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5 Family-Friendly Places To Experience the Old West in Arizona

Arizona is well known for its western heritage but it can be easy to get lost in suburbia and urban life as we go about our day-to-day routines. Sometimes it can be rewarding to put on your boots, let your hair down, and kick back. But don’t take my word for it. Check out these […]

Top Gun: Maverick

The original Top Gun movie debuted in theaters when I was in fifth grade and I saw it at the drive-in theaters with my family. As you know, it was a huge hit and immediately became part of popular culture. Roughly 36 years have passed since then, so one has to wonder if a Top […]

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (Arizona)

As an Arizona native I have a love for the desert that just comes naturally. But there is something inside of me that loves greenery, water, colorful flowers, and shade. I cannot always hop in the car and drive up north so  I am comforted by the fact that just 30 minutes east of Apache […]

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore

The latest installment of the Fantastic Beasts series is out with even more allusions to the Harry Potter series. But is Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore appropriate for younger kids? Read this family-focused review to decide for yourself. The third installment of the Fantastic Beasts series is finally out after a four year wait. […]

The Batman (2022)

Batman stories have been done over and over again and the list of Batman actors keeps getting longer and longer. With the recent release of The Batman, moviegoers may be asking themselves if they should go see this newest iteration. My answer is a qualified yes. We meet this newest Batman (played by Robert Pattinson) […]

The Arizona Renaissance Festival

Modern times can seem so rushed and hectic. Sure, we have running water, antibiotics, and deodorant, but sometimes I wish I could unplug and go back in time. Maybe that is why I simply love the Renaissance Festival and have made it an annual tradition in my family. If you are an Arizona resident, I […]

Monster Jam 2022

I remember going to watch monster trucks battle it out when I was a kid. It was some real rip-roaring excitement and was always fun. Today I enjoy taking my family out to Monster Jam events. Monster Jam is coming to the Phoenix area where I live, but also has many shows planned around the […]

TobyMac Hits Deep Tour 2022

  TobyMac is a creative and talented artist who has been making music for decades. Some of my favorite TobyMac songs include Lose My Soul, I just need U, and pretty much every TobyMac song I have ever heard. He is one of my all-time favorite music artists. If you have not heard of him, […]

2021 Toyota Sienna Hybrid

Disclaimer: I am a lucky girl because I get to drive Toyota vehicles from time to time as part of a media partnership. All opinions on the Toyota Sienna Hybrid are my own. #ToyotaPartner Since I am just a couple years out from handing my Camry over to my now 14 year old daughter, I […]

40 Things to Do If You Are Bored

Several years ago my kids really started zoning out on technology and before I knew it they had one serious bad habit on their hands. So I took action by giving each kiddo a screen time punch card.  I also posted 40 Things to Do If You Are Bored on my refrigerator and when they got […]

Eight Classic Road Trip Games (Free Printable)

My family took a lot of road trips when I was growing up and we did not have portable DVD players, mobile phones, or handheld video games to keep us busy. My mom had to be creative to keep me and my sisters from destroying each other and annoying her for countless highway hours. Like […]

Patriotic Desserts for Independence Day

I love Independence Day. It is one of my favorite holidays because it means so much to me as an American. I love the red, white, and blue that dominates this time of year and I love summer gatherings. I have found that the easiest way to dress up your July 4th meals and gatherings […]