Zip Lining in Cabo with Cabo Adventures

One of my most favorite parts of going on vacation is having the opportunity to do activities I would never have had the chance to participate in. Swimming with dolphins, a Vespa tour through Florence, going to the French Open and a photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower are just a few of the favorite things that we’ve done on our travels.




While I had planned on doing nothing but laying in the sun on our recent Mexico vacation, when I mentioned to the hubs a few of the activities I had found, he thought it would be fun to try a few of them. One of the activities we did was zip lining with Cabo Adventures. We had previously done this in Puerta Vallarta about 5 years ago with the same company and we had so much fun then that we wanted to experience it again.




Even though I have a fear of heights, zip lining seems to take the edge off of that fear for me, at least momentarily. One thing we loved about Cabo Adventures is not only how friendly and fun their staff is, but also how extremely safe they are with their zip lines. They use a double system which helps to ensure that you’re always safe.


Once we got to our zip lining site (about 45 minutes outside of Los Cabos), we got our gear on and rode a unimog up the mountains. From there, we zipped, slide and climbed our way up and down the mountains. There were the standard zip lines that we had done before that we were familiar and comfortable with. On this tour, there were also ones that we had not done before including a zip line that we got to ride on together, another zip line that you rode upside down, some rock climbing and rappelling and a tight rope across a river.


But, the biggest thrill came at the end when we got to ride the Superman zip line. Prior to going on vacation, I had read about it on the website which is advertised as the longest, fastest and tallest zip line in Mexico. Prior to getting there I was a little scared about it, but nothing could prepare me for when I first laid eyes on it. When we first arrived there in our bus, our driver stopped so we could see others gliding down it. I immediately started to feel sick to my stomach seeing how high up this zip line really was.


The entire tour I kept thinking about how that zip line was the only way down to the ground at the end and I was pretty scared to do it. Once we climbed to the top and waited our turn, I had to keep giving myself a pep talk about how I would be fine on it. Once it was my turn, the staff got me suited up and prepared to go which took a few minutes. And before I knew it, they pushed me off and I was on my way.

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I can’t even describe what fun it was going down this mile long zip line at 60 mph. It didn’t feel that fast and I wasn’t as scared as I thought I would be. I felt like I was gliding along and I just took in the sites as the zipped past me. Another thing I love about this company is they take such great pictures of you on the tour, so of course since hubs himself is a photographer, we had to buy the pictures and the video of this adventure. To see the video, head over to my Facebook page. You’ll get a nice and up close view of my face as I headed down the zip line!

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And, perhaps one of the funniest things ever on our trip came early on in the week when we were looking at the brochure from Cabo Adventures. I looked down and noticed a picture of hubs and I! We had done quite a few excursions with them 2 years ago when we were in Cabo and they used our picture in this pamphlet! You know how you always sign those waivers for companies to use your photos? Well, I always thought they posed these photos or used stock footage. But, it looks like they use regular, ordinary people like us! And, for the record, I’m clearly struggling to ride that bike up a mountain!


Rest & Relaxation in Cabo San Lucas

Last week, my husband and I jetted off to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for some much needed rest and relaxation. And seriously, what an incredible time we had together. It was the best possible way to kick off 2016.

Cabo San Lucas

This was our second time in Cabo. Normally we don’t like to travel to the same destination twice since we like to explore new locations, but we always said we would love to go back for whale watching season. That paired with the ability to travel there quickly made it a no brainer for us.

The weather was perfect all week long. Highs in the upper 70s meant laying in the sun all day without getting overheated and lows in the 60s at night meant maxi dresses were the perfect outfit for dinner al fresco. We loved waking up early every morning to watch the sunrise on the beach and taking naps on the hammock on our balcony.

Cabo San Lucas Photo Jan 06, 7 05 27 AMWe hadn’t been on a beach vacation in over 2 years. While we love being tourists and taking educational trips overseas, there’s something to relaxing about having a week in the sun with no plans set in stone. We had a couple of activities planned, but for the most part we bronzed ourselves in the sun which was a nice welcome from the below zero weather back home.

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We stayed at Sirena Del Mar which is about 5 minutes outside of Cabo San Lucas. When we first vacationed there for our honeymoon, we stayed 30 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas in San Jose del Cabo. While we LOVED our resort the first time we went there, the 30 minute drive into downtown Cabo meant we only ventured down there once. Staying closer to the city this time meant that it was only a short cab ride to some amazing restaurants and lots of activities.

