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My experience at Bloghouse Scottsdale has been quite the four-day journey. At the end of the first day I was so overwhelmed I wondered if I should just give up blogging altogether. Now, I am raring to go with a new niche, brand, and a to-do list a mile long. It’s been quite a trip. The five mentors and eleven other bloggers were incredibly generous with their time and expertise. They’ve shared personal stats and details that will, no doubt, help us all raise the bar on our blogging pursuits. (This post contains sponsored content.)

We each had 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

The full crew of bloggers and mentors.

After we graduated from Bloghouse, a group of us headed to an art tour with Arizona Pedal Cab, sponsored by Visit Phoenix.

Although it was hot (105 degrees!), our tour with Billy (our guide) was great. We learned about the city and where to view the best street art accompanied by lots of witty social commentary. If you go, look for a morning time slot.

This is part of Roosevelt Row – mural after mural of amazingly beautiful pieces. If you’re in town, there’s a cool website that provides a virtual tour. Or give Billy a call!

We survived the scorching sun and headed to The Churchill–a shipping container entertainment complex of shops, bars, and restaurants that opened last August. We met up with Doug from Visit Phoenix for a cool drink (and a gallon of water). I had this tart and refreshing cocktail by Pobrecito – the Watermelon made with cucumber, lime, Luxardo Bianco, and Ford’s gin. (Sadly, Pobrecito is now closed.)

Before heading back to the Andaz Scottsdale, we took a few more photos 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 left to do–take a swim! The enticing salt water pool has been greeting me every time I have stood by the door to my room.

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, jalapeño agave, cucumber, and soda), the Baby Beets & Quinoa salad, and a side of Shaved Sweet Corn “Elote Style”. It was just what I needed to get back to work on the blog.

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