SEA LIFE Arizona Young Environmentalists Science Program

Last year our oldest daughter was invited to participate in the SEA LIFE Arizona Young Environmentalists science program. It's a great learning opportunity for children age 6-10 with hands on experiments, lectures and many behind the scenes views of the aquarium. She has a great love for the ocean and naturally thrived in the program; she is excited to participate in the Young Environmentalists 2017! They are currently accepting applications through January 29th to participate in this year's Read More... {Read More...}

Pinspiration splatter paint birthday party

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

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

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

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

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

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...}

Westward Look Resort Tucson, Arizona

I grew up in a small mining town in Arizona and spent many school vacations and weekends camping with my family. My dad taught my brothers and I to appreciate and respect the desert. Although my husband and I do not camp with our daughters, we do take frequent day trips to explore Arizona and teach our daughters about my home state. The Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona invited my family for a complimentary stay over Memorial Day weekend. We loved the opportunity to experience Read More... {Read More...}

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ Family Travel

Growing up in Arizona, I spent many weekends and school vacations hiking and camping with my family. Exploring the desert was a favorite activity and my dad enjoyed teaching my brothers and I about Arizona wildlife. We recently spent Memorial Day weekend in Tucson for a sponsored travel opportunity at the Westward Look Resort. During our three day stay we took a short drive from the resort to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The museum offers great views of the desert with many Read More... {Read More...}

Arizona annual pass gift guide

With so many amazing local attractions and museums in Arizona we love to visit all year long, an annual membership makes perfect sense for a creative gift this holiday season. They make awesome gifts for friends with children, friends new to Arizona, parents, grandparents, and more! Instead of asking who should you gift an Arizona annual pass this year, ask yourself who wouldn't you gift an Arizona annual pass to? My Arizona annual pass gift guide includes the places we love to visit most Read More... {Read More...}