Girls Weekend: Miranda Lambert’s, The Pink Pistol

Girls weekend!!

Well, it really wasn’t a whole weekend, just about 24 hours in all. My best friend Jennifer and I try to get away for an overnight trip at least once a year. It doesn’t have to be far or extravagant. We don’t have to do really do anything but just be “girls.” We as women need that. We are so busy with our families and lives that sometimes it feels good to get away, be silly and just have a mental break for a few hours.

We decided to go to Miranda Lambert’s store, The Pink Pistol, in her hometown of Lindale, Texas, population about 5000. It’s only about 100 miles from us. We love Miranda’s music and she’s a Texas girl like us.

Many of Miranda’s framed platinum and gold records, including best-selling singles like “White Liar” and chart-topping albums like “Platinum,” hang on the wall. There are Souvenirs, T-shirt’s, boots, jewelry, things from her songs like “pink sunglasses” and lots of sparkly and vintage things. It’s definitely Miranda’s hippie, vintage style and you can tell her personal touch is on everything. I feel it represents her well.💖

Also in the store is a Hemingway Tasting Room. The decorated wine bar is managed by Miranda’s parents, Rick & Bev Lambert. You can enjoy wine tastings from Red 55 Winery, Lambert’s brand of wine. All of the wines are named after her songs. Kerosine, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, White Liar, Platinum just to name a few.

You can enjoy Ol’ Fashioned Sodas from old bar-stools serving up ice cream floats, fountain drinks, and Miranda’s original Pink Pistol Signature Drinks.

Also, Connected to her store is a restaurant called Love and War. It’s very good, so if you go, eat there. I don’t believe it’s affiliated with her store.

There are several photo opts and we took advantage of all of them. We felt like teenagers trying to take selfies and asking others if they’d take our picture. I have two grown sons and she has a teenage son. They would have probably been embarrassed by their mamas. 😁 That’s okay! They love us anyway.

We bought a T-shirt alike. We laughed so hard trying to take a mirror selfie in our shirts. It only took about 15 times just to get this one. LOL

You know we girls do things like that. We’re just different from guys. We can talk for hours, eat lots of chocolate, share clothes, ask each other what we think of our hair or makeup or how we look in different clothes.

Guys don’t do that. The funny thing is, I always say that I’m glad I’m a boy mom. I don’t think I could handle raising a daughter. God knows what’s best!

The Pink Pistol is fun for girls to visit, yes I’m calling us 40 something’s girls, we felt like girls that day.

We really enjoyed our day. Hope you enjoy our silly girly pictures.

Ladies, take the time to do something for yourself sometimes. I know it’s hard to find the time, but you’re worth it.😊

Enjoying the Simple Life,

💜 Davilyn

Cruising to The Bahamas

Hi friends! I’m counting down the days to vacation, 30. 😍 We are going on a cruise to the Bahamas. We will visit Key West, Nassau, and Freeport. We are cruising on the Carnival Breeze. Love that ship! We always cruise with carnival. We have never had a problem with them so we will stick with them. We are building up our points! 😊 We are getting an aft room this time.  My brother and sister in law are going with us. Their room is right next to ours, we are going to have them open up the balconies so we can have one big one.

Warning, picture overload!😬

We have been to these ports before. They are beautiful, but not my favorites. I’ll talk about those at a different time.

When we went to Nassau last time we went to the Atlantis, and it was so nice and big, lots to do but you need more than one day. (The Atlantis is in the first photo above.) We are not going to the Atlantis this time. We are going to a beach resort. At Key West, we are planning to rent a golf cart for the day and sightsee. Of course, the Key Lime Pie Factory is on the list. We just want to go at our own pace there, since we know it’s safe.  In Freeport, we are also going to a beach resort. It’s very hard for me to go to these islands and not go to the beach. I am a beach girl!💙 I need all of it I can get.

This picture is at a beach in Freeport, just look at that beautiful water.

