Activities for Kids, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale

How We’re Staying Cool

Man has it been hot this summer. I can’t stress enough how unbearable it’s been. On the weekend I sip my coffee in my blow up pool on my back patio. Just to be outside because I can’t handle being inside all day. But fighting through it is definitely doable. How does one stay cool around here you ask?! Here are some ideas for any fellow Arizonans who want to get the kids out of the house (or even yourself!) but stay cool.

1. Mommy & Me Yoga @ Modern Milk –  A dear friend of mine introduced me to Modern Milk just recently and told me about their wonderful Mommy and Me babies fitness classes. I opted for the yoga class since I desperately wanted some time to stretch. They also have cold brew coffee ON TAP, and can conjure up a marvelous iced Mexican white mocha! By the end of the class Jace was monkey-crawling through everyone’s legs, haha.

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2. Creamistry – the newest ice-cream craze around these parts! They make the ice-cream right before your eyes uing liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the ice-cream. You’ll be mesmerized by the process! It’s definitely a treat to go, and if you do go, ask for the brownie.

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3.  Hubbard Family Swim School – I enrolled Jace in the Little Snappers swim class and he loves it so far. Not quite ready to go under the water, but almost there! It’s a great option if you want to avoid putting sunblock on your stark white child, like me. No sunblock in the eyes, no sunburn, and no sweat. It’s how I like it!

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4. RSVPing yes to indoor birthday parties – we just went to one hosted at a Crossfit gym. So cool, if you know what I mean. Plus, Jace got to hang with all of his day care buds .. and also hold hands with his girrrrlfriend Stella ;) Trust me, even if you don’t know the parents very well, take advantage of the indoor activities for sure.

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5. And last but not least, get the hells out of town, and go north. To Payson, Strawberry, Showlow or in our case, Pinetop! This past weekend we went up with family and enjoyed the cooler weather, even some hail. We took Jace on all kinds of walking trails and let him run wild. Boy sure can run! It was so nice to slow things down in a small little town! I loved all the wild sunflowers and open fields of grass to roll around in. And Jace got to meet his 2nd cousins, too. Always a fun time with the Johannes fam. Love them so much. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but nonetheless, here you go:

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Hope you’re all having a great summer in your neck of the woods!


A day all to myself


I actually have some time to sit down and write right now! So, hi! Today is Monday, and I took the day off for myself. I slept in ’til 7:30am, took my time getting up with Jace, made us breakfast, watched some Sesame Street.  Then, took Jace to day care. I came back and deep cleaned my bathrooms (which is seriously the most therapatuic exercise if you ask me), made myself a meaty sandwhich with some jalepeno kettle chips .. went and got my hair did, shopped for new earrings, and picked up my favorite from Bahama Bucks – the strawberry colada. I was going to do Pure Barre, then decided nah, it’s my day. No need to sweat. I’m about to paint my nails in silence and go pick up my baby boy. I still call him that. Although my hair outing was a little stressful (there were 5 women working on my hair at once!), I still had a pretty enjoyable day, treating myself to some play time of my own. All this day needs is some rose and I’d be set. Good thing the day’s not over ;)  Have you ever taken a day off work for yourself? If not, I highly recommend it. The secret is to not plan too much. Don’t use your day running around doing things you could do on the weekend. Take it for all its worth!




Summer nights

IMG_1453The colors we’ve been seeing at sunset these summer nights have been absolutely gorgeous lately. I give Arizona that. The way the sky cools down, bringing together the array of blues, purples, and peaches. I just want to roll these colors into couch pillows! How do I do that? We’ve been making a point to step out of our air conditioned house at around dusk to watch the sky and see the colors melt into the mountains around us. Sometimes we even go for a stroll around the block to watch the colors change while we chase the bunnies (it’s one of Jace’s favorite things to do ;))

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Summer at the pool

IMG_1421Oh hey! how are you? Long time no talk. I do that a lot don’t I? Go away and never come back! Well, it’s definitely summer here in Arizona. And, it’s hot. Too hot. Angry hot. The only way I’ve been able to keep my sanity lately is filling up this $40 Costco pool in my back yard. It helps me not complain. No warm, bath-temp water .. just cool, refreshing hose water each time. It’s marvelous, and the perfect size for Jace face, who I’ve yet to enroll in swimming lessons. He loves it as much as we do. I feel a little trailer-park-ish, but whatever, it cools us down when the temps soar over 110. And the pergola overhead is nice, too. It even has cuppies for beer and cushy seats. Pretty legit if you ask me. And it’s all ours! >D

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