Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Packing List for a Disney Cruise

Disney Cruise Line Packing List

Our family just got back from an incredible cruise on the Disney Dream. This was the third Disney Cruise for Tolar and I (the first for the kids!) so I've got a solid understanding of everything you need to pack. I've compiled a list of helpful items that I think you will want to consider when packing. Any text in the below list that shows up in pink has a clickable link for you to make finding my recommendations easier.

It is important to note that Disney does not allow surge protectors or power strips onboard and the outlet situation in each stateroom is extremely limited. In our Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom there were only two regular outlets. The bathroom did have an additional outlet in the ceiling for shavers. For the full list of prohibited items for Disney Cruise Line, click here.


-Multiple Device Charging Station 
-Portable Charger
-iPad/Tablet with favorite shows already downloaded AND sound machine app
-Smartphone (Disney relies heavily on their Disney Cruise Line app, so a smartphone is needed.)


-Face Masks
-Mask Lanyards (We used these with our kids so I didn't have to keep up with their masks when walking around. When we were in an area that didn't require masks, they could take their masks off and wear them around their necks like a necklace.)
-Seasickness Medication (Can be purchased through a ship gift shop or the infirmary.)
-Laxatives (Can be purchased through a ship gift shop or the infirmary.)
-Antacid Tablets (Can be purchased through a ship gift shop or the infirmary. Pro Tip: you can also ask for some at Guest Services and they will give you a few free of charge.)
-Antibacterial Hand Soap (Disney does now provide a pump hand soap in the toilet bathroom of your stateroom, however, if you want to also have a pump hand soap by the other sink in the shower bathroom I recommend bringing an extra.)


In addition to the regular clothes that you would pack for an trip, here are my recommendations on items you will definitely want to include.
-Multiple Swimsuits
-Swim Coverup (I wore this the majority of the time on our cruise and was so pleased with it. This coverup has over 14,000 reviews and 4 1/2 stars so it comes highly rated.) 
-Formal Attire
-Light Jacket
-Hat (I love this straw fedora!)

Fun Items:

-Custom Refillable Cups
-Door Magnets (I ordered magnets from this Etsy shop and they were incredible quality. I HIGHLY recommend!)
-Pirate Costumes for Pirate Night (We purchased these eye patches and hats that worked well and were very affordable.)
-Halloween Costumes (If going on a Halloween On The High Seas Cruise.)
-Wine! Champagne! Beer! (Each adult guest is allowed to carry on a maximum of 2 bottles of wine or champagne OR 6 beers.)
-Mickey Ears

What To Pack For A Disney Cruise


-Proof of Vaccination
-Proof of Negative COVID test for children under 12 (This information is as of September 2021. Things might change depending on new vaccines).
-Passport or Birth Certificate
-Online Check In QR Code/Print Out
-Travel Insurance Information
-Disney Cruise Line Issued Luggage Tags (They mail these to you prior to sailing.)
-Folder to Keep Everything In


-Ziploc Bags
-Small Bottle of Dish Soap 
-Wrinkle Release Spray
-Cash For Room Service Tips and any additional tipping
(Disney has updated their app and you can now add a tip for room service, any bar drinks, Cove Cafe, etc. right on the app. However, we still brought cash because there were a few instances where we tipped employees and didn't have an official "transaction.")
-Extra Hangers (There is plenty of closet space, but never enough hangers!) 
-Old Gift Card (To turn the lights on in your stateroom, you need to use your room key. However, it was a pain to always have to take it out of our lanyard, so we brought an old gift card from home and kept it by the door to turn the lights on.)
-Lanyard to hold your Key To The World Card/Room Key (You only need to pack a lanyard if this is your first Disney Cruise. They provide you with lanyards anytime after when you become a Castaway Club member.)

If you have any questions about the items I have included in this packing list, feel free to reach out! You can easily send me a DM on instagram or leave me a comment below.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Decocrated Home Décor Around The House

Decocrated Entryway Decor

One of my favorite things to get shipped to my house is my Decocrated Curated Home seasonal subscription box. With every new season, Decocrated puts together a box containing 6-9 home décor items and ships them out to their subscribers. Home décor shipped straight to your door!!!! What's not to love? 

Before I found Decocrated, I really only decorated my house for Fall/Halloween and Christmas. The rest of the year, I kept the same décor up without making any changes. However, Decocrated has inspired me to give spots in my home a refresh with each new season. 

