Jasmine Crockett

Jasmine is the creator and editor of xojasmine.com . She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she has a career in pr & marketing. She loves shopping, enjoying time with her family and husband, cheering on her alma mater the University of Alabama in college football, and traveling.

The Ultimate Guide For Traveling To Florida Keys

In December, I had the opportunity to travel to the Florida Keys area with my family. I didn’t know what to expect since our itinerary included driving after we landed for over an hour to our resort. Now, many people would think traveling to the keys with kids could be difficult, but it’s a great time. We landed in Miami, grabbed our luggage, and picked up our rental car for our almost two-hour drive to our first stop driving down the Keys in Marathon, Florida. If you’re looking to make a trip down to the Florida Keys, here’s a quick guide to help you when planning your trip.

 

How To Get To Florida Keys:

The best way to travel to the Florida Keys is to fly into Miami International Airport and rent a car to make the drive. You can fly directly into Key West, but it can be more expensive.

 

Where To Stay: Isla Bella Beach Resort

If you’re not making the entire trip to the Key West area in one drive and want to stop along the way, Marathon, Florida, is perfect. You can even have your stay at Isla Bella and drive down to Key West to spend the day and back to the resort. Isla Bella is a brand new 24-acre oceanfront destination in the heart of the Florida Keys, offers stunning ocean views from every room and suite. It’s such a beautiful family-friendly destination that transforms you into your mini-island away from everything. It’s not only beautiful but filled with a variety of amenities such as multiple dining options, a marina with water sports, and five oceanfront pools.

 

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What To Do

The list could go on and on with things to do in the Florida Keys. From water activities to making the multiple stops in each key until you get to Key West, there is so much you can do for all ages. A few of my favorite activities included the Land’s End Sunset Sail with Sebago Watersports, Keywest Aquarium, and The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Since my little one traveled with us and he’s only two, we kept the itinerary light so we could make time for naps, etc. But. if you’re not traveling with young kids, I would suggest checking out the water activities like snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins.

 

Where To Eat

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Florida Keys Eats

 

The endless amount of delicious food we had on our list during the trip down the keys was so incredible. I think my two favorites were breakfast at Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen & Bar and dinner at IL Postino at Isla Bella Beach Resort.  A few other options I’d include would be the A&B Lobster House, where diners can watch the sunset over the harbor at this local fixture for surf ‘n’ turf and Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar which provides more of a laid back atmosphere which is perfect for kids.

 

XO Jasmine

 

The Florida Keys CVB sponsors this post, but all opinions and views are my own.

4 Tips To Decorating Your Table For The Holidays

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Happy New Year!! Did you hear Oprah’s voice when you read that? I know I did because every time I type it, I say it out loud in her voice for some reason. I’m going to assume that it means this year will be that overtop amazing! But, before we sweep 2019 under the rug, I had the opportunity to decorate our home for the holidays — both Thanksgiving and Christmas for the first time in a long time. If you’re new here, we built our home and closed on it in September of 2019. This was one of our family’s top moments of the year as we planted roots officially in Georgia in our very own home. We got in right before the holidays, and we were so excited we agreed to host family on both holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. With this agreement, it was a must for me to make sure I worked on our dining room space first, where we would eat our first holiday meals in our new home. Don’t let your dining table sit empty for the holidays. Here are four quick and easy tips for decorating your dining table for the holidays.

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Pick A Theme

Every holiday has it’s own branded color scheme and theme going. We know pink, and red mean Valentine’s Day, Red, White & Blue are 4th of July. With the known branded colors for the holidays, I know with our overall home design, we kept it light and neutrals as a modern farmhouse style, so I didn’t want to sway away from that when it came to my table design. For both Thanksgiving and Christmas, I went with a soft and neutral color theme that you usually don’t see. For thanksgiving, I was obsessed with the wine color theme and saw it initially on Pinterest for Christmas. I knew I could go to Michaels and still find a few pumpkins and festive pieces to make a Thanksgiving-themed centerpiece, so it fit for the holiday. For Christmas, I wanted to go straight neutrals and simple. I wanted the brighten up the room and have a minimal design feel for Christmas.

