Tuesday, March 31, 2020

FOX 9 buzz: Keeping kids busy at home.

Monday, I did my first LIVE broadcast on the FOX 9 Buzz from my home! This segment was originally booked a couple weeks ago when the country and our state of MN started going on lockdown during the COVID19 outbreak. So, while most (hopefully) people are working from home, schools are closed, and we are all “sheltering in place”, I gave the FOX 9 viewers some activities that kids can do indoors and outside, from home! Enjoy, and stay healthy.

Click on the photo above to link you to my TV segment in full.


- Get 20% OFF your Baketivity order, using the code MELISSA

- STEM Boxes are by Kiwi Co.

- Photo Books are by ChatBooks

- Follow @experintiallearningdepot on Instagram for other great ideas (this blog is my friend who is a former school teacher, turned stay-at-home mom)

Friday, February 14, 2020

Arizona with three kids.

Earlier this month (February), Papa Saigh and I took all three kiddos (Linna 8, Jimmy 4, and Tony 1.5 years old) to Arizona. This was our first airplane-trip as a family of five, and Tony’s first time on an airplane! Flying with an almost two-year-old is so much fun (insert ALL the sarcasm). Thankfully, we were visiting Auntie Lisa (Papa Saigh’s sister), as I don’t think this would have been much of a “vacation” without the extra set of hands.

Auntie Lisa picking us up at the airport at 10:30 p.m.
These Travel Vests are a great car-seat alternative
when traveling with kiddos!
We stayed at a gorgeous resort just outside Scottsdale: The Arizona Grand. The entire staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, and we would highly recommend this resort for families with children. The resort has six pools, plus a huge waterpark on the property. We stayed during the water park’s “off season”, which wasn’t a big deal because there was SO much that the kids wanted to do in Arizona during our three-day visit. Papa Saigh and I can’t wait to go back to this resort, so we can enjoy the beautiful golf course and spa!

Jimmy (age 4) enjoying the sunshine on our balcony
at the Arizona Grand Resort, just outside of Scottsdale.

Linna (age 8) celebrated her half-birthday in Arizona!

Beautiful photo opportunities all over the resort property.

Swimming with my girl. Not sure why I look like I’m
growing a fuzzy beard (yikes, LOL!).

Papa Saigh trying to keep up with the middle kiddo.

Baby Tony and Jimmy enjoying the pool at the resort.

With highs of 70, our kids and some other snowbirds from
Minnesota were the only ones in the pool.

Always dancing.

Always stretching. 
Linna wanted to check out the rocks and gems at Four Peaks Mining Co., so we spent one morning at the Arizona Boardwalk (formerly known as OdySea Aquarium). Four Peaks has a free “cave experience” for kids (very small, but super cute), where they get to put on their own mining helmet and discover rocks and gems inside a “cave” inside the shop. Linna and Jimmy loved this place, and each left with their own little bag of rocks and stones. There was music in the center of the Boardwalk, with so many things for the kids to do (aquarium, butterfly exhibit, etc.).

The boys exploring the Arizona Boardwalk.

Four Peaks Mining Co.




Ice cream stop on the Boardwalk.
Another highlight of our trip was a late-afternoon “hike” with all three kids at Papago Park. The Hole-In-The-Rock is the perfect, easy climb for kids and grown-ups of all ages. The kids couldn’t explore or climb enough, and even Baby Tony kept up with his big brother and sister. We even saw a live snake hunting for food in a hole in the ground. With temps in the 60s, this was a fantastic experience for all of us.










Let’s quickly talk about throwing all “schedules” out the window when traveling with kids. We didn’t want to be tied down to staying inside for naps, so we just let the boys fall asleep while on-the-go. Some days, a 20-minute car nap was all they got. Everyone was exhausted when it was time to go home, but we were able to squeeze so much into this trip by simply going with the flow. It’s amazing how resilient kids are when they’re on vacation. They’re like little Energizer bunnies!


Be still, my heart.

Car nap for the boys.

Quiet time with Auntie Lisa.

Finally, the food. The kids’ favorite spot was Biscuits Restaurant in Ahwatukee. Linna says the pancakes were the best she’s ever had! While we didn’t order the healthiest breakfast options, the food was absolutely delicious! Papa Saigh, Auntie Lisa and I were able to sneak away one afternoon (booked a sitter for the kids) to enjoy some cocktails and wings at JTs Bar & Grill in Phoenix. “The Works” wings are honestly the best wings I have ever eaten!

Jimmy enjoying a fruit platter at Biscuits.

Play area at Biscuits.


Biscuits & Gravy



*** Check out our Instagram page (@MelissaSaigh) to see videos from our trip!



Saturday, February 1, 2020

Mommy must-have: Revlon one-step.


Whether you’re a new mom, busy working-mom, stay-at-home mom, or a woman on-the-go with a desire to ditch your everyday ponytail... This beauty tool is for you. Wearing my hair down is now obtainable every day with the new Revlon One-Step, as this handy-dandy volumizer and blow drier takes just minutes to give me a salon blow-out look, at home! It is seriously a game-changer.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

MEA break in duluth.

We had the BEST time in Duluth over MEA Break in October. My Dad was receiving the Minnesota State Fire Officer of the Year (2019) award, so we went there to watch him accept the award, and have some family fun along the way! The North Shore is one of our favorite Minnesota destinations, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect during our visit.

We stayed at The Inn on Lake Superior (Canal Park), which is incredibly family-friendly. They had a bonfire and s'mores every night while we were there, a HEATED rooftop pool, and it's in a fantastic location. We booked a two-bedroom suite, so Mama and Papa Saigh could actually enjoy ourselves when the kids went to bed. Our room had a gorgeous view of Lake Superior, with a balcony that the kids could watch the big ships come in.

We also drove up to Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors (about an hour drive from Duluth). Papa Saigh and I have been there before, but the kids loved checking out the views and historic landmarks for the first time. Again, the weather couldn't have been more perfect, and we were able to take in all the changing colors on the trees!

If you want to book a family-getaway, our friends at The Inn on Lake Superior have a special deal for our friends! Reserve a room online, and save 20% through June 18th, 2020, using the code MNBaby (subject to availability, and not valid with any other discount, promotion, or group). Enjoy!

Check out our videos of our visit to Duluth on our Instagram page in our InstaStories (@MelissaSaigh).

Our kiddos with their Bompa, who was awarded the Minnesota
State Fire Officer of 2019 Award!

We met up with one of Papa Saigh's best childhood friends in Duluth,
and they now have FIVE kiddos between the two of them!

Linna (age 8) with her Nana and Bompa.

Traveling is tough, LOL! Our kiddos with their Nana.


Our family: Linna (age 8), Jimmy (age 3.5), and Tony (age 1).

Exploring Canal Park.

Hoops Brewing in Duluth is a great spot in Canal Park
for parents with kiddos.

Mama Saigh and her Bigs.

Jimmy, along the shoreline of Lake Superior.


Baby Tony, loving all the rocks on the shore.

Brave boy! Papa Saigh was down there with him.

Papa Saigh and his kiddos.


Split Rock Lighthouse.

Jimmy.


Obsessed with the subway tile and black staircase.


Baby Tony's first trip to the North Shore.