We enjoy the ship.  Love sea days! All we do is lay around the pool, eat, drink and be merry. There are usually games going on around the pool and a DJ. We don’t go to any shows or play bingo or do anything like that if it’s during the day. We really enjoy being outside. We enjoy the serenity deck as well, adults only. Nothing bad just means no kids running around. 😆

We go to the dining room and enjoy the dress up nights. We don’t do “formal” more like “semi-formal” and casual.  My husband tries all of the different exotic foods they have, I don’t. I’ll stick to the hot melting chocolate cake. Yummy!! Calories? Who’s counting?

After dinner, we have many options, lots of music and dancing areas, karaoke and comedy shows, dive in movies by the pool. They have a big casino but we are not gamblers. I might, okay I will, do the claw machine. It’s like those machines you see that have stuffed animals in them, except its money. I did win $100 one time and only spent $5 and then I quit for the night.😉

Sorry, not a great picture but my proof. Have no idea whose reflection that is…photo bomber! Lol

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This is our “formal” night.

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I love how the sun reflects on the water.

The sunsets are so beautiful over the seas. The sunrise, I normally don’t see but my husband tells me they are beautiful.😎

It looks like the sun is sitting on top of the water.

They turn our bed down at night with the “fun times” of the events for the next day. They always a fun towel animal or design in our room. I have several pictures of those, but I’ll spare you.

It used to be said, ” what happens on the cruise stays on the cruise.” That’s not true anymore. Now what happens on the cruise, is usually on Facebook live, or any social media.

Yes, they now have internet on cruise ships, but it’s spotty. I like to unplug, although, I will buy the social media package to keep in contact with the kids and post a few pictures. Everything else can wait!

This photo is at a beach resort in Freeport, Bahamas. Who doesn’t like hammocks?

It’s the most relaxing, peaceful vacation that we can have. It’s nice to be waited on and have your room cleaned twice a day.  It amazes us how your room stewards and waiters know you by name.

This was in Nassau Bahamas when we went in 2014. The water and sand are so pretty.

I sure hope the next 30 days go by fast! I’m really getting excited!😎

I’ll blog about that trip when we get back.

Here is the link to my facebook group, if you would like to join. I would love to have you.

Cruise Travel FB Group

Enjoying the simple life,

💜Davilyn

All photos by Captured By Eberlan (me) except the photo of our formal night (carnival)

Cruise Packing “Extras”

Cruising is our favorite vacation.  If we are not on a cruise, we are counting down to our next one. I am going to share with you some “extras” that I have learned that are very useful. This is not your basic, swimsuit, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen etc. type of list. These are things that you may not think about.

*Folder or Travel Organizer Case*

You will need this for passport, birth certificate, boarding pass and other important documents.

*Plug Power Strip with USB Port* 

There is only one outlet in the staterooms. You are allowed to bring a power strip with no surge protector.  It’s also nice to have one with USB ports for cell phones, tablets, Fitbit etc.

*Towel Clips*

It’s very windy on a cruise. Towel clips are great, you won’t have to worry about your towel blowing away. No need to take beach towels, they have them on the ship and you are allowed to take them off the ship at ports.

*Luggage Tags*

You will have to print your luggage tags. You can buy clear luggage tag holders to put them in. I recommend putting ribbons or something on your luggage so it’s easy for you to identify.

*Lanyard*

You will need a lanyard for your sail and sign card.  Your card works like a debit card on the ship and your room key.  You will need it to get off and on the ship, it’s very important to keep up with it.

*Packing Cubes*

These are great for packing. I normally put swimsuits in one, undergarments in one, shorts, T-Shirts.  I leave those things in them when I unpack in the room. It helps with organization and space.

*Downy Release*

This stuff works wonders. Just spray on your clothes.

*Clothes Pins*

In the shower is a retractable clothesline. You can hang your wet swimsuits etc on.

*Bluetooth Speaker*

There is music around the main pool, most of the time, but there isn’t any on the serenity deck, back pool and other areas of the ship.  They are nice to have in your room or balcony.

*Binoculars*

You never know what you might see out on the seas. It’s really cool to see other ships passing by too.

