Hornblower Champagne Brunch Cruise

Looking for something fun and unique to do in Newport Beach California? Then this blog post is for you! This past weekend I was in California for a wedding and we decided to stay an extra day to explore Newport Beach area. My sister found the Hornblower Cruise and they have a Champagne brunch cruise on Saturdays! First off I love brunch, and champagne so I was already in love with this idea. You do have to get tickets online in advance. Your ticket includes a 2-hour cruise around the harbor, unlimited champagne, live solo jazz player, brunch buffet and amazing views.

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You are first greeted onto the ship with your choice of a glass of champagne or apple cider. They then will take your party to your table. Most of the tables are near a window so you get a beautiful view of the bay area. Once boarding is completed and everyone has found their tables brunch is promptly served.

Champagne brunch cruise review by travel blogger bella hibbs Hornblower Newport beach

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Champagne brunch cruise dessert Hornblower

Hornblower cruise brunch food

The brunch spread was beautiful and delicious. Hornblower brunch cruise offered a huge selection of freshly cooked food.  The breakfast hot entrees were in warming dishes, that ranged from scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, and french toast.  They also have some lunch items, like salad, pasta salad, shrimp and carved turkey or ham. Plus they have fresh fruit and lots of delicious treats. I was so impressed with the quality of the food, everything really tasted amazing. During the whole cruise experience, you will listen to live light jazz music that really sets the ambiance.

Champagne brunch cruise review by travel blogger bellahibbs boat

Champagne brunch cruise on Hornblower reviewed by travel blogger bella hibbs top deck

Top deck on the hornblower

Champagne brunch cruise on Hornblower reviewed by travel blogger bella hibbs on the top deck

Champagne brunch cruise on Hornblower reviewed by travel blogger bella hibbs on the top deck with friends

Go up early to the top deck and enjoy the amazing views while everyone else is still eating, you will get the whole deck to yourself. The Hornblower champagne brunch offers unlimited champagne but if you want to order mixed drinks or wine there is a bar you can order from.  Also if you knock on the captions door you can ask to get a photo in the captions seat and chat with the caption. Being on the top desk is so much fun! It’s nice to enjoy the beautiful California weather, sip on champagne and be with family.

Champagne brunch cruise on Hornblower reviewed by travel blogger bella hibbs drinks

A few things you should bring with you on your cruise is sunscreen especially when you’re on the top deck. A light jacket, it can get chilly with the wind, along with sunglasses, even if it’s cloudy it can be very bright. I went in June and even though there is June gloom, around noon the clouds disappear.

Champagne brunch cruise on Hornblower reviewed by travel blogger bella hibbs captions seats

Overall I would highly recommend doing the Hornblower’s Champagne brunch cruise. I will defiantly be going back to try the dinner cruise. If you are not a local to Newport Beach, CA don’t worry Hornblower Cruises have eight locations ranging from San Diego, San Fransico to New York, check out all eight locations! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see upcoming events. They offer a lot of fun holiday events that look like a blast. It’s perfect for a group of friends or a romantic couple. I can’t express how much fun this cruise is plus how unique this experience was!

Photography by Jordan Hibbs Photography

The Hornblower Cruises graciously hosted us, but as always, opinions expressed on Hibbs Life & Style are independent and comprehensive. Bella Hibbs is the founder and CEO of Hibbs Life & Style and holds a degree in Hospitality and Tourism with a specialization in hotel management.

Resort Wear Romper For the Summer

Resort Romper Fashion

Summer Resort Wear

Summer spring womens romper

Tropical summer romper for women 2019

Well, it’s officially summer, schools out and the temps are starting to rise! I’m going to California in a couple of weeks and started shopping for fun beach/resort wear. I found this tropical print romper at Nordstrom. So I’ll be honest I have a love-hate relationship with rompers. Ladies you all know what I’m talking about because while it’s nice to have the freedom of shorts to move around without being exposed, but then when you go to the bathroom you have to basically take the whole outfit off to use the restroom.

But this romper was so cute and such a fun print I still went for it! It’s a great material, not very thick that you will not sweat and it has pockets! This looks like a dress because of the frill at the bottom but I promise it’s a romper.

I have rounded up some other fun rompers and resort style dresses that you can check out for all your summer vacation needs! I hope you all have a great summer comment below if you have any vacation plans.

