I recently boarded a plane headed to my first national conference since having my two children. Exhausted, I comfortably sank into my seat, glanced across the aisle and watched as two adorable, well-meaning parents worked feverishly to calm the...
No matter if it’s your first baby, or fourth, taking care of a new baby is difficult. Exhaustion, mom guilt, older siblings, and daily responsibilities tend to monopolize a new mom’s attention, putting her postpartum care on the back...
I had succumbed to the notion that bigger is better. The millions of Pinterest ideas were calling my name. The designer cakes looked irresistible.  The party favors needed to be something of substance.  Then I had a wake-up call. After...
February is the month of L O V E! And, although that usually means Valentine’s Day and celebrating your significant other, I am going to offer an alternative cultural tradition: radical self love! What if you spend the whole month...
Growing up,  my sister and I would always participate in the annual "summer reading challenge" at our local library, and it's one of my favorite summer memories!  I've carried this love of reading into adulthood and think that everyone can enjoy...
During a midnight nursing session I lazily scrolled Facebook until I saw a post that caught my eye. “Pray for Vegas” was all it said, but I knew right away it was bad, a feared tragedy. A few more...
Bring up the word homeschool and you’ll get two completely different responses: one gets it and other doesn’t. One says encouraging words and other might recommend you not do it. I’ve been wanting to homeschool my children for a few years...

No Spend January

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With the Holidays behind us, the new year brings a perfect time for a change in behaviors that may not be serving me or my happiness. This year, it means taking a long hard look at my spending habits...
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...
I recently lost my step-mom to stage 4 cancer. It's unbearable...losing a loved one. This is the sort of pain that I vigilantly protect my children from. I get in mother bear mode and don't want them to hurt at all....
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So I Lost My Job… Now What?

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So, I lost my job ... now what?! The thing I feared the most recently happened. After years of endless energy and dedication, and even putting my work before my family, I have been "released." It wasn't planned, but it also...

How to Live on One Income

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When my husband and I found out we were expecting a baby, our first conversation revolved around the possibility of me staying home, meaning we would be living as a single income family. We didn’t come to a conclusion...
As moms, we are in it together - raising the future. We are a tribe of future makers. So let's support each other." - Marissa Hermer No other job requires as much heart and strength as being a mother. We...
Sometimes being a bad person, can feel so right. I recently published a blog about the 15 ways motherhood has made me a better person, but let’s be honest – motherhood doesn’t only bring out the best in us...
As a parent in Arizona, we are facing some interesting times right now. Schools shutting down, teachers walking out, families faced with tough decisions in their daily life. I’m very thankful this doesn’t affect my day-to-day living but for...
A few days ago, I stumbled across an Instagram post in my explorer feed. The post was shared by actress Jenny Mollen, who stated that she accidentally dropped her young son on his head and landed him in the...
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...
Dear Love Bug (ironic considering the topic of this letter...), Just a few day ago I had the good fortune of being one of the parents in attendance at your 1st grade Valentine's Day party! During those 90 minutes or...
I was raised on Disney movies and musicals.  Some of my favorites (that still hold up) are: Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Grease, Singin' in the Rain and, of course,...
If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent many hours daydreaming about space travel; maybe you’ve even considered home décor for retirement on Mars. So, when I heard of an opportunity to watch the Orion parachute tests, I knew I...
In the midst of motherhood, I find myself often facing a tug of war between feeling like I’ve failed and feeling like I’ve won the freaking Olympics. Often times, I’ll celebrate something in the moment and then reflect overthink...
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The Power of a To-Do List

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Our lives are beyond overwhelming with the constant juggles we face: managing a home, raising our kids, being the shuttle bus, working, trying to squeeze in quality time with our spouse, oh, and maybe make some time for ourselves...
Yes, I hit the unfriend button and have zero regrets. Let me start by saying, if you have a healthy relationship with your mother then this statement is probably a bit shocking. I imagine some women thinking to themselves,...
The life of a modern person no longer appears without such things as a tablet, phone, computer. Children, watching the lives of adults, begin to be interested in gadgets from diapers: since mom and dad pay so much attention...
Anyone who follows me on Pinterest has probably noticed the glut of classroom-related pins clogging up their feed (sorry!). It's that time of year again- the weeks of nightmares about class, frantic perusals of Target ads for deals, and...

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Gift Guide 2022

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Phoenix Moms brings you our annual Holiday Gift Guide, featuring products that could be the perfect gift for the ones on your list this...

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