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Local Living: Get Picking

Last chance Mommas to head on over to Truman Ranch this weekend for citrus picking for the season! Wheelbarrow rides, yanking fruit from trees, a walk with a breeze, citrus fruit, talking about how food grows, and lots of candid pictures is what we had to show for a lovely drive and an hour among […]

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AZ Adventures: Seeking Snow

“where’s the snow?” little miss three asked from the backseat. “a hop skip and a jump away!” I replied.  I know super corny but accurate. we can absolutely not wait for the next round of snow to hit flagstaff so we worked in two play sessions in the snow by staying the night. where did we […]

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Local Living: “Bees’ll Buzz”

“in summer!” So I might be a tad crazy, but maybe not? I am leaning towards not … I’m always on the hunt for a good deal so that means I start shopping for summer clothes right after Christmas! Let’s be real. It might be snowing in Scottsdale today but in 2.5 months warmer weather […]

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Local Living: A Very Frances Christmas

I gathered my fair share of presents at this seasons’ fairs boasting locally made products. But I am no where near where I had hoped to be and I’m actively trying to avoid the mall. So as I blazed down Camelback after a long workday, I saw THE sign! Literally. Frances’ sign to be clear. […]

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Local Living: Christmas at the Princess

What are you up to this weekend? For the fourth year, we will be heading to the Fairmont Princess Resort for their Christmas at the Princess festivities. A lovely family dinner on the grounds will be followed by pictures with Santa in his workshop. I’m super hopeful that this is THE year that at least one of […]

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Local Living: Got Pie?

Need a pie for Thanksgiving? I’ve got a solution, but  you have to act fast! Lindsey, owner of Ollie Vaughn’s, has got you covered! Ginger Pear. Pumpkin Chiffon. Spicy Chocolate Mousse. Frenet Banana Chocolate. Walnut. Cinnamon Apple. Pecan Bourbon. Pumpkin Leaf. Get your order in by Nov. 25th! Phone. 602. 254. 1392 Ollie Vaughn’s is located […]

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Happy Hostess: DIY Napkins

This year our Thanksgiving table will be sporting these updated linen napkins! Materials needed: Linen Napkins Multi-use or Fabric Paint Pencil or Wooden Dowel Foambrush (I wanted jumbo dots – so I used a large foambrush In three easy steps, here is how: Step 1: Unfold napkin and place on hard surface Step 2: Get […]

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Our Family Stories: Nichole’s Story

November is National Family Stories Month in the United States, and we are sharing a few of our stories with  you this month. Nichole is first up in this Tuesday series, with a story written for her eldest daughter Ellie last Christmas season. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— I walked into your room with a big bag, you stretched […]

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Happy Hostess: Fall Flowers

I adore the start of the holiday season in Phoenix. I begin “airing out” the house if you will. I crack open the windows in the early morning and let the fresh air in, turn on an Anthropologie candle, and actually enjoy sprucing up our home. It’s also my most preferred time of year to host […]

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Local Living: Best Iced Sugar Cookies in the Valley

These iced sugar cookies STOLE.THE.SHOW tonight, hands down beat my best performance of “Hernando Fandango: The Great Dancing Dog” to date! Where did I get them, you ask? Karl’s Bakery! Not only are they beautiful, they are affordable. For $5.05 I brought home three cream puffs and three iced sugar cookies. [PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: DO NOT EAT CREAM […]

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