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.

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 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...

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...

Diversify your kid’s bookshelf

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I've posted another piece here about classic children's books that are actually racist. Today I'm listing some positive alternative options to add diversity to your kids' bookshelves. Reading to children is a powerful tool...

“Type Two Fun” the crossover between adventure and motherhood

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Type Two Fun? Outdoor Adventure lingo... The first time I heard the phrase "Type 2 fun" I had just repelled into a pool of stagnant smelly water at the bottom of a slot canyon. This...

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...

Exploring Northern Arizona with Kids: Visiting Flagstaff

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Traveling to Flagstaff with Kids  As a born and raised Flagstaff local I'm often asked about things to do/ places to stay in Flagstaff, here's my guide.  Lodging/Camping  Between April and October there is plenty of cheap/free...

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 is the way to go, I'm here to make the argument that a good book...

Many Classic Children’s Books are Actually Racist

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Many classics are racist, should we read them anyway?  Reading to children is arguably one of the best ways to set them up for success but many classic children's books are racist. Should we continue...

Popular Kids Books That Are Actually Sexist

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My three-year-old is an avid bookworm, and as I have been sharing my childhood favorites with her, I have been shocked to discover how many have prevalent sexist themes. Sexism in Popular Children's Books Amelia Bedelia I...