Cancun, Mexico Couples Trip Part 1…The Pool, The Beach, and All The Activities

Good morning!!! I am so excited to share our recent trip to Cancun, Mexico with you all!  We had such a great time!  My sister and her boyfriend came with us, which made it even more fun!!

I always joke around and put Riley in my suitcase while I am packing because I hate leaving my pups, but this time he seriously did this on his own…. multiple times.  It about had me in tears, yall.  Fur babies are just the best!  

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We were all up and at ’em very early on Wednesday for our flights.  We had a short layover in Atlanta before arriving in Cancun.  Our travel was uneventful and we made it to our resort around noon, which was nice because we had the afternoon to hang out.  

We decided to take this trip because my sister and her boyfriend both had spring break from graduate school at this time.  (She is in her last year of law school and he is in his last year of his MBA.)  We looked at a LOT of resorts, but ultimately chose the Riu Palace Las Americas again.  My husband and I vacation here at the end of 2016 and loved it so we decided not to risk it and go with one we both loved.  It is an all-inclusive (!!!) and it is adults only.  The service is wonderful, the resort is very clean, and the food is phenomenal.   

 

 

Can we all just acknowledge how cute this hat looks on my sister? 

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And how funny it looks on me?  I think I have an oddly shaped head. 😉

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We were all just a LITTLE excited to be at the beach in the warm weather!

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This view never gets old. 

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Nothing like that beautiful blue water. 

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My husband is ALL about the competitions.  This one you had to try to throw a football through a hula hoop.  He almost won. 😉 

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And ping pong… there was lots of ping pong.  

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Jon’s cheering squad. 🙂 

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And lots of lounging…. I listened to so many podcasts.. it was amazing!

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Fun in the sun!

We joined some boys for a few games of beach volleyball.  

The boys had a blast playing water volleyball. 

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My sister and I opted to watch and sip mimosas instead. 😉 

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More hanging by the pool!

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Love these peeps!!

 

 

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The amazing resort!

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That is all I have for today friends!  I will be back soon with a more recaps of the food and the nightlife fun!  Have a great day!!

 

Aloha!!! Recap of our Trip to Maui Part 1!

Good morning!!!  Well I promised you a recap of my recent trip to Hawaii so here it is!  We have been thinking about taking a family trip to Hawaii for a few years now and it was finally time to turn this idea into action!  We decided that since we would just be there for one week, we would just stay in Maui the whole time so we didn’t have to do any more traveling when we got there!  

My husband had a bachelor party in Chicago the weekend we had planned to leave for Hawaii so he headed up there Thursday while I stayed in Nashville until my flight early Saturday morning.  I took a 4 and a half hour flight to LA then connected on a 5 hour flight to Maui.  It was a longggg day!  But Maui is 5 hours ahead of Nashville so it was just one really long day.  I made it until 8 pm (2 am Nashville time) then I passed out hard.  

My dad and little brother arrived a week before us so they picked me up at the airport with a lei! 🙂  We headed to the condo we rented for the week, which was right on the beach. 🙂

After unpacking I got to spend some time with my favorite 10 year old. 🙂

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After a little while we took a short little walk on the beach.  The weather was amazing the entire time we were there!    

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My husband, sister and her boyfriend arrived later Saturday night.  I was already asleep by the time they got in.  With the early bed time and the time change, I was up at 5 am the next day.  We slept with the windows open and awoke to the waves cravings.  It was so peaceful.  

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Sunday during the day we just hung out at the beach.  Aren’t my siblings the cutest? 🙂

The boys.  My little brother really loves having my husband and my sister’s boyfriend around.  They love to play video games and do boy stuff with him. 😉

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Love my sweet siblings. 

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Sunday night we had plans to go out to dinner before our evening activity.  We chose Mala Ocean Tavern and it did not disappoint.  I got a teriyaki dish with rice, veggies and fish.  

We caught the beautiful sunset outside the restaurant before we left.  

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All the “kids.”  🙂 

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Dad and his kids. 

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Me and the hubs. 🙂

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After dinner we headed over to the Hyatt Regency for the Tour of the Stars.  We got to go on top of the building and see all the stars through the huge telescopes.  We even got to see the international space station flying by while we were up there!  It was really a neat thing to get to experience!  

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 I will stop here and pick up here next time!!  I hope you all have an amazing day!! 

Questions:

  1. Have you ever been to Hawaii?
  2. Where is one place you want to travel?
  3. Did you get to see the eclipse?  

Cancun Mexico Part 2 … Vacation Versus Adventure

Hi guys!  Well it is already Wednesday and by the time you are reading this (I am writing this Tuesday) I will be on my way to Nashville for the rest of the week.  I have a couple things to do in Nashville to get ready for our move so off I go! 

My husband and I often talk about the difference of a vacation and an adventure.  An adventure to us is exploring a new place while immersing ourselves into the culture and seeing all the popular attractions and local favorites.  A vacation to us is about relaxing and reading a good book, but not worrying about “seeing” or “doing” too much.  While our big London/Amsterdam trip was definitely an adventure, our Cancun trip was most certainly a true vacation.  Before we even got to Mexico, we planned to “not plan” anything.  During previous trips to Mexico, I have swam with the dolphins, deep sea fished, snorkeled, and explored the town, but this time we didn’t even want to leave the resort.  So we didn’t.  And it was exactly what we needed.  It was truly so relaxing and nice to not have an agenda.  

