Bahamas

Fun in the Bahamas Pt. 2

Picking up where we left off on my recent trip to the Bahamas!

Day 4: We went snorkeling!

We swam all the way out to those rocks to snorkel! I must admit, we were kind of chicken- it’s creepy being alone that far out. We spotted some beautiful fish and coral; some other snorkelers spotted eels and sea turtles- thank God we didn’t, I would have died!

On the way back to our hotel we had to pull over and check out all of these conch shells! It was unreal how many were jsut laying there..

That night we took a little trip to a private beach for a dinner/bon fire type thing. We arrived and were literally force fed Bahama Mama’s! LOL

ย I got suckered into the DJ’s game…. basically musical chairs with people, you dance…when the music stops, you grab the person closest to you. This chef wasn’t even playing, but he swooped in, completely startled me, and helped me make it to the final! 5 ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was dying!

They had a huge buffet set up…chicken, ribs, rice, beans, corn bread, cole slaw, corn on the cob…so YUM!

After dinner they had a bon fire set up on the beach. After a few too many Bahama Mama’s Kath and I had a photo shoot …

Then came a fire dancer! She was dancing, eating fire, and rubbing it all over her skin! I don’t know how she did it! So crazy…

Day 5: Back to the beach! I couldn’t wait to just lay out. Books, tanning, and pina coladas all day ๐Ÿ™‚

We went to lunch with my parents ๐Ÿ™‚

I kept joking that my Mom was like Tamara from the Real Housewives of OC with her cowboy hat and the be-jewled tunic! My Dad bought that shirt at the beginning of the week, and I swore he wore it every day! Very typical of him ๐Ÿ˜‰

I LOVE floppy hats! But I was rocking my baseball hat most of the week for minimal facial shade ๐Ÿ˜‰ However, Katherine looked SO adorable & totally pulled hers off!

After the beach, we went to this mediterranean spot for dinner. If you know me, you know how much I love bread! It’s one of my weaknesses. (Side story- When my boyfriend and I started dating a couple years ago, he’d always take me to dinner at restaurants that he KNEW would bring out a bread basket ! That’s love, encouraging unnecessary carb consumption ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

The restaurant brought out this amazing warm, sliced, baguette with garlic butter and a hummus spread. I swear, it was so so yummy!

For dinner I basically got a caprese salad with feta subbing for mozz lol. It was alright, I definitely had better dinners that week…

A picture of my Mama and I at dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

Still sifting through my pictures! I think the next post will wrap up my trip ๐Ÿ™‚

Update on My New Years Resolutions! (2 Months Down)

Happy March everyone! Can you believe how quickly February flew by!?

Like I did at the beginning of last month, I’m going to go through my New Years Resolutions to see that I’m staying on track. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here we go!

1:ย Stop Cursing. Better, but overall… Fail.

2:ย Exercise regularly. Starting to slack, but still making the effort.

3:ย Eat healthier. This has definitely been my best resolution! Complete success!

(Although I did put quite a dent in a box of Valentines Day chocolates …)

4:ย Stop spending so much money and start saving more. Done, and done. My only credit card was completely paid off, and I’ve been able to save quiet a bit of money this month.

5:ย Make an effort to spend more time with friends: A little tricky this month with my out of town friends, being in the Bahamas threw me off a bit, but plans are in the works for the near future ๐Ÿ™‚

6:ย Spend more time reading. Being on vacation was the perfect kick in the butt! I finished The Hunger Games, and The Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me. When I got home, I couldn’t wait to start Catching Fire!

7:ย No more soda. ย Although I had some moments of weakness, and would have given my left leg for a diet coke, I am still 100% clean ๐Ÿ˜‰

8:ย Eat out less and cook more. Yes, and yes!

Overall, I’ve been pretty successful with my resolutions, and it’s amazing. I feel so productive with my time, much healthier with food choices, and far smarter with my money. I’m really proud of myself and have started to indulge here and there, taking stabs at my growing want list, and planning some vacations ๐Ÿ™‚

How are your resolutions coming along?

A Perfectly Pink Vacation Manicure

The night before we left for the Bahamas, I gave my Mom and myself gel manicures so our nails would be chip free and shiny the entire week we were away.

