2020 was a blur. It was hard enough being a mom of three young kids and juggling a full-time job while being married to a husband who is out of town half of the month. Then the pandemic hit. I went...
Joyous Kwanza to all! 2020 has shown such a light on the black experience in America. Highlighting injustices, with the murders of many African Americans, showcasing triumphs with the Black actors having the most wins at the Emmys, and enlightening...
I want to start off this post by saying that I’m NOT a carpenter. I actually didn’t even know what a Sawzall (it’s a reciprocating saw) was until recently, and I just learned to make cuts on a miter...
I used to look forward to Flagstaff summer because we get to be outside and enjoy the farmers markets, Concerts in the Park, and Movies on the Square. Since the pandemic has started, we have had to limit our...
Confessions of a bilingual mom without a bilingual child. I have been speaking Spanish my whole life. My parents, being from Mexico, spoke Spanish. I learned to pray in Spanish, and my lullabies, cartoons, stories….all in Spanish. My older siblings...
I have been homeschooling my daughter since school closures in mid-March and decided that I will continue to teach her myself for another year. She is thriving in our current set up and has made tremendous progress in the...
I am the mom to a child who has an addiction.   The struggle is very real.   The addiction?   Technology.   The age of my son?   9.   Am I alone? I don’t think so. The battle is becoming an everyday scenario. And the meltdowns can be extreme....
In November something amazing happened for me and my Disney obsessed family. That’s right I’m talking about the release of Disney+. Now that all the issues regarding launch are over and done with, and the service has been out...
My little family is four months new to Flagstaff. We're the new kids in town. We just moved into our new house. We're navigating new work (and daycare) life. Everything is new except one thing - we're back in America. For...
Warmer days got you wanting to trade out your Uggs for spring sandals? Maybe it's time for a closet clean-out? I know that may not sound real fun. But what if you got to attend (or host) a "naked...

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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...
Fall has arrived with the cool weather, comfy sweaters, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes at Starbucks, and of course the return of football! Throwing a football party is one fun way to get your friends and family together on the weekends. ...
One of the best things about living in Flagstaff is the variety of budget-friendly thrift stores. As parents, we all know how expensive it can be to always have to buy new shoes for our rapidly growing child or...

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11 Gifts Better Than What You (Feel Like You Need to)...

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This holiday season, Americans are slated to spend more than $178 billion ($823, on average, per person) on gifts. Most of this will be...