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Our resort was fairly small and quiet, and was situated on top of a cliff which mean beautiful afternoon breezes to help keep you cool. The infinity pool overlooked the arch and being up high on the rocks meant unlimited views to seeing whales and boats out on the ocean. There was a small semi-private beach that we had access to and an activities committee that had some really fun things planned each day that we participated in.

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We played bingo, some board games, and did a little aqua Zumba. One afternoon we participated in a mixology class where we learned how to make 3 different shots and 3 different cocktails. Our favorite one by far was a cucumber and serrano pepper margarita. I’m still wishing I was poolside sipping on it!

Photo Jan 06, 3 17 25 PM Photo Jan 06, 2 51 48 PMThey also had some other water activities such as kayaking, snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding (SUP). I’ve never done SUP before and given how much I love to work out, I figured this would be a fun new activity to try. Unfortunately, our guide did not give us instructions on how properly SUP, so this became quite the adventures for the Mr. and me. I only made it standing up once and after about 20 minutes of paddling, my knees and arms were dead tired.

Cabo San Lucas

Our adventure continued on at this point because the winds and current picked up and we ended up getting pushed out farther into the ocean than our guide intended. Because of the weather change, I started to really struggle and was unable to get my paddle board moving. After 20 minutes of struggling, our guide came and helped tow me in. Since the weather had picked up, it took us over an hour to paddle back into the shore. Once I got off the board, my legs were sore and my knees were swollen and bleeding from this adventure at sea. While we didn’t have the greatest time SUP, I’m glad we gave it a try. I’d really like to give it a second go, but this time trying it out on a calm lake first before I head out with the big fishes.

And now here we are back to the hustle and bustle of reality. While I love traveling and had an amazing time relaxing with the Mr, I was beyond excited to come home and see my fur babies!


2015 :: Year In Review

Cheers to another year! 2015 was quite a busy and successful year for us. From travel adventures to new ventures, we kept busy most days of the year. At the end of the year, I always love looking back and seeing what exciting things we did the past year. Here are some of the highlights of 2015 for us.

I kicked off the New Year by opening my own Etsy shop! It’s been a labor of love to be able to share my creativity and make such fun and adorable items. While it takes up a lot of my time these days, I couldn’t be happier having a hobby that I really love.

BeeRich Design

In Fitness, the hubs and I both ran Trek up the Tower for the second year in February and I ran my 7th half marathon.

Lincoln Half Marathon 2015

In travel, we headed to Vegas in July and in February we took a mini winter getaway to Palm Springs for some sun and golfing. I also traveled down to Kansas City a couple of times to attend my first blog conference and workshop. What an inspiring experience that was to be able to be around other ladies who are just as passionate about building their own dreams and being a #girlboss.

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Hubs and I had our second wedding anniversary and to celebrate, we headed to London and Paris. Afternoon tea, a photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower and the French Open were just a few of the highlights. I love having a husband who loves to travel as much as I do.

Paris Photo Shoot



Paris :: Day 3London :: Day 1

I also spent much of the summer and fall dedicated to my Junior League committee. I was on a team that puts together one of our fundraisers and I spent many nights working away on our silent auction. On top of that, husband and I also were producers for a local pageant. If you didn’t know, the Mr. and I met through pageants so we have a big spot in our heart for them and we love being able to spend time together doing something that we love.

And when we weren’t busy working, we tried to make some time for fun including our monthly date nights to a musical and weekend dates on the golf course.

So that brings us to the new year! As a belated holiday present to ourselves and wanting some much needed rest and relaxation, we’re kicking off 2016 by heading to Cabo San Lucas  for the week. We went there 2 years ago for our honeymoon and it seemed like the perfect winter getaway for us.

Cheers to 2016!

My Fall/Winter Uniform

Even though I’m not a fan of the falling temperatures, one thing I do love about the fall/winter season is being able to wear endless amounts of plaid, stripes, quilted vests and boots! My daily uniform for this time of the year is some sort of sweater or long sleeved t-shirt paired with a printed quilted vest, some booties and a big oversize plaid scarf. I may not enjoy the cold weather, but I do like being cozy and these essentials help to make sure I’m comfy and warm all day long. Plus, it’s such an easy outfit to put together that it makes getting ready in the morning such a breeze.

