This summer, like most of the country, my husband and I became obsessed with cold brew coffee.  I am not, however, fond of dropping $4+ every time I want a refreshing and cold caffeine fix. Nor do I have time...
Well it happened. Fall is here. World Market released their new Pumpkin Spice coffee beans, saying "it's never too early to enjoy fall flavors." I've already seen Christmas decorations up at Hobby Lobby, and signs going up for where...

When Did I Get So Old?

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As I begin to creep on my 32nd birthday, I am realizing that I am now a version of "old" to the younger generations. Don't get me wrong, I feel young. I still don't know what I am doing...
Once kids come into the picture it can be tough to prioritize dating your spouse. We all know we should, but sometimes life just gets busy and we forget the obvious. I'm definitely at fault in this category, and...
Can you believe summer break is coming to an end and it's time for our kids to head back to school already?!  Get ready for an awesome school year and get a sneak peek of Children's Learning Adventure's preschool...
Living in Phoenix, there are pools everywhere.  Every year we hear horror stories about kids drowning and I think we all believe it will never happen to us.  The fact of the matter is, it really can happen to anyone!  We all...
If you read How to Survive Summer in Phoenix as a Mom, you know that learning to make Homemade Mexican Popsicles was on my list of things to do this year.   After two attempts, I have honed in on...
If you’re like me, the official start to summer in Phoenix begins when temperatures are topping out in the triple digits throughout the week... well before the rest of the country. As the mom to a newborn, I have...
Summer is upon us, which means two things: school is out and the temperatures are HOT! Families are in the midst of summer activities and are desperately trying to figure out how to keep their children from bouncing off...
Family photos and I have a love/ hate relationship. I love getting the family all dressed up, I love having pictures to hang on my wall, and I love creating lasting memories. What do I hate about them? Getting...
I grew up in Minnesota where the 4th of July is right in the middle of the best season - SUMMER, so it was always one of my favorite holidays. Fast forward to now, where I feel like I live...
As a part time teacher I have summers off to hang out with my kiddos, but on the flip side I also don't get paid as a teacher during the summer, so my family has to summer on a...
There are times (usually between the months of June and September) when I'm not quite sure why I live in Phoenix...our summers are not for the faint of heart. I like to consider myself someone who is fairly mild-mannered,...
Summertime in Phoenix is not my favorite. Every year I tell myself that summer isn't so bad, and then every year I complain all summer long. Now that I have little kids, I hate the desert heat even more....
North Phoenix residents will have a chance to CHILL OUT this summer at The Shops at Norterra’s new limited-time attraction, Chill Studio SK8. The indoor ice skating experience from Chill Entertainment features 1,500 square feet of synthetic ice surface,...
Getting married and having children at a young age was something I always wanted. We were surrounded by people I love at our wedding with nine bridesmaids, nine groomsmen, and nearly 300 guests. All of our family and friends...
We recently took a family vacation in and around Arizona and it was amazing! Be sure to read my recent post on how to travel with kids here, because this is the perfect vacation to bring your kids on....
This is dedicated to all the parents breaking out in cold sweats over the thought of losing the pacifier. Be strong. Oh WubbaNub! Oh WubbaNub! You won over our hearts I instantly knew our time with you Would not soon depart You’re a calmer...
I am that typical, wanderlust filled chick. I am the woman that would get a tattoo of the world, or the mountains, or ocean, or all three! I love traveling. My husband and I have both traveled far and...
Last summer in an effort to beat the heat and save money, our family purchased a Groupon for the Arizona Science Center. The offer provided unlimited visits for a family of four from Memorial Day to Labor Day for...
When I was a little girl, I remember sitting in my homeroom class and hearing my name called over the loudspeaker. Can you please send Lauren up to the front office?” I looked up from my book and everyone snickered and...
Earth Day is right around the corner and it is easier than ever to show that you care for the environment! Keep reading for five super easy ways to show our Earth the love it deserves! Go Paperless How many...
I finally turned 21 last month. Something I have been looking forward to my whole entire life. Not just because I can finally accept a glass of wine when offered at a party. But I am finally fully considered...
From the moment I learned that we were having a baby girl, I knew she was going to have a lot of hair and I was going to have some serious fun with it. As a kid, I taught...
We are super excited to continue our spring events information with a wonderful family event happening in the upcoming weeks!   Be sure to mark your calendars and enter to win - we are giving away 2 Family 4...

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