We are now on day 173563791007 of Stay-At-Home Isolation. Not really, but it sure feels like it at this point. The first two weeks I was totally fine. We are very lucky in our circumstances during this time when many...
I know I am not alone on this one. This social isolation, social distancing, self quarantine, shelter in place has created this bizarre roller coaster of highs and lows. We are on the crazy ride in Willy Wonka’s tunnel...
One of the most difficult things about being a parent is having to confront real issues and make tough decisions regarding our children’s safety especially when the topic is a highly contested political debate. Let it be known, this...
Where have all the children gone....? The babies. The toddlers. The kids under 10. Those kids. My kids. Moms, if your babies are growing up, and aren't little anymore, as in they won't fit in your lap all snug, then this...
The 70/30 Rule My husband and I have a few rules that we both greatly agree on. One of them is what we refer to as the 70/30 rule. Most days have a normal predictable routine to them. My child...

Let Them See You Work

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Being a mom is really hard sometimes. Being an adult is really hard sometimes.  Keeping it all together is really hard sometimes. I’ve been making an effort, though, lately, to show my kids how hard I’m working. The home tasks...
I have a teen of THAT age; you know... 15 ½... the magic age in AZ where you can get a permit to drive. She enjoyed herself and was doing great... right up until it snowed. She hasn't done a...
Holiday gift-giving with five kids is one crazy challenge for this momma. Don't get me wrong. I love celebrating Christmas. I love shopping and I love giving gifts to my family, so this season of surprises is super fun...
As the Holidays approach, many of us are beginning the yearly process of gift buying for loved ones. If you’re like me, the holidays have a new meaning since becoming a parent, whether that is the joy of continuing...

Delaying Kindergarten

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I'm no stranger to high stakes early entry kindergarten. That's where I started my teaching career, years and years ago. I had a class full of young children that were academically ready for kindergarten, but I would always think what...
When I was pregnant with my firstborn, I began noticing the toxicity of common household products. The bathroom cleaner I'd used for years made me lightheaded and dizzy, and the air freshener burners that made the house smell like...
What I never expected was becoming a legit "soccer mom" mom. And what I mean by that is the mom who 100% commits to supporting their kid in playing on a competitive travel soccer team starting at age 6,...
  My husband and I got home from a date night and as we thanked our sitter for watching our son, she said, "of course, I just realized it might be the last time I get to watch him because...

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So the Fair is “Modified,” now what?

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Labor day in Flagstaff means the Coconino County Fair Or at least until this year... ya know, COVID and all. Per the latest press release,...

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