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Gilbert Parks & Rec Schedule: Kids Gilbert Summer Camp

The Gina Kent Group, Gilbert, AZ:

Gilbert Parks & Rec Schedule:  Kids Gilbert Summer Camp

Are you looking for fun activities for the kids this summer?  Gilbert Parks and Rec has some awesome options that are sure to please the kiddos.  Their camps are very well run and the prices are extremely reasonable.  Check out their schedule below:

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Henhouse Cafe Gilbert AZ:

The Gina Kent Group, Gilbert, AZ:

Delicious Country Style Breakfast, Henhouse Cafe Gilbert AZ:

Calling all breakfast lovers!!  If you haven’t been to the Henhouse Cafe (located at the corner of Guadalupe and Higley) you are truly missing out.

We recently discovered this wonderful restaurant.  We felt right at home with the friendly atmosphere and shabby chic decor.  We are firm believers in supporting local small businesses, so we were delighted to learn that the Henhouse Cafe is owned by 2 Gilbert residents.  During our visit, one of the owners came by our table to ask us what we thought of the meal.  She was so sweet and full of personality.

Their food is purchased locally from farm to table, they even make their own sausage in house.  Their high quality comfort food will delight your taste buds.  We had the Country Style Biscuits and Gravy and the Carnitas Burrito, and both menu items were absolutely scrumptious!  The homemade sausage and homemade green chile sauce is so delicious!!  We don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the Henhouse Cafe menu.

Next time you go out for breakfast, you should definitely check the Henhouse Cafe out.  It’s a great spot for families to start their weekend off right . . . with a full and happy belly!

Here are some photos from our visit to the Henhouse Cafe:

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Frost A Gelato Shoppe, SanTan Village

The Gina Kent Group, Gilbert, AZ:

Treat Yourself to Dessert from Frost a Gelato Shoppe:

The Summer heat is already upon us.  You know what that means?  Parents are looking for anything and everything to keep their kiddos cool . . . and happy!  If you haven’t already, you should definitely stop in at Frost a Gelato Shoppe located in SanTan Village, Gilbert, AZ.

Frost a Gelato Shoppe is one of my and my daughter’s favorite sweet spots.  It’s a little taste of Italy right here in our own backyard.  Oh, and did I mention that it’s healthier than ice cream??  I mean come on now . . . we can indulge and not feel (too) guilty with bathing suit season upon us!! 😉

Whenever you visit Frost, you’ll notice that there’s always a line out the door for their delicious gelato. All of the ingredients are imported directly from Italy, along with all of the machinery needed to make the authentic gelato.  Trust me, you can you taste the difference!  Gelato has now replaced the love of ice cream for both myself and my 6 year old.  When she asks for a treat, you will find us indulging at Frost!

My personal favorite is the Gianduia (chocolate with hazelnut) and my daughter’s top pick is the Crema Di Biscotti.  This is a must for the Summer checklist of places to take the kids!

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Kid Friendly Staycation in Phoenix

The Gina Kent Group, Phoenix, AZ:

Why go out of town, when you can have an amazing Kid Friendly Staycation in Phoenix?  Here are a couple of Phoenix hotels that are perfect vacation spots that the entire family will enjoy.

1.  Sheraton Wild Horse Pass LEGO® Summer Camp 

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Their package weekends include something for each member of the family.  Junior guests enrolled in the workshops will enjoy a full day of programming including; brick-building sessions, individualized kits, interactive stations from SEA LIFE™ Arizona, a build master amenity bag, complimentary kids lunch, gaming stations, Native American Song and S’mores and child wristbands for 50% off food and beverage at Hanyo Poolside Grill.

Parents on this package will receive; a VIP coupon book and shuttle service to the nearby Phoenix Premium Outlet, 20% off greens fees at Whirlwind Golf Club, 20% off a la carte services at Aji Spa, 2 complimentary drink vouchers to cool down by the pool and much more!

This package will be offered select weekends, June 13 – July 27, 2014, for $149/per night based on a 2-night minimum with a second or adjoining room for $79/per night, based on availability.

