How is it Monday again?!?  I have to be honest, you guys have the absolute BEST questions each week.  I always look forward to Monday’s because I love seeing what you guys are going to ask about.  Keep them coming.  Just so you know, you can always leave a question in the comments of the post or shoot me an email through the website, if you have a question you would like me to answer.  I read each and every one of them and I love helping you guys with things.  This week I had a lot of people ask about the recommendations I received when I asked about family-friendly resorts suggestions. You guys had some good ones, so I am going to share some of those, as well as what we think we have narrowed down as our options for the summer.  We also have some good work wear related questions, so let’s get to it.

Xx
Landyn


HELP!  I NEED A GOOD EVERYDAY BAG

I had a sweet reader write in needing help selecting a good everyday/work bag.  There are some really cute options and price points out there, so I had fun pulling these together.  A lot of these bags are perfect for travel or work. Throw your laptop, notebook and folders in there and hit the road. I have to have something fashionable and functional and I do not want to spend a fortune.  I feel like everyday bags take such a beating being thrown on the train or in the back of you car, so I like to make sure there are affordable options too. But, never sacrifice style. You won’t see many small bags. I prefer a BIG OL’ BAG, cause for some reason I got a lot of stuff.


WHERE SHOULD WE GO ON FAMILY VACATION

 Four Seasons / Anguilla Four Seasons / Anguilla

This was hands down the number one question I was asked this week.  You guys are super excited to take some family vacations and honestly I can’t say that I blame you.  So we have narrowed our vacation options for our family trip down to two.  So our first option is the Four Seasons Anguilla. We love this option because it looks like they have an amazing kids camp that the kids can enjoy. {open year round- that is something to think about during the summer months. Most resorts slow that down durning non-peak season} And have you looked at the pictures???  If that resort doesn’t scream Living with Landyn, I don’t know what does.  The other option we are looking for is actually taking a cruise.  We are looking at Royal Carribean’s 7-night Eastern Carribean cruise.  There are just so many different things for everyone to be able to do and enjoy and the kids are super stoked about a rock wall and a water park on the ship. We took the Disney Cruise a few years back and it was a BLAST. I’m kinda leaning toward staying in one spot and taking in the resort life for those days, but I have a feeling being away at sea might win.

I did however have a couple of resorts that either came up several times or you guys recommended and I loved how they looked, so I wanted to share some of the top recommendations with you guys.

 Beaches Turks and Caicos

Beaches: Turks and Caicos, Negril and Ochos Rio

So this was the number one recommendation from all of you guys.  If you have kids, especially younger ones, this appears to be the resort for you guys.  They have three locations: Turks and Caicos, Negril and Ochos Rio.  Beaches are all-inclusive resorts so you literally pay upfront and you have everything covered-all your activities, kids camps, food, alcohol…you name it they have it.  It literally looks like a parents dream and the resorts and destinations are beautiful.  So basically you will not go wrong with this. I was reassured it wasn’t too cheesy. I hear if you can, stay in the Key West Village section of accommodations.

This all-inclusive on beach-blessed Providenciales (the most populated of the 40 Turks and Caicos islands, located just a 100-minute flight from Miami) is full of gleeful parents who can’t quite believe that they’re on vacation with their kids and things are going great. That’s because Beaches, the well-oiled, family-oriented link in the Sandals chain, manages to be all things to all age groups: newborns are cared for by certified nannies; younger children get treated to conniption-inducing appearances by costumed Sesame Street characters at a supervised activities center; and older kids have a pool with slides and a swim-up juice bar, plus unlimited use of Xbox stations (no quarters required, and, no, you are not alone in finding this both appalling and hugely appealing). Besides kayaking, waterskiing, windsurfing, and sailing, the resort, by the translucent blue waters of 12-mile-long Grace Bay Beach, has a superb scuba operation: certified divers get two free outings daily on a reef where visibility is often close to 200 feet. (Introductory diving lessons are also available.) There’s water excitement closer to home, too—home being 453 rooms distributed among 78 pink, green, and blue villas. The one- to three-bedroom units in the French Village have private concierge service. Opening by year’s end: 168 new family suites (with bunk beds and game consoles), and a massive water park with a surf simulator, lazy river, and tweens-only pool featuring—OMG!—spray guns and water cannons.


