Just Like a Day at the Beach

A while ago, I purchased a groupon to Picaboo. It’s an online site where you can make photo books. I haven’t used it yet and I thought making a book with our latest vacation pictures would be cute.

I sat down and worked on it for a few hours. While I was sorting photos and picking layout and backgrounds, I lit a new candle I just bought at Target. It’s from Yankee Candle and its called “Beach Party”. It smells just like sunscreen! I also lit a candle that I’ve had forever named  “Ocean Water”.

I must be having beach withdraws! I adorned my little candle jumble with a few rocks I got at Pier One a while back. I had a coupon for $10 off a $10 or more purchase! I usually avoid Pier One because they are a little pricey, but free is free! 🙂

It really reminded me of the beach. I can’t wait until we can go back and hopefully stay longer.

Anyhow, has anyone ever used Picaboo before? Oh my goodness! They have choices on top of choices to make your books. You can totally customize everything. You can pick the backgrounds, layouts, the colors, you can even lighten/darken your photos and there are a ton of fonts for captions. It can be a bit overwhelming.  I have about 5 pages done. I like the jumble layouts where you can add a lot of pictures. I also included a few pages with minimal pictures and room to write about the trip. This is the first photo book I’ve ever made and it’s a lot of fun so far. I did get into scrapbooking for a while, but it was time-consuming, and right now I am only up to the beginning of last summer when we went to New Orleans. I think that once I (hopefully) get caught up with my scrapbook, I will start orgainizing my pictures into books online and ordering them.

Where is your favorite place to vacation??

 I wasn’t perked in any way to do this post. The thoughts on Picabo are totally my own from my own experience. 🙂

Traveling with a {small} dog

I was a little nervous about taking Daisy to North Carolina with us. The longest car ride she had been on up to that point had been around 1 hour, and it was going to be at least 8 hours to NC (it ended up being around 9). 

 She did better than we could have ever imagined! I’m looking forward to her tagging along on more family vacations, since, after all, we do consider our little fur baby part of the family.

Here’s what I learned about traveling with a small dog.

First, we made sure that she would be comfortable and feel safe. Daisy sleeps in a kennel every night at home, so we made sure to bring it. When she feels scared or overwhelmed, many times she goes and relaxes in her kennel. We figured that having it accessible to her on the drive would help if she felt anxious or stressed. It also helped to have it to put her in when we needed to leave her behind at the cabin. We covered it with a blanket and she just took the opportunity to nap until we came back.

We also brought her bed. She loves sleeping in this bed while I work, so it is comforting to her. She spent a majority of the time cuddled up in it. 

I usually take a blanket when I travel, just because it makes me feel warm and cozy if the air conditioning gets too cold. This trip I brought along the blanket that Daisy and I cuddle up and watch TV in. I think it was very comforting to her when we got stuck in a wicked hail storm and had to pull over on the side of the road, along with most other cars on the expressway.  She jumped onto my lap and dug her way under the blanket.

We also made sure Daisy had water and food. I kind of overlooked this before we left. We stopped at the first rest stop and we had no way of giving her water. I put some water in a cup, but it just wasn’t easy for her to get to and we had to dump it out before we got back on the road. At the next rest stop, J came up with an idea. He bought ice cream that came in a plastic cup with a lid. We enjoyed the ice cream and then rinsed out the cup and used it to hold water.

 I could easily give Daisy a drink when she needed. I kept the container for future travels. You could just as easily buy a travel bowl for your dog. I also used the top part as a little bowl so she could have a snack when we stopped.

Speaking of water… make sure you don’t give your dog too much to drink if you aren’t planning on stopping. Daisy has a tendency to drink until the bowl is empty. The only problem is her bladder is smaller than the bowl. Sometimes she even throws up the extra water. We also made a few extra stops than we would have if it were just J and I.

I think this helped give a little break and “reset” her for the next couple of hours. She didn’t complain or whimper one bit on the drive. I truly think that these breaks helped put her at ease.

I absolutely loved having her with us on our vacation! It was fun to see her enjoy things like the mountain hike and the beach! I also think that the whole trip was sort of like a bonding experience for Daisy, J and I. I feel like she really learned that she can trust us and that we will take care of her. 

I wanted to take a picture of her every hour of the initial drive (I know, I’m weird), but I forgot to start until hour 3.

Wonder what adventures we will get into next??

Have you ever taken your pet on a vacation? Where did you go??

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Fugate Flea Market

One day during our little getaway to Maggie Valley, we decided to check out the shops downtown.  While we were debating where to stop first, a sign caught our eye..

We had to stop, since, ya know, it is our last name and all.

Honestly, most of the stuff just looked like junk to me. Then we happened to stumble upon a few things that I just knew wanted to come back to Ohio.

First, I found this gorgeous flowery plate.

It is really heavy and you know I love anything that has daisies on it (or flowers that resemble daisies).

Next, I noticed this adorable little glass dome and plate set. (I know that’s not the proper name, and if you know it please enlighten me!)  the pattern really isn’t my style. Actually, I hate it, but J said it would be no big deal to switch out. 

I also picked up this huge Ball jar. I love it! I think it will be great to display on the kitchen counter. I’m not sure what I’m going to fill it with just yet. Maybe sugar, or flour? Or maybe candy corn for the Fall?  Just leave it empty?  I think it’s a great memento of our trip to the South!

Don’t let the picture deceive you, it’s 10 inches tall!

The woman wanted $25 for all 3 things, but J used a tactic from  American Pickers, and asked her to include the cute little owl I had been admiring. 

She agreed on $25 for everything. I think we did very well! I love my new treasures and can’t wait to use them or display them! The owl has a temporary home on the window seal, and he seems happy! 🙂

On the way out, we also scored this gem:

It’s a sewing table with an old sewing machine on it. I recently bought a sewing machine and this table will be perfect once it gets a bit of a facelift. I know absolutely nothing about the sewing machine except it says  “Gimbels” on the side.

 I might just try to sell it or maybe fix it up and display it? The table and sewing machine were only $10!

Next, we headed down the road to an ice cream shop

It was just what we needed after a hard day hour of thrifting!

Yum Yum!

Later that evening we stopped at a gas station and I saw these beauties:

I thought they would make the perfect gift for my brother who loves unique glasses. I looked at them again and decided to get 2 for myself as well. I mean, why not? I love having an eclectic mix of things, and these would always be a reminder of our trip.

Plus, they look so country chic with pink lemonade in them!

Maggie Valley had a bunch of other fun, unique and interesting shops. We spent a couple of hours going in and seeing what they all had to offer. 

By the time we got back to the cabin, this little girl was more than happy to see us!

Do you go to flea markets? What have you gotten recently?

Maggie Valley, NC

 We took Daisy on her very first road trip! She did really well!

 Before we spent a day at the beach, we headed down to Maggie Valley, NC to visit Jason’s aunt and cousins. His parents drove down too and his grandma and her husband drove up from Florida. It was like a little family reunion and it was nice to see people that we don’t get to see very often!

We received a warm welcome when we arrived.

Jason’s Aunt Joann owns a resturant and cabins just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Jason, Daisy and I had our own 1 bedroom cabin. The cabin was cute, but the view was breathtaking!

Right outside our front door!

Besides having one of the best views in Maggie Valley, the resturant is just a walk up the hill! What more could you ask for?