Arizona Resorts, Uncategorized

Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa

My family and I recently visited Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa over the weekend. The resort is located in the heart of Paradise Valley and is the picture-perfect getaway. The resort is styled to resemble Spain, and walking onto the property made me feel although I had left Arizona completely. Walking through the resort is literally breathtaking, quite possibly the most beautiful resort in Arizona. With its essence combining Spain and luxury, the resort also holds one of the most amazing views of the Camelback Mountains.

Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa features three pools, 23 cabanas, poolside dining service, and a view of the Camelback Mountains that will leave you staring. The Kasbah pool was my favorite, as its kid friendly. It features poolside cabanas with full service as well. We invited some of our friends to join us in the cabana. The cabana was misted, provided seating for up to six people, had full towel service, our own personal cabana attendant, and included poolside chips & Salsa and a fruit platter. I wish I had known about the cabanas at Omni as they would make for the perfect bridal/bachelorette get together. The poolside dining was also amazing. I would recommend the Buffalo Painkiller (a frozen goddess filled with RumHaven coconut rum, coconut milk, banana puree and nutmeg).

The resort also features several on site restaurants that make it so you never have to (or want to) leave the resort. My personal recommendation would be Taqueria Centro and their Baja Shrimp Tacos. Click here for menu. Oh and if you have kiddos, the kids meals are HUGE! I also loved the Crave Cafe. At the Crave Cafe they make full sized pizzas that you can take down to the pool, and they are only $10! Make sure to check them out!

While at the resort, I had the chance to visit the Joya Spa (the #1 spa in Arizona!). The spa features spa suites as well. The Grand Palace Suite is over 850 sq. feet of space including a king sized bed, treatment tables, a fireplace, flat screen television, private restroom and an infinity bath. The suite doors open to Joya Terrace that includes a rooftop pool with stunning views of Camelback Mountain. If you need a romantic getaway this is the most amazing set up I have ever seen! You can check out the luxury spa suites here.

Another fun things about the resort are their “X trees.” Back in the day, explorers used an X to mark where treasure was, indicating a place where true fantasies are realized. When you arrive at the Omni, make sure you look for the X,  because they really do,  mark the spot.

Overal, this resort was one of the most beautiful resorts I have ever been to. There was nothing I would not recommend here. If you need a romantic getaway away, a girls weekend, or even a family trip, I would hands down recommend Omni Montelucia Resort and Spa.

Gift Guide, Toddlers, Uncategorized

Janie and Jack

Janie and Jack is a clothing line centered on family and special traditions. The brand is known for their classic, timeless, head to toe outfitting that is perfect for children 0-6 old in stores and 0-12 online. From dressy to casual, Jack and Janie  is known for being a leader in children’s fashion. What do we love most about their line? The quality. The clothing upholds, the fabric is sturdy (for all of you that have boys know how important that is), and the style always makes Charlie look his best. Check out Janie and Jack and comment on this blog with your favorite piece!

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Charity, Gift Guide, Uncategorized

Mother’s Day with Maggie’s Place (and also a great Mother’s Day Gift Guide)

For all you needing Mother’s Day Gifts, you may use this blog post as a gift guide, you’re welcome!

This year for Mother’s Day we decided to give a little love to some mommies in need. We donated Mother’s Day gifts to Maggie’s Place. Maggie’s Place is a community that provides houses of hospitality for parenting mothers and pregnant mothers here in Arizona.

Here’s what they included:

Vapour Organic Beauty, Natural Luxury Makeup and Skincare. Safe, Non toxic, and Cruelty free! // Knotty Cards: Probably the funniest, most perfect cards you’ll ever lay eyes on. You’ll never shop Hallmark again.

Best Effin Mom Mug by Loftipop // Knotty Cards: Probably the funniest, most perfect cards you’ll ever lay eyes on. You’ll never shop Hallmark again.

Necklace by Joesph Nogucci // Knotty Cards: Probably the funniest, most perfect cards you’ll ever lay eyes on. You’ll never shop Hallmark again.

Baby Laundry Detergent (which literally smells amazing) by Laundress

Instant Coffee by Alpine Start Food 

Instant Coffee by Alpine Start Food 

Zyliss Kitchen Tools & Gadget 

Arizona Resorts, Arizona wedding venues, Family fun, Getaway, Uncategorized

Loews Ventana Canyon

My family and I spent the weekend at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, a true desert oasis. Surrounded by Saguaros, this resort is one of the top Arizona luxury resorts, It has stunning views of the Catalina Mountain range, and lots of amenities all within the resort itself. .

