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:
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 🙂
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
If you’re like me you can’t wait to switch our your winter clothes for summer clothes! We plan to spend most of the spring and all of summer at our beach house in Ocean Isle Beach and I already ordered a ton of things from shopbop to wear all season. Linking below everything I am loving from their site for Spring that are also new markdowns!
We headed to the Florida keys over the last few weeks to drive the coast before the kids go back into school full time! We partnered with Mazda again and the car ride was so smooth! The exact car rental was the Mazda CX-9 linked here. The weather was perfect, around 80s, and the water was so clear! We started in Palm Beach, drove down the coast to Florida Keys, Key west, back up to Marathon and ended in Ft. Lauderdale. Here is our trip route and details for you to easily plan your next Florida road trip 🙂
How to get there:
We flew into FLL because the flights from NC were so cheap! FLL airport is just 40 minutes to Palm Beach where we picked up our Mazda Car and started the trip. Other airport options if road trip the Florida keys: Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft. Myers, Key west.
Florida Keys Trip Route Map:
Palm Beach Florida: We started our trip here to celebrate one of our friends birthdays for the weekend!
Places to stay: –EAU Palm Beach: If you’re looking for a 5 star luxury resort that is not packed, this is your place! We had the walk out ocean front Lanai Suite and it was perfect for kids to hop back and forth from the pool. They also have a kids camp onsite my children loved! 4 hours is complimentary a day in your stay 🙂
–The Ambassador Palm Beach: If you are looking for more of a short term or long term rental with full kitchen, this place is perfect for a small family or friends traveling. Its two bedroom, rooftop, and oceanfront!
Where to eat: -Cucina, Angle Restaurant, Avocado Grill, Restoration Hardware rooftop, Buccan, Galley, Breakers.
Islamorada Florida:This was our next stop on the roadtrip. It took about 2.5 hour drive down the florida coast to arrive here.
Where to stay: –The Islander Resort: We loved this stop! The resort is beach front and very open-air spaced out. Our exact room was this “flats” Jr. Deluxe Two Queen Specialty Suite. The area has a splash park, several pools, hot tub, restaurant on site, and bikes to rent! Tons of games (ping pong, shuffle board, connect four) out side for the kids too. A great family spot for all ages!
Key west Florida: From Islamorada it was a quick hour and 15 minutes to key west! You can see my last Key west travel guide here.
Where to Stay: –Kimpton Key west: We stayed in the Winslow Bungalows here. This hotel was so cute. The pools were surrounded by the bungalows and an outdoor bar. The rooms at their own little patio too.
–Parrot Key Resort: This is a great place if you have a group of friends or family because all the rooms are two bedroom villas side by side! There are 4 different pools in the center of the resort, and all the villas are walk out to the beach area. You can’t get in the water here, but you can lay out on the sand or hammocks to watch boats pass by.
Where we ate: -Latitudes (favorite spot, take the complimentary 7 min ferry to this unique dining experience!) -Santiagos- Cute tapas place!
What to Do: -Sunset sailing tour with Blue Sail Charters was my favorite experience! We brought our own drinks and a pizza and cruised around for an hour or so with the kids to watch sunset. -Go Shopping & bar hopping on Duval St., try all the key lime pie. -Sandbar Boat tour: I wish we would of had time to do this! The sandbars are gorgeous around the florida keys and you can spend the entire day out on the water! Book a tour with Boat Rentals KW!
Marathon Florida: We traveled back of the Florida coast for our last stop to Marathon that is just an hour from Key West.
Where to stay: –Tranquility Bay Resort: I am so glad we ended the trip here. The beach houses were adorable and perfect for our family. They have tons of properties that are beachfront or face the putting greens. It was so nice to have walk out rooms to let the kids easily play outside while I drank my coffee. The resort has a lagoon pool, beach volleyball, water sports on site (jet-skis, kayaks, etc), restaurants, pools, and famous Nicklaus Design putting green. You can see the full blog post on this place & area I did with Family Traveller here!
We have been in Florida for a few days and are road tripping the coast with the kids to enjoy the warm weather right now! I wanted to go ahead and share everything I packed for this trip and link to shop.
First off, I live for some sun dresses that are quick to throw on. I am loving this brand Lost + Wonder here on the site! I have several of their dresses in various patterns and shades.
I also packed these tops to throw on with shorts or flowy pants!
Cover ups with Bikinis are key! I am loving all of these here.
I also have been living in this shirt dress cover up since we got on Vacay! Shop it here!
We went to Vail for the first time last year with the kids (you can read that guide here) but loved it so much we decided to come again this year & bring our friends this time! When you travel with young kids its hard to experience all the town has to offer with dining and experiences most of the time. This year I took full experience in and made sure we at breakfast, lunch and dinner at new spots! Below is an updated guide on everything we loved this time around.
Things you need to know 2021:
Covid updates: The town does stop serving alcohol at 10pm and businesses shut down. The town of Vail Village is pretty quiet and masks required at all times. Regarding Ski reservations, you need to purchase your lift tickets in advance here and schedule your reservations. Boarding the chair lifts the employees will require you to have face masks for loading as well.
Getting there: Highly recommend flying into Eagle airport for the view and ease of being just 30 minutes from the town. Our plane actually got delayed so we had to fly into Denver, rent a car, and take the two hour drive into town which was a decent drive. Just don’t try leaving Vail to head back to Denver at peak times, there seemed to be a ton of traffic the other way around 4pm.
Where to Stay:
Four Seasons Vail: This is our second time staying at FS Vail and for good reason! The location is perfectly located in town, you can walk to vail village, the rooms have fireplaces, and the spa + pools are ideal! Make sure you get the famous hot chocolate from the Remedy Bar.
Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon: We ventured over to check out Avon/Beaver Creek area our last two days and loved this area! The pools and hot tubs here have the most incredible views! The resort also has a gondola with direct access to the slopes which is perfect for families!
Where to Eat:(all these places are at 50% capacity and you need to reserve 2+weeks in advance!)
Remedy Bar (FS Vail): Their grilled cheese, soup, and hot chocolate are my go-to here daily!
Flame FS Vail & (Out of Bounds room): Reserve the private dining area for an exclusive experience in the back room of Flame restaurant! We got to meet the chef and it was ideal for our small group!