 

2.  Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

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This is the Arizona vacation destination your whole family will want to return to again. Start with the Oasis Water Park, voted one of the Top 10 by the Travel Channel. Mix in the 17,000 acre South Mountain Preserve with more than 60 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Move on to the Arizona Grand Spa and Athletic Club, where the arts and sciences of exercise and relaxation, therapy and pampering have been perfected for guests of all ages.

Then try a round at the 18- hole award winning Arizona Grand Resort golf course. The par 71, 6300-yard course is one of the most fun and challenging courses in the Phoenix area.

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NEW All Natural Burger Restaurant in Mesa

The Gina Kent Group, Mesa, AZ:

There’s an new all natural burger restaurant in Mesa!

Over the weekend, my friend and I had a girls’ night, and we were trying to decide where to go for dinner.  We noticed that the new burger joint, BurgerFi was open for business, and I had heard great things about it from some friends, so we decided to give it a try.

BurgerFi is located in Mesa, in the same strip as Starbucks and The Good Egg (it’s across Val Vista from Dana Park).

This isn’t your typical burger, all of their beef is all-natural, free-range.  It contains no hormones or  antibiotics.  So if you are Paleo, you will definitely want to check out BurgerFi.  The menu is pretty extensive.  They offer burgers, gourmet style hot dogs, fries (with toppings), onion rings, craft beers, wine, frozen custard, frozen concretes.  Don’t forget to check out their secret menu too!!!

We had the BurgerFi Cheeseburger and the Breakfast All Day Burger, and oh my gosh was it delicious!!!  The buns were toasted to perfection, and the beef patties were juicy and full of flavor!  We both had tea to drink, but if your a soda lover, you’ll love their drink station.  Their fountain drinks are the machines that allow you to pick your soda and add any flavor of syrup to your drink.

If you’re looking for a place for dinner, this one is sure to please both parent and kids!!

Here are some pics that we took from our visit to BurgerFi:

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Beginner’s Guide to Hiking in Phoenix

The Gina Kent Group, Phoenix, AZ:

The Beginner’s Guide to Hiking in Phoenix

By Zack Nicol, blogger at ZackTravels.com

Mother’s Day and Memorial Day are just around the corner and what better way to celebrate these days than by getting out and enjoying the beauty and the nature that Phoenix and surrounding areas has to offer? This is the Beginner’s Guide to Hiking in Phoenix. Enjoy!

Where to Go

As an avid Phoenix hiker myself, I have had the pleasure of exploring many of the fine trails that this city has to offer. I have narrowed them down to four friendly and exciting hikes across the Valley that offer beautiful views, gorgeous scenery, and an overall amazing experience.

 

Hike: Hayden Butte (“A Mountain”)

Description: This hike is located in the heart of Tempe, just seconds away from the Arizona State University Tempe campus. This is a quick .6 mile hike to a very cool 360 degree panoramic view of Downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, Mill Avenue, and South Mountain. You can see for a good 50 miles in every direction. It is a very peaceful and easy hike, with an elevation gain of only about 250 feet. The path is paved for halfway and then is a simple hike up the rest of the way to the top. I would recommend this to anyone with small children or in a time crunch who wants a leisurely, yet rewarding hike in the Valley.

Click here for more information about Hayden Butte Mountain.

 

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Hike: South Mountain

Description: South Mountain is one of the largest municipal parks in the world, covering over 16,000 acres just south of Phoenix. It overlooks Downtown Phoenix and Mesa and can also look down south as well. South Mountain has everything from horseback riding to bike trails to hiking and picnic spots. San Juan Road takes you all the way to the top of the mountain to the cell towers and the lookout point. There is also Dobbin Lookout which is a simple car ride to an overlook. I suggest driving up and getting out and exploring wherever you deem interesting. There is a large variety of trails and places to see that cannot recommend just one.

Click here for more information about South Mountain.

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Hike: Camelback Mountain

Description: Camelback Mountain is the staple of hiking in Phoenix. Located in the heart of the Valley, Camelback gains 1200 feet in elevation over 1.5 miles to give you a panoramic view of the entire Phoenix metropolitan area. This is a very strenuous hike not meant for the casual hiker. I suggest getting to mountain early, both for parking and hydration reasons, and enjoying this beautiful yet difficult hike. Please note that this is a very popular hike so in order to find parking, get there very early in the morning.

