Stylish Swimwear GIVEAWAY!

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I live in Arizona. We hit 119 a week or two ago. Swimwear in Arizona is not an optional accessory for an occasional vacation, but rather, almost a summertime uniform. I’ve begun to look at the purchase of a swimsuit as an important investment in recent years. The right suit can make all of the […]

Link Party Summer Camp

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It’s officially the first day of summer, but most of us have been out of school for a few weeks now. Have you heard your kids mutter “I’m bored!” yet? I have. Though I can’t understand how, since I don’t feel like I’ve had a minute to catch my breath yet this summer. In an […]

Summer Camping or Backyard Bingo

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Summer is nearly here! I wanted to share something fun we’ve done to commemorate it’s beginning. You might want consider this for your family for Memorial Day, if you don’t already have plans. The backyard campout! Growing up my family used this activity as our traditional celebration of the last day of school and the […]

Summer Vacation Teacher Appreciation Gift

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It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! And for many the school year is quickly winding down! Here is a fun, inexpensive, gift for your favorite teachers (including free printables) that is a great way to say “Thank you” and “have a great summer” all in one! I believe that all of the materials for our “summer fun” […]

Homes.com Spring Into the Dream Pinterest Contest

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Ah! Spring! The blossoms, the butterflies, the flowers and hope of renewal. I type this as the temperature outside my house climbs all the way to 110 degrees today. That idyllic Spring that inspires poets, and makes everyone fall in love, is a bit of a fantasy to me since I live in the arid […]

Camping Birthday Adventure

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My son has had some pretty cool birthday parties in the past. While the robot, pirate and rocket parties were huge successes, I wanted this year to be a little different. Partly because the thought of a dozen 7 year old boys wreaking havoc in my home wasn’t appealing, and partly because my husband begged me to […]

Smore Fun Classroom Treats

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In the tradition of my non-traditional classroom treats, I’m sharing the smores I will be taking to my son’s class in about an hour in honor of his birthday.  Like many other schools around the nation, our school has a ban on homemade food for class parties. We could launch into a discussion about whether […]

Farewell to Summer Pinspiration

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It’s September 1. My Pinterest stream is filling up with gorgeous gourds and spooky spiders. There are even candy canes getting mixed in with the candy corn. And while I long for the crisp air and festivities of the upcoming months, the temperature outside my home is currently 106 and rising. Makes it kind of hard […]

I’m back! (Sort of)

Happy Monday, everyone! I’ve missed you. I escaped the Phoenix heat and haboobs for 3 glorious weeks in beautiful Utah, where I spent a lot of time with family and friends, and was able to attend the amazing evo conference along with some other spectacular creative bloggers (more on this later in the week, hopefully). […]

Stay Cool! — Summer Gift Idea

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I live in Phoenix!  It’s HOT!  I know people say it is a “dry heat”, but with temperatures in the 110′s, humidity in the 30+% range, and the monsoon rains skirting around the valley, it is pretty much miserable right now. Last week I had two friends moving on Saturday in this heat.  I wasn’t […]