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Curacao Travel Guide

We just got back from Curacao last week and it was our first time to this little island! We flew with the CheapCaribbean team and everything is easily booked through their site for an all inclusive stay at the dreams resort. Curacao is considered the “C” of the “ABC” islands in the Caribbean island. Curacao is located in the southern Caribbean Sea and is located between the islands of Aruba and Bonaire, and is 40 miles north of Venezuela. Things change constantly traveling during Covid, so always check the Country’s site you are traveling to for the most up to date info. Below is everything you need to know before you go.


COVID-19 Information

Curacao has in place a handful of COVID-19 precautions you can find on their website here: https://www.curacao.com/en/article/travel-updates

You will need to:

  1. Complete the digital immigration card online before departure.
  2. Digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) 48 hours prior to your departure and carry a printed or digital document of proof with you.
  3. Visitors will need to show a negative result of a certified COVID-19 PCR test taken 48 hours before your flight to Curaçao or a negative test result of an antigen test taken at most 24 hours before your flight to Curaçao. Each traveler must be in possession of a printed or digital certificate. You will be required to upload the negative test results of the COVID-19 test on dicardcuracao.com before departure.
  4. 3rd day on-island Antigen test. All passengers departing from these countries are required to undergo an Antigen test at a local laboratory on the 3rd day in Curaçao. The reservation and payment of the 3rd day antigen test is part of the PLC process. Please click here for more information.
    Visitors from high-risk EU countries who have been fully vaccinated more than 2 weeks prior to departure and can prove this with the EU Digital Corona Certificate are exempt from the antigen test on the 3rd day after arrival in Curaçao. These visitors should upload the QR code before departure via dicardcuracao.com.

Where we stayed:

Dreams Resort Curacao
: Located only about 10 minutes from the Curacao Airport, we felt very safe staying here and thought the resort was in a great location. Here are some of the highlights of the resort we loved.

  • All Inclusive: Since it was gated resort, they didn’t make you constantly give your room number for drinks like other all inclusive properties we stayed at. It was easy to grab buffet food and drinks whenever you needed. We never did room service so I am not sure on how that works.
  • Kids Club: The kids loved staying here a few hours a day and doing arts and crafts. There were not many kids on the property so they had the play areas to themselves. There is a nice movie theater/game room and an entire outdoor playground too.
  • Spa: Right beside the kids club, we got two massages and they were amazing. Availability was wide open so anytime I felt like a massage I was able to walk up and go right in.
  • Pools and beaches: Several infinity pools and walk out beaches with caves surrounding the sand. We found more sea glass then we ever have in our lives right out front!

What to do:

  • Visit the Dolphin Academy: The Curacao Tourism board scheduled this Dolphin Experience with us and I am so glad we did it with the kids. We spent 30 minutes in the water with the dolphins and they took pictures for memories. After that you are able to explore the museum and see other animals on the property. We also reserved a time and experience the “Ocean Lens” which is a deep chamber peak into the ocean life 17 ft below surface.
  • Go Seabobing: We booked with Bearded Butlers and the owner was amazing! This was on my bucket list and it did not disappoint. The kids loved it and even rode the seabobs around on their own some.
  • Explore Willemstad, Downtown: Check out the colorful buildings and street art.
  • Boat trip to Knip Beach: We didn’t have time to do this but I heard this was one of the prettiest beaches to boat to.
  • Explore all the beaches, after much research these were the ones that were most popular: Playa Piskado, Kenepa beach, Cas Abao Beach, Playa Porto Mari, Blue Bay Beach, Mambo Beach, Jan Theil, Tugboat Beach.

Where to eat: (We love exploring off resorts and checking out the town to dine when traveling)

  • Bijblauw: This restaurant made me feel like I was in Greece! Go right at sunset. The service did take a long time it seemed but everything tasted well.
  • Kome: We ate here one night after a local recommended it and loved the food! The service and atmosphere was awesome.
  • Zanzibar Beach Restaurant: This was on my list to check out when exploring beaches but we never made it.
  • Cana Bar and Kitchen: Another place I kept hearing good things but we didn’t make it!

All and all we felt very safe on this island. We felt it had a great community and multiple beaches to explore! Thanks to the CheapCaribbean team for hosting us on this trip at Dreams Resort! The opinions are all my own 🙂 More behind the scenes videos on my instagram here!

