Awhile back, I had a chat with my mentor, business coach, and friend. He was giving me a much needed kick in the pants about self-confidence. We all have moments like that right? Anyway, he said something that really struck me about YOU, my clients & potential clients clients. Without me, you could be gambling you time & money away! Wow, that is something I certainly would never want!
Would you put thousands of dollars in a slot machine, hit max bet, then pull the reel?
Would you throw thousands of dollars down on the roulette table, bet zero, and hope for the best?
Would you hit "purchase" on a website for a vacation that is thousands of dollars to a resort you've never heard of without speaking to an professional that could help you select the best destination and resort for you & your budget?
I hope not.
I don't know about you, but my precious vacation time and hard earned money are something I do not want to gamble away. But, without consulting a travel pro, you could be leaving your vacation up to complete chance.
You're short on time between work, kids, life, all of the things, so you do a quick Google search & book your vacation. You just know it is going to be wonderful, because those website photos were incredible! Several months later, you arrive at the resort only to realize the beach isn't swimmable or the resort is undergoing renovations with intrusive construction crews.
Or you are so busy wedding planning, you don't have much time to research honeymoon spots, so you book a resort you saw on Instagram. The photos you came crossed looked to sexy and romantic! You arrive for an intimate honeymoon, only to find kids.every.where!
These issues, among many others, could all be easily avoided by working with a travel designer like us for your vacation!
I've been in trenches, been to the destinations, seen the resorts, and I want to share my first hand experiences so we can curate the best vacation for YOU and your wants & needs!
Stop gambling away your precious time and hard earned money, and work with Discovereighng with Dana Travel to plan your honeymoon, vacation, or even destination wedding! Contact us here to start planning today!
Hey y'all! I hope you are had a great weekend and are having a great week so far! As always, things are busy, busy around here. But no matter how busy I am, I keep up with keeping a consistent skincare routine. This is something that is very new to me in the past year. I never did well with a true, consistent routine, and, wow, can I tell a difference, especially when traveling!
Last year, I was introduced to Colleen Rothschild Beauty via several ladies I follow on Instagram. I finally made the investment, and added several of her products to my beauty pantry. After the first application, I was HOOKED! My skin had never felt to soft and radiant. And I am not exaggerating. Since then, I have added several more of her products to my routine, and my skin has never felt or looked better. I stick to this routine while traveling as well, and I don't feel such a drastic change in my skin due to various changes in climates, conditions, and altitudes as I have in the past when traveling or flying.
Paired with a few other products, Colleen Rothschild is game changing, so naturally I want to share this with everyone. I feel like all of my friends are going to get her Discovery Kit for birthday or Christmas gifts! I know that I sound like a saleswoman, but I promise this is 100% authentic! I am a believer!
So, here is my life changing skincare routine. I've linked the products I use and included when & what order I use them.
Night Face Routine
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser | In the shower, I wash off the day's makeup & grime with Cetaphil. This isn't a necessary step, but I like the added wash. Cetaphil is gentle enough it does not strip my skin, so it pairs great with the next step.
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Radiant Cleansing Balm | This would be my #1 pick for my beauty skin routine. This cleansing balm has completely changed my life. The first time I used it, I knew it was going to be a game changer. It is so nourishing, yet melts off your make up. It is so gentle, you can rub it on your eye makeup and open your eyes while washing. To wash off you use a muslin cloth included with the cleanser that gives a bit of exfoliation. I cannot recommend this enough!
Frankenscince Essential Oil | Not only does it smell amazing, Frankenscince oil is amazing for your skin! It is great for helping with scarring, rashes, and burns, but it also helps with anti-aging. I use a roller top on the essential oil bottle, and do a quick roll on my forehead, each cheekbone, and under my jaw line. I apply 2-3 times a week using a jade roller.
Jade Roller | I use a jade roller to not only rub in the frankenscine oil, but for other benefits to my skin as well. It is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, assist in lymphatic drainage & blood circulation, and eliminate toxins in the skin. You can read some great information on the benefits of jade rolling here. I use this duo 2-3 times a week.
