As you know, or if you don’t know, Jordan and I bought our first house. It was built in the ‘50s, though it has since been updated. We love it SO much, but the one thing that wasn’t touched was the closets. The closets in our house are your typical sliding-door wall closets. We do have one in each room, and because it’s only Jordan and I living in the house we are able to use all three for us.
For a little breakdown, the closet in the master both Jordan and I use. There is a section of the closet made for long dresses, hence I keep my dresses in this closet, as well as my non-work-friendly tops. This is also where I keep all my sweaters. Our office is where I keep all my other non-dresser clothes. The closet in our guestroom houses all of Jordan’s other clothes as well as all his uniforms and a second dresser.
This is the view looking at my closet in the office. My father-in-law so kindly took off the sliding doors, because 1) they were heavy and hard to move, and 2) I didn’t like how much light they blocked, and not being able to see all of my clothes at one time. The top of the closet I use for storage of some shoes I keep in their boxes, all my bags are put into one bag to save space, and the three drawers up there hold all of my crafting items.
Below that is where my work hanging clothes go. I like to organize my clothes by sleeve length versus color. I tried the color thing for a while, but it seems I have way too many patterned clothes, so it bothered me and looked less organized. Below all my hanging clothes are my shoes. I have the rack on the left for my heels and bigger boots and I keep all of my flats and sneakers in the cubbies. On top of the cubbies is where I keep my cricut when I’m not using it. The three pink drawers from Target (that I love) house all my work skirts in the top and middle. The bottom drawer holds all my Disney items (magic bands, ears, hats, backpack, etc.).
So far the system works for us. I am able to get all my clothes in the small area as well as have an organized way to keep my shoes and other items that don’t hang.
I actually don’t even know where to start on this other than we loved our honeymoon in St. Lucia!! We decided on a Sandals resort pretty early, because my parent’s vacation with them all the time, and an all-inclusive package was the best option for us. One day when I was home doing some research, I decided to look at all of the Sandals options. They have a TON of locations, and on top of that each location offers different excursions. My husband and I are big on an adventure so this was important to us. Below is a quick view of each location in which Sandals has resorts.
Antigua (1 resort)
Bahamas (2 resorts)
Barbados (2 resorts)
Grenada (1 resort)
Jamaica (6 resorts)
St. Lucia (3 resorts)
During my research I noticed in the corner of the Sandals screen that they were having a 75% off sale for the next 48 hours. We were probably still one year away from our wedding but I told Jordan we were for sure booking within the next 48 hours to get the discount.
After looking over all the locations we landed on St. Lucia because it’s truly beautiful and my parents loved the island so much. They also offered excursions like the ones we were looking for, which also led us to stay at the Grande. So now after that long intro, I can dive into our honeymoon!
How far in advance did we book:
Like I mentioned, we did book about a year out just because of the deal, so once you get engaged I really recommend taking a little time once a week to see if there are any sales going on!
This was a little different because when we booked our hotel, flights weren’t released yet. But, when it came time for us to book, we booked with American Airlines. We did have a layover both directions, but it wasn’t bad! We opted for the early flight (fun fact: Jordan and I left the Monday after the wedding, not Sunday). That way by the time we got to the island we still had a great amount of time during the day to get settled and explore the resort a little.
I will put some pictures below so you can see all the bathing suits and cover-ups I packed, but I also put a list below of items that are important to take!
Helicopter ride from the airport! This is a little pricey and was a gift from my in-laws, but it was SO worth it. The view was amazing and we got to the resort much faster than the 2 hour-long bus ride.
Full day excursion if you are up for it. Jordan and I were there Monday through Saturday, and the excursions they offered all sounded so fun, but we didn’t want to be leaving the resort every day. We opted for a full-day excursion that offered all of the top items we wanted to do!
EAT ALL THE PIZZA- not much more to say here. When the pizza is made to order right outside your room and all food is included, you eat all the pizza.
Have a cabana for at least 1 day- This was a gift from my parents, and wow was it fun! They did mess up on what day we wanted to book, but the experience was still amazing. We had a butler who brought us all the food and drinks we wanted. There was a cooler there that kept cold waters and bottles for mimosas.
