Why Miami Is Still the Ultimate Spring Break & Summer Destination

What makes a great summer destination? Gorgeous beaches, affordable accommodation options, fabulous food, even more, fabulous nightlife, parties everywhere, lots of entertainment, and beautiful, friendly people. While Orlando recently topped a list put together by Kayak.com of popular spring break destinations, likely due to its many amusement parks like Disney World, spring breakers and summer vacationers who head there are actually missing out, as it’s Miami, which landed at No.4, that offers all the ingredients for the ultimate spring break retreat recipe.

Those with Miami real estate are especially fortunate as they can enjoy the delights of the southern Florida city all year long. In fact, more than a few spring break visitors and summer vacationers find themselves searching through properties in hopes of making that a reality. Why? Keep reading.

THE WEATHER!

Miami’s climate is fantastic all year-round, but around spring break it’s absolutely ideal. This is the best time of year to be in Miami, with the sun-kissed beaches and the city enjoying high temperatures that average in the 80s. Whether you’re visiting in the spring or summer, Miami is the ultimate getaway destination with great, warm weather.

THE PARTY SCENE!

The steamy climate helps to create an unbelievable party scene that goes on 24/7, in wild, world-renowned nightclubs, on the beaches, and around the swimming pools with lots of DJ-led pool parties. Hotels like the Delano South Beach Hotel are one of the coolest around, with the party starting out in the packed Rose Bar before continuing to the pool, and underground to the Florida Room nightclub, renowned for its see-and-be-seen experience.

No matter what time of year you’re in Miami, celebrity spotting is a popular pursuit at places like LIV, where everyone from P-Diddy and Justin Bieber to the Jonas brothers and Eva Longoria makes appearances.

THE BEACHES

Of course, one of the primary reasons so many people love Miami is the beautiful, laid-back beaches. While they’re great for simply soaking up the ever-present sunshine, they also offer a host of activities on the sand and in the water. Everything from swimming, snorkeling, and diving to sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, paddle boarding, and jet-skiing are popular here. Plus, with many dolphins in this area, this is a great place for booking a guided tour where you can paddle up to and swim alongside these magnificent creatures.

In addition to the long list of relaxation and recreational pursuits, people watching is a popular pastime here, especially on South Beach. Between Ocean Drive and the sands of South Beach, is a mecca of more than 70 acres of space where you can toss a blanket down and observe all sorts of wackiness, and often, exotic models posing for the camera. Golden Beach, Crandon Park Beach and North Shore Park Beach are good spots too. Bring your sunglasses, lather on the sunscreen and check out all the attractive people and interesting characters that pass by.

THE FOOD!

All those activities are going to require some fuel, and fortunately, this city has a thriving food scene. There are lots of trendy food trucks for cheaply and deliciously feeding your appetite, along with gastropubs that combine beer and gourmet fare, fine dining and just about everything in between.

These are just a few of the reasons why Miami is still the ultimate Spring Break and summer destination. But, seriously, what more could you need.

Miami looks forward to seeing you soon!

 

Goals for 2018 and Beyond

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No, I'm not late to the table as far as sharing my goals for the new year is concerned, I'm right on schedule. I decided to let my new year's goals marinate, if you will, during the first week or so of January. I don't like to shoot right out of the gate on January 1st or 2nd and list them out for all to see because they're often tweaked or completely changed. Notice, I mention goals and not resolutions. I ditched that word along with the ideas behind it.

I retired making resolutions several years ago because I routinely broke the majority of them early on, usually by week one or two of January, leaving me feeling defeated. Once you feel that way, it's easiest to throw in the towel on all of your good intentions and put them off for the next new year. I got tired of quitting before getting started, so, I decided a new strategy was needed, and goal-setting seemed like one that might be the answer.

It's worked fairly well and leaves me accountable, not miserable. Goals are positive in nature and can be reevaluated, adjusted, or changed altogether. There's zero guilt involved, just redirection. Resolution includes words like "not" and "problem" in its many definitions. However, ambition, aim, and effort are all words used to define goals. Which words do you prefer?!?

