I’ve been on a reading frenzy lately. Fiction, non-fiction, historical non-fiction, spiritual, parenting… My bedroom nightstand would look like a cluttered book mess without the help of my trusty Kindle: One of the books I’ve been reading is The Happiness...
The Stretch Marks Retreat will give you the time and space to rest, regroup, and refocus on how you want to spend your precious time and valuable energy. You will learn to smash your iShoulds, flaunt your failures, and turn...
November is the calendared home of Thanksgiving and for me, a month to pause and cultivate and attitude of gratitude for the abundant blessings in my life.  One of my personal November traditions is to create a daily Facebook...

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...

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...
If you are reading this, you know that being a mother is one of the most rewarding yet challenging jobs you will endure in a lifetime. A close second is navigating your intimate relationship with your partner. As a...
I had a hard time turning 35. I’d never cared much about ages, and always try to celebrate each year as a gift. So this feeling of unease got me thinking, and soon I realized it wasn’t the age,...
It's alway nice to catch up with your mom friends over a Mom's Night Out (MNO). To change things up, I suggest grabbing your girls and volunteering to help out families dealing with medical emergencies at Ronald McDonald House. Most...
Do you love your Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but hate the price that it comes with? By price, I mean the monetary cost, the extra calories & sugar, and the suspicious artificial  ingredients that just cannot be good for us....
"Mommy has a tummy ache," I told my daughter as I lay on the floor next to her while she played with her baby dolls. I was in the midst of an IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) flare-up and waves...
If you’re like me, a night out with my girls is EVERYTHING. I’m so lucky to have a group of fellow mom friends nearby to text from time to time to plan our next get-together (and if you’re looking...
Mom Fantasy Best. Summer. Ever. We we're going to have three months of Insta-worthy fun. Swimming pool at all hours of the day, glow stick parties, museums, play places, popsicles galore.  Mom Reality Two weeks into summer vacation, I had a mystery...
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...
This summer I celebrate a milestone birthday. Ironically, my closest crew (my college crew) all have spring/summer birthdays so needless to say, it has been pretty busy around here celebrating each one of US. Our personalities shine by each of...
You know when you can't believe something that actually came out of your child's mouth? Something profound, something funny, something embarrassing, or even something that stumps you. I've had my share of "Naia-isms" you just can't make up that...
The desert garden is growing! It's actually growing! Three weeks ago these plants went in the ground, and now they are huge. Guess why?  Maintenance. Exactly what this third (and final) installment is all about.  Much like children, a garden needs...
This is probably the most important thank you note I could ever write... yet I can’t quite find the right words. I’m talking about the amount of gratitude I have toward my mother, especially now that I am a...
Here is all the tips and tricks that we use during the summer to make it through the extreme heat and the predictable boredom. Whatever it takes to get us to September!  Read all the Tips & Tricks written by...
Traveling with kids can be BRUTAL, but we all got to do it. So use our tips and tricks to make the journey a bit easier, and GOOD LUCK!  Travel Tips & Tricks {SMB TIP: We also love all these local...
Seriously the worst part about Summer with the kids is three meals a day, every.single.day. Why do they have to eat so many times a day!?! We are joking, but there are great things about summer cooking too, for...
We all know it’s important to exercise throughout your pregnancy. Of course, experts say not to go out there and try a new hardcore workout while pregnant, but it’s healthy and encouraged to keep doing activities that your body...
Ok, I know I am not alone in this, I call them “besties in my head.” You’re up late at night… early morning (diaper change, bottle refill, etc.....#momlife) and you find yourself scrolling through your phone, down a deep dark...
As a new member of this blog, I struggled with what to write about in my first post even though I had so many ideas in my head. Finally, it dawned on me. VULNERABILITY. This is not a word...
“No one goes to Target because they need something, you go to Target and let Target tell you what you need.” How many of you ladies can relate to this? I find it amazing how much money you can...
I wrote this “letter” to my breast pump the week after I officially retired from pumping last summer. It’s been a while since then, but I recently revisited the draft and wondered if others felt the same way about...
The planting phase has finally arrived. Huzzah! I thought I'd have it all set by March 1st, but Scottsdale went and had a weird second "winter" and the outside temperature wasn't warm enough to plant. Now it's mid-March, warmer,...
"Play is the work of a child." -Maria Montessori  It's the last day of the month and my submission for SMB is due within 24 hours, or else I will not be eligible for an entry into a drawing for...
It was Tuesday, December 17th, the last day of pre-k for my twins before Christmas break. Christmas music was calmly drifting throughout our home but I am pretty sure all that my children could hear was me nagging, correcting...
As mothers, we often find things overwhelming or hard in the moments where we lose our sense of self. In order to properly care for the people around us, we truly need to stay true to who we are....
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...

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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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