Melissa Mark

Melissa Mark
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Melissa Mark and her husband Tyler are both Phoenix natives who moved to Flagstaff in 2008. With her Master's degree in Community Counseling, she worked as a therapist in Wickenburg, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Flagstaff, mostly specializing in eating disorders. They have two boys, Nolan (8) and Landon (6), who keep them equally busy and entertained. Melissa is fascinated by people and loves to learn about different personalities, backgrounds and interests. This could explain her obsession with reality TV (mostly on Bravo), good novels, and talking with friends over a glass of wine. Melissa writes about juggling motherhood, family life, wellness, humor, pop culture, and more on her personal blog: http://ajourneytobalance.com/

When Reality Hits Home

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“Be kind and treat others how you want to be treated,” was the refrain I was raised with. “We don’t even see color,” my generation professed, and I thought that was enough. We’re all...

Eco-Friendly and Budget-Friendly Cleaning Tips From A Mom Who Is Not Trying To Sell...

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When I was pregnant with my firstborn, I began noticing the toxicity of common household products. The bathroom cleaner I'd used for years made me lightheaded and dizzy, and the air freshener burners that...

How to Give Yourself a Wonderful Mother’s Day

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If you're like me, sometimes it feels as though everyone else's needs in the family come first. It's the reality of parenthood. Obviously, children need us to attend to their wants, needs, and to...

Local Guide: Free and Low-Cost Summer Activities For Kids

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Summer is beautiful in Flagstaff. Above all, I love being able to hang out with my kiddos and enjoy everything our little mountain town has to offer. However, between summer sports, vacation, and various...

I Gave Up My ‘Mom Vices’ and Here’s What Happened

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Mom Vices. Most of us at least have one, right? You know, those little things we look forward to in order to get us through stressful times, or as a reward at the end...

Have You Heard About The Enneagram?

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Have you heard about the Enneagram? Simply put, the Enneagram is a system of nine interconnected personality types. They are graphically represented as lines and triangles that intersect in a star-like figure inside a circle.   The...

My Relationship is Not A Romantic Comedy

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I've soaked up the Hollywood version of relationships throughout my entire life. Thus, my idea of romance and courtship comes from a combination of 80's and 90's rom-coms, General Hospital, and Beverly Hills 90210....

I’m Changing My Brain in 2019

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I'm approaching 2019 differently. In the past, I've made resolutions of grandeur, like the time I ran a half marathon with my sister. While this is something I'm proud of (and will probably never EVER...

Feeling the Winter Blues? You’re Not Alone.

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The onset of winter brings on a mixed bag of physical and emotional states: joy and stress, illness and elation, busyness and depression. Namely, it can trigger many cases of "Winter Blues." It's important to...

Do Your Kids Turn Into Monsters After School?

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It was a beautiful day in our mountain town.  After days of gray clouds and rainy skies, the sun finally poked through and graced us with a lovely afternoon. Never ones to be cooped up...

Learning to Let Go: A Lesson in Motherhood

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As ridiculous as it may sound, dropping my Kindergartener off instead of walking him inside has proved to be even more emotional for me than that dreaded first day was. "Bye, Mom! Have a good...

FREE Things To Do in Downtown Flagstaff With Kids

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There is a lot to appreciate about living in Flagstaff: the beautiful scenery, the abundance of outdoor activities, and my belief that it's a great place to raise a family, to name a few....

Four Natural Germbusters For a Healthy Fall

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About two weeks into the new school season, I felt it. The ick. My head starting aching and my throat felt scratchy. I felt a uncomfortable pressure settling into my ears. As a mom...