Full Review of Ocean Riviera Paradise – Cancun, Mexico All-Inclusive Resort

Full Review of Ocean Riviera Paradise – Cancun, Mexico All-Inclusive Resort

Earlier this month, I took a girls trip aka my own created spring break to Cancun, Mexico to experience my first ever all-inclusive resort. As I sit here peeling my burnt skin, I can’t help but dream of being back on a sandy beach with a cocktail in my hand and my girlfriends by my side. Ahhh, the good life. If you’re in the business of booking an upcoming trip down south, I encourage you to read my full review of the Ocean Riviera Paradise. Pin this to save for later! Full Review of Ocean Riviera Paradise – Cancun, Mexico All-Inclusive Resort Resort Overview: The Ocean Riviera Paradise is a massive, modern resort located on Riviera Maya. See Google Map screen shot below. It has multiple housing sections including El Beso Adults Only (this is where we stayed), a Family Section called Daisy (hello kiddos) and Eden, the Privilege/Exclusive Section (if ya got it, flaunt it). There are four large swimming pools, one for each section plus the most beautiful pool located just feet away from the beach. The resort features 10+ restaurants, numerous bars, a 24 hour gym, coffee house, spa, a few small shops, piano bar & lounge, […]

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How to Prep for a Spring Getaway

How to Prep for a Spring Getaway

As you may have heard via my social media, I am headed to Cancun/Riviera Maya to relax and unwind with three of my girlfriends for a spring getaway. I’ll be sharing more about this in later posts, including a full resort review and what you need to know before you book your own all-inclusive Mexico trip. To say I’m excited is an understatement! In order to look and feel my best, I wanted to share a few ideas on how to prep for a spring getaway. If you’re planning an upcoming vacation, read on to be inspired and prepared for your own trip. Pin this to save for later! Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Discover Pinecrest. All opinions are 100% my own. #DiscoverPinecrest How to Prep for a Spring Getaway Idea #1: Detox. Yep, winter has gotten the best of me. While I’ve done a few hot yoga classes, I’ve definitely spent more time binging Downton Abbey. Thinking of getting into a bathing suit is scary at this point, so a bit of detoxing is in order. I’ve increased my intake of fruits and veggies through smoothies for breakfast, big salads for lunch and trying not to eat out […]

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Girls Weekend Getaway to Cincinnati

Girls Weekend Getaway to Cincinnati

Is there anything better than a girls trip? I’ve been #blessed to stay good friends with my Miami University college housemates and the five of us have gotten together numerous times since we graduated in 2011. Typically our reunions take place in Cleveland, Cincinnati or Chicago since those are the three big cities that are closest to all five of us. A few weekends ago, four out of the five of us met up in the Queen City (aka Cincinnati) so I wanted to share some of the best places to eat and what to do if you plan your own girls weekend getaway to Cincinnati! Pin this to save for later Girls Weekend Getaway to Cincinnati Getting There Luckily, all of us were able to drive to Cincinnati but if you need to fly, the airport to look into would be CVG. From Cleveland, it’s about a three and a half hour drive. L-R: Me, Abbey, Brooke & Melanie Where to Stay in Cincinnati One of my friends, Brooke, recently bought a darling home in Cincy so we were able to stay with her. If you need accommodations for your girls weekend getaway, I would recommend looking at Airbnb […]

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Fan Girl Friday: Heather Rader, Ohio Girl Travels

Fan Girl Friday: Heather Rader, Ohio Girl Travels

Welcome to week four of Fan Girl Friday! This series is devoted to introducing you to some of the best bloggers I know. If you missed week 1, week 2 or week 3, please be sure to go back and read those posts. Today I’m putting the spotlight on a fellow Ohioan who has a huge dose of wanderlust…Heather from Ohio Girl Travels (OhioGirlTravels.com)! Pin this to save for later! Question 1: Why did you start your blog? “I’ve always had a passion for writing and have kept journals throughout my travels. In 2014, I decided to start my blog as a creative outlet and to encourage others to travel and experience new things.” Question 2: Why should people follow along with your blogging adventures? “I’m just an ordinary (and very lucky) girl who travels to extraordinary places. On my blog, I share my first-hand experiences, highlight local places, provide travel tips and share photographs to inspire others to travel.” Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related accomplishment to date? “It’s a dream come true that I can travel and share my passion for travel. The fact that I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years is probably my biggest accomplishment, I’m fortunate that people still want to read what I have to say!” Question 4: What is […]

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Five Fun Ways to Cherish Your Travel Photos & Memories

