Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rag Wreath with Flowers

Ever want to make a rag wreath that didn’t consist of taking strips of fabric and tying them in a knot? Not that anything is wrong with this type of wreath. I actually like it. Might even make one for my front door for fall.
I can imagine it already! It will be all fall colors such as oranges and browns.
OOOOoooo!!! How pretty! And inexpensive!
Guess I’ll have to blog about it after I actually make it.
Anyways, I am getting off subject…
Last night I made a rag wreath without tying a bunch of knots. Warning, I did tie some.
My wreath form was made from a Fun Noodle (can be bought at most dollar stores) that was cut in half and the ends were angled in order to form a circle. The circle form was completed by duct taping the ends together while someone held them together. This is definitely a two person job. Do not attempt on your own. You WILL fail! Make sure you duct tape it several times. It might come undone otherwise.
Once my form was established I took strips of fabric and layered them around my form one piece at a time.
(Sorry for the crappy phone pictures.)

As you can see, I tied the pieces on the backside and tucked them under other pieces to make my wreath’s back more flat.  I could have cut the ends, but I wanted to keep them in case they became loose. I also felt they were a little more secure being tucked under. You could really leave the back alone if you preferred.
Next step was to make some flowers. We were shown how to make roses and I was not successful. I wasn’t very good at keeping my fabric loose. Because of this, I cannot show you how to do this method even though they were beautiful. Maybe if I practice a bit more I can make them on a future wreath. Please don’t wait for this to happen though. I fear you will be waiting a very long time.
I did manage to learn a different flower.
Take a piece of fabric and fold it in half.
Along the folded side, use your scissors and cut slits along the entire length of the fabric.
You will then wrap the fabric either in a circle or around your finger with the non-folded side down. Wrapping around my finger seemed to be easier, but too loose. I preferred this method which is why most of mine were done this way.
Upon completion of each flower, I hot glued the ends to hold it together. After making several flowers, I glued them to my wreath.
I am no expert at the flower making process, (obviously) but I do like how my wreath turned out.
(Another crappy phone picture.)
Since I used a Fun Noodle for my wreath form I cannot display it on my front door due to the thickness. I think it will look good somewhere inside my house though. Just need to find the perfect spot.
One of these days I am going to need to get rid of some of my wreaths or else I need a specific wreath spot. I am running out of places to keep these when not in use.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Get Rid Of That Junk!

I am slowly going through my house and reorganizing and getting rid of stuff I no longer need. For me, this is a very hard task. I can’t help keeping everything I have obtained over the years. Yet, I sometimes feel like I will need those things at a later date. Especially certain things like decorations and craft supplies – who knows when I will want to use those items again! I would hate to have to re-buy them when I could have just kept them.
Again, this is the attitude I am trying to change...
I keep my decorations because I like to change out what is around my house. The problem is I don’t have enough room in my house to store everything. If I had a large walk-in closet in a basement, this wouldn’t be an issue. But I don’t have that lovely closet. I dream about my next house having one. I would neatly tuck everything away into totes and have them labeled and organized. Such a wonderful dream!
My crafting supplies get purchased then get never used. I always have good intentions – just never get around to actually doing anything with the different items. This will change (hopefully) as I try to make 10 of my Pinterest pins.
Matt and I live in a 3 bedroom, almost 1200 square feet house and somehow I have practically overtaken the guest bedroom closet with all my miscellaneous stuff (this is just one spot I have taken over).
Doesn’t look too bad, but I can assure you it is practically overflowing.
I figured this would be a good spot to start. (Perhaps next will be under the bed in here?)
See everything pulled out onto the bed? That doesn’t even include everything from the closet.
Here's my closet reorganized:
Top shelf has 3 shelves which are waiting to go on my living room walls. Below those are a stack of picture frames I need to display. Once those are on the walls I will have even MORE space!
If I am completely honest with you, I’ll let you in on a secret – I moved the paper out of the closet and put all my arts and craft items into the green Tupperware container. I cheated. I am not ready to get of everything yet. Maybe when a baby is on the way….
It feels good to have one closet done. A small accomplishment, but either way it is an accomplishment.
Maybe if I do one closet or one section a week I can have my house a bit more organized.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Beaded Fabric Necklace

I took another craft class – this time we learned how to make a Beaded Fabric Necklace.
This is basically a knotted fabric necklace with beads.
I liked this project and will probably make it again in the future. And let me tell you, this is EASY! If you know how to sew or how to use a sewing machine, you can easily do one of these in about 15 minutes. It took me about an hour since I didn’t really know how to sew. I also had to have the teacher explain the knot to me one on one. I didn’t really follow when she explained it to the group. This could have been because I was stressing a little about the sewing. I am glad I was sitting next to two older ladies who showed me how to sew the basic stitch. Wonderful skill I now know how to do. I need to learn how to correctly end my thread when I am running low. I was too timid to ask the ladies so I just do a back stitch (they taught me) and tucked it under.

