So grateful for my sister retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ last weekend. Sunshine, good food and total relaxation.
Last weekend my sister and I had a stay cation at the beautiful Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ. When I want to get away, there is no other place I’d rather be. So many fun memories made with my sister over the weekend. Grateful for every minute!
We had breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants, Proof. It has the most lovely breakfast spread. Pretty much anything you’d want for breakfast, they’ve got it.
This was the view from our Casita. It over looked the gorgeous pool and mountains.
Shortly after we arrived, room service brought us this gorgeous cutting board of cheeses, meats, olives, toast, honey and nuts. We kinda were in love with this!
We enjoyed dinner Friday night at Proof Restaurant and their Pretzel Knots might be one of the best things I’ve eaten. Oh my goodness I want another order We also had dinner at Talavera Saturday night which is also amazing! Take a look at these gorgeous buttery brioche rolls.
After dinner Friday night, we put our PJ’s on, ordered oodles of desserts and watched a chick flick. The Other Women. What a crack up! Laughed so hard.
Saturday morning we had the most amazing hot stone massage at the Four Seasons Spa. It was a first for both of us. Best massage we’ve ever had!
Saturday afternoon was spent in our own private cabana. We got our favorite magazines and ordered our favorite appetizers.
The Carne Asada Nachos behind our Coke Zeros are literally the best nachos I’ve ever had. The cilantro jalapeño hummus is to die for too What a treat hanging by the pool Saturday with all of this fun food!
Our last afternoon by the pool we had to snack on this cute little bucket of perfect French fries…..and maybe the nachos
Four Seasons Scottsdale is my happy get away in Arizona. Feels like I’m on vacation without hopping on an airplane. Nothing better! So grateful for this sister weekend!
Thrilled to share the fun we had at Universal Studios Orlando Florida for the Family Forward event!
Last week we took off for the long Labor Day weekend with 2 of our 3 boys (Pax stayed home with grandma) to Orlando! The boys got to sit in the pilot chairs. We were off to a great start!
The boys were over the moon to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios. I could not get over how realistic everything looked! Literally was like walking through the movie. Love this dragon sitting on top of Gringotts Bank
We got to try Butterbeer and Butterbeer ice cream for the first time. Let’s just say we had our fair share during our time in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, lol!
Another highlight of our trip was getting to prepare a delicious pasta salad with our family and Barilla as part of their Share The Table program! It has been a pleasure partnering with Barilla this year to spread the word that meaningful mealtimes help families feel closer, be healthier and even appreciate each other more.
There was a “Share The Table” photo booth….we took full advantage of being goofy together
Later that night we saw The Blue Man Show Group! Oh my gosh, we loved it. The boys were cracking up the entire show….so was my husband and I. Great for the whole family.
Saturday morning we were greeted by all of the Universal characters and got to walk the red carpet to meet them all. I am obsessed with photos, so this was a dream for me. Hello, it’s Optimus Prime!!
Couldn’t pass up a selfie with a minion, the gang from Simpson’s and of course Sponge Bob. Fun times.
Honeydukes Candy Shop in Hogsmeade was literally a dream. The colors, the candy….everything! Loved shopping through this place.
We heard so much about the giant Simpsons donut that we had to try it for ourselves. It did NOT disappoint!
Cookie Dough Fudge in the middle of Hogsmeade. Love!!
We had a very special night at Give Kids The World. This magical ice cream parlor serves ice cream to it’s guests morning noon and night. What a dream
This was truly a dream weekend with our big boys. We sure missed Pax, but he had fun with grandma while we were gone We hope to make it back to Orlando in the near future. So many fun memories with the family.
This information taken from Share the Table: Benefits of Family Dinner for Parents and Children, a study by Dr. William Doherty.
I am thrilled to share our tips for creating meaningful moments on family vacation today! There’s nothing I love more than heading out of town with my crew of boys on a new adventure. We are counting down the days to our next family vacation to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in a couple weeks with Mom It Forward. Stay tuned for our newest adventures!
Involve the kids in planning your family vacation. Show them pictures of where you are going, let them pick some of the activities and start a countdown calendar to get everyone excited!
Aug 15, 2014 | Tags: chit chat
Happy Friday to you!! Today, I am talking a little about my daily Make Up routine, since some of you have requested this post
Let’s talk about pre-make up first. I wish I could say that I use a really fancy face cleanser to wash my face but unfortunately I don’t. I wash my face in the shower….eeek I know, I am working on finding a great system. I’ve been curious about the Chanel cleansing products. It’s on my list to check out.
Right after I get out of the shower and I’ve dried my face, I use one drop of pure Argan Oil underneath my eyes. I am not kidding this stuff works wonders. It has been the best results I’ve ever actually witnessed work for reducing wrinkles under the eyes. It’s not very expensive either. I go up to the health store by my house and they carry it. Any pure argan oil will do the trick. Doesn’t have to be this exact brand. After I use the argan oil under my eyes, I use the Oil of Olay Regenerist cream as my main moisturizer. I’ve used this for YEARS. I’ve tried other expensive moisturizers and I always come back to this one. It’s the best drug store moisturizer around. Note: Some friends I know can get away with using argan oil all over their face as their moisturizer. I tried it and it just didn’t work for me. Too oily for my whole face. I prefer it just under my eyes and my decollate
Aug 8, 2014 | Tags: chit chat
Our summer break is officially over. I can’t even believe how fast it all went by. We are on day 3 of school and the boys are having a great new school year. Pax is sure missing his brothers being home. Are most of you still enjoying summer? I feel …
Aug 1, 2014 | Tags: chit chat
Happy Friday to you! A little chit chat today
Can’t believe this is our last official weekend of summer break around here. My boys start school next week, eeeek!
I can’t say enough about our staycation last weekend at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ at Troon North. The kids start school in a few weeks so it was the perfect timing to squeeze in one last little getaway as a family.
I was so excited to explore Arizona over Memorial Day weekend with my family! We took off nice and early and headed to Sedona to the Enchantment Resort. It had been years since I’d been. Just to be clear this is not a sponsored post, just a family weekend getaway I wanted to share with you!
Jun 20, 2014
You might remember a couple months ago when I wrote about making time for family meal time. I have been trying to make it a goal to sit down together more often during the busy week with my family.
I’d say overall we’ve been doing pretty good. Not perfect by any means, but doing it more often.
One of the things Dr. William Doherty who has studied the importance of family mealtime recommended was to have the kids help clean up after the meal.