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Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead
Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

Hi, I’m Kim. I also answer to MoM, Mommy, or Moooooommmmmmmyyyy (not sure how to spell that last one). I love long walks on the beach when I get the chance to! I am a huge baseball fan, even though I can’t play to save my life.  I am a total clean freak and often get yelled at for not being able to relax. I always have something going on in my head. I’m a Wildcat for life and before I was a MoM I was a project manager in the construction and design world. I have been a writer and photographer my whole life. Most days I am completely consumed by toddler twins, adventures and sharing all the fun with people.

I have lived in Phoenix for 37 years, I was born out of state but lived here so long I am considered a native!

I have a wonderful sexy loving caring husband and we have twin two year olds. Grandma and Grandpa are nearby and love coming on adventures with us to give me extra hands. I am lucky to have a handful of very close friends who are like family to me as well.

We enjoy going on “adventures” together. Whether it’s a quick trip to the park down the street or an across town playdate with friends, we turn everything into an adventure. My husband is home on Sundays so we spend the day together. Sometimes it’s hanging out around the house getting chores done like having the kids help with “construction” around the house. Sometimes we are out and about at whatever cool event I found going on.

The best part about this age (2.5) is that my lids love going anywhere! They can turn anything into fun, which makes it easy to go out and have fun. Currently they request to go to the playground. We have a small neighborhood park with swings, slides, plenty to climb and room to run and that is definitely the favorite!

To be totally honest I don’t like living in Arizona in the summer, but I love it the rest of the year. My main reasons for liking Phoenix involve having friends and family nearby. I have grown up here and I am so lucky to have such great friends to grow up with and my parents to help with the kids!

Don’t move here in the summer! No, but really it would be to go out and explore. If you are sitting around at home waiting for people to find you, you will get lonely. Get out and explore your neighborhood. Then get out and explore the city. Then get out and explore everything the valley has to offer!

Swimming pools, splash pads, baths, playing with ice, misters, spray poles, tank tops, sunscreen and trying to eat cool fresh foods while drinking a ton of water. Turn the car on and start the AC, then load up kids, or use remote start. Have an extra fan in the rooms you play the hardest in, don’t cook with your oven and black out curtains to keep your house cool.

In Scottsdale, my top 3 would be: Old Town Scottsdale, The Diamondbacks spring training stadium at Talking Stick and the Greenbelt.

Old Town Scottsdale has all the tourist stuff for guests who visit, great food from a variety of restaurants, night life, shopping, art, events and fun for everyone.

Talking Stick is the area around where the Diamondbacks spring training stadium is. This area includes The Pavilions, Arizona Boardwalk and Salt River Fields. There is baseball, concerts, water parks, aquariums, play places and so much to do that there is literally something for everyone.

The Scottsdale greenbelt runs down Hayden from Shea down to Papago in Phoenix. Whether you are looking for a bike path, hiking path, lake for fishing, playground for the kids, park for a picnic or a golf game, it’s a long stretch of fun.

Jerome is a must visit! The small ghost town has haunted hotel rooms, the best food, great live music and gorgeous scenery. Whether it’s a day trip or weekend getaway, get spooked!

Meet Kim Gudykunst Ollerhead

Kim is a chef, dishwasher, dry cleaner, housekeeper, landscaper, snack fetcher, photographer and personal assistant to toddler twins. Curently homeschooling her three year olds and loving teaching preschool. She loves exploring everything with her kids and photographing every minute of it. Follow her on Instagram @phoenixwithtwins.

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