I attended a friend's wedding with the man who later became my husband. During the father-daughter dance, he  leaned over and announced “that has to be one of the single best moments of having a daughter.” I was sold...
I don’t know about you, but my kids are notorious for making me work for their requested birthday themes. Seriously, just about every year one of them has an idea that requires me to get super creative. All I...
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s not. I have a love-hate relationship with Costco. The world’s choice of cheeses, deliciously prepared salads, easily ordered cakes, a month's supply of toilet paper, healthy options for kids’ lunches, free samples, inexpensive snack...
mom·sen·se (mɒm sens) noun 1.  practical motherly intelligence that is sensible or reasonable 2. a mother’s mental discernment, realization, or recognition  – She has momsense.  OR She used her momsense to determine that something was amiss. Meet Cate.  Her MomSense journey has spanned the ocean's tide and mountains...
For years, I have only had girls. Three little girls right in a row. They are on top of each other just a little over a year apart.  The first few years felt like chaos as we got them...
As I quickly approach our little man's due date, I'm working hard to pull together all of the details I can. All of you experienced moms have gently warned me, "If there's something you want to do, get it...
Happy Labor Day! Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year - even though many Scottsdale and Phoenix-area kids have been back in the classroom for almost a month. I too am thinking...
Summer is here! I'm already checking the summer camp schedules, the Vacation Bible School schedules, and activity calendars. My little ones do better if we have something to look forward to each week. In addition to the usual rotations,...
December is my favorite month!  There is something about the shared excitment, decorations everywhere and Christmas music on the radio that makes me walk around with a smile all month long!  (It doesn't hurt that my birthday also falls...
I have three children. I also have three baby carriers (babywearing contraptions, if you will). Like my children, each of the carriers has qualities that I love and other attributes that are, shall we say, challenging. For any of you...

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If you’ve spent any time exploring preschool options in the area, you’ve probably come across a few high quality Montessori options. If you aren’t familiar with this method of teaching, you may have been surprised by what you saw...
"We could fit 13 kids in this house!" my sweet hubby exclaimed upon deciding to buy our current house. It is by no means a large house. We have 4 bedrooms. If we are in one, he was thinking about...
When people meet me for the first time and I tell them that I am a therapist they usually react in one of two ways.  Either they 1) ask me if I am a massage therapist. (Seriously, this happens...
If you are like me in planning, I'm sure you have been thinking about your New Year's Resolutions. As mothers, we are natural planners, thinkers, and mostly go-go-goers and doers! Yet, in spite of our good intentions, these plans...
When my kids were little and I would announce that we were going to the doctor’s, the first frantic question out of their mouths was always, “Do I have to get any shots?” As adults, most of us have outgrown...
Last week we talked about the analogy of the "Four Horseman of the Apocalypse"- conquest, war, power and death and how they show up in marriage as criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling. I am so glad we are done...
I’ve always been on top of my game… until I had kids. Then the game changed from “do it perfectly” to “get it done.” But it’s been hard to let go of my perfectionist mantra. I held onto it...
When it comes to family photos, I have been on both sides of the camera. I have been fortunate enough to have people trust me with capturing their moments, and recently, I trusted someone else with capturing my family's...
  It might be time to register for your first baby, or you may have just received an invitation to a co-worker's baby shower – either way buying gifts for a new mom can be overwhelming.Our modern society has done...
Are you a procrastinator like me? I'm organized with certain life details, but others get pushed aside until the very last minute, if they get done at all. Recently, my husband and I decided to create a ten year...
You’ve probably thought it or said it out loud at one point or another in your lifetime that you are too busy to workout. The truth is though that there is time. Some days your workouts will take a...
Do you Promise to tell the Tooth the Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth? My 5 year old daughter lost a tooth.  She wiggled and squirmed and bobbed as she pulled her bottom lip aside to show me that...
2017 started off with a bang. Literally. A bang straight to the ground. My 20 month old (at the time) was so excited to start the day, she was running around our island. It was a fall like any...
Oops...I forgot. That seems to me my mantra lately. I call it mommy brain because I've had it for about 7 years now. I USED to think it was pregnancy brain - then I thought it was nursing brain....and now I know....
“What do you want to do when you grow up?” What a question. A question everyone asks when we are young. But can I even answer that? Call me selfish, but I want it all. I want to be...
Most of us love the attention we receive when our new baby arrives and the overwhelming support our family and friends give. Although most of the the people closest to us often mean well, sometimes that same attention we...
Practicing Prenatal Yoga is an excellent way to prepare the body for labor and delivery.  Asana, the Sanskrit word for the physical postures, can help to ease tension in the body, manage common aches and pains in shoulders, low...
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...
Confession: I LOVE to decorate for the holidays. My husband is thankful that we don’t have a basement, because if we did, he’s sure I would fill it with color-coordinated storage bins filled with decorations. Since I just have...
Check out Joy's guest post on My Daily Tantrum!  Here's a little sneak peak: The most difficult, the thing that goes against conventional wisdom and community planning, is getting out of the house and being apart of our community. Think about...

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