February 20th

10 Things I Loved About Sailing with Disney Cruise Line

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of sailing on Disney Cruise Line.  Although my first experience on a cruise was quite traumatic,  Disney Cruise Line completely changed my feelings about cruising.  Here are some of the things I love about sailing with Disney Cruise Line:

The Warm Welcome – I felt like I was on the “Be Our Guest” scene from the movie Beauty and The Best.  As I entered the ship, I was greeted by name by the wonderful crew members.

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There’s Something for Everyone – This might be an understatement but I can promise you, all members of your family will have the time of their lives.

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Close Encounters of the Disney Kind – Encounters with Superheroes and Characters can happen at any given moment. Be Prepared!

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Let the Show Begin – No need to fly to New York to experience a Broadway-Caliber Show. And it’s okay to cry from emotion during the nighttime shows.

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You’ve got a friend in Me – Love the restaurant servers’ rotation.  It felt like I was dining at a friend’s home every night.  Our servers Ketut and Dharma and were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!

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The Real Fantasy Island – It’s fantastic to experience all the perks of having a Private Island for yourself.

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Sparkles in the Middle of the Sea - There’s something magical about experiencing the Fireworks Show in the middle of the Sea.

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It’s all in the “Little” Details -The towel animals and chocolates was the perfect way to end the day.

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24-Hour Free Room Service - Pretty self explanatory.  Did I mentioned it’s free?

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January 20th

Words of Wisdom

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January 3rd

Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

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The color global authority, recently announced PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014.  “While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Radiant Orchid for Beauty A modern and surprisingly versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.

This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid’s exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.

Radiant Orchid for Interiors Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.

Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces. (Via Pantone)

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December 17th

Holiday Guilt Trip Stationary

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We know what a great Holiday card looks like when we see one.  For those who love dark humor, these cards from scoutmob.com are the way to go this year. We can’t decide which our is my favorite!

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December 15th

Downton Abbey’s Season Four Sneak Peek

Downton Abbey‘s Season 4 is finally coming to PBS on January 5th. Although last season broke everyone’s hearts, I’m looking forward to see how Lady Mary will face her future without her beloved Matthew.

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December 14th

Sweet Dreams

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Your bedroom is the place where you spend a third of your life, so make it as dreamy as possible.

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December 10th

Things We Tell Ourselves

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November 30th

Shoes Are Girls Best Friend

We love Jenna Lyons, J. Crew‘s President, Executive Creative Director, and we also love shoes!  Check out this video from jcrewinsider and let us know which shoe pair is your favorite.  It’s okay if you can’t just pick one!

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August 4th

Finuca Loves: IKEA

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There are moments when you have the opportunity, as a blogger, to review products for some of the companies you love most.  So, when I was invited by IKEA  and Social Influenz to their private bloggers event, I had to say YES!!  I’ve been an IKEA loyal customer since I first stepped foot at their Orlando store -soon after my family moved here. I was surprised to learn that IKEA spends 70% of their marketing budget on their catalog and 10 months to have it produced.  This year,  IKEA wants to inspire and help parents create spaces where they can spend precious times with their children through their “Living with Children” campaign.

IKEA is a place where the whole family is welcome.  For the youngest, there’s always lots of fun things to do.  They just need to use their imagination.  I also learned some of the other perks IKEA offers to their customers:

1. IKEA-USA.com is always open – Their website is full of home furnishing inspiration and is also a convenient and easy way to shop.

2. You can do it all yourself, but you don’t have to – If you are like me and don’t have the patience to assemble furniture, IKEA has additional services for delivery, installation and assembly.  You’ll need to pay just a little extra.

3. Tasty Offers – For those budget-conscious families you’ll find great food, time-restricted offer in IKEA.  These are some of their current offers: Tuesdays Kids eat FREE, Wednesday feed a family of four for $9.99.  For additional offers visit the IKEA Catalog or their website. They also created new organic children’s meals.

4. IKEA Family rewards all members with great offers and news. If you join today and get access to live, their inspirational digital magazine -plus free coffee or hot tea at the IKEA Restaurant, and much more.  Join today: IKEA-USA.com/FAMILY it’s free.

5. More to Come – New surprises are coming such as a furniture and accessories line for children from 8-12 years of age.  Another important fact is that during the holiday season IKEA will sell their new line of Children’s toys. For each toy sold IKEA will donate $ 1 to UNICEF foundation.

For now, I will share with you IKEA’s new catalog and my little weekend project: My Porch’s Makeover.  With a total of $50 dollars plus tax, I was able to purchase a new patio set at IKEA and added a splash of color with a flower arrangement and some pillows I already had.  Let me know if you like it!

Stay tuned for the IKEA $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

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Disclaimer: I participated in the private IKEA and Social Influenz bloggers event. I received merchandise and a gift card as a thank you for my participation. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 31st

Finuca Loves: Home Libraries

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My deep love for reading and books is a well-known fact among family and close friends. Loosing myself in a great story is almost sacred and exhilarating at the same time. Books not only can take us to unexpected places but they also add character and warmth to a home.

What can be more beautiful than a home filled with books? Because I’m planning to build a home library soon I was looking for some inspiration and came across these great photos. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

 

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