Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

 

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If you’re in Scottsdale this weekend, visit the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market – it’s a fabulous traveling market – filled with over 170 vendors selling handmade or vintage finds. They have booths upon booths of creativity just oozing out of this place! My business partner at SEE IT SIDEWAYS and I have a passion for supporting small businesses with big dreams and incredible talent. There was no shortage of them here. Check out some of our pics.

junk in the trunk vintage market - many hats of a mom blogger

junk in the trunk vintage market - many hats of a mom blogger

junk in the trunk vintage market - many hats of a mom blogger

junk in the trunk vintage market - many hats of a mom blogger

junk in the trunk vintage market - many hats of a mom blogger

junk in the trunk vintage market - many hats of a mom blogger

junk in the trunk vintage market - many hats of a mom blogger

junk in the trunk vintage market - many hats of a mom blogger

junk in the trunk vintage market - many hats of a mom blogger

junk in the trunk vintage market - many hats of a mom blogger

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Just as we were about to leave, I ran into one of my FAVORITE colleague’s from Starwood Hotels AND my brother’s childhood friend Ike Davis whom I haven’t seen in over 10 years. I love when the universe works like that.

Book your Fall Mini Sessions and/or a Halloween Photo Shoot

Fall is already in the morning air around here, so I’m excited to start thinking about fall & holiday photo sessions.  Many of my friends were asking, so I decided to do family fall photo sessions again this year. These are mini photo sessions (30 minutes) and a great way to capture memories with your family. If you live in Arizona, I would love to photograph your family this season. See below for details.

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I’m also really excited to announce that I’ll be doing mini sessions for Halloween! Instead of snapping an iPhone pic of your child the night of Halloween when it’s dark and the kids are running out the door in excitement, let’s dress them up a few days early and take some high-quality photos! For only $50 (per family), you’ll get 10 edited images and the kids only have to spend 15 minutes showing off their costumes. Offer details are below.

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The Halloween sessions will be in an outdoor seating in Phoenix. Location to be announced.

Happy 1st Birthday, Nolan!

My youngest son, Nolan Ryan turns one today! I can’t believe it has already been one year. This time last year, I was in the hospital getting ready to welcome the third addition to our family. A healthy (and huge!) baby boy.

Nolan is truly the kindest, gentlest child. The kids call him “nugget” and somewhere along the way, Colton started calling him “Justin.” Who knows why. Nolan is so easy going, has 10 teeth (wow!) and just started walking all over the place.

We never had to baby proof the house with the other two kids and yet Nolan is into everything. The toilet. The cabinets. The stairs. He’s all over. He is a tough little dude with no fear. Even though he’s sweet and kind, and totally easy going, if you take something away from him he’ll scream in the same high octave that his brother Colton can reach. It’s ear piercing and lets you know to back off immediately.

He is my little man and together we have made some of the best memories. I am truly going to miss the baby stage. The long nights waking up with him and soothing him back to bed. The cradling in my arms.  The snuggles at night. His first steps. His first tooth. His first sounds. ButI know that we have so much to look forward to!

We can’t wait to see your personality evolve, buddy and to get to know you even more. You are the light of our life and mean so much to each person in this family. This time last year, we were all waiting for you and so thankful for your arrival. Your brother and sister adore you so much and your dad and I love seeing you all together. Happy first birthday, Nolan. You have our love, forever and ever and ever.

many hats of a mom blogger

many hats of a mom blogger

many hats of a mom blogger

Taking our brainstorming session outdoors

We took our weekly brainstorming session outdoors today. Mostly because it was raining and (kinda) cold in Phoenix today. We tried Pomegranate Cafe and loved it! Whole 30 and Orange Theory have been good to me, so I gave their muffins the cold shoulder, but my business partner Heidi indulged in the Snickerdoodle muffin while I sadly at my salad next to her. One day I’ll be back for that muffin.

Pomegranate Cafe - Mom Blogger Phoenix

Pomegranate Cafe - Mom Blogger Phoenix

Pomegranate Cafe - Mom Blogger Phoenix

Pomegranate Cafe - Mom Blogger Phoenix

Have you tried this place? It’s a great Vegan restaurant with a really cool vibe. Check it out here.

Family Breakfast at The Henry

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My brothers and sister-in-law are in town from Austin, TX. Within hours of them landing, we were at The Henry for breakfast. The kids couldn’t wait another minute without seeing them. And Colton? Yep, just as we were about to take a picture he ran into a sign and had a fit. He was totally fine. He’s just a bit dramatic. Ha! We hope you’re having a wonderful three-day weekend, too!

Pinch me, I must be dreaming

When I ventured away from my job at Starwood Hotels to co-found a new marketing agency, I was terrified. I’m a creative person by nature and one of my fears was the work – what if the work wasn’t as sexy as the work I was doing for W Hotels and St. Regis.? Would I be happy if it wasn’t? These questions, amongst others, were replaying in the back of my head.

