Our culture has terms for the beginning (pubescence) and the end (menopause) of a woman's reproductive life, but the transition to motherhood, matrescence, has been largely ignored. The anthropologist Dana Raphael first coined this term in the 70's and...
I was born in Mexico City and my parents gave me the gift of learning a second language at the early age of six. My parents learned English when they were young adults and realized that by gifting my...

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...
I think we all can agree that a one year old baby would be happy with an empty cardboard box or a toilet paper roll for their birthday. Heck, even my five and two-year-old were entertained for an hour...
Ready to be a mompreneur and work for yourself? Five things you should know before you launch. A few years ago, I left my more-than-full-time corporate job to stay at home and raise my kids (which is still a more-than-full-time...
As moms, we all have THOSE mornings.  You know the ones where you can’t seem to keep up.  Kids are hungry, husband is on his way out the door, and you are left to brave the insanity. Baby is...
This will be my 13th summer living in Phoenix and my 2nd summer in the Valley of the Sun with kids. Although it’s never easy, we always find a way to survive and make it to fall. Today I’m...
Going to the beach is always fun, especially during the hot Arizona summer months!  A few days at the beach is a much-needed retreat from the scorching Phoenix temperatures. There are plenty of activities to participate in; building sand...
The post 'Five Tips to Make the Most of Video Chats' first appeared on Zero to Three. Thank you for sharing this excellent advice with us. Video chatting with apps such as FaceTime and Skype is a great way for...
Is it me or did disciplining your children become a topic parents have been taught to fear? I mean, when did saying "no" to your children become something parent's shouldn't do?  The amount of red tape around disciplining children...

Get out and have some fun!

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Alright, so fall is technically here, although you could have fooled me, Phoenix. I'm eagerly waiting some crisp air and changing of the leaves so I can justify all my baking, drink warm, yummy drinks, and wear my boots....
I recently wrote a piece about the importance of validating children’s feelings in some of the most difficult moments. I truly believe emotional intelligence is one of the most important characteristics humans can possess, and it’s potentially one of...
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...
As moms we can easily forget to take care of ourselves in the everyday hustle and bustle of life.  We try our hardest to make sure our family, household, commitments, jobs and/or business, and friends are all taken care...

Meet our New Contributors!

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Hello WVMB readers, we are happy to introduce a few new "voices" that you'll be hearing from this year. We have 4 new writers who will joining our team. Get excited for some fresh and fun new posts and...
Easter is just a few weeks away and we all know what that means....lots of chocolate bunnies, plastic grass everywhere and jelly beans. Here are a few new ideas of other items to put in those Easter Baskets.   Tweet tweet,...
I keep reading these adorable, yet cliché New Year posts like "It's a blank page to a new chapter" or "Start the Year Off Right," but I am not seeing posts with tools, ideas, or ways to make the...
As a mom, there are days where running away and becoming a monk, just to get a moment of silence, sounds oddly appealing. These days usually precede sleepless nights, whiny days, missed naps, and tantrum-fueled meltdowns. Most importantly, these...
Introducing a new regular column on the West Valley Moms Blog! Each month we will take an idea from Pinterest, try it out and let you know if it is worth your time.. or not. Some of the projects...
Every year I create a bucket list of sorts. This year I’ve entitled it, “39 things Wendie will do while 39.” 2020 is a great motivator because not only is it a New Year and a new decade, but...
Last year we hosted our first pumpkin patch party and it was the best idea ever! We love pumpkin patches around the valley but there was one year when we invited a group of families to the farm for a...
North Phoenix Moms Blog is growing and looking to add to our amazing team of contributors!   We’re looking for local moms who are motivated, organized, passionate about community, local events, writing, and so much more!  We want mamas who...
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...
It’s 2020! I can’t believe it! Not only because that just sounds weird but because my baby is turning 5 in a few short weeks. This is a huge milestone, not just for her but for me as her...
As I write this, our state in experiencing the most historic movement in public education since…really, ever. With an affirmative vote of teachers from across the state, a walk-out has been scheduled to protest the need for increased funding...

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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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