Many of the pieces included in each box have more than one use, with some pieces even having two sides so you can really stretch the use for each item. The pieces included do match the current season, but I've also found that I use a lot of the items around my house all year long. The team at Decocrated always does a terrific job in selecting items that can be paired together no matter the season.

The primary area that gets a seasonal refresh is my front entryway. It is always fun for me to see what comes in each Decocrated box and then work on styling my table to match the season. When I share photos of my new Decocrated box on social media, I normally stick to sharing my entryway table. But there are quite a lot of other places in my house that get the Decocrated treatment.

Decocrated Spring Entryway

Besides not having to go to the store to buy home décor, a big reason I do love Decocrated so much is because I get a lot of use out of many of the items on an almost daily basis. I have Decocrated items in my Living Room, Kitchen, Coffee bar area, Master Bedroom, Guest Room and Knox's Bedroom.

Feast your eyes on the following pictures to see how I use Decocrated around my house. If you like what you see and want to start getting Decocrated shipped to your door, click this link to start.
You can use code LINDSAY15 at check out to receive $15 off the Quarterly or Annual subscription.

Decocrated Summer Bedroom DecorDecocrated Coffee Bar
Decocrated Mudroom Decor
Decocrated Coffee Nook
Decocrated Summer Decor Bedroom
Decocrated Summer Shelves
Decocrated Living Room Table
Decocrated Kitchen Decor

If you want to read more about Decocrated, you can click here and here.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Spring 2021 Box from Decocrated

Thank you Decocrated for sponsoring this post. ALL opinions stated below are completely my own.

If you follow me over on instagram, it is no secret to you that I am a HUGE fan of Decocrated Curated Home. To catch you up, Decocrated is a quarterly/seasonal subscription box that ships 6-9 home decor items straight to your door. 

Decocrated 2021

One thing that makes Decocrated so great is that the items from each new season can be interchangeable with items from previous boxes. Receiving a new box every quarter helps me freshen up my house and get excited for the new season to arrive. I've been receiving boxes from Decocrated for 2 years now and I still get so giddy each time a new box arrives. The items included in the boxes are always so unique and quite useful! Oftentimes, items in each box will have dual purposes or two sides, helping me to really get my money's worth!

I probably say this every time I receive a new box, but I REALLY mean it this time. The Spring 2021 box is SO GOOD!!!! I've got places to use every piece all over my house. The color palette for the Spring box includes pinks, pale blues and turquoise. That color palette lends itself to allowing you to add florals all throughout your house so you can usher in Spring.

Decocrated 2021 Spring Box items

In the Spring 2021 box you will receive:
-a beautiful art print
-collection of wooden books
-long tray
-picture frame with a clip to easily change out artwork/pictures
-reversible pillowcase
-floral wall art (2)

Now that we've been staying home more often, it is important for me to LOVE the items I use to decorate. Decocrated boxes have helped since the pieces in each box are so beautiful and fun to use when decorating. I love moving all of the different pieces around my house each season and coming up with new ways to incorporate them into my decor. If you ever get stuck with how to use a piece, the geniuses at Decocrated have your back! Each box comes with a design booklet to give you inspiration for how to use the pieces in your home. So if you like home decor, but you feel lost, I highly suggest that you check out Decocrated. They do the shopping for you, deliver it to your house each season and then tell you how to use each piece. That sounds like a no brainer for me!

If you like what you see here and want to sign up for Decocrated, be sure to use my discount code to score a good deal.
CLICK HERE to order.

Use code LINDSAY15 for $15 off quarterly or annual subscription.
The annual subscription gives you 4 boxes of home decor at a super deep discount.

One question I get asked a lot is if you can pick out the items that come in your Decocrated Box. You don't pick them out yourself, but I think that is what truly makes this such a unique home decor experience. To get an idea if Decocrated is right for you, below you will find a series of pictures that include the sets of items from previous boxes.

Decocrated Winter 2019
Decocrated Winter 2020
Decocrated Spring 2019
Decocrated Spring 2020
Decocrated Summer 2020
Decocrated Fall 2019

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Gamer's Gift Guide

Today's gift guide is not my usual feminine content, BUT I think it will be very beneficial for lots of people. Anyone who has a gamer in their life (aka someone who plays video games) and doesn't have a clue what to get them, this is the gift guide you need! I know there are lots of women out there who know gamers, but don't know what to buy them so I am here to help.

