Belizean Mermaid

I want to be where the people are, I want to see, want to see them dancing!

There’s something magical about putting on a swimsuit. What adds to that magic? A tropical and breathtaking view. As you take in the beauty of the water,  you can almost feel your fins.  The sound of the water, calms you, and calls you to the sea.

Maybe it’s just me, but Gingham ALWAYS taps into my inner Disney princess.  This classic one piece surprises with a deliciously low back.

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Gingham Swimsuit | Hat | Sunglasses 

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What a view.

If there is one thing that Belize does right, it’s water, calling me home.

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Altun Ha, Belize

When my friend Alyse asked me if I wanted to go to Belize, I said YES. With that emphasis too.

If you’ve heard anything about the midwest this winter, it’s been awful. Cold, snow, ice, wind, and unrelenting. I was in need of the sun and good times with friends.

We arrived a Friday afternoon, hoped the water taxi to San Pedro, and found our hotel. After we got settled we just had to Instagram the sunset.

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Belize is a small but interesting country. A part of the ancient Mayan civilization the country has a few temples you can visit. We jumped at the chance to visit the ruins and chose a package that offered cave tubing as well.  “Inland and Sea Adventures” on San Pedro coordinated the trip for us. I would NOT recommend this company, except for this tour. They are extremely disorganized and frankly a little rude. HOWEVER, our tour guide, Nuri, was an absolute delight.

After a water taxi ride back to the mainland, we met Nuri at the port. A native to Belize City, he was not only extremely educated about Belize, but the Mayan civilization as well. He taught us all about the creole language on our way to Altun Ha.

I’m not going to lie, you need to book this through a tour company. The roads are quite rough, and this is a more accessible temple!  I mean if you are really adventurous and are an expert driver, maybe, but be prepared. It’s worse than Michigan roads, which is saying a lot.

Once we arrived, we eagerly hopped out of the truck ready to transport ourselves to the time of the Mayans.

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I of course, went full tourist….

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Since we were cave tubing in the afternoon, I opted for this cute one piece and my favorite pair of running shorts. The tennis shoes are also water shoes, and a MUST. They were $20 and amazingly comfortable while I trekked all over the ruins and eventually through the Mayan Underworld.

Water Shoes | Scalloped One Piece | Shorts | Hat

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The site was breathtaking. These structures are hundreds of years old, but the architecture is sophisticated.

It is believed this was a religious city, and yes this was a city, and it was BOOMING.

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Pretty cool right? Probably fragile right? Nope, we get to climb them!

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This is the main temple. It’s significance? Well not only is it the temple on the Belikin Beer logo (The official beer of Belize)


But it is in fact the temple where they discovered the biggest piece of carved jade in Mayan history.

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She’s a beauty, isn’t she? Want to see some spectacular views?

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Well, let’s go for a climb.

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These babies are my new favorite, and they do not look like regular doppy water shoes…uhhh unless your into that sort of thing. For me, I am a little more high maintance with my shoes and I want style and comfort.

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This is a replica of the jade head. As I am sure you read in the picture *eyebrow wiggle* it is priceless and kept locked away for obvious reasons.

After a few hours at the ruins, we hopped back in the car and drove to hell.

I did not get any pictures cave tubing as I did not want to ruin any of our electronics, but I can tell you it was a lot of fun! We literally trekked through the jungle, hauling our tubes and helmets, and stared the ‘Mayan Underworld’ in the face. An ancient giant cave, filled with fresh cold water, and ghostly shadows. Spooky right?

All in all, it was an amazing day trip. This bloggers advice?

  • Inland and Sea Adventures for ONLY this tour. Request Nuri, as he was amazing.
  • Wear your water shoes and swimsuit.
  • Bring an extra pair of clothes. You will get wet in the cave and it is not fun to sit in the van with soggy bottoms.
  • Sunscreen, sunscreen. That tropical sun is a killer and it was HOT at the ruins.

Have you ever been to ancienct ruins before? Let me know in the comments below!

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Linens in Lavender

When I saw an ad on Facebook for a Lavender Festival I immediately called my mom and said, “We’re going!”

An afternoon wandering around a Lavender farm full of artisan vendors, music, and lavender infused food and drinks? Yes, please.

The 15th Annual Michigan Lavender Fest is in Armada, Michigan. This festival was July 14- 16 weekend. The theme this year was ‘A Symphony of the Senses.” My mom and I woke up early and made the drive, giddy to see (and smell) all of the Lavender. The festival opened at 10 a.m. and I was very thankful we got there early. The crowds were already fairly large, but we didn’t mind.

This festival does have a $7 admission fee, but the parking is free and many vendors give free samples, along with demonstrations.

We headed in, and were tickled pink…er lavender…at all amazing floras.

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Fresh bundles were around every corner, scenting the summer breeze with their soothing smell. It was magical.

