Monday, August 28, 2017

Cabo with Costco Travel

Regan here, feeling refreshed, relaxed, and motivated to start planning my next trip to Cabo!! 

My husband, Daniel, and I have made it a tradition to try to get away together for our anniversary each year.  Even if it's just a weekend stay-cation, we always try to do something and I love it!

This year we booked a trip to Cabo and it was the perfect getaway for us.  We left baby Cal with my parents (which was HARD), and spent 5 days in Mexican paradise ;)



We are currently saving for baby #2 (more on that later), so we didn't have a very big budget to spend on this year's trip.  Introducing your new best friend for booking your next vacation...COSTCO TRAVEL.

You're welcome in advance.

I couldn't believe how many of the people I've told about this have never heard of Costco Travel, so I knew I needed to #sharethegoodness. 

It's basically just a bunch of awesome deals on travel packages.  Secrets Puertos Los Cabos was part of one of Costco's featured vacation packages at the time when we booked our trip (they feature certain packages when they have really good deals), and it included flights and a $300 Costco Cash Card.  We stayed at a Secrets resort in Cancun on our honeymoon and LOVED the resort (it's all-inclusive), so we went ahead and booked our trip to Cabo.



Swimsuit - TOP / BOTTOM

We LOVED Cabo.  My husband and I both decided we like Cabo better than Cancun. It's a quicker flight, and we just felt like the food and service was better quality.  I will say that the blue water and white sand beaches are better in Cancun, and one bummer about our resort was that the beach this time of year is not swimmable because the waves are too big.  BUT, overall, we had a great experience in Cabo.


Swimsuit - TOP / BOTTOM / COVERUP / SUNGLASSES



Since our resort was all-inclusive (meaning unlimited food and drinks, all. day. long.), we only left the resort twice.  This was perfect for us, and just the relaxing trip that we had envisioned.  We hung at the pool for hours, took long walks on the beach, sipped (virgin) pina coladas, and ate unlimited amounts of chips & guac and the most delicious chicken quesadillas.  It was perfection.






The views at the resort were incredible.  There was a "party pool" (what we called it) and a quiet pool.  We stayed at the quiet pool which was pretty deserted most of the time and had the most gorgeous vanishing edge with an amazing view of the beach. Although the weather was SO hot, we felt like it was a great time to go to Cabo because the resort wasn't very crowded (this is also probably why we got such a great price).  And we stayed in the water all day anyways, so the heat didn't bother us!



Swimsuit - TOP / BOTTOM / SUNGLASSES

We booked a snorkel excursion and explored Cabo San Lucas one day, which was really fun.  We booked it the day before just through the company at our resort, and probably could have shopped around a little more for a better deal, but had a great experience and felt like we got a decent price for everything it included.

A shuttle picked us up, took us to the marina in Cabo San Lucas, and we took a glass-bottom boat out to see the Cabo Arch.  We explored the pretty rock formations, then got to get out and snorkel.  We snorkeled for about an hour and then got dropped off at Lover's Beach and spent about a half hour there.  The water was so pretty and warm.  





Another cool thing about the snorkel excursion was that the tour guide followed us around while we snorkeled and took pictures of us on his GoPro (making all my snorkeling mermaid picture dreams come true ;).  He was so nice and gave us a CD of all the pictures at the end of the tour.




After the snorkel tour we had a couple of hours to explore Cabo San Lucas.  We walked around and shopped, and asked all of the locals where the best tacos were.  Multiple people referred us to Las Guacamayas and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint.  SO GOOD.



 TOP / SHORTS

On our last night we visited one of the most highly recommended spots in all of Cabo...Flora Farms.  Most of Cabo is pretty desert-y, but when you pull up to Flora Farms all you see is lush green farmland.  It's a little community that grows all of their own crops.  There's a cute little restaurant with live music playing, lots of adorable seating areas, some little cute shops, an ice cream stand, and pathways going through the gardens that you can explore.  The food at the restaurant was incredible.  So fresh and delicious.



Overall we loved Cabo, and are so glad we were able to spend this time together.  Huge thanks to my parents for taking such great care of Cal while we were gone.  We missed that little sweetie!



Let me know if you have any questions about our trip that I didn't cover.  I'd love to answer them!

