MOM, ME, MARCO & YOU!!


No, Marco was not our cabana boy, lol. However, Marco Island sure did treat us right for Mom's 70th birthday trip. I showed you a couple snapshots Friday of our great weather and fun but today, it's the whole Shebang! Really missing that Florida sunshine, especially because eek..we saw the "white stuff" here in Indiana on Sunday. It didn't stick but Big Ole' White snowflakes, it was actually pretty, lol!

Going to break this down into photos of the birthday girl and I, some Marco Island goodness and the Big Surprise #70cardsquest that many of you helped make come true! 

I can't believe this Tiered Dress from The Loft is still available but it is and at a GREAT Price.
In Petite and Tall too.
And wearing my favorite Kendra Scott Necklace of all time. And my favorite Kendra Scott Earrings from my gal pal Laura 


Mom's Boat Neck tee HERE // My Dress $9 at Target on Clearance



Elan Black Crochet Cover Up Dress that we shared HERE

We do love Pink




Marco Island and The Resort
The food, the weather, the pools, the beach....all fabulous!!! In fact, I have been to many beaches but this was the whitest, flattest beach I have been on; perfect for waking on and for getting waited on with frozen concoctions by the bar on wheels! We stayed at the JW Marriott and what I am super excited about is that it is very family friendly but they are currently building a huge addition which will be adults only with a roof top bar and rooftop infinity pool over looking the ocean...due to open in Spring 2018. Thinking Nr. Nine and I need to go.

You know I love a good brunch and Sunday on her birthday, we had one of the best brunch buffets I've ever had at a hotel. Jus the mini doughnuts alone were a delight!

Aren't Mom's Beach Pants just the cutest! Man, these Miami Vice frozen drinks were delicious!! My Tankini Top from Target HERE. It's like my leopard one (mom and Tami have it too) from the Naples trip.
Beautiful fountains and toes in the sand.



Quinns Beach Restaurant at the Hotel was Fabulous...yummy fish and chips.. 

...and a Fire Dancer every night at Sunset.

We Love to walk so we had a nice morning walk down to a restaurant  called NeNe's, which was recommended by a friend of mine..do not miss this one for breakfast...eggs benny right up there as one of the best. 

Another recommendation was Joey's Italian...oh my YUM!!! We love eggplant and fresh mozzarella and this stacked beauty with balsamic and buttered garlic knots was delicious! 


And HAD to split a cannoli


Now, let's talk Birthday swag. Everywhere we went, mom got free stuff. I swear everyone brought her dessert. Yet, the best was this goodness sent to our room courtesy of a beach attendant who was turning 21 the next day. Such a nice spread even if we did wait to drink the champagne til 7am on the day of our return home, lol. No OJ, oh well.

YOU!!
70 Cards for her 70th!
My mom was in utter shock and excitement to see so many cards. How in the world did I do it she asked? Well, I delegated a couple family members and friends to help, sent out a lot of texts and emails and people stepped up to the plate big time with so much love, it amazes my heart and soul!!! Let's talk about you bloggy friends of mine. I mean, the notion that you have never even met my sweet mom, yet took the time to write the sweetest things and shower her with love brought her to happy tears. It made my heart soar with pride because I actually know all of you from our relationships developed because of this awesome existence and you are waaaay more than just a gals who write blogs; your hearts are bigger than the sea and you're made of a special fiber that ties people together whether they have met in person or not. If you are not following these ladies, you MUST because you're missing on on sweetness, talent and fun! 
BIG Thanks to: Laura from The Horton Family, Lea from CiCi's Corner, Shauna from Lipgloss and Lace, Tanya from The Other Side of The Road, Missy from My Shitty Kitchen, Lana from My New Happy, Deena from Shoes to Shiraz, Sarah from Foxy's Domestic Side, Carrie from a Stylish Fit, Kellyann from This Blonde's Shopping Bag, Rachel from A Blonde's Moment, Carlee from Cooking with Carlee, Emily from a Little Bit of Emily, Stacey from Poofing the Pillows, 
Amy Ann from Straight A Style Blog, Emelia from Dream Big & Buy the Shoes,
Sierra from Beautifully Candid, Kate from Green Fashionista, Sarah from Meet The Shaneyfelts, Shelly from The Queen in Between, Lisa from Coast to Coast, 
Brianne from North Star Girl Lone Star World, Biana from B Loved Boston,
Marie and Jenn from Twin Living, Cara from Kindly Unspoken, 
Rebecca Jo from Knit By God's Hand, Nadine from Life by Nadine Lynn, 
Chrissy from Granola & Grace, and one on it's way from my lil sis Amanda  from Cardio Cabernet & A Keyboard!
and THANK you to all our family and friends! Mom will never forget this love!!

