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Holiday Shopping Made Easy at Charming Charlie

Winter is coming!

It’s so festive and bright, but if you are like me, you have yet to even start on that holiday shopping. Don’t stress; there are still a few weeks left to get everything done.

I know for me, holiday shopping can always seem a little overwhelming. I tend to bounce from store to store looking for the perfect gifts and end up exhausted by the time the actual holidays roll around.

Well, here is my gift to you (and myself) from Charming Charlie, an exclusive $20 off $50+ coupon with free shipping (valid thru 11/30). For online purchases, use coupon code: YAYHOLIDAY and click here for an in-store coupon.

I’ve already found some great accessories to refresh my winter wardrobe; now it’s your turn.

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You’re sure to find that perfect gift for every person on your list, even pets!!

For inspired gift ideas, check out the Charming Charming Very Merry Gift Guide.

 Happy Shopping!

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Ridin’ Dirty in Mexico

Now when I say dirty, I mean dirty. Covered in mud, dust, sweat, sunscreen, bug spray and a wonderful fragrance of rotten eggs. Does that begin to paint a lovely picture for you?

While this might sound horrible, it was actually a pretty exciting day.

During our recent trip to Cozumel, Mexico aboard Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas, we booked an ATV Excursion to Jade Caverns. It was a whole new side of Mexico I had not seen before.

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We sped through a Mayan Village to get to the caverns.

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Once we arrived at the caverns, our guides shared some ancient Mayan folklore with us, and then it was time to descend into the cave. The temperature dropped with each step, and the smell of rotten eggs (sulfur) began to get stronger.

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Then it was time to jump. I gladly let my husband go first so that I could get photos of course.

It was then my turn. It was only 25-feet which doesn’t sound so bad, but when you are standing on the rock looking down into darkness, it’s kind of terrifying.

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Those were once black converse

I took a deep breath and leaped off the rock. Wow, what a rush!

I need to go back to get some better pictures. The jump made me a little shaky.

On the return trip we caught a glimpse of the sunset, and all of a sudden I wasn’t concerned with being dirty or smelly anymore.

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Another great adventure for the book, or blog.

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Hats off to Paris, Texas!

It’s been a whirlwind summer, jetting from one destination to the next. I can finally say all the laundry is done and the suitcases have been unpacked—at least for a little while. The next adventure isn’t too far away.

Between birthday celebrations, anniversaries, a wedding and just some good old R&R, I feel like I’ve been on the go more this summer and any summer prior. And I’m definitely not complaining about that. Travel is my passion.

One of a unique places I visited this summer—Paris, Texas.  It’s a small town in Northeast Texas, about 2 hours from Dallas.

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Hats off to you Paris, Texas for building a replica of the Eiffel Tower to draw crazy tourists like myself.

I had heard of the city before, but never really thought I would have a chance to visit. It wasn’t until we picked up our rental car and I opened the navigation that I noticed how close we were. So, I did a little research (aka stalked the city on Instagram) and found the Eiffel Tower, complete with a red cowboy hat. A must-see, obviously.

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Traveling is all about discovering something new, finding something that makes you smile and making memories. While the 3-hour detour to Paris was a little out of the way, it is a memory I will cherish forever. Plus, I can always say I had my first Whataburger in Paris.

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