Alaska Photo Diary

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I know my little photo diary is a little late but I had to share my Alaska cruise photos.  I am an avid cruiser and truly think it’s one of the best ways to travel with a family.  There are great kids programs, fun cooking classes for me, and great reading spots for Pat.  Plus, free food.  Do you need any other reason than that?  

This was the first time I have cruised with Holland America in 20 years and it was fun to try the line again.  Although, being able to unplug for a week was nice. Okay okay, we had service in port.  It’s not like we were out of the country the whole time.  Pat was on the phone working while we were in port, but for the most part he was able to put the phone down.  Having quality family time is what it’s all about!

I 100% over packed for the trip.  In the past, I would have been solid.  That was before kids, eating dinner in the dining room vs. buffet, and out partying all night long.  I guess I grew so accustomed to changing 3+ times a day I didn’t even think about it.  I definitely want to cruise with my family again the next time we can take a vacation.  I might go back to my tried and true Princess or try Royal Caribbean or Disney.  I’ve cruised to Mexico, Alaska (several times with different lines), Hawaii (several times), and the Caribbean.  I miss Europe so much and think a Mediterranean cruise would be divine!  I love truly exploring Europe but would rather wait till the kids are teenagers.

Have you guys cruised to Alaska or anywhere else?  Do you have a favorite line?

The Bouqs: A Review

Bouqs review

Is there really anything better than fresh flowers to make your home feel like home?  I think not.  The Bouqs is a unique online flower company.  Your flowers are shipped directly from their farm in South America to you!  

I love that you don’t have to worry about being upsold with fluffy extras.  The Bouqs care about giving you sustainable, quality flowers grown in volcanic soil.  Nothing else.  

I think my favorite part of the company is the fact that the flowers are only cut when sold.  Think about all the waste and labor that is saved!

For only $40 (shipping included)  you can choose which ever “bouq” you want.  If you want to make the bouquet larger you can but don’t worry about being pressured to add a teddy bear in a weird box no one will use.

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I chose the Hot Lava bouq for the bright colors but it took me forever to chose which one I wanted more.  They are all so beautiful!  I followed the instructions given and my flowers lasted at least 8 days.  I have no idea how much longer because I was out of town for 2 weeks after that and didn’t have a chance to see how long they would have truly lasted.

Aren’t they gorgeous?

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I do have to say that I was a bit bummed when I saw quite a few brown petals when I opened my package.  I’ll chalk it up to the hot Cali weather.  I didn’t have any issues except for one rose completely fell apart when I ripped the petals off.  This happened with only that one yellow rose.  Maybe I didn’t do it right?  

I never realized how slim a dozen roses really are without the baby breath and fillers.  Next time I will have to try to get a double to fill my vase.

Have you tried The Bouqs before?  What Bouq is your fave?
Disclosure: The Bouqs sent me flowers for review and affiliate links are within the post.  As always, this post reflect my 100% honest opinion.

 

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Enter To Win A Canon Rebel T3i

I am so excited to be teaming up with Emily, from The Freckled Fox, to give you guys the opportunity to win a DSLR!
 
 
What could be better than having one delivered to your front door completely free?! Even if you already have a DSLR or maybe photography isn’t exactly your thing, you always can use a back-up camera, and think what an amazing gift this would make for that friend or relative that’s been saving for one!
 
 Autumn Klair     |     Brittany Gary     |     Course Craft     |     House of Polynesia
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Notes: The giveaway will run for ten days, the winner will be selected at random, contacted, and announced shortly after the giveaway concludes in this post as well as on all Freckled Fox social media channels. Yes this is open internationally! entries will be verified. Enter below:
 
 
Good morning guys, today’s post as you can see is another DSLR giveaway brought back by popular demand! My sponsors and I have been excited about doing this for a while, and it’s definitely turning into a monthly thing here on The Freckled Fox, so I hope you don’t mind! haha Take a look at this fancy thang:
 
Such a great camera! I know because it’s one that I use just about every day:) I know that I speak for most of us when I say that my biggest push in professionalism for my shop and my blog was getting my first really awesome camera, and what could be better than having one delivered to your front door completely free?! Even if you already have a DSLR or maybe photography isn’t exactly your thing, you always can use a back-up camera, and think what an amazing gift this would make for that friend or relative that’s been saving for one!
 

