Friday, August 10, 2018

Alaska Cruise Highlights + Holiday Catalog Sneak Peeks

First of all, I'm okay! I have gotten some concerned emails from many of you since it's been three weeks since I last posted here. July was kind of a blur. I had bronchitis for a week and had to cancel all of my birthday celebration plans. (I turned 40 this year!) I was finally fever-free the morning of my birthday and had 48 hours to pack and prepare for our trip to Alaska for the Stampin' Up! incentive trip. For the first time, we took the kids with us. It was our first big vacation that wasn't to visit family. As such, I had no idea how long it would take to pack 6 people for 10 days in suitcases. Wow!
But we made it!! We left two days early to spend some time in Seattle and we packed a lot into one day -- using every coupon except one in our City Pass! We started with a harbor cruise, then visited the aquarium, the Space Needle, and the Pacific Science Center.
When we boarded the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas the next day, our first stop was the Stampin' Up! Hospitality Room (aka Stamper's Base Camp), where I got to spin for a prize each day and the kids loaded up on candy!
The kids loved every part of the cruise -- eating in the "fancy" dining room every night, towel animals, playing mini golf in the middle of the ocean, and of course Alaska!
We stopped in Juneau and Skagway, Alaska and Victoria, Canada. Here are a few highlights of our adventures.
Me and Mom (who is also a demonstrator and also earned the Alaska incentive trip!)
Of course, some of my favorite parts were a little different than the kids! I was so excited to get the first peek at the new Holiday Catalog and we got a lot of new product and incredible logo items (a purse, jacket, blanket, and bluetooth speaker) as pillow gifts each night. I even got to sneak in time to visit with some of my favorite stamping friends! 
Kim Peck, Meg Loven, and Me
Me & Shelli Gardner
We also got to see lots and lots of projects displayed. If you haven't yet, be sure to take a look at my Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek album on my Facebook page. (You should be able to view it even without a Facebook account.)
Stampin' Up! Country Home ~ 2018 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek ~ Alaska Cruise Display Board 

Stampin' Up! Trick or Tweet ~ Halloween ~ 2018 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek ~ Alaska Cruise Display Board 

Stampin' Up! Spirited Snowmen ~ Christmas ~ 2018 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek ~ Alaska Cruise Display Board 

Stampin' Up! Joyous Noel Suite ~ Christmas ~ 2018 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek ~ Alaska Cruise Display Board 
Stampin' Up! Peaceful Noel  ~ Christmas ~ 2018 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek ~ Alaska Cruise Display Board 
Stampin' Up! Alpine Adventure  ~ Christmas ~ 2018 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek ~ Alaska Cruise Display Board

Thank you so much for supporting my business and making this dream vacation come true for our family!

What's next? We have one week left of summer before school starts on August 16th, but I'm already full swing into playing "taxi mom" with marching band, softball, dentist/doctor appointments! Plus, we are down to the wire with our planning for Vacation Stamping School -- our big, annual demonstrator training event for our team. That's coming up in one week on August 18th. And as if all of that wasn't enough, my laptop died! I actually brought it on the cruise with me to do some work and it won't start up. I'm working on data recovery now and hope to get it back up and running or get a new machine within the next week. Then I'll be back in full swing with regular posts, projects, and videos again!

Thank you to everyone who placed an order with me in July! I am working on the July project kits this weekend and will get them mailed as soon as I can. There are so many reasons to order in August! Don't miss out on Bonus Days -- get a $5 coupon for September for every $50 you order in August! Plus the exclusive Color Your Season bundle that is only available this month. I'll share some project samples in my next post!

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1 comment:

Alison said...

I'm so glad you are okay and recovering from all that life has thrown you recently!
Your pictures are wonderful :) Thanks for sharing. They brought back many good memories from our Alaskan cruise years ago.