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Sharing our weekend at the Phoenician Resort Scottsdale Arizona. So happy to beat this Arizona heat in their gorgeous pools and restaurants!

The Phoenician

With the kids having such a short summer we decided to do a really fun “staycation” at The Phoenician Resort instead of heading to California like the rest of Arizona does :) We walked outside of the resort after checking in to see this beautiful view.  Took my breath away knowing we get to play here for the weekend.  Many people asked if it’s a good place to take the kids.  My answer, yes it is!  So many beautiful pools to choose from.  A fun waterslide and splashed that my kids loved.

The Phoenician

We loved the Flight of The Phoenix demonstration where you learn about beautiful Arizona birds.  Pax was obsessed with this beautiful own named Archimedes.  The boys also loved the Koi Fish Feeding where the giant Koi fish would flock.  Quite a fun sight.  So many other activities to choose from too, really something for everyone.

You can find The Phoenician on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Phoenician

Photos via The Phoenician

Their rooms are clean, classy and beautiful with lovely views. Huge bathroom with a great tub.

The Phoenician

After we unpacked our bags, we strolled over to Relish Burger Bistro.  I was really excited to try this with the family.

The Phoenician

My oldest son ordered this Orange Float….it was amazing.  I ordered that delicious wedge salad loaded with blue cheese and bacon.

The Phoenician

My husband ordered the Cobb Burger on a Whole Wheat Bun and I ordered the Cowboy Burger on the Right on a Brioche Bun.  Oh my goodness you guys, these burgers were amazing….and look at that presentation?!  A+ :)

The Phoenician

The highlight of our dinner was definitely the do it yourself s’mores brought right to the table.  I mean, how fun is that?!  The kids thought it was the coolest thing ever…and so did I, lol!

The Phoenician

Poor Pax was not happy he didn’t get a skewer, ha!  Don’t worry, he got plenty of marshmallows to snack on.

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What a treat to enjoy a pool day in one of the Phoenician Cabanas stocked with cold drinks, sunscreen and an Evian mister! (my boy’s favorite)  Felt spoiled for sure.

The Phoenician

We spent lots of time at the splash pad area with the kids.  Pax loved this big water gun :)

The Phoenician

Always good times on a waterslide when it comes to my boys.  Pax even loved going down on dad’s lap.

The Phoenician

More beautiful pool views and snacks.  All delicious!

The Phoenician

Sunday brunch was out of this world at Il Terrazzo.  So much beautiful food to choose from.

The Phoenician

Everywhere I walked there was beautifully prepared dishes for the taking.  Yogurt parfaits, fresh green juice shots, waffles, omelet bar, hot casseroles with bacon, sausage and potatoes.  Seriously the list goes on and on.  I was so frustrated when I was full, because I wanted to try everything, lol!

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Two of my many plates.

The Phoenician

Another highlight for us is The Phoenician Ice Cream Parlor and Cafe.  We visited often.  Breakfast, lunch, pastries and ice cream.  Can’t beat that!

The Phoenician

Pax was so excited for his Mint and Chip Ice Cream Cone.

The Phoenician

So many amazing memories were made at The Phoenician.  So happy to have spent the weekend with my family.  Looking forward to planning another visit in the future.

Disclosure:  This post is in partnership with The Phoenician, however thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 


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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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Sandestin Florida Vacation

Sandestin Florida Vacation

Jun 7, 2015 | Tags:

So excited to share my Sandestin, Florida Vacation with you! Beautiful crystal blue oceans with the softest white sand I’ve ever felt. Amazing!

Can’t say enough about this gorgeous “girls beach trip” I took last month with some of my best blogging friends.  Sandestin is such a great destination for complete relaxation and fun for everyone.

Our beautiful condo! Photo via Amanda

Left: Shawn, Stephanie, Shelly, Amanda, Me, Sommer, Lauren

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Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015

Jun 5, 2015 | Tags:

So excited to share my experience at the 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!
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Rocky Point Mexico

Chit Chat |Rocky Point Mexico

Mar 20, 2015 | Tags: ,

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

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 … Continue Reading »

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World 2015, Food Blog Forum

Mar 6, 2015 | Tags: , ,

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

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

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.

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Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ

Sep 26, 2014 | Tags: ,

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.

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Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Sep 4, 2014 | Tags: ,

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 :)
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