When it comes to the holidays, the first thing that comes to mind (besides amazing food) are family traditions. Everyone has them. Whether it is an annual turkey dinner at Aunt Karen's or Christmas Brunch at your in-laws. These...
Dear Love Bug (ironic considering the topic of this letter...), Just a few day ago I had the good fortune of being one of the parents in attendance at your 1st grade Valentine's Day party! During those 90 minutes or...
I know, I know. Most of you may be shaking your heads wondering what is wrong with us that we “ruin” Christmas for our kids by not indulging in the “magic” of Christmas. Trust me, we didn’t come to...
Father's Day Gifts Galore! Father's Day is fast approaching and if you are anything like me, you tend to have big plans but wait until the last minute to try to find that great gift to give to that deserving...
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...
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 patches has been a long time tradition of our family and this year will be...

Halloween Craft Roundup

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I love doing crafts with my daughter, Little E. We especially love crafts that are tied to holidays. Halloween crafts are particularly fun. They are easy, and there are so many great ideas out there. I wanted to share...
The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. Spending time with family, BBQs, being on the lake and sparklers! I’ve lived in AZ for 12 years now and have learned that the 4th of July is the...
Hi, moms!! By now you all know that I love reading with my daughter and that we are well known at our library. We also have a fair number (OK, way too many) of books we own at home....

Making Holiday Traditions.

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Each year, we seem to add more and more traditions to our growing family. I love it! I'm curious which ones will stay and which ones won't. Some of the things that we are doing now, I can guarantee...
Breakfast Oats and Breakfast Cookies - Oats are great for nursing mamas and keeping kids full.  PLUS, anytime we tell our kids they're getting cookies for breakfast ... we've won the day! Pumpkin French Toast Bake - This is one of my favorite...
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...
Can you guys believe that it's November already?! I sure can't but I am super excited to decorate for the holidays. I wanted to do a super easy DIY fall wreath for those of you who want to get creative...

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...
I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of change. Change is inevitable, but it takes me a while sometimes to adjust to it and feel at ease. October through December is my favorite time of...
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...
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...
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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...
Love is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Not sure what to do with the family? On Friday, February 9th, The Shops at Norterra at I-17 and Happy Valley Road in North Phoenix hosts...
Valentine's Day will always hold a special place in my heart, as it's when my husband asked me to be his "official" girlfriend (we were 16 at the time!). But as I get older Valentine's Day just doesn't have...
Raise your hand if you are mentally exhausted from 2016? It was a pretty crazy year when you look back at it.  It was a good year.  Work was busy; my husband published his first novel; my daughter started...
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...
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...
We are so excited for the Fourth of July Events In Phoenix and Around Arizona! Here is a list that will hopefully help you enjoy the holiday and have some fun with your family. *Please refer to each events website...
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...

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