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!

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 […]

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 […]

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

Without a doubt, 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. We like to make themed snacks when we watch movies, so we whipped up this quick and easy […]

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 […]

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 […]