Friday, April 28, 2017

The Strawberry Inn, Strawberry AZ

Last weekend we packed our bags and headed for the high country, Strawberry, Arizona. Twenty degrees cooler and surrounded by beautiful pine-filled mountains. With summer quickly approaching this new found destination quickly became a new go-to for us.

We stayed at The Strawberry Inn, right in the heart of Strawberry. It was the most perfect little Inn, so quite, and so beautifully decorated. The recently renovated Inn had me feeling like I was sleeping in a model home - It was so clean with no signs of anyone else ever staying there. I'm also convinced that Joanna Gaines herself decorated the place, the shiplap walls, the neutral color scheme, and the simplistic charm all bundled up into a beautiful place to sleep. 

There are quite a few things to do while you are up in the area and they have some of the most delicious restaurants, some of which we've been dreaming of since we left. Our favorite places to hike were the Mogollon Rim, and Tonto National Bridge, there is so much nature to explore and we were right in the middle of it. 

The night we stayed, we were getting ready for bed and Hazel all of a sudden got super hyper, like jumping from bed to bed, giggling like crazy, hyper. We then soon realized that we had never really gone on a vacation with her -that she could remember anyways- and staying overnight anywhere but home in the same room as mom and dad must have seemed too exciting for her.  Her laughter and high energy was all too fun to witness, she was eager and ready to watch tv with us while falling asleep -we knew that would never happen. 
If you're a Phoenix dweller, traveling through Arizona, or if you're looking for a cute little town to visit and maybe call your new get-away, stay a while at The Strawberry Inn. You'll find beautiful mountains to hike, historical sites to visit, and the greatest food to eat, plus you'll escape all that Phoenix heat!

When you book with The Strawberry Inn use code #dawson!10 to get 10% off your stay now through the end of they year. If you're headed up to Strawberry and looking for things to do, and places to eat I'd love to give you recommendations.

Happy traveling.



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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

enjoying time outside with your toddler + a giveaway

While half of the country is snowed in from their six more weeks of winter - which I'm sure is feeling a whole lot more like six months - Hazel and I are over here playing outside in the swimming pool. If you aren't too fond of us right now, just wait till summer time and you'll feel much better because we will be the ones stuck inside.  Either way, you'll want these Tug Boats for your tub and pool adventures in any weather. 
I know I'm always saying it, but Hazel loves to be outside. This morning I reintroduced her to the swimming pool and our sensory bins - all of which we haven't played with since last summer because we've been a the parks all winter long. Anyways, I think we've refound Hazel's love of the swimming pool and being in the backyard. As soon as I turned on the water and started cleaning the patio with the hose I thnk she started to remember how it all worked. She was ready to help me fill up the pool -with a little bit of cleaning first - and this year she is able to get in and out of the pool all by herself. No-help-needed. Not sure how I feel about that one. 

Hazel loves playing with these cute Nuby Tub Tugs Bath Toy - I know they are bath toys, but they are so versatile and totally usable in the pool too! They are super soft tug boats that float easily in the water. I especially liked that they were very sturdy and always stayed afloat. Also, perfect if you're wanting to help your little one develop better hand-eye coordination.  These cute interactive faces on each boat made it especially fun because it was almost as if they had come to life. My favorite part about watching Hazel play with these tug boats was when she made them talk to each other. Her conversations started like this:  

In a high voice: Hi how are you? 
In a low voice: Oh I good. What are you doing?
In a high voice: Oh, just swimming in the water. Seee! As she swims the high-voiced tub boat around the pool. 

They are BPA Free and available here, on Amazon.  They also squirt water from their mouths which makes it especially fun when you're playing with a friend or a parent! 
How do you enjoy outside time with your toddler? What are your favorite toys to play with in the water?


Head over to my Instagram if you are interested in winning a set of tug boats for your toddler!!!
Giveaway starts tonight (4/12) and ends Friday night at midnight (4/14).
Good luck! 


For more products and other information visit Nuby on their sites below


I received this product for review, but all opinions and words are my own. 


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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

from the mouth of Hazel

 March 2017, Two years old

For a long while now I've been wanting to start a monthly--let's see how long this lasts--post about all the new things Hazel is saying. She's a pretty smart girl and I'm loving the things she is coming up with as of late.  And sometimes the things she says make me take a step back and think, is that what I soundd like?! I don't know, but let's be real. It's the cutest thing when your toddler starts to talk, their little voice is the cutest thing in the world... I know, because Hazel's IS the cutest voice in the world.

Me:--obviously trying to sleep--
H: Mom what are you dooooing?! 

H: Where is Sparkle today?! -Sparkle is our elf and she still sometimes asks this question even though she knows Sparkle went back to the North Pole with Santa. 

H: How you doing mom? 
Me: I'm good Hazel. How are you?
H: mmmmmm good. 
H: How dreaming mom? -because we usually ask if she had any dreams...

H: Mom, guess whaat?!
Me: What Hazel?
H: Mary is here! 

H: My name is Winnie the Pooh and I like honey!

H: Can I have some milk, awesome?
Me: Do you mean, also?
H: Also.

Me: Hazel do you want to play toys? 
H: Yeah, sure. 

H: Say sorry to me. 
M: Why do I need to say sorry?
H: Because that wasn't nice.

H: Do you want to go to Target?
Me: Sure! 
H: Okay, do you want to go now or later?

H: You need to say sorry or you go to time out. 

H: We both sharing!

H: She has baby in her tummy!!
Me: No, that's her chest. 
H: Oh that her chest. 

H: I have baby in my tummy like Aunt Liz. 
Me: Oh, you do?!
H: No, it's just playdoh!

H: Ohhh that's too saaaaaad.
What are your kids saying that have you cracking up? Hazel's newest word... why. And I'll just let you feel sorry for me now because I'm over here trying to figure out why Gran lives at her house, and why birds fly. 
Happy Wednesday!
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