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The Daily Dish~ Cancun Mexico!

March 1st, 2012 - Daily Dish


I just returned from Dreams Resort in Cancun Mexico, and it was such an amazing trip, so I thought I’d share some pictures with you guys!

I went with my husband, mom and dad, and my younger sister Emily. My older sister and her husband were in California, so they weren’t able to join us on this family trip.


The first thing we did when we arrived was put on our swim suits and get to the beach!




This was the beach view from our resort.





And here is our room!


We of course did some shopping! Haha, loved the shopping cart!




This shopping center was beautiful!



I just loved this, had to take a picture! Even in Mexico they love Justin Bieber, how funny!


My sister Emily and I



Had to take one with this guy.


We then got ready to have dinner at our resort. It was pretty neat, every night they had a ‘theme’ dinner. This particular night was “A Night in Paris” which featured French food.




We spent a lot of evenings playing games with the family… Banana grams is one of our favorites!


We also played some card games! It was so awesome just to spend time together no TV, internet, etc!




Every morning we had breakfast in the cafe at our resort.


It was a buffet style, so there were tons of options!



I was very pleased when I found an ‘omelet’ station, where I ordered an egg white omelet everyday with tons of veggies!


I used my LaTortilla wraps that I brought to wrap up the egg whites and veggies. I added some fresh salsa to make a Santa Fe style egg burrito! (I didn’t end up needing my oatmeal, which was good, I enjoyed this way more!)


I also had tons of fruit on this trip! It was all fresh and very good!


There was even fruit and veggies by the pool which was an amazing snack!


Our resort had a built-in dolphin sanctuary where you could swim with the dolphins.  This was so neat! Every time we walked past the dolphins we would just stop and watch them in amazement! Such amazing creatures!


We got to watch them train all week! They’re so smart it’s unbelievable!


We also got a chance to swim with them, which was one of the highlights of my trip!


Everyday my sister and I went on a walk down the beach! I’m telling you, walking in sand is a great form of exercise! Not to mention it’s extremely relaxing as well!


So glad to have my sister as a walking buddy! Working out has always been more enjoyable for me with a friend! We’ve been working out together for years now!


We spent most of the days laying out and enjoying the sun. I read the book “Extraordinary” by John Bevere, which is an awesome book~  I highly recommend it!



We make a turtle in the sand every trip we go on, so here is our Cancun turtle!


For lunch we went to the cafe and Emily and I went straight for the salad bar! There were so many good toppings! I tried a different variation of a salad almost every day for lunch!



The natural beauty was just unbelievable!


There was a lot of entertainment provided right at our resort, which was awesome in the evenings. We attended the American Idol night, the Fire Show, and the Breakdancing show.




We also went out of our resort to eat a few nights. One night we went to Ruth Chris Steakhouse, where I ordered the chicken breast and broccoli. Very tasty!



We also got Japanese food one night…



and seafood another night.



And of course Authentic Mexican food, which was my favorite meal on the trip!


I got the Chicken Fajitas…They were Soooo Good!


We all shared a dessert! Yum!




The Breakdancing show was amazing! One of my favorite events of the week!



I wish I could have packed everyone up and brought you with me! It was a refreshing and relaxing trip, and it truly left me in awe of God’s creation…And to think, we are the most intricate of all of His creations! How amazing! What an awesome God we have!

Hope you all have a blessed week, and that these pictures bring some sunshine to you wherever you are! :)


Shannon (Healthiful Balance) said:

Wow! Looks like you had an amazing time!!
I love that there were so many healthy food options!

You and your sister are so beautiful! I agree, its always fun to have someone to workout with. :)

March 1st, 2012 — 7:23am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you so much shannon! the food options rocked!

March 1st, 2012 — 11:40am  | 

Jess said:

Thank you sooo much Katie, glad you had a great time, it looks AMAZING and certainly brought a bit of sunshine to this dark, cold and foggy English day! x

March 1st, 2012 — 7:35am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

awesome so glad i could bring sunshine to england jess! :)

March 1st, 2012 — 11:39am  | 

Sandra said:

First of all, I love the amazing pictures. My sister and I were debating a trip to Cancun ourselves. We’ve been a little skeptical because there has been several news stories about tourist in Cancun being robbed.

But these pictures make me want to go!

Thanks for sharing.


March 1st, 2012 — 11:13am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

I heard that stuff too sandra, and it made me nervous, but i think if you stay in a nice resort/area and go out with friends (never alone) you should be safe for the most part! :)

March 1st, 2012 — 11:39am  | 

Christy said:

WOW. Cancun look awesome. Need to go there someday! Glad that you had a great time with your family in Cancun! I love that you have walking buddy to keep up with healthy during vacation!

March 1st, 2012 — 11:30am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

amen christy! :) shes my best friend… both of my sisters are! nothing better than sisters! xo

March 1st, 2012 — 11:38am  | 

Jo Williams said:

Looks awesome! How did you get the LaTortilla wraps through security?

March 1st, 2012 — 1:00pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

haha so funny jo … not sure, they were in my suitcase and made it through without any problems… i’m wondering more so how the protein powder got through! haha

March 1st, 2012 — 2:28pm  | 

Shauna said:

I LOVE your pictures.. what kind of camera do you use? Beautiful and looks like a memorable family trip.

