Dear June 2017,
June, you definitely cranked up the heat here in Arizona, so it has been a month of water fun! You marked our 9 year wedding anniversary and we were able to enjoy a STAYcation filled with umbrella drinks and poolside lounging. We also had the best time celebrating our daddy bear on Father’s Day and snuck away to the mountains for our first family camping trip. But, don’t let all the fun outdoor adventures fool you, if we weren’t swimming, we were inside basking in air conditioning and the girls enjoyed indoor summer camps! Thank goodness for indoor activities!
We are so excited and thankful to get to enjoy one more month of family fun before school starts, so please be kind, July.
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – June 2017 ::
This trip came at the perfect time. It’s amazing how you don’t realize you need a break from reality until you finally get one! My hubby had a work trip in Sedona, AZ, and so with the help of my parents, we were able to turn it into a kid-free getaway as well. April is a fabulous time to visit Sedona as it offers cooler temps and fabulous outdoor activities!
While my husband spent half days at a work conference, I was extremely blessed with a refreshing few days filled with beautiful hikes, relaxing pool-side quiet time and taking in the incredible 70° Sedona weather. I was also able to enjoy some much-appreciated pampering, quality time with my hubby, and time to reflect and work on me.
As you all requested here is the scoop on our trip, a little Sedona Recap for you! If you are planning an upcoming Sedona vacay you will love these recommendations!
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Now that Arizona has hit the triple digits, splash pad season is upon us. With the amount of time we spend outside and as an Arizona mama of two fair skinned girls, that means we need to take sun protection seriously. One way I do so is always being prepared, and since we are always on the go, I like to keep a splash pad essential bag in my car at all times. This keeps us ready for any adventure that comes our way! I have found that there are a few essential items to have in your bag to keep you SUN-ready, but there is one that you can’t leave home without… Blue Lizard® Australian Sunscreen Baby!
What to pack for your kiddos… Splash Pad Essentials
One of the best parts about going on vacation is trying out new restaurants and not having to cook, can I get an AMEN?! But, when you are a visitor in a new city, it can be challenging to find the best restaurants. Thankfully we were in great hands at The Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, because of their incredible Concierge, Gordon. I seriously can’t say enough wonderful things about Gordon, he ensured a tasty success for every meal we ate on our San Diego family vacation. Thanks to his recommendations we were able to not just enjoy, but absolutely LOVE our dining experiences in San Diego! Gordon listened to our palatal aspirations and was able to provide us with family-friendly locations to eat and explore. He embraced the fact that we were foodies traveling with kids and provided us with unique and memorable dining experiences that were also family-friendly environments. Here is a recap of some of our favorite restaurants that we discovered on our San Diego family vacation.
Where do I even begin?!… Our day at SeaWorld San Diego truly was one of the most wonderful family days we have ever shared together. My husband and I surprised our two daughters with a long weekend getaway to San Diego and SeaWorld. My husband and I both LOVED visiting SeaWorld as a kid, so it was a no-brainer to take our girls as soon as the opportunity arose! Looking back on our day at SeaWorld, I wouldn’t have done anything different: we saw and did everything we wanted! So I thought it would be helpful to share our day of adventures below, plus 10 tips and tricks!
:: Our Day At SeaWorld: How to SEA it all in one day ::
I love jackets, scarfs, hats, gloves and just about anything winter clothes related. So when it comes to picking out adorable winter looks for my girls, I have way too much fun! Contrary to popular belief, Phoenix can still get chilly in the winter. Subzero? No. Teens to 30’s? You betchya. For this reason, I need to get my girls ready for the change in season. For my little ones, I love bundling them up in the marshmallow-like puffer jackets with a coordinating hat. There is nothing cuter in my mind than a BUNDLED marshmallow running around!
My husband and I decided it was time for an official SeaWorld and San Diego vacation with our girls. We were both raised with great memories at Sea World and visiting the beach, so now that our girls are 4.5 and 1.5 years old, it was time to start making memories of our own. When I started researching San Diego hotels, I realized that not a lot of properties promoted luxury and a family friendly environment, until I discovered Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. It is a gorgeous property on Misson Bay and it had everything we were looking for, not to mention it is less than a 5-minute drive from SeaWorld which was definitely a plus for us.
The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa is conveniently located on Mission Bay, and the views of the water are absolutely stunning. It is a 10-minute drive from the San Diego Airport or a quick 5.5-hour drive from Arizona.
When you live in the valley of the sun, escaping to the mountains is always a welcomed retreat. We were able to spend the weekend in Prescott, Arizona to get some much needed time in the great outdoors. Cooler weather and pine trees did not disappoint!
:: Here is a RECAP of our outdoorsy weekend escape to enjoy the fall in Prescott, Arizona ::
We decided to kick off the first weekend of fall on the right note… with a girls day at the farm. We joined friends and spent the morning exploring the farm. Now that the girls are 4 and 1 years old, this fall is going to be an active one filled with all kinds of fun. There are so many aspects of fall that I can not get enough of, and they all start with the word pumpkin. Well maybe not all of them, but most of them; picking out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch, painting pumpkins, drinking pumpkin spice latte’s, sweater weather, football, fall candles, plaid blanket scarfs… I could go on and on. There is something so sweet about fall and all of the festivities… just thinking about it makes me feel all cozy inside.
…Anyways, sorry about my tangent on my love for fall, back to the farm! We were able to show the kids pretty much every farm animal you can imagine and the best part was riding a train all around the farm and through the pumpkin fields. It was a great day and the perfect kick-off to all of the exciting memories and times coming in October.
Here are a few photos from our day on the farm!
If you live in Arizona or plan on visiting, add Schnepf Farms to your must-visit list. They have the best ‘Pumpkin and Chili Party’ every weekend through the month of October… it is legit fall fun!
Have fun this fall season. Embrace all of the festivities and enjoy making memories with your loved ones! I encourage you to try something new and to drink lots of pumpkin spice lattes!