First of all, I hope everyone had a great Easter! I spent the weekend with my mom shopping, watching a movie, and going out to eat at Olive Garden. Those are all favorite activities of mine, so it was great!
I also wanted to touch base before I leave on my trip in 2 days. I think I get more excited with every day that goes by, so I can't imagine how I'm going to feel on Thursday when the trip actually starts! I can't remember if I outlined my itinerary in an earlier post, so I figured I'd put it in here anyway:
I plan on taking a ton of pictures on the trip, so I will have a lot of posts once I get home. I am also going to keep a travel journal every day so I will be able to add some notes on what we did and where we went. My plan is to do a different post for each day, so it will take a while to get everything up on the blog.
I'm also going to do a Smash book for this trip once I get home. I had originally planned on doing it during the trip, but I figure I'll have plenty of other things to do with my time! I'll post pictures of the Smash book once it's done.
The other day I got curious about price drops for my upcoming cruise on April 26. I checked the Cruise Critic price drop website and saw that the cost of suites had gone down. I had already upgraded from a Promenade stateroom to an Ocean View balcony room for no additional cost, so I wasn't sure if they would let me do it again. I called Royal Caribbean out of curiosity and told them that the Junior Suite had dropped in price and asked whether I could be moved to one. The customer service rep I spoke to said that there was only one Junior Suite available and that someone had it on hold. So he checked with his supervisor who then checked with their supervisor and they eventually got it released. He assured me that because the price of the Junior Suite was lower than what I already paid, I wouldn't have to pay for this upgrade either!
Here is what a Junior Suite looks like on the Liberty of the Seas:
Compared to the original Promenade room I was going to have that was 160 square feet, the Junior Suite has much more room to move around, measuring in at 297 square feet with a 94 square foot balcony!
Other than more space, there are other perks to being in a Junior Suite. Not only is the shower much bigger, but you also have a bathtub, which will come in handy each night when I want to soak my sore and tired feet in cold water. Also, the balcony is much larger and will include two lounge chairs. This will be really nice when I don't want to fight the crowds at the pool and would rather soak up the sun on my own private balcony!
All together the lesson I have learned from this experience is to watch the price drop websites closely and make a quick call when you see the price drop on a room you like. It doesn't hurt to ask and you may end up with an even better room than you expected! If it doesn't work out in your favor, just remember that you booked your original room for a reason and be happy with what you chose to begin with. At least that is what I will be telling myself when my luck eventually runs out and the free upgrades don't happen!
Most of the recipes I try are found on Pinterest. I currently have 184 recipes on my "Ones I've Made" board. Of those 184 recipes, very few have disappointed. Usually I try a recipe for the first time and enjoy it. Sometimes I like it so much that I continue to make it over and over again. Dragon Noodles is one of those recipes. It can be found on the Budget Bytes website, which has figured out how much each ingredient costs and therefore can tell you how much a recipe will cost per serving.
The recipe calls for lo mein noodles, but I find it works just as well with fettuccine noodles. I also really enjoy the egg in the dish, so I use two eggs instead of one. Other than that, I've stayed true to the original recipe. Here it is:
If you get a chance to try the recipe, please let me know what you think in the comments!
My name is Beth and I live in Denver. I am a single lady in my 30's and wanted to start sharing my awesome and amazing life through a blog.