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Disney World Travel Tips

We just got back from a long weekend in Disney World for their 50th anniversary and if you were following along on my instagram stories you know it was anything but smooth! Our direct flights from Raleigh/Durham Airport into Orlando on Southwest were canceled after being delayed for 6 hours, and then we scrambled to even find flights the next day. As you know Disney planning takes months to perfect with all the dining reservations and accommodations etc. I did not want to miss another full day of plans, so we luckily found a company to drive us through the night to Orlando. Shout out to Raleigh Taxi services, you made my kids Disney dreams a reality! We arrived at 4am on Saturday morning, and had 3 hours of sleep until our Character breakfast with Mickey. We did make it, two exhausted parents and two excited kids that didn’t even notice. Here is everything I know right now going to Disney World during these crazy world times. PS* I am cohosting a giveaway for a free 3 night stay to Disney + LainSnow swimsuits for an entire family over on instagram! It closes on 10/24, go tag friends!

Where to Stay:

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
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We have loved staying off Disney property resorts several years now. The Wyndham was in the perfect location to take a quick ride 10 minutes to the park. The resort also offers free shuttle rides for various times. They also have an amazing buffet breakfast on site which made it seamless to eat and hurry the kids to the parks. They have several pools to choose from, including a lazy river and beach front entry for the kids. One of my favorite meals of our trip was at their onsite restaurant Deep Blu Seafood and Grille. You can see all they have to offer on dining here as well. The giveaway I posted is for a free 3 night stay to this hotel + daily breakfast for two. Enter here on this post for instructions!


Tips for Planning a smooth Disney World Trip:

  • Sign up on Mouse Watcher app for all the dining reservations you need to make! It will send you an alert the second one becomes available. We were able to get all our desired dining this way.
  • Order Magic Bands to link all your hotel reservations, wallet and park tickets to your wrist for easy access.
  • Plan your days by the parks, there is no fast pass system in place right now so that might things a little hectic with young kids, but I heard they were releasing a new Disney Genie pass soon to replace it!
  • Reserve a stroller for the kids to be dropped off at your hotel for arrival. This was a game changer for us, we used Scooter Bug!
  • Order outfits and mickey ears ahead of time on Amazon. You can shop all our outfits here.
  • Have some downtown at the hotels for just lounging between parks.
  • Pack extra Masks, they are requiring them when waiting in indoor lines and all restaurants walking to tables.
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Fall outfit ideas Shopbop!

Fall is finally here (says the 65 degree mornings) and I am linking all my fall picks for this season I have been eyeing over on shopbop. I can’t wait to cozy up on the beach and boat sunset rides with a nice oversized sweater! Shopbop recently debuted their men’s line too and I am dying to get some new looks on my husband this winter 🙂

Everything below is what I am packing for our next fall trip:

Sweaters I’m loving here:



I just ordered these type of boots too!

For the guys: I am loving these simple tee looks here mixed with some sweatpants to stay cozy!

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Cabo Bachelorette Guide

I had the pleasure of hosting my best friends bachelorette last week in CABO, so here is our entire itinerary below for easy planning! This was one of the smoothest and no drama trips I have ever taken with 11 girls. I believe it went so smooth by staying extremely organized and having a plan each day so everyone was on time! I downloaded this itinerary template from Etsy, and made all the girls little hangover kits for the weekend. Below are all the details!



Arrival:
You don’t need a Covid test to enter Mexico, so we all flew in around the same time to SJD airport. We had Vivolx Luxury transportation waiting for us with a sign for pick up! This was key to not be frantically trying to look for a taxi and a great welcoming for the bride on arrival with champagne! You can use code BECCAINGLE for a discount on your next trip with them!


Where we Stayed:
We started the trip at Waldorf Pedregal and got a 3 bedroom luxury suite. We stayed here last year with the kids and fell in love with the resort, you can see that blog post here. It was much more doable when split between 11 girls!


We ended the trip our last 3 nights at Hilton Los Cabos! I was blown away by the hotel when we arrived. Make sure to book a ground floor walk out pool room way ahead of time if staying there, the rooms go fast since limited availability. They have one of the only beachfront swimmable beaches in Cabo and we spend a few afternoons on the beach just floating in the waves! They also have options to ride horses on the beach, rent surfboards, and various cabanas. We spent one afternoon at Enclave Beach club in a Oceanfront Bungalow and it was my favorite day. They have several infinity pools, an entire kids area, slide, park, and beach entry by one side of the hotel too. You can book any Cabana rentals here and also use code SOCIAL for 25% off a stay of two nights or more!

Where to eat:

  • Brunch: Flora Farms or Malibu Cafe
  • Dinner: El Farallon, Cocina Del Mar, The Office ( for a laid back/fun night out), Acre Baja, Nobu Los Cabos, Nido at Viceroy.

