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!

Moms- 4 Ways To Treat Yourself Better

I ask myself this a lot…what about ME? Moms are always giving to others, but you need to give back to yourself too. No one is going to take care of you, so here are some ideas/products to treat yourself better!

Drink Your Water

All my life I have heard…did you drink your water? No I’m not too fond of water, yes I get it I need it. But do I like it, NO! I try to drink plain water, but it just isn’t my thing. So since I need to be that example, I need water that has flavor. Being healthier is the number one way on how you can treat yourself better. Plus I can get my veggies and vitamins in too!

Unboxing:

Yep…flavored water but I’m also going to take it a step farther- water that gives me my daily dose of green nutrition plus tastes fantastic. I’m talking about AMAZING GRASS. They have tablets you put in water. By the way, Green Effervescent tablets are PERFECT for the mom on the go. You can get flavors that help with energy, hydrate, detox, and even beauty tablets.  

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

 If you want to go all out and get on the drink water kick with me, then you need the Eff Your Water Kit which is terrific. You will get one branded glass water bottle with sleeve, five effervescent tubes including Lemon Lime, Energy Tropical, Hydrate Strawberry Lemonade, Detox Lemon Charcoal, & Beauty Pink Lemonade, plus fun collateral and one pack of Eff Your Water stickers!

All you have to do is drop an effervescent tablet into your drink, making it the most novel and convenient way to get a daily dose of green nutrition. The tablets are made with the brand’s proprietary alkalizing greens blend, including wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa, spirulina, and chlorella, plus more than 30 antioxidant superfoods to help support immunity.

They offer a variety of functions:

  • Detox is great for those that are interested in detoxification, especially after a fun weekend. It includes 7+ cleansing superfoods to support the elimination of toxins. 
  • Beauty can help you reach that glow you’ve been striving for with biotin, collagen, and reviving botanicals. 
  • Energy comes in handy for those that need a boost once the 2 pm slump comes around! One tablet contains 85 mg plant-based caffeine from green tea extract. 
  • Hydrate is comprised of electrolytes. It’s especially convenient for the people (mostly everyone) that forgets to drink half a gallon of water a day, especially with these hot summer days.

I love the fact I can have different flavors and it helps me get my water intake in plus my greens, antioxidants, and vitamins. Mama is getting her healthy on with all these healthy water tablets.

Take Care Of Your Skin

I’m in my 50’s and skincare is a big thing for me! It really doesn’t matter what age you are, taking care of your skin is definitely a way to give back to yourself. Every morning I take time to do a beauty routine that gets me in the mood for the day.

First, make sure the products you use don’t have a bunch of junk in them- you know they make your face greasy and then you break out- stop using those products. You want all-natural products that will have you looking clean, healthy and of course looking amazing.

My favorite brand is SOMA AYURVEDIC because it works!

But also it has all-natural- ingredients that come from the most biodiverse forests. It is plant-based and vegan which enhance and maintain natural collagen levels to keep skin elastic. My face is so smooth after I use SOMA AYURVEDIC! A skincare routine is a great way to treat yourself better.

I’ve been using the vitamin C serum, anti-aging cream, and under-eye gel for a couple of weeks now and OMG my face is looking so healthy. I don’t look like I haven’t slept in months and my face has a glow to it now. Even my husband who barley comments on how I look even noticed how healthy my face looks. Let’s just say I’ve been taking a lot more selfies, lately.

Create An Oasis

My Backyard Oasis

Home is where the heart is right…well it also is where everyone wants Mom to do everything for them so I created an area where I can go relax. I created a Summer Oasis for myself out in the backyard. What a wonderful way to give back to yourself- create your own space. Now it’s nothing like a SHE SHED but it is my space that I enjoy every day. When I need time away from the chaos of life and family I head to the backyard.

I’ve been wanting to do this for years by the way. But guess what never took the time to do it- not this year and I had help from Decocrated.

The Deoccrated Summer Box gave me the inspiration I needed to get my oasis started. Plus it was really fun getting a box full of decor items that are colorful, functional, and perfect for the summer. The summer box has a hostess with the mostess vibe going on and I love it. Colors are amazing and I’m digging the tropical theme- who doesn’t like Flamingos.

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

The art print can be framed and reused in the home. It also has two sides so you can utilize both prints and change up the decor.