This is where I spent all day on Sunday.  It was lovely.  

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Heaven. 

The water is so clear and beautiful. 

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We have decided we are going to make this a yearly tradition.  It was the perfect time to get away.  Although we both love the holidays, they can be a pretty stressful time especially with our families in different places.  This was a special time for us to just reflect on how blessed we are and really enjoying the holidays.  Can you see the rainbow in the picture below?

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Lucky girl. 🙂

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The resort had a cute little espresso bar too so every day after the pool we would grab an espresso or two.  Espresso and champagne are my favorites.  Not together, of course. 😉 

Saturday night we got ready early and headed to the theater for a drink before dinner and ended up playing a round of scrabble.  Did I tell you guys that I love games? 

 

The huge Christmas tree in the lobby. 🙂

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Saturday night we went to the Steakhouse restaurant for dinner. 

So yummy!

When we ordered a drink after dinner while waiting for the show, the bartender gave me two glasses of champagne.  For the record, I did not drink that big one! LOL!

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Sunday morning we went to the gym bright and early before catching an hour or two by the pool before getting ready to head home.  We had one last amazing lunch… I had a salad the size of my head and it was delicious! 

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We had such a great time on our vacation and I can’t recommend this all-inclusive resort enough!  The food and drinks were soo good and the staff was truly amazing!  We will definitely be back!  I hope to check in with you all tomorrow or Friday!  Have a great rest of the week! 

Questions:

  1. Favorite cocktail?
  2. Pool or beach?
  3. Appetizer or dessert? Or both?

 

Cancun Mexico Trip With Jonny

Hi friends!!  I hope you Tuesday is off to a good start.  My started on a rather….icky note due to a furry little guy thinking it was okay to potty inside last night… My dogs are very well behaved and potty trained, but every once in a while.. I won’t name any names (eh hem… Riley…) one of the pups decides he isn’t going to wait until he gets to go outside.  Fortunately the accident was not on carpet… unfortunately I walked right into it my gym shoes this morning in the dark while getting ready to run on my treadmill.  So yeah.. it has been one of THOSE days already and its not even 9am.  

But let’s focus on the positive, shall we?  My husband and I just got back from the most amazing vacation ever in Cancun, Mexico!!  After a hectic morning last Wednesday (my husband forgot his backpack at home when we were on the way to the airport) and a flight connection from hell (for some reason my name was under our reservation twice and my boarding pass wouldn’t let me board our connecting flight to Mexico… they worked to fix it for 20 minutes… meanwhile my husband is on the plane freaking out that I am not going to get on and I’m freaking out thinking he is going to Mexico without me… they finally got it fixed with about 1 minute to spare..).  Needless to say, we were more than ready to get to Mexico and our resort when we finally arrived late Wednesday afternoon.  

We took a short shuttle ride to our hotel, Riu Palace Las Americas.  This was the first time my husband had stayed at an all-inclusive resort so he was pretty skeptical.  I had been to Cancun and all inclusive resorts quite a few times over the years and think it is the way to go for a relaxing, stress-free vacation in the sun.  This resort is absolutely stunning and did not disappoint!  

 

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I have stayed at Riu resorts before and while they are all pretty nice, this one was exceptionally nice.  It is also an adults-only resort so I think they definitely helped with the peaceful atmosphere and everything is geared towards adults so that is nice.  

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There are 5 or 6 restaurants in the resort and none of them require reservations, which is always nice.  There is one buffet and the rest are sit-down dining.  

The food was amazing.  So fresh and tasty.  My husband was so skeptical that the food wouldn’t be good at an all-inclusive, but even he raved about it.  On our last day he said, “well I didn’t have one bad meal.” so I think that explains how good it was!

The resort was beautifully decorated with lots of lights for the holidays.  We went to the nightly show (different every night) most nights, but our favorite was the star impersonations show.  They did Brittney Spears, Elvis, Beyonce and more.  It was amazing!

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I am proud to say that all 4 mornings we were there we made it to the gym!  We also played lots of games/sports during the day.  My husband loved the ping pong tournament… until a guy almost 3 times his age beat him. 🙂 🙂 🙂 

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I did more lounging… and swimming up to the bar. 

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I mean.. a cold pina colada on a hot day… doesn’t get much better than that.  

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Speaking of the weather.. it was amazing!  In the 70s and 80s every day except for a little scattered rain on Sunday.  We weren’t too upset though… we just sat under covering and read our books! 

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The pool is more our kind of place, but we did take a couple walks on the beach. 

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I loved having lunch at the resort and piling my plate high with a big ole salad!  yum! 

Oh and mimosas and beer with lunch :).

