Travel Guide: A Few Days in Dreamy Tulum, Mexico

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When a few friends of mine and I decided we will be traveling to Mexico, I knew Tulum was a MUST visit on our list. I have heard so many amazing stories about the little town that I set out to plan on spending a few days in the bohemian inspired town.

There are so many things wonderful things to do in Tulum, from the cute restaurants and cafes, to the crystal clear cenotes to visiting Mayan ruins, Tulum is a world of its own.

We ended up staying in an airbnb in Playa Del Carmen this time, however the next time we visit Tulum, since there is a whole street lined up with beautiful hotels overlooking the ocean, we will be staying in a hotel there to gain a full experience.

We left our airbnb relatively early, around 8 am and stopped by for breakfast at a cute hotel overlooking the ocean called Pierda Escondida. The restaurant itself was bright and airy with a beautiful bar and outside patio overlooking the beach. Just a few steps down from the restaurant, there are lounge chairs and hammocks to relax and take in the sun after a wonderful meal.

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I ordered a dish called Huevos a La Veracruzano , three delectable tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs and dipped in a black bean sauce with queso sprinkled on top. Of course I had to have my coffee, so I ordered a cappuccino as well which came in a beautiful glass, garnished with cinnamon.

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After breakfast we set out to explore the Mayan Ruins.

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After exploring the ruins, we needed to cool of and decided to go Snorkling. We were taken to the reef where the water was emerald-green. We were able to see small fish and a giant turtle!
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All the excitement of swimming with sea turtles made us extremely hungry, off to dinner at Ziggy’s Beach Club! The ambience truly awoke my senses. Paradise at its finest, Ziggy beach has an aromatic, delightful menu as well as a mariachi band who sang the entire evening. I could not imagine a more perfect way of ending the night.

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The following day we just had to stop at Matcha Mama for a delectable acai bowl. I wanted to try something new so I chose the matcha colada. Inexpensive and delicious, nothing was more refreshing sitting on a swing and enjoying the ambience. They serve everything, from smoothies to ice cream to raw juices. A must try when in Tulum.

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Right next to Matcha Mama was a coconut stand where you can purchase a fresh coconut.

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We visited the Gran Cenote for a dip and were mesmerized by the crystal clear waters. 

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We decided to have a light dinner at Coco Tulum. The vibe was great, it had a very light and airy atmosphere and the patio overlooking the ocean had a great beachy vibe.

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We ordered guacamole and chips because face it, when in Mexico you just can’t stop eating guacamole. We also ordered a few salads and fish ceviche. The food was delicous, however the drinks were very mediocre. We enjoyed the vibe more so than the actual drinks but it was definitely an excellent place to sit down and enjoy the peacefulness.

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After dinner we headed over for drinks at Kin Toh. I cannot explain how cool place was. The best way to describe it would be a humongous tree house. The minute we walked in, I felt like a forest nymph, climbing up a beautifully lit staircase to the top of the world, surrounded by lush greenery. It felt like a world of its own. Once at the top, there is a large hammock with a gorgeous view where you can absorb the beauty. Looking down you can see the first floor of the restaurant as you are perched hundreds of feet up in the air.

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The drinks were incredible, very tasty and refreshing. Although they were on the pricier side but very well worth it.

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The following day we drove to the state of Yucatan to see one of the seven wonders of the world Chichen-Itza. It was such a magnificent experience.

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When visiting Chichen-Itza, I recommend hiring a guide. There are plenty federal guides on site who are relatively inexpensive.  He explained the entire history of the temple, and this helped understand the history since there aren’t any plaques with information anywhere.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Are you traveling to Mexico? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Winter Look

Happy December!

Who else loves this time of the year? The weather is finally crisp and cool, the leaves are changing color, and now is the perfect time for hot chocolate and holiday shopping. With that being said, it is officially Sweater Weather. My current favorite are the cowl neck sweaters and here is why…

1. They cover my neck completely so I don’t need to wear a scarf, although scarves are probably my favorite accessory so I don’t mind it at all.

2. They are thick and warm, without the constricted feeling as turtlenecks tend to do.

3. You can pair them up with almost anything, whether you are wearing jeans or a miniskirt, you will look put together while staying warm at the same time.

