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August 30, 2017

Summer is coming to an end but before it does so, it's time to get back to Dewey, Arizona for their annual Sweet corn Harvest Party!  Sweet Corn Harvest Party is Sept. 2nd & 3rd this year and I can hardly wait to sink my teeth in!   Sweet corn is in season at the farm and it's time to celebrate everything CORN! Come join us for a full day of "a-MAIZE-ing" attractions, games, farm activities, and much more!  This is an amazing outdoor activity for the whole family and I hope to see you all there!

Not only are you going to have a great time this weekend at the farm, Mo...

August 16, 2017

Life is like a pair of socks.  You start out new, you are soft to the touch.  You are bright and clean, with lots of elasticity with your whole life ahead of you.  You go through childhood and you may get worn outside without shoes and you begin to get a little dirty, but you are still in good shape.  The mom of the house continues to try and keep you clean but sometimes the outside dirt starts seeping into your fibers and by the time you become a teenager maybe you begin to lose your way.  You end up separated from everything you have known and you become a lost sock!...

August 11, 2017

The Family and I were headed to Big Bear Lake, California for the weekend to spend some time in our family cabin and I just knew I wanted to get a hike in while we were there!  I researched some hiking trails in the area and decided Bertha Peak was going to be the winning destination!  I read reviews of this particular hike and kept hearing over and over about the amazing views from the top!  

My family and I ( 3 kids ages 10-16 and my husband) grabbed some water, filled my flash pack with extra water and some hiking snacks, laced up our hiking boots and were out the...

July 11, 2017

It Started off like any normal Saturday for us, we drank our morning coffee and put our heads together on finalizing our itinerary for the weekend that was upon us.  I love the outdoors and escape into it any chance I get!  This particular weekend My husband and I had plans to do a moonlight paddle with a handful of friends from my work.  The night was planned around the moon phase...we were expecting a full moon to light the way.

A few things to keep in mind, I am a beginner paddler as is my husband.  We decided to purchase some kayaks as the heat of the Arizona weather...

April 27, 2017

This past Easter my family and I camped in Fireman's cove at Lake Pleasant here in Arizona.  I would have to say it ended up being a pretty darn good weekend!  We recently purchased some kayaks for the family to get out on the water during the warm summer months.  Camping at Fireman's cove, here is what we found...

Know before you go!!

~Fireman's Cove is a popular spot, not only for shoreline camping, but also for events.  Make sure you check Lake Pleasant's website before you go to make sure the cove is not closed for an event. you can access their site here:

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May 12, 2016

 

So I woke up this morning and hopped right on social media as I do most mornings.  I roll over in bed grab my cell phone/ alarm clock and start scrolling through facebook and emails before I'm even out of bed.  Anyone else do this?  It is quite sad really.   I'm on my fourth day of not drinking any coffee and I had read that the withdraw symptoms are not as bad if you get out and exercise. So after days of excruciating headaches I decided I would get some miles in this morning once the kids were off to school.  We went about our normal school routine of packing lunches, breakfast...

May 2, 2016

 

As Mother's Day approaches, I wanted to recognize those moms out there with a secret!  A deep secret that they hide down in the depths of their soul, to spare the world of their empathy.  Many moms carry this secret around with them, some days tearing away at their heart at almost unimaginable proportions.  These moms walk this earth daily, they are all around us!  They may be the lady at your bank, the cashier at the grocery store, your neighbor, your mail lady, or even your child's teacher.

 

How would you define a mom?  How would you pick a mom out of the crowd?...

May 2, 2016

An open letter to my younger self:

Dear, Ronda

You were born a gift to the world on December 21, 1974.  Don’t forget that...ever!  As a young girl you will have scraggly hair, buck teeth, and freckles, but you are beautiful.  Life will not always be fair and you will be required to carry some very heavy burdens, but you are strong!  You will struggle through peer pressure and break ups but through these you will grow wiser.  You will meet your soulmate and you will get married, but your dad won’t be there to walk you down the aisle, because you’ll also know the pain of cancer.  You...

April 29, 2016

Well National Grilled Cheese day has come and gone, but that doesn't mean I can't still enjoy me a delicious grilled cheese sandwich!  I recently partnered with Moms Meet and Annie's Home Grown to sample Annie's Home Grown Organic Soups.  I was delivered a box of Annie's Home Grown Creamy Tomato & Bunny Pasta soup.  Now I don't know how you grew up, but when someone offers you creamy Tomato soup, you have got to pair it with a grilled cheese sandwich!  Tomato soup and a Grilled Cheese sandwich is like peanut butter and jelly, they just go hand in hand!  So first thing I opened my...

April 26, 2016

This corn bread casserole was a perfect mix of sweet and spicy!  This dish would be great for Cinco-De- Mayo, or any night you are craving some south of the border flavors!  This dish was super simple to make and the whole family loved it...even the kiddos!

 

 What You Need:

 

~one box Jiffy Cornbread mix

~one egg

~1/3 cup milk

~one Jalapeno Pepper (diced)

~1/2 large red bell pepper (diced)

 

~16 oz grilled chicken breast

~one can black beans (drained)

~one can sweet yellow corn (drained)

~one cup shredded mexican style cheese

~taco seasoning to taste

 

Directions:

 

~preheat oven to 400 degre...

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