The F Word

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Food. In our house, we do not just have a picky eater. We have a four-year old son who has 4,863,628 things he would rather do than sit down and eat a meal. I should clarify that this has been...
We made it. Our family survived our first, full Phoenix summer. And, all I can say is -- WOW.  That desert heat is no joke! "It was so mild," you tell me......  "We got off easy," they say. All I...
What?!? That is right, ladies. This one is for you (and the kids, too, I suppose). Meet my new best friend... Yonanas! It stalked me all hot, summer long during my "favorite" errand of super-sized grocery shopping with kids in...
    A couple of weeks ago, I had the rare opportunity to escape the house solo to try out the latest salon and spa to hit Scottsdale, Shona. Shona Salon & Spa is in a shopping center just off Northsight Boulevard and...
Everyone loves a good spring cleaning session. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction that comes with gazing upon a clean and organized closet or garage!  But with all the spring cleaning that goes on this time of year, it’s...
I have to admit: when I initially walked in, I was intimidated. Not because Rebecca, the owner of BURN Total Body Conditioning, made me feel anything other than welcome and capable. I flew solo to the class already worried...
Start 2017 with a bang and join our Fitness Challenge! Five local spots are offering FREE classes for our readers to try and we've got some awesome prizes.
The Modern Mother

The Modern Mother

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Society, Grandparents, Friends, Neighbors, Professional colleagues — many of us to new moms:  Breast is best, but obviously not in public. You should co-sleep, but it is so unsafe. You should go back to work but do not ever leave...
Living in a dry climate with low humidity usually leads to dry skin, wrinkles and a very dull complexion. Once temperatures in Arizona hit 90-degrees, it seems as though dehydration is inevitably knocking at our doors. Fortunately, there are many...

Mom Gets a Mammogram

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so let’s talk about those humps. The word mammogram for me has always come with mental images of flat pancakes, sans the butter or syrup that makes them yummy. I remember I used to...
Scottsdale has no shortage of salons, spas, and med spas for all sorts of treatments. If you are looking into getting a treatment, whether it's hair removal or body contouring, may we suggest Light RX Scottsdale?  This past spring, I...
Local mom, Jenny Castle, shares her newest obsession. Jenny is the mother of three beautiful children and keeps herself busy with PTSA, catching up with friends in the carpool line, and driving her children to endless after-school activities. Thank...
The struggle is real...especially when it comes to getting motivated to workout. Yes, once you're in motion half the work is done, but I'm here to help you to get over the hump of trying, or at least get...
When I was reading Beth’s article on Costco vs. Target, I immediately thought “I can’t live without Target!” but then my next thought was remembering all of the clean eating staples I buy at Costco. I could definitely live without...
They say “you are never fully dressed until you wear a smile.” A white and bright smile is many people’s aspiration. It’s a proven trick to make an excellent first impression. Do you know what makes the teeth whiter?...
Let's talk Self-Care for Moms; As moms, our days often revolve around caring for others—the kids, the house, our partners—leaving little time for ourselves. However, it's crucial to remember that self-care isn't selfish; it's a necessity. When we take...
If you're looking to start and cultivate your own home yoga practice, but not sure how, I hope this encourages you!  As a mom to two small boys, finding time to make my way to the yoga studio to get...
We all know that being a mom is tough. We wear a lot of different hats and pretty much spend our days on our feet. For me, my days involve meal prep, laundry, cleaning, errands and chasing around my...
Do you remember the post Why Being a Mom is Enough? I read it. You should if you haven't. It's great but it's not entirely true. It's just being mom isn't enough. Tough love, right? This one might not sit well...
Summer in Arizona. Also known as the “Desperation Months” when we parents attempt to keep our kids busy so that we can maintain at least an ounce of our sanity. Often, this means our kids are trying out new...
By Dr. Cayce Wallace Pediatric Dentist Arcadia Pediatric Dental We all love sweets, and kids often love sweet drinks such as soda, sports drinks, and fruit juice. Unfortunately, sugary beverages can cause a host of dental problems, including gum disease and...
In Scottsdale, we are truly blessed with wonderful winter weather. We never experience the barrage of blizzards that plague the East Coast or have to shovel driveways of snow before we can start the day. However, it can still...
Do you have a child and want to participate in a local study and get paid for it? Sign up to have your child use a body cream and get compensated up to $125! Stephens is looking for males and...
These brisk and dry December mornings have been a nightmare for my skin. I was so grateful to be able to try out the facial services offered by Kayla Hernandez at Luxury Skin Scottsdale. With her 13 years experience...
Before kids, your life was totally about you. Where you wanted to work, what you wanted to eat, how much sleep you needed (or didn't need!) - it was all up to you. After kids, well, let's just say,...
Your body is changed. Your mind is blown. Maybe you lost the baby weight, maybe you still have a way to go, but regardless—certain areas are distributed a bit differently. Nowadays, dressing like a mom doesn’t mean you wear...
The following situations are based on my experiences. Please contact your doctor for any medical advice regarding your personal circumstance. Let me start out by saying that being “good enough” is falling way short in my perfectionist world. I am...
Mother's Day Event! Are you looking for a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year? The Gildan Esprit de She is hosting a Duathlon and 5k in Tempe on May 8th. This is an opportunity for you to do something...
Part 2: The bras…. These first two wireless bras were actually the last ones I ordered and I ordered them because I started getting 100,000 FB ads for different bra companies and I’m a sucker for FB ads. Stupid Cookies. Anyway...
Happy New Year Everyone! A time for new beginnings, and for many of us, an overwhelming sense of needing to do it all and do it right. Since "health" seems to be a common topic of New Years promises...

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Your Survival Guide to Spring Sports

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      Spring is officially in Sunny Arizona, which means it's time for kids to dust off their cleats, grab their gloves, and hit the fields...