Sewing needle and thread (or sewing machine)
Beads (we used wooded)

I don’t have any step by step pictures (which would have been nice), but I think this is easy enough to explain with words. At least I am hoping it will be easy to understand.

You will need to find some fabric you think would look nice and/or will match items in your closet and have it cut to the width of 5 or 6 inches. You will want to have the length of your fabric long. If you are buying this off a roll of fabric at the store, do not cut the length. This is perfect! The longer your fabric, the longer your necklace. Don’t stress about your fabric being too long - your fabric will get shorter as you knot and add beads.

After you have made your cut, fold your fabric in half with the side you don’t want showing on the outside. Do a simple stitch along the length of the fabric to combine the two sides. Leave about two fingers of space from either end where you do not stitch.
This will make your fabric tube like once you are done.
Next you will turn the material inside out. Be careful not to pull your stitch out.

Now is the fun part…. Add a bead into your fabric and twist both sides around the bead. You will twist and knot the fabric to your liking. Start with a loose knot and slowly work it into a tighter knot. If your knot is too loose, your bead will be able to move around and this is not something you want. You will be the one determining how stiff your necklace will be in the end.

For mine, I added a large bead in the middle, 2 tight knots on either side of the bead and then 2 smaller beads on each side of the larger bead with less tight knots in between them.

You can place your beads inside your fabric or you can have them over your fabric. Ladies in my class did both ways.
As for the endings of the necklace, we tied them in the back. You can easily go to a craft store and add a latch or Velcro or anything else your creative mind can think of to attach the ends. I personally like the tying – simple and inexpensive.
If you don’t want to use this as a necklace, it was suggested you can use this for a bracelet or headband. Both were tried out in my class and I thought they looked cute.
P.S. I wore my necklace to work today with jeans and a black shirt. J

(Okay, maybe I am not as good as explaining as I thought I would be… You can always Google a better tutorial.)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Rag Rug Class

Last week I went to a free class on how to make a Rag Rug…
I had a nice time even though I was a little nervous when I first got there since I was all by myself and didn’t know anyone. I checked in and sat down while we waited for the others who signed up to show.  As more people showed up (11 in total counting me), I started to feel more relaxed. Most of the people there were older ladies. Older like my grandma’s age. I was the youngest person there! (I’m cool with this; I am just stating a fact.)

Our instructor was very good at explaining how to create this project.
She explained what we were using, difference in fabrics, the tools she used to cut the strips and how to create the rag rugs.

Beforehand, she had cut different types of fabric into .5 inch width by 5 inch long strips. This saved us bunches of time. She also cut down the ‘canvas’ which is really non-slip rug padding.
We picked out our colors we wanted to use, and then got to work.
Basically you take a piece of fabric and put it through any square hole, even up the 2 sides of the piece and tie it. You can go in every single hole or skip a few at a time. Whatever method you like. Our instructor recommend starting in the middle and moving your ‘canvas’ around so you didn’t put every piece of fabric in the same direction. I felt this was a good piece of advice. If you want yours more uniform, start at one end of the ‘canvas’.

Our class was approximately 2 hours and this is as far as I got:
You can see the size of my strips and the size of my 'canvas' very well in this picture.

That night after my class, I worked on it for another hour while I watched TV. Let me tell you, this is a good project to do while watching TV since it does not require much thought.
I have heard this about crocheting as well, but I have not mastered that skill at all.
Hopefully soon - I’m trying to join another crocheting class.
Last night I spent about 5 or 6 hours working on my rag rug and now it is done!
I am happy to have a finished product.
Please note my rag rug is a very small size. If you are making one for your home, it will take you MUCH longer. We were really just learning the skill to use on a future project.
I think the further along I got, the longer it took to work on. The sides started to bunch a little bit and I kept trying to keep it flat. Plus I had to work with what I had. I used only the plain blue strips when I started running low and then filled in with the other two colors.

