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December 10, 2017

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Las Noches de las Luminarias | Date Night at the Desert Botanical Garden

It's December in the desert, and after five Christmases spent in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northwest, it was a bit of an adjustment to not see snowfall out our window and not have the opportunity to visit a local Christmas tree farm this year.

That is why we leapt at the opportunity to make a new holiday tradition together at Las Noches de las Luminarias, an annual event at the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix.

Photo: Adam Rodriguez/Visit Phoenix

We have been visiting the Desert Botanical Garden since 2010, but are now proud members of the DBG, which was founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society in 1937 to help conserve the beauty of the desert.

Today, the DBG features over 50,000 cacti and plants (including 139 species which are endangered, rare or threatened) on 140 acres.


Luminarias are small paper lanterns traditionally lit to celebrate the Christmas season in the Southwest.

The DBG features over 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags and displays during "Las Noches de las Luminarias," which we had an incredible time viewing on our date night.






The "Las Noches de las Luminarias" event was exactly what we needed to get us in the Christmas spirit for the holidays, and we are looking forward to making it a family tradition with Roselyn in the years to come!

We highly recommend the event to anyone in Phoenix or anyone visiting the Southwest during the holiday season.

You can find out more about the event on the DBG's webpage.

November 18, 2017

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How to Fly with a Baby


At 7-months-old, Ryan and I are proud to say that Roselyn is a seasoned traveler, having spent over 50 hours traveling across the U.S. thus far.

That being said, we never had the opportunity to fly with Rosie before, so this month we experienced another "first" – our first flight with a baby!


Thankfully, our first experience flying together was positive and we solely attribute that to the many tips that we received from our fellow family travelers and friends.

We put a list together of the top strategies we used to ensure a pleasant and successful flight, that we hope will help you on your upcoming travels:

How to Fly with a Baby


1. Only pack in your diaper bag what you will need for your travel day.

I tend to be that Mom that over-packs and prepares for everything, so it took some time for me to narrow down what was actually coming with us to the airport:
  • 1 carry-on: That held our chargers, electronics and extra outfits in case of a baby accident or spill, etc.
  • 1 checked car-seat
  • 1 checked suitcase: That held all our outfits, toiletries and extra bottles, food, diapers and wipes for the baby.
  • 1 diaper bag: That held:
    • A bottle, sippy-cup and utensils.
    • Food pouches and snacks.
    • 8-10 diapers to get through our travel day, from the airport and airplane to the hotel that evening.
    • Pacifiers to ease her ear pressure during take-off and landing.
    • Soft books and toys that wouldn't make too much noise on the plane.
2. Prepare for playtime.

First, we packed an accessible blanket in our diaper bag, so that Roselyn could get her wiggles out at the airport before we boarded. Then, we packed 4-5 soft books and toys that she could enjoy playing with, both at the airport and on the plane ride.

These included toys like:

3. Prepare for pressure on the plane.

We wanted to relieve Rosie's pain from the pressure of the altitude changes on the plane, so we timed our feedings for takeoff and landing and packed an extra pacifier or two, so she could suck and swallow and not feel so many pressure changes.

4. Snacks, snacks, snacks!

We were so thankful that we packed extra snacks, because Roselyn didn't sleep on either flight as long as we had hoped. When she was done playing, we would give her finger/snack foods that were both easy to eat and healthy too:

5. Remember to smile.

It's easy to get overwhelmed on travel days, but it's important to remember to enjoy the experience and to smile through it too. 

We had a few hiccups that began to overwhelm us – TSA testing us (and each bottle and pouch in our diaper bag) and our rental car not being ready when we arrived at our destination – but there were more positive experiences than anything. Roselyn reminded us to enjoy this experience with her by doing things like laughing at the automatic sinks in the bathroom while I was changing her, and by smiling at every airline attendant and personnel we encountered during our travel day.

We understand that each baby is different and his or her needs are unique, but hopefully these tips will make for an easier flight for you and your family during your upcoming travel day!


Baby Blanket: Eddie Bauer
Bandana Bib: Carter's
Onesie: Carter's

October 6, 2017

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This Is the Time to Remember


"This is the time to remember, 'cause it will not last forever. These are the days to hold on to, but we won't, although we'll want to."

As we enter autumn, I'm reminded of how quickly Roselyn is growing and how time is passing by.

Rosie is officially 6-months-old now, and although I've been taking photos of her each day, we have hardly captured any pictures of the three of us together since she joined our family. That is why we were so happy to reconnect with our friend Valerie, of Valerie Bolitho Photography, for family portraits this month!

Valerie helped us document both our engagement and wedding photos, so it was very special to have her shoot our family of three, now that we're back home in Phoenix again.













We had such an incredible time shooting this season of our lives at the Desert Botanical Garden and are looking forward to doing it again soon.

We've learned that you can never take enough photos of this time with your babe – Roselyn is growing so fast and it's beginning to feel like if we blink, we'll miss it.

Thank you to our friend Valerie for continuing to document these milestones in our lives!

Baby Outfit: Baby Gap
Caitlin's Outfit: PinkBlush
Ryan's Outfit: Chaps

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