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Craving Mexico

Lucas and I are kind of like those retired people who go on a cruise like every 4 months. Only, for us (who are both in our 30’s, mind you), our “cruise” is Mexico.

That clear blue Caribbean water, those white sandy beaches, the quick and affordable flights direct to Cancun, and of course, those all-inclusive prices. It’s been enough to lure us to Mexico 5 times since we’ve been together (including our honeymoon). Lucas is a creature of habit, and in his eyes — “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

And when it comes to the Riviera Maya, it’s hard to disagree.

This week I’ve found myself craving a trip south of the border yet again. But I don’t know how soon it’s going to happen, since we’ve already used up a lot of our vacation days for the year. So, for a quick fix, I started to browse through some of our old pictures.

Can’t decide if it’s helped…or just made me want to go back that much more.

Isla Mujeres

The view from our balcony in Isla Mujeres.

Pier at Avalon Reef Club in Isla Mujeres. We happened to travel here about 2 days after Hurricane Ike went through. From what we heard, the water is usually like a crystal clear sheet of glass. We saw a glimpse of that the day we were leaving, but even without the “perfect” water, the place was still beautiful.

Isla Mujeres is actually an island off the coast of Cancun. It’s about a 20 minute ferry ride. Our hotel was on an island off the island, accessible by a narrow, wooden bridge.

The whole island is about 5 miles long. So the main mode of transportation is golf carts. You can rent them for the day and experience the entire island via one, gorgeous road.

One of the main attractions on the island is the turtle farm. It’s part of a major effort to enforce a new Mexico law stating turtles can’t be killed for meat, shells or eggs. The turtles are raised at the farm, and then school children set them free once they’re big enough to go out on their own. Very cool.

Dinner view.

Amazing hurricane-induced sunset.


Puerto Aventuras (honeymoon)

We spent our honeymoon at the same hotel we stayed in the first time we went to Mexico. It was renovated when we went back, and had become Dreams Puerto Aventuras. The picture above is at our favorite bar, right on the beach.

Deep sea fishing. Caught a Trigger Fish.

And a scary barracuda.

And no matter what, we always meet new people and make new friends. This picture was the result of the full, top-shelf bar on our floor. Funny how you think you’re done for the night…and then, well, that happens.


Puerto Morelos (group trip)

We’ve had so much fun visiting Mexico, that we felt it was only right to share the pleasure with our good friends. So last May we took a group trip down there. We liked to call it Spring Break 2010. We plan to make this adventure an annual tradition.

We all took a cool little jet ski/snorkel trip.

And, yes, the swim-up bar is always a nice attraction, too.



…Okay. I’m convinced. Time to book another trip…



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Our Living Room

This blog first began via my growing interest in sprucing up our home, all while imagining future possibilities, should we ever move to another…i.e. I get to start from scratch. ;)

Yet, I am far from saying that my talent in my home serves as an ability to host a blog purely on “interior design.” There are many, many other women out there who already put both my taste and my executions to shame (they also happen to always give me fresh, new ideas on what to do next). Inspiration for my home is drawn from visiting the houses of friends and family, browsing etsy.com, checking out blogs of true interior designers…and of course walking the aisles of Target and paging through my growing stack of Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel catalogs.


The world of clever, never-ending inspiration

The decision to call my blog “Living Room” started by thinking that I’d love to share updates when I do something new or fun to my home. It evolved when I started to think about what “Living Room” really means.  By definition, living room is: a room in a house for general and informal everyday use. But I began thinking about it in a broader sense, and, without getting too philosophical, thought about the idea of what is our own personal “Living Room?” It’s not just a place…

It’s about making room in your life to live and laugh, a little more.

And it’s about discovering the things that can cause it. It could be traveling, firing up a new grill,  hanging a fresh piece of art, planting beautiful hydrangeas or seeing my dog’s ears perk up out of sheer, rub-your-nose-in-the-dirt happiness…


Tito relaxing on the shores of the Current River

I’d say that right now my husband’s “living room” is his garden. He’s transformed our everyday, suburban fenced-in backyard into his own pride and joy – a pumpkin patch.  He’s out there every night tending to those pumpkins, and it fuels him. He constantly works to make it bigger and better.

The Pumpkin Patch

The early stages of Lucas' pumpkin patch

Another example – I recently went to dinner at my friend, Laura’s, home. Her literal living room is absolutely beautiful, and definitely inspiring. She has two young children, and you would never, ever guess they live there…it is spotless.  While my other friend’s and I gawked over how clean it was, she simply said, “I recycle their toys.” Her method is easy ­– her kids play with their toys for two weeks, she puts them in storage, she pulls out a “new” round of toys for the next two weeks. She claims the kids get just as excited as if it was a brand new toy from the store. To me, that’s part of her “living room” (and something worth sharing on a blog once this thing gets up and running!)

To make a long story short…my goal is to post anything from friends, websites, shops and travels that, well, inspire me!



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