Cucumber watermelon pops (kids snack)


Summer at our house means more time to play, do crafts, and make fun snacks. My daughter is attending summer camp for a couple of weeks and today she was assigned to bring snacks to share. Cucumber watermelon pops are the perfect snack for summertime fun. In less than an hour we made the pops and cut up all the extra fruit for snacks at home.  Cucumber watermelon pops tutorial Ingredients and supplies: seedless watermelon cucumbers (cut into 1/2" slices) metal flower cookie Read More... {Read More...}

10 Summer Activities for Dogs and their Kids


This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Summer is upon us! School is out and the kids are looking to beat that summer boredom. It's likely that your pooch is thrilled to have the kids around, so why not plan fun things for them to do together? Whether it is a quick project at home or an extended pet-friendly vacation, there are lots of fun summer activities for dogs and their kids. 10 summer activities for dogs and their kids 1. Enjoy outdoor 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...}

Formula fed babies, how to answer “are you breastfeeding?” when you are not


Almost eight years ago when I was pregnant with my first daughter I was amazed by the many times I was asked if I was planning to breastfeed. There was no reason for me not to plan to breastfeed so my response was always welcomed with an added conversation of the many benefits. The memory of her birth and our first couple of nights in the hospital is blurry but I clearly remember the lactation consultant. From the first hour with my daughter I had someone in my room handling my breasts trying to 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...}

Pool safety for dogs


This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. Summer is quickly approaching, and it's time to hit the pool! We think and talk all the time about pool safety for our children, but we may overlook the fact that if our dogs are around pools, they are in danger, as well. Pool safety for dogs is important. Wait. What? Don't dogs naturally know how to swim? Yes and no. Unlike humans, all dogs are genetically programmed to paddle in water. It's a survival Read More... {Read More...}

As You Wish Pottery Summer Classes (giveaway)

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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...}

How to help your child deal with the death of a pet

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This post is brought to you by our Brie Brie Blooms contributor Kristen. A child's first experience with death is often when a pet passes away. Children have difficulty understanding death, so it can be a confusing time. As parents, we are often at a loss for how to speak to our children about it. Much of what we say to our children will depend on our religious and spiritual beliefs, but there are some overarching things we can all think and talk about with regard to the death of a Read More... {Read More...}

Stroller Essentials, a guide to purchasing the perfect stroller


Since my first daughter was born over six years ago, many products have changed. Safety standards have improved and brands like Urbini are finding ways to make it easier for parents to satisfy their entire wish lists when purchasing baby products. From our first child to just last summer we went through several different strollers. Each had their own pros and cons but none satisfied all our needs, hence the reason why we made multiple purchases over the years. With news of expecting our Read More... {Read More...}

Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom – a survival story about a baby monkey and his momma


I was invited to a complimentary screening of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom before it was released in theaters. All opinions are my own. It's been over six years since I had a newborn baby at home. With the arrival of our new daughter I was quickly reminded just how exhausting it is caring for an infant. Just a couple of days after her birth, attempting to maintain some normalcy for our six year old daughter, I attended a screening of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom. We had been looking Read More... {Read More...}