December 31, 2011

We are shipwrecked and cannot leave the island.


The only way off is to swim!


It is true.


Luckily, I’m a pretty good swimmer.


And while we don’t want to leave, we are excited to go home. I love home too.


Breakfast this morning was delightful:


This bowl of muesli, fruit and “granola” turned into a smoothie in a bowl!



Also had my once-a-year-on-vacation croissant. I should have these more…with cappuccinos.



Our morning was filled with lots of beach time and lots of reading. Loving my book (even though, yes, it is darker and hardly a fluffy beach read, but it’s exactly what I was looking for!)

Late morning, we went SNORKELING! Aside from drinking way too much sea water (my snorkel just wasn’t angled right the whole time) we saw lots of tiger fish and puffer fish and one piranha*!

*Not really but just as scary with lots of teeth. Also terrifying were several jellyfish that surrounded me in a trap! 




For lunch we went back to Seagrapes and had more of those amazing sweet potato chips! The cheesy sauce this time was tomato-jalapeno and it was even better than the day before’s! These chips are thick like plantain chips and I want to take them home in my suitcase!


Matt ordered sushi


And we shared this veggie burger, which was sadly not homemade but tasty for lunch nonetheless



His + Hers desserts!

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This afternoon was more reading until raindrops fell from the sky : ( We were so lucky this week to have it only rain once for 10 minutes!


We took the opportunity to go in for a workout. I ran laps around the nice jogging path here and then biked a little.


Showered up, we waited for sunset!




[Pro photographer’s talent, not ours!]


Don’t let the water catch ya!

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Cocktails after sunset. I’m loving the lemon drops!


Tonight’s main event was a big Ship Wreck Beach Party. Sadly, the rain kept us off the beach. So sad! I was hoping for nice food photo ops.

But this giant pan of shrimp still spoke to me


The feast was all Jamaican favorites: Jerk chicken (finally!), plantains, pumpkins, curried goat, pork, rice + peas, and lots of bean + tuber salads


To draw out the meal, I started with a Coconut Pea Soup


But I’m glad I skipped the salad course because I was SO FULL after this plate!! I had a taste of almost everything on the buffet, and I’m not sure I’m going to get through customs tomorrow with so much food as a stowaway!


The…icing on the cake…was the dessert buffet. I had to digest for 20 minutes before even peeking at it.


While I looked high and low for more Banoffee (and asked – they were out), Matt and I shared a wonderful array of treats. My favorite was the coconut bar and Rum Raisin ice cream!


If you haven’t figured it out yet or read the comments, we’ve spent the past 5 days at…

 Couples Swept Away

I’m planning to do a whole post on the resort behind the scenes. We’ve had a great time and would return! Highly recommended!

The most memorable part of our trip, however, comes from this fun guy who walks the beach all day long selling cigarettes. He is apparently famous across the world now for the way he says “Ciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggggssss.” You can hear him coming a football field away! At first Matt and I were so confused by what he was saying, but now we agree he is a branding genius : )


He’s so famous there are multiple You Tube videos already up about him!

We will miss this place!


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1 Krissy - Shiawase Life December 31, 2011 at 7:03 am

Safe travels home, Kath! Glad you had such a wonderful trip 😀


2 Kerry December 31, 2011 at 7:09 am

Looks like a fabulous time! Happy new year!


3 Erin December 31, 2011 at 7:37 am

When we go snorkeling here on Oki we usually see sea snakes! I am terrified of them. Although highly poisonous, supposedly their mouths are too little to bite you, especially when wearing a wet suit. But I still swim away from them as soon as I see them!


4 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 31, 2011 at 7:49 am

Looks like you had a beautiful and memorable vacation!


5 Karen December 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

So happy you had this opportunity to get ‘swept away’ for a week…safe travels home, Kath!


6 Cait's Plate December 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

I always have that exact same feeling at the end of vacation – sad to leave but also excited to go home!

It looks like it’s been such a lovely vacation and both you and Matt look refreshed and rejuvenated. I’m so glad!! You both work so hard and absolutely deserved it!

PS – You’re totally rockin’ that bikini!! :)

Happy New Years Eve Kath!


7 Allison December 31, 2011 at 8:02 am

Sounds like a fabulously fun, delicious, and memorable trip! I wouldn’t want to come home either… VA is supposed to be in the 20’s this week but 60-70’s next weekend?! I wonder if we’ll ever see snow 😛


8 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 31, 2011 at 8:04 am

What a fantastic vacation! I love watching sunsets at the beach over a cocktail – the ultimate relaxation.


