JW Marriott Desert Ridge Arizona summer staycation


With temperatures getting close to the 120's, our family was excited about our Arizona summer staycation. It had been years since my husband and I stayed at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge and decided it was time to go back to enjoy the pool resort for a weekend. Our six year old daughter loves playing outside and asks to swim all day in the summer. The JW Marriott Desert Ridge was a perfect place to be poolside all day with a lazy river, water slide, numerous pools, and plenty of shaded seats. The Read More... {Read More...}

Water park essentials for infants


The summer heat brings a perfect opportunity to visit water parks for family fun. Whether it's a park close to home or a planned stop during a family vacation, packing a bag full of all your essentials is critical to a successful day. In Arizona our temperatures reach in the 120's during July so we want to spend as much time as possible in the water while we are outside. This summer we have a newborn baby but don't want our older daughter to miss out on our normal summer routine. We recently Read More... {Read More...}

Grossology at the Arizona Science Center


Visiting the Arizona Science Center just got a little more fun this summer. The Grossology exhibit visiting the Science Center May to September is an interesting look at the science of the human body. According to my six year old daughter, learning about burps, puke, and poop couldn't be more fun. While exploring all the gross functions of the body, children are learning about anatomy and bacteria. Grossology at the Arizona Science Center this summer is a fun and interactive Read More... {Read More...}

Out of Africa Wildlife Park, Arizona Family Fun


With summer months on their way our family is planning a few day trips to keep us busy. The Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona is a family favorite and we are looking forward to another visit soon. The original park was opened in 1988 with just 16 acres. In 2005 the animals were relocated to the 104 acre park they now call home.  I recall visiting the original park as a child. With a great grandmother living in Camp Verde, I also remember when the new Read More... {Read More...}

As You Wish Pottery Summer Classes (giveaway)

As You Wish summer classes instructor

This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor six year old Gabriella. I have been painting at As You Wish since I was just a toddler. My mom loves to go there too and has made a lot of really cool pottery. My mom and I were invited there last month for a "Grilled Cheese Please" plate class. I don't really like grilled cheese sandwiches so my plate is for ham and cheese sandwiches instead. That's the best thing about As You Wish; you can use your creativity Read More... {Read More...}

Things to do in Arizona during holiday break


With my daughter home from school for the next couple of weeks during her holiday break, we have a few fun family days planned. We aren't traveling during the holidays and being pregnant I really just wanted to stay close to home. We have a full lineup of things to do in Arizona during holiday break. 10 Things to do in Arizona during holiday break  Phoenix area activities 1) Plan a picnic at the Usery Mountain Regional Park and stop by the nature center to learn about animals found Read More... {Read More...}