The apron and napkins can be used year-round since they are my favorite colors. Omg…you need to check out Pinterest for fun things to do with a cloth napkin. My husband thinks the apron is for him but no way it is way too pretty for him to wear it while BBQ’ing but I sure will rock it at my many summer parties.

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

The box art can be displayed inside too. Create a relaxing oasis on your bookcase too. I love to feature it on our wall outside for now. Which also features the wood plaque. The plaque has two sides and this plaque definitely will be hung inside by my desk after summer.

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

The HELLO hook will be hanging by the front door soon- but for now, it’s outside holding the cute TIC TAC TOE travel game.

My daughter and I play this game almost every night outside. By the way, you can also throw this game in your beach bag for a day trip. Tic Tac Toe is a fun game to play, no matter what age.

The vessel can hold all kinds of items outside and inside- think bills and stationary. Outside it holds the napkins, utensils, and seasonings. I can use this vessel for so many things in the house.

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

The lantern is my favorite item in the box because I’ve always wanted one. It is outside now and holds candles. When I bring it inside I might use it for a plant that has an ugly vase.

Thank you Decocrated, pronounced (DECO-CRATED), a new quarterly (seasonal) home décor subscription box for my inspiration for creating an outside summer oasis for me to unwind and relax. The box has over $200 worth of items that you can use all year round and is priced under $80. Love this deal.

Eat Cookies!

We all need cookies in our life, right? How about a cookie that is healthy? What the heck is a healthy cookie- well CompletEats is a plant-based grab-and-go cookie that is gluten-free, vegan, 7 grams of protein, full of Omega-3s and fiber. See healthy.

4 Ways Moms Can Treat Themselves!

They have three flavors: Cherry Almond, Mocha Chip, and Chocolate Chia. And each cookie has 6-7 ingredients and all are sourced in California. Since I live in California I knew I had to try these cookies. Healthy cookies are also a cool way to treat yourself better!

Each cookie has 7 grams of protein, full of Omega-3s, and fiber. CompletEats cookies are perfect for before and after your workouts and will keep you full and energized throughout the day.  Now that is a cookie- that is recommended with exercise.

See it’s not all healthy stuff but fun stuff to treat yourself!

MOM’S you need to treat yourself better and I hope you think about some of these products or ideas to create a happier and healthier you!

Since we are on the subject of MOMS…please read Cool Updates for Mom

Let us know how you treat yourself – comment below

Chunky Monkey Brownies

Are you looking for a recipe to use your ripe bananas? I love when I go to the grocery store and I happen to be craving bananas. Of course, after a few days, I’m over bananas! The Chunky Monkey Brownies are a great way to use ripe bananas!

Chunky Monkey Brownies

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Healthy Beverages To Keep You On Track

Healthy Beverages To Keep You On Track

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I found myself stressed, overwhelmed, and depressed over the holidays. My son was home from school for vacation. It was tough because he was home all day and he would eat a lot throughout the day! I spent so much money on food. We were going to the store every 2 or 3 days! My savings was going fast and that didn’t help my stress.

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How To Start Weight Watchers As A Vegetarian

How To Start Weight Watchers As A Vegetarian

I have been a vegetarian since the summer of 1997. That summer, I was working at a camp in the kitchen where I saw everything. I guess being around food all day affected my appetite for meat. Most of the kitchen staff became vegetarian as well. I guess it was the idea that we had to prepare the food in the morning and evening attributed my change in diet.

Are you curious about Weight Watchers? Could a vegetarian or vegan lose weight with Weight Watchers?

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Celebrate the Season with these Special Holiday Wines

Celebrate the Season with these Special Holiday Wines

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The holiday season is officially here. It’s time to get ready to shop, cook, bake, wrap presents, decorate, entertain, and party hop. And let’s not forget the traffic and crowds, delayed flights, crazy weather, and even crazier family. Is your head spinning yet? Never fear because we’re making celebrating the season easier with our top picks for special holiday wines.

Special Holiday Wines – FitVine

There’s a lot of eating going on during the holidays. It’s a real calorie fest, especially when you include those holiday beverages. Enter FitVine and their selection of guilt-free wines.  With their proprietary extended fermentation process, FitVine creates flavor rich wines low in calories, sulfites, sugar, and carbs. Hence their slogan, “We crush grapes, you crush life.”

