Love at furst sight We got our dog the week before our wedding ... obviously we weren’t thinking very clearly! We had been wanting a dog for a few years and when we saw her, we just knew she had...
There’s no question that the middle school and high school years are tough, for both kids and parents. It's arguably more important than ever to have open channels of communication with our youth, as one in six children have a...
Halloween is right around the corner and as enjoyable as the holiday can be, we all know we have to sensibly approach the candy with our kiddos.  We're delving into Halloween candy tips that will be helpful as you...
We love living in the Valley of the Sun! All year round, there are so many fun activities, from festivals for families to nights on the town just for the grown ups. (Feel free to submit your event to...

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...
My husband and I recently (somewhat recently) took a much needed get away to Seattle, sans children.  Thank goodness for helpful grandparents.  While there I was able to reconnect with a girlfriend that I hadn’t seen since before I...
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 know that finding...

When Did I Get So Old?

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As I begin to creep on my 32nd birthday, I am realizing that I am now a version of "old" to the younger generations. Don't get me wrong, I feel young. I still don't know what I am doing...
February is the month of L O V E! And, although that usually means Valentine’s Day and celebrating your significant other, I am going to offer an alternative cultural tradition: radical self love! What if you spend the whole month...
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."  Socrates Well here it is.  2016.  A new year.  Full of hopes and dreams and lists of all the...
It's spring conference season- whether you have already had meetings with your kids' teachers or are getting ready for them, I want to admit to you that I cried at school conferences again... in fact, I have cried at...
It’s October. Fall is in the air. The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing, and Pumpkin Spice flavored everything has hit the shelves. But wait—scratch that one about the leaves changing—Phoenix doesn’t do fall foliage. And, now that...
Choosing a preschool for your child is one of the first major decisions you make as a parent. It can be stressful and overwhelming. Fortunately, Developing Minds Academy is here to help. Developing Minds Academy is a dual language English/Spanish...
As some of you have already read on this blog, I lost both of my parents in the same year to cancer. My step dad passed in November 2017 and my mom passed in March 2018. A few...
More moms are asking their kid's orthodontist about Invisalign for themselves. We all want to take care of ourselves. Braces and Invisalign aren't just for kids anymore. More and more people are getting braces or doing Invisalign as an adult. Braces,...
If your house is anything like mine, you're busy. Between work, school, kids, after-school activities and just life, WE ARE BUSY! Sometimes, I go to bed at night wondering how the entire day went by without any real quality time...
Originally posted on Rachel’s family blog HardingHappenings.com. The not so perfect preschool fashions brought to you by my daughter!!! I don't ever want to forget these moments. But I have to admit that many times I wanted my girl to...
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...
Where is the line with friends of the opposite sex when you’re married? This topic has come up recently with some of my friends. I’ve posed this question to a number of people and received a variety of different...
You Can Workout! Here's How ... I have a dream that tomorrow I will wake up at 5am, throw on some workout clothes, put my hair up, and run out the door for an hour long workout. Then I actually...

Medical History Freebie

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As mothers, we do some pretty incredible things; but perhaps nothing is quite as impressive as the mental load we carry. We coordinate appointments, manage medications, plan schedules, recall addresses, phone numbers, friends’ names, and even house a complete...
My baby just started preschool (insert tearful emoji here).  He is nearly three and we have been fortune enough to be able to have him home with my husband, me, or an entrusted nanny for all of his life....
It is almost that time of year when all of the big holidays quickly stumble upon us, but I wanted to throw another one at you that is not nearly as popular, but still has a huge purpose. This...
The Dodge Caravan is as Mom-Friendly As it Gets When it comes to motherhood, not all car manufacturers realize what it takes to make mom’s life easier. From dawn until dusk, and sometimes later, you are on the move: dropping...
We focus a lot on the ways that motherhood changes us. In particular, we tend to talk about the challenges we face or how our lives are no longer just “ours” and how little time we have to do...

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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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