A Vacation Rental Is The Way To Go- No More Hotels!

Vacation Rentals Are The Way To Go- No More Hotels!
We were offered a two-night stay for our truthful write up on this amazing vacation rental.

Have you ever stayed somewhere and didn’t want to leave?  ME! Yes, it happened a couple of weeks ago and I still think about this amazing house every day. 

When I go on a vacation I need to relax. Recharge my battery. We usually stay in a hotel but not this time we stayed at a Sanctuary Vacation Rental. After staying there I’m going to have a hard time staying in a hotel ever again. 

Going on a vacation is already stressful but when you arrive at your destination all you want to do is RELAX and I was able to do just that at Sanctuary by the Sea.  

Check out the video of when we walked into the vacation rental.  

Here are some reasons why a vacation rental is a way to go! 

Home Base

It’s a house so think of it as your home base It’s your home away from home. You are able to go and come as you want, no one to check you in or look at you when you enter.  We had plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop in Carmel By The Sea. Oh yeah and no housekeeper knocking on your door at 9 am. We connected with this home and made it ours for a couple of days.  

Love the beach DECOR!

I fell in love with the DECOR!  My daughter and I decided we want our house to have the beach colors like Sanctuary by the Sea.  So many cool things all around the rental. 

Just like HOME!

We had a huge closet area and I hung up everyone’s clothes, put clothes in drawers and created a living area for us. I hate living out of a suitcase so this was a blessing.  

My daughter even took pictures of her room because she loved how they had it set up.  She unpacked and made it her room for the days we were there. We can’t do that in a hotel room. 

Morning Coffee

We had coffee on the deck outside and that was a wonderful start to a morning. It was so amazing to enjoy the nature around us- even the birds.

The ROOMS!  

There was so much room (well compared to our 900 sq ft home). The upstairs was amazing- a huge room, bathroom, reading room, and another small bedroom. We enjoyed our space a lot but the kitchen and family room were the areas we hung out the most in. 

My husband sat outside on the deck most of the time we were there- he enjoyed how quiet it was. Having that time outside and the quiet let him get back on track with his business.  Back home he isn’t able to relax so this was quite helpful for him! 

My favorite place!

Relaxing in the claw tub was my favorite thing to do.  I enjoyed a bath before bed every night and I swear it took away all my anxiety and tension that I had the best sleep in years.  Plus the bed was so comfortable. 

Save Money- No Eating Out!

We saved a lot of money by buying groceries and cooking in the vacation rental. A full kitchen and yes they have pots/pans plus everything you need to cook even a BBQ outside.

We then took that money we would have spent eating out for 3 meals and enjoyed our time shopping and doing things like a day at the state park. I made sandwiches for our hike too.  In the morning we would sit at the table and enjoy our breakfast.   

Flexibility. 

We didn’t have to plan everything in one day!  We were able to break up our plans and just enjoy our time. I really felt this would be a great place for a family reunion or even a girls retreat.  I want to plan one soon! No rushing for us- just relaxing. 

I feel vacation rentals give you more options than a hotel room, plus you can rent based on your needs.  There are small cottages to huge mansions- it is based on what you need and want. I highly recommend Sanctuary by the Sea vacation rental but please check out all the rentals that are offered. I’m a big fan of Carmel by the Sea. 

About Sanctuary Vacation Rentals

They have 100 homes across the Monterey Peninsula, including Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel proper, Carmel Highlands, Big Sur, Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Marina, Seaside, Carmel Valley and the Highway 68 corridor near the airport and Laguna Seca. Plus most of the homes are within walking distance to the area’s beaches, restaurants, shopping, and tourist attractions. 

Sanctuary homes all invoke a sense of peace and harmony, allowing guests to relax, revitalize their lives, reconnect with one another, and above all, have fun. Sanctuary’s goal is to provide guests with a sanctuary from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Its vision is to inspire and nurture the hearts and souls of guests with the beauty and magic of the Monterey Peninsula while staying in one of its vacation homes.

I don’t think I can ever do a hotel again- knowing there are other options out there like Sanctuary Vacation Rentals.  We highly recommend looking into these vacation rentals in the Monterey area because it is one of the most beautiful areas in California. 

Check out my last post- What Makes Me Happy- Coffee, Cleaning, and Face Cream. I know weird huh!

3 Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed

Are you an accessory kind of person? We all are, in our own little ways. Maybe you like to pop a necklace on to decorate the space your blouse leaves, or you like to put a ring on every other finger, to really make a statement about your fashion choices. Maybe you prefer to just wear a simple watch, to get across how practical of a person you are. Or maybe you like to shove a lot of items in your day bag, and see where the day leads you into using them!  Here are 3 Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed!

3 Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed
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Cool Upgrades Moms Want And Need

As moms, we are usually the last to upgrade or buy new things for ourselves. When it comes to new clothes and such, my son is the first to get new clothing and shoes, meanwhile, my shoes are a couple of years old. However, my son is growing like crazy, so it seems he needs new clothes once or twice a year. We found some cool upgrades moms want and need! 

Cool Upgrades Moms Want And Need

Moms, let’s face it. We love spending time with our families and when we are out and about running errands, or just spending the day away from home, we like to stay connected. Our kids may or may not have their own tablets and we have our smartphones. We are a generation that uses electronics. 