What to do:

  • Boat Day: We booked Pelican Cabo and we all agreed it was our favorite day!! They had a chef on site, provided alcohol, and you can customize the trip to stop by the beaches and just float on the mat. 10/10 all around!
  • Day Excursions: Cabo Adventures has an entire list on site. We did the Camels & Atv tours!
  • Pool Party: Omnia Los Cabos, we booked a cabana and this was another epic day just partying from 1-5pm!
  • Themed Nights: We did a color theme night and a wig night, and both made our pictures pop! highly recommend to make the bride stand out! We also did matching swimsuits from LainSnow! Restocking this friday at noon est!
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Packing list for Cabo

We are headed to Cabo this week for my best friend Courtney’s Bachelorette. You can see my last Cabo Travel Guide here when we took the kids too :). I am the maid of honor so I put together fun goodie bags for all the girls. Sharing everything I packed + how to make your next bachelorette perfect!


Color Theme:
The bride wanted to do at least one night all bright colors with wigs to stand out. Another night she wants us to all be in some form of Red/Pink/Coral shade! We all picked our color, got an outfit to match, and ordered wigs from amazon.

I am packing these bright flowy dress outfits from Shopbop:

My favorite type of day and lounge outfits have been crop tops and flowy pants lately. Here is what I am wearing on repeat from Shopbop:

Bachelorette Goodies:

I bought these custom hangover kits here from etsy and filled them with a custom itinerary template (also purchased on etsy), advil, sunscreen, gel eye patches, dry shampoo, and LainSnow bathing suits!

Follow along on Instagram to see where we are staying in Cabo this time and full blog post will be coming shortly after 🙂

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Bahamas Travel Guide

We went on a last minute trip for my best friends Courtney’s birthday and we chose the Bahamas since it is a short flight from the east coast! We also have been to both of these islands we visited so it was super easy to pull it together quickly (you can see previous blog post on Nassau here and Exuma here)! Traveling requirements for entry to the Bahamas can be found here. You will need to fill out the travel application form the week of travel, include Covid Testing results or Vaccine card details. To get back to the US the hotel does onsite testing the day before!


Our trip Itinerary: We flew directly into Nassau Airport
Where we stayed: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

What we loved about the Hotel:.

  • Amenities: The property is huge and you have access to all 7 pools! They are all so different, adults vibes, family friendly, and aquarium/cave pools. Also Baha Bay Oceanfront waterpark is opening July 2nd weekend! They have a lazy river, wave rider, and tons of water slides for all ages. You can read all the resort has to offer here.
  • The Rooms: Are so chic and nice, we stayed in a king room ocean front with balcony!
  • The Casino: The bottom floor reminded me of vegas/miami feel and it kept the guys entertained!
  • The Restaurants: The food here is so good! I think thats a reason we keep coming back. Our favorites were Katsuya, Carna, and Cleo!
  • Kids Camp: There is an interactive kids camp on site and a program to feed turtles, nurse sharks, and sting rays!

We then took a hopper flight with Bahamas Air over to Exuma to round the trip out!
Where we stayed: Grand Isle Resort
What we loved about the hotel:

  • Luxury villas: 1-3 bedroom villas and penthouse suites! All the accomodations are well taken care of and within minute walks to the ocean. Each Villa comes with its own personal golfcart!
  • Adults only area: 23 North Beach Club was opened in the last few years and is a brand new adults only addition to the resort!
  • Golf Course: Designed by Greg Norman, right on the water.
  • Secluded areas: Every time we come to this resort we seem to have the whole beach to ourselves. Exuma is still developing but I love visiting here because it feels untouched!

Excursions we did:
We lucked out and found Coastline Excursions Exuma last minute and chose to do the Moriah Harbour Cay full day tour! It was the best day on the water, we saw stingrays, turtles, and floated around islands all day!

What I packed:
Everything I wore on the trip is from Shopbop and all swimsuits were from our line LainSnow!

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PGA Trip Pack list Shopbop

We went to Kiawah Island South Carolina this weekend for the PGA Championship! We took our friends Saratoga plane, and it was just a quick 30 min flight from Ocean Isle Beach NC! If you’re heading to an outdoor event soon, here is everything I packed this trip from Shopbop latest sales!

Athletic Attire:

I love all Beach Riot work out sets here and always wear APL shoes here!

Shorts/Basic T-Shirts:

Lounge wear, coverups:

I have worn these pants nonstop since I got them, great for coverups or late afternoons lounging around the house! Shop them here!

You can also see everything I’ve ever worn and shop links directly here!

