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4 Reasons Why Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa Might Be For You

 Ah, Mexico. You were a dream. After a few days back in the city I'm ready to book my next trip and revisit our few days in the sun. 

You might have caught from my social posts that I was staying at the Dreams Resort and Spa in Tulum. It was beautiful and I would jump at the opportunity to stay there again, this time with family in tow. Therefore, I've rounded up four of my favorite reasons why Dreams Tulum might be the perfect fit for you - because let's be real, we all have our lists when it comes to booking vacations...


You Want Lush Tropical Surroundings
Tulum is a hotspot in Mexico and the property did not disappoint. Lush tropical plants surrounding the Mexican colonial architecture nestled on white sandy beaches. It gave me plenty of places to stop for pics. and left me feeling right at home. I stayed in a Junior Deluxe Suite with a gorgeous view of the water and pool. No city-sizing here folks, my bathroom could have easily been as big or bigger than my living room in the city. I personally loved the tile throughout, the Mexican decor and the furnished balcony. There was a desk next to the balcony that would have made working in paradise amazing, but I didn't have much time for work - I was too busy relaxing and taking in the sights. 

There are two pools: one for activities and one for the Unlimited-Luxury® experience. Past the two pools is a huge beach with tons of chairs, private cabanas and a dedicated wait service to bring you snacks and premium cocktails while you soak up the sun. Bars are located throughout the property and I definitely had my share of Pina coladas, chips, and guacamole over our two day trip. 


You Have Kids
I'll start by saying my kids would love this place! First off - a beach with pools, unlimited food AND an Explorer's club just for them. It would be hard to get them to go home after this experience. The Explorer's club is a great option for kids from 3-12, it's a fully supervised adventure and activity center equipped with a water playground with 6 waterslides. Plus it gives Mom and Dad a little break to relax or get in a meal alone. It's included in your Unlimited-Luxury® privileges. 

Not traveling with or don't have kids? Dream Tulum also has kid-free zones (rooms and areas).


All-Inclusive & Budget Friendly Luxury
At around $168 per night in April, Dreams Tulum is the perfect spot to relax for a few days (or even a week). One of my favorite things about the Dreams Tulum is that it's all-inclusive. Everything is included in your reservation with no extra fees or gratuities added. I'm personally all for this, especially if the kids are in tow. If you have kids, you get it- despite having just eaten, they're hungry again and can be unexpectedly picky. The property offers 6 restaurants with multiple cuisine options + 24 hour room service, so they're bound to find something that their 'refined' tastebuds like. 


Activities & Entertainment 
Not one for relaxing by the pool all day? Don't fret there's dozens of activities offered throughout the property during the day including dance sessions, yoga on the beach, cocktail and cooking lessons, snorkeling and hiking (just to name a few). Nicole and I tried our hand at kayaking, one of my favorite water sports. They also have amazing entertainment options like acrobatic shows, pool parties and live music. On our last night we were treated to a tequila tasting...

Want to explore? The resort is near local excursions, shopping and dining. Local points include the town of Tulum, ancient Mayan ruins and the world's 2nd largest barrier reef - a few that I've added to my list for my next trip...

A special thank you to Dreams Resort and Spa Tulum for hosting me last week, it was such a pleasure to call you home for a few days. 
 

In Tulum with Miraclesuit

Growing up in Florida, you better believe that I lived in bathing suits. As a kid, it wasn't an outfit until a bathing suit was included in my look. It's true, I lived in those things. If I couldn't wear a bathing suit under my outfit it wasn't happening. Believe me when I say my mom and I threw down many a time about my swimsuit additions - Yes, I believed that a red striped bathing suit was acceptable birthday party attire. That said, you could say that I love swimwear, even as I enter my 30's with three kids in tow.

I will however say, If you had told me a year ago that I would be in Tulum posting dozens of pictures of myself in a bathing suit 11 months after Indiana was born I would have laughed in your face. Don't get me wrong, I love my post-baby body and bathing suits but I don't often post swimwear (or travel to tropical destinations). Honestly, it also takes the right suit to get me trigger happy in front of the camera and let me tell you right now, I found it.

To truly feel comfortable in swimwear it has to make you feel like a goddess. No, seriously it does. If it doesn't then that suit isn't the one for you. Trust me on this, it's out there gals and you're going to love it.

MIRACLESUIT. 

