Looking for fun trunk-or-treat events around town? We've got you covered. Truck-or-Treat North Valley Community Church October 29th 6 - 8pm Scary or silly, princess or superhero – put on your favorite costume and bring the whole family to Truck or Treat...
We are expecting a full house this Thanksgiving and I am doing everything I can to get the house ready for all.of.it. One area that we have neglected over the past few years is the tile and grout in...
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Kids Stink at Playing

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I'm going to be brutally honest here...kids are terrible at playing. I was recently subbing for a teacher for an 8th grade PE class and one of the students mentioned that her basketball was flat. I showed her where...
I've got a fever and the only prescription is another baby. It's true, I have a terrible case of baby fever. I've watched so many of my friends have babies in the last couple of years. These children are gorgeous...
Parents know having kids is inexplicably hard and magical at the same time. One minute you feel like you are rocking it and the next you want to just hide in your bed under the covers. These feelings can...
“Let me take you on a journey. You will meet some amazing kids with incredible abilities. I met them not to long ago. They shared with me their stories and even drew me pictures. In alphabetical order I learned...
The Key To Managing Life's Ups & Downs May Be Mindfulness Adversity comes at us from the moment we are born. Infants get hungry and tired. Toddlers grapple with language and emotional control. And as children develop through adolescence to...
Yesterday, my 7-year-old daughter (who may actually be a 17-year-old living in a 7-year-old body, I’m not sure), came into the kitchen for breakfast dressed in a long-sleeve black sweater with flip sequins, fire-engine red leggings that have a...
There is no feeling like it. The slow-motion sequence of a car coming at you too fast, followed by a heavy push, tires screeching, glass shattering, and silence. The shock of being in a crash is quickly overtaken by...
Feeling anxious about sending your child to school? Who isn’t? Even during non-pandemic years, the first days of school are full of emotions. It’s nearly impossible not to feel nervous especially this year considering everything from the vaccines to...
We often associate stress with adulthood, but our youth face plenty of challenges and changes. In fact, the American Psychological Association reports 42% of youth experience stress, but feel they don't have the tools to manage it effectively. In...
Covid really brought to the forefront the need for technology as a means to safely communicate from a distance. Luckily there has always been a need for it and there are so many things out there you can use...
Take a breath from school supply organizing because rise-and-shine meal help is on the way! Keep reading for my top three back-to-school breakfast ideas that your little ones (and not so little ones) will love. Along with the obvious excitement...
  It's that time of year again...Back To School and Sports Physicals  You know the end of summer break. When everyone starts shopping for school clothes and supplies. To me this time of year means sports physical rush. Most of my experience...
Have you ever heard another parent say something so simple but so powerful that you knew you’d hide it away in your heart forever? My friend Jessica was talking about being a mother to boys and the sweet love...
The first major addition to our household was our dog, Waldo. The memory of driving home with our new little puppy in my lap always brings a smile to my face. He taught my husband and me how to...
Sharing is caring! https://youtu.be/UohFy2cbDW4   For me, microschool is a relatively new term. I began hearing the term as schools went online last year. I’ve watched friends choose this pod-style of learning and love it. Their children are thriving, and parents have...
Women and moms with a ton of responsibilities often find it difficult to make it to the gym every day. But the good news is that you can bring the gym home with the simplest yet highly efficient home...
Strollers, diaper bags, diapers, clothes, cute clothes… but what about the mother that is being birthed? The most often overlooked aspect to preparing for motherhood is the massive spiritual and psychological shift that occurs as we transition from maiden...
Mamas, I have to be honest with you... I consider myself a recovering perfectionist, but I can still get sucked down the "plan a perfect summer" rabbit hole. While we have plenty of good standby activities for staying cool...
Feeling like you have mom brain years after your precious little angels were born? What if your tiny tyrants aren't to blame for your foggy noggin? What if the culprit would be traced back to your phone and many...
Covid has really increased the time we spend in our house. Being constantly in the house with a baby and a four year old has been rough. My house was getting messy more often and I was struggling to...
When I moved to the Valley in my 20s, I noticed all the browns of the surrounding mountains and asked, "where are the colors?" I wasn't accustomed to a desert landscape. But over time, I've learned that winter hides...
Sweet, exhausted, resilient mamas, we did it! We survived what might be the hardest school year in living memory. As far as I'm concerned, we all deserve a giant graduation party. So imagine with me if you will that...
The daily grind becomes a bit overwhelming, wouldn't you agree? Our day to day always looks so simple when you lie down and think about the coming day. You need to get the kids to school, run a few...

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Photographer Guide 2021/22

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We love a good family photo, new baby announcement and even a fun boudoir image. Here are our favorite local photographers to help you...
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