One of a Kind with Nena & Co

Everyone has seen “the mom bag.” The hideous, filthy, cheerios stuck to the bottom, dried milk on the straps, if you touch it you’ll wake up with a cold the next day, MOM BAG. Yuck. I promised myself I would never carry around one of “those germ infested things.”

And that’s when I found Nena & Co.

Nena & Co has beautiful, high quality, purposeful bags and I had to have one. I loved the One of a Kind collection because I will be honest, I hate showing up places and seeing people with the same exact thing as me. For instance my Apple Phone, can’t people just buy the Samsung Galaxy? Kidding!! But really, I like to have unique things. So I went with Nena & Co One of a Kind convertible bag. The bag is curated from vintage fabrics woven from memory by a Guatemalan artisan up to 10 years ago. Each pattern on the bag is distinctive to the reign when the artisan lives. As if it doesn’t get any cooler than this? Nena & Co then adds hand cut leather to the bags to make them durable, sturdy, and mom approved.

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California Baby Giveaway

California Baby just launched a new 100% Plant-based lotion and it is AMAZING!! And guess what? It’s the first and ONLY 100% USDA certified biobased lotion! It’s free of petroleum contaminants, synthetics! The calendula scent is my absolute favorite! The combination of clary sage and lavender is light and refreshing and the scent stays! It not only helps my dry skin and isn’t over greasy but it made Charlie’s eczema behind his knees completely go away!

Find out more here:

www.californiababy.com/collections/100-biobased-products

And we’re giving away two lotions to one lucky follower! To enter, subscribe to the blog and leave a comment!! Ends on thanksgiving!

Boo Baskets for Sunshine Acres

Every Halloween I have made Charlie a “Boo Basket”. Similarly themed to an Easter Basket, but Halloween themed. This year for Halloween, we decided to spread some love to some foster children. We carried on our Boo Basket tradition to Sunshine Acres. Sunshine Acres provides a loving, wholesome, Christian home for children who are separated from their parents.

Sunshine Acres is a 501 (c) 3 Arizona Qualifying Charitable Organization. This Halloween I have teamed with GoodPop to help raise money for Sunshine Acres foster care children. For every donation, we have some YUMMY incentives. Visit the page here for more information.

A huge thank you to all the companies listed below who made our Boo Baskets such a success this year! We love you!

Here’s what each basket included:

All baskets by Fluf Textile Goods 

Books by Candlewick Press

Children’s Tableware by Re-Play 

Midnight Pajamas by KickeePants

Blankie friends by iPlay Baby

Sun Hats by iPlay Baby

Swim Toys by SwimWays

Chocolate by NibMor

Aveeno Baby Products

Stuffed animal friends by NubyUSA

Shaved ice coupons by Bahama Bucks

Jakes Unlimited Passes

Snacks by Mamma Chia 

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.

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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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 

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)

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

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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!

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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