9 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 31, 2011 at 8:10 am

There is a guy like that in Aruba…after 10 years, we have become good friends with him. He calls himself the Aloe Man. The way he says it is more like “all-LOW MAAAN” in this booming voice that you can hear 10 football fields away!

The sweet potato chips, the views, the food, the sand, the time with each other, so happy for you that it’s been an awesome trip. Feels like you just got there like 5 mins ago and you’re already leaving. Sniff. I like home. But not after just 5 days :)


10 JeNn December 31, 2011 at 8:17 am

You said you walked through negrils beaches, were you brave enough to venture through Hedonism? Hahahahaha


11 Angela December 31, 2011 at 8:26 am

Have a safe trip home Kath! Enjoy your book… It was hands down my favorite book, I didn’t realize until I finished it that it was written by a man- I then realized he is a wonderful author because the story was told so effectively and poignantly from a woman’s perspective!!


12 Mom December 31, 2011 at 8:29 am

Cute dress. Everything looks fab but the Virginia mountains are calling you home.


13 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 31, 2011 at 8:33 am

That first picture of the sunrise is absolutely incredible!!!!!!!


14 Amanda December 31, 2011 at 8:35 am

Looks like a wonderful vacation! Would love a full review of the resort (if you’re planning on writing one) as we’re trying to pick a honeymoon spot for next November. You look great in your bikini, Kath!!


15 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio December 31, 2011 at 8:40 am

I love the writing in the sand! I’m glad y’all had and awesome trip.


16 CaitlinHTP December 31, 2011 at 8:44 am

hahaha the cigs guy made me laugh!


17 katie @KatieDid December 31, 2011 at 8:46 am

Everything looks so perfect- the views, all that gorgeous food!, the weather. Was this an anniversary trip, I think that’s what’s written in the sand there? If so, happy anniversary!

And Happy New Year’s! Safe travels home.


18 Emily December 31, 2011 at 8:50 am

you look great in that bikini kath :) also happy anniversary! sounds like you’re having a great time.


19 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 31, 2011 at 8:51 am

What I would give for that tan right now! Safe travels home!


20 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 31, 2011 at 9:02 am

So gorgeous!! Love the looks of Matt’s sushi and that big shrimp pan! What a lovely holiday and that’s so cool that you went snorkelling! Knowing my luck, I’d be “that girl that got all the water in her snorkel” too. 😉


21 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 31, 2011 at 9:04 am

WHat an awesome vacay!! LOVE that dress, p.s.! Safe travels you two :)


22 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 31, 2011 at 9:04 am

Glad you had a great trip! Looks amazing 😀


23 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious December 31, 2011 at 9:06 am

Happy New Year! Have a safe trip home. We all miss you and thank you for posting even on your beautiful vacation.


24 SkinnyRunner December 31, 2011 at 9:07 am

if you’re in negril, thats where we honeymooned.
i hope you found the coconut tree where we etched our initials and faces in it. just kidding, thats way too much work when there’s free mudslides to be drank nearby.


25 Stephanie @ Ultra Ambitious December 31, 2011 at 9:14 am

Mmmm! That dessert bar looks heavenly!


26 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 31, 2011 at 9:15 am

Safe travels home and Happy New Year! I’m off to research tropical vacations now :)


27 Sarah (I Dream of Beets) December 31, 2011 at 9:33 am

Safe travels! I’m motivated to save my money for a beach vacation. Wahoo!


28 Kori December 31, 2011 at 9:33 am

I clicked on the “comments” just as there were 26 posted! :) Your trip looks like it was near perfection, and the food looks terrific! Maybe one day I’ll plan a vacation for the same location. Safe travels on your ride home!


29 kristen @ verbs and vignettes December 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

i can’t wait to read your review of your stay. after my first far-away beach vacation to st. john in november, i’m itching to plan another. :-)


30 Kristabel December 31, 2011 at 9:55 am

You look stunning in all of your pics!


31 Courtney December 31, 2011 at 10:05 am

My boyfriend and I stayed at CSA last year and absolutely LOVED it! This whole week we’ve been reading your posts trying to figure out if that’s where you all were! Glad you and Matt had a great time…it’s so relaxing there! P.S. The cigs guy totally cracks me up!


32 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

That writing on the sand is so pretty! Thats great you got a picture to capture it!


33 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles December 31, 2011 at 10:10 am

Your time in paradise may be over…but the time you shared together will be memories that will stay with you forever!


34 Heather @ Run Eat Play December 31, 2011 at 10:13 am

Looks amazing! But it’s always nice to come home from vacation and sleep in your own bed. Have a safe trip and a Happy New Year!


