Make a difference with Breakfast in the Classroom

breakfast in the classroom Arizona feature

Teaching our children to make healthy food choices is challenging in a fast paced world full of affordable and quick options promoting fast food drive-thrus. With the inability to guide your child's decisions once they start venturing out on their own with independence and time spent away from you at school, it's important we are teaching good habits and the ability to make smart decisions. Sadly not all children have the opportunity to make a choice when it comes to food. Sometimes parents only Read More... {Read More...}

The BFG summer road trip activities

The BFG Summer Road Trip Activites feature

The wildly creative children's book, "The BFG" by Roald Dahl, has been brought to life and is in theaters today, July 1st! The magical story of Sophie, the curious orphan, and her friendship with a big friendly giant is a wonderful story about friendship and imagination. This summer my seven year old daughter is reading the book and will be spending her time in the car on our summer road trip entertained by The BFG summer road trip activities and reading log. The BFG is a great movie Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for visiting SeaWorld with young children

tips for visiting SeaWorld with young children feature

Our family visits SeaWorld more than any other of our frequented attractions or theme parks. We are about a six hour drive away from San Diego and find ourselves there a couple of times each season. Our seven year old daughter was just a baby during her first visit and we have watched her great knowledge of the oceans and marine animals mature with every park visit. We started the process again with our second baby's first visit at just four months old last year. I receive emails all year long Read More... {Read More...}

Free printable Finding Dory writing prompt

Finding Dory printable writing prompt feature

With a deep love for the ocean and marine animals, my seven year old daughter was very excited to see Finding Dory. Marlin, Nemo and friends are favorite characters and regularly revisited for family movie nights in our home. Finding Nemo taught us about family and not giving up but Finding Dory brings another important message: celebrating differences. We saw Finding Dory before it's release date in theaters and were deeply touched by the beautiful sentiment. We are all unique and Read More... {Read More...}

Westward Look Resort Tucson, Arizona

Westward Look Resort Tucson Arizona feature

I grew up in a small mining town in Arizona and spent many school vacations and weekends camping with my family. My dad taught my brothers and I to appreciate and respect the desert. Although my husband and I do not camp with our daughters, we do take frequent day trips to explore Arizona and teach our daughters about my home state. The Westward Look Resort in Tucson, Arizona invited my family for a complimentary stay over Memorial Day weekend. We loved the opportunity to experience Read More... {Read More...}

Lexus RX 450h Let’s Go Places

Lexus RX 450h lets go places feature

Work, errands, kids activities, play dates, errands, kids activities, work, kids activities - does this sound like your normal weekly routine? Appearing to have an intentional organized schedule and routine takes a great effort. Most days I'm running from one activity to the next and feel there's never enough time to get everything on my list done. Efficiency is critical so when Lexus asked me if we would like to drive a new Lexus RX 450h for a week, I instantly replied with a, "yes, Read More... {Read More...}

Snorkel Tips for Kids

Snorkel tips for kids feature

We planned our visit to Kauai, Hawaii with ResorTime for several months prior to the family vacation. We knew we would be attending the Na Pali Coast Snorkel Tour with Holo Holo Charters and with the abundant marine life in the Hawaiian waters, wanted to be fully prepared for many snorkeling adventures on our own too. Our seven year old daughter had never snorkeled in the open ocean so we sought out tips from a favorite marine biologist friend. In addition to basic snorkeling Read More... {Read More...}

Low Calorie Mocha Mint Iced Coffee Recipe

Low Calorie Mocha Mint Iced Coffee Recipe feature

A few years ago I worked with Collective Bias and International Delight to create a tasty low calorie iced coffee recipe. I have a very busy schedule and my daily to do lists are always growing. My week day mornings always begin with a cup of coffee. My love for sugary caffeinated drinks makes it easy to consume all my daily calories in beverages. I forfeit the ability to eat many other treats because of the calories I consume in my morning routine. A light iced coffee sounded Read More... {Read More...}

Hanalei Bay Resort, Hawaii Family Travel

Hanalei Bay Resort Review Hawaii Family Travel feature

Our sponsored family visit with ResorTime to Kauai, Hawaii was seven full days of relaxing and exploring the beautiful island. Our time was occupied with many adventures including snorkeling, cruising the Na Pali Coast with Holo Holo Charters, the Smith Family Garden Luau, and so much more. We stayed at the Hanalei Bay Resort and much of our time was spent in the pool and playing on the Hanalei Bay beach.  Opening our patio doors each morning to see the sun Read More... {Read More...}

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ Family Travel

Arizona Sonora Desert Musuem feature

Growing up in Arizona, I spent many weekends and school vacations hiking and camping with my family. Exploring the desert was a favorite activity and my dad enjoyed teaching my brothers and I about Arizona wildlife. We recently spent Memorial Day weekend in Tucson for a sponsored travel opportunity at the Westward Look Resort. During our three day stay we took a short drive from the resort to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The museum offers great views of the desert with many Read More... {Read More...}