*Small Crossbody Purse or Wristlet*

This is good for ladies to have for dinner & nightlife.

*Bonine, Dramamine, Tums, Motrin/Tylenol, Benadryl

I like Bonine but Dramamine works well too.  Benadryl because you never know if you may have an allergic reaction to something.

*Cash*

You will not need cash on board, but you may need it at ports, tips for tour guides or taxi rides. Bring small bills. Also, remember to tip the porter guys that help with your luggage.  It’s recommended a dollar per bag.

*Door Hanger*

All of the doors look alike and it’s easy to get turned around in those long halls. It can be something as small as a chalkboard that you’ve decorated, a ribbon or bow.  Some people go all out on door decorations.

This is a door hanger that I made.

I had this one made from http://www.shindigz.com for under $20 and I will use it over and over again.

*Insulated Cup*

The cups on the ship are small and have to refill them often. I like taking my own for tea, water or soda. I have a bubba cup & love it.

*Drawstring Backpack*

I use this around the pool & during the day. You can put your sunscreen, phone, book, whatever you want or need in it. They are easy to put on your back and you have your hands free, especially in the food line.😉

Other things…..

*Small First Aid Kit*

*Small Fan*

*Shout wipes*

*Hand Sanitizer*

*Extra Plastic Hangers*

*Ziplock Bags*

*Waterproof Cellphone  Holder*

I know this sounds like a lot of extras, and some of this they sell on board, but it’s expensive. You may not be able to buy all of this at once. I have built my collection up over time. I have a special place that I put my cruise items and only use them for that.

I will be blogging more about cruising and ports at another time.

I hope this helps you with your cruise packing.

Here is a link to my Amazon “Cruise Packing Extras” list, with examples of the things that I have told you about.

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Here is the link to “Lost at Sea with Davilyn” my facebook group. I would love to have you join.

Cruise Travel Group

If you have any questions or take something that I didn’t list, comment below.

Have Fun!! 😎

I’ll leave you with one last cruise picture.

Enjoying the simple life,

Davilyn💜

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Flash Back Friday

Happy Friday!!😊 It’s been a cold, snowy, icy week here in Texas. One day the wind chill was 4 degrees. 😱 Y’all, we are not used to that where I live. We are not equipped for that kind of weather. There were lots of cars skidding off the road, frozen and burst pipes and cancellation of schools. Some laugh because we make it a big deal. That’s ok, because it is a BIG DEAL, to us. The people up north probably couldn’t handle our hot & humid weather or the hurricanes we sometimes get. That’s ok too. Let’s just be nice! ☺️

Last year on this day, (January 19, 2017) my husband and I were leaving on a cruise to Cozumel, for his 50th birthday. Our kids had our room decorated for his birthday, a cake delivered to our room, along with some other goodies. 😍 (yes, I take my Cowboys blanket everywhere) 💙

It was nice to have a vacation in January, right after the busyness of the holidays. We had never cruised in the winter before and it was so great. We laid out on the lido deck, eating tacos, Guys Burgers & ice-cream, among other things.

Here’s a fun picture from when we got off in Cozumel.

In Cozumel the weather was perfect. We went to a beach resort & listen to the sound of the beautiful ocean, and ate authentic Mexican food. I’m a tex mex girl, but those fajitas in Mexico are sooo good. I’m really missing all of it right now. 😫

Here’s that beautiful water!! 💙

We love to cruise!!😎 We normally do a 7 day cruise late spring. It goes to three different islands, we love the islands. We also love just being on the ship. When we can’t cruise, our favorite thing is going to the beach. The closes one to us is only 3 hours away, and sometimes we make a day trip out of it. I just need beach time, no matter what time of year. The sound of the waves, the smell of the salt water, it does wonders for my stress levels.

I need now!! 💙

Well, let me get out of my dream and back to the real world.

Drop a message in the comment section below and let me know where you like to travel?

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

PS:  Next week I am going to share a cute & inspirational project so be watching for it. I’m excited!

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Enjoying the simple life,

Davilyn💜