U.S. Tour = A Dream Come True

I’ve always wanted to visit more places in the U.S. I mean, most of my adult years I’ve been stuck behind a desk or using vacation days to see family. (New Yorker problems ๐Ÿ™‚

So, doing these events around the country has been a dream come true: I get to host events & meet so many of you + the see more gems in the U.S. along the way, including my hometown. It feels too good to be true at the moment!

Here’s some side stuff we have cooking this year during our U.S. Tour, in between our retreats…

(And please tell me in the comments if you have any suggestions for any of the cities!!)


-Broadway. We decided to go see The Book of Mormon Musical! Ha. (We tried once to get in on the lottery but didn’t make it.) Mormonism is such a huge part of our history obviously, so we thought it would be interesting to see this. A lot of Mormon friends have seen it and they say it’s great (albeit quite vulgar, which just comes with the territory.) Also, Hamilton is just too dang pricey right now! We’ll have to wait on that one.

-Fashion Stylist. We’ll be meeting with my favorite stylist in NYC, Marina Dobreva, as we will be doing some photo shoots for our new website (nearly ALL my clothes are in storage! yikers.) She’s amazing and I can’t wait to work with her again. Remember the Tips From a J.Crew Stylist that I posted?

-Haircut. I’ll be getting a haircut at Sara June, which I need so badly! It will be 8 months by then (#expatlife). This was my last haircut there. (Also: fun note – the owner, Sara, came to one of our Ecuador retreats!!! She is absolutely the coolest.)

-Friends/Family. We’re excited to see my sister, brother-in-law, nephew, two nieces and loads of dear friends. We also look forward to attending the Mormon church in Brooklyn to see so many people we love there. (Here’s a pic of my sister and her 3 children. I once met up with them in the Brooklyn Public Library and snapped this photo after I spotted them. ๐Ÿ™‚


-Celine Dion. Um, I’m thinking of satisfying my 13-year old heart and going to see Celine Dion. Has anyone been to her show at Caesar’s Palace? She’s such a classic that I bet the show is amazing. (Also, I was so sad to hear that her husband and brother both passed away recently within days. ๐Ÿ™ I can’t imagine.)

-Grand Canyon. We plan to go to the Grand Canyon after the retreat in Vegas! It’s only a few hours away. If we can get a permit to hike to Havasupai Falls, we’ll do that, too, though we haven’t had any luck yet. The reservation line has been busy for DAYS!


-Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon. In between our retreats in the Southwest, we’re going to spend a couple of nights in this stunning area of the world. I can’t wait – as I haven’t been there before. I’m going to pretend I’m in a Pinterest photo or in a car commercial. ๐Ÿ™‚

-Lone Star Mexican Food. This is a taco shop we love to visit with our awesome nephews when we’re in town. Fish Tacos, PLEASE and THANK YOU!! Add to that some nephew chats about life and dating. ๐Ÿ™‚ (It should be known that Ecuador does not have Mexican food and we crave it daily.)

-Photo Shoot. We have a photo shoot (for our new website) scheduled in Salt Lake with our creative team. Time to work it. (Big time.) It’s been awhile. (I actually put on make-up recently for the first time in what feels like a year. I needed to know that I could still clean up ok. haha. I passed the test. With a good haircut, I think I can pull this off. Fingers crossed.) P.S. YES. WE HAVE A CREATIVE TEAM HELPING US NOW!! More on that to come. But big things are cooking. Because this blog has more up it’s sleeve.


-Gettysburg. Our Body+Soul Camp in PA is VERY close to Gettysburg. So we decided we really should go for a visit! My history buff husband will undoubtedly be a great travel companion.


-Family. My sister, bro-in-law and three nieces live in Portland. Though I actually haven’t spent much time there. I’m so excited to get to know the city a bit more and also see family!

-Japanese Gardens. I hear these are stunning!


