Las Vegas - Mandalay Bay Resort

Last Memorial Day was briefly spent in one of our favorite places, Las Vegas. Some may not even consider taking a five hour long plane ride there and back for just two nights...but it was Memorial Day...and it is Vegas. We went with a group of friends and stayed at the Mandalay Bay, which we were very excited about. These two days were a whirlwind of fun so we have to take you through some of our favorite parts of Mandalay Bay so you are well prepared for your next visit!

21 Day Fix - Eating Out And Still See Results

I'll admit I fell a little off the plan with all of the recent snow days we've been getting in the Northeast (hello buffalo chicken dip!) But now that I have exactly 2 months before my next vacation, it's time to get back on track. I am making a pact to eat clean and omit processed foods, and the way to do this is to follow the 21 Day Fix meal plan.

One of the best things about the 21 Day Fix is your ability to lead a normal life while following it. Which means, eating out! How many times have your friends invited you out to dinner and all you can think is "Great, there goes all my hard work this week!" Well, with these tips from Autumn Calabrese (Celebrity Trainer and star of 21 Day Fix), you don't have to blow everything you've been achieving with one meal!
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Fun in the Sun With Francesca's!

Francesca's has always been one of our favorite go-to stores when looking for cute outfits and accessories for upcoming trips. We absolutely love the style of the boutique, the bright colors they offer, the cute wall decor, and all the fun knick-knacks they have in the center of the store. Who knew you needed a Vino 2 Go cup until you saw it in the store while picking out a new dress?! While we have always stopped here for dresses, tops, and necklaces - we noticed that they recently expanded their portfolio and now are offering beach cover-ups! Hello!? We couldn't be more excited. Here's a look at a few of our favorite beach-inspired items from Francesca's that we may or may not have in our virtual shopping cart right now..

Seaside Fringe Cover-up


St. Maarten - Dutch vs. French Side?

Planning a trip to St. Maarten? The first question you will have to ask yourself is do you want to vacation on the Dutch or French side of the island? We had the lovely benefit of visiting both sides on our recent trip thanks to Hurricane Gonzalo at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort on the Dutch side and the Riu Palace St. Martin on the French side.

Both parts of the island are equally beautiful, but each side have their own benefits and flaws that you should take into consideration before hitting the "book it" button on Expedia.

Looking for a wild, fun vacation? Go Dutch.

The Dutch side (St. Maarten) is known as the wild child of this Caribbean island. Nightclubs, Casinos, Duty-Free Shopping, Party Beaches - the Dutch know how it is done.

The Dutch side is home to the cruise ship ports, entertainment , and the world famous Maho Beach - where you can actually sunbathe as a giant airplane flies right over your head as it's about to land! This is a must-see for anyone visiting the island for a photo like this alone.
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Victoria's Secret Swim 2015: Our Favorites

It's that time of the year again. When the mailman drops off the Victoria's Secret 2015 Swim Catalog at your front door and instantly you are dreaming of exotic getaways and Pina Coladas. We spent the time analyzing each of the newest bikinis so you don't have to stare at the entire catalog (even though we know you are going to). Here are a few of our favorites that we can't wait to order for our next vacation! Which of these are you going to be rocking at the beach this Summer?

Braving a Hurricane on a Caribbean Vacation

You always hear that you should avoid traveling to the Caribbean during hurricane season,  but when the hurricane season lasts from June to November, that takes up a lot of valuable vacation months. We've never listened to this rule and instead seek out hurricane months for vacations due to the amazing deals that you can find from hotels.

We have had some wonderful vacations with even better weather in the peak months of October and November. But our lucky streak was broken this past October when we traveled to the beautiful St. Maarten and Hurricane Gonzalo attacked!

You can read up on our reviews of the two different hotels we got to experience while in St. Maarten here: Sonesta Great Bay and the Riu Palace St. Martin. But for now, let's take you through a list of what to expect when you are caught in the middle of a hurricane while at an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean.




Snow Bunny Outfit Essentials

We obviously love the sand, but we also love the snow...in moderation. We each try to plan at least one ski weekend away with our friends each Winter to play in the snow, have some fun, and pull out that cute snow hat we bought back in October for this exact weekend. When packing for a weekend in the mountains, you want to make sure you are warm, comfortable, and of course stylish. Sure - those snow pants don't make anyone look like a fashion model, but what you are wearing underneath and while sipping some hot cocoa can. Here are some of our favorite "Snow Bunny Look" essentials.





St. Martin - The Riu Palace Resort

When we heard that we were being evacuated out of the Sonesta Great Bay hotel to the Riu Palace St. Martin due to the hurricane, we were quite excited. We have stayed at numerous Riu Hotels before in Cancun, Bahamas, etc. and have always had an amazing time at these excellent resorts. However, we were sad to find out that this particular property hasn't received the full Riu Palace treatment after buying out this previous Radisson hotel in May 2014.


Cruising to Cuba? Beaches We'd Like to Visit!

With all of the news surrounding Cuba recently, we can only help but start to wonder what a cruise to Cuba would be like in the future. We've heard from fellow Canadian passengers on previous vacations that Cuba is absolutely beautiful and the beaches there are beyond gorgeous. However, we never really took a look at what the island has to offer for cruisers like ourselves since it was never even the slightest possibility.

We did a brief search and were amazed at what we found. We personally have our fingers crossed that this cruise port is one added to cruises very soon! Take a look at what the future might have in store for us when American tourists are allowed to visit!
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Cruise Port Spotlight: Falmouth, Jamaica

The second stop on our Allure of the Seas cruise after Labadee was Falmouth, Jamaica - yet another cruise port we hadn't visited yet.

When we started researching excursions in Falmouth, we quickly realized that basically everything offered in this port included a trip to climb the Dunn's River Falls. After reading endless articles about how this was the must-see attraction in all of Jamaica, we were sold. The only thing left to do now was weed through the numerous pages of excursions offering this as part of the package. It was basically like choosing a side for your steak - would you like that with a dolphin excursion, a snorkel trip, a shopping trip, a horseback ride, a zipline adventure, a tube ride in the caves, a beach day...and the list goes on and on!