As one of my favorite authors, Glennon Doyle, always says, "We can do hard things!" This year has been full of hard things, hard decisions, and hard conversations. I feel like we are all a little beat down but...
Racial injustice. White privilege. Systemic racism. Black Lives Matter. Anti-racist. Microaggressions. Whether you are watching the news, scrolling through Instagram, or catching up with an old friend, current events in the U.S. have brought these conversations to the forefront...
After being smacked in the face by my almost 2 year old when calmly asking him to not play with the trash in the garbage can, I thought to myself, "I don't think I've ever been more afraid of...
Spending the mornings with my daughter is the highlight of my day. I adore spending time with my 15-month-old and watching her grow in this magical time in her life. She’s only going to be this little once; I...
When you become a mom, your whole world changes. Your days are filled with doing things that are best for your family, and your child, versus what is best for you. Your late evenings become early mornings; any time...
Now that it's July, back to school season is on everyone's mind. We have been home with our kids for what seems like an eternity, and we are all wondering what school will look like this year and what...
Your name is something you have from the very beginning. From that first breath, you enter the world with an identity, a name. After six years of marriage and two kids, my name is still a little riddle that...
A few years ago, while attempting to complete my Masters, I took a psych course called "The Family: A Psychological Perspective." We were suppose to introduce ourselves and I got stuck. I had been in "mama mode," and it...
As moms, we all have THOSE mornings.  You know the ones where you can’t seem to keep up.  Kids are hungry, husband is on his way out the door, and you are left to brave the insanity. Baby is...
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Finding Common Ground

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Gosh, what a time to be alive. In this unprecedented season, people across the world are living out history in the making as this virus unfolds. We are all having a shared experience together.   Yet there is no shortage of...
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How to Enjoy Your Husband

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Let's get real for a second. Being a mom of children of any age makes it very hard to enjoy your husband the way you did when there were no kids around. I don't mean just sex, I mean...
Dear mom who is deciding to cancel everything in the face of this novel corona virus, I feel the weight of your decision right now. My family has decided to practice social distancing. We are limiting leaving the home for...
At this point, you have probably seen an adorable baby wearing a white helmet when you have been out and about. This helpful helmet is called a DOC Band, and my 6 month old little guy is currently sporting...

4 Truths About Dating in 2020

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Simply put, dating in the modern era is difficult no maTTER WHAT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.  (Case in point, that awkward sentence capitalization is brought to you courtesy of my own modern day dating dilemma, my two year old, who is...
Every year I create a bucket list of sorts. This year I’ve entitled it, “39 things Wendie will do while 39.” 2020 is a great motivator because not only is it a New Year and a new decade, but...
Can You Hear Me Now? My Child Is Begging For A Cell Phone! I vividly remember when I started the campaign to get my own phone in my room.  I was a child of the 80's. The idea of sitting...

Little Women: Big Impact

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Admittedly, as the curtains drew open at the renowned Cine Capri in Scottsdale, I sat with a furrowed brow and a biased attitude, wondering if filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig’s rendering of Little Women (2019) could hold a candle...
A few summers ago, I was tidying the back porch and something did not smell right. I searched and searched, convinced it must be a dirty diaper or trash. I walked into the kitchen and the smell was suddenly...
If you spend any time watching Lifetime's Countdown To Christmas, you'd get the impression that the Holiday season is about families filled with peace and love gathered around golden turkeys cooked to perfection. But of course we know that's...
Christmas is my favorite season. As a child, I always enjoyed the decorations, the yummy fudge my aunts and grandma would make, and listening to Elvis and Alabama play holiday classics on the old jukebox in my dad’s bar...
Ugh, moving is the worst. Even in the best of circumstances moving really is the pits. Add in two kids under 4, and you’ve got a tiring, long, few weeks on your hands. Even with just a 3 mile move...
I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of change. Change is inevitable, but it takes me a while sometimes to adjust to it and feel at ease. October through December is my favorite time of...
Like clockwork, my human alarms created commotion this morning as I lay in bed half awake. I check the time on my phone, convincing myself that it is still too early for my little dudes to be awake. Sure...
"Middle School Can Be A Wild Ride" A couple of years ago, one of my son's elementary school teachers summarized perfectly the tween years.  My son was approaching 6th grade and I asked for her thoughts.  She said, "Be prepared....
Six and a half years into this gig, and the moment this controlling mama has been dreading all along has come... My baby girl (because really, she is still a baby right??), has discovered the beauty of being self-reliant. And...

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Arizona Pumpkin Patch Guide 2021

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It's almost Fall and the weather will begin to cool down and of course the pumpkin patches will be opening up. Enjoying the pumpkin...
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