About Janice

Janice is an Arizona native, a soldier's girl, daughter of the King, and mother to two. She shares family activity ideas, recipes, crafts, and product reviews at Celebrating Family. Read more about Janice here!

The Arizona Renaissance Festival

This post was originally shared by Janice at Celebrating Family and is used with permission. 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 […]

LEGO Inspired Engineering Camps for Kids

If your kids like to build, design, and bring things to life, you might just have budding engineers at home. My son loves building new creations and exploring new ideas so when I heard about the LEGO inspired engineering camps by Play-Well TEKnologies, I knew I had to sign him up. The LEGO camps vary by […]

Peppermint Patty Popcorn

Fall is my favorite time of year and Peanuts is my favorite cartoon. My house is full of Peanuts collectibles and the movies, especially It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas, are a special tradition in my home. So you can imagine that I am super excited about the Peanuts movie […]

Arizona Fishing License Changes

As an Arizona native, I grew up on the Salt River and its lakes and canals. Fishing was a significant part of my life and is intertwined with so many of my childhood memories. For as long as I can remember, children could fish Arizona lakes, rivers, and parks without a license until they were […]

Marvel’s Ant-Man

Ant-Man is the latest movie in the Marvel Avenger’s franchise and it is big on entertainment. Ant-Man is fun, exciting, and visually appealing. Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang who unwittingly becomes Ant-Man. An ex-con with a checkered past, Scott Lang attempts to walk a straight line, but when faced with the possibility of losing his […]

Monster Jam – A Fun Event for the Young at Heart

One of my fondest childhood memories was walking underneath a monster truck and realizing its tires were bigger than me. My cousins climbed up onto a tire, but my little sisters were too short and I was too scared, so we stayed on the ground. Someone shooed us away but it as an adventure while […]

5 Ways Your Family Can Serve Others This Holiday Season

This time of year it is so easy for children to miss the message of Christmas and become focused on what they can get. The beautifully wrapped presents under the tree, the candy, and Santa’s midnight trip take center stage. Why not shake things up a bit and get your children focused on the spirit of Christmas? It […]

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 […]

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Movie Review

Have you ever had one of those days? You know, an absolutely terrible day that you were sure could never get worse…and then it did? Me, too. One of my favorite things to do when life stresses me out is to go to the movies and watch a comedy. I was recently invited to attend […]

The Hundred-Foot Journey – A Feast of Laughs, Love, and Beautiful Food

I was recently lucky enough to attend an early screening of the newest Dreamworks movie The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri as competing restaurant owners in a beautiful French village. I brought my sister along knowing that she loves Indian food since I had heard this movie is a feast for the eyes. […]