Fort Lauderdale – June 2014 – Part 1

Oh, vacation!

Where everything is easy, people are happy, and life is good!

I spent eight days in Florida and could’ve stayed forever. On Saturday, June 7th, Dan and I woke up at 3:00 a.m. to head to the airport to catch our flight to Florida. Getting up that early is easy when it’s for vacation!

By 10:00 a.m., Dan, his brother, Michael, his friend, Nick, and myself, headed to our hotel where we met up with Dan’s parents. The hotel was so nice, smelled fresh and clean, and was walking distance to the beach – perfect. We had made arrangements to sleep in Dan’s sister, Mandy, and her husband, Jason’s room until ours (Dan and mine) was available for check-in on Sunday.

We quickly headed out to get a bite to eat and a couple of cocktails. The rest of the day was spent relaxing, enjoying the sunshine, and later grabbing pizza with some of Dan’s relatives.

Sunday, we headed to the front desk to check-in and make sure we would be on the same floor as everyone else. They had previously put us a floor below everyone and when we asked (again) to put us on the 10th floor, it had already been booked. Bummer, right? Well, it ended up working out in our favor and we were upgraded from a Studio room to a huge one bedroom, two bathroom unit. It was amazing!

The Bedroom

blog3The bedroom had it’s own balcony, bathroom and pull out couch, as well as, a whirlpool tub, which I took full advantage of!

The Living Room/Kitchen

blog4The second room had a living room, dining room, full kitchen and an additional balcony with two beautiful views. This kind of stuff never happens to me, so I fully enjoyed it and lived it up like a queen all week long!

View #1

blog9View #2


I tried to get up pretty early most morning to enjoy the sunrise. We never slept in past 8:00 anyway, but a few times I got up around 6:45, which was nice. I wanted to get in as much time each day as I could. Note: I said ‘day’. At night, I was whooped and didn’t make it past 10:30 most of the time. That was fine with me though, because I like to feel refreshed and ready to go in the morning.

Having a full kitchen was wonderful. On Sunday, we made a trip to the grocery store to stock up on food for the week. It saved us so much money on food since we weren’t eating out all the time. Every morning we had breakfast and lunch in the room. I’d make eggs with toast and coffee or Shakeology and we’d eat out on the balcony – it was lovely! For lunch, we were usually at the beach and Dan’s parents often brought down sandwiches or we’d go up to our room and make one.


We took turns making dinner for each other- Dan’s parents made spaghetti one night, Mandy and Jason had taco night, and Dan and I whipped up sloppy joes with pasta salad. Again, such a great way to save money.


I was getting antsy for some fish though, so we made plans one night to eat ocean-side at Aruba’s. I knew right away what I was going to order – fish tacos – my favorite!

blog6They were delicious and I was happy to have finally gotten some seafood!

That’s it for now, check back tomorrow for Part 2 – Fitness and Fun from the trip!



    • Lauren says

      It was perfect! We saved so much money! Dan and I split the groceries, which were $130 (so $65 a person), not bad for a ton of meals – it was wonderful!!

  1. says

    Vacations are extra special when you get upgraded to an awesome room – especially one with a kitchen. When my husband and I went to Mexico with a few friends, we had a full kitchen which was really nice when we wanted to do our own thing and take a break from the restaurant scene. As much as I love eating out, it can be hard to do for THAT many days. I would love to take a Florida vacation. It looks SO beautiful!
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