Hiking the White Tank Mountains

"This post is sponsored by FLYJOY however all opinions are my own." 

Last weekend my husband took a Friday off work so we set out to hike the White Tank Mountains. The park is just a short drive from our house, so we took advantage of a full day together and headed out. 

We had the best time exploring and our kids did great! I've heard great things about hiking the White Tank mountains with kids, so I was looking forward to some easy trails with our kids. 

We love that we get to live in a state where there is so much to do and see. I fully encourage you to take advantage of where ever you live and explore your city or your town! It has something to offer, sometimes you just have to discover it. 

Ready for some gorgeous pictures of our hike? 

We chose a shorter trail with our kiddos, I suggest finding a trail around 1-2 miles. Easy but not to long with kids. Our kids did great and loved looking at all the plants, cactus and finding critters! Ava was on the hunt for any animal she could find. 

Some tips for hiking the White Tank Mountains; 

  • Go early or after 6pm. Here in Phoenix it's not recommended to hike between the hours of 8 am - 6pm when the temperature of over 90 degrees. So that means so early to beat the heat or go after 6pm when it's not as hot but still a few hours of day light. 
  • It costs $6 to enter the park. Make sure to bring cash. If the park attendant station is closed to can pay to enter the park in the library across from the entrance into the park. 
  • For more info visit the park website here. 

Tips for hiking with kids; 

  • Find a shorter trail. The park is marked with signs at each trail that tells you how many miles long each is. I suggest between 1-2 miles for kids. 
  • Bring lots of water. It's hot in Phoenix, and water is a MUST! 
  • Bring a snack or two! Kids love snacks and after hiking a while it's nice to have somethings in your pack to give them. We love Fly Joy bars. Not only for their nutritional value but kids also love all the yummy flavors! Coconut & blueberries are some of their faves! 
  • Bring something to carry your water bottles and snacks in. We use a back pack or I also love this Kammok tote that folds up inside itself when you're not using it. 

Want to try Fly Joy bars for yourself? Head on over to Instagram (@andreamworley) I'm giving away 2 boxes of Fly Joy bars some some lucky winners! 

We had the best time hiking and can't wait to go again! Have you been hiking lately? If you're in Arizona what are your favorite places to hike? 

Summer Beauty Faves

Summer is the perfect time to find new things, try some color and shake up your routine. I'm going minimal with my makeup this Summer. No fuss but still feeling confident. 

I thought I'd share some of my favorite Summer beauty must haves for my family and myself. These are the products I'm reaching for most these days. 

Organic Healing Balm- I love this stuff and I've been using it over a year now. For the summertime since I'm in sandals so much I slather it on my heals at night and cover my feet with socks to help keep them moisturized and not dry during this time of year. I also love it for scrapes on my kids. 

Honest Bug Spray- I keep this in my kiddos bag for when we're out at the park or splash pad. It also comes in handy at night when they are playing in the back yard. 

Sunscreen Stick- Sunscreen in a stick?! I'll never go back, so easy to apply on my kids. 

Lip Bon Bon in Red Velvet Cake- This is the perfect hint of color and chapstick combo! Plus it smells like dessert. 

Essie Gel Top Coat- This gel top coat is amazing. A friend of mine shared it with me, and the first time I used it my mani lasted 2 weeks! And I love this new Essie color I picked up, it's the perfect pink for Summer! 

L'OREAL Everpure Repair & Defend Hair Lotion- This stuff is so good! My hair takes a lot of "heat" and this stuff keeps it soft and damage free. And helps speed up the air drying time on my hair. 

Younique Moodstruck Opulence Lipstick in Upper Class- The perfect shimmery nude for Summer. 

What are some of your favorite beauty finds for summer? Let me know in the comments below. 


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READ | 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn't Quit

Last month I had a goal to read two books. I finished an entire book while traveling home from vacation last week. It's amazing how much you can read in a car for 5 hours! And also read one with a group of women; this review today is about that book. 

5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn't Quit by Nicki Koziarz

A friend approached be about reading this book together with a bunch of small biz owners. I jumped at the chance to read something together and discuss it along the way. I've always wanted to do a book club so this was really fun. 

I'd never heard of this book before until I got my newsletter from B&H Publishing talking about new books that were out. And since I had just started a new small business myself after closing down my stationary shop this seemed like the perfect timing to read about "not being a quitter."

This book is a study on the book of Ruth in the Bible, and what lessons we can learn from Ruth about not quitting. Truthfully I was all in, Ruth what can you teach me? My favorite chapter what about what the author calls "emotional generosity." The idea being that we give people emotionally what we ourselves need.

