Imagine yourself tucked away on what seems like an remote island. Bumper to Bumper action as packed cars travel to their designations for the week. Children are hanging out of the car windows anxiously waiting to ride bikes and stay up extra late. It’s the middle of Summer and during the day the sun is blazing. There’s no way to escape the humid temperatures and even after the sun has set along the coast of the beach the heat still remains. The night stars that hang in the sky are magical and finally you can let your windows down to enjoy the fresh air as you cruise along the shore. This is a place you wish you could stay forever.
For most families, family vacation takes place during the Summer and it’s that time of the year again.
But before you pack up the car and load everyone in, and even before you stop to get gas and snacks, I want to you teach you all a fun game to play that will provide entertainment and fun while you’re going from one destination to another..
My family calls this game, The ABC Game. My dad taught this to my sister and I when we were little girls and we’ve been playing it ever since. I’m not even sure if it’s a real game or not. I just know it’s something that was always fun for us and we’ve since taught it to our children. Continue reading
It’s the beginning of July and I’ve been officially married for 10 months! Marriage itself has been a blast and I’ll be sharing more about our first year of marriage as we get closer to our anniversary date; but one of my main struggles thus far has been getting my name changed!!!
Ugh! It not only takes forever, but each place or account have different requirements when it comes to changing a name. Unless you have to get your name changed, you fail to realize how many businesses you are affiliated with.
Most couples plan an extravagant honeymoon traveling to a tropical island or a country outside of the United States that requires a U.S. passport. For us, we did a Carnival Cruise to Cuba (click HERE for that blog) that required passports.
I had a previous passport prior to traveling to Cuba but it had expired and I had no choice but to get a new one. I took care of all of that around the middle of June last year.
After marriage I had copies of our marriage certificate made. I finally got my license renewed and my name changed, however, I was curious to know if I could use my new license and my old passport together. After Googling I found out that the name on your license had to match the name on your passport – SHUCKS.
I knew I definitely wanted a new U.S. passport; they last 10 years and it makes traveling so much easier. But I didn’t want to spend 120 more dollars getting my name changed again after only having it for less than a year.
[Puts on thinking cap]
After doing a little investigation on the passport site, I found out that if your name has changed less than one year after U.S. passport was issued AND your U.S. passport is less than one year old you can have your name changed on your passport for FREE!!!!!
So this is for all of the newly married ladies out there. Take advantage of this NOW!
I almost missed my deadline because my U.S. passport was issued on 6/30/18. By the time I figured this out it was already the beginning of June 2019. I had to move really fast.
Let me just tell you that if I had missed this deadline I would have been HOT. Like on fire HOT. Oh man, I would have been so pissed.
But thankfully I got everything (name change application, most recent U.S. Passport, a color photo, and marriage license) sent to them on time.
ps: Whenever you’re mailing off U.S. Passport documentations be sure to send it off via Certified Mail. Sending your items off via Certified Mail allows your package to be tracked and it’s also insured.
Back in April, my family did a quick girls trip to Philadelphia aka The City of Brotherly Love! Our three day weekend consisted of site seeing, shopping, bonding, and of course some good eating.
We chose The Melting Pot because no one had ever been and we are not fortunate enough to have one in our neck of the woods. The younger ladies (14 and 19 years old) were not feeling it at all. While it was out of the norm for them, they really didn’t know what to expect. We did our best convincing them that life is about the experience and really they had no choice but to oblige. Continue reading
It’s 2019 and it’s time to start planning our vacations for the year. I am a big advocate for vacations or small weekend trips. I believe it’s necessary to step away from your every day life a few times a year to explore, relax, and to enjoy life. I often hear about people not having time for vacation or not having enough money for a trip and it saddens me. It only means that they did not properly plan and in my book, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Quite frankly, I can’t imagine life with out a trip. Continue reading
We met through mutual friends many years ago and dated briefly during the Summer while I was home from College. On Father’s Day of that year, I total lost my car and Larmar transported me back and forth to work whenever we weren’t on a date. In the Fall, I returned back to school, 2.5 hours away from home, and we decided to go our separate ways. Larmar says, I broke up with him, I, however, do not remember it that way. For years, we didn’t talk to each other and only saw each other in passing once I moved back home; still never having a conversation with one another. Just a quick wave and that was it. In 2014, Larmar asked to be my friend on Facebook, like most women, I contemplated before accepting. You know, been there–done that! After a few months, he would start small conversations. His consistency, patience, and all around “good dude” persona, along with the ability to make me laugh non stop drew me in. He was like a best friend and he still is. After 4 great years of dating, we decided to get married! Continue reading
WHAT WAS REQUIRED OF US:
- Passport (Proof of citizenship)
- Visa (Permits entry in to a country) $75/person
- Travel Affidavit
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
I do want to emphasize that we traveled to Cuba via a cruise ship and once we arrived to the Port of Tampa we were given our Visa’s. Completion of the Visa would be required prior to going through immigration in order to get into Cuba. If you’re flying over I would imagine you would have to obtain your Visa before arriving or at the airport. *Tip: Although it didn’t happen to us, it is important that you do not lose your Visa and that you fill it out correctly because if any of these two things happens you have to purchase the Visa’s over.* Continue reading