 

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Mix Highs & Lows

I think when it comes to home decor, everyone feels the more expensive, the better. That’s not always true, and I’m here to share with you why. My gold chargers shown in both photos came from Michaels for $2 per charger. I’ve seen the exact charger plates in a few of my favorite higher-end stores for extremely more. Instead, I use those stores for pieces that I know will be worth it in the end, like my place settings and the dining room table itself. I already have plans to decorate my table each holiday and change up the color scheme so the charger plates that are barely seen entirely, in my opinion, didn’t have to be a high priced item. Don’t feel like you have to have super expensive decor. You can find things you already have and stores like Hobby Lobby & Michaels to DIY and find the perfect decor pieces at a budget-friendly price.

 

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Find A Focal Point

My focal point for Christmas was the napkin holders. I know it’s such a small item, but it was one of the first things that caught people’s eyes during the holiday season. The snowflake stands out on the table, and it brings the Christmas theme together.

Opt-Out Of A Floral Centerpiece

For Thanksgiving, I wanted to give it a try, and it turned out great, but for Christmas, I wanted to do something different. I think we’re so trained to believe a centerpiece has to be some floral arrangement, but it doesn’t. I decided to opt for Christmas themed items like the statue reindeer and the acorns, all while keeping my candles and runner as the focus for the neutral theme.

 

I hope these quick and easy tips help you as you get your plan on decorating dining table for holidays. Bookmark this page to keep these four easy tips on decorating your table for the holidays in your pocket.

 

XO Jasmine

How To Pick A Meaningful Gift With James Avery

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This post is sponsored by James Avery but all views and opinions are my own.

 

Each and every day there’s one word I keep with me, faith. If you don’t believe in yourself or have faith, you’ll always second guess everything you do. Faith can have a different meaning to many people and I love how James Avery jewelry allows me to keep my reason with me each and every day. In this season, remember to celebrate the things that mean the most: love, friendship, faith, family and the simple joy of being together. The holiday season comes and goes but what you do for others will stay for a lifetime. It’s great to think about gift ideas that can hold sentimental value and I love how James Avery helps me create those gifting moments every holiday season.

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Whether it be Christmas, Mother’s Day or a birthday, shopping at James Avery can make gift shopping ten times easier. With my faith necklace, I decided to gift one to a special reader as a token of their own to always remember to have faith. No matter how hard life may seem or how bad things may be, always remember faith. Anytime I start my day, I always remember to wear at least one of my pieces because looking at those small reminders helps me to keep going. When you find a brand like James Avery, Christmas shopping has an entirely new meaning and you have the option to change your special persons life with not only a beautiful piece of jewelry but the story/message behind the piece. Happy holidays!

XO Jasmine

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Traveling For The Holidays With Autotrader




This post is sponsored by Autotrader; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The holiday season is officially here! Everyone is preparing for holiday travel to see family and friends, and it’s so important to make sure you’re prepared before your trip. As the “Chief Mama Officer,” as I like to call it in our home, I try to plan weeks in advance any travel logistics such as driving or flying, packing, the timing of departure, etc. With most of our family being in Alabama, it’s a quick road trip for us to see family during special times like the holidays. 

Although I have a never-ending list of things I’m making sure are taking care of for our trips, I usually forget to add one special thing to our list, road trip entertainment. With companies like Autotrader, this holiday season, they are making sure everyone is completely entertained and staying safe on the road with their endless amounts of articles, tips, and advice on traveling this holiday season. 

This #JoyToTheRoad gift box from Autotrader has something for all ages to enjoy while traveling and I can’t wait to put ours to use this season. From the coloring book our son can use to the Fujifilm camera to capture our moments on the road, there’s something we can all use. I think the Fujifilm is probably my favorite item in the box as I love to capture moments between my family and I and this camera lets me do that instantly and print the photos to include in our scrapbook.

