Soar with Reading through Magic Tree House & JetBlue

Soar With Reading Program

As a former teacher and the mom of an emergent reader, I’m all for programs that encourage reading–especially during the summer! Last year, we didn’t do as much summer practice with Big Brother and it cost him when the school year started. He regressed much more than I had anticipated (and I felt like the […]

Easy & Fun Multicolored Striped Popsicles

Citrus Striped Popsicles

There’s really just endless fun when it comes to homemade popsicles. Kids can help make them and love to eat them! True to that, the boys & I love experimenting with various flavors, styles, colors, etc. Normally, I love my Zoku Quick Pop Maker (<–*affiliate link) for making popsicles, but sometimes you just have to […]

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Simple “Best Summer Ever” Party Ideas #Moms4JNJConsumer #ad

Simple Summer Party Tips

We love having people over to hang out and have some summer fun. I think summer is the perfect time for having play dates and parties! But, throwing a party doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking! You can make it the best summer ever with these simple party ideas…First up, you can make things […]

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Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Printable Activities & Coloring Pages

Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Printable Activities & Coloring Pages

Have you seen Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue yet? I took the boys on opening day and they loved it! You can read our full review here –> Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Movie Review. Dusty and all the new characters have been rather popular this weekend around our house. So, the boys are loving […]

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Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue {Movie Review}

Disney Planes Fire & Rescue

Dusty Crophopper flew back into theaters today (July 18, 2014) starring in Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue. My boys loved Planes and after getting to attend the World Premiere in Hollywood, Dusty & Planes holds a special place in my heart. So, I was thrilled to surprise the boys with a special date to the […]

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S’mores Dessert Trifle in a Jar

S'mores Dessert Trifle Jars

Want a twist on the traditional summer s’mores? Last year we concocted a brownie s’mores trifle dessert. And, this summer I’m sharing these s’mores trifle jars as an awesome option. It’s a great dessert for all kinds of occasions and a tasty way to have s’mores flavors even when no campfire is available! Not only […]

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Layered Rainbow Fruit Salad

Rainbow Fruit Salad Trifle

Need a healthy & pretty dish to serve up this summer? Make a layered rainbow fruit salad! This couldn’t be easier and it looks SO great – perfect for entertaining. Fruit salad is always a great option, especially during the summer months when so much fruit is in season. But, the simple act of layering […]

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Legoland California Planning Tips with Undercover Tourist

Legoland California Planning Tips

Does your family enjoy a fun day (or days) at a theme park? While we love all kinds of different family travel destinations, theme parks are great for hours of family fun! One of our favorite destinations is Southern California, since it’s just a relatively short 5-6 hour drive from our house. So, thanks to […]

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Mad Scientist Birthday Party Ideas

Science Theme Birthday Party Ideas

As a former science teacher, the idea of a mad science party is SO fun to me! It’s definitely a theme I’d like to do with my boys as they get a little older. In fact, when I taught Jr. High science, I used to do a Mad Scientist day for Halloween each year. It […]

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Lemon Raspberry Trifle Jars

Lemon Raspberry Trifle Jars

Food in jars is all the rage! There’s something just so fun about it and the presentation looks so nice! We went with a jar theme for this month’s #12bloggers post and I LOVE the way these little lemon raspberry trifle jars turned out! Trifle-style desserts are some of my favorites (like this apple snickers […]

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Cherry Banana Almond Milk Smoothie

Cherry Banana Protein Smoothie

Does any one else find the summer months a little extra crazy? Between vacations, shifts in the schedule, and new activities (like swimming lessons), juggling it all can get a little crazy! We’re on the go a lot, so figuring out healthy snacks and meals is really important. With the hot summer temperatures, one of […]

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Tea-riffic Birthday Printable {101+ Friend Birthday Gift Ideas}

Tea themed Birthday gift & printable

Do you love celebrating birthdays? Ever need a creative idea for a friend, neighbor, teacher, or family member but aren’t sure what to get? Well, this post is awesome for all that!! I’m so excited to be joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots […]

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Hilton El Conquistador Resort Tucson, Arizona {Family Travel Review}

Hilton El Conquistador Tucson

One great thing about living in Arizona (among many) is the fact that you can get a sweet deal at some absolutely incredible resorts during the summer months. The Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson is no exception. Nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains with stunning views of Pusch Ridge, the Hilton Tucson […]

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25+ Outdoor Water Play Activities for Kids

25+ Outdoor Water Play Activities for Kids

I think it’s a childhood requirement that summer involve some sort of water play. Whether it’s time at the beach, in the pool, or just playing the backyard, many of my favorite childhood summer memories involve water. Outdoor water play is always fun and great for fighting summer boredom! So, if you’re looking for some […]

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Banana Split Dessert

Patriotic Banana Split Dessert

Every time we spend time in the Midwest, there seems to be no shortage of desserts. This summer is no exception. I’ve already shared the delicious homemade strawberry pie and now we’ve got this tasty banana strawberry split dessert. I’d never heard of anything like it, but it seems to be a classic (you know […]

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10 Tips for Beach Fun with Little Kids

10 tips for beach fun with young kids

I LOVE the beach!! And although we live a good 5-6 hours from the nearest ocean, we’ve now done beach trips with young kids many times. At different points as parents, we’ve experienced beach trips with non-walking babies, young toddlers, preschoolers, and now an early elementary age kiddo. On this most recent trip, the boys […]

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DIY Water Blasters {Kiddie Sprinkler}

DIY Water Blasters Kiddie Sprinkler

As a Lowe’s Creative Ideas blogger, one of the themes for this month’s project was water fun. Given that we’ve reached 110+ degree heat here in Phoenix, I was all for making a fun water play project. With no pool and 3 little boys who are totally into anything that blasts or shoots, making a […]

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Coffee Popsicles

Coffee Popsicles

Want a fun summer twist on a classic morning drink? You could always just do some iced coffee (really, you HAVE to try the frozen caramal macchiato – so good!), but why not try some coffee popsicles too?!I love making popsicles this time of year and these are just one more fun option—especially for coffee […]

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Frozen Caramel Macchiato Iced Coffee #IcedDelight

Frozen Caramel Macchiato

I’m not a huge fan of plain coffee, but add in some fun flavors and it’s a whole new ball game. Caramel macchiato is one of my favorite indulgent coffee drinks. But, I don’t always want to drive to the local favorite coffee stop & drop $5 on a special drink. Did you know it’s […]

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Protecting Yourself – Credit Monitoring vs. Identity Theft Protection #LifeLocksafety

Identity Theft Protection with LifeLock

It’s seems like every few weeks we hear of another MAJOR business who has had a security breach – especially so with hackers stealing credit card information in the recent past. In fact, I was one of millions who was sent a new debit/credit card in the past 6 months after one of these grand […]

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15+ Summer Drink Recipes

15+ Summer Drink Recipes

It was 110 here in Phoenix today! So summer is in full swing, which means anything to help keep cool is a MUST! Sipping on cool, refreshing drinks is definitely a great option! And thanks to a partnership with Foodie.com, I’ve created a collection of 15+ refreshing summer drink recipes. Everything in the collection is […]

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