Teri’s Gorgeous Arcadia Baby Shower

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I joke that I have been trying to get my friend, Teri pregnant for years! The time has finally come, as she and Danny are expecting their first bundle of joy in November. They aren’t going to find out the gender so it’s been incredibly hard to contain myself from indulging in girl clothes (that’s my guess!) and tons of pink and purple shenanigans. And even though it’s killing me not to know, I’m super proud of them for sticking to their guns and doing this their way.

This past Saturday, our mutual friend Rachel, owner of Outstanding Occasions and event planner extraordinaire, hosted the most magical baby shower at her home. Rachel went over the top to ensure every little detail was as beautiful and as personal as the next. It was the perfect afternoon to celebrate one of the coolest couples we know. If you are fortunate enough to know Danny and Teri then you know their baby is going to be one lucky girl. Or, boy.

Below are a few photos I captured from Teri’s special day.

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arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog


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One proud dad-to-be!

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arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

Meet Rachel. She put on such a wonderful event – I have no idea how she did it, while keeping up with her 10-month-old son at home, but that’s why we call moms like this, Super Moms.

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arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

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It was a One Hope Wine kind of day. I love One Hope (mostly because I’m drinking for a great cause – check out more here) but I had no idea they make Champagne too. Until this moment, that is. Thanks to Colby for making sure our glasses were always half full.

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arcadia phoenix baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

floral baby shower - many hats of a mom blog

Can we pause and just look at how BEAUTIFUL this mama is? She is seriously glowing from the inside out. I was secretly hoping she’d be just like me … gain 60lbs, have stretch marks, horrible cravings and super swollen ankles so we could talk about how much pregnancy sucked together later … but, that’s not the case. Proof in the fact that her ankles are perfect and that’s not even a maternity dress. I sigh.

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Once an Alpha Phi, always an Alpha Phi. Rosé all day for us.

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T – I am so incredibly happy for you. You and Danny are going to be amazing parents! Ryan and I can’t wait to get our hands on your little one, we love you both so much. Congratulations, friend!

Summer in Sedona with our Kids

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What a great weekend! We visited Sedona for the very first time and had such a great experience. Ryan and I took our oldest kids (baby Nolan stayed home with the grandparents) to see this scenic place. It was my first time visiting Sedona (I know. I know!) and Ryan went when he was little, so we’ll call this his first time too.

As we approached the city, we started to see some of the most gorgeous red rocks. They were all around! The kids thought Sedona looked like Disney’s Cars Land and we were blown away by the beauty of it all. For some reason we had envisioned a few rocks here and there, but nothing like what we saw. We felt like we were living inside of a postcard.

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We were fortunate enough to be invited up by Orchards Inn, a super quaint 70-room Inn located in the middle of Uptown Sedona. Right when Colton walked into the lobby he immediately ran to the patio and said, “Whoa! Mom, come look at this!” He was staring at “Snoopy Rock” and it was truly a sight to be seen.

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The view from Orchards Inn had to be one of the best views from any Sedona hotel. I can’t imagine a better one.

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Just look at the Red Rocks reflecting off of our patio window! I think Ryan could have sat in those chairs every morning and evening just taking it all in. These huge patios made our room feel so spacious.

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orhcards inn family friendly sedona hotel

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Every morning these two would overlook the pool and people watch. At night, we took blankets over to the hotel’s wedding lawn and watched the stars in the sky. The kids played with this constellation app on our iPhones and had so much fun pointing out Scorpio, Leo, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Ryan loved explaining what everything was. He’s such a science junkie. Mom on the other hand knew where the moon was and that’s about it.

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I don’t know how she does it, but she manages to pose on the fly. “Kelsey, smile” somehow turns into a pointed toe, arms up in the air and a throw back of her head. I love her so much.

This picture was snapped on our way to dinner on Friday night. Directly across the street from our hotel is 89Agave – a super cute Mexican restaurant with – you guessed it – amazing views of the red rocks.

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I’m on the Whole 30 diet for the next 14 days so I got to watch as the kids devoured amazing cheesy dishes at this great Sedona restaurant and envied Ryan’s orange cinnamon margarita. The best part about the restaurant, for the kids, was this oversized chalkboard wall where Kelsey wrote her name and Colton drew a circle. Ha!

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89agave sedona restaurants for kids

89agave sedona restaurants for kids

89agave sedona restaurants for kids

89agave sedona restaurants for kids

89agave sedona restaurants for kids

89agave sedona restaurants for kids
After dinner we walked up and down the main street looking at all of the shops and touristy things. We listened to street music, grabbed ice cream at Black Cow Cafe and counted how many Pink Jeeps we could find.

