So excited to share my stay at The Magnolia House in Texas from a couple months ago. What a dream!
Left Top Row: Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod, Sarah of Pretty Providence, Me, Kristen of Six Sister’s Stuff, Kristyn of Lil Luna, Jennifer of Tater Tots and Jello.
Left Bottom Row: Kelli of Lolly Jane and Kristen of Capturing Joy.
Had the best weekend with these talented ladies. We were lucky enough to be able to stay in The Magnolia House which is next to impossible to get a reservation. I soaked in every second in this beautiful home and weekend!
If you are a Fixer Upper fan, you know that Joanna Gaines has impeccable taste. There was no detail left undone.
This little sitting area was near the front door. Love!
Charming little living room area. I need to find this chandelier 🙂
This bathroom was so gorgeous. I’ve got to get this tile, so pretty!
Bathtub area on the first floor.
This reading nook on the first floor was one of my favorites, perfect.
The kitchen was lovely. They had pastries for us in the morning we heated up in the oven.
The dining room table perfectly set.
The kitchen shelves, love this look.
Here’s the other side across from the sink.
How dreamy is this bedroom?! I got to sleep in this one.
A corner in the dreamy bedroom 🙂
The upstairs bedroom. Can you even handle this canopy bed?!
One of the corners in a downstairs bedroom.
We were all so excited to go shopping at Magnolia Market. If you’ve been to Disneyland on it’s busiest day, times that by two and that’s what it was like inside, lol! Not even kidding. It was hard to even shop there were so many people around. I still had fun, but good grief there were zillions of people!
On the rooftop of the Market. We were lucky enough to get a private tour and got to check out the view from the rooftop. This is such a great place for families. Wish it were closer to AZ!
Rooftop picture with my girls 🙂
Picture of the giant Silos from the rooftop.
More rooftop pics.
Inside of the market. I really enjoyed the goodies for sale. It was just so frustrating because I had no room to ship anything. Oh well, it was fun to window shop 🙂
We also got to meet this adorable couple that owns this Pokey-O Cookie Truck. These ice cream cookie sandwiches were a highlight of the trip for sure!
Snickerdoodle Cookies with Butterfinger Ice Cream. Whoa!!!
Another highlight was getting to meet Clint and his wife at their shop. Harper and Co. Great times!
So grateful I got to spend time with these ladies at the Magnolia House.
Sharing a New York City Weekend For Foodies today! It’s no secret that NYC is one of my all-time favorite cities to visit. Everything about it just makes me so happy. The food, the views, the energy. It’s contagious. Had a blast putting together my favorite eats over the last few years. Hope you enjoy!
If you are looking an amazing car service to get around NYC I highly recommend Blacklane. My husband and I had the best experience using their service to and from the airport. If you need chauffeur service, they’ve got that too. We were really impressed.
When I saw these gorgeous Rainbow Bagels on Instagram, I knew I had to hunt them down. Amanda and I took the subway to Brooklyn, found The Bagel Store and enjoyed these colorful gems. So fun to photograph too!
One of my newest discoveries are these Nutella Stuffed Churros from Boqueria. I also spotted these on Instagram and while I was in town with my husband last month hunted the little restaurant down. You should know, Boqueria is a small plates/tapas restaurant, they sell cheese and wine…..and these churros. We only ordered the churros and oh my goodness I am hooked for life!
One of my favorite stays in NYC has hands down been Waldorf Astoria Towers. This hotel had so much charm, I could hardly stand it. I enjoyed some of their red velvet cupcakes last month with my husband 🙂 Wait until you see their Sunday Brunch a few pictures down.
I have to give a huge shout out to Matt Bernson Shoes. I wore my Matt Bernson Colt boots all day last month with my husband. We tracked it and we walked 11 miles that day. These boots were so comfortable and I couldn’t have been happier with them. Check out Matt Bernson next time you are in the city and online! One of my very favorite shoe brands.
This ice cream cone from Emack and Bolio’s is about the coolest cone around. They literally add crispie treats of all kinds to their waffle cones. Plus the ice cream is all homemade and absolutely delicious. I believe I got the S’moreo. Yum!
