Colin and I just returned from a Viking River Cruise aboard the Viking Mimir through the Netherlands and Belgium. I was a little worried that Colin might go slightly stir-crazy on a river cruise but he (and I!) had a great time! The nice thing is, you can be as active or as relaxed as you want to be, with stops in one or more cities/villages a day, optional tours, and countless opportunities for exploring on your own, if that’s something you enjoy. It’s the first vacation the two of us have taken together alone without the boys since we’ve been married, that lasted more than a few days. The cruise was the absolutely most perfect way to spend our vacation together because it was fun, relaxing, stress-free, super pretty and interesting, and we didn’t ever have to worry about any logistics whatsoever.

We started and ended our river cruise in Amsterdam, on what Viking offers as their Tulips and windmills cruise. It was unseasonably cold, but luckily we had some sunny days thrown in here and there.

This week I’ll be sharing highlights from some of our stops with posts here on the blog. Hooray!


  • Our cruise was sponsored by Viking. All opinions are entirely my own and everything I’ve written was done so by me with no input from Viking whatsoever.
  • You can find the second post about our Tulips and Windmills River Cruise here . You can find the third post here.
  • Because of my posts on Instagramand Facebook, I have receiveived a lot of questions about Viking River Cruises, which I’ve been happy to answer. Please feel free to comment below with any questions you may have. You can also find more extremely detailed posts on my last Viking River Cruise on the Danube here.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.