This year May 2020 I was turning the big 3-0. I wanted to fly and take a trip to Florida for my 30th birthday. With the covid-19 spread, it definitely changed my plans. As the month of May approached things were opening back up. I decided what I wanted to do for my birthday. I just wanted to be on a boat with my family and some close friends. We originally wanted to camp at Theodore Roosevelt Lake but all the campsites were closed due to the virus. So we had to choose between Globe or Payson at a hotel. We chose Payson because we were going to head up towards Needles, California to stay for 5 days. It was super busy because of Memorial weekend. We headed up towards Payson on Friday. Getting stuck in traffic for an hour was not planned, but there were a lot of travelers heading up North towards Payson.
Friday for dinner we ate at Macky’s Grill, the customer service was so amazing. They were super packed with customers yet they treated everyone with great customer service. The food was delicious. After dinner we went to the Casino in Payson. I definitely had some birthday luck there every machine I played I won at. Saturday we spent the day on Theodore Roosevelt Lake on a boat. Everyone had such a great time. It went exactly how I wanted. Definitely can scratch that off my bucket list. The weather was so perfect all day! The kids swam and got pulled by the boat on an inflatable tube.
Sunday we headed towards California stopped in Flagstaff to eat some Red Lobster. Then we came across Bearizona. We didn’t plan to stop there but we always wanted to go. Seeing all the animals was very neat. You drive in your cars and see all the animals. There are bears, wolves, and bison's. You could also get down and walk in a different area and see other animals. Our favorite was the Jaguars, they're such beautiful animals.
I really enjoyed my 30th birthday, it was spent with some amazing people. I love to going on adventures and see different places. So I may not have flown but I ended up traveling which is what I wanted to do in the first place. When we head back home we are stopping in Sedona. I can’t wait to see that beautiful place. Until the next adventure!
Have you heard that Chalo’s La Casa Reynoso is back!? Their chicken and steak fajitas were my favorite. Not only are they up and running, but they will be adding delivery with Down2Deliver starting on Monday, May 18th.
I’m especially excited because I had my first job at Chalo’s. I was a 15-year-old Freshman at Safford High School. Three of my good friends were already working there. I was very interested in getting a job, so I asked if they were hiring. I was super excited when I got hired on.
I started out as a busser, cleaning all the tables after the customers left. I did that for a while until I got moved up to a waitress. Training to be a waitress was pretty exciting. I learned all the abbreviations for the food we had on the menu. Carrying more than two plates out to the customers was so much fun. Each crew helped each other, by running plates out to their tables. Sitting customers in their sections and taking drink orders. Some sections in the restaurant were busier than others. So we all made sure we took care of one another. We each had our own duties to help keep the restaurant clean and stocked. I met some great people working at Chalo’s. The management was great. They treated us all like family. Thursday nights we served all you can eat ribs. Those nights were super busy and I remember we were always so packed. The bar was always so busy as well. Chalo’s being back it makes me think of all the great memories I had working there. It was a big part of my high school years. I’m super happy that Shane brought it back to our Gila Valley community.
Be sure to call in an order a green chili relleno with a side of rice and beans next time you get hungry for authentic food from the World Famous Salsa Trail!
Yours Truly Brittany🖤
Rosanna and myself working on St. Patricks day!
Such great wonderful memories working at Chalo's
Chalo's Sunday Menudo!
When I was waitress at Chalo's, I loved to dress up for the holidays!!
I want to discuss on how it is to be a Pageant Director. As a Pageant Director preparing for pageant day has a major checklist, just like any other event. Lining out all the details from A to Z. So many thoughts go through your head from the day you start planning. What type of pageant do you want, all natural beauty or glitz pageant. Writing every idea, detail down that comes into your mind will help you. Then you can prioritize your checklist from important to not important.
Make sure you take every route in announcing the word out to the community. Some people may not have access to social media. So find the local newspaper, make flyers, and put a radio ad out. There is no way you can go wrong when marketing your event. You ask yourself where’s the best place to have a beauty pageant? Once you decide on the right place to host the event you are set. Start advertising the venue to the public
This is when you get a team together to help you do the minor details. Any little help you get goes a long way. As for me it’s very hard to ask for help from others. There are plenty of people who love to volunteer. It also saves you money, so first look for those volunteers.
I know I said this before but you can’t go wrong with marketing. This helps you get those contestants that you need. For example purchasing the right crowns to show the contestants. It draws them in, gets them super excited. I love seeing those smiles on their faces.
Deciding the age groups of the contestants. They need to be in the right age group. You don’t want a 5 year old competing with a 12 year old. It’s just not fair, so you have to make sure you pull in as many contestants as you can. To fill in those age gaps. I like to have at least 2 contestants in each age group. The more contestants the better. Also think about how many categories you want to have for the contestants to compete in. Such as outfit of choice, dress wear, and talent.
