Secrets The Vine, Cancun – Resort Review

Secrets The Vine, Cancun, Mexico

Last week, I was blessed with yet another tropical vacation to one of my favorite places to relax: Mexico. From Dallas, it’s an easy two-hour flight, making it a simple travel day typically resulting in champagne by 2PM. This was probably the tenth all-inclusive resort I’ve stayed at, so I’m pretty much a pro at making the most of this kind of resort!

Secrets The Vine is an adults only resort that has 3 pools, a large beach and seven restaurants to choose from. There are daily events such as mixology classes, wine tasting, dancing, water aerobics, yoga, tabata, cooking classes & more.

The beach has several water sports you can take advantage of like parasailing or jet skiing. There are also plenty of chairs and umbrellas to lay on the beach if you prefer. I always stay by the pool but will make my way down to the beach a few times throughout the day to swim in the waves!

The wi-fi is FREE (hence my constant Insta updates) and the rooms include an iPad type device that you can order room service on, check out the daily events, and much more. This hotel is truly top-notch, boasts modern design and makes it very easy for incredibly busy people to relax with convenience and incredible service.

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TCM 10 Day Challenge Recap – Final Thoughts

The ten-day challenge is a wrap ladies! What a great way to start the year with a positive and strong body + mind.

To read up on the workout plan and meal plan we followed, click here. I also included a description of which supplements I lean on to get me through the workouts!

Final Thoughts – Healthy Food + Fitness = Life

I’m currently excited to be working on a post about a new service I discovered, but realized I haven’t shared an update on the ten day challenge we completed! So briefly, here a few of the takeaways from the ten days of working out + healthy eating:

  1. Working out ten days in a row made me feel stronger – both physically and mentally. Creating this habit can be hard, especially after taking a month off from going to the gym 3-4 times a week. But now that it’s over, I’m so ready to keep up my habit of working out and sweating it out! It really helps with my anxiety as well as self-image. Fat days are a real thing and they really blow. Working out is the biggest way to instantly feel better about myself and how my body is shaped. If you haven’t gotten back into the swing of things, not to worry. I’m going to share a post on the things I use to keep me motivated to workout! Stay tuned!
  2. Eating healthy is also challenging (dreaming of queso…) but with planning, it isn’t so bad. I meal prepped my breakfast and lunches so that whenever it was time to eat, I didn’t let my mind wander on what I should eat or what I could eat (AKA Chick-fil-a always sounds good). I also planned my dinners I would be cooking ahead of time to help remain focused. My metabolism is pretty fast so I feel like I’m always hungry, which is what gets me in trouble. I used the My Fitness Pal to count calories and macros. I’m still learning what macros even are (LOL) but it truly is crazy how quickly things add up! It was a good reminder to not have those extra snacks because 2-3 snack sesh’s turn into 500-600 extra, unnecessary calories.
  3. Not drinking is my biggest fault – I was unable to stick to the whole “don’t drink for ten days”. I had a birthday dinner, birthday brunch, double date night twice and board meeting. All 5 of these events included wine, which I only said no to at the brunch. I have a really hard time saying “no” in social situations. I almost always cave when my peers are enjoying a drink. When I’m at home or alone, I have control and I’m good. But this just shows me that I need to work on that part of myself in 2018!

Overall, I loved the challenge because I had several girlfriends and readers join in on the fun! We texted in a group message everyday different recipe and workout ideas. Accountability is the key to success for me and lots of other women. I can do anything I set my mind to, but I also need someone to hold me accountable. 🙂

After the challenge, I feel less heavy from the holidays, tighter all around, and plan to continue to count my calories and push it at the gym to shed a few more lbs from all my holiday indulging!

How do you stay fit? What’s your favorite thing to do to get back in shape after taking a little time off?!

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Jump Start To A Stronger, Healthier YOU – TCM 10 Day Challenge

Setting unrealistic fitness goals is what I do best (am I the only one?!) I have come to the realization that setting a goal of working out 5-7 days a week every single week for the rest of the year is unreasonable. At least, for me it is.

