Jill Anderson

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Jill is the mother of five high school and college-age daughters and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 27 years. A full-time working mother and pastor's wife, Jill enjoys teaching Bible study, playing pickle ball and trying new restaurants as well as serving women as a cabi stylist. Her family moved to Flagstaff from Chicagoland.

Let The Littles In The Kitchen

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My mom was an amazing Southern cook. Chicken fried steak, King Ranch casserole, lasagna, coconut cream pie. . . My mouth is watering just thinking about it. But when I got married, I knew...
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Going Back to Work? How to Land the Job You Never Knew You Wanted

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I spent most of the afternoon today making calls to men and women who had submitted applications or resumes to my company online. Some of them impressed me. Others not as much. If you're...

We Couldn’t Afford to Pay for College. And It’s Not the End of the...

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I remember thinking when our babies were born that college seemed far off. People told us we should start saving right away, especially after we had five babies in about six years. But there...

So Your Kid Wants to Play Travel Ball?

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Hi, my name is Jill, and I’m a travel ball mom. Honestly, I tried hard not to be. My husband and I had five little girls in six years, and a wise friend coached...

Mom Bosses: How to Share Your Business Without Driving Your Friends Crazy

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  Twenty years and three different businesses with very different product lines and sales strategies have taught me more than I'd care to admit about network marketing. It can be very lucrative. It requires time,...
chili

Super Easy White Chili and Best Ever Cornbread

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We may not have a polar vortex here in Flagstaff, but we have our share of winter weather, perfect for a hot bowl of soup that was simmering in your Crock-Pot all day. I was...

3 Life Lessons I’m Learning from my New Workout

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I don't have before and after photos to show, but big change is happening in the way I am thinking about my body, my workout, my reason for exercise, and to be honest, my...
christmas morning

Keep Your Family Guessing Until Christmas Morning

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I like to make sure Christmas morning is a surprise for all my kids. Holiday gift-giving with five kids is one crazy challenge for this momma. Don't get me wrong. I love celebrating Christmas. I...

What Falling Leaves are Teaching Me

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My husband and I took a day off to hike in the mountains the other day. The air was crisp and cool. The bright golden leaves of the aspen trees had mostly fallen, creating...
PANDAS

I’m Not Sure… Some Sort of Psychosis: Our Experience with PANDAS

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I keep putting off writing this story. It's hard to think about it even 6 years later. But I want to write it to help moms with really sick kids know they aren't alone...

The Time I Planned My Own Birthday Celebration

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Last year about this time, I was dreading a "significant" birthday. Somehow turning 50 seemed really old, like I would never be a cool young mom again. Forget cool. I would never be a...

This Might Hurt a Little: Parenting and Natural Consequences

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I was a teacher in another chapter of life, a high school teacher, and I loved it. I get sentimental around this time of year, and then I remember. . . it was a...
laundry

A Case for Chores: Kids Can Do Their Own Laundry

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My husband and I have five daughters, and we have done chores 100 different ways in almost 20 years of parenting. Sticker charts, rotations, weekly chores, monthly chores, allowance, no allowance. But regardless of...