I literally feel like my whole life has been a lie. Being raised and living in the south for the majority of my life, people vacation in Florida. Every spring break and summer break for as far back as I can remember we have traveled south to the white sandy beaches of the Gulf and posted up in 95 degree weather with 150% humidity. It’s just what you did. Don’t get me wrong. It’s pretty. But it’s awesome miserably hot there during the summer. Well this year we thought we would mix things up and try something new. So we headed west and will forever always head west in the summer.

Tucked away in the hustle and bustle of LA is a hidden gem in Marina Del Rey.  It’s an amazing little corner of the world called Mother’s Beach. It has a roped off swimming and wading area, the waters are calm, there are lifeguards watching over the beach and waves can’t sneak in here. It’s basically a Mother’s dream, hence the name.  We picked this spot for a quick weekend getaway and could have been more perfect for our little family. Have I mentioned yet the weather? To die for.

Hubs had work in Venice and it’s a short drive in LA from LAX. Did you even know that was such a thing? But seriously we landed, got our car and got there without a single tear or “are we there yet?” Upon arriving at Jamaica Bay Inn we were greeted by valet who grabbed our bags as we checked in. The lobby was fabulously decorated, which is always my first inclination that we will love it.

Before heading upstairs we were asked if we wanted to make dinner reservations. Now after a half day of traveling with kids under 5 staying in to eat dinner sounded like a dream. It was water front and had a great menu that would make mom and dad happy as well as the littles, not to mention they had an unbelievable Happy Hour. So we ran upstairs and dropped off out bag, freshened up and headed on down to get this party started. But as we were leaving the most welcomed gift of all came. A bottle of wine and two glasses. So naturally we made girls lay down for a rest and hubs and I headed to our balcony to enjoy this treat. Check out that view!

This hotel was located directly on the sand and water but minutes to Abbott Kinney in Venice so we had the best of both worlds within reach.

Beachside Restaurant and Bar

During out stay, the inside portion of the restaurant was closed down. But honestly if you were staying here you wouldn’t want to eat inside. Not when the outside was so fabulous. And at night it got a little chilly for some, so they had blankets and heaters set up to use as well as tables with fire. It was gorgeous and they literally thought of everything (they even have organic and gluten free options). 

The Grounds

After dinner we decided to take a stroll around the resort. And of course we stopped to smell every flower! They have done such an amazing job with perfectly groomed vegetation and picturesque views from every corner of the resort.

 

Rooms

Early to bed early to rise doesnt apply on vacay but we opted to head back to the room to relax on the balcony and get ready for the next day. Traveling with kids can be a bit hectic. We have been traveling with them since they were little so I feel like practice makes perfect but of course at this age nothing actually prepares you. We always opt in for either a room with a separate living area or a balcony with a view. It took several trips of sitting in a bathroom with wine before we realized we needed a plan. My kids still fight going to bed and need darkness and quiet to make it happen. Now at home they both have their own rooms but always sleep together so 2 queen beds is all we need when we travel. We got the kids ready for bed, let them have some screen time and hubs and I headed to the balcony. (notice it’s still light out, but their little bodies were still in CST)

The rooms were plenty large for the 4 of us. Had a desk, chair, as well as a fridge, Keurig, and bottled water. Bathroom was spacious with a huge shower.  There was also ample closet space for all our luggage to go into and dressers for our clothes. When I go to a hotel, there is nothing worse than stuff all over the place. We felt right at home.

 

Room Service

Hubs had to head to work this morning so he got up bright and early and left us snoozing away. We woke up leisurely and one of my kids most favorite things to do on vacation is order room service. They know how to vacation! So we scoured the menu and got our order placed (could have left it on the door the night before but it came so quickly we didn’t even have to worry about hangry kids in the am).  Check out this room service menu.

Pool

Staying on the beach you would think having a pool wasn’t important. But regardless of what body of water is close by the pool is always our first choice. So after breakfast we headed down to go get in the pool. My favorite part was that you are sitting at the pool and their is a glass wall to see the beach. Not only do they have a pool but they also have a hot tub ( and both are handicapped/wheelchair accessible). They also leave pool towels in your room so you are set.

 

Beach

Though we are typically pool gals, I didn’t fly across the country to not put my feet in the sand. So once hubs got back from work we headed out to explore the beach and was so pleasantly surprised to see right next door sharing the parking lots was Pro Sup Shop.  We have rented paddle boards before in the ocean and its kinda tough with small kids. This bay was amazingly perfect to be able to take them out on the water. Fun fact outside of the “swimming area” there are tons of sting rays. They were so cool to see and gave me motivation to not fall in the water with one of the girls on the front. Ha.

 

 

In conclusion, two nights here wasn’t enough. The girls upon departure literally cried when we got into the car and have asked nearly every day since then when are we going back. The people were amazing and friendly (and I’m from the south, so we set the standard in friendlyness) the room was emaculate, the grounds were gorgeous, food was amazing, drinks were plentiful, and plenty to do you dont even have to leave.