Do we need more grace? Then give grace to others. 

Do we need more love and people to be patient with us? Then give that to others. Realizing most of the time the same things we need from people we should also freely give to people. 

I also loved the chapter where she talked about "fleeing to the familiar." How true is it that most of the time when we quit or give up it's because we want to flee to what's familiar? I know I have. But I've also learned that fleeing doesn't help, and what was once familiar is no longer once you've been out of that season for so long. Our minds and the devil want to play tricks on us and make us think if we could only get back to (fill in the blank) life would be better. Not true. There's a reason you are not in that season anymore. 

This book was really challenging for me. If you are a person who's ever given up or wanted to give up on something I highly suggest reading this book! It'll challenge you to take a look at how God sees you and how he's designed your life. 

You are not a quitter. 

Now, go read this book! 

you can buy this book here. 


Thank you B&H Publishing/Lifeway for sending this book for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own. 

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Whale and Dolphin Watching at Dana Wharf

We just got back from another great family vacation. One of the things we've wanted to do for a while now is take our kids whale and dolphin watching sometime when were in Southern California. For the longest time we felt like our kiddos were a bit to young so that's why we haven't in years past. This year our kids are a little bit older, and Ava has the biggest passion for animals. We knew she'd love an experience like this. 

We partnered with Dana Wharf and were able to go out on one of their two hour whale watching trips. Located in beautiful Dana Point, California they have been taking people on excursions for sport fishing and whale watching since 1971. 

The day we choose to go was a beautiful overcast day in sunny Southern California. I was excited that it wasn't to hot, and thankful for an over cast day for picture taking. You never know what you're going to get, how many whales or dolphins we'd see. Ava was mostly excited to see dolphins because she loves them so much. 

It was quite a ways out to ride on the boat, luckily there was a deck below where we could sit and enjoy the ride and stay away from some of the cold wind that day. We shared some snacks with the kids and played games. During the excursions their knowledgeable staff let's you know what is going on. He announced over the speaker that we were coming up upon a pod of dolphins and we knew that was our chance to see these amazing creatures. 

One of the coolest things I've had the chance to see was this massive pod of them swimming in the ocean. Dolphins travel in pods together, mostly females and their babies. It was incredible to see them jumping out of the water and swimming all around the boat. 

We were able to see one whale that day, the Minke whale. Known as the "stinky Minke" because well..... they stink. Seriously so stinky, but so fun to see a whale swimming around. I love the ocean so much, there's just something about seeing all that God's created and being right out there in the middle of it. It's the coolest. 

Some tips for whale watching with kids:

  1. Bring a back pack filled with snacks, water and an activity for them to do. It's a bit of a ride out to where the whales and dolphins are. Bring something along so they don't get bored while riding out there. And snacks are always a good option. 
  2. Bring a light coat or sweater. If you happen to go on an over cast day like we did you may have kiddos that get cold. Or you may get cold yourself, we tend to forget how cold sitting near the ocean can be, especially combined with wind from the boat ride.
  3. There aren't life jackets provided, so if this is something concerning to you make sure to bring your own. 

We had the best time as a family. If you're looking for something to do on your next family vacation I highly encourage you to take a whale watching excursion with Dana Wharf. Their staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Plus your kids will be talking about it all Summer long and have great stories to tell when they go back to school about what they did on their Summer vacation! 

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J U N E Goals.


Happy June friends! We just got back from vacation last weekend, and then I took a quick trip to Las Vegas to watch my little cousin graduation from high school! But, I'm back and ready to take on the rest of the month. Summer has officially begun here in our home, my daughter is done with school and we're enjoying a more relaxed schedule. 

Before we get to this month's goals, let's take a look back on goals for May. I read two new books which I'm excited to share with you. We paid off more medical debt, praise Jesus! And I bought all the furniture for our guest room that I'd been wanting. I felt very productive last month. And I even signed up 1 new team member with my Younique company. 

I love writing these goals down each month and sharing them, it helps keep me accountable to getting stuff done. So let's get to it! 

- Host 5 parties with Younique: I love expanding my reach and sharing my love for this brand. 

- Sign up two new team members: This is totally out of my comfort zone, and I didn't think I wanted to build a team but I've learned I really love sharing and leading. 

- Read 2 new books: Currently reading Audacious by Beth Moore. I have no shortage of books to read so I'm hoping to plow through them this summer. 

