Sienna Bransky

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Sienna is a born and raised Flagstaff local and mama of two. She graduated from NAU with an BA in environmental studies. She has been a special education teacher, river guide, and circus performer. When not chasing kids around the mountains she like to be huddled in coffee shops with good books or a creative writing project. Her fiction publications can be found in Waxwing and The Tunnels.

Toddler-Approved Farmers Market Recipes

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Our community farmers market runs every Sunday, 8-12 until late October and it is BOUNTIFUL. If you go, you will likely spend more time than you planned because you will run into other locals...

Leave No Trace for Families

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There are now plenty of accounts and collaboratives on the internet promoting outdoor adventure and hiking with kids. The Instagram algorithm really seems to favor folks posing in front of epic landscapes. on the...

Make Room for Stay at Home Dads

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The number of dads who stay home with their children has doubled since 1989. While mothers still make up the majority of stay-at-home-parents, an increasing number of fathers are joining the ranks. However, the...
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Surviving River Season As The One Who Stays Home

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Six years ago, if someone had told me that I would be spending my summers as a stay at home mom while my husband got to raft the Colorado River through Grand Canyon I...
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How to Enjoy Staying at Home with Your Kids

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I grew up thinking that staying at home as a mom lacked ambition. I thought those women didn't contribute, were lazy. This wasn't because of anything anyone in my family taught me. More likely...
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Making Your Fitness Resolution Stick

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For most of my life, I'd say I didn't actually know what exercise was. My parents told me it was important, but I didn't really know what it looked like, how to start, or...

Gift Guide for Book-Lovers

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While minimalism may be trending this holiday season, and many folks are advocating for giving experiences instead of things, I'm here to make the argument that a good book is a whole experience. Here...

How to Welcome Dietary Restrictions at your Holiday Feast

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Holidays as a lifelong vegetarian I was eight when I became a vegetarian. I did it mostly because I was a picky little kid and I didn't like meat. But I also loved animals, and...

Periods Aren’t Gross: Why We Should End Menstruation Stigma

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As if periods weren't already hard enough to deal with, we are taught they are disgusting. We are told that we must keep them secret from our male siblings, parents, peers and husbands. Mainstream...

Your Kids Deserve to Be Bored

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Modern parents are under a lot of pressure. We feel the need to ensure our kids' success, to enroll them in the right activities, to throw pintrest-worthy birthday parties, provide homemade organic baby purees,...

Outdoor Essentials for Adventure Moms

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Even as an experienced adventurer getting outdoors with a new baby was intimidating. How do you keep a baby warm in the winter, or cool in the summer? How do you carry a baby...

How to Dress your Baby for Winter Snow

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If you're new to Flagstaff, or new to babies, you might be feeling a little apprehensive about snow. After a few years of trial and error, I feel confident that I've found a pretty...

Cultures are Not Costumes: How to Avoid cultural Appropriation this Halloween

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Every Halloween season there is a fresh new controversy over what is or isn't an appropriate costume. What is cultural appropriation? It's complex and confusing, to say the least. Let's start with a definition: Wikipedia says...