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

Haiti Mama Jewelry

As an influencer, I try to find fun and affordable fashion. I also, love clothing and accessories that have an amazing cause to support.

•Shopping + supporting a great cause = my jam!

I was introduced to Haiti Mama jewelry line from a friend who travels to Haiti frequently for mission trips. It’s fun to watch her love and passion for this mission show in her pictures and connection with the children. I’m so inspired by her.

Haiti Mama’s mission is simple: Reunite. Rehabilitate. Restore. Haiti Mama works to reunite homeless youth in Haiti with their families, building alternative solutions to institutional care of children. They believe in rehabilitating parents through employment and restoring hope by empowering families.

Job creation is a vital part of the family reunification process! Haiti Mama just launched a gorgeous new line of earrings. Textures of Haiti lightweight tin earrings feature authentic photography of the beautiful island of Haiti. They are designed and cut by Mama Andy and Papa Milo in Haiti. Each pair comes with a postcard that has the full image of the jewelry selected.

My specific earrings come from the Kenscoff Collection. Kenscoff is a city in the mountains outside of Port Au Prince. I am obsessed with these earrings and prints or theee reasons 1) for the cause 2) they look so tropical and 3) super light weight.

Since many of the designs are based on landscape, culture, and art the variety is endless. Check out Haiti Mama on Instagram. Tag me in your pictures when you rock your Haiti Mama jewelry.

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