Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mexico {Mister & Me Trip}

Either this month, the Mister and I spend 6 days in Mexico. Each year my husband's company has a work sponsored trip and this year we were given the opportunity to stay at an all-inclusive resort in Rivera Maya, Mexico. For 6 days we called Bahia Principe Akumal home.

This was the second time I had left Connor to travel out of the country, both times to travel to Mexico. While I missed my best guy, I love spending some one on one with my main man. Our trip was pretty much perfect and I am eager to one day have another "adult only" trip with James. Here is a look our trip. I'll share tons of photos followed by a few highlights of our time in Mexico.

Highlights and random thoughts about our trip...
  • We flew out so early but it was worth it. We were able to spend some time unpacking, touring the resort and relaxing before a busy week. 
  • The weather was perfect. We had plenty of sun but the evening were cool, which is my favorite time of Summer day. 
  • We had such good food at our disposal but I did well and tried to stick to WW friendly meals. I did have ice cream daily and it was delicious. 
  • On Wednesday, we went hiking at Mayan Ruins in Tulem, Mexico. The views were beautiful and the history of the ruins was amazing. 
  • James got sick and was out of commission for 36 hours. When he was sick, I spent the day reading in bed and swimming. I took walks as well but pretty much took it easy. 
  • I have to admit that we really caught up on our sleep while we were away. One morning I woke up at 10:47 AM! 
  • The last time we were in Mexico, travel was horrible but we got to and from the resort so easily this time. I get nervous when flying so anything that creates chaos doesn't really work well for me. 
  • I snorkeled with a friend and was able to swim with the most beautiful fish. It's something I want to experience again but with an underwater camera. 
While I missed Connor so much, I loved being able to focus on my husband and us. I would recommend for all parents to get away from their little ones. Maybe not leave the country away but even for a night or weekend. I loved that we could spend time together as a couple and not parents. I am already looking forward to our next chance. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Simple (EVEN FREE!) Summer Fun Ideas

Connor's last day of school was last Wednesday which means we will have roughly 14 weeks of Summer ahead of us. 14 WEEKS of do-any-thing-we-want of freedom. And that starts this week! As a family, we have a few things scheduled, one being a camping trip in July. When it comes to our daily schedule, I've been toying with the idea of a weekly schedule that gives us a bit of structure but also some freedom with how we spend our Monday - Friday time. Either way our summer is going to be filled with fun, most of it free!

During the Summer, I like for us to be up and out of the house between 9-10AM. We usually make it back home for lunch, spend some time at home and then head out again late afternoon, around 2-3 to run errands and go the grocery. I like to be back home by 4 each afternoon. This Summer I plan to stick to a weekly routine to help keep things scheduled but entertaining for CJ. Here is a rough idea of what I think we will do this Summer:

MONDAY - Park and Picnic
Connor loves the park and we love picnics. There are a handful of new to us parks that I'd love to visit over summer break. Once the heat arrives we won't be picnicking much so this is something we will be doing sooner than later.

TUESDAY - Splash Pad Day
Having lived in the land of splash pads (AKA Texas) we are huge fans of visiting new pads throughout the season. Splash pads are fun for Connor since he can enjoy them without having to worry about wearing his swimmers.

WEDNESDAY - Library Morning
Our favorite library has story-time throughout the Summer and we haven't been able to join since school started last Fall so we are excited to be able to join Ms. Jo and enjoy story-time again.

Nothing says summer like a day spend poolside. Friends of ours live right next to our pool of choice so I see many play dates happening with them and the pool in a few weeks. Bonus: the pool is located next to a park, perfect for a bit of play and maybe even a picnic.

FRIDAY - Free For All
Ideally I loved to use Friday to help prep for the weekend. Run errands, go to the grocery, meal plan and prep, do laundry and cleaning and visit friends, local kids indoor places and museums.

We don't have to stick to this 100% of the time and treat our weeks to a rigid schedule but maybe having a schedule like this available will prevent us from asking "What can we do today?". In addition to these plans, I am hoping to get in daily walks with our jogging stroller.

How do you keep your little ones entertained during the Summer? I am looking for budget friendly options. We will have a 2 week period mid-Summer that James is out of town so I'll need some extra ideas to keep Connor and I from losing our minds together.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Momma Love Fellowship Goodies

When Justine of Little Dove Blog announced her Momma Love Fellowship swap, I was eager to join in. I love Justine's heart and her sense of community among blogging Mommas. Justine partnered me with Emily of Three Boys and a Girl. Emily and I both live in a world of all things boy. I was excited to shower her with some gifts as well as receive some from Emily. My Momma Love goodies were fantastic - THANK YOU Emily for spoiling me!

Every single item Emily sent to me was perfect! The more I discovered, the more excited I became. She went all out and really outdid herself. Here is a full list of what she sent me along with my two cents on each one...

24 oz. Bubba Cup - I am pretty sure James rolled his eyes when he noticed I had a new cup. I have a slight, okay... huge problem with buying cups like this. But thanks Emily, I have a new one to drink from. Which reminds me... I gotta up my water intake.

Get Sassys flour sack towel - None of my yoga pants have actually been to yoga is pretty much the most perfect towel for me. I'ts 100% true.

US Weekly - It's been so long since I've bought a magazine that I was a little giddy to see this in the box. I love celebrity gossip and drama. I read this while watching in the preschool pick-up.

Blank Notecards - Surprisingly so, I didn't have this set of stationary. I have far too many boxes of cards thanks to the Dollar Spot. But I use them often so I'm glad to have extras on hand.

SheaMoisture Masks - I am not one to usually give myself  a facial or use a mask, I don't really make time for them BUT these 2 new masks reminded me that I had picked up others and need to put all 4 to use soon.

Trader Joe's Everything But The Bagel Seasoning Blend - This is a must have item in the WW community. It takes bland (low calorie) foods and adds tons of flavor without adding points. I haven't tried it yet but have a handful of recipes pinned that I want it it on.

Pineapple Straws - I mean... what's more Summery than pineapples? This will make drinking my water and diet teas a bit more festive this season.

Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups - I was a bit upset to get these because I was worried they would be so many points. But I've treated myself to one a day and it's just the right amount of sweet for me. I am glad I wasn't sent the bucket option. That could have been bad!

Emily, thank you again for sending such a fantastic goodie box. I have loved getting to know you via Momma Love Fellowship.