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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Mardi Gras Tea Party - Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras!  We celebrated Mardi Gras at my mom's Mardi Gras Tea Party.  From the Mardi Gras masks & beads to the Cajun & Creole foods... the essence of Mardi Gras was captured.  We had a great time.  My mom purchased Mardi Gras themed fabric from the fabric store to use as table clothes.  This is an excellent and inexpensive way to customize your party tables.    

Mardi Gras Tea Party Menu
  • Tea, of course!
  • Bahama Mamas
  • Shrimp salad cups
  • Pimento sandwiches
  • Chicken salad sandwiches
  • Jambalaya
  • Deviled eggs
  • Veggie tray
  • Bananas foster
  • Rum Cake

Here are a few pictures from the Mardi Gras Tea Party:   

Pre-party silver polishing

Party masks

Late night preparation

Tea cart

Shrimp salad cups & pimento sandwiches

Shrimp salad cups, pimento sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, veggie tray, jambalaya & Bahama Mamas

Lighting the bananas foster

Good times


Vegetable tray

Sugar, cream and lemons
Tea cart decorated with Mardi Gras theme

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