Since I know ZERO about video games, I went straight to the husband! He has been seriously playing video games for 32 years and he even played semi-professionally in his early adult years. He regularly plays online each week and even participates in a gaming tournament with his three best friends every year. All of that to say, the items he has selected are sure to be winners for the gamer in your life.

Gamer's Gift Guide

One thing I do want to point out is that the majority of the items in this gift guide are for Xbox, Playstation and Playstation VR (Virtual Reality). Since my husband isn't a PC gamer, we don't have suggestions for those. Please note that you will need to buy the products that are compatible with the gaming console that the gamer in your life has (Xbox, Playstation or Playstion VR). I have separated them out by gaming console to make it easy for you!


1.) Wireless Controller - This controller is only compatible with a Playstation 5 and it comes highly recommended by my husband.

2.) Charging Station (Splurge) - This charging station can charge two controllers at once and also features a cooling fan. The vertical stand minimizes space that it takes up.

3.) Charging Station (Save) - For the budget conscious folks, this charging station is easier on your wallet than the one above. It also can charge two controllers at once.

4.) Wireless Gaming Headset (Save) - I highly recommend that you purchase a headset for the gamer in your life to minimize noise for everyone! This is the more budget friendly headset and this particular headset is specific to Playstation.

5.) Wireless Gaming Headset (Splurge) - If you want a higher quality headset, this is for you! It is worth noting that this headset can be used with other gaming systems besides Playstation.

Popular Playstation Games:
6.) Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
7.) Assassin's Creed Valhalla
8.) Cyberpunk 2077
9.) Spider-Man Miles Morales

Gaming Chairs

10.) Homall Gaming Chair (Save) - For the budget conscious, this chair comes in multiple color options and features a headrest and lumbar support.

11.) Modern Depot Gaming Throne (Splurge) - Also comes in multiple colors and features a headrest, backrest, footrest, cupholders and lights.

Playstation VR (Virtual Reality)

12.) PSVR Charger and Display Stand - My husband has this exact stand and loves it. It keeps the PSVR headset out of the way and charges it at the same time.

Popular PSVR Games
13.) Superhot VR
14.) PSVR Aim Controller Firewall Zero Hour Bundle
15.) Battlezone
16.) Beat Saber - I'll add my own plug here, this game is fun for even non-gamers like me. If you have really good coordination and enjoy music, you will LOVE this game.


17.) Charging Station (Splurge) - This is a high speed charging station that can charge two controllers at once.

18.) Charging Station (Save) - Also a charging station for two controllers, just more budget friendly.

19.) Wireless Controller (Save) - A budget friendly controller for the Xbox Series X.

20.) Wireless Controller (Splurge) - An elite controller for the very serious gamer. 

21.) Wireless Gaming Headset (Save) - A really good headset for Xbox players, just more budget friendly.

22.) Wireless Gaming Headset (Splurge) - This headset has bluetooth built in and features a battery that lasts 20+ hours.

23.) Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - My husband recommends Game Pass because this is essentially Netflix for video games. You pay a subscription and get access to over a hundred different games. The games do rotate and change almost weekly, but it gives you quite a variety of games to play. The Ultimate package (this one that I linked) also features access to EA Play. My daughter actually uses Game Pass and has found some fun new games for her to play.

24.) Storage Expansion Card - Extra storage space for Xbox Series X.

Popular Xbox Games
25.) Cyberpunk 2077
26.) Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
27.) Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Friday, November 13, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide for Girls

I actually feel more prepared with gift ideas for my seven year old daughter this year than I ever have before. Yes, she's more vocal about all the things she wants, so that helps. To compile this list, I also asked my followers on instagram for their feedback on gifts for girls ages 6-10. So get ready for a fun gift guide with some ideas on what to buy for an elementary
aged girl.

Gift Guide for Girls

All of the gifts that are included in this guide are either items/toys that my daughter already has and loves or are items that are on her Christmas list.

1.) Butterfly Wall Hooks - This gift actually surprised me, but when I asked my daughter what are some items that she has and loves, she told me that she loves the pretty hooks in her closet. :) She uses the hooks to hang her pajamas, her purses and her camera bag.

2.) Star Shelf - I figured if we were going to have hooks, we might as well have a pretty shelf. This star shelf is pretty enough by itself, but would look awesome in a little girl's room with some fun pictures in frames. 

3.) Light Up Tracing Pad - I am REALLY excited about this gift because I know my daughter will love it. For any little girl that loves to draw, this is the perfect gift. It comes with ten different tracing sheets, colored pencils, paper and more.

