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Aug
17
2014

Tips For Capturing Meaningful Moments on Family Vacation

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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!

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!

For starters…

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!


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Family vacations should be fun so enjoy the little mements.  It can be stressful getting everyone ready for the trip, so once you are packed take a deep breath and enjoy the adventure.  Your positivity and attitude will rub off on the entire family.

Family Vacation

Take pictures!  I always regret not having more pictures from our trips, so I warn the family in advance to just let mom take pictures.  It is important and the quicker you smile, the quicker it’s over, lol!

Family Vacation

Take advantage of your hotel’s free activities.  We LOVE hanging at the pool, game room and exploring the hotel grounds!

Family Vacation

Try something new as a family, whether it be a new activity or new restaurant.  These are the things that create lasting memories.

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Family Vacation

Family Vacation

Most importantly don’t expect a perfect family vacation.  I’m not sure there’s such a thing.  The kids will probably fight and even drive you nuts at times.  It’s ok!  Make the best of your time together, limit technology,  and don’t sweat the small stuff.  I remind myself how lucky we are to be able to travel together as a family and laugh…a lot!


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Jul
25
2014

Chit Chat Thirty Third Edition Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

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So excited to share our stay at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ!

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

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.

This Four Seasons is tucked away right next to a gorgeous desert mountain.  Our entire stay, we saw rabbits, geckos vibrant birds and all kinds of other fun wild life.

We spent most of our time hanging by the pool and enjoying the great food at the resort.  It was exactly what I needed!

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

When we arrived, we dropped our bags off at our Casita and scurried over to Proof Restaurant.  We had BBQ, hot buttery pretzel buns and so much more.  I am going to miss having this restaurant a few steps away :)

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

 I mean, come on!  This was where we spent most of the hours of the day.  Heaven.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

 The bright orange striped lounge stairs made me so happy!

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

It was  so much fun to watch my boys have the time of their lives at the pool.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

Seriously some of the best Carne Asada Nachos I’ve ever had were poolside last weekend.  We ordered them both days, lol!

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

 I had to try the French Fries :)  They did NOT disappoint.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

How fun is this drink?!  Tropical fabulousness.   Virgin Mai Tai – strong drink is not for us :)  Shared it with the boys.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

Sunday before we headed home, we spend the entire afternoon in our own personal cabana with misters, ceiling fans, a TV and even a stocked refrigerator.  This was a highlight for the boys….and me :)

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

 I found this adorable heart ring at the gift shop.  Love it!

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

I have to talk about the breakfast at Proof Restaurant.  We went both Saturday and Sunday morning.  One of the most delicious breakfast bars that I’ve had.  So many fun things to choose from.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

 My colorful plate!  Those chocolate croissants were a dream!

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

 Pax loved running down the sidewalks :)

Cullen here – the mountain you see in the background is Pinnacle Peak Park.  I can’t believe I’m a native of AZ and haven’t been on this hike before.  It’s easier than Camelback Mountain but it seems like it’s longer in distance.  And the beauty….this is the prettiest desert landscape of the Phoenix metro area.  On this hike you can see Camelback and Four Peaks.  It’s stunning and I’ll be sure to return.  Four Seasons was smart enough to connect a trail to Pinnacle Peak Park.  The total trip is about 4.25 miles to the end of the trail and back.  It’s a great hike to walk or jog depending on your skill level.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

Proof restaurant makes their own desserts in house.  Homemade ice cream, pies, and these fabulous cookies.  We enjoyed a number of treats during our stay!

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

 Saturday night, we enjoyed a dive in movie with the boys.  Cars 2 poolside was so much fun.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AZ

 

So grateful for this little family of boys of mine.  Grateful for this fun weekend we got to spend together.  Lots of memories made that we won’t forget :)

Disclosure:  Four Seasons Scottsdale hosted our stay and some meals, however thoughts and opinions are our own.  On occasion, we will post about great places to stay.  Sometimes we pay our own way, and sometimes we contact the hotel for accommodations.  


