Monday, June 10, 2019

Bloghouse Scottsdale - Day 4

My experience at Bloghouse Scottsdale has been quite the four-day journey. From the first day, when I honestly wondered if I should just give up blogging altogether, to today when I am raring to go with a new blog platform, niche, brand, and a to-do list a mile long, it's been quite a trip. Coming into this conference I knew I would be challenged and learn new things, but I underestimated just how much. The five mentors and eleven other bloggers were incredibly generous with their time and expertise, not holding back on the seemingly personal stats and private details that will, no doubt, help us all raise the bar on our blogging pursuits.

Each of us were assigned a mentor for private critiques--Lisa Lubin was mine. She answered all of my questions, no matter how random and rapid fire, and is the mastermind behind Bloghouse
Here's the full crew of bloggers and mentors--also, in case you noticed too, I'm not sure why I always think I'm so tall that I need to crouch weirdly like I need to go to the restroom.
After we graduated from Bloghouse, a group of us headed off to Phoenix for an art tour with Billy from Arizona Pedal Cab sponsored by Visit Phoenix.
Although it was hot (105 degrees!), Billy's tour was great. We learned a lot about the history of the city and where to view the best street art accompanied by lots of witty social commentary.
These two are part of Roosevelt Row - which is just mural after mural of amazingly beautiful pieces. If you're in town, there's a cool site that provides a virtual tour, or give Billy a call when you're in town!
Once we survived the scorching sun, we headed to The Churchill, a shipping container entertainment complex of shops, bars, and restaurants that opened last August, to meet Doug from Visit Phoenix for a cool drink (and a gallon of water). I had this tart and refreshing cocktail by Pobrecito - the Watermelon with cucumber, lime, Luxardo Bianco, and Ford's gin.
Before heading back to the Andaz Scottsdale, we popped out for a few more photos of the incredible murals right outside the doors of The Churchill. I thought this was a great representation of Phoenix and the desert.
When we got back to the Andaz, I had one thing to do that I hadn't found time for all week--take a dip in the enticing salt water pool that's been greeting me every time I have left or come back to my room (it's just to the right of the umbrellas).
After my swim, I headed to the Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen at the Andaz. I had what I figured was a balanced meal of a Diamondback Fizz (sauza reposado tequila, grapefruit, lime, jalapeƱo agave, cucumber, and soda), the Baby Beets & Quinoa salad, and a side of Shaved Sweet Corn "Elote Style". It was just the fuel I needed to get back to working on the plans I have for the next phase of this blog (new and improved coming soon!). Okay, talk to you soon, bye!


  1. That blogging to-do list is neverending, just take it slow and steady and it will be less overwhelming, don't try to do everything at once!

    1. Haha, that's easier said than done for me. I try to do it all at once, but at least I have it color-coded! Since Bloghouse, I have decided to migrate over to WordPress and rebrand as a totally new blog (moving my ten years of posts over). I am so excited, I can hardly sleep, so it's working out. :)

  2. i am ALWAYS strangely crouching in pictures when no one else we have that in common.

    also, i love your dress in that first picture!

    1. Haha, good to know I'm not alone! :) And thanks, I bought it in Italy ages ago but it's held up well and it has pockets!!