10 Below Ice Cream makes gorgeous rolled ice cream creations as you can see are drop dead gorgeous. You get to watch them prepare your ice cream on a frozen slat and roll it right up. Really enjoyed this one.
Max Brenner has been a long time favorite. From their crazy waffles, amazing milkshakes to this make your own chocolate layered cake. I always recommend a Max Brenner experience while in NYC. Not photo’d here, but you HAVE to order the 80’s milkshake. A homemade magic shell on top….to die for.
Dominique Ansel Bakery is also a must visit. This Frozen S’more on a stick is so much fun. They also have the famous cookie shots….that I still haven’t had yet and they’re home of the delicious Cronut! Check em’ out.
Ramen.co has this Ramen Burger that was so crazy good you just have to try it yourself!!
Space Market by NYU has the most amazing bagel sandwiches. It’s like a cute little market where you can grocery shop, but they have a sandwich area you can place an order through dinnertime. Amanda and I ordered this egg, cheese, avocado and bacon bagel. Amazing!
Black Tap has taken the internet by storm with their gorgeous milkshakes. Have you seen anything more beautiful?! We’ve got their Cookie Milkshake, Birthday Cake, Sweet and Salty and Cotton Candy. Be prepared to have quite a line waiting to get into their restaurant. Line up before they open, that’s going to be your best bet. Good luck!!
Black Tap also offers some of the best burgers I’ve ever had. This Pizza Burger had us all drooling!
Sarabeth’s is a beautiful place to enjoy breakfast. Right across from Central Park, it’s quite magical.
Levain Bakery is one of those places where your cookie dreams come true. Not even kidding. Their chocolate peanut butter chip is the best cookie I’ve ever had.
Hands down, best chocolate dipped cone in the city. Plus, it’s close to the Friend’s building and amazing walking around through Greenwich Village.
Del Frisco’s Grille knocked our socks off with their gorgeous cheeseburger, fries and appetizers. What a fun place, I highly recommend this one!!
Boulton and Watt is a new to me location that literally blew me away. We went for brunch and stayed for these cutie pie Salted Caramel Ice Cream Cones. To die for!!
Another Boulton and Watt favorite was this baked grits with chorizo and pouched egg on top. Can’t wait to visit here again. Such a great restaurant.
You kind of HAVE to get a NYC black and white cookie. Found this one while walking through China Town 🙂
Eggloo is a new ice cream shop that opened up February 2016. I was so happy to get to try it last month. Soft crispy warm waffle cone with your choice of ice cream and toppings. Really fun!
Chelsea Market is home to so many great restaurants. I highly recommend Creamline. Amazing burgers, milkshakes and not even kidding the best fried Oreo’s I’ve ever had. Other things to not miss in Chelsea Market, the street tacos at Los Tacos no 1, Amy’s Bread has the best Yellow Cake with Pink Frosting around, Fat Witch Brownies and Eleni’s for baked goods. Such a great place to visit, it’s a must every time if you ask me 🙂
Waffles and Dinges Food Truck is not to be missed. Can’t even handle this Nutella and Ice Cream topped Belgian Waffle!!
The Waldorf Astoria has the most beautiful Sunday Brunch I have ever experienced. Gorgeous food choices presented and served by the chef’s dressed in their whites. This is something you’ve got to experience at some point. I’ll never forget this dining experience and hope to go back.
My husband and I were walking through Tribeca and came up on this adorable bakery, cafe called Maman. They’ve got all kinds of beautiful food choices, but we sampled their homemade Oreo Cookies. So glad we did. These were amazing!
Another beauty from Space Market. Chose a Turkey, cheese, tomato, lettuce and red pepper bagel sandwich. You can’t go wrong at Space Market!
Laconda Verde has a beautiful Brunch. Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and gorgeous goat cheese zucchini fritatta. Great choice for brunch.
Sugar and Plumm is the most adorable bakery and cafe. This French Toast Stack was a huge hit. Love it here.
