Getaway to Arizona State Parks

Arizona is known for being a fantastic place to get outside and enjoy the wonders of nature, regardless of the activity you choose. Fortunately for us, our state is not only home to 22 National Parks and Monuments in the National Park Service, we also have one of the best managed state park systems in the United States. In 2017, …

Giving Back – the Importance of Teaching Kids How to be Thankful and Generous

At this time of the year, we stop to reflect on all the things that make us thankful. A roof over our head when so many are homeless, food in our stomachs when so many go hungry, and the love of friends and family when so many are alone. As parents, it’s so important to pass on our values to …

Visiting the Verde Valley in Central Arizona

As Phoenicians, we love to travel north towards Flagstaff, especially during the heat of summer. But one of our favorite areas to visit on weekend and day trips is nestled between Phoenix and Flagstaff, in the rolling hills of the Verde Valley, just south of Sedona. The small, rural towns of Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Cornville, Page Springs and Rimrock …

Pumpkin Patch List 2019

It’s Pumpkin Patch Season in Arizona! Here is a list of some of our favorite spots to go pumpkin patching. MacDonald’s Ranch MacDonald’s Ranch in north Scottsdale is one of our family’s annual favorites. We make time every year to visit the ranch’s pumpkin patch, which is only accessible by horse drawn hayride. The first stop at the ranch is …

Pumpkin Patch Season Has Arrived – Tips for Pumpkin Patching in Arizona

Temperatures are slowly starting to drop, leaves are beginning to change in Northern Arizona, and everywhere you look are pumpkin patches, fall festivals, haunted houses, costumes, and spooky decorations. Autumn is officially arriving in Arizona and one of our favorite ways to celebrate and enjoy the season is to visit one of our many local pumpkin patches. We’re sharing our …

Back to School Basics in the Valley of the Sun

Back to school already? The summer seemed to fly by and it’s once again time for kids in Phoenix to start back to school. With summer heat and monsoon season in full effect, every bit of advice to make life a little less hectic and eliminate the drama is welcome. We collected some great tips from teachers, parents, doctors, and …

Going to the Lake! Tips for Fun and Safey at the Lake This Summer

Summer is the perfect time to cool off and enjoy our almost year-round sunshine by the lake or pond. Whether you love boating, fishing, swimming, water sports, or just enjoying the beauty of a sparkling water oasis in the desert, there are many large lakes near the Phoenix area for you to enjoy with your friends and family. Here is …

The Road Less Traveled – Visiting Northern Arizona

Most people in Phoenix venture north of the Valley for a day trip now and then. We like to visit the mountains, tall pines and cool summers of Flagstaff with trips to the Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim and the small towns and sights to see on the way. But north of Flagstaff and the South Rim lies a …

Watch Your Kids Around Water! Water Safety in the Valley of the Sun

Summer is fast approaching and, unfortunately for Phoenix, so is accidental drowning season. City resources, state agencies and first responders come out in droves this time of year to caution parents to “Watch Your Kids Around Water.” Sadly, drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under age four in Arizona. While most children drown in their …