9 Reasons Why We Can't Wait For Our First Disney Cruise (as Adults without Kids)

9 Reasons Why We Can't Wait For Our First Disney Cruise (as Adults without Kids)

A while back, we decided that we wanted to take a tropical cruise vacation together.  Since then, we've been researching different cruise lines and eventually decided that our love for Disney (and the fact that I've already tried out Norwegian), made the Disney Cruise our top choice. It turns out that they offer a LOT of great features for adults, many of which ultimately won us over.  Here are some of the top reasons why we can't wait for next May...

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In Search of New Orleans' Best Beignets

In Search of New Orleans' Best Beignets

A couple of years back, my sister, who had been attending Tulane in New Orleans, mentioned that the beignets served in Disneyland were nothing compared to the ones at Cafe Du Monde.  More recently, I was watching "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" New Orleans edition, and Alton Brown claimed that Cafe Beignet has the best beignets in New Orleans (not Cafe Du Monde!?).  So, naturally, I got to thinking.  Is there really a clear difference between these beignets?  They're just fried dough with sugar, right?  Well, this trip, we had a unique opportunity to be in Disneyland just days before heading to New Orleans.  That's when I decided it was official: the taste test was on.  Want to know the winner?  Keep reading...

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3 Great Spots for Breakfast & Brunch in New Orleans

3 Great Spots for Breakfast & Brunch in New Orleans

As I mentioned in my first post of this New Orleans series about our awesome accommodations, I'm going to be recapping some of the highlights of last month's trip in a series of posts.  This one is focusing on some of our favorite spots for breakfast & brunch (and, boy, does the Big Easy know how to do those well). Based on this trip and prior experiences, here are my top choices at multiple budget levels...

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One of the Best Airbnb Listings in New Orleans

One of the Best Airbnb Listings in New Orleans

When we started to plan our trip, I decided to explore the options available on Airbnb.  They were definitely cheaper and more interesting looking than hotels for the weekend and, for the three of us, many offered the luxury of multiple bedrooms, a kitchen, the works.  As a designer, I usually seek out unique accommodations when I travel because, if I'm spending the money, why not stay in a cool space?  I ended up stumbling across this decorator's home right off of Magazine St...

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Returning After a Long Hiatus

Returning After a Long Hiatus

Hello again and sorry for my absence!  Quite a bit has been happening since I last posted.  I sadly fell off the radar with my 100-Day Project but I'm contemplating continuing it at my own pace or creating an abbreviated set of work.  I was enjoying it until life got in the way.  Life has also gotten in the way of our Grog Logging!  We haven't logged since March - hopefully, we make it out to the Tonga Hut this week!  Beyond getting bombarded with lots of design consulting work (this is a good thing), April and May were jam-packed with travel.  I'll be posting more about my trips but, in the meantime, here are some of the things I've been up to...

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100-Day Project: Day 1 - Lighting Fixtures

100-Day Project: Day 1 - Lighting Fixtures

A couple of weeks ago, in my post 100-Day Project: Time to Make! I mentioned that I was going to participate in The 100-Day Project hosted by The Great Discontent and Ella Luna. 

Since then I've been narrowing down my options and I've finally arrived at one: textile designs.  I've had some product and furniture design projects in mind but haven't found exactly the right fabrics for them so I've really gotten into the idea of designing my own.  

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Our Top 8 Tiki Destinations to Check Out in California

Our Top 8 Tiki Destinations to Check Out in California

Ok, so major disclaimer up front: these are not our recommendations for the best 10 tiki bars in California.  This entry is instead focused on the top 10 places we HAVEN'T been to yet in this state but would really like to check out (and, if you're really curious, you can scroll down to the bottom to find out which tiki bars we've already conquered).  So why are we writing about places we haven't been to yet in California?  Well...

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A Tour of the Sheats Goldstein Residence

A Tour of the Sheats Goldstein Residence

This weekend we took a private tour of the Sheats Goldstein Residence that was set-up by the Association for Women in Architecture + Design.  I've seen some opportunities to tour the house in the past but finally decided to check it out!  I had been impressed with Lautner's design for the home from countless photos I've seen before but had never really looked into learning too much about it, which allowed for quite a few pleasant surprises along the way...

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Top 10 Disney World Restaurants (with a Tiki or Mid-Century Modern Theme)

Top 10 Disney World Restaurants (with a Tiki or Mid-Century Modern Theme)

Maybe I'm a little bit of a foodie but I feel like half the fun of planning a trip to Disney World is deciding where to eat!  Since I have a natural inclination for all things tiki and mid-century modern, I've spent some time scouting out the best dining (and drinking) experiences where I can immerse myself in those environments.  Beyond their great theming, these places have proven to have excellent options for the taste buds!  

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