When To Go Phoenix In A Weekend Phoenix is one of those destinations where visiting any time of the year will make for a great getaway. If you’re a heat lover like me, visit between May – September to take advantage of the warm weather. Temperatures will range from 95-106 degrees. This makes for a great spa getaway with days spent lounging by the pool and evenings enjoying the city.  The advantage Phoenix has over other warm destination is, it’s a dry heat so temperatures are much easier to handle. Add to the fact that everywhere you go will have air conditioning, in even in hottest months you can find comfort. If heat is not your thing, consider a visit during the winter or spring. Temperatures are much cooler (between 70-80 degrees) and you’ll have the best of both worlds. Weather warm enough to lounge around the pool and cool enough that people who are heat sensitive won’t be completely miserable. Phoenix In A Weekend How to Get There Phoenix In A Weekend FLY If you live further than California, flying is your best option. Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is the closest airport for access to Phoenix. Several major airlines including…

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I try to keep Reese on a schedule and routine that she’s used to because, without a schedule, things get a little crazy around here. Our normal schedule works great for day-to-day things but during the summer I think it’s important to mix things up a little bit. The best (and most fun) way to do this is to introduce your kids to travel. Reasons Your Kids Should Travel7 Re I started traveling with Reese pretty consistently (even if it was just a weekend staycation, which she actually likes most) about a  year ago. We average about one trip per month during the school year however during the summer, all bets are off and we’re jet setting as much as possible.  If you’ve thought about introducing your kids to travel but are still on the fence about it, here are some of my top reasons why you should encourage your kids to travel, no matter how young they are. 7 Reasons Your Kids Should Travel: Adventure Traveling is a great way to give your kids the chance to experience an adventure. No matter where they travel to, your kids will love discovering their adventures along the way. They will venture outside of…

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I really struggled with if I should write this post but after some thought, I decided it was something that needed to be addressed because I’m sure I’m not the only person who has experienced this. So let me paint a picture for you. You finally get some time off and you head to the beach. You’ve been waiting for and dreaming of sunshine and waves for months. Then, just when you get settled and relaxed, in comes “Terrible Tommy”. You know him; he’s that kid running around destroying sand castles, screaming at the top of his lungs, begging for attention from Dad and trying anything he can to wreak havoc on those around him. And of course, he sits down right next to you. You almost feel bad for the kid. You know and I know he’s just itching for attention, someone to play with and could use a little guidance and direction but from the looks of it, that’s not happening anytime soon. So, what do you do? You didn’t come all the way here to be miserable and have a bad time. One side of you says address it with the parents, another says just leave it alone. What’s…

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Roosevelt Row’s Arts District (often called RoRo) is the place to be on the first Friday of the month! That’s when this walk able, central hub of art and culture in downtown Phoenix comes to life. Take in the art, performances, and award-winning food in one of the nation’s largest art walks. It’s a great option for families, ladies’ nights, or date nights. And it’s free, so you can’t lose! (But you don’t have to take my word for it; Roosevelt was recently called one of the Top 10 Art Districts in the US by USA Today.) I happened to be in Phoenix, compiling a guide to the city, when a friend said this was something I just had to see. I sipped on a pineapple lemonade while wondering the streets and taking it all in. I lost track of the number of fabulous street art and murals on the building exteriors after about 30. I couldn’t believe how many people were out and about in that 100 degree weather, but I’d say it was definitely worth it. The History First Fridays in Phoenix To give you a little bit of backstory, Roosevelt Row has been a mixed use area since…

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Am I the only Californian that’s never been to the Gaslamp in San Diego? Apparently so. This past weekend a girlfriend and I decided on an impromptu San Diego adventure with our eyes set on the Gaslamp Quarter. We made our home base the swanky Andaz Hotel San Diego.  Location: Andaz Hotel San Diego Located in the heart of it all, the Andaz Hotel San Diego is an ultra-modern, boutique hotel that definitely captures the vibe of the city! It’s situated within walking distance to all of the best bars and restaurants, but you may not even want to leave! The roof top has some of the best views of downtown San Diego. Complete with a bar, DJ, dance floor, and pool, what more could you need?! Chic doesn’t begin to describe the décor! The colors were cool and contemporary; the linens were luxurious, and the marble bathroom was absolutely spa-like. The staff was so hip and accommodating. Their personalized service made us feel like royalty! We were immediately greeted with a complimentary beverage at check-in. Room Layout: Andaz Hotel San Diego One very unique feature of this hotel is the glass between the bedroom and the bathroom. That’s right: you…

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