Thursday, May 30, 2013

It's been a long, long week...

Hello sweet friends! I've missed you all. It's been a very long and stressful week at the Slater house. I'm not going to elaborate too much, but I will be gone for a few days to West Virginia to spend time with my family, before leaving for NC for my bestie's wedding next Wednesday! I can't wait to return to happy postings. Trust me. In the meantime, keep on smiling. :o) I promise when I come back, I will have lot's of fun posts! Please keep my family in your prayers. xoxo

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Thank You!

This weekend has already been jam-packed, and it's only Sunday, but I wanted to take a quick minute to say THANK YOU to the men and women that are currently serving, have served, and those who have sacrificed their lives doing so. Tomorrow is for you and your families. 

Everyone have a safe and wonderful holiday! xoxo

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Mike!

Today, is my wonderful father-in-law, Mike's birthday! And, we couldn't be more excited that he is on his way to Ohio RGHT NOW to spend a few days with us. He lives in Texas, and like the rest of our family, we don't get to see him as nearly as often as we would like to, so our times together are always special, and very fun because he is so fun! We love you Papaw, and can't wait to see you! Have a safe trip and great day! We will celebrate soon! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cabo Part 3: New Friends

While in Cabo a few weeks ago, Justin and I met some amazing people! Normally when we're on our vacations, we socialize, but don't spend a lot of time with people we meet. This was not the case this trip, but I'm sure glad we did because we enjoyed meeting and spending time with them all! And, although we all live across the country, and even in Canada, thanks to today's technology, we are able to keep in touch. Here are some pics of some of our new friends:

We met Laura and Andrew (the doctors from New York) and Crystal and Mike (from San Jose, California, not Mexico) at the pool one afternoon, and we all 6 hit it off, so we spent a night on the town having a delicious dinner and then bar hopping. What a fun night! We hung out the entire next day with Laura and Andrew at the pool and talked all about our night. They were all awesome, and I wish we all lived closer!

We met Liz and Lauren (a mother-daughter duo from Canada) at the pool one day and had a great afternoon! A few days later, we spent a day with them at Medano Beach drinking at Mango Deck and swimming. We also saw them at many meals and around the hotel. They even met us in the lobby before we were leaving to say good-bye! They were both so sweet. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Trendy Tot Tuesday: Summer Days

Happy Trendy Tot Tuesday everyone! We have been having gorgeous weather here in Ohio, and I've been having some fun dressing Miss Tinley up in all her new (and last year's!) summer clothes. Andddd having fun shoppin' online too, although her closet is jam-packed already. But, I just can't help it. Little girl's clothing is just too cute. I'm obsessed with the Baby Gap line right now. All the bright colors, the skinny jeans, the sandals, and did I mention bathing suits?! It's all adorable! Here are some of my favorites for the summer season. 

Summer 2

What are some of your favorite finds for the summer? Want to join the link up? We'd love to have you! Follow Kelly, Megan, and  Lindsayand link up your post! :o) Happy Tuesday!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Vote for Samantha!

Hi Walkin' On Sunshine friends! My name is Samantha and I blog over at Hooah and Hiccups!

Kelly is sweet enough to let me say hi today and... ask for your help and votes!! A few months back, contacted me in regards to a Blogger Styling Contest! Of course, I was ALL over it!

How it works: myself and three other bloggers each received the same pair of shoes. We were all told to style it our own way and then the public would be voting on who styled the pair of shoes the best!

So here's how I styled them! 

The Naya Shoes are absolutely adorable! Not to mention they're super comfortable and perfect for shorts and a tee, a maxi dress, or really any casual look you want to pair them with. My Bubba Bear has been giving me a run for my money recently and these shoes are comfortable enough for me to chase him around! 

I also love that they are made using eco-friendly materials; cork, bamboo and chrome-free leather are among the materials used. 

So now I need your help!! These shoes are totally down my fashion alley and I hope that you love how I styled them; enough so that you'll vote for me to win!

Want to win a pair too? You can enter to win a pair on the voting page after you VOTE (preferably for me :))

So please, vote here! Leave me a little comment if you voted... I want to thank each and every one of you for your support and help! Love you ALL!

