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    Scottsdale, AZ
    Photo courtesy of Scottsdale CVB

    I’m headed to Scottsdale, AZ tomorrow for 4 days! I’m SO incredibly excited..wish the hubs was coming along but he’ll be relaxing at home! Be sure to follow me + my fellow bloggers on our adventure through the Sonoran Desert and beyond! I’ll be Instagramming the entire trip (plus a huge blog post later with everything to do, eat, and see!) – you don’t want to miss it so make sure you’re following me! It’s also going to be 106 degrees there this weekend…eek! Lots of pool time in my future ;)

    Any must eat/see places in Scottsdale? I’d love your recommendations :)

    Seriously obsessed with peonies these days. I know it’s probably thrown itself all over everyone’s newsfeed lately but I’m going to throw it on you some more. They’re like the epitome of Spring for me and they smell amaaazing.

    I’m completely utterly late to the game but Frozen. Cannot get the songs out of my head nor can I stop obsessively watching the movie. I watched it twice on our flight to Taiwan and I finally bought a copy last month ($8 off at Costco, heck yes!) and I made the hubs watch it once with me (I think he wanted to strangle me after the second time I sang “Let It Go”) and then I proceeded to watch the making of it and then all the music videos and everything Frozen related. Jason proceeded downstairs to his “man-cave” and started playing some car racing game so it was basically me belting out Let It Go with car tires screeching in the background. Oh, did I mention I also bought the soundtrack? Car rides to and from work are VERY fun now ;) of course, only for me. Jason probably wants to put ear plugs in his ears.

    Maxi dresses. I’m living in them the rest of summer.

    Game of Thrones. We just finished the last episode of season 2 – yes, we’re really behind but oh so completely hooked. Jason and I are actually planning a GoT day where we binge watch season 3. Not sure when we’re going to do it but I’ll be sure to have lots wine and a charcuterie plate because it’s only appropriate.

    Oil pulling. Have you tried it? My friend Melissa posted something about it on Facebook and I decided to try it. It’s essentially a technique to clean your mouth. You put a spoonful of oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes then spit it out and you supposedly will have cleaner, whiter teeth and a better smelling mouth. Technically, it makes sense cause what did people back in the day use? They definitely didn’t have toothpaste or toothbrushes. Anyway, the popular way is to use coconut oil and if you can get past the chunks of oil in the beginning before it all melts, then you should try it. It didn’t bother me but the 20 minutes of swishing? I did it while I was taking a shower, which makes it go by faster. If you’re going to do this, get a routine down and do it while you’re getting ready in the morning or something so you aren’t just sitting there staring at the timer and about swishing for 20 minutes. After like 8 minutes, my jaw/mouth was already sore from the swishing but I kept going. I spit out the oil in the trash can (don’t spit it out in the sink! The coconut oil will harden and clog your sink) and I mean, it made my teeth all nice and slippery and my mouth felt cleaner but I haven’t done it since the first time. I just couldn’t get past the 20 minutes of swishing part. I know, I’m such a failure. I’ll be curious to know, though, if any of you do it regularly and if it’s done anything for you?

    Divergent comes out on DVD on August 5th. I already pre-ordered it. Duh.

    This song brings my teeny bopper 13-year-old-self to life. Like seriously. I can’t even believe myself that I have this song on repeat at work sometimes. The chorus…in my head all.the.time.

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I still haven’t pre-ordered even though I keep saying I will lol Remind me later ;) I’m not sure how I feel about the oil swishing though. I doubt I could last a solid 20 minutes ha. Can’t wait to see Scottsdale through your eyes! Have a great trip :)

  • Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking says:

    Oh I love AZ! My fam and I always vacation there. I’m actually going in July! You have to hit up Los Olivos for Mexican, Sauce for pizza, and The Farm at South Mountain. Have fun!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Sooooo sad I am going to miss you!! Definitely go get some treats at Le Grande Orange. I think it’s technically Phoenix, but their “Old Timer” is one of my all time favorite desserts :) It is sooooo hot this week. We’ve been living in the pool :) Have fun!

  • Maria says:

    Have fun on your trip!

  • Roxi Beck says:

    Have a great time, Julie!

  • Heather Christo says:

    I tried oil pulling for about a week. I couldn’t get past that- and since coconut oil is like our mainstay for cooking around here, I didn’t want to get grossed out by it. I have to admit, my gag reflex was getting a little wiley every time I saw it!

  • Jan says:

    Not a place to eat, but if you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, you shouldn’t miss Taliesin West. I really enjoyed visiting when I was in the area.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you!

  • Stefanie says:

    If you get a chance, you absolutely MUST go to Kierland Commons (nice area to walk around and shop) and eat at Zinc Bistro. It’s a wonderful French restaurant, featured on the Food Network Best Thing I Ever Ate for the French Onion soup. Have fun in AZ!

    • Julie says:

      Awesome, thank you!

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

    im not sure how i feel about the whole oil pulling thing….have fun in AZ.

  • marla says:

    Have a great trip! Sounds like a blast!!

  • Jenni @ Jenni's Ferris Wheel of Food says:

    So many options in Scottsdale. It depends on where you are staying, but we have so many wonderful restaurants. Try something local (no chain restaurants)! Any of the Fox Concepts are awesome (True Food at Scottsdale Quarter is delicious), Old Town Scottsdale has some outstanding choices (Cowbow Ciao, The Herb Box, Olive and Ivy, Citizens Public House, FnB, 5th & Wine). Drink lots of water!!!!

    • Julie says:

      I actually will be hitting up a bunch of Old Town Scottsdale places that you mentioned!! I’ll be at Citizens Public House, FnB, and I think 5th & Wine! So excited! Thank you :)

      • Jenni @ Jenni's Ferris Wheel of Food says:

        The Mission is another great one down there. Enjoy your stay!

  • Gaby says:

    You are going to love Arizona!

  • Marissa says:

    You absolutely have to go to Arcadia Farms! I grew up in Phoenix, and all the food at this restaurant is delicious. They’re only open for lunch and have the best sangria.

  • Stephanie C says:

    Chelsea’s kitchen is amazing. Home made pan fried chicken. Hillstone is another good one. And if you are in north Scottsdale Proof Canteen has an awesome lobster roll! Enjoy the heat.

  • Olivia @Primavera Kitchen says:

    Have a GREAT trip ;-)

  • Ashley - baker by nature says:

    Have a great trip, gorgeous!!!

  • Carrie says:

    My husband and I live in N. Scottsdale and love it. Not the best time to visit since it’s heating up but still beautiful. Visit the a Desert Botanical Gardens–spectacular! Just go early in the day. Or, go north to the McDowell Mountain Preserve in North Scottsdale and/or drive up to Troon and Pinnacle peak. The views of the mountains and desert are outstanding. In other words, get out of the city if you can and see the beautiful Sonoran desert You might even see coyotes or javelinas. We love The Herb box at DC Ranch, Olive and Ivy and Grimaldi’s pizza. Have fun.

    • Julie says:

      Hey Carrie! I actually just got back from Scottsdale this week and I went to McDowell Mountain Preserve and hiked it!! Omg so hot but so much fun! It was really hot when I was in Scottsdale..about 105-110 every day I was there! Thanks for the suggestions :) I can’t wait to share everywhere I ate while I was there soon!

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