I am a proud Pinterest user. Everything I pin, I make. When I pin, I pin with purpose. So for my daughter’s first birthday, you could imagine how I excited I was to look up and pin ideas for a...
Today we have a guest blogger, Megan McNamee MPH, RDN, CLT who is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in maternal/child nutrition, food sensitivities and disordered eating. She has a toddler and soon-to-be newborn at home and loves helping moms make...
Last month I gave some tips for preparing for a trip and getting through the airport.  Today I’ll share some ideas on how to keep your little ones busy on the actual plane flight. Car seat or not? A difficult decision when...
Remember this post from a while back? Stacey was encouraging us to support a local bookstore that was in trouble, and one of our West Valley Mom Blog readers was the lucky winner! Woo hoo! We are SO thrilled...
Long ago, I was a carefree and fun-loving girl. My days were spent driving to the beach, hanging out with friends and working at a tanning salon (I cringe at that part now). I loved dressing up, putting on...
We have all had the days ... the days where you feel like you're going to wake up and conquer the world, and, well, it just doesn't go that way. AT ALL.  I had one of these days recently....
Hi West Valley Moms! It's time for an update of West Valley Moms on Instagram! We're almost through the Summer months, can you believe it? I hope you had a great one and that you got in some quality...
Hello Moms of the West Valley! Today I am going to talk about something we have all done and maybe dread a little-moving! My husband has been in the Air Force now for 22 years (!!) (not counting the...
About 9 years ago, my now 10 year old daughter almost lost her thumb. She was a great sleeper, but one particular night she woke up on and off throughout the entire night. My husband and I would take...
Perhaps it was the way I was raised or just the Type A personality traits in me, but being late drives me nuts. Even as a kid, my punctuality was on point. But when I became a mom I suddenly...
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....
Dating is hard. Dating after you've had kids is even harder. It's a stressful process to get a babysitter, plan dinner and a movie into your budget, and leave the house while you hear the baby screaming. Date nights...
If there is one thing us moms are great at, it's being able to commiserate with one another. We've been through so many of the same things that it's easy to nod, say "mmhmm," and give some witty advice...or...
Just over a month ago we welcomed a new addition to our family, a beautiful little girl Claire.  As we are adjusting to being a family of five, I couldn’t help but think back to when we transitioned from...
Last summer, when I found out I was pregnant with our third child, amidst the excitement and nausea, I was already dreading the sleepless nights caused by the 2am feedings I remember so well from our previous children. Our...
Photo Credit: Jumping Cholla Photography When I was pregnant for the first time four years ago, like most first time moms, I spent a considerable amount of time during my pregnancy thinking about my ideal birth plan. One big question I...
Among the many people you are buying gifts for this holiday season, be sure your children’s teachers are on the list. This is a perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for the love and wisdom they share with their...
It's a curious thing the American Dream. The idea of what a family should be. A man and women should have 2 kids, a home mortgage, a minivan, a dog, yadda yadda yadda. Oh we know it varies for all...

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Do you have any favorite family traditions that you did when you were a kid? I can think of a handful of traditions that parents did with us kids when we were younger.  Now that I am older, I...
Kindergarten, here we come! Tutor Time® is here to give you peace of mind while your child taps into big fun with purpose! Our schools follow CDC guidance to ensure a healthy, safe environment. And our curriculum is designed...

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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...
I don't know about you, but I'm not a big fan of change. Change is inevitable, but it takes me a while sometimes to adjust to it and feel at ease. October through December is my favorite time of...

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Hello Lovely Ladies,         Let’s face it trying to get pregnant can be quite stressful.   My husband and I have been in no hurry to start a family.  We wanted to travel and take our time before moving onto that...
School choice for your child is a huge decision, whether it be their first school or their next school. Some of us get lucky. We stumble into schools that end up being a perfectly fine fit for our own kiddos by...
My mornings look a lot different than they used to. It’s not because I suddenly discovered the secret to getting my kids out the door faster, or because they somehow, miraculously, grew listening ears and peacefully walk their little...

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