Product Review | MinkeeBlue Amber Backpack

When asked to review the MinkeeBlue Amber Backpack, I was excited because I sometimes refer to myself as a “bag lady.” I’m always searching for the perfect bag to carry all the “stuff” I must have when I leave the house. This is a sponsored product review, but all opinions are my own. The Quality […]

Live online training – Digital Cameras 101 Masterclass

Live online training where you learn how to take better pictures immediately is the Digital Camera 101 Masterclass on Monday, January 9, 2023. Join me when I take the mystery out of digital photography. You are not alone if you are frustrated because you don’t understand how your camera works, and the owner’s manual seems […]

Cielo Restaurant at Adero

Adero Scottsdale Resort Charcuterie board at Cielo Restaurant

“Perched near a mountain top in Southern Arizona, Cielo Restaurant at ADERO Scottsdale is a delightful place for dinner and is an award-winning resort for 2021 and 2022.” First appeared in Weekend Notes on August 9, 2022. Enjoy fine dining at Cielo Restaurant at ADERO Scottsdale Resort in Arizona. Love great food? See my Must-Try […]

Labyrinth History and Meaning To Me

Labyrinth history and meaning in The Fountains Memorial Garden

When researching a town near my new home in Arizona, I discovered a labyrinth near me in Fountain Hills. When I learned that it was open 24/7, I knew I had to visit, leading me to further research labyrinth history and meaning.

Discover Arizona Wineries along the Wine Trail

“When you think of Arizona, it’s hard to imagine that the climate would be conducive to growing grapes. However, the Verde Valley in central Arizona, one of three wine-growing regions in the state, has the altitude and latitude that is perfect for thriving vineyards. Look at a world map, and you’ll see that Arizona is […]

Gift-Giving Guide for the Holidays 2022

Students learning photography at Santiago Canyon College.

“Christmas shopping for a photographer? Here are some suggestions that are sure to please.  There aren’t many photography gifts under $50, and gift cards for photographers are always a safe bet. However, if you want to impress your giftee with some photography gear, I’ll share some of these essentials that can’t miss the mark.” First […]

16 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Visit to Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Fall Entrance with the spectacular falls in the background

Multnomah Falls is the iconic, stunning waterfall located 30 miles east and 30 minutes from Portland, Oregon. It’s a must-see destination when you are visiting the Pacific Northwest. The falls have been photographed in all four seasons and countless ways. I’ve visited many times and always enjoy bringing visitors and guests to this awe-inspiring sight. […]

Grand Canyon and Verde Valley train rides in Arizona

“If you are looking for Arizona train rides that immerse you in history, deliver a unique experience, and entertain the entire family, climb aboard the Grand Canyon Railway and the Verde Canyon Railroad. Both located in Northern Arizona, these railroad adventures are similar in that they employ restored rail cars and vintage trains.” First appeared […]