Melissa is the mama of two girls and a boy. She is happily married to a superhero. She writes about her life and laughs in Phoenix on her blog, Nouns and Violets.

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Ultimate Play Date At Scottsdale Public Library

By Melissa Choate

The perfect Saturday for me can be summed up three words: free family event. If you’re looking for one to put the finishing touch on a fun Spring Break, this is the event for you. The Scottsdale Public Library is hosting the Second Annual Ultimate Play Date on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 9:00 am […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade And Faire Of Phoenix, Arizona

By Melissa Choate

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and Phoenix will be celebrating this year at the 31st Annual Parade and Faire. Mark your calendars for this fun event happening on Saturday, March 15, 2014 starting at 10:00 am. Bring a chair and come early to get a good spot. ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE WHEN:      […]

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5 Best Birthday Party Venues In Phoenix

By Melissa Choate

I’ll be honest. I R.S.V.P. to almost every birthday party invitation that comes home in my kids’ backpacks. Why? I like giving my kids a chance to be social with their friends outside of school. I like meeting the other mothers. Buying a present seems like a fair trade-off. While I’ve been to my fair […]

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Celebrate Phoestivus 2013 in Downtown Phoenix

By Melissa Choate

“Festivus for the rest of us!” That was the slogan of Frank Costanza’s made-up holiday on an unforgettable Seinfeld episode. George might be ashamed of his family’s wacky tradition but you’ll enjoy celebrating this alternative holiday in Downtown Phoenix at the fourth annual Phoestivus 2013. It will feature the World’s Largest Phoestivus Pole, Feats of […]

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“Waste Not” Helps Feed the Hungry in Arizona

By Melissa Choate

Remember when you were a kid refusing to eat your broccoli and your mother pleaded with you to “think of all the starving children?” That is exactly what one woman did when she saw food going to waste at a local resort. She wanted to save some people from going hungry so she borrowed a […]

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How to Make a 6-Week Dinner Menu

By Melissa Choate

The start of a new school year is upon us. If your life wasn’t busy enough already, it’s about to get even busier. There’s shopping for school supplies and clothes, haircut appointments, and parent orientation night to attend. The first week of school also means lots of papers to sign, like emergency cards and permission […]

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15 Things to Do With LEGOS

By Melissa Choate

My husband took our four year-old son to LEGO Kids Fest last weekend. If you missed it, the event was held at the University of Phoenix Stadium and featured over three acres of LEGO displays and hands-on activities, including The Big Brick Pile. Our son laid down in it and buried himself with LEGOS. If […]

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How to Spot a Drowning Person

By Melissa Choate

Real life is nothing like a movie. As adults, we know this truth yet we may not realize how deeply our perception of reality is shaped by Hollywood. Take drowning, for example. “Baywatch” may have depicted it as a dramatic, splash-and-scream event after which the submerged victim is pulled to shore, resuscitated with CPR, and […]

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Phoenix Independents Week 2013

By Melissa Choate

Local First Arizona (LFA) is a non-profit organization that aims to support local businesses, thereby strengthening local communities and economies. LFA invites you to celebrate the 11th annual Independents Week, June 30th through July 7, 2013 by shopping locally. Visit their website for the complete Local First Business Directory. WIN A STAYCATION PACKAGE! Take the […]

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How to Treat and Prevent Car Sickness in Kids

By Melissa Choate

Car sickness is the bane of family road trips. In my son’s case, sitting in the backseat while I run a couple of errands is enough to cause queasiness. If you’re in the same boat – or car – as me, read on for some helpful tips on how to treat and prevent car sickness […]

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