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So excited to share my time at Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona for my sister retreat!  There’s nothing like the warm AZ desert and sunshine at this resort!
Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Hands down one of my favorite places to visit is the gorgeous Four Seasons Scottsdale.  The lush colorful desert landscape, beautiful resort grounds, relaxing pools and fabulous restaurants make for the perfect getaway.  I look forward to every time I have a trip planned here.

My sister and I had our first stay last year and were so excited to come back this year.  See our trip last year HERE.

We had a count down going over a month before our trip, lol!

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Can you tell we were excited?

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

We started our stay with dinner at Talavera.  Can you even handle these buttery hot rolls?  They are literally even better than they look if that is possible.  Still dreaming about them.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

The sea bass was out of this world as was everything we ordered.  The lobster mac was ridiculous in the best way possible.  Chef Mel at Talavera spoiled us rotten with the amazing food we enjoyed.  Loved every minute of it.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

This pool!!!  Took a sunset walk around the resort.  So colorful.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

One of the highlights of our trip is always hanging at the pool in our favorite cabana.  Most relaxing place ever.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Such fun things to order poolside.  These carne asada nachos have my heart.  Amazing!

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Love.  The “No-jito” drink.  All the mojito, no alcohol :)  Minty and fantastic.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Mint ice cream sandwiches YES and YES!

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

We had a fun night shopping and got matching Kendra Scott rings.  Love!!

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Dinner at Proof Restaurant is always a highlight for me!  We had so many delicious dishes…mmm!

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

On our last morning we did a great morning yoga class on Global Wellness Day.

Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

One last breakfast at Proof before heading home.  Nothing but the best memories this weekend.  So happy to spend so much fun time with my sister.  Can’t wait until we can go back!

Disclosure: Four Season hosted part of our weekend, however thoughts are my own.


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So excited to share my experience at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015!
Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

I was so happy to be invited to this magical conference over Mother’s Day weekend.  Being a food blogger, I hadn’t heard much about it other than it’s a massive honor to be invited and there are magical surprises around every corner.  Needless to say I couldn’t even wait for the trip to come!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

The boys and I left Phoenix bright and early Thursday May 8th and arrived in Orlando about 4pm.  We met some of our best friends from CA at the Magical Express.  We were so anxious to arrive at our hotel.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

We pulled up to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.  It was like a breath of fresh air with the Disney magic already starting.  We had to drop off our bags and head to our opening dinner.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

We were a little late arriving to the dinner party since because of our late flight, but we walked through Epcot’s World Showcase doors and couldn’t even believe it.  There were neon lights, buffet tables around the entire building, Disney Characters to take photos with, a DJ playing fun music, lemonade slushy machines and so much more.  It was like overload to all of our senses.  Took a few minutes to take it all in, seriously.  We started with the food.  There was mac and cheese, chicken fingers and mashed potatoes served in cones, cheeseburger egg rolls…those were just a few fun options.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Before the sun went down we ran over to Epcot’s France to grab a Strawberry Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich.  Mmmm :)

After dinner there was a dessert party and private viewing area of the Illuminations Show.  We had 3-D glasses that made every light look like Mickey Mouse ears.  The boys thought it was the coolest thing ever.  We had a long day of travel, so we headed back to our room and crashed.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Photo via Preston Mack

Bright and early Friday morning we had a nice breakfast then headed to the conference room for a day of learning!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

We quickly grabbed our seats and all of the sudden hip hop Mickey comes out with a group of dancers.  It was adorable and so fun.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Photos via Preston Mack

We had the best day of speakers and activities.  Our hosts were  Leanne O’Regan and Mark Daniel who kept popping out with the best giveaways.  Gorgeous Dooney and Bourke Disney hand bags, DisneyWorld VIP tours, Alex and Ani bracelets and even 2 nights in the Cinderella Castle.  It was so exciting seeing bloggers win.

We heard from so many great speakers Friday.

