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...
Ahh, midwinter.  Finding the natural remedies and rhythm of this season can help us to thrive as mothers and families. Even in Phoenix, the coolness has permeated the air.  The reaction to the cold comes as quite a shock to...
Oftentimes, we reach the holidays in a reflective mood: What went right or wrong this past year? What can we change for the better in the new year? Sometimes we reach December with lots of goals for January, and...
It’s 4:30pm and they start asking the question. “What’s for dinner?” Are you like me and simply dread the question because you just do not have an answer? Or I did the meal planning calendar for the week but now...
"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....
A common question many parents have is when should your child start seeing the dentist? Every child develops at different rates, but most children typically start getting teeth between the ages of 6-8 months. Surprisingly, cavities can be detected in...
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...
Last month's topic of matresence, the transition to motherhood that women experience upon having a child, leads nicely into the topic of postpartum health and wellness, another area that is often ignored in medicine. Even without much planning, the...
Having a baby is a really beautiful journey. From hearing the heartbeat for the first time to finally holding your beautiful baby after nine long months, it's magical. But then, the baby is born and we begin the postpartum recovery period....
The kids are back to school and the temps are kind of cooling down (hooray for making it through the long, hot summer), but now we have to worry about all the germs and the real possibility that our...
Our culture has terms for the beginning (pubescence) and the end (menopause) of a woman's reproductive life, but the transition to motherhood, matrescence, has been largely ignored. The anthropologist Dana Raphael first coined this term in the 70's and...
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...
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I Watered and Waited

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Something deep in my spirit can relate to this plant. Over the 4th of July holiday we took our usual trip to visit my mom and stepdad. We would be gone 4 days, and was I worried about the plants....
Pregnant and wondering if it's safe to use self-tanning products? This guide will address if self-tanners are safe enough for pregnant women, what to look for when shopping for self-tanner, and a list of some of the best self-tanners...
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Summer Meal Prep Cooking

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Summer time cooking in Phoenix is tricky.  It's hot, like really hot, and the idea of even turning on the oven literally makes me want to just eat cold cereal until September. Lately, I have gotten really into cooking...
Giving birth and bringing a new baby into this world is considered a magical and heartwarming experience. On the other hand, it’s also one of the most mentally and physically draining experiences you can have. The birth of my...
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...
As a parent, I wish for nothing more than my children to never have to go through anything trying or challenging.  I naturally want them to have more than I have, I don’t want them to have to struggle...

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...

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I was recently sucked into a Self Magazine article, Here’s How Often You Should Really Be Washing Your Sheets. On one hand I was very curious, but on the other I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to know...
As we head back into the routines of Fall and especially for those of us with school aged littles, well, it's necessary to mix. it. up.  So I've created two epic playlists for the mamas out there! One is...
Summer is well underway and it’s that time, once again, to read all of the latest and greatest thing to do in Phoenix to keep kiddos and parents entertained. Let’s have some fun! Jaw-some July: Sharks Invade Odysea Aquarium All...
As moms, in any stage of life, chances are we aren't in the best habit of making time for ourselves. Some of us are better at this than others, but we would venture to guess that more often than...
Yoga and meditation have been popular in the wellness and fitness domain for quite some time for a very good reason. Yoga increases your strength, balance and flexibility and also does a world of good for your mental health...
School is back in full force and kids are bouncing off the walls, literally.  I'm running out of time in a day to accomplish tasks while on mom duty.  My kids are smart, but bored if I'm not entertaining...

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Spring Training Dining Deals

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Play ball! Spring Training is around the corner in Arizona and these Valley restaurants are serving home-run deals to celebrate! Streets of New York -...

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