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. […]

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Making Family Dining Easier

I love to dine out with my family, but I have to be honest. Sometimes it can be quite a challenge with kiddos in tow. A lot of restaurants no longer take reservations so getting into a nice place can mean entertaining the kids for 30 minutes while you wait for a table. Then there […]

Wallace and Ladmo: Remembering an Arizona Legend

Bill “Wallace” Thompson died today. If you aren’t from around these parts, you might not recognize the significance of that name. Bill Thompson? Who was he? But for Arizona natives and longtime residents, we know the magic in that name. Bill Thompson created the cherished children’s show Wallace and Ladmo which ran in Arizona from […]

Fractured Prune Doughnuts – Always Hot, Always Satisfying

East Valley Mom Guide was lucky enough to be invited to try out the newest Fractured Prune Doughnuts location here in Arizona. If you’ve never been, you are in for a real treat. I found my best doughnut ever at Fractured Prune and I am sure you will, too. What makes Fractured Prune unique isn’t […]

Maleficent – A New Spin on an Old Tale

If you are like me you have been waiting with anticipation for the release of Maleficent. My favorite classic Disney movie is Sleeping Beauty and I grew up hearing my mom sing “Once Upon a Dream” quite regularly. I always hated Maleficent and was glad to see her go by the hand of Prince Phillip […]

Gauges, Studs, and Needles – Oh My! Why I Took My 6 Year Old Daughter to a Piercing Studio

Like most people I know, I got my ears pierced with a piercing gun at the mall, so when my daughter said she wanted her ears pierced I planned to take her to the mall as well. Then I talked to my cousin, a successful tattoo artist who employs several piercers in his studios, and […]

TreeSmart: The Coolest Pencils Ever

I was recently contacted by TreeSmart and asked to take a look at their unique pencils. I actually love pencils a little too much so I agreed to check them out. After looking around on their site I knew I’d love these pencils. What I didn’t know was how much my kiddos would LOVE these pencils. […]

DIY Halloween Costume Creativity Challenge

When I was a kid most of my Halloween costumes were homemade. I can remember a few Halloweens when my sisters and I got to buy store costumes but usually what we wore trick-or-treating came right out of our own closets.  I remember having a lot of fun coming up with ideas based on what […]

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 […]

Arizona Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love

Summer is here and the time is right, for dancing in the streets. Oh sorry, I got carried away by summer fever! We love summer in our family, even if it is a million degrees outside. If you are looking for some fun Arizona summer camp ideas, check out this list I got from […]