I am a purist when it comes to my traditions. Especially holiday traditions. What makes the holidays feel like the holidays is different for each of us. So I was suprised when this non-traditional Thanksgiving side dish became my...
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Goodbye, Dry Turkey!

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Have you resigned yourself to the idea that your Thanksgiving turkey will be dry, no matter what? Have you convinced yourself that it's okay because that's what gravy is for? Or maybe worse yet, you have crossed to the...
The Phoenix Moms team was invited by Hopdoddy to try out their delicious burgers and fun variety of french fries and sweet potato fries. It was so nice for our team to get together and reconnect at this fun...
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Will It Popsicle?

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I wrote earlier this summer about our themed dance parties and how occasionally to get the kids on board I will entice them with smoothies... well that has evolved into enticing them with popsicles each "Funday Friday" and after...
Have you ever heard another parent say something so simple but so powerful that you knew you’d hide it away in your heart forever? My friend Jessica was talking about being a mother to boys and the sweet love...
My youngest will be turning 1 year old in April and somehow I still have a basket full of store-bought puréed baby food sitting in my pantry. We took our time introducing foods due to some food allergy concerns...
All of these meals below are easy ingredient meals that you can keep on-hand in case you just don't have time to shop and prepare a more complicated meal. Also all of these items are found at Trader Joe's...
In addition to the specials we shared earlier, here are a few more places in the valley to celebrate National Margarita day! Grab a friend and take advantage of these salty deals. Thirsty Lion Gastropub Celebrate National Margarita Day at Thirsty...

National Margarita Day

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Tangy lime, sweet strawberry, cooling cucumber – however you shake it up we all love a good margarita! National Margartia Day on Feb. 22 is a great time to raise a glass and several local Valley restaurants are offering...
  Is there anything more romantic than sharing a delicious meal together? Add in a new place you are experiencing together, even take out, and it can give your meal a sense of adventure! We hope these give you a...
If your kids are similar to mine, their two favorite types of chicken are either the dinosaur chicken nuggets that you buy in the frozen section at your favorite grocery store, or Chick-fil-A nuggets. I have tried offering several...
Introducing “Get Out the Mad” Cookies, inspired by the PBS KIDS show, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD!  Baking these cookies with children not only hones math skills, but also encourages conversations around an array of emotions, which helps social emotional skill development. In order to make...
It’s 4:30pm and they start asking the question. “What’s for dinner?” Are you like me and simply dread the question because you just do not have an answer? Or I did the meal planning calendar for the week but now...
Last week I channeled Ina Garten and made a perfect summer dessert: blackberry crostata. We had just visited Mortimer Farms and brought home some delicious sweet blackberries & strawberries.     This super easy and delicious free form Italian pie just screams...
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Summer Meal Prep Cooking

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Summer time cooking in Phoenix is tricky.  It's hot, like really hot, and the idea of even turning on the oven literally makes me want to just eat cold cereal until September. Lately, I have gotten really into cooking...
It seems like food has always had a negative effect on my body. From a young age I remember telling my parents that hot dogs gave me headaches.  My family chalked it up to me being dramatic. That is...
The Fourth of July is right around the corner and it’s time to celebrate the good ol’ USA! Check out these simple and fun patriotic treats that both you and your preschooler will enjoy making—and eating! 1. Red, White, and...
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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:...
Have you visited the The Herb Box recently? They have some great new summer menu items that you are going to want to try. The Herb Box is one of our favorite Arizona restaurants. The house made sweet potato...
I recently went on a girls’ weekend getaway with two of my best friends from college. We are all moms now and were in desperate need of some good gab and chill time together, kid free. The second night of...

3 Tips for Picky Eaters

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Picky Eaters. We all have little ones that are picky to some degree. Here are some quick tips that have worked for me in getting my kiddos to eat. Play with Your Food Even though we don't encourage it on the...
Lunch at Pei Wei! Last week, the family went to lunch at Pei Wei on Indian School and 44th to checkout the brand new store redesign that just re-opened. We loved it. The kids picked out fried rice, orange chicken...
I'm not a dieter and I'm not really into resolutions. I just don't feel like I can ever make either work for me.   So, here are a couple of my tips, that I try to practice, for eating better all...

My Favorite Family Recipes

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It’s that time of year for those favorite family recipes! It seams like this is the time of year when everyone finds themselves in the kitchen a little more whether it’s prepping those wonderful holiday dishes or baking some delicious...

Winter Chili

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With cold (ish) weather upon us, my taste bud all of a sudden go from wanting all the lightly dressed vegetables to all the warm comforting soups and stews. Chili is a staple in my household when the weather...

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Arizona Pumpkin Patch Guide

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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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