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Turks & Caicos Travel Guide

We have been coming to Turks & Caicos since our honeymoon almost 9 years ago! We fell in love with the island then, and we fall more in love with it every time we visit. This trip made it our 6 time visiting the island, and third time for the kids. It is the perfect family luxury island vacation in my opinion, and we have been all around the world! You can see my first ever turks and caicos blog post here, and another one we did a few years ago here. I feel like this time we finally got to explore the other side of the island more, but already dying to go back!

Documents Required for Entry into Island:

1. A negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory (antigen and antibody tests will not be accepted). Anyone above the age of 10years+
2. Medical/Travel insurance that covers COVID-19 medical costs, full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance/medevac.
3. Completed a health screening questionnaire and Travel Authorization Form see link : TCI || Dashboard (turksandcaicostourism.com) 

On the TCI Assured Portal a traveler may begin the application process 5 days prior to arrival in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Each applicant will be provided with a username and password to access the application so that it can be completed in multiple sessions. Once all of the required documents are uploaded, the application can be submitted for review. The information is then verified and a TCI Assured Travel Authorization sticker will be issued to the traveler.

Documents Required to return to the US:

1. A negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory (antigen and antibody tests will not be accepted). Anyone above the age of 2 years+ has to complete.
*All the resorts we stayed at have onsite covid testing you schedule your appointment upon arrival a day in advance before departing!

Where to stay:

Grace Bay Beach: We love this side of the beach if visiting the island for the first time. It was voted as #1 beach in the world in 2016 by TripAdvisor. The sand is white and the water is so calm and clear! There are no waves and it is the perfect place for young kids to play in the ocean.

  • Seven Stars Grace Bay: This resort has several buildings and you can’t go wrong with any room, they all face the ocean. We stayed in a two bedroom ocean suite which included a full kitchen and walk out balcony. They have several pools onsite, coconuts to order, and complimentary yoga every morning. They also keep a water trampoline right out front of the hotel and complimentary non-motorized watersports.
  • Point Grace Resort: This is a secluded quiet resort with poolside cottages that are one-two bedrooms with huge balconies and full kitchens. We enjoyed letting the kids nap in the rooms when we swam in the pools since it was in eye sight, it was very convenient for young kids!
  • The Palms: Sister property to the Shore Club, they have a kids camp on site, one large ocean front pool, and beautiful location on grace bay beach.


Long Bay Beach:

  • The Shore Club TC: On the other side of the island, this ocean area is a little windier but very shallow for a mile out. You will see kit surfers right outside your bedroom and jetskis are able to pull up right on shore. We had a one bedroom walk out room and felt like we were at our own private beach house. There is also a kids camp on site here, several restaurants, amazing spa, and adults only pool area.

What to do:

Where to eat:

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Rodan & Fields REVERSE Skincare Regimen

Thank you to Rodan + Fields for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My entire life I have had pretty normal to dry skin with very few breakouts. About 7 years ago, shortly after I gave birth to my daughter I noticed intense skin discoloration all over my face! I started noticing even more skin dislocation and dark spots when I would go into the sun.  I decided to google ways to help address and diminish dark spots and discoloration and across someone mentioning the Rodan + Fields REVERSE Regimen and how it helps to address these skin concerns.

When I researched other results using this line, I thought it was key to provide you with clinical results* they shared.

Instant:

  • 73% noticed instantly brighter skin

After 2 Weeks:

  • 84% noticed softer, smoother-feeling skin

After 4 Weeks:

  • 70% noticed skin looked more radiant/luminous

After 8 Weeks:

  • 85% had less visible dark/brown spots
  • 73% noticed clearer, more translucent-looking skin
  • 97% had more moisturized skin
  • 82% noticed healthier-looking and feeling skin
  • 70% said skin has a healthy glow

These two pictures were when my dark spots were at their worst right after giving birth to both my kids!

The REVERSE Regimen and REVERSE Targeted Dark Spot Corrector were recommended to me as a skincare system, which I started and saw results immediately. It helped visibly improve my face overall!

I also love that the process has a 60-day back guarantee on all products. This felt like the best way to ease into a new skincare routine and then decide if you liked it or not. For me I was able to start seeing results in my dark spots over the first few months. I would wake up and do the Regimen and add in the dark spot corrector in my night time skincare routine. I also feel like this system finally got me into a consistent routine with skincare. Before I started using Rodan + Fields I always felt lost and mixing way too many brands together in my skincare routine. I love how simple the routine is, and the key ingredients, like 10% stabilized Vitamin C and Retinal-MD Technology in the Tone Correcting Treatment. I think it is key to have retinal and Vitamin C in any regimen.