When finishing, you can either go to the end of your ‘canvas’ or you can finish off your product with ribbon or tulle or whatever else you think would look nice.
I chose to leave two rows of squares empty - Either I will leave it that way or I will cut it off. I am going to display it on my wall (framed) or maybe drape it onto something. I don't know!

Fabric cons and pros:
The thicker fabric did fill the space quicker, but was harder to push through. The opposite is true for the thinner material. Perhaps you could find a fabric in the middle of these two??? I’m not sure. If I make a larger rag rug, I will try to use either thin towels or cotton t-shirts.
DO NOT wash your rag rug - it WILL fall apart!

Overall, this craft is extremely easy, but time consuming. The more holes you skip and the thicker material you use, the quicker your rug will be done. I am not sure I will make another one. To me, it seemed too time consuming.
I wanted to finish it though and display it somewhere in my house.  I didn’t want to just quit and then forget about it. Would have been a waste.

Friday, July 19, 2013

30 Before 30

While at work the other day I realized I have approximately one and a half years until I hit the big 3-oh!
3! 0!
Wow, time flies!
It got me thinking…
Never a good thing.
Is that what you were thinking?
Turning 30 means I am about to go into another decade of my life…..
When I turned 10, I didn’t think anything about it. I was too young to grasp the significance of what was happening.
When I turned 20, I cried. I know that is a very young age, but for some reason I was extremely upset about the age. (I soothed myself with lots of shopping – I was young, living at home with very few bills). I fear that’s how turning 30 will be for me. Hopefully my husband realizes this and he plans something special like a nice weekend getaway for me. HINT HINT HINT!!!!!!!!!!!
HINT HINT HINT!!!!!!!!!!  I would really like a weekend getaway! HINT HINT HINT!!!!!!!!!!
In preparation for turning 30 I have decided to make a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30.
Maybe I am starting a little early; maybe not. I would rather start it now so I can cross off a few items from my list before I even turn 29. This one act will make me feel a little better about myself once I enter my last year of my twenties.
God willing, I am really going to try and do them all. Some will be very easy and others will be hard to accomplish. A few might even be impossible.
And let’s face it, getting older is better than the alternative!
30 Before 30 List:
1.       Read the entire Bible
2.       Do something scary/Take a risk
3.       Explore somewhere new
4.       Get pregnant
5.       Make career or job move
6.       Lose 50 pounds
7.       Sail a boat
8.       Zip line
9.       Crochet a blanket
10.   Help a stranger
11.   Pay it forward
12.   De-clutter my home
13.   Pay off student loans
14.   Cook 30 new recipes
15.   Try 5 new foods
16.   Car road trip
17.   Have my eyebrows threaded
18.   Learn to effectively eat with chopsticks
19.   Learn basic sign language
20.   Learn to use my camera’s manual settings
21.   Learn how to can vegetables
22.   Learn how to use my sewing machine
23.   Write a will
24.   Throw a party
25.   Make yearly photo books
26.   Make 10 items I have pinned
27.   Finish miscellaneous house projects
28.   Visit ‘famous’ sites in my own town
29.   Snorkel
30.   Be a volunteer at a local event
Let me break it down for you:

