Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

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My family and I recently visited Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort and let me make this short and simple… you need to go and visit this historic hotel. Not only does it have fantastic history (like a Katharine Hepburn + Spencer Tracy suite that they actually stayed in! gasp…)  but it has an infinity pool overlooking the Catalina mountains, an amazing restaurant on the resort, patios overlooking the desert sunset, jacuzzi hot tubs in the rooms, and spacious SPACIOUS rooms (with fireplaces). Everyone at the resort was so friendly and accommodating, especially Bones, props to him! He always greeted me by “Mrs Abbadessa” with the biggest smile on his face. I can not say enough good things about this resort!

Visit Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort here: http://www.haciendadelsol.com

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The food though…

We had breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Grill at Hacienda del Sol. The food was impeccable, the customer service exceeded expectations, and the views of the Catalina Mountains from the dining room was one for the books. Spencer, the server at the Grill and Jaime, the bartender were so friendly and made the dining experience even better.

For breakfast I had a Bloody Mary and the Smoked Salmon plate. I won’t lie, if Lox is on the menu, I’m ordering it. The Smoked Salmon plate is a Lox plate, with a petit baguette, chive cream cheese, red onion, tomato, capers and plenty of salmon to even have leftovers. I would definitely recommend.

For lunch, I ordered the Green Chile Cioppino. It had Mahi-Mahi, Mussels, Peruvian Potatoes, Green Chiles Tomato, and a Grilled Focaccia to top it off. The Mussels were absolutely to die for… I wanted an entire bowl of just mussels. I would definitely recommend.

For mid day snack, we ordered the Artisanal Cheese Plate. It was filled with Saint Andre, Spanish Manchego and Danish Blue House-made Jam, Marcona Almonds Marinated Olives, Fresh Berries Grilled Focaccia, and Hayden Mills Crackers. It was amazing! I would definitely recommend.

Dinner Recommendations: Fried Octopus and Scallops

Desert Recommendations: Carrot Three Way

Visit Hacienda del Sol The Grill here: http://www.haciendadelsol.com/dining/the-grill

The rooms were so spacious, clean, comfortable and the views out of the patio were amazing during sunsets. The resort is located in the foothills, but it seems like you are in another world in the middle of a desert. The entire resort is secluded, quiet, and super relaxing. There are no city lights or loud city noise.

Room Recommendation: #38 (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn suite)

And if the resort wasn’t enough for you, you can even visit the horses and go horseback riding. Visit them here: http://www.haciendadelsol.com/amenities/horseback-riding/

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Proof Canteen

One super quick question… and I know we’re not “there yet” but, Proof Canteen I️ love you, can I move in?

But seriously…

The most delicious breakfast food I’ve ever tasted, in the most perfect setting.

If you’re in Arizona native, or visiting from out of town, this place is definitely one to visit…

What was on my plate?

I started off breakfast with a Bloody Mary, because that’s my style. It was amazing… perfectly salty and topped with glazed bacon and pickled vegetables. It’s was a good choice.

Okay, but wait… the best part.

The cowboy biscuits and gravy and the huevos rancheros. My favorite of the two? The cowboy plate! It’s served on a hot griddle, with a pouched egg, thick sliced honey ham and the most perfect gravy I’ve ever tasted (sorry mother in law). It was literally the best thing I’ve ever tasted. You must try this!!

Proof Restaurant here:

https://m.fourseasons.com/scottsdale/dining/restaurants/proof/

Find their breakfast menu here: https://m.fourseasons.com/scottsdale/dining/restaurants/restaurant_menus/proof_breakfast/

Christmas at Ryan House

This year for Christmas we decided to make Christmas gifts for 20 children at Ryan House: end of life care for sick children and respite care for medically fragile children.

Watch our video here:

Some of the items included in the Christmas gifts were (pictured above, from top to bottom and left to right):

On top of dresser: Bows by Wunderkin Co and Little Wilde Co., Tweet Treat Snack holders by Ubbi

Top shelf: Baby Teethers by Silichews, Puzzles by Haba, Wooden Rattles by Green Sprouts, Red and Lulu books by Matt Tavares by Candlewick Press, Baby lotions by Erbaviva, (next shelf) Blankets by Kickee Pants, Snap It Up Card Game by Learning Resources, Tableware by Replay, Nano Santa robots by HexBug, Silicone Placemats by Silikids,

Next shelf: Silicone Placemats by JJ Rabbit, toys from B. Toys, Candy from Bulk Candy, Toys from Battat Toys

Next shelf: Ohhnoo Memory Game, Trucks by B.Toys

Pictured in red basket: organic Swaddles from Iplay, Blankie Friend from iplay, Puppets on a Stick by Educational Insights, Singing Friends/ Hugs and Tickle Stuffed Animals from Nuby,

Charlie sitting on: B. TOYS Tent, B Toys music keys, B toys music mat, Batatt Driven Trucks,

To the right of dresser: NuLoom rug

Here are some separate photos of some of the gifts:

Deuteronomy 15:10❤️🎄

A Weekend with Kimpton Amara

My best friend and I recently enjoyed a girls trip away to Sedona accompanied by Charlie too of course. We were lucky enough to stay at the Kimpton Amara.

