Welcome to Paradise! Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa

Our arrival, for the consecutive year, was no less magical than the first.  As we entered the gates, our first impression was once again, “this is like paradise on earth.”  From the moment we were handed the cool towels and refreshing cocktails, we knew that the service would once again be impeccable, and we were not disappointed.  We were so enthused to learn that we would be staying at the Italian Villages, which was one of our favorites.  We have stayed at many resorts throughout the Caribbean, but the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages had managed to separate itself among the rest.  Beaches truly has that special touch that has not been duplicated.

Every member of staff that we encountered, attended to our needs as if we were the only guests they were tasked to serve.  We couldn’t be happier with the service provided by the staff as they kept a genuine smile on their face.
One of our highlights of Beaches was the white powdery sand on the well kept beach!  Unlike many other resorts, we appreciated the ability to enjoy relaxing on the beach without large crowds to impact the wonderful view.  The wonderful climate, turquoise waters and open blue sky was truly breath-taking!  We also really enjoyed the evening entertainment.  The Junkanoo parade is always wonderful.  The elaborate costumes, dance and instruments truly exhibit the rhythm and vibe of the Caribbean.  The quality of the live bands performing in the evenings, was also great. Our kids enjoyed spending hours at the main pool, Bobby Dee’s for snacks, Xbox lounge and the surfboard experience.  We all loved the expansive and immaculately landscaped grounds of all of the villages within the resort.

We felt that all of the on-site restaurants offered top-notch cuisine.  The quality of food offered at resorts has always been one of our major criteria in which we score our overall satisfaction upon.  The food at Beaches scored at the top, across the board!!  My husband’s favorite was the “Jerk Shack”.  They offered chicken and fish dishes prepared with absolutely the best jerk seasonings you can imagine. We had the best sushi that we have ever had at Soy. My mom and I enjoyed lattes and pastries every day at Café de Paris.  

We were grateful that our kids had the opportunity to give back to the local community on this trip.  Our kids donated their time with the Sandals Foundation by spending the day painting a local Turks and Caicos grade school.  We are impressed with the outstanding job that the Sandals Foundation does in investing back into the community in which they operate.

We absolutely loved this Beaches resort and we have nothing but rave reviews.  We cannot wait to visit again!  I would recommend this Beaches resort to everyone, including the most seasoned traveler!
We would like to thank Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa, and all sponsors involved in making the #BeachesMoms Social Media on the Sand Conference such a memorable experience for my family and I!

Fresh Conch
Fresh lobster right out of the ocean! 
Pizza with a view!

Rainbow leading to our pot of gold!
Granny preparing to ride a water slide for the first time ever!  

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Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa

No, this is not a postcard... it's actually a picture that I took with my cell phone from our room at Beaches Turks & Caicos.  This was the ultimate dream vacation.  I have traveled to quite a few all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, but I have never experienced luxury at this level.  Everything was top notch at Beaches Turks & Caicos from the service to the accommodations to the food to the grounds and more.  As you can see in the pictures, the ocean water had a turquoise glow like no other ocean that I have ever seen in person.

I traveled to Beaches Turks & Caicos with my husband and our two boys (ages 12 and 14).  We debated about whether we were going to take the kids or not.  I am so glad that we brought them.  They enjoyed every minute of our vacation.  Stay tuned for their post!

There are 4 villages at the resort: Caribbean, Italian, Key West and French.  Our room was located in the Italian Village and it was perfect for a family of four.  My kids had their own quarters with a bunk bed, their own tv, Xbox, closet and sink.  My husband and I had our own spacious quarters with custom-crafted furnishings, a lavish bathroom, fully stocked bar and a balcony overlooking the pool and out to the ocean.


Beaches Turks & Caicos is an all-inclusive resort.  Food, premium drinks, entertainment, activities, water sports (Kayaking, snorkeling and sail boats) and tips are all included.  We enjoyed many gourmet meals and premium drinks.  Stay tuned for my "foodie" post!  Here are a few highlights of the resort and some of my pictures from our trip:  

  •  6 pools, 3 with swim-up bars
  •  Huge Pirates Island Waterpark
  •  Xbox Play Lounge & Trench Town Teens-only gameroom
  •  Liquid at Beaches Nightclub
  •  19 specialty restaurants
  •  12 bars serving unlimited premium drinks
  •  Supervised kids camp for kids of all ages

Enjoying a cocktail and this gorgeous view

Conch fresh out of the ocean

Kayaking (included)

Snorkeling (included)


Needless to say, we cannot wait to return to a Beaches resort.  Stay for more from Beaches Turks & Caicos! #BeachesMoms

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No-Bake Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kabobs #DressUpYourNuggets

Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kabobs

As part of the Chick-fil-A Mom's Panel, I was challenged to come up with a semi-homemade recipe to dress up Chick-fil-A nuggets.  I am a huge fan of Chick-fil-A nuggets and I love to entertain, so I thought... "Why not come up with a recipe that's easy and perfect for a party?".  Preparing for a party can be very time consuming.  A semi-homemade recipe will save time and can be just as appealing to the palate as homemade recipe.

