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KID-FRIENDLY GASPARILLA

Tampa has been such a cool place to raise a kid! Our calendar has been filled with all kinds of family-friendly events that are mostly free and outdoors. The first months of the year not only bring perfect temperatures to our area, but they also bring one of Tampa’s biggest annual celebrations: Gasparilla season! (named […]

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Every traveling mama deserves a spa day (and how to do it on a budget)

Salamander Spa, Tampa Bay; image credit: Corey Conroy Photography. Daily life with little ones is tough, and every mama needs a break. Mine often involves Gilmore Girls reruns, a quick meditation, and of course, traveling! But traveling often means wacky schedules, unhealthy foods, tired and cranky kids…you get the idea. And as awesome as it […]

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3 yoga books for all levels and aptitudes

Let me start with a question: do you consider your life to be balanced? You know, enough sleep, decent meals, fun with friends, meaningful work, family time, me time, etc? Motherhood has challenged everything I’ve known about balance, but carving out time for ourselves, whether or not we have children, is crucial! Since our move […]

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Holiday gift guide for adventure loving families

Not quite sure how it happened so fast, but here we are – 20 days away from Christmas. My last Christmas with a three-month-old was so fun (but a total blur), as many of our family and friends got to meet him for the first time. This year is gearing up to be even more […]

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3 Books to Inspire a Happier, More Optimistic Life

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are […]

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Top 3 Staycation Resorts in Phoenix

We may live in the middle of the desert, but there are so many swanky hotels, golf resorts, upscale shopping, and local dining options in the Valley of the Sun that we might even forget that. During the fall, winter and spring months, Metro Phoenix is a giant playground for snowbirds. In the summer, though, […]

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Family Camping Gear Roundup: 10 must-haves

Although our Northern Arizona camping adventure was only a month ago, it truly feels like it’s been ages since we slept under the stars in Cottonwood. August has been action-packed, with me returning to work part-time, searching for childcare (oh the joys of living far from family), and coming to terms with the fact that our little dude […]

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Tanque Verde Ranch: A quintessential Western Adventure

Our summer has been jam-packed with fun activities! We’re really savoring it all, since I go back to work this fall for the first time since baby was born. {Deep breaths, mama, deep breaths}. A couple of weeks ago we had our camping adventure in Northern Arizona, and last weekend we headed south to Tucson […]

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3 Books for Adventure Lovers of All Ages

I love reading, and I’m always asking people for book recommendations. Naturally, any time I come across good reads, I’m happy to share. It’s been a few months since I’ve posted a book round up, and this time around I’ve got picks for everyone, including the kiddos. Two of them are being released this month, (I […]

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