“Honey, let’s get a dog! It will protect us, inspire us to get more exercise, and be a wonderful companion when we have kids!” That was me six years ago. “Don’t do it! You will regret it! Having a pet...

Self-Care: We Need It

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self-care /ˌselfˈker/ Noun the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.  the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. Self-care is something that can be difficult—and...
As moms ourselves, we know that finding the perfect summer camps mean fun-filled, and stress-free summers!  We are eager to present our 2019 Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps in Phoenix, and hope it provides you some insight as you...
Handing the car keys to your teenager for the first time can be downright scary. I know. It happened to me! Not only did I have to trust my new teen driver behind the wheel to make good choices,...
Last week, we had the opportunity to attend the MassMutual #FutureSmart event in downtown Phoenix. Over 3000 middle school children were invited to the Phoenix Suns' Talking Stick Arena to learn all about how to plan for a successful...
If you followed along with my post last month, you know that I embarked on a “no spend” January.  Let me tell you, I ended up getting a lot more out of it than I thought I would!  I...
With being accessible 24/7 and societal expectations exceedingly high, I believe now more than ever it is important that we all have some sort of hobby or creative outlet. Stay with me here. I know you are a mom,...
The infamous words that every parent supposedly gets the right to use when they cross the bridge into parenthood - "Why not? Because I said so." Done. That's it. Our kids are supposed to hear this and just take...
I pulled open the nail salon door and the overwhelming fumes rolled over my head, not helping the anxiety. I stumbled across my words, feeling like a small child summoned for a scolding. "I'm having an event uh...thing next...
It’s the time of year that you can’t stop at a red light without avoiding the bright signs plastered at each intersection. And don’t even get me started on the TV commercials. This may seem overly obnoxious, but before...

Potty Training is a Mess

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Potty training is a mess. Literally. It's one giant ball of different emotions. It's smelly. It's exhausting. It's sticky. It's absolutely flipping horrible and I've gotta say...I hate it. If I could hire someone to come over for the...
Dear Man that told me “boys will be boys”, I get it, kids do things that embarrass us. I am not blaming you for your son jumping on top of mine in an effort to steal his new Hotwheel car....

Money Honey

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I remember the day I left for college and my mom handed me a Suze Orman book, I always budgeted my own money, I always paid my own way. I had an allowance growing up and I did chores...
The other day, a girl that I don’t know very well asked me if I was pregnant….I am not. {insert eyeroll here} I sarcastically replied, “No. But thank you.” Knowing her, even the little that I do, I know...
Now that my girls are in the 2nd grade we are finding out that some kids tend to be plain mean. I'm not saying when they were younger kids weren't mean, but now it seems to be more often....
I received an email from an old colleague slash friend a few days ago. The email said that she had lost my number, was let go from her job, and had a baby less than a year ago. I couldn’t...
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,...
I wish I could tell you there is a checklist or system to follow. Organization is what helps comfort me when I have to make decisions. But this is messy, it’s difficult, and not at all like the celebrities...
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...
I’m pretty sure I'm failing at my working at home balance. It never fails, as I sit down to do work, one of my children ‘needs’ something!! I think my husband said it best, “How do they (the kids) know when...
Preschool, I am such a fan! My daughter started last year in the 2's class, and she is continuing on to the 3's while my son starts his first year as well. It is an exciting, yet nerve-wracking time...
Self-care is a trending topic amongst women, particularly mothers, right now. It’s common to see friends and fellow mamas post images of their spa day or shopping spree in the name of #selfcare. On occasion, we dig deeper and...
When I told my husband I would be writing a post on nagging, he laughed. Why you ask? Because I deal with this nagging battle on a daily basis and my husband knows of this struggle. I quickly followed...
A few months ago I got into a friendly debate with another mom about why I feel it's important to teach my boys that they have a penis and not a "wee-wee." After talking with some of my friends...
I remember the day we brought our puppy Marley home. I had a very bad day at work and came home crying into my husband’s arms. In the middle of hysterical tears and suffocating hugs, my husband said the...

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Spring Training Dining Deals

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