8 Must Haves For a 7 Day Cruise


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Recently my family took a 7 day cruise to the Caribbean. Of course, I did my research and wanted to be 110% prepared before we debarked. I started planning and packing about one month prior. The following 8 items are my absolute must haves…

Digital Waterproof Watch

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There is no need to pack your fancy Rolex watch. While some people may think having a watch on vacation is not a good idea, I disagree. I purchased inexpensive watches for everyone in my family. When you first arrive on your ship, I recommend setting your watch to the ships time. Therefore, when you arrive to the different ports, you will know exactly what time the ship is leaving. Many people have missed their ship because they returned to the port on the port’s local time and not the time of the ship. When searching for a watch, I recommend a waterproof watch with an alarm. It will serve multiple purposes and you don’t have to worry about it being damaged in the pool or at the beach.

Favorite Lanyard 


Black and White Damask Lanyard

Your ship’s cabin key card (sail and sign card for Carnival cruisers) is basically your life line while on the ship. In addition to being your cabin (room) key card, it also contains your account information, used to make purchases on the ship, and used for identification for boarding. On some ships, it is also used to turn the light on in your cabin. You need to keep your card with you at all times. I recommend putting your card on a lanyard. The customer service desk will punch a hole in your lanyard for you. I also recommend taking your own lanyard so you don’t have to settle for the over priced laynards at the ship’s gift store. I absolutely love this damask laynard I found on Amazon.

Nylon Drawstring Bag


Liberty Bag

I also purchased everyone in my family a drawstring bag. Each person’s bag was a different color. These bags made by Liberty and sold on Amazon came in 16 different colors. Drawstring bags are excellent for taking your books, ipad, or sunglasses to the pool. You can also use the bag off the ship in lieu of a purse or backpack.

Cruise Ship Luggage Tags



I never felt comfortable printing my luggage tags from home and simply stapling them together. I found these luggage tags and they were perfect. They are designed specifically to hold and display cruise ships e-documents. You don’t have to worry about the risk of your tags being torn apart and having your luggage lost. The tags come in a pack of 8 and can be used multiple times.

Power Strip or Extension Cord


Belkin 6 Outlet Surge Protector

Cabins have very limited outlets. On my first cruise, I was unable to charge my ipad, fitbit, and mini lapotp at the same time. I was prepared for my last cruise. For under $15.00, I purchased the set of two Belkin Surge protectors.

** Verify your ships requirements for power strips and extension cords. They may only allow power strips or cords without the surge protector option. **

Over the Door Shoe Organizer


Whitmore 24 Pocket Shoe Bag

Counter space in the bathrooms of the cabin are very limited. I purchased this over the door shoe organizer for $9.99. It was perfect for holding my toiletries in the bathroom. Initially I was concerned that I would hear the organizer move constantly when the ship is moving or when opening and closing the door. To my surprise, I never heard it.

Small Bills


Make sure you take plenty of small bills. Small denotations can be used for tips while at port. Also if you plan to do shopping and negotiating, you don’t want to have large bills.

Over the Counter and Prescription Medicine


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Don’t forget to basically pack a full medicine cabinet. In addition to your regularly scheduled meds, pack things such as motion sickness pills, band aids, sun block, insect repellent, upset stomach meds, anti-bacterial creams, etc.. I would rather pack an item and not need it than to have to purchase it for three times the price in the gift store.

I hope you found these tips helpful. Please comment below with some of your must haves. Please subscribe to this blog for other home decor tips, organization ideas, and planning  & productivity strategies. You may also visit our full site at http://www.divineelementsofdesign.net and follow us on other social media sites. Thank you and have a Divine Day!!!


7 Things to do Tonight for a Successful Tomorrow

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It doesn’t matter if you are a student, professional, or stay at home mom, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. Often, when we wake up in the morning, we may feel overwhelmed with all of the items we have on our agenda. These 7 suggestions will help eliminate some of the stress we feel when our alarm goes off in the morning.

1) Get your clothes ready the night before. Take a few minutes out of your evening to decide exactly what you are going to wear for the next day. Determine if you need to iron anything, find that special accessory, or even try on something you may not have worn for a while. By getting your clothes (under, outer, and shoes) ready the night before, you will not have to spend useful time in the morning looking for an article of clothing that you may have misplaced, put in the cleaners, or simply not available.


