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Sara Solem attended Arizona State University as an out-of-state student from Indiana. This is where she met her husband, Casey, a native of Scottsdale, and made Arizona her home. Sara worked in higher education while Casey finished medical school and then became a stay-at-home mom when their daughter, Grace, was born in 2013. They welcomed their second daughter, Audrey, in June 2016. Sara can be found playing princesses any day of the week, but she also enjoys baking, family walks, hand lettering, ASU football, backyard barbecues, and Indian food.

The Importance of Eating Dinner as a Family… Even if it’s a Circus?

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In my quest to be a “good mom” (whatever that really is), I will try to read skim some parenting books, articles, or podcasts picking up whatever tips or hacks I can get. I’m...

Confession: I’m not a Scrooge, but I don’t decorate for the holidays

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I grew up in a household that decorated for each holiday we celebrated. We even had an Easter tree, leprechaun visits for St. Patrick’s Day, and smoke machines for Halloween. It was great fun,...

How to Save Your Child’s Artwork Without the Clutter

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My daughter has built an empire of collected art projects from school. They are wonderful in the sense that she's proud of them and they also tell me a story of how she's progressed...

5 Things You Should Know About a “Please, No Gifts” Birthday Party

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If you're invited to a child's birthday party and see the parents have requested your presence, not presents, here are five things you should know about kids' no-gift birthday parties.  1.If the invitation says something...

Travel Guide: Washington DC with Little Kids

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Most family vacations we've taken thus far have been non-educational, beach-y type of trips. It's been time to relax and explore. This year, my husband had a summer conference in Washington DC, and we...

5 End of the School Year Gift Ideas

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The end of the academic year is here and you might be looking for some unique or highly sought after gifts for teachers, staff, and coaches. Here are a few ideas for home run...

I’m a mini-van mom, and I will rock it.

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I am the proud mamma of three children and owner of… a mini van. Up until about eight months ago, the words “I want a mini van” would have never come out of my...

What you need to know about the FLU

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Thank you to Jennifer Cropp, MD from North Scottsdale Pediatrics for providing flu symptoms and treatments resources for this post. As parents, we dread flu season. We hate to see our children sick, and we...

Parenting Isn’t Always Convenient, but It’s Always Worth It

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Recently I’ve been repeatedly confronted with the idea that parenting isn’t always convenient, but it’s always worth it. I haven’t thought too much about this as my kiddos are 4 and 1, but it’s...

Working Out at The Bar Method Phoenix – Arcadia

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Are you in a workout rut? Need a new routine? Want to start working out but don't know where to start? The Bar Method may be the answer for you! I had the chance to...

A Slice of Advice for a Happy 1st Birthday Party

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This is an exciting time! You and your baby have arrived at a monumental milestone and you all may want to celebrate. Even take a minute to do a happy dance! If you choose...

Cheers! Summer Sangria Recipe

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Whether you're celebrating an occasion or just enjoying some time at the pool, sangria is a perfect summer addition. Here's a sweet recipe to keep you cheers-ing all summer long. Ingredients: 1.5 L red wine (cabernet...

Now That’s My Kind of Drive-Thru: Healthier and Elevated Drive-Thru Restaurants

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  For the days when you forgot to  pack a snack and your kids aren't letting you forget it or you're on mom-Uber duty running back and forth from summer camps to swim lessons, here are a few...

The Amazing Convenience of Grocery Delivery…and More

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Retailers of all sorts seem to be trying to make our mom-life a little easier with new conveniences. Full disclosure, I’m quickly becoming a delivery junkie. Safeway Delivery - They have heard us and our...

Friday Favorites {Sara}

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I'm only two kids in, but I definitely have preferences and favorites for baby and toddler products. Here are a few of my favorites. Burt's Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment - This miracle ointment is so smooth...

Down with February 14th: Seven reasons to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a different day

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Valentine's Day comes with a lot of expectations - kids' Valentine's Day cards for classrooms, cards and or gifts for your spouse, flowers, chocolate, lovey-dovey notes to your kids, restaurant reservations, and babysitters. Why...