-Family Camp-Out. For years, my family in AZ has gotten together for a huge family camp-out. This will be the first time I can actually go! Aunts & Uncles & Cousins, here I come!

-Reader Recommendations:  Since I feel quite out of the loop with AZ gems, I’m definitely going to try to hit up some of the places you readers had recommended to me years ago (you all were soo sweet to send these in!):

Tiffany Bolton: Joe’s Farm Grill in Gilbert! We also love Blue Wasabi for sushi. 

Anne: Crackers and Co. (on Greenfield and Brown) is a favorite for breakfast and lunch. 

Jenny D.: A place I always have to hit for lunch or dinner when I visit is Pita Jungle.

Nursemelanie: Hike Camelback. Also, Chino Bandido in Chandler is delicious. 

Vanessa: Some of my favorites in Phoenix are La Grande Orange (the store part is adorable) and Carolina’s Mexican Food if you’re craving a burrito (the holiest a hole-in-the-wall can get, don’t be scared). 

iheartaz: Since you like Mexican food, I think you would really like Blue Adobe Grille on Country Club between University and Main. Or Papaya Thai at Lindsey and University – it’s more hole in the wall ish, but has some of the best mango curry in town.


-Barton Springs Pool. This looks so amazing! It’s a 1,000 foot long spring fed natural pool. I’m hoping we can fit in a visit while we’re there.

-The Bats at Congress Bridge. Um, apparently there’s a colony of 1.5 million bats that come out at dusk every summer evening?! I really want to see this!

I really can’t believe this post. We are going to be soooo busy. But we pulled it off once (last year) and I think we can do it again. We’re so grateful for the opportunity. Luckily, we’ll be powered by Mexican food every step of the way.


I so hope we’ll get to meet you on this Tour. I can’t believe that our first 3 events are around the corner in MARCH!! Early bird pricing for Brooklyn, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake ends FEBRUARY 15! Please write us if you have ANY questions, financial aid questions, etc.

As always, we want any interaction with us to be win, win. So if you came to an event and didn’t feel it was totally worth it, we would be happy to refund your money. That’s how much we believe in these events – that’s how much confidence we have in this message – that’s how much we want to help you transform your life and your relationship.

Past attendees tell us AGAIN and AGAIN that this is one of the BEST things they’ve ever done. See loads of testimonials and gratitude HERE.


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  1. Erin February 10, 2016 at 5:27 am - Reply

    Sounds so fun! One of these days I will love to go to one of your retreats…. ๐Ÿ™‚ My recommendation is when you are in Pennsylvania to go to Winterthur Gardens. We lived there for a summer and it is amazing! Especially if you go when the Azaleas are on. But that might be in June, I can't remember. I would call them. If the Azaleas are on, it's worth a drive. If not, it's worth it if you are close.

    • mara February 10, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Ah, THANK YOU so much for this!! I had not heard of Winterthur Gardens, so I really appreciate this. I just looked up images on line and WOW ! STUNNING !

  2. Ruth February 10, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I went and saw Celine 2 and half years ago, because I have ALWAYS been her fan! ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely worth it. Even my husband enjoyed it and he did not think he would. My goal is to get back there after the baby comes. If you are going to be around Zions and Bryce, stop in Kanab. I would LOVE to meet you and Danny. Seriously, we should plan something! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mara February 10, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Ruth -so, so glad to hear this. ha. You've got me excited. Apparently her husband was one of the greatest showmen ever, and he created the show, etc., so it will be great to see it. And yes, it would be SO lovely to meet! I'll see how our schedule works out. Perhaps we can have lunch in Kanab. Let's stay in touch.

  3. Alyssa February 10, 2016 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    So being a bit biased about the PA area, because that's where I'm at, I think it would be awesome if you wanted to come to Lancaster and see a show at the massive Christian theater where I work. We do large-scale (think Broadway!), immersive, Bible stories and this year Samson will be playing! If you're able to squeeze it in, I'd LOVE to host you guys!

