noellelarson

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Noelle Larson is a mom still searching to find the “balance” between her spiritual journey, family, ambition, inner peace, world peace…all while trying not to blink so she doesn’t miss one minute of her beautiful, messy life. Noelle writes at metromom.org where she journals her crazy days chasing after her kids and husband, deep thoughts, and captures her latest adventures.

Family On A Mission

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Weddings are a $40 billion dollar a year industry. Americans spend about the same (40 billion) on recreation and entertainment each year.  We spend hours and hours planning elaborate ceremonies and receptions, vacations and...

Who’s Your Daddy?

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Practical ways to honor and celebrate the man in your life this Father's Day. Let's face it, the world makes a pretty big deal about Mother's Day. I mean, its a REAL holiday. Brunch reservations...

Life Lessons Learned at the Landfill

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I've never been afraid to get my hands dirty. In fact, I LOVE figuring out ways to do-it-yourself and save money or just conquer a task or project. Sometimes it works, and I win!...

Making It Stick: Giving Back as a Family

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If you're like me, your ultimate goal in parenting is to raise a little person into a big person who not only spends as little time as possible in prison or on the sofa...

Tween Birthday Party Success

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Every family does birthdays differently. I love seeing traditions that families establish and snagging great ideas from other brilliant moms. So I thought I'd share a party that went over with great success this...

Things They Forgot to Mention (A Public Service Announcement)

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This happened as I was vacuuming out my car on Saturday.  I pricked my finger on a small shard of glass I found on the floorboard of my car. Why is there glass on...

Stressed-Out In Scottsdale

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Dear Abby Scottsdale Moms, Recently I've been having a problem, and I need your advice. I'm not sure if it has to do with the fact that the sun doesn't shine until after 7am, or my new...

Things they forgot to mention. Part 2

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I know you've come to count on me for my honesty about motherhood, my candid thoughts about raising kids, and my deep insight. (Stop laughing!) Well, today is no different, my friend. The first installment...

Little Ideas, Big Results: The Conversation Jar

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As my kids have grown, I've often feared we'd become one of those families. You know, you see them at the restaurant, the distant gaze, far off looks in their eyes...surrounded by......

A FABulous Thanksgiving

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I'm not sure if you're like me. You probably aren't. I'm kind of weird. But just in case there are a few of you out there who can relate... Holidays stress me out. Maybe because of...

Jemma Kidd Beauty Guru Interview

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          You know what's a little unnerving? Getting made up to go interview beauty guru, and world-renown make-up artist, Jemma Kidd.  Especially if you're like me and your skill set in that department is seriously...

Traditions.

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As the relentless Arizona heat gives way to our version of fall, we look ahead to the holidays. For a child is there any time more magical? As a mom I've often felt the...

In Between.

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Tonight she asked if we could look through our picture trunk. Literally, it is a trunk full of photos.  Someday, something crazy might come over me and I'll organize them, or scrapbook put...

GIVEAWAY | 20 Lounge Manicure & Pedicure – Luxury For A Mama’s Soul

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Second string childcare showed up only 6 minutes before my appointment for a pedicure at 20Lounge. I passed the baton and rolled my eyes...late again.  Needless to say, I was harried, rushed and so NOT...

Decsions. Decisions.

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The moment the pregnancy test displays two pink lines, the life of a Mom begins...and along with our new found mommyhood, we are forced to make decision after decision. Natural birth or epidural? Nursing...

Compare, Compete, or Celebrate.

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There is something about the end of summer, and the start of school that kicks my mom-genes into overdrive. Maybe its the overexposure to Office Max buying school supplies, or the dreaded thought of...

Things they forgot to mention.

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I had three, count ‘em, three baby showers when I had my daughter, Angelina. They played lots of those crazy shower games, the ones where you can’t say baby, or where you have to...

Don’t Wait for Perfect

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I can tend to be an idealistic person.  I have always had a vivid imagination and spent time envisioning my future.  Dreams of 2.5 children, a white picket fence and that Range Rover I've...

The Dailey Method, A Hard Core Review

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When the opportunity to take a class at The Dailey Method and blog about it came up, I literally jumped. One of my close friends had raved about this place for nearly a year...

A Tale of Two Summers

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It is the best of times, it is the worst of times.  A time of wonder and adventure, and often the time you think you might pull your hair out if you even as...

Trust Your Instincts.

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With the exception of politics I cannot think of another more polarizing topic than parenting.  We are divided on so many issues.  I am all for education, reading, studying, getting advice from experts- but...

TRANSITIONS | Becoming A Party Of Four

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What do you get when several moms with different perspectives weigh in on the same topic? A great conversation! This post is part of our MomSense series on transitions. From what they eat and where they...

Harnessing Your Little Fashionista

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I distinctly remember when she was 18 months old- the fashion wars began. It seemed that my sweet, easy going little girl formed a strong willed fashion sense over night.  One morning I was...

Why I Broke Up With Gym

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We finally ended it a few months ago.  I just had to come clean and say, "Can we just be friends? It's not you it's me...." It wasn't easy, but I think we're both...

Lunch Lady.

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I'd like to think I'm a decent mother. Definitely not perfect, but I love my kids like crazy and hope that this fact alone helps me out someday as they lie on the couch...

Seeds

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If you're like me, every spring you have grand ideas about planting a garden.  The weather in Scottsdale has been beyond beautiful and I found myself buying a stack of seed packets.  I could...