Exploring local gems- indoors and out!

Part of my exploring focus was with a hope of getting outside and exploring more, but part of it was also to embrace where I live and experience fun Arizona activities. As the weather heats up, some of those things are necessarily going to need to be indoors (or else outside of Phoenix!) Continue reading

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The joys of NOT entertaining

So… I had a wonderful and exhausting weekend. As I wrote about in my March Goals post, it’s. a yearly tradition for us to celebrate some of my close friends from undergrad coming into town for Spring Training games- a tradition we’ve termed “LOVEFEST” and which I look forward to every year. Continue reading

Some Places to Explore if your Kids (Or YOU!) are Obsessed with Animals…

One of my hopes this year with the theme of explore was that I would discover things I’d been missing in my own (relative) backyard. I am looking forward to talking about traveling new places later in the year, but I am thrilled with the little places in the metro Phoenix area where we’ve been exploring the past month, so I wanted to share a few today. Continue reading

Exploring Nature Right in the City…

When I chose the theme of exploring for this year, I thought about how my son is at the magical age where everything is exploration. His favorite thing is to run around outside and find bugs or weeds he thinks are special plants to gift me or to find new sprouts in our garden that weren’t there the day before. Continue reading

What I learned during my Advent break…

Hi friends! How is your new year so far? I am really excited about some of the focuses for the blog this year! This is the first post I’m writing after my pre-written December break that ended up spanning a little past Advent as far as this blog was concerned… so I thought I’d touch on just a few things I learned on my break: Continue reading

A Date We Put Off for Years…

My husband and I snagged another date day this past weekend! It was a much needed time after a week with very little sleep and very tense news all around. When we secured our date time my only request was that we do something that would not involve us sitting down the whole time- many of our dates have been sitting at a table or sitting in a theatre and I love those, but I wanted something a tad more active. Continue reading

Dreaming of Fall…

Some people may negatively hurl the word “basic” in my direction for my unabashed love of fall, but I’m already dreaming of cooler weather, getting outdoors more, a sensible amount of pumpkin delights, and my other favorite fall flavors like apples, cinnamon, and caramel. I’m also especially excited about planting my fall garden and while cooler weather may take a while to reach Phoenix, we’re starting to prepare our garden now! Continue reading