The Upside of Work Travel

Traveling for work isn’t always glamorous. You have to deal with long airport security lines, horrible cab rides and really long days (and nights) in meetings, conferences and pitching your business case. Not to mention the emotional stuff us mothers deal with when we have to leave our little kids behind. Missing my kids and family is the #1 reason I don’t love traveling each month. But here’s the upside: Meeting new people, traveling to new places, exploring amazing hotels, and working for a company that fuels my creative drive.

Let’s not forget the fact that you get to sleep through the night without a child climbing into your bed or a baby screaming. Someone else makes your bed and your daily schedule revolves around adult stuff (also see: Not having to watch Jake & the Neverland Pirates when all you want to do is veg out and relax). So while I sometimes get super exhausted (like last week when I was in Mexico City and San Diego), I truly love what I do and being a full-time working mom is part of my DNA.

Last week we stayed at The St. Regis Mexico City and it truly was a breathtaking hotel. When I show you these pictures you won’t believe we were working, but we were. I swear. This is the smartest group of brand marketers that I know. People that were born for this stuff. The room was filled with over 200 creative talents, strategic thinkers, analytic minds and truly marketing geeks like me.

This is a peek into our conference room where most of our meetings were held. Notice the color in the room? The room kept changing colors, perhaps this is some ploy to keep your mind alert when you’re in a room for 8 hours a day, but whatever the reason, it was super cool. And check out that chandelier? My eyes were immediately drawn to it. The St. Regis ballroom has my vote for the coolest meeting space I’ve been in. Here’s a little peek into this work trip, I’ll post more photos soon!

Pizza I can’t stop craving

Last week took me to Mexico City for work. I stayed at the St. Regis Mexico City and couldn’t have been better taken care of. Out of all the luxury amenities at this resort, my co-workers and I were all a buzz over the avocado pizza at J&G Grill. In fact, I am STILL thinking about it. It was that good. Just look at it! Someone please find the recipe and share it with me.

J&G Grill Mexico City

The Best Resort (and drinks) in Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

I had a business meeting at the Hotel del Coronado last week. It was my first time at this historic resort. At first glance, I kind of felt like I was on a Disney cruise – with all of the kids running around, but then I got the reason why: The Del is a safe and beautiful place, steps from the beach. The amount of activities for kids (and adults) is unreal.

Hotel Del coronado

They have somewhere between six different restaurants, a comedy club (Laugh Factory), spa and a ton of little shops. Plus, it’s a true Southern California staple. The resort was beautiful, charming and exuded so much character. I will definitely be back to the resort … only next time, I’ll ditch the laptop back for a diaper bag and bring my family along for the ride.

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We had dinner at Eno Pizza & Wine bar at the Del and I had some of the best gluten-free pizza to-date. It was topped with fennel  sausage and charred broccoli and was the perfect compliment to a cool glass of wine, great conversation and a beachside sunset. I introduced Kelly to the art of taking a picture of everything you see. It’s true. I’m guilty.

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I wish I had more time because their Sheerwater restaurant looked pretty cute too. Prior to dinner we had cocktails at Sunset Bar. The group and I sipped on lavender lemonade, blackberry margaritas and white wine before calling it a night at the Laugh Factory (where we saw Biff from Back to the Future perform). I vote for all business meetings to end this way.

Hotel Del Coronado Hotel

Searching for Summer Succulents

Summer succulentsLast weekend you could have found me searching for succulents. I know, I know … I lead a pretty hip and cool life. Actually, I have this bay window in my kitchen that looks best with flowers in it. But I’m getting a little tired of replacing flowers every month. So, I decided summer succulents were the best choice.

Plus, I live in the desert so it’s the right thing to do. Nothing else will stay alive in this heat. It was kind of fun picking these out. Now I just need to find the perfect pots to compliment the trio of succulents that I selected. No clue where to get cool flower pots, but these terra-cotta ones will do for now. Here are all the beautiful succulents that spent the day with me.

The smallest succulent is a bit floppy, but I think that’s why I liked it so much. Colton seems to like them too. Who am I kidding, he’s obsessed with the faucet. So much so that I can’t even pour a glass of water without him going, “Mine, mine, mine!” Now to find pots …

succulents

Trader Joe’s Pizza Party for Four

I’m always struggling to find good food for my kids to eat, and fun stuff to make too. There is one only rule in my kitchen: it has to be easy and effortless because I work, I’m busy and 90% of the time, I’m exhausted. Imagine my excitement when I was at Trader Joe’s and I found pizza dough for $1.29! Kelsey and I had so much making this pizza for lunch this weekend.

We bought some mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce and pepperoni. Kelsey rolled it out (hence the floppy, odd shape) and in a matter of minutes, it was done. Well, I take that back. You have to let the dough sit outside for about 20 minutes, but after that part … the rest took minutes. Just a fun, fast and affordable dinner idea for fellow busy parents.

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