Work, volunteering, blogging, side gigging, working out, singing + all while maintaining a social life is quite the plate full. #millennialproblems

However…what we can do is challenge ourselves for a (shorter) amount of time to help jump-start our year with healthier habits!

Starting this Sunday, I’m asking ALL girl bosses who are excited about the new year and who want to give their body a good kick in the rear to join me in The Candid Millennial 10 Day Challenge!

To kick things off, I have some links to share:

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Gifting Beauty Essentials: 6 Make Up Must-Haves

There’s nothing better than getting brand new makeup as a gift! It’s such a fun surprise, from the packaging, to the beautiful design of the product, to applying it and seeing what it looks like when you put it on your skin!

Whether you’re looking for something for your best friend, sister, mom or aunt, adding one or two of your favorite makeup items or brands to your gift is simply thoughtful and fun.

I’ve rounded up a few of my must-have beauty items that I use every single day to help get you started on the best gifts for your babes!

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Top 10 Black Friday Gifts You Can Buy Online 2017

Black Friday is probably my favorite holiday of the year because I don’t think I like anything more than getting a great deal. I’m always sending friends coupons or sharing the latest sales in G-chat. I mean why pay full price for anything when you can always find a way to get it on sale?!

So low and behold, I am sharing my top 10 Black Friday picks this holiday season. Please note – I will list where you can buy these items online NOW.

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3 Ways To Slow Down + This Weeks Outfits

Can ya’ll believe Thanksgiving is already here? I’m going to try and get a post up tomorrow with some last minute outfit inspiration for the big feast!

This year has been the fastest year of my life. I’m not sure if it has to do with my career change to sales or just the simple fact that time goes by faster as you get older, but I sure am wishing time would slow down just a bit!

This past weekend I visited my 95 year old grandfather in Nebraska. It’s honestly been at least 15 years since I’ve been to Oakland. It was actually nice to slow down, stop the rat race and smell the roses. Not literally, but you know 🙂
Stress, commitments and deadlines have all kept my mind super wired. Sometimes I don’t know if I can take much more, wondering if everything I have going on is going to lead me to a mental breakdown. Am I the only one who feels this way?!
Thankfully, the holidays are just around the corner and we will all get to slow it down for a minute, relax and spend time with those we love.
If you’re trying to find a way to unwind, relax and give your mind a rest, I have three of my favorite tips to do just that.
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5 Fall Outfits Under $100 + Slowing Down – Instagram Story Edition

I think it’s safe to say that fall is my absolute FAVORITE time of year to shop for clothes. There’s something about booties, skinny jeans, and sweaters that make life seem so good and well put together.

Not to mention, on colder nights you can find me wrapped up in a blanket, catching up on Real Housewives and scrolling through Instagram looking for inspiration and connecting with others for hours. Please tell me I’m not alone in this…

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10 Must Do’s In Las Vegas

We just got back from an amazing trip to Las Vegas that was SO long but short. Have ya’ll ever gotten home from a trip and thought… that felt like forever but also went by in a blink of an eye? It’s like post-trip FOMO // depression // can I sleep now?

I don’t normally take early morning/late evening flights unless it’s for work, but I took the cheap route on this trip (flights are cheaper at this time since no one in their right mind would want to fly at these hours for fun).

But I have to pat myself on the back and say… it was actually cool to do SO much in only four days. While I’m still recovering from it all, I’ll sleep when I die!

Our flight arrived at 6:55AM – YES – AM – on Thursday morning and returned to Dallas at 11:30PM on Sunday evening, getting us home around 12:30AM since I checked a bag (girl probs).

We spent four FULL days in Vegas to see our sweet friends get married poolside at The Mirage. It truly was a gorgeous ceremony and fun after party. But we made sure to make a trip out of it as well.

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