George A. Kalogridis, President, Walt Disney World Resort, Eva Smith, Pinterest, Jonas Rivera, Disney Pixar Animator, Vivienne Harr, STAND, Chris Brogan, Author, Donald Driver, Author and Former NFL player.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

After the Friday sessions, we headed to Magic Kingdom for a few hours.  Love this place!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

We might have had one of these bad boys :)

Disney Moms Social Media Celebration 2015

….and one of these, lol!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Friday night we had a dinner party “Mickey’s Beach Bash.”  Great food beautifully displayed overlooking the water.  So much fun.  So grateful my good friend from CA could join us with her son.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Saturday morning….I’m talking 6:30am we headed to Hollywood Studios to make a video riding The Tower of Terror!  It was such a blast.

Right after we got done with this taping, we got to see a sneak peek of Pixar’s Inside Out.  Seriously adorable.  Wait until you see the “short” right before the movie.  It’s called Lava.  I literally loved it.  Even teared up like a total baby, lol!  So So cute!

We spent the rest of the afternoon at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.  What a treat!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Sunday morning we celebrated Mother’s Day over a beautiful brunch.  Sure love these boys.  Was missing Pax and my husband, but so grateful to have this time with my big boys.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Gorgeous 3 course breakfast and the cutest Mother’s Day Video with children of the attendees.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Before heading to the airport, we had one more afternoon at Magic Kingdom!  So special to be there on Mother’s Day.  The cast members even handed out flowers to all of the women.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

I was so excited to get reservations to Be Our Guest.  Such a lovely dining experience.  The food was delicious and the atmosphere, perfection.

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

This pretty much sums up our trip.  Pure joy!

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

…and there was this :)

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

So grateful to be a part of the celebration this year.  Memories to last a lifetime!  Huge thanks to Leanne O’Reagan, Jamie Langdon, Maria Bailey and all of the wonderful people who worked so hard to make it happen for us :)


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Happy Friday to you! A little chit chat today :)  I feel like it’s been a while!

Chit Chat

If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know that I started a new Disney Instagram called @Disneyhungry.  As some of you know, when we lived in California, we reviewed nearly every restaurant in Disneyland, so I am now sharing those photos on my new page.  No worries, @pickypalate is still my main page, just added a new one for any of you who visit Disneyland with your families!

I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I was invited to the Disney Social Media Mom’s Conference May 7-10th held at DisneyWorld.   This time I get to take my 2 older boys, my girlfriend from California and her son.  We are so excited.  More fun DisneyWorld photos to come :)

LOVING these Linen-Blend Boyfriend Tees from Old Navy!  I literally bought one in almost every color.  Great fitting t-shirt great for summer!  THIS is also a great dress for summer.  I got the pink stripe.

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Front then back sides of cards :)

So excited about my new business cards I ordered from Minted.com.  They have the cutest cards.  If you are in need of any I highly recommend them!

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Anyone else LOVING Alex and Ani bracelets?  My friend Shelly wore them in Orlando in February and have been hooked ever since.  Apparently they are just making their way to the West Coast!  I am sooo going to collect these Disney ones on my upcoming trips!  Yay!!

Make sure you are following me on Instagram for sneak peeks at upcoming recipes and @Disneyhungry if you are Disneyland fans!  Also make sure you are signed up to receive Picky Palate delivered right to your email!

Have a great weekend!  See you Monday with a new recipe!


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Happy Friday! A little chit chat today about my trip to Rocky Point Mexico with the family for Spring Break :)

Rocky Point Mexico

A month or so ago, some of our neighbors and friends invited us to Rocky Point for Spring Break.  I have to say, I have grown up in AZ most of my life and have never been to Mexico.  It’s only a 4 hour drive too!  After some discussing back and forth, we decided, why not, lets try it out this year.

I’m pretty sure, you’ll see by the photos, we had the best time.  I was definitely skeptical and  a little nervous being out of the country with the kids, but are so glad we went. We’ll be making this a tradition every year.

