We didn't have a boy name or even a cute fetal nickname. From the beginning, I referred to my lower abdomen as Louise. "Say hello to Baby Lou", I would tell my daughter. We would talk about the baby sister...
Here are the things that I wish I could have heard from myself or those around me, or the things that people did say or do that were enormously healing or validating. "This grief is real. I know society doesn’t...
As if periods weren't already hard enough to deal with, we are taught they are disgusting. We are told that we must keep them secret from our male siblings, parents, peers and husbands. Mainstream culture says that the mood...
As women, we have heard and likely felt the pressures of maintaining a certain “body” even before becoming mothers. The pressure is ten-fold after giving birth to “get our body back” or “lose the baby weight.”  People seem to...
Currently, I am sitting in my home office, halfway through my third pregnancy. There was foresight and decision making that when into choosing to become pregnant during a pandemic (no, we aren't just another pandemic pregnancy!) but some amazing...
October! Fall, leaves changing, cooler temps, football, Halloween; and a few very important awareness 'causes.' Everyone knows about Breast Cancer Awareness, but did you know there are 96 other 'national' months?! (according to National Day Calendar, yes I counted) One of...
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...
Minimalism can be tricky when it comes to young families. Before you have kids, you might say you want 4, but after 2 you decide you're done, and then maybe after a year you say, ok, how about three? I...
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,...
This post was created in partnership with Beech-Nut® Naturals™. All opinions are our own. We recently hosted a party for some of our Mommy Friends and Contributors in partnership with Beech-Nut® Naturals™. It was so easy and fun to plan...
Postpartum with my second baby In the last three years,  I’ve gained 40 pounds, lost 40 pounds, then gained 50 and lost 20. I am 30 pounds heavier than my "pre-baby weight," up four sizes in jeans, and from a...
There is a special kind of anxiety that comes when a woman has experienced a miscarriage and then conceives again. She feels that any moment, this precious being could be ripped from her. There would be no warning. Nothing...
This post created is in partnership with Flagstaff Birth and Women's Center.  Today we are proud to introduce you to Maya Radoccia-Kennen, BSW, IBCLC I have developed a strong understanding of successful breastfeeding through a combination of professional development and personal experience....

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Walnut Canyon National Monument: A Window into Ancient America

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Walnut Canyon National Monument, located near Flagstaff, Arizona, is a hidden gem that offers a glimpse into the lives of the indigenous Sinagua people...