Old Navy Summer Try-On Haul

Old Navy has definitely stepped up their game! They have the cutest summer arrivals that I can’t wait to share with you all. I won’t list exact prices for each item because Old Navy is always running some kind of promotion so most times you get a discount no matter what.

If you follow me on Instagram you know I love wearing bright colors so a lot of the items I picked are bright fun patterns that will look great for summer! Since I live in Arizona I also look for clothes that are a nice light material that won’t cause a lot of sweating. Arizona summers are no joke.

Outfit #1

Old Navy Summer 2019 try on session shorts

Outfit #2/3

Outfit #4

Old Navy Summer 2019 try on session red dress

Outfit #5

Old Navy Summer 2019 try on session resort dress

Outfit #6

Old Navy Summer 2019 try on session white jeanst

Outfit #7

Old Navy Summer 2019 try on session graphic tee with Jeanst

Outfit #8 – This swimsuit comes in a total of 4 colors. I do size up in one pieces, I have a long torso so I went for Medium.

Outfit #9

Old Navy Summer 2019 try on session workout clothes

Outfit #10– This Leggings look just like Outdoor Voices but are only $35!

Old Navy Summer 2019 try on session workout clothes that look like outdoorvoices. JPG

Cinco de Mayo Outfit and Deals

Cinco de Mayo for women

Cinco de Mayo dress for women

Cinco de Mayo fashion for women

Women's dress under $50 for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is less than a week away and first of all I can think is where is did 2019 go and where can I get a deal on tacos! I have rounded up some fun Cinco de Mayo outfit inspiration plus local deals happening around the Scottsdale /Phoenix area!

This exact dress is from Charming Charlie at Desert Ridge Marketplace.

Now that you found an outfit here are local deals to check out!

Barrio Queen – Food and drink specials, including $4 tacos, $7 chips and guacamole, mix-and-match beer buckets (5 for $20).

Macayo Mexican Restaurants– Drink specials, $3 Dos XX Lager, $4 Fireball Shots, $5 Margarita de Macayo, 16 oz. Grande Size, $6 Beer & Shot Special, Dos XX Lager & Choice of Fireball or 1800 Reposado.

Hula’s Modern Tiki– Signature Lilikoi Margarita will be $6, from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. After 6 p.m., treat yourself and a friend to 2-for-1 Lilikoi Margaritas with purchase of a starter or entree.

The Vig– Taco platters and pozole for $2 off and $3 Dos Equis.

Plus check out Blancos Tacos and Tequila, Loco Patron and Sandbar on Instagram to see specials they are offering. I hope you have a fun and safe Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy lots of tacos!

5 Easter Outfit Ideas for Women

Check out 5 inspiring Easter outfits with dresses and casual outfits for women!

Dressy Easter Outfit #1

Floral spring or Easter Dress

Trendy Easter floral dress

 

Dressy Easter Outfit #2

Strip Easter or spring dress

Dessy Easter or spring dress 2019

 

Casual Easter Look #1

Casual easter outfit that is stylish and affordable

Casual Easter Outfit for the family

 

Casual Easter Look #2

Easter or Spring Dress for Women

Yellow Spring Wrap Dress! Great for Easter

Exact Dress

 

Dressy Easter Outfit #3- Bonus this dress comes in lots of different colors!

Spring pruple dress great for Easter

Lavender Spring Dress Under $100

 

No matter how you celebrate Easter you will look stunning in any of these 5 Easter looks! As you can see I’m really feeling the lavender color this spring/Easter season and it’s a big hit. Also, all these dresses are under $100! Comment below your favorite spring colors.

Marketplace Smiles, A Dentist for a Busy Lifestyle

Nowadays people are busier than ever and finding time to get a teeth cleaning can be difficult. I’m going to share with you an office that is conveniently located in Desert Ridge Marketplace off Tatum and the 101 and offers exceptional service!

Blogger working at Desert Ridge Marketplace

When was the last time you went to the dentist? I get it having someone poke around in your mouth isn’t the most exciting thing but preventative oral care is so important.

One of the biggest reasons I stopped going to the dentist was because my old dentist office was so far (45 mins drive) that I  basically had to take an entire day off just to go to the dentist. Luckily I found a new office that is very close to my house, Marketplace Smiles located at Desert Ridge Marketplace.  You are more likely to keep or make an appointment if you go somewhere that is centrally located for you.

