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Sharing my thoughts on Where to Find The Best Christmas Cards!  For years, I’ve been over the moon with Minted.com.
The Best Christmas CardsIt was an absolute treat to get to work with Jaana of Photography by Jaana at Disneyland Resort last month.  I have always wanted family pictures at Disneyland since I am a total Disney nut.  My dream finally came true and I made it happen!  If you are ever wanting to do the same for your family, I can’t say enough about Jaana.  She was amazing to work with and created the most beautiful pictures for my family.  See my favorites HERE.

As soon as I got my proofs back from Jaana, I knew that I was going to create my Christmas Cards with Minted!  I’ve used them for years and they have the cutest designs and most beautiful cards.

Where To Order The Best Christmas Cards

Love this design I chose for one of my cards, “it’s a Wonderful life.” The foil is so shiny and beautiful!

Where To Order The Best Christmas Cards

How fun is this Destination Luggage Tag Card?  Love this one too 🙂

Where To Order The Best Christmas Cards

I also chose this Sprit of Christmas Card 🙂

Where To Order The Best Christmas Cards

….and the back of the card, lol!  Love this!

Where To Order The Best Christmas Cards

Be sure to check out Minted for your Christmas Cards this year, you’ll be glad you did!  My order came so fast and the cards are so beautiful in person!

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Minted.com.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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Sharing my Girl’s Weekend in Chicago with you today!
Girl's Weekend in Chicago

For the last 5 years or so I’ve been to all of the BlogHer Food cities.  Over the years, I don’t necessarily attend the conference sessions, but meet my girlfriends to sightsee around the city.  This weekend did NOT disappoint in Chicago.  Hands down one of my favorite cities to visit.  Photo, Left: Kristan, Shelly, Amanda and me.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Boarded my plane before the sun rose early Thursday morning headed to meet my friends.  Chicago was chilly that weekend, so lots of jackets, boots and pants!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Photo via Omni Hotel

Took a cab to the Omni Hotel right in the city.  I don’t know how they do it, but the man who helped me into the hotel with my luggage said “Welcome Mrs. Flake.”  I didn’t even tell them I was on my way, ha!  Still a mystery.  They are great!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

The Omni hotel is always amazing to us.  We stayed in a beautiful suite on the 17th floor that overlooked the busy Chicago streets.  I always look forward to sleeping in their dreamy comfortable beds.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

After all of the girls arrived we walked over to XOCO quick service restaurant for some Torta’s and most importantly churros with chocolate dipping sauce.  Everything was amazing.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Photo via the Doughnut Vault

The next morning we made our way to the Doughnut Vault that we’ve heard so much about.  A small little shop inside a business building, but how adorable?

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Let’s just get a few things straight, if there are a number of good doughnut shops around in a new city…..the food bloggers will find them.  There wasn’t an overwhelming amount of doughnuts to choose from, but we did get one of every variety they had.  They were all delicious.  Sampled edges of each, ha!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Up next was Do-Rite Donuts.  We got at least a dozen of their donuts and these were hands down my favorite donuts of the weekend.  The old fashioned cake donuts.  Amazing!!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that after the doughnuts we went to Wildberry for breakfast, lol!  Shared some eggs and enjoyed the brisk Chicago air.  After breakfast, we walked over the the Giant Bean and took some tourist-y pictures as everyone at the bean does 🙂

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

We headed over the the BlogHer Food Conference center to see some of our blogging friends.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Got to chit chat with lots of our food blogging friends that afternoon.  It was great.  Here’s Shelly and I with Liz.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

One of the highlights of the weekend was spontaneously getting tickets to see Janet Jackson in concert!!  No words can describe how much fun it was.  We sang and danced all night to mostly her older 80’s/90’s hits.  Her back up dancers still have my mind blown.  Some of the best dancers I’ve seen.  Even two adorable 12 year old girls that kept up with the adults!  Amazing!  Such a fun night.