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One thing that I especially love about this daily uniform of mine is how adding a scarf adds a pop of color to this outfit. I’m a huge fan of wearing black and white because you can pair any color with it for a pop of color. And, red is one of my favorites to add to this otherwise plain outfit. I love this using this oversized blanket scarf from Marley Lilly as an accessory to the stripes and polka dots in this ensemble. It’s fun to tie around your neck, or if you’re like me and get cold very easily, you can swap this out and throw it over your shoulders for some added warmth. And, an added bonus is the monogram on it!

Photo Dec 12, 12 55 50 PMAnd, what would an outfit be without some jewelry? I have some basics that I wear everyday but I loved adding this monogrammed cuff as a another accent color to my outfit. I love me some monograms and this bracelet is the perfect thing to complete this outfit!

Vest: Kohl’s – sold out (similar)

Shirt: Target

Booties: Kohl’s

Jeans: The Limited

Special thanks to Marley Lilly for partnering with me for this post.


Winter Essentials

Now that the holidays are here, it can only mean one thing for the weather outside which is that the snow and cold are on their way. I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life and I still have yet to find an appreciation for the snow and cold. While I really don’t like being cold and I’d much rather spend my winters soaking up the sun on a beach somewhere, here’s some of the essentials that have helped to make winter a little more bearable for me.

Winter Essentials


Electric Blanket :: I love putting an electric blanket on my bed each night to help warm it up before I snuggle into my bed and head to sleep. When the temperature gets below zero, you’ll also find me snuggled up on my couch in it. Both of my dogs LOVE to lay on it to keep warm too!

Shea Aloe Socks :: Since I workout a lot, my feet take some wear and tear to them. These socks not only help to keep my feet warm but they’re also so incredibly soft! Made with aloe and shea butter, pair these socks with some foot lotion and your feet will be as smooth as a baby! And, they come in the CUTEST designs!

Bath and Body Works Hand Cream :: Along with soft feet, a girl wants to have soft hands too! I tend to have super dry hands all year long and this hand cream is the only kind that will make them feel better.

Hunter Boots :: When it’s snowing and wet outside, you need a good pair of boots to help you out. Hunter Boots are the BEST  pair of boots that I’ve ever had. Made of rubber, so they won’t get soaked when they get wet, they’re also easy to wipe off any salt or dirt that gets on them. I also love the fleece sock inserts I have to help keep my feet even warmer. These boots are also practical because you can wear them in the spring when it’s raining out!

North Face Parka :: One thing I’ve had a lot of over the years is winter coats, and this jacket by North Face is by far the best one I’ve ever had. It’s insulated and has goose down feathers in it so it helps to keep you warm and the cold air out. I don’t even mind being outside in below zero weather because this coat keeps me so warm!

Teavana Tumbler :: I love drinking tea in the morning and this tumbler, which is made of stainless steel, keeps your beverage warm for up to 6 hours. A perfect staple for those super cold days when I need something warm to drink all day.

Blanket Scarves :: It goes without saying that blanket scarves are one of the best things ever made. They’re a staple in my winter wardrobe because they help keep me warm and I love adding one to an outfit.

Slippers :: I’ve never been a big fan of wearing socks, but I also ALWAYS have feet as cold as icicles so I need something on my feet to keep my toes warm. I love getting a pair of fun “house shoes” each year and I especially love wearing moccasins around the house. This plaid pair is so festive to wear this time of the year and the fur inside help keep my feet toasty.

QUESTION // What’s winter like where you live?


What’s In My Travel Nightstand Bag?

You’re probably wondering, what’s a travel nightstand bag anyways? Well, it’s a tiny bag that includes all of the essentials I need for my nightly bedtime routine.

I’m not a good sleeper at all, so I put together this bag filled with everything I need to do my nightly bedtime routine. This way, even when I’m not sleeping in my own bed, I have a little piece of home with me to make it easier to fall asleep. It’s always packed and ready to go which makes it a breeze to pack when we’re heading out of town.

So, without further ado, let’s take a peek into my nighttime bed routine!

Guess Who’s Back..Back Again

*tap* *tap* *tap* Is this thing on?

Yes friends, it’s me and I’m back! Before I get into anything, let me apologize for basically falling off the blogging bandwagon. I have no better excuse other than life happened. Over the past few months I had A LOT on my plate and at the end of the day something needed to take a temporary backseat and that was my little piece of the interwebs. I promise, I’m back and I have LOTS of fun things planned to share with all of you!

So you may be wondering, what exactly was I doing the past few months? Well, here’s a peek at what I was up to.

