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My Perfect Day in the Valley of the Sun: Carrie Bloomston

The author of “The Little Spark—30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity” outlines an ultimate day of tea, creative play and quality family time in the Phoenix area.

The author of “The Little Spark—30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity” outlines an ultimate day of tea, creative play and quality family time in the Phoenix area. 

Morning: Tea, Stretch, Create

First thing is to cuddle my kids, while my husband brings me tea in bed. Drink tea while cracking eyes open. Make lunches and get everybody to look like their clothes weren’t just pulled out of the clean laundry basket all rumpled. Socks, shoes and brushing teeth. After dropping them off at school I’d head straight to yoga at the Madison Improvement Club for Anton Mackey’s yoga class, which is bliss. Next I’d head over to The Henry for more tea, because it feels like going to another city. I love the super high ceilings and the light. Then into my studio to paint or design or work on any current project.

Afternoon: Kale, Retail, Hit the Trail

Lunch? To Flower Child for a salad and some kale juice. Then probably I’d want to go shopping at my fave consignment store ever called To Be Continued in Hilton Village, but only if they have a sale—I scored two Nanette Lepore dresses there for $50. And the shoes! I am no fashionista, but I love a well-curated selection of recycled fashion at friendly prices. Then to my favorite boutique in the Valley for jewelry and where we buy many malas and bracelets, Silver & Sage. Next, I’d wander over to the crazy-cool new Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix to recharge and browse—that is my idea of a perfect shopping experience. I’d pick up my kids at school and we’d go home and play with our LEGO pile. Maybe I’d corral them to take a quick hike on one of the Piestewa Peak trails.

Changing Hands at The Newton
Changing Hands Bookstore at The Newton—actual Bloomston family members not included. (©Andrew Pielage)

Evening: Toys and Tea Light

Later my husband, Kris, and I would take the kids to KidStop (best-ever local toy shop) for a bit of fun. Since we are headed up to Scottsdale at that point, I’d forget about making dinner and make a beeline for our all-time fave dinner spot, Tea Light Cafe for Vietnamese and we’d all eat the pork chops. Oh, those pork chops ... and that pickled cabbage! And then we’d certainly want ice cream on our way back home, so we’d go to Sweet Republic and I’d have the Sweet Corn with real live corn kernels in it (although I don’t eat sugar and damn if that doesn’t have sugar in it). Then my husband and I would read to the kids, tuck them in bed, watch “Downton Abbey” and fall asleep.

Sweet Republic
The threshold of sugar temptation, Sweet Republic ice cream cases (©Sweet Republic)