Treat House some adorable rice krispie treats! Such a cute place to visit for some sweet treats.
Parm is this adorable little Italian restaurant I visited a few years ago with Amanda. Their Chicken Parmesan was out of this world. Fun place to visit in Little Italy.
Magnolia Bakery is an adorable bakery, fun to visit and sample all of their delicious cupcakes and baked goods.
There is no better doughnuts than Doughnut Plant. Don’t miss these bad boys. My favorite it the Creme Brûlée.
PIN For Later 🙂
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!!
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 🙂
We headed over the the BlogHer Food Conference center to see some of our blogging friends.
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.
Saturday morning we made our way to The Bongo Room for breakfast. Take a look at the giant Chocolate French Toast Tower? How beautiful!
Later that morning we HAD to stop in to Jeni’s Ice Cream. Amanda and I shared this beauty!
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.
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.
Thrilled to share my Four Seasons Las Vegas Girl’s Trip with you today. The hotel, the food, the shows, the shopping….when can I go back?
Last weekend was pretty epic. The Four Seasons, Las Vegas, these amazing girls, THE FOOD, the shopping, shows…so many great memories it’s hard to know where to even begin!
Photo via Four Seasons
Since Las Vegas isn’t horribly far from Arizona I decided to drive since I had all of our gift bags, seemed like an easier option. It was like a breath of fresh air pulling up to this gorgeous driveway. Sure didn’t feel like the crazy Vegas strip 🙂
Photo via Four Seasons
Our rooms were beautiful! Here’s a great photo from the Four Seasons, Las Vegas website.
We had these beautiful chocolate drizzled cake pops waiting for us with a personalized card. Love!
For the love of Tieks! By far my favorite travel shoe. Look at all of our fun colors! Yay for Tieks.
So in love with my Petunia Pickle Bottom Tote. I use them for daily errands not to mention it’s my favorite pool bag! How adorable are these Woven Pear socks? Obsessed with my new MZ Wallace bag too. Felt so spoiled!
Amanda and I ready for our first day in Vegas! It’s always so fun when we get together 🙂
We headed for breakfast at Hash House a Go Go at the LINQ Hotel….is this real life?! Their portions aren’t ginormous or anything. Lol!
Quick snacks from The Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay Hotel. AMAZING french fries and shakes!
Friday night was so much fun. Sang and danced the whole night to all of our favorites from Britney. The show was awesome!
Photo via Four Seasons
The next morning we had brunch at Four Season’s Veranda. How amazing is their outside patio area.
Here’s a shot of one of my many plates, lol! The custom doughnuts, pastries, fruit…all of it. Gimme!
Photo via Four Seasons
After breakfast, we spend the next couple hours at The Four Seasons gorgeous pool.
We even had our own private cabana. Heaven.
You know we ordered poolside nachos and french fries, lol! Yes, these were amazing!
Our fun MZ Wallace Bags! These colors!
Giant cookies from Hershey’s Chocolate World in New York New York Hotel 🙂
Later that afternoon, it was back to Four Seasons for small plates and drinks at PRESS. We had so much fun munching on these fabulous plates together. It was all just as amazing as it looked!
Later that night, before going to “O” Cirque du Soleil, we did a little shopping at the Bellagio. Stephanie and I with our Chanel bags 🙂
Ready for the show to start! We loved it.
After the show we had a massive dessert party with Retro Bakery goodies. Her cupcakes and cookies are like no other! So fun!
PJ/dessert party in our matching P.J. Salvage Jelly Bean flannels 🙂
I almost shed a tear having to leave the beautiful Four Seasons Las, Vegas. The service is impeccable and you are in your own little oasis that feels nothing like your typical Las Vegas strip hotel. I can hardly wait to visit again.
Huge thanks to these amazing brands who made our trip so special: Four Seasons Las Vegas, Sabra Hummus, Petunia Pickle Bottom, MZ Wallace, Tieks, Lulu Frost, Loren Hope, Miranda Frye Jewelry, Minted.com, Tokyo Milk, Hello Apparel, Bella Cotton Candy Maker, P.J. Salvage, KitchenAid, Retro Bakery, Tillamook, Nestle, Planters, Bon Apetit Pizza and Martha White.
