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17 Things that will Pleasantly Surprise you About All-Inclusive Resorts

December 6, 2016

Views from the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica All-Inclusive Resort

Views from the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica All-Inclusive ResortI recently was able to attend Click Retreat Conference for Bloggers in Jamaica.   The conference was located at the beautiful Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, an all-inclusive Resort in Montego Bay.  The Resort was absolutely gorgeous!  The pools, the ocean views, the beach.  It was truly Caribbean Vacation heaven!  *Be sure to enter the Dream Vacation GIVEAWAY below for a chance to experience a little slice of heaven for yourself!Views from the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica Resort

Walking down the grand staircase at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica

It was my first time in Jamaica, as well as staying at an all-inclusive resort.  I have always been curious about the all-inclusive route for travel, and to be honest I haven’t heard the best reviews, so I really wasn’t sure what to expect.  I’m more of a go-go-go type when it comes to vacations.  I just love to explore, and immerse myself in local cultures, I love to see new things, so the relaxing all-inclusive resort life was all new to me.  And, guess what?  I loved it!  Maybe this mama really needed a break, but sitting around eating and relaxing couldn’t have been a better option for me right now!  I don’t think I have felt that relax in a really, really long time. If ever!  This mama needed this!

Fez Moroccan Style Rooftop Lounge at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica Resort Beach Views from the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica Resort

Beach Views from the Hyatt Ziva Jamaica Resort

With my travel plans already being taken care of for me by attending the Click Retreat conference, it was nice to just sit back and enjoy the research someone else had done in order to find a great location and accommodations.  Usually that is my job when I travel with my family, so I was thrilled to not have to worry about any of the details, and know I was in good hands!  I was also able to easily set up my flight plans from Salt Lake into Montego Bay with Funjet Vacations.  I briefly spoke with one of their agents, and we quickly set up my flight plans, and I was good to go!

I had been so busy previous to heading out to the conference, and making all the arrangements and logistics for my kids and family back home, that I didn’t even get a chance to really look into the details of where we were staying for the conference.  I didn’t even realize it was going to be an all-inclusive Resort until a few days before.

Honestly, I have heard some mixed reviews on All-inclusive Resorts, so I really wasn’t sure what I was going to expect, but I will say that I was pleasantly surprised!  That being said, I don’t believe that all of the all-inclusive Resorts are created equal, so selecting the right all-inclusive is key.Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Playa Resort Jamaica

Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Playa Resort Jamaica

I was lucky to have a great experience my first time at an all inclusive resort.  I can imagine I now have a pretty high standard when it comes to Resorts with the Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall Jamaica as my first experience with an All-Inclusive!  The grounds were gorgeous, and I was well attended to, and had an amazing time there!

If you have ever thought about going the All-Inclusive Resort Route, then I wanted to share  with you a few things that I was pleasantly surprised with!

(Read more for my full list, and a Enter to Win a stay at any Playa Resort!)

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The Perfect Resort Wear with Janie and Jack // Children’s Fashion

November 11, 2016

Mom and Children Fashion

Children's Fashion Janie and Jack

While on our Fall Break at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, we got dressed up and headed out to dinner one night at Proof Canteen restaurant.  I love dressing my kids in clothing I love, that is also good quality that I know will last.  My kids can be rough on their clothing with how active they are, so quality kids clothing has always been important to me.  I have always loved Janie and Jack clothing for my children, and I’m excited to partner with them on this post!  They always have the cutest selection, and most importantly, it is such good quality!Children's Fashion Janie and JackBoys Clothing and Fashion Janie and Jack

We had a little time before dinner, and the kids just looked so darling that I had to snap a few photos of them.  Thomas was obviously thrilled, whenever I take out the camera, he is the first to protest.  No time to pause when you can party! Ha!  (Read more for full outfit details!)

Children's Fashion Janie and Jack

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10 Reasons to Consider a Desert Escape // Scottsdale

November 9, 2016

Family Travel Four Season Resort Scottsdale Desert Vacation

Four Season Resort Scottsdale Desert Vacation

When thinking of a warm vacation destination, the desert is often overlooked, but it is definitely something to consider.  Arizona is a great family vacation destination once the summer months are over, and the weather isn’t so extreme.  Scottsdale was the perfect place for our family to escape to on our Fall Break this year, and we enjoyed every minute of it!Four Season Resort Scottsdale Desert VacationFour Season Resort Scottsdale Desert VacationWe stayed at the gorgeous Four Seasons Resort at Troon North in Scottsdale. We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful the landscape of the desert was.  Right outside our room there was a beautiful little mountain filled with cacti and rocks, and it almost didn’t look real it was so perfect!Kids looking at the Balcony View wearing Janie and JackKids Outfits from: Janie and Jack

Janie and Jack Children's swimwear

My kids enjoyed the warmer fall weather, and quickly got back into summer mode, swimsuits, flip flops and all.  A welcomed break from jackets, sweaters, and boots back home.  Bring on the Vitamin D!  We all enjoyed the desert air, and we quickly became more relaxed, and really were able to enjoy our time!

In my opinion, I don’t think the Desert gets near the attention is deserves.  Be sure to read on for 10 Reasons to Escape to the Desert for your next family vacation!Four Season Resort Scottsdale Desert Vacation

10 Reasons to Consider a Desert Escape for your next Family Vacation Destination:

  • Scottsdale has some amazing Resorts with incredible amenities:  The Four Seasons in Scottsdale ended up being the perfect place for our fall family vacation!  With a gorgeous pool, grounds, top notch restaurants, it ended up being the exact getaway we were looking for!

Family Travel Four Season Resort Scottsdale Desert Vacation

  • Warmer Weather: If you live in a cooler climate, escaping to the desert is perfect when you want to vacation in a nice warm place.  It was sure nice to have pool weather again, since back home in Utah it has been a little crisp and cool.

Janie and Jack Children's swimwear


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