Weekend Away at Longboat Key Club

Image from Longboat Key Club Website

My hubby and I are always so busy that we are always looking for ways to sneak away with the family and enjoy some much-deserved beach time!  Breathing in the salty air and feeling the sand in your toes has a therapeutic feeling that can recharge you in ways you can’t imagine.

Living outside of Orlando, we have access to so many weekend getaway spots.  We are so lucky to have some of the most beautiful beach towns within a short drive. When searching for the perfect weekend spot for Father’s Day, I knew we wanted to try somewhere new.  A girlfriend suggested Longboat Key Club and after looking at the website, I was sold.

When we pulled through the gate to the private entrance of the Longboat Key Club, we were greeted with plush landscaping, a friendly staff and the most beautiful views of blue and green water.  We planned to arrive early so our room wasn’t ready yet, but that didn’t stop us from heading right down to the beach and the pool.  The front desk gave us a temporary card so we could take advantage of all the amenities while we waited for our room to be ready.

Once making it down to the beach, we were escorted to our private beach chairs complete with the cutest blue and white umbrellas. We were able to order food and drinks and spent the rest of the day building sandcastles and diving for pool toys while sipping on Strawberry Daiquiris and Piña Coladas. The resort is extremely family-friendly and the kids loved meeting new friends at the pool and searching for seashells on the beach.  If we would have stayed longer, the resort also has a supervised children’s program and a babysitting service.

Once our room was ready we headed upstairs to unpack and get ready for dinner.  When traveling with the kids I always look for a room that has a pull-out couch or an additional living space so that we can enjoy some time to talk after the kids go to bed.  This room was perfect because the kids could sleep on the pull-out while we enjoyed the huge balcony overlooking the pool and beach! We also had a full kitchen and huge bathroom! After fully making ourselves comfortable in the huge room, we quickly got ready for dinner and headed to the on-site Italian restaurant, Portofino.

Portofino is located on the marina side of the resort and had a menu full of delicious pasta dishes and flatbreads.  The kids loved running around on the docks and looking at the gorgeous sailboats docked up and down the bay. My in-laws are Italian and hard to please, and they loved everything we tried! And watching the gorgeous sunset while sipping on a crisp rosé didn’t hurt.

After dinner we headed back to the room and enjoyed a long night’s sleep listening to the waves crash against the shore.

The next morning we woke up and immediately ordered room service.  We enjoyed a huge breakfast outside on our balcony and planned our day.  We gobbled down our bacon, pancakes and eggs and headed back downstairs for another day full of sun and sand.

We were only at the resort for two days but we were able to fit in so much great family time.  We loved everything about Longboat Key Club and can’t wait to visit again soon! If you are lucky enough to stay longer, the resort has beautiful golf courses, tennis courts, a full-service spa and multiple on-site restaurants.

If you have any questions about the resort and our experience there, please let me know! Have a great day and see you next time!

 

 

5 Ways for Moms to Make Extra Money

As a stay at home mom I was struggling with finding ways to make extra money.  I spent a lot of time researching companies that would allow me to work from home yet provide me with the flexibility I needed to be a parent.  It was extremely difficult but I knew I needed the extra money to fund my shopping addiction and obsession with eating out.  Here are five things that have worked for me and provided me with my own income to help my family and help my sushi addiction.  I hope they will work for you or at least give you some ideas to set you in the right direction.

5 ways for moms to make extra money

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Best DIY Gift Under $3

One of my favorite things to do is to spend time picking out the perfect gift for someone.  I love finding that little something that the recipient will actually use and enjoy! That being said, I feel like every time I turn around I am buying another gift.  I have started spending more time creating gifts for friends and I have found that they appreciate them so much more and they are so much more fun to give!

One of my absolute favorite gifts to give, especially for a newly engaged friend, is a marbled ring or jewelry dish.  They literally take a couple minutes of your time and they are so fun to make! You can find small white dishes in so many stores and they look beautiful when they are dry.  Check out my video above to see how you can make one of your own!

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Once I had kiddos, my whole work life was turned upside down.  I left my job to be a full-time mommy and even though I don’t regret it for one minute, I missed working and bringing in an income of my own.  It took a few years of trying out different business ventures, but I have finally found one that works for my family and I couldn’t help but share it with anyone else that might be looking for something similar.

Make $14-$22 an Hour Working from Home

One day when the kids were napping I clicked on a Forbes article that listed the top companies to work for in 2017.  The list was specifically geared for remote/work-from-home opportunities.  I clicked through the first couple and immediately stopped when I got to what was listed as the #5 company.  At first I wasn’t sure what to think, but I started doing research and I knew immediately I wanted to give it a shot.

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No Added Sugar or Flour Muffins {Toddler Recipes}

It is SO hard for me to find healthy-ish snacks for my kids and with school starting tomorrow I have been trying to come up with things to send in their lunch boxes that will fill my kiddos up without all of the sugar.  I came across this muffin recipe and my kids love them! I added dried cranberries and they were a huge hit.

My favorite part about this recipe is that the flour is actually ground up rolled oats.  They add such a nutty flavor to the muffins.

Oatmeal and Cranberry Muffins

1 1/2 cups ground toasted old-fashioned oats (I put them in my blender until they were flour consistency)

1 cup of whole old-fashioned oats

2-3 large overripe bananas

2 large eggs lightly beaten

1/3 cup of honey

3/4 cup of almond milk

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cup of dried cranberries

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Mash bananas well (I use my mixer to get out all lumps)
  • Add eggs, honey, milk and vanilla and mix to combine
  • Add all of the dry ingredients and mix
  • Let sit for 10 minutes
  • Stir in dried cranberries
  • Pour muffin mixture into muffin tin lined with wrappers about 3/4 way full
  • Bake at 350 for about 23 minutes

I would love for you to share your favorite snacks and recipes for kids in the comments below!

I found this recipe on Bren Did and she has some other AMAZING muffin recipes!

Thanks so much and see you next time! xoxo