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Sheer Renewal Cream | This is my #2 pick from Colleen Rothschild Beauty. I have never used a face cream that I love, but this is incredible! It leaves my skin feeling silky and hydrated. It does not leave a sticky film, and my skin feels refreshed when I wake up in the morning.
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Extreme Recovery Cream | I recently added this into my routine, and it is so good! My skin drinks up this thicker cream! Creams that I have tried in the past have made my skin feel clogged and sticky, but this is so breathable. I use this cream a couple of times a week, though it you can use it every day. I think this is a great cream for the harsher cold of the winter. Lately, I've tended to use the Sheer Renewal Cream when it is much hotter or humid outside.
Morning Face Routine
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Vitamin C Treatment Complex | This is also a recent add to my routine. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects against sun damage and has anti-aging benefits. I put this on a few minutes before my moisturizer, and never even feel it there!
Neutrogena Suncreen Moisturizer | In the past I never moisturized my skin in the mornings. I didn't want to feel like my face was suffocating under my make up. But since using the Vitamin C Treatment and this sunscreen Moisturizer, I realize I was doing the opposite for my skin. My skin was unprotected, and, therefore, free to soak in my makeup, unprotected against sun damage, and subject to the dirt & grime of the day. My skin no longer feels cakey or like it can't breath when I wear make up, and I rest easy knowing that my precious skin is protected agains the sun. I love the lightweight feeling of this moisturizer.
Chapstick | What can I say? I'm a simple girl—I love some regular ole Chapstick! The now have Chapstick with sunscreen, so it is a great addition to my skincare. I apply this multiple times a day, and under lipstick.
Travel Bottles | These are my favorite travel bottles. Though they are not the TSA approved size for carry-on, they are my favorite for checked bags. There is nothing worse than running out of what I need, so this size guarantees I won't run out of my Cetaphil or other soaps or shampoos while traveling.
Travel Jars | I hate to bring my full size jars of beauty skincare products, so these jars are great for carrying just enough of each product for my trip. They are great for giving samples to share with my girlfriends as well.
Plan to Try Soon
Colleen Rothschild Beauty Intense Hydrating Mask | I've been reading up on this hydrating mask, and I hope to try it soon. What appeals my to this mask is that you can wash it off, or just let it soak into your skin. So great for low maintenance!
Turmeric & Neem Oil Brightening Mask | Neem oil is all the rage right now. It is in hair care products for hydrating & strengthening the hair. In this case, paired with turmeric, you get the benefits of hydrating, strengthening, and brightening of the skin.
I want to add that I know the Colleen Rothschild products are pricey. However, I I have had the same jar of the Cleansing Balm since October. So though they are an investment, the products are worth it and lasting!
I hope this encourages you to get into a skincare routine that works for YOU, because implementing a routine has been so amazing for my skin and how I feel.
Note: This post is not sponsored in anyway. These are just products that I use, and truly believe in! Colleen Rothschild Beauty has drastically changed my skin, and I want to share it with EVERYONE!
This post does contain affiliate links via Amazon.
Packing for a vacation has really become an art form for me! I think about efficiency, baggage weight, organization, cleanliness, and how I can pack all of the things. Since having babies, now it is even more of a puzzle! Of course I want to share my tips with you, so I compiled a list of my packing essentials that can all be found on Amazon.
Now, a couple of things don't really have to do with packing. However, they are game changers in the travel game, so I decided to go ahead and include them. Your welcome! :P Anyhow, let's get down to it! Here are my travel packing essentials picks from Amazon.
Rolling Under the Seat Carry On | Shoe Bags | Large Toiletry Bag
Phone Tripod | Laundry Detergent | Power Bank | Jewelry Case
Cable Organizer | Packing Cubes | RFID Passport Cover
Rolling Under the Seat Carry On | I purchased this while traveling & pumping. It was perfect for my breast pump and all of those necessities. Now, it works great as a carry on without breaking my back. Goodbye backpack. I love that it fits under the seat, so counts as my personal item rather than carry bag. So basically, I could still bring a carry on suitcase if I wanted to.