I love the Chick-fil-A's Chicken Deluxe Sandwich with pepper jack cheese, so I came up with "No-Bake Chick-fil-A Nuggets Kabobs".  They are like my own little personal bite sized Chick-fil-A Chicken Deluxe Sandwiches on a stick!  To top it off, the colorful presentation is sure to add a festive touch to your party.  These kabobs also make a perfect snack for kids and adults at home or on the go.
Try this semi-homemade recipe for yourself and let me know what you think.  Enjoy!  

No Bake Chick-fil-A Kabobs

What you need: 

  • 20 Chick-fil-A Nuggets
  • 20 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 20 Pepper Jack Cheese Cubes
  • 10 Wooden Skewers


  • Place 1 Chick-fil-A chicken nugget, 1 cube of pepper jack cheese and 1 cherry tomato on a skewer and repeat the pattern once.  Then start a new skewer.  
  • Follow the above steps until you have completed all 10 of the No Bake Chick-fil-A Kabobs.
Note: I am going to add Green Leaf lettuce and a few pickles the next time I make these.  

If you post pictures or your own "Dress Up Your Nuggets" creation, be sure to use the #DressUpYourNuggets hashtag and follow Chick-fil-A on Twitter and Instagram!

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Happy Birthday! Birthday Freebies

My sister and I are celebrating our birthdays this month.  We celebrated at my mom's house with homemade manicotti, spaghetti, meatballs, sausage, salad and garlic bread.  My mom makes the best manicotti and sauce from scratch!  We ended the night with gourmet cupcakes and birthday cake.  What is your favorite birthday meal?  

There are tons of birthday freebies out there to take advantage of! Whether your birthday is coming up next week or next year, sign up now for the Birthday Freebies below! You should sign up at least a week before your birthday to ensure that you received your birthday treat.

Ace Rewards- $5 off $20 coupon 
Applebee's - FREE dessert (and song!)
AMF Bowling - birthday gift for joining their AMF e-club
Arby's - FREE Roast Beef Sandwhich when you buy Medium Drink & Fries
Baskin Robins
- FREE Scoop
Bob Evans - FREE kids meal (kids only)
Caribou Coffee - FREE coffee
- FREE dessert (and song!)
Cold Stone Creamery - FREE Ice cream
Dairy Queen
- FREE 16 oz blizzard
Dave and Busters
- FREE $5 game card
Denny's - FREE Grand Slam Breakfast
DSW - Shoes - $5 off $19.95 or greater. (Sign up, thanks Kathleen)Famous Dave's - sign up for birthday treat via their "Pig Club"
- FREE burger, shake or Sundae (conflicting information)
Great American Cookie
- FREE cookie
Hard Rock
- FREE desert
- FREE meal
Johnny Rockets
- FREE burger
Olan Mills - FREE portrait pack 1 8x10, 2 5x7s, 8 wallets (join the birthday club)
Old Country Buffet
- FREE Meal (sign up for their eclub)
On the Border
- FREE Appetizer Outback - FREE Blooming Onion (with ID, no sign up needed)
Red Lobster
- a suprise
Red Robin
- FREE Burger
Texas Roadhouse
- FREE appetizer or ribs
- FREE dessert with dinner (sign up for the eclub)
Toys 'R' Us
- Kids (ages 2-10) receive a birthday card and surprise gift from Geoffrey (sign up for the birthday club.)

Note: Please check with your local restaurant to verify that they are a participating retailer. Some of restaurants listed above are franchises and participation is at the discretion of the owners.

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Olive Garden - Buy 1 Get 1 Half Off Printable Coupon

Click here to print an Olive Garden coupon valid for "Buy one Adult entrée and receive 50% off the second entrée of equal or lesser value".  This printable coupon is valid through April 13, 2014.  Limit one entrée per coupon and one coupon per visit per table.

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