1.       Read the entire Bible
I am starting with ‘The Story’ to help me understand the Bible better. Obviously you need to read the Bible more than once in your life, but everyone has to start somewhere. We have started going back to church and I am lucky to have our church televised on TV which has allowed me to DVR it and watch it at my convenience over the last year.
2.       Do something scary/Take a risk
Not sure what this will be yet. Perhaps it ties in with number 8 on my list???
3.       Explore somewhere new
Easy. Almost done. Matt and I have our next cruise scheduled and we are fortunate to be going to 6 different islands. We are born explores and I am sure we will explore each island at least a tiny bit.
4.       Get pregnant
This is 100% up to GOD and his timing. If it is meant to be, it will happen when GOD says it is time for us. If it isn’t in the cards for us, adoption would be the next option.
5.       Make career or job move
I have been in my position for almost 3 years and unfortunately, there is no career growth here. I would love to stay because I enjoy (for the most part) what I do and who I work with, but I am at the beginning of my career and want better opportunities for myself.
6.       Lose 50 pounds
Believe it or not, I have been working on this for a few weeks and have lost 5 pounds! Whoo hoo! Very proud of myself! I need to continue – this will make me feel better about myself, make me healthier and will up my chances of conceiving. Need to work on this HARD!!!
7.       Sail a boat
We will need to rent a boat to accomplish this goal. I can drive a car so I can’t imagine this being much different.
8.       Zip line
Matt’s wants to do this when he reaches his goal weight. Assuming he does this before my 30th birthday, this will be crossed off. I will be terrified though!
9.       Crochet a blanket
2 or so years ago I took a free crocheting class at my local library. I made a few strips and pot holders and then never picked it up again. I would like to accomplish making a blanket – perhaps for my future baby.
10.   Help a stranger
Already started buying toys for Christmas for when we adopt 2 angles and donate to Toys for Tots. Does this count? If not, I will keep thinking of something.
11.   Pay it forward
Not sure how I will accomplish this goal – I am sure I will think of something.
12.   De-clutter my home
A SLOW work in process! I need to tell myself I will NOT need that item in the future and it is okay to give it away. I am probably a bit of a pack rat. Oops!
13.   Pay off student loans
Should be done very soon! Would have been done a few months ago, but life got in the way.
14.   Cook 30 new recipes
Should be much easier for me to do now.
15.   Try 5 new foods
Matt is always trying new foods – I just need to be better about accepting his offer to try whatever is on his plate.
16.   Car road trip
Not sure this will happen since our car is getting old. I will probably have to change this one later. Or maybe it will happen ON my 30th birthday if my husband read my HINT. You know, in a rental car.
17.   Have my eyebrows threaded
I have been afraid to try this – not sure why. Surely it can’t hurt anymore then waxing. There is a place in my local mall where I can try this out.
18.   Learn to effectively eat with chopsticks
I have people in my life who can teach me this skill. Plus, I already have some from Korea.
19.   Learn basic sign language
I would like to acquire this skill in preparation of when I have a baby. (I can already sign the alphabet thanks to my music teacher in the 6th grade.)
20.   Learn to use my camera’s manual settings
I have owned my current camera for 3 or 4 years and have yet to learn this skill.
21.   Learn how to can vegetables
It would be awesome to can some vegetables which I know have no extra unneeded additives such as salt and/or sugar. I would be happy to even just can one type of vegetable.
22.   Learn how to use my sewing machine
I received my sewing machine several years ago for my birthday and it has sat in its sewing box except for the two times I took it out to look at it.
23.   Write a will
This is important. Everyone should have one.
24.   Throw a party
Not for me – someone else.
25.   Make yearly photo books
I have wanted to do this for awhile now. I just need to sit down and simply do it. Stop procrastinating!
26.   Make 10 items I have pinned
I have over 2000 items pinned – I know I can find at least 10 that are easy enough for me to create myself.
27.   Finish miscellaneous house projects
For example – finish the baseboards, paint the guest bathroom and stain the wood fence.
28.   Visit ‘famous’ sites in my own town
I have been to several places in my town already, but it would be fun to visit even more of them.
29.   Snorkel
I am really hoping Matt and I are able to do this on our cruise while at one of the islands.
30.   Be a volunteer at a local event
I am kind of cheating on this one – I am already signed up to do this in October. (In my defense, I ran out of ideas.)
So there you have it folks – my 30 before 30!
If I must change something, I will change it closer to my 30th birthday.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Grow Green Onion From Leftovers

Did you know certain veggies can be grown from the bottoms of the plant you just removed?

I'm not sure if that came out right - let me give you an example...

From a stalk of celery, you can remove the top 3/4 to use for whatever and leave the bottom portion in a bowl of water for a few days. You will then want to plant the bottom portion of the celery into dirt. Your celery will continue to grow from the remaining bottom portion. Cool, huh?
I have done this with celery, but was only able to get one additional stalk of celery due to me being too lazy to plant it into some soil.
If this is something you would do, don't even attempt. What will happen is after about 2 weeks of sitting in water on your window ledge, your celery will become soft and mushy and then develop some sort of mold.
Believe me, I will NOT make this mistake again. I had to throw it all out including my bowl!

Last weekend I bought some green onion for a breakfast casserole and I figured I might as well try it out with this veggie.
I cut the top 3/4 off to use and placed the remaining bottom section into a bowl of water. After about 5 days, I planted it all into a pot and left it out on my back deck.

