summer - Celebrating Family

Summer Reading List – Books For Your Tweens and Teens

Even though my children are now both in the tweens and teens categories, I still read books to them. I will read to them until they want me to stop. I love sharing stories with them and having the opportunity to talk about the lessons in these books. We have shared many classics and modern […]

Five Indoor Activities for a Hot Summer Day

As a native Arizonan, I have something to confess; I suffer from summertime envy. When I see social media posts of people playing on sunny days, picnicking in a sunny park, and grilling in the hottest part of the day, I feel a little jealous. Sure, I can do all of those things here in […]

Marinated Veggie Kabobs and Ribeyes #BestSummerBBQ

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #BestSummerBBQ #CollectiveBias Even though it is crazy hot here in Arizona during the summer, it is still grilling season. Cooking outside is fun and the results are so very tasty. One grilling truth is that it is […]

Hawaiian Barbecue Chicken Skewers (and Tofu Skewers)

It used to baffle me that so many people saw summer as the prime barbecue season. Being an Arizona native the last thing I wanted to do in summer was stand in front of a hot grill in 122 degree weather cooking. But once I grew up and ran my own kitchen the summer grilling season […]

Red, White, and Blue Popsicles – Dye-free and All-Natural

I love popsicles. I really do! But it seems most traditional summer pops are laden with dyes and high fructose corn syrup. The good news is that you can put whatever you like into your own ice pop molds to create a tasty summer treat. The recipe below is pretty popular and not so new. I […]

5 Things You Should Bring to a Hotel (That I Often Forget)

I love to travel and see new places and I also enjoy staying in a nice clean hotel and being able to relax and be comfortable. Of course a hotel will never feel like home, but there are some minor things you can do that will make your hotel stay even better. These are all […]

Big Surf Waterpark – An Arizona Tradition

Summer gets unbearably hot in the Arizona desert. Even swimming doesn’t beat the heat but it sure makes in a little easier to take. I grew up hearing my mom’s stories about Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, Arizona and loved it when we got to visit the waterpark ourselves. Big Surf has changed a lot since […]

How to Protect Your Child’s Eyes From Harmful UV Rays

I live in Arizona where the sun shines bright.  A little too bright if you ask me. In fact, Phoenix is one of the top 10 American cities for UV danger. Most of us work hard to make sure our children are wearing sunscreen, but many of us do not require our kiddos to wear […]