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Day 2 we woke up and went to West Fork Hiking Trail. It’s $10 to park (cash only!) and we recommend arriving early – as the parking lot was full when we left. West Fork hiking trail is 3.3 miles (one way) and if you hike the entire trail, you’ll cross the river 13 times. We made it across 5 times before the kids wanted to head back. Mostly because mom left the snacks sitting on our hotel room bed. Mom fail!

About three steps into our hike back to the car, the kids requested piggy back rides. We really didn’t mind because this trail was shaded, pretty tame and super scenic. If you’re in Sedona with kids, I would recommend this hike. Maybe not with a toddler on your back, but nonetheless, it was a fantastic hike for our little ones.

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west fork sedona hike with kids

west fork sedona hike with kids

Do you see Colton down there? He was yelling, “Echo! Echo!” at this little sparrow that was sitting on a rock. I told him he could hear is echo so apparently he kept saying “Echo” so he could hear it. Makes sense.

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west fork sedona hike with kids

west fork sedona hiking trail with kids

west fork sedona hike with kids

After the hike, we were starving! We randomly stopped at Indian Gardens because there was a sign on the front that said, “Deli”. To our surprise, this place was super charming and filled with healthy breakfast and lunch items. It reminds me of a restaurant back in Phoenix. There is indoor and outdoor seating and these amazing cupcakes that I just stared out while ordering my boring black coffee and egg whites.

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many hats of a mom blog | sedona with kids

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After our hike, we took the kids swimming back at Orchards Inn and then Ryan, Kelsey and Colton took … ready for this … a three-hour nap! I couldn’t believe it. Apparently hiking + sun + chlorine is a recipe for a very peaceful afternoon for mom.

On Saturday night, we decided to celebrate Father’s Day a day early at the Orchard Inn’s sister hotel, L’Auberge de Sedona. We ate at Etch Kitchen & Wine Bar which was located along the creek. Besides the ‘tude I got from Kelsey on the walk down to the hotel (see below), it was a great way to cap off an already amazing weekend. I know I’m saying a lot of adjectives that sound the same in this blog post but I can’t stress enough how great this weekend was.

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Thanks Kelsey for snapping this picture of us. She even said, “Wait” and climbed up a few stairs so she would be tall enough to shoot the camera directly at us. Well done, sister.sedona with kids - many hats of a mom blog

sedona with kids - many hats of a mom blog

sedona with kids - many hats of a mom blog

sedona with kids - many hats of a mom blog

Celebrating one of the best dad’s there is!

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sedona family vacation mom blogger

After dinner, our GPS took us to “Chapel Cross Trail” which we thought would make for a great evening hike. Turns out, it’s actually a chapel and dead ends you into a residential neighborhood. As we were getting out of the car to watch the sunset, Colton stepped on a cactus. In true Stephanie fashion, I left the first-aid kit (which I literally packed for every type of situation) in the hotel room. This was starting to be a theme on this trip.

Ryan quickly pulled out the cactus and wrapped my jacket around his leg to stop the bleeding. He was so brave and said, “It’s okay mom. I feel so much better now.” We promised him any kind of ice cream he wanted for being so brave – to which he picked mint chocolate chip. We ended the night at Baskin Robins with a bloody jacket and super happy kids. Truly a Father’s Day for the books!

 

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sedona red rocks - phoenix mom blogger

sedona red rocks - phoenix mom blogger

Ryan shot this photo from our car window! I love it because it really sums up the weekend. On the car ride back, we stopped by the famous Rock Springs Cafe and picked up a few slices of pie (courtesy of our hotel) and two pies for Father’s day. If you’re making the drive to Sedona, this is a great pit stop along the way.

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Thank you to Orchads Inn and 89Agave for hosting us for two nights and one lovely dinner! It’s a summer family vacation we’ll treasure forever.

Pre-Summer Fun at Wet n’ Wild Phoenix

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There’s something about a water park that takes you back to your childhood. I have countless memories playing in wave pools and going down water slides as a child. The smell of sunscreen, the sounds of kids laughing and the awesome feeling of anticipation you got as you dragged your tube up flights of stairs to the biggest slide they had.

Imagine my surprise when Wet n Wild reached out inviting us to experience Wet n Wild Phoenix. As the perfect way to cool off in the Phoenix heat I was super excited to go. Albeit, a bit hesitant because my kids are young – 6 years, 3 years and 8 months. I didn’t know if there were many rides they could do.

To my surprise, they have Wet n Wild Junior! It’s this spot inside the water park created just for young kids and families. The slides were the perfect height for Colton, my 3-year-old (he’s 42″). Nolan (our 8 month old) loved running through the splash pads in his dads arms.

