Wednesday, May 8, 2019

5 Sweet Spots to Retire !??


Although my husband & i are many years away from retirement. I have started to look at some beautiful spots that might be the BEST places for us to retire !! This blog post will include 5 Sweet Spots that i like & i think you should check out! 
These 5 wonderful places that i will be sharing with you are, Talking Rock in Prescott Arizona, Mariposa in Rio Rancho New Mexico, Marble Falls outside of Austin Texas, St. George, Utah & Portland, Or. All of these places are well rounded, they have charm and are great for anyone to live!


1. Talking Point, Prescott, AZ is beautiful ! There are beautiful homes there. Leisure activities,
 many museums to visit, kid friendly places for visitors and a ton of historical sites to see.





2. Mariposa in Rio Rancho New Mexico has beautiful homes. There are parks and great places to hike. Wonderful museums to visit. The beautiful Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is there and many other historical sites. 




3. Marble Falls, Texas is a beautiful city. There are great parks. One that i especially loved was Lakeside Park. There is great dining & hiking. Shaffer Bend Recreation Area is near and it is a great place to relax and explore. 



4. St. George, Utah is so pretty! The red rock is just gorgeous. 
You can explore Zions National Park and see all of the the Red Rock. They have mild weather in the winter and a warmer summer. Great golfing areas, beautiful homes, hiking, great places to eat, family friendly parks & a ton of historical sites.



5. Portland, Or is a well-rounded area. This town has great shops, events, museums and art galleries.
Wilderness is also close by. Which is so great! Two mountain ranges for you to explore and hike. 





Although this is paid content and we aren't ready for retirement. These are the places i have started to look at some spots that might be fun for our next stage in life! 
All of these places are well rounded, beautiful and are great for anyone to live!

XOXO- Andrea Maya




















Monday, October 15, 2018

FAMILY VACATION IN OCEANSIDE,CA


THIS LAST WEEKEND WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL FAMILY WEEKEND. BOTH BOYS HAD FALL BREAK, SO WE PACKED OUR CAR AND HEADED OUT TO OCEANSIDE, CA! WE LOVE TO VISIT OCEANSIDE FOR MANY REASONS. A FEW REASONS ARE - IT'S THE BEACH AND WHO DOESN'T LOVE THE BEACH?? WE ARE ALL MAJOR BEACH LOVER'S IN OUR FAMILY. WE HAVE FAMILY THERE TOO. SO, ITS ALWAYS NICE TO SEE FAMILY. OCTOBER IS SAN DIEGO " KIDS FREE OCTOBER " IT MAKES THE TRIP A LITTLE MORE AFFORDABLE WITH THE KIDS FREE MONTH. 






THE LOCATION:

WHEN WE ARRIVED TO OCEANSIDE, WE CHECKED IN AT OUR HOTEL. WE STAYED AT THE HOLIDAY INN OCEANSIDE CAMP PENDLETON. IT WAS GREAT. WE WERE GREETED WITH A SMILE, AND SOME CUTE LITTLE STUFFED ANIMALS FROM THE CITY OF OCEANSIDE. THEY WERE PELICAN'S AND STING RAYS. MY BOYS JUST LOVED THEM. 





WELCOME TO OCEANSIDE - THEY LOVED THESE LITTLE SNUGLY ANIMALS 

                                                    ROOF TOP VIEW OF THE OCEAN



THIS CUTE LEGO WAS IN THE FRONT LOBBY! MY BOYS LOVED IT!








AMENITIES:

WE HAD A JR. SUITE ROOM AND IT WAS PERFECT FOR OUR FAMILY. WE HAD PLENTY OF ROOM, A FRIDGE, MICROWAVE AND A MINI LIVING ROOM. THE BEDS WERE COMFY & BIG. THE ROOM HAS A NICE NICE BIG WINDOW. WE HAD A MINI LIVING ROOM WHICH WAS GREAT! WE HAD A GREAT SET UP AND WE ALL LOVED IT! THIS HOTEL IS SO CLOSE TO THE BEACH AND THE HARBOR. THE BOYS WENT RUNNING ON THE BEACH IN THE MORNINGS AND WE LOVED THAT WE WERE SO CLOSE TO THE BEACH. IT WAS PERFECT. THE OCEANSIDE HARBOR IS IN WALKING DISTANCE. IT IS SO CUTE. IT HAS SHOP'S AND DIFFERENT FOODIE PLACES TO VISIT. WE LOVED WALKING AROUND AND CHECKING OUT ALL OF THE SPOTS. OUR HOTEL HAD A PATIO ON THE VERY TOP FLOOR. IT HAS CUTE CHAIRS YOU CAN SIT ON A ENJOY THE AMAZING VIEW. YOU COULD SEE THE BEAUTIFUL OCEAN AND WE LOVED IT. 