Sporting her Birthday Girl Pin on the beach from Laura

Mom's Beach Pants from Kohl's HERE
Hot Guy in card, sold separately. 

While I certainly don't want to wait 5 years for another trip with mom, 75 is going to Rock. Were do you think I should take her then? Never to early to plan, lol! 
OOh and just wait until you see the appetizer I have for you tomorrow!!
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xoxo

59 comments:

  1. You are your mom are just precious! I certainly know where you get your beauty from! Marco Island looks AMAZING! How sweet that friends sent your mom 70 birthday cards! LOVE!

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  2. Anonymous13.11.17

    You two beautiful ladies on that beautiful island, not sure of a better way to spend your moms birthday !! Love seeing these photos of trip. The cards, wow the blog world is so amazing Andrea. I love following you and your blog and seeing how connected the blog world really is, and this makes me smile so big !! Have a wonderful Monday lady ! XOXO

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  3. What a wonderful birthday celebration! Looks like you guys had an amazing time. I'm so glad your mom was surprised and loved all of her cards! It was such a sweet idea!! All these pictures make me miss Marco! We stayed at the other Marriott when we were there and loved it too. Both of your outfits, the food and the views are all perfect! Glad you guys had a great trip! Happy Monday, Andrea!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  4. I love the idea that you came up with for your mom, the effort you went to in order to make her birthday such an amazing celebration that she deserved and the time you got to spend together - what an unforgettable mother / daughter trip! xo, Biana-BlovedBoston

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  5. You and your mom are so cute and I love that y'all color coordinated your outfits!! So precious! You're the best daughter for taking her on that trip AND for setting up the cards for her--great idea! Looks like Dustin and I need to go to Marco Island!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  6. Oh what an incredible trip, and wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! The 70 cards was a really sweet idea, how clever! :) Glad your mum had a blast celebrating.

    Hope you had a great weekend! We had our family Santa photo taken and I knocked a few more gifts off my list, starting to try get organised for Christmas!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  7. Your mom is officially the absolute cutest, most stylish seventy year old hot mama ever! She rocks a hat like a Boss! The two of you are so precious together and what a wonderful tradition you have of traveling together. I think I need to plan a trip to Marco Island, looks fantastic!
    I hope your Monday is marvelous gorgeous friend!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  8. What an amazing trip! The resort looks amazing & you both looked so stunning. You've both definitely got great fashion sense. I'm glad she had a wonderful birthday!

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  9. You two are just darling!! It looks like you had a blast on the trip and those beach pants your mom has are amazing! I am so glad she had a wonderful birthday and I think it's awesome you two do these trips!

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  10. Not only did you inherit your Mom's beauty, but also her sense of style. You both are beautiful. Enjoy your week.

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  11. You and your Mom are just the CUTEST!! Seriously! I love the relationship you have, so sweet! How fun to getaway with just her and spoil her!! That adults only section sounds like it's going to be AWESOME!

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  12. My family and I LOVE Marco Island so your trip is giving me major nostalgia! Such a sweet way to celebrate your mom's birthday! It looks like she had a blast!!

    Rosy Outlook

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  13. Sounds like a super fun trip!

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  14. Emailed you this morning, love! Look at y'all - oh my gosh so cute and so perfectly mother and daughter! I'm glad she had a great time and you did as well. All the Florida fun can never be beat - let alone the sunshine and sand! I have five months before I'm back in the sunshine state. Eeeek! xoxoxoxox

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  15. You are the sweetest daughter and what a fabulous trip you had. I love Good Miami Vice and all your food looks soooo good. 70 cards- oh SO fun- I just love that idea :)

