House Hunting

I hope you had an awesome weekend! We got some rain here in Scottsdale, so it was the perfect weekend to be productive and I was able to get some rest after being sick last week.

For those of you who do not know, Kevin and I have been looking for a house in Scottsdale over the last couple of months. It has been a fun but exhausting experience to say the least! We have narrowed it down to a neighborhood we really like, and we are waiting hoping that some more houses go on the market soon before we make an offer on one.

We cannot wait to be home owners and have some more space. Keep your fingers crossed for us that we find something soon!

Have a good week everyone!


– A –

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Weekend with Mom

I can’t believe it is already Monday. The weekend flew by! My Mom was in town visiting Kevin and I this weekend from Michigan. We had the best time together and it was sad to drop her off at the airport yesterday after a fun weekend together. We are already counting down the days until we visit for Christmas!

Thursday my Mom arrived and we got our nails done and made dinner at our place. Friday we hit the gym and did a killer upper body workout before a relaxing spa day at my favorite spa in Scottsdale, The Camelback Inn. We enjoyed lunch with beautiful weather and lounged by the pool before getting massages.

After the spa we met up with Kevin for dinner outside on the patio at Chelsea’s Kitchen.

Saturday we did a lower body workout together. So much fun working out with my Mom and showing her some exercises! After the gym Kevin spoiled us with breakfast and we did some shopping. At night we watched the Michigan State game at Wasted Grain, the MSU bar in Scottsdale. It was not a good game, but we still had a lot of fun watching it together.

I am so thankful my Mom came to visit! I’m excited to see her in Michigan soon. Have a great week everyone!

– A –

Family Vacation

We hope you had a great weekend! We had a hard goodbye on Saturday after a great week together in Scottsdale. It’s crazy how fast time together goes by. We did a lot of fun things together and really enjoyed every second.

On Friday, our first day together, we spent some time at the resort and the Michiganders soaked up some sun before heading to dinner at Chelsea’s Kitchen. With the time change, we called it an early night and had plans for a mini trip on Saturday.

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On Saturday we drove south, outside of Tucson for a spa day. We rented a cabana by the pool and the girls were treated to massages. We enjoyed the rest of the day by the pool before heading to a beautiful dinner outside watching the sunset and listening to live music.

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On Sunday, we celebrated Easter with a morning hike while sporting some festive bunny ears. The fellow hikers on the trail got quite the kick out of our bunny ears! It was a beautiful morning for a hike and we enjoyed the workout. After hiking we had brunch and attended a spring training baseball game. We then enjoyed a homemade Easter dinner at Amanda and Kevin’s place.

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The rest of the week was full of relaxation and family time. We were also able to try some new workout classes throughout the week including aerial yoga and Orangetheory Fitness (stay tuned for future posts on these workouts!).

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The week flew by end before we knew it, it was Friday, our last night together. The girls got blowouts at DryBar before meeting the boys for dinner. We had a fabulous dinner at The Henry as a family. Nothing beats family time!

While we had an amazing week together, saying goodbye never gets easier especially since we may not see each other again until August. Thank goodness for FaceTime! We hope everyone has a great week!

– A & M –

Until Next Week…

We are currently enjoying some quality time together and with our family in Arizona! We will be back next week with an update of all the fun things we have done together. Have a great week everyone!   

Good Friends, Good Times!

Hello friends! I hope your weekend was a fun as mine! Kevin and I had our good friends Mike and Samantha staying with us and we had a blast! Mike and Samantha live in Michigan so they were excited to come spend some time with us in sunny Scottsdale. We had an action packed weekend.

On Friday we soaked up some sun by our pool and caught up. We may have even cracked a brew poolside while reminiscing about our college days (the good old days).

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Later on Friday we had a surprised planned for the guys. We used to go to Wrigley Field together when we both lived in Chicago to cheer on the Cubs, so we thought it would be fun to go to a Cubs spring training game together. Nothing beats baseball and a Cubs win on a sunny day. Go Cubs go!

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On Saturday, Samantha and I went to a boxing class bright and early. She had done a boxing class before so I had her show me the ropes (no pun intended), but caught on pretty quickly. It was a great calorie blasting working, mixing in 8 round of boxing on the bags with squats, pushups, and burpees in between. After we finished we headed to the spa for a massage before the boys joined us for lunch.

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Later in the day we got some ice cream from Shakes & Cones in Old Town and took a stroll around Old Town Scottsdale. We were lucky enough to witness a cowboy show in the park that we found pretty funny and enjoyed showing Mike and Samantha around.

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On Sunday the boys went golfing and we did a little shopping in the morning. After a great lunch we hiked Sunrise Peak and took in some beautiful views of the city.

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We are headed to Peru in July together to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu so it was great to break in our hiking boots and get some practice!

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The boys had a little too much fun posing with the cactus and showing off their muscles. What goofs we have for husbands!

It was sad when the weekend came to an end. We had such a great time with Mike and Samantha. We wish we lived closer to each other. I guess the distance is an excuse to plan some more fun trips together!

– A –

Family Weekend

This weekend my in-laws were in town. Kevin and I were excited to show them around our new home! They arrived on Friday and we went to one of our favorite spots for dinner in Phoenix.

