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How to Survive a Sizzling Summer in Phoenix

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 able to enjoy the beautiful winter and spring seasons (also known as, a friendly reminder as […]

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Real Life, and Finding Joy in an Ordinary Day

Maybe it’s me, or maybe it’s all moms, but it feels like everyday has a schedule, a predicable routine, a rhythm of its own—it’s in fact an ordinary day. Our mornings, whether on a weekday or weekend, seem to all start around the same time and flow in the same pattern—breakfast, chaos, lunch, chaos, bedtime. […]

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How to Successfully Tackle the Baby Book

Two words: baby book. Baby books are fun and thoroughly enjoyable when you have the time to sit down and really get to work on them. They let you reminisce about the early days, all of the “firsts” and the sweet moments you have shared. These books have the ability to quickly transport you back […]

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Choosing to Celebrate Ohana in a Multigenerational Home

There is something special about spending time with your grandparents as a child. Maybe it’s a combination of the lenient rules, all the time spent playing or those delicious homemade treats. Whatever the reason, it is just plain old fun.   Growing up I was very close to my grandparents and have fond memories of […]

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The Pressure Cooker Feeling of Being a Parent

Parenting comes with pressure. I mean if the Duchess of Cambridge can admit to “experiencing a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance under the pressures of being a perfect parent”—then we ‘normal’ moms don’t really stand a chance. We might not all be raising a future King with the world documenting our every move, […]

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To My Baby, Please Don’t Rush Growing Up.

Sleep, baby, sleep. Thy father’s watching the sheep. Thy mother’s shaking the dreamland tree, and down drops a little dream for thee.” -Elizabeth Prentiss To you my sweet boy, as you drift off to dreamland… I know the curve of your delicate nose, the angle of your feather-soft eyelashes, the shape of your perfect little […]

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When Your Toddler is the Teacher

Before embarking on the adventure of starting a family, I felt as though I had this whole ‘life’ thing figured out. I went to college, graduated, paid bills, went grocery shopping—I was pretty dang good at ‘adulting.’ My husband and I had our first son in 2013 and while newborns have their own rules and […]

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