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wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

 

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We arrived at 11am (right when they opened) and snagged lounge chairs in the Junior section. Not only was there plenty of shade (a Phoenix must) but the splash pads let out a cool mist that filled the entire lounge area. I constantly felt like I was getting misted by cool water at every turn. It made the 100 degree heat bearable for once. And can we just pause for a second and look at how cute Nolan is in that hat? I mean. Those cheeks!

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wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

wet n wild phoenix mom blogger

Colton went on a few slides and then started to pout because … well, because he’s three but also because he was scared of the heights and the sounds. He got this trait from me. I’m a big chicken. When I was in eighth grade, I lied to my friends and told them that my dad wouldn’t allow me to ride roller coasters just so I could avoid the internal panic that I would feel if I boarded one. So, I totally get Colton.

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The wave pool was the highlight for the kids. Ryan took them out into the deep end (which terrified me) and they jumped over waves for what seemed like ever. Nolan and I kicked it in the back and just people watched. I have to say, I felt so safe at Wet n’ Wild. There were so many attentive lifeguards that I wasn’t worried one bit about the kids. And take it from me (the worry wart) this was a great feeling. They really did a fantastic job at this water park to put my mommy mind at ease.

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*She’s faking it.

All in all, it was a great experience at this water park Right before we left, Ryan and Kelsey ran off to do one of the “really big slides” as she put it. I think Ryan was more excited than our six-year-old. In fact, if we were to go again I would probably dedicate more time for Ryan to take her around. My little dare-devil couldn’t get enough of this place. Oh, and for those of you wondering, ALL THREE kids passed out in the car before we even left the parking lot. Success!

Thank you to Wet n’ Wild Phoenix for hosting us today. We will be back.

Weekend Brunch at Elephant Bar

Last weekend, we took our family to brunch at the Elephant Bar. You may know the restaurant best for its happy hour and dinner menu, but brunch is a new concept they just started and we were excited to try it out.

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My husband I just got back from Napa so trading in the kids’ gymnastic classes and a bunch of errands for brunch with our family sounded like a great idea. We arrived at 10am and were greeted by a giant elephant to our right (the most amazing thing to a child). Once we settled into our table, the server brought over the menu, “We just launched brunch today!” she excitedly told us. The menu was great! My eyes quickly jumped to the Mimosa and Handcrafted Bloody Marys, but that’s besides the point.

The kids ordered the french toast with buttercake and whipped cream (a real treat for them) and we got the omelette and raspberry pancakes. The pancakes came with strawberry butter and a great raspberry sauce that Colton kept calling “ketchup” and dipping his spoon into. The strawberry butter was so good that I’m still thinking about it; I’ve got to hunt down the recipe.

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I had a little sugar buzz after brunch, but I think that’s because our eyes were bigger than our stomachs, everything on the menu looked so great! Kelsey tried hard to sneak in a sip of coffee (yikes!) but I caught her mid sip.

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It was Nolan’s first time in a restaurant high chair! He did great. He tried to eat the menu, and the forks, and his napkin … but other than that, I’d say he loved it.

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elephant bar brunch phoenix  mom blogger

If you’re in the area, stop by Elephant Bar to try out their new brunch. They feature brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 10am to 2pm. When you go … get the mimosa and indulge in the pancakes! Also, bring the kids! They will love searching for animals throughout the restaurant (a game we made up to keep them occupied while we waited for the food to arrive).

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*This post is sponsored by Elephant Bar, but the opinions are my own.

The Scottsdale Train Park

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It was the perfect day for a perfect day. 2016 is looking like it will be a great one. Yesterday, we took the kids to the McCormick-Stillman Train Park and finally used the leftover tickets we had from our last visit, over a year ago!

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scottsdale train park - mom blogger

scottsdale train park mom blog

Nolan was super chill, per usual. I swear, this boy is always happy. He must know that it makes our lives so much easier. Or, this is just a glimpse into how his personality will be. Either way, we love his little attitude so much. I can’t even imagine life without him.

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scottsdale train park - mom blogger

Ryan took one for the team and squeezed his little booty into one of these train cars. Last time we were here, Colton had the biggest tantrum and wouldn’t get on the train. This year he was all about it. They change so much in one year, don’t they?

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scottsdale train park mom blog

scottsdale train park - mom blogger

At the train park, they have a historic train car set up like a museum that you can walk through. The kids loved this! Kelsey got a kick out of how old the sleeping and dining rooms looked and how “little” the hallways were. When we signed the visitor guest book I asked her what she wanted to say. Let’s say, “We loved this train because it is so old” – and so we did.

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