Kelli Northey

Kelli Northey
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.

Jolabokaflod: Simplifying Christmas with Books

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...
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5 Ways to Build Your Relationship with Your Kids

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

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

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...
no pool

No Pool? No Problem. 14 Summer Ideas When You Don’t Have a Pool!

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

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

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

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

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

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...