 

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are of course my own.

In my little corner of the internet the only thing people are talking about is the upcoming Nordstroms Anniversary Sale  but people, that doesn’t start until July 13th  (if you are a card holder) so let’s not put Christmas decorations out in Oct and let’s celebrate Amazons Prime Day.  Now this might be a little confusing to you since at least in my house hold, every day is Prime Day (sorry hubs) but today is a special day over at Amazon.

 

This year is Amazons 3rd Annual Prime Day beginning 6PM PST/9PM EST unless you have Alexa and she allows you to voice shop early.

Tips to Conquer Prime Day

  • refresh your browser every 5 mins. That’s how often new deals are posted until 3am ET on July 12th
  • make sure you aren’t in spotty service and you have the APP
  • Not a Prime Member yet? Sign up today and use the 30 day trial period
  • Go HERE to watch deals. Helps keep a tab on the ones you want.
  • If you miss a deal, there will be a waitlist to join

 

Expected Sale Items You Need

Leading up to vacation I had the best of intentions to make sure my house was clean and orderly upon our arrival. Well spoiler alert, it didn’t work out that way. We were running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to make it the airport on time. In the past I would have to come home from vacation and spend a full day (or more) trying to get cleaned up.  Not this time! My laundry was done, my dishes put away and my last minute work mail went out! Thanks to Please Assist Me.

Ever feel like you need a whole team of people to help you get through the day? I do on a daily basis. I became a SAHM because I wanted to be more present in my kids life. Being present to me isn’t doing all the mundane tasks that are time sucks though and seriously, does the laundry ever end?  Every now and then its nice to outsource some of the work to make time for things that are more important. Thanks to  Nashville’s  Please Assist Me I am now able to have more hours in the day (and a sink free of dishes).

I have assistants that help me run my blogging business why not have an assistant that helps with those tasks that make your house run and your family happier? In fact, it wasn’t until recently that I never knew how much my husband secretly hated coming home to a sink full of dishes. Seriously, he never said anything and since all my kids do is eat all day I was never concerned with it. Well he made a comment and apparently his love language is a clean kitchen and voila, all fixed.

So do you have a task list a mile long and need an extra set of hands, but not quite ready for the sister wife yet? Check out below all the things Please Assist Me will help you with (and if not listed, just ask they are so very flexible)

  • Groceries Delivery

  • Groceries can be ordered directly through their website. And you can get as specific as you want because they offer organic, gluten-free, dairy-free options. And they even deliver wine!

  • Dry-cleaning

    The dry cleaner that is closest to my house doesn’t have a drive through and with 2 kids in 5 point harnesses I strongly suggest to my husband that he doesn’t wear clothing that needs to be dry-cleaned because of the inconvenience of drop offs. Well until now because they pick up from your house and drop off, then return it the next week at your weekly appoint and for only $2.25 per item.

  • Laundry

     

  • My youngest daughter changes clothing 7 times a day and I’m not even exaggerating. She spills food on purpose to be able to put a new dress on. Im drowning and can never get my head above water. Lets not even talk about hanging clean clothes up. The bedroom closest to our laundry room is a staging area for the clean clothes. Well they have these great bag that you fill up and they wash, fold, and hang all depending upon how you want your laundry done. At $15 per bag (huge bag and can fit so much) it is a service worth its weight in gold. 
  • Mail

     

  • I run two businesses from my house and used to have to hit up the post office a couple times a week. And our adorable little post office takes an hour lunch break during they day which just so happens to be the only time I need to go. Ha. Well now just pay for postage! They provide envelopes and boxes and you don’t even have to worry about packing, they do that too! I just left mail in the basket next to laundry and away it went.
  • Dishes

  • Oh the dishes. They will hand wash your dishes every visit using natural, plant-based soap and leave the sink looking like its move in day. I didn’t even have to tell them where  to put everything, they did it and did it well.
  • Seasonal Services

    And more. Do you need something done not covered above? Just ask! They are so flexible to work with. Never forget flowers again for your momma. They wrap gifts during Christmas, delivery flowers during Valentines Day and more!

So my gift to you all is extra time. You deserve it and you need it. In a world where being busy is a bragging right. It’s time we all take a stand and chill out and do what’s really important. Relax more. Work less. But let Please Assist Me help you keep your house on track.

flamingos

My girls turned 3 and 5 this June (turned being in past tense because clearly I’m a bit behind on their birthday party reveal.  They have birthdays a day apart (but two years in between) so naturally we still have joint birthday parties. And because I only have to throw one, I typically go a little over board but only because in a past life I was a party planner. I genuinely love it.  But this year we didn’t plan well. We were out of the country leading up to the party so my planning got sidetracked and rushed plus we got back and had days to put it together. So all of this to say I slacked big time, but guess what my girls thought it was the best one yet. See birthdays are for me, not them.

