Recycled gift wrap accessories

Christmas morning at our house always ends up looking like a big mess of torn wrapping paper and scattered gifts. Before tossing all the used holiday gift wrap into the recycling bin this year, we had fun with a kids craft making recycled gift wrap accessories. This morning, with the Arizona Science Center, my daughter modeled her DIY recycled gift wrap headband, purse, and skirt on the Fox 10 Phoenix morning show.  We collected the used gift wrap from family and had a big selection 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...}

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from my family to yours! This year has been truly amazing filled with wonderful work opportunities, visits from friends, and time with family. We are spending the next few days enjoying time together and hope you are doing the same. Photography: The suitcase studio, Card design: Shutterfly Read More... {Read More...}

Easy holiday gift idea – hot chocolate mug & DIY spoons

With holiday break just next week and no gifts for my daughter's teachers, we made a fun DIY gift Thursday night to deliver the last day of school before break. Pregnant, working, and running around like a crazy person with errands during the holiday season didn't permit time to make any of the creative ideas I had been pinning all year. My daughter has two kindergarten teachers, one in her English classroom and another in her Mandarin classroom. This is the first year in several years I haven't Read More... {Read More...}

Non Alcoholic Holiday Drinks

Check out Non Alcoholic Holiday Drinks by Brie Brie Blooms at Whether you're throwing a party, hosting a few friends, or having a fun family night a good recipe collection of non alcoholic holiday drinks is essential. I'll be trying some new recipes this year for family game nights and probably be enjoying a few more while I'm in my home office during the day. Being pregnant this season certainly has its perks and festive yummy drinks are a new indulgence for Read More... {Read More...}

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, San Diego 2014

Last year was my daughter's first visit to SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration. We enjoyed the snow, shows, and family fun so much and couldn't wait to go back for this year's celebration. We visited SeaWorld many times this year but the holidays are always a great time to spend at the park. Last year we were amazed by an introduction to how the park makes gourmet dining accessible to all guests and were again completely impressed by the dining options during SeaWorld's Christmas Read More... {Read More...}

10 tips for a great visit to The North Pole Experience (Flagstaff, Arizona)

We recently visited The North Pole Experience in Flagstaff, Arizona with Over the Top Mommy and her family. While it was a fun experience and I had read The North Pole Experience's FAQ page, knowing a few more things could have helped us plan our family adventure. I'm sharing my best 10 tips for a great visit to the The North Pole Experience. Keep in mind depending on weather and the needs of your family, each visit will be completely unique.   10 tips for a great visit to The Read More... {Read More...}

Kindergarten book advent calendar

Each year I make a holiday advent calendar for my daughter.  And each year I try to make the 24 gifts more meaningful. She loves counting down to Christmas Day with a gift each morning; I wanted to make sure the gifts were something fun and educational instead of something she will quickly forget about by next year. We spend a lot of time at the public library because my daughter loves books. She gets so excited each Friday when she brings her library book home from school and loves telling Read More... {Read More...}