Like many an American bride, after my wedding day I took my dress to the dry cleaners where it was cleaned, preserved and put in a large box. The box then promptly went into my closet where it sat...
Hello, my name is Danika and I’m super excited to be a new contributor of the Flagstaff Moms Blog!  Here’s a little bit more about me. Family: I grew up in south central Wisconsin and south central Pennsylvania with one...
Have you heard about the Enneagram? Simply put, the Enneagram is a system of nine interconnected personality types. They are graphically represented as lines and triangles that intersect in a star-like figure inside a circle.   The Enneagram is used in many...
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,...
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...
Motherhood can be intensely lonely. And for those of us who have had and treasured strong female friendships, the lifestyle change can be jarring. Most of my closest friends live very far away, as I adjusted to my new...
As ridiculous as it may sound, dropping my Kindergartener off instead of walking him inside has proved to be even more emotional for me than that dreaded first day was. "Bye, Mom! Have a good day!" My boys wriggled out...
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...
A Pup and His Best Friend Hi, my name is Max.  I am a nine-year-old German Rottweiler.  My life I thought was pretty great a few years ago, but then I discovered something new - a best friend.  Before my best...
Until 1994, parents were encouraged to put their child to sleep on their stomachs. Our foremothers likely gave birth under Twilight Sleep. Growing up, TV was an accessible babysitter. Spanking is still hotly debated today.   Sometimes it can teeter on mommy-shaming...

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For me, being a mom has meant both rarely being alone and yet often feeling lonely. Much to my surprise, however, I’ve found a lot of support online. I know I’m not the only one looking for it there-- but...
Recently, I was cooking and I had an epiphany. I have two colanders. No, that can't be right. Why do I have two colanders? I don't need two colanders. Not only do I have two colanders but I also...
If you ask me about my mom, I'll tell you she died in 2012. If you are interested, I'll tell you she was diagnosed with a brain tumor out of the blue when she was still in her late...

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This year was our first having to plan an anniversary dinner around a baby. Meaning we needed something quick enough to get care and...
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