Sharing our weekend at the Phoenician Resort Scottsdale Arizona. So happy to beat this Arizona heat in their gorgeous pools and restaurants!
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.
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.
Photos via The Phoenician
Their rooms are clean, classy and beautiful with lovely views. Huge bathroom with a great tub.
After we unpacked our bags, we strolled over to Relish Burger Bistro. I was really excited to try this with the family.
My oldest son ordered this Orange Float….it was amazing. I ordered that delicious wedge salad loaded with blue cheese and bacon.
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 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!
Poor Pax was not happy he didn’t get a skewer, ha! Don’t worry, he got plenty of marshmallows to snack on.
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.
We spent lots of time at the splash pad area with the kids. Pax loved this big water gun 🙂
Always good times on a waterslide when it comes to my boys. Pax even loved going down on dad’s lap.
More beautiful pool views and snacks. All delicious!
Sunday brunch was out of this world at Il Terrazzo. So much beautiful food to choose from.
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!
Two of my many plates.
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!
Pax was so excited for his Mint and Chip Ice Cream Cone.
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.
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!
Can you tell we were excited?
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.
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.
This pool!!! Took a sunset walk around the resort. So colorful.
One of the highlights of our trip is always hanging at the pool in our favorite cabana. Most relaxing place ever.
Such fun things to order poolside. These carne asada nachos have my heart. Amazing!
Love. The “No-jito” drink. All the mojito, no alcohol 🙂 Minty and fantastic.
Mint ice cream sandwiches YES and YES!
We had a fun night shopping and got matching Kendra Scott rings. Love!!
Dinner at Proof Restaurant is always a highlight for me! We had so many delicious dishes…mmm!
On our last morning we did a great morning yoga class on Global Wellness Day.
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.
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
When we arrived, we got a bite to eat then headed straight to the beach for a Gourmet S’mores Party. Best night ever.
The next morning we enjoyed one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had at Sunset Bay Cafe. The Banana Brûlée French Toast, the crazy potato fries and THAT CINNAMON ROLL. Oh my goodness, the best!
After breakfast, it was time for Paddle Boarding with YOLO!
We did it! It was so windy, but so glad I finally got to try it with these girls!
Next up was lunch at Marina Bar and Grill. Can you believe the size of this fabulous burger?!
After lunch we came back to our condo, had some downtime and got ready for a 5 course dinner from Sandestin’s new Executive Chef, Javier Rosa. Literally one of the best meals I’ve had.
Breakfast the next morning from Another Broken Egg Cafe 🙂 Nom Nom Nom.
Such a fun lunch at The Beach House Restaurant. Right on the water with the most beautiful views of the beach.
Here we are right before our last dinner. Sure love these ladies!
We enjoyed our last dinner at Marlin Grill. Beautiful restaurant, fabulous food!
PJ Party was a must. I have the best memories of this girls trip. Can’t wait to plan another trip to Sandestin with my family in the near future!
Huge thanks to Amanda and the fabulous Sandestin reps who made this possible.
Be sure to enter to win a trip to Sandestin below! Good luck!
- 3 day / 2 night stay for 2 (See official contest rules for details.)
- 1 Round of Golf for 2 (Baytowne, Raven, or The Links)
- 2 Breakfasts for 2 at Sunset Bay Café (1 entrée + 1 Bloody Mary or Mimosa per person)
- Beach chair + umbrella set up for 1 day
- $100 Gift Certificate to Marlin Grill
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
After the Friday sessions, we headed to Magic Kingdom for a few hours. Love this place!
We might have had one of these bad boys 🙂
….and one of these, lol!
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.
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!
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.
Gorgeous 3 course breakfast and the cutest Mother’s Day Video with children of the attendees.
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.
I was so excited to get reservations to Be Our Guest. Such a lovely dining experience. The food was delicious and the atmosphere, perfection.
This pretty much sums up our trip. Pure joy!
…and there was this 🙂
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 🙂