A Much Needed Vacation…



It’s been 9.5 years since my husband and I have taken a tropical vacation.

We’ve been to many places, but nothing compares to the beautiful beaches of Cozumel.

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Holy cow. I’m in love.

In true House of Rose fashion…. I give you the, “AHHHHHH! I’m in Cozumel” {with NO kids} pose. 😉

No really. If you need me? I’ll be here…

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Do y’all ever find amazing vacation spots and think, “How am I just now discovering this place?”

Because that’s how I’m feeling right now about Cozumel, Mexico. Who’s been holding out on me about this place????

Shame on you.

It makes me really realize that my little bubble of a world in Illinois is exactly just that. A bubble.

I need to get out more!

Sooooo….. I’m curious what other amazing vacation spots I’ve been deprived of.

Where’s your favorite place to vacation?? Share in the comments…PLEASE. I’m begging.


  1. says

    Ahhh, such beautiful waters. I REALLY want to visit here, however it may be a bet. (S/n: you’re totally gorgeous!) I recommend a train ride through the countryside of Europe (I went through Germany and passed through places like Dusseldorf & Cologne(sp?)) — so serene & beautiful especially with those big ol’ castles!
    Celena´s last blog post ..we set a date!

  2. says


    First of all I just wanted to say that your blog inspired me to create my own. I just recently got my domain and followed all of your steps and I am now working on my passion for inspiring others like you inspired me. I just wanted to say thank you so much and hopefully I can read a wide audience someday!

    Second, whatever you do, DO NOT ride/rent the scooters. They are cheap but deadly. My husband and I rented one from cozumel on our honeymoon in October and we got into a freak accident. You can read it here if you’d like http://youngwifelife.com/2014/01/13/honeymoon/
    but just a fair warning!

    third, on our honeymoon we went to haiti, jamaica, grand cayman, and cozumel. If you get the chance you MUST go to grand cayman and swim with the sting rays. One of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had. Those pictures are also in the honeymoon blog.

    I hope you enjoy your time and relax!

    Thanks so much!

    Mindy P.

  3. says

    I’d fight you for that hammock spot! What a wonderful place to relax. My favorite tropical destination has been Kauai! We honeymooned there 11 years ago and still daydream about returning. The island was so laid back, non touristy, and full of tropical gorgeousness and secluded beaches. I’d recommend it in a heartbeat and beg to tag along with you!

  4. Mindy says

    We live in (North) Texas so for the past two summers, we have been driving 12 hours to the very tip of Texas to South Padre Island. We rent a condo with friends and just hang on the beach or at the pool then back to the beach. It is SO awesome! I can’t believe this is only our 3rd year doing it! Our boys are 14,10,&6 so they will remember the time we spend here as they get older.

  5. says

    First I think I recognize that hammock/pier setup- are you guys at the Secrets Aura?! We love Coz- that’s where we got engaged! But other favorites include the Cayman Islands & Roatan (Honduras)! Have a great vacay!
    Steph´s last blog post ..Smile!

  6. says

    So many places! So when you go to the Philippines and pick up your baby, try to do a beach vacay there too. Yes there will be kids, but hey, you can get a nanny to help out. Really. Boracay is great but very saturated. Try Palawan or Bohol. My husband and I went to Bohol beach club when I was 5 months pregnant and OMG amazing!
    Other awesome vacay spots: Cinque Terre Italy. Seriously one of the places I consider heaven on earth.
    But yes, when you get your Filipino baby, make sure you go on a Filipino beach vacation too! I promise it’s awesome.
    Anne´s last blog post ..Christmas 2013

  7. Melanie says

    We went to Cancun two years ago and I thought it was so beautiful! But if you want something that can def compete with it in the states try Rosemary Beach, FL. BEAUTIFUL place! We have a condo downtown rented for this summer.

  8. says

    First let me just say how much I love your blog! It’s strange how much fun it is to read about a stranger’s life. :) My hubby and I went to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon. It was A-mazing. Totally recommend it. Have an amazing time in Cozumel.

    Danielle´s last blog post ..Birthday Planning

  9. says

    I LOVE LOVE to travel!!!

    My favorite places:
    Europe. I lived in Germany for almost. 3 yrs and got to see so many places! If you get the chance to go…do it

    Rome is another favorite

    We went to Cozumel a few yrs ago and enjoyed it We’ll define go back

  10. says

    I love that you did “the pose”! That place looks unreal. It is going to my to-visit-one-day-when-we-are-not-so-poor list. :-} One of my favorite places we went to (pre-kids) was Hawaii. AMAZING!!! Everything is just incredible and the people and atmosphere are heaven-like. Maui would be my favorite island out of them all but you really just can’t go wrong with any of them!! Enjoy enjoy every childless second!!
    Erin´s last blog post ..happiness in the mail

  11. says

    Oh my goodness a REAL vacation sans kids! Yes. I’m dying for one soooon!! Enjoy your time. I’ve only been to Rocky Point in Mexico and it didn’t look that great! You look like you’re in paradise.

    We did however honeymoon in St. Thomas and it’s gorgeous there! You must go someday and go to Megeans Bay. it’s so pretty!
    Andrea Worley´s last blog post ..Giving Up, In Order to Gain.

  12. says

    Our favorite vacation spot is Jekyll Island GA. It is about an hour south of Savannah GA. My husband and I were married on the beach there in July 2012! It is so peaceful and very family friendly! We plan to go back with future children as well! =) I hope you are having a great time!
    Cate´s last blog post ..Let the Crafting Begin

  13. says

    Good for you! I love it when people get to get away from their every day lives and take a break! We love Cozumel too! We have been blessed to travel to Europe, which is amazing – my daughter is saving to go back. But my favorite place in the world is Charleston, SC. It is perfect. You must go. Have fun! Susan

  14. says

    My husband and I go on vacation without the kids every two years. By far our favorite place is Costa Rica. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it is! The people, beaches, food and weather are all fantastically amazing! We are headed to the French Rivera this Spring, so I’ll get back to you on how that goes 😉

  15. Amy says

    Playa del Carmen is also AWESOME! It’s about 45 min south of Cancun. We like it better than Cozumel. Lots of. Great little hotels in the town. 5th Ave is super fun.

  16. says

    Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida. Beautiful soft white quartz sandy beaches and clear water. God willing I will move there one day! Preferably in the near future with this cold weather! It’s nice to see you two had a great time! xoxo

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