Caribbean Cruise

Woweee, ok if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you are probably sick and tired of seeing all of our Caribbean Cruise photos by now….but just in case you’re notttt, and you wanted to see a little more detail from the trip, I created this blog post.

The ship (Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas) was absolutely incredible! One of the biggest in the world, it had everything from a wave rider, putt-putt golf, aqua theatre, rock wall, zip line, multiple pools and hot tubs, all you can eat ice cream dispensers, clubs, grand ballrooms, a champagne bar, a “Central Park” re-creation, stunning views, a solarium, a carousel, 17 floors, amazing restaurants, and even a Starbucks. I mean, seriously?!?! I am cruise SPOILED!!!

When docked in the Bahamas and Jamaica our ship just dwarfed every other one next to us. I literally cannot believe our company rented out the entire boat for us. I was beyond impressed with the great lengths they went to make our trip amazing and how wonderful the Royal Caribbean staff was.

Each day, we woke up to the option of working out with a celebrity trainer followed by an awesome post-workout Shakeology bar. My little buddy came up and did two workouts with me on the top deck.

Nassau was absolutely beautiful. We walked around the town exploring, went to Junkanoo Beach, treated ourselves with ice cream and Bahama Mamas, and splashed in the crystal clear waters. This was Luca’s first ever trip to the beach, and I’m pretty sure he was a big fan!

Getting to spend quality time with some amazing friends and fellow boss ladies on this trip was fantastic. We hang out online pretty much every day, but to see each other in person, you would never know we had only met face to face ONCE before! These gals push and inspire me daily, and they have become so important to me. It was also a super huge bonus during our team dinner to have Tony Horton come up and entertain my children! He was just as sweet and as funny in real life as he is on DVD ūüėČ So grateful to have been surrounded by so many positive people each day on our trip.

These smiles pretty much made my vacation! My boys had an awesome time, and I’m so happy I was able to provide this adventure for them! I will never forget it.

And last, but not least…Jamaica Mon! This place was gorgeous, and I definitely plan to return for a longer stay!

Again, I am so grateful to have had this experience with my family and close friends. A year ago, I never would have imagined a Caribbean vacation would be possible with a toddler and 6 month old. What an adventure! So happy to have stumbled upon the opportunity to work for such an amazing company. Looking forward to what is in store for our future!

We are now back to our regularly scheduled programming here in New York. Yesterday was a cold one waking up to a bit of snow on the ground. While I am still dreaming of the islands, it is nice to get back into my normal routine again!

Hope you are all having a great week!

XO,

Gina

 

Tulum Diary

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Happy Hump Day everyone! ¬†These cold temperatures are still lingering here in NYC, and it’s making me miss the weather from our trip to Tulum, Mexico. I’m excited to share these photos and a little bit about our adventures down there. ¬†It was honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Boho hippie chic in style, completely relaxing, but adventures around the corner for those who want to partake. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of the trip sick (from the food I’m guessing? God only knows), so we didn’t get to do as much as originally planned, but we still had an amazing time and at least enjoyed the warm weather! ¬†We stayed in Tulum for a week and then ventured to the town of Akumal for three nights. ¬†We also explored around to different areas to visit Mayan ruins, cenotes, and Playa del Carmen. The first photo is from the Mayan ruins in Tulum. Simply gorgeous!

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This photo is also from our trip to the Tulum ruins.

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My little monkey hanging out in the carrier!  He is such a good traveler!

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Pool at our condo in Tulum. We rented it off airbnb.

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This was taken before our private dinner right on the beach at Momo Hoja.  Never thought the most romantic dinner of my life with be with a toddler in tow, but this place took the cake!

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Doesn’t get any more amazing than this. ¬†It’s basically paradise at Papaya Playa Project. ¬†They are welcome to outside guests, free parking, and fabulous beds as long as you place an order for food or drinks. ¬†Done and done.

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Decided to drive out to Coba for the day to explore the Mayan Ruins.  I definitely recommend getting a tour guide here as it was extremely helpful to understand what we were looking at and we learned so much about the ancient history, language, and culture of the Mayans.  They allow you to climb to the top of one of the pyramids here.  I climbed it with a baby in my belly and baby on my back.  A little steep and a little scary, but pretty awesome!

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Crystal clear blue waters of Tulum = heaven.

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Spelunking at Aktun Chen. This was really fun and kid friendly.  We toured the spectacular cave, saw lots of animals, and then went swimming in the underground river cenote.  Pretty amazing.

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Lounging for the day at El Paraiso.  Zack also took a boat off the beach here to do a snorkeling tour and had a great time!

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Sopes for lunch at the incredible Le Zebra beach club.  This place was absolutely gorgeous, and I would recommend people stay here!  Fabulous food, rooms, and scenery.

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They had BEDS in the restaurant! ¬†I meeeean…it doesn’t get any better than this! ¬†Haha.

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View from our Villa in Akumal – Villas Flamingo

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Didn’t get fancy at all in Tulum, so decided to glam it up a bit in Akumal for dinner on the beach.

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Day trip to Cenote Azul for some fabulous swimming and snorkeling!  What a gorgeous place!