BEACH TIME :

ONE OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT OUR VISIT IS ALWAYS THE BEACH. WE ALL LOVE THE BEACH. OUR HOTEL WAS PERFECT SINCE IT WAS SO CLOSE TO THE OCEANSIDE BEACH. WE VISITED MANY BEACHES DURING THIS WEEKEND. AS WE HAVE LOTS OF FAVORITES IN THE AREA. HERE ARE A FEW PHOTOS OF US ENJOYING OUR BEACH TIME ! 
SURFS UP


  

 OCEANSIDE PIER :

THIS IS THE LONGEST WOODEN PIER ON THE CALIFORNIA COAST!! ISN'T THAT COOL?!! THERE IS A CONVENIENCE STORE HALF WAY OUT STOCKED FLOOR TO CEILING WITH FISHING POLE RENTALS, BAIT, TACKLE, SNACKS AND BEVERAGES, AND A WHOLE LOT OF SOUVENIR'S STUFFED INTO A 7X15 FOOT SPACE!! THIS STORE IS CALLED THE BAIT SHOP AND THERE IS A PELICAN THAT LIVES THERE - HIS NAME IS CHARLIE THE PELICAN. MY BOYS LOVE HIM. HAHA. AT THE END OF THE PIER IS RUBY'S. ITS A 50'S DINER WITH BREAKFAST TO BURGERS ! THE SERVERS WEAR ROLLER SKATES !! WE LOVE THE BURGERS, FRIES AND MILKSHAKES AT RUBY'S! THE VIEW IS AMAZING.THE PIER IT SELF IS OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY 7DAYS A WEEK! 
ON THE LOWER PART OF THE PIER THEY HAVE WHEEL FUN RENTALS! YOU CAN RENT ALL TYPES OF BIKE AND SPECIALTY CYCLES. EXPLORE OCEANSIDE PIER, OCEANSIDE HARBOR, AND HARBOR VILLAGE ON TWO, THREE, OR FOUR WHEELS, OR RENT A STAND UP PADDLE BOARD AND EXPLORE BY WATER! WE RENTED A BIKE FOR ALL OF US. IT WAS SO FUN. WE RODE IT UP AND DOWN THE BEACH. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL! 

  
          





 

OUR VIEW ON OUR FAMILY BIKE RIDE !


LEGO LAND : DURING OUR STAY IN OCEANSIDE, WE WENT TO LEGO LAND! WE SURPRISED OUR BOYS WITH IT. THEY WERE SO HAPPY! IN OCTOBER KIDS ARE FREE WITH A PURCHASE OF A ADULT LEGO LAND TICKET + A SEA LIFE AQUARIUM TICKET. IT IS TOTALLY WORTH IT. OUR BOYS HAD A BLAST. WE STAYED AT LEGO LAND FROM OPEN - CLOSE. THEN WE WENT TO THE AQUARIUM AFTER TILL IT CLOSED. MAKE SURE YOU ARRIVE EARLY, GET YOUR TICKETS AND TAKE SOME PHOTOS. DOWNLOAD THE LEGO LAND APP. IT'S HELPFUL WITH WAIT TIMES AND A MAP OF THE PARK. WE PACKED SNACKS & UNOPENED DRINKS. THEN WE ATE 1 MEAL THERE. THEY HAD A KIDS EAT FREE WITH ADULT PURCHASE FROM 3-5 . WE ATE WHAT WE BROUGHT BEFORE THAT AND THEN ATE AT THAT RESTAURANT DURING THE TIME FRAME, SO WE COULD GET THE DEAL. IT WORKED OUT GREAT! THE BOYS HAD SO MUCH FUN AND WE LOVED WATCHING THEM EXPLORE ALL DAY. THEY BOTH LOVE LEGO'S SO MUCH! 

FOOD : OUR FOODIE FAVORITE SPOTS IN OCEANSIDE ARE SWAMIS CAFE, UPPER CRUST PIZZA, PIZZA PORT, VG'S DONUTS, TY'S BURGER HOUSE, PEPPER TREE FROSTY, YOSHINO'S & IN-N-OUT.







BELOW I HAVE LINKED ALL OF OUR FAVORITES FROM OUR OCEANSIDE TRIP. FROM OUR GREAT HOTEL, THE KIDS FREE OCTOBER INFO AND FOODIE PLACES. THAT WAY WHEN YOU ARE PLANNING YOUR NEXT VISIT TO OCEANSIDE, YOU ARE ALL SET!! 

