November 2015

Arizona Grand Resort and Spa Review

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa – Phoenix, AZ Date of stay – March 2015 GRADING Overall Score: B Room: B Staff: B Amenities: A Recommended?: Yes Vegetarian/Vegan Dining Options?: Yes (on-site) This year, my family and I spent spring break at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa based on the reviews on TripAdvisor and because the hotel itself is a destination. Voted the “2014 number one staycation spot in Arizona,” the Arizona Grand has the seven acre ‘Oasis’ water park (for hotel guests only), complete with water slides, a wave pool, and lazy river…

The Best Travel Tips for Any Vacation

    I  am very methodical when it comes to planning vacations. They are, after all, an escape from the everyday, and I want them to be perfect. Here are my top travel tips to ensure the BEST vacation. 1. Do your research  EXAMPLES – lodging, places to eat, things to do, shopping, currency, language, local weather, local events, culture   Too many people try to take vacations without spending any time researching their destination. It definitely pays to take a few hours (or however long is necessary), and research your destination on the internet or in travel books at your…

How to Build a Wine Stave Table

I previously wrote a post explaining how my husband and I made a wine barrel table. After we were done making the table, we had extra wine staves left over. Not liking waste, I wondered what we were going to do with the leftover pieces. We had less than half of the staves left, so we had to make something simpler or smaller. When it comes to wine furniture, there are so many things a person can make. A simple search online will show you benches, chairs, candle holders, bar stools, high tables, and wine racks.  We opted against making…

150 Year Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, In Photos – 2013

In July 2013, my family and I visited Gettysburg, PA on the way home from a family vacation.  We specifically stopped here because we knew the town of the infamous battle was celebrating a 150th anniversary.  It was supposed to be huge. And it was. There are obviously perks to visiting a small town during a national remembrance. However, what comes with it are headaches, lots of waiting (everywhere!), no parking, and dealing with lots and lots of people.  We still decided to spend two days there, knowing that the visiting conditions would not be ideal for us.  I have…