3 Things to do in Maui with Teens

Three Things to do in Maui with Teens

We’re heading to Maui soon and there are three thing on our family’s “must-do” list. If you’re planning a trip to Maui with teens, you’ll want to save this for later! 1. Discover Molokini Snorkeling Tour  We are beyond excited about our Molokini Snorkeling tour! Breakfast and lunch are served and we’ll spend the day on a 50-60 person catamaran exploring the ocean off the coast of Maui. The boys are most excited about seeing the volcanic crater up close and…

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How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Party

How to Host an Awesome Outdoor Movie Party

There are affiliate links in this post.  Here in Arizona, we are spoiled with sunshine and clear skies about 340 days every year. We decided to take advantage of that, as well as our big backyard, to start hosting outdoor movie parties. With just a little planning and a few supplies, you can have an outdoor movie night of your own! You’ll need: Movie projector We bought this Epson PowerLite Home Cinema LCD projector last year and love it. You can also…

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DIY Outdoor Curtains for less than $300!

DIY Outdoor Curtains: A Tutorial

We recently made outdoor curtains for our back patio, and they have made such a difference in the amount of heat that comes into our west-facing home. Closing these right before the sun begins to set can keep our home cool and allow us to be out on the patio during that time (without roasting!). These DIY outdoor curtains were easier than I had thought, and I wanted to share with you how we did it!   Supply List: Garden…

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How to shred chicken in your stand mixer

Life Hack: How To Shred Chicken in Your Mixer

As I was preparing chicken tacos the other night, a friend asked me what I was doing when I put the cooked chicken into my Kitchenaid stand mixer bowl. When I told her I was just shredding it quickly, she was amazed. You can shred chicken in your mixer? Yes! It takes just a few seconds, and is so much easier than pulling it apart with two forks.   I know this is a simple post–basic. But I just learned about this trick…

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Planes Fire and Rescue Coloring Pages

Planes: Fire and Rescue Coloring Pages

Is your little one dying to see Planes: Fire and Rescue? Just a few more days to wait! From Walt Disney Studios: “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new adventure-comedy about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite  firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous  air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is…

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BIG HERO 6

Big Hero 6

Walt Disney Pictures is at it again with a fun new animated movie coming to theaters this fall.   With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the…

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ANO-June-Group-Giveaway

$100 Target Gift Card #Giveaway!

  Welcome to the A Night Owl June Group Giveaway! Hi friends! Today the friends of A Night Owl are joining up to bring you an amazing $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway! And we all KNOW you love Target, so what are you waiting for? Enter today via the Rafflecopter form below! Open in the USA and Canada. Ends at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014. a Rafflecopter giveaway TERMS & CONDITIONS: this giveaway is open to US and…

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Quiche Lorraine Recipe from Le Cordon Bleu

Quiche Lorraine Recipe from Le Cordon Bleu #100FootJourney

Disney’s new movie The Hundred-Foot Journey arrives in theaters on August 8th! Please enjoy this Quiche Lorraine recipe straight from Le Cordon Bleu chefs!     In Disney’s The Hundred-Foot Journey, Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa, settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to…

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5 Ways to thank military members #ChevySalutes

5 Ways To Show Appreciation for Military Members #ChevySalutes

Compensation for this post was provided by Chevrolet via MSB New Media. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Military families sacrifice so much every day, and showing them we’re a thankful country is important. In addition to months spent away from their families, the military is expected to be on call all day, every day for their ‘regular” jobs. They can be called in at any time, made to stay as long as needed, and often miss important events that we…

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: The Movie

You gotta have the bad days so you can love the good days even more. Jack and I are so, so excited about seeing Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. We loved the book when he was younger. This fun family movie looks like one you can bring the entire family to! Here’s a sneak peek: In theaters Oct. 10, 2014, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows 11-year-old Alexander as…

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Our California Adventures

Our Own California Adventure: Visiting Family, Friends, and Disneyland!

My family and I were guests of Disney for the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for a conference fee, we were provided with park tickets, hotel accommodations, meals, and admission to conference events. I was not asked to write about the conference or sponsors in exchange for our experience, but this was a pretty amazing experience and I’m excited to share it with you all! Kia provided us with a car while we were in California so…

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2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Video Recapap

2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration Video Recap

We just returned from an amazing trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. I have so much fun news and information to share with you, but I know many of you are dying to see our pictures from the event, so here they are–in video format! I’ll be back soon with information from the event! My family and I were guests of Disney for the 2014 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for a conference fee, we were provided with…

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In defense of Snapchat: Why I allow my teen to use the controversial app

In Defense of Snapchat

I’ve written about the Snapchat app before. I’ve told you about why you should monitor Snapchat and other apps, and I’ve written about how it could be a dangerous app for kids. In this time of new technology, technology that we didn’t have as kids, it’s important to be flexible. I have no previous experience with teenagers, kids who use iPhones, or even kids who use Snapchat. I’m literally making it up as I go along, as I bet you…

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5 ideas for a summer scavenger hunt

Go on a Summer Scavenger Hunt!

Scavenger hunts are not only fun, they’re educational, too. Get creative and develop your own ideas, or modify any of these to make it fit for your local area and the age of your child. This is also a great idea for picnics or family reunions where there are teams working together. Mix things up and provide some more difficult items for tweens and teens and easier items for younger children so they don’t lose interest.  Nature Scavenger Hunts The…

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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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Life Hack: The best contact lens tip

Life Hack: The Best Contact Lens Tip

When I first got my contact lenses (last month–I know, right?) I read tons of tips and tricks on the internet. My doctor helped me and Karen helped a ton. She was my on-call personal contact lens assistant. But there was one contact lens tip that I had to find out the hard way. Not because people were keeping it from me, but probably because they never thought to tell me. The one thing nobody thought to mention was that…

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