The Total Sleep Mask System

Sweet Dreams on our road trip to the Outer Banks, NC

As a mom of two little rambunctious, high-energy boys, I value my sleep…tremendously. So when I was sent The Total Sleep Mask System by Dandelion Dreams, Inc., I couldn’t have been more excited…excited to head to dreamland! Uninterrupted sleep? Sign this mama up.

I tested out The Total Sleep Mask System for the first time on our road trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina earlier this summer. That road trip was two long days of driving for 8 hours with constant requests to this Mommy for snacks…and water…and tablets…and directions…and more. But once the kiddos were content for a few minutes (and Daddy had directions to the next pit stop), I grabbed my new, cozy travel eye mask and signed off in the passenger seat for a much needed nap.

And wow. Not only was the Total Sleep Mask System super plush, but it drowned out the highway noise, the podcasts, all of the daylight, and the kids saying “mom” on repeat. I couldn’t remember a time when I slept that deeply on a road trip!

It must be how it is designed to not only cover your eyes (without smudging your make up, by the way) but also to cover your entire ear without putting pressure on the face. There are customizable cheek guards, earplugs included to reduce outside sound even further, and bamboo blend fabric which wicks away any moisture while you sleep on the go.

The Total Sleep Mask System Leopard

But, don’t get me wrong. This is not just a travel necessity. It’s an at home necessity too…I use it to catch some zzzzs while my husband is up late watching SportsCenter on TV or when he & the kids are getting rowdy at home and I need a quick cat nap escape! But, my favorite time to use this mask is when I have a migraine headache and a sliver of light or the slightest sound can make my life miserable. The Total Sleep Mask System shuts out the surrounding noise and light around me helping me relax and recover faster.

Now, if I could just keep my husband’s hands off of it! He has also discovered how wonderful the Total Sleep Mask System is and now often snags it before I get the chance to…especially to drown out the neighbor’s dog who barks almost all night every night. We received the classic black Total Sleep Mask System but I see a wild leopard sleep system in my near future too…that is if I ever want to use it again!

The Total Sleep Mask System can be found at and retails for $49.99…and really, isn’t one uninterrupted nap worth at least that? This tired mama thinks so!

Westin Colonnade Coral Gables

Miami can spoil you pretty quickly by adding magic to just about every event in your life…even your yoga class. Usually, I have to take a pass on most of these fun activities as they’re often located on Miami Beach…which tends to be a wee bit difficult to get to when you’re a mama in the suburbs, 30+ minutes away (thank you, Miami traffic). Still, I’ve been majorly focused on improving my health and wellness this year and I’m making it happen…just in my not-so-magical living room at 6 a.m. But OHM my gosh…

I’m SO excited!

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 10th, at 7 PM there will be a Rooftop Yoga and Sunset Meditation class in Coral Gables! Exercise and ambiance? I’m so in.

The Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables has teamed up with Upstairs Yoga, a Gables yoga studio, and JoJo Tea, a Coral Gables tea house to host the first installment of this new monthly series of Rooftop Yoga & Meditation at the beautiful Westin Colonnade rooftop pool. Here you can practice your Ashtanga and Mysore yoga for an hour followed by an exclusive tea tasting and ending the evening with a brief meditation to energize the the mind, body, and spirit.

The Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables is located at 180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL. For more information, please call (305) 441-2600 or visit

So, join me in a little ohm, tea, and mediating tomorrow but please RSVP with first! Space is limited and is based upon availability. Valet and street parking are available.

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Today, June 20th, is the first day of summer! Yippee! For most of us, that means warm sun, toes in the sand, cold drinks, total relaxation, and that vacation that’s long overdue. Not sure of your vacay destination yet? Good news…24 hour flash summer travel sales are happening now! Here are the escape details…
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Summer Solstice Sale

Take advantage of Summer Solstice 24-hour flash sale at The Langford Hotel and it’s modern accommodations in downtown Miami with 30% off best available rates. Other perks are welcome cocktails for two, room upgrade based on availability, continental breakfast for two, and a one day admission for two to the History Miami Museum. Offer valid until midnight on June 20th, 2016. Book the Summer Solstice Package online at with code: SSP.

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Cyber Summer Sale

Also available for the 24 hours of the first day of Summer, June 20, 2016, grab discounted rates at 19 hotels & resorts with savings up to 50% off during the fourth annual CyberSummer event. View all properties participating at and book today, June 20th, for travel valid throughout the summer, and in some cases through the end of the year. Participating hotel destinations ranging from Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and even Latin America. Book fantastic hotels and resorts including the W Fort Lauderdale, The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, and Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa Costa Rica at

Happy Summer Travel Sale!


