Monday, August 12, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA TRAVEL GUIDE...








Some of my girlfriends and I decided to take a girls trip to Scottsdale last month and I had no idea what to expect. I was on board because I needed to venture out of the places that I visit over and over. Life had been pretty crazy as well so I knew it would a great time to take a break and relax. I didn't have any expectations for my trip. I was up to do anything, eat anywhere, ect. The area itself is on the smaller side but I love that because we didn't have to drive more than 20 minutes to go anywhere. In Houston, I could be stuck driving one hour just to meet up with a friend for lunch. We got around in a Lexus GX460 and it was a great ride for us. It was very spacious and rode smoothly. The trip overall was relaxing and so chill. I'm not even going to lie, it was extremely hot. I enjoyed our time there but highly recommend going when it's a little cooler. There are tons of AMAZING restaurants, outdoor activities, and cute little shops. Travel guides have always been extremely helpful for me and I want to start working on more so I organized everything by places to stay, what to do, places to eat, and any other tips to make the trip easier for y'all. 

WHERE TO STAY: 

LOCATION: We stayed at Mountain Shadow Resort and it's was one of my favorite resorts that I've ever stayed. It's really a breath of fresh air when you walk in. It's located centrally, so a lot of things are nearby. As soon as you walk in, there's this stunning view of the mountains. There is a restaurant, bar, and pool on the first floor. 

ROOM & LOBBY: Our room was very spacious. The design was sleek and modern and included everything you would need during your stay. What I appreciate about our rooms was that we actually had connecting doors. Dawn, Sarah, and I shared one room and then Rebekah and Jessica shared another. Even though we had two different rooms, it felt as if we were all together in one big one.  Right outside the lobby was where the beautiful lawn area was. The view there was stunning. There are many guest that have their wedding there so you know that view is breathtaking. Mountain Shadow Resort also has 2 pool and cabanas.We spent the second morning at the pool and it definitely helped cool us down. It's extremely hot in Arizona so a day at the pool was exactly what we needed. 

FOOD & DRINKS: We had breakfast in the restaurant and the food was amazing. Even if you aren't staying at Mountain Shadow Resort, I highly recommend grabbing breakfast/brunch there. There were multiple areas in the lobby that you and your girlfriends could hang out and drink wine too!


PLACES TO EAT/DRINK: 

The restaurants in Scottsdale are honestly all delicious. Most of the restaurants served a huge variety of food and felt light. There wasn't one time that I left the restaurant regretting feeling that I ate a lot of hearty/fatty food. There isn't much to do in Scottsdale but the restaurants make up for it. I would go back just to eat the entire time! 

The Henry: We went to here for dinner our first night and the drinks and food was AMAZING! It is on the higher priced side but worth every penny. Even though it was a higher end restaurant, the vibe was very relax. It gets extremely packed and everyone is mingling with everyone. I got the Bolognese and I would fly back just to have it again.  

Sugar Bowl: One of the cutest little ice cream shops ever! You can get sundaes, milkshakes, bananas splits, pretty much anything your heart desires. They also serve food so you can grab lunch and then dessert. 

Diego Pops: Diego pops is a very hip and lively place, lol. It's a cute little place for lunch, dinner, or drinks. The Poke Bowl there is one of the best that I've ever had. I didn't even order it but tried to go back the next day to have it togo! 

Hash Kitchen: We went here for brunch and everything is "Texas" size. They have a the biggest bloody mary bar, massive French toast, and delicious meals that taste home made. 

Montauk: We ate at Montauk twice and the food and drink there were so good. If you enjoy a good bloody mary, this is the place to get it. The house potato chips and dip, Ahi Poke Salad, and breakfast dishes were so delicious.

The Canal Club: The Canal Club is a very beautiful bar inside of a hotel. The lobby area is white, clean, and modern. If you're looking to sit down and have a few drinks, The Canal Club is the spot to do it. 

THINGS TO DO: 

There are a handful of things to do in Scottsdale. Unfortunately, it was insanely hot so we weren't able to do a lot of things outdoors. If you visit during the cooler months you can go hiking on Camelback Mountain, visit Frank Lloyd Wrights' home, and see the Musuem of Contemporary Arts.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

GETTING ORGANIZED FOR BACK TO SCHOOL...












Liam starts Pre-K in exactly one month from today. These past few weeks I've been trying to organize all of his clothes, books, shoes, and school necessities. When I put Liam in school last year, I was surprised at how many things I had to label for his class and at home. I had bought little stickers from the store but they never stayed on and would wash off under the water. I got to the point where I was labeling everything in a permanent marker and it probably wasn't the best decision because it doesn't come off at all.

This year, I'm using labels from Stuck On You and it has already been a game changer. Liam's school requires us to bring extra clothes incase they have an accident and Stuck On You happens to make labels (sticker or iron on option) specifically for clothes. I've also been using these labels to put on his books, crayon boxes, and dividing Liam and Chloe's things at home. 

When it comes to school accessaries, I knew that it would make it easier for everyone to grab this personalized backpack and bento box for lunch. This bento box organizes all of Liam's food so well. There is a section for vegetable, dairy, proteins, fruit, and grains. The tray makes it easy to organize and also helps ensure that I'm packing all of the right foods. I'm learning that Liam enjoys snacking on smaller portions of food for lunch versus giving him one massive meals. I think it also makes it easier for Liam to pick at finger foods like strawberries, cut up broccoli, cheese, ect. 

One of Liam's homework this summer is learning how to spell and write his name. We've been working on spelling his name and he has it down. Next up is writing it out. If he's anything like me, he'll have pretty handwriting, if he's like Tommy, it'll be very very hard to read. I have one month to get this down! What are you moms most excited for when school starts again? I'm excited for Liam to start this next chapter and I'm ready to get some alone time to refresh. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie

*Thank you Stuck On You for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own








 

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