Kid in the Corner is a local non-profit dedicated to "helping each Kid in the Corner feel connected to and supported by the community." I heard Kid in the Corner founder, Francine Sumner, speak a few years back and...
Remember those Friday and Saturday nights when you hung out with your girlfriends? After motherhood, those nights are often consumed with finishing work deadlines, making dinner, tending to fussy kids and managing a household. Before you know it, months pass...
Confession: I was pre-registered to vote 6 months before my 18th birthday.  I was SO excited to be a part of this democratic process that I marched myself down to the DMV and asked if I could pre-register.  I...
The first trimester is so, so exciting, but also a bit terrifying – no matter if it is your first or your fourth kid. Pair not being quite comfortable with telling everyone that you are expecting with unpredictable nausea,...
If you are anything like me, the thought of moving makes you want to break out in hives. The packing, the unpacking, the living among boxes, not remembering which box you put the toilet paper in… Switching locations, near...

What is HYGGE?

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By Kim Westfall, Head of School at Christ Church School Hygge (hue-geh - noun, verb, adjective) is a Danish tradition of coziness and relaxation, gratefulness, being present in the moment, and celebrating the everyday moments that make life special. This...
I met a new friend today.  She is a mom in my son’s Kindergarten class and we volunteered on a project together.  We chatted for a while talking about raising boys and whether or not her son was signed...
10) You stroll each of Target's home decor aisles, repeating: "Would she like that? Would she like that?? ......Would IIIII like that?????" 9) You bake cookies for the neighbors. And then bake more to actually take to the neighbors. 8) The fur-lined parkas come...
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...
Please welcome our new contributor Sara! She is a mom to two beautiful girls and we hope you enjoy reading her posts on motherhood and life in Arizona.  The white numbers on my iPhone screen now tell me it’s 8:00...
A dog might be man’s best friend, but what could make for a better friendship than a child and a puppy? Uh, a lot, actually.  Having puppies and small children is not as romantic and precious as it sounds.  Earlier...

Saying YES to Help

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I love helping people, whether it’s a friend who needs a last minute play date or volunteering with my favorite organization. I almost always say yes to help when someone needs it. BUT, being on the other end of...
  This is Part 5 of our series on Being a Working Mom.  If you missed Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 or Part 4 check them out. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… *Sigh* This one is the hardest for me. Not because I don’t want to play with my...
As a mom, you are worried sometimes that you yell at your kids and you wonder if that is all that they will remember about you. You worry about their school schedules, eating habits and their health. These worries...
There was a season in my life where being busy seemed to define me.   My husband and I had built our family life in a way that left little room for...well, life.  My days seemed to be a series...
My husband and I always wonder how we came to have such an extroverted son. We consider ourselves introverts through and through. Big parties? No way. Small talk? No thanks. Being the center of attention? Would rather go to...
It’s Archives Week here at SMB, and this morning I’m featuring my favorite post of Joy's! You can read all her posts here. I think Joy and I were cut from some of the same cloth. The other night we...
Okay, I am going to be blunt with all of you. There is one thing that no one tells you when you are happy and aglow with a bun in the oven. You still have no idea what is...
Remember this skit from Saturday Night Live in the 90's?  Well that is exactly what therapy IS NOT these days! It still makes me laugh though when I see it; I mean, who couldn't use some positive affirmations every...
Whenever I meet someone with twins, I immediately feel as if I'm speaking to a superhuman.  I can hardly imagine juggling two little beans all day - every day.  I get just a little glimpse into this feat when...
Few things define a woman as much as her purse.  It’s an inner sanctum we rarely allow others into. And, on the rare event that we have to lay it all bare and allow someone else in, be it...
February in Arizona. Lounging at the park while the children play, dipping our toes into the still-chilly pool... freaking out when we see our first scorpion of the year. Yep, frighteningly, it's that time of year when the temperatures...
Boudoir. Does your heart freeze, and your stomach clench at the mere mention of that one word? With a shake of your head you say, "That was something I should've done before I had kids."  Motherhood is incredible. It will stretch...
Every spring as the number of school days left starts to dwindle down, I make the BEST plans for summer. I have visions in my head of my children not only sitting down every day to do workbooks, but finishing them and...
Hi fellow mama. I want you to know that you are amazing. You put your heart and soul into parenting your kid(s) and although you often go unnoticed, I see you. I see how you stressed over choosing the...
I love discovering new places to go, things to do and fads to try. It might just be my thing. Once I find something new that I absolutely LOVE, I have to tell everyone about it. This is all I...
Did you catch the drama sparked by Anderson Cooper's daytime talk show Anderson last week? If you missed it, here's the rundown: Anderson let a panel of moms debate who is happier: stay-at-home moms or those who work outside the home. In...
Like many mommies, I enjoy my coffee. Each day begins with a cup, and I usually end up buying another while I'm out and about. There may be a Starbucks on every corner, but there are several local coffee...
Unless you are new to the Sonoran Desert, you are well acquainted with dehydration. As Momma Bears we are super protective of our babies. We give our infants extra breast milk, formula and even water in the summer. We...
So, this past weekend we went sorta-camping. What? You've never heard of sorta-camping before? Well, let me define it for you. Sorta-camping is when you let your friends buy expensive camping gear, spend all day Thursday packing, haul everything...

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Family Friendly Events (January 2022)

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Happy New Year! Here's hoping 2022 is the best year for all of you! Are there any events that we haven’t covered or do you...

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