5 Back-to-School Stressors for Teens

5 Back-to-School Stressors for Teens

My son started 8th grade on Monday and the past week has been a little hectic – getting school supplies purchased and sorted, laundering all the new school clothes, and getting to sleep at a decent hour. This last one was a big one because Alex was worried about having to wake up early to get to class. It turns out he’s not alone, though. The morning alarm took the number one spot out of five back-to-school stressors for teens {Read More}

Veteran’s Oasis Park – Chandler’s Hometown Hidden Gem

Veteran's Oasis Park - Chandler, Arizona's Hometown Hidden Gem

The metropolitan Phoenix area is smack dab in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. From cacti to venomous critters, the desert can be intimidating but one southeast valley city has a secret, yet safe, desert destination. Veteran’s Oasis Park is Chandler, Arizona’s Hometown Hidden Gem. Peer-to-peer carsharing service RelayRides launched a campaign to help uncover these hidden gems in communities across the nation. What I love about RelayRides is that it doesn’t add new cars to the road, which helps {Read More}

Contemplating A Bali Vacation For Our 15th Anniversary

Bali vacation - on the beach

As I mentioned last week, I am busy researching our 15th anniversary getaway and one of our top five destinations is Bali. In order to help my husband and I narrow down these choices, I’ve decided to dedicate a post a week to each locale. This week, I’ll be sharing the pros and cons of a Bali vacation. Bali Overview Bali is an island province of Indonesia. According to the Bali Tourism Board, “Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, with {Read More}

Surprise Day Trip to Knott’s Berry Farm

Surprise Day Trip - Knott's Berry Farm

On Friday, July 18 we surprised the kids with a day trip to Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. The past two summers we’ve vacationed in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, but this summer was vacation-less. With my son starting 8th grade today, I started to feel a little bad that we didn’t get out of town at all so we put my husband’s frequent flyer miles to use and hopped a plane from Phoenix to {Read More}

The Most Expensive Food In The World [Infographic]


Happy Finance Friday! Today I’m having a little fun and sharing this infographic of gastric extravagance. Big thanks to the folks over at FinancesOnline.com for permission to use the “Eat The World’s Most Expensive Food In One Day” infographic. What is the one item on this list you’d love to try?

Disney Dream Video Tour – 2014 [Video]


Although our first Disney Cruise isn’t until March 2015, the kids and I love scouring YouTube for videos and this is one of our favorites. The Disney Dream video tour is long (and it is only part 1), but it really gives you a good idea of what it is like to be on the ship. Have you ever taken a Disney cruise? If so, how’d you like it?

Amazing Arizona Sunset Pictures – Wordless Wednesday

Chandler, Arizona Sunset - July 14, 2014

Photos taken in my backyard with a Canon 7D and a 10-22mm lens Another post you may like: Photographing an Arizona Monsoon Storm