School is out. It’s hot. I’m feeling lazy and my kiddos are restless. What’s a mom to do? I can only allow my kids to melt their brains with YouTube for so long before I start having Phoenix-Summer mom...
Who doesn't like a little fun competition during the hottest season of the year? Did I mention water is involved? There is nothing more exciting than competing to splash your family and friends with water. My nieces, husband, and I recently...
Quarantine had us homebound for about two months. The only time we ventured out with the kiddos is when my three-year-old had her tonsils and adenoids removed. Ice-cream and popsicles were supposed to be the welcome treat to keep...
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Donald Duck Day

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Growing up I had a fascination with Disney. I loved make-believe and all the characters. However, I felt a connection with Donald Duck. I wondered if being a middle child had anything to do with it? Growing up, I...
As moms, we all have THOSE mornings.  You know the ones where you can’t seem to keep up.  Kids are hungry, husband is on his way out the door, and you are left to brave the insanity. Baby is...
There’s something intoxicating about the wild blue yonder. She hearkens one back to an earlier era and invites us into a world of adventure. From my earliest sentiments of playing Peter Pan, soaring in the night sky on pixie...
Valentine’s Day is nearing, and with it comes mixed feelings and emotions. Some love the idea of love and celebrate it accordingly. Others shun its advances, hunkering down in the trenches and comically referring to it as “Singles Awareness...
Every year I create a bucket list of sorts. This year I’ve entitled it, “39 things Wendie will do while 39.” 2020 is a great motivator because not only is it a New Year and a new decade, but...
This past week my boys and I went to visit Santa at his Headquarters at Scottsdale Fashion Square.  Getting to meet with Santa and talk to him one-on-one is probably one of the most exciting days in a kid's...
Oh, hello Fall. We are all so happy to see you again! We can finally carry all the kids through the grocery store parking lot without working up a sweat. And we can send the kids in the backyard...
The holidays are quickly approaching, and I can't wait! If you are like me, you may already be thinking of gift ideas and making lists. My husband is a typical guy, and what he wants never really changes -...
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...
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...
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...
The Hubbs and I get one date night a month. So I was thrilled when the opportunity to see an advanced screening of The Art of Racing in the Rain fell on date night this month. Grandma was already...
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...
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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...
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:...
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...
Happy May ladies! This is our month to shine! With Mother's Day just having passed, warmer weather, and visions of summer vacation dancing in our minds, it's a good month to celebrate ourselves. As moms we know that each...
We all make mistakes as moms or do things we're not proud of. It's so important to stick together and be honest with each other. I'm taking this post to do just that with some honest confessions that I...
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...
Millennials. We’re on the receiving end of a lot of criticism these days. Every time you turn around there’s another meme or video poking fun at the “me me me” generation. Sometimes I even find myself in complete and...

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Photographer Guide 2021/22

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We love a good family photo, new baby announcement and even a fun boudoir image. Here are our favorite local photographers to help you...
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