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/

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...

Summertime and the Dining is Divine at Grimaldi’s

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This post was created in Partnership with Grimaldi's. All opinions are my own.  There's nothing that my two boys and husband love more than a good pizza. Additionally, there's nothing that I enjoy more than...

Why I Avoid Social Media On Mother’s Day

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If you ask me about my mom, I'll tell you she died in 2012. If you are interested, I'll tell you she was diagnosed with a brain tumor out of the blue when she...

Meet the Contributor: Melissa Mark

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- Family: My husband Tyler and I have two boys, Nolan and Landon, ages 7 and 4 1/2. Our first baby is actually our 11-year-old boxer Frank, whose hair turned gray as soon as...

Beyond the Time-Out: Calming and Coping Tools for Kids and Parents

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Parenting is hard. Calming your erratic and emotionally explosive offspring without losing your own temper can be even harder. When a warning doesn't work, it can be very frustrating and perplexing to reason with...

Spring Break Goals

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I look forward to Spring Break every year. Why wouldn't I? Spring is here! Spring symbolizes wonderful things such as new beginnings, a fresh start, and warmer weather. I feel a thawing in my...

The Voice is Yours

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I heard the voice as soon as I looked in the mirror this morning. It pointed out the bags under my eyes, critiqued my skin, and replayed the wrong thing I said in a conversation...

Disordered Perceptions: How an Eating Disorder Changed Me

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We at FMB are not doctors, but we do encourage the discussion of topics relating to women's health. Please seek the advice of your medical provider if you find yourself struggling with an eating...

Sometimes I Don’t Want To Play

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At four and six, my boys are at some pretty great ages. In fact, they are playing at the park while I write this, sitting by myself on a quiet, sun-drenched patch of grass....

The Mother of all Friendship

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I lived in a new state of insanity as a new mom. I've felt crazy before, but this was on another level. Sleep deprivation combined with so much uncertainty, anxiety, and a responsibility to...