Cure what ails you at the Alchemy Bar on Carnival Cruises

The Alchemy Bar is a step above your normal cruise ship bar. This bar is not about blenders, funky glasses or loud music. The Alchemy Bar on Carnival Cruises is all about producing an amazing cocktail in a relaxed setting. On the Carnival Freedom the Alchemy Bar is tucked away at the back of the ship on deck 5. You might run across this bar on your way to a comedy show or to your room. This is one bar I highly suggest seeking out at the beginning of your cruise.

drink at Alchemy Bar

You don’t want to find it the last night of your cruise and wish that you had more time to visit the bar. We ended up gravitating to the Alchemy Bar almost nightly on our cruise. The bartenders on the Carnival Freedom were amazing. Adri and Daniel are incredibly well trained and have a love for their jobs…. 

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Daily Diary ~ Melebelly Update

Thank you all for your kind notes about Melebelly! I can’t thank you enough for checking in on her and caring about her! I wanted to give everyone an update on were we are at with her cancer and what we are doing moving forward.

The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster with good days and scary days. We were not sure if Melebelly was going to make her appointment at WSU vet clinic last week but thankfully she did!!!!!!! We met with a feline Cancer specialist veterinarian and she ran multiple tests on Melebelly. We found out that she had liquid on her lungs which they were thankfully able to remove. As soon as they removed the liquid there was a noticeable improvement in how she was feeling.

After talking with the veterinarian, ok maybe not talking per say more crying and babbling on my part but we made it through it. We came up with a treatment plan that we all think is our best plan going forward.


Yesterday we went in for Melebelly’s first appointment for her cancer. She did really well with treatment and is home with us. We will have a couple of more appointments and then monitor to see how she is doing…. 

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Saving for life’s bucket list moments

Savings for life’s bucket list moments is one of the things I really worried about when I left my job 5 years ago.

John and I were recently married and we had these huge dreams and aspirations for where we wanted to travel and the things we wanted to do together. When I left my job I vowed to find a way to make sure we were always saving for our bucket list dreams.

We sat down and created our very first budget right after we were married. All of a sudden we had to make decisions as a couple. It was a great moment but also a scary moment to realize that we were moving from dual incomes to one and losing the major income.

We wondered how we would continue to travel and how we would pay our bills at times.

I wish we would have had an excel spreadsheet for budgeting like the one that Sun Trust Bank has put together. This would have made our planning a lot easier.

We had to look at every cent we were spending and decide if that was were we wanted our money to go. Some of the decisions were easy and others were really hard.

Each month even when we were crazy tight with money and we were not sure how we were going to pay bills we made sure and put something in our bucket list travel fund. Even if it was only a couple of dollars it was motivating to know we had done something to reach our goals…. 

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewers

Can anyone tell me where summer went?

How in the world is it already mid-August!!!! I feel like I blinked and we jumped from April to August in a flash! I am attempting to soak up as much of summer as I can before the weather turns and we are all bundled up in jackets and boots.

Though I have to say I am a bit worried that winter will be here sooner versus later. There seems to be a lot more geese flying overhead and the leaves are changing already. EEEK So not ready!

Ok, back to the real point of today’s post….these amazing Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewers!

This recipe is perfect for end of summer barbecues and family dinners. So easy to make and they look amazing!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Skewers

Are you ready to fire up the barbecue and enjoy the last bits of summer?… 

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