My Christmas Vacation in Cabo

Every year my family tries to do a trip together. With crazy work schedules and tow siblings in college and even the youngest in elementary school, making time for these sort of trips is really, really hard!  So typically we do a family Christmas Vacation. We’re not quite the Griswald family, but we could be close. (If you don’t understand the reference I insist you watch Christmas Vacation ASAP!)

This last year we did our trip to Cabo, Mexico. Nothing like getting away from the cold winter weather in the USA, and spending your day on the beach with a margarita on hand.

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Playa Santa Maria      

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The sister


My family stayed at a time share from WorldMark called Coral Baja in San Jose del Cabo. You can see more information on this resort here 

The resort was right on the beach and had a pool that we pretty much spent all of our time at. We of course did go out to explore a bit of Cabo during our stay.

One of my favorite things about going to Cabo was all of the tacos. I love fish tacos to be exact. I can’t tell you how many times I ordered them while there. You can get them at pretty much any restaurant in Cabo. Two of the restaurants that my family went to were El Squid Roe and Flora Farms.

El Squid Roe is in Cabo San Lucas. This is where more of the nightlife is. This restaurant is both a place to eat and then later in the night turns into a full out club. The staff here does a really great job trying to keep customers entertained with synchronized dances and giving everyone balloon hats.

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My family with our crazy hats (sorry for the poor lighting)

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Dad and Brother

Probably my favorite place that we ate at was Flora Farm. This is a bit of a drive away from where we were staying, but it was such a beautiful place with delicious food presented to you in what looked like art. Well worth the drive and a complete opposite experience from El Squid Roe. This place gave off a more elegant vibe and had great service with the staff making sure that you were well taken care of. You can see their menu and all that they offer here.

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Brothers Birthday Celebratory dinner

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Lots of candles, lots of glare :/


My family loves to go snorkeling when we are near the ocean. We always bring snorkel gear with us when snorkeling is available in the areas we travel too. I love being able to explore the ocean and see all the beauty that it has to offer. Even though i’m terrified of sharks.

We went snorkeling at Playa Santa Maria. It’s a fairly excluded beach. The sand is a bit rocky and hard to walk on barefoot, so if you ever visit, make sure you bring proper footware! I can’t stress that enough. It was great location to swim with the fishes and see the beauty of the sea.

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The youngest sibling

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One of my favorite things that I did on this trip was Parasailing. That’s right I went parasailing on the ocean! Such a fun and wonderful experience that I was able to share with my sister. If any of you ever think about going, just do it! It’s a lot slower of a lift up then you would expect and it’s an almost peaceful experience being in the sky and seeing the beach and the water below you.

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Cabo with the family was a blast and  I wish I had much more to share with you all! Unfortunately Meraki was not even a thought at the time of this trip.

Share with me your experiences if you have been to Cabo! What were your favorite spots??

Chao Beautifuls!

Daily To Do List

Today I wanted to share with you my daily To-Do List. This is how I keep track of EVERYTHING I have going on, and is a necessary time management tool.

I have always written down to-do lists. I tend to write multiple a day… and drive my family nuts with all of the scraps of papers I would leave around the house with my lists. SO because of my obsession, need to create a list of tasks and activities for my day, I have compiled a daily to do list that allows me to stay on track. This is what has been working for me

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My to do list has a section to list tasks, with a box to the left to check off each task as I go. I have also a note area where I can write down reminders or motivational quotes to help me through the day. One thing that I have always had a hard time with when I’ve found other to-do lists online, is an area for timed activities separated from regular tasks. Most of what I have seen only has one or the other. I have included both on mine so you can see what tasks and activities you have at specific times and which you can go at your own pace.

If you are interested in a copy of my to do list you  can get a FREE downloadable print of the daily to do list .

I hope this helps you manage your time as much as it has helped me :)

Chao Beautifuls!

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Review: Border Grill in Las Vegas

When you go to Las Vegas, it is a must to check out one of the many offered brunches or buffets. For this trip, my sister and I decided to go to the Border Grill. I will admit the main draw of the place was its $10 bottomless mimosas. It’s Vegas so of course we wanted to take advantage of this.

