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

Beautiful Wedding Invitation Designs


This past Thanksgiving my mom got engaged. So let the planning begin. As the oldest daughter (with better taste, I may add lol) I am so excited to help her plan everything from her bridal shower to the wedding.

With planning comes the invites to everything. But I found the perfect company to work with for the most beautiful wedding invitation designs. Basic Invite is completely customizable and are mobile friendly. Being able to upload our own pictures and to chose from over 180 different colors makes them perfect for my mom to choose the perfect invite.

Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost an unlimited color options with an instant preview online. You can design the cards exactly how you’d like them by being able to change each color element. You can change anything down to the very last detail. Which sets Basic Invite apart from many other stationary companies.

As of now, my mom isn’t set on the exact style she wants for her wedding. Basic Invite allows customers the ability to order a print sample of their invitation so my mom can see exactly how her invite will look and feel before she places her final order.

Another very neat thing that Basic Invite offers is 40 different color options for your envelopes. I told my mom to have it stand out right away before anyone even opens it. Plus, all the envelopes are peel and seal, so don’t need to spend extra time licking each individual envelope. Who has time for that?

Basic Invite has thought of it all so you don’t have to worry about missing or forgetting anything. Each invite is part of a set. They have all the wedding stationery that you will need from the invitation to the thank you cards afterwards.

To also save my mom time Basic Invite also has a FREE address collection service to request addresses of guests by sharing a link via social media and email. So you collect the addresses and get FREE envelope printing. How cool is that? It beats calling every single person when there is so much more you can focus on.

Browsing BasicInvite.com, the Seal & Send Wedding Invitations caught my moms eye. There are over 30 different designs that are also completely customizable, they also include the ever popular foil options. Seal & Sends the guests names are printed on the front of each invitation so no envelope needed. Then you add postage, fold your invites, and secure them with a sticker. The RSVP postcard is already attached to the invite, guests simply tear off and mail in. Super simple and different.

One stop shopping for sure when it comes to all your wedding stationery. They have thought of everything, which allows you to focus on the most important thing: the food. Just kidding, but it’s one less stress you need to worry about.

You can check there out here. Or visit them on social media @basicinvite.

I love sharing things with my followers that will simplify their lives. Tag me on Instagram @ambur.a.vance with your Basic Invite design, I’d love to see it.

Xoxo,

Ambur

Body Blur Review

As a beauty blogger, I’ve seen a lot of different products that I want. However; some of them are pretty pricey so in order for me to share them with you, they need to work and be worth the money.

Here in Wisconsin Winter started early for us. Which means hello pale skin.

Body Blur is a wash off skin finishing body makeup lotion that perfects skin, gives a natural looking tint for the body, and reflects light for a photo-ready finish. This product typically lasts only 24 hrs unlike self tanners.

It’s great for softening the appearance of veins and small scars for a flawless skin finish, while adding a hint of color.

Body Blur costs any where from $38-$45 per bottle and comes in 5 different shades. I bought mine in the shade latte.

Before – After

I have two pro-tips for you when using this product:

  1. Buy or use a brush to blend into your skin. Not only will you get a more even application, but it won’t stain your hands.
  2. Add your favorite body lotion to it, Body Blur does seem to dry fast so adding extra moisture will make for a more even blend.

I’ve linked the body brush I bought for application and the Body Blur HD Skin Finish here. This brush is small enough to use on your face and dense enough to rub it on your legs. You can clean it using the same cleanser and cleaning pad you use to clean your makeup brushes. Products I use are linked here.

Left leg no Body Blur
Right leg Body Blur applied

If you apply Body Blur using my pro-tips I truly don’t think you’ll be disappointed. This product works well just for instant color or when your in between spray tans.

P.s. The pictures and video above, I applied the night before I did a holiday photoshoot. Since I was going to be wearing a dress, I didn’t want my legs to be as white as snow. I’ll post a picture below so you can see. *Bonus sneak peek 😉

It’s adds a subtle shine, it also made them look more toned which is a win for me.

Give a girl the right tan and she can conquer the world!

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