XOXO, 
ANDREA MAYA


 VISIT OCEANSIDE : https://visitoceanside.org/

HOTEL : 


 FOODIE PLACES : http://ucpoceanside.com/
https://www.tysburgerhouse.com/
http://peppertreefrostyvista.com/
http://swamiscafe.com/menu/oceanside/
https://www.vgbakery.com/


THINGS TO DO : https://wheelfunrentals.com/
https://visitoceanside.org/

https://www.legoland.com/california/

https://surfmuseum.org/


KIDS FREE : https://www.sandiego.org/promotions/kids-free.aspx

https://www.legoland.com/california/


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Girls weekend STAY AT HOTEL ADELINE

This last weekend was such a fun one. Myself and some of my favorite ladies were able to do a FUN staycation at Hotel Adeline in Scottsdale, AZ. Whenever we get together it’s always a good time and i look forward to it.
If you haven’t heard of this place before, that’s because this hotel is a newly renovated boutique hotel in Scottsdale, formerly the Scottsdale Inn. It's super cute & the perfect place for some cute photos. 

THE LOCATION:

First things first, this place is the perfect place to stay in Scottsdale. It's close to old town / downtown. Shopping, food and all of the good spots!! Talk about a prime location. It's the perfect meeting place for getting together with friends.We all loved it!! 


POOL TIME :

One of my favorite parts of the new hotel is the pool area. The first day we were there, they was having a crazy pool party. It was so busy. But, on Sunday we got to enjoy the pool and it was so cute & relaxing! The pool area features a walk-in pool with modern decor. They have cute couches, lounge chairs, and cabanas. They even have these cute little brown bucket chairs all around. I loved them and they are so cute for pictures! 



My cute suit is from limericki ! You can shop the suit here : https://www.limericki.com/collections/peplums/products/persimmon-scoop-peplum-tankini-top





AMENITIES:

The hotel rooms pretty much have your standard features. The bed was comfy & big.The rooms have nice big windows. So that gives you great lighting! The rooms have beautiful vanities in the rooms. I loved the furniture. Its more modern and up to date.It's a great set up. I loved it! 

During our Staycation we went to eat at the best Italian Restaurant called Babbo Italian. It's SO good! They have many locations all over Arizona. I will link the restaurant below, so you can visit one near you! You will Love it !!! For brunch the next day we went to First Watch and it's so good! They have so many items i love & the food is healthy. It's a family friendly restaurant as well and they have locations all over Arizona! 
Below i have linked my outfits, the hotel and the yummy foodie places we went! Then next time you are planning a staycation or vacation in Scottsdale, AZ - you are all set! 
Xoxo, Andrea Maya

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Summer 2018 - Wet N Wild

It's officially summer here in Arizona. So that means its hot! Really hot. We have been swimming a ton and have been visiting one of our favorite places, Wet 'N' Wild !! Wet 'N" Wild is in PHX  and it is one of our favorite places to visit. We pack up and try to spend the entire day there, or at least most of it. There are so many things about this fun water park that we love. 


They have a cute kids area called Barefootin' Bay!! It's a exciting new upgrade to Wet 'n' Wild Jr. including a new 4,700 square-foot kid's pool, interactive play structure, shade and more lounge chairs in a secluded area just for kids and parents. It it seriously amazing. We all loved it. It is so amazing for kiddos and parents. There are chairs there, so you can watch the little play. They even have the small slides. Parents are even welcome on the small slides. So its totally awesome. Everything thing you need is right there. You don't even have to go to the other areas of the park. If you don't want to. The kids had so much fun and so did we.

After we played in the Barefootin' Bay for a while we headed out to explore more of the park. They have a so many fun, big slides! A family favorite of ours are the 
Desert Racers !! We all love them. They are so fun and everyone races each other. We probably ride that 20 times while we are there, if not more!! Another family favorite is the Crazy Cactus Roaring River !! Its so fun and relaxing. You can do single tubes or double and you can ride as much as you want.

Wet 'N' Wild even does fun event at the park. Every month has something different. One that i am so excited about is Dive 'n' Movie !!! Isn't that so FUN!!??
Every Friday night in July for an exclusive viewing of some great movie titles. Dive 'n' Movies are included with paid admission, and are projected onto a big screen near the wave pool. I love that and we will definitely be going to one of the Dive 'N' Movie nights! 
Make sure you check out all of the fun events at the park and all of the park specials !

https://www.wetnwildphoenix.com/







Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Celebrating Patriotic Spirit & Community Kindness

We are so excited to be part of the #LocalLove Campaign with Gymboree and share with you ways to show love for your community.
The Americana collection just arrived at Gymboree and it really helps kids get inspired about their community by celebrating their patriotic spirit & legendary kindness. This collection is so cute & I LOVE that I can match my boys!






I decided to explain to them a little about what GIVING BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY is all about and they got really excited! So then I asked them "If Gymboree gave you $20 to help in your community, what would you do with it"?