As you embark on your holiday travel remember to include fun ideas to bring #JoyToTheRoad. I wish you and your family safe travels this season and make sure you check out all the tips and advice here for holiday travel.

XO Jasmine

Walmart Baby Essentials: Items You Really Need On Your List

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This post is sponsored by Walmart

Now that my son is two years old, I’ve had a reasonable amount of time to see what products worked for my baby and me. If you’re a new mom, I can personally say I understand how hard it is to narrow down what is beneficial without wasting money. Today, I’m sharing eight items that you can purchase from your local Walmart that are must-have baby essentials. I hope this list helps start a clear picture of items to focus on when creating your baby registry or just shopping in general.  Scroll below to check out my list of must-have baby items.

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I’m sure all moms can agree with me when I say you can’t go into a store and not by things for your baby when you pass a baby section. Whether it’s snacks, clothing, toys, etc, I’m always buying my little one something. With brands like Walmart, you never have to worry about what to buy because the Walmart baby section is always stocked with the latest baby must-haves. I love stocking up on his snacks and my favorite baby body washes to use on him, Dove.

Walmart usually has events also on its baby items like the most recent one being a semi-annual baby event where they shared the best deals on a variety of baby products like snacks, clothing, baby wears, bottles and more. The great thing is, you don’t have to wait until the next sale event because their prices are great when it comes to shopping for must-have baby items. If you’re a new mom, I recently shared my mom must-have essential list from Walmart here. Check it out and stay up to date at walmart.com on their latest baby sales and gadgets.

 

XO Jasmine

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4 Skincare Travel Tips For Moms

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This post has been sponsored by Cetaphil®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I love traveling with my family and exploring new places. Whether we’re doing a road trip or flight, my skincare routine is important. I have a variety of products that make it into my travel bag, and one of those is Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser. With my busy days, my skin takes its course with makeup and other common things that touch our skin. I started to honestly try Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser after seeing the amazing job it was doing on my husband’s skin. I also loved that I was able to grab it from our local Target. You can also grab a coupon and save $2 off Cetaphil products here.

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I have sensitive skin and although every product for your skin doesn’t make it worse, you really never know. So I was happy to learn this cleanser, in particular, was ideal for people with sensitive skin. With traveling, the air quality changes depending on where you’re going, and if you’re traveling with your little ones, you need a skincare regimen that is straight to the point.

Here are 4 skincare travel tips for moms.

  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: This cleanser gently cleanses, hydrates, and moisturizes the skin, giving you a dual-action cleanse. This is perfect when you don’t have time to use multiple products to get each of those actions done to your skin. The Gentle Skin Cleanser is the clean your sensitive skin wants, especially when traveling. It’s a dual-action formula that soothes and hydrates while it gently cleanses, not stripping your skin of moisture or irritating your sensitive skin. You can find Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser at your local Target. Being able to treat your skin to things like a quick cleanser can ultimately lead to a better you.
  • Drink water: This is obvious. With healthy skin comes what you put in your body. I’ve found recently that, as I increase my water intake, I’m less likely to have breakouts and my skin feels refreshed when traveling.
  • Get some rest: I know this may be hard to do as a mom but if you’re on vacation, at least try. Take a day to go to the spa, get a massage, and get a little “me time” while your little one is with family or your spouse.
  • Try to limit your dairy intake: I’ve mentioned how I cut out dairy a few times and the results I received with my skin by doing so. I have added it back into my diet but it’s on occasions, and I can always tell in my skin when I do add it back. If you’re scared of going 100% with no dairy, trying it on vacation the few days you’re gone can help you take a bigger step when you’re back home.

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All four of these tips are things you should be doing every day, but life can get busy, you’re not always able to get 7 hours of sleep, and you sometimes skimp on your water intake. But, using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser should be on your list no matter what.

XO Jasmine