Jenn Delekta

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Jenn Delekta is a working mom, a wife to the love of her life, Bob, whom she has been married to for 10 years and mom of a very vibrant 5 year old little girl, Allex. Jenn has a passion for life and works hard at making the little things perfect around her. She loves to cook, craft and travel when she can fit it in her busy schedule. Jenn is active on Twitter, Pinterest, and on her own blog DesertMommas, where she writes on parenthood, working Mom rants, crafts and recipes.

How To Make a Weekly Calendar For Toddlers

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"What are we going to do today?" It's one of the first questions to come out of my daughter's mouth in the morning. She very much likes a routine and I think it makes her...

Food Photos Make You Drool? 5 Instagram Accounts to Inspire Healthy Eating

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I love food blogs, food pictures and basically anything that gets me motivated to cook and eat! For inspiration and information about a healthy lifestyle, I often turn to Instagram. Perhaps it's just the...
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Easy DIY Christmas Ornaments Using Repurposed Holiday Cards {TBT from SMB}

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Genius idea, worth re-visiting! If I just had more hours in the day, I would craft and play in the local hobby store all the time! But I don't, so I have to choose...

Where to go to find Santa in Scottsdale

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Happy December! It's that time of year where we drag boots out of the closet, dust off snow hats and get into the holiday spirit. For those of us with kids, this also usually...

Fall Craft Ideas For Toddlers and Preschoolers

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The first things that come to mind when I think of fall are leaves, cool crisp weather, and autumn colors - but then I look outside and remember that I live in Arizona. So how...

7 No Carve Pumpkin Crafts {Halloween Week TBT from SMB}

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Hello again, editor Sara here. We had too many good Halloween posts from our archives to let a Throwback Thursday go with just one - here's another great post from last year, courtesy of...

Family Fun: How To Make Colored Cloud Dough

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I loved the smooth feel of the fluid kinetic sand that is supposed to more soothing and mess-free than regular sand, but looking at the prices online they run at about $15 for only...

7 Birthday Party Hacks

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School has started and fall is in the air. For me, this means harvest time and my daughter's birthday. Nothing makes me more excited than planning for her birthday. Her birthday parties have ranged from a princess party...

My Summer on Social Media vs My Summer in Real Life

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After going through all the pictures on my phone and reminiscing over the good times we had over the summer, I realized the photos I posted on Facebook and Instagram weren't exactly showing the whole truth about...

School Lunch Box Gadgets and Tips

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So I will be the first to admit it, I am not one of the moms who make themed lunch boxes or creative hand written notes in my daughter's lunch box ...but I do like...

Keep Calm; It’s Only Three Months {Summer Activities for kids to help you survive!}

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  It's HERE! The kids are out of school! What in the world are we going to do to keep our kids entertained all summer long? Am I the only one wondering where this year went?...

I was Terrified to be a Stay at Home Mom

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    Total shock. That's the only way to describe my feelings on the day I received the news that my position had been eliminated. As I packed up my office, I felt fear.  My worries were...

Looking for a way to answer all those toddler “Why’s” Here’s an easy tip!

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Having a curious preschooler is an adventure everyday! My daughter is four and she is picking up on everything around her. She asks tons of questions that start with "WHY?" As I'm sure you know, sometimes we...

Are your family’s skincare products safe? How to be smarter about what you put...

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Like so many moms, when my daughter was born I became obsessed with all-things safe, natural and organic. My first change? Switching to organic foods, which was actually fairly easy to do with all the...

5 No-Candy Valentines For Kids

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It's that time again, it's the month of LOVE ...and chocolate!   But, if you're like me, you may not be thrilled with the idea of your pint-sized human beings consuming mass amounts of Valentine...

Why I DON’T Let My Little Girl Watch Miley Cyrus

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  While sitting on our living room couch, my daughter suddenly says, "Mom, look at me. I'm Miley Cyrus!" I looked over to my beautiful little girl, shining her teeth in a weird smile, face smashed...

An Open Letter to the Woman Who Kicked in My Bathroom Stall

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To my fellow BWW Fan,  You must have been so excited to go to the BWW (Buffalo Wild Wings) bowl game. You got dressed up in your warm "game-gear", met up with your girlfriends to ...

Christmas DIY Gifts For Teachers

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Christmastime is the perfect time to give a special gift to your child's teacher. One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is crafts with my daughter. I see the light that...

The Elf Is Stealing Our Christmas

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I already have to tell endless "white lies' about the Jolly-Ol-Man-St.-Nick, telling my daughter that he fits his bowl-full-of-jelly-belly down our tiny Arizona fireplace to deliver our presents on Christmas Eve. But  NOW I...

A Thankful Activity For Thanksgiving Dinner

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For some of us, Thanksgiving is a day spent  prepping, cooking and baking to prepare for a gathering of family and friends around the dinning table. The other half of us are either just...

Identity Crisis: Mom or Self?

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A couple years ago my family and I went to the beautiful island of Maui to celebrate a year of accomplishments in my job. I was excited to be winning an award in sales...

From Rashes To Food Allergy – A Journey for Answers

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The story is a familiar one.  A child has symptoms of allergy, so a diligent mom embarks on a journey to find answers. This story has now become my journey. Two years ago, my daughter...

Have You Tried Overnight OIAJ (Oats In a Jar)?

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I have a new obsession for breakfast: Overnight OIAJ (Oats In a Jar)! Overnight oats are a cold version of oatmeal. There is no cooking involved. The basic mixture is oats, Greek yogurt and milk (any...

Back to School Transition Tips for Preschoolers (and their parents!)

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Back to school gives me so much anxiety. I often think I am more nervous than my daughter is. Now that the summer is winding down and we are approaching another first day of school I...

Mr. Stranger, Don’t Offer My Kid Chocolate Cake!

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When my daughter has a large amount of sugar, it is safe to say that she turns absolutely crazy for about three hours. Maybe it is because we normally don't give her much sugar...

Packing Kids for Vacation Part 2: Simplify packing & avoid outfit battles with this...

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Did you catch Part 1 of our Packing Kids for Vacation? What!? We GAVE you a free printable packing list! Check it out here.   I don't know about you, but my little opinionated three-year old has...

Packing Kids for Vacation Part 1: FREE Printable Packing Checklist!

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It's summer in Arizona, which means it's time to get out of town and let the summer vacations begin. Packing for the family is a very detailed task and being organized is the key to...

Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids in Scottsdale & Phoenix

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It's summer and it's hot which makes it a perfect time to go indoors and read! Here are some great summer reading programs to keep your kiddos busy and reading! Public Libraries The Scottsdale Public Library...

Arizona Staycation Guide | 4 Local Resorts for Your Family

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Summer getaways don't always mean you have to travel long distances when you live in the Valley of The Sun, because we have Staycations!! I'm sure when you are traveling back to the midwest...

Are You a Married Single Mom?

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First Lady Michelle Obama recently made a slip up on a TV interview and called herself a "busy single mother". She quickly made the correction and said she only feels like a single mom sometimes! Her slip...