News Bites for Busy Moms


Welcome to Monday everyone! This week here at North Phoenix Moms Blog, we are going to help you get ready for school in style! Every day, we’ll be bringing you a special “Back to School” post. We’re covering everything from creative lunch ideas and new fashion trends to teacher gifts and how you can get involved with local school supply drives. We’re so excited so be sure to check us out everyday!

Save Up for School Supplies

Speaking of school supplies, it’s crazy how much we spend at the beginning of the year. My little guy is only in preschool, but his school has a long list that’ll probably put me back at least $50. I know that number will just get bigger and bigger as he does. According to a new survey, families will spend on average, about $670 on school supplies, clothes and electronics per student.

Fruit Recall Update

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the peach and nectarine recall. Last week, a packing company recalled peaches and nectarines with the label “Sweet 2 Eat” because of possible listeria contamination. Listeria can make you very sick and it could be deadly for children and the elderly. Also on the recall list, some “ready-to-eat” foods from Whole Foods. They include things like cakes, tarts and salsas. For a complete list, click here.
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Germ-Free Greeting

Here’s another way to keep your family healthy. Teach your kids to fist bump instead of shake someone’s hand. Scientists actually studied this and found that shaking hands transmits 10 times more bacteria than fist bumping. And don’t forget, as my cool 4-year-old tells me… “Blow it up, Mommy.”

Wild Phoenix Weather

I can’t go without mentioning the weather. It’s what everyone’s talking about right now, especially after the storm that hit Saturday night. I definitely couldn’t sleep and had my eye on the radar watching and waiting for the big green blob to pass. It felt like my house was right in the thick of it. In fact, the 60mph winds knocked over my neighbor’s tree, tearing it up from the roots.


Phoenix was definitely due for that big storm after several days of hot, hot temperatures including a new record high for Phoenix. On Thursday July 24th, the high hit 116 degrees, breaking the record set in 2006 of 114 degrees! We’ll be in the hundreds again this week… and the next… and the next…

So try and keep cool! Have a wonderful Monday!




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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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