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Enchantment Resort Sedona

Chit Chat Thirty Second Edition Enchantment Resort Sedona

Jul 18, 2014 | Tags: ,

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!

Not even kidding this was the view from our room.  I ordered cookies and milk of course and had to snap a picture to remember this gorgeous view.

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Austin Texas Taco Tour

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Jun 27, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Had so much fun in Austin, Texas last week with Old El Paso.  I am part of their blogger program this year along with 10 more of my blogging friends.  Looking forward to creating fresh new Mexican recipes with them!

Bloggers: Maria, Ali, Summer, Deborah, Melissa, Christy, Me, Vianney and Yvette

Tuesday evening, we had a delicious dinner at La Condessa with some unforgettable food!  From the corn on the cob and bacon brussels sprouts to the carnitas and hot brownie skillet with banana ice cream….I will not soon forget them :)

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Miami, Florida

Chit Chat Twenty Ninth Edition Miami Florida

May 23, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Happy Friday to you! A little re-cap today of my time in Miami Florida last weekend for BlogHer Food Conference :)

It’s always a treat going to the annual BlogHerFood Conference.  It’s in a different city every year and this year…..Miami Florida!  I went with CliqueMe and hosted a couple parties with Amanda.  Here’s my morning view.  Heavenly!!

I arrived Thursday night and we had our first party at 8:30pm.  It was pouring in Miami, but that didn’t stop us, lol!  We had our friends shuttled over to our penthouse for a sushi and ice cream … Continue Reading »

Seaside Florida Trip

Seaside Florida Girls Weekend Trip Plus HUGE Giveaway

May 18, 2014 | Tags:

Seaside Florida Girls Weekend Trip.  Make sure you scroll to the bottom to enter to win your own Seaside beach trip!

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I had the opportunity of visiting the most charming little beach town a couple weekends ago, Seaside, FL with my girlfriends you see pictured above.  Beautiful beaches, incredible restaurants, sight seeing and shopping.  Loved every minute!

Here are some pictures of the gorgeous beach house we stayed in.  Here’s our See Ya Cottage from Cottage Rental Agency, 3 stories, fabulous … Continue Reading »

The Pioneer Woman's Ranch Trip with Land O Lakes

The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch Trip with Land O Lakes

Mar 21, 2014 | Tags:

What a fun few days at The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch with the Land O Lakes® Kitchen Conversation bloggers!

Photo via Julie

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I was at The Pioneer Woman’s Ranch last week!  Still can’t believe I was there, lol!

Kitchen Conversations brings together a really great group of food bloggers including myself, my pal Ree from The Pioneer Woman, Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod, Bridget from Bake at 350, Sommer from A Spicy Perspective, Brenda from A Farmgirls Dabbles, Julie from The Little Kitchen, Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas, … Continue Reading »

Chit Chat Twenty Fourth Edition

Chit Chat Twenty Fourth Edition

Mar 14, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy past couple weeks, lots to chit chat about :)

Last Friday I was on my way to NY to meet Amanda for a fun girls weekend.  We’ve had this planned for a while and I can not tell you how excited I was to go back to the city!  I had my magazines, Tieks and I was ready to go!  Oh and can I just say that I walked ALL day in my Tieks and they didn’t bother my feet even once.  They are the perfect traveling shoes.  So excited to collect more colors :)

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Chit Chat Favorite Sweets and Eats in New York City

Chit Chat Favorite Sweets and Eats in New York City

Mar 7, 2014

Happy Friday! Chit Chat day here at Picky Palate.

I am on my way to NYC this weekend to meet one of my best traveling friends Amanda of Kevin and Amanda.  We have been traveling together for years and one of our favorites is definitely NYC!  Please be warned, my Instagram feed this weekend is going to have LOTS of food pictures and I mean lots.  If you are on a diet, you might want to unfollow me, lol!

I’ve put together some of my favorite places to eat while visiting this weekend.  I intend to eat every single one of these … Continue Reading »

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