Links to my swimsuits and coverups below :)


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Reflections of Christ

Happy Sunday! Below are a few photos of my home I snapped after hanging my new favorite addition to the house! Displaying a picture of Christ in our home has been something I've wanted to do since we moved in over a year ago.  I finally found the perfect print and love seeing this right as we walk in the door. 

The Reflections of Christ photos by Mark Mabry found here are some of the most beautiful depictions of Christ I've ever seen.  I love the Walking on Water photo because it shows one of the many miracles performed by Christ.  It serves as a daily reminder of the miracles we've seen in our lives, specifically with Cal, and helps me to remember to honor Him in everything we do. 

Scroll to the bottom of the post for links to all my home decor.


Who can spy cute baby feet in the picture above? :)








Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cruising Alaska

Hey guys! Paige here to FINALLY share all the pics and details from our Alaska trip! It took me a couple weeks because real estate has been SO crazy since I got back, but I'm happy I finally found the time to get around to it! If any of you have ever thought about cruising Alaska, I highly recommend it! The trip was AH-mazing and definitely exceeded my expectations. If you're like me and think you'd way rather go somewhere warm and tropical on a cruise (hello Mexico and the Caribbean) think again! Alaska was BREATHTAKING and unlike anything I've ever experienced.

We did a Disney cruise (because MJ is the center of everyone's world right now haha) and the pictures and locations I've posted about are in order of where we stopped! I've also done a little review of the Disney cruise line at the bottom of this post with what I liked and didn't like about it :) AND of course, all of my outfits (and MJ's) are linked at the bottom as well. Enjoy! Feel free to email me with any questions if you're considering visiting Alaska yourself!



MJ on the plane :) Always fun having a toddler on a flight right!?...Luckily it was only a two hour flight :)


Vancouver

Our cruise left out of Vancouver and I wish we would have come in a day early to explore this city. It was so beautiful!


Day At Sea





Icy Straight Point

This was our first stop. Literally nothing here but a few houses and tourist shops, but it was breathtakingly beautiful! A lot of people did bear tours here, but MJ was too young so we just did a little tram tour through the mountains which was gorgeous. So much natural beauty!






Skagway

In Skagway we took a train up to the top of a mountain with gorgeous views of glaciers, waterfalls, and rivers on the way up. Below is one of photos I took on the way up!



After that we got to see sled dogs in training and the cutest little Husky puppies which MJ loved!





Juneau/Glacier

Ok guys, this was by far my favorite day! Whale watching the first half, and cruising by an awesome glacier the second half...couldn't ask for anything cooler! (Pun intended).



I did not expect to be as excited as I was about seeing whales haha, but once I was THERE up close and personal I was so amazed! It was incredible seeing these whales up close in the wild.






Behind us in the photo below is the Tracy Arm glacier




The foam looking stuff on top of the water is ice!



Ketchikan

Ketchikan was a GORGEOUS little fishing town again with NOTHING there besides some houses, a few places to eat, and some tourist shops. We did a boat tour here and had some of the best chowder I've ever had!





Disney Cruise Review

Overall I thought the Disney cruise was amazing, BUT there were a few things I could have lived without. For one, as expected, there were a TON of very energetic kids haha. And kid music. And kid dancing. While MJ loved it, if you don't have kids who can enjoy all of this, it can be a lot of "wiggle wiggle time" after a while lol! My favorite part for MJ though was the Disney characters! I thought he'd be afraid of them, but he loved them and it was so cute!

The only other downside in my opinion was that they kind of nickel and dime you. On other cruises I've been on, pretty much everything is included. On our Disney cruise we were all kind of surprised with some of the stuff they charged extra for!

Below is a picture from another part of the Disney cruise that I loved. They had a little enclosed splash pad area just for toddlers! Obviously it was cold on the cruise, but the water was heated so MJ loved it. Only kids 3 and under were allowed in this area so it was never too crowded which was nice!






If you made it this far, thanks for reading! You're a true friend haha. As I mentioned at the top of this post, if you're thinking about visiting Alaska yourself feel free to email me with any questions or ask away in the comments below!

Below are any of mine and MJ's outfits in this post available to buy :)