Danielle’s Weekly Recap – Scottsdale Civic Center Library, Ice Cream, & Celebrating

Civic Center Mall Love SIgn

This last week I have been trying to adjust to the post-holiday chaos.  We usually go to the Arabian Library, or occasionally the Mustang Library since they are closer to the house.  Gigi was off school all week, so for something a little different I decided to take her to the Scottsdale Civic Center Library which is right near Old Town Scottsdale. The library is definitely way larger and has a giant area geared towards kids.  There is a big castle, huge murals and a larger play area than the other libraries.  I loved that Scottsdale Civic Center Library had […]

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The Lazy Way to Lose Weight – GG Crackers

New year, same me. (The person craving ALL the carbs.) I listened to The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast a few weeks ago, and the episode was entirely focused on fiber.  Their guest was Tanya Zuckerbrot, creator of the F Factor diet.  I haven’t read her book or tried this diet, but I liked everything she had to say.  Mainly that using magical GG crackers for weight loss was simple and effective. Introducing – GG Crackers… So what are GG crackers? GG Scandinavian Crisp Bread to be exact.  They are thin crackers about the size of 2 Saltines.  Each […]

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Weekly roundup

Well hello there… its been a while. I survived the holidays (just barely). Heres what we’ve been up to lately: ILLNESS HOLY COW. What is going around?!? Really starting to get sick of being sick. I’ve been sick, the girls have been sick. Its been over a month straight of on and off illness. I really shouldn’t be surprised, illness has become a cornerstone of our holiday experience. The biggest difference between now, and say.. 5 years ago is, I really can’t rest and get better. So I’ve still been going to work and my Pure Barre classes … I’m […]

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Pinterest Guilt AKA Third birthday Roundup

So this blog post was supposed to be about the girls birthday party, but I’ll be totally honest and transparent here… It didn’t go well in my humble opinion. I had people asking me for things left and right, kids wanting snacks or food cut up for them. I was cutting cakes and keeping track of birthday cards. I was too busy to even get pictures of the decorations I had assembled. The morning after I felt physically ill. I felt like the whole thing went at warp speed and I didn’t even get to see my kids enjoy their […]

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Preschool (Or Any Age) Teacher Gifts

The Problem: I Am a Horrible Gift-Giver This year my daughter began preschool and we feel so grateful to have found her amazing school and teacher.  I wasn’t exactly sure what the teacher gift-giving protocol is, but I know it’s pretty typical to do a holiday gift and an end-of-the-year gift.  This is the woman who spends 4 mornings a week with my daughter. Besides changing her gross diapers and wiping her nose, she hugs her when she falls down and teaches her a new language. I am a horrible gift-giver and always have an awful time trying to figure […]

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Why I hate your MLM

LADIES! This is not a drill… we are under attack! Women everywhere are infiltrating your circles at this very moment. They may have a familiar face… and fresh baked snacks..and promises of hot bodies and youthful skin…. DO NOT ENGAGE THEM. Kidding…sort of. Enter ‘MLM’: multilevel marketing. Moms everywhere have decided to use their ‘mom guilt’ skills to sell their friends complete and utter crap… lets call it what it is. I can see how even the savviest of women fall into the mlm, a lot of us stay at home, we want to make money and friends on the […]

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Weekly Roundup

Well another holiday has come and gone…. now on to Christmas… I’m so not ready. Heres what we were up to this week: Thanksgiving We went up to my In-laws for Thanksgiving. We visited with grandma and grandpas horses and played with our cousins. We also refused to eat food this day, except for a traditional thanksgiving banana ( thats a thing right?) Black Friday So I kept up with my Black Friday tradition of waiting outside of Pure Barre for an auto-renewal deal. This years deal was $125 (regularly $139) per month, with the first five people in line […]

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Holiday Gifts that your wife actually wants

As a hairstylist, I get asked for recommendations all the time. What product to use, what shows to watch on Netflix, and inevitably.. what do I get for my significant other for the holidays. A lot of times the guys already have an idea in their heads… I remember one year trying to convince my client that ‘No, women don’t actually go crazy in real life for Pandora bracelets like they do in the commercials’. I can’t speak for all ladies… but these are my favorite things I have either received, or given to myself (I believe in treating yo […]

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Weekly Roundup

Where do I begin?!? My life is always hectic but around the holidays its DEFCON FREAKING 5 over here. Add to it the fact that being a hairstylist around the holidays is absolute madness. Heres whats been occupying my time lately…   KITCHEN REMODEL We put off remodeling around the time I found out I was expecting twins. it just didn’t seem like a good idea to tear apart our house. Ive now discovered there is no good timing for anything when you have kids. So after rocking my 1978 kitchen for 4 YEARS I can no longer stand it… […]

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Thanksgiving Timeline

Sorry this is entirely last minute, but better late than never I guess.  I was planning on waiting until next year to make this post, because I wanted to get pretty pictures this year to use! After I posted a picture of the pie dough I made on Instagram today, I started getting so many questions regarding Thanksgiving prep and timeline.  If you haven’t already, check out my general cooking/entertaining tips. Please keep in mind, that this is just a general guide. I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving since I was in college.  I have also gone to culinary school and work […]

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