Well now on to the ladies and shops that are responsible for bringing you this fabulous prize today: my beautiful and creative sponsors! I love love having this opportunity to introduce them to you guys. They’re such a genuine and creative group, and I’m so grateful for their support and for the chance at partnering up! So, please click through and introduce yourselves, and don’t forget the rafflecopter at the bottom!

 Autumn Klair     |     Brittany Gary     |     Course Craft     |     House of Polynesia
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Notes: The giveaway will run for ten days, the winner will be selected at random, contacted, and announced shortly after the giveaway concludes in this post as well as on all Freckled Fox social media channels. Yes this is open internationally! entries will be verified. Enter below:
 
There it is folks! Tons of different ways to enter with this one huh? Remember that the more entries you complete the better your chance of winning this beauty! Also as a special bonus, each entry is a new way to meet and support the bloggers who are bringing you this giveaway, and they’re huge supports to me, so it’s basically one big support/love fest that you should join in on.haha See what I did there? 

 
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Killin’ It

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Shirt | c/o Style Lately
Shorts | Levi’s
Flannel | Target (old) Similar Here
Booties | Jessica Simpson (old)

Have you guys picked up that I am obsessed with the 90s?  Always am.  Always will.  Flannel? Check.  90s inspired makeup?  Check.  Killin’ It?  Check.  

Style Lately has some of the most stylish clothing and accessories online and they are offering my readers 15% off with the promo code: LOVESTYLELATELY

I am finally back in my blogging groove after a hectic summer.  My inbox is clear and I have blog ideas coming out of my ears.  I sure hope you guys stay tuned!  Let me know if there is anything you would like to see on here.

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Help Take A Stand Against Childhood Cancer

Cancer sucks.  It really does.  In fact, this post is incredibly late because I’ve been dealing with a lot of stuff – including cancer.  No, I don’t have cancer but a loved one was just diagnosed.  She’s too young!  Just like the children Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is trying to help.  

Alex’s Lemonade Stand was founded by a girl who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when she was a baby.  When she turned 4, she wanted to host a lemonade stand to raise money for kids just like her.  Sadly, she passed away when she was just seven years old, but her memory remains with her foundation.  It’s mission is to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research.  Since 2000, she has raised over $80 million dollars for the cause.  

You can help join the Mighty Fight with Auntie Anne’s by visiting your local Auntie Anne’s today to donate $1 and receive $1 off your next purchase.  A pretzel you can feel good about eating!

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It’s my pleasure to introduce you to my mini but mighty hero, Victoria.  She is a very brave young girl whose battle with cancer started at six months old.  Six. Months. Old.  She is now four and happily in remission!  Even though she has spent her whole life fighting Victoria is a happy, Disney loving, outspoken, and compassionate little girl.

Learn more about Victoria and kids just like her by checking out the ALSF website.  These children truly are my heroes.

The Mighty Fight campaign

I would love if you would help myself, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and Auntie Anne’s help fight childhood cancer by donating to The Mighty Fight Campaign through September 15.  

See what your donation could help fund:

  • $5: Supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation one cup at a time.
  • $15: Provides a gas card to help a family drive to a hospital for treatment
  • $25: Funds a half hour of childhood cancer research
  • $50: Funds one hour of childhood cancer research
  • $100: Enables a family to reside at a nearby hotel so they can stay close to their child receiving treatment
  • $400: Funds one day of childhood cancer research

The goal of $35,000 will help fund 700 hours of childhood cancer research!

Every little bit helps and you can give children like Victoria a chance to live a happy and healthy life.  Please spread to word by sharing The Mighty Fight Campaign so that others may join in and Auntie Anne’s will donate $0.25 for each share!  Also, to thank those who donate Auntie Anne’s will email them $1 off coupon, valid at participating U.S. stores, within 7-10 days.

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