Green Smoothie Recipe

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Over the summer I started making these smoothies when I noticed my son started eating everything but his veggies. I want to make sure he eats well, and I while I will always offer veggies with meals, I also...
The holiday season has begun! The hustle and bustle of traditions, traveling, gift giving and food preparation makes this season seem like a blur. However, one thing I slow down and focus on during the season is teaching my...
2009.  That year was a turning point for our family. It started with backyard chickens. You would think that taking on backyard chickens would be something that comes later in a real food journey. Nope, not for me. I...
I am the smelliest sweaty Betty you are likely to meet. I work out regularly and I live in Phoenix, which might as well be the same as living on the face of the sun in the summertime. Needless...

STYLE: Bath Salt DIY

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Today we have a simple DIY from local AZ mom + photographer Jessica Flecky of Flecky Fotography. As you can see here, Jessica offers up a easy + awesome DIY that any of us moms can do! Take the time to...
Now that the holidays are upon us, and if you are anything like me, I am always looking for fun and thoughtful homemade gifts that we can give to teachers, friends, family, and all the hosts of the beautiful...
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...
A couple years back, someone on Facebook asked for ideas for healthy alternatives to an annual ‘popsicle' party at her child's school. The comment storm that ensued was quite crazy...   It is just a popsicle.  Back off."   Readers suggesting that...
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...
Apps are pretty much a phone staple anymore, they help us busy moms organize everything from grocery lists, to meals to our entire family calendar. I love apps, but I am not big on having a bunch of them...
In grade school, all of my friends' birthdays seemed to land in October and November.  My birthday is November 5th, so I had to be careful to try and plan my birthday party on a weekend with no other...
I have always been of the belief that all our bodies could possibly need can be found in food.  I have never really been a big vitamin-taker.  When my pediatrician wanted me to start giving my daughter iron-fortified vitamin...
Ellie (3 years old): "Where are we going?" Me: "I told you -  the market." Ellie: "We passed it already!" Me: "Oh . . . yeah. We are going to an outdoor market. Uh. . . we are going to...
When I was a child, I grew up smack dab in the middle of Phoenix.  We had a small backyard, a couple of dogs, and a couple of cats.  No farm animals.  Never in a million years did I...
The holidays are here!  I haven't met one person who doesn't love this magical time of year.  The seasonal food, the decorations, the parties, the music, the shopping, you name it; it is magical.  I love decorating my house...
It seems like food has always had a negative effect on my body. From a young age I remember telling my parents that hot dogs gave me headaches.  My family chalked it up to me being dramatic. That is...
On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day. There was a saying in the 90s which I took to heart when I heard it : "Every day should be Earth Day". I totally agree. While I am certainly a work...
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...
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...
Recently I broke free from the Arizona heat and made the trip to to the west coast to lounge on the beach. (More like stop my daughter from eating every grain of sand on the shore.) The beach can...
I love lip balms!  I use them multiple times a day and I have tried soooo many different kinds.  It is nice to have options, but with all the different types...moisturizing, protecting, smoothing, plumping, shaded...I could go on and...
Dear Potential Mom Friend, I’m the mom over in the corner, not quite sure who to talk to. I don’t know how to be a mom friend. I miss my two mom friends who moved back home to be closer...
In honor of The National Day of Unplugging, I agreed to go off the grid for a full 48 hours! No email, Internet, Facebook, text messages, Instagram, Pinterest, phone calls, mindless website browsing, or Google Maps. Being more present is...
As a yoga instructor and someone who is pretty into health and fitness, I feel a bit ashamed to say that I have never included meditation in my wellness routine. The recent studies on the benefits of meditation are...
What MOM is going to say no to an organic skincare mask? Relaxing, hydrating, calming, anti-aging. Hello, all the things I want at the end of my day! Here is a quick all natural DIY pumpkin mask with only...

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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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