Chapter 5 - 2017

May is a blur!

Rabbit Creek Rifle Range Clean Up Day - Sean and I helped clean the gun range. In return we received complimentary annual passes! We like going to this range because they also have an archery range. Anchorage Market & Festival - One of my favorite summer traditions is going to the downtown weekend market. Sean and I always go on the first day to kick things off. My favorite new item we tried was halibut poppers, aka halibut egg rolls. They were so good!My brother got into a motorcycle accident :( I am so thankful to God that he is okay. He is still recovering from his injuries.Sean turned 29 & Jenn turned 28Fence - Yay for house projects! We now have a fence! Next year we plan to extend our deck and get gutters installed. Seattle - I went to Seattle for the first time! I went down with Vicky and her friends to celebrate her 28th birthday. I'll write a separate blog post about our trip.Juneau - I went to Juneau for a workation immediately after Seattle (arrive…

Travel Plans for December 2018

I am so excited for December 2018 to roll around!!!
I've always wanted to go to Disney World and go on a Disney Cruise around the holidays. My man is making that happen! The Fall sailing dates for Disney Cruises posted on May 18, 2017. Sean called in to fulfill our placeholder reservation that we reserved when we were on the Disney Magic.
HE SURPRISED ME BY BOOKING CONCIERGE! I was NOT expecting that at all! It was on my Disney Bucket List to fulfill and I can't believe we're going to do it next year.
So what do you get with sailing concierge on a Disney Cruise? Larger stateroomRefrigerator stocked with beveragesToiletries from the spaRobe and slippersPrivate welcome receptionSmoother embarkation - you can arrive at your own leisure and be the first guests that board the ship. Your room is also ready by 12:30 pm.Ability to book on-board activities and excursions 120 days before the sale date. This includes the ability to book a Cabana at Castaway Cay (which are often at time…

Florida 2017 Recap - Part 2

Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | Boarding the Disney Magic

We woke up early, checked out of the BoardWalk, and began our trek to Miami. It took about 3.5 hours to get to our port and we boarded the Disney Magic around 1:30 pm. The crowd level was pretty minimal since we arrived later in the afternoon. It was easy to go to Cabanas and find a table for lunch. The upside of arriving to port later is that there is less waiting. I usually prefer to arrive earlier to have more time to explore.

Stepping on the Disney Magic was such a magical experience. It was the Disney ship that started it all! She's in amazing shape and she's nearly 20 years old.
We stayed in room 7122, which was a Navigator's Verandah stateroom. I LOVED our room and verandah!

The entertainment show for the evening was Twice Charmed | An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story. It is now one of my favorite broadway shows I've seen on Disney Cruises! Dinner was at Animators Palette.
Thursday | January 26, 2017 …

Florida 2017 Recap - Part 1

I'm finally getting around to recap my 30th birthday trip to Florida! This vacation was definitely one of the best I've ever had - I'm still buzzing over how perfect it was.
Friday | January 20, 2017 | Travel & Check In Day
We arrived in Orlando around 4:30 pm. We decided to rent a car for the whole duration of the trip, so we picked up our car from the airport. It was less expensive than picking it up from the onsite Alamo at Disney World. The next time we go to Florida we'll probably use the Magical Transportation instead... Even though the car rental will cost more at the onsite Alamo, I think the stress free approach is worth it.
With Magical Transportation - you put tags on your luggage before you depart from the airport. When you get to Orlando you don't have to grab your luggage! You get on the Disney motor coach and it takes you to your hotel. Then your luggage magically appears a few hours afterward.
When we go on vacation we generally like eating at …

Chapter 4 - 2017

And just like that, April is over!

madebyadventureLin - I've posted a few times about my side hustle already, but here are my official stats: I opened on April 1, made my first sale on April 20, sold 9 signs total, and made $113! My goals for this month (May) is to increase my Etsy listings to 40 and sell 10 signs.

Lipsense - I've been on the lookout for long lasting lipstick for a while now. I always get so paranoid about lipstick in my teeth. I tried Cover Girl's Outlast and that did not last more than 30 minutes for me. I tried Make Up Forever with better results, but I still felt like I had to be careful while eating and it only lasted 2 or 3 hours top before I needed to reapply. I also tried ColourPop, which I really liked, but it isn't 100% transfer-proof. After hesitating for a while on Lipsense, I finally dived in since one of my good friends started selling it. I quickly became a believer! Yesterday I had Goddess on from 6:30 am - 10:30 pm and it still looked gr…

madebyadventureLin Milestones

Remember how I said I was going to be patient earlier in the month when I launched my side hustle? Well to be completely honest self-doubt crept in as each day passed without a sale. I remained hopeful and just kept practicing my craft and kept adding new signs.

April 20 was my lucky day! One of my bosses asked me to create a custom sign. I was so stoked to make a special order, especially since she gave me the creative freedom to do what I thought looked best. On the same day 2 of my girlfriends ordered from my Etsy shop. My phone made a little cash register sound as a notification and I was so excited!

Fast forward to today and I've sold a total of 7 signs! 4 signs were from my Etsy shop and 3 of them were custom/in person. I shipped my first out-of-state order yesterday. I am so filled with gratitude for the kind words and support I've received and it just motivates me even more to keep living my daydream
With love, -Lin

Chapter 3 - 2017

Whoa, there goes 1st quarter of 2017! Crazy how fast time flies!

March was full of DIY projects...
I went to 2 Michaels workshops. The first one was how to make large paper flowers and the second one was how to transfer phrases/images to wood.I went to a DIH workshop at Home Depot with a few of my coworkers. We ate dinner at Spenard Roadhouse and then made Vertical Herb Gardens.I made my first floral arrangement and styled our coffee table.I started using my Cricut again and now I've been obsessed with making signs. Other memories... The official Disney Cruise Line Instagram used one of my pictures!Went on a lunch date with Lonetta at Chair 5 in Girdwood. Lunch was delish, it was truly an adventure getting to Girdwood though! It was chilly in Anchorage, but it was nice and clear. We drove through a snow storm to get to Girdwood though and we were fearing for our lives! Thankfully driving back into town wasn't too crazy.Celebrated Ederlee's 30th birthday at CamTu's house.…