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Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Parents night out: 30 date ideas for Valentine’s Day and beyond

When is the last time you and your significant other went on real date? One with hand-holding and conversation that wasn’t all about the kids. It’s an important question for couples in the middle of parenting, demanding jobs and overscheduled households. One date night won’t be the single key to a successful marriage, but spending […]

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Parents night out ideas to start the new year

parents night out, splatter paint, Pinspiration, Scottsdale

A parents night out is a fun way to unwind and enjoy relationships with your friends or spouse/partner. Here are some ideas to get your new year started right. Arizona Coyotes Hockey (times and dates vary). Sit rinkside and watch the Coyotes try to march their way to the playoffs. $21 & up. Gila River […]

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Meet our #HowWeMet winner

#howwemet, Raising Arizona Kids, Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort at Troon North

This was such a tough decision! We got 170 entries for our #HowWeMet contest. Almost all of them were funny, sweet, poignant, moving, inspiring or otherwise hard to set aside. We narrowed the list to 25, then to five finalists. We loved all of those finalists!  If it were up to us, every one of them […]

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Finding time as a couple…after kids

As all new parents find out rather quickly, having a child can completely shift the family dynamic. As first-time moms and dads begin to negotiate their new roles, they also find themselves viewing their partners in a different light. Setting aside the absolute bliss that new parents experience, there is also the sleep deprivation, the […]

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That was a cold swish!

Now my husband and I were shifting into hard sell mode. We whipped out my lap top and pulled up a U-tube of Hacksaw and Hammer effortlessly spinning basketballs on their fingers and balancing them on their noses. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. It took about 20 seconds and one particularly humorous play in which Flip loses his shirt and shorts and powers down the court in his underwear before Eli was hooked.

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I swear! It’s true

I acknowledge that I am surely the only parent who continuously breaks the unwritten rule to use only Websteresque appropriate language in the presence of children. But have you checked the dictionary lately? Not that this makes it right, but the “F” word is in there, right between “fucoid” (relating to or resembling the rockweeds) and “fuchsite” (a greenish variety of muscovite, high in chromium).

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Kids say the darndest things

“She did nothing. Like she always does,” he said in a cheery, non-judgmental tone. He was simply stating a fact, as he knew it. I was crushed. Memories of my tween pals and me sitting around after school lamenting the uselessness of our stay-at-home mothers flooded my memory banks. Pay-back really is a bitch.

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Leggo my Eggo!

He was so irked that he placed a leftover empty salad plate at the edge of the table to tempt one of the passing waiters. But as soon as she eyed it and moved in for the kill, he swept his napkin over it and slid it to safety beneath the table. Then, not finding this at all amusing, she outstretched her hand like a stern school teacher who had discovered the classroom clown hiding a perilous pea-shooter. “I’m going to take it anyway,” she chastised, “so you might as well give it up.”

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Going beyond dinner and a movie

museum married couple date

When my husband and I were first dating, we came across a beat-up desk in a second-hand store. We spent many evenings over the next month refinishing it. I loved getting to know Bo while we worked together. It helped me see how he approached projects, how he dealt with frustration and how we worked […]

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The Good Divorce

happy collaborative divorce

If you were to see Wendy Cracchiolo and Tim Sheedy at the same event you might think they were good friends, or even siblings. In fact, they have been divorced for about 12 years. Their civil demeanor toward one another may come as a surprise, but it works for them—and their children. When a disagreement […]

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