They don’t quite understand birthdays and know that they have a voice in the theme so until then, Im planning it as I want and as soon as they start begging for cartoon birthdays we will just stop celebrating. Kidding. Kinda.

So this years theme is “Let’s Flamingle”

If my girls take away any of the wisdom I bestow on them I want them to know to never blend in. I want them to see their value and see what I see. So while everyone else is off being pigeons I want them to be a flamingo.

“be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons”

Just so happens flamingos are everywhere which also makes that much easier to pull off in days. We decided the easiest place to have it would be at our neighborhood pool. That way we don’t have to worry about entertainment or cleaning up for days. Plus when I saw this invitation from Minted I knew it was the one.

Next up decor. I am a DIYer at heart so this broke my heart to do, but most came straight from the Internet.

I knew I wanted these flamingo drink holders because kids would love them, plus they made cute party favors and I want them for future pool days. These are still played with daily in my house and you can’t beat the price. And what is a pool party without beach balls.

 

These were also something I bought knowing I could use again because of the colors. 16 of $10 too is a great deal.  Purchase here

If you get this banner, don’t leave it to the last minute. Its super cute and way easier than doing it myself and the cricut and actually cheaper than I could make myself I bet.  But its not put together and will need a few minutes. Buy here

Now my cake was a huge disappointment. What I went into the bakery with and what I left with were so different. But it still tasted delicious and we were able to have enough to feed the whole pool. Winning!

Now I did get told by one friend how obnoxious my forks were so id say thats a win. I figured I had to DIY something.

 

These palm leaves went perfectly with the pink table cloth we laid down on the pool tables. Then of course what kind of party is complete without yard flamingos.

What you put in your body is just as important as what you put on your skin in terms of anti-aging and overall skin health. Sure you can hydrate and plump skin topically but like all things beauty start within to see the greatest change. For me the easiest part of my skincare routine is def washing my face twice a day even with the 4-5 steps my routine consists of, the hardest part is seriously drinking enough water. I have no idea why, but sometimes I have to pretend I’m at a college frat party and funnel water in order to drink any in a day. I kid, but now that I have said that out loud that sounds ingenious so I might be trying it soon.

What you eat is also very important to maintain good skin health.  Any one you talk to with a background in diet and nutrition will agree that we could all benefit from more veggies from breakfast to dinner and snacks in between vegetables should make up the bulk of your plate. Along with water this is another task I have a harder time doing so I started drinking Salad Power to make sure I was able to get in all my greens without having to start the day out with a Bloody Mary. Not that that’s not a good idea, but Sunday Funday can’t happen for me on the reg. But if you are brave enough for a Bloody Mary every day, check out Salad Powers recipes and at least you will know you are getting nothing but the good stuff.

The great thing about Salad Power is that they have only added the good stuff. No added sugar or fillers, just plain skin aiding vegetables (they have some with fruit too if you like it a little sweeter).

As you drink down your vegetables today, here is a list of their ingredients and what benefits they are doing for your skin,

Kale:

Contains Vitamin C which helps you make the collagen needed for skin strength, Copper which boosts the synthesis of melanin — a pigment that protects your skin from the sun — and, like vitamin C, it helps you make collagen, and Vitamin A which promotes healthy cell growth.

Celery:

Being rich in vitamins A and C celery protects the skin from damage from free radicals. This vegetable is also dubbed as the ‘acne killer’. Not only does it fight acne, but even the scars that could otherwise be left behind. Celery even helps cleanse the skin and removes dirt, thereby keeping your skin clean and less prone to acne outbursts. Celery not only offers hydration to the skin but also clears off the excess oils

Carrot

Carrots are most known for their beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body. It helps repair skin and protects against the sun’s harsh rays along with many other benefits

Cucumber 

It is high in vitamins and minerals and improves your skin, leaving it rejuvenated. This is perhaps due to cucumber’s high antioxidant levels, which calm inflammation in the body, reduce the likelihood of redness, puffiness and blemishes.

Green Pepper

The phytonutrients content of green peppers is very effective in curing rashes, blemishes, acne, and other skin infections. As well as the different antioxidant vitamins, especially vitamin C, present in this type of bell peppers can facilitate the formation of collagen in our skin in order to keep it firm and healthy as well as create a barrier to more damage.

Tomato

It helps in getting rid of tanning, counters discoloration of skin, helps in treating and preventing acne, shrinks open pores and regulates secretion of sebum in oily skin.

Spinach

Spinach is a rich source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A improves skin tone whereas vitamin C plays an important role in the repair as well as growth of skin cells. Being rich in vitamin K and folate, spinach gives you a clear complexion by minimizing acne, bruising on the skin and dark circles.

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