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Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida

Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida

Holiday travel can be stressful, especially with little kids who are out of their normal routine. Keep your Florida family vacation holly and jolly with these travels tips this festive season:

What to Pack:

  • Shorts because it’s always warm
  • Lightweight fabrics
  • Light jacket for evenings in case it’s breezy
  • Swimsuit – you won’t be able to resist the pools & beaches
  • Festive sweaters – just wear them inside in the blasting AC
  • Sunscreen – the Florida sun doesn’t quit

Get Psyched:

  • Let each family member choose an activity on the trip
  • Read kids books on the destination
  • Check out hotel photos online

Destination Books for Family Florida Vacation

Bring the Holly Jolly:

  • Invite your The Elf on the Shelf or The Mensch on A Bench on vacation
  • Pack up dollar spot holiday surprises for the kids

Hit up Florida Festivities:

Keep Kids merry with these treats:

  • Magical 3-D Holiday Glasses
  • Tour of holiday light displays around town
  • Holiday cookie run
  • See the latest family holiday movie
  • Wear animated Santa hats from the drugstore

Happy Holidays!

JetSet Stocking Stuffers

When it comes to holiday gifts, the priveleged few who travel year round and can claim the title of “jetsetter” may be the hardest to buy for on your list. Afterall, what else could one want than to travel the world? Lucky for us gift givers, top brands everywhere do the hard work and create unique stocking stuffers for jetsetters year after year. It’s just a matter of finding these treasures. Lucky for all of you travel-loving readers, I love digging these life-on-the-go goodies up. Here are 12 stocking stuffers for jetsetters for the 2015 holiday season…and here’s to either being a jetsetter yourself or claiming that frequent flier status next year! For more deets on these items above and why I am loving them, check out my full write up on Beyond Words. Happy Holiday Shopping!
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curacao…included in Cyber Monday Travel Deals.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curacao…included in these Cyber Monday Travel Deals.

If you have the “experiences over things” mentality like I often do (unless I see a pair of killer heels), these Cyber Monday 2015 hotel deals are just for you. This Monday, December 30th, 32 hotels across the U.S., Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe are participating in special Cyber Monday rates up to 75% off just for you adventurous world travelers. Head to now to check out the details on all properties participating so you’re ready to book a trip (or three) Monday morning! Here’s just a sneak peek at some of the hotel deals included:

United States

Hotel: Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach

Offer: 40% off best available rates

Valid for Travel: December 2 – February 13, 2016

How to Book:

Promo code: CYBER15


Hotel: Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach

Offer: 40% off suites

Valid for Travel: February 20 – May 26, 2016

How to Book:

Promo code: CYBER15


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Sense Beach House, Miami Beach…also included in the Cyber Monday 2015 Hotel Deals.


Hotel: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Aruba

Offer: Rates starting at $199/night

Valid for Travel: May 1 – September 30, 2016. (Blackout dates: May 25-30, 2016)

How to Book:

Promo code: D52.


Hotel: San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Puerto Rico

Offer: 25% off leisure rates, starting at $169/night (available to book

Nov. 27-30)

Valid for Travel: Dec. 11, 2015 – Jan. 17, 2016

How to Book:

Promo code: 444


Hotel: Tamarind, Barbados

Offer: Up to 55% off, starting at $218/night (discount/rates vary by seasonal travel dates)

Valid for Travel: Dec. 1-22, 2015, Jan. 3 – April 17, 2016, June 1 – Oct. 22, 2016

How to Book:

Promo code: CYBER1

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Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, Florida

Latin America

Hotel: Casa Palopo, Guatemala

Offer: 35% off nightly rates, starting at $100/night

Valid for Travel: May 1 – July 3, 2016 and August 28 – October 28, 2016

How to Book: Email and mention Cyber Monday


Hotel: Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica

Offer: 50% off, rates starting at $150/night

Valid for Travel: August 21 – December 17, 2016

How to Book:

Promo code: CYMO



Hotel: Palazzo Victoria / Verona, Italy

Offer: Up to 25% best off best available rates

Valid for Travel: January 12 – April 30, 2016

How to Book:

Promo code: CYBMON16


Hotel: Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, Italy

Offer: 15% off the Tuscan Wine & Culinary Experience Package and a bottle of wine from the Serchio Valley upon check-in.

Valid for Travel: Valid for travel through August 31, 2016

How to Book: with the promo code ZJ9


Please note, these Cyber Monday 2015 hotel deals can only be booked on Monday, November 30th and are based on availability and subject to blackout rates. Additional room category limitations and restrictions may apply. 

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