It’s been a long and exhausting year. You’ve taken the children to and from soccer, dance, basketball and all other activities. You have managed to keep the house clean while working part-time. And you make sure your husband is fed every night while the kids get their homework done … all while staying up to date on your Pinterest projects.
Treat you and your family this year by taking a fun vacation to the Caribbean. Known for its beautiful weather and picturesque beaches, this vacation will be one to remember. Celebrity Cruises offers an amazing cruise to the Caribbean — a 6-day Western Caribbean cruise. If you’ve used up all your “rainy day funds” and don’t have any extra money to take a cruise, there are other options. Bring the cruise to you. All you need is inspiration from a real cruise (and Pinterest) to recreate the cruise of your dreams.
Cruise Ideas: The cruise departs from Miami, Florida. Pack your bags and get to Florida a little early to jumpstart your vacation at Disney World, perhaps? Your first full day aboard the ship is a day at sea, which gives you ample time to get to know the ships features.
Home Ideas: Spend the day at a nearby amusement park. It won’t cost as much as a cruise but it will be equally as fun for the kids. And since you live there locally, you can most likely get a great discount.
Cruise Ideas: The award-winning cruise line keeps you and your children in mind for the best onboard experience possible. Youth programs are geared toward five age groups that start around 9 am daily. The Fun Factory for ages 3-11 features exciting games, treasure hunts, themed parties, movies and karaoke. The teens have a special place as well — they have the latest gaming consoles and tablets as well as social activities and teen-only dances.
Home Ideas: Buy a game your children want to play. According to Icanteachmychild.com, kids 18 months and up can play board games. Find the right game for them.
- Eighteen months and up: Roll and Play
- Three and up: Zingo, Hi Ho Cherry-O
- Four and up: The Ladybug Game, UNO, Candyland and Sorry!
- Five and up: Bug Trails, Guess Who, War or make make Treasure Rocks
Play the game as a family for a little family bonding/game night.
Spa & Fitness
Cruise Ideas: Pamper yourself with a relaxing massage or acupuncture, and finish the afternoon with a manicure and pedicure. Utilize the fitness center so you don’t gain too much weight after eating the award-winning cuisine aboard the ship.
Home Ideas: For a fun spa day, make your own facial! First, pamper yourself in your hot tub, pool or bathtub … anything will do. After you’re warm, relaxed and calm, use a four-step process to get the best facial from home you’ve ever experienced.
- Cleanse: 1 tablespoon almonds, 1/2 tablespoon oats, 1/4 teaspoon honey and 1/4 teaspoon soy milk is all you need. Combine oats in food processor. Add almonds and pulse until finely ground. Mix in honey and soy milk and place a generous amount on face. Rinse cleanser off your face with warm water and pat dry.
- Tone: Toner closes your pores and rids them of the last traces of dirt and oil. Simmer 1 cup of green, black, red or white bag of tea and simmer to half of the original volume. Leave overnight in refrigerator with a slice of cucumber.
- Mask: Create a creamy avocado mask to clean your pores, eliminate dead skin cells and balance your pH levels. Add 1/2 teaspoon avocado, 1/2 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon yogurt, 1/8 teaspoon Brewers Yeast and 1/2 teaspoon cranberry or apple juice to a food processor and pulse until creamy. Place on face and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with a warm hand towel.
- Moisturize: Add equal parts Jojoba oil, olive oil, sesame oil, avocado oil and safflower oil and rub into your face.
Cruise Ideas: The food is a globally influenced blend of classic and contemporary food and the menus are created by John Suley, a James-Beard featured chef, one of the highest and prestigious awards in the chef world. There are many different kinds of dining experiences to choose from so even the pickiest of eaters can find something.
Home Ideas: For a five-star meal with a two-star budget, Real Simple has a mouthwatering pan-roasted chicken and green bean recipe. Stick with a classic, yet easy-to-make dish and serve on your best dishes. Have your family dress up for an elegant evening.
Author Info: Stephanie Griffith
After working on as a travel agent, Stephanie decided it was high time she switched gears and became a travel writer. She visits faraway lands by plane, train and car, but loves to go on cruises the most.