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...}

Snake Grape Wand Snack – The Wild Life movie giveaway

In anticipation of the new movie The Wild Life, in theaters September 9, I made snake grape wand snacks. The grape wands make a great after school snack and are a fun treat to celebrate the upcoming movie release. What's better than a fun snack to celebrate the movie? The chance to win a family four pack to see the movie early in Tempe, Arizona! The Wild Life is giving away FIVE family four packs to lucky Brie Brie Blooms friends to see the movie at Harkins in Tempe Saturday, September 3rd, Read More... {Read More...}

Olympic rings kids craft

We have been spending evenings in our family room watching the 2016 Summer Olympics. My daughter is fascinated by the talent and reminded us two years ago we spent every night watching the Winter Olympics cuddled up in front of the television before bedtime. This is certainly an exciting time with so many amazing athletes to watch as dreams become reality and records are broken. Four years ago, when our oldest daughter was just three years old, we were just as excited for the summer games. She 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...}

The BFG summer road trip activities

The wildly creative children's book, "The BFG" by Roald Dahl, has been brought to life and is in theaters today, July 1st! The magical story of Sophie, the curious orphan, and her friendship with a big friendly giant is a wonderful story about friendship and imagination. This summer my seven year old daughter is reading the book and will be spending her time in the car on our summer road trip entertained by The BFG summer road trip activities and reading log. The BFG is a great movie Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for visiting SeaWorld with young children

Our family visits SeaWorld more than any other of our frequented attractions or theme parks. We are about a six hour drive away from San Diego and find ourselves there a couple of times each season. Our seven year old daughter was just a baby during her first visit and we have watched her great knowledge of the oceans and marine animals mature with every park visit. We started the process again with our second baby's first visit at just four months old last year. I receive emails all year long Read More... {Read More...}

Free printable Finding Dory writing prompt

With a deep love for the ocean and marine animals, my seven year old daughter was very excited to see Finding Dory. Marlin, Nemo and friends are favorite characters and regularly revisited for family movie nights in our home. Finding Nemo taught us about family and not giving up but Finding Dory brings another important message: celebrating differences. We saw Finding Dory before it's release date in theaters and were deeply touched by the beautiful sentiment. We are all unique and Read More... {Read More...}