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Border Grill did not ask me to write a review for them. This is all my own opinion.

Border Grill is a Mexican Style Restaurant at the Mandalay Bay Resort on the Las Vegas Strip. When my sister first brought up this place for brunch, I was a little hesitant. I love mexican food, but the thought of it for breakfast wasn’t the best in my head at the time. Boy was I proven wrong!

Border Grill has a brunch where they offer an unlimited amount of small plates of the foods on their menu for $35. This is a pretty average price for breakfast in Vegas.Think of Tapas, when you think of brunch here. The size of the plates were small enough that you were able to order a large variety of the different plates offered while still getting a good amount of each specific menu item. My sister particularly loved the French toast while I favored the Huevos Rancheros.

Another real fun thing that this restaurant did, was they offer flavored mimosas. We tried peach, pomegranate, passion fruit, strawberry basil, blood orange, and carrot blood orange. My favorite was the strawberry basil. It was fun to be able to try all of the different flavors. Again, all of these mimosas were ONLY $10. Pretty good deal for a Vegas restaurant.

The only downside I had to this place was the walk. We stayed at Caesar’s Palace so it was a but of a hike to Mandalay Bay which is at the end of the strip. I promise you though that the brunch was well worth our 2 mile morning walk. In fact I recommend that if you are looking to do brunch in Vegas you make it a priority to go here. IT WAS THAT GOOD.

The setting of the place offers both indoor and outdoor seating so if the weather is nice and you like to sit out on the patios, they have that option. The setting was awesome and I have to say this was one of my favorite spots on my Vegas trip.

What are some good places you have gone to eat at when in Vegas? What kind of cuisine do you enjoy? Let me know in my comments! :)

Chao Beautifuls!

 

Review: Omnia Nightclub in Las Vegas

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Omnia is a club in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Vegas is full of night clubs, you will find this one located in Caesar’s Palace. All of this is my own opinion thrown in with basic information on the club. They have not asked me to do a review or promote them.


My experience at Omnia was a memorable one. I was able to go to celebrate my sister’s 21st birthday with her. While Omnia seemed to offer a celebration for birthday’s we decided to keep it low key since it was just the two of us.

We were able to go on a night when Calvin Harris was the DJ for the club, which was pretty spectacular in itself. If you ever have a chance to see him DJ, don’t pass it up!

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Flyer being handed out for the event

Getting In

My sister and I purchased a V.I.P. bar card deal prior to going. This cost us $115 each. This included guaranteed entrance before midnight and $100 gift card to the bar. So technically our entrance fee was $15 rather than the $20 it usually costs women to get into the club. Men’s prices were about $10 more last I checked.

This V.I.P. bar card was SO worth it. It is no secret that drinks in Vegas are expensive. So with two $100 gift cards we were each able to get about 5 drinks and a shot each. Having this card helped us keep to a budget. It’s easy to get carried away when you’re having a good time.

Another option, besides waiting in line for regular admittance, is to get a V.I.P. table. My understanding for this option is that you have to request a reservation for a table prior to the night you would like to go. Omnia did have quite a few tables, all of which were full on the night that I went. If you have a big group you are going with, it may be worth looking into.

For more information on admittance check out their webpage here


Club Dress Code

Dress codes for clubs in Vegas all seem to be fairly similar. Men, be sure to wear button down shirts and nice pants, no jeans or shorts. Ladies, this is the time and place to dress up, so pull out your party outfit and heels. Below is an example of what my sister and I wore.

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All of the clubs in Vegas seemed to open around 10pm. Omnia stays open until 3am.

I had a great time at this club, and that is saying something since clubs are not usually my scene. It felt like it still maintained class and had a very chill and fun atmosphere. The special affects and lighting were definitely something to behold.

I went for Calvin Harris, but this place is definitely one I’ll be going back to the next time i’m in Las Vegas.

What clubs in Vegas have you been to? Let me know in the comments! :)

Chao Beautifuls!

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