Shoe Bags | When packing shoes in my luggage, I always think about the germs I'm packing along with them. So I decided to start using packing shoe bags. These are big enough to fit 2-3 pair per bag, are washable, and work well alongside packing cubes. Win-win all around!
Large Toiletry Bag | Ok, so I HATE tiny travel sized bottles. I would rather bring my full size shampoo, soap, etc. toiletry items. Problem? Finding a toiletry bag big enough to fit the larger bottles. FINALLY, found the perfect one! Not only do many large bottles fit, but it is also has a hanger. You might wonder about the TSA liquids rule, but I almost always check my bag. This keeps me from worrying about the liquids rule, so this works great for me.
Phone Tripod | This is one of those items that has nothing to do with packing, but has been a game changer for me during travel. You might not always have someone to take your picture and selfie sticks are OUT! This tripod is the perfect solution. My favorite feature? You can wrap it around a railing to keep it in place!
Laundry Detergent | No, laundry isn't something I want to think about while on vacation, but sometimes it is called for. Think activities where you sweat a lot, baby poop getting on clothes, or you need to freshen up your bra—this in the sink laundry pods are perfect! I wash in the sink or even the tub before bed, wring, then hang dry overnight.
Power Bank | Another one of those items that doesn't necessarily have to do with packing, but it is a must for me! Power banks have changed the world. I no long have to worry about a low battery or running out of juice to take all of the pictures I want. A power bank is here to save the day!
Jewelry Case | Ok, I am in LOVE with this jewelry case for two main reasons. 1) the necklace hooks 2) the zipper! I also love that it is a hard case. It is small enough to fit in your purse or the in room safe. I don't typically take a ton of jewelry on a trip, but it is so nice to have options and a place to safely store them.
Cable Organizer | This might be one of my top picks. Having a cable organizer is essential to my sanity when traveling. There are few things worse than not being able to find the cord you need or finding tangled up cords. This solves it all. Love that it is compact enough to slip in my carry on, yet fits all of the cords I need and more!
Packing Cubes | Along with the shoe bags, I recently started using packing cubes. #gamechanger Seriously, these have changed everything about how I pack, and stay organized while packing AND traveling. It is so nice to organize outfits by day, throw the cube in the hotel dresser, and never have to dig for what I'm looking for—it is all in the appropriate cube! Truly life changing! These are easy to wash so they work great for storing dirty clothes for your return trip. Just be sure to skip the dryer! Don't ask me how I know. Ha!
RFID Passport Cover | Last Amazon pick, an RFID passport cover. When traveling where my passport is required, I typically have my passport cover double as my wallet. So, it is great peace of mind knowing that my credit cards and identification are protected with the RFID protection. I love my Fossil passport cover. You can find it on Amazon or if you purchase directly from Fossil, you can have it embossed with your name or initials. Bonus that it is pretty!
Loopy Case | This isn't on Amazon, but I HAD to share it with y'all. Not only has traveling changed for me with the Loopy Case, but my life as well! This phone case is so much better than a "ring" or pop socket on the back of your phone. It is flexible, your finger fits right in the loop, and you can carry so much more in your hands if need be. I LOVE it, and HIGHLY recommend it!
So, what are you packing essentials? Do you use any products or organizers not listed while your packing for vacation? I love hearing new ideas for planning out my suitcases! Be sure to share your ideas and thoughts in the comments. Thank you for stopping by!
*This post contains affiliate links.
Planning for an all-inclusive vacation is so exciting! The thought of a stunning Caribbean beach, endless cocktails, and a sexy room to call home for a week sounds better and better with each passing day. You’re ready to get started planning and booking, but there are a few things to consider before you get started.
I’ve put together a short list of a few important factors to consider when planning your all-inclusive vacation. Some you may have thought about, others you may not have realized at all! Keep reading to found out a few tips for planning your all-inclusive resort vacation.