At Marketplace Smiles you can book all your appointments online which I find so convenient, you can even select your dentist you would like to see. I personally find it very comforting to be able to pick your dentist, you have a face to match the name.

If you are a new patient about 24 hours before your appointment they will send you medical forms that you can fill out online. I highly suggest doing it online, it’s a great time saver!

Lifestyle Blogger going to Marketplace Smiles at Desert Ridge Marketplace

Lifestyle Blogger at Marketplace Smiles to see the Dentist

The office staff is very warm and friendly. Once I checked in I only waited for about 2 minutes till they took me back. Again filling out the new patient medical forms in advance made everything go very quick when checking in.

I went back and did my x-rays then sat down to do my cleaning. I was honest my dental hygienist, Ricardo and said it’s been a while since I have been to the dentist. While I brush, floss and use mouthwash twice a day I have not had a cleaning in a while. My dental hygienist was very nice, explained what they will do today and some options going forward. At no point did I feel like he was trying to upsell me or get me to spend more money. He was very nice and just laid out the options and costs associated with them. Beyond my cleaning, I did add a fluoride treatment.  The fluoride treatment was very easy, I took it home then applied to my teeth before bed then washed off in the morning.

Lifestyle Blogger Getting her Teeth Cleaned

I also did a teeth whitening treatment. If you have sensitive teeth I would suggest only doing 1 or 2 sessions, not the full 4 sessions. After my second treatment, I started to get these zingers on my lower teeth.  While I’m not sure if zinger is the correct medical term I knew it was time to stop. Marketplace Smiles was so nice, I felt like a baby for stopping but they said it was okay and it varies from person to person on how sensitive your teeth are. Even doing 2 sessions I could tell noticeable whiter teeth!

Lifestyle Blogger at Marketplace Smiles located in Desert Ridge Marketplace

Happy to say I walked away zero cavities and enjoyable experience at the dentist office. Marketplace Smiles made me feel so comfortable and they have a great deal for new patients, $39 for cleaning, exam, and x-rays! Marketplace Smiles offers cleanings, root canals, crowns, and even emergency visits. Check out their website to see a list of services they offer or to book an appointment online!

Marketplace Smiles graciously hosted me, but as always, opinions expressed on Hibbs Life & Style are independent and comprehensive.

The Most Instagramable Spot in Tempe, Arizona!

If you are looking for the most Instagramable spot in Arizona, I have you covered! The Scene is a photo experience with 11 different rooms that you can explore. The Scene is located in Tempe, Arizona, easy to find and plenty of parking. This enjoyable experience is great for all ages so bring the kidos with you.

Best instagram spot in Tempe Arizona The Scene

This venue is overall a blast but it gets better because most of the rooms, not only are the perfect photo opt but you can actually touch and interact with each room. You can jam out to some hip-hop music or write your resolution down on a giant wall. Also reading what others wrote down was so inspiring, it’s going to be a great 2019 for so many people!

The Scene Most IG Worthy

The Scene Tempe Arizona Best Place for Instagram Photos

The Scene ,best photo opt for Instagram

You do have to get tickets in advance, they are open Thursday through Sunday 2 pm to 10 pm. Tickets are $30 per person and will take about an hour to go through. You can take photos, videos, and my favorite boomerangs. I did bring an extra top to change into so I could have extra content. I wouldn’t go overboard on full outfit changes due to time. If you want I would bring an extra shift or a jacket but not a full outfit change.

Best photo opt in Tempe, The Scene

I won’t spoil all the fun rooms, you will just have to go yourself and check it out. The staff is very helpful and inviting if you have any questions they are there to help. The Scene is the perfect group hangout and something to do in Tempe. You are welcome to take photos and videos but no tripods or selfie sticks. So get all your brunch babes together and head to The Scene!

The Scene graciously hosted me, but as always, opinions expressed on Hibbs Life & Style are independent and comprehensive.

A Lozenge That Stops Sugar Cravings!!

I did a 30 day no sugar challenge to start the new year off right. Giving up sugar was HARD! My sister showed me Sweet Defeat, and I was blown away on how well it worked! Sweet Defeat is a lozenge that tastes like a mint and you let dissolve on your tongue, then if you try and eat sugar you can’t taste the sugar! The formula blocks the sweet taste receptors on your tongue so you can’t taste sugar.

sweet defeat really works!

