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A bit of a confession: I’ve spent the last week on the beach with my family celebrating an early Christmas. I scheduled the previous adventathon posts, packed a bag full of swimming suits and managed to come home with some serious tan lines. I also came home with puffy eyes after saying goodbye to the clan yesterday morning at the Cancun airport.

Internets, I hate goodbyes. I hate them so much I’m known for staying in relationships and jobs long past their expiration date because sweet Moses, goodbye is just so miserable. More than anything else, I absolutely detest telling people I love that “We’ll see each other again soon!” when I’m just trying not to let running mascara and snot collide. I have had enough embarrassing tearful goodbyes in airports to last a lifetime. It also doesn’t help that my brother was mortified and kept saying, “What the hell is wrong with you?” Well, obviously a lot because in that moment I wanted to punch him for leaving. Ah, the bitter sweet love of family. If this image doesn’t say “Merry Christmas,” you aren’t a Donley.

I really, really want to keep this advent celebration chain going, but I don’t have it in me today. So, instead I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes and some vacation photos that make me want to book it back to the border.

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I’d even take him.

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And I’d certainly take him.


And we’d drink a lot more of these. And play more volleyball. And snorkel more (of course, we would hire tour masters from the likes of Kai Kanani Sailing for this) and see thousands more fish and play on a warm beach, where our family is quite honestly at our best.

Fruity Drink

So, if you decide to buck the current cold weather trend near you and enjoy some Christmas cheer a la tropics, may I suggest a Beergarita?

{This recipe is completely stolen from an ex-boyfriend.}

Kelli’s Best Margaritas Ever


1 Corona beer (or other Mexican beer)

1 can of frozen limeade

1 large bottle of tequila

1 large bottle of triple sec

Grand Marnier is optional


In a blender, add the beer, and the can of frozen limeade. Add as much ice as desired. Take the limeade can and fill half way with tequila. Add to blender. Fill again half way with triple sec. Blend. Pour. Float a bit of Grand Marnier on top if you really plan on doing nothing else for the day. Also, you don’t really need the large bottles of booze, but I find them handy to have around. No one has ever turned down a pitcher of these margaritas.

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