3 Easy Ways to Save for College: Gifts, a 529 Plan, and Recycling #AZ529

3 Easy Ways to Save for College: Gifts, a 529 Plan, and Recycling #AZ529

This post is sponsored by AZ529. The following financial tips are my own. Saving for college is boring. There, I said it. It’s definitely more fun to buy a gift for a child than to donate money towards their college fund–I get that. I have three easy ways for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family friends to help save money for a college fund. I know these work, because we do them ourselves! 1. Save half, spend half. Starting when they’re…

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Westward Look Resort in Tucson

Westward Look Resort in Tucson: Our weekend away!

My husband and I recently enjoyed a weekend staycation at the Westward Look resort in Tucson. While resorts are typically busiest during the summer, our fall/winter getaway was awesome! The Westward Look is a Wyndam property located in North Tucson. Resort offerings include a spa, tennis, horseback riding, hiking and biking, and four specialty gardens. Dining options include two restaurants, Gold and Lookout, and a breakfast cafe. We spent time on the patio at Lookout listening to all of the fun…

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5 reasons why you need Cox Contour service!

5 Reasons You Need Cox Contour Service #TVJustForMe #CoxContour

I am a member of Everywhere Society and a Cox Communications’ brand ambassador reviewing Contour by Cox. Everywhere and Cox Communications have provided me with compensation and a trial of Contour in exchange for my coverage of this product. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. We recently added the Cox Contour package to our cable services, and we are so bummed that we didn’t do this earlier!   We had no idea what we were missing….

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POGO Pass Discount Code

Pogo Pass Discount Code and #Giveaway

Hey Arizona friends! I have a Pogo Pass discount code and giveaway for you! The POGO Pass gives you admission to 15 different venues/activities in Phoenix throughout the year. This month, for each Pogo Pass you purchase, you’ll be entered to win a family four pack of tickets to Disneyland! For $39.98 (after using discount code), each passholder will receive (click each link for information about hours, blackout days, and eligible games): 2 tickets to see the Arizona Diamondbacks (tickets can usually be upgraded by asking…

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3 Summer Pool Cleaning Tips

Summer Pool Cleaning Tips from #CloroxPool

Clorox Pool & Spa has sponsored this post giving you summer pool cleaning tips to make your life easier this summer.  Summer is here and it’s officially pool season! We have been in our pool almost every day since early May. Every year around this time my husband and I look at each other and agree that we are so thankful we decided to put a pool in our backyard when we did–the kids have a blast swimming every year, and…

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What I'm loving: my health & fitness favorites

What I’m loving: my health and fitness favorites.

A portion of this post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market. There are affiliate (and non-affiliate) links in this post. I’ve been trying to find that fine line of balance–for me, my family, my work, my blog… I wish the line was neon and flashing sometimes! Health and fitness is a big area that I’m trying to improve right now. Michael and I have been going to the Crossfit gym three times a week and I’ve been really concentrating on…

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Easy Guacamole Recipe

Easy Guacamole Recipe

Are you hungry? My signature easy guacamole recipe is heavy on cilantro, and includes only 5 ingredients. Enjoy!   Ingredients 2-3 ripe avocados 1 bunch cilantro 1/2 onion 1 tomato pinch of salt     Chop the veggies. Bigger is better in my opinion.    Smash the avocado with a fork, but don’t smash too much. The best guacamole is chunky guacamole! Mix your veggies together and add a pinch of salt. This is called pico, and is an excellent…

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POGO Pass Promo Code and Giveaway

Phoenix POGO Pass Promo Code and Giveaway!

Summer is right around the corner, desert friends. You know what that means, right? Sunscreen, water, and plenty of inside during the day and outside at night activities!     The POGO Pass gives you admission to 15 different venues/activities in Phoenix throughout the year. I have a POGO Pass promo code for you: BECCA will get you the pass at 60% off, just $39.98 and I have a giveaway! You’d like a list of venues that accept POGO Pass?…

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Family Photos With Teenagers: Have fun and be creative.

