Um, excuse me? How did summer fly by already? Back-to-school time is always bittersweet for me. It’s a twisted combination of “Yes! Now I can get back to our regularly scheduled life” and “Nooooooo!!! Say it ain’t so!” But...
When it comes to traveling, having an endless supply of food and snacks is a must. During a long flight to Florida from Arizona I was prepped with tons of snacks for the long flight. I even had them...
As much as Valley residents seem to treat the heat as no big deal or at worst a mild annoyance, it’s actually a serious health risk. If you underestimate the desert heat and don’t take precautions, you could be...
There are many times throughout a school year that you and your child will want to show your teachers some appreciation in the form of a gift. There is even Teacher Appreciation Week coming soon, from May 2nd through...
Have you ever had a seemingly irrational thought or worry get stuck in your head no matter how hard you tried to ignore it? Humans, on average, have over 20,000 thoughts on any given day. Most of these come and...
Let’s imagine an all-too-familiar scenario for many: You've planned a day (or maybe even just part of an afternoon) for yourself. You’re looking forward to decompressing and relaxing for a few, precious moments. You deserve a breather, you tell yourself....
The day after Thanksgiving (also known as Black Friday) is known to be the busiest shopping day of the year. Many people try to get a head start on holiday shopping or finally nab a discount on an item...
I wrote last month about how I have learned to love spending some of my exercise time with my kids. One of my absolute favorite ways to do this is to go hiking with kids. The fall weather is...
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Bubble Bath Safety

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We all know that bubble baths help get the body clean and add a little fun to the routine, but are they always safe? Certain bubble bath products contain unsafe ingredients that can irritate your child's skin. The safety...
The past three months of my life have been absolutely consumed with trying to move. There are so many steps in the process, so many points where things can go wrong and I really couldn't believe our new house...
Are your mornings chaotic? Are you stressed about always being in a rush and forgetting things in the mornings? Are you ready to call it quits? If so, this blog is for you! I came up with the best...
  A few months ago I wrote about my newfound love for audiobooks (aka, a way to actually "read" your own books and not burn out on Eric Carle). But lately, I find myself trading audiobook listening sessions for a...
10 Mom Hacks For a Stress Free Summer By the end of the school year, us moms are D-O-N-E. Am I right? We long for summer’s less stringent schedule even though we know what it can lead to. I mean...
Living in Arizona means we have the hottest summers! Sunscreen is extremely important for children of all ages! Protecting your child’s skin from too much exposure to the sun can greatly reduce the risk of skin cancer. It has...
One thing that has become evident as I have fostered and adopted dogs from the shelter is how many kids do not know proper etiquette to meet and greet a stranger’s dog. Seeing a cute dog out in public...
Understanding How Your Motivators Drive You I often hear people say that they are "self-sabotagers." They use this term to explain perceived failures such as procrastinating work projects, failed romantic relationships, dieting mishaps, or unmet plans. These self-defeating behaviors can...
It's completely normal to get nervous or worked up about things out of our control or over important life changes and events. However, about 40 million Americans live with an anxiety disorder, which is more than the occasional worry...
Spring is right around the corner and is the perfect time to reevaluate your wellness in a variety of ways. You may consider wellness to be eating right, hydrating, and exercising, but there is so much more to it!...
Spring break is a time to relax and de-stress. It is meant for students of all ages to recharge and get ready for the last semester of the school year. If you’re planning on traveling during spring break but...
  From time to time I find myself staring into my kid’s closet and thinking ‘How am I ever going to organize this mess?!’ Light Bulb Moment I got the idea to make it kid conducive. First I removed everything and I...
We all know that sticking to our New Year's resolutions isn't easy. Some of us may quit on our goals after a couple of days while others quit weeks later. It may seem discouraging and stressful, but it is...
How Do We Motivate Our Kids Into Action? Every December I do a year in review and start planning my goals and resolutions for the year ahead.  Reflecting upon successes and failures, and recalibrating based on what I determine "really...
December has a reputation for being a stressful month no matter what holiday you celebrate. Adding an elaborate agenda to accomplish in December will only send your household into a tailspin and your blood pressure through the roof. The...
The investment you make to improve a smile is the most important money you will ever spend to boost your child’s self-confidence. North Phoenix Moms' partners at Dunn Orthodontics believe finances shouldn’t stand between your child and a great...
The spread of Covid-19 has demanded the majority of working moms to work from home. To some it seems like a breeze, but in reality it can be extremely stressful. I have been working from home for the past...

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Arizona Pumpkin Patch Guide

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It's almost Fall and the weather will begin to cool down and of course the pumpkin patches will be opening up. Enjoying the pumpkin...
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