Bring chip clips to keep your towels on your chair- you can get these cheap here on Amazon. We found it very windy while we were there so keeping your towel in place was difficult. You want the towel to stay in place while you aren’t at your chairs so people don’t think they are available and take them.
Don’t splurge for the butler- This is my personal option. I would feel uncomfortable having someone there all the time, but I know other people who did it and loved it!
Get up early to claim your chair- If you don’t have a butler this is something you have to do. People will get up super early and go claim the best chairs around the pool. This is when those clips come in handy. Jordan and I would wake up around 6 a.m., take two towels down there, and claim good chairs between the pool, hot tub, and bar. Then would go back to our room and go back to sleep.
Don’t claim a chair too close to a fountain- Minor tip, but I can guarantee the wind blowing random water and mist at you all day is not fun.
Let the photographers take your picture- It is totally free to let them take your photo, and it is great to have professional photos of the two of you on your honeymoon! They even took candid photos of us when we were on the beach, which was awesome.
Do a sunset photo session- I believe this is also free. It is a booked time for a single photographer to take you around the resort at sunset taking photos of you.
Go look at your photos each day- learn from my mistake. MAN alive, did we have a lot of photos we had to go through at one time and narrow them down. Purchasing the photos wasn’t cheap.
Bring a Yeti- Because this is all-inclusive, you can have as many drinks as you want. I wish we would have brought our Yeti cups because the bartenders have no problem making you drinks in your cup! They stay colder much longer!
Bring a metal or silicone straw- kind of along with the Yeti…I AM ALL FOR SAVING THE ANIMALS, but I hate paper straws with a passion. St. Lucia only had paper straws, so I would recommend bringing a metal or silicone one to use in your Yeti!
Nice dress/romper (A lot of restaurants on the property do not allow jeans or shorts for men, and want women in dresses)
Back at it again with a non-sponsored Amazon must-have list! I feel like Amazon has become my new Target. I go on Amazon for 1 item and end up in the rabbit hole of all these other items I FOR SURE need in our house. So let’s dive right in!
Amazon Echos– yes, that’s plural because we have quite a few. We have 2 Echo Shows, a Dot and a Spot which I don’t believe they sell anymore. We use one Echo Show in the living room, and the other on Jordan’s nightstand as an alarm clock. The Echo Show has a screen, which is fun because we will also use this one to check in on the dogs when we aren’t home because it faces their crate. Our Dots are in the kitchen and office where we can play music and set timers, or ask silly things like how many tablespoons are in a cup.
Undies– Hopefully not TMI, but for the price, I will get these a million times. They are so comfortable and way more of a bargain than the VS buy 5 for $30!
Sheets – I heard SO much about these sheets! Finally, I decided to give them a go and man oh man! Affordable and comfortable. So much nicer to put these on when our hotel collection sheets are in the wash instead of cheap college style sheets!
My lashes– I used to have lash extensions for about 3 years. After I got married I canceled my subscription and switched to these and I’m not even lookin’ back.
Henley Top– I love this top so much, and I, of course, got it in maroon, because of well Aggie life.
Sweaters– I live in Houston, so I honestly can’t tell you what I plan on doing with another sweater.
Black heels– Probably don’t need to get these off Amazon, but it doesn’t hurt. These are my all-time favorite black pumps and my original ones finally gave out on me, so I was very pleased to have another pair so quickly!
Travel wallet– This is what I use when I travel overseas. If you don’t know me, I’m an organizing freak so this wallet spoke to my heart!
Travel jewelry case– Use this every time I go anywhere…actually if I’m being honest since I moved in with Jordan and didn’t have a place to hang what I used to keep my jewelry on, it kind of lives in this thing all the time!
Our vacuum– Not a Roomba, but it works for us! I also love this one because we only have wood floors in our home and this one also mops!
My purse organizer– I love my Neverfull so much, but I could never find ANYTHING in it. My best friend turned me on to this handy sucker and now I love it even more!
Our dog food– By no means am I saying you should feed your dog the same dog food we do, but I wanted to share what we buy and save through Amazon because we can schedule recurring orders. I can’t tell you how many times we have run out of food and had to run out to the store at 8:55, rushing to get food before they close. Switching to having Amazon just deliver once a month was heaven!
Now, to hide all the things I have bought from the Husband… 🙂 Let me know if there are any must haves you got from Amazon!