Family Photos With Teenagers by Tucson Family Photographer: Cailey Shivers

Tucson Family Photographer We recently had a family photo shoot with Tucson family photographer Cailey Shivers. Trying to get family photos with teenagers (well, a teen and a tween) isn’t the easiest job in the world, and we were blown away by Cailey’s talent, fun personality, and ability to get these boys to smile. We all know that one uncomfortable teen or tween can break a photo session. The trick? Have fun and be creative. We had a blast with…

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Tucson All Souls Procession

Tucson All Souls Procession 2013 {Wordless Wednesday}

If you can bear with my iPhone pictures, I have something to share with you… This year was our first All Souls Procession, which is part of Dia Des Los Muertos. Why we waited so long to take part in this event is beyond me, but I have a feeling we’ll be back next year. Jack wants to dress up! The All Souls Procession is a way to honor the dead. The floats are amazing, and some bring tears to…

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What To Expect When You Visit Rocky Point Mexico

Visit Rocky Point Mexico: Everything You Need To Know

This post is sponsored by Seaside Reservations in Mexico. The content is my own.  We recently went down to visit Rocky Point Mexico for a family getaway, and I wanted to share some of the amazing things we did and what you can expect when taking your family down! Traveling To Rocky Point By Car Rocky Point is about a 4 hour drive from Tucson. We purchased Mexican Auto Insurance for the weekend at San Xavier Mexico Insurance for approximately $60 and had…

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Packing For The Beach With Tweens

Packing For The Beach With Tweens And Teens

This post is sponsored by Seaside Reservations in Mexico. The content is my own.  Is a family vacation right around the corner for you? Us too! We are planning our trip to Rocky Point, Mexico and are pretty excited about spending some time on the beach with the boys. Traveling with older kids (mine are 9 and 13) comes with it’s own set of difficulties–you don’t want them to get bored, but don’t want them to be on their phones…

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Apple Annie's Orchard

Apple Annie’s Orchard 2013 Fall Schedule and Giveaway

Apple Annie’s Orchard in Willcox is the place to go for apple picking this fall (and peach picking, and pear picking…)! They have several varieties of each that come available for picking from now until October. Apple Annie’s My-Oh-My Apple Pie Weekend and Country Craft Fair are coming up September 21-22, and that’s also the weekend their pumpkin patch opens up! photo credit: Apple Annie’s Orchard Looking forward to Apple Annie’s corn maze? This year’s corn maze is a tribute to…

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Megan And Liz Concert Scottsdale

Megan and Liz At Macy’s Fashion Square in #Scottsdale

This post has been sponsored by Everywhere.  Do you have Megan and Liz fans in your house? If you live close to Fashion Square in Scottsdale, you’ll want to head out to Macy’s this weekend to see them! Come hear a live acoustic performance by Megan & Liz!  Listen to tracks from their new album Look What You Started, including their awesome single “Release You.”  After the show you can meet Megan & Liz with the purchase of $25 or more…

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Hot Air Balloon Ride {Wordless Wednesday}

Last week we set out on an adventure–it was time to go on our hot air balloon ride that was rescheduled in March. It was beautiful and the company we went through, Hot Air Expeditions, exceeded our expectations. We have a lot of photos, so I’m going to add them to a slideshow at the end of the post if any of you (read=family) want to scroll through them all! Our weather was perfect this time! We even saw several…

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10 Things To Do In Tucson With Kids

Featured On Scary Mommy Travel Guide For Tucson!

You’ve heard of Scary Mommy, right? I have been reading her blog for almost as long as I’ve seen blogging, and finally had the chance to meet her last year at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference in Florida. Scary Mommy’s not scary at all, she’s actually very nice. She also has a few books out–you should head over to ScaryMommy.com and check them out! Jill (that’s Scary Mommy’s real name) recently started a Scary Mommy Travel Guide (AKA How Not to…

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