When I made the decision to give up breastfeeding and start formula feeding my daughter there were a million emotions swirling around in my head. The number one of these being shame. I felt like after only two months...
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 a gorgeous carpet for our...

An Inclusive Halloween

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We have recently joined the world of food allergies and restrictions. We are facing our first Halloween since the diagnoses. While I was aware of the Teal Pumpkin Project and the idea of offering safe and non-food items for...
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 and to shine a light...
I've been lucky enough to take lots of writing workshop classes (and to teach some, too). Writing can be overwhelming. Like...what do you write about? It's easy to feel stuck. Guided writing activities are designed to get the writer...
It's not just you, we've all done it. We meet someone for the first time or reconnected with someone you haven't seen in a while so you're trying to get the conversation going, and out it comes: one of...
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 culture says that the mood...
When I was little the “hug it out” routine was in full swing. Parents, coaches, and other adults asked kids to hug each other, usually right after a conflict that wasn’t fully resolved. The adult in charge would coerce...
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Do you remember that warm fuzzy feeling you got when you watched Mr. Rogers? That sense of a security blanket wrapped around you whispering, “you’re home safe little one.” How about those old movies and...
We asked local moms to tell us about the podcasts they listen to every week and this is what they said: 3. My Favorite Murder My favorite new mom stereotype is that moms are into murder shows AND I AM HERE...
As each season gets warmer, we are reminded how few of us have air conditioning in our homes! We asked local moms what their favorite places were to beat the summer heat. This is what they said: 10. Starlite Lanes Currently...
I'm the first daughter in my family to move to a different state in at least five generations. That's right, I have broken a tradition dating back to the 1800s. Southern guilt is real, and it follows me like...
Summer is finally here! It felt as though it would never arrive in Flagstaff this year, but it seems as though we are finally in the clear. Time to plant flowers, take a break from school, and bring the...

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Pinecone Pastries {Perfect for Gifting to Flagstaff Family & Friends}

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When Debbie McGlothlin sent her daughter off to college and son to the military, she found herself searching for ways to bond with them...