Share a Coke with the ones you love – my brother’s ARMY deployment


The recent addition of personalized bottles with names and terms of endearment is adding to the fun when you share a Coke with the ones you love. This summer Coca-Cola brought the nationwide Share a Coke event to Walmart stores. The event was an opportunity for everyone to share a Coke with their favorite friends and family. Seeing the excitement for the new Coke bottles with your name on them had me shopping for the fun cans and bottles before I attended the nationwide event. The Read More... {Read More...}

Princess Festival (Mesa, Arizona)


With a five year old daughter at home that loves princesses, she was so excited to learn about the Princess Festival in Mesa, Arizona this summer. Spending the day learning about how to be a princess sounds like the perfect summer play date with a best friend. My daughter and one of her closest friends from her Pre-K class had so much fun at the Princess Festival together. The entire event stays true to the theme teaching being a princess is about showing kindness to others. Read More... {Read More...}

VitaFrute Cocktails drink recipe: Light Watermelon Lemonade


Disclosure: I received complimentary products and compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. The following content is for readers 21 years of age and older. It's hot outside and I'm ready to host a Girls Night In with my some of my favorite friends. The thought of wine just isn't appealing because of the summer heat but are my friends going to appreciate a cocktail packed with sugar and calories? Probably not. This summer my Girls Night In will feature VitaFrute Read More... {Read More...}

Big Surf Water Park ticket giveaway (Arizona)


Our list of activities for Arizona family fun includes water parks because of our extreme summer heat. Enjoying the wave pool, riding dozens of daring water slides, and relaxing at Big Surf water park is a favorite way to spend warm summer days.  Big Surf water park has dozens of slides for the entire family to enjoy. My five year old daughter is tall enough to enjoy almost all of the attractions at the park. Areas for smaller children include Bora Bora Bay and Captain Cook's Read More... {Read More...}

Water park bag essentials for kids


It's summer and we are spending a lot of time at the water park. With my daughter being home for summer we have had quite a few days end up with impromptu visits to the water park. I prefer to get to the water park as soon as they open to guarantee getting a shaded seat. During the summer that means my five year old daughter is usually rushing to get ready as soon as she wakes up. It's my job to make sure we have all the water park bag essentials for kids to make our day pleasant. A bag packed Read More... {Read More...}

Tips to keep your pets cool in the summer


Living in Arizona means our summers get really hot! With a big indoor dog that loves to play outside, we have a few tips to help keep your pets cool in the summer. My daughter does an excellent job making sure our husky isn't outside for extended amounts of time and when she is enjoying the summer heat she always has access to water.  We get asked a lot how we could have a Siberian Husky in Arizona. Our pretty dog, Sophie, was born in Arizona from a long line of huskies that Read More... {Read More...}

Dine with Shamu SeaWorld San Diego, gourmet dining while learning about killer whales


With a love for animals and spending time at SeaWorld, our family recently enjoyed a gourmet meal while learning about killer whales at Dine with Shamu® in SeaWorld San Diego. The  experience was another great educational opportunity for my daughter to learn about the killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego. Dine with Shamu SeaWorld San Diego is an excellent way to observe killer whales and learn about how they interact. With many different seating options, you Read More... {Read More...}

Arizona POGO pass discount + Disneyland ticket giveaway


We have a long list of local summer activities on our wish list before my daughter starts kindergarten next month. But with our summer budget already reached with travel planned later this month the likelihood of us visiting all the attractions on our list was not looking good. Then our family started using the POGO pass. For less than I would pay to visit just one attraction, our entire family is enjoying fun activities and attending events all year! To make the deal even better, through Read More... {Read More...}

Tropical Refresher, begin your day with the benefits of almond milk


We easily could go through several gallons of dairy milk a day in our house. My daughter loves milk and happily drinks it with each snack and meal. We are very fortunate to not have any dairy allergies causing us to avoid milk but drinking too much gives my daughter a tummy ache and she is consuming unnecessary calories and fat. With out forcing her to completely reduce her milk consumption, I made an easy switch to alternating her favorite drink with Silk Almondmilk. She is happy with Read More... {Read More...}

Ice Cream Dessert Recipes


Check out Ice Cream Dessert Recipes by Brie Brie Blooms at Living in Arizona means my family can enjoy ice cream all year. Summer brings longer, hotter, and sunnier days; a perfect reason to eat more ice cream! Keeping up with a demand for cold treats keeps my collection of ice cream dessert recipes growing. With more and more added each day, it will be hard to avoid eating ice cream every single day this summer! My ice cream dessert recipes on Foodie  includes Read More... {Read More...}