Not All Resorts are Created Equal
i.e. You get what you pay for. Beach quality, room quality, food quality all makes a difference no matter what your budget is. So just remember that not all all-inclusive resorts are created equal. Cheaper does not mean better.
A major draw to all-inclusive resorts in the beach. Imagine you get to your resort only to realize that the ocean at your resort isn’t even swimmable or that the beach isn’t really a beach at all. You’ll want to research that the resort is in fact on a beach, and on a beach that suits your wants and needs.
The number one factor I look at is the length of time of your vacation and the number of restaurants. Say your vacation is 7 days, but there are only 3 restaurants at a resort you are considering. Odds are, you are going to be cranky and tired of that food by the time it is all said and done. This is something many people don’t think about. Spend a little more for a resort with a better restaurant selection, and you’ll be glad you did!
Many resorts offer room categories that have extra perks—free excursions, additional restaurants or bars not accessible to other guests, additional club amenities, butler level service, and even preferred pools for guests who pay the additional cost. If these added amenities are appealing to you, look for room categories like “preferred,” “club,” or “butler.”
Ocean View May Not Mean Ocean Front
If you’re wanting a room with a view, you need to know that ocean view and ocean front aren’t created equal. Ocean front means just that—no buildings to block your view between you and the ocean. Ocean view may not be quite so glamorous. Not all resorts go by this standard, but often times ocean view is not as close to the ocean as you envision. The ocean could be far in the distance, but still visible from your window or balcony, as such that is technically ocean view. So you’ll want to make sure you are getting what you expect.
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So you’ve booked your vacation with Discovereighng with Dana at a beautiful Caribbean all-inclusive resort! You’re counting down the days until your toes are in the sand and you’re overlooking the bluest water you’ve ever seen. You can picture it perfectly, except what to pack! I’m here to save your day with a simple packing list for an all-inclusive tropical vacation.
Somethings on the list are pretty obvious—swimsuit, sandals, etc. But others might have you thinking, “what’s this about?” I’ve made a list you can review and even save to your phone (see below), but I also want to point out a few items on the list that may have you scratching your head! Read on to see about the items I recommend packing that you may not think of.
Change of Clothes & Swimsuit in Your Carry-On
Upon check-in, many times resorts will deliver your luggage to your room later or maybe your room isn’t quite ready yet. Having a swimsuit or change of clothes handy in your carry-on allows you to start enjoying the beach and resort amenities right away! A fun maxi dress is the perfect outfit option!
Outfit for a Night Out
Often times people forget about evening wear. Many resort restaurants require specific attire for evening meals. Long pants for men with a collared shirt and a dress or fun romper for ladies are the perfect options. You don’t have to dress fancy, but it is fun to dress up for a night out! Perhaps hit one of the resort bars or clubs after to keep the evening excitement going! I love jumpsuits like this or this & rompers for vacation nights out, because they pack easy & are fun to style!
This one may have you scratching your head but hear me out. Many resorts do offer snorkeling & snorkeling gear on property. However, some charge a small rental fee for the gear. Bring your own snorkel gear along to 1) avoid the rental fee and 2) be more comfortable with gear you are familiar with.
I know this sounds like a given, but SO many people forget to pack sunscreen for their tropical vacation. You may think you don’t need it but trust me—the sun is way stronger in the Caribbean than here in the States. Better safe than sorry! Plus, you’ll save yourself a lot by not having to buy it from the resort gift shop. I am a huge fan of Sun Bum Sunscreen, because it is safe for our precious coral reefs!
Packing an insulated cup is the ultimate all-inclusive packing hack! Imagine sitting on the beach with your drink hand enjoying the warm Caribbean sun, only your drink is melted and watered down before you can even finish half. Good thing you have an insulated cup to the rescue! You can pour your drinks in your cup to keep them colder longer. Bonus points for a cute color & vinyl sticker that matches your swimsuit! ;)
Are there any other items you recommend packing for an all-inclusive resort tropical vacation? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments.
When working with me for your vacation you get firsthand knowledge, advice, and tips just like this. Ready to get started? Let’s plan a trip!