“I will NEVER do this to my kids!” I thought heatedly, with deep conviction, for the thousandth time. I was a little kid with big emotions, one of them being frustration rooted in the feeling that my parents just...
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...
The Gift of Struggle As parents, it can be a challenge to let our children struggle.  We want to keep them safe; we do not like to see them having a hard time.  It feels as though it goes completely...
As most of us know, toddlers are tricky. They can communicate their wants, they don’t fully understand their emotions, and their highs can turn to lows in an instant (and vice versa). They are also so full of love...
I guess because my girls are now in high school and college, other moms come to me, almost out of breath, pleading with me, "Tell me it gets easier." If we are face to face (rare these days, but...
“The eyes don’t lie.” “The eyes are the  windows to the soul.” There are endless old adages about eyes, and so many are related to communication and what we perceive in others. That’s because eye communication is a real thing. Ever...

What Can a Man Be?

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There are many important conversations happening in America, and I'm not saying this one is more important than others, but it came up at my dinner table this week: what does it mean to be a man today?Did you...
My husband and I must be certifiably nuts! Our two oldest daughters are 20 months apart in age. I knew when they were babies that they would be two years apart in school and be in High School at the...
Disclaimer, there are only so many childcare centers in Flagstaff so many times when people ask “where can I take my six-month-old that’s a good center?" The answer is, where ever you can get her in, he should’ve gotten...
If there’s one thing I know as a mom, it’s that solidarity and the knowledge of I’m not alone in my struggles with raising kids is extremely important to my mental health. One of the things that has helped...
We can do this virtual remote learning, right? I'm talking to you working moms of young kids. RIGHT?! I'm still trying to figure it all out and not lose my mind over everything and still do my job. Not gonna...
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...
A million years ago I wrote a reflection on the decision to have a second baby. Spoiler alert: I was pregnant about 10 seconds after it was posted. When my husband and I were dating we had a frank discussion...

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Guide to Northern Arizona Pumpkin Patches

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Fall is one of the greatest seasons in Northern Arizona, which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best Pumpkin Patches in our...