Arizona Resorts, Arizona wedding venues, Staycation, Uncategorized, Wedding Venues

Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa

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I had the pleasure of visiting Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa this past week and was beyond impressed by the resort. One of the most impressive aspects of this resort is that it combines hotel, spa, golf, on site restaurants, and a wedding venue all in one location.

The resort is located in the desert Arizona landscape in the mountains of Gold Canyon with amazing views of the Superstition Mountains. When you drive up, you enter through unique small roads up the mountain and find casitas lined up, extremely secluded and quiet. Its beautiful and I absolutely love the entire outline of the resort. There are no “seventh story no window views.” Every room is an individual casita like style room, which is unique and intimate all at once.

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Gold Canyon Golf Resort & Spa is ranked in the top ten for wedding venues in Arizona. And if you are searching for a place, you must go and get a tour. They have several different wedding venues to choose from, views that are breathtaking, and wedding packages that are affordable, and easy! And… they not only make sure the bride and groom are taken care of, but wedding guests also enjoy full service Resort which includes:  Hotel, Restaurant, Spa & Salon and 2 – 18 hole Championship Golf Courses.  Since when does your wedding party get pampered too? And everything is centrally located, all within the resort! Here are a few pictures of one of the venue options:

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They have tons of bistro style lighting (which I just so happen to love).

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One of the outdoor places to “say those vows.”

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Outdoor wedding reception area

And… when you book a wedding package… it comes with a bridal suite. And… wait for it… the bridal suite is over 1,000 square feet and accompanied with an indoor hot tub, 2 showers, 2 bathrooms, a living room, a master, 2 fireplaces, a washer and dryer, a full size fridge, microwave, stove top, and 2 patios. (Mind blown…) Here are some pictures of the included Bridal Suite with a wedding package:

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Outdoor seating area

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Sorry… not included in the room! But had to just say ‘hi!’

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Patio off the master area in the bridal suite

And wait… they also have an outdoor pool, and hot tub and it’s within walking distance of every single room in the resort. Here are some shots:

The resort also has golf (and who doesn’t love golf). The resort fee includes unlimited access to range balls as well! Gold Canyon Golf Resort offers two 18-hole Championship golf courses, Dinosaur Mountain and Sidewinder. Dinosaur Mountain is rate one of the top course in Arizona.

And lastly, as if you were not sold yet… They have a quiet, intimate restaurant that overlooks the Superstition Mountains and has some amazing views of the valley sunsets. The Kokopelli Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is also centrally located in the resort.

Visit Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Spa here!

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Bunny Baskets for Maggies Place

This year for Easter we decided to give a little love to some mommies in need. We donated “Bunny Baskets” to Maggie’s Place. Maggie’s Place is a community that provides houses of hospitality for parenting mothers and pregnant mothers here in Arizona.

Here’s what our “Bunny Baskets” included:

Sealy Jumbo Size Pillow’s from DownLite Bedding Company

Undies from BootayBag

Carrot Teething Toys from Oli & Carol 

Cleaning supplies from Murchison-Hume (the best smelling cleaning supplies EVER)

Coffee Creamer from Nut Pods

Popcorn from Quinn Snacks

Multi-Use Covers from Nuroo

Ubbi Snack Container

Books from Candlewick Press

Bunny Bracelets from Joseph Nogucci

Glassware from Silikids

Picture Frame and ‘My First Easter’ Belly Sticker from Pearhead

Sleep Sacks from Halo

Blankets from Kickee Pants

Pacifiers from MAM

Rattles from iPlay Baby 

Stay dry Bibs from iPlay Baby 

Organic Muslin Gown by iPlay Baby (probably the cutest onesies I have ever seen…)

Organic Swaddle Blankets by iPlay Baby

Pillow covers by Hollie Wood Style 

Easter Baskets by Fluf Textile Goods 

Thank you so much to all the companies who made this years “Bunny Baskets” a huge success. Your generosity is amazing ❤

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El Conquistador, A Hilton Resort, Tucson AZ

When I think of Arizona, I think of warm weather, wildflowers, breath taking sunsets and a desert filled with cacti and mountains. And I also think of pools, laying out and catching some rays and time outdoors with Charlie. To me, Arizona is the perfect place to spend time outside.

Charlie and I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Hilton Resort, El Conquistador  located in Tucson Arizona. The hotel was a true desert oasis. The resort spans over 80 acres of desert and had amenities that will provide for an unforgettable vacation.

While at the resort, Charlie and I spent the majority of our time at the swimming pools. Charlie’s favorite pool was the kid pool (of course), it was private and quiet and had a zero edge entrance that Charlie loved to run in and out of. I like that the resort kept the kids pool away from the large pool, so that I did not feel like Charlie was being too loud when others were trying to relax.

My favorite pool was the main oasis pool, located in the middle of the resort, surrounded by grass and palms trees and accompanied by a poolside bar and grill. And let me tell you… the grill food is amazing! I would definitely recommend the burger, it was perfect. Tommy, the poolside server had the best customer service skills and was so friendly.

And if you are anything like me, then you like hot tubs. El Conquistador has a super secluded, private, and quiet hot tub located right next to an ice pool.

