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9 Reasons to Stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids

I had always dreamed of staying at a Four Seasons. I have known forever about their incredible amenities for children, like goodie bags at check-in and kid-sized bathrobes. I’d read that this luxury brand provides the ultimate in customer service and attention to detail. But, I’d never gotten the chance to experience one of their […]

7 Tips to Make Your Tween Daughter Less Sassy & More Sweet

I felt like I had lost my sweet daughter. She had become much sassier and more argumentative. She didn’t laugh as much or want to play with her little brother. Now? Things are getting better. So much better, in fact, that I have been reflecting on what helped get her back to her kindhearted self. Based on […]

Hot and Cold in Arizona – Adjusting to Life in the Desert

“I am moving away from Arizona the minute I graduate and I am never, ever moving back,” I said, all red-faced and out of breath from my scorching three-mile bike ride from Arizona State University. My former college roommate recently reminded me that I told her this almost daily during my senior year of college. But here I […]

5 Reasons NOT to Stay with Relatives this Holiday Season

Of course you love your relatives, quirks and all. There’s your great-aunt with her affinity for squeezing your cheeks, your boisterous uncle sipping his bourbon-laced coffee all day, your weepy sister who cries at every sappy movie and any mention of her recent weight gain, and then there’s your mother-in-law giving lectures on how to do everything […]

My Family Is Moving to Arizona!

My family is moving to Arizona in a few days. We had planned to go for months. And then we couldn’t go. Now, suddenly we are packing out bags. I’ve been suffering from migraine headaches and what I assume are near panic attacks due to all of the stress of preparing for the move and my […]

Phoenix Restaurants Worthy of Craving

I lived in Arizona for most of my childhood and I’ve been going back once or twice most years since I moved away fourteen years ago. So, what’s on my must-do list when I return, beyond visiting my family and long-time friends? Eating! Here’s a list of the eateries I try to squeeze in during any trip home.