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Don’t want to leave!!!

Ahhh, I am craving this warm weather right about now!  Take me back!

It’s been a busy week here in NY, working away with fitness challenge groups, freelance writing, and running around with my Nico. ¬†We had so much fun over the weekend capturing our gender reveal and we are so pumped for Nico to have a little bro!

Hoping warmer weather is in our future.  We are ready to play outside again! How about you? What are you most looking forward to for the spring season?

XO,

Gina

Outer Banks Vacation Photos

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I can’t believe it. ¬†The official start to fall is next week, so I thought I would end this week with some of my favorite photos from our last summer vacation to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. ¬†Hope you enjoy them, and have a great time on this last weekend of the official summer season!

We are headed to Maryland to celebrate our nephew’s 1st birthday and our friend’s child’s 3rd. ¬†Party party! ¬†These kids are growing up too fast! ¬†Time for me to get to packing.

XO,

Gina

Captured in Cape May

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I’m finally getting around to sharing some more of our Cape May vacation photos. ¬†Some of these were taken on my camera, and some of them are from my Instagram feed, so don’t mind the inconsistency. ¬†My favorite part about Cape May was looking at all the adorable houses, many of which have been converted in Bed & Breakfast Inns. ¬†The architecture actually reminds me of my neighborhood, Ditmas Park in Brooklyn yet even closer to the beach. ¬†I loved that mostly everything was in walking or biking distance and that it was very family oriented. ¬†Many thanks to my mother-in-law and father-in-law for organizing such a fantastic trip!

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*Note*  The 2nd baby pictured is my adorable nephew, Nathan!  He and Nico had a great time playing together throughout the week.

Now we are on a countdown to our next family adventure…the Outer Banks!  This is a place my family has been going every summer since I was four.  Last summer, I was hugely pregnant and unable to attend as my due date was creeping up, so I am extremely pumped to not only return to the OBX, but to show Nico how much we all love this place and each other.  My cousins have already started the text chain, and I cannot wait to see them!

Happy Monday!

XO,

Gina

Insta-Snaps from New Hampshire

We spent Memorial Day Weekend up in New Hampshire near the Wolfeboro area and Lake Winniepesaukee.  While it was rainy and cold a lot of the time, we did manage to get some sunshine and some great hikes in.  We stayed on Lower Beech Pond overlooking the water in a fantastic lake house with good friends.  We drank wine, cooked delicious meals together, played games, explored the town of Wolfeboro, and took in some stunning views.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen a lot of these, but here are a few snaps from our trip.

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 Nico reading a story at the lake house with my bestie, Erin

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 Penny Candy Shop in Wolfeboro, NH

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 Yes, I think I will have some wine this vacation! Oops!

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Snuggling my baby at Camp Beech in Tuftonboro, NH

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¬†Taking a break for lunch on the Italian Trail on Mt. Shaw‚Ķthat one’s for you Pops!

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 My two happy guys!

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 Mountain Selfie on the top of Mt. Shaw

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 So proud of Nico on his 1st hike ever! He was a champ in his Beco Gemini Carrier.

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 Cairn aka Rock Tower

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 On the top of the White Ledge Loop Trail in the White Mountain National Forest

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 Standing on the top!

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 Continuing on the trail loop

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Such a stunning view!

Some other places we visited that aren’t photographed here:

1. El Centenario: Delicious Mexican fare РWe loved the fresh homemade chips and salsa, chile relleno, and chicken enchiladas they had to offer.  The staff was very friendly, and we would definitely go back here.

2.  Downtown Grille:  We came here for coffee and enjoyed their lattes so much, we came back again on the way to drop our friends off at the airport!  I enjoyed both the Blueberry Cobbler latte and the Milky Way. Yum!  If we go back, I would like to try their breakfast as well.

3. Sandy Martin Art Gallery: We had a lovely conversation with owner and artist, Sandy. ¬†She is an extremely talented artist in¬†multiple mediums¬†including oil paints, watercolors, photography, & more. ¬†She loves music and hosts parties within the gallery featuring¬†local musicians on the in-house piano and guitar. ¬†She also knows all the town gossip and Jimmy’s Fallon’s whereabouts when he comes to town. ¬†Definitely a nice stop in!

4. ¬†Sprout’s: Featuring lots of children’s toys, clothing, and gifts.

5. Details: Great little boutique stop for gifts and accessories.  Also have an adorable dress selection.  I walked away with a dainty little flower crown that I love!

6. ¬†Jake’s Seafood: Enjoyed steamers, haddock, chowder, and lots of other yummy seafood here! ¬†Outdoor seating is nice as well.

7. ¬†Castle in the Clouds: A beautiful stop with a beautiful view. ¬†It was rainy and we were hungry, so we didn’t end up doing the tour, but we did have some lunch (I had a lobster roll‚Ķdrool!) at the Carriage House.

We had such a great time on our trip, despite the inclement weather. ¬†I’m glad we were able to get two great days of hiking in, but I think next summer if we go back to New England, we will try for the 4th of July weekend again so it will be warm enough to jump in that lake!

Hope you are all having a great week!

XO,

Gina

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