It is now January and I fear a post-holiday depression (magnified by Covid restrictions and a year of cancelations) is going to take over my household.  The holiday excitement was truly magical this year. But I knew December would end,...
The Clueless Homeschooler could be the title of my new book. Not that I have an old book, or plan to write any book. But if I were to write a book about this season in my life, that’s...
The laundry fairy is real. It’s hampr.  It’s a Saturday morning, and I’m sitting on the floor of my kitchen surrounded by laundry. I am tired - having just flown in from a business trip the night before. I’m only...
It’s a new year, which means new beginnings, new insurance, and bigger smiles. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for your child this year, our partners at Dunn Orthodontics in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Litchfield Park have outlined a few common...
For some I feel like some marriages have been strengthened by Covid and others, not so much. I am in a networking group with other professionals, and they have shared that in some areas business is booming. Particularly, divorce...
Shopping for toys is hard, isn’t it?  When you shop with your kids, they want the biggest, flashiest, nosiest thing they can find in the toy isle.  I’ve made the mistake so many times of getting that thing and...
Self-care is often overlooked and pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Especially this year, as stress and uncertainty has taken over a majority of our lives. Nonetheless, self-care is extremely important as it helps encourage maintaining healthy...
The most magical time of year for children is the season of Christmas. The excitement of Santa, decorating trees and cookies, and the hopes of some snowfall make Christmas so extraordinary. Most of us have traditions that take us...
Favorite Things Guide 2020 This year is coming to an end and 2021 can't come soon enough. We wanted to finish the year with a little positivity by publishing our Favorite Things! Some of these items are from local companies,...
Two weeks ago my youngest daughter started feeling sick. Because we knew numbers were going up and there was a chance she was exposed, we got her tested immediately with a rapid test.  Shortly after taking the test, we received...
Thank You Thursday {November Edition} Thank You Thursday is a {sometimes} monthly Scottsdale Moms series. Our team is so LUCKY to receive products, try new local venues, and hear about new things to do all the time. Our job is...
Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. For me, I love a day of celebration where no gifts or party favors are expected. It is a time to gather with loved ones and share in communion of our blessings over...
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 and comfort. But what about this...
Have you ever found an injured bird or other wildlife and didn’t know what to do with it?  Did you know that there’s an amazing organization nearby who will take in injured and/or orphaned wildlife species?  Liberty Wildlife, nurturing...
This year the holiday season is going to look very different than previous years. There will be no holiday parties on our calendar, less crowded events, and a ton more time at home with our families. It seems that...
This year is definitely going to look different than previous holiday seasons, but we all should celebrate the season (the safest way possible). Time to pack up the family (plus masks!), head out to some Christmas events, and get...
Whether you're hosting Thanksgiving for your family or for 50 out of town guests, thinking about the big day can be daunting. While there's something nostalgic about the hustle and bustle of a busy holiday meal, my goal is...
Exhausted, hurried, angry? Do these words best describe you? You’re moving at such a fast pace, you high-five yourself on the interstate. You’re behind the eight ball at every turn with no end in sight. You’re late to work,...
Ever since I turned 40 a couple of years ago, my eyebrows drastically changed. They became extra unruly and really patchy. Check out my before picture below. Eeek.  See how crazy they were? Also I am not really an "extra"...
If you are a parent already dreaming about a reset in 2021, you are not alone.  For many modern families an organized home life with a reliable work, home and school schedule sounds like the best holiday gift or...
Green smoothies don't cure burnout. What? They don't? And the answer is, unfortunately, no.  I preach self care, often in the form of a bubble bath, a green smoothie or some yoga, but the truth of the matter is, often...
Mommin' is hard. But, I am about to give you the most freeing statement. You are not responsible for fixing another mama. I mean, does that not deserve a big exhale? Making decisions big and small for our own families is...
Every year my sons beg to decorate for Halloween. I love it! However, I don’t love spending an arm and a leg on decorations…especially when they look like just that: a bloody arm and a bloody leg. They’re just...
From helping you to feel more confident to boosting your critical thinking skills, journaling provides many benefits. This self-care practice can aid you in your pursuit of happiness and growth by giving you a space to self-reflect, troubleshoot, and...
The other day, I was racing home from school to run inside, drop some kids off, pick some kids up, make two sippy cups of milk, refill the diaper bag, and take my oldest to choir. As I glanced...
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 not one to turn down...
Trusting Connections continues in their commitment to support families and the communities, organizations and social infrastructure that support them through this pandemic by waiving set-up fees for new corporate childcare contracts now through Oct. 31, 2020, offering a substantial...
As a new mom for the second time almost eight years ago, I hesitantly showed up to a Moms group at my local church. It is something I never entertained before because with my older child I had been...
As we all have jumped into distance learning for the time being I often get questions in my practice from parents asking if they are doing the right thing. And my answer has been resoundingly, the right thing is...
This year is definitely going to look different than previous Falls, but we all should celebrate the cooler temperatures after making it through the hottest summer ever. Time to pack up the family (plus masks!) and get all those...

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