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Jan
15

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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Heaven.On.Earth.

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.

32 Comments

  1. Celena 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. Mindy Pineda says:

    Mandy,

    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.
    http://youngwifelife.com

  3. Ivett says:

    Wow, that place looks fantastic! I am so glad for you :) Our favorite place is Croatia – but I think if Mexico would be just a little bit closer to Europe, I would definetly give it a go :)
    Ivett´s last blog post ..Gyümölcstál szomszédoláshoz

  4. Jen says:

    Bora Bora! Although I guess it’s not really a “vacation” spot. We went there on our honeymoon and it is the most amazing place I have been. Hope you are having fun!
    Jen´s last blog post ..Heat Vents and Warm Hearts

  5. MurdocksMama says:

    We LOVE Jamaica {Couple’s Swept Away in Negril to be exact}. We were married there, too.
    MurdocksMama´s last blog post ..What I Eat {a picky eater watching calories}

  6. Looks like HEAVEN! I haven’t been to Cozumel, but we’ve been to Cancun twice and Playa once. I LOVE Mexico! Have fun :)
    Mia @ MakeMeUpMia´s last blog post ..{Naked3 Palette} My Go To Look & Swatches

  7. Check out Sayulita, Mexico. Not a resort town, but a beautiful little fishing/surfing village. You can rent gorgeous houses there for really cheap. So much fun!!!
    Julie @ Living on the Ledge´s last blog post ..Sweet Anna

  8. Kimberly 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!

  9. Danielle says:

    I LOVE Cozumel! We went there for our Honeymoon and plan to go back someday. It is beautiful and the

  10. 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.

  11. Steph 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!

  12. Holly says:

    Enjoy your vacation. Looks amazing!
    Holly´s last blog post ..Can You Get Sick From Your Pet?

  13. Michelle says:

    Looks beautiful! I really want to visit, and I was just telling Wes last week that we need to plan a trip there. You two definitely deserve it :)
    Michelle´s last blog post ..How To Use Mint.com – The Mint Manual

  14. LOVED Cozumel when we stopped there on our honeymoon. We just got back from a trip to Park City, Utah for some skiing–and it was our first vacation ever without the kiddos. So relaxing, and so much less stuff to pack on the airplane! :) Have fun!
    Jennifer-Mommy Life After Ph.D.´s last blog post ..Back to life, back to reality

  15. Renee says:

    Aruba and Jamaica…you MUST go!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Anne 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

  17. 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.

  18. Danielle says:

    Mandy,
    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
    Danielle´s last blog post ..Birthday Planning

  19. I hope you have a wonderful time! Enjoy your kid free time.
    Niki @ My Life Remixing´s last blog post ..Back to Normal

  20. Ann says:

    Atlantis, Bahamas is our FAVORITE spot! You can go as a family or just as a couple:) Great place!

  21. Kira 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

  22. Erin 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

  23. 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.

  24. Cate 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

  25. 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

  26. Gloriana says:

    Come to Costa Rica! Most beautiful country in the world. http://www.pinterest.com/globrenes/costa-rica/

  27. Prairie Wife 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 ;)

  28. Katie says:

    I love Cozumel!! The water is beautiful there!! My favorite trips have been in Europe…and my favorite of them has definitely been Paris. It’s more of a sight-seeing on the go trip, but so worth it!!
    Katie´s last blog post ..Planning a Monthly Menu

  29. 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.

  30. shehey says:

    Mandy:- u must visit Maldives. My home country.
    Its famously known as sunny side of life or paradise on earth.

    http://www.tnmv.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/maldives-six-senses-laamu.jpg

    http://www.maldivestourism.net/resorts/

    you guys will love it for sure :)

  31. Ashley 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

  32. shehey says:

    Mandy..u should come to Maldives. My home country…u guys will love it..

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