Marybeth Bock

Marybeth Bock
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Marybeth Bock is a native San Franciscan, who spent 13 years living and working in two European countries and four U.S. states as an Army spouse. (Faves: Germany and Hawaii). She’s been enduring the heat of Arizona for 14 years now with her husband, two adult-ish kids, and one crazy coonhound. An alumna of UCLA (Go, Bruins!), she has a Master’s in Public Health and loves to research and write about all health topics, particularly the mental and physical health issues of adolescents and women. Her writing can often be found on the Grown and Flown and Blunt Moms websites. As a new empty-nester, she is thoroughly enjoying the role of “College Mom”, and is finding more time for crafting, hiking, Happy Hour and travel. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
spring cleaning

Spring Cleaning with Kids: Getting Them Involved and Making It Fun!

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Spring in Arizona brings some of our best weather, stunning wildflowers, and the perfect opportunity to clean inside and outside our homes before it gets too hot. Getting your kids motivated to be involved in...
niksen

What’s “Niksen” and Can It Help You Be a Better Mom?

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Are you currently feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, or exhausted? Perhaps the better question for any Mom right now, as we reach the one-year anniversary of pandemic lockdowns, is “Are there any of us not feeling...
macarons

You Really Can Make Macarons at Home

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I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who didn’t like macarons, those delicious French, meringue-based cookie sandwiches. I also don’t think I’ve ever met someone who says they make them at home all the...
kids and grandparents

Helping Kids and Grandparents Stay Connected This Year

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It may be a new year, but for many of us, keeping physical distance from extended family members is still a thing. As parents, we may have been challenged with how to come up...
desserts

Where to Find the Best Local Holiday Desserts

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Maybe your holiday celebrations will be looking a little different this year, but that’s no reason to forgo enjoying some special desserts.  And, if you’re like me, dessert has been one of your go-to...
be thankful

When It’s Hard to Be Thankful: Focusing on the Good

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November is traditionally the month when we focus on trying to be thankful. For all that is good in our lives. For the people that we love. And for the things that bring us joy...
trick-or-treat

Safe Ways to Trick-or-Treat this Pandemic Halloween

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Parents, kids, and teachers all love a year when Halloween falls on a weekend night, and no one has to get up early for school the next morning suffering from a candy-hangover. Well, as luck...
teens

What Our Stressed Teens Need Right Now

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September means that our teenagers are back to school, but this year, school for them is anything but normal. Some of them may be learning in actual classrooms wearing masks, some of them may...

How to Celebrate National Beach Day in Arizona

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If it seems like there’s a national day for just about everything now, you’d be right. In the month of August alone, we can celebrate National Days for mustard, oysters, and even cherry popsicles....
bored

The Benefits of Letting Your Kids Be Bored

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That universal whine of childhood: “I’m bored.” As parents, we’ve all heard it countless times, and have all struggled with how to respond. Handing your kid some kind of screen is so tempting, with its...
covid care basket

Helpful Ideas for Creating a Covid Care Basket

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It’s not just a normal Arizona summer this year, where our primary concerns are sunburns and scorpions. The unfortunate reality is that if it hasn’t happened already, some of us may be getting a...
escape this summer with a great book

Escape This Summer with a Great Book {Fiction Edition}

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While many of us may not be embarking on the travels we had hoped to take this summer, there’s still the quintessential way to escape reality during the long, hot days of summer– book...
armed forces day

Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate Armed Forces Day

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Among the many things that living through a global pandemic has taught me, one significant realization has been that it is important to celebrate – pretty much anything. Big occasions, little events, half-birthdays, you...
valley fever

What You Need to Know About Valley Fever

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Valley Fever, also known as Coccidioidomycosis, is an infection caused by the fungus Coccidioides, which lives in the soil in the southwestern US, parts of Mexico, and Central and South America. People, and house pets, can...
technology time

A New Way to Help You Balance Your Kids’ Technology Time

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If you’re not familiar with Common Sense Media, they are a non-profit organization which was founded in 2003. Their mission is to ensure digital well-being for kids everywhere, and they are a leading source...

I Don’t Want My Kids to Just Be Happy {Aiming Them Higher}

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a common question that all young kids get asked.  And as our children grow older, that question often transforms and gets asked of...