The resort is absolutely amazing, the customer service is top-of-the-line, and the on site restaurants have impeccable taste.

The resort has one main big pool in the very center of the resort, with poolside service, courtesy sunscreen and towels, for all you mommies that are absent minded like myself, and views of the Catalina Mountains. They also have an adult only pool, in case you want to get away without the kiddos. I would recommend a piña colada poolside!

They have an on-site, lake side spa and I was lucky enough to get a massage! If you go, ask for Peg! She is amazing! It’s the best massage I’ve ever had! Attached to the spa is a full women’s locker room, accompanied with steam room, sauna is, showers, and all the toiletries that you just happened to forget to pack! (They know me so well!)

They also have tennis courts, banquet halls, golf, and an exercise room! The exercise room even has Netflix streaming! Now that’s my kind of working out!

The customer service is top-of-the-line, the staff comes by every night to turn over your room, and provide you with water bottles. They were constantly asking if we needed anything additional, and making sure our stay was pleasant. They even provided Charlie with a cookie making set upon arrival… To which mommy enjoyed some of the dessert as well! (Shh)


The resort has a grass area located in the center by the main pool, with fire pits, corn hole and tables.


Located on the resort is a hiking trail that leads to this waterfall. The hike is not treacherous and kid friendly, which makes it fun for the whole family!


BIll’s Grill is one of the restaurants located poolside. This is the steak nachos that happen to be super amazing and pair perfect with a drink 😉 

Warning: If your hungry, do not proceed any further. Whether you have a taste for grilled salmon and sushi, ribs and BBQ sauce, pork loin and burgers, seasonal grilled vegetables, Loews Ventana Canyon has a dining experience you won’t want to miss. No wonder the brunch is rated #1 in Tucson. The Blues, Brews & BBQ Sunday Brunch is by far the best brunch I’ve ever been to. The food is out of this world.  They have a live blues singer on the patio and a full menu of items such as a sushi table, a dessert table, a pancake machine (what!!!), an omlet bar and so much more. And when I say table, I’m not talking about a little dinky counter… I’m talking about long extended tables with so many choices, so much good food, that you won’t need to eat for days after you eat this brunch. Not only that, but they also have unlimited beers on tap from local breweries. The ambience is amazing, you can sit inside or outside.

The Juice Shot Bar included with your brunch 

The women lake-side spa/locker room with tons of amenities 

Charlie and his Dad 

And if all this wasn’t convincing enough, “Loews Loves Kids” and the proof is evident. The have an onsite “Kids Closet” offering items available for guests to use during their stay. These include toys, books, strollers, night-lights, potty seats, baby bathtub, baby blankets, outlet protectors, and more. The restaurants offer children’s menus with healthy options plus fun books with crayons, all very reasonably priced.

Visit Loews Ventana Canyon today

Arizona Resorts, Arizona wedding venues, Staycation, Uncategorized, Wedding Venues

Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa

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I had the pleasure of visiting Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa this past week and was beyond impressed by the resort. One of the most impressive aspects of this resort is that it combines hotel, spa, golf, on site restaurants, and a wedding venue all in one location.

The resort is located in the desert Arizona landscape in the mountains of Gold Canyon with amazing views of the Superstition Mountains. When you drive up, you enter through unique small roads up the mountain and find casitas lined up, extremely secluded and quiet. Its beautiful and I absolutely love the entire outline of the resort. There are no “seventh story no window views.” Every room is an individual casita like style room, which is unique and intimate all at once.

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Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spa is ranked in the top ten for wedding venues in Arizona. And if you are searching for a place, you must go and get a tour. They have several different wedding venues to choose from, views that are breathtaking, and wedding packages that are affordable, and easy! And… they not only make sure the bride and groom are taken care of, but wedding guests also enjoy full service Resort which includes:  Hotel, Restaurant, Spa & Salon and 2 – 18 hole Championship Golf Courses.  Since when does your wedding party get pampered too? And everything is centrally located, all within the resort! Here are a few pictures of one of the venue options:


They have tons of bistro style lighting (which I just so happen to love).