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We Found A Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker In Time For Summer Adventures

Summer is here. Are you ready for adventures in the sun, at the pool, or even at the beach? We found a waterproof bluetooth speaker that fits any lifestyle!

JBL Charge 4 - Outside Listening
JBL Charge 4 – Outside Listening
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Summer is here and that means that most people are outdoors, vacationing, or relaxing. There’s nothing worse than hanging out outside or with friends and having no music to liven up the party and worse than that, is having music when suddenly your speaker runs out of battery life. Well, JBL has a solution to that problem.

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Traveling with Little Ones; How we Survive the Trip

Tips to Make your Vacation Travels Easier and Stress Free

Our house is truly blessed by family who have vacation homes for us to use each year. My cousin has a beach house and offers us a discounted rate for our summer vacations.

Planning the trip is always easy. Getting there, however, is always a pain in the butt. I usually have a toddler and small dog in tow and it is difficult traveling without pulling out my hair.

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Safe Driving With The New Uniden R7 Radar Detector

Why is safe driving important to you and your family? When we’re in the car together, our son is our precious cargo. As any child should be. Driving safely should be the only thing on your mind while behind the wheel.

Safe Driving With The New Uniden R7 Radar Detector

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

What if there was a device that could help keep your driving in check?  The Uniden R7 Radar Detector could help monitor your surroundings, thus preventing you from speeding!

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Pack Everything You Need in This Toiletry Organizer

Ellis James Designs Quilted Toiletry Bag
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As a blogger, I used to travel to different beauty events in the Los Angeles area. I’ll admit, I’m not exactly a light packer, but I’m also not an “I may need this heavy sweater in July” person either. However, I do pack a little more than I need to, which means I’m stuck bringing two toiletry bags. If you’re an over-packer and you want to get things down to one bag, I have one that you need to get. Now, I can fit everything I need in just one affordable toiletry organizer from Ellis James Designs.

Quilted Hanging Toiletry Bag

I recently had the opportunity to test out the Ellis James Designs Quilted Hanging Toiletry Organizer. I don’t like to spoil things this early in a post, but man, this is amazing! It almost makes me want to over pack because of all the room you get! Let’s start out with the basics:

  • Dimensions: 12 W x 9 L x 6 D inches
  • Materials: Soft Touch Quilted Nylon
  • Water-Resistant and Padded for Protection

There’s a hook design so you can hang your bag wherever you want. The multi-functional pockets and holders with a detachable pouch, make organizing your products easy. The small pouch fits perfectly in larger handbags.

Ellis James Designs Organizer

Ellis James Designs Organizer Aerial View

Ellis James Designs Organizer Front Pouch

Ellis James Designs Organizer Opened

How Much Can You Pack?

While this toiletry bag can fit a lot of products, and it’s best to work it so that you fit everything you need.

The pouch by the hook is where I put my skincare. When traveling, you’re allowed travel size products and my skincare fits perfectly there. If needed, I can also fit a small bar of soap, and a mini shampoo and conditioner.

The middle pouch holds my face products: foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, primer, and highlighter. The last pouch is my eye and lip products. I don’t use a lot of the two, so they both fit perfectly there. The last pouch is where I put my brushes in. I like to keep those separate since I do clean my brushes even when I travel. The little pouch I use for extra medicine, and anything else I can fit in there that I’ll need.

Ellis James Designs Organizer Hanging Side

Ellis James Designs Organizer Middle Compartment

Ellis James Designs Organizer all the way opened

Ellis James Designs Organizer hook

Ellis James Designs Organizer large compartment side

Ellis James Designs Organizer small detachable pouch

Ellis James Designs Organizer large compartment

Overall Thoughts

The Ellis James Designs Quilted Toiletry Organizer is absolutely amazing. It fits everything I need when I travel, and the quality is incredible. It lasts through road trips and being pushed around in my luggage. This particular organizer comes at an affordable price of $45.95, and it’s definitely worth it.

If you’d like to see a packing like a pro blog post, let us know in the comments below! Be sure to share our packing tricks as well!

La Bufadora, A Beautiful Piece of Ensenada

LA Bufadora, A Beautiful Piece of Ensenada

 

My husband and I love to travel. In May, for our anniversary, we decided to take a cruise to Ensenada. Ensenada is beautiful and has many things to offer but my favorite experience there was the trip to La Bufadora.

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How to Make Jewelry Organization Easier

How to Make Jewelry Organization Easier 

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One of the most difficult items to pack when traveling is my jewelry. I’ve been using the same jewelry roll since college, or maybe longer. For the most part, it gets the job done. Although, I still struggle with keeping my necklaces, and sometimes other pieces, from getting tangled. This all changed when I discovered the Brelox Travel Jewelry Organizer. It makes jewelry organization easier.

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Ultimate Travel Pillow For The Whole Family

Ultimate Travel Pillow For The Whole Family with the Infinity Pillow

Ultimate Travel Pillow For The Whole Family

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As a single mom, I haven’t had the time or resources to travel as much as we would like to. I miss traveling. Due to my son’s special needs, we usually traveled by car or train. In the last several years, I’ve only traveled by plane a few times. Each time, it was such a culture shock for me because I learned so much from what other travelers used.

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