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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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5-Year Anniversary Staycation

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.

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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