April 23, 2018

Our Jamaica Vacation Started Right Here

My goodness it has been forever! A lot has happened in the last year (can't believe it's been that long since I've posted)- an engagement, and a wedding being the largest of the happenings. Now that I'm no longer a Munday though, I thought it was only right to give the blog a new name, new look, and new post. :)

I plan to do at least a post or two about the wedding, but I wanted to start with the honeymoon.We spent the last week in Jamaica, and it was an absolute blast. 

Day 1. This was not the best of our days. We got to the airport around 6:30am for our 8:00am flight, only to find out that it was to delayed to 10:00am. This delay would not allow us to make our connection in Dallas, so we were really worried that we would not get to Jamaica as scheduled. Our only option for same day arrival ending up being on a different airline, so we switched. The new flight didn't leave Tulsa until much later though, and we ended up arriving to our final destination about 6 hours after we were originally scheduled. This definitely wasn't the worst that could've happened (we really are so blessed!), but we did end up missing all of the daylight from the first day (and all of our dinner options, as we arrived after they closed).
As a small consolation, we arrived to rose petals on the bed, and Andre gave me his best George Costanza. :)

Day 2. This was a much better day. We woke up to gorgeous weather, and a really pretty view from our balcony. I don't think we did anything other than lounge on the beach that day, and it was glorious.

The resort (Luxury Bahia Principe - Runaway Bay) was SO clean. Probably because the workers were constantly power washing, mopping, painting, mowing, etc. They worked their butts off, and you could tell.

FAVORITE swimsuit. Top - Target. Bottoms - Cupshe.

Day 3. Our third day might have been the best, because this was the day we booked our couples' massage. Hands down, it was the best massage I've ever had. We didn't want to do any excursions, so this was our "splurge". Worth every penny.

Day 4. We had another good day, that was interrupted very briefly for a rainstorm. It cooled the temperature down a hair, and gave us a good opportunity for a nap. I think by this point I was on my 3rd book by the beach..

 We came during the "off season" so the resort was very calm. There were still a considerable amount of people at the pool area, but we kind of had the run of the beach. Also, the weather was perfect (about 80ish degrees with a breeze), despite the forecast showing rain every day. HIGHLY recommend this time of year for visiting Jamaica.

Day 5. Surprise, surprise, we spent another day at the beach. Our routine was very, well, routine while we were there. We woke up around 7-8, took towels down to our chairs, ate breakfast, went to the beach, ate lunch, went to the beach, rested/cleaned up, ate dinner, lounged. We also read about 7 books between the two of us, and made a handful of friends. It. Was. Perfect. 

Speaking of routine, this is what we had for lunch pretty much everyday. 

Mine- fresh salsa cold nachos (the salsa varied every day, but was super fresh and tasty always).
Not pictured, the 12 lbs. of pineapple I ate.

His - jerk chicken and chips. Not pictured, the 12 lbs. of coke he drank. ;)

The thing about all-inclusive resorts (at least our experience from the last 3) is that the food is mostly mediocre. They have to feed so many people without going bankrupt, so it's understandable for the price. We just find one or two things we love, and stick with those, maybe adding in 1-2 new things each day. 

Day 6. Our final day.. More of the same, but trying to savor each moment just a little

Since we arrived to Jamaica after dark (and they have very few street lights - most of what you can see is just from the headlights of the cars zooming around you), we didn't get to see anything outside the resort until the day we left. There were some nice areas in Montego Bay, but the majority of our hour drive to the airport there was filled with views of closed businesses and rundown houses. 

Overall, we had an incredible time. We ate. We laughed. We read. We ate some more. Andre still got to watch the playoffs, and I got to nap. 
We are SO blessed to have spent the first week of marriage by ourselves, just relaxing and reflecting. If this week was any indication of the trajectory of our future, I'd say we're off to a great start.

- AB

May 6, 2017

Free Mother's Day Art Print

Hey there!

It's been so long that I had to wipe the dust off of this thing again. It feels like anytime I try to come back here, life happens. But today I hit pause on life to share with you my latest labor of love.

Proverbs 31:28 is one of my mom's favorite verses (something she mentioned to me a few weeks ago), so I knew I had to incorporate it into her Mother's Day gift. I settled on creating an art print for her, so she can proudly hang it on her wall (as a daily reminder of who the better daughter is ;)

I've included the link for a free download in case you are in need of a last minute Mother's Day gift (or just some pretty everyday art work). Take it to your favorite print shop, snag a pretty frame (Michael's has been having some great frame sales, and they always have coupons on their website), and you are done!

                                                                 Click here to download

I made a bonus print as well because I keep seeing "If mothers were flowers I'd pick you" & I just love it so. 

                                                           Click here to download

I hope you enjoy!

January 17, 2017

Life Lately.

I had to pull out the Swiffer and use some good ol' fashioned elbow grease to get the dust off of this thing.

It's been seemingly forever since I've written a word, and man, I sure have missed it.

Writing is hard work though. It's hard enough when you feel you have nothing to say. But, it's darn near impossible when you feel you have everything to say, and just no energy to do so.

The climate of our world is changing, and getting nastier by the moment. Facebook friend lists are diminishing by the second (I'm guilty of purging of few myself). And everyone is pointing their finger at someone else.

It has been the single most overwhelming time of my life. I'm overly sensitive, you see. I cry at commercials, books, movies, songs, memes on the internet, cute kids in the grocery store, homeless people on the street, basically EVERYTHING. So sometimes my heart feels like it's being broken every second of every day.

Sometimes I can step back and guard myself from the crushing weight of it all, and sometimes it sneaks up on me too quickly. Lately it's been much more of the latter, so I've had to take a step back to do some self reflection. That self reflection, has led me back here. This is a safe place for me. A retreat. So I intend to be back more regularly. And I do hope you all will join me.