'Tis the season for giving, which can equate to a season of stress and spending too much money! Since we’ve embarked on a financial freedom journey, I am sticking to minimal, yet meaningful, gift giving this season. Both sets of...
It’s that time of year again friends! The weather is cooling down(ish) and fall is upon us. Time to pack up the fam and get all those fabulous insta pics posted.  More importantly it’s a great time of year...
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...
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...
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...
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...
I don’t know about you, but since having children, Valentine’s Day has taken on a whole new meaning for me.  I still think it is incredibly important to celebrate with your spouse and take some time for just the...
The Great Russian Nutcracker When you think of the holidays, the Nutcracker is quite possibly a very strong core element of that memory.  Clara, the Mouse King, the dolls, the sugar plum fairies, the music!  For me, the memory dates...
Mother’s Day is such a bittersweet holiday for me and it has been for the last 19 years, ever since my mother passed away. I have to be honest here and tell you the first few years of Mother’s...
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...
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...
Join us for a fun evening of cocktail mixing (and tasting!) with Iconic Cocktail Co. at urbAna! Learn how to make 3 craft cocktails for your next holiday party and take home a 4 oz Cranberry Thyme mixer.  This workshop marks the...
We are all excited about Mother's Day here at WVMB! We think that moms are pretty special and deserve to be spoiled (at least) one day a year! Can I get an AMEN?! :) If you are stumped as to...
Christmas morning magic is a little intense in my family. I came to this realization when my youngest son was 18 months old. You see, he went to bed in a quiet and empty house. Granted it had been a couple...
What are you up to this weekend? For the fourth year, we will be heading to the Fairmont Princess Resort for their Christmas at the Princess festivities. A lovely family dinner on the grounds will be followed by pictures with Santa...

Spooky DIY Ghost Cake Topper

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It's crunch time! Halloween is less than a week away. . . are you hosting or attending a party? This spooky ghost cake topper would be the perfect addition for any of your chocolaty Halloween treats, and is so...
Christmas is literally right around the corner and I am always trying to find fun and educational downloads to share with my toddler, to help her get excited for the holidays, and to help her learn more about things...
"If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated,”  Carter G. Woodson February 2021 is the start of our...
The holidays are here!  I haven't met one person who doesn't love this magical time of year.  The seasonal food, the decorations, the parties, the music, the shopping, you name it; it is magical.  I love decorating my house...
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 -...
Next to Thanksgiving, the 4th of July is one of my all time favorite holidays. I love that it is so family oriented and is an enjoyable holiday at any age. My favorite memory of the 4th of July is...
Okay, so we’ve handed out our Halloween candy, jumped on the #pumpkinspiceeverything train, feasted on turkey and all the accompanying carbs… that means we are officially in the throes of the holiday season. Things are about to get real....
For the first time this year, I participated in a shoebox packing party for Operation Christmas Child, and from here on out, my family will forever be a part of this holiday giving experience. Operation Christmas Child was created by Samaritan's...

New Year’s Resolutions

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So the holidays are over and it's time to start thinking about the new year.  New Year's Eve is one of my favorite holidays. I love taking the time to reflect on the last year (I love all the...

Valentine Inspired DIY’s

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I came across some adorable Valentine inspired DIY projects that I wanted to share this week. Any of them would make an adorable addition to your home as well as a heartfelt gift to someone special this Valentine's Day. Heart...

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