News Bites for Busy Moms


After a long hiatus, I’m happy to report News Bites for Busy Moms is back “on the air.” I’m looking forward to once again bringing you some of the more interesting stories of the week you may have missed. So here goes!

Phoenix Recycling Changes

The City of Phoenix wants to clean up its act when it comes to recycling. Currently, Phoenix recycles less trash than the national average. So to increase the amount of trash that is recycled, the city will give 15,000 residents (who ask for them) smaller trash cans. Right now, residents get a 90-gallon trashcan. In July, you can be one of the first to get a 60-gallon trashcan. In return, you’ll save $3.80 on your bill. So instead of $26.80, you’ll pay $23.00. So you can weigh if that’s worth it to you. Adding it up, $3.80 is $45.60 over one year and $91.20 over two years. I plan to try and get on the list. For my family of three, we rarely fill the can, plus I like to save money where I can.

Kids & Veggies Study Take 2  

I know I’ve done this story before, but there’s yet another study on how you can get your kids to eat veggies? Condition them with cream cheese. That’s what some Arizona researchers did in order to show that you can trick your little one into eating vegetables. By the end of the week, the kids who were given brussels sprouts with cream cheese were most likely to eat them plain.

Choices Not Sacrifices

Finally, I have to mention the Olympics. I absolutely love watching them, not just the sporting events, but also all of the “filler.” For one thing, NBC’s producers do a great job of telling the stories behind these inspirational athletes. On Sunday, three Canadian sisters who competed in the same skiing event talked to the media about growing up together and preparing for this day. I read this and the first thing that came to mind is… “Could my little guy be a future Olympian?” (I know, that’s such a mom thing.) But then my mind raced and my head screamed… “Can you imagine having three kids in the Olympics and all three of them compete against each other!” Wow! What an amazing accomplishment by those sisters and their parents. When asked what this momentous day meant to him and all of the sacrifices that he had to make, their dad said…

“It’s all about choices – what you want to do. Sacrifices, I don’t think is the right word. Choice is much better.”

What a great lesson for all of us.


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The last few years have brought big changes for Emily. After spending years in high-stress, deadline-driven TV jobs in East Coast metros, family circumstances brought her and her husband Joel to the Arizona desert. Now this former news junkie is a stay-at-home mom to Miles, a fast-talking toddler with energy to spare. She spends her days teaching him about faith, letters, numbers and manners. Whenever he’s asleep she boots up the laptop to write for North Phoenix Moms Blog and other freelance gigs. Whatever spare time she has left is spent on a hike with her family or a rare date night with Joel, at the gym, coffee and dinner with friends, or in her craft room creating simple, beautiful jewelry for her online boutique, Hazel & May, and giving too many treats to her pups, Pepper and Gizmo.


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