March 1st, 2012 — 1:06pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thank you shauna! i use a cannon DSLR!

March 1st, 2012 — 2:29pm  | 

Kerry said:

Wow it looks gorgeous! I’m so jealous! All that fresh fruit looks amazing too!

March 1st, 2012 — 1:46pm  |  Reply

Deana said:

Hi Katie,

Everything looked so wonderful! Glad you had a great time!! Can I ask a silly question?? Where did you get the tank you are wearing the day you guys went shopping? I Love it!!
Have a great day! :)

March 1st, 2012 — 2:48pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

thanks Deana! :) I got it from Von Maur! (not a silly question at all!)

March 1st, 2012 — 5:06pm  | 

Megan said:

First of all: you are GORGEOUS! Second of all, this vacation looks 100% amazing. Also, I love how you spelled Ruth Chris as “Ruth Christ”…. it just means your mind is always on Jesus which is a wonderful thing! :)

March 1st, 2012 — 3:56pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thank you thank you Megan! Haha.. I’m laughing so hard.. Oh my, it sure must be!

March 1st, 2012 — 5:07pm  | 

Charissa said:

Your trip looks amaaaazing! Man…I want to be there so bad.

And you…are absolutely gorgeous!!

March 1st, 2012 — 8:37pm  |  Reply

Ashleigh said:

What a fun vacay!! Your pictures are gorgeous! Glad yall had a good time :)

March 1st, 2012 — 10:20pm  |  Reply

olviya ivanov said:

Thanks for sharing the pictures! It looks like you all had a great time! I’m dreaming of the blue waters now:) I just recently listened to John Bevere’s podcast message about being Extraordinary…good stuff! I’ll have to look into the book

March 1st, 2012 — 11:06pm  |  Reply

frannie said:

Hi Katie,

Just wondering – where did you get that cute pink and white polka dot bikini? It’s adorable!

March 2nd, 2012 — 11:48am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Thanks Frannie! I got it from VS online! :)

March 2nd, 2012 — 1:59pm  | 

Life's a Bowl said:

Looks like a DREAMy vacation ;D I’ve never been to Mexico but have heard that it’s a great place for both couples and families and has tons to do!

March 2nd, 2012 — 2:15pm  |  Reply

Jen@FoodFamilyFitness said:

Ahhh….so nice!!! I loved looking at all of the pictures, looks like you had a picture perfect vacation!

March 2nd, 2012 — 5:10pm  |  Reply

Allison said:

My hubby and I are headed to Cancun in 8 weeks. I found your blog while looking for healthy recipes to keep me in check while I get ready to go! What a coincident! Also I recognized the La Isla shopping center….our resort is the Westin LagunaMar directly across the street from it! Thanks for sharing your pictures, which inspire me! And thanks for all the help you give those of us trying to eat well and not feel like we’re missing out on all the yumminess out there!

March 2nd, 2012 — 5:53pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

ahhh how awesome is that allison!

March 3rd, 2012 — 5:35am  | 

Shirley@motivatedmommyoftwo said:

I am a new follower love your recipes. I have to tell you I stayed at the same resort four years ago. We took a late honeymoon, and we loved it. We have a picture at the same spot you and your husband took it with the hotel name behind us. Beautiful pictures thanks for sharing.

March 3rd, 2012 — 3:21am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

wow…how funny shirley! what a small world!

March 3rd, 2012 — 5:36am  | 

Melissa said:

All the pictures are gorgeous! Good thinking about bringing a wrap for your egg white omelet, I’m going to have to remember that! =) It’s so awesome you & your sister are work-out partners, I wish my sister & I lived closer so we could do that. So glad you had a fun trip! =)

March 3rd, 2012 — 7:04am  |  Reply

sarah@spinachandspice said:

This brings back such good memories! I used to go to one of the Dreams Hotels with my Dad every year. We’ve been to every one.. Cancun was my first and last! I always loooooooved their breakfast there. The views are completely breath taking.
Actually, my dad just returned from Dreams Tulum yesterday :D
I’m so glad to see that you loved it too!

March 4th, 2012 — 6:59am  |  Reply

Ellie@Fit for the Soul said:

awww you beautiful people, you!! And in the first pic of you and your husband you guys look like movie stars! :P Seriously, what a fun and delicious adventure you guys had…! I’ve heard of how awesome cancun is, but never knew it was LIKE THIS haha.

March 6th, 2012 — 10:41am  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

awww thank you ellie! :) you are too cute!

March 6th, 2012 — 10:52am  | 

IllegalBlonde said:

I’m booking a trip with my hubs for my 30th birthday, Did Dreams have a good workout facility?

March 6th, 2012 — 3:56pm  |  Reply

Katie Farrell said:

Not really, we only worked out 2x with weights, and walked on the beach the rest of the week, but it was usable! :)

March 6th, 2012 — 4:20pm  | 

stacey said:

ugh! how heartbreaking to see dolphins in captivity :(
that’s just not right

March 9th, 2012 — 7:00pm  |  Reply

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