Love Boxes for Valentine’s Day

Every year for Valentine’s Day, I put together these adorable love boxes for my husband and daughter.

The boxes themselves are very inexpensive and can be used again year after year.

I buy things sporadically so I’m not paying a lot at one time. I find cute little things I know they will like. Luckily for me, both of my loves have a sweet tooth. So candy is always a must.

Mya is much easier to shop for then my husband. So for her beauty products are always a win. I knew there were a few things she wanted so I was able to grab those for her. For my husband, he practically lives in his truck for work, so I grabbed him some beef jerky and scratch offs. He also, just got a brand new Harley Davidson so I picked up some cute Harley things for him. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with that.

These boxes are so cute and personalized. I hope it shows that I love them and am always thinking of them.

I’ve linked the products used here.

Crafting is one of my favorite hobbies. I love sharing fun ideas with my followers. How cute are these???

If you make your own love boxes, tag me on Instagram @ambur.a.vance, I’d love to see what you put in yours!

As always, have fun with it and make it unique to your loves.

Xoxo,

Ambur

Life is better in slow m-ocean!

December 1st our little family left on a last minute vacation to Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

After a rough few months prior, we decided to escape reality and clear our heads. It’s exactly what we all needed.

We stayed at The Fives in Playa del Carmen. We stayed here once before in 2017, and wanted to come back.

The food was a huge reason for wanting to return. I’m in love with churros and where else can you get good authentic churros? Mexico of course. Mya’s favorite was the chocolate lava cake with ice cream and dad of course loved the brownie and ice cream.

Every restaurant we ate at was so good. The waiters were so polite and gave excellent recommendations. We always left with full bellies. Even Mya (who is a somewhat picky eater) always found something and ate it all.

This trip we really focused on relaxing and spending time together. My husband and I own our own businesses and Mya is a busy lady herself, so hanging out just the three of us was essential. We’ve always traveled with other people or just my husband and I. Mya is only getting older and growing up so fast so this time with her is priceless.

The Fives has so many pools that we wanted to hang out at a new one everyday. Almost all of them had bars super close, which was a bonus.

Since we were all in super chill mode, we decided to skip an excursion and do a spa day instead. I must say it was the best decision we made. Mya had never had a message before so it was perfect. Plus, the spa had an amazing deal, so it was too good to pass up.

With no plans we had the leisure to do whatever we wanted, when we wanted. 

Two of the days we spent down by the ocean. Since we escaped Wisconsin to get ocean therapy we wanted to soak up all the sunshine and the sounds of the beach.

Since 2017, The Fives is a time share resort as well as a all inclusive resort. I did notice that if you weren’t a member the service wasn’t as great. We waited a while for the shuttles to go to back and forth to the beach or restaurants by the beach. I also, felt like there wasn’t enough staff/waiters walking around taking orders. As a bar owner, my biggest pet peeve is when you order a cocktail from someone and it tastes totally different from some one else. And that happened quite a bit with a simple mojito. I know, these are hardly real problems but I wanted to share for anyone looking to go and so they can plan ahead for them.

Pro-tip: we always bring our own cups, usually a yeti 20oz cup to keep our drinks cold and you don’t have to order as often. They generally serve in small plastic cups.

This is what my family needed. We officially booked our family vacation to South Padre Island for May. This is one we go with my whole family. Should be one for the books.

Have you been to South Padre Island? Comment below place we must go or see!

Xoxo,

Ambur

Thanksgiving Traditions

For as long as I can remember, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It’s my favorite because I always get to see family I don’t see often, I love to eat, and it feels like the kick off to Christmas.

The older I get the more into Thanksgiving I become because I get to host and cook for it. I love to cook. I will try out new Pinterest recipes and try to get them picture perfect. For the most part I’d give Martha a run for her money.

Here are some of my favorite traditions :

1) Family – My family has always been the most important thing to me and spending time with them is the best. We laugh and we cry, but most of all we have a ball. Literally just hanging out either playing games like spades or dominoes. Some watch football and other just relax and enjoy each other’s company.

2) Food – I know, Thanksgiving is a lot about the traditional feast. Everyone once and a while, we switch it up and add a Mexican flare to ours. Enchiladas, chimichangas, and rice & beans. Yum! We still have most of the traditional foods when you think of Thanksgiving. It’s nice to make it our own.

3) Christmas Parade – For almost my entire adult life I’ve been attending the Grafton Thanksgiving/Christmas parade. This is generally the Saturday after Thanksgiving. My daughter for the last 7 years have been in the parade either for Girl Scouts or Cheerleading.

We also watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on TV on Thanksgiving. Seeing all the floats and huge balloons is always so exciting.

4) Thankful Game: When I would host I’d buy a banner that was blank to fill out and ask everyone to take one and write down something they are thankful for. Then we’d hang it up and read them. It’s fun to see what everyone would write.

Shop the Thankful Banner here.

I know my husband and I can not wait for pumpkin pie. Last year I made this delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe. It was so quick and easy.

What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? When I was a kid we would eat and then go bowling. Maybe that’s something I need to bring back.

Are you cooking or hosting? I have the year off from hosting, but I am in charge of the Cheesy potatoes and spinach artichoke dip.

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!! I am beyond grateful for all my followers and taking the time out of your day to read my blog!

Xoxo,

Ambur

About me

Hi, Welcome to the Ambur A. Vance blog. I’m Ambur a lover of fashion, travel, and style. When I am busy not chasing the current fashion trends, planing our next vacation, or reviewing the newest beauty products; I stay busy running the bar that my husband and I own in Cedarburg, WI AT JJ’s Bar & Grill, stop by next time your in town and say hi. Being a mother to a preteen daughter you can catch me being a ‘momager’ for her next photo shoot or being her biggest fan at her cheer competitions, plus I am always driving her somewhere. We try to travel as much as we can as a family so follow us on our adventures at #vacationwiththevances as we travel the world.

The Vance Family in Myrtle Beach 2019
AT JJ’s in Cedarburg, WI and Big Red