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Style Me Pretty: Our Wedding Feature

Style Me Pretty: Our Wedding Feature


We had SUCH an amazing weekend celebrating Cory's 30th birthday and I can't wait to share pictures, but until then I wanted to share our Style Me Pretty Wedding Feature!!!!!!!! Eeeekkkkk! I had NO idea our photographer, Lauren Peele, had submitted our wedding and was SO incredibly excited when I saw it last week!!!!

Here's a few photos from the feature, but you can see the whole thing here!!
Love, 
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Our Road Trip down the Pacific Coast Highway: Part 1

Our Road Trip down the Pacific Coast Highway: Part 1


I feel like we've been traveling SO much lately, but I am definitely not complaining because I absolutely love to travel and welcome it whenever I get the chance!! We've had SO much fun from Chicago, to Mexico, to Honduras, to Florida, and now a family road trip down the CALIFORNIA coast!!! I just can't wait to tell you all about it because we did and saw so many amazing things!!

Jumping right in... Sunday morning we met Cory's family at DFW Airport and boarded our flight to San Francisco! When we arrived in San Fran we got our rental car, which was a huge 12 passenger van we named Herbert (haha), and headed to our hotel, The Fairmont. The hotel itself was absolutely beautiful and was in the perfect location! We spent our first night exploring the city and ate dinner at a restaurant at the Fisherman's Wharf called GOTS. Cory was happy because they had amazing milkshakes (he got 2 different flavors haha).
The next morning we woke up early and rented electric bikes to bike across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Because the bikes were electric, it made the whole experience super easy and fun!!! While we were getting closer to the bridge, a heavy fog started to roll in (covering most of the bridge) and we got nervous we wouldn't be able to see anything once on the bridge. Luckily, about halfway across the bridge the fog disappeared and we were able to see the STUNNING views of San Fransisco. It was so amazing!!! After we crossed the bridge we continued on our bikes to a small town called Salsalito. Ya'll... this town was SO cute! It's similar to the French Rivera (a town in the middle of beautiful hills by the coast), but it's in America! We had no idea it'd be that pretty! We rode around on our bikes there all afternoon, ate ice cream and sang "Doe a Dear" from the Sound of Music! Haha! It was so great! Also while in Salsalito, we had lunch at an Italian restaurant called Poggio. It was delicious! This whole experience was probably my favorite from the entire trip and is a definite MUST if you take a trip to San Fransisco.

That night, we took a ferry back to San Fransisco and headed back to our hotel after an extremely fun first day in California.

Tuesday morning we checked out of the Fairmont and got on the road to head to our next location, Monterey, California! On our way to Monterey we stopped at a couple places for a little sight seeing and food! Our first stop was at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay. We'd heard it had beautiful views so we used it as an opportunity to get out of the car and stretch our legs.
Next, we stopped in Santa Cruz and had lunch at a seafood restaurant on the pier called FireFish Grill. After the most beautiful drive, we arrived in Monterey at our home for the night, Hotel Abrego, which was super quaint and cozy.

For dinner we went to a Mexican restaurant called El Torito and I had all you can eat street tacos! Haha! YUM!
Wednesday we woke up and had breakfast at the Paris Bakery, which we just happened to drive by! It had a huge selection of breakfast pastries and was such a great place to start our day. After breakfast we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I've been to multiple aquariums before, but they never get old! Animals are just fascinating! Haha!
That afternoon we drove the "17-mile drive" which goes through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove. We stopped at Pebble Beach (a famous golf course) and the guys got some fun souvenirs. After, we went to a shopping center called Carmel By the Sea and had dinner at the cutest Mexican restaurant called Pescadero.
When we got back to the hotel, all the kids had some hotel pool hot tub time and then went to sleep after another long and fun day!

I'm going to do a part-2 to this post so check back soon to read about the amazing second half of our California road trip adventure!!!! Have a great week!!

Love,
Amy Cotton


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Our trip to Destin, Florida!!