- Pay off 1 more medical bill: Now, you might be asking yourself; how many medical bills do you have? Welp, a lot! Last Fall my whole family was sick FOREVER! Zane shoved a dart up his nose which led us to urgent care, my husband was sick with strep, Zane had sickness, and Ava an ear infection. Zane also had to have some tests done after his well check last December. My poor family was in and out of the Doctor. But, God has been faithful and provided so we can pay these off 1 bill at a time. 


What are some of your goals for the month? Tell me in the comments below. 

Upgrade Your Shower Experience with Delta In2ition Handshower

This post is brought to you by Delta Faucet. All opinions and thoughts are my own. 

We're at it again making simple upgrades is the name is the game here in the Worley House! We're all about affordable and simple upgrades in our space. We've been slowly moving all over the house, we've officially been in our home 1 year! Can't believe it's already been that long but we've made more progress on this house than we did in the last one so I'm really happy about that. 

This simple update is in the master bath, we upgraded our shower experience with Delta installing their In2ition 5 Function Hand shower & Shower head. So easy to install, even I could do it. 

In2ition Showers with H2Okinetic technology features a detachable shower that allows the user to run them at the same time or one or the other. Allowing you to accomplish other tasks like bathing kids or pets and cleaning the shower. 

With 5 different spray settings and a sleek chrome finish it's the ultimate in style and comfort. 

When not in use, the shower employs MagnaTite™ technology to lock the hand shower back into place using a powerful magnet. A flexible 60-inch hose that conveniently stretches to 82 inches provides extra reach and flexibility before returning to its original length.

The Delta In2ition Hand shower is exclusively sold at Home Depot, but today for my readers I have the chance to give away 1 of these awesome shower heads away! One lucky winner will win, enter using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway will run from now until Friday. Winner will be mailed the prize directly from Delta and be announced here and notified via email. 

Why I Don't Worry About Phoenix Heat?!

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My daughter finished school last week and so even though it's not "officially" Summer yet till a few weeks it sure feels like it around these parts. We're excited for a full Summer of swimming and being outdoors. Here in Phoenix we have two temps; hot and hotter! Staying cool here is always on our minds, plus during the Summer months here in Phoenix staying dry and not sweating the entire Summer is a must! 

“I’ve partnered with Dove to tell you all about their Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant.

 

Using Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant not only helps with wetness protection and keeps you dry all day long its Nutrium Mositure formula leaves your skin silky soft and smooth in my underarm area. I love that as we approach Summer I do not have to worry about any irritation in the underarm area because I'm totally covered thanks to Dove! With 48 hours protection this is  great beauty upgrade! 

I make sure to throw it in our pool bag this year to keep and have on hand with me all day long even if I just want to freshen up a bit after a long day in the sun. 

Staying fresh and dry is so important to women 49% said if they forgot to put it on they'd go back home, and 87% said they'd feel self conscious if they didn't have it on. 

Celebrating Families and Service with Children's Miracle Network.

This post is in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network and Mode Media. All opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for helping to support causes and brands that make this blog happen.

Over the years, I’ve had several opportunities to see just how big an impact volunteering and partnering with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) can make. The Miss America Organization is a proud supporter of CMN and their network hospitals. A great partnership that helps bring awareness to their work.

I was first introduced to Children’s Miracle Network through the Miss America Organization. Each local contestant is encouraged to help raise funds and bring awareness for CMN as part of their local pageant. During the state pageant, they get the chance to tour a local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to see firsthand how big of an impact their efforts have made. They get a chance to meet the children and families who are there. These are not just dollars that are being raised but truly families and children being made whole through having the best medical care available to them.

Children’s Miracle Network raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. Your donations stay local and get used however the hospital needs them most. Families are able to get medical care for their children when they need to at any CMN hospital. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in the U.S. provide more than $3.5 billion in charitable care every single year.

Besides donating directly, you can also donate in a variety of fun ways, including National Pancake Day at IHOP and Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen each year. I had the great privilege to attend several National Pancake Days at our local IHOP when we lived in Minnesota. I was a part of a local pageant, Miss Twin Cities, and our local title holders and Miss Minnesota helped participate in this day by greeting families, seating people, taking donations and even flipping pancakes!

Your donations also go to help purchase life-saving equipment, conduct research and pay for special things that make a children’s hospital so crucial. Some ways you can help are donating every time you see the CMN logo at various retailers (Dairy Queen, IHOP, etc.) or volunteering for a local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Put your money where the miracles are. Support your Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.