Brooke

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Hi, my name is Brooke and I am a newly appointed Domestic Engineer (aka stay at home mom). I lived in Florida for 20 years before moving to Flagstaff, Arizona, to work in marketing as a graphic designer for a medical company. While working, I fell in love, got married and am now mom to Josie (3) and Isla (1). I enjoy finding great deals that I can pass on to friends, spending time with family and friends, and all things coffee and Lululemon.

The Hurdle Between Infancy and Toddlerhood

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I hear so much about the terrible twos and about how hard life is after bringing home a newborn, but there's a stage hidden in between there that I don't hear too much about...

Finding Balance

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  Finding balance? There is always so much talk of whether stay at home moms or working moms have it easier, better, or whatever. Having been both, my opinion is that being a mom can...

Flagstaff Holiday Activities and Events

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With the holidays just around the corner, local families and visitors alike are starting to plan fun holiday activities. And luckily, Flagstaff offers a lot of original local holiday events. I have compiled a...

The Evolution of the Stay At Home Mom

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After the birth of my second child, I decided to become a stay-at-home mom (SAHM). While some women dream of the day that they can kiss their job goodbye and walk out the door...

What to do with the Kids During the Fall + Winter in Flagstaff

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So it's finally Fall here in Flagstaff which means we can pull out our UGG boots and mama bear sweatshirts while sitting around drinking pumpkin spice lattes as we watch the kiddos run around...

What I Didn’t Know About IVF

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I admit it, I kind of went into IVF (in vitro fertilization) blind. All I knew what that after three years of trying, I was still not pregnant and not getting any younger. I...

I’m the Introverted Mom

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One thing that I actually like about being an adult versus being a kid is getting to make my own decisions like where I go, what I do, where I work, where I hang...

My Mommy Must Haves

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Whenever I hear about someone having their first child, I so desperately want to insert my opinions on what to buy and what not to buy. My Mommy Must Haves. Not because I am...

Kid Friendly Dining in Flagstaff

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Flagstaff may be a small town, but one thing that Flagstaff is big on is restaurants. It seems like new ones pop up almost weekly. Some restaurants offer free kids meals or discounts on...

The Upside of Being an Older Mom

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  Elderly Primigravida. Not the most flattering adjective to describe a first time, glowing mom to be. But there they were. Those words were on the summary of every prenatal visit I had. I never...

Meet the Contributor: Brooke Joiner

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Family: Me, husband Nick, 2-year-old daughter Josie, and 4-month-old daughter Isla    Job: Currently a Domestic Engineer (aka stay at home mom), previously a Graphic Designer   What brought you to Flagstaff: An internship 11 years ago. I...

How I Began to Actually Enjoy Night Feedings

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Yes, you read that right, I actually enjoy night feedings. But this was not always the case. With my first child, it was all so new and overwhelming. I slept on the couch after...