Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bohemian Hotel Celebration

We recently spent a weekend at the lovely Bohemian Hotel in Celebration, Florida.  The quiet Old-Florida charm of the venue was a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of Orlando.  While this was a family trip, the turn-of-the-century charm makes this hotel idea for a romantic getaway.  From the immaculate lobby to the elegant Lakeside Bar & Grill and relaxing lounge, this was truly a delightful experience for us all.  In the evenings, we got lost in the gentle melody of live jazz, moody blues, and contemporary keyboard all while relaxing by the glistening lakeside.  Simply taking in the beauty of the hotel as we sat and engaged in the art of conversion as a family was truly a treat that left us feeling refreshed.

Outside the Bohemian Hotel Celebration, I enjoyed sipping my morning coffee while watching Miss Cupcake and my husband frolic in the sparkling pool... all while enjoying the breathtaking view of the lake!  There were also plenty of cozy seating around the hotel to sit and chat in the evenings.

All the simple yet luxurious details of the hotel made it a spectacular experience that I am so grateful that I was able to share with my family.  From the delicious fruit infused water available in the hallway to the stunning decor throughout, Bohemian Hotel Celebration was a nothing short of a captivating encounter.

What makes Bohemian Hotel Celebration unique is the sensational art that decorated the walls and displays.  I savored the moments strolling through the hallways and appreciating the artistry. Musicians serenading visitors in the evenings by the gleaming lakeside, the exclusive galleries, exquisite cuisine... this hotel is simply an enchanting experience for anyone who appreciates art.

Monday, March 25, 2019

It was raining one minute and sunny the next... a typical day in Palm Beach.  Miss Cupcake wanted to dress up for our afternoon of shopping on Worth Avenue.  She was feeling fancy and insisted on a tulle dress. She tossed on her glittery rainboots that she snagged during a recent trip to Target "just in case" the sunshine was fleeting.  The combination suited her spunky personality, and she received oodles of compliments from cordial strangers as we strolled. Palm Beach is bursting at the seams with people wishing to engage in conversation, and Miss Cupcake never turns down an opportunity to make a new friend.

Somehow dancing always manages to sneak into our weekly extrusions.  She twirled and hopped along our way through the streets.  My wish for Miss Cupcake is that she always dances to her own rhythm.

We paused for a chat after a quick glance inside Balatro Vintage Gallery. Although we were sitting on a bench in the middle of Worth Avenue, the immaculate greenery made if feel as if we were relaxing in a lush garden. We discussed fashion, art, and added a few things to our every-growing Palm Beach Bucket List. 

It was a simple yet beautiful afternoon in Palm Beach.  The rain subsided long enough for us to visit our favorite boutiques and galleries.  We giggled, shopped, and enjoyed every moment together.  We love that Worth Avenue is pet friendly. Our pampered miniature schnauzer is always welcomed with open arms, doggie treats, and drinks of fresh water via the dishes provided in several locations along the way.  Whether you are local or visiting sunny South Florida, Worth Avenue is simple a must if you wish to experience Palm Beach life.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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.

Monday, February 12, 2018

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.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"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 around Downtown at the Gardens 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.  

Friday, April 28, 2017

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. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sometimes fairy tales come true. I have found my happily ever after! While nothing is ever perfect, my life with my dearest hubby and Miss Cupcake is simply more beautiful than I could have imagined.  I am beyond excited that this summer we will become a full time stay-at-home family. More details about this life change will be shared in the coming months.  Hop on over to Facebook and Instagram to get a brief description of what we will be doing. 

Lots of exciting changes are coming to Skinny Latte Mommy!  In addition to our other endeavors, this summer we will begin our journey as a blogger family.  I am thrilled to have the input and perspectives of my husband and Miss Cupcake incorporated into the blog and social media.  We have oodles of upcoming adventures that we can hardly wait to share.  

It is going to be a fun and wild ride... and I can hardly wait to see where life takes us.  We are blessed beyond what I could ever have imagined.  We would love to have you follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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