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January - Arizona Lifestyle Edit

Welcome to the first month of 2024! Crazy, right??? Who else thought 2023 was a blur? As we continue to reflect on the past year and embark on a new year full of possibilities, let's kick things off with a vibrant and rejuvenating lifestyle in the heart of the Southwest—Scottsdale, Arizona. From a delightful non-alcoholic drink recipe to a spotlight on a local gem and an invigorating outdoor activity, we've curated the perfect January experience for you.

Drink Recipe

Sip and Savor: The Desert Sunrise Mocktail

Start your year on a refreshing note with a non-alcoholic drink that captures the essence of the Arizona sunrise. Introducing the Desert Sunrise Mocktail—a blend of citrusy goodness and a hint of desert flair.


  • La Croix 

  • Orange juice

  • Pineapple Juice

  • Pomegranate Juice

  • Ice cubes

  • Orange slices for garnish


  • Fill a glass with ice cubes.

  • Add each ingredient to your liking. 

  • Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy your Desert Sunrise Mocktail as you soak in the Arizona sun!


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desert sunrise mocktail recipe diamonds in the desert design

Featured Restaurant

Igniting Culinary Delight: Pyro – Phoenix, Arizona's Newest Culinary Gem

4300 E Camelback Rd Suite 125, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Phoenix, Arizona has welcomed a hot new addition to its culinary scene – Pyro. This vibrant restaurant, nestled in the heart of the city, has quickly become my latest obsession and go-to spot for an unforgettable dining experience.

From the moment you step inside Pyro, you're greeted by an ambiance that seamlessly blends vintage chic with moody and modern. The interior is bathed in warm, dark hues, with fun and elegant lighting, creating an inviting and energetic atmosphere. Of course, I  was taking in each and every little design detail!

Pyro's menu is a testament to culinary innovation, offering a diverse selection that caters to every palate. The menu offers a fusion of Japanese and American inspired dishes. My husband and I enjoyed splitting a handful of shareables along with a ramen.  We shared the Tuna Tataki and Ceviche Raw plates, the Short Rib Skewers and the Chili Garlic Ramen. Each dish brought a blend of delicious flavors!

Pyro doesn't disappoint when it comes to beverages. Their expert mixologists have crafted a cocktail menu that complements the bold flavors of the cuisine. The Calamansi Margarita is a personal favorite. My husband's drink of choice was the Old fashion. 

In the vast landscape of Phoenix's culinary offerings, Pyro stands out as a true gem. Its commitment to flavor, ambiance, and innovation make it a top-tier dining destination. As someone who has had the pleasure of exploring the culinary wonders that Phoenix has to offer, I can confidently say that Pyro has secured its place as my new favorite restaurant in the city. If you're ready to embark on a culinary adventure that will ignite your taste buds, Pyro is the place to be.

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Featured Arizona Event

McDowell Sonoran Preserve Hike

Work off those delicious holiday calories with an invigorating hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. January offers cooler temperatures, making it an ideal time to explore the desert trails. Bundle up and lace up your hiking boots and embark on a journey through the stunning landscapes of the Sonoran Desert.

With over 30,000 acres of protected land, the preserve boasts a variety of trails suitable for all skill levels. Whether you opt for the easy scenic trails or challenge yourself with a more strenuous hike, the panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains and desert flora will reward your efforts.

As you breathe in the crisp desert air and marvel at the beauty around you, let this outdoor adventure set the tone for an active and fulfilling 2024.

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January in Scottsdale is all about embracing the natural beauty, indulging in delicious flavors, and making the most of the outdoor wonders. Cheers to a month filled with new experiences, tasty treats, and the promise of a fantastic year ahead!

Stay tuned for my February picks!


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