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A Mini Guide to Isla de Mujeres, Mexico

If you could create the perfect romantic getaway, it would probably include a beach location, authentic cultural cuisine, and a variety of different activities. I don’t think you could ask for too much more, except maybe a really good margarita when you arrive. This little island right off the coast of Cancun has all of that and more captured by Ariana B Photography. Together with and her fiancé , they’re dishing their tips for a getaway to Isla de Mujeres.

A MINI-GUIDE TO ISLA DE MUJERES

Places to Stay | All Inclusive Mia Reef Resort – walking distance to all the restaurants, bar and night life and private. Make sure to upgrade to an ocean view condo. For honeymoon type of stay and very secluded stay try, Casa De Los Suenos on the north part of the island is a boutique lodging with great restaurant, life music and amazing pool.

Places to Shop | The great part about Mexico, especially Isla Mujeres is that there is no need to go to actual stores, during your dining break or beach time people will try to sell you all kinds of handmade nick-nack’s, the same items you will find in a store but for much cheaper price. The island also boasts a great Caribbean vibe in the downtown area, perfect for an afternoon wander through the stores.

Places to Eat | For a great live music, ocean view and send between your toes kind of dining try Bahia Tortuga Restaurant, the bar is very reasonable for any wallet. For a bit more high end and amazing hand crafted drinks I recommend, Casa De Los Suenos Restaurant,  which ocean view and music as well. Mix it up with city dining at Oscar’s Mexican Grill

Things to Do | Even tho Isla Mujeres is a tiny island, it has plenty of activities from swimming with dolphins and sharks, to under water sculpture gardens or exploring old ruins. Don’t forget, the best way to go around the island is in a golf cart!

Must Visit | Head back to the main land to see Tortuga Playa, where you can hold baby turtles, start fish, crabs, sea Urchin for only $3. During summer months you can snorkel with giant Whale Sharks which migrate to the warm waters by Isla Mujeres. Playa Norte, is the best beach on the island with amazing snorkeling opportunities. For those that love to snorkel, MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) is an underwater sculpture garden by Jaime Gonzalez Cano – a one of a kind experience not to be missed.

Photographer : Arina B Photography

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Creating the Perfect Bed with Martha Stewart Collection + Macy’s

We have officially deemed Martha Stewart the reigning Queen of all things home and entertaining and today she’s spilling the beans. She’s teamed up with Macy’s for a how-to series filled to the brim with practical tid bits on everything from making the most of your cast iron pot to must have layers for the perfect night’s sleep. Her latest video is a look at those pieces that take your slumber from so-so to out of this world. Believe me, this is a total game changer.

 

And there you have it. Four essentials to wrap that bed in a layer of comfort. From cozy pillows, to the perfect comforter and everything in-between, sleeping is going to be your new favorite pastime thanks to Martha Stewart and Macy’s.

MACY’S PRODUCTS USED: 1. Mattress Protector | 2. Mattress Topper | 3. Pillows | 4. Comforter


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Chocolate Cobbler

There are few things I love more than a hot-out-of-the-oven dessert. It’s the way I was raised. If you’re going to do dessert, do it well! That’s why I often forgo desserts at restaurants. All too often they disappoint. My husband always blushes with embarrassment when I ask if it it’s house made. All too often the answer is no.

Do dessert right and treat yourself and your guests to a chocolate cobbler they’ll be talking about for years! They don’t need to know how simple it was to prepare. Serve it with a scoop of custard or salted caramel ice cream for even more decadence.

Chocolate Cobbler
prep time
15 Minute/s
cook time
15 Minute/s
total time
30 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/4 c cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan on low, melt butter & chocolate chips, stirring until smooth {about 5 minutes}.
  3. Remove from heat & add brown sugar.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs & vanilla. Add chocolate mixture.
  5. Add flour, cocoa & salt. Mix well.
  6. Grease oven safe dishes, preferably small creme brûlée dishes. Pour batter in and top with brown sugar.
  7. Bake 12-15 minutes based on your dish size, but be careful not to over bake. It should have a slightly gooey center.
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Julie Blanner

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