The Grand Riviera Princess, Riviera Maya Mexico

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One of the most relaxing weeks ever spent in paradise let me tell you, talking about white sandy beaches, frozen drinks, lots of sun and little worries.

Celebrating the new year in style the Mexico way by staying at an All-Inclusive resort on the coast of Playa Del Carmen, just 45 minutes from the Cancun airport. Spending 7 nights and 8 days in the warm weather. Is the total definition of paradise, besides the worry of having my backpack stolen from the coati. The Grand Riviera Princess was the way to go and totally recommend it to anyone. I have traveled to Mexico once before and you can check out that travel recap heretravel recap here.

This was one of my favorite resorts I have been too the staff was super friendly and very helpful, the swim up pool warms was a great touch along with lots of room to find some quiet or the foam party on the beach. If you interested in finding something to do there was always a game of soccer, volleyball (sand & pool), water polo, along with live music or activities. I totally enjoyed sitting under a straw hut sipping fun drinking and reading multiple books. I was such a happy camper.

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My favorite part was getting up at 7:30 to do yoga on the beach followed by getting a latte from the bar, and waiting till the rest of my family got up for breakfast. I am a total early riser and love to go to bed early and found great opportunities to do so. With a breathtaking new of the ocean and the sunrise.

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They also had tons of options from meals, to plenty of buffets to choose from to grilled taco carts, beachside bbq and over 10 restaurants you could make reservations to for dinner. My family’s favorite was the International, the Mexican and the Italian. Each served different appetizers, and desserts that make dinner a special treat to the rest of the meals. I highly recommend making reservations the first day you arrive at the resort.

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If you have any questions, or any great resorts or vacation spots I would love to take a look, I am always looking for new places to visit and travel too. 2019 is the year of traveling and exploring so please don’t hesitate to share.

megan

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Review of my 2018 Goals & My 2019 Goals

As 2018 came to an end, it’s exciting to think about what is ahead of me but how much I have accomplished over the year. With traveling over the holiday I am finally able to sit down and reflect over the entire year.

My number one thing this year was to travel, and I can honestly say while I did do a little exploring this year it was not near how much traveling I have done in the past. I feel like traveling will always be a goal along with learning because I never want to stop learning or exploring.

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I also have completed quit of few of my goals this year when it came to my list of 101, and I currently have 14 done and have some that will soon be completed. I did a recap of one year deep of some of my accomplishments.

I feel in love with readings in 2017 and was really hoping that would fall into 2018, reading and blogging hit the back burner this year and it wasn’t my best, but as I said before with traveling I still have that passion for traveling, reading and blogging it just wasn’t my year for sitting down to accomplish what I wanted.

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What I did do better this year though was stepping up my journaling game, and have really taken to heart and action writing things down and journaling in my bullet journal. It’s so relaxing and makes me feel so accomplished to mark off things I have achieved over the course of a day, week or month even year.

I have so much to look forward too in 2019 with endless bucket list items I plan to accomplish there is still a ton of my 101 in 1001 that I am more than thrilled to tackle.

In 2019 I am excited too …
Graduate from College
Purchase my First Car
Travel out of the Country
Start my First Big Kid Job
Tackle my First Half – Marathon
RunDisney
Do Lots More Traveling
Take Lots More Photographs
New Branding for the Blog
Drink lots of Iced Coffee
Make Mistakes

Thanks for always sticking around, here is to another great year of adventure and learning.

megan

Blogger Secret Santa 2018

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Christmas with their family or loved ones. I know I have seriously been enjoying the long weekend with my family and currently am sipping a peppermint mocha out of my new mug set with my sissy and just taking in all the Christmas joy.

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I am so lucky to be a part of such an amazing blogger community, and I was able to take part in the annual blogger Secret Santa for the second year. You can check out what I got last year here. Along with everyone else who participated this year! Thanks so much Abigail from Living the Gray Life for putting this on again.

This year my Secret Santa was Kat, from Yours Truly, Katrina. She is seriously adorable, and picked me out the perfect stay at home package! That included two face masks perfect for the dry winter weather here in Michigan. Along with these gorgeous mug set, snowflake marshmallows, the best smelling holiday candle, and this adorable hot chocolate topper I enjoyed this morning.

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Thanks so much, Kat I truly appreciate everything, and was such a surprise! Seriously made my Christmas morning a little tastier and relaxing!
You can check out Kat on Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | YouTube

Merry Christmas

megan

Winter Break Bucket List

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I apologize again for the missing days of blogmas, the end of finals hit me a little longer than I was expecting, including getting sick and waking up the other day with pinkeye. The stress of finals seriously hit me at the end, and it’s really nice to seriously sit down and relax without my mind racing about the next assignment or project, a paper that’s due or making sure I didn’t forget about turning something in. Which I just realized this morning I never emailed my professor back (oops).

