Insider insight for visiting Flagstaff's North Pole Experience
'Tis the season to experience the magic and magic awaits in the heart of Flagstaff, Arizona. That's where you can embark on a memorable journey to the North Pole where you'll mingle with elves, make toys, dance with Mrs. Claus, and spend QT with St. Nick.Read full story
Anti "Book Club" ideas for mom gatherings who don't have time to read
The other night I went to my first neighborhood book club. I know, I’m so behind on this type of “clubbing,” so I was excited for the invite and execution to get things going. Our neighborhood women decided our first monthly meeting would be to select our first book, which, for the record was “The Arrangement,” a dark, twisted, gritty tale scoring high on Google reviews. With that being said, many of us haven’t had time to read since before kids, so we agreed each monthly meeting would be coupled with an activity/theme. Therefore, thought I’d share these “anti-book club” ideas for getting together with your mom tribe.Read full story
When a 7-year-old interviews Hall of Famer Randy Johnson
It was Game 7 of the World Series when the Arizona D-Backs clutched the title. Among those World Series players was Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. My 7-year-old sports-obsessed son got the chance of a lifetime to interview the left-handed pitcher. They chatted about everything... tips for aspiring athletes, winning the World Series, being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and what Randy's up to now... travel and photography.Read full story
Raising Reporters: An Interview with Chris Gronkowski, NFL Player turned CEO of Ice Shaker
I'm all about raising reporters and instilling in my kids to learn life skills like speaking to adults and interviewing. Therefore, I am slowly passing my "reporter torch" to my boys, and they had the awesome opportunity to interview one of the famed Gronk brothers, Chris Gronkowski.Read full story
Here's why visiting Waikiki will leave a footprint on your soul
As such is the Hawaiian proverb: “Live your life while the sun is still shining.”Well, it shines in Waikiki, and escaping to the magical Hawaiian destination will leave a footprint on your soul.Read full story
Lush, luxe and lovely... a family-infused Vail, Colorado escape that will leave you wanting more.
We don’t remember days... we remember moments. And for 3 days, the boys and I reveled in experiencing one of the loveliest Colorado gems: Vail. Known for being a wonderland in the winter, Vail is also stunning in the summer, spring and fall. Here’s where to stay and play when visiting Vail, located in the central Rocky Mountains, under 100 miles west of Denver.Read full story
We've taken care of the kids, now it's time for us to indulge. Here's a back to school gift guide catered to moms.
We’ve done it again... getting our kids ready for school. New crayons, notebooks, backpacks, pens, pencils (the very specific kind), new clothes and the list goes on. Now it’s time for us, mamas... time to indulge in some fall finds that’ll give us a happy start to back to school season.Read full story
Arizona athletes share fond elementary school memories as kids go back to school
Thought this would be a fun one as many head back to school. My 3rd grader is a self-proclaimed blogger and columnist for a local magazine for kids. For his most recent article, he was assigned to write something school-related, so he reached out to famed Arizona athletes asking if they'd partake in a little interview. He wanted to ask star players their favorite memories of elementary school, and low and behold, he received replies from the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks and Arizona Coyotes. Here's what the guys said in response to Nicholas' interview question.Read full story
Raising confident kids; instilling in them an abundance of self-worth
As parents, we all want the same thing. We want our children to be happy. We want our children to be healthy. We want our children to love and be loved. And we want them to be good humans.Read full story
Finding inner beauty at Miraval Arizona
Sometimes I forget there’s still me under being a mom. The obvious disclaimer is of course I love being a mom more than anything, but I didn’t realize how much I still need a reminder and retreat to reconnect with my inner self.Read full story
With school starting, here are safety questions parents should ask administrators
As parents, it’s inevitably on our mind; sending our kids back to school after ending the 2022 school year drowning in horrific headlines. Surely, we can’t help but ponder a Uvdale-like situation happening in our community, leaving us unsettled, worrisome and nauseated.Read full story
Run-Hide-Fight; insight for elementary-aged kids on active shooting situations
I’ve been reading headline after headline, article after article and have become nauseated and depressed. Instead of writing one of my usual upbeat pieces, I’m compelled to honor that journalist in me; the reporter that once was and do one of the hard stories. I remember when I started in TV news. I was 21 and assigned a story on a marine helicopter pilot that died in a crash. I was told to track down the wife and get an interview. I remember crying walking up to their door and forcing myself to ring the doorbell. I didn’t want to do the story. Just like I don’t want to do this story now. But I am anyway.Read full story
A home burglary happens every 22 seconds; here are non-cliché travel safety tips for summer.
A home burglary happens every 22.6 seconds in the United States. 62% of those occur during daylight. Only 12% are planned, meaning they’re "spur of the moment,” and can often be deterred by a secure residence.Read full story
Craving a kids-free getaway? Grand Velas Los Cabos is the ultimate escape.
As a mom of three young boys, life before kids seems like a whole life ago. However, I’ve come to realize it’s important to occasionally be reminded of that frivolous, fun, and carefree woman I know exists underneath the all-things-mama I’ve become.Read full story
Need to escape? Indulge in this Scottsdale staycation.
Craving an adults-only getaway this summer? If you're looking for a desert-esque escape, I'm all about the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. Here are reasons to book a stay at the property.Read full story
Hint-hint... here are Mother's Day gifts she really wants
True that. We are miracles. We have super-powers. And we have an unexplainable, unconditional love for our children; a love that’s selfless, pure, and undeniable. Because we are just so BA, why not hint your hubby for Mother’s Day, suggesting gift ideas that’ll make you feel pampered, beautiful, and appreciated. Here are ten of my personal picks.Read full story
Destination: The Grand Wailea Maui
What kid wouldn’t want to channel their inner Tarzan?. In fact, even your inner child will come out and play at The Grand Wailea Maui. That’s because The Grand Wailea is home to the most amazing rope swing ever, alongside the property’s vast array of pools, waterslides and more.Read full story
Educating, stimulating and keeping kids busy without screen time
*Disclaimer: the following contains some affiliate links and commissions are earned off purchases. I’m all for anything that’s art infused, stocked with STEM, or simply fun for outside play. Now that spring has sprung, here are 10 things I’m eyeing that’ll educate, stimulate, and keep your kids busy as summer approaches.Read full story
Destination: The Fairmont Grand Del Mar
When you think of visiting the San Diego area, your mind likely jumps to a beach vacation. However, I’m about to sway you otherwise and introduce you to an area property that’s not just a hotel, but an experience.Read full story
Safety items that'll protect you on road trip vacations
*Disclaimer: the following contains affiliate links and commissions are earned off purchases. My grandfather was the kind of guy who told my mom to drive with a knife under her front seat. Old school, maybe... but truth is he just wanted her to be prepared for any situation.Read full story