Why do we take our kids on vacation? Well, that’s a loaded question, isn’t it? Here in Arizona, most of us plan a family vacation during the summer so we can escape the intense (yet dry!) heat. Like many others...
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 takes to plan. When you...
  Last week my husband and I enjoyed an Arizona staycation at The Strawberry Inn. We wanted to stay fairly close to home but still far enough away that we could explore some fun places that we have never visited,...
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 an option with a family?...
It’s finally summer, and many of us here in the Valley are heading back to the airport this year to kick off a much-needed family vacation. But with summer travel heating back up again, and with airlines still challenged with...
Last week, my family and I decided to head up North for a day trip. I love that there are so many great places to visit in Northern AZ (Sedona & Flagstaff are my faves) within a few hours...
Before I dig into this post, I want to give you all a flashback into my life. I was 15 years old and on an overnight camping trip. Food wasn’t cooked properly. There was an obscene amount of rain....
Do you have a fourth grader? Did you know that if you do, you can get your whole family into a ton of National Parks for free? This includes National Historic Sites and Waters too! Thanks to the Every Kid in...

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Gone are the days of big lights, late nights, and sexy pool parties...at least for now! My husband and are are expecting our second baby in April and wanted to celebrate with a well deserved babymoon. We decided to...
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 problem! Tanque Verde is a...
If you attended our Mom's Night Out Event at Pinspiration last month, you might have been the lucky lady who won a one night staycation at Kimpton's Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona! We are so jealous! If you have not...
It's hot. OK, it's more than hot. It's been hot for what is feeling like 6 years but realistically is 6 months. I pretty much had enough over Labor Day weekend and needed some relief! With little to no planning,...
I'm sending a major thanks to the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa, who provided me and my family a two night stay, meals at their Grille at ShadowRock, a spa treatment and a Pink Jeep Tour - all for...
In mid-December, my hubby and I decided we needed to get away for a night, just the two of us.  Funds were limited (I mean, it was December after all) so rather than travel too far away, we decided...
I have been operating on half a tank of energy and steam since the pregnancy nausea of #3 set in 10 weeks ago. If you've seen me, perhaps I looked a little bit run down. I have been feeling...
Can I tell you guys how much I love our Facebook community? While in the throes of planning Thanksgiving dinner and getting ready to host my in-laws for a long weekend last month, I posted this question on the...

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