Our Fun Family Experience At Flagstaff Venue To See Joe Nichols!

One great thing about living in Phoenix is that beautiful Flagstaff is just a few hours away.  So last week we took a trip to escape the heat and to check out a cool venue called the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park.  Hubs and I packed up our two teenagers, along with our […]

Sedona in 24 Hours: Our Top Picks In Red Rock Country

Manic:  School starting here on August 3rd!  That doesn’t give us a lot of travel time with such a short summer break, so we decided to take a few quick trips this summer that also kept us on budget since we didn’t spend money on airfare this time around. Managed:  Our first trip was to […]

Our Top 10 Maui Moments To Remember & Recommend

Now that the crazy busy school year is back in full swing, I have found myself day dreaming more than once about our magical Maui trip that we took in June.  It was our first time to Hawaii and it was as wonderful as everyone had told us it would be.   A lot of […]

Staycation/Vacation Reviews of Hotel Palomar, Ritz & Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch Resort in Scottsdale

One cool thing I do for this blog is review hotels and resorts.  So a few months ago, I booked a mother-daughter getaway and we tried out three different properties in one fun filled weekend.  Our big splurge was the Ritz Carlton, then we headed over to the new Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix and we ended our […]

Our Review of the Family Fun Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

If you are looking for a family friendly super fun place to get away from the heat, check out the  Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix.  This review was written two years ago when I took my girl and her friend to check it out.  It remains one of our favorite staycation getaways.  I am […]

Why I Love Living In Phoenix….Even In The Sizzling Summer!

Manic:  The school year, especially during these hectic last few weeks when finals hit, year end performances are scheduled and more.  It truly makes my head spin! Managed:  The summer because my kids’ schedules slow down and I can catch my breath and relax a little before the busy school year starts up again.  That […]

Have You Seen The Fancy Remodeled Holiday Inns?

I was recently invited to tour one of our local Holiday Inn properties at the “Change Your View” event that was located at the Holiday Inn Phoenix Airport North.  As you can see, we had fun at the event and the remodel has me excited to stay at a Holiday Inn on my next trip. […]

Our Hotel Hopping Hula Hooping Weekend

Last week was Fall Break for my kids.  Some folks, who live outside of Arizona, have asked me what the heck Fall Break is and I answer with the fact that my kids start school on August 5th.  With such an early school year start date and with the absence of snow days (thank goodness), […]

Travel: How We Saved On Luxury Perks & Beware of These Surprising Charges

Believe it or not, we actually saved money flying home in first class a few days ago.  We also figured out how to get a free room upgrade at our hotel, get a few rental car fees waived and we were able to enjoy a late checkout, too.  Read on to see how we saved […]

Travel Alert: Protect Your Family From Bed Bugs

Manic:  Summer travel is fun, but it can be manic for the Mom (or Dad) doing the planning.  So much to do, packing, budgeting, planning  plus the worries about sunburn, bug bites and don’t forget the dreaded and very unwelcome bed bugs that can come home with you.  Ugh! Managed:  Decided to welcome Jim LaBrie’s, […]

Grammy Museum Visit Is Part 3 Of Our Show Choir LA Adventure

If you followed part one of my Hollywood adventure with my daughter’s show choir and if you read part two, then you know that I promised another post with yet another cool place that we got to visit in LA.  This one is really cool, especially if you like music and watch the Grammys every […]

Our Local Version of Glee Took 1st Place in Hollywood!

Manic:  I thought that manic would be a word that would appear in my article about traveling with my daughter’s middle school show choir to Hollywood last month.  I was wrong.  There truly weren’t any manic moments, if you can believe that.  It went that smoothly! Managed:  Everything!  All went so well and the trip […]

How We Survived Our Disneyland Trip Gone Bad

Manic:  Seconds after checking into the Disneyland Hotel, discovering that my kid needed to go to an Urgent Care pronto! Managed:  Read on to see how our mother-daughter Disneyland trip turned into a mother-daughter tale of illness, an urgent care run, a children’s hospital visit and more….and read on to see how we handled it […]

Mom Approved Travel Tips for Families

Manic:  Family travel! Managed:  Asking my mom gal pals what their favorite travel tips are for families and I also included some of my favorite travel products, so take a look at my recent KTVK morning show segment to see these travel-friendly family ideas….

Travel: Disney Cruise Review-Is It Worth The Hype?

Our very talented managedmoms.com writer, Lisa Walton took a Disney cruise with her family and lucky for us, she wrote a review, complete with great pictures!  So if you are considering a Disney cruise for your family vacation plans, Lisa tells us if she thinks it is worth it and worth the hype… Lisa says: […]