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Getaway: Exploring Alaska with Celebrity Cruises

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Today I’m bringing you back to Alaska for one final post about our incredible trip. Both Eric and I keep reminiscing about the beautiful journey. I wanted to take you through the excursions and experiences we had while onboard the Celebrity Solstice. Each were better than the next – if that’s even possible to say.


I’ll begin in Ketchikan, where we embarked on a small ten person float plane to a town in Neets Bay that has a population of nine (yes, you heard that right!). Our guide walked us through the forest, town and hatchery, to a river that leads into the bay. This particular excursion was to see black bears – a little frightening yes, but exciting. As we walked and waited, out came two beautiful and HUGE black bears. It was surreal to see them so close (only 20 feet away). To see them in their natural habitat was pretty unbelievable.

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Waking up at 5:30am was essential on this particular day. Our ship navigated through the stunning Tracy Arms Fjord. We opened up our balcony doors, threw on layers and layers of warm clothing and watched the natural landscape we were passing. Both Eric and I were in awe of the beauty that lied within this narrow fjord. From the stunning natural falls, to the teal color of the water, to the sound of nature all around us – it was as if we had been transported into a winter wonderland that you never knew existed. At the end of Tracy Arms Fjord we were able to see a magical glacier that has stunning blue hues. As we looked upon the glacier all you could think about was how remarkable nature truly is.

 

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As we left Tracy Arms, all I could think about was “how could we see anything more beautiful today” – well friends I was 100% wrong. We enjoyed a delicious king crab feast at Tracy’s Crab Shack (a must!) and then sailed away on a small catamaran for a night of sunset whale watching. The sky began to look like cotton candy and then we saw what we came for – whales. Both Humpback whales and one Orca! I was in love with this excursion – the Orca was just the cherry on top of an unbelievable day.


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Our last and final stop on the Celebrity Solstice was Skagway. Honestly, I cannot begin to tell you how excited both of us were for this last excursion. It was as though we had woken up on Christmas morning. Eric couldn’t wait to get in a helicopter for the first time and I couldn’t wait to step foot on a glacier. As we flew over the water, through valleys and up a narrow river made by the glacier itself, I was giddy as we came upon the glacier. We landed, took a hike to see the different areas (all safe of course) and were able to drink the glacier water! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had to pull my jaw up from off the ground. I think the beauty of the entire trip came over me on this last excursion.


Alaska surpassed my expectations. The elegance and nature that we saw while on this trip brought me back to my roots as a child. I used to take more trips to be out in nature and this journey made me want to do that more often. It’s important to slow down, be outside and see the natural elements that make up the world around us.


We couldn’t have gone on these remarkable expeditions without the help of Celebrity Cruises. Each one was handcrafted by them to allow us to see Alaska in a whole new light. I cannot wait to travel there again someday and show our family all of these beautiful places.


This post is a partnership with Celebrity Cruises. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

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Baby Steps: Creating an Honest Home

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Before I became a mom-to-be I had somewhat of a fascination with The Honest Company. Growing up both of my parents talked about the importance of creating a safe environment when it came to products you use in your home. Of course twenty years ago, products like this were hard to come by. Luckily for us there are tons of amazing products out there that you can bring into your home without worrying about the ingredients that are in them.


As I started the nesting phase of pregnancy  I began doing research on what products to bring into my home before baby Flemming arrives. While I did some research online and had The Honest Company in the back of my mind, I decided to go to the best source out there – moms I admired. Let me tell you, there was an overwhelming amount of information and knowledge to be digested. The consensus, bringing The Honest Company into your home.


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There are so many things to think about when it comes to what matters when you have a little one coming into the world. And if all of these modern families are bringing non-toxic cleaning/home/baby products into their homes, well I had to give it a whirl. I’m not going to lie, I’ve already stocked up on their diapers – why not try their other products.


I set out with a medley of items from their housewarming gift set. Friends, this didn’t disappoint – honestly I was surprised by how much I loved it. While I’ve tried other environmentally friendly products, the quality and smell hasn’t won me over. The Honest Company have created quality products with scents that don’t overwhelm your home. A win-win in my eyes!


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I can happily say that starting to create a safe and environmentally friendly home for our family before our little guy arrives has me quite excited. It’s just one of the many things I won’t need to worry about when he arrives.


I asked a few of my favorite moms and moms-to-be – Camille, Simone, Jeanne and Samantha, about what their favorite Honest Company products have been. Here is what they have to say.

 

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Camille – Fruit and Veggie Wash | Simone – Baby Arrival Gift Set & Organic Healing Balm | Jeanne – Organic Breathe Easy Rub | Samantha – Belly Balm

 

Do you have a favorite Honest Company item you’ve used or brought into your home?


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Getaway: Sailing to Alaska with Celebrity Cruises

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When Eric and I started brainstorming places to go for our babymoon, we had a long list of potentials spots. When it came time to make a decision I wanted to go somewhere that had been on our bucket list for awhile. Over the past few years Eric has been talking about going to Alaska non-stop. It felt like the perfect place to go where we could be outdoors, do a few adventurous excursions, and enjoy some quality rest and relaxation with one another.


