2 tigers at Out of Africa Park in Arizona

I’ve already written a post about my son and my first visit to Out of Africa Wildlife Park before it moved to its new location in Camp Verde, Arizona. On our first visit to the new digs, they had just moved and were still building. I loved it when it was a little dumpy-looking attraction (from the exterior, before we went in) in Fountain Hills and it’s even better now in the new Camp Verde location. It is so much bigger and what a difference for the animals!

Every time we have newcomers to Arizona we ask them if they'd like to visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park. This time my family was in for Thanksgiving from California. I was happy to introduce them all to Out of Africa.

Feeding the giraffe

We always try to get on this tour as soon as we get…

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Scottsdale home for sale

Get your home organized and decluttered because potential buyers are known to be put off by chaos and mess. Decluttering can help you sell your home, but you'll start over in your new house with a peaceful, clutter-free environment. For many of us, cutting back on possessions is challenging because many things have a sentimental value associated with them in the form of memories and experiences. In contrast, others simply feel comfortable in a home full of their favorite items. But now is the time to start thinking about selling. The hard truth is that you have to make the best first impression on potential purchasers who are not interested in or need your recollections.

Buyers choose a home they can easily picture as their own and value storage…

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southwest style patio in a Scottsdale home

Unless you really love sitting outside much of the time, which is a bit more difficult with our hot Scottsdale summers, you spend more thought and time in making the inside of your Scottsdale home designed the way you like it. Maybe comfort is your goal, or you love current design trends. I like mixing the two. 

For many people, their backyards just don't get as much love. Following are some ideas you can follow to make your exterior as comfortable and lovely as the inside of your home.

1. Create a comfortable sitting area

When we moved to our new house with a nice covered patio, my first thought was getting a u-shaped outdoor seating set. This set is all hooked together so it appears to be one large sectional. I sit on it almost every…

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