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Twinning with My American Girl

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I love American Girl. I love my dolls and that AG promotes girl power, kindness and individualism. We are all unique and special and have the ability to make the world a better place. Each doll has a story that makes her unique too. My mom recently helped me start an Instagram page called "AG Style Lab" featuring my dolls that she manages, but I brainstorm ideas with her for content and stage the photo shoots. It's really fun! Be sure and check it out. My mom is also encouraging me to write blog posts about things I enjoy, including American Girl, dance, fashion, books, cooking and crafts -- so watch for more from ...Read more.

Staycation in Style at the Omni Montelucia

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Who among us wouldn't love to be on vacation every day? Vacations not only give us something to look forward to, but they are essential for recharging and making memories, whether it's just you and your significant other or the whole family. Since life happens and we can't always get away for a long trip, staycations are an awesome way to "check out" of your everyday grind for a night or two without the hassle of traveling. We are lucky to live in the Phoenix area where there are a number of award-winning resorts to choose from just minutes away from our home, plus during the summer there are incredible staycation ...Read more.

Arizona Midday | Summer Style Refresh

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The '80s redux is "like so totally real" this summer -- we love it! Bottom line: Fashion is in a party mood. Minimalism has been pushed aside because after all, girls just wanna have fun, right? From sassy off-the-shoulder dresses and ruffles to fruity and floral prints to bodysuits (they're back, ladies!) with denim, Angela and her models have the looks from Vida Moulin boutique and how to wear them on Channel 12’s Arizona Midday. (Those of you that grew up in the '80s will for sure get all the rad references to the over-the-top, bigger-hair-is-better decade...) ...Read more.

Elimination Diet Tips for Kids: Terrific Turkey Burgers

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Dinner CAN be easy on this diet... it's really just a matter of finding and stocking your pantry with the right healthy ingredients that meet the "no additives" criteria, then shopping regularly for the fresh items you'll need. Once you're familiar with the brands and food you can buy, trips to the supermarket aren't as overwhelming. Of course the first few times give yourself extra time to walk around, read labels and determine the best choices for your situation. We discovered the ShopWell app for your smartphone (just search the App Store on your phone) which is helpful, as you can plug in the ingredients you need ...Read more.

Cool Tech Gifts for Dad

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We're counting down the days to Father's Day 2017... Sunday, June 18th is the big day! If you're still trying to decide how to thank and celebrate the father figures in your life, a cool electronic gadget or tech gift is always a good idea. There's still time to order online, but you'll need to move quickly. Amazon Prime is a godsend -- we're not sure what we'd do without it, frankly. We found all of these gifts on the online retail king. ...Read more.

Elimination Diet Tips for Kids: Lemon Blueberry Cake

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Christina has been a real trooper about sticking to her elimination diet (probably better than most adults) and hasn't gotten too upset about not being able to eat desserts, EXCEPT when it comes to attending birthday parties. That is another story. She has shed a few tears over the fact that it's "not fair".... and it's not. All of you moms dealing with similar situations, be it special diets or food allergies, can totally relate I'm sure. To help ease the pain a little, I came up with a cake recipe that she loves and takes with her to parties and sleepovers, so she has a "treat" to eat like the other kids. Okay, it's ...Read more.

Angela’s Lab | These Magical Sneakers Spread Smiles

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Sun's out! And so is school -- summer vacation has officially begun at our house. We have a lengthy vacation planned for July, but in the meantime, Christina is starting camp and my grind is the usual (work, errands, pick up... repeat). As it is year round, our go-to everyday shoe is the sneaker. As such, we are always on the lookout for cool new styles and I'm excited to introduce you to our latest find -- chameleon kicks! SUNS Shoes is a start-up that has developed super cute sneakers that change color and/or pattern in the sunlight. Each pair also comes with a special UV keychain light that let's you ...Read more.