I love to vacation. I’m sure you already know that and in fact I love to blog about it. I recently just got home from the beautiful atlantis Bahamas . I can’t tell you how much fun that place is and how beautiful it is. The food is amazing, and the service is impeccable. Let me start by saying that not all places in the Caribbean are the same. I’ve been pretty much everywhere, and I definitely have my favorites, and also places I’ll never go back to. I will always love going back to the beautiful Atlantis. I have to say taking my morning run every day was the tops. The beauty that you see, and of course you can’t forget the warmth. Oh how I’m ready for warm weather. The older I get, the more I despise the cold. ( I only love it at Christmas). The morning walks to The Marina Village was amazing, along with the cute boutique shops. The pool side massages are the bomb. My husband and I had to get those as well. I can’t say enough about the amazing restaurants, including the amazing Nobu. If you have ever ate there, the sushi is to die for. We don’t really gamble a whole lot, but we did stop at the Roulette table, and I had to get in some time at the Black jack table. The great thing about the Atlantis is there is something for everyone. We took our kids here when they were younger, and they absolutely loved it. The aquariums are something that I love about this place. You can take your kids to see the marine life right next to your hotel room. If you have kids, this is the place to go. The water parks are great for the kids as well as the lazy river. You will never get bored, I promise you that. They offer the best morning pilates classes as well as yoga on the beach which was amazing. The Marina Village offers the best for evening fun including Carmines, and the Seaside Grille. If you are looking for that next trip, you have to check out the fun this place has to offer.
I will be the first to admit that I love Summer and the Warmth. I mean who doesn’t? It seems once Christmas is over, the cold drags on and on. I have to admit, I do love the sun shining no matter if it’s hot or cold. It always seems to brighten the day. I am one that loves to keep myself busy through the cold months, and it is a great excuse to get things done that have been on your list for quite sometime. The pantry needing cleaned out, or a closet purge is always great. I also have some great rituals that I do during the winter months that make the cold all that much better. I’ve always been a book worm. I have a loft upstairs that is only dedicated to my reading time because I’m the only one that uses it. I’ve made that loft quite comfy and peaceful, so it’s great to sit down and read a good book. I think I have completed three books since January 1st, so that tells you how much my nose is in a good book. Did I mention that having a good nice glass of pinot with that book is even better. When I’m not reading or organizing, I absolutely love watching a good movie with my family. They seem to be home less and less, but when they are, I’m taking advantage of it.
We also love having good dinners at home. I have been cooking a lot lately, that is when my husband isn’t. I’ve been experimenting with different flavors and foods, and it’s been fun. I absolutely love yoga and working out, so that is my go to every day. Hot yoga literally makes me feel like a million dollars. It is such a great workout, and even better walking in to a warm room when its super cold out. We do love to travel too. We always try to find time to get to a warmer destination. It’s a tad hard with my kids schedules, but just getting away for 4 days is such a great escape. Well I hope that you have rituals to help you get through these frigid months. Want to share them?
Valentines Day is just around the corner, and I want to share some of my favorite Valentines Favorites with you. Many people can’t seem to get into Valentines Day, but for some reason I love it. It may be because it’s around my birthday. I love making cute cake pops or some cute cupcakes, and I love giving my friends some great wine and chocolates. I love to gift give. It’s my favorite. I absolutely love chocolates and wine together. There are many great ways to spice up your husbands or boyfriends day. The smallest things go so far and mean the most. Leaving a cute note with some of their favorite chocolates in their car, or just making them up a small gift basket of some of their favorite things is something nice to do. It’s also a cute idea to set up a time to hit a wine bar before sitting down to a nice dinner. For the little ones, they love anything and everything. My son is way to big to get those valentines gifts, so I usually get him one of his favorite gift cards or a card with cash. My daughter still loves the girly things, so I usually buy her some personalized chocolates , and take her for a pedicure , or even buying those over sized cards are always fun. There are many ways to let your significant other and family know how much you mean, and it doesn’t even have to cost a thing. Taking your family member to lunch, or making them a nice dinner is always a great gesture. As chaotic as the days seem to get with sports, and other things, it can be hard to make the time through the week to get to dinner or even make dinner sometimes. Writing a nice note or doing something nice for someone will go far.
I wanted to do a travel post for you on the beautiful Napa Valley, California. I have had many emails asking where we stayed, what to do, and the best restaurants. I thought it would be wise to share it all with you , and that way you have all the important information that you need. When you decide to travel to this destination, it can be overwhelming deciding where to stay. I’m not sure with the bad fires that they have had, what is still open or being reconstructed. It all just makes me sad thinking about it. We stayed at the beautiful 5 star Bardessano hotel and spa. I can’t tell you how beautiful and amazing it was. Every single aspect about the place was impeccable. The service, the menus , the restaurants, the rooms. We stayed in one of the best rooms and it was furnished with our own private patio, and had the turn down service which was so nice. We had our own private out door shower, and massage tables for our own private in room massages. They had chocolate covered strawberries with champagne for us when we got there. Yes I did devour them immediately. The workout room was outside, and right next to our room. It was very private with only two rooms adjoining the workout facility. The pools had views like no other. The Spa itself was divine. Did I mention their hot rock massage is out of this world? Besides the fact that we fell in love with the place, the service is at your beck and call. We will always stay at Bardessano. If you are new coming to Napa, it is encouraged to hire a driver to take you to all the popular wineries, or rent a car and get a list before hand. We drove into Sonoma, and We stayed in Yountville. We had a driver for the day, and she took us to three amazing wineries, but then we drove to Sonoma, and then to Sausilito.
The Auberge du Soleil was the most magnificent place we ate at. The views are out ofthis world, and according to people that we talked with, it has the Best views from anywhere. We had dinner there, and had the most amazing table overlooking all of Napa. The wine was amazing, and the food was rated higher than a 5 in by book. It is hands down amazing. We shopped a lot in Younsville, and they do have some pretty amazing boutiques. We got up every morning and worked out, then had a light breakfast, and took a bike ride. We are pretty early risers, so seeing the sun come up was so beautiful.
We decided to drive over on day to Muir Woods, and hike a bit. We had been there already, but at different times in season. It is always so beautiful to walk in that place. The trees and nature are seriously breathtaking. We traveled over to sausilito one day and had lunch in the gorgeous little town. They were having a great wine fest when we were there, so I had to try some amazing Chardonnay when we were there. I wish I could tell you all each and every detail, but we were so busy when we were there, and I can’t stick every detail in, as I would be writing this for two hours. All I can say is Napa is really one of the most beautiful places on Earth.