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  16. Well now I know where you get your beauty, grace and kind heart. Your Mom not only sounds like the sweetest soul on Earth, but she's one heck of a fashion queen to boot! I was honored to be a part of this very special surprise, and I'm SO happy she loved the cards! This looks like the perfect place to celebrate such a special milestone (and yes, you and Mr. Nine most definitely need to go back next year - if not just for that food - WOW!!). Happy Beautiful Birthday, to your most beautiful Mother! I hope the celebrating continues for days to come! Love you!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  17. Oh my goodness! This post literally made me smile this morning! BIG TIME! So happy to see all the pictures and good times with your beautiful Mom at the beach! I love how y'all coordinated your outfits, and the food looks absolutely out of this world!! Tell your mom I'm coming on the 75th birthday bash trip! Or better yet, Wayne and I will meet you and Mr. Nine in the Spring at the Marriott! Ha! Have a fantastic Monday, Gorgeous!

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  18. You and your mom are just adorable!!! I love all the outfit pictures - you guys just look so much alike! That place looks amazing - I have never been to Marco Island, but have heard such great things about it. I am so happy you had such a wonderful trip!

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  19. Could you two be more fabulous?! Looks like such an amazing and memorable trip, and that resort - gorgeous! Definitely need to look into it when the expansion opens next year. So glad she loved the cards, that was such a great idea and something she'll treasure forever <3
    Green Fashionista

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  20. Oh my goodness, look at you two! What a fabulous fun getaway for two beautiful ladies! I'm so glad you got to enjoy some sunshine together and to celebrate that special milestone. Also, all your outfits are just smashing. I need to learn your ways! Happy Monday <3

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  21. What a wonderful and memorable trip! You did a fantastic job!! You are both beautiful ladies too! :-) I say yes to going back with Mr. Nine too. :-)

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  22. Oh my goodness what a fun and tasty trip! You two look adorable, and your mom is just as stylish as you are!!

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  23. Aw I'm so happy you all had such a wonderful trip! I can't get over how adorable your mom is and oh so fashionable- then again I guess the apple doesn't fall far! ;) Glad she loved all the cards!

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  24. Look at you two hotties on the beach!!!! It sounds like you guys had an amazing time and look at all that delicious food you ate!! Is it lunch time yet??? Your two are the sweetest and I love how close you are and that you are taking these trips and making all these memories. Two of the most stylish girlies I know! That is for sure. Hope you have a fabulous week!

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  25. Oh my goodness. This post made me cry happy, sweet tears. I love everything about it. Your outfits, the precious time you guys spent together walking the beach, dining and the fabulous spoiling your momma received! My heart is so happy! You both are beautiful people. Blessed to know you and follow your fun, as well as life enriching blog.

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  26. How fun! Opening all of those cards and reading them from friends from all over. What a great idea! Looks like the most fantastic trip ever! That pink dress is super cute too!

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  27. Honestly - the coolest thing ever! I just love how much fun you two had - & ALL THAT SWAG - & just love she was COVERED (literally) with love from others with all those cards. It was an honor to be a small smidgen part of putting a smile on her face & helping celebrate her life. I think for the 75th, we just all need to go on vacation with you all ;) CAN YOU IMAGINE? haha

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  28. Stop it, you two could not be any cuter! I love seeing your outfits together. So many cute looks. I swear she is not 70! So glad the cards worked out. Such a fun idea from such a sweat daughter. Looks like an amazing trip. All that food, yum!!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  29. You and your mom are just the cutest!! I love all of your fun outfits and this has me missing the warm sun and beach days so bad! That resort looks so beautiful and relaxing. I am so happy she loved her cards and had a great time celebrating! Sierra ~
    Beautifully Candid

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  30. You and your mom are twins! LOVE!!!! That trip looked so awesome and relaxing! Hope she had a great birthday!

    Brittany :)
    www.kingdomofsequins.com

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  31. Awww....what an amazing trip for you and your sweet mama! You two are just gorgeous and it looks like so much fun. The birthday cards were such a great idea and I'm glad she got so many!

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  32. Oh my goodness you two are cute and you look so much alike! I'm so glad you had a great time, and the cards are just the sweetest!! The blog world is such a sweet world!

    Brooke
    pumps and push-ups

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  33. Your mom is just adorable! What a wonderful birthday - and special time for you two!

