Hey friends! How was your weekend? For those of you celebrating, did you have a Happy Easter?  Any family traditions you follow on Easter Sunday?

Ours was extra special because Mimi and Grampa made the trip here to spend the week with us. Kids had a blast, and we just tried to soak in every moment together. Of course there was golf involved.

Easter week

My husband’s side of the family is big into golfing and it’s always fun to watch them. We usually hit the course at least once when they visit. After a few years of random outings, I finally looked like I knew what I was doing LOL but my skills… Let’s just say they won’t be begging me to join a tournament any time soon (insert monkey emoji covering face).

We also visited a local ranch and got to see Grampa rope the bull while riding a horse! It was quite a spectacular view, similar to what you’d see in the movies. Afterwards, Dmitri got to ride the horse while Maria had the best time petting them.

After the Easter Sunday mass we headed to Loews Ventana Canyon a.k.a. my favorite brunch spot in Tucson. It is a buffet style dining with multiple food stations set up around the cafe area, both inside and outside. A live band usually plays a relaxing tune on the patio. I recommend sitting outside, so you can enjoy the terrific view of the desert landscape with mountains and saguaro cacti towering over the green jungle that surrounds the resort. The food is just as impressive as the view. Selection usually includes lavish seafood trays, a variety of grilled meats, fish, vegetables and fruit, an amazing salad stand, an omelet station and a spectacular dessert selection. The word “buffet” will never mean the same to you.

We usually come here for special occasions and always have such a great time! Easter brunch was everything we’d hope it would be. At the entrance we were greeted with a sight-pleasing seafood display full of crab legs, oysters and cocktail shrimp. I mean can we talk about this view??

Easter brunch at Loews Ventana Canyon

Here is a little tip for you guys.  If you plan on eating at a buffet, load up on protein and veggies first. If you still want to eat more you can go for carbs but you won’t be as hungry and will be less likely to overeat. But make sure to leave some space for mimosas 🙂

I started the feast with a plate from a seafood table.. Crab claws, shrimp and salmon sashimi were so fresh and delicious!  I just wanted to move my chair next to the station for the rest of the day 🙂

They also had the cutest setup for children with a nice variety of veggies, fruit, waffle fries, homemade chicken fingers and desserts. All the tables were kids size and height, so children could serve themselves just like grownups. Adorable!

Since my next fitness challenge starts today, I felt that it would be ok to indulge a little “to get it out of the system”. Anyone else does that? 🙂 The dessert station was superb: full of white and chocolate mousse, cheesecake bites, creme brulee, home baked cookies and brownies… The struggle was real and I felt extremely proud of myself for limiting the plate to only 4 choices. Mascarpone blueberry pie, peanut chocolate mousse, madagascar vanilla bean souffle and a chocolate dipped strawberry rocked my world.

Easter brunch

After the feast we took a little walk to the children’s Easter egg hunt on the upper deck behind the pool.  This was Maria’s second official egg hunt and this time around she went straight to business.

And of course we couldn’t leave without taking a pic with this handsome guy <3

Now that the festivities are over, it’s time to buckle up. The past few weeks have been a little hectic and I haven’t been following my meal plan and workouts as I’m used to. Funny that my body always knows when I don’t treat it well.  I’ve been feeling sluggish and just a little off. So I figured it was time to re-commit to a Fixate meal plan along with 3 weeks of Insanity Max30.  Here I come Monday!!! Hope you all have a wonderful start to your week!

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