Friday, July 22, 2016

{Honeymoon in Jamaica} Fun in the Sun

Although we went on many excursions on our honeymoon, we also made sure to plan some down time! Since our excursions were always in the morning, we'd come back to the hotel and have the whole afternoon and evening to do whatever we wanted. Our resort offered free sailing, kayaking, and paddleboarding so we took advantage of the fun activities. We also brought our own snorkeling gear and went snorkeling along the resort's beach, although the only thing we could see was seaweed. We also spent lots of time splashing in the water and I spent lots of time poolside or beachside with a good book and a drink in my hand. Oh, how I miss Jamaica!

Have you ever been to Jamaica?
Where's your favorite vacation spot?

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

{Honeymoon in Jamaica} Pictures on the Beach

While we were in Jamaica, I wanted to get professional photos of Andy and me taken on the beach. (Thank you Blair for the inspiration!) Andy didn't really want to. After all, we just had wedding photos taken, and engagement photos a few months prior... why waste money on yet another set of photos? I said "Honey, trust me" knowing we would want some photos of the two of us to hang on the walls in our house that weren't selfies. After we received the CD of pictures back, Andy agreed that it was a great idea. If you're honeymooning in the future (or even just vacationing somewhere!) I highly recommend you hire a professional photographer for a quick session.

Without further ado...

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Girl Talk + Delicious "Brownie in a Mug" Recipe

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I'm gonna start this post by saying: today is Girl Talk Wednesday. If you're a man that's not my husband, please do yourself a favor and not read this post. Okay, thanks! Now, back to my post.

Can I be honest for a second? A few weeks ago, I had my period for the first time since Andy and I had gotten married. I have no idea why, but this time hit me harder than usual. I was a weeping, nauseated mess for the majority of the week and I was riding an emotional roller coaster. My poor husband had no idea what to do! I finally spend one afternoon/evening taking care of myself, and it really did make me feel so much better. I watched a chick flick, read a romance novel, and enjoyed some sweets while getting a back and belly massage from my husband. 

When it's my time of the month, I almost always want something sweet. Preferably chocolate. I love brownies, but the problem with baking them is 1) it always takes too long and 2) I end up eating way more than I need. This time around, I decided to make a "Brownie in a Mug". It ended up being the perfect recipe-- it took only a few minutes to make and I didn't end up with leftovers that I was eating for days. In fact, it was so delicious that my husband asked for a bite (which I shared with him, which promptly turned into him making his own "Brownie in a Mug".) I thought I'd share the recipe here for you all to enjoy!

Brownie in a Mug
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
4 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 dash salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a mug, add sugar, cocoa powder, flour, vanilla extract, water, and melted butter.
2. Mix together.

3. Microwave for about 90 seconds.

Tah-dah! A delicious brownie that took just a few minutes to make!

While we're on the topic of Girl Talk, can we talk about feminine products? For years, I've been searching for great feminine products at an affordable price. I finally settled on the U by Kotex® brand at Walmart and could not be happier! I love shopping at Walmart because they always have what I need at a great price. I was excited to learn about the new U by Kotex® Style N' Store packs, which have a convenient drawer for easy storage. (No more feeling awkward because guests saw my feminine products on the bathroom shelf-- our bathroom has no closed storage!)

I recently bought the U by Kotex® Cleanware® Ultra Thin Pads and the U by Kotex® Barely There® Liners. The U by Kotex® Cleanware® Ultra Thin Pads have a unique 3D Capture Core* with Xpress DRI* cover for crazy fast absorption to help stop leaks. They stay secure with uniquely shaped Tru-Fit® wings and have super soft sides for comfort. The U by Kotex® Barely There® Liners are made to feel just like your underwear to help you stay clean and fresh every day. They're so comfortable, I barely know they're there!

You can find U by Kotex® in the feminine care aisle at Walmart. Bonus: you can earn fun rewards for your U by Kotex® product purchases! Just purchase 2 packs of U by Kotex® products at Walmart, text "UbyKotex" to 811811 and upload a photo of your receipt, and go to and register to choose your customized reward! Offer is live through 9/30/16.

What matters to you when you're on your period?
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

{Honeymoon in Jamaica} Swimming with Dolphins at Dolphin Cove

When it came time to plan our second excursion, Andy and I were in a debate over what it would be. I wanted to go horseback riding on the beach, while he wanted to go swimming with dolphins. I wanted to surprise him on our honeymoon, so I secretly booked the dolphin swim without telling him. When he found out, he was so excited!

We took a shuttle from our hotel to Dolphin Cove, which seemed like a great idea, but when we arrived and they said our shuttle home wouldn't be until 4 pm-- 5 hours later!-- we were rethinking that decision. We didn't know it, but Dolphin Cove has plenty of activities to do besides just swimming with dolphins: watching a shark and stingray show, riding a mini-boat (similar to a Zodiac), do the Jungle Walk and see exotic animals, kayak in a glass-bottom kayak, and relax on the sandy private beach. Unfortunately, we were ill-prepared and didn't bring enough cash for lunch at the Cove.

Andy and I waited for our dolphin swim by taking a ride on the Zodiac and it was terrifying. Never, ever again will I ride in a Zodiac. We also watched the shark show, which was perfect at making me fear our dolphin swim.

Finally, it was time for our dolphin swim! Andy was all smiles with Apollo, our dolphin, while I was more hesitant. By the end, though, I was laughing and enjoying myself! We got to rub his belly, get a kiss and a hug, dance with him, hold him like a baby, and swim on his belly. It was so fun! They had an option to buy all the photos from your swim for $75 per person, which Andy and I happily paid so we can decorate our house with photos of dolphins :)

Even though you can swim with dolphins at many Caribbean ports, we loved Dolphin Cove because of the many activities there. We only wish we had brought our camera for the other activities. Andy and I both want to swim with the dolphins again in the future. Maybe next time we'll splurge and get the exclusive package where you can have the dolphin push you in the air like Superman!

Swimming with Dolphins | Ocho Rios, Jamaica | If you haven't been swimming with dolphins, you need to put it on your bucket list!
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Have you been swimming with dolphins?
If you haven't been, would you want to?

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