Happy Holidays

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To the happiest of holidays.  family photos by Sarah Jane Photography, cards by Snapfish We hope you are able to enjoy the weekend with family and friends, eat excessive amounts of your favorite holiday food, and forget about all the silly tasks you weren't able to cross off your to do list before Christmas. Read More... {Read More...}

Teach your daughter to have hair confidence

teach your daughter to have hair confidence

From the moment I learned I was having a baby girl almost nine years ago I imagined mornings of fixing her pigtails and braiding her hair. What I didn't know is that it would take years for her hair to grow. And when she finally had enough hair for me to try out all those cute hairstyles for little girls, my sweet daughter wanted nothing to do with mommy fixing her hair. Now, at eight years old, she fixes her own hair with so much confidence and doesn't look back in the mirror as she bounces off Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for a quick guest ready bathroom

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScotchBriteCleanHoliday #CollectiveBias While our experience might not be full on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation style, I still feel quite panicked when unexpected visitors show up at our door during the holidays. Is our guest bedroom full of unwrapped gifts? Do we have clean sheets for a fast bedding change? What can I do to get the bathroom sparkly in less than five minutes? I Read More... {Read More...}

Pinspiration splatter paint birthday party

Pinspiration splatter paint birthday party Arizona feature

Our daughter loves planning her birthday party with me each year. For months she had been talking about turning eight and pondering how she wanted to celebrate. Then she told me she had the perfect plan - she wanted to have a splatter paint party in our backyard to celebrate her eighth birthday with her friends. She had big plans to use chalk paint to decorate our back wall. Lucky for us, we just happen to live about half an hour away from Arizona's only splatter paint room.  I've been Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for a spontaneous picnic

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyLittleRemedies #Cbias #CollectiveBias For over six years our oldest daughter was an only child. Then along came her spunky baby sister to share the spotlight. Being a big sister is awesome but having all plans change constantly because of a baby sister is no fun. My husband was traveling for work so I promised my oldest daughter a fun afternoon this week. But then baby sister started Read More... {Read More...}

Gifts with fast shipping for everyone on your list

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This ultimate holiday gift list will continue to be updated as I finish up my holiday shopping. Some items included were received in exchange for compensation and/or product review. This post also includes some affiliate links. All opinions are my own. We are about to run into the last full weekend before Christmas. We celebrate with our nearby family Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so that means I have a solid week left to buy Christmas presents. I know, only a crazy person would not be Read More... {Read More...}

Easy kid friendly pasta salad recipe

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone #FreschettaFresh #CollectiveBias Regardless of the time of year, our home is always busy. But add in the holiday season and sometimes I wonder how we keep things running so smoothly. Don't be fooled, it's not always smooth around here but something I do to make it feel easier on our busiest of days is keep our pantry stocked with ingredients for quick meals the entire family will love. Read More... {Read More...}

Happy Places Shopkins storage and creative play

Happy Places Shopkins storage and creative play feature

Remember when you were little and had a collection of special things you knew you would collect forever? That was me and unicorns. Everything unicorns. And then I grew up and discovered Shopkins. And now it's not unicorns, now it's Shopkins. The little shoppies are the cutest and it's an extra bonus for me that my daughter loves them too. She has been collecting the pint size personalities for years and can't wait to play with the new Happy Places Shopkins from Moose Toys. Happy Read More... {Read More...}

Edwin the duck, the app-connected smart duck

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Baby sister has a deep love for two things - ducks and her iPad. There is six years between her and our older daughter so I'm very much new to discovering all the great app-connected learning toys out there for toddlers. While we certainly limit her screen time, it's amazing to watch her navigate through favorite apps correctly naming colors, numbers and shapes. From first learning about Edwin the Duck, the app-connected smart duck, and partnering to receive one for review, I knew baby Read More... {Read More...}

SING movie screening tickets giveaway 12/19 7pm AZ Mills Mall

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You might have been lucky enough to see the new animated film SING last month during SING Saturday. But if you weren't (or you can't wait to see it again!), you can still see this super cute and inspiring story before it's in theaters December 21. Enter to win one of FIVE family four packs of tickets to see SING at Arizona Mills Mall Monday, December 19 7pm. This screening will be even more awesome because the winners also receive front of the line priority Read More... {Read More...}