Our trip to Destin, Florida!!


Happy Monday everyone!! This past week I got to go with Cory to Destin, Florida for a little bit of work and a little bit of play! I never like to be alone when Cory travels so I was super excited to go with him! The guys rented an amazing house close to the beach that was perfect for our group of 15 people (including children). Our pool was especially amazing!
I'd been to Destin once before, but I forgot how white the sand was and how blue the water was! It was really pretty!! I don't like to go very deep in the ocean (unless I'm in Bora Bora and the water is completely see through! Haha!) so I spent most of my time on the beach. After not too long we decided we'd all rather go back to our pool instead so we left! Haha! It was hard to resist a pool with no sand and access to our house whenever we wanted. 
Even with all the great beach restaurants available, we went to Joe's Crabshack for our first dinner, and we didn't regret it! My lobster and shrimp was delicious! 
One thing we were reminded of while sharing a house with cute babies is that they wake up early. We figured out that by downloading a noise maker app on our phones, we could sleep in a little later! Haha! 
One of our last days in Florida, Cory and I went to this shopping area called The Village At Baytowne Wharf just the two of us! It was a super cute area and had some fun restaurants and shops! I had an ice cream sandwich that, although it melted in about 3 minutes, was delicious! Definitely an area I would recommend checking out if your staying near Destin!  
Anytime I get to travel with Cory for work is a win for me and this time was no different! Be on the lookout for Dude Perfect Beach Stereotypes! It's going to be a funny one! Everyone have a great week!

Love,
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Our Caribbean Cruise: Part 2

Our Caribbean Cruise: Part 2


Last week I wrote about the first half of our cruise, which you can read all about here!! Today I'm going to talk about the second half of our cruise which docked in Belize and Honduras. These were two countries I'd never been to before so I was extremely excited to visit both places!
We didn't book any sort of excursion in Belize, so instead Cory, Eric (my brother), and I decided to walk around the city instead. Truthfully, out of the 3 places we stopped, Belize was probably my least favorite. That could partly be because we didn't book an excursion, but regardless, there wasn't much to do or see in the actual port of Belize. Basically, there was a small shopping center, some restaurants, and street vendors. The whole area is gated and it's recommended that you stay within the gates because it's more dangerous outside of the walls. So if you go to Belize, I would recommend trying an excursion. Although this stop wasn't my favorite, I love seeing new counties and was happy to visit this one!
Our last stop was Mahogany Bay, Honduras. My whole family went on a snorkeling excursion together and the place we went was extremely neat. The area that we snorkeled in had this HUGE drop off a couple of hundred feet out, that was incredibly cool to see, but was also kind of creepy. Picture yourself swimming along looking at coral and fish and then it just drops off so deep that you can't see the bottom of the ocean. We decided we had snorkeled enough at that point and turned around and headed back. The place also had a little outdoor zoo so we got to see some animals and Cory even made friends with one of the monkeys.
You might be wondering how we went on a 7-day cruise, but only stopped at 3 countries. Well, it takes some time to get from Galveston, which is where we boarded the ship, to the other 3 countries and back. Here is the schedule of our 7 days:
Sunday: Got on the ship in Galveston
Monday: Sail Day
Tuesday: Cozumel
Wednesday: Belize
Thursday: Honduras
Friday: Sail Day
Saturday: Sail Day
Sunday: Got off the ship in Galveston
As you can see above, we had 3 days completely on the ship without stopping anywhere. Luckily there is so much to do on the ship that you don't get bored. Some of the things we did on these days were hang by the pool, go to the spa, play bingo (my favorite... haha), watch movies (they had a 4-D movie theater), and eat a lot of food!

Overall, we had SUCH a fantastic trip! Cory's first cruise was definitely a success! We came home with 3 new ornaments to add to our travel tree, minor sunburns, extra full bellies and lots of memories! If you'd like to read part one of our cruise you can click here!

Love,
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