I'll admit, I was a little on the fence when I first found out what I was wearing, but all my doubts fell away the second I put those suits on. My post-baby boobs looked AMAZING in an instant. They had all kinds of support and the suit hugged my curves in all the right places. Truth: I felt like a movie star strutting around the resort with my oversized glasses and pina colada in hand.

These suits are the real deal ladies, whether you're a size 4 or 16, they look amazing on everyone. At first I was convinced that the floral retro bikini was going to be my go to but this blue one-piece was giving me all sorts of life. I definitely had my little mermaid moment on the rocks with it.

I was even able to add my personal touch to each piece with scarves, bohemian earrings and denim. I loved every second of walking around in these suits - which explains why it's taken me days to go through and narrow down hundreds of pictures of these suits. It was no easy task, I wanted to post them all.

As for the gorgeous women standing next to me in these shots, I could not have asked for a more supportive, loving bunch. Some I've known for years and some are new friends. I've never felt so confident standing next to a bunch of other women, all so similar but different at the same time. Miraclesuit hit the mark when choosing the ladies for this trip and I could not be more grateful.

Of course most of you immediately recognized Lara (remember when we went to St. Louis?!) and our swimwear twinning. We were not even close to being surprised when we both walked out sporting the same suit. I love that we both had our own unique spin when styling the bikinis.

So, as we gear up for summer and you start to dread swimsuit shopping, go straight to MIRACLESUIT. You're going to feel like a million bucks...
This post is sponsored by Miraclesuit. 

Two Ways To Wear Midi Dresses for Spring

I'm back from Tulum and I brought a ton of color with me! Stay tuned I have some festive posts heading your way, so keep an eye out for those. 

As for today's post with my favorite, Jackie, we're talking midi lengths. I love a good midi length, it works on all shapes and sizes and contrary to some beliefs it can actually make us shorter gals look a little bit taller! So no, it's not just for the ladies with length it actually works great on us petite gals. I personally like to show a little more skin on top when it comes to styling longer skirts, for instance this dress has an off the shoulder neckline. As for footwear, I totally love them with sneakers but I do love a good heel to give me a few more inches - plus it looks great with a tiny ankle popping out from the skirt. This dress is giving me all sorts of happy thoughts especially with Mexico still in mind. How fabulous are those sleeves and the ruffled hemline - summer perfection. Did I mention it's under $40? Another Target win! It also comes in red gingham. 

As for Jackie, she decided to make a brilliant statement with this vibrant hue of pink and leather accessories. I love the classic shape paired with that huge pop of color. It looks great with or without the jacket...

Head over and check out Jackie's post, she's also rounding up her favorite Midi dresses under $50...

Megan: Dress WHO WHAT WEAR // Heels (similar) // Bag Kohl's

Jackie: Dress Target // Jacket Nordstrom // Heels // Bag


Spring Staple under $100: Slip-On Mules

You might remember my day of apple picking with Koolaburra this past fall, here. Well, it's spring and I'm swapping my cozy boots in favor of something a little lighter. Meet the Raychel slip-on Mule. I mean, can you even with this blush hue and perforation detail? Me either. The second I saw them on the site "I was like what other options"? Kidding. I love the updated nod to this throwback style - the super soft suede, cushy sole and chunky heel is giving me all sorts of life right now - especially with spring weather starting to bloom. Squee. 

For under $80, they're the perfect staple for adding a little pep in your step as you transition your wardrobe from the gross winter to the cheerful spring without breaking the bank. Did I mention that blush hue? It also comes in black and tan so there are some other neutral options.

As far a styling goes, I'm loving the mule trend with cropped jeans. It's just enough skin to elongate without going 'full sandal'. They also look great with shorts, dresses and skirts. Stay tuned for other styling options because they're going to be getting a lot of wear as the season moves along. Hint: I'm wearing them EVERYWHERE. 

I wanted to play with colors that helped the blush tone pop and this dress did just that with the muted pinks, yellow and blues. I couldn't resist layering my dress over light-wash distressed cropped jeans- because it's currently one of my favorite ways to go when the temperatures are under 65˚degrees. They're just long short enough to showcase my ankle and let the blush mules that adorn my feet make a statement.

For accessories I stayed in theme with this season's must-haves and brought my ring handle bag out. It adds a little something extra without stealing the thunder from my mules.

DRESS // JEANS // MULES // Bag (similar) 

Head over and check out Koolaburra's spring selection! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Koolaburra. The opinions and text are all mine.