Wednesday, May 29

Our Week in Paradise

Doug and I just got back from an incredible week in Mexico. We went to the same place where we honeymooned- Excellence Playa Mujeres, and it was every bit as good as it was last time! Our days were filled with laying by the pool, playing volleyball and poker, and drinking lots of margaritas. It is an all-inclusive resort, so you can have as much food and drinks as you want! So we took full advantage :) We met some awesome people and had one of the most fun weeks of our lives!

I thought about splitting this up into 2 or 3 posts, but decided it would be easier to have all of the pictures in the same place. So, get ready for a photo overload (40+! Eeek!)

One new thing from last time- we found all of these bottles in our room and we thought for sure we'd have to pay to use them. But nope, we asked and it was included! We were excited, but turned out we barely drank any! I preferred the delicious drinks that the bartender at the pool made :)

First time wearing shorts in 3 years! Woo hoo!

View from lunch

New friends Elizabeth and Kyle

View from our balcony

Breakfast on the patio and my first Eggs Benedict. Yum.

Celebrating our 3rd anniversary!

My favorite time of day- POKER!!!

We did karaoke one night and had the best time. Doug and I sang "Gettin' Jiggy With It," the boys sang Backstreet Boys, and the girls sang Britney...I got pretty into it ;)

My new sweet friend, Briton!

The karaoke gang. I love how all of the boys look like's called sunscreen, guys!

Our friend Adrian!
Adrian, the entertainment director, is our favorite person there. We had to recreate this picture from 3 years ago! We sent him the first one after our honeymoon, and he still had it in his office :)

Our balcony

Funny story- as I was taking this picture, I was ATTACKED BY A CROW. Seriously. He swooped down and pecked me really hard on the head. I think he was going for my bobby pin? 

This is where you can get an oceanside couples massage...we got one on our honeymoon and it was incredible!

Our jacuzzi that opens up to the balcony

The Michael Jackson show cannot be missed! 

It may have been the most fun week of our lives, and we hope to make this a regular thing! See ya in 3 years, Cancun!

Thursday, May 16

What I'm Loving Lately

Gel nail polish- I was very apprehensive about trying these because of some reviews I read online- some people say they damage your nails. But I finally tried them and loved them! They stayed on for about 3 weeks with no chipping! And removal was so easy- I actually did it myself at home! I didn't notice any difference in the strength of my nails after removing them either. I plan on only getting gel for special occasions, just to make sure my nails stay healthy and strong. Have you tried gel before?

Doug and I watched Duck Dynasty for the first time about a month ago, and OH MY WORD, we are obsessed! I don't know if I've ever laughed so hard during a show. They are all hilarious and lovable, but Si is obviously my favorite. We have already watched every episode and are now depressed that we have to wait for Season 4.

I recently bought my first Thirty One bag, and I absolutely love it! It's the Large Utility Tote, and I usually keep it in the back of my car to carry in groceries. Lauren is a friend of mine from high school, and she was so helpful as I ordered these! Check out her page if you'd like one of your own!

I just love this picture so much. I mean, how much sweeter can it get?

While Maisy was recovering from her surgery, I watched the whole Friday Night Light series. So many people told me that it was the best show ever, and I must say that it lived up to every expectation! I was SO SAD when it ended. Tami Taylor is probably my favorite character of all time, and I am a little bit in love with Tim Riggins and Coach. I just want more! I heard that they're writing a script for a movie? I hope it happens!

I'm also loving that in 2 short days, we will be in Cancun! We are going back to where we honeymooned for our 3rd anniversary, and it's literally all we can think about these days. Unlimited food, margaritas, and daily poker tournaments....paradise, here we come!

My goal was to lose 15 pounds by the time we went to Mexico. Well, I've lost 12.5 pounds and I'm pretty dang happy about that! It was really hard work and some days I felt like quitting, but I am so happy that I stuck with it. I plan on splurging as much as I want on my vacation (hello, it's all-inclusive! It'd be a crime to not take advantage of that!) and then once I get back, I'll start working on losing the last 5 pounds. But for now, I'm going to be happy and celebrate this achievement that I never thought I'd see!
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And with a little weight loss and an upcoming vacation, I've treated myself to a few new pretty things! I found this skirt and belt at a local consignment store- I got both for $14! Besides my wedding dress, I think this is the most excited I've ever been to wear an outfit! :)


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