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Saturday morning we made our way to The Bongo Room for breakfast.  Take a look at the giant Chocolate French Toast Tower?  How beautiful!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Later that morning we HAD to stop in to Jeni’s Ice Cream.  Amanda and I shared this beauty!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Saturday evening we ventured over to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. for their famous Pizza Pot Pie!  Can you even handle this?  It truly was as good as it looks.  This little restaurant is so fun and quirky.  You walk in to put your name in  and they don’t write your name down, they just memorize your face and come get you when your table is ready.  Note that it’s cash only too.  This is a MUST if you are headed to the city.  Click the link below to see how they serve the pizza pot pie.

Pizza Pot Pie Video!

Girl's Weekend in Chicago

Saturday night Amanda and I made one last doughnut run to Firecakes.  They were delicious, but I have to say Do-Rite was the winner in my book.

So much fun in Chicago.  Can’t wait to go back in the near future!

Disclosure:  Omni hosted our stay at the hotel, however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Happy Friday to you!  I am overdue for a good chit chat today 🙂  I am in Las Vegas this weekend with some of my best blogging friends!  Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat (username picky-palate) to see what we’re up to!  So much good food to try!  I’m finally getting used to Snapchat and have really enjoyed sharing more of my family, and just day to day life.  A little more personable for me than Instagram.  Still love them both though 🙂

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So excited about my new Daniel Wellington Grace Selwyn watch.  Their watches are classic and beautiful.  So excited to wear this this Fall and Winter seasons with jeans and a sweater!  If you are in the market for a new watch, I highly recommend Daniel Wellington.  If you use the code PICKYPALATE you can get 15% off of your order from www.danielwellington.com through September 30th!  Happy shopping!

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I am over the moon excited to share a new website with you…. Ditto.com  You have to check it out.  You choose your favorite designer sunglasses from over 1,000 exceptional designer sunglasses or prescription glasses.  Keep them for as long as you want. Insurance for scratches and wear and tear is included.  Order your next pair when you’re ready. When you receive them, send the last pair back. Shipping is free both ways.  Use the code PICKYPALATE to get your first month for free!  Once you try it out and love it, you only pay $19 per month for unlimited designer sunglasses.  I am so excited about this!

Loving my Built NY products this school year!  Pax sure loves his cute lunch box and I use their lunch boxes and cooler bags all of the time.  Check em’ out!

That’s it for me today, I’ll be running around Las Vegas for the next couple days, be sure to stop by Instagram and Snapchat (picky-palate) to see the fun!

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Have a great weekend!


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Happy Friday! Time for a little Chit Chat 🙂

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OREO is coming out with OREO thins!  Same great cookie, just…thin!  We’ve been snacking on them all week and I must say they are awesome!  Love the thin cookie, but beware it’s easy to pop a dozen in no time at all, lol!  They will be available nationwide beginning Monday, July 13th.

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Anyone else playing with the Apple Watch?!  Kinda LOVING it!  Thoughts?

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Photo via Hellosubscription.com

I was so excited to get to try Try The World!  It’s a monthly subscription of goodies from different countries.  Can’t even tell you how fun it is to open one of these boxes.  I got the Buenes Aires box and it was so fun!  Be sure to to check out their site and try a box for yourself!

Loving THIS tee from Hello Apparel!  Fabletics has some fun prints this summer too!  Still some of my favorite athletic wear that I own.

New favorite summer sandals from Madewell.  So comfy and ADORABLE.  Here’s a pic of me wearing them from Insta.

THIS Petunia Pickle Bottoms Tote!  Stay tuned for a fun giveaway soon for this tote!

THIS Cuff from Loren Hope!  Can’t wait to wear THESE fun Cobalt Blue Tieks!

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Pax and I sharing cookies last week.  Love this sweet funny boy!

Have a great weekend, see you Monday with a new recipe!

Be sure to follow us on Instagram, will be posting some fun pics this weekend!


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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!

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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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