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...
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....
After five pregnancy losses and years of failed fertility treatments, my journey to parenthood felt hopeless. The pain, grief, and loneliness I was experiencing felt too much to bear. It seemed everyone around me was celebrating carefree, successful pregnancies...
Last year we hosted our first pumpkin patch party and it was the best idea ever! We love pumpkin patches around the valley but there was one year when we invited a group of families to the farm for a...
Video Gaming Then & Now I remember when my family got our video gaming console in the 1980s. I grew up in a small town in Indiana, where summers were for running around outdoors, but the winters could be brutally...
A hot topic that I often see in articles and also find myself discussing with other moms revolves around the preservation of our self-identify as mothers. Self-identity is a word that carries a lot of weight. What exactly is...
It’s that time of year again friends! The weather is cooling down(ish) and fall is upon us. Time to pack up the fam and get all those fabulous insta pics posted.  More importantly it’s a great time of year...
“I have to get out of this house today,” I thought as I watched my two-year-old twin boys push around their toy trucks on the hardwood floor while I sipped my morning coffee. I considered what we might do...
“Is my child ready for preschool school?” If you’re the parent of a young child, or children, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question. We all want to make sure we’re giving our children every advantage and opportunity we can....
I grew up in a small town, and we didn't have many options for shopping. But we did have a Walmart! I remember asking my Granny to take me to Walmart because it was my happy place. Truth be...
Dear Kindergartner, It is hard to believe that five years have flown by so fast. Almost as if I blinked and you went from a tiny 7lb boy nestled in my arms to a big boy. You correct me each...
Learning how to read is a really exciting time for children and parents. Although most children start to learn how to read in elementary school, there are several pre-reading skills that they will need to develop before then. Parents...
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” It’s back to school time! Stores have been packed to the brim with back- to-school items for quite some time now. Students and parents are excitedly navigating through the aisles with...
Last week we had a perfect day trip!   If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the kids, I highly recommend taking a day trip to Mortimer Farms. In July, they have a recurring event called Blackberry...
There are some people who possess the baby whisperer quality, but I somehow missed that one. I have friends who just couldn't wait to have another baby to cuddle and wear in a baby carrier.  All I could think...
I am an Illinois native, so summertime in the Midwest is not comparable to these hot summer days that Phoenix brings. Growing up, everyone looked forward to sweet summertime. The magical months between May and August where we can...
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With summer now in mostly full swing, it creates the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and family.  When you have little kids, it can be so easy to get caught up in the hoopla of everyday life:...
If you are like me, you may be looking for new + interesting + unique + fun + cost effective activities for your kiddos to do this summer. This watercolor bubble art was all of the above! The idea...
The temperatures in Phoenix are climbing higher as summer quickly approaches. For those of us that have kids with summer birthdays, the heat poses a party planning challenge. Below are a few summer birthday party ideas to help  beat...
With summer right around the corner, I have rounded up a few of our favorite indoor activities we enjoy doing while we brave the 100+ temperatures. I am not going to lie, I think summer in Arizona with kids is...
Summer break is right around the corner and I, for one, can't wait! Call me crazy, but I love being a summer mom. It's not that the school year is all doom and gloom to me but competing with...
Sprinkles are a growing fad these days. A sprinkle is a light version of a baby shower for moms who have already had their first child. The mere mention of a sprinkle gets a lot of people eye rolling...
Gyms are promoted as being great places to work out, get fit, and stay healthy. And of course, they are. Most gyms these days are loaded to the brim with all kinds of exercise equipment. From stair-climbers to free...
You are always going to run across people that tell you they will not take their kids to Disneyland until they will remember it. After all, it’s a pricey and a long trip for many families. Not me. My...

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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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