Tips for Taking Great Summer Vacation Photos

  Summer vacation photographs are so important to take. Whether it is with an IPhone, Android, tablet, point and shoot, or a DSLR, you are capturing priceless memories to last a lifetime.  In fact each year I have started to make a photo books of our vacations so we always have them to look back […]

5 Family-Friendly Places To Experience the Old West

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 […]

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park – A Family Adventure

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 […]

15 Reasons to Love SeaWorld

This year marks SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration. I’ve been going since I was a little girl and love being able to share my love of the ocean and marine life with my kids. SeaWorld is so close to Arizona that it can easily be a weekend trip any time of the year! So, I’m sharing with […]

Universal Studios Hollywood

My family was recently given tickets to attend Universal Studios Hollywood in California during a summer vacation.  I remember going to Universal Studios when I was in Jr High…it’s totally the same, but has totally changed too!  All my favorites were still there, but they’ve added new favorites too like Whoville, Wisteria Lane, Jurassic Park, […]

Road Trip Destination: Tonto National Monument

I love Roosevelt Lake and the area surrounding it, Tonto National Forest, which is full of fun things for families to do.  When I was kid we used to visit Roosevelt Lake quite often since my grandparents had a weekend trailer there. Other than swimming, boating , and fishing at the lake we used to […]

Family Fun Aboard the Queen Mary

This summer marked my 15th wedding anniversary, so we took the whole family on a Southern California adventure.  We, of course, did Disney (check out my allergy friendly dining guide), then Catalina Island, and also Universal Studios (review coming soon), but I had to schedule a day at the Queen Mary because I really wanted to […]

Ride the Polar Express

I never heard the story of the Polar Express until a few years ago. I am not a big fan of the movie but my children simply love it. I do, however, love trains.  I find trains both historic and romantic. With so many children in love with both the Polar Express book and movie, adding a train trip to your […]

Westin Kierland Resort and Spa (Part 2)

I was able to experience the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa too with my family!   I don’t know where to begin…this resort is so beautiful!  It is located in North Scottsdale, so it’s only a short drive from anywhere in the Valley. This was my family’s second time staying here because we love it.  If you’ve […]

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I cannot  say enough good things about this resort! Saying they spoil you would be a huge understatement.  From the minute we arrived we felt like we were the only ones there.  The staff opened the car door […]