Check it out:
Can you tell how much it has grown? It is so tall it doesn't even stand straight up anymore.
I wish I had taken a before picture.
I cut off the portion I needed and left the rest to grow again.
This grew very quickly - 6 days! I need to start looking up additional recipes in order to use up my supply.

You should try this out for yourself. If you do, let me know about your experience.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mildew Veggie Leaves

Do you have a garden???
I'm curious.
I love having one!
Last year was my first year - I was successful with everything I planted except for my tomatoes. They never changed from green to red due to the hot heat - or so I was told.
This year, I planted a little more then last year. I didn't want to do too much. Didn't want to overwhelm myself.

I have already picked a few cucumbers, zucchini and squash. I have ate them all!
I have green tomatoes.
My potato plants are HUGH.
No peppers yet.

Everything has been going great!
Actually, everything was going great...
I was remembering to water them every day and I was making sure to remove dead leaves...
I don't know what happened!
Yesterday when I watered them, they looked healthy.
Today, I see 'white splotches' all over the leaves. :(
I texted the pictures to my friend L and described what I was seeing. She thinks my plants have mildew.
How can my plants have mildew?!?!?!?!?!
I did everything right! At least, I thought I was doing everything correctly.
I am sad.
I wanted a good amount of veggies this year. I had big plans to can something. I completely understand why farmers are so distraught when they lose a crop. All that money. And time. And effort. All for nothing. Nothing I tell you!

I cut the leaves that were most affected and left the ones that had no 'white splotches' and the ones that weren't badly disturbed.
I don't think this helped. While cutting off bad leaves I noticed the mildew went down some of the stems. If they still look bad tomorrow I will have no choice except to remove the plants completely. I do not want all my other plants to be affected by this incident.
Then I'll have to worry about the soil on top of everything else!

I'm thankful my tomato and potato plants appear to be doing well.
Hey - those rhyme! Ha ha ha!
Fingers crossed they don't develop this darn mildew!

3 Times A Week

I have finally started on one of my New Year's Resolutions!
Yep, I am about 7 months late. I know. Very late. But better late then never don't you think?

As of this week, I am going to try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week. I am horribly out of shape and a bit obese so this is a hard feat for me. I want it badly though! Yes, I want to get in shape to be healthy and look good (duh!), but I also want to lose weight to help myself (hopefully) get pregnant. 
We have been married a little over a year now and I would like it to happen soon.
Like now.
Right this minute.  
I am looking forward to being a mommy one day in the near future and I know Matt looks forward to being a daddy.

Back to my original story -
I am glad to say I did it this week!
Week 1 - CHECK!

Monday I walked on the treadmill for 32 minutes.
Thursday 37 minutes.
Friday (today) 33 minutes AND I walked Wyatt around the block one time.

Go me!

I mostly walk at a speed of 3.0 which is a 20 minute mile.
I am hoping after a month I will either be able to walk longer and/or at a higher speed.
I'll be sure to keep you posted.

Oh - I have also been taking my multivitamin the last three days. This is something I am very horrible about remembering to do. You would think it would be simple enough to remember. Perhaps it would be if I could take it before bed.... too bad it makes me sick unless I take it after eating a meal.

Yesterday, on Craigslist, I saw a posting for a red wagon. Exactly what I have been looking for so I texted the person to see if it was still available and it was! $10 for a wagon - what a steal!
I brought it home, cleaned it really well and then left it outside for 24 hours to be disinfected by the warm sun. When I got home today I added blankets and Wyatt's dog bed. I thought he might be scared of it. Because of this, I decided to walk him around my driveway while in it with me talking to him the whole time. You know, to acclimate him. I was very optimistic.

And guess what?
This method worked well! After one time around the driveway!

Say 'hello' to Mr. Squinty!
I made the decision to try walking him around the block in my neighborhood.
At first he half sat/half stood while I pulled him. I could tell he was starting to enjoy the ride when I saw him sniffing in the air heavily. Eventually he laid down. While still sniffing the air of course. One of the houses we passed had a boston terrier outside with his owner. Wyatt spotted him and couldn't take his eyes off. I think he would have liked to sniff his butt. However, I continued on to the house.

All in all, I think Wyatt enjoyed his walk. I think I will try to take him several times a week.

A few people who drove by us were eyeballing me like I was a weirdo - who cares though!

