arizona getaway

By May 13, 2015 Travel

ValleyHoRooms1 {our simple + colorful hotel room}

Kaleidescope {the superfood packed + gorgeous pitaya bowl at Kaleidescope Juice}

Last weekend mom and I escaped south to our favorite quick getaway spot – Scottsdale, AZ. We love the guaranteed warm desert weather, quick direct flight, countless great restaurants, and staying at the retro chic Hotel Valley Ho. Perfectly timed to enjoy Mothers Day weekend together, we lounged by the pool, took daily long walks, checked out a couple new restaurants (Kaleidescope Juice and The Montauk) and hit up a few old favorites (we always love Chop Shop, Cafe Zuzu and The Herb Box), went on a mini hike, did a little shopping, and read a foot-tall stack of magazines. We came back feeling relaxed and refreshed, and ready for summer.

At a friends suggestion a few years back, mom and I have stayed at the Hotel Valley Ho a number of times – it’s totally retro-cool but casual, has a great bar and restaurant, is close to everything the Old Town area of the city, and has the friendliest staff. Highly recommended – we love it there!

Arizona {the beautiful + well manicured gardens around the hotel}

WhishVisit {a visit to Whish Body}

ValleyHoRooms {private patios at our hotel}

Union {visited super cool shop For The People}

ValleyHo {fresh limes growing outside our room}

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By April 29, 2015 Beauty

Whish4{whish sugar scrub in lavender, body oil in blueberry, body butter in lemongrass}

Over the past few years my eating habits have grown up a bit. I try to buy organic, love to cook at home, and aim to eat my veggies daily. (Not that I’m ever one to turn down an ice cream cone, but I’ve learned that when I eat well I feel better!) Having learned a lot about all the junk that goes into processed food, it’s made me more aware of what I put in my body as well as what I put on it. I’ve in turn become more picky about what products I use on my face and body, and recently tried out the Whish product line after reading how it was paraben / sulfate / DEA / a-bunch-of-other-junk free.

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 The only problem I’ve had with some all natural products is that they don’t smell the most pleasant, but Whish has completely won me over with it’s delicious and sweet candy-like scent. Since the day it arrived I’ve been a devoted daily body oil user, and have been using the scrub a few times a week in the shower. I very rarely buy the same product twice in hopes that there’s always a newer, nicer, better one to try – but this one is going to be a staple and reordered as soon as it gets low. My skin drinks it up and I feel good knowing I’m wearing a thoughtfully-made all natural product.

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rested

By April 27, 2015 Home

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After almost 2 months of nonstop travel, I’ve been soaking up the past few weeks at home. I’ve really abandoned my little blog space on the web, but have some fun things in the works to get her back up and running regularly. Lately with this spring weather, everything else seems like a priority over spending time here in front of my big bright computer screen. I’ve been extra happy the past few weeks to do the most simple of things – coffee dates with friends, long runs in preparation for my May half-marathon, mosey around Whole Foods and make dinners at home, bike to Sunday brunch with the boyfriend, settle into my apartment…all the little things I don’t always appreciate but missed a lot when I was gone suddenly traveling so much for work!

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on the go

By March 20, 2015 Life, Travel

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These past 2 weeks have been full of so many big things + big trips…another visit to sunny Miami, ringing in my birthday, celebrating at the most fun wedding of 2 dear friends, saying goodbye to a best friend moving far away, a week in California for LA market and to celebrate a friends birthday, and now I’m working in Denver for a few days. With so much bouncing around lately from city to city I’m trying to take it all in and between work commitments enjoy each place I get to visit – trying local foodie favorites and hunting down the best coffee and juice shops, getting outside as much as possible to take in the city and scenery and sunsets, and seeing old friends I don’t get to see often. It’s a lot – but I’m enjoying my work so much so it’s been a fun sort of chaos!

With each trip I’m getting better about packing smart and traveling efficiently, and making the most of my limited time home. While the blog has taken a backseat lately it will morph into a bit of a travel diary until I’m back at home for awhile!

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