Phoenix Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona Travel Guide

Hello, friends! I’m so excited to bring you this travel guide to Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding areas today! We traveled there last week and had the best time!

My little sister goes to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and it was family weekend so we decided to make the trip out to see her and the campus. My grandparents also live out there and it had been years since we’d seen them, and they had yet to meet Oliver so we were long overdue for an Arizona visit!

We were all over the place during our visit. Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Gilbert, all the in general “Phoenix area” and there was so much to do!

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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Cars Land

Cars Land is one of our favorite stops in California Adventure at Disneyland! Sawyer, our 3 year old has been obsessed with Lightning McQueen and all the Cars movies for over a year so taking him to Cars Land over the summer was a dream come true.

Cars Land opened in 2012 and is still one of the most popular attractions in the park over 6 years later. Kurtis and I visited Cars Land the day we got engaged in 2013 and thought it was spectacular. We had been to Disneyland a handful of times since, but hadn’t ventured over to Cars Land again and we were so excited to show Sawyer!

Even though Cars Land is only a small fraction of the wonderful things you can do in California Adventure, there is so much to do there. Sawyer was mesmerized so we spent quite a few hours there and had a blast!

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The Time of the Month Struggles featuring U by Kotex, by top Denver lifestyle blog, All Things Lovely

The Time of the Month Struggles

This post is sponsored by U by Kotex but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

That time of the month is something that all women deal with for the majority of their lifetime. It’s messy, it’s uncomfortable, it’s inconvenient, and…it’s costly. Although it’s doesn’t seem like much to most people, 1 in 4 women struggle to access period products!

There are millions of women living in poverty who miss out on daily life because they don’t have access to period supplies during that time of the month.

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REI adventure in Colorado featured by top Denver travel blog, All Things Lovely

Experience Adventure with REI

This post is sponsored by REI but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Being active always clears my head and puts me in a better mind space. Sitting at home for too long not only makes me go stir crazy, but can really put me in a funk and trigger my anxiety and sometimes even depression. When I was in the height of dealing with postpartum depression after the birth of my second son last year, I started to recognize this as a trigger. The days I was stuck at home all day and didn’t get out to run errands, see a friend, or even just take the kids to the park, were the days I felt the worst. Not having anything to do made me feel lazy, and being in a small space with two children for too long wasn’t doing any good for my mental or emotional health.

The days I got out of the house I felt so much better. Even just going to the grocery store could lift my mood. Being busy and going outside, hiking, traveling, etc really improved my mood. It’s like when I was active I was myself again. I was happier and my kids were too.

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Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers

 

 

 

Did you know September is Healthy Kids Month? One of the hardest parts about parenting is the pressure in how to feed them. Especially now, in the age of millennial parenting, we have a wealth of information about what’s in our food and what’s no longer considered good for us. There’s pressure to eat clean and feed our kids complex meals with all the good things they need and without all the bad things they don’t.

Let’s toss out the first problem…kids are notoriously picky! I can be hard to find good, clean recipes and snacks that they actually like. And second, eating clean can also be very expensive. Buying junk food is tempting because it’s no much easier and less expensive.

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OdorKlenz review featured by popular Denver lifestyle blogger, All Things Lovely

A Working Mom’s Laundry Tips with OdorKlenz

OdorKlenz review featured by popular Denver lifestyle blogger, All Things Lovely

A few months ago, I took a poll on my Instagram stories asking you guys if you did laundry specifically on one day of the week or if you did just a little bit every day. I was SHOCKED at how many of you do laundry every single day. I can’t imagine doing laundry that often, it must be terrible! My theory is this: Laundry is the worst. If you get all your laundry done on specified “laundry days” then you’ll do less laundry. That’s just math!

My schedule is as follows. I wash and dry all the clothes every Monday. Then, I fold it all every Tuesday night after the kids are asleep. It really doesn’t even take up too much of my day since laundry is such a thoughtless chore. And then, I’m only doing laundry 2 days per week and have 5, glorious, laundry free days!

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The Best Things to Do in Keystone CO featured by popular Denver travel blogger, All Things Lovely

The Best Things to Do in Keystone CO – A Complete Travel Guide

Disclaimer: Thank you to Springs 8857 and Keystone Resort for hosting us  for this post! All opinions are my own. 

If you’ve been following along on the blog and social media, you know we had an amazing getaway to Keystone next weekend. I hope it inspired you to take a mountain getaway or ski trip with your family sometime soon, and if so, I think you should consider Keystone, Colorado!

Keystone is the quaintest little ski resort town. Living in Denver, we’re just a few hours away from some of the best ski resorts, and love visiting a few times per year. They make for great weekends away both with and without the kids. Keystone is one of my favorites. A family friend owned a condo in Keystone when I was growing up so we used to visit all the time! However, the last time I went I believe I was 18 so it’s been quite a while and I was excited to be back. Here’s everything you need to know about all the best things to do in Keystone CO!

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The Springs at River Run review featured by popular Denver travel blogger, All Things Lovely

Where to Stay in Keystone Colorado – The Springs at River Run

Disclaimer: Thank you to Valerie and John, owners of The Springs 8857 for hosting us! All opinions are my own. 

This past weekend we had the opportunity to take a weekend away in Keystone, Colorado! We love Summit County and try to travel to the different ski towns and resorts up there a few times per year. It’s so nice, living in Denver, to have so many options for “mini-vacations” and weekend getaways just a few hours away in Summit County! There are so many adventures to be had in Colorado, I’m so glad to be experiencing them with my family.

I hadn’t been to Keystone since I was a teenager and was eager to be back! Keystone is a small town. Made up of one resort and a few peaks for skiing and mountain biking, Keystone is the perfect place to spend the weekend. There is plenty to do and it is so family friendly! Stay tuned for my complete Keystone Travel Guide later this week, but today, I want to give you an in-depth look at the condo we stayed at.

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| Nested Bean review featured by popular Denver life and style blogger, All Things Lovely

Adjusting the Sleep Routine with Nested Bean

Disclaimer: This conversation about sleep sacks is sponsored by Nested Bean. All opinions are my own.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 3 years as a parent, it’s this: When something works well for your child, hold on and never let go.

Oliver has always been my wild card. Just when I think I have him all figured out, he changes his preferences and I have to start at square one. One thing has always remained constant in his life though: his need for a sleep sack.

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How to Recover From Your Summer Adventures featured by popular Denver life and style blogger, All Things Lovely

How to Recover From Your Summer Adventures

We were really active this Summer. I’ve mentioned a few times that when Kurtis got a new job that allowed him weekends off, we decided we needed to take advantage of his freed up schedule and do more. I had also been suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety, and getting out of the house really seemed to help me.

We did a cabin weekend, we rode ATVs, we hiked, we biked, we worked out, gone to the zoo, gone to baseball games, we took the kids to the park almost daily, we went on family walks in the evening, we went to the pool, the splash pad, and more! I loved getting out of the house for our summer adventures and being active. It helped me with my fitness goals and eased my anxiety all at once.

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