Fast-forward a few weeks and my work-life balance has never been more in sync. Not to mention, the clients that we’ve had the privilege of working with FUEL my creativity. They are amazing, talented, and so incredibly good at what they do for a living that when our talents collide, it’s pure magic. We didn’t start this agency for money. Or for ourselves. We started it out of a love for marketing. A joy we get when we are able to help a business navigate the digital landscape, to support a business need or reach customers in ways they didn’t think possible.

I chose our agency name SEE IT SIDEWAYS for the simple reason that sometimes all your business needs is for someone to see things differently. Sideways, if you will. As I sit here today, I have been reflecting on how liberating it is to get out of the corporate rat race and to enter my own kind of race. A race where I get to have breakfast with my kids every morning, without rushing them out the door to book it to work. A race where I love my clients. A race where every day I want to be a better marketer than the last.

What could be better?

These next few photos might not make a whole lot of sense to you, but they are photos I took from the past few days on the job. Photos of leisurely mornings home with the kids. Photos visiting clients. Photos of a mid-day coffee (alone!). Photos from brainstorming meetings with my partners and new clients. Photos that mean a lot to me because they represent an entirely new world for me. A world filled with possibility.

SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

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SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

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see it sideways marketing - many hats of a mom blogger

SEE IT SIDEWAYS - Many hats of a mom blog

Family Fun at DisneyWorld

You guys. I just found this post I had drafted from 2015. I can’t believe this post has been hiding out and never got published. It put such a smile on my face to go through the stories I wrote and the photos I captured during the holidays at Disneyworld. This was before Nolan was born, Colton had just turned two (while we were there) and Kelsey was only four.

If you don’t mind … let’s take a trip down memory lane and go through some of my favorite family photos from our trip. However, a warning is in order: I really didn’t condense down the number of photos I wanted to post. Photo overload! Sorry in advance.

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disneyworld holidays

disneyworld holidays

disneyworld holidays

disneyworld holidays

disneyworld holidays

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In December, along with my family, we spent one week at the Disneyworld Parks. We went to Epcot, Disneyworld, MGM Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We experienced the character breakfast the first morning at the Disneyworld Grand Floridian Hotel (totally reminded me of the Hotel Del). And the best part? The parks were decorated for the holidays! My faaaaaaaaaaaavorite time of year.

There was Starbucks in the park. Autographs by the characters. Larger than life Christmas trees. Nighttime parades. Fireworks. A few tantrums (from the kids and from me). Great Disney desserts. A few lost park passes (mom!) and so many smiles from ear to ear from our two little kids. Colton turned 2 during our trip, so it’s a bit of a blast from the past to see him looking so little in these pictures.

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epcot family vacation

epcot family vacation

epcot family vacation

We went to Epcot for dinner on the first night. No one told me that you had to get reservations 6 months in advance. I booked our reservations 3 months out and thought I was getting a head start. Luckily, we got great reservations at the San Angel Inn Restaurante and it was a great first night out.

It reminded me a lot of the Blue Bayuo restaurant in Disneyland. It was a themed Mexican restaurant with a huge Mayan temple inside. It was just loud enough to where the kids were able to enjoy themselves (and me!) and the drinks and food were great. There is a ride inside and a gift shop (good luck getting past that without buying something) and it truly felt like an authentic Mexican experience.

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Epcot family vacation
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We were back at Epcot the next morning. We had just gotten Starbucks when Colton saw this huge fountain. He immediately ran to it and watched the water “jump around.” Then, he decided to squat down and refused to move. Literally. He wouldn’t budge. I think he was like this for a good 5 minutes before we bribed him with, “Nanni’s over there! Let’s go find her!”

Nanni was quickly replaced though when we spotted our first characters at Epcot: Chip & Dale. Get your autograph books out! This was a real treat and one of Kelsey’s first times really getting the concept of getting their autograph. It was so precious to watch them anxiously wait in line for this moment.

Epcot Family Vacation
Epcot Family Vacation
Epcot family vacation

He actually did good in the long lines. Some moments were better than others, but what can you expect from an almost-two-year-old. He was a perfect gentleman, most of the time. Kelsey was on point, as always. I was just happy I wore my running shoes. Do you know how much walking you do at Disneyworld? We must have taken a gazillion steps each day.

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epcot family vacation
Those curls! And that smile. I remember his face looking like this like it was yesterday. The humidity only made those curls more magical.
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epcot family vacation

We met up with Nanni and the crew for lunch at the Coral Reef Restaurant. I highly recommend reservations there if you have kids. It’s inside this huge aquarium and every seat as a great view of the sharks and fish swimming by. Colton loved it! After you exit, you can go on the Finding Nemo ride and see all the fish once more. Cute little place.

