Last year we hosted our first pumpkin patch party and it was the best idea ever! We love pumpkin patches around the valley but there was one year when we invited a group of families to the farm for a...
Video Gaming Then & Now I remember when my family got our video gaming console in the 1980s. I grew up in a small town in Indiana, where summers were for running around outdoors, but the winters could be brutally...
A hot topic that I often see in articles and also find myself discussing with other moms revolves around the preservation of our self-identify as mothers. Self-identity is a word that carries a lot of weight. What exactly is...
Raising children is no easy feat. Sure, it’s been done for generations ... but when you think about how this little human is going to learn how to be a good human from you (and their loved ones), it...
Between working, both kids feeling under the weather, teething, laundry, marriage, friendships, and you know… life… sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get certain things done—like baking cookies. I love baking and my three year old daughter...
It’s that time of year again friends! The weather is cooling down(ish) and fall is upon us. Time to pack up the fam and get all those fabulous insta pics posted.  More importantly it’s a great time of year...
The teen years are tough for everyone: parents and teens alike. Having two teenage boys myself, I can speak from professional and personal experience. Riding the daily mood swings of a teen can lead to emotional whiplash if a...
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Fighting the Mom Funk

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Motherhood can be overwhelming. All consuming. Debilitating. One moment your life is your own, your body is your own, your time is your own. Then the next thing you know, you have a baby and are thrown into a...
“I have to get out of this house today,” I thought as I watched my two-year-old twin boys push around their toy trucks on the hardwood floor while I sipped my morning coffee. I considered what we might do...
For a lot of kids, the final weeks of summer mean anticipating new school clothes, learning about future teachers and looking forward to catching up with last year's school friends.  But for others, the transition back to the classroom...
In the weeks leading up to Kindergarten, we were excited! We shopped for supplies. We talked about all the new friends she would make and how much fun she would have at school. The night before, we marked the...
“Is my child ready for preschool school?” If you’re the parent of a young child, or children, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question. We all want to make sure we’re giving our children every advantage and opportunity we can....
I grew up in a small town, and we didn't have many options for shopping. But we did have a Walmart! I remember asking my Granny to take me to Walmart because it was my happy place. Truth be...
Dear Kindergartner, It is hard to believe that five years have flown by so fast. Almost as if I blinked and you went from a tiny 7lb boy nestled in my arms to a big boy. You correct me each...
Learning how to read is a really exciting time for children and parents. Although most children start to learn how to read in elementary school, there are several pre-reading skills that they will need to develop before then. Parents...
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” It’s back to school time! Stores have been packed to the brim with back- to-school items for quite some time now. Students and parents are excitedly navigating through the aisles with...
Even though summer may be on the out, as back to school starts, we're still certainly experiencing summer weather and we've all tried every way possible to cool off.  These are a few of my favorite frozen treats for kids,...
Last week we had a perfect day trip!   If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the kids, I highly recommend taking a day trip to Mortimer Farms. In July, they have a recurring event called Blackberry...
There are some people who possess the baby whisperer quality, but I somehow missed that one. I have friends who just couldn't wait to have another baby to cuddle and wear in a baby carrier.  All I could think...
I am an Illinois native, so summertime in the Midwest is not comparable to these hot summer days that Phoenix brings. Growing up, everyone looked forward to sweet summertime. The magical months between May and August where we can...
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Easy Summer Entertaining

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With summer now in mostly full swing, it creates the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and family.  When you have little kids, it can be so easy to get caught up in the hoopla of everyday life:...
If you are like me, you may be looking for new + interesting + unique + fun + cost effective activities for your kiddos to do this summer. This watercolor bubble art was all of the above! The idea...
The temperatures in Phoenix are climbing higher as summer quickly approaches. For those of us that have kids with summer birthdays, the heat poses a party planning challenge. Below are a few summer birthday party ideas to help  beat...
With summer right around the corner, I have rounded up a few of our favorite indoor activities we enjoy doing while we brave the 100+ temperatures. I am not going to lie, I think summer in Arizona with kids is...
Summer break is right around the corner and I, for one, can't wait! Call me crazy, but I love being a summer mom. It's not that the school year is all doom and gloom to me but competing with...

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Arizona Pumpkin Patch Guide 2021

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It's almost Fall and the weather will begin to cool down and of course the pumpkin patches will be opening up. Enjoying the pumpkin...
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