Goals don't need to be grandiose or laid out in such detail that the minutia becomes the focus instead of the goal itself. They simply need to be realistic and attainable. Take that "think big" idea and break it down into smaller bits that you can tackle with results. Baby-steps, one-day-at-a-time, walk-before-you-run is the idea. You don't need to move any faster than the speed that's right for YOU. If anyone pushes, push back and tell them that everything is just as it should be right now.

For me, a lot of changes are happening and more are coming. But, taking my time and working through these goals, I'll facilitate these changes in more comfortable and beneficial ways, and hopefully, experience fewer and smaller growing pains.

Below are my goals for 2018 and beyond. They’ll change and adapt, I’m sure. I will definitely keep you posted. And please, if you want, share your goals with me in the comments.  I’d love to see. I wish you the very best this year and always!– Jill xoxo

GOALS FOR 2018 & BEYOND

(Subject to change at will and without any advanced warning. Wink Wink)

  • GET 7-9 HOURS OF SLEEP PER NIGHT (aim for 8-9) - My sleep cycle has been screwed up for almost a year now - getting four hours or less each night. I ended up very ill most of December with bronchitis and pneumonia. I know it's because I failed to give my body the rest it needed nightly. I tried to squeeze as much work in each day as I could. It backfired on me in a BIG way!

Sleep allows the body to repair, recover, and rejuvenate. Sleep studies have shown time and time again that adults should have between 7-9 hours of sleep each night for the best body function and performance. Sleep is just as important as a healthy diet and regular exercise. Shut off the phone, laptop, television, and grab any of these favorites to drift off and dream:

  • SET DAILY WORK HOURS/SCHEDULE (and stick to it) - There should always be a time to begin and end working each day with a schedule of what to do and when. Proper planning is key. If tasks and timelines aren't in front of me in a calendar, I waste so much time trying to figure out where to begin. Then I have to make up time at the end of the day for the loss at the beginning.

I'm now setting blocks of time (ample time) and listing exactly what I need to accomplish. I start my days with easier tasks first to "warm up" and get the momentum going. So far, so good! And when it's quitting time, that's it. I have more time for family, friends, and ME!

  • MY TIMELINE, MY TERMS - I always try to over-deliver, satisfy, and help others to the point of killing myself. I've been this way for as long as I can remember - maybe forever. Stretching yourself too thin ends up causing problems with your health, relationships, and overall happiness. I'm slowing down a bit this year. I'm focusing more on being selective and realistic in commitments. And, I'm learning to use the word "no" without feeling guilty.
  • TRAVEL MORE - I say this each year and NEVER follow through with it. I know that planning skills need major improvement here. A daily work schedule is cake for me in comparison. I'm going to start small in terms of time, destinations, and budget are concerned - maybe begin with a weekend staycation, then plan some lengthier getaways, and graduate with a trip abroad. These are some fun and stylish tools that help keep me on track with schedules, timelines, and planning (for phone case use code USWINTER for 20% discount):
  • LAUNCH YOUTUBE CHANNEL - I've been wanting to do this for more than a year, but I've been a big chicken. It's just that simple. I made up my mind, and I'm launching before the end of this month. I've realized in the past few months that doing things that I fear help me grow the most. It's not going to be easy, but I won't be satisfied until I try. I'd rather try and fail vs. refrain and regret. I recently grabbed these tools to begin my vlogging journey (holy moly):
 

2017 Holiday Gift Guides for Her & Him

Happy holidays, all! I hope that you had a beautiful Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday weekend. Below, find all of my 2017 holiday gift guides for her and him. I've selected my favorites in fashion, beauty, fitness, travel, and more for our special ladies and gents. Treat them to any of these awesome gifts, and maybe find a few for yourself too! - Jill xoxo

Click on any image below to shop!

 

STYLE & COMFORT FOR HER

 

STYLE & COMFORT FOR HIM

 

BEAUTY FOR HER

 

GROOMING, FITNESS, TECH, & TRAVEL FOR HIM

 

FITNESS, TECH, & TRAVEL FOR HER