July is National Ice Cream Month! We recently hosted an ice cream themed party. These cute ice cream cone cupcakes were a big hit with the preschool crowd. Making the cupcakes was pretty easy - box mix, cone on...
If you are looking to change up some colors and decor in your house and you want to do it without spending a ton, I have a great step by step guide on how you can change the look...
With the summer months upon us, there is a likelihood that there's at least one car trip out of the abysmal heat to California or Northern Arizona in your future. While iPads, DVD players, and other electronic devices can...
Seriously the worst part about Summer with the kids is three meals a day, every.single.day. Why do they have to eat so many times a day!?! We are joking, but there are great things about summer cooking too, for...

DIY Savings Bank

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DIY Savings Bank Supplies Shoe Box Cardboard Scrapbook Paper Stickers Decorative Tape Packing Tape Glue Scissors (adults!) Step 1 - Find a Box We picked a sturdy preschool sized shoe box that was already pretty cute.             Step 2 - Make Cardboard Dividers Use...
As I sit in my living room overlooking my gallery wall, nostalgia runs rampant. I am grateful for the photographers that captured, with one click, a moment that embodied our family perfectly. Photography is a true talent and art...
In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we decided to plan a mini-party at the park. I wanted to keep the theme focused, so we picked my daughter's favorite Dr. Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat. We invited a...
Valentine's Day is right around the corner! What better way to celebrate with your kids than a fun craft that involves gardening, upcycling, and lots of sparkly Valentine's hearts? I am not usually a super-crafty mom but my love...
Growing up in the midwest, everyone knew that when winter rolled around it’s time to bring out your crockpots! I remember as a kid, my mom would make my favorite vegetable soup in a slow cooker and the delicious...
During pregnancy I had a major sweet tooth! Now, after the baby, that sweet tooth just won’t go away. The battle between sugar and the gym are really starting to hate each other. I had to turn to some...
One of the first manners that we teach children is to say please and thank you. Some of us even start before they can talk, by teaching them to sign those words. Raising a child who is both generous...
Anyone else dying to do holiday crafts and activities with your little ones but find they are just a bit too small? My little one has zero interest and would rather put all the materials in her mouth rather...
Summer break in Scottsdale is upon us and the extremely high temperatures can make for some of the LONGEST days with little ones. Sure, there are amazing local indoor attractions offered in Scottsdale, but outings are not something I'm...
I guess you could say that making a cheesecake is a labor of love. But why settle with ordinary cheesecake when you can have one with a hidden surprise? So I give to you ... Hidden Caramel Pecan Cheesecake...
  If you’ve been searching for a handmade, Father’s Day gift that would come from your kids’ hearts, be made with love by their own tiny hands, and show dad just how much he’s loved… here's fun, quick, free idea! An...
Father's day is coming up and Dads love homemade and thoughtful gifts too. Here's 5 Father's Days crafts that are fun for children to make and Dad is sure to cherish. 1. Paper Tie: There are patterns online and even...
When the summer temps start to hit the level of blazing hot, I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to do is... Eat anything heavy. Turn on the oven. Stand over the hot stove. So I...
Know what's wicked? AZ summers. She been sayin' it for 4 years, and Mama ain't gettin' tougher. #preggo #dueinAugust #wasntthinking But know what's wicked yummy?  Summer BBQ's!! And not like healthy, skinny people, I'll-just-stick-with-the-veggie-tray BBQ's.  We're talking YOLO BBQ's. Burgers and dogs on white buns, potato salad,...
Our family loves to celebrate almost as much as we love traditions. Last year we made May Day Baskets with our two year old. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to teach her about sharing and being a kind...
Last year I tried to dye our Easter eggs using natural everyday ingredients and they turned out pretty blah. It was a total Pinterest fail. My kiddos had fun stirring the pots and putting the eggs in the jars,...
As meticulous as I am, I love baking with my kids. It's one of the only times where a big mess doesn't freak me out and I don't feel the need for perfection. I learned about these easy-to-make, sweet and...
As a kid, I was fascinated with pop-out cards; add in hearts and I was busy for HOURS!! So today I present to you... Valentine's Pop out Cards. It's even more fun because it's a card within a card,...
The holidays and cards go hand and hand. You send out greetings and receive warm wishing. Some present as folded artistic bulletins. However, most arrive to you in the form of smiling faces of people close to your heart...
The Christmas tree pine smell, stockings on the fireplace mantle and the marshmallow hot chocolate on the stove. It's the season of creating a cozy holiday atmosphere in our homes and we all love doing it. Let's face it...
A simple and fun printable for your children's letter to Santa Claus! If your kids are young like mine, and not quite up to writing a full letter or note on their own, here is your answer! Our Letter to Santa...
It is my hope that this post will save you time scrolling Pinterest to find a manageable rolled sugar cookie recipe to decorate cookies for the holidays. A cookie that 1. doesn't lose its shape 2.doesn't call for bizarre ingredients 3....
Rich and decadent, with pumpkin spice flavor, warm pecans, and gooey salted caramel syrup dripping off every bite. The power packed combination of sweet and salty, with even layers of spice and crunch. This is one of those meals that make...
It is time for all things Halloween! These are some of our favorite posts on everything from DIY costumes and decor to scare free stories for kids.
Every month our kiddos see me heading out the door carrying an appetizer or a bottle of wine to my book club meeting and they squeal about how much they want to come with me. And I get it,...
This month we are talking DIY projects! Our contributors have shared lots of simple projects over the years, how to make everything from bows to curtains. Things that are actually do-able and may even make your life a tad bit easier in the long run.

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Family Friendly Events in and Around Scottsdale (September 2021)

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After the strangest summer ever, we are all loving the {almost} Fall vibes out there. Take advantage of all the things to do and...
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