Our Tips & Tricks for Surviving the AZ Summer

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Here is all the tips and tricks that we use during the summer to make it through the extreme heat and the predictable boredom. Whatever it takes to get us to September! 

Read all the Tips & Tricks written by local moms!

The Benefits of Letting Your Kids Be Bored

That universal whine of childhood: “I’m bored.” As parents, we’ve all heard it countless times, and have all struggled with how to respond. Handing your kid some kind of screen is so tempting, with its almost magical ability to quiet them down instantly and keep them entertained for long periods of time. But we know […]

Surviving Arizona Summer As A New Mom

This post was orignially published in 2016, but as our stay at home order is lifted and businesses start to reopen, here a some local places to help you ease the long and hot summer. I thought I hit the due-date jackpot. An April due date meant I didn’t have to be pregnant in the […]

My Kids Aren’t Doing Anything and IT’S OK.

That’s right. My kids aren’t doing anything. Before the school year ended, I talked to a mom who was on her way to pick her son up from t-ball and then drop her daughter off at swim team, in between getting supplies for their after-school art enrichment class and finding glitter for crazy hair day […]

3 Ways to Avoid Using your Oven in the Summer

It’s juuuuusssst about summer time here in AZ. This means hibernating inside watching movies and coloring a million pictures. It means venturing outside into only 1) an air conditioned car or 2) a refreshing pool. And it means avoiding turning on your oven at all costs. Seriously, I avoid that thing like the plague for […]

Create a Summer Bucket List {FREE Printable}

No matter where you live, the summer days can start to drag after the first week or two. An easy solution is to create a summer bucket list, so when the inevitable “I’m BORED!” statement starts getting thrown around, you can pull out your list and start checking off the fun things the kids brainstormed […]

Sunscreen Sanity Savers

Sunscreen. The most used AZ summer product and for me the most frustrating one. The bottles end up super greasy and leak all over my bag. They’re also bulky. And I have the hardest time applying it on my kids! First there are protests. Then I wear them down, but getting them to stay still is […]

This Saved My Sanity: Blackout Drapes

New moms get so many product “suggestions” thrown their way. “This is the best carseat!” “Use this and your child will sleep!” “These onesies are double the price, but the best on the market.” You spend thousands of dollars before the baby is even born, and guess what? You probably won’t even use half the […]

The Amazing Convenience of Grocery Delivery…and More

Retailers of all sorts seem to be trying to make our mom-life a little easier with new conveniences. Full disclosure, I’m quickly becoming a delivery junkie. Safeway Delivery – They have heard us and our children crying in the aisles and have come to our rescue to combat hungry and tired families roaming the grocery […]

9 Ways to Be Your Kids’ Summer Camp Counselor

Do you ever feel like you need a second mortgage for your kids to survive the summer at all of the private camps throughout the valley? The most popular ones during the hot days can cost up to $350 per week per child. If you have multiple kids like me, then you know the reality. […]

Planning for an Arizona summer {Five tips you need to know}

Summer vacation is almost here and there is no better time to start planning for the endless, hot summer days with the kiddos. Truly, I LOVE my children. I just love them more when they are in school five days a week (year round school doesn’t sound so bad in late June, does it?!?) In my house, […]

{Local Tip: Keep a cooler in your car for the perishable groceries and you can extend your errand run to more than one store. Also Whole Foods will give you bags of ice to keep everything extra cold.}

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