Reggie’s answer: I would like to give it to people who have no food or water.


Noah’s answer: I want to make a lemonade stand so I can make drinks for people who have nothing to drink.


I loved both of their answers, they were both perfect & so kind! We try to teach our boys about service & we make an effort to help in our community every month. There are so many different ways you can get involved, here are a few examples of things you can do with your families to share #LocalLove:
Picking up trash at a favorite park
Volunteering at a local animal shelter or food bank
Donate food for a local food drive
Give extra money at church
Donate some of our toys

After talking about all these ideas, my boys and I decided to GIVE BACK TO the COMMUNITY in a few different ways:

1) Donate food for a local food drive: They took their money and went shopping at Walmart. They had a little list and picked out all kinds of items for the food drive. They were so happy to shop & pay for the groceries. That's what happens when you are helping others!



2) Pick up trash at our favorite park: The boys love playing at our community parks, so this was a perfect opportunity to show their #LocalLove. They got dressed in their Gymboree Outfits from their Americana Collection, and headed to the park where they spent their time cleaning and beautifying the park. They felt like patriotic super heroes, and since Arizona has the best outdoor parks, they forgot their were working and cleaning!

Make sure to check out Gymboree’s Summer collection. It's cute, comfy, and perfect for all your family’s spring and summer adventures.
How do you get your kids give back to their communities? Comment below, I would love to know!






Ps - You can shop all of these looks here : http://www.gymboree.com/

http://www.gymboree.com/search?q=americana&lang=default

*THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY GYMBOREE. ALL EXPRESSIONS & OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.
Xoxo, Andrea Maya





Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Galentine's Night

Have you ever heard of Galentine's ?? If not here is what Galentine's is!!
"Galentine's Day / Night" has transcended the television screen & become established in everyday culture. On February 13, Galentine's Day, a nonofficial holiday, is celebrated as a day for "ladies celebrating ladies." Sounds amazing right?? I love it. For the last few years i have hosted a Galentine's party! This year i hosted the party at Joss + J. It is the cutest shop here in AZ. I love it. The party room is so beautiful & is perfect for any event.








This year i choose to do a dessert bar, braid bar & just hang out! Let everyone eat sweet treats, get a beautiful braid & enjoy some lady time. Everyone shopped a little too.
 The braid bar was done by Beyond Bridal Beauty. They did a fabulous job! My braid was to die for! I loved it soo much!!




The yummy desserts came from the amazing Nothing Bundts, Soda Rush, Lisa's Rum Cake & Enlightened. Nothing Bundts did mini Bundts that were so good. Soda Rush did the classic sugar cookie from the Soda Rush shop. It was soo good. They did them pink & white to match the theme of Galentine's. They were perf. Lisa's Rum cakes did amazing Chocolate covered Strawberries & mini cuts in all flavors!! They were beautiful and tasted so yummy!! They added the cutest cake toppers from Blinged Baker to the mini cuts! Super cute. Enlighted did sweet bean crisps. That were perfect for a sweet treat! We had drinks from Core & Social. Core did waters & core flavored drinks. Social did a few different flavors in sparkling wine. The ladies loved those!










We had the best time! I was able to do some giveaways at the party & give out some fabulous swag bags to all of the ladies who attended. Thank you to all of the brands who participated & helped make my party amazing! 




Doing these events / party's are my favorite thing to do. I love bringing people together & having fun. We all deserve some me time & this was the perfect night! Thank you to everyone who came !! 


Here is a list of all of the wonderful items & companies who participated in the Galentine's party!

 @nothingbundt@lisasrumcake @blingedbaker@sodarushaz @socialsparklingwine @core @beyondbridalbeauty @joss.and.j@brazi_bites @rad_swim @myameliajames@eatenlightened @itsa10haircare@ilovehighfitness @aveenous @pixibeauty@yccagency @pogopassphoenixtucson@chickfila @opalescencewhitening@kodiakcakes @brazi_bites@dashboard.cookies @barerepublic@justins @vimvigor_candleco @pojofitness@sodaliciousaz @fiizdrinksaz@bahamabucks @arielmilesphotography @pogopassphoenixtucson

Links if you want to shop the PARTY!?? Do you love to party !?? Comment below so you can come to the next party!!!

https://socialsparklingwine.com/flavors/
https://www.nothingbundtcakes.com/bakery/az/gilbert
http://www.lisasrumcake.com/
https://www.pixibeauty.com/
https://www.ultradent.com/en-us/Pages/default.aspx
https://radswim.com/
https://www.gobareoutside.com/
https://www.pogopass.com/
https://itsa10haircare.com/
https://highfitness.com/
http://justins.com/
https://vimandvigorcandleco.com/
https://www.myameliajames.com/



Xoxo,
Andrea Maya