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  34. You and your Mom are two of the kindest, wonderful and stylish ladies I know. I'm so very happy that you all had a wonderful time in Florida. What a wonderful place to be to celebrate a birthday!! The trip looks like it was super fun. I love both of your outfits!! So fab!! You two have the best Mother/Daughter style.

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  35. Well now I see where you get your good genes from! I can't believe your momma is 70! I would have never guessed that! You tell your momma I want to be just like her when I grow up... she is so stylish!

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  36. Oh how I love your how you love your mom. You're such a great daughter and that is super inspiring to me. Glad the trip was so wonderful!

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  37. I love all the spoiling your mom received on the trip. The view from your room looks amazing as does all the food. You and your mom sure do have tons of cute outfits and styles for all occasions. My favorite are your colorful dresses.

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  38. This sweet, sweet post made me all warm and tingly. The memories you make with your mom are something you will have and share forever. You are one special daughter. Y'all are just about the cutest things (barring precious little babies of course). I can totally see the apple did not fall far from the gorgeous, sweet tree with you my friend. Maybe Hawaii would be good for 75😉. Have a wonderful day and thanks for letting us be a part of her special day!!! XOXO

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  39. how wonderful! making special memories. my mom and i went to london for 10 days just the two of us for her 65th birthday, and it was so incredibly special to spend that time with her and being on an adventure together!
    b

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  40. I mean could you two be any cuter!? I am so glad she enjoyed her trip and her cards! This looks like an amazing getaway!

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  41. Awwww, that's so awesome. Love the trips you take with her and the memories that you make.

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  42. This is so sweet and can your mum be any cuter??

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  43. Well, it's very obvious now where you get your sass and cuteness. What a memory making time. That is awesome and so glad I could play just an itty bitty part in it. Happy week!

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  44. You and your mom are both beautiful and have the best sense of style! I'm so glad she loved the cards. What a fun idea, and it was my pleasure to contribute in a small way.

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  45. You guys are the cutest! And it seriously looks like you guys had great time! and now I'm wishing I was on the beach!

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  46. Sending your mum love and best 'belated' wishes for her birthday Andrea, This must have been an amazing trip and you both look very hot! Love your long chiffon dress, thanks so much for sharing this holiday with us. Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  47. I have never heard of Marco Island but it sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Looks like you both had a wonderful. What a fun idea for 70 cards at 70 (I so would have sent a homemade card if I had known!).

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  48. WOW it looks like you gals had an amazing time! And all your outfits are just gorgeous. You both look incredible in every photo!
    How about a trip to Portugal for her 75th? ;) x
    Hugs
    Suzy xx
    www.suzyturner.com

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  49. You are such an amazing daughter. What a wonderful experience and memories you will cherish forever

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  50. Fantastic! That s a great wat to make beautiful memories!

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  51. Amazing daughter and Mom duo. You both look fantastic. I live in Tampa but have heard lot of good things about Marco Island. Hope you guys were safe when Irma hit. I am a new blogger and just wrote my first post on winter travel style guide. Please visit me and give me your feedback thanks Manisha
    https://www.modlotus.com/europe-travel-winter-clothes/

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  52. What a great birthday trip. Seriously, you are one amazing daughter! Happy Birthday to your mom!

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  53. I'm so glad that y'all had such a great time on your mother/daughter trip to celebrate your mom's birthday! The resort that y'all were at looks so incredibly beautiful! I'm so glad that your mom got so many cards from bloggers too! That's so awesome!

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  54. This is a birthday she (and you) will remember for a long time! I'm so glad you two had such a good time. The resort was perfect for your trip. Hmm, maybe the gap between trips should be shortened...just sayin'...just lookin' out for your mom...ha! xoxo

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  55. Oh how I love, love, love this! Y'all are just precious and I'm so glad you are able to share these sweet times with your mom. What a great trip!

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  56. This is so funny and so random but I actually saw you while you were there! I'm getting married at the JW Marriott in two weeks and was down one last time checking in on everything. I think the hotel is the best and am happy you enjoyed your trip!

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  57. Marco Island looks like paradise. What a lovely trip to celebrate your mum's birthday. You two look like you had a fantastic time there.

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  58. Wow, this island looks amazing! what a trip with your mom. you guys look great and i love the outfits you both wore.. andrea, you would look great in a paper bag..so tan, toned...The resort looks beautiful, so nice to share the memroies with your mom.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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