August 19, 2009


I don't go on any Caribbean vacation without my US Divers snorkel set. The quality is great and it comes with a compact bad that helps fit all of the pieces into your suitcase! Retailing for $69.97 at Sports Authority, it's an investment that you can bring on all future vacations.

August 18, 2009

Honeymoon Series: Culinary Honeymoons

I love the idea of a Culinary Honeymoon. Culinary Quests is a tour company that lets you explore a country by way of it's cuisine. There are tours through Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain. Each day you are paired with a local chef who takes you to local markets where you can pick out fresh ingredients for the lesson of the day. Make dishes like penne strascicate, Tuscan meat ragu, pollo alla cacciatora, and ricotta cake with lemon and orange zest. Your mornings are usually filled with lessons followed by eating the lunch you prepared. Then, you have the afternoons and evenings to see the sites!

August 17, 2009

Honeymoon Series: Personal Travel Organizer

LL Bean is one of my favorite companies. From way back in the days of initialed school backpacks, their customer service is second to none. They have a ton of travel accesories, but the best is the personal organizer. It's perfect for toiletries. The built in hook makes it easy for storage in any hotel room. The organizer comes in four different sizes based on the length of your trip as well as seven different colors. The personal organizers range from $19.95-$39.95.

Buy Used!

Ideally, we only get married once. Many of the items you purchased for your wedding (bird cage, card box, ring pillow, etc) will never be used again. Rather than throwing them away, sell them. Before purchasing them, look to past brides who may be able to donate their gently used items to you for a fraction of what they paid or for free. Check with relatives, family, and friends. Also look to places like Craigslist, wedding message boards, and bridal barter websites. Bride Share is a new site that allows you to exchange goods and ideas to make planning a little easier on your wallet!

August 16, 2009

Honeymoon Series: Moleskine Notebooks

If you are anything like me, you like to plan trips and keep mementos. The Moleskine Notebook is the perfect way to do this! They have City Books which are a guide to each city as well as a place to keep items you have collected for years to come. They have US Cities, Asian Cities, and European Cities. Retailing at only $16.95, how could you not pick one of these up?

Moleskin also offers a ton of different planners, notebooks, and art books.