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On top of all the amazing soaps, scrubs and fresh flowers were the decadent treats. We gorged ourselves on lavender shortbread (incredible!), lavender sugar cookies, lavender lemonade, lavender ice cream, lavender granola, lavender balsamic vinegar, and lavender fudge. To say that I was a happy camper, is an understatement.

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Bellies full, we decided it was time to head to the ‘U-Pick’ Lavender farm. We hopped on the tracker anticipating fields of purple to waltz around in like a girl in the french country side. What we were met with was a small plot of land that had been fairly picked over…

My favorite quote of the day went something like this:

  • Me: “Oh…there it is.”
  • Mom: “Where?”
  • Me: “Right there, were those people are standing.”
  • Mom: “Where?”

I am going to be honest, this was fairly disappointing. However, that doesn’t mean we didn’t make the most of our time in that fragrant field. Like learning this cool factoid, did you know there are three types of lavender? I didn’t!

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The field may have been disappointing in person, but it sure did photograph well.

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This linen dress is my new summer favorite. It’s light, airy and long enough to romp around in and not have to worry about anything. Basically, I am buying it in every color.

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Dress — Sandals (similar) Sunglasses (similar)Earrings

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The ‘U- Pick’ field cost $5 for 25- 26 stems of lavender. My mom and I decided this was not a good deal, and made of most of our bundles of lavender for photos.

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Stocked to the brim with bunches of lavender, food, and other goodies we said our goodbyes to the fragrant farm and headed home.

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So, would I recommend this festival? Absolutely! It’s fun and you will leave feeling utterly relaxed after a day in the sun with lavender wafting through the breeze. However, don’t expect any giant fields, it’s truly only a plot.

If you are interested in learning more check out their website here: Michigan Lavender Festival. Some quick tips, get there early, bring a basket (especially if you want to buy bundles of lavender), and don’t forget the sunscreen! No need to worry about cash, the parking is free and all the vendors and the farm except credit cards.

I think this may be a new annual event for me. I am feeling lavender blue dilly dilly.

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Maxi’s at Magnolia

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Any fans of Fixer Upper and Chip & Joanne Gaines? Raise your hand.

*pssst….My hands are frantically waving in the air*

While in Fort Worth over the Fourth of July holiday, I decided that I absolutely had to make the drive down to Waco (only and hour and a half) to visit the mecca of HGTV. Yes, THE Magnolia Silos. I left before dawn in hopes to get there right at 7:30 a.m. when the bakery opens, slide through the line and make my through the rest of Magnolia. As I approached the destination with a maniacal laugh, praising myself that my evil plan had worked I noticed the line…oh boy.

Dazed, I made my way past the Cross Fit store in search of parking. Here is a tip, DO NOT pay the $10 the church and other stores are charging to park in their lots. There is free parking behind the cross fit building and it is owned by Magnolia.

Easily sliding into a spot, I grabbed my hat and clutch and made my way to The Silo lawn just as dawn broke.

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Quite scenic right?

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Another tip, if you are not used to the Texas heat you need to get to The Silos at 7:30 a.m. I was thankful I had a hat, maxi dress, and sunscreen on, it was roasting and it wasn’t the delicious bakery and coffee shop either, it was me! Make sure you are prepared. I can only imagine what it is like in the late morning/afternoon. Get there early, it is worth it to watch the sun come up over the peaks.

When in Rome, do as the Roman’s do. Sweet little dress right? Light, airy, but still sexy and sophisticated. It’s the perfect summer dress.

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Dress Hat (similar)Sandals (similar)

The bakery opens at 7:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday while the rest of the stores do not open until 9:00 a.m. Having took my fill of pictures, I planted myself in line ready to devour the infamous Silos Bakery cupcakes for breakfast.

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The line is quick-moving as you have to fill out these cards before you enter the actual store.

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After about a 45 minute wait, I placed my order, got my Banana Creme and Lavender Lemon Cupcake and headed out to the Magnolia Seed and Supply Garden. Here, I ate my cupcake (yes it was amazing) and waltzed around the flowers.

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Throughly sugared out, I headed toward the shining beckon of The Silos of course is the Magnolia Store.

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If I thought the line to the bakery was bad, you should have seen my face when I saw the line to this storefront. Do not despair the store is actually much larger than it appears and I only waited in this line for about 10 minutes.

There is so much to see and do in the store, I did not snap any pictures as I was busy shopping. However, this is a MUST if you are a fan of Joanne’s style and aesthetic. I snatched up a few things for my mom (and of course a few things for me) and decided to say adieu.

Stuffed with cupcakes and home goods I raced back to my car to escape the ever climbing temperature and growing crowds.

This is a must for any visit to Texas. It’s family friendly, beautiful, and one of a kind. I left feeling radiant! Don’t forget this bloggers tips: Free parking is available and get there early to beat the crowds and heat.

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