Another highly successful JITT event! I have literally already marked my calendar for the next event on May3rd! It falls about a week away from my birthday so that means I KNOW where I'm spending all my bday cash!...
Well, the holiday season is in full swing, which means wonderful music, decorations, and events… and also extra responsibilities, events, and stress.  Hopefully your December is trending more towards the wonderful-ness than the stressfulness!   If you’re like me, and some...

My Mom’s Christmas Cookies

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I love to cook at Christmas, but baking is another story. This year I decided to take on the challenge of making my mom's Pinwheel Cookies. They are a delicious mix of gooey dates and nuts all wrapped up in a...
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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...
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...

Holiday Events in Phoenix 2016

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The holidays are here, and there is nothing more festive than planning some great to-do's for you and your family this holiday season.  In an effort to make the holidays really memorable, we've compiled a comprehensive guide to holiday...
Toys can be wonderful, but they can also be a mother's nemesis when they begin to take over the home and end up stabbing you in the foot on the daily. A common practice in many family homes' is...
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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...
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....
When it comes to Thanksgiving celebrations, I feel like there are two types of families. The family that begins their sit-down feast promptly at 4pm, and the family that grazes all day to celebrate. My family has always leaned...
Store bought costumes can be expensive, yet cheaply made. Maybe you'd like to be a little adventurous this year. Well, here's a list of easy homemade Halloween costumes for adults and kids!  If you love Disney and are looking...

Tired of traditional turkey?

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(Photo credit in links below) Tis the season where we gather with those we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts and give thanks for all of the beauty in our lives. We laugh, we reminisce, we play games, we...
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...
I love gift giving.  Well, let me clarify ... I love thoughtful gift giving which can make the process of selecting gifts pretty challenging, especially with people I've known my whole life.  I also love online shopping and much prefer when...
Do your kiddos love to cook? Here's an easy Easter bunny fudge recipe that can be made in the microwave in just a few minutes! We love fudge in our house and always eat a ton of it when we...
These are the PERFECT no-bake gift for your loved one or simply for you! You may even have most of the ingredients on hand! I think the best part of these is the incredible perfection of sweetness, crunch and chocolate...
It took me way too long to get the message that my husband does not like my gifts nearly as much as I do. In the early years, I would buy him clothes. I would carefully wrap them, hand...
Find yourself some green and check out some of our favorite ideas to celebrate St. Patrick's day! Whether you want to celebrate at home or bring the whole family out on an adventure, here are seven lucky options to celebrate...
When I told people I was pregnant, they started calling me mom, mama, mommy right away. I didn’t know how to respond, we had been trying for a long time and I still didn’t think it was real, even...
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...
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...
This weekend, I was working on a list of holiday gifts for people close to us and realized that I have so many people who have made a difference in my children's lives. There's my daughter's preschool teacher, the...
Fall has finally arrived and that means it's time to head out to some of the best pumpkin patches in Arizona! You no longer need an excuse to order your pumpkin spiced lattes, buy all the pumpkin foods at...
This post was co-written by Jen and Courtney; fall craft collaboration at its finest! There are endless ways to celebrate the holidays with fall crafts...  the ability to make construction paper and other everyday items seem like the coolest things...
February is Black History Month; a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans, their impact on American history, and to educate our children about racism, discrimination, and bias. This month’s book round up focuses on children’s picture books that...

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