A stat down yesterday on a Sunday afternoon on the first weekend of the break, and I wanted to do a little bucket list of things I want to accomplish the next four week to make sure that I have the most successful break.

  • Read 5-6 More Books
  • Send out Christmas Cards
  • Accomplish 2-3 items on my 101 to 1001 bucket list
    • Go to Hot Yoga
    • Learn how to Frost Sugar Cookies
    • Make A Berry Cobbler
    • Go to Canada
  • Bake Christmas Cookies
  • Apply to Grad School
  • Go on Vacation
  • Apply for Jobs
  • Go Sledding
  • Read more blog posts
  • Go to the Movies
  • Go Ice Skating Downtown

Do you have any big plans for break? I know I plan on doing a little work, catching up on what I want to do post graduation in May along with a little or a lot of relaxation because it’s much needed. Hope everyone is having a good Monday morning if you finished finals congrats, and if you aren’t done yet keep up the hard work!

megan

Stocking Stuffers Under $15

I love stocking stuffer season, because I love shopping for those cute little things that someone might like, and Target always has the most adorable stocking stuffers especially in their dollar section. You can never go wrong with fun festive socks and chocolate or fun hot chocolate and coffee.

My favorite things about opening stocking as a kid was our family tradition was that you could open them as soon as we wake up on Christmas day, we didn’t have to wait for my parents or my other siblings. And I always remember getting a chocolate Santa but also something extremely practical like shampoo, or one time I got gum shaped like coal.

My stockings at my grandparents were always a little different and we always get a little gift card a pair of cozy fuzzy socks that everyone wears as soon as they open it and something fun and nothing to do with being practical.

As you all know I have been obsessed with Target this season, and to think I haven’t even been into a store yet this month. Then again who doesn’t love Target? Don’t worry the first thing on my to-do list when I get home is to hit up the nearest Target, and I can’t wait for this weekend.

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Holiday Scrunchies // Cozy Crew Socks  // Essie Trio Kit // Peppermint Herbal Tea // Crunch Chocolate Jingle Bells // Hot Cocoa Kit // Don’t Give a Sip Mug // The Grinch Whoville Celebration // Cozy Dog Socks // Candy Filled Candy Cane       

What are your favorite stocking stuffer gifts to give or receive? Do you have any stocking traditions in your family also?

megan

Gift Guide for the Fitness Guru

It’s that time of year you guessed it gift guide season, oh and its finals week (like you needed to remind me, my to-do list grows by the minute). I wanted to kick off my gift guide season by doing one for that fitness guru in your life. I am super motivated by Abigail from Living the Gray Life’s 12 days of Fitmas circuit workout, were you progressively add on, and I can’t wait to start it today.

This is a great motivator to working out during the holidays even if it’s a few bodyweight exercises that you do at home, anything helps when it comes to being able to keep another holiday dessert. So as a result, I put together a few must have ideas that any fitness guru would love to have under their tree. I know I personally would love a pair of Airpods or the yoga mat.

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Apple Airpods  // Nike Free TR8 // Pink Topaz S’well Bottle // Reversible 5mm Mat // Rebecca Minkoff Tote // Invisibobble // Zella Workout Tank  

megan

Cozy Christmas Pajamas

Happy Monday, and welcome to the longest week of the year for college students, where lots of coffee will be consumed minimal sleep will happen, lack of showering and basic hygiene get thrown out the window because its finals week. I wanted to kick off finals week with a cozy roundup of some of the cutest holiday inspired pajamas out right now.

Nothing beats stripped out of your jeans into a cozy pair of flannel PJ pants and binge-watching Netflix with a hot chocolate and Christmas cookies on the couch. I am seriously in love with Aerie’s pajama collection this year, it’s super festive along with being really warm and cozy. I know as my treat for passing finals I want a pair of either the flannel pants or the cozy printed leggings.

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Striped Jumpsuit // Flannel Polar Bear Pants // Plaid Joggers // Waffle Pajama Leggings // Reindeer Slippers

Candy Cane Pajama Set // Bootie Slippers // Flannel Pajama Set 

Flannel Penguins Wearing Sweaters Pants // Rugby Striped Union Suit // Elf Pajama Suit // Polar Bear Pants

Good luck to all my college babes during finals this week, we got this! Just keep killing the game. Happy Monday!

megan

Best Christmas Playlist to Listen to During the Holidays

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Sorry for the lack of blogmas posts the last two days, let’s just say that pre-finals week (dead week) really killed me last week with the workout, along with having some pretty bad wifi. Have no fear I am back for the rest of the December blogmas season and look forward to continuing to countdown the days to Christmas.

