6 on the 6th (April)

I loved seeing the beautiful work of the photographers that participated in the 6 on the 6th  Blog Circle last month!  The different perspectives, the interesting subjects and the talent combined to make great ‘reading’!  I hope you enjoyed them as well.

April was a month of highs and lows — and a for me a reminder of the power of artistry in life!

My family had such an amazing time in Arizona… the kids enjoyed the time with Mommie and Daddy — and Scottsdale, Phoenix and Sedona provide a great variety of things to do and see!  We had an amazing time learning about art and culture through museums, tours and bumming around!

Then I had a date with my husband and we were able to ‘run away’ to New Orleans for the weekend — so much fun.  A great city, with wonderful music and quality time, can’t be beat!

On the flip side, the world lost an amazing artist… Prince Rogers Nelson was from my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota and created a massive part of the playlist that makes up my life.  I don’t think I’ve been as shaken about the loss of any music icon as I was about Prince.  As I’ve listened to his music over the past few weeks, I’ve been amazed all over again at the phenomenal talent and gift he shared with the world.  A striking reminder of 1) the role that art and music play as foundational elements to life  and 2) to live live to the fullest, being authentic and pursuing your dreams!

All the more inspiration to invest the time to develop my passion…

Here are some of my favorites from the month of April!  From Arizona to New Orleans to New York and some good family time, it was fully of art, history and wonderful experiences!

I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to browse around and look at some of my other posts (and my website); then click on over to see the fantastic work of Jenna Donato Photography and the other photographers in our Blog Circle.






Arizona Trippin’

We spent our Spring Break in Arizona.   For me, it was a chance to enjoy a lovely place and to relive memories of home.  Although I grew up in Minnesota, my family spent the better part of 20 years in Phoenix and Sedona and I enjoyed  sharing experiences old and new with my little ones in the Valley of the Sun.

If you have time in Phoenix, our family would highly recommend:

  • The Children’s Museum of Phoenix!  It’s an amazing experiential museum for children with the most lovely people who play all day for a living.  From the guy who helped little mama build a castle out of huge soft blocks to the women in the art studio they were amazing.   The kids ran, climbed jumped and read their way through.
  • The Musical Instrument Museum! I.love.this.place <full stop>!  The history of music contained in one building with a nod to current artists too (Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift have exhibits).  The halls are organized by culture and then country and they have the neatest self guided headphone tours that the kids followed along!
  • The Phoenix Art Museum. Lovely mix of historic and modern art.  We lucked up and found it on Wednesday afternoon (only donation for admission) and not too crowded.  It was great because they had a scavenger hunt for kids and that kept our little ones attention for almost 3 hours!

We also enjoyed:

  • Butterfly Wonderland — although little mama was disappointed that a butterfly didn’t land on her.  (I think it’s because it was too hard for the butterflies to catch her.)
  • The Rainforest Cafe– although kitschy–was a great way to use up some time and have dinner before our late night flight – consider my kids mind blown at the lightning and the moving animals!
  • Lots of time at the pool – making friends with business and leisure travelers  (whether they wanted to or not) and the hotel staff. My kids were making play dates to meet their friends at the pool (not one less than 45 yrs old).

And the last bit… we had some wonderful meals in Scottsdale and they were all super kid friendly:

  • The Breakfast Club for Brunch
  • The Mission for Lunch
  • The Sugar Bowl for Ice Cream
  • Soul Cafe (with a large selection of gluten free items too).