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Saturday morning we hiked Camelback Mountain and enjoyed the beautiful weather! I always love seeing other people’s reactions once you reach the top. It still blows my mind how great the view is.

Later in the day we went to a local Michigan State bar to cheer on our Spartans. What a game! So glad we pulled out a win.

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On Sunday my mother-in-law and I papered ourselves at the spa. We had a great breakfast at the Camelback Inn followed by an hour massage. If we weren’t relaxed enough, next we headed to the nail salon for some more pampering!

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Tonight we are making a healthy bean burrito recipe at our apartment. I’ll share it soon! We are excited to spend more time with Kevin’s parents and someone may have a birthday to celebrate this week! 😉 I’m thinking 26 is going to be a good year. I hope everyone has a great week.

– A – 

Sister Weekend!

Hello all! We are back this Monday with lots of fun memories to share as we were able to reunite in Arizona for a long weekend. Nothing like quality sister time! We packed lots of activities into our four days together and here are the highlights:

Thursday 

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Meg arrived to the Scottsdale area Thursday afternoon. When Amanda got home from work, we went out for dinner at Grimaldi’s for pizza (and wine of course). Then, we enjoyed some time catching up before calling it a night.

Friday

We got up on this gorgeous day and headed to Camelback Inn for a spa day! We took a Pilates class, got massages, and ended the morning with a cocktail by the pool. Cheers!

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Later that day, we visited Drybar, a salon that blow drys and styles your hair, to get ready for a night on the town! We went to dinner before heading to Whiskey Row for a night of country music, drinks, and dancing. We had (a little too much) fun!

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Saturday 

This was a big day for Spartan fans as our football team was facing their rivals, UofM. We headed to an MSU bar, Wasted Grain, to root on our team. As most of you know, MSU won 27-23 in one of the most exciting and unexpected endings. Go green!

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After the game, we had a couple celebratory drinks and dinner before wrapping up the night early in preparation for Sunday.

Sunday

We woke up before the sun to beat the heat as we embarked on a 2 hour hike on Sunrise Trail to Sunrise Peak. It was a beautiful view at the top and a great workout!

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We rewarded ourselves with a yummy breakfast and relaxed the rest of the day, enjoying each other’s company. It is always great to be together, but bittersweet as we have to say goodbye again. We are looking forward to being together again at Christmas. Hope you all had a great weekend!

-A & M-

Moving Update: A New Adventure In Scottsdale

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Kevin and I have been in Scottsdale for 3 weeks now, and we are just starting to settle in. I forgot how much work moving is, let alone moving across the country! There are so many things you don’t think of like getting new licenses and license plates, finding the best grocery store in town, and Kevin’s favorite – hanging up all of our pictures on the walls in our apartment.

TogetherAtHeart_ScottsdaleWe are loving the new apartment and pool!

Other than the stress of the move, we’re really enjoying the area. Kevin has been getting out of work earlier, which allows us to make some great dinners together and we’ve taken a couple of night rides to check out our surroundings. It’s been over 100 degrees every day, which is what we expected.  Although it’s super hot it’s bearable since there’s very little humidity.

So far we really like our apartment complex. We spent last Saturday lounging in the pool, and have found ourselves using the community grills regularly to cook up some yummy kabobs and turkey burgers. We’ve also been trying out some new restaurants, and I’ve already found a couple great places for ice cream!

 TogetherAtHeart_Scottsdale Kev loves his new mustang. We’ve been cruising around with the top down even with the heat!

In other exciting news, I recently accepted a new position at a local advertising agency! I’ve been working for my company in Chicago remotely since we moved, and I’m excited to start my new job in a couple weeks. It will be nice to get out of the house and meet some new people, and I’m excited to expand my skill set and explore the market here.

When we decided to move to Arizona, one thing we were really excited for was hiking and spending more time outdoors. This past weekend Kevin and I were able to do some hiking as we took on Camelback Mountain for the first time. It was a beautiful morning hike and a great workout. We started hiking at 6am to try and beat the heat, and it was almost 100 degrees by the time we finished.

The top was the scariest part, as you had to scramble up with your hands. I’m not the biggest fan of heights, but the view from the top was definetly worth it! We rewarded ourselves with some delicious breakfast once we reached the bottom. We are looking forward to hiking the other side of the mountain soon!

 TogetherAtHeart_CamelbackMountain View from the top of the Cholla trail at 2704 ft.

I’ll keep you posted as we continue to become familiar with our new home!

– A – 

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A New Adventure In Scottsdale

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend!

My husband and I spent ours moving out of our apartment in Chicago, making a stop in Michigan on the 4th to visit family and friends, and flying to our new home yesterday in Scottsdale, Arizona!

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My husband got a promotion with his company, and his job is taking us on a new adventure across the country. It’s always hard saying goodbye to friends and family, but we are looking forward to the warm weather and more active lifestyle that Arizona offers. We are also excited to try something completely new!

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We got an apartment close to Old Town Scottsdale, and we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our belongings before moving in. Living in Scottsdale will be much different than Chicago. The biggest difference is that we will have cars and not being about to walk everywhere like we did in Chicago. We also don’t know many people in Arizona, so it will be great meeting new people as we explore the area and get acquainted.

I’m already looking forward to family and friends visiting us and especially cannot wait for Meghan’s visit in October. I’m excited to share more about our new home soon!

– A –