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 of the day. Recently, I had...
I grew up skiing. It was something I did with my dad in the winters, hitting hills across the Midwest. I have clear and happy memories of chatting on the chairlift with my dad, learning how to carry hot...
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Moms Day Out with Barre3!   This was our second event with Barre3, and we were so excited to work with studio owner Rebekah Kaufman again. She created a custom 60-minute class featuring...
Hi, my name is Jill, and I’m a travel ball mom. Honestly, I tried hard not to be. My husband and I had five little girls in six years, and a wise friend coached me early on to be...
Dear Carly, I anxiously waited for your dad to walk into the door of our new home in Baderville. He had been working a long day at Battery Systems and the few hours that I held the information to myself,...
My lovely friend gave a demonstration about time management at our work orientation awhile back. A jar was held up and then filled with rocks. The rocks represented the big things we all have to do. For most moms,...
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 if anyone actually committed to...
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 do again) I know that...

30 Days Facebook Free

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Ok, so maybe it wasn't exactly 30 days Facebook free. What initially transpired was that I was trying to stop using my time looking at social media so much and start trying to do more productive things, especially with the...
  I’ll never forget the day (over 10 years ago) when my husband comes home with our 2-year-old very distraught (the husband not the kid!). They had been at a splash pad/ playground and I had stayed home with the...
I am a bit conflicted about New Year's resolutions. On one hand, they’re usually made with good intentions and at time of year when the wind-down of the holidays makes me feel ready for some positive change. On the...

Busy Mom Hacks

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This school year has hit me hard. Between teaching, moming, and everything else, I stay swamped. Here are a few ways I stay organized and sane. Breakfast Prep I use this oatmeal recipe . I put half in these mason jars , and...
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 realize that everyone has their...

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Guide to Fall Color in Flagstaff

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Drive around town and you know...fall has come to Flagstaff, Arizona. It's been playing peek-a-boo with us for awhile now, and amateur photographers everywhere (including...