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Wedding Wednesday | I’m Engaged!

I’ve been higher than the moon lately being engaged to my boyfriend, fiancé, I have to get used to saying that. If you don’t follow me on social media, you should because that’s where everything hits first!
Eric and I were on vacation when he  proposed to me at one of our cruise ship stops in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. I’m not going to lie I had an idea that it might happen on vacation, but I didn’t know when or where. I also would have been pretty sad if it had not happened on vacation. He did it perfectly and now I get to call him forever mine, well almost.
Eric proposing to India in Amber Cove
I have been thinking about my wedding to Eric for awhile now because the thought of wedding planning has excited me for awhile. Now that I actually get to plan my wedding it’s a little overwhelming. There are so many websites out there that are designed to help you with your wedding planning, but that also can stress you out. On top of that I’ve been trying to figure out how people pay for weddings with average jobs! They’re expensive as hell!! Especially if you’re not getting married in a church that you attend.
I might have had an idea that he was going to propose
So, with me planning my own wedding I’m thinking about doing a Wedding Wednesday series here on my blog, and maybe doing a Wedding Wednesday once a month on my youtube channel! I don’t promise any budgeting tips, how to be efficient, or how to get the best deals, but I do promise to share how I deal with the stress and what takes I do to plan my dream wedding in whatever “budget” that I may have. I hope you enjoy these updates! I’m doing this a lot for me, so that I can also keep me level headed and remember the steps along the way. Have you planned a wedding before?! Let me know down below! Until next time,
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India
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The Booktube Boyfriend Tag!

So, I made Eric be in a video with me….

I might have bribed him to do it…

I’m pretty sure he loves me … hahahah

No, I’m just kidding I know he loves because he was willing to do this fun and exciting video with me to see how much he knows about Booktube and what I do over here.

Of course a lot of the pictures you see of me on social media have been taken by him, as he so graciously becomes my photographer for however many photos that I need. Trust me no grumbling there – read lots of grumbling and India we don’t have time for this -and he takes as many pictures that I need.

Here’s the two of us together! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram where you get to see more of our Swirly Relationship. The video is here and down below! If you have any questions for us leave them below! Until next time!

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India

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What To Take On Your Cruise in 2019!

It’s time for another cruise! I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone on many cruises in my life so far, so I decided to put some of my cruise essentials in a video! I have linked that video here as well has put it down below. Some of the links in this post might be affiliate links, which don’t change the cost for you, but helps to bring some extra cash (read pennies) my way, so I can keep trying new things and make more videos.

Of course one of the biggest things that I would bring in your bag and not buy it on the boat is sunscreen and bug spray. Everything gets a lot more expensive on the boat and this way you can bring on the sunscreen that works best for your skin. Also if you’re going snorkeling or planning on going in the ocean, try and get some ocean or reef safe sunscreen like this here.
One major thing that I forgot to mention in my video is to take over the counter medications with you! Things like ibuprofen, Tylenol, Alieve, Zantac, Tums, and Pepto Bismal. They have over the counter medications on the ship, but you do’t want to pay $10 for 2 pills. So go ahead and buy that $5 before you go, and that way you can take your ibuprofen first thing in the morning when you wake up with your party hang over.
Make sure to bring a beach bag. This year I will be taking this Muzmm three in one backpack that I have an unboxing for here. I always have some sort of beach bag with me, so that I have something to carry my stuff around on the ship and then I also have something that I can carry off the ship during shore excursions. I like non cloth bags because obviously there is a lot of water around you and just having the synthetic material can make or break having a soaked bag due to splashing. I like having colorful bags as well as having something with my name on it. If you Tiles, it doesn’t hurt to throw one in there.
Something that I found out recently was the magic of towel clips! These magical things help to keep your towel on your chair and keeps them from falling off! They also help to mark your chair as your own and also informs the fantastic staff on the ship that you’re still using your towels and not to pick them up for you. Of course you should drop off your towels at the towel drop off because it helps out the staff.
Seems silly to mention, but bring a hat. My poor boyfriend is as pale as it comes and so I have to make sure that he brings a hat. Me on the other hand, I don’t always have one because half the time they don’t fit on my head with all of my hair.
A reusable water bottle!! This is so big! It’s so easy to get dehydrated on vacation. Being out in sun, drinking, and having fun can lead to dehydration will lead to you feeling miserable, so bring a water bottle. It helps to get you drinking more and then you don’t have to buy water. You also don’t have to get up all the time to get more water. Just don’t put it to the actual machine!! That spreads germs and gets you sick. Use a clean cup to fill your water bottle. Also bring something you won’t be sad to loose. Don’t bring your Yeti’s and Hydroflasks just in case you leave it somewhere.
I love to bring a carry on. Whether that be a backpack or a carry on suitcase. I always have an extra pair of clothes and a bathing suit in there. I like to allow the cruise line to bring my luggage to my room. You can do it on some cruise lines where it just has to go through the security detector and then you can take it on yourself. In it I always have a change a clothes, my makeup, bathing suit, and anything I think I might need for the few hours I’ll be without my luggage. Of course that includes all of my electronics because those do not leave my side.  Depending on the cruise, depends on how much luggage I’m bringing with me. Lately I’ve been traveling very backpack heavy and have been using the Peak Design backpack. There are plenty of unboxings out there, so I did not make my own. I do love the Peak Design set up and how everything goes together. It makes things really easy!
These are some of the things that I think are helpful to have on vacation! You can watch the video below and scroll through to see some examples and what else that I bring! Of course follow me on social media and you can see how I use the items in action!! Have you been on a cruise before? What are your favorite items to bring?
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Ultimate Kelly Moore Bag Collection

As all of you should know I have a love/hate relationship with Kelly Moore Bags. I love the bags and my bank account hates that I have bought so many of them. I wanted to finally do a round up of all of the KMBs that I own, and the results might show a slight obsession.