35 Laurie December 31, 2011 at 10:28 am

So jealous!!!! You guys look great!!! Kath, I wish I looked like you in a bikini! :) Definetly time to get to the gym again! Glad you and Matt had a great vacation and Happy New Year!!!

Oh, if you don’t mind me asking, where did you get your swimsuit and your dress?? Love it!


36 KathEats December 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Old Navy!


37 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 31, 2011 at 10:41 am

I have a life goal to go snorkeling- so jealous of the two of you, not so much drinking sea water part but I bet it was beautiful! ……I hope you two have safe travels on your way back!


38 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money December 31, 2011 at 10:57 am

Can’t wait to hear the behind the scenes! Happy New Year’s Eve!


39 Roxanne December 31, 2011 at 10:58 am

This was a great vacation away from the winter here, have a safe trip home and looking forward to your review. (It’s nice to not miss any posts… only once per day, sometimes I would miss some because you do 3 (I think) per day when you’re here :) then I have to go look for them! LOL)


40 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful time! The sunset photo is beautiful! You can’t go wrong with rum raisin ice cream…one of my favs! Happy New Year!


41 Lynn @ the actor's diet December 31, 2011 at 11:13 am

I’ve never heard of couples swept away before. Will have to check it out!


42 Jen December 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

Kath, you are looking GOOD! Hmm, good branding hey? Maybe Matt should start running down CV’s streets yelling “brreeeeaaadddd” – could be the start of something! :)


43 KathEats December 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm



44 Kate @ Stripes and Polka Dots December 31, 2011 at 11:37 am

You look like you are having an incredible trip! Happy New Year!


45 Angel7 December 31, 2011 at 11:51 am

Love the calligraphy in the sand!

Wishing you and Matt a Healthy, Happy & Prosperous New Year :)



46 Elisabeth December 31, 2011 at 11:59 am

Happy New Year! Hope you have safe travels home :) (as usual, cute bathing suit!)


47 Kavi @ Lab to Fab December 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Gorgeous photos! You really lucked out with the weather!


48 Emily December 31, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Yep, that is a cute swimsuit! All of these photos are making me crave a beach vacation. We looked at Couples, so I’m interested in your review of it. I always hesitate about the all inclusive part of it. Sounds like it was worth it.


49 domesticallyinept December 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm

The food looks amazing! What a nice trip!


50 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 31, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Safe travels home, Kath & Matt!


51 Kelly W December 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Ahh, I totally want to go there now, but am terrified of sting rays, jellyfish and pirate caves! Plus I don’t know how pushy the people are if you don’t like the food/drinks or if you don’t wanna buy any drugs! I guess that’s all part of experiencing something new and sounds totally worth it in the end! Must go now!


52 [email protected] for the Soul December 31, 2011 at 1:33 pm

oh what a wonderful fun post, Kath!!! I LOVED “being” there with you guys lol. It truly makes me excited at the possibility of Hawaii or somewhere like that for our honeymoon, although I’m sure Jamaica & Hawaii are still quite diff. And that first picture is just beautiful! And you look so great in that cute swimsuit! 😉


53 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama December 31, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Thanks for the virtual vacation this week! Happy New Year!


54 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 31, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I can’t wait to hear the other details about your trip and how you chose to go there- I am seriously considering a Jamaican vacation now!
Also- LOVE your bathing suit!! (and you look great in it!)


55 Molly @ RDexposed December 31, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Is Matt happy to leave Red Stripe behind for better beer?


56 Ilane December 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Happy 2012!!!
Someone probably asked this already, but where did you two stay in Jamaica? It is always good to know about nice hotels.
Thanks and safe travels.


57 Erin Hack December 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Forget Jennifer Aniston, I’m going to aspire to have your rockin’ body in 2012! Looks like a fabulous vacation – I’m glad you had a wonderful time. :)


58 erica December 31, 2011 at 6:19 pm

your vacation photos are amazing! :) reminds me that i could use a relaxing vacation too!


59 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I LOVE snorkeling! I’m glad you all have had such a good trip!


60 Luv What You Do December 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Gorgeous pictures today!!!

I can’t get over how fresh and healthy all of the food looks. I am hoping my cruise has some local and healthy options next week! I’m looking forward to those water sunsets!


61 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine December 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Can’t wait for recap !!! Breakfast looks delish !!


62 Denise January 27, 2012 at 2:24 pm

First time visiting you site…I love the photo’s and you taking the time to inspire.
I’m a little late into January..but Happy New Year! – Denise


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