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We went back to the main Disneyworld park that evening. It was like planes, trains and automobiles to get to into the park. You drive from your hotel to the park. Park your car. Grab the strollers. Stroll to the shuttle. Take the shuttle to your choice of the ferry or the monorail. Then stand in line to get into the gates.

Looking back though, I think getting to the park was one of the best parts for the kids. The ferry was so relaxing and cool to cruise over water as the park gets closer and closer. And the monorail was “so fast!” that Kelsey kept staring out the window in awe. Disney does that too you, doesn’t it? As parents you spend more time looking into your child’s eyes than you do experiencing the park yourself.

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Disneyworld Holidays with Kids

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Once you enter the Magic Kingdom and see all of the Christmas lights take over, it’s pretty remarkable. You smell the sweet scent of popcorn and hot chocolate, along with hearing Christmas carols and kids laughing for miles.

We window shopped as we walked down Maine Street, peeking inside and seeing little Disney music boxes sing and ornaments glow on little Christmas trees. Then, we made our way to the castle – the most magical thing in the place.

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disneyworld during the holidays

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disneyworld holidays kids

disneyworld holidays kids

Disneyworld with Kids

disneyworld with kids during the holidays

We were back at it again the next morning! At this point, I thought for sure I would have lost 10lbs with all of the walking that we did, but then I remembered … the Mickey Mouse popsicles, chocolate covered bananas, churros and all of that other amazingly horrible food for you that you just have to indulge in while at Disneyworld. It’s like a right of passage.

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disneyworld | many hats of a mom blog
disneyworld | many hats of a mom blog

disneyworld | many hats of a mom blog

Before a storm rolled in that left us SOAKED she was able to convince Grandpa to ride the merry-go-round with her. Carousels, tea cups, and this mom do not mix. So, I was happy to sit this one out. Thanks, Grandpa.

disneyworld | many hats of a mom blog

disneyworld | many hats of a mom blog
disneyworld mom blogger
disneyworld | many hats of a mom blog
Disneyworld has some of the best people watching. Am I right? Like this guy with the selfie stick. I can’t tell you how many selfie sticks we saw at the park. A sign of the times, don’t you think?

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By the time we got to MGM Studios for their nighttime holiday shows, I was so incredibly tired. Tired of walking. Strolling. Bribing the kids to behave. All of it. I may have thrown a little adult tantrum right when we walked in. After a few minutes, my husband was able to snap me out of my terrible mood so we could enjoy the night. He’s kind of perfect like that. We saw some remarkable Christmas light displays and then wandered into a Fantasmic! Firework show.

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mgm disney holidays

Then it was off to Disney’s Animal Kindgom to celebrate Colton’s second birthday! It did not feel like December, it felt like summer, and the crowds were a bit out of control, but when you look back – you never really remember all of that. You just remember these moments that make you smile from ear to ear.

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disney animal kingdom mom bloggers
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disney animal kingdom mom bloggers
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The next night, Ryan and I snuck off for an aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamazing dinner at Victoria & Albert’s. It’s this fancy pants restaurant located at one of the Disneyworld resorts. My brother and his wife gave us a $400 gift card to dine here + they babysit the kids for us. I mean, how could we not be smiling from ear to ear after this evening?

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victoria and alberts orlando restaurant

Then it was back to parenthood and another few days in Orlando. What an amazing vacation this was! Memories to last a lifetime, that is for sure. Tantrums and all.

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Update: We are looking to take a Disneyland trip in the Fall with all three kids (are we crazy?) and I look forward to any and all of your recommendations.

See more of my posts from past Disney family trips here, here and here,

Mimosas + a Million Dollar Listing

We attended our first client event today! Real estate agent, Lauren Emig was having her first Broker Open House and asked us if we would like to attend. My marketing agency SEE IT SIDEWAYS created a website to help Lauren sell this Silverleaf home and created a social media campaign around the Broker Open House so we ran at the opportunity to come see this house in the flesh.

This house is unreal. Even the garage was nice! The owner furnished the home just for the sale (can you imagine?) and my little nosey self-peeked in the backyard to find Restoration Hardware boxes near the trash so you know this home is styled inside and out to the nines. Check out the 3D tour here (it’s a really cool tour, not one of those cheesy ones).  

Silverleaf Real Estate Marketing See it Sideways

Silverleaf Scottsale Real Estate Marketing - SEE IT SIDEWAYS

Silverleaf Scottsale Real Estate Marketing - SEE IT SIDEWAYS

Excuse me while I pretend I work here for a second. Could you imagine if this was your home office? I would never leave work.

Silverleaf Scottsale Real Estate Marketing - SEE IT SIDEWAYS

So far, this owning-your-own-business gig is off to a wonderful start.