The brand was kind enough to send me two of their seasonal offerings; Limited Edition Holiday Red Blend and Prosecco. These special holiday wines are ideal for lovers of red and white, sweet and dry.

Special Holiday Wines_FitVine Holiday Red

The Limited Edition Holiday Red features a blend of decadent black fruits, dark raspberry, and a touch of chocolate. It has a nice full body that isn’t too heavy or overpowering. It also only contains .01 grams of sugar, 120 calories, and 3.5 grams of carbs (based on 5 oz glass).

I find it to be very light and smooth, which is due to its ultra-refined tannins. FitVine’s Holiday Red is one of those unique reds you can drink by itself or pair with a variety of foods. It would make for a nice hostess gift, or as an offering at your holiday party, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas table.

Special Holiday Wines_FitVine Prosecco

If you’re looking for something a little sweeter or with some bubbly, you’ll love FitVine’s Prosecco. With its notes of apple, pear, citrus, and tropical flowers, this Prosecco has a light, clean, and refreshing flavor. It also is comes in at 92 calories, .7 grams of sugar and 3.0 grams of carbs (based on 5 oz glass).

As you can see by my picture, I added some strawberries to my flute glass for added flavor and color. You could also add your own berry of choice or perhaps a few slices of pear or apple to make it feel even more festive. Prosecco is a great option to champagne. It works well as a dessert wine, one its own, or as a nice complement to your holiday brunch offerings. Can someone say, Holiday Bellini or Mimosa?

Give Back with Cashmere Black

Next up we have a wine whose name and label caught my eye. Am I the only one who picks wines simply based on the label design, description or even the wine name? In the case of Cline Cellars Cashmere Black, it was hard to resist all of the above. Not to mention, I’m a huge fan of blends.

Special Holiday Wines_Cashmere Black

What truly garnered my attention the most, besides the blend of varietals, was the fact that Cline Cellars is a supporter of important causes. To date, they have donated over $330k to charitable organizations. I was also pleased to learn that this winery has been sustainably farmed and family owned since 1982. It’s nice knowing the bottle I’m enjoying was made without causing damage to the environment where the grapes are grown.

You can truly taste their efforts in Cashmere Black. As far as holiday wines go, Cashmere Black is the ideal. Its full-bodied flavor comes from a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Mourvedre, Carignane, and Alicante Bouschet. It’s like drinking a rich mashup of blueberry, plum, violet, cherry, vanilla, and coffee, with an oaky finish. Basically, Cashmere Black is heaven in a glass. It’s the perfect end to a long day of holiday shopping, or the quintessential beverage to enjoy alongside your holiday turkey with all the trimmings.

So when it comes time to choose your special holiday wines, consider FitVine’s Holiday Red Blend and Prosecco, as well as  Cashmere Black from Cline Cellars. They’ll make you want to clink your glasses in celebration of their rich flavor, low calories, and sustainable creation.

What is your favorite holiday drink? Which special holiday wines would you want to try?

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Fight The Winter Cold With These Skincare Tips

Fight The Winter Cold With These Skincare Tips

The winter can be pretty harsh on our skin, and therefore we need to make sure we look after it. One of the ways we can do this is by having the right skin care products and a good skin care regime. So here are some beauty tips that will help fight the winter cold.

Fight The Winter Cold With These Skincare Tips

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Unique Ways To Stay Hydrated

Unique Ways To Stay Hydrated

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I like to stay active with my son by going for walks. This past summer, we went for a walk almost every single day. Now that summer is over and he’s back in school, I’d like to start taking on walks after school. The local park is about a mile away. That walk alone is perfect because that’s two miles of walking right there. If he wants to walk and play around the park, that’s even more fun! I know that he and I need to get out of the house more often, just for space, the fresh air, and the exercise. Walking is the perfect pace for us.

Since we love walking, I am always looking for unique ways to stay hydrated.

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Is This Pop-Alternative A Must-Have Item?

Soda Stream pop-alternative device
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I’ll be the first person to admit that I have quite the addiction to pop. Most of the time I do drink caffeine-free diet, but I always have to drink pop. Sometimes even three times a day. Every summer I keep telling myself that I’m going to cut back on the pop and start drinking more water. I’m sure you can guess that each summer it doesn’t happen. After getting the opportunity to test out the SodaStream, a healthier pop-alternative, I thought that this summer may be different.

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