Happy Sunday, I know I am in a full out study grind for finals and one of my favorite ways to study is listening to very classical music so I thought I would share some of my favorite playlists I love to listen to all December and this upcoming week.

Loving this soothing Spotify Jazz Christmas music for studying, but also just thinking and journaling this December.

I am also a huge Country Christmas fan if you couldn’t have guessed, give me all of Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, and Brett Eldredge, please.

You can’t forget those jams you blare while driving or just having one of those sing in the shower days as you forget that you have two papers to write by the end of the week. Umm, All I Want For Christmas is You, the best Christmas Jams

I also sometimes can’t stop laughing or smiling after listening to Straight No Chaser’s song The Christmas Can-Can.

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite playlists but of course, there are so many to choose from and I love all Christmas equally, but if you might be looking for something different. Hope everyone has a relaxing and study filled Sunday, and hopefully, you sipping something warm like a peppermint mocha to get you through this finals season.

megan

Not So Ugly, Ugly Sweater

It’s that time of year where you grab your sweater and hit the nearest par-tayyyy because it’s ugly Christmas sweater season. And this year I thought I would share a few ways to spice the season up with something super festive.

I know Ugly Christmas sweaters have been a thing for a while, I remember in high school we have raided our parents and grandparents closets for those vintage sweaters that were truly ugly, thankfully my parents had already donated ours years before. So, of course, we went to our nearest consignment shop for vintage goods.

This year you don’t have to be going ugly in some grandma sweater that has been hiding in the closet, or some printed turtleneck and quilted vest. There are so many cute and adorable sweaters that actually are perfect for the holidays. They even have sweaters that light up, every cool party trick if you ask me. Target has a large selection of sweaters, and they even have a few sweater dresses with tulle skirts.

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Merry Kiss-mas // Beary Christmas  // Treat Yourself  

Reindeer Sweater // Elf Cardigan // Christmas Tree Tunic  

Reindeer Glasses //  Christmas Wreath Glasses  

Plaid Holiday Sweater // Tinsel Christmas Cardigan // Reindeer Sweater  

Hope everyone is having a good week, and if you’re in college I hope you aren’t freaking out too bad about finals just yet.

megan

Activities To Do in December

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Happy Wednesday and officially day 5 of Blogmas boy as the day passing by faster and faster. Just think we only have 20 more days till Christmas, which is a little less than 3 more weeks.

December is one of my favorite months out of the year because it’s always so festive and bright so today I thought I would share some fun things to do in December

Go Ice Skating
If you live near a downtown area I know a ton where they have their big tree lit and they make an ice rink outside, if you’re in New York, Detroit, Chicago or Pittsburgh it’s a great way to spend the afternoon with friends or family. Skate rental is usually pretty cheap so it won’t break the bank. If you aren’t huge in skating they usually have other activities and serve hot chocolate with holiday music can also make it a great day for just relaxing.

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Holiday Markets
During the holidays and the month of December tons of pop up shops pop up everywhere and most the time it’s local online stores that do a little retail for the month, mine are usually loved downtown so it makes for a great day of walking around chatting and getting to see all the local products from your area.

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See a Musical
I feel as it has become a tradition to see at least one live holiday show in the month of December, my all time favorite is either the Rockets from Radio City Music Hall or a White Christmas. Last year I was lucky enough to catch Elf live and it was fantastic to watch one of my favorite moves come to life right in front of me. This can make for a great night out to dress up with a friend, significant other or family member.

Visit a Local Festival
It might be a light show, tree decorating or ice carving. Every year the town next to mine puts on this big ice carving weekend where sculptors come in and carve ice all weekend, it’s just amazing to see what they can create just out of a block of ice. It’s an awesome activity for all ages and can be fun, just have to watch the weather and bundle up.

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Drive Through Light Show
If you aren’t one to brave the cold nothing beats driving through a light show with a warm blanket, a hot chocolate in hand and heated seats. Many areas turn local parks or drives into a nice little light show and can be super fun to watch while only being around $10 per car depending on the one you go to. If you don’t have one around you, it’s always fun to drive through neighborhoods checking out everyone’s light display.

Hope everyone is having a fun start to December, do you have any Holiday traditions you can wait to do when it gets to this time of year?

megan