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...

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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 Story That Inspired My Thoughts I recently read a blog entry from a woman sharing her own breast cancer survival story which included her friends' responses to her journey to recovery. Although super supportive throughout her mastectomy surgery, chemotherapy...
When I hear the word essential oils, I immediately get an icky feeling inside. It makes me think of all of the MLM companies out there and I want nothing to do with it. So you might be surprised that...
Lately, I feel like I'd need to get a Ph.D. to understand the labels on my food. Grocery store jargon has gotten out of control. What does any of it actually mean? And how do I make the best...
Once children entered the picture, we became hoarders. It was as though our house suddenly became a vacuum and all the clutter from our friends, family and even strangers made its way into our living room or stuffed in...
This post was created in partnership with Frontier Co-Op, all opinions are our own. A few weeks ago I hauled both my little boys to our local natural grocery store on double coupon day. I was doomed to fail from...
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 a hopped-up toddler. Obviously, we...
It's a typical Tuesday morning. I hustle my four-year-old into his preschool, scribble my signature on the sign-in sheet, help him hang up his gear, and turn to say goodbye. But before I can make my way out of the...
Prevention: I thought my crib was lowered all the way. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. Toddlers are more prone to wrist injuries than adults, so try to protect them as much as possible. When I move my son to...
I have had a $50/week grocery budget since I realized that a budget is a fiscally responsible way to plan your finances. Now that we are a family of 3 (and a half), our weekly budget fluctuates a bit...
I can’t believe the Flagstaff Birth and Women’s Center has been open for almost 5 years.  I realize a lot of you may not be able to put the face with FBWC, that certainly wasn’t my intention and I...

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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...