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Sneak Peek at New Luxury Resort Coming to Arizona

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"Mommy, are they bringing back the Teddy Bear Tea at Christmas?" This is the burning question my daughter asked when I told her I was invited to attend the official site dedication for the highly-anticipated Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley resort community this week. If you've lived in Phoenix for a few years and have kids, you'll remember the Ritz-Carlton in the Biltmore area and the wildly-popular Teddy Bear Tea, which sold out by mid-October every year. Fingers crossed, I told her. Tea or not, the new Ritz promises to be stunning and is the centerpiece of the largest luxury resort community being developed in Arizona ...Read more.

My Perfect Night Out Involves Food & Wine

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How often do you and your significant other schedule a date night? Meaning no kids tagging along, of course. Just grown-up conversation and a flashback to what it was like BK (Before Kids). I have friends that do this really well and have a date night once a week. Me? Not so much. We need to get better about setting aside time to spend as just a couple. It just seems like life always gets in the way. When we do plan a date night, it generally involves food and wine. Lots of great food and wine. Enter T. Cook's third annual "Cellar Series." These special events not only offer an amazing intimate dining experience, but ...Read more.

Fab Finds | Valentine Gifts for Under $100

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Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day with your sweetheart or your galentines, the holiday of love is a great excuse to treat yourself to a gift! Or, buy a little something for your bestie, sister or mom. We found several darling HEARTfelt items for under $100! ...Read more.

Nail a Healthy Glow in the New Year

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One of my ongoing skincare goals is to seek out the latest beauty products with the best results for achieving a healthy glow. Healthy and youthful of course go hand in hand. Oh, to have my nine-year-old's gorgeous skin and go back in time and proactively take better care of it! At 50, I'm in full defense mode. I'm not anxious to start lasering and injecting... I'm not going to say "never," but I'm trying to avoid it as long as possible by using the best products and staying out of the sun. Thankfully, I've kept my face out of the sun since I was in my mid-20s, when my face developed brown patches and I flipped out. ...Read more.

Sugar & Spice Looks We Love for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away, and whether you're celebrating the annual day of hearts with the love of your life or your best girlfriends, it's a great excuse to don a sweet or sexy new outfit! We styled both pretty in pink and red-haute spicy looks to inspire -- which one fits your style? ...Read more.

How to Make Homemade Bread (It’s easier than you think!)

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by Deirdre Hahn, Lifestyle Contributor | This is a post about making bread… during the era of gluten-free everything. I realize I’m going against the grain (lol), but I still believe there is something quite magical in savoring a piece of warm, homemade bread. So delish.... Plus, have you ever read the ingredient list of all the "junk" that's in your favorite loaf of bread at the store? From dextrose (code for sugar) and soy lecithin to other chemical names that are difficult to pronounce, it's not pretty. The store-bought choices are improving, but they are slim. My daughter’s food allergies provided the ...Read more.

Refresh Your Style with Ultra Violet

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So long, Greenery… and hello, Ultra Violet! As we kick off the new year, it’s time to say "out with the old and in with new" color of the year, as selected by the renowned color gurus at Pantone. Every year they select the hue that reflects the mood of the design industry and our society at the time. As they stated upon it's release, Ultra Violet is "a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade... (it) communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future." We like the positivity! This cool-toned, blue-purple shade is pretty for work or play, and we especially like ...Read more.