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This particular cowl neck is currently my favorite. It is super soft and does not have the scratchy feeling some sweaters have. But what I love the most about it, is the slit in the back and the ribbons 🎀 lacing the sweater together in the back. It gives the look a bit more dimension and femininity. The color is a light grey with black ribbons in the back. I combined the sweater with a pair of dark wash jeans and booties for a casual look. Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post! 💕 Give it a like and comment below what’s you favorite winter look ❄️

10 Holiday Gifts on a Budget

We all know that holiday shopping can get quite expensive. Buying presents for friends, family, and coworkers can be a challenge. Here are 10 gift ideas if you are on a budget this holiday season. After all it’s the thought that matters. 

1. Homemade gifts:

Don’t underestimate the power of a homemade gift. If you have a talent such as soap-making, knitting, baking feel free to use your talent this holiday season. I love receiving homemade candle or homemade baked goods or bracelets. It warms my heart more than a store-bought gifts..

2. Himalayan Salt Lamp

Not only is it a cute decorative piece, but Himalayan salt lamps also cleanse the air you breath. 

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Price: $13.95

3. Toiletry Bag/Makeup Organizer/Cosmetic Bag/Portable Travel 

Holidays=traveling. At some point in time we all travel,  whether it is international or another town keeping your toiletries organized and accessible is  important for a stress free trip. This organizer comes with several compartments allowing you to

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Price: $15.99

4. Aromatherapy

Who doesn’t need a little aromatherapy during the holiday season.? After all, it can get a little hectic with the hustle and bustle of buying gifts, decorating the house making Christmas dinner.  Whether you need sleep, or more energy, these therapeutic body wash and lotion from Bath and Body Works will brighten up your day.

Aromatherapy Sleep - Lavender & Cedarwood Sweet Dreams Gift Set - Bath And Body Works Aromatherapy Energy - Orange & Ginger Shine Bright Gift Set - Bath And Body WorksAromatherapy Happiness - Bergamot & Mandarin Be Happy Gift Set - Bath And Body WorksAromatherapy Focus - Eucalyptus & Tea Stay Focused Gift Set - Bath And Body Works

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/p/energy—orange-andamp-ginger-shine-bright-gift-set-025113639.html?cgid=all-gifts#start=23

Price: $21.50/Set of 2

5. Bath robe

Coming down on Christmas morning to open up the gifts in a warm furry bathrobe is the best feeling in the world. After a long night staying warm and cozy is important. This bathrobe is from Forever 21 and I love the little ears on top.

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https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/F21/intimates_loungewear/2000211178/01?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyYKk9_zh1wIVlZd-Ch2qoQIdEAQYASABEgIWoPD_BwE

 

Price: $24.90

Don’t forget one for your significant other, or friend. This fleece bathrobe from Target is a great option, it is reasonably priced and the quality is great.  

Price:
 $34.99

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6. Planner/ MyLifeUNIT Fineliner Color Pen Set

Right after Christmas comes the New Year. That means planning New Year’s resolutions, making plans and goals, writing down homework assignments for the new semester.  What better way to do that than in a cute planner. With the planner include a few multi colored pens to complete the set.

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Price: $13.49

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Price: $5.95

7. Storage water bottle

When you are working out, carrying too many items around can be a drag. So why not combine the two. This two in one water bottle includes a compartment where you can store cash, car key or credit card.

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Price: $12.99 

8. Phone charging case: 

A necessity for all those cute holiday selfies you are planning to take. Batteries die quickly especially when pictures and videos are snapped nonstop. It is the holidays after all, you have to snap as many pictures with family members and friends as possible.  

Price: $26.99

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9. Martini maker set

For that friend that loves making all types pf drinks, this martini maker is especially cute because it comes in a red box which will keep everything neat and organized. 

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Price: $22.99

10. AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance Kit

Completely essential item that can be given to virtually everyone. Roadside emergencies happen and having the tools to fix that emergency is vital. I cannot stress enough how many times my car battery died or I had a flat tire and a kit like this saved me from wasting hours waiting for a tow truck. Your friend or family member will not be able to thank you enough when the situation arises and they need to jump-start their vehicle. 

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Price: $25.31

There you have it, ten items you can give without overspending. I hope you enjoyed this post. Please give it a like and comment below what holiday gift ideas you have. 

Happy Holidays!!!