We are hosting a Noon Year's Eve Party for the whole family to celebrate the new year! We are so lucky to have Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics and Dance Center host all of us. What better way to spend a...
When I was growing up, one of my favorite Christmas traditions was buying a new Christmas book each year. The fun thing about this tradition is that after the first few years we started finding some truly unique holiday...
Christmas is my favorite season. As a child, I always enjoyed the decorations, the yummy fudge my aunts and grandma would make, and listening to Elvis and Alabama play holiday classics on the old jukebox in my dad’s bar...
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...
I want to share how my family says no to the holiday crazy and chaos. I used to run around like a crazy lady this time of year, cramming in all the things, barely sleeping, being insanely stressed, and still...
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...
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 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 -...
The birth of our first child was exciting and we were looking forward to all the firsts that came along with it. The holiday season was coming up and my husband and I were discussing what we were going...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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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...
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:...
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...
Having worked in the hotel industry for 20 years, there are a few things I've learned on how to plan a stress-free Mother's Day Brunch. Mother's Day is one of my favorite holidays and a great excuse to host a brunch! When...
The Mom Made Market is coming soon! We have loved attending this Market for the last two years and we always find the cutest decor, jewelry, gifts and food finds!  We have 5 tickets to giveaway to 5 lucky readers....
I know, it's already December. But... that doesn't mean it's too late to do an advent calendar! If your little ones are asking how many days until Christmas, I have the easiest idea for you! Welch's sent over a box...

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...
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Shops at Norterra! Stop by and get all your Holiday shopping done in one location. Plus, if you spend a total of $200 or more in a single day...

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...
Are visions of Thanksgiving preparations dancing through your head already? We love gathering with family and friends to celebrate and reflect this time of year. If you are still on the hunt for the perfect recipe or activities for...
It is almost that time of year when all of the big holidays quickly stumble upon us, but I wanted to throw another one at you that is not nearly as popular, but still has a huge purpose. This...

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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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