This post is in no way sponsored and I have bought every single one of these bags by myself. If anyone from the Kelly Moore team sees this post and wants to gift me The Tourist, I wouldn’t be mad about it hahahaha, but seriously… please! Of course you can buy Kelly Moore bags here (not an affiliate link).

You can check out my video of all the bags here, and I’ve placed it down below as well. Some of the bags in the video have been discontinued, but you might be able to find some of them on eBay or on the used camera website KEH. I do have some individual unboxings of some of the bags, and I have blog posts on others. I will link them in the blog post as well. If you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comments, or shoot me an email, or slide into the DMs.

It’s a pretty long video, but I start off with the smallest items and I work my way up to the big ones, so let’s dig into them! Also I did not get all of these items at full price! I wait until she has a sale, some dollars off, or a percentage off, and then I pounce on them! They’re expensive bags, so I do have to save up and plan for them. Shopping around the holidays is a good time to get them.

 

  1. The Minimalist Slim Wallet – $39
  2. The Passport Wallet – $79
  3. The Gadget Clutch – $69
  4. The Wearable Wallet – $89
  5. The Riverdale – Recently Discontinued
  6. The Riva – Discontinued
  7. The Luna – $179 (the yellow color has been discontinued)
  8. The B-Hobo – Discontinued
  9. The Scout – $219
  10. The Kate 2.0 – $199
  11. The Libby 2.0 – $249
  12. The A Beautiful Mess and Kelly Moore Collaboration Briefcase – Special Edition Discontinued

 

I know! Way too many bags, don’t even know what to do with them. Most of the time, I don’t and they’re hanging up, but often times each different bag has their own purpose. I’ve traveled as a carry on with The Libby and the B-Hobo bag and the Luna bag have been my go to for years!

Of course I didn’t get all of these bags in a day, and have been shopping for Kelly Moore bags for what feels like 10 years. My camera set ups have changed over the years, but these bags have stayed the same. They always have so many pockets and protect my gear like a champ. They’ve been all over the world and none of them have broken down on me. To get my opinion on each bag check out my video on my youtube channel, which I’ve posted down below! Let me know what you think and tell me if you own any! Until next time,

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India

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Kelly Moore Wearable Wallet and Gadget Clutch

I did it. I bought another Kelly Moore bag. I believe that it is going to be my last one for awhile. I bought the two smallest bags and most affordable ones on the website.  Let’s get into it and talk about the Gadget Clutch first.

First, let’s talk about price. The Gadget Clutch comes in at $69. I definitely believe that there are cheaper and better options out there, like the one here, but if you have a Kelly Moore problem like I do you might want to buy it.

The Gadget Clutch

The Gadget Clutch, GC, can be carried by itself as a clutch, for a night out or an afternoon walking around, but its main purpose is to organize your items. It is best for your extra cords, hard drives, and other items. I don’t really like the loop aspect of the cords, it doesn’t keep them in well when moving it around.

Inside of the Gadget Clutch

If you start to add too much stuff in it, it does get hard to close. It is a good size though to slide into any other bags or backpacks that you might carry around. Because I don’t use it as a wallet I only put business cards in the card slots mainly because I don’t see me just carrying this around on a day to day basis. As one of the more affordable items I couldn’t pass up getting them to try and add to my organization because I do love pouches.

How I stuff my gadget clutch

I’m not very good at looping the cords around those snaps and I haven’t figured out a better way, so everything still seems like a mess to me and doesn’t hold as many cords as I need it to. On top of having my Apple Mouse on one side I often times have my external hard drive on the other. You can see my battery pack hiding in the back that I keep on me as well. It is a good place to store extra memory cards and filters for your lenses as well. As I mentioned earlier I do believe that there are better alternatives that fit my needs that I linked above.

 

Other organizational alternatives found on Amazon

If you like Kelly Moore bags then this might be a great present for yourself or for a loved one. It gets the job done and fits the Kelly Moore aesthetic completely. With its leather and canvas material it is sure to last for a long time.

Now moving on the to the Wearable Wallet. The Wearable Wallet is in essence a fanny pack, an $89 fanny pack. I very nice fanny pack, but could possibly even not be as practical as a fanny pack because you can’t dump nearly as much stuff into it. It looks almost like the Gadget Clutch, but it has a strap that you can either wear cross body or around your waist. I like to wear it around my waist and slide it into one of my belt loops if I’m wearing jeans. The strap is adjustable, so that it can fit any size waist.

Kelly Moore Wearable Wallet

It is made with leather and canvas just like the Gadget Clutch, but it doesn’t open all the way, so that you can keep whatever contents inside of the bag. It just has the top flap and a zipper with an outside pocket that you can slide small thing in as well.

The front of the Wearable Wallet by Kelly Moore

The inside of the fanny pack also has the card slots that we see in so many Kelly Moore bags. There’s a small mesh pocket with a zipper that I have kept chapstick and lipstick in before. The inside is large enough for me to carry my phone and an external battery pack as well as my GoPro and a kindle. If you have any sort of point and shoot camera like a Sony RX100 or a Canon G7X those will fit nicely inside as well.

The inside of the Wearable Wallet by Kelly Moore

Both of these bags would be great gifts for anyone. They’re a good introduction to the Kelly Moore brand and their quality of bags. I would definitely recommend these as gifts or something to treat yourself with. I’m not going to say that they’re the most economically friendly option because they’re not, and there are other options out there, but they are made with great quality and look good while using or wearing them. Below you’ll find an unboxing of these items where you can see them in some more detail. What did you think of these items? Anything to add to your wishlist? Have you tried any other Kelly Moore products? Let me know down in the comments! Until next time,

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India