Click here for more information about Camelback Mountain.

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Hike: Siphon Draw

Description: Known by locals as Flat Iron, this hike begins in Lost Dutchman State Park. This is one of the harder hikes in the Valley. With an elevation gain of 1100 feet over the course of 6 miles roundtrip, Siphon Draw overs incredible views of the Valley. You can see from the east side to the west side along with catching glimpses of the Superstition Wilderness and Tonto National Forest. This hike is my personal favorite but also, I believe the hardest. This is not for the faint of heart and only very serious hikers should attempt this. It is a very rewarding view and is not as crowded as the other hikes.

Click here for more information about Siphon Draw.

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What To Bring

Hiking in Phoenix is fun if you are well prepared. Make sure you have everything you need before you head out for a day on the trails.

The most essential part to hiking in Phoenix is WATER. I will say it a thousand times and a thousand times more: STAY HYRDRATED. One of the most common problems with hiking in Arizona is that people do not bring enough water. Oftentimes, people assume a water bottle or two is enough and it is not. I recommend buying a Camelbak to drink along the hike. It is recommended that a hiker drink a full quart of water for every hour hiked and a Camelback is the perfect way to carry that.

Check it out here.

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During your hike, you will need snacks to keep you nourished and energized. I recommend getting Clif Bars to stuff in your Camelbak. These bars are packed full of protein and energy and they taste really good.

Check them out at your local retailer or online.

cliffbarsOne of the most crucial factors about hiking in Phoenix is the sun. You will be out in the heat and the sun for a couple of hours at a time and so sunscreen is important. Sunscreen is available at almost every store in America so just don’t forget to pick yourself up some before setting out for the day. If you can, also wear a hat!

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Don’t Forget

When you are out enjoying Arizona and hiking, make sure not to forget the following things:

 

  1. Only attempt hikes if you are properly prepared and you have researched the hike beforehand. Know what trail you are on, how long it is, and about how long it should take.
  2. Tell someone where you are going. Remind a close friend or family member where you are going, how long it will take, when you are leaving, and when you should come back. Make sure to check in with them after your have completed the hike as well.
  3. Bring lots of water. Have water on the hike but also have water in the vehicle for when you complete the hike. I cannot overstress the importance of water while hiking in Phoenix.
  4. Wear a hat and wear high socks. The hat will protect you from the sun and getting sunburned. The socks will help keeps your legs unscratched and protected from low-lying shrubbery.
  5. If you pack it in, pack it out. There is no need to leave garbage or trash on the beautiful trails. Keep it with you and throw it out in a proper receptacle.

Phoenix is an amazing place to hike and explore and there are many cool places to get out and enjoy nature within minutes of the Valley. Enjoy responsibly, bring lots of water, and most importantly have fun!

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Excellent Review of House Painters, Gilbert, AZ

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Review of House Painters, Gilbert, AZ:

A couple of weeks ago, I had a local company, George Johnston Painting, come out to paint my home.  I always worry about quality of paint jobs because my home has wood siding, and the planks needed to be sealed to prevent moisture.  After they were finished, I realized that I didn’t need to be worried at all.

I was so impressed with their quality of workmanship.  During the 2 days of work, the crew pressure washed, taped off all the windows, sealed all the planks, painted the house, mailbox, and the stucco walls in my back yard.  Their level of communication was excellent.  The crew worked efficiently, like a well oiled machine, they were fast and extremely detailed.  On top of all that, they were courteous too . . . they referred to me as ma’am when they addressed me.  Hahaha, I felt like I was in the South! 😉

Here’s a Before/During and After:

If you are in need of Interior/Exterior Painters, I highly recommend using George Johnston!
Tell them Gina Kent sent you!

Here’s their contact info:

(480) 234-0920

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Free Estimates
No Payment Until Job is Done

Services Include:
Elastomeric Paints • Stucco Repairs • Power Washing
Wood Repairs • Garage Floor Epoxy • Pool Kool Deck
Elastomeric Roof Coatings • Drywall

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Delicious Sushi Restaurant Chandler AZ:


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