When my twin girls were 18 months old, for reasons still semi-unclear to me, I decided that trying to teach a twos preschool part-time was a good idea. Really, I did. I would wake up super early to get...
I honestly believe Arizona is the most beautiful home I could ever ask for.  Surrounded by sunlight and warmth, I'm not sure there are many other places I'd rather raise my wildlings.  We rarely spend our days inside and...
Poetry huh Well, I sat down to write about National Poetry Month. They say it is in April. I looked at the calendar and a date stood out immediately. No, it wasn’t a holiday. It was the day I said...
Bye bye yoga pants! As I scrolled through my sweet boy's first birthday photos, I sat there staring in disbelief. I racked my brain trying to recall the last 12 months, and I couldn't. I missed it. I was there...
I can’t believe it! My baby is turning five in a few short weeks. This is a huge milestone, not just for her but for me as her mother. Five years ago, I was a completely different person. My priorities...
My mornings look a lot different than they used to. It’s not because I suddenly discovered the secret to getting my kids out the door faster, or because they somehow, miraculously, grew listening ears and peacefully walk their little...
Two years ago I made the almost unbearably painful choice to leave my dream teaching job and become a “stay at home mom” (although these days more like, “stay in the car mom” #justsaying). More seriously: Since the transition...
Living in Phoenix means our hot HOT summers need to be filled with busy camp days for our kids. Because we know, if we don't plan our kids summers, we then become the "camp directors." We also know that...
Full disclosure: I'm not a TikTok user.  My husband will share social media videos of "Bunny" the internet-famous Sheepadoodle who uses assistive technology to "talk" to his owner. My teenage boys converse about the latest trending TikTok memes and dances....
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A Perfect Ten

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At this exact moment, all of the laundry in our family of five is clean. Every. Single. Item. This must be how Mary Lou Retton felt when she scored a perfect 10.  Omg, I am the Mary Lou Retton...
It’s never been harder to keep kids safer online. Ironic, isn’t it? The technology that has provided us more connectivity than ever before also opens digital doors that expose children to all kinds of new risks. The scary truth is...
I want to be a veterinarian. That was exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. That changed when I was in year 2 of college. On academic probation and one more F away from being kicked out...
Microschools are gaining popularity in the Phoenix area as families search for flexibility due to the pandemic and the ever-changing variants. While some parents prefer remote learning in the current COVID-19 climate, others are seeking schooling options elsewhere. Micro...
Once upon a time, two young and busy Chicago professionals welcomed beautiful and healthy twin baby girls. This month those baby girls turn eight, and as on all of their birthdays, it has me thinking a lot about the...
I had this thought in my head about the many hats people wear. We all have at least one hat, but many of us have way more than we have counted. How often do you think about the person...
For many of us who got our children ages 12 and older vaccinated last year, if it’s been at least 5 months, it is now time to start scheduling their booster shots. After the huge increase in new cases...
The past 18 months have been a true rollercoaster for all of us, especially those of us with children. We have dealt with a completely upside-down world that none of us could have expected when we first heard about COVID-19 in...
Having your child struggle in school can be a hard road to navigate. Luckily there are some great options for online tutoring, such as GoPeer online tutoring. We thought we could do it alone When the Covid pandemic started, we decided...
Why Acceptance May Be Your Ticket to Peace and Happiness in 2022 Despite the unpredictability of the last two years, January always seems to elicit excitement and engender a strong desire to get out a blank piece of paper and...
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What We See in the Mirror

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It's January. So unless you have hacked the algorithm or concealed that you are a mom from the social media gods, you have probably been pushed a lot of looks-related content and self-improvement on your various feeds. The unspoken...
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New Year, Same Me

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“New year, new me” is a phrase we often hear throughout the month of January. The custom of making New Year's resolutions has been around for thousands of years, but let's be honest...We don't need to wait for January...
From advice on being the best possible mom to DIYs to learning to love and learn, our contributors volunteered their time and talent for our community. Here are this year's top five posts. They have a passion for sharing what...
Oh Tassia, sometimes your optimism really sets you up for a reality slap. Yes, I am the glass is half full kind of girl. Sometimes this can be a problem, when I overestimate or even underestimate a situation. Like...
Mamas, I know it is the most chaotic time of year and so many things are on our to-do lists, but don't forget this one important thing before we leave this year behind... Celebrate your progress.  Maybe you have a hard time...
I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but one habit that seems very new year’s resolution-y that I can get behind for any overly-busy mom (read: you) is to start a journal. You mean add something else to my...

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