National Parks and Monuments between the Grand Canyon and Phoenix

[Published in the October 2017 edition of the Deer Valley Times} One of the most fascinating things about Arizona is the vast number of National Parks and Monuments in our state. There are officially 22 National Park Service Units in Arizona. This translates to almost 12 million visitors and $1 Billion …

Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festival List 2017

[Published in the October 2017 edition of the Deer Valley Times and the North Tatum Times} Here is a comprehensive list of Ladybug’s favorite places to celebrate Pumpkin Patch Season this fall. Some we have visited, many we have not, but all of them are on our “to visit” list! Most …

Autumn in AZ – Pumpkin Patch Season Has Arrived!

[Published in the October 2017 edition of the Deer Valley Times and the North Tatum Times} Temperatures are slowly starting to drop, leaves are beginning to change up north and everywhere you look are pumpkin patches, fall festivals, haunted houses, and Halloween costumes and decorations. Autumn has officially arrived in Arizona …

Hiking Gear for Kids: Outfitting Ladybug for Outdoor Adventure

[Published in the October 2017 edition of the North Tatum Times} Let’s face it – gearing up for a hiking, camping or outdoor nature activity with a youngster can be a challenge. Those cute little cotton play outfits and sneakers or flip flops just won’t cut it on a trail or dirt path. Not …

Ladybug’s Eclipse Watching

Here in Arizona, we were able to see a partial solar eclipse around 10:30 this morning. This was a rare and exciting adventure for Ladybug, her classmates and kids and grownups across the United States!     A few fun eclipse facts: June 18, 1918, was last time a total …