In case you missed it... VOTE HERE!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Twice As Posh

For all you fashionable mamas out there, you have to check out Twice as Posh, a new marketplace to buy and sell gently used name brand children's clothing. Thanks to my friends Brandi over at Brooklyn State of Mind and Kaitlyn from Wifessionals for creating this new baby! You can read more about Twice as Posh over at their blogs, and follow @twiceasposh on Instagram to see what it's all about! 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cabo: Part 2, Todos Santos

Justin and I have been to Cabo several times, and every time we go, we kind of do the same thing. Mind you, I'm definitely not complaining, because it's one of our favorite places in the world. But, this time, we wanted to do a little something different. When Jorge, our driver, picked us up from the airport   when we arrived, he told us about a little town about an hour north of Cabo, called Todos Santos. Justin does lot's of research on the area, so he had heard of it before, and had mentioned going before Jorge even did. Jorge just talked us into going once he said he would pick us up from the hotel, and tour us around the town for 6 hours, showing us all the hot spots. He'd even bring a cooler of Coronitas for the road. Sold! Once we arrived at the hotel, we had about a 30 minute wait until we could check in, so we headed to the lobby bar, ordered some mojitos, and booked our excursion online for Tuesday, April 30th. Jorge would be picking us up at 9:30am. 

He was right on time! He picked us up and we made the hour drive to Todos Santos, a very artsy town north of Cabo, full of culture. We drove around the town for a bit, and then he parked and we got out and walked the rest of the time. Our first stop was La Misión, or the church. Almost everyone in Mexico is Catholic, let me tell you, they are all about their religion! Some even go twice a day. The inside of La Misión de Todos Santos was just gorgeous. 

This was right outside La Misión de Todos Santos, looking over the outskirts of Todos Santos. 

We walked around downtown, and came to the town square, with a gazebo, stage, and even a small theatre. They were setting up the square for El Día Del Niño, or Children's Day. We even passed by a school where we saw some kids celebrating. It was so neat!

We made our way to the Cultural Center, where they had replicas of the way the first settlers in Todos Santos lived. This was the inside of the hut where they would sleep. Notice the baby cradle!

And this was the kitchen. It's amazing to see how people lived way before we did. I don't think I could ever live like they did...

These plants are aloe vera, what us Americans bathe in when we get sunburned! This is where they grow and make it.

We did some shopping in the local shops, and even bought Tinley the cutest handmade dress. I did dress her up in it on Cinco de Mayo, but she wasn't feeling good, so I didn't get a pic. I'll try to get one soon. But, just take my word for it, she looks adorable in it!

Todos Santos is probably most well-known for Hotel California. Yes, like the song! Although it is still a fully operating hotel (that isn't too expensive to stay at actually!), it's mostly used as a tourist destination. 

At the entrance of Hotel California

There's a gorgeous courtyard out back that they have turned into a restaurant. Justin and I couldn't resist getting some drinks and a snack out there. 

After our bellies were full and we were shopped out, we got in the car, and headed to la playa, or the beach! Jorge knew of the coolest beach club called El Cerritos Surf and Beach Club, where they have tables set out on the sand and they bring you drinks for as long as you want. Seriously, I could've sat there all day drinking banana daiquiris and watching the surfers. But, our tour was only 6 hours and we had 1 final stop to make. 

At km 69 in between Cabo and Todos Santos, sits this small place called Art & Beer. From the outside, it doesn't look like much. Even Jorge had never before been inside. But, once we walked in, we knew we wouldn't want to leave. This place is indescribable. Really. Justin and I still have yet to be able to put it into words when talking to friends and family about our trip. "It was just the coolest place ever," we end up saying! But, for your sake, I'll try my best to put it into words. Basically, it's this hut owned by 2 hippies, a husband and wife, that have traveled the world and have photos from their travels all over the place. They make their drinks from all natural ingredients, and are best known for their mojitos and Bloody Mary's. Their food is as fresh as it gets. And they're the nicest people. Anyway, after you order a drink, you can sit inside, or go outside, and take a walk. A longggg walk, down this boardwalk they've built through the desert, with the coolest, most modern pieces of art you have ever seen. And this goes on for miles and miles. I was just in awe as I walked and starred. Really. Like I said, there are no words! I recommend anyone that's in the area to go to Art & Beer. And look for my picture with the owner hanging somewhere! Here are some pictures from our visit, since I'm struggling with words... 



Pina Colada

Fresh clams with hot sauce!

The view from the balcony

Playing around with my panorama settings on my iPhone. I wished I had my nice camera for this trip! This was from the balcony also. Just amazing. 

Justin sampled their tequila. He liked it so much, he bought a bottle! My favorite part: The owner's face is on the bottle!

Delicious mojito!

The owner

They even gave us road sodies! No idea what this beer was, but it was little!

What a great day! These pictures are making me want to go back already...

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