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May 31, 2019

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A Mother's Day Staycation at the Hotel Valley Ho

Photo: Hotel Valley Ho

Hi friends and happy summer! How are you? I can't believe how fast spring 2019 went by.

In between spring birthdays, graduations and work, the season quickly passed us by, and its only now that I am finding the time to write about my Mother's Day staycation at the Hotel Valley Ho resort in Scottsdale.


Over Mother's Day weekend, my husband spoiled me with a staycation at the historic Hotel Valley Ho: a chic, retro resort first opened in 1956 in downtown Scottsdale that once accommodated Hollywood stars like Cary Grant, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner.

Though it suffered from disrepair for some time, within the last decade, the resort went through an extensive $80 million renovation to restore it to its former glory and was also placed on the Scottsdale Historic Register.

Today, it is truly a sight to behold, with features like floor-to-ceiling glass, mod decor, multiple pools, a restaurant and a spa. When we checked into our room, Ryan and I both agreed that it felt like we were stepping into a scene from our favorite show, "Mad Men."









We had an incredible stay at the Hotel Valley Ho, taking full advantage of the OHasis Pool right outside our room and the ZuZu Restaurant where we dined on classics like milkshakes and patty melts.

We also had a great time admiring the architecture, wandering the beautiful grounds and getting some energy out with Rosie before her naptime.

We wished we could have stayed at the resort longer but we'll just have to do with making a trip back soon! You can learn more about reserving a stay at the Hotel Valley Ho here.

January 27, 2019

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Burm Family Christmas Card and Year in Review: 2018

Happy New Year, family and friends!

Now that it's almost February, it seemed like the right time to finally hit "publish" on our Christmas card and year in review – better late than never, right?


Because time is so fleeting, I prioritized being in the moment instead of capturing every moment with Roselyn this year.

Here are a few highlights from 2018 that we'd like to remember and a few things we're looking forward to in 2019:


In 2019, we're most looking forward to slowing down, spending family time together and watching Roselyn grow this year. 

This past year was absolutely amazing, but it was also a difficult one for us, as full-time working parents. We are so very grateful for what we have and where we're headed, but we sacrificed a lot of family time together and missed more of Rosie's "firsts" than we'd like, due to conflicting work schedules and Ryan not having many holidays or weekends off.

We are now approaching the next decade of our lives, and as we age, we're realizing how important each day, month and year that we have together truly is. 

We just want to say thank you for being here with us and that we're wishing you a great year ahead!

October 29, 2018

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Fall in the Sonoran Desert | Family Photos

Hi friends! How are you? I hope you've had a great summer!

We've taken some time away from the blog recently to focus on family time as I transitioned into a new role/promotion at work and Roselyn transitioned into the toddler stage this summer season.

Rosie quickly figured out how fun it is to climb, run and play away from her parents this summer, so we have honestly just been trying to keep up!


We have enjoyed watching Rosie grow into a toddler and we have had so many great experiences and moments together this season, thanks to her growing curiosity and interest in the people and world around her.

We have absolutely loved getting to see the world through Rosie's eyes and thought we would take advantage of this season we're in by taking Rosie back to our favorite place in Phoenix: The Desert Botanical Garden (DBG).

Though fall in the Sonoran Desert is different from your traditional fall experience, we love being able to hike through over 140 acres of cacti and plants at the DBG and enjoy the striking sunsets and the temperate desert.













Thank you to our friend Valerie, of Valerie Bolitho Photography, for shooting our family at the DBG again and for working through Rosie's temperamental toddler feelings with us throughout the session!

Caitlin's Outfit: Elle 
Ryan's Outfit: Chaps
Rosie's Outfit: Carter's

June 11, 2018

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Our 5-Year Anniversary Staycation at Andaz Scottsdale

Photo: Andaz Scottsdale

Balance. Like most things in life, I've found that the key to success in our marriage, journey through parenthood and time spent traveling is balance.

It's not always easy to achieve – since Roselyn joined our family, I admittedly haven't been great at prioritizing time for Ryan and I. Though I look forward to our date nights and the quality time we spend together, it's still very difficult for me to leave Rosie. So, like most parents to young children, we don't get out as often as we'd like.

Thankfully, we have incredible grandparents, family and friends that worked together to make it possible for us to have a staycation in Scottsdale to celebrate our 5-year anniversary and the 12 years we've spent together!







We had a great time at the Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa – a mid-century modern resort near Camelback Mountain and Old Town Scottsdale – and can't wait to return.

Upon arrival, we were pleasantly surprised to find that Andaz had upgraded us to their Saarinen Bungalow after hearing that we were celebrating our anniversary. They even took the time to send over a complimentary Cabernet Sauvignon and dessert as well!

We had an incredible stay at Andaz Scottsdale and it was great to have time to spend together without rushing through a conversation or meal. Though we missed Rosie so much and were looking forward to coming back home, we also realized that we need to make time for ourselves as well, to be the best parents to her that we can be.

We're looking forward to having dinner at home with Rosie on our anniversary tomorrow and to what the next 5, 10, 15+ more years will bring.

Happy Anniversary, Ryan! I love you. Here's to many more!

May 6, 2018

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How to Fly With a Toddler


I've said it before and I'll say it again – traveling with a child isn't always easy, but it's always worth it!

We've confidently been taking Roselyn on flights and road trips since she was three months old and she has been a great travel companion thus far. We recently had the opportunity to take her with us on one of my work trips to Seattle and although we were excited to visit our home, we were also nervous about traveling with a toddler on an extended flight.

We thankfully had more positive than negative experiences during our travel days, but there were moments when we were "that family" on the airplane desperately trying to soothe their toddler to sleep.

We relied on suggestions from fellow family travelers to ensure a positive and successful flight with our toddler and we've put a list of their tips together today:

How to Fly With a Toddler



Baby carriers make travel days easier and more efficient in so many ways. For us, it's the quickest way to get through security at the airport (TSA allows parents to wear their children through security) and it's also the quickest way for us to get Rosie to sleep on me on the plane (parents can wear their children throughout the flight, with the exception of takeoff and landing).

2. Choose the right flight and time.

If you're like us and know that your toddler needs a full night of sleep and a morning nap in order to make it through the day without a meltdown; then choose an afternoon or early evening flight. It's so important to schedule the right flight and time according to your toddler's routine, or else you'll be setting yourself up for failure before you even take off.

3. Have multiple forms of entertainment.

Whether it's electronics, post-it notes, soft toys or all of the above –having multiple forms of entertainment is a must for traveling toddlers. We quickly realized that Rosie had a 15 minute attention span for each form of entertainment, so we broke our flight down into increments and prepared for new forms of entertainment for her for the duration of the flight time. We know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time until age two, but if all else fails, we found that an episode of our favorite "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" can really change the outlook of the flight around.

4. Have snacks.

The great thing about toddlers is that they often see food as entertainment too! We brought along Rosie's favorite finger/snack foods that were both easy to eat and healthy, which included organic food pouches, teething wafers and yogis.

5. Walk the aisle (but don't disturb the flight attendants).

It's healthy and necessary for toddlers to explore and move around, but it's unfortunately just not possible on an airplane. You can walk the aisle of the plane with your toddler to get out some wiggles if needed, but be sure to do it around flight service so you do not disturb your flight attendants – they have jobs to do too!

We understand that every toddler 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!


(Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoy these photos of our time in Seattle, if you've made it this far!)











December 10, 2017

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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.
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