Bahama Mama

Despite the title of this post, I don’t really like rum, but it’s still relevant.  This past month has been crazy busy for us because we got another new addition and we went on vacation. First things first, my sister found herself a tiny puppy to call her own. Meet Violet.

Pug Puppy

Sleepy pug puppy

Two days after we picked up Violet, Alex and I went on what can only be called the Most Epic Double Date in History. My friend, her husband, Alex and I traveled to the exotic island of Grand Bahama to get some R & R. We really needed it. Life has been pretty stressful.

I got the window seat!

This was the taxi that we got when we landed in Freeport. Yes it has 6 doors. It’s the wildest vehicle I’ve ever been in and I sort of wish I could drive it everyday.

Taxi

We saw little lizards like these all over the place. I’m sure the locals think they are pests or totally normal but all four of us were enamored with them.

Lizard

Here is another creature we were enamored with the entire trip.  A little girl we met told us she named her Sprinkles so that’s what we called her. She was pretty accustomed to people, but obviously lived outside.

Resort Cat

The one major touristy thing we did was go on a glass bottom boat tour. It would have been better if the sun was out (it makes the water easier to see through), but we had a good time.

Ocean

Well not all of us. Alex got seasick. As soon as we were off the boat, he felt better. You learn something new everyday! He wanted lunch as soon as we landed, haha. Boys.

Sick Boyfriend

This is a view of the resort from the boat. All the salmon colored buildings with white roofs were part of the resort. If you look on the left of the resort you can see a white building with a blue roof. That’s a business man’s castle! He owns all the Burger Kings and KFCs in the Bahamas.  There is a slightly smaller house to the right of his that his son lives in. The locals call the houses the Whopper and Whopper Jr.

Hotel from Boat

We spent a lot of time in the Port Lucaya marketplace and during a walk we saw this guy.  He was huge! He didn’t scamper away immediately so we stopped to take some pictures.

Big Lizard

Near the marketplace is an enormous hotel called the Grand Lucaya and they have this lighthouse attached. You could see it from the marketplace so we headed for it only to find out it’s part of a hotel.

Lucaya Lighthouse

I took this from a little restaurant bar at our resort.  You could literally grab a drink and walk straight into the ocean. Needless to say we spent a lot of time out there.

Resort Amenities

My friend even ditched her flippy floppies to run into the high tide. She may have had one too many Mai Tai’s.

Friend Flips Flops

The only part of the trip that was so-so were the short flights we took from Freeport to Ft. Lauderdale. We flew Silver Airlines who had great service and they did nothing wrong, I was just terrified of the small planes. I’ve never flown on an aircraft so small and it gave me the heeby jeebies.

Plane home

All in all it was a great trip.  It gave us a chance to get some much needed relaxation (and a tan).

Have you taken any trips recently? Where to?

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Pretty Lacy

After my long family overloaded weekend, I stopped by a friends house to just chill out.  Between the two of us, we are pretty obsessed with blogs like Young House Love, Apartment Therapy, and Bower Power Blog.  She is obsessed with Pinterest. I am not. Was not. So when I got there she suggested we make something crafty and I love something crafty so I was in. Then she breaks out her laptop and starts perusing her boards for some pinspiration. She pulls up this pin.

I was instantly smitten so off to Goodwill we went to get some jars/votives/glass containers. Admission time: I’m obsessed with Goodwill.  It’s like a garage sale that’s open everyday and that’s what I call fun. Finding a gem among crap, and gems I did find. Aside from my glass objectives, I got a lamp, a dress, some flower dipping bowls, and a few vases.  It was a smart $40.  We stopped off at a few more stores to get lace and flameless candles.  After seeing the price of Modge Podge, we decided to make our own.

1 part Elmer’s glue + 1 part water = homemade Modge Podge

The steps were pretty simple:

01. Wrap lace around jar and cut to size.

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02. Secure lace with little peice of tape.

03. Cover all areas of lace with Modge Podge mixture.

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04. Let dry. Depending on the lace you chose you might want to consider reinforcing it while it dries. I did this by wrapping newspaper around the jar and securing that with tape.

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05. Take tape off. Put a bird on candle in it.

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We were pretty (nerdily) excited about the result. She spent the entire night trying to convince me to join Pinterest, but I know that if I did I would never get any work done.

Do you Pinterest? Do you get peer pressured into crafts?