As parents, we often are faced with life-altering decisions to make for our children. Our latest query was whether or not to send our oldest to kindergarten next fall. She is a summer baby, born at the end of...
Spoiler alert: Sex makes babies! I know, it's crazy. It's also the only way to naturally get pregnant! Not to say that every time you have sex you want to add to your brood. Fortunately, our female bodies were designed...
It's an unspoken rule. You don't try on swimwear with your kid(s) in tow without backup. You just don't. A spoken rule: you definitely don't try to do anything for yourself at nap time. It's a recipe for screaming and crying...
Valentine's Day can invoke a lot of different feelings for a lot of different people. Primarily, the argument against that I consistently hear, is something along the lines of, "I don't need a holiday to love my wife, I...
At four and six, my boys are at some pretty great ages. In fact, they are playing at the park while I write this, sitting by myself on a quiet, sun-drenched patch of grass. They come to me for...
Not long ago, my daughter said to me, “Mama, I have a lot of aunties and uncles.” While that is true (I have 33 cousins alone), she’s also referring to our close friends that we have taught her to address...
If you've ever moved into a new town and tried to navigate all the school options, you know choosing the best fit for your child can be overwhelming. In many towns, there are a myriad of options including public...
Family Planning (or unplanned...) I was 21, my boyfriend was 19 and we had just moved in together. We weren't planning on having any children, maybe not ever. We'd done a little research into long-term birth control and my doctor...
I lived in a new state of insanity as a new mom. I've felt crazy before, but this was on another level. Sleep deprivation combined with so much uncertainty, anxiety, and a responsibility to keep my tiny, perfect human...
Once I read an article stating that the closest relationship any people would have is that of a sibling relationship. I thought about this for awhile and then decided that it made sense despite never experiencing this type of...

Choosing a Name

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Picking a name for your new baby! Yes, the most exciting, stressful, trying part of pregnancy (besides squeezing a baby out of your vagina). But just like labor, you will have to do it anyway. Everyone has a say in your...
My daughter was two months old, potty training had not begun to cross my mind. I was daydreaming of adventure, googling "how to backpack with a baby" when I came across a blog post that piqued my curiosity. This...
*This post is in partnership with Gaterol. All experiences and opinions are my own.  When my husband and I made the move to Flagstaff, we were excited to find the perfect house to raise our two small children in. We...

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  It's fall and in Flagstaff, that means chilly temps and gorgeous foliage in hues of crimson, gold, and magenta; and it is the perfect...