Kelli Northey

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Kelli Northey moved to Scottsdale, after marrying her college sweetheart in Wisconsin. They haven’t missed the cold, snowy winters yet! She is mom to one very sweet and curious daughter. Kelli loves being with family and friends. She enjoys volunteering, party planning, making crafts, trying new recipes, traveling, and going on family hikes.
virtual learning

5 Myths About Virtual Learning

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With a background in teaching and a family full of lifelong learners, it’s no surprise that school choice was something I took very seriously. I waited outside a preschool before the sun had risen...
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DIY Halloween Card from Kids

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When our daughter was younger, “we” made a lot of holiday cards for our far-away family. These usually consisted of a seasonal handprint or footprint. I’d paint her hand or foot, she’d stomp, I’d...

How to Build a DIY Pirate Ship

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When our daughter told us she wanted to be a "fancy pirate" for Halloween, I instantly pictured a tulle skirt, lots of pearls, and big gold earrings. For the last few Halloweens, she and...
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School Tour Horror Stories

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Between preschool and kindergarten, I’ve spent about 12 hours in the last few years touring various schools in the area. We’re lucky to have the option for open enrollment, but that can make things...
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Tie Dye Party Summer Fun

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If you're looking for a way to add some color to your summer, a tie dye party is the way to go! This spring we hosted a virtual tie dye birthday party. (again, a huge...
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DIY Barbie Bed Dollhouse Expansion

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If you find yourself with more Barbies than beds and a child who isn't happy with the thought of Barbies being stored in a tub when they aren't being played with, a DIY Barbie...
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A Mother’s Day Wish

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My Mother's Day wish is simple: a family hike and a delicious chocolate cake. To me, there's no better way to spend a day than soaking in the sunshine and fresh air. The scenery...
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April Showers Rainbow Room Makeover

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A few months ago, my daughter decided it was time to “glam up” her bedroom. At first, I thought we’d go with a color theme, but her favorite color was “teal...or rainbow...or SPARKLES!!!” So...
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March 14 – It’s Pizza Pi Day!

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March 14 is National Pi Day. If it's been a few years since you've heard about pi, it's the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. While this mathematical concept is very important,...
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Virtual Valentine’s Party: Minute to Win It

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I have to admit: Valentine's Day isn't my favorite holiday. I love chocolate, but I don't have much use for a heart-shaped box. I like flowers, but not at triple the price. I'm not...
saving money

Four Secrets to Start Saving Money

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Happy New Year! If your family is like mine, from October through the end of the year, it’s one fun thing after another. Whether it’s a day trip to the pumpkin patch or all...
pandemic gifts

5 Pandemic Gifts that Don’t Cost a Penny

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If you're struggling to think of last minute gifts for the kids on your shopping list this year, here are a few ideas for gifts that don't cost a penny. Whether your loved one's...
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Bring The Nutcracker Tradition Home This Christmas

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Bring The Nutcracker tradition home this Christmas with front row seats from your living room. Whether you choose to light some candles and get dressed up for the occasion or go a more casual...

New Year’s Eve Around the World

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Traveling is my family's passion. Be it a day trip in Arizona or trekking around Europe, we're happiest when we're exploring somewhere new. Since our travel plans are cancelled during the pandemic, we thought...
jolobokaflod

Jolabokaflod: Simplifying Christmas with Books

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If you're looking for a way to simplify this Christmas, consider adding Jolabokaflod to your Christmas Eve plan.  What is Jolabokaflod? One of the most popular holiday traditions in Iceland is Jolabokaflod (prounounciation), or "Christmas book...
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Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: 2020

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What a year! I’m not sure I can remember a time with more struggle, innovation, division, community, and growth. Even though this year may look a little different, one thing we can count on...
Calm Thanksgiving

The Secret to a Calm Thanksgiving

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Whether you're hosting Thanksgiving for your family or for 50 out of town guests, thinking about the big day can be daunting. While there's something nostalgic about the hustle and bustle of a busy...
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Bring a DIY State Fair to Your Backyard

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The Arizona State Fair is a tradition that over one million people enjoy each fall. With nearly 100 rides, tons of food, vendors, and booths, plus animals, competitions, and performances, there’s something for everyone. When...
online learning

The Night We Knew Online Learning Would be Okay

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Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine tackling online learning with a first grader. When things started closing down due to COVID-19, I knew organization and routine would be key for our busy...
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Back to School Coronavirus Books

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Reading a back to school book on the night before the first day of school is a tradition many families share. It's a great way to bond, share in the excitement, and calm any...
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Lessons from the Desert

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This summer, my husband and I celebrated living in Arizona for a decade. That practically makes us locals, right?! Along the way, we’ve learned a few lessons from the desert. Summer Lessons from the Desert ...
building your relationship

5 Ways to Build Your Relationship with Your Kids

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If living through a pandemic has taught us anything, it's that family is everything. During normal times, it's easy to get caught up in the grind of rushing out the door in the morning,...
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Top Ten Arizona Day Trips

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You've probably heard of a "staycation" - a vacation within driving distance of your home that doesn't require a hotel stay. Whether you're short on vacation days, trying to build up your savings account,...

A Tour of Scottsdale Public Art

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Whether you're avoiding public places due to the recent pandemic or it's just too hot to be outside, a self guided tour of Scottsdale Public Art could be just what you need to change...
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No Pool? No Problem. 14 Summer Ideas When You Don’t Have a Pool!

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The temperature consistently hit the 100s before the end of April this year. Usually, that would be met with lots of trips to the splash pad or neighborhood pool. But with most of the...
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Sight Word Games Make Homework Fun

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What are sight words? Simply put, sight words are words that students should be able to read by sight. This means, within about three seconds or less, they should be able to see the word...

How to Host a Pandemic Playdate

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We're going on day 40 of self isolation during this pandemic. The weather is beautiful right now, but that doesn't replace recess and playdates and playground meet ups when you're a kid. In an...
bright side

Finding the Bright Side of a Pandemic

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I'm a "glass half full," "focus on the positives" kind of person. I like to assume the best in people and I take things in stride as they come my way. The coronavirus pandemic...
parenting books

Celebrate National Reading Month: Best Books for Parenting

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March is National Reading Month! Why not treat yourself, or someone you know, to a book to help get through the trenches and celebrate the joys of parenthood. Today we’re highlighting a few of our...
bedtime books

Celebrate National Reading Month: Best Books for Bedtime

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March is National Reading Month! If you're finding yourself dreading bedtime, it may be time to change up the routine. There's nothing sweeter than a calming bedtime story to help your children drift off...