Background: Wyatt is my almost 16 year old toy poodle. He is my baby! He has a heart murmur and can no longer walk around the block without being held half way around the neighborhood. This wagon is going to allow him the luxury of enjoying walks without the walking.

Friday, July 5, 2013

USA Flag Painting - Happy 4th!

My mom and I did another painting!
A flag in celebration of the 4th of July!
Freedom because of the brave!
What do you think?
We didn't go to a class for this one.
We painted it at home with our own canvases, paint, brushes and easel. We are practically pros at this point. Ha ha ha! At least that is what I tell myself!

We had seen this painting on one of our trips to Uptown Art and thought we could do it on our own. Hence how/why I have a picture of it.
This was a perfect painting to use as inspiration to do on our own. Very simple.
Basically all we did was look at the picture and use that as a jumping off point.

Mine is on the left and my mom's is on the right.
I started off with a dark blue background (made with blue and a touch of black) then added the white stripes followed by the red (made with red and a touch of black) stripes. I ended by added the white splotches.

We are both very happy with our finished products.
I am proud to display mine in my home - year round!

Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Super Duper Moon?

You know what happens when you don’t blog in a long time?
Like a month.
Nothing really.

Life goes on and you find others things to occupy your time. You do start to realize you take less and less pictures even on your ‘fancy’camera phone. Or I might just be taking fewer pictures because I really and truly live a very uneventful life. And I am okay with this. I enjoy not having anything to do after work. I like my routine. Then the weekend comes and Matt and I try to plan something, but it is so dang hot!
I hate the heat!
Soon it will be fall – I’ll be happy, then winter will arrive and I will complain it is too cold. Blah!

Anyways, I am in the mood to blog since I have nothing else to do therefore I want to blog about a picture I took almost 2 weeks ago.
The so-called Super Moon.
It was supposed to be 12% closer to the Earth than usual.
I thought, ‘WOW! I’ll stay up to see it and then snap a few pictures.’
Well, I did it and I was not impressed.
It didn’t appear any closer than normal.
To be fair, I did look at the moon shortly after nightfall. I heard it was much larger in the morning. Guess I should have woken up earlier to check it out.

Still glad I took part in this historical event, I just wish it had been more mind blowing.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Chase and Southwest Rewards

Is it bad that I am OBSESSED with looking at my future cruise and everything we will be doing, like everyday? Every single day!
I can't stop thinking about it!
I have several months before we even go and I already have a countdown on my work calendar. I even have a notebook devoted to our cruise with all the things I have looked into doing - you can find lots of reviews and advice for each island all over the web.

Last week, I did book our flight. Made me even more excited! (If that was even possible.) In the past, we have drove to our cruise ports. But now our car is older and has many miles and it's not worth the stress of worrying about any issues that my arise with the car. Plus, you spend a lot of time in the car, money on gas and money on parking at the port. If you get a good price on your plane tickets, it might be cheaper to fly.

We got an AWESOME price on our flight! Cost us $120. Yep! On Southwest. Cheap, huh?
We decided to join Chase's Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card for $99 a year. Let me tell you why.

We signed up when they were offering 25,000 points good towards a future flight when you spend over $1,000 during the first three months.
Easy - we pay our cell phone bill, car insurance and satellite each month with our credit card. Those bills alone are a huge chunk of it then add on gas and food. We had this done in the first month. (Always remember to pay off your balance each month to avoid paying any interest.)
Then, while I was looking on the airline's website everyday watching the prices of my flight fluctuating, I saw the credit card was now offering 50,000 points instead of 25,000 points when you spent $2,000 in the first three months.

Instead of feeling sorry for myself on losing out, I decided to log into my account and send the company a secure message kindly asking if I could have the same offer since I had been a customer for less then 30 days. You know what? They emailed me back within 2 hours and said YES!
Yes they would because I had already met the new criteria!
Talk about an amazing experience with this company!
I have already spread the word to my family and friends and now I am spreading the word on my blog.

A few days later when I logged into my account, sure enough, my points were already there.
I booked our flight using 40,000 points and now I am earning more points for next year's flight.  Booking our flight, we spent $20 for government taxes. No big deal at all.
So for us, flying is WAY cheaper then driving!

All this savings means we can spend more money doing stuff while on our cruise. At least, that's what I think it means. My husband seems to think it just means we got a good deal. I am slowly getting him to think my way of thinking. Ha ha ha!