2) Pack your work or lunch bag. If you have a work or school bag, pack it with all of the items needed for the next day. Don’t wait until you are running out of the house to sign a permission slip for a field trip or to put an important document you may need in your work bag. By having your bag packed the night before, that is one less thing that you have to worry about doing in the morning or potentially forgetting. It’s also great to have a routine of just picking up your bag (which will be in the designated area) in the morning before walking out of the door. If you pack a lunch for yourself or your child, you may pack the non perishable items in the lunch bag and sit it on the counter. The refrigerated items can also be assembled together in the refrigerator and ready to be tossed in the lunch bag in the morning.


3) Determine the top three things you would like to accomplish tomorrow. Of course, we all have a list of 99 items we need to do. Simply determine the top 3 things the night before. In the morning, you can tackle those items first. Once completed, you will have less stress and can adequately complete other items on your to-do list if needed.


4) Relax your mind before going to bed. If you can, don’t just jump in the bed after a long day of work. Try to schedule a little down time to unwind. Drinking a glass of hot tea or warm milk, relaxing in a bathtub, and reading a few pages out of your favorite novel is an excellent way to relax before going to bed.


5) Set your alarm clock for the time you need to get up. Don’t allow for “snoozing” time. We all have been guilty of setting our alarm for a certain time, but deep down we know we are going to hit “snooze” until the last minute. By doing so, this only interrupts our full potential sleeping time. Ultimately, it does us more harm than good.


6) Cover up the light on your cable box, clock, or cell phone. At night, we may wake up several times and look at the time. When we look at the time, we are mentally calculating how much time we have left to sleep. We are wasting time and energy by doing so. If we know we will not be able to see the clock when we wake up in the middle of the night, we will just keep our head down and go back to sleep sooner. We will not waste time trying to calculate the time in our heads, causing us to stress out while we are supposed to be sleeping.


7) Develop a Schedule. Developing and sticking to a morning routine is great for time management. After you’ve implemented and mastered your morning routine, you should have less surprises in the morning. Perhaps, you may even become a happy morning person.


I hope you found some of these tips useful. I would love to hear some of the things you do at night to have a less stressful and more successful tomorrow. Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below. Thanks for reading and have a Divine Day.

My Four Favorite iPad Accessories

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I’ve only been an iPad owner for about two years. I initially refused to drink the “Apple” Kool-Aid, but ultimately I gave in. As much as I didn’t want to admit it, my iPad is like my BFF. It goes EVERYWHERE with me along with my Erin Condren Life Planner.

1) Apple Wireless Keyboard

Apple Wireless Keyboard

I absolutely love my Apple Wireless Keyboard. There are multiple companies that sale blue tooth keyboards, but I recommend purchasing this one made by Apple. It is very easy to connect to your iPad. It only required two AA batteries. The wireless feature allows you to easily and conveniently take notes or send emails. The Apple Wireless Keyboard can be purchased at Amazon for less than Apple. I’m sure you will love it as much as I do.

2) Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit

Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit

This product is a must for people who want to access pictures on their iPad from a SD card or from their camera using a usb. This item is a plug and play. After connection, your iPad will open the photo app. You can select which photos you want to import. The imported photos will download to your photo album which may be used for social media, text, or email. I absolutely love accessory because I love to take pictures with a camera instead of my iPad. The Apple iPad Connection Kit can also be purchased from Amazon.

3) Grititi Nottle iPad Tripod Mount


An iPad Tripod Mount is a must for vloggers, teachers, speakers, movie makers, or anyone needing to have their iPad on a tripod. It easily and safely connects to a tripod with any ¼-20 threaded tripod head, ball head or camera head. It is made with a polyurethane surface for a snug fit. There are also several teleprompter apps which can be downloaded to turn your iPad into a teleprompter. This product can also be purchased at Amazon.

4) Custom iPad Folio Case


Our iPads need a Divine home. I absolutely love my custom iPad folio case. It’s made with faux leather and the design is on the front and back. The case is considered a “flexible interior hard case” with a micro fiber lining. To conserve it’s battery life, the iPad goes into a sleep mode when the case is closed. This case is both functional and stylish. It can be ordered in the Divine Elements of Design Online Boutique.

Thank you very much for reading about my four favorite iPad accessories. I will be back soon with my favorite iPad apps. Please share some of your favorite iPad accessories in the comment box. I would love to hear from you. Also, if you haven’t subscribed to this blog, please do so to stay updated on my decorating projects, organizational ideas, and planning & productivity tips.

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