2nd Annual Mother’s Day Trip

outside photo of Hotel Valencia
image credit: Hotel Valencia

Mother’s Day Weekend Trip

My daughters, Danielle and Heather, and I had our 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Trip over the weekend. This year, seven-month-old Makenna joined us.

Our destination for the weekend was Santana Row in San Jose. Once we arrived there, we met with another three generational group, my friend Melanie, her daughter, and two granddaughters, for lunch.

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Auntie Heather and Makenna at Pizza Antica

Did Someone Say Pedis???

After lunch, we headed off for our pedicure appointments at a local nail spa. There was so much going on that Makenna enjoyed looking around and cuddling with her mom.

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After our pedicures, we hobbled in our post-pedi flip-flops over to Hotel Valencia to check-in.

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The adults rested while Makenna took a nap. After resting and changing, we decided to head out for dinner. Unfortunately, our first restaurant choice had a two-hour wait so we decided to walk around to find another venue.

While walking down Santana Row, we lucked upon this great Mexican bistro. We ordered a pitcher of Sangria and table-side prepared guacamole & chips while we looked at the menu.

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Sangria and Guacamole (you can see a peek of it off to top right)

There were so many delicious looking entrees, it was hard to decide. I went with carnitas, which is my turn-to-favorite and my girls had the fajitas for two (it actually could have fed three!).

Dinner ran longer than we expected, so Danielle and Makenna left as soon as they were done eating. She wanted to get Makenna ready for bed. Heather and I decided to go a little shopping before heading back.

At Sur La Table, I picked up this cute Staub knob for one of my Staub dutch ovens. I must confess, I am a recovering rooster addict…I still love them but my kitchen is no longer exclusively rooster themed!


Sunday, Mother’s Day

The next morning we slept in a little late and had a great complimentary breakfast at the hotel.

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Heather’s breakfast

Us girls did some shopping after checking out. I posted a Style Reveal on something I picked up at the Gucci store HERE, so be sure to check that out.

One of my favorite places to go on Santana Row is The Container Store! I love getting my “organization on” there. When you’re organizing with such pretty containers, it doesn’t feel like a chore at all.

Our 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Trip was a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait for next year!

What did you do for Mother’s Day? Do you have any family traditions? Leave me some comments below!

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Spring trip: Tampa & Key West

A few weeks ago, we returned from our spring vacation trip to Florida and a week-long Caribbean cruise. We’ve been on a number of Caribbean cruises before, but this itinerary had a few ports that we hadn’t been to.
Tampa, Florida
Before our cruise, we spent three days in Tampa at the Renaissance Hotel, next to International Plaza. To call International Plaza a “mall” would almost be a disservice. Not only were their stores a shopaholic’s dream (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Dillard’s, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Ballard Design, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, etc) but their restaurants were an epicurean delight. While dining outdoors on the patio, the sky looked like the painted ceilings at the Venetian in Vegas, with soft blue and puffy white clouds. On our second night, we ate at an Italian restaurant called BRIO Tuscan Grille and my husband is still talking about the pork chops he had there.
Pork Chops and lasagna
We’d been to Tampa several times before, so we spent our time driving around St. Pete’s, Clearwater, and enjoyed the hotel and International Plaza.
Bon Voyage!

On Friday, we boarded our cruise ship. It was our first time staying in a Pinnacle Suite on Holland America (we usually stay in a Neptune Suite), so we had no idea what to expect when we boarded the ship. After checking in, we were escorted on board and shown to our suite. It was gorgeous! I was most excited about having a jetted spa on our balcony. I’ll post more pictures under the travel topic above.

Pinnacle Suite balcony spa
We got settled in our room, walked around the ship, had lunch, and a drink (or two) before departing Tampa.
Key West, Florida
The next morning, we arrived in Key West. It was the cruise stop we were the most excited about! Next to Key West, there were tiny islands accessible only by boat. I snapped these pictures as we were arriving. fullsizeoutput_2932 fullsizeoutput_290a Oh, it was so gorgeous there! The weather was just perfect. We went into town and decided to take the Conch Train on a tour of the island. After that, we had lunch at a Cuban restaurant, did a little shopping, then returned to the ship. I wish I’d taken more pictures of Key West! See more of our travel here.
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