Rocky Point Mexico

We stayed at Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort.  If you check out VRBO, you can search through and find condos to choose from.  The view from the rooms is amazing!
Rocky Point Mexico

We had so much fun beach time with the kids and friends.  The beach is much different that the CA beaches I’m used to.  There are no waves that roll in, however they have banana boat rides and jet ski’s for rent.  I could not get enough of the vendors that walk the beach and sell their goods.  My favorite was the jewelry vendors selling gorgeous silver and turquoise pieces.  Too much fun!

Rocky Point Mexico

One of our favorite daily treats was the mango on a stick.  The boys got theirs plain, but they come with fresh lime and chile seasoning.  Literally to die for!  I’m so making these at home.  We had some of the best homemade tamales on the beach too.  The best part is you don’t have to go anywhere.  The vendors walk the beach most of the day.

Rocky Point Mexico

I’ve got to practice my knife skills, lol!  This baby is so good.

Rocky Point Mexico

My neighbors and friends :)  We tried some amazing Mexican restaurants every night.  Pollo Lucas was our favorite….with Thrify Ice Cream every night.  So much fun cruising the town with these ladies and their families.

Rocky Point Mexico

Hands down my favorite treat of the trip were these homemade churros from Choya or Cholla Mall (I saw it spelled both ways).  It was less than 5 minutes from where we were staying.  Crispy yet custardy in the centers with cinnamon and sugar.  Wish I could get these everyday….well it’s probably best I’ll only have access to them once a year, lol!

Rocky Point Mexico

Such a fun adventure with my little family.  My boys will always remember this vacation.  We can’t wait to go back next year.

Our tips for visiting Rocky Point Mexico with your family:

It’s helpful to go with a group of people who have been before.  I can’t say we’d ever go with just our family alone.

Don’t forget to plan for passports.  If you are driving, the kids 16 and under will need original copies of birth certificates.

Bring your own bottled water, we didn’t drink their water just to be safe.

Bring lots of cash in small bills.  It was a bit of a pain to get money from the bank there.

Bring plenty of snacks from home for your room and beach.

Dental floss in your bag for all of the mangoes you’ll eat :)

Obvious things like keep your car doors locked while you’re out and don’t leave valuables inside.

I’m sure I’ll add to this list as I think of more tips!

…not a sponsored post, just wanted to share our first experience in Rocky Point :)

Have a great weekend!

See you Monday with a new recipe!


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So excited to share my trip to Walt Disney World with you! I always love going to Food Blog Forum!

Walt Disney World

Felt like a little girl so excited crossing the Magic Kingdom welcome on the Magic Express!

Walt Disney World

The Grand Floridian is so beautiful.  Love the Mickey Shaped towels waiting for us :)  My flight got in late in the afternoon, so I had 5 minutes to change and get myself to our first dinner reception.  It was at the Four Seasons.  They did a beautiful job for us.

Walt Disney World

After dinner we made our way over to Magic Kingdom!  Can’t get over how massive Cinderella’s castle is in Orlando.  Our Disneyland one is beautiful, but doesn’t come close to this baby!

Walt Disney World

We rode some fun rides and of course stopped to get some churros!!  Left: Angie, Amanda, Leslie and me :)

Walt Disney World

The next morning we listened to the talented and inspiring Food Blog Forum speakers.  Loved all of the colorful Tieks we had on!

Walt Disney World

We had the most amazing lunch at California Grill prepared by what seemed like dozens of Disney Chefs throughout the parks.  Each station had gorgeous plates ready for us.  It was wonderful!!  Photo, Left: Kristan, Shelly, Amanda, me :)

Walt Disney World

This dessert!!  No words.  Decadent chocolate mousse was out of this world.

Walt Disney World

A few of us went back to Magic Kingdom after our last session with Food Blog Forum.  It was rainy, but beautiful!

Walt Disney World

Passed by the colorful Electrical Parade.  Love it!

Walt Disney World

On our way out stopped for ice cream.  Not sure mine was big enough, lol!

Walt Disney World

Last Sunday we had all day to just play at the parks.  We started with Mickey Waffles for breakfast of course, lol!