Work Work Work Everyday

I work full time so most of my week are spent there. Each day despite how busy I am, I make it a priority to workout so that means 5:30 am wake up calls for either a Pure Barre class or to get a run in. Then, it’s work all day until after work when my life got consumed by a few activities.

Etsy Shop

My little creative corner of the world has seriously kept me so busy! Just when I get orders out the door, more come pouring in. I also have been super fortunate to have some local boutiques reach out and sell some of my shirts in store! If you told me a year ago that I’d be a t-shirt designer one day I might have laughed at you. Truth is though I love thinking of new designs and bringing them to life in my little craft studio.

BeeRich Design


Volunteer Duties

I’m a member of my local Junior League and this year I was lucky enough to get placed onto a committee that puts on our annual tailgate themed fundraiser. I was in charge of the silent auction which meant that for about 3 months my life was consumed my securing donations, tracking items, organizing them and putting them into packages. My entire basement was filled with all of the donations and there were many late nights of working on getting thing in perfect shape with my fellow committee members. Our event was so much fun and was a HUGE success!

On top of that, the following weekend was a local scholarship pageant that my husband and I are the producers of. This meant script writing, lighting and music decisions, choreography and all that backstage behind the scenes stuff. We both LOVE doing production work and I LOVE getting the opportunity to give back to an organization that has had a huge impact on my life.

Wife Duties

As you can see, it was a full plate of things for me to do. On top of that, I help my husband with our photo and video business which means answering emails, fulfilling orders, and editing videos. And I still had to find time to take our pups on daily walks, make dinner, do laundry, take care of the house etc.

BeeRich Design

WHEW! I’m tired just thinking about everything that’s happened the past few months. Truth is, something had to go amidst all that busy-ness and I decided that writing a blog each night just wasn’t going to happen. That doesn’t mean I didn’t think about it all the time and how much I missed it!

But, have no fear! I’m BACK!! Life is still busy and my goal, for now, is to post 2-3 times per week. I haven’t decided exactly what days yet so stay tuned while I figure it out.

So thanks for sticking around and waiting for me friends. It feels great to be back!

Hello Fresh Review

Dinner at our house goes one of two ways. Either I’m making dinner as my husband arrives home or I get lazy and wait till he gets home and I hope that with enough whining and complaining he’ll just say “let’s go out to dinner.” I really do love to cook, but sometimes the thought of spending an hour or more in the kitchen making dinner, eating and cleaning up just doesn’t sound appealing after a long day at work.

I sometimes get into the rut of making the same things over and over and eventually they just don’t sound appealing anymore. Does anyone else deal with this dinner anxiety like I do? Since I wanted to get out of my cooking rut, I decided to give the dinner subscription service Hello Fresh a try. Here’s a peek into what comes in the box, the dinners we made and my overall thoughts on it.

If you are interested in trying out Hello Fresh for yourself, use the coupon code 3APHF8 for $40 off your first box. Boun appetit!



Hello Fresh Review


Hello Fresh Review

July Favorites

The beginning of another month means that it’s time share some favorites! Here’s a look into the makeup, skincare and lifestyle favorites I’ve been reaching for during the month of July.

BBBC :: July

Another month has flown by and it’s time to review our July book choice for the Beauty Blogger Book Club!

Last month we read pick which was Paper Towns. John Green is the author of the book and I’ve never read anything by him so I was looking forward to trying out a new author.

The book is about Quentin Jacobsen and his childhood friend Margo. Right before high school graduation, Margo comes to Jacob and asks him to go on a prank on friends that betrayed her. The day after their prank spree though, Margo goes missing. Jacob recruits some of his friends to go out and find her based on clues she left behind. Quentin, who was starting to fall for Margo, was on a mission to find the girl that stole his heart.

Overall this book was better than I expected. Since I’ve never read a John Green book before, I didn’t know what to expect while reading it. I liked that it had a love story type plot but it didn’t seem like that while reading it.

I thought it was really fitting that we read this book for July because the movie actually just recently came out in theaters. I can’t wait to see the movie and see how it compares to the book.

For the month of August, we’ll be reading Lisa P’s choice called the Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein. As always, head over to our other member’s blogs to see what they thought of our July Book Choice!

Michelyn-Brains Beauty & Basketball

Heather-Love to be Busy

Lisa-Uncommon Wife Life

Lisa P-Blush and Back Roads

Stephanie-The Wonky Brow