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Monster Jam 2024

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 […]

The Little Mermaid (2023)

Disney’s live action The Little Mermaid (2023) hits theaters this week. Keep reading for my family-focused review. In a world of remakes, sequels, and reimaginings, it can sometimes be difficult to get excited about new movie releases. I admit that I only begrudgingly attended a media screening of the new The Little Mermaid. I am […]

2022 Toyota Highlander 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 Highlander Hybrid are my own. #ToyotaPartner If you have read my past reviews, you know the Highlander is at home on the highway and on a dirt road. […]

The Woman King

The Woman King tells the story of the Agojie, female warriors who protected the Kingdom of Dahomey in Africa during the 1800s. Keep reading for my family-focused review. As a history teacher, I am always a little skeptical when I watch movies based on real events. Hollywood has a bit of a reputation for taking […]

Thor: Love and Thunder

It has been nearly five years since Thor: Ragnarok was released and three years since Thor joined up with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of Avengers: Endgame. MCU fans might be wondering what Thor has been up to for all these years. Thor: Love and Thunder catches up the story, but is […]

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 […]

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, […]