i had the best long weekend soaking up the sun, playing in the water and eating delicious ceviche in punta de mita, mexico. this was my first time seeing this part of mexico and i am certain it won’t be my last.

it was quiet, but lively and we lucked out with perfect weather during our stay! even though the weather forecast said 100% rain every day we were there! big thank you to you, mother nature!

 Jasmine Elias Boswell, Punta De Mita Mexico, colorful swing in hotel room

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we started our trip touring the property which is an instagrammers dream! every which way you turn is insta-worthy and photo perfect. next, we had a little spa time. this is where the w hotel punta de mita took my breath away. not only was the massage stellar, but the spa pools are worth the visit alone! it felt like having my own personal paradise right in the middle of a lush and beautiful jungle. after enjoying the spa pools for a little [or long while] the rain started to trickle and could not have been more perfect with the timing. the sound was so relaxing and comforting! definitely one of my top most favorite spa experiences!

 Jasmine Elias Boswell, Punta De Mita Mexico, leopard bikini in the jungle spa pools

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jasmine elias boswell and david boswell, kiss on the beach, husband and wife, panama city beach, florida
jasmine elias boswell, on the beach in panama city beach florida, maxi dress and lack of color hat
jasmine elias boswell, colorful houses in panama city beach florida
jasmine elias boswell, on the rocks at st andrews state park in panama city beach florida

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jasmine elias boswell and david boswell, husband and wife on the beach in panama city beach, florida

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enjoying a snow cone at the beach in florida

i’ve always heard how beautiful the panama city beaches are, but i’ll be honest… i had no idea just how beautiful the panama city beaches are.

david and i spent a few days soaking up the sun and breathing in the fresh ocean breeze in this beautiful little town. aside from the stunning views and gorgeous water, panama city

beach just so happens to also be a foodie’s paradise. it was such an unexpected but very pleasant surprise. we beach hopped and restaurant hopped to our hearts’ content and still feel like we only scratched the surface!

below is my travel guide for all things panama city beach. if you happen to stumble upon any other hidden gems in the area (as i know there are many) leave it in the comments below! after all, sharing is caring! and make sure to scroll to the bottom to check out panama city beach’s 2019 calendar of events!

activities

jet ski adventure

i highly recommend this one! we had so much fun cruising around on our jet skis and zipping through the ocean waves. we stopped at shell island where we got to hang out for a bit, but not before admiring numerous dolphins playing in the water just inches away.

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one | bali is much bigger than most people think!

many of the insta-worthy shots that you see all over your instagram feed take a few hours to get to, and many have long lines of people waiting who also want that perfect shot.

try to plan out your must-sees prior to arriving. map it out so you can coordinate with a driver/transportation to save time. while in bali, start your days early! this will cut down on time waiting in lines and chances are you will be able to see more in your day. not to mention, you may be lucky and have some of the gorgeous places all to yourself.

you also want to make sure you are dressed accordingly as many temples have strict rules and dress codes.

there are many different areas within bali as well; seminyak, ubud, canguu, etc. research each one and stay near the area that best suits you!

two | uber is prohibited in bali.

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the importance of a family trip is to spend time together and bond with those you love. but every family vacay, and well any vacay, is made better with a little shameless vacay swag.

this year, david and i initiated an annual sibscation. after everyone jumped on board, we picked our destination and agreed on sibscation thailand 2018. being the cheese ball that i am (cheese ball and proud) i started researching fun swag for our trip and found the cutest monogrammed totes for the ladies, personalized sibcation t-shirts, monogrammed necklaces and monogrammed dop kits for the gents.

the totes and dopkits are two of the handiest when it comes to traveling. especially if you plan on doing a little shopping (which most of the time, is just a given). the monogrammed initials add such a special touch, especially when everyone you are with share a last name! my favorite part is that this tote has a zipper. if you’ve been following along for a while, you know i avoid all purses and bags without a zipper or secure closure because #safetyfirst. [i ordered a size large in the totes]

the dopkits are the most perfect size to hold all of the guys toiletries + room to dig around and find what you need. this was david’s favorite and i plan on picking up a few more for Christmas gifts this year!

on to the shirts! what family vacation is complete without matching shirts?! these were made so quickly and are the softest shirt! i wear mine to bed now, because it is just that cozy! the guys loved them just as much as us ladies, so they were all around winners in our book. [i ordered teal, size small]

these monogrammed necklaces are another favorite of mine. after david proposed to me with a rose gold engagement ring, i have eyes for all things rose gold. i was searching for a dainty monogrammed necklace and this one was perfect! you can pick the length you like, the color you like (gold, silver or rose gold) and viola the perfect little monogrammed necklace awaits you! i’ve been wearing mine non-stop and don’t plan to change that any time soon. this is another one that would make for a perfect Christmas gift for the ladies on your list. also- wait until you see the price tag! such a steal! View Post

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“when life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. and when life is bitter, say thank you and grow”

shuana neiquist

if you’ve been following along on this incredible journey of optimism, then you know we are nearing two weeks of embracing each day with a new perspective. a perspective of joy, hope and gratitude.

my journey has taught me so much about gratitude. over the past few days, i’ve gained a greater appreciation for the things and people right in front of me. it’s so easy to always look to the future, or constantly think about the “what’s next?” starting each day with an optimistic view has taught me to be more present in the now. to make the most of each situation, each encounter and each moment.

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