We both wanted a bright, tropical pink shade, so I got out my OPI Axxium Pinks & Pales starter kit…

They have a really amazing shade called “Strawberry Margarita”…

This particular color painted on pretty sheer, so I ended up using 3 coats…which made my nails super thick. I took a couple of pictures (polish photographs are so odd, you’ll notice it looks like two completely different colors)!
In person this shade was definitely most similar to the second picture.
The mani lasted flawlessly all week, but once we got home, I was slightly impatient (as usual) and wanted a fresh manicure. I decided to give my nails a break from gel for a bit, and went with my all time favorite polish- Sally Hansen’s “Shall We Dance”
When using regular nail polish I refuse to use anything other than a quick dry top coat- so I picked up a new bottle of the best
Seche Vite- this stuff is AMAZING!

Three days in and my nails are holding up! They’re still shiny, and luckily no chips or breaks (keeping my fingers crossed)! Every ย 2-3 days I’ll continue to add another top coat. ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you like to mix up your polish colors for a vacation? Reds and orange’s are some other vaca favorites, what are yours?

Fun in the Bahamas! Pt. 1

I spent the past week in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been- Freeport, Bahamas. When my Mom invited me on the trip a few months ago, I couldn’t pass it up! I went with my Mom, Dad and little sister, Katherine (we missed my brother who is away at college).

Day 1:

We left our house at the crack of dawn last Saturday and headed to Newark airport. Now let it be know that I do not enjoy flying. I am super anxious and do not understand how all of those people, and all of those suitcases stay in the air. I just don’t.

After a not-so-scary flight, we landed in Ft. Lauderdale, I looked out the window and set sights on this beautiful little puddle jumper of a plane… then I saw my suitcase.

I knew we were going to have to take it to the island. Luckily, I’ve flown on a baby plane a couple of times in the past so I wasn’t completely freaking out- but my nerves still kicked in. Something about my wingspan being smaller than the planes width, and my ability to touch the pilot from my seat doesn’t sit well with me.

However, my 16 year old sister is a champ, and volunteered to hold my hand. ๐Ÿ™‚

The flight was no longer than 40 minutes, and before you knew it we were in the beautiful Bahamas! It was dark by this time, but we hopped in our rental car and headed to our hotel. Fun fact…in the Bahamas they drive on the left side of the road.

JUST incase you might forget..

We got to our hotel and settled in. My sister and I shared a gorgeous room with a balcony over looking the ocean.

I promise the ocean is back there ๐Ÿ™‚

We hadn’t eaten all day so we went to this little greek spot across the street for a quick dinner, my appetite is basically non-existent when I fly, so I just had someย Tzatziki sauce with warm pita chips- so good!

We went back to our rooms and completely crashed. We were exhausted- plus we wanted to be up bright and early to lay out!

Day 2:

We spent the first day pool side. This guy played his steel drums all day, it couldn’t have been any more tropical of a setting.

I spent the day completely engulfed in The Huger Games and my pina colada (I’m not sure which of the two is more amazing!)

We shared some wonton nachos poolside…

Wonton chips, grilled chicken, tomatoes, cheese sauce, BBQ sauce, sour cream and jalapenos (healthy eating was clearly on hold).

That night we went to Agave for dinner. Obviously drinks were in order!

I could go for a margarita right now..

I ordered grilled pineapple & lime glazed chicken breast with black beans, rice and golden plantains. A little spicy but still yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 3:

Breakfast, beach, books, and booze!

Veggie omelette, wheat toast, a slice of french toast and bacon- my body was not used to eating so much!

…oh and burns for Katherine who struggled to find shade LOL

Dinner was at Giovanni’s…

Spaghetti carbonara

Dessert: mini peanut butter ice cream cone! I swear this thing was only an inch and a half tall..

We stopped to take some pictures on the way home…

KBell & I. She's 7 years younger, and officially taller than me ๐Ÿ™
Mom & Dad

I have so many more pictures to share, but I think I’m going to have to break this trip into two or three posts!

Ohh…how I miss the Bahamas already…

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