Climbing Phoenix

Temperatures continue to rise in the Valley of the Sun, but we were blessed with a high of under 80 degrees one day last week (probably the last day like that for a while)! We took full advantage of the cooler weather and decided to hike the trails around Piestewa Peak one more time before…

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Martinique on Fleek

In the Camelback corridor/Biltmore area lies a little mid-century gem we pass by frequently. The Martinique was built in 1960 and remains today with lots of the original detailing on the exterior and grounds. Without being too creepy, we paid a visit the other day to walk around and get a better perspective. We loved…

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Bar Crudo

A short walk away from our place is one of the best happy hour spots in Phoenix. Crudo, an award-winning concept restaurant from chef Cullen Campbell, hardly needs an introduction as it has won multiple awards over the years and has been featured in countless media spots or “top restaurants of Phoenix” lists. The restaurant…

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Desert Botanical Garden

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” – Henry Matisse Growing up, neither of us loved or even liked the desert. Evan always dreamed of living by the beach or in a huge metropolis (high rise living is still a dream, actually). And with most of my family living in Illinois,…

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Drawn to Dreamy Draw

We were a little late to the game discovering how amazing Piestewa Peak and the surrounding hiking trails are. Our friends, Tim and Danika, took us there in Spring of last year – the desert flowers were blossoming, the winding trails provided you with endless possibilities for exploring, and the weather was pretty fine too.…

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The State Fair

“Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.” – Randy Pausch The state fair makes the list of things we need to do come every Autumn. It wasn’t always this way though, at least not for Evan. The fair had always given Evan the creeps, but I grew up loving it. The games, the rides,…

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