I carry Sweet Defeat everywhere I go! These are great for getting rid of sugar cravings or helping you eat in moderation. It will last about 20-30 minutes, so just long enough for the craving to pass. Try to wait to drink anything once you take the lozenge because the liquid will take off the film on your tongue. Don’t worry Sweet Defeat is only 5 plant-based, natural ingredients, gymnema, zinc, sorbitol, mint and spirulina extract!
Fitness blogger loves sweet defeat

Be sure to watch the full video to learn more about Sweet Defeat! I can’t say enough good things about this product.

Learn About The Ultimate Fitcation!

Get your calendars out and block off February 28th to March 3rd because the 3 Day Fitness and Yoga Party is coming to Scottsdale, Arizona!

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This event is the ultimate fitcation you need to attend. Spend 3 days at the beautiful Adeline hotel while enjoying all things fitness! Everything from guided yoga sessions, wellness workshops on nutrition and personal empowerment to overall networking with like-minded people.

This isn’t a conference where you are sitting inside all day listening to panels and speakers for 8 hours. This is a fitcation where you are up and moving around while connecting with other fitness enthusiast. Each morning you will start with a healthy chef prepared breakfast followed by a poolside yoga session. Then in the afternoons, you can choose between varies different fitness activities that fit your interests. Activities include a fitness crawl, paddleboard yoga or even a Super Circuit Obstacle Course. After all your fitness activities you will enjoy a nice healthy dinner followed by a fun sunset pool party.ย  There will be over 40+ specialists at the event either speaking or guiding workouts, so there is something for everyone.

3 Day Fitness and Yoga Party in Scottsdale -must go to event!

One thing I personally love is that every ticket includes 3 healthy chef-prepared meals per day! All the meals will be using the freshest local and organic ingredients and don’t worry they will have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, paleo and pescatarian options. This is so great because now you don’t have to pack and lug around all your meals, you can just focus on the session, networking and enjoying your time. They also have different packages that do include food and drinks.

This 3-day yoga, fitness, fun, food empowerment event will be something you don’t want to miss! If you are interested in attending this one of a kind event click here for tickets. You can also use a discount code to save 10% – “Bella10”

Fitness blogger going on a fitcation

I hope to see all there! Comment below if you are interested in going.

 

Healthy High Protein Snack for the New Year!

Fitness blogger gets healthy in 2019

Going into the new year I’m sure you have lots of amazing goals that have something to do with health and fitness! As you may know, that diet is the most important part of any weight loss goal, but some habits are hard to break.

I personally love to snack all day long but that can add up to a lot of unwanted calories. The best way to succeed with your goals is to identify your habits and see if you can find a healthy substitution.

Today I’m sharing with you an amazing high protein snack that will keep you on track this year! Saffron Road chickpeas are packed with 6 grams of protein, vegan and come in lots of different flavors so you won’t get bored.

Saffron Road Chickpeas Snacks

tasty high protein snack for the new year

These Saffron Roads chickpeas can be eaten on their own as a snack or you can add a little extra protein to your salads or hummus. I personally love just eating them on their own and I love the wasabi flavor! The wasabi flavor is very spicy, I personally love that spice but if you don’t then go for the classic sea salt flavor. This snack has really helped me be able to snack throughout the day without satisfying my goals. I feel good about eating them since there are 6 grams of protein per serving and very filling. You can buy the bag or they also have individual packages that are great lunches.

Fitness blogger shares high protein snack

Here is a list of all their flavors they sell on Amazon! As you can see these chickpeas are very healthy and a great addition to your meal plan. Plus you have to try their new flavor salted caramel, these are so tasty. There is a little less protein for the salted caramel but it’s great if you want something sweet. I also suggest measuring out the salted cameral ones so you are eating the correct serving size.

Chickapea flavors, Saffron Road high snack

High protein snack for the new year

You can find Saffron Road products on Amazon, Safeway and a few other grocery stores depending on where you live, I suggest using the store locator on their website. Overall I can’t recommend these chickpeas enough!

Photography by Phuong Nguyen at PNK Fotography

The Saffron Road graciously sent me products to try, but as always, opinions expressed on Hibbs Life & Style are independent and comprehensive.