As some of you may know, I went on my first cruise ship last year! While terrified and excited all at the same time I was about to set sail on an incredible trip with my youngest daughter on a cruise to the Bahamas!
This wasn't just any cruise! It was a fan cruise for someone that my daughter watched on YouTube multiple times and greatly admired.
In a brief summary, Talia Joy, at only 7 years old, was diagnosed with a very rare form of Cancer. With her motto, "Makeup is My Wig" she began "vlogging" her battle with Cancer and her journey with people all over the world! With that kind of motto, you can guess what her videos where about! With the loss of her hair she began to do makeup tutorials and try makeup from many different brands. Brands such as Cover Girl and MAC to name a few. Her videos became inspiration as well as beauty knowledge to many girls...including my daughter. She was an absolute YouTube sensation! With over a MILLION subscribers, Talia made quite an impact on the internet and the followers who tuned into her channel to follow her story.
Talia at age 13, lost her battle with Cancer on July 16, 2013. Needless to say, she had always wanted to go on a cruise and never got to go. So, with the organization of her family and friends, they created a Fan Cruise in her honor.
With this journey, we decided to have our own journey and drive the 2000+ miles to Florida and 2000 miles back to Colorado to be a part of this cruise! With Passports in hand, suitcases stuffed with everything and of course camera in hand, we experienced our first trip out of the country on a cruise ship...a first for both of us.
Please visit to read about Talia's life and her story on her page as well as visit her YouTube channel to get a feel for this little girl, her amazing spirit and her wonderful family that continue the fight against Cancer. She had such an impact that changed a lot of little girls lives via the web! What a beautiful spirit!
Thank you to Talia's friends and family for making this cruise possible!!
And here are a few images...all caught on my cell phone for this blog, I will share some from my camera later in another blog post :-)