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Mommy & Me Yoga

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Mommy & Me (Postnatal ) Yoga classes  are all the rage in the Valley for moms, new and old.  From newborns to infants, parent and child classes promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your childʼs critical childhood growth. The original idea behind the duo yoga class was to use your tots weight as resistance while striking a pose but, realistically, it’s a fun way to connect with your little darling, show off your lululemons  and get the heck out of the house.  And, for some moms, a needed workout when you can’t find a sitter.alt

My gorgeous little girl, Mia Valentina,  and I tried Mommy & Me Yoga at floo-id Yoga (next to Whole Foods off Mayo Blvd. and Scottsdale Rd.) I originally attended the studio for hot yoga (pre-pregnancy), switched to prenatal yoga (during the few months I wasn’t restricted to bed rest) and now building up endurance so I can get back to hot yoga (yikes), so I was especially excited to see Mommy & Me on their schedule.

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This class is similar to prenatal but you can hold your infant during your practice or let them chill on your mat and watch.  Mia was cracking up most of the class – she got a kick out of all my movements.  Luckily, she didn’t care if my tree pose wobbled or my star pose fell.  When she got cranky, I turned around a fed her in class and even changed her diaper – yes, the class is very relaxed and comfortable for moms with infants.  In fact, they prefer your child can’t yet crawl to attend the class!

Of course, after, all the cool kids lunch at Whole Foods. 

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For more info on floo-id Yoga, including class schedule and pricing,  visit http://flooidyoga.com

 

10 Things to Do this Weekend in Phoenix: Family Edition

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The middle of the summer is upon us, with children out of school and needing entertainment and stimulation. Thankfully, Phoenix delivers on all counts this weekend with its multitude of offered events, including theater shows, a renaissance faire, multiple museum exhibits, and a nighttime visit to the Phoenix Zoo. It’ll be hard to just pick a few! Here are our top 10 for the weekend of July 11-13.

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10 Things To Do This Weekend in Phoenix: Family Edition

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The Valley is bursting at the seams with pride for the good ol’ U.S.A. this Fourth of July weekend. Picking and choosing events to attend is going to be quite the challenge as there is an abundance of ways to celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence. Put on your best red, white and blue, grab a sparkler and show your love for America!

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Family Brunch

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Sunday Brunch, or any meal on any day, is not the same when you have kids.  Once you become a mom, and unless baby is at home with a sitter, eating an actual meal in peace is merely wishful thinking.  But sometimes you still want to feel normal and enjoy the things you once took for granted: atmosphere, ambiance, crowd and, of course, the menu.

When Father’s Day was approaching, I knew a reservation had to be made.  Not only was this my husband, Anthony’s, first Father’s Day but braving a crowd and chancing a high maintenance baby was still easier that prepping, cooking and cleaning (yikes!) So, what restaurants are still cool to go but also family friendly?

El Chorro, in Paradise Valley, has always been a place to be and be seen. From Sunday Brunch to noted events like Thanksgiving Eve, you know you’re amongst Valley royalty at this spot. El Chorro was originally built as a school for girls in 1934 and then, in 1937, converted to a restaurant and lodge.  Clark Gable, Milton Berle and other prominent figures visited the lodge in its early days and in the 1950s, the lodge became a favorite of Arizona families and local celebrities, including David Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright.

After reviewing their brunch menu, this seemed like the perfect place for our Father’s Day.

When we arrived El Chorro was packed but we were seated immediately. The large patio equipped with misters, bar, dining room and back rooms makes it appealing for all, noting a happy mix of families and childless groups, young and old.

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Our daughter, Mia Valentina, slept the entire brunch! Although I was stunned it was welcomed; I actually had a chance to talk to the man of the day without adorable baby in arms.  We received the great service El Chorro is known for, mingled with friends who were also celebrating their and, ultimately, had an enjoyable afternoon.

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Even if you haven’t eaten at El Chorro, you may have heard about their infamous Sticky Buns.   I assure you, they are even better than you imagine.

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Anthony is definitely a foodie and this special, the Surf N’ Turf Eggs Benedict, was right up his alley.

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Since Mia was sleeping and I had a bottle on hand if needed, I had one drink. After choosing very carefully, I decided on a summer specialty cocktail, the Lavender Lemon Drop Martini.  Ketel Citroen, house grown lavender simple syrup, lemon, Chambord and lavender infused sugar rim. Once I can drink with ease, I will go back for this. Yes, it was THAT delicious.

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So, not only is El Chorro a prime destination for cocktails, fine dining and events but the Sunday Brunch is great for family time.  Check out their brunch any Sunday from 8am – 2pm.  Reservations suggested!

 

 

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Family Edition

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It’s nearing the hottest part of the year, and for many Phoenician families that means holing up inside air-conditioned buildings until October. Thankfully, Phoenix continues to offer a variety of fun activities inside, from musicals and summer camps to a well-known circus, so the kids can still have fun. Here are AFM’s top activities for the weekend of June 27-29.

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