Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sisu Sneak Peek

Spring Lookbook Sneak Peek from ShopwithSisu on Vimeo.

Boy oh boy.  We've been busy little bees in the Erickson household.  First, Teeny Bee's kickstarter, and now a sneak peek of Sisu's spring lookbook.  Steve does the work, and I give him feedback like, "can you make me look less dorky?", and "is there a more flattering filter for that?".

Oh, did I mention I'm IN this video?  Yeah.  :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Teeny Bee Kickstarter!

Exciting things happening at Teeny Bee this week!  We just launched our kickstarter video with big plans to expand in order to serve the young families of the Twin Cities even more.  Check out our page to learn about it.  We'd love your support!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Why I Don't Wear Maxi Dresses

Jacket: Levi's via JCP,  Dress: Hot Mama,  Shoes: Payless

Oh wait.  I'm totally wearing a maxi dress here.  Huh.  Well, this is why one should never say that they don't wear something.  Make a statement like that and you're bound to find an exception.  I like the colors, stripes, sleeves (3/4), length, and fabric of this dress.  It was perfect to take on vacation.

Ahem.  So here's why I don't wear maxi dresses:

1.  Legs.  Body hatin' is no fun, but we all do it.  So when those creepy negative thoughts come in, I rely on my legs.  They're kinda cute and help me go places.  If hidden, they might feel under appreciated (sad face).

2.  Steve likes my legs.  He spent most of his upbringing in the United Pentecostal Church where a woman's legs are always covered.  Anytime I wear a skirt below my knees, I prepare for some religious reference to his childhood.  Really, he's just trying to make up for lost leg-looking time.

3.  I'm a shorty.  It's not easy to find maxi skirts that don't have a foot of extra fabric to contend with.  I don't mind going to the tailor, but eh....

4.  Tripping is funny embarrassing.  Especially since the invention of skinny jeans, I'm not accustomed to a lot of fabric by my feet.  That said, I really want a pair of bell bottoms, to be worn with platforms.  Now who's tripping?  Oh that's still me.  But I look so groovy when I'm upright.

5.  Long skirts/dresses read sophisticated to me, and that is not a word I use to describe my style. A sophisticated outside doesn't match the silliness I feel on the inside.  Not that maxis can never be silly.  It's a feeeeeeeeeling.  A silly one.  All my own.

I've tried other maxi styles, really I have.  And I'll continue to try them as I see fit.  But this is the only one that hasn't been sent to the donation pile after only one wear.  It's a special case.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gemma Correll Knows

Scarily accurate.

Print available here.  And yeah, I'm totally going to buy the t-shirt.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Paradise Found

We found it. Paradise.

Of all the cruise destinations Steve and I have visited, this one is the best.  Welcome to Little French Key, a little gem off the island of Roatan, Honduras.

We found it on Trip Adviser, NOT an excursion through the cruise line.  We purchased a Full Island Package for $88/pp which included transportation, lunch, drinks, zoo tour, and unlimited use of non-motorized equipment.

There was plenty to see and do (and eat and drink), but the whole thing was so serene all I wanted to do was lay out with a yummy beverage and my book.  I did take the time to jump off a few platforms into the crystal clear water.  Oh yeah, and I let a jaguar play in my lap, and fell in love with a baby monkey.

I never wanted to leave.  Not ever.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Caribbean Princess News: Insider Edition

Well, we're on the last leg of our vacation.  Spent the last few days in New Orleans and are now visiting family in Kinder, LA.  But first, we cruised.  There was fun and there was sun.  In 6 days, we never knew hunger. Steve has reclaimed his belief in God.  I have experienced a state of being other than frozen and even have a little color to show for it.

The first 4.5 days of our vacation went exceptionally well.  This included 20 hours of travel.

It got hairy when after a heavenly day in Roatan, the captain announced that we had to hurry back to Houston to avoid bad fog on Saturday and that our much anticipated day in Belize had been cancelled.  The only happy cruisers that night were the sickly ones - there are always a few.  This was Tuesday night.  

Belize was the destination 90% of the cruisers were most thrilled about - us included.  Our snorkel gear was packed, our excursion half-paid, and our buddy's GoPro ready for the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world.  Not sure if disappointed is the right word...

We were pissed.

There having been a health risk/reminder the day prior, we were not naive enough to believe we that were turning back for the sake of fog.  Puh-lease.  Princess was trying to cover their tails and not have a mini-epidemic on their hands.   This would've been far less annoying had there been better and honest communication.  

My travel buddies and I all remained in good health until the following evening when our ship coursed through a storm we would've otherwise avoided had we stuck to the original itinerary.  I wouldn't doubt it if more than half of the passengers lost their dinner that night.  Adding insult to injury. 

I hoped for the sake of Princess's reputation that there would at least be a little bit of fog as we arrived in the Port of Houston Friday morning.  Ha.  The air was crystal clear.  And only a few hours later, CNN had the story covered.

Steve and I have cruised a lot.  This was our 2nd Princess Cruise.  It had a 5-star rating and the price was unbeatable.  The food was incredible.  I had some of the best sea food dishes of my life on this trip.  The service was also great - from our steward, to the dinner staff, to the guy who brought us lemonade as we played board games late into the evening - really, the sweetest of people.

But we were truly surprised and irritated at how the Fog vs. Norovirus situation was handled. Will we cruise again?  You bet.  On Princess?  Not so sure.

Stay tuned for more enjoyable vacation topics.  :)