Hotel St Marie New Orleans


On our second trip to New Orleans this year I wanted to stay closer to Bourbon Street. We walked our legs off the last time we visited New Orleans. I found the Hotel St Marie and it’s one Block off Bourbon Street. Perfect. It was very easy to find and there is a parking garage. So when you go to check in you don’t have to worry about trying to find parking on the street. We paid for parking through the hotel. Once we handed off the keys we never needed them again. It was great to be able to slip back to the room to rest.



We stayed in room 223. It was huge and had a courtyard balcony. This was the best location we have found so far.


The hotel wraps completely around the courtyard. Our balcony is one of the small ones on the right in the picture. A larger balcony would have been the only thing that would have made our stay even better.


Vacherie is the restaurant in the Hotel. It’s so good that the locals eat there.

We were very pleased with the Hotel St Marie. The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. The location can’t be beat. We will be staying here again.


Creating Art

2010 (20)On our last trip to Las Vegas I collected $1 Chips from each Casino that we visited. When we got home I bought a Shadow Box and a Black and White Poster of Las Vegas. I also printed out one of the Pictures of us that I felt like showcased when and where we were.

DSCF0204Elvis, Las Vegas Sign, and Christmas Tree. You guessed it, Las Vegas in December. There is even a Christmas ornament that has the year on it.

Las VegasI now have a work of Art to hang in my house and a pretty cool conversation piece.


Go For a Ride Day

November 22nd is Go For a Ride Day. It doesn’t matter how you get there or where you go.¬† Hop in your car, turn the radio up and drive. Get on your bike and travel a new path. Wherever you chose to go or however you chose to get there enjoy the ride. Here are a few rides I have enjoyed.

Davy Crockett National Forest Davey Crockett National Forest  Texas

101312On the way to the Texas Renaissance Festival

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Phuket Botanic Gardens, Phuket Thailand

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The Phuket Botanic Gardens is a hidden treasure. The entry fee is $500 Baht per person. (about $16 US) It was worth every penny. The gardens are set up by category. It was absolutely beautiful. Words don’t do it justice and neither do the pictures. We could have spent half the day looking at all […]

Phang Nga Bay Thailand

We explored Phang Nga Bay with the Sea Cave Canoe tour. We booked it through our resort. They picked us up in a bus from the resort. Drove us from Karon, Phuket to their pier. It was about an hour drive. The scenery on the way was beautiful. Once we arrived everyone loaded onto the boat. They served us drinks and snacks and we were off. Once we arrived at our destination each set of people were paired with a canoe guide. He paddled us around the whole day. Our guy didn’t speak the best English, but he really didn’t have to say much. The sites we saw said enough. We canoed through 3 different caves. They were not what I was expecting. Once you get through the cave to the interior of the island it is open sky above. Some of the entrances were a tight fit, but we made it. Lunch was served on the boat. It was a variety of foods. Everyone found plenty that they liked to eat. Once we were done with the cave we headed to Lawa Island. We spent about an hour on the island. There were bathrooms and a Tiki Bar that served drinks and snacks for a fee. You really didn’t need anything because there were drinks and snacks on the boat for free. The hubby and I enjoyed Mai Tai’s and relaxed. Next stop was back to the pier then the bus back to the resort. It is an all day excursion. We loved it.

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Custom Photo Books


I have been documenting life through photos for as long as I can remember. This means I have more photo albums than I have room on the shelf for. I recently discovered Custom Photo Books by Snapfish. I started with my vacation books. They save so much room on my bookshelf.


In traditional photo albums you get 200 4×6 photos. That means I have to pick and choose which ones I print. With custom photo books I can continue to add pages until I run out of pictures. I put 480 photos in our Thailand book.


I take a journal with me on vacation and jot down things I don’t want to forget. This helps me with my pictures when I get home. I also scan some of the brochures and use them in the photo books to remember details about tours and places we visited.

I tried 4 different photo book programs before deciding on Snapfish. For me it was the easiest one to work with.

I get the 8×11 custom cover books. Using my own photos for the cover allows me to make my book look professional and I can set the tone for it.

I have started creating photo books for my family pictures. One book per year. I start it in January and end it in December.

I signed up to get emails from Snapfish so they send me coupons regularly. I create my books and leave them in the projects section. When I get a coupon I go in and order a couple of books. This helps keep the cost lower than what it would cost to print the pictures and buy a book to put them in. Once a book is ordered it stays in the projects section. If for any reason you need to reorder the book it is there waiting on you.

If you haven’t made the move yet to custom photo books. I suggest you go create one and see how you like it. There’s no cost until you order the book.

24 hours in the Air


I’m no novice to flying, but I was very nervous about 24 plus hours in multiple planes to get from Houston, Texas to Phuket Thailand. It wasn’t the plane ride I was worried about. It was sitting still for a really long time and keeping my sanity. Three hours in a plane I can do standing on my head. Sitting in a meeting for more than 45 minutes I’m not very good at. I had never been on a plane that is quipped for long term travel so I didn’t know what to expect. The airline I flew was Singapore Air Economy Class. This is my experience on my flight. I can’t speak for other airlines yet.

First decision was where to sit: Window or Isle.

If you sit in an isle seat you don’t have to wake anyone up when you have to go to the bathroom and you can stretch your legs in the isle.

If you take a window seat you have to wake up the two sleeping people beside you every time you need to get up.

I went with the window. I figure I’d rather wake someone else up than have them waking me up. I also like to take pictures on takeoff and landing. The picture at the top of this post is of Aruba as we were descending. I have gotten some really cool shots this way. The person in the isle didn’t get pictures like that.

Travel to Thailand (28)Next, what types of entertainment to take with me:

I opted for a book instead of my Kindle, because I didn’t know if I would be able to charge the Kindle when in the air and I put a couple movies on my laptop.

I was very excited to see chargers for all of my electronic devices and all the movies were free. I only read one chapter of the book and never pulled the laptop out.

Travel to Thailand (27)Am I going to go hungry:

You can take snacks through airport security as long as they aren’t liquid. I didn’t know how often they would feed us so I brought some snacks and put them in zip lock baggies. I didn’t need them. It seemed like they fed us the whole time. Meals, Snacks, Fruit, and even Ice Cream. There was more than enough to keep even the pickiest of eaters happy and full.

Comforts of Home:

There were pillows and fleece blankets in all the seats when we boarded the plane. The thick ones that you curl up on the couch with.

They also passed out a little bag with a toothbrush, a tiny tube of toothpaste and a pair of socks.

After 24 hours of travel I was exhausted, but I made it! I didn’t even mind that at the end of my vacation I had to repeat the process.