The drive into just the front entrance is enough of a view to appease anyone. It was absolutely breath taking. Somewhere in between the seasonal changes and the view of the red rock mountain, sits the perfectly hidden and exclusive, Kimpton Amara.

And that was just the beginning….

We became neighbors to the heated infinity pool and hot tub. Walking into the room, we were greeted by a bottle of wine, chips and salsa, and extra bottles of water, as well as a note thanking us for coming to stay. Because let’s be honest, it’s the little things like this is life that matter. The room had the most perfect view of the red rock mountain, the fall trees and the most perfect yard with yellow Adirondack chairs, corn hole bags, and fire pits.

The hotel provided free bike rentals, a free shuttle, and shopping within walking distance!

I could of moved in… this resort is perfect!

Book today: http://www.amararesort.com

The SaltRock dining was also one for the books. Our favorites? The morning mimosas and the Salmon bagel (that comes with a whipped avocado spread).

Hungry anyone?😒

And just in case you needed more pictures to be convinced😘

Minted.com

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I’ll be honest I can never decide how to decorate my house… One day I’m going antique white farm house style… The next day you think I joined the local hippy band ✌🏻 and then add minted.com to the situation and … MIND BLOWN.

Just one simple question… Can I have it all?

My favorite section of Minted.com? The Fine Arts section (find it here:http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1101257&u=1613406&m=17025&urllink=&afftrack= and here http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=396572&u=1613406&m=17025&urllink=&afftrack=

The print I have featured here is called “moo cow” by Emily Gilbert of Richmond Virgina. I chose the print unframed as I already had an IKEA frame that would suit it well.

I won’t lie, I had the hardest time choosing a print. But I went with the cow and I am so happy with my choice. When the package came I was pleasantly surprised by how well it was packaged (I know… it’s the little things that impress me). They even had the print in a plastic sleeve so when dirty little fingers try to grab, they won’t leave Charlie prints everywhere!

Why do I love Minted.com? It’s simple.. they take talented independent artists that produce quality unique items and they form a small community on the web to sell only the best prints and paper products.

If your more decisive than myself and have everything decorated then FINE… maybe you should write a blog! Kidding, but still, you should at least look at their holiday guide here: http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1091723&u=1613406&m=17025&urllink=&afftrack=

BUT WAIT… Anyone have a Christmas exchange and you literally have no idea what to buy the person? We all have Aunt Barb that buys everything for herself…. But I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that a minted.com gift card may be right up her alley!

Buying for a loved one, EASY… minted.com gift card: http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=1101963&u=1613406&m=17025&urllink=&afftrack=

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Mommy who loves to cook

Mommies are by far the easiest to shop for… seriously guys. I mean what don’t we like? Flowers, chocolate, Lululemon, oh yes and ANYTHING to make our lives more convenient….

Just recently I learned to love cooking… Yes thats right I said it. LEARNED TO LOVE. Because its when I realized that I’m the mommy! I get to pick what we eat! Challenge accepted!

For those of you shopping this Christmas for moms that love to cook here are a few items that are my favorite this holiday season!

  1. Nutri bullet:
    1. There are way to many blenders on the market. You go to the blender aisle and your immediately overwhelmed and trying to search for amazon reviews. You then start to realize that the most expensive may not actually be the biggest bang for the buck! Thats why the NutriBullet is my top choice for blenders. Its compact in size, has a super easy and simple assembly, and has a hassle free cleanup. Hassle free? This may be mommy’s only hassle free thing in her life at the moment.
    2. My favorite thing: The extractor blade twists and fits onto any of the NutriBullet cups which allows you to blend and then drink from the same cup, making for less dishes!

You want this perfect blending system: http://amzn.to/2hyH7ah

BUT WAIT…. Mom also wants this:

  1. Veggie Bullet:
    1. I make pasta and I make a lot of pasta…. one of my favorite dishes of all time is a vegetable medley pasta with parmesan. The worst part about this pasta is the fact that you have to individually cut up about 20 different vegetables for it… not kidding. The Veggie Bullet not only made this my favorite pasta all over again but made it simple, fast, and now I’m pretty sure my family is sick of this dish! 😉
    2. The Veggie Bullet has settings for shredding, slicing, and spirilizing… and its not only good for veggies but works with cooked meats, fruits, and even cheeses!
    3. Favorite part about this: Makes meal prepping  SO FAST… second most favorite part? All pieces are top rack dishwasher safe!

Buy the Veggie Bullet here: http://amzn.to/2yCsXIw

Erbaviva 

Mommy skincare that’s shapes and firm without the dreadful gym! 

When baby sleeps… this is what mommy does!

Visit them here: https://erbaviva.com/

Shaping oil: https://erbaviva.com/collections/all-products/products/travel-shaping-oil

  • Made with essential oils to promote circulation and dextoification, also used to help alleviate unwanted water retention

Firming oil: https://erbaviva.com/products/travel-firming-oil

  • Made with a blend of essential oils to Encourage cell regeneration and promote skin elasticity