Five Fun Ways to Cherish Your Travel Photos & Memories

How do you cherish your travel photos and memorabilia? I’m oh so very guilty when it comes to this. I enjoy taking hundreds of pictures on trips or saving every ticket stub and promising myself I’ll scrapbook those…but I never do. Vacation ends, work begins, and then this task gets pushed to the very bottom of my to do list (never to return). I’ve done a bit of research and discovered five fun ways to cherish your travels photos and memories. I hope to enact a few of these this year. Join me, won’t you? Pin this to save for later! Five Fun Ways to Cherish Your Travel Photos & Memories Create a bullet journal (or for those less artsy, just a normal writing journal) throughout your trip. Time on an airplane, bus or car? Jot down your thoughts on your favorite parts of the trip so far. What was the best food you ate or the most delicious drink you tasted? Did you have a song that you kept listening to over & over again? What museums did you visit? How did XYZ place make you feel? Who were you with? Years down the road, you’ll love looking back […]

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Fan Girl Friday: Jenna Johnson, The Scrounge

Fan Girl Friday: Jenna Johnson, The Scrounge

We made it guys…TGIF! I’m happy to continue my #FanGirlFriday series today and introduce you to one of my very best friends. If you missed week 1 or week 2 of this series, be sure to go back and read those posts! Today I’m putting the spotlight on my college housemate, my favorite Chicagoan, one of my very best friends….Jenna Johnson (Blog: The Scrounge)!   Pin this to save for later! Fan Girl Friday: Jenna, The Scrounge Question 1: Why did you start your blog? “I originally started the Scrounge as a place to write down the recipes I was making so I didn’t forget them. About 4 years ago I was laid off from my job in advertising. It ended up be a blessing in disguise because I was very unhappy there. During my time off, I started to explore cooking. Before that point, I had never really been into cooking. I was a dancer all of my life even through college and during my college dance career I really started to take control of my diet and grew a strong interest in nutrition. I even explored minoring in nutrition, and I still wish I had, however, I was intimidated by […]

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Letter Board Message Ideas for Pre- & Post- Vacation

Letter Board Message Ideas for Pre- & Post- Vacation

Do you own a letter board? If you don’t know what I’m taking about, type the words “letter board” into Pinterest and you’ll know exactly what I mean. While I don’t own one of these creative outlets, I hope to buy one soon! I love seeing the funny quotes people post on their Instagram or snap on their Facebook, so today I thought I’d share a few of my favorites. If you own a letter board, these would be perfect letter board messages ideas for pre- or post-vacation. Pin this to save for later Letter Board Message Ideas for Pre- & Post- Vacation Pre-vacation My to do list pre-vacation usually consists of the following: get ahead at work, lose 10 pounds, buy cute vacation outfits, tan a few times, etc. All of the below letter board messages resonated with me. How about you? My brain has too many tabs open. Abs are great…but have you tried tacos? Photo credit & source here. I want buns of steel, but I also want buns of cinnamon. If only my teeth were as white as my legs. This whole ‘having a job thing’ is really getting in the way of me living my […]

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Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Somewhere in Time 1969

Reasons Why I Love Cleveland: Somewhere in Time 1969

Have you ever been to the Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society? I am so excited to announce that I’m partnering with them to help promote their upcoming event, Somewhere in Time 1969. This is Cleveland History Center’s annual signature event which helps raise money to support education and public programs for nearly 35,000 students, families, and seniors. Disclosure: In exchange for helping to promote this event, I have received two complimentary tickets to this groovy gathering. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. The event features live music, a full bar, a costume contest, silent auction and more! I’ve never been to this party, but based on last year’s pictures, it seems like an awesome event! I’m taking my boyfriend, Brian, and we are currently brainstorming what costumes we should wear. Inspiration from WholeSaleHalloweenCostumes.com: Should we do it? lol If you are interested in attending, please click here to buy your tickets! I’ll be sure to update my post with event and costume photos, but for now…peace out!

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Fan Girl Friday: Kat, World Wide Honeymoon

Fan Girl Friday: Kat, World Wide Honeymoon

Happy Friday, friend! Last week I started up one of my favorite past blog series, #FanGirlFriday! If you missed week #1, click here to see who I featured. I love this series because it allows me to introduce you to some of the best bloggers I know. Today I’m happy to feature the adventurous, the fun-loving….Katherine (Kat) (Blog: World Wide Honeymoon)! Pin this to save for later! Fan Girl Friday: Kat, World Wide Honeymoon Question 1: Why did you start your blog? “I say it was probably a quarter-life crisis. I was hating my job in public accounting and was struggling to find what it is that I cared about and wanted to pursue a career in. It was then that I realized that my favorite thing to do is travel, and after having traveled to over 28 countries as a solo traveler, traveling with friends, and now traveling with my husband, I wanted to write about it and give advice to others. It wasn’t until I was planning my wedding and learning about travel hacking, the art of collecting miles and points for free travels, that I knew I wanted to teach others about that too! I also travel a […]

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