I loved that the entire time at the resort, I never had to leave. The resort had an on site gym (with treadmills that streamed Netflix…gasp!…), on site restaurants and even a full buffet style breakfast (that served Lox Bagels… my favorite!). They even served sunscreen, water and towels by the pool (for all you absent minded parents like myself).

Overall, the resort was beautiful, fun, and one for the books! Thank you El Conquistador for having us!

The main pool 

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The middle of the resort has a huge grass area! Charlie and I played soccer here for hours.

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We were surprised with a cookie, cheese, and fruit platter and some beverages! 

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And for your Peter Thomas Roth lovers… (he is my fav!)

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California Baby

I’m not so sure my patience has ever been tested quite as much as it has been recently… Charlie turned three, and while there was no such thing as terrible twos…terrible threes hit us hard. He tends to get extremely cranky around bedtime, causing mommy to go crazy! We recently tried California baby, overtired and cranky bubble bath and loved it. Not only does it create tons of bubbles which makes Charlie’s bath-time super fun (for him). I won’t lie, those bubble bath potions that produce no bubbles are dumb. It isn’t the case with these!And they smell amazing!!! The smell of chamomile and tangerine soothes him and gets him prepared for bedtime.

Find them here: California Baby Bubble Bath

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Valentine’s Day with Maggie’s Place

This year for Valentine’s Day we decided to give a little love to some mommies in need. We donated Valentines Day bags to Maggie’s Place. Maggie’s Place is a community that provides houses of hospitality for parenting mothers and pregnant mothers here in Arizona. I had the opportunity to visit Maggie’s Place during the Christmas season and was overwhelmed with emotions as I realized just how blessed I am. When I first brought Charlie home from the hospital, I found myself overwhelmed, anxious and often times saying “why is this so hard.” For me, it was a difficult transition.  After visiting Maggie’s Place and seeing these mommies with new babies that also had the stress of needing shelter, I realized just how lucky I had it. Thats when I decided to pamper these mommies for Valentines Day.

Here’s what our Valentine’s Day bags included (Product links at bottom):

Our Valentine’s Day bags included the following items:

Mommy Needs More Coffee Mug by Pearhead

Maui Babe Browning Lotion and After Browning Lotion by Maui Babe

Baby shampoo and stretch mark cream by Erbaviva

Undies by BootayBag

Guess How Much I Love You Book and Milestone Cards by Candlewick Press

Pink Amor Charmballa Bracelet by Joseph Nogucci

Thank you to all the companies who made Maggie’s Place Mommies so blessed this Valentines Day! We love you!

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Lorena Canals

If you have children, especially toddlers, you soon come to the realization that nothing can be kept clean… the bed is full of sand, the rug has marker on it, even the oven is smeared with leftover food from dirty hands.

Well one of these problems was solved… the dirty rugs!

Lorena Canals sells WASHABLE rugs. Yes, believe it! Not only do they sell nursery rugs, but rugs for children rooms, area rooms and even mommy’s room! It’s true! They wash up super easy and the quality is impeccable, you wouldn’t even know that it was washed! (It doesn’t pill or bunch up!)

My favorite rug? The Bereber Black ! Not only is this rug elegant but it adds the perfect touch to any room.

And just when you were sold on the whole washable rug thing… Lorena Canals came out with wall decor, blankets, and washable cushions too?

My favorite? The Wall Hanging Cotton Field

This wall hanging is the made from undyed cotton, with large tassels of cotton thread. It’s simple design makes it look super elegant and it pairs perfect with the Bereber rug.

Find more of Charlie on our Instagram: @babybums

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Bed spread from Laura Ashley 

Book from Macmillan Publishing 

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IncrediBundles.com

Visit IncrediBundles

If you haven’t heard of IncrediBundles, you are missing out. Like really missing out. IncrediBundles takes the traditional baby gift basket that includes those super ugly wooden baskets (sorry… they are ugly) and turns it into a super use-able, memorable and appealing gifts. They have sleep bundles, bath bundles, book bundles, toy bundles, even diaper bundles. They even have a “create your own” bundle. (Thats what we did!) And they aren’t just for baby showers, these would be perfect Christmas gifts, Easter baskets  Birthday parties… the list could go on and on!

They even have individual lines that are  designed to address a specific area of an infant’s development.

But wait…

Additionally, they have Bundle Subscriptions including including A Year of Toys, A Year of Books and A Year of Diapers. I mean COME ON! How amazing would it be to be the friend that gifted your friend a year of diapers? Don’t get me wrong, I loved getting all those diapers at my baby shower (which now seems like an eternity ago) but I had no place to store them… with IncrediBundles, you can choose what brand and when they are delivered. Probably the greatest thing ever! And don’t get me wrong, I would have done the diaper bundle but Charlie is nearly potty trained (don’t mom shame… potty training is HARD).

Lastly, IncrediBundles.com gives back to the community. With every purchase they given back to children and families in need.

With Easter shortly on its way.. I couldn’t help but add in a few holiday items for fun. So if you currently work as Easter Bunny… its simple all you need to do, is click “create a bundle” add in a Peter rabbit and a rabbit towel and your Easter Bunny job is now complete.

Every Bundle comes with one of these re-useable boxes!

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