Author Archives: Lilia Ortiz

About Lilia Ortiz

A freelance writer, graphic design student and bookworm, Lilia Ortiz has three years of writing and editing experience, particularly on lifestyle, design and tech topics. Follow her on LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.

Mother's Day Events 2012

Mother's Day Events
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If you’re still unsure where to take the most important woman in your life on Mother’s Day, look no further. The following is a list of places with special Mother’s Day offers. Moms eat free at Calistro California Bistro this Mother’s Day The healthy and approachable bistro that takes quality seriously celebrates moms with a… Read More →

What To Wear — And Where To Go — For The Kentucky Derby

What To Wear To The Kentucky Derby
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The Kentucky Derby, also known as America’s Race, has been around for 137 years. This annual springtime sports party brings thrilling horse races to millions of Derby fans. However, this May 5th, the horses won’t be the only ones captivating attendees and catching eyes at the Kentucky Derby. You can turn heads, too, by following… Read More →

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park
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Be an archeologist for a day when you visit Arizona’s oldest natural and cultural landscape. Experience more than 13,000 years of human history at the Petrified Forest National Park. The Petrified Forest National Park became a national monument in 1906 and is most famous for its Late Triassic fossils as well as its abundance of… Read More →

Free Museums In Arizona

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Every year, the International Council of Museums chooses a day in May as International Museum Day. This year that day is on Friday, May 18. Many Central Arizona museums are hosts of special events during this month and offer discounted or free admission. However, getting your daily dose of culture doesn’t have to break the… Read More →

The Arizona Renaissance Festival: A Trip Back In Time

Crowd at the Arizona Renaissance Festival Photo: neepster, Flickr
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I never thought it possible to travel back in time until I went to the Renaissance Festival. From the moment you step past the entrance you are transported into a different world. There are old-fashioned shops, rides operating on man-power, jousting tournaments and plenty of live entertainment. It was my first time attending a festival… Read More →

The Chicago Cubs' Hope Continues

The Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium - Play Ball
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The Chicago Cubs aren’t called “The Lovable Losers” for nothing. However, when it comes to spring training, they’re one of the biggest draws in the Cactus League. Even with their 103-year World Series drought, they continually sell out their games and have set attendance records at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa for years. With a new… Read More →

Top Picnic Places In Arizona

Top Picnic Places In Arizona
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With the weather getting warmer, who doesn’t want to spend more time outdoors? So gather your family and have yourself a picnic. This spring season, consider having a picnic at one of the following locations: Northern Arizona Dead Horse Ranch State Park is located in Cottonwood and covers 423 acres of land that includes 10… Read More →

Top (Wearable) Spring 2012 Fashion Trends

Spring 2012 Fashion Trends
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Runway fashion trends can sometimes be daunting and difficult to pull off. The solution? Make sure they fit with your own personal style. The following is a list of the top spring 2012 fashion trends. Neon Bright colors such as lime green, tangerine and turquoise will be popular this spring. These hues are typically paired… Read More →

Sedona Movie Coming March 16, 2012

A still from the movie "Sedona"
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It’s always exciting to see our state on the big screen. Starting March 16, 2012 the city of Sedona will be the star. The story begins when Tammy (Frances Fisher), a successful advertising executive, is driving from Portland to Phoenix to meet a client. She gets into a car accident and finds that the closest… Read More →

10 Great Springtime Reads

great springtime reads
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Even if you won’t be going on a tropical getaway this spring, set yourself free with these great springtime reads. Eat, Pray, Love Author:  Elizabeth Gilbert This memoir, now turned movie, is a must-read. Elizabeth Gilbert leaves behind her comfortable, American lifestyle and her recent divorce to find what she truly needs from life. The… Read More →

Have An Underground Adventure At Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns
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Arizona is home to many unique natural landmarks, including the Kartchner Caverns. Discovered in 1974, the Kartchner Caverns are carved out of limestone and contain 50,000-year-old cave formations. The park offers two different cave tours that will take you underground, giving you a first-hand view of the caverns’ fascinating minerals and formations, making Kartchner Caverns… Read More →

A Stroll Through The Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix
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Looking for a place to relax and de-stress? Then the Japanese Friendship Garden is the perfect place for you. As you stroll down the path of this 3.5-acre Japanese garden, you’ll see a 12-foot waterfall, a koi pond with more than 300 colorful and friendly koi fish that you can feed, flowing streams, a stepping… Read More →

Summit Welding: Make Your Home Beautiful Inside And Out

Summit Welding

Impress your guests with iron work creations before they even step foot inside your home — with Summit Welding. Works of art no longer need to be confined to the walls inside your home. Why not create a beautiful atmosphere for your guests beginning with the front gate? One Valley business believes that creating your… Read More →

A Sweet Day At The Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Glendale Chocolate Affaire
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The weekend of February 3-5 had the city of Glendale transformed into a chocolate wonderland. Yes, you read right. A chocolate wonderland. Vendors sold handmade items, various types of food items and, of course, that sweet treat we all love — chocolate — at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. I arrived at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire… Read More →

Arizona Centennial Events: Where Will You Be?

Arizona Centennial
by in Events | Lists

Arizona is celebrating its 100th birthday February 14, 2012 — so where will you be? Check out what’s happening around the state for the Arizona Centennial. Arizona Centennial Events: Central Arizona Arizona Centennial Best Fest, Phoenix Arizona Centennial Best Fest will take place in downtown Phoenix and include an “Arizona World’s Fair” exhibit, kids zone,… Read More →