4.) Spirit Riding Free Playset - My daughter loves horses and really enjoyed the Spirit Riding Free series on Netflix. She currently owns this playset and loves playing with it. The set was easy to build and comes with plenty of accessories for playtime.

5.) Realistic Stegosaurus - This is the exact dinosaur that started my daughter's huge love of dinosaurs. While she has recently moved on to preferring dragons instead, I wanted to include this in case there are any other girl dino lovers out there (I know there are lots!). The dinosaur is extremely realistic looking; I greatly appreciate their attention to detail.

6.) Walking Dragon - For the dragon lover, this is a must. My daughter has this toy in black and the quality is great, especially for the price.

7.) Untamed Raptor by Fingerlings - Here is another dinosaur that helped fuel my daughter's love for dinos. These fingerlings are responsive to touch, they will move their heads and make noises. This is something my daughter regularly plays with.

8.) Hoverboard - I must admit, this is a gift that I want for myself. HA! My daughter uses hers often and it is quite impressive to watch her ride around on. I've let my daughter ride the hoverboard inside the house and it has not scratched up my floors at all.

9.) Fuse Beads Craft Kit - I think it might be a rite of passage for all girls to play with these. The large set comes with 5500 beads and a pattern booklet to create all sorts of designs. I can't wait to work on this with my daughter.

10.) Karaoke Microphone - If you have a singer in your family, this would be such a fun gift. The microphone has bluetooth capabilities and can be used as a speaker, player or recorder. And I'm sure the kids will love the flashing colored lights.

11.) Tablet Case - If your child has a Fire HD Tablet, this case is perfect for them. It has two handles on the side, which makes for easy holding. There is also a stand in the back that can prop the tablet up for hands free viewing. And finally, it has a carrying strap. We like to place the strap over the front seat of the car, so my kids can watch hands free while we take long trips.

12.) Frozen 2 Walk and Glow Salamander - Frozen 2 was an exceptional movie, so I am all about buying the toys that go with it. You can tell from the name that this toy walks and lights up.

13.) Caboodles Make Up Case - I cannot believe these things are back, but I am so excited! I loved my Caboodles as a kid and I'm happy to share the excitement with my daughter. But do me a favor, if you buy this for your daughter, please don't buy her play makeup to go with it. Get her the real stuff, you don't have to buy expensive stuff, just get something better quality.

14.) Fire HD 8 Tablet - You don't need to spend a ton of money on a tablet for your kids, the Fire HD is the perfect tablet for them. They are inexpensive and do everything you kids want: movies, YouTube, books and games. Pro Tip: Amazon puts these on sale A LOT, so keep your eyes peeled for a good deal.

15.) Blinger Styling Tool - Girls can have fun adding bling to their hair, their clothes, their purses and more.

16.) 3D Pen - Let your child bring their drawings to life with this 3D Pen. The pen is safe for kids to use and can be touched with no burn risks.

17.) Snow Dragon - My daughter loves the FurReal pets because they are so interactive. We've bought a couple FurReal pets over the years and they all still work, so I am confident in the quality. The snow dragon has over 50 sounds and reactions.

18.) Instax Camera - A friend of ours brought her camera to Christmas last year and let my daughter take pictures from her point of view. She loved every second of it and wanted one for herself. The camera is very easy to use and is also easy to load/unload the film.

19.) Jewelry Box - This was another item that my daughter said she absolutely loved. If the little girl in your life is anything like mine, she has collected a lot of jewelry over the years. This jewelry box has lots of different compartments making it easy to organize everything.

20.) Walkie Talkie - I feel like these are another rite of passage for children. I'm sure we all remember how much fun we had pretending to be spies while playing with our walkie talkies. These are perfect if you have a child that likes to camp in the backyard.

21.) Instax Film - If you buy the Instax Camera, you need the film to go with it. Trust me, buy the largest pack available because your child will go through a lot of film. :)

22.) Twister - Games are a must for just about anyone! My daughter loves to challenge me in Twister; she highly recommended that I add this to list because she loves it so much.

23.) Scrabble Junior - This is such a great game to work on spelling! One side has an empty board where you can play regular Scrabble. The other side has words already created and you have to match up the letters to make a word. If you have a Scrabble lover in your family, tell them to buy this for a young girl.

24.) The Game of Life - We bought this game at the beginning of quarantine and have loved playing it as a family. While it is very fun, it helps children practice counting money and also helps them see that having a good paying job is important.

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