I had the opportunity to go on a family vacation this summer with my son and husband. We traveled by car, for about 6 hours, and were gone for 3 days. As this is our first baby, we weren’t...
Happy May ladies! This is our month to shine! With Mother's Day just having passed, warmer weather, and visions of summer vacation dancing in our minds, it's a good month to celebrate ourselves. As moms we know that each...
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...
Did you attend Bloom: An Event for New and Expecting Moms this year?  We cannot get over all the love for mamas and community that is so apparent at this incredible event! If you attended, or are thinking about attending...
“Is my child ready for preschool school?” If you’re the parent of a young child, or children, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question. We all want to make sure we’re giving our children every advantage and opportunity we can....

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I hope y'all had a great weekend! I certainly did with the start of Shark Week! The first couple of episodes were amazing! In all, 13 new shows will debut this week. Can't wait! OdySea Aquarium Opening Next Year Lucky for...
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...
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...
Originally posted on Rachel's family blog HardingHappenings.com. Photo Credit to Dream Photography Studio. So much lately I have found myself longing to slow down and set my own life standards. Imagine that! I keep wanting to "rebel" against what others...
I always thought that picking a school for my kids would be one of the easier decisions I’d make as a parent. In addition to two kids of my own, I like to say I have another 36,000 in...
As we step into Black History Month, I find myself reflecting on the powerful impact that literature has had on my journey and the journey of my children. The first book my daughter picked up and truly saw herself...
Starting this month we’ll begin a series titled “Loving the Skin You’re In.” We will be talking all things related to self-care; emotionally, physically, and mentally. As moms, there is very little “me time” in our lives, but believe...
I have always been that mom that dreaded the question "When are you having another child?" I didn't seem to be able to avoid the questions being asked time and time again. Whether it was from family and friends,...

Crafts for All Seasons

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Fall is finally here! And while we may not get to have the full fall experience here in AZ, it has brought with it (slightly) cooler temperatures, back to school, and of course, pumpkin spice lattes.  Maybe it’s the former...
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...
What is it about laundry!?! It takes forever to complete. The kids NEVER ever have empty laundry baskets. The folding and sorting all the clothes is just exhausting. And if we are only running our washer and dryer during...
My Dear Husband,  I can remember our first Valentine's Day so perfectly. I remember that I wore a black dress and I curled my hair. I remember that I made you a heart shaped pizza, with heart shaped pepperonis. We went...
As a kid, I loved school. Not only did I think learning was fun, but I had parents (and teachers) who believed in me and taught me that education was the gateway to my future. I always wanted to...
I'd like to think that I have the time to get all Pinterest-y for my family on major holidays. There's just one problem with all those boards and pins...I never get around to actually doing them.  And while I...
I have never met a mom who enjoys pumping. The results of pumping? Yes. The act of pumping? NO. (If you're out there, no shame and good for you... but can you let me know your secret?!) Today, I...
Summer is coming and a poolside cooler of ice cold hard seltzers is the only outdoor activity that I look forward to when the temperatures are 110+ degrees. There is a new hard seltzer on the market called Sparkling Ice...
Hello. I'm Coral and I'm insane.  At least that's how I feel. I went from being the organization queen to drowning in my own sea of laundry. Let me ask you, how does someone who only owns 30 items of...

Saving School Memories

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For the very first time as a mom, I went school shopping for my little one. He just turned three, and let’s just say, this whole preschool thing is very emotional. Every time we do something, even the tiniest...
Have you thought about hiring a nanny but aren’t quite sure where to start? Hesitant to pay a hefty agency placement fee but find yourself avoiding Care.com too? Have you hired a nanny before and it just didn’t work...

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