Every year I get questions like the following... "You aren't eating turkey?"  "What are you going to eat on Thanksgiving?" "Oh, are you going to have some tofurkey?"  The answers are no, a lot and no! ;)  I was...
It has officially been 7 years since this girl has been "out" on New Years Eve.....but this is the year that streak will be broken!! Sure, the hubs and I have sat on the couch and rang in the New...
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...

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...
Is there anything that beats a classic movie date? While hubby and I have several holiday family favorites we watch this time of year, there are a few we save for just us. The great things about this date...
Phoenix Fall Festivals

Phoenix Area Fall Festivals

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Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.  The crisp evenings, late sunrise, and pumpkin everything are just a few of my favorite things.  While we don't get to experience a typical fall in Phoenix with leaves changing colors we do...
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...
The busyness of the holidays can be a huge stress. Decorations to hang, parties to attend, elves to hide, you name it. The expectations for creating the perfect day for your family can be panic inducing. In my family...
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...
For many people, this past year has illuminated the need for slowing down and taking care of their own mental well-being. Consider giving the gift of self-care to your loved ones this holiday season with one of these thoughtful...
If you are anything like me you really like to teach your kids new things while making it super fun! This way I feel that it will REALLY make an impression on them! So obviously making a celebration of our Presidents...
The new year is here and that means you'll be hearing: "How can you be a better you in the new year?" I’m sure you'll see it as well: non-stop gym membership commercials on TV, advertisements for weight loss and diet centers...
Looking for some family fun this Easter? Hop on over to The Shops at Norterra for their annual Hop and Shop Festival on Saturday March 24th! Kids can search for Easter eggs filled with candy and prizes amongst the...
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...

Holiday Shopping for a Cause

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Want to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping while supporting a great cause? The MOMS Club of Phoenix-Happy Valley is holding a fantastic Holiday Boutique tomorrow, Saturday, November 23rd at Foothills Christian Church (Happy Valley and 39th) from...
Remember back in the day when all you wanted on Valentine's Day was a red rose from your boyfriend and you didn’t even care if it was from the gas station (you know the rose I’m talking about. ....
Let's get right to it, I am taking a stand this year and ditching the holiday stress, deciding to instead focus on being thankful. With the holidays quickly approaching, stress levels are on the rise. As a kid, I...
pie tips

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...
Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate the ones you love and let them know how much you care. What better way to celebrate than showering your kids with delicious (and healthy) finger foods to eat! Below, I will...

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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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