If you are like me, you may be looking for new + interesting + unique + fun + cost effective activities for your kiddos to do this summer. This watercolor bubble art was all of the above! The idea...
I am the smelliest sweaty Betty you are likely to meet. I work out regularly and I live in Phoenix, which might as well be the same as living on the face of the sun in the summertime. Needless...
Summer break is right around the corner and I, for one, can't wait! Call me crazy, but I love being a summer mom. It's not that the school year is all doom and gloom to me but competing with...
This post was sponsored by our partners at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North SHARE A SUMMER OF MEMORIES WITH FOUR SEASONS RESORT SCOTTSDALE AT TROON NORTH Every summer has a story to tell, whether it is time as a family,...
This summer my family and I set off on an epic west coast road trip.  We did a similar trip two years ago (you can read about that here).  This time we wanted to check out a few places...
After the last few months of home-schooling and stay at home orders, my family is so excited to plan our summer trips. This year is going to look very different from previous summers, but one thing that won't change...
Boy, has it been hot and sticky or what? We are trying to stay inside as much as possible, unless we are in the pool of course!  My almost 2 year old is becoming bored with our inside activities...
Summer is now in full force and with our temps already hitting 120 degrees (seriously?!) we are all experiencing first hand how brutal the heat can be on our kids. If you ask any mom she will say that...
With temperatures rising we all know that summer is upon us.  Whether you're waiting for a camp to start, need a date night, or are just looking for ideas to fill your days with kids, here are a few...
I love America, food, friends, and fireworks, which naturally means that the Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. One thing I really appreciate about this holiday is that it’s easy. Celebrating usually means a low-key BBQ...
This will be my 13th summer living in Phoenix and my 2nd summer in the Valley of the Sun with kids. Although it’s never easy, we always find a way to survive and make it to fall. Today I’m...
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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:...
Here are some handy tips for any and all parents, grandparents, and brave adults to help you survive flying with baby! Our son was born in March 2015; to date, we’ve taken him on four major trips (one involving a three-hour layover), and...
Going to the beach is always fun, especially during the hot Arizona summer months!  A few days at the beach is a much-needed retreat from the scorching Phoenix temperatures. There are plenty of activities to participate in; building sand...
Living in Phoenix means our hot HOT summers need to be filled with busy camp days for our kids. Because we know, if we don't plan our kids summers, we then become the "camp directors." We know that finding...
Time for another do-it-yourself nail idea!  These cheetah print nails can be customized to any color scheme and would be super cute on toes!  Sandal season is definitely here!  Here is what you'll need: a light/neutral base color, an...
Oh summertime... The joy and struggles are real. I love not having to take my daughter to school every day and then picking her up while having to work my son's nap around that schedule. I love having her home...
The Shops at Norterra Kicks Off Their Annual Summer Reading Program The Shops at Norterra are helping Valley school children avoid the “summer slide” and keep up their reading skills during summer break. Running through August 6th, kids ages 6...

Disney Vacation 101

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  Our family is currently planning our VERY FIRST Disney vacation. I’m very excited, but a little overwhelmed with all the “helpful” advice that can be found after a Google search. There’s page upon page of articles and blog posts...
Someone suggested a summer activity jar to me as a way to combat boredom for my kids during the summer months. I was skeptical for a few reasons; the main one being that I'm extremely lazy and that sounded...
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Summer of Yes

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I’ve declared that this summer will be the Summer of Yes for me and my two little boys. All too often I find myself saying no simply because I don’t want to be bothered with the task of managing...
Trust me. I love a proper road trip or international flight as much as the next mother of 2 but listen, sometimes I just want to sneak away with my husband for the night and let the kids stay...
This summer, enjoy a relaxing getaway to the historic Lodge on the Desert in Tucson, Arizona.  Summer rates start as lows as $99 per night and include a free breakfast buffet is included with each room for up to two...
Living in Phoenix means our hot HOT summers need to be filled with busy camp days for our kids. Because we know, if we don't plan our kids summers, we then become the "camp directors." We also know that...
Happy Independence Day, all! E and I are excited to be on summer break, as it is giving us some time to work on crafts together again. Here are some we did to celebrate the 4th of July! First, we...

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5 Summer Safety Tips To Survive The Heat

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