Cruise Day: What to Expect

Before Cruise: Carnival Cruise

It’s cheaper to order things before your cruise.  You can order cases of bottled water, alcoholic beverages, sodas, juices or gifts to be delivered to your stateroom. You can also have your room decorated for a special occasion. You can order the “cheers” or “bubbles” program.

They also now offer pixel packages that are only available prior to the cruise. Once on the ship, you will have to pay for each photo individually.

The wifi plans are cheaper if you order online before the cruise. It saves up to 15% when booked prior to sailing versus onboard prices. You have up to 24 hours before cruise day to order.  They offer different plans.

Social Plan $4/day included all social networks

Value Plan $10.25/day includes all of your favorite sites including e-mail, news, sports, weather etc.

Premium Plan $14.88/day includes all of the above and Skype. It also promises the fastest possible connection with speeds 3 times faster than the other plans.

You may pay by the day or for the whole trip.

Download the Carnival Hub app before you set sail. It will allow you to see the Fun Times (events for the day) order pictures, keep up with your account balance, see the menus, ship maps, all for free.  You can pay $5 per phone and text or “chat” with your friends and family that are on the ship.

Embarkation Day

Embarkation day is busy.  When you arrive at the terminal the porters will take your luggage. The next time you’ll see it, is when it’s delivered to your stateroom door. It’s also good to take a photo of your luggage, just in case it gets lost, you can show guest services the picture to help locate it faster.

Do not get to the cruise terminal earlier than your set arrival time, they will not allow you in the terminal before then.

When you get in the terminal you will go through the process….customs, security, also your carry-on luggage will have to go through the security belt, so make sure it will fit. Then you will be in a waiting area until it’s time for you to board.

Carry on Bag

Make sure to have all of your cruise boarding documents with you, boarding pass, health screening paper (it will print with your boarding pass), Passports, birth certificate and a photo ID if no passport in your carry on bag.

I recommend having your medicines, camera, tablet or any expensive jewelry in a carry-on bag. Some like to put a change of clothes, swimsuits, sunscreen in them. Do not lock any of your luggage, carry-on or checked.

You may bring a 12 pack of sodas per person and a small bottle of wine, per person, over 21.  This will have to be in your carry-on luggage.

ONCE ON SHIP

Once you get on the ship, you may eat lunch. After lunch, we like to explore the ship. The elevators will be very crowded and mid ship elevators shut down for the staff to deliver luggage. So, take the stairs if you’re able. You can locate your room but it may not be ready for you at that time.

Also, the fun shops and casino will not be open until you hit international waters. (usually a few hours)

UNPACK

Once you’re able to get into your room, unpack. I know you’re excited and ready to begin your fun but it’s so much easier to get your room set up before you set sail.

MUSTER DRILL

The not so fun but necessary safety drill.  The last thing you want to do after you board the ship is an emergency drill. In any event, this is a mandatory attendance event for all passengers. You must attend! They count how many people are in each safety area where you meet and will not start until every passenger is in their right spot, so get there so you don’t hold it up. The crew will show you how to put on life jackets, where your lifeboat is located, and escape routes.  Hopefully, you won’t need them but you are prepared if you do. So get there quick, listen learn it and file it away. As soon as it’s over the fun begins!

SAIL AWAY PARTY

Attend the sail away party on the lido deck. The cruise director and DJ will there and there will be dancing and lots of fun. It gives you a chance to wave to people as you set sail. It’s really a fun time!

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PICTURES

Take lots of pictures of your own. They will have many photo opportunities as well.

It won’t be long until it’s time for dinner. If your luggage hasn’t arrived by dinner time, they allow you to go as you are on the first night. But you should have it before then.

Have fun and be safe!!

BON VOYAGE

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

Cruise Travel Group

Enjoying the simple life,

💜 Davilyn

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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)

A Beautiful Life

I love daisies! They have always been my favorite flower. I love their simplicity and their beauty.

The daisy flower means innocence, purity, loyalty, love, and cheerfulness. They come in many colors. There are many types of daisies. They love the sun and grow in any type of soil. They all start with a seed. You plant the seed, give it water and sunlight and it grows to a pretty flower. When the flower starts to wilt you pull it off and it grows back.

This description reminds me of a Christian. We love the SON, we should be pure, loyal, full of love and joy. We come in many colors and sizes and should be growing in our “soil” the Bible.

That doesn’t mean that we won’t have problems or trials. We will! But, we have the Son Jesus, who helps, if we allow him too.  Just like a daisy needs the sun and water to grow, we also need the Son. Sometimes we wilt, we go through the storms, but when the storm is over, and the sun comes back out, it seems even brighter than before and we may even see a rainbow. Adults still get excited about rainbows. 😊

““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”” John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I remember pulling off daisy petals one at a time saying, “he loves me, he loves me not.” I have found that HE loves me no matter what. He loves you too.

“neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans‬ ‭8:39‬ ‭NIV‬‬

A simple life is a beautiful life. I love simplicity. I don’t have to have the “best” of material things because I have the best of all things, Jesus.

We live in such a busy world that sometimes we forget to enjoy life. Take time to enjoy the simple things…a sunrise, sunset, the stars in the sky, the sound of the ocean, (if you’re lucky enough to be by it 😉) wildflowers, a snuggle or hug from a loved one.

We love to sit on the back porch and watch the squirrels or listen to the birds sing or the wind chimes. So peaceful! One of my favorite things is the wildflowers or “weeds” that the kids pick out of the yard and give me. They don’t see weeds, they see pretty little flowers and are so excited to give them to me. Oh the children, they know how to enjoy little things.

“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”” Matthew‬ ‭19:14‬ ‭NIV‬

I took this picture last summer. I love the wildflowers and weeds with the beach and sky in the photo.  Only God can make something so beautiful.

Enjoying the simple life,

💜 Davilyn

Time to Sail

I am a person who is just fine with the four corners of my home. I am an introvert and comfortable with that. When I started this blog I really stepped out of my comfort zone. Writing a blog has been on my heart for years. I finally started in January. I already feel like I’ve come a long way, in such a short amount of time. I feel like that ship. I wasn’t made to just sit in the harbor. I’m not sure what all God has in store for me but I do know I had to take the first step. I’ll try my best to do what God calls me to do.

This is the chorus of one of my favorite songs.

“OCEANS”

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters

Wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Savior.

I encourage you to listen to it if you haven’t heard it.

Enjoying the simple life,

Davilyn 💜

BE STILL AND KNOW

I’m not one who needs attention or someone to “dote” over me. I am not a procrastinator, would consider myself more OCD and busybody.  I’m not one to sit around and do nothing, not even sit and watch TV for that long. The only thing I can do for a while is sitting out by the pool or beach.🏝 That’s where I can relax enjoy the sun, peace & quiet.

Four months ago that changed for me. I have had migraines my whole adult life but have had them under control. I even went in September and had a yearly physical with blood work and all was good! The end of October I was awake all night with a migraine and sinus pressure. Migraine medicine doesn’t help, sinus medicine doesn’t help.  Let’s just say that I’ve been through lots of meds that don’t seem to help. I’ve seen a neurologist, ENT, dentist (all with a different diagnosis) and my wonderful family doctor, who cares the most and trying to help. I’ve had an MRI so at least I know it’s nothing life-threatening. I function, I am not laid up in bed. Some days I feel better and some days I’m literally pushing myself to do what I need to do. If I didn’t push myself, I’m sure I would be worse. I’m not trying to play into the “self-pity” party because I have always been stronger than that, but to be honest, I have laid in bed and cried about it. I don’t like to complain, that’s just not me. I don’t do Facebook post, oh poor me I’m sick etc. In fact, only the people close to me even know about this, until now. 😳  I am a private person.  I’m not writing this to get attention or pity. I’m writing to confess, that’s it’s okay to feel weakness, alone and sometimes to need other people. I’ve heard that confession is good for the soul.

I am learning to BE STILL & KNOW that God has it. To know that HIS GRACE is sufficient and HIS POWER is made perfect in my weakness.

Hopefully, this season is about to be over. I’m learning to rest and be still and not feel lazy about it. To be still in HIM. If it’s a spiritual season, I’m ready to learn what I need to learn and be over it.

This is a hard thing for me to write about because I don’t open myself up like this, maybe it’s what I needed.  I didn’t plan on writing this!

I’m sure I’ve been more irritable and sensitive during these times but I’m trying not to be. I’m tired of it, four months is long enough. I pray that it ends soon. I’m believing in faith that this is the end!!

Just because I need to see a beautiful picture.💙

Enjoying the simple life,

Davilyn💜

Valentine’s Day

There are many different opinions on the celebration of this holiday.  Many people exchange cards, candy, gifts, flowers or more, with their special Valentine. They make it an extra special day and that’s wonderful.

Then there are those who don’t celebrate. They say it’s just another day for stores, restaurants, the greeting card company’s, etc. to make money.

Some feel pressured to buy something, even though they really don’t want to. Others feel left out or unwanted if they don’t have a special “valentine.”

Growing up I thought Valentine’s Day was about a school party. I would write on little valentine cards and attach suckers that I was going to give to my classmates. Poor teachers! Another day of kids being hyped up on cupcakes & chocolate.

My husband and I don’t make a big deal out of V-day. I had rather receive flowers on a day that I don’t expect them. We try to do special things throughout the year.