Walt Disney World

First stop was Hollywood Studios and…..Tower of Terror.  Oh my goodness this ride is beyond terrifying.  Looks like I’m laughing but I’m screaming beyond bloody murder, ha!

Walt Disney World

We rode some more rides and stopped for this cutest Mickey Macaron!  Had to wear my Mustard Yellow Tieks to match Minnie.  Ha!

Walt Disney World

It was off to Epcot Center!  We were ready for some good eats around the countries and Soarin’ over California….my favorite ride ever!

Walt Disney World

Couldn’t get over the amazing plant displays they had through the park.  Love!!

Walt Disney World

 One of my favorite stops is always Werther’s Caramel Bakery in Germany!!  I mean look at these cookies!

Walt Disney World

We had soon much fun at Epcot.  Lots of snacking, lots of laughs and so many fun memories.  Photo, Left: Christie, Angie, Kristan, Shelly, Me and Amanda.

Walt Disney World

We celebrated Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil birthday late that night at Les Chefs De France.  We ran back to the monorail with literally no one else in Epcot.  It was pretty awesome.

Huge thanks to Julie, Lindsay, Jaden, Scott, Diane, Todd and the wonderful folks at Disney for all of their hard work to make this event happen.  It is one of my favorite events to attend by far.  So many great memories made.  Can’t wait to go back!


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Happy Saturday to you! A little chit chat coming your way today :)

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I’m getting so excited to go to Walt Disney World next Friday!!  I’m going for the Food Blog Forum and meeting lots of my blogging friends there.  This is one of my favorite events of the year.  I am Disney obsessed and miss living by Disneyland so much.  Guess I’m a little girl at heart, lol!  I might have even ordered THESE shoes to match Minnie Mouse’s shoes :)

Can’t even wait to collect the Disney World Starbucks collector mugs!

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Pax and I had so much fun opening these gorgeous enameled cast iron cookware from Martha Stewart sold at Macy’s.  Not even kidding, it is amazingly gorgeous!  I am excited to share with you the launch of Whim™, an exclusive bedding and dinnerware collection from Martha Stewart available only at Macy’s.

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This is the 8 Qt. Round Casserole in Teal.  How stunning is this?!  Can’t even wait to create a new soup in this fab pot!

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This is the 5 Qt Braiser in Cranberry….so pretty!!  All of these are on sale right now sold at Macy’s.  I also can’t wait to try out the 10″ Cast iron Fry Pan in Cranberry.

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Super excited to try the new Kura smoothie powder in our morning smoothies!  Trying it out this week.

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That’s all for me this week, have a great rest of your weekend!

Can’t wait to share a new recipe first thing Monday!

Disclosure:  I received the Martha Stewart Cookware to review, however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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I thought it would be fun to chit chat about my picks for a Valentine Gift Guide For Her 2015.  These things are some of my current favorite things, hope you enjoy!
Valentine Day Gift Guide for Her 2015

Valentine Day Gift Guide for Her 2015

If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret I am obsessed with Tieks.  I’ve worn them for a little over a year now and still can’t say enough about them.  I kind of live in them daily, lol!  Nothing says love more than a pair of Cardinal Red Tieks.  My newest pair….LOVE them.  They would make the perfect gift!

Valentine Day Gift Guide For Her 2015

Petal Vines Serveware

Anthropology has some AMAZING kitchen ware right now.  I couldn’t ever decide what to post, it’s all amazing!  I’m thinking I’ll be purchasing some of my own Valentine Gifts this year :)

Valentine Gift Guide for Her 2015

Filomena Baking Collection

How cute is this set….also from Anthropologie?!  There’s also THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS.  Now….if guys are reading this, please don’t only get your girl kitchen gifts….add some roses or chocolates with these items.  Trust me on this one :)

Valentine Gift Guide for Her 2015

This cuff!!  Perfection.

Valentine Day Gift Guide For Her 2015

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette is my favorite ever.  The best colors for any occasion.  I highly recommend this one!

Valentine Day Gifts Guide For Her 2015

Open Your Heart Necklace

James Michelle is one of my favorites to get jewelry from.  This adorable heart necklace would make a great gift.

