Renee Genetti

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Renée Genetti--From Chicago to Indiana, California to England, and California to Arizona, Renée and her husband Mike are excited to finally put down roots after 10 years of marriage and travel. A former teacher turned mommy, Renée spends her days introducing Luke (3 1/2) and Ryan (6 months) to passions like music, theater, travel and exploring. New to blogging, new to Arizona, and new to being a mom to two little boys, she is eager to share what she learns along the way.

Dining Guide for Downtown Date Nights

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Looking for a dining guide for Date Nights in Downtown Phoenix? Look no farther, these are some of my favorites restaurants in Phoenix and there is something to please everyone on this list.  Angels...

Local Holiday Markets for Local Finds

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This holiday season, I plan to shop local by heading out to the markets for local finds! To be honest, I don't think I've been shopping at the mall in about a year and with the...

Date Night Deals in Downtown Phoenix

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I'm a city girl, through and through and can't wait for a date night downtown. Any downtown. There's something exciting about getting dressed up, heading to the city with tickets in hand and having...

Save Big at the Pines Motel in Cottonwood {Special Offers}

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Pines Motel is a small, affordable, family run motel in Cottonwood, AZ.  They recently invited my family to stay for two nights in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own.  Looking to get out...

Best Places to Visit When Grandparents are in Town

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From Kate: The only thing we don't like about living in Arizona is that our family is all in Texas. We miss them so much and love when they come to visit. After eight years,...

Keeping Cool With Cariloha Bamboo {Special Offers}

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Cariloha opened in March at Scottsdale Quarter and recently invited me to come preview their store and try out their new bamboo product line in return for this review. All opinions are my own.   Have you...

Freebies and Fun at the Phoenix Open

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Thinking about going to the Phoenix Open? I say go for it, and don't let bringing your little ones stand in your way. I've been taking my kiddos for the past three years by...

Find Your Inner Cowboy at Tanque Verde Dude Ranch

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Just two and a half hours south of Scottsdale in the wild nature of Tucson is Tanque Verde Ranch, beaconing you to come find your inner cowboy. No boots, no hat, no horse, no...

For the Love of Pumpkin

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Pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin....it's that time of year again. I'm so excited! Every year, about this time, when the pumpkin spice lattes make their annual debut, I get...

Civic Center Library {Playdate Series}

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Welcome to our SMB Playdate Series! This series focuses on various locales throughout the city that are enjoyable for a playdate and a writer’s opinion on a particular location. Today we profile the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. Kate and...

We All Scream For Ice Cream

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My family LOVES ice cream. Hubs would have it every day if it didn't love his belly so much ;-) I was never a big fan until my second pregnancy and then I couldn't...

Back to School: Find Bargains and Help Kids

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Half price, BOGO, Spend $5 and get these for a PENNY, Red Line, Flash Sale, Clearance, Sidewalk Sale...BARGAINS. This is my lingo. This makes my heart jump. It's finally here...back to school savings! With school starting in the...

Our Frog Themed First Birthday: My Tips on How to Quickly Plan a Birthday

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When I realized my son's first birthday was only a couple weeks away, panic set in. How did this happen? Where did the year go? How can I get a party planned...FAST? The most important factors:...

Pediped Shoe Giveaway!!

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Do you have a new walker in your house? I do! My little guy started taking his first steps long before I thought I was going to need to consider socks and shoes. He...

Vacation Bible School 2015

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It's that time of year again. . . Just a few more weeks of school. Vacations are in the making. Kids are wondering what to do this summer. Mom is thinking about how to keep...

Practical Summer Travel Tips

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Many families will travel out of town during summer break. We had a chance to travel to Hawaii earlier this year and I made mental notes on this trip to help prepare for our next...

New Octopus Exhibit at Sea Life Arizona

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Welcome to Octopus Hideout, the newest exhibit at Sea Life Arizona! It just opened this week and the new tanks are sure to thrill your kiddos. Do you know what a Cuttlefish is? How about a Chambered...

Top 5 Tips for Tackling Maui With Children

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Have you ever been to Maui? How about with small children?  Our first and only trip to Hawaii was about two years ago when Luke was 18 months. We wanted to go to HI for...

DIY Valentine’s Day Wreath

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Confession: I LOVE to decorate for the holidays. My husband is thankful that we don’t have a basement, because if we did, he’s sure I would fill it with color-coordinated storage bins filled with...

Tips for Bringing Preschoolers to the Theater

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I love the theater! I grew up performing in shows since I was five, and spent all my spare money in college on tickets to concerts and plays. From the thrill of performing on...

If You’re Visiting Arizona, Don’t Miss These Places

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Living in beautiful Arizona, we seem to get a boom of visitors this time of year who are escaping the snow and seeking the sun. Or, perhaps you are in town visiting Arizona in January for...