wednesday, December 15 – Christmas Sweater DIY by Wattlebird
Thursday, December 16 – Pear Bread Pudding by Not Your Average Ordinary
Friday, December 17 – Easy Holiday Decorations by Grace Hester Designs
Saturday, December 18 – I Left My Heart In Paris by Amy Couture
Sunday, December 19 – Almond Squares by Fur Elisse
Monday, December 20 – Photography Advice by Rebel Belle Photography
Tuesday, December 21 – Gift Wrap Tutorial by Sunshine and Carousels

And I had a GIVEAWAY going on for a beautiful handknit cowl from my wonderful sponsor, Wattlebird while I was away!

It ended earlier today and I have picked a lucky winner…

The 50th commenter was… *DRUM ROLL* please…. the lovely Piper from

Congrats Piper!  I will send you an email shortly asking for your mailing address so I can send it off to Annie!  I know that this beautiful cowl will keep you warm + you’ll be so stylish in it!

Well again, I really missed you all dearly last week but it does feel good to be home!  I hope that you are all having a wonderful (short) holiday week!


46 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Virginie's Cinema
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

    Wow, this trip looks like it was awesome, can’t wait to see more (imaginary travelling is one of the greatest benefits of blog reading!). Have a great relaxing Christmas!

  2. Grace Hester Designs
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

    Welcome back Sandy! Wow, those sneak peak photos made me want to go somewhere sunny! :o)

  3. Danielle
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

    I am quite jealous right now! Oh how I wish the hubs and I could be on a cruise right now. its freezing here in ohio and I am quite tired of it. haha.
    That picture that your hubs took of you is amazing! You are definitely right! He is a great photographer!
    I can’t wait to see more!

    Welcome home and Merry Christmas!

  4. Michelle Huynh
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

    Welcome back, friend! I’m glad that you came back safely and that you had a great time there! It looks like loads of fun! :)

    Your husby can really take pictures! :O It looks like it was straight out of a brochure or something hahaha! :)

    Have a happy holidays!

  5. ag.
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

    Welcome back! Your photos look great…can’t wait to see more!

  6. jennifer young
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    woohoo! welcome home! your sneak peek pictures are amazing! can’t wait to see the rest!
    j.

  7. ilene
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

    piper is luuuuuuucky!!
    you and your hubs were luuuuuuuuucky to go on a cruise!!!
    loved this post and your pictures, friend. no wonder you are not ready to be back. ;)

    is it bad that i’m glad that you are?! hehe. love ya!

  8. Michelle
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

    Your photos are so gorgeous! And yes, your hubby is a fantastic photographer!

  9. Suburban Sweetheart
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

    Beautiful. Sounds like an amazing time. Excuse me while I wallow in jealousy. ;)

  10. ++MIRA++
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 12:18 am

    welcome back! looks like u had a blast :)

  11. Hana K.
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 12:28 am

    welcome back! love that picture of you standing on the pier too, kudos to the husband :D can’t wait for the full recap!

  12. Dancing Branflake
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 1:04 am

    Welcome back! You had some great guest bloggers but I did miss you oodles. Glad to see you ate well. I love that photo of you on the pier.

  13. Sarah
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 2:37 am

    Welcome back! Glad you had so much fun and ate so much FAB food! Did you buy any cute stuff? I love the pics you posted so far :)

  14. Lana
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 3:35 am

    Such great pics, it looks like an amazing holiday!:)

  15. jillian
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 6:44 am

    beautiful photos! glad you had a wonderful vacation! xoxo jcd
    http://cornflakedreams.blogspot.com/

  16. Piper
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 7:22 am

    Welcome back Sandy!! Those pictures make me want to jump on a plane and go someplace warm & tropical right now!! Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation!!

    And the best part? Now that you’re back…I find out I won!! Woo hoo, early Christmas gift!

  17. Michelle
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    Welcome back sweet friend!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos! And that’s the best part of crusing…eating! hahaha (im not kidding). Anyways… Cant wait to see more! <333

  18. Brandi
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    So glad to see (and hear) that you had such a wonderful trip, Sandy! It’s better that you were on the boat — I don’t do well with boat trips, though I do wish I could have been there for the food! Welcome back, my dear.

  19. Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    I am actually heading on a cruise on Friday! Your pictures are making me so excited!

  20. Sarah-Anne
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    good to have you back, sandy!
    Sarah-Anne
    p.s. i really enjoyed the guest bloggers you had this past several days. great idea!