Valentine Day Gift Guide For Her 2015

Lululemon High Times Pant

These leggings!!  Oh my goodness I bought them with some of my Christmas Gift Cards and they are my current favorite leggings.  So comfy and so cute.  THESE and THESE are on my wishlist too.  Trying to justify THIS Hobo bag to put my yoga mat in.  Ha!  Won’t happen, but it’s so cute!

Kate Spade is killing me.  Really cute Valentine things that cost an arm and a leg, but cute none the less.  THIS Love clutch has my heart :)  THIS heart necklace….adorable.  THIS clutch :)

Valentine Day Gift Guide For Her 2015

Still loving my Fitbit Flex!  Tracks how many steps/activity you take per day.  I did take a little break, but I’m back and I am loving it again.  This pink one is adorable!!!  Tory Burch made a bracelet for Fitbit!  How cool is that?

Perfume is ALWAYS a safe gift.  I am loving Florabotanica by Balenciaga right now.  I found it at Sephora when the adorable bottle caught my eye.  It smells as lovely as the bottle is perfection.  It’s a very light floral that layers so nice with my favorite Anthropologie Vanille.  On my wishlist is Flower Market by Replica.

If you still can’t decide what to get HER for Valentine’s Day, go with a great gift card and let her go shopping herself.  Nordstrom would be my first pick.   Sephora and TJ Maxx Gift Cards are great too.  A gift card to a spa day is always well received too!  Good luck!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my picks for Valentine’s Day!  Have a great weekend :)

Valentine Day Gift Guide For Her 2015

Disclosure: I partner with Tieks, however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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It’s Friday! Ahhh, so glad the weekend is here. Welcome to another Chit Chat Day!

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So, I have to say I am so proud of myself so far this year!  I have eaten really healthy this week limiting my sugary snacks that I love so much.  I’ve also given up my Coke Zero….I’m still missing it, ha!  2015 is off to a great start.  I have to admit I did take one bite of THIS yesterday.  But I swear just one bite, lol!

I just got this new Spiralizer in the mail this week.  I have been wanting one for months now.  My friend Shelly posted about hers and I finally ordered one.  Not only does it make awesome vegetable noodles, but the boys and I had so much fun playing with it.  These are zucchini noodles in the photo.  We also make apple noodles.  Kind of loving it.

Chit Chat Forty First Edition

Once I had all of those zucchini noodles spiralized, I tossed them into a hot skillet with a little olive oil and sautéed them for 2 minutes with a pinch of salt and pepper.  I added about 1 teaspoon of teriyaki sauce and topped with some roasted chicken.  These were amazing!!  Seriously took about 10 minutes from start to finish.  Looking forward to playing around more with it.  I had no idea there was a blog that does all spiralizing recipes.  So fun.  Check it out HERE.

 

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One of my other favorite healthy snacks right now is the giant bag of Near Naked Popcorn that we get from Costco.   Minimal calories for giant handfuls, lol!  It has so much flavor.  Check it out for sure.  My 9 year old and I even sprinkle cinnamon on top to shake around.  So good.

Chit Chat Forty First EditionI seriously don’t know what I would do without my Quest Bars.  I have one in the morning about 7am before I go to the gym and it lasts me until at least 10:30am before I need something else.  The Peanut Butter and Jelly variety is my favorite!  It doesn’t taste like a PB&J sandwich.  It’s sweet and salty, but in the best way.  You gotta check these out :)

I finally started doing yoga again.  I always seem to find my way back to it.  I took a year off after we moved back to AZ, but started back up this week.  It feels amazing and it’s by far my favorite way to exercise.  There’s something so great about doing hot yoga.  Looking forward to getting stronger this year.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway that was posted this week.  Over $2500 in prizes!

Be sure to follow Picky Palate along on Instagram too!  My favorite social media page by far!

For some healthy recipe inspiration, be sure to check out my Skinny Palate page!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  Looking forward to sharing a new recipe first thing Monday Morning!

 

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