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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10 Things to Do in Phoenix Before School is Out

By Melissa Choate

The last day of the 2013-14 school year for my children is May 22nd. When the school bell rings that afternoon it will be an end to classes and the beginning of a long, hot summer vacation in Phoenix. A little preparation can make an average summer awesome. Here is a list of 10 things […]

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Cinco de Mayo Crafts and Recipes

By Melissa Choate

It’s no surprise that Cinco de Mayo is a highly anticipated event in Arizona, the home of a growing Latino and Hispanic community. Use these crafts and recipes to help celebrate Mexican culture on Cinco de Mayo. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival on May 3 & 4, […]

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7 Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

By Melissa Choate

This year Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5 – 9, 2014. While most teachers admit they have way too many candles, there are things you can give to show the teachers in your child’s life how much you value their hard work. Here are seven ideas to help celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. 1.  Make thank […]

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Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival 2014

By Melissa Choate

Cinco de Mayo celebrations began as a way to commemorate Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. As its popularity grew in the United States, the holiday evolved to include a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. The Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival is one of Ariona’s largest […]

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Fun-Filled Arizona Summer Camps 2014

By Melissa Choate

School is almost out and for many of us mothers that means hearing the dreaded, “Mom, I’m bored.” One way to beat the boredom this summer is to enroll your child in a fun-filled summer camp. There are plenty of options for all ages whether they love singing, sports, or storytime. With so many camp […]

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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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