However, I do give something small to my grandchildren. It is an excuse to give them chocolate and maybe their parents will allow them to have it. 😬

So today will not be much different in our home. We may give each other a card but that’s about it. We will eat supper & watch Netflix together, as we do every other night. That being said, we are very much in love, we have been each others “Valentine” for 33 years.

Valentine’s Day is all about LOVE!!

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY❤️

How do you celebrate?

Enjoying the simple life,

Davilyn 💜

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.

http://a.co/0vnfUsW

http://amzn.to/2DkhMpt

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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Groundhog Day

Will the groundhog see his shadow?

I try to appreciate and enjoy each season.

Spring

The trees start budding and the flowers start blooming. The grass is turning green. Such beauty comes with Spring. It’s a time of birth and renewal. The birds are singing. The wind chimes are chiming. Baseball season starts. The only negative thing about spring, it comes with pollen and allergies.

Summer

It’s a time of growth. Many have beautiful gardens and flower beds. I have pretty palm plants around the pool. School is out. Summer baseball. Grilling. Vacation. Beach. Swimming. Shorts & flip-flops. It’s a laid-back season.

Fall

It’s harvest time. I love the first crisp breath of fresh air, after a hot summer. The leaves on the trees change to beautiful colors. Bonfires, football, and pumpkin spice everything. I love to decorate my house for fall.

Winter

I’m going, to be honest, it’s hard for me to enjoy winter. The daylight hours are shorter. As I look out, I see the trees with no leaves, the grass is brown, it’s just not pretty. It’s drab. Everything is dead, except for the pine trees, here in the piney woods of Texas. It’s a time of pruning, making room for the new. By the way, I need to prune my rosebush. I did last year, it grew and was more beautiful than ever.

I’m trying to look at the positive things about winter. It is a time where we stay inside more, therefore, spending more time with family. It’s a time that I read more or binge on Netflix with my husband. I rest more in winter. I know we must have winter. It kills the bugs, my husband says.

We have different seasons in life too. The winter season, the pruning, the cutting off, the dying to self, winter is always the hardest for me. The drab times are not fun. It does make me appreciate when spring finally comes. The renewal, the rebirth. The summer for growing, watering and learning. Then enjoying fall harvest. Just as the farmer enjoys his harvest, he does a lot of hard work to get there. Life isn’t always easy.

I have read this verse many times. I have always “gotten” the part about cutting the branches off that doesn’t produce fruit, but this time the second part of it really spoke to me, he prunes the ones that do bear fruit so they can produce more. Wow!!

Like my rosebush, it make us better to be pruned.

So for now, whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, I’m going to try to enjoy this season, for however long it lasts.

Enjoying the simple life,

Davilyn 💜

My Favorite Body Products

As I have gotten older, I have realized how important it is to use good products on your skin. I’m going to share five things that I use.

Goodnight Kisses

Goodnight kisses is a lip mask. I started using it almost a year ago. I can tell a tremendous difference on my lips. I use to have a problem with “cold sores” but since I’ve been using it, I haven’t had any problems. My lips have more color and moisture. I use it almost every night. Just put it on at bedtime.

Hot and Gold Face Mask

Hot and Gold is a moisturizing & firming face mask. I use it 3 times a week. I love the way it makes my face feel soft with added moisture and a glow.

Body Scrub

A body scrub is a great exfoliate. I use a couple of times a week. It gets rid of the dead, dry skin and softens your skin. You should always use an exfoliate before applying or getting a sunless tan. It will help the tan stay longer and look better. I really like “You had me at Aloha”

Perfectly Posh Hand Cream

I love this hand cream. It leaves my hands soft, smelling great and not sticky. It only takes a small amount.  I love “Good Vibes” but I have several fragrances. I keep one in my kitchen, one in my purse and one in the bathroom.

Epoch Sole Solution

Epoch sole solution is for dry & cracked feet. My heels have been cracked so bad, that they have bled. That hurts!! I have used several things on my feet. By far, this is the best product, that I have found. I put it on my feet every night before bed and then put on socks. When I first started using it took a couple weeks to get them healed & soft. I still use almost every night and it helps keep my feet from getting dry & cracked. It’s nice not to have cracked or bleeding heels.  This is also what they use in many nail salons.  A bottle lasts me at least six months.

These are things that I use the most. If you have any questions about these products, please let me know. All, but the Epoch Sole Solution, is Perfectly Posh products. They are all made with natural ingredients and essential oils.

I started using Perfectly Posh products and liked them so well, that I become a presenter. Here is the link if you want to look. The products that I have shared are under $25 each. The hand cream $9. 😍

http://DavilynEberlan.po.sh/products

Take care of yourself. It doesn’t have to be these products, but use something good on your skin, you’re worth it. 😊

Enjoying the simple life,

Davilyn 💜