  21. Exotic Japan
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:02 am

    Wow, great photos! You should do an article with those shots for a travel magazine, seriously. :-)

  22. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    Wow your trip looks amazing! Welcome back

  23. Jude
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:15 am

    Welcome back, Sandy! Your guest bloggers were wonderful, but missed you lots! Your trip sounded just perfect (that’s my idea of heaven, sleeping and eating 4 meals a day :)) – hope the coming days are filled with lots of peaceful moments, despite the holiday/post-vacay stir!

  24. Ms. Megan
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!!
    How was the food? Did you eat a lot? You didn’t mention the food!! ;)
    Those photos are so beautiful!!! Your hubby is a talented photographer!!!!
    Happy Holidays my dear!!!!
    xoxoxo

  25. and flowers pick themselves
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:41 am

    so glad to have you back + so glad you took such wonderful photos! the guest posts were MARVELOUS!

    xo Alison

  26. Krysten
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:42 am

    You are so making me miss cruising! I’ve been on two cruises and I so love it. Jealous!

  27. angie
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 10:06 am

    i LOVE cruises, and my favorite part is the FOOD. non-stop eating here. then the second part is stopping at the islands and chilling on the beach. :-) what a life right? no work, no worries, no responsibilities, nada. here’s to another cruise next year for the both of us?? =)

  28. Diana Mieczan
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    Welcome back,sweetie…So happy that you had a lovely time and those photos are fantastic! Kisses and hugs

  29. Kristin
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    Happy to have you back! And I would want to still be on that beautiful cruise too!

  30. Ashley @ HoneysuckleChic.com
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    Love the caribbean! Lewis & I went there at least twice each year while we lived in NY. What countries/cities did you port at?

    CHECK OUT THIS RECIPE FOR SALTED CARAMEL DARK CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES THAT I WHIPPED UP LAST NIGHT! So easy, fun, & fancy looking! http://www.honeysucklechic.com/2010/12/22/salted-caramel-dark-chocolate-truffles/

  31. Maddy
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    What a vacation!! I can certainly use one of those :) The sneak peek look awesome and I can’t wait to hear more about your trip! You were missed!

  32. MJ
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

    Welcome back!! Those pictures are great. I can only imagine all the food and desserts, sounds delish!!

  33. Ashley
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! Welcome back! I know you had the BEST time!

  34. amylou
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    How fun! Looks like you had a wonderful time!

  35. Tammy
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    Amazing. And those desserts look so small, of course you need more than one! :)

  36. Chrissy
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    Wow, those pictures are amazing! Love the one with you on the pier as well!! And the food…yummy!!

    Glad your back! Even though you had some awesome guest bloggers (ladies, it was so much fun reading all your posts)…it’s nice to have you back!!

  37. yvonne
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    looks like u had a blast!! hubby and I really want to do a cruise one day also…just wanna eat eat and eat some more :D

  38. Amy
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    Hey girl! Sorry I haven’t replied to your sponsor renewal email yet. I will get back to you on that soon. I hope you’re doing well. I’m getting ready to have the baby tomorrow so things have been a bit hectic. Still loving your blog. You’re doing a marvelous job on it. Talk to you soon!!!

  39. hiyaluv
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

    yay for the winner and chin up to you luv-coming back from vacay is always hard I know. Actually it is the worst. :(
    happy holidays sweetie pants. :)gina

  40. Lou
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    SO nice to see your travel cruise pics! it reminds me so much of our life in St maarten! (i met my husband there!) we lived there many years! xxx thanks for sharing

  41. Casie
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    WELCOME BACK!

    oh my goodness — your pictures make me SO EXCITED for my family’s cruise in a couple of weeks!! NO INTERNET?! Ahmmm…YAY!! ;)

  42. sooki
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

    welcome back sandy!! oooh i love that shot of you on the pier! i can hardly wait to see some MORE photos! we’ve been dying to do a cruise to the caribbean as well… sigh… looks heavenly!

  43. Punctuation Mark
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 8:41 pm

    congrats to piper!!! i love that image on the pier… looks very peaceful!

  44. jozen
    Dec 22, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

    its good to have you back friend! and im so jealous of your cruise!!!

  45. Silvia Merrill
    Dec 23, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    yay for the winner and chin up to you luv-coming back from vacay is always hard I know. Actually it is the worst. :( happy holidays sweetie pants. :)gina

  46. Elisse
    Dec 28, 2010 @ 5:40 pm

    Twas a pleasure to guest post for you – I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity!

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