Four Seasons : Nevis West Indies

Lots of recommendations to stay here. I spent quite a bit of time on their website. Here’s some of the things you loved and the resort pays special attention to when vacationing with the little ones.

The Four Seasons Nevis has an enviable spot in the West Indies, with no neighboring hotels to compete for its wide stretch of Pinney’s Beach. Arrive at this former coconut plantation via a 25-minute private hotel boat from St. Kitts’s airport or direct air service from San Juan. Children participating in the Resort’s Sea Turtle Education and Adoption program receive an adoption certificate for an endangered sea turtle. Has a playground equipped with a pint-size general store; in addition, the facility housing the Kids for All Seasons children’s program boasts a mock pirate ship, a jungle area with a tropical tree house, and stuffed monkeys hanging from a tree. Offers a smiley-face fruit plate and Kermit’s Grilled Fresh Fish of the Day with vegetables and rice on its children’s menu. The concierge can arrange for a Monkey Excursion, where families can explore the tropical rainforest with a local naturalist in search of wild green monkeys. The Kids for All Seasons facility is strategically placed in the middle of the resort, so whether parents are at the spa, dining, or at the pool or beach, they’re only steps away from their children. Activities include cake baking, croquet, sea turtle watch, beach walks, and a supervised lizard hunt, often followed by story time in the shade of a palm tree.


SUGAR BEACH: VICEROY RESORT ST. LUCIA

A lot of you have stayed here and loved it. It does look pretty darn nice. We are liking the bungalows and having privacy. That is one thing hubby and I have agreed on for this trip. Having the activities of a hotel/resort, but almost feel as if we are alone most of the time.  How about this view. Below are some of it’s offerings.

Each of our St Lucia resort’s Luxury Sugar Mill Rooms, Luxury Villas, Luxury Beachfront Bungalows, and Residences affords spectacular views of the Pitons or the Caribbean Sea.
The indulgent world-class Rainforest Spa, full PADI dive facility, sumptuous waterfront dining, and chic bars and lounges ensure the quintessential St Lucia resort vacation experience, all close to the isle’s top tourist attractions. Offering space enough for families and honeymooners alike, Sugar Beach Resort Hotel, St Lucia is the premier choice among travelers seeking seclusion and tranquility amid unsurpassed natural beauty.


I NEED A GREAT WORK SHOE

Honestly, ain’t nobody got time to tromp around the office in 4 inch heels.  Your feet are literally screaming by the end of the day.  A few of my readers asked if I had any suggestions for cute work shoes that had heels more in the 1.5-2.5 inch range.  YES!!!  Women of the world unite.  We do not have to torture ourselves in four inch heels for 10 hours per day!  So here are some really cute options that I have found.


January 30, 2017

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Aja

Ahhh! We were thisclose to booking that RC cruise for spring break but the dates didn’t work out with my husband’s incentive trip this year (and I kinda think we need to go on that free vacation 😉 So we booked a little Disney cruise but boy do I feel behind the 8 ball with that one. Can’t wait to see where y’all end up! I was surprised to not see Aruba on the list of recommendations. I went there every summer growing up and I think we’re finally taking our kids for the first time this year. We love… Read more »

Sara Gue

Hey Landyn! When are you going to post the hair tutorials from yesterday?

These places look amazing! I’ve been eyeing up the Anguilla one for awhile. Our friends also race about the Turks and Caicos resort as well but I always get so nervous that there’s going to be a million kids. Are there any other places you’ve gone that you recommend? In the US, outside of the US? My kids are 8 and 10 so they’re fun to travel with now and looking for a place for April vacation. We’ve had the Ritz in the Grand Caymans on our list for awhile and the JWMarriott looks amazing there too (check out the… Read more »

Jessica Prince

We went to the Four Seasons Resort Anguilla last May – it was then the Viceroy, but I highly recommend it! It was a stunning resort with lots of good pool and beach options. The people of Anguilla are also super nice! Gosh, I miss that Sunset lounge by far the best place for drinks with amazing sunset views.

Liz Johnson

Last year we actually did the Norwegian Getaway which is part of their newer fleet. The boat was amazing, staff was great and it provided an experience for my kids that they won’t forget. It sails out of Miami and was highly recommended. Initially we were also going to go on RC. The kids had plenty to do between the kids/teen club and activities so I felt I had lots of 1:1 time with my husband. We also got separate rooms next to each other for my three kids and so glad we did. We have done the family suite… Read more »

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