News Bites for Busy Moms


Phoenix Mompreneur Goes Hollywood

I love it when moms come up with a great idea, become their own boss and get some well-deserved recognition. Melanie Herschorn’s big break came last night at the Emmys. Melanie is the creator of “Udderly Hot Mamas,” a line of shirts designed for nursing moms. Launched just five months ago, she was asked to show off her shirts inside one of the Emmy gifting suites. Congrats Melanie!

Apple Launches Kids App Store

So how many of you actually use your iPad? How many of those little icons on the screen belong to you and not your little ones? If you’re like me, I rarely use my iPad for anything other than Skyping family. Instead, my iPad has become overrun with educational games and videos. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m okay with that. “The Endless Alphabet” and “Team Umizoomi” come in handy when I need some time to myself. The Apple marketing team has finally caught on to what we’ve all known for a while, that kids use iPads just as much if not more than their parents, and launched a Kids App Store this week. You can find it as its own section in the Apple App Store. The apps are better organized and broken down by age and brand.

Child Beauty Pageant Ban Underway

The French want to make sure “Toddlers and Tiaras” doesn’t strut its way onto their turf. Last week, lawmakers voted to ban beauty pageants for children under the age of 16 and anyone who violates that ban can go to prison and pay big fines. This is just the beginning of the debate. A final vote comes down in November. French leaders say they are against the hyper-sexualization of young children.

Back here in the U.S., some moms say the ban is too much governmental control and there are more positives than negatives when it comes to pageants. Read the other side here.

4+5=9 KIDS!

Earlier this month, a Las Vegas woman delivered quintuplets at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa. Last Friday, Evonne and Deon Derrico got to take their two girls and three boys back home to Vegas. The Derrico’s already had four children at home; a 7-year-old daughter, 3-year-old son and 1-year-old twin boys. That’s NINE kids! I’m overwhelmed with one sometimes, let alone nine. But in all the articles and TV interviews, the Derrico’s don’t seem overwhelmed at all… just truly thankful and blessed.

Record Heat for Summer 2013

Even though the first day of fall was yesterday, it still feels like summer… a very hot summer. According to the National Weather Service, this past summer was the hottest ever. The average daily temperature was 95.1 degrees beating out 2007’s average of 94.9 degrees.

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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.


  1. That’s cool about the kids’ app store. I think Apple needs to come out with a cheap(er), kid-friendly iPad. Definitely some money to be made there. Also I am looking forward to some cooler temps as well-bring on fall!


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