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...
The Right Counselor Can Foster Resilience And Growth   As many as one in six children have a diagnosable Mental Health Disorder (nami.org), and finding the right counselor or child therapist to guide these children through the growing pains of childhood and...
  "There Are Some Things You Learn Best In Calm, & Some In Storm" - Willa Cather My family lived in South Carolina when I was a teenager.  Many years, during hurricane season, a tropical storm would strengthen, and our community...
Our family went camping once or twice when I was young, but I don't remember many details about our trips. I know our tent was tan and I had a truly epic Rainbow Brite sleeping bag.  I recall sleeping...
Babies' first birthdays are always bittersweet. We get to celebrate a beautiful milestone and accept that our baby is no longer a tiny baby! Their birthdays can also be stressful. From choosing their first birthday outfit to deciding whether...
Back in late February/early March my husband was diagnosed with skin cancer in two areas. Even though skin cancer has become common and treatable, it is always scary to hear the word "cancer" especially when coming from a doctor's...
Are you an "over-apologizer?" Do you say sorry for things that aren’t your fault or don’t actually require forgiveness?  The other day I met a friend for lunch.  She was running about 15 minutes behind schedule.  When she arrived, she...
My family loves Disneyland, Disney movies, Disney+, Disney songs, etc. If you are like me, you may be going through Disneyland withdrawals. We are itching to go back and anxiously awaiting the day that they re-open and we can...
“There is never enough time.” “I cannot do it all.” “Time flies.” “I wish time would slow down.” As a mom, it feels like you are either pulled in a million directions all at once and may be overwhelmed or burned out or...
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,...
At this point, you have probably seen an adorable baby wearing a white helmet when you have been out and about. This helpful helmet is called a DOC Band, and my 6 month old little guy is currently sporting...
There is nothing like cuddling with your little one in your lap or next to them in bed and reading a good book. My two-year-old twin boys adore books, and I hope this is a habit that they carry...

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