News Bites for Busy Moms


Midnight Deadline for Government Shutdown

The biggest story today other than rehashing last night’s finale of “Breaking Bad” (which I haven’t seen yet… no spoilers, please) is the possible shutdown of the federal government. Bottom line, Republicans won’t sign off on a funding bill unless Democrats agree to delay President Obama’s Affordable Care Act for a year. There is plenty more to this, but if the funding bill is not passed by midnight tonight, the government will begin to shut down. This hasn’t happened since December 1995. Read more about what will happen if there is a government shutdown.

Arizona’s Health Care Plans

Even if there is a government shutdown, the President has vowed that the health care marketplaces, a marquee component of Obamacare, will open tomorrow. These “marketplaces” will allow people without employee-backed health care to buy a plan on their own. Federal tax credits will help the very poor pay for their premiums. An early look at the options for Arizonans show they have some of the lowest costs in the country.

iOS7 Tips and Tricks

Okay, so I still haven’t upgraded my iPhone yet to the new iOS7 system, mainly because I haven’t had time to back-up my phone yet. I’m hoping to do that this week. My husband upgraded his, so I’ve seen what it looks like. It’s definitely different and will take some getting used to. His biggest problem was the size of the text, but after playing around with the phone, he found where he could re-size it. Here’s to a hopefully easy transition.

New Research Shows Naps Help Memory

Finally, I knew there was a reason behind naps other than my sanity.  Sleep researchers have found that a daytime nap enhances a preschooler’s memory. As for me,  I know naps help my patience. That research is documented at least once a week when Miles won’t nap.


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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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