How to Plan for Blogcation

I think I'm actually head over heels in love with the post that you're about to read. And I can say that without sounding like a stuck up brat because I didn't write it. But I am pretty darn excited to be sharing it with you regardless. And that's partly because it's about one of my favorite things to talk about right now, Blogcation, and also because it's just ridiculously helpful. So feast your eyeballs on the marvelousness that's about to occur and do exactly what Sarah Christine tells you to. She's a smart cookie, that one.

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Hello Two Thirds Hazel readers, I'm Sarah Christine and although I normally blog over at SarahChristineStyle, today I am taking over Erin's little corner of the internet. As you probably know Erin planned this amazing trip called Blogcation where we all get to meet each other, learn from some amazing bloggers, and bask in all the glory of the sun during the dreary month of January. If you are anything like me, you're having a hard time waiting until January to hop on that ship and have the experience of a lifetime. So today I thought I would share with all of you what I will be doing to keep myself from hopping on a plane today to sit on the dock waiting for the boat to pull up 10 months from now.


April - June

This is probably the worst stretch of all, the sun isn't out yet to fully enjoy this summer (and pretend that I am actually in the sun on that cruise ship) and the trip is still so far away it feels like it'll never get here. Have no fear, though, because I am nothing if I am not a planner and so of course I have a plan!
  • Sign up for Blogcation if you haven't already - Erin mentioned the other day that the rate might not be around forever, so if you haven't already signed up now is the time to do it. I am super excited to meet so many other amazing bloggers on this trip, and if you don't sign up I won't be able to meet you, and that would just be sad!
  • Start Budgeting - The sooner you start budgeting to pay for the rest of the trip and of course all the goodies (and drinks) during the trip, the better. If you start now you won't have to put much away each month in order to save up, just say no to that Starbucks, it will be well worth it while we're basking in the sun together.
  • Find new Blogging friends - Obviously you'll meet people on the trip itself, but the more people you start talking to now the more this trip is going to feel like one gigantic reunion party and less like an awkward trip of a bunch of strangers, although with the people I know so far who are going I don't think it's possible for it to be anything but a blast.


July - September

Although the trip will be in January, these three months (at least here in Seattle) are the closest weather-wise to what we can expect on the trip. So this is the time to stock up on all things summer/cruise related and get excited for the trip ahead.
  • Buy all the new swimsuits - Ok fine just get one, we are sticking to that budget after all. There will be extra bonus points awarded if you hold out until September for said swimsuit and get it on clearance when they are trying to stock the stores for Fall.
  • Get your tan on - First of all, because why not, it's summertime, and also if you can keep that tan until January (I recommend using some self tanning products along the way) you won't look super pale when it comes to cruise time, although you definitely wouldn't be the only one sporting the winter white.


October - December

This is usually the time of the year where my waistline gets a little extra loving as I fill it up with all the delicious and hearty treats that Fall and the Holidays have to offer, but with a cruise right around the corner this year, I will be taking a step back. This time of year can also be a bit of a money suck, please tell me that isn't just me, so it's an extra good time to work on your self restraint.
  • Try out all those healthy Pinterest recipes - I'm pretty sure I have pinned 100's of "healthy and hearty" Fall and Holiday recipes, but haven't actually tried any of them because, let's face it, the real stuff is always better. With the vacation right around the corner, though, this might be the year to actually try them out.
  • Make homemade gifts - Buying presents for all your family and friends can really put a dent in your budget and since we will be getting really close to cruise time at this point, that just isn't going to fly. I love making homemade gifts for people because a) it is way cheaper and b) it is so much more special than just buying something.
  • Start those new years resolutions early - You know by the time Fall rolls around your 2014 resolutions will be long gone and you'll be starting to think of all your new 2015 ones. This year I challenge you to start them as soon as you think of them instead of waiting for the first of the year since we'll be on a boat for the beginning of the year anyways.


January

At this point there will only be a week left and I know I'll have a hard time focusing on anything non-cruise related whatsoever. Luckily, it will probably take me that entire week to figure out how to pack just one suitcase for a week-long trip with all my best friends (especially all the ones I started making back in April), so I won't have to think about anything other than the cruise anyways.
  • Pack - I'm not sure I really needed to put this on the list, but what the heck, it's going to take up a lot of time (am I the only one who sucks at packing?) so it deserves it's own bullet point.
  • Get excited - You'll probably already be excited, but now is the time to dial it up an extra few notches because it's finally time!
Have you signed up for Blogcation yet? If so, I will see you soon (ish)! And if not, then go right now and do it, I promise you won't regret it!