I will be the first to admit it!  I was a HUGE scented candle fan!!  My favorite was the Holiday Candle from The Gap - I got it every year!  I would even use it throughout the year -...
I am not big on filling my daughter's Easter basket or eggs with candy. She gets plenty of that stuff elsewhere (Hello, Easter package from Grandma!) and generally I try to watch the amount of sugar she has.I'm fine...
Among the many people you are buying gifts for this holiday season, be sure your children’s teachers are on the list. This is a perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for the love and wisdom they share with their...
Holiday Mash-Up Thanksgiving Week is upon us! Whew! Are you ready? Do you have that turkey yet? Well, you’ve had longer than usual to prepare. Thanksgiving is falling later in the month than last year. In fact, November 28th is...
As we look ahead to a new year and what 2017 brings, we wanted to say thank you to each and every one of you for your support and for being a part of this amazing community we've built...
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...
This is the second post in a series aimed at keeping us connected to our partners during a time of year that can pull our attention in so many directions. This post is an idea for an at home...
Trimmings such as tinsel, long loved holiday ornaments and glowing lights adorn our Christmas trees every year. Have you ever thought about WHY? Every families tree has a story to tell, about why they decorate it the way they do. Some of our trees...
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5 Pie Tips from a Pastry Chef

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” And mostly because of pie. In my pastry business, pie season is one of my busiest times of year. If you are in need of a couple tips for amazing pies, I’m going...
Are you use to writing 2013 yet? It always takes me awhile. The end of 2012 was a bit of a whirlwind in our home. As if the craze of holidays wasn't enough, we had two sick kiddos, a...
Here we are once again....the stockings are hung, the Pinterest inspired cookies have been made, ugly sweaters have been donned, the elf has been "shelved" just about 873 times, and you have officially sung aloud to Mariah Carey's "All...

Top 10 Falliday Traditions

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I love this time of year, especially in Phoenix, it's the time when most people actually want to be outside.  It's cool enough to touch the playground equipment, yet warm enough for jeans and a tee shirt.  It's sunny...
The National Education Association’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that encourages every child in every community at every reading level to celebrate the importance and love of reading on March 2, which also...
The phrase "New Year, New You" has always been a popular saying when the calendar rolls around to January. It's a time where people choose to create goals for themselves and take control of their future. Many of us...
The tree has been put out on the curb, the lights have been taken down, and the kids are still recovering from the cookie sugar rush, but are not yet back in school. It’s the end of the holiday...
This post is sponsored by the SEA Life Arizona. My opinions are my own and the content below is my honest opinion.  Merry FISHmas to you! If you are like me, then you are on the hunt for stuff for...
Everywhere you look  the "Christmas Creep" is happening. Holiday music is hitting the radio, decorations are going up and stores are all in full-blown Christmas mode. The holidays, and related expenses, are approaching whether you're ready or not. Having...
The holiday season is a special time of the year for families, but it can also bring unwanted stress because of how quickly time seems to fly at the end of the year. Below is a guide to help...
And just like that, it's fall. And while some are counting down the days until Christmas, I'm over here anxiously awaiting Halloween. I love Halloween. Not so much the blood, guts, and gore, but more the super cute kids...
It is the PERFECT time of year to enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa... and it to make it a little more festive, why not add some peppermint?!  The peppermint makes a superb addition to hot cocoa... a...
Anyone else have a love affair for all things Halloween?? Dressing up, lots of treats, parties, and delightful decorations....what's not to love?? We have had so many wonderful posts on all things Halloween over the years, so we've gathered...
I don't know about you but when the weather turns cold, it makes me want to bundle up and get out of the house to enjoy some Christmas decorations and run a few errands too! One of the places...
Hello Everyone! It's February and the month of LOVE! We wanted to share some fun kids' crafts we've been doing. February is turning out to be a very busy month for us,  with my daughter's birthday and Valentine's Day....
We are excited to share our local Phoenix Halloween Decor finds with you... to make shopping local easy peasy. A few weeks ago (I’m fairly certain it was around September 20th), my mom came over to my house and seemed shocked...
February is here! Love is in the air, stores are packed with heart shaped goodies, the color red is boldly splashed across everything, and scrumptious chocolate treats have made their way into our pantry. Whether you are a Valentine’s...

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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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