Making deadlines will help you stay on track. These deadlines could be for the contestants to sign up to compete. Paying all the fees for the Venue. When having to purchase any product, put a date when to buy it by. Deadlines for all the contestants music for the talent part. Very important to stay on track with these cut off dates.
Pageant Directors have a huge list of responsibilities to get done. This is just half of it, there’s so much more. It’s not an easy task, if you know exactly what you’re doing everything will be just fine. It’ll all come together, all your hard work will pay off. Then you can celebrate my favorite part is to blast those confetti cannons off on stage!
Yours Truly Brittany🖤
Here is a flyer from one of the pageants I directed!
My name isBrittany, I am the pageant director of Uptown Princess. I remember watching beauty pageants on TV all the time. They just amazed me, and I fell in love with watching them. Seeing all those confident women on stage, oh how I wanted to be up there one day. I never had the confidence as they did, so I just watched from the sidelines. One thing I did tell myself when I have a daughter, I hope she loves them as much as me. For I will teach her to be confident, and she can show the world what she’s made of! Now that I have a daughter of my own she has competed in a few. These beauty pageants weren’t exactly what I was looking for. Don’t get me wrong they were wonderful but I knew there was something missing. Living in a small community I would have to travel out of town or state to find exactly what I was looking for. Traveling became pricey from the beginning. Purchasing a dress, outfits, gas, and hotels definitely added up. So this is where the idea came into mind of putting together my own pageants for my community. I wanted to introduce our community to a different side of the pageant industry. How does one start a pageant I asked myself. So, I did a lot of research for about 2 years on how to put together a pageant. Watched tons of videos on pageants, paid attention to every detail. It's definitely not an easy task to do all by yourself, so my Fiance Michael stepped up to help me make these pageants possible. He knew how much this meant to me. We worked together on making this all happen, and bring this new different event to our town. With these pageants we wanted each of them to have a theme, and different from one after the next. We have hosted 2 pageants in our community. We are hoping and pushing for it to grow into something bigger. The first beauty pageant turned out exactly how I pictured it would. We had so many wonderful amazing talented contestants. They hold a special place in my heart. Each and everyone of them helped make this possible. Most people think beauty pageants are all about beauty but they're not. There's so much more to them. I believe it will help young girls and young women with their confidence, their strengths, and raise their self esteem about themselves. Something I wish I could have had growing up. I guess, I can now say I have that confidence. Getting up there on stage and sharing my story of becoming a Pageant Director. I'm focusing on setting an example for all these young girls and young women that your goals are possible. One of my goals has finally come true and I couldn’t be happier. My goal isn’t finished because there is so much that needs to be done. All I know is that it has opened many doors to a brighter future! So remember don’t hold back, push yourself to succeed in all your ambitions!!! May y'all shine bright like a diamond, and continue to be courageous! Yours Truly Brittany ❤
These beautiful tall crowns!!
My Princess! The one who I will help guide to be courageous!
The amazing talented contestants, who made all this possible!!
Hey, from Special Kay! I recently moved to Graham County from Bullhead City, Arizona; however, I was raised in Minnesota, BRRRR! I know, right. I came to Safford with no real idea of what to expect. It was in May 2019; I came to check it out.
After a Beautiful Nine-Hour Drive Luckily I ended up eating at La Casita Cafe; it looks like a little castle in Thatcher, Arizona, with yummy homemade salsa and delicious tacos. I stayed at The Lazy Traveler in Safford as it has my middle name, traveler, not lazy. It's a unique Inn that is walking distance from Main Street. So I ventured along Safford's Historic Downtown Main Street, where I happen to go into the quaintest coffee shop. Ginaveve's Market not only has coffee but gelato, a fresh salad bar with a wide variety of gourmet balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and so much more. After a Good Night's Sleep I drove up the winding newly paved road up breathtaking Mt. graham over 20 miles, where I saw two dear that just stopped to pose for a picture. I heard Rigg's Flat Lake is at the top, but I didn't make it that far. I cruised around town and the outskirts of town to see if this is a place I could see myself living. I was excited to see the big car dealers and all the new vehicles driving around. I also enjoyed seeing the beautiful courthouse, the lawn with the flag flying high, and the little statue on the corner of 8th and Main Street with the two small children reading together. It reminded me of when my children were little. There were several schools and churches, a couple of theaters, and a variety of small shops, eateries, hair salons, and restaurants. I did wonder into Debbie's, a craft shop on Main Street that not only has a ton of things to make crafts, but also has a variety of consignment items and classes. I also saw some beautiful properties with fantastic landscaping, some home improvements, and the construction of a variety of buildings. Heading west out of town, I had to stop at Gila Outdoors to check out the ATV trails in the area. I was happy to find there are more than I will ever see. Taylor Freeze was my last stop where I had a blueberry shake with real blue berries.
Special Kay is Moving to Safford I experienced a good community, and I felt like I could call this place home. That is the beginning of my "What is was like to move to Graham County" story. Next time, I will tell you about some of the first people I met that changed my life forever.
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