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My husband entered the football throwing contest… he did not win. 😉

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The entertainers asked us if we walked to play water volleyball… we said sure why not.  They later told us it was tequila volleyball.  Every time you missed the ball, they poured tequila in your mouth… Tequila is not my thing so I tried my hardest. 🙂

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Thursday night we went the theater before dinner for a little Black Jack.  Thankfully it was fake money. Gambling stresses me out. 😉

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I’m better at drinking pina coladas. 😉 

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Thursday and Friday nights we went to the Japanese restaurant because we loved it so much! 

We may have had that sushi platter times 3! 🙂 So yummy!

Love this guy!!  So grateful for time away from work and our crazy schedule to spend quality time together.  It is so important to us.  

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I will finished recapping our wonderful trip to Mexico tomorrow!! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! 

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Questions:

  1. What was the highlight of your weekend?
  2. How is your morning going?  Better than mine I hope. 😉 
  3. What re you eating for lunch today? 

 

Last night in Florida

Happy Friday yall! We made it!! Woo!  I am looking forward to a relaxing and productive weekend.  

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Today I wanted to share the rest of the pictures from our trip to Florida this week!

Tuesday afternoon we rode the bikes around the island some more. 

We dreamed of buying one of these beauties 😉

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This is part of the Inn… so pretty. 

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The BEST part of Gasparilla Island/Boca Grande is the culture surrounding the dogs on the island.  So many places are dog friendly and people are always taking walks with their pups or riding around on their golfcarts with their dogs.  It is the cutest thing.  

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We had to have snacks in the afternoon.  

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We left early for dinner to go to the beach to watch the sunset.  

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It was a really really good idea!

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Sometimes you just need a selfie on the back of the golfcart!! 

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Breathtaking.

My husband loves to match me 😉

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Almost down. 

Love this man.  

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We headed over to Eagle Grille at the marina on the water for dinner.  

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I got a delicious salad with seared tuna on top.  So good! 

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My husband just had to get this chocolate cake for dessert.

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That about wraps up our trip to Florida!  It was so fun and we already can’t wait to go back again!!  It is nice to be home with our pups though!  

Questions: 

  1. Do you prefer the sunrise or sunset?
  2. Favorite way to see a new town? Run, walk, bike, bus, golfcart?
  3. Are you doing anything for the Superbowl on Sunday? 

 

Florida Day 4

Good morning guys! And happy Thursday!  Hey, it is almost the weekend!  We made it back to Dallas yesterday and I had every intention of posting, but after a 2 hour drive to the airport, 2 and a half hour flight, picking up the dogs, grocery shopping, unpacking and organizing, I was wiped.  After a good night of sleep, I am feeling refreshed!  

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Back to the Florida fun!!  Tuesday morning started with another run around town.  There is just something about being at the beach that makes me want to run and run and run some more.  I loved all my morning runs!  

Followed by a big bowl of fruit, ofcourse!

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I just can’t get enough!

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Shortly after we drove to a new to us restaurant for brunch!  

Take 1

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Take 2

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Take 3 

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Take 4…. hey, we tried! 😉

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The restaurant is the Outlet at the Innlet.

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We started with coffee!

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I wasn’t starving so I opted for an omelette with spinach and mushrooms.

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My husband got this HUGE breakfast sandwich.

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With a blueberry pancake on the side that was bigger than my head. 🙂

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After brunch, we went for a little bike ride…

That landed us at the beach.

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We lounged in the sunshine. 

 

The lighthouse.

So pretty. 

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The water was a little cold!!

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Can’t get enough of this beautiful place!

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This guy isn’t so bad either 😉

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Me and the hubs.

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See you all tomorrow for the last night of our vacation! Have a great rest of your Thursday! 

Questions:

  1. Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?
  2. Do you like going out to brunch or dinner better?
  3. What is one yummy thing you ate yesterday? 

 

Florida day 2!

Good morning!  I hope your weekend was great and your Monday is off to a good start! Fortunately, we are still enjoying the Florida sunshine.  We are off to go on a run then go rent bikes for the day! 

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The rest of Sunday consisted of long walks.

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Golf cart rides.

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and board games.

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Did I tell you our golf cart for the week is named Barbie? 🙂

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Oh, and there was a lot of drone flying going on at the beach too!  Pictures to come later!

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I love all the pretty trees here.

Isn’t this street so beautiful with the trees that create an arch?

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Apparently, people actually get married here underneath these beautiful trees.

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I love jackets with the thumb holes in them! 

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Lunch was a salad and my leftover sweet potato!

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More walking!

Spotted this cute cat.

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And the beautiful ocean again.

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So many beautiful views on the island.

Hummus and crackers and cucumbers for a snack.

How cute is this sign for wet clothing after being at the beach?

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More snaps from my sister of the pups!! Love the updates! 

We went to dinner at the Pink Elephant and my husband ordered a jalapeno margarita and when it arrived we both died laughing because it was pink!!  I had to get a picture…. but it took quite a few takes. 

Okay, that will do.  🙂

For dinner I got the grilled swordfish with roasted brussels sprouts and asparagus.  It was heavenly!! 

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Off to go for a run then bike around the island!  Have a great Monday!

Questions:

  1. What was your favorite part of the weekend?  
  2. Do you like spicy drinks?
  3. Do you do any biking?