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.
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...
grandparents' day

Celebrate Grandparents’ Day

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Grandparents' Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, it falls on Sunday, September 11. Whether your child's grandparents live down the street or around the globe, it's nice to...
cruise with kids

Top Five Reasons to Cruise with Kids

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When was the last time your family went on a vacation? Last year? Before your youngest was born? Never? The two most common reasons families avoid vacations are the expense and the time it...
playdate alternatives

Preschool Playdate Alternatives: when it’s too hot to go to the park

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As school wraps up for the year, parents across the Valley are trying to figure out what they’re going to do for the next ten weeks. While kids in most of the country enjoy...
las vegas

Best Things to Do in Las Vegas with Kids

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Living in Scottsdale means a Vegas getaway is only a five hour road trip or a short plane ride. If you're reading this, you probably have kids...which might leave you wondering, is Vegas even...
decluttering

Decluttering Before Moving: the Perfect Time to Minimize

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Decluttering before moving is time well spent. Imagine settling into your new home with only the things you love. By getting rid of things before you pack your boxes, you'll save yourself time and...
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...
meal planning

Simple Meal Planning for Beginners

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Preparing healthy, balanced meals is important. Simplicity and efficiency are also critical to keep a house running smoothly. By the time my daughter was eating solid food, I knew that simple meal planning was...

DIY Birthday Number Decoration

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A DIY birthday number is a great way to add some customization to your child’s party. It’s also a cute birthday photo prop and a nice keepsake after the party. My daughter loves looking...
crib

The Secret to Making the Perfect Crib

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As a new mom, you've probably read dozens of articles about the best ways to feed, bathe, sleep train, and even potty train your child. But, have you ever heard about the secret to...
volunteer

5 Fun Ways to Volunteer with Kids During the Holidays

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One of our favorite holiday traditions is planning how we want to give back to our community. Over the years we’ve volunteered and donated in many different ways. Here are my family’s top five...
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...
halloween cards

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...
school tours

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...
tie dye party

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...
barbie beds

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...
mother's day wish

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...
rainbow

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...
pizza pi

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,...
valentine minute to win it

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...
nutcracker

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...
gift guide

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...
backyard state fair

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...
coronavirus books

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...