    • mara February 10, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Oh, this sounds amazing! That is so kind of you to invite us. I've heard those shows are quite spectacular. I'd love to visit – and mostly to meet you! We could perhaps do something before or after the PA retreat. Let's stay in touch!

  4. Laura February 10, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Wow. This post makes me SO EXCITED for you both! What an amazing trip you're going to have. I have to second the motion of Blue Adobe Grill in Mesa. It's New Mexican-style food and incredibly delicious, not to mention healthy (if you want, of course!).

    • mara February 10, 2016 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Laura – you're the sweetest. Thank you! And you've got my mouth watering w/ Blue Adobe Grill. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jenny D. February 10, 2016 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Since you're both fans of Frank Lloyd Wright, you should visit Taliesin West in Scottsdale when you're in AZ. The tour doesn't take very long, but it's amazing.

    • mara February 14, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      I'm so grateful for this suggestion!!! I would SO love to see this and that's so sweet you remembered we love FLW. You'd be happy to hear that last year we actually tried to rent a FLW house for the day for our retreat in Scottsdale. It was insanely expensive, of course, so I tried negotiating. They actually reduced the price SIGNIFICANTLY as they loved our cause, but it was still out of our price range. Maybe one day we can pull it off! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sam February 10, 2016 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    YOU ARE COMING TO PORTLAND?! I am giddy with excitement and hope I can make it work to attend!!

    • mara February 14, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

      YES!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ We'd SO love to have you!!

  7. Unknown February 13, 2016 at 12:27 am - Reply

    I'm just curious as bloggers who try to uplift and encourage and engage in spirituality, how attending The Book of Mormon musical (and accepting all the vulgarity that has been said to go with it) could even cross your minds. Obviously Mormonism has been a part of your past, but going to a musical that curses God, is racist, and vulgar and crude in just about every way just doesn't seem like a good fit for a couple who blogs about spirituality and looking for uplifiting and inspiring things in their lives…

    • mara February 14, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Hello! I very much understand where youโ€™re coming from, as I was taught to have those beliefs as well in my youth. I know many people believe that bad words or vulgarity is connected to one's spirituality, or their ability to โ€œfeel the spiritโ€. Since age 18, I stopped believing in that. And in my late twenties as my own spiritual awakening was taking place, I realized even more how far off those things actually were to what actual spirituality was (to me) – or to what actual connection to God was (to me). I donโ€™t believe spirituality is an OUTWARD check box involving no bad words, no rated R movies, etc. Itโ€™s an INNER desire for peace, an inner practice of connecting with God, an inner practice of connecting with virtue. It's more about how we react to things – and the peace we cultivate despite circumstances.

      In regards to the show, I donโ€™t seek it out specifically because I want to see or hear vulgarity or something. Iโ€™m simply interested in the story they have to tell – and interested to see what hundreds of thousands of people have seen regarding a religion that I am deeply connected to. To me, a show like this isn't a threat to my spiritual practices and I don't see it that way for MANY people I know who have seen it and also are on a spiritual path of some kind. Also, I've heard many Mormons and non-Mormons alike say it's quite uplifting! I'm curious and interested in seeing that story unfold.

  8. Maria Zuber February 17, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    I've been behind on my reading! Excited for your US stops! my favorite restaurant in Austin is Uchi. To die for, sushi, brussel sprouts, cool tasting platters, and delicious wine!

    • mara February 17, 2016 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      Maria – THANK YOU!! That restaurant sounds AMAZING. I appreciate the tip. XOXO

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  10. Camille Millecam Whiting February 28, 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    When in Phoenix I have to add a few to your list- particularly dairy and gluten free friendly gems! Backyard Taco in Mesa is divine, and cheap! True Food Kitchen is truly excellent, and caters to many dietary needs. We've loved everything we've ever had there! All the Fox Restaurant Concepts are excellent, so you really can't go wrong! Also Thrive for Acai bowls is excellent, particularly when it's so crazy hot!

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