Worth Avenue, West Palm Beach

Our little family is enjoying the hustle of the holiday season. We love the traditions.... gifts, decorating, baking, and traveling. Yet our favorite tradition is spending time together and creating cherished memories. The season seems to fly by, and we want to soak up every glorious moment. With each passing year, we become more aware of the people and experiences that truly matter.

Another aspect I adore about the holidays is getting dressed and attending events with family and friends.  This little black dress will certainly be a holiday favorite of mine.  I love the delicate lace and vintage inspired details.  Best of all, it is under $50!  My Nine West black pumps pair perfectly with this dress.

Miss Cupcake was overjoyed to have a lace black dress quite similar to mine.  Her darling Happy Rose girls dress and Mary Jane shoes  are perfect for twirling and dancing.

My dear husband will be wearing Kenneth Cole REACTION Slim Fit Pants with a button down gingham shirt.  I can not even get over how dapper he looks in his black bowtie and suspender set and Calvin Klein Black Diamond Leather dress shoes.

My little family recently packed up and flew to Arizona for a bit of adventure.  While we love sunny South Florida, it was a refreshing change of scenery.  For most of the trip we stayed in a cozy condo at Wyndham Flagstaff.  The view from our patio was nothing short of breathtaking, and we enjoyed watching deer roam around the grass.  Plenty of fun activities were available, but we spent most of our time relaxing by the fire or in the hot tub while at the resort.

We usually have a well-planned itinerary when we travel.  However, this time we left plenty of time open for exploration.  These spontaneous moments turned out to be some of our favorite family memories!  The weather was chilly, but my heart was warm watching the two loves of my life scamper around together.  

Miss Cupcake adored the limestone and nearly every stop along the way involved her climbing and finding hidden "caves" beneath the stone.  She had recently learned about different types of stone at Florida Virtual School, and was excited to point out various features that she recognized from the photos she had seen. Miss Cupcake cautiously kept an eye out of scorpions, but we did not spot any while we were out and about.  We were all in awe of the view that surrounded us and enjoyed sharing this beautiful adventure together.

Miss Cupcake developed a new-found passion for rock collecting the day we arrived.  The collection grew at an alarming rate of the next few days.  Some of her favorite rocks were discovered at a quaint Native American trading post on our way to the Hopi Reservation.  As a new Florida Virtual School family, we are always looking for ways to make learning fun and interactive.  We all learned oodles of interesting facts about rocks, Native Americans, and the gorgeous state of Arizona as we ventured out and chatted with the locals.

A highlight of our journey was visiting the Grand Canyon.  We went once to sight-see and another day to hike part of the way down.  Buses run all day that take visitors from the parking lots to various parts of the canyon.  On our first visit we were dropped off at an overlook where we took photos and sat and enjoyed the view.  A couple days later we returned to explore a bit deeper into the canyon. Elk and mountain sheep could be seen as we walked down the canyon.  Some visitors were riding donkeys down the steep path.  I felt as if I were stepping into a painting.  Every direction that I looked was filled with endless beauty.  I fell in love with Arizona and even more in love my sweet little family.  These are the moments that bond us together.  These are the moments that will last forever.

This was certainly one of our most low-key vacations... no long lines, rollercoaster, or exotic restaurants.  However, we all agreed that it was the best trip we have taken to date (although we do have some exciting adventures planned for the near future).  We discovered that impromptu adventures and spending time outdoors together is something we truly adore.  

There were moment that took my breath away, both from the fear of falling into the canyon and from simply being awe-struck by my surroundings.  At five years old, Miss Cupcake was at the perfect age to appreciate the experience and had the ability to make the difficult hike partially down the canyon.  Every minute of our time in Arizona was a treasure, an educational opportunity for Miss Cupcake, and a surprisingly unique experience for us all.

JORD Watch Review & Giveaway

I recently surprised my dear hubby with an extra special gift... a stunning watch from JORD.  It was difficult to choose from the many gorgeous watches available from JORD, but I ended up getting him the Frankie Dark Sandalwood & Smoke watch.  As a minimalist, he was thrilled with this wooden timepiece.  This watch arrived in a lovely wooden box.  The details were simply stunning and made this such a luxurious gift.

This elegant watch has an ultra slim case and straight line strap. All JORD watches are made from 100% natural wood.  This Frankie watch will certainly be worn and enjoyed for years to come!

This watch was conveniently sized to fit Dear Hubby's wrist perfectly.  It was super simple to enter his custom sizing at the time of order.  Custom engraving is also available to make JORD watches the absolutely stylish and meaningful gift for any special man!  

JORD offers a wide variety of both men's watches and women's watches.

What I Wore || Floral Maxi

I really can not get enough of the floral trend this season!  This navy short sleeve floral maxi from Pretty in Pink Bowtique takes me from an afternoon of casual shopping with Miss Cupcake to dinner out with friends.  When I walked out in this dress for the first time Miss Cupcake exclaimed, "Mommy, you look like a princess!"  I have to admit, a felt a bit princessy in this feminine maxi!

From the blossoming pattern to the maxi length, this dress adds a bit of pizazz to casual.  I especially love that this dress has convenient pockets which make it ideal for a busy mom on the go such as myself!  

Pretty in Pink Bowtique offers a wide variety of dresses, tops, skirts and more for women and girls. There are even "Mommy & Me" outfits that Miss Cupcake and I hope to add to our wardrobes in the near future.

