If you are new to sunny Phoenix—welcome! If you are a new mom—congratulations! Chances are that if you are reading this, you are starting your preparations for surviving the sweltering Arizona summer heat with kiddos. Hopefully you have been...
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...
If you spend any time watching Lifetime's Countdown To Christmas, you'd get the impression that the Holiday season is about families filled with peace and love gathered around golden turkeys cooked to perfection. But of course we know that's...
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...

Juicing Is The New Black

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      Heather Stevens, mommy of two and co-founder of the glittering Gleamsters, is talking to us today about the benefits of juicing for their family. So I’m sure you’ve seen the juicing and smoothie trend as another here today gone tomorrow fad! I...
There are so many pros to breastfeeding. "Breast is Best!" is constantly spread around in birthing classes, hospitals, doctor's offices, magazines, books and in moms groups all over the world. It's an amazing tool to set your baby up...
I will admit it.....I am a germophobe mom. I fear germs, and my goal is to keep my kids as healthy as possible. I know kids will be kids, and they will ultimately get a cold or some type...
Homework. We've all dreaded hearing the word come from the mouth of our teachers. Though some loved receiving an assignment that needed to be completed at home, others felt nothing but frustration. Homework is not something that is new in...
The tree has been put out on the curb, the lights have been taken down, and the kids are still recovering from the cookie sugar rush, but are not yet back in school. It’s the end of the holiday...
One night shortly after the birth of our firstborn child, my husband threw me a curve ball: What would happen to our baby if something happened to us? This sleep-deprived and bleary-eyed new mama wanted nothing to do with the...
“Honey, let’s get a dog! It will protect us, inspire us to get more exercise, and be a wonderful companion when we have kids!” That was me six years ago. “Don’t do it! You will regret it! Having a pet...
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...
Summer is here! What does that mean for AZ families? The days are much longer and the temperatures are rapidly rising! Kids are starting to drive their parents crazy and parents can't wait for school to start again! One way to soak in...
If you are like me, your phone is glued to you. We may not like all that technology has become, but we all admit we can't live without it. I have been trying to use my phone not just...

Disney Vacation 101

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  Our family is currently planning our VERY FIRST Disney vacation. I’m very excited, but a little overwhelmed with all the “helpful” advice that can be found after a Google search. There’s page upon page of articles and blog posts...
In grade school, all of my friends' birthdays seemed to land in October and November.  My birthday is November 5th, so I had to be careful to try and plan my birthday party on a weekend with no other...
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...
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...
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...
I have to admit that as "Tech Savvy" as I consider myself, using my phone to pay for my items at the store has been something I did for the first time this month. Some might call me crazy,...
I am an Illinois native, so summertime in the Midwest is not comparable to these hot summer days that Phoenix brings. Growing up, everyone looked forward to sweet summertime. The magical months between May and August where we can...
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...
Summer break flew by so quickly and back to school season is in full swing. As we all get accustomed to a new routine or schedule, let's remember our "why".   Our children are our "why".   They need us to guide, support,...
It's that time of the year. You know, when us moms start to dream of organizing our homes after the chaos of Christmas has settled! We look at tools: And see the systems others are doing: And think to ourselves, Can this...
This post was written and sponsored by our partners at Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.  At Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, our foremost priority is the proper, healthy dental and orthodontic development of our patients. Nothing makes us happier than...

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Spring Training Dining Deals

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