Here is my step-by-step skincare routine with the REVERSE Line:

(Make sure to slowly ease the Regimen into your skincare routine. Start with usage every 2 days for the first week. Then, switch to every other day for another week before moving into daily use. Use the REVERSE Regimen twice daily in the AM + PM, avoiding the eye area)

Step 1: Cleanser – REVERSE Deep Exfoliating Wash (AM + PM)

1. Wet skin with lukewarm water.

2. Gently massage evenly over your face for 30-60 seconds.

2. Rinse thoroughly + pat dry.

Step 2: Toner – REVERSE Intensive Brightening Toner

1. Use a cotton pad to swipe over clean, dry face + neck.

2. Do not rinse.

3. Allow to dry before applying treatment.

Step 3am: Moisturize – Brightening Defense Fluid Lotion SPF 50 (AM)

1. Dispense a pea-sized amount of product and apply evenly over face + neck. Reapply every 2-3 hours when exposed to sun and after towel drying, swimming or sweating.

Step 3pm: Moisturize – Tone Correcting Treatment (PM)

1. Dispense a pea-sized amount of product and apply evenly over face + neck.

After trying out the products and using the REVERSE line from Rodan + Fields, I feel more confident in my skin and my dark spots have visibly reduced over time. My skin looks brighter and I love using these products. My skin also looks clearer and I can tell after use these products helped brighten my skin tone too.  I also enjoyed the smell of the product and getting myself into a consistent routine.  It allowed me to gain confidence back when out at the beach, and I felt great just lathering on the SPF with the line.  I think it is really key to make sure you apply the SPF daily to help prevent future discoloration (SPF is key).  Anytime I didn’t wear sunscreen outside, I noticed the results would take longer, or my hard work of using the consistent routine would delay.

Here is more info and ingredients into each specific product of the REVERSE line I have been using:

Step 1: REVERSEDeep Exfoliating Cleanser ($45): This is a brightening cleanser helps polish the skin and give you a more radiant appearance.  It contains exfoliants to help buff and refinish the skin’s surface for a more radiant appearance. Specific ingredients inside this product:

  • Glycolic Acid: Exfoliates the dead skin cells
  • Lactic Acid: Refines for a brighter complexion
  • Jojoba Esters + Polylactic Acid: lifts and clear the skin without any irritation

Step 2: REVERSE Intensive Brightening Toner ($50): This is the toner that is key to put on right after cleaning to brighten the skin.  It is a very gentle combination that helps minimize discoloration on the skin for a radiant, luminous complexion. Below are the ingredients in this one.

  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): helps even skin tone
  • Sodium Hyaluronate: Powerful humectant that hydrates and soothes skin
  • Licorice Extract: Calms skin to visibly reduce discoloration

Step 3 (AM): REVERSE Brightening Defense Fluid Lotion SPF 50 ($110): Applying SPF consistently throughout the day is key to help prevent reappearance of the skin discoloration like I mentioned earlier. This lightweight lotion protects skin from environmental aggressors and harmful UVA/UVB rays, which can lead to dullness and skin discoloration. Below are the ingredients in this step.

  • Patented RF3 Antioxidant Complex: Helps defend skin against environmental triggers that can lead to visible discoloration
  • Licorice Extract: Calms skin and delays visible discoloration caused by environmental triggers  

Step 3 (PM): REVERSE Tone Correcting Treatment ($40): This is a nighttime complex that is my holy grail. It combines the brightening power of 10% stabilized Vitamin C with the revitalizing strength of proprietary Retinal MD Technology and Kojic Acid into one boosted formula to hep visibly even skin tone and minimize the appearance of dark spots and brown spots.

  • 10% Vitamin C Blend: helps with brightening skin tone
  • Retinal MD Technology: a proprietary formula that revitalizes skin and helps enhance natural surface cell turn over, helping to reduce the visible signs of aging
  • Kojic Acid: Visibly diminishes discoloration to help even skin tone, reduce the look of dark spots and unwanted freckles 

For more info on price & availability on the products, feel free to shop them here! The REVERSE Regimen helped me the most, but they have several different regimens to choose from depending what works for you!

*Based on an 8-week and 2-week U.S. clinical and consumer study. Results may vary depending on multiple factors: age, gender, skin type and condition, concomitant products used, health history, location, lifestyle and diet.

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The Spring Sale ShopBop

The Shopbop Spring Sale is Live and ends on Friday the 16th! Below are my favorite looks to pack for spring/summer travel that I will be wearing nonstop! Also listing everything I packed for our recent trip to Mexico!

Shop my favorite work out looks here:

Here is everything I packed on our recent trip for you resort/beach lovers! These are perfect essentials:

Shop my beach packing list here!