What I Wore || Sadie Striped Dress

Miss Cupcake and I recently spent a sunny afternoon picnicking and exploring a local park together. It involved chasing wild iguanas, sharing her snack with the pond fish, and performing an impromptu dance show in the amphitheater.  I cherish these spontaneous adventures!

Frolicking around the park requires comfortable clothing.  This darling Sadie Striped Dress from Cleo Madison was perfect for the occasion.  Not only is this coral and white striped dress gorgeous, but it is also incredibly comfortable.  The midi length and buttery soft fabric make this ideal for a day with Miss Cupcake.  

I kept things casual with a chunky wooden bead necklace.  However, this versatile dress could easily be dressed up as well.  From playdates to date nights, I will be living in this dress this summer!  

Miss Cupcake wore a spunky little romper and white gladiator sandals from T.J.Maxx.  

The midi length of the Sadie Striped Dress was a fun variation from my usual style.  I can not get enough of this breezy dress.  I will certainly be adding more Cleo Madison dresses, skirts, and tops to my wardrobe. 

"Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink." 
Lilly Pulitzer ~

Becoming "Mommy" has truly been a life changing experience.  My darling Miss Cupcake has made me a better person in so many ways. While she is truly beautiful on the outside, she is more than just a pretty face!  She is pretty kind.  She is pretty smart.  She is pretty strong.  This little girl has forever changed my priorities, and I am grateful for the bit of sparkle that she brings to my world.

One of the many things we enjoy together is our love for bright and colorful fashion.  She enjoys wearing Lilly Pulitzer just as much as I do!  She recently spent a sunny afternoon frolicking in this fun little romper (we snatching this during the short lived Lilly Pulitzer for Target event).  I wore the Lantana Beach Tunic in Tiki Pink Cabana Crazed.  I paired this cheerful top with white Calvin Klein legging jeans, white sandals (similar), and a tassel necklace (similar) for a casual spring outfit.  

Endless Fun in the Sun Awaits at LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat

Endless Fun in the Sun Awaits at LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat, All-New Accommodations Now Open at LEGOLAND Florida Resort
Drive-through Check-in, Outdoor Play Areas, LEGO® Building Opportunities and Early Theme Park Access Make Vacations as Carefree as a Day at the Beach

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Summer vacation lasts all year long at LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat, all-new accommodations that give guests great new reasons to play — and stay — at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

Filled with creative LEGO® theming inside and out, the village-style vacation resort features brightly colored bungalows grouped into 13 horseshoe-shaped “coves” named after popular LEGO Minifigures. The fun begins almost immediately, thanks to a drive-through check-in process that will take you from your car to your cove in minutes. This speedy service makes staying at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat as carefree as a day at the beach.

Designed to look like larger-than-life LEGO sets, 83 bungalows offer 166 separate rooms that sleep up to five, including a cozy area just for kids with a bunk bed, trundle bed and privacy curtain. They’re an ideal solution for families and groups traveling together, or for those seeking a fun new way to vacation at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Each cove has its own outdoor play area within view of the bungalows’ shaded patios, where mom and dad can relax while kids romp and run.

Opening less than two years after the debut of the popular 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel, and with its own unique, outdoor-themed amenities, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat more than doubles accommodations at the Florida vacation destination. Along with picturesque lake views and a giant LEGO lighthouse featuring a real rotating beacon, highlights also include:

  • A giant swimming pool next to The Lighthouse, with an adjacent sandy area perfect for building sandcastles and the resort’s biggest outdoor play structure for kids.
  • Sandy’s Castle Restaurant, featuring a bountiful menu of entrees, sides and desserts designed to please the palates of kids and grownups alike. A delicious breakfast buffet is included with each night’s stay.
  • Bricks Beach Bar, offering an eclectic menu of made-to-order food, drinks and creative cocktails served both poolside and indoors.
  • Palm Tree Traders, a large retail shop stocked with LEGO building sets and Minifigures, apparel, toys, swimwear, snacks and sundries.
  • A hands-on LEGO building station where kids can contribute their original creations to a giant sandcastle made out of thousands of LEGO bricks.
  • Free Wi-Fi accessible throughout the entire site.
  • Complimentary transportation to the theme park entrance, as well as complimentary parking in LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s main parking lot for guests who choose to drive.
  • Early access to the LEGOLAND Florida theme park, with exclusive use of some of the most popular attractions, including the all-new LEGO NINJAGO® World and LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.

Located three-quarters of a mile from the theme park entrance on the tranquil shores of Lake Dexter in Winter Haven, Fla., LEGOLAND Beach Retreat represents the latest milestone in the largest period of growth and expansion in the five-year history of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, with theming and architecture unique among the eight LEGOLAND resorts worldwide. The Florida site is the first LEGOLAND resort in North America to offer a second accommodation type for overnight and multi-day stays.

Nightly room rates start at $135 (plus tax and resort fee) and vary by season, date and availability. Packages including theme park tickets also are available, and Awesomer and Awesomest Annual Pass Members receive a 10 percent discount year-round. To book a stay, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida or call (877) 350-5346 daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about visiting LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including savings on advance purchase of admission tickets, multi-tier annual passes, special events, educational programs, services for guests with disabilities, VIP experiences, military discounts and much more, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida, or call (877) 350-5346.