Open Container

Open Container

Shopping + wine? Yes please! I was excited to stop by the Open Container Wine Bar located right inside the Orlando Premium Outlets for an out-of-the-box wine experience. The bar itself is a shipping container in the middle of the shopping action featuring wines sourced from Armenia free of any chemical B.S. which I am always here for. 

After finishing up some last minute Christmas shopping, we were treated to their tasting menu including some dessert wines that pair perfectly with something sweet. We enjoyed a variety of whites, reds, a rose, dessert wine, and their wine slushies. We loved them so much, we ended up taking home a few bottles to enjoy for Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Birthday Cruise

Birthday Cruise

I can't believe I've been back from our cruise celebrating a friend's 40th birthday for a month, and I'm only just now pulling myself together to recap all the fun! Better late than never! 

We set sail on Virgin Voyage's Scarlet Lady which is an adult's only cruiseline, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I kept waiting for kids to run by or cannon ball into the hot tub, and when it didn't happen it was odd but I got used to it quickly. I loved how they include a welcome toast, a welcome bottle of bubbles in your room, free Wi-Fi, and all restaurants and fitness classes. We also had a $300 bar tab to enjoy. 

The only thing I noticed was missing from other cruise lines (aside from kids - ha!) were the gangway photos. There wasn't a photographer waiting as you board and as you disembark at each port of call. As much as I love collecting those photos, it was also nice not to spend all this extra $$ on photos. 

For dinner the first night, we ate at Pink Agave which was Mexican food inspired and it was of course DELISH! Even the guacamole was fire. 

Then it was time for the onboard pajama party, and it was so much fun to sail away with a fun theme and to the 90's and 2000's music pumping in the club. I was in my element. Not a Gen Z in sight. 

The next morning we were docked in Key West, and it was the birthday girl's actual birthday. We kicked off the day with brunch at Bagatelle before exploring the island and heading back on board for the Scarlet Party. Yes, we were all wearing shirts with her face on it - priceless!

*View from our balcony in the morning*

Friday was an at sea day, so we started the day with a celebratory on board brunch which was included in our Splash for Your Bash package, and then we enjoyed the pool party before getting ready for dinner.

Personalized Tumblers - which we ended up using for ice water and/or Liquid IV

Sequin Dress {on sale for only $25}

Our last full day was spent in Bimini, Bahamas at the Beach Club. Beach and pool time followed by exploring the island and stopping at the cutest tiki bar before heading back to the ship.

Yes, we're matching, and my favorite part is it was his idea!

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Set Sail with Me

Set Sail with Me

Well... not yet, but soon! This was the year of milestone birthdays in our framily, and we are setting sail this month to celebrate one of our favs on a cruise. I feel like we just booked it, but it's been months of planning and I can't believe it's almost here. 

Between matching suits, personalized stainless steel cups so our drinks never get warm, to an excuse to break back out my favorite sparkly heels I'm excited to pack my suitcase. Not pictured are the re-hydration drinks (without all the fake chemicals and colors) that we'll be bringing on board because I know I cannot hang like I used to and I'm not spending half the day in the stateroom feeling cruddy. 

It's my favorite way to travel - you unpack once, and wake up at a new island most mornings. All of your meals are included, and you spend the day in a bathing suit and get dressed up for dinner and a show each evening. 

When was the last time you took a cruise? 

Lots of Catching Up

Lots of Catching Up

When I hit publish on my Thailand recap, I noticed that it was my 1st post in a month and a half which is crazy! I used to blog multiple times a week, and now the weeks just go by sometimes in between posts. I'm constantly collecting content, but it's just building up. I haven't even been feeding my social channels as much, and need to play catch up there too.

So where was I? Ahhh yes - catching up on all the things since returning from Bangkok, Thailand (recap found here) in late September. I was surprised not to be super jet lagged, just tired for a few days and was ready for date night that Friday. We checked out a new-to-us Mexican restaurant (YUM) for dinner before heading to reservations at a new hidden tiki bar. 

Faux Leather Tank {available in 6 colors} | Paperbag Shorts | Wedges

The next evening, we met up with friends for an Oktoberfest event. It was honestly not the greatest - overcrowded and super long lines for food and drinks, but it was nice to see everyone. We always love catching up and letting the kiddos play.

More trips to Universal of course, and one day while we were there we found out we could use our friend's tickets to the last home game for Orlando City. So, we left the park and headed to the soccer stadium where we enjoyed club level seats which includes food and drinks. Lil' Miss was there for the food!

My brother came to visit which meant Lil' Miss had lots of cousin time. They put her new bunk bed to good use for a sleep over, and enjoyed a fall festival and swimming in the pool. The giggles were contagious! 

Our friends who have twins celebrated their 6th birthday, and then it was time to celebrate Lil' Miss turning 7 the following weekend. Seriously time needs to slooooooow down.

Lil' Miss had her annual Halloween party at gymnastics and trunk or treat at school, so her costume has already been out and about before the big event tomorrow around the neighborhood. 

She also picked her wand at Ollivanders in Diagon Alley at Universal for her birthday, and had a mani pedi with mommy before visiting the corn maze on her actual birthday. Her party with friends was the following weekend, and let me just say I am done throwing parties at the house and at parks trying to do all the cute Pinterest-y details. Showing up to a place and having them take care of everything was PRICELESS. I was more stress free the morning of her party than I've ever been. I'm pretty sure H has heard me mention it about a 100 times since. And I probably end up spending just as much money on the custom cake and all the little details, food, supplies, etc... Book a place, it's a game changer.