There is only one way to travel to Alaska – it’s on a cruise. As a young girl I had the privilege of traveling on quite a few cruises to Baja, the Arctic Circle and Alaska. These weren’t your typical cruise ships – they were nature cruises. This time would be a little different, we embarked on a seven night cruise with Celebrity Cruises. I have to say, from the moment I stepped onto the ship I was in awe of the stunning craftsmanship and the impeccable service. Since I had been on ships before, I was a little worried about how large this ship would feel, but once everyone was settled and on board it felt as though we were our own little island traveling up the coast of British Columbia.


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First and foremost, let’s talk about the beauty that lies within the Celebrity Solstice. As you walk onto the ship you are instantly taken in by the architecture. The blue, white and orange tones that you find throughout the Solstice is almost as though they took the palette of the sea and continue it onto the ship, which made it feel timeless and elegant.


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While each stateroom on the ship is your own little oasis that looks out onto the beautiful ocean – I felt as though the amenities of the ship were an extension of my room. A few of my favorite spots – the stunning library where I could pick up a new book after I finished the one I brought, the indoor pool (since it was quite chilly outside) and afternoon tea at Cafe al Bacio. Both Eric and I truly felt at home. It was as if we had never left home. I kept saying, can we bring all of this home with us? Who is going to turn down my bed at night? It’s the simple luxuries that made this journey unique.


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There was also delicious culinary experiences on the trip. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect. I had heard from a few close friends that had traveled on Celebrity Cruises before that it was great. Friends, I was blown away. While all of the restaurants were incredible and had their own little twist to them – Blu was by far my favorite. It’s healthy cuisine but without losing the flavor. I probably could have gone there for every meal. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to get a private cooking lesson from the executive chef on the ship and I asked him about what they strive to bring in their food on the Solstice. He said, clean, local and seasonal. Exactly how I try to eat at home. He said it’s all about a few key ingredients that make the food shine. They definitely achieved that at every single restaurant we went to on our journey.


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As I look back on this unbelievable trip I can honestly say that the Celebrity Solstice blew me away. It was the epitome of modern luxury at it’s finest. From the level of service, to the food, to the endless nightly entertainment, to the stunning spa – it completely encompassed everything Eric and I were looking for when it came to this babymoon vacation. I look forward to our next journey on one of their many ships around the world. The hard part will be deciding where to go next!


Next week, I’ll be talking about the sites and excursions we went on – let’s just say they will be forever remembered!


This post is a partnership with Celebrity Cruises. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


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Grey Interiors for Fall

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It might not be a surprise to many of you but I’m coveting grey interiors for fall. It sets the perfect mood as we head into fall. It’s truly an amazing color that never seems to go out of style and complements every color. I’ve been seeing endless inspiration everywhere and it’s been reflecting itself in my design projects. Taking a turn to a more grey palette is fine by me – there are so many shades and patterns in grey that can be layered on top of each other to create stunning rooms.


That’s why I’ve put together a few of my favorite vintage items in all shades of grey. The perfect pieces that you can layer into your home or layer together to create a stunning space. Everything from the base items you need for a room, to the walls, to the details in accessories. I have you covered.

 


1.) Contemporary Master Harvey Sofa | 2.) Oakland Concrete Cube Table | 3.) Polished Petrified Wood Table | 4.) Ellan Maynard Original Painting: Morning Sea | 5.) White Wooden Mirror | 6.) Large European Style Waterbuck Antler Trophy | 7.) Peaceful Buddha Statue in Antique Gold | 8.) Gold Embossed High Ball Cocktail Glasses | 9.) Decorative Grey Metallic Pillow



Have you been in a grey mood now that the temperatures are dropping and it’s becoming sweater season?

Pop on over to Chairish to check out my other favorite vintage items.

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Let’s Decorate an Office Together with CB2

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As a designer I dream of collaborations and projects that I want to do with my favorite companies. When I received a call from CB2 a few months ago with an opportunity to take part in a campaign called APT CB2, I was thrilled. It is a project where five designers come together to design an NYC apartment that is designed entirely on Pinterest. Amazing, right? Over five days you’ll get to see five rooms built in real time all based on what everyone “likes” most on Pinterest. I cannot wait to design the Office with all of you! We’ll be sharing our inspiration, products and more over twelve hours and in the end the result will be breathtaking. Find out more about this incredible campaign by watching this video.

 


You can already join in on all of the inspiration I’ve been gathering and curating for the office space on my APT CB2 Pinterest board. You’ll find that my vision was to keep things clean, neutral, and minimalist. This Thursday (TOMORROW!!), I’ll be working alongside the CB2 team all day and night to design and decorate this office space. But wait, I’ll need your help choosing which items get to actually get placed inside the workspace – every desk, lamp, chair, bookcase and more. It won’t be the same without you!


Now head on over to APT CB2 to find out more details about the entire collaboration – it’s pretty awesome. They’ve pulled together five great designers to complete the project. Lastly, you’ll have a chance to win a dream room from CB2 worth $5,000. Isn’t that unbelievable?


Be sure to pop over to Pinterest to help me decorate this blank slate tomorrow. I can’t wait to see what we create together! And don’t worry, I’ll be sharing the end result right here next week.


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