10 reasons to visit Aquatica, SeaWorld San Diego’s waterpark

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Last year was our first experience of family water park fun at Aquatica San Diego. Living in Arizona, it's hot in the summer and water parks are a favorite family activity. Until we visited Aquatica last year we never had added a water park to our California visits. Already loving the park because of the fun time we had there last summer, we recently visited again. Our six year old daughter had grown since our last visit and was tall enough for every thrill ride. We also brought along our new Read More... {Read More...}

Shaun the Sheep ticket giveaway (AZ screening 7/25)

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I received complimentary tickets to the Shaun the Sheep screening to host a giveaway for my readers in exchange for this post. All opinions and ideas are my own. Timmy the lamb was a favorite character in our home when my oldest daughter was younger. The hilarious little lamb was fun for the entire family and we are so excited to see Timmy star in Shaun the Sheep in theaters August 7, 2015! We are even more excited to attend a special advanced screening Saturday, July 25. If you can't wait Read More... {Read More...}

Arizona Sea Life Aquarium

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Having a child that loves the ocean and learning about sea animals but living in the desert doesn't quite make sense. My daughter would love to be at the beach and visiting aquariums everyday if she could. Although we make the six hour drive to California frequently and spend time learning at SeaWorld, it's also great to have a local aquarium where we can spend time learning and exploring about sea life too. The Arizona Sea Life™ Aquarium is full of engaging learning Read More... {Read More...}

The 10 best animal apps for kids

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This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Our kiddos are using more apps on more devices than ever before. Sure, there’s a lot of junk out there, and when it comes to animal-themed apps, there are too many to count. Some of the apps offered are educational, creative, and fun for preschool children through age twelve (and beyond). These awesome animal apps pack a lot of punch at minimal cost, and some are even free. Here’s an in-depth look at my ten Read More... {Read More...}

Traveling with baby: how to bath a baby in a room without a tub

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Traveling with a baby requires some serious packing skills. In addition to all the essentials necessary to travel with a baby, you also need to plan for all the challenges, like not having a bathtub in your hotel room. Years ago we traveled to Hawaii when our oldest daughter was just six months old. I quickly learned how a room with only a shower was not ideal for bathing a baby. Our next week away from home I packed a deflatable Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub (affiliate link). Read More... {Read More...}

DIY Shark Week shirts for siblings

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Shark Week is approaching and we are excited! My daughter has always been fascinated by marine animals and she loves learning about sharks during the fun week. Whether it's a Jaws movie night or a Discovery Channel episode marathon, our DIY shark week shirts are perfect for the occasion. This is baby's first Shark Week so we had to get her in on the fun. The silly sibling shark shirts took about half an hour to make and have already received a big thumbs up from my shark loving daughter. Her Read More... {Read More...}

Kid friendly spinach squares recipe

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During the summer it's easy to lose track of time and forget about your well thought out meal plans. But when you're cooking your daughter's favorite side dish and she's getting an extra helping of veggies without realizing it, it's worth sticking to your plan. My daughter has never been a big fan of veggies but she loves when I make kid friendly spinach squares. During the school year she happily asks for leftovers in her lunch the next day. This week I made spinach squares and everyone in the Read More... {Read More...}

Free printable Inside Out feelings journal

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Ever wonder what's going on inside someone's head? All. Day. Long. This year has been exciting for our six year old daughter. She became a big sister and graduated from kindergarten. She currently loves to play outside, swim and run through sprinklers, read, make crafts, and go to summer camp. She is most excited for a new summer camp with a best friend next week and our upcoming summer vacation. With all this excitement, she is also able to deliver some fierce emotions regarding her dislikes. Read More... {Read More...}

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Arizona summer staycation

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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

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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...}