Freed Up Girl

Welcome to Kauai- Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Monday, May 23, 2016

We arrived late to the Grand Hyatt Resort Kauai due to a 13+ hour flight delay. We anticipated having a nice relaxing afternoon by the pool. Instead, we spent it restaurant hopping in the Phoenix airport, catching up on our shows, and hoping that we would make it to the Garden Isle to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. 

Once we arrived at 1:30am we picked up our Jeep and headed to the resort unaware of the beauty that surrounded us because of the night sky. We were greeted with warm smiles, fresh leis, and were escorted to our room where we immediately drifted off to sleep. 

The next morning I hopped out of bed and pulled back the curtains and was greeted by this amazing view of the hotel's grounds, ocean, and the sound of the waves crashing in the distance. Not a bad way to start your day.

Deciding to stay put for the day and enjoy the beautiful grounds was just want we needed to recover from a hectic travel day. We roamed the resort grounds where the flora and fauna were abundant. 

The salt water lagoon was our pool of choice. It was close to the beach and it was big enough to find areas for privacy. 

Beach, Pool, Bar, Sleep, and repeat was the agenda for the day. 

 I loved watching all of the surfers at the hotel's beach. The current was very strong so would not recommend it for children as the red flag was up every day. Poipu Beach is much calmer down the road and is better suited for swimming.

Hibiscus and Bougainvilleas are my favorite flowers and they were plentiful. 

I was a bit nervous when I saw the weather was only going to be in the mid 70's to low 80's and was not sure if it was going to be too cold to swim. In Arizona, I will only get in the pool if it is in the mid 90's. Well, I must say I forgot what humidity feels like and it sure is a different kind of heat. 

Our favorite time is around four when everyone is starting to pack up and head in. It feels like you have the entire place to yourself.

It's also the time when your Mai Tais' kick in and you come up with stupid ideas. (aka.the Dirty Dancing lift. If you weren't sure what the flailing seal picture was supposed to be below.) 

The Grand Hyatt was a great base for our stay in Kauai. The rooms were nothing to write home about but the beautiful grounds, location in Poipu, nightly Hawaiian shows, food at Tidepools, and the service more than made up for it. I would highly recommend a stay. 

When are you having children?

Monday, May 9, 2016

When are you having children? Ah, the loaded question that I have encountered numerous times throughout my 20's and especially now in my 30's.

Desert Light

Friday, April 29, 2016

Spring has become my favorite season here in the desert. It comes alive with the cacti blooming and the smells of fresh flowers immediately hit you when you step outside. 

Last month, my mom came to visit and we took a trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens for some music, the popular Bruce Munroe exhibit, and to gather some landscaping inspiration for our backyard. 

The Spanish Bayonet was one of my favorite plants, isn't she a beauty!?!?

When the sun went down the desert was lit up by the Bruce Munro light exhibit. Miles of of lights illuminated the Sonoran Desert creating a desert wonderland. 

We grabbed a bite to eat and took our seats to listen to music in the garden. There's nothing like Irish music to get your feet tapping and your hands clapping.

The light exhibit has been extended until May 8th so if you are in the area I would highly recommend a visit. Music in the Gardens lasts until June 24th and is held every Friday. It was so great to spend some quality time with my mom in such a magical setting. Can't wait to have her back in a couple of weeks.

Welcome to The Henry

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Saturdays are my favorite day of the week. The Mr. and I both have off so we lazy around in the morning, take the pup for a long walk around our hood, and then head off to brunch (my favorite meal of the day).

The Henry, known has the "Greatest Neighborhood Restaurant", is the perfect spot. The interior is industrial, yet cozy. They did an awesome job at creating unique spaces. High top seating for those that want to grab coffee and work, to intimate nooks for those wanting to settle in with a good book, or those (like us) who grab a booth and await the grub. 

Jer ordered his coffee and a Brown Butter Salted Caramel Roll from the bakery. The caramel roll had the perfect caramel glaze all over; slightly gooey and slightly hard created the perfect combination.  

Jer ordered the Spicy Sausage Scramble with chicken sausage, organic eggs, zucchini, spinach, and havarti. It had a nice kick. 

The Hueves Rancheros was so good with a crispy corn tortilla,charred tomato salsa, black beans, and queso fresco. One of the best I've had so far in the area.

With all of the aromas of fresh brewed coffee, I had to get one for the road.(The Dropout-chocolate, caramel, espresso,Colombian drip, au lait) We stopped to enjoy the beautiful scenery and glorious weather. 

If you find yourself on E Camelback near Paradise Valley stop in. 

That night, thanks to my mom, we headed to Glendale to cheer on the Flyers (our home team). We had so much fun (ate way too many Wetzel Pretzels-buttery goodness) and were shocked to see that we were surrounded by a sea of orange. Even though they lost (to the Coyotes!!!)and the fans were a little more tame then what we are used to in Philly, it was nice to have a little taste of home.