Pinspiration splatter paint birthday party

Pinspiration splatter paint birthday party Arizona feature

Our daughter loves planning her birthday party with me each year. For months she had been talking about turning eight and pondering how she wanted to celebrate. Then she told me she had the perfect plan - she wanted to have a splatter paint party in our backyard to celebrate her eighth birthday with her friends. She had big plans to use chalk paint to decorate our back wall. Lucky for us, we just happen to live about half an hour away from Arizona's only splatter paint room.  I've been Read More... {Read More...}

Sing Saturday free movie screening 11/26

Sing Saturday free movie screening feature

With an amazing cast and excellent story, Illumination presents Sing in theaters December 21. But for just one day, you can see it early at a free movie screening Saturday 11/26 at select AMC theaters. There are quite a few AMC theaters near my home on the location list so we will definitely be participating in Sing Saturday. The animated film stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and more. It follows Buster Moon, a down koala (McConaughey), struggling to revive Read More... {Read More...}

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch Arizona roadside attraction

Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch feature

If you've ever driven along the Interstate 10 in Arizona from Phoenix to Tucson you have seen the signs for the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. Growing up in Arizona, I always wondered about this roadside attraction and considered stopping many times. Our oldest daughter has been curious about the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch Arizona roadside attraction too. She chose to spend her final day of summer break last year with a family road trip to the ranch. Fall weather is bringing excellent Read More... {Read More...}

The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Tucson, Arizona

The Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain feature

While we love our many road trips to Southern California, we also enjoy exploring our home state of Arizona. Tucson is a short drive from the Phoenix metro area and a city we don't explore often enough. Just before summer my husband attended a work conference at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona. Our daughters and I tagged along for a long weekend and had so much fun playing at the resort nestled in the Arizona desert. It is completely secluded and surrounded by nothing more than Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for visiting Pizzeria Bianco “the best pizza in America” Phoenix

Pizzeria Bianco Phoenix Brick Oven Pizza feature

When you think of the best pizza in America, you're probably not thinking of a restaurant in Arizona. That is unless you have tasted a brick oven pizza at Pizzeria Bianco in downtown Phoenix. It began in the back corner of a grocery store in 1988 and has grown to the small brick restaurant where Friday and Saturday nights see hour long waits for tables. The New York Times called the pizza “perhaps the best in America” and Rachael Ray declared Pizzeria Bianco the winner Read More... {Read More...}

Make a difference with Breakfast in the Classroom

breakfast in the classroom Arizona feature

Teaching our children to make healthy food choices is challenging in a fast paced world full of affordable and quick options promoting fast food drive-thrus. With the inability to guide your child's decisions once they start venturing out on their own with independence and time spent away from you at school, it's important we are teaching good habits and the ability to make smart decisions. Sadly not all children have the opportunity to make a choice when it comes to food. Sometimes parents only Read More... {Read More...}