One of the outdoor places to “say those vows.”


Outdoor wedding reception area

And… when you book a wedding package… it comes with a bridal suite. And… wait for it… the bridal suite is over 1,000 square feet and accompanied with an indoor hot tub, 2 showers, 2 bathrooms, a living room, a master, 2 fireplaces, a washer and dryer, a full size fridge, microwave, stove top, and 2 patios. (Mind blown…) Here are some pictures of the included Bridal Suite with a wedding package:


Outdoor seating area

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Sorry… not included in the room! But had to just say ‘hi!’


Patio off the master area in the bridal suite

And wait… they also have an outdoor pool, and hot tub and it’s within walking distance of every single room in the resort. Here are some shots:

The resort also has golf (and who doesn’t love golf). The resort fee includes unlimited access to range balls as well! Gold Canyon Golf Resort offers two 18-hole Championship golf courses, Dinosaur Mountain and Sidewinder. Dinosaur Mountain is rate one of the top course in Arizona.

And lastly, as if you were not sold yet… They have a quiet, intimate restaurant that overlooks the Superstition Mountains and has some amazing views of the valley sunsets. The Kokopelli Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is also centrally located in the resort.

Visit Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa here!


California Baby

I’m not so sure my patience has ever been tested quite as much as it has been recently… Charlie turned three, and while there was no such thing as terrible twos…terrible threes hit us hard. He tends to get extremely cranky around bedtime, causing mommy to go crazy! We recently tried California baby, overtired and cranky bubble bath and loved it. Not only does it create tons of bubbles which makes Charlie’s bath-time super fun (for him). I won’t lie, those bubble bath potions that produce no bubbles are dumb. It isn’t the case with these!And they smell amazing!!! The smell of chamomile and tangerine soothes him and gets him prepared for bedtime.

Find them here: California Baby Bubble Bath


30th Birthday Dinner

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I can’t believe it… the day actually came… and I turned 29 again! I was lucky enough to have close family and friends over for a birthday dinner. I ordered personalized decorations from Shindigz, it turned out exactly how I wanted it and helped to make the night one of a kind. We sat around the table for hours, stuffed our faces with baked ziti, breaded brie, lemon asparagus, and finished the night off with red velvet cake (that had plenty of candles on top… thanks mom…ha!)

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And just like any party, a piñata was definitely needed..

Instructions for how to fill the most Perfect piñata, thirty birthday style

1. Bootaybag underwear

2. Me bath bombs

3. Impress nails:

4. KISS USA gel nails

5. Candy necklaces

6. Party beads

7. And lastly of course the piñata itself (and only ($15!)

With on

With only 20 calories per can, and 100% of your daily vitamin C, these Purity Organic Sparkling juices were the perfect mixers for the party. Find them here:

Vine Box also helped us to celebrate. Vine box is a monthly wine subscription, so you can get wines from around the world, delivered straight to your door. They come in individual glass bottles perfect for pouring and for friends! Find them here:

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Decor pictured here from Shindigz

Bridge Nine Candle Co. was the perfect addition to the outdoor table set up. Find them here:

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Needing snacks for your party?

Pure growth organic sells some yummy organic sea salt and each chips. Find them here:

Another amazing chip to try is Snikiddy mac n cheese (seriously amazing!) Find them here:

If you like beer and you like tea… and you like FLAVOR … you will love these drinks from Owls Brew. They are perfectly refreshing. Find them here:

Owls Brew also has mixers! These can be paired with Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila. If you visit there site, not only do they tell you all their ingredients but also have drink ideas and pairing ideas. My favorite: Grapefruit Collins (a perfect blend of grapefruit, orange and lemon).

By far one of my favorite drinks currently on the market. I came across Detox Water on Instagram and decided to give it a try (I was on a “health kick”). I won’t lie when I first read about aloe vera in a drink I thought what? Sounds gross… I was sooo wrong. The Pinamint flavor is amazing. Not only is the consistency surprisingly like water (I had expected it to be thicker) but the drink is smooth and not overbearing. I drink one of these when Im feeling a little dehydrated, or when Im coming down with a bug, and it makes me feel so much better. With only 30 calories, and filled to the brim with aloe, electrolytes and vitamins these drinks are amazing. Use code NEWYEARS25 for 25% off your order! Find them here: