I’ve been a mom for 12 years and I've struggled with whether to stay home or pursue a career for 12 years and 9 months. Many times in my life I have debated the benefits of being home with my...
After living a very full and memorable 5 years in Seattle, WA we moved back to Phoenix to experience the hottest August on record last year. Most days, I miss that green, wet, angsty, environmentally friendly, granola city and...
In the weeks leading up to Kindergarten, we were excited! We shopped for supplies. We talked about all the new friends she would make and how much fun she would have at school. The night before, we marked the...
Halloween festivities are officially in full swing! Costumes are being bought or made, candy is being stock piled, and spooky decorations are all over. While Halloween festivities are always a treat, there is one truly scary thing – the dangers...
We are officially back to school -- at daycare! Like most daycares, our school had a little break between summer and the start of a new school year.  After having had my son in daycare for the last year (he...
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...
We all have that Type A friend in our life — the one who maybe just maybe has a color-coded calendar for her kids’ activities, her meetings, her husband's appointments, and she's never late for the school drop off...

STYLE: Healthy Tanning

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Summer is coming quickly! (Yay - for family time, vacations, and relaxation!  Ugh - for hot sweatiness!) The thing on my mind lately has been how to get a healthy glow.  I like the look of a tan for...

Remembering 9/11

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Watercolor Art by Yellow Bungalow Shop. Visit HERE to download this amazing artwork. Proceeds will go to families of first responders. Today marks the 13th anniversary of 9/11/2001, which seems both incredibly impossible and completely believable. This is one of those...
Maybe it’s me, or maybe it’s all moms, but it feels like everyday has a schedule, a predicable routine, a rhythm of its own—it’s in fact an ordinary day. Our mornings, whether on a weekday or weekend, seem to...
There is crispness in the air as I step out of my car on a sunny fall day in Arizona. I lace up my dirty hiking boots, throw on my CamelBak, and put my ear buds in. I tuck...
Have you heard of fermented foods and wondered - - A) What the heck are fermented foods? B) Where can I find fermented foods? C) Will my family even eat fermented foods? Good.  You are normal.  I wondered all of those...
This year is definitely going to look different than previous Fall seasons, but there is no reason we all shouldn't celebrate the cooler temperatures after making it through the hottest summer ever. Time to pack up the fam (and...
I know I might be the minority, but I’m pretty stoked on this whole period thing. I have two beautiful daughters and it was wonderful to grow them, knowing I was building someone with my body which was actualized when...
This is my first year of having an actual summer with my kids. My daughter just finished her first year at half- day Pre-K and now we have three glorious months with steaming hot temperatures to enjoy together.  Did...
This one is for all the fathers out there. Whether you're the husband, the partner, the adopter, the co-parent, the step-dad, the acting dad, the single dad, the mom-as-dad, or anything in between: we think you're amazing. To the father...
The irony that this blog post on procrastination has sitting in my "ideas" file for months, just waiting for me to put the final touches on it is not lost on me. Other, more pressing topics have caused the...
Looking for something fun to do with your kids this St. Patrick's Day?  Plan a visit from a leprechaun!  When I was teaching, one of my favorite traditions was having a leprechaun come visit our classroom.  Now that I...
Patience is a topic that keeps coming up over and over for moms with young children.  This is definitely one of my major struggles as a parent.  My daughter Madeleine is three (“three and a half!” as she will...
  Want your photos on your phone to really make an impact?! We are guessing your answer is YES! So many of us rely on our camera phone these days because, let's face it, a DSLR is great but it's...
Sending your child off to college is scary enough, but add in tens of thousands of dollars in debt and a 30-year repayment term, and it's downright terrifying. My hope is that these tips serve as a guide to...
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...
My daughter, my first born, did not get her first tooth until she was 16 months old. As much as I adored that pink gummy smile, at some point, I was pretty certain I was going to have to...
I was SO ready for 2021. A new year with lots of positive change and forward progress. And then I woke up on January 1st, January 2nd, 3rd, and everything felt the same...because it was. I’m used to the...
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...

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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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