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Chit Chat

Happy Friday to you! A little chit chat today ūüôā ¬†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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā ¬†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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā ¬†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.

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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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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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 ūüôā

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‚ĄĘ, 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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā ¬†THIS heart necklace….adorable. ¬†THIS clutch ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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.

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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 ūüôā

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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Hard to believe Christmas will be here so soon! I’ve put together some Christmas gift ideas 2014 for you today! Mostly my favorite things that would make great gifts for the women in your life. A couple of these things are great for the guys too!

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

Loooove the new Poloroid Cameras. ¬†I keep saying I am going to get one and just haven’t yet. ¬†Urban Outfitters has this one and some others available.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

My favorite slow cooker makes a great gift! Love this one from KitchenAid.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

PJ Salvage Hot Chocolate Pants

I also am loving these Home Lounge Pants and this Eat More Cake Mug from PJ Salvage.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

Obsessed with these Red UGG Slippers

These Butter Slipper Socks are a great gift as well. ¬†LOVE these Polka Dot Tights. ¬†Who doesn’t love fun tights?

One of my favorite scents this year is Georgio Armani Si.  Light and so pretty.  Check it out, makes a great gift.  Some of my other favorite scents are Vanille from Antropologie, La Vie Est Belle from Lancome and Nectarine Honey Blossom from Jo Malone.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

These Anthropologie Scalloped Cake Stands!  Beautiful!

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

The boys and I are so excited to try out this Chocolatebar Maker kit.  Check out their fun website HERE for more information.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

I can’t say enough about the Madsen Cycles! ¬†I’ve had my bike since the spring and the boys and I love it. ¬†Can’t wait to go look at neighborhood Christmas lights in the bucket soon!

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

One of our favorite healthy protein bars is Quest Bars. ¬† I love having one of these in the morning and or snack time. ¬†They are packed with protein and oh my gosh they taste great! ¬†Trust me, this would be a great stocking stuffer! ¬†Some of my favorite flavors at Cookies and Cream, Cookie Dough, and Peanut Butter Jelly. ¬†The new S’mores flavor is awesome too. ¬†Tastes like Cookie Dough to me. ¬†Quest Nutrition also started selling healthier chips. ¬†We’ve tried them and really liked them.

 Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

My Tiek obsession continues with these amazing Leopard Print ones! ¬†Can’t even tell you how much I love these ballet flats. ¬†I wear them every single day. ¬†I love dressing them up or wearing with my lounge clothes and they are my favorite travel shoes. ¬†Comfortable and so cute. ¬†They would make the perfect gift if you ask me!

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Love these fun Hello Apparel Hoodies. ¬†I need to add these to my wish list ūüôā

 Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

Love this pretty Albion Fit Pullover.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2014

Kate Spade never lets me down.  I mean, how adorable are these favor bags?!

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….and this fun Kate Spade Mug. ¬†This saying never gets old, lol!

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

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


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Happy Friday to you! Another Chit Chat Edition today ūüôā

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Flour was flying in the kitchen earlier this week with all of the cookies I was making!  Had a fun cookie exchange with some of the ladies in my church Tuesday night.

I made dozens of my Perfect M and M Cookies and Brown Butter Soft Batch Style Gingersnaps.  2 of my absolute favorite cookies.  I highly recommend them for your upcoming parties or cookie exchanges.

I used my friend Amanda’s fun decorating ideas from her post HERE.

I know Thanksgiving is coming up sooooo soon. ¬†I’ve got to remind you, my all-time favorite Stuffing recipe is HERE. ¬†I will be make a double batch for my family. ¬†It is AMAZING ūüôā ¬†Definitely going to try to get as much cooking and baking that I can on Wednesday night. ¬†I could use a good workout Thursday morning before all of the eating festivities begin, lol! ¬†We literally have a Thanksgiving lunch with my family then dinner with my husband’s family. ¬†Hope I can pace myself!

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So, I’ve had my tree up for over a week now! ¬†It was a little early, but for some reason I couldn’t wait to have it up this year. ¬†I went with a red and white candy-ish theme. ¬†Glad we get to enjoy it a few extra weeks ūüôā

Don’t know what’s overcome me…I’ve even started my Christmas shopping. ¬† I am usually queen of procrastination. ¬†It’s kind of a nice change.

Speaking of shopping, I’ve added these Leopard Print Tieks to my list. ¬†If Santa had no budget, these would be on my list too.

How fun are these PJ’s? ¬†Obsessed with polka dots. ¬†PJ Salvage has some really cute prints in their Flannel Pajamas. ¬†The milk and cookies and cake party ones are sooooo fun.

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Trying to explain to my 2 year old Pax that the chocolate chip cookie ornament is NOT to eat is obviously not working.  He tries to eat it daily.

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How fun are these foodie gifts from Minted?  Personalized wrapping paper, sweet framed art and customized kitchen tags.  You can literally include one of your favorite recipes on the wrapping paper.  Looooove these!

I’ve been using Minted¬†for my Christmas Cards for years. ¬†Some of my favorite Christmas Card designs this year: ¬†This one, this one, this one, this one, and this one ūüôā ¬†It all kind of depends on what picture you use right?

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Here’s an outtake of our family photos for Christmas cards this year. ¬†I didn’t end up choosing this one…not sure why I left my pointer finger out while holding my husband’s hand. ¬†Charlie’s Angels? ¬†Brady wasn’t smiling that great either.

Pax would not have smiled if his life depended on it….for the entire photo shoot, looked kind of like a little deer in headlights in all of our pictures, stinker!

I’ll share the photo I ended up using¬†in an upcoming chit chat post.

Don’t forget¬†to sign up to receive Picky Palate recipes right to your email. ¬†I’m starting monthly newsletters with some fun little extras too.

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


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