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DIY Squeeze Pouch Recipes for Picky Eaters

Do you have picky eaters in your household? Us too. As much as I would love to say that our kids gladly eat fistfuls of broccoli, that is just not the case. When our kids turned a year old, I was scratching my head and trying to think of creative ways to get them to […]

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5 Ways to Manage Expectations as a Parent

In this day-in-age of Instagram, Facebook and an overwhelming amount of social media and technology, it’s hard not to get swept away in our perceptions of what parenthood should look like. We are constantly bombarded with images of celebrity moms with perfect hair and makeup, such as recent photos of Kate Middleton just hours after […]

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An Important Question To Ask Yourself

Last year during a visit from my mom and a stroll to the park when the twins were about 6 months old, my mom asked me a question. “So, do you feel like a mom yet?” she asked.   I was bewildered and curious to hear this question. I mean, of course, I felt like a […]

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I Unfairly Judged Another Mom Today

There are so many great posts out there about experiences moms face when being judged by strangers when out in public with their kids.  We are constantly judged when our baby is screaming on the plane or our 3-year-old is having a meltdown in the grocery store.  Moms are almost always the ones that are […]

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The Mystery of PCOS

I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) at the age of 14.  At what was probably my very first visit to the gynecologist, she asked me the dreaded question: “When was your last menstrual period?”  This was an awkward question to answer, because to my confusion, I was not getting my period every month […]

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3 Confessions of a Working Twin Mom

When I returned to work after spending 3 months with my newborn twins 24/7, I had mixed emotions.  I was nervous and stressed about having to leave my babies with a stranger (who is now anything but, and thank goodness for her!), all while trying to get back into the swing of working and having […]

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Family Holiday Non -Traditional Traditions

When I think of the word tradition, I can’t help but think of the song from “Fiddler On the Roof.”  My ancestors on my maternal side came from that very same region that the Jews in the musical were from, which is the Eastern Europe/Russian area.  I am proud of my Jewish heritage, although I […]

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Tummy Time Truths

Oh, Tummy Time, how my children loathe thee.  But it is a necessary evil.  Research shows that tummy time is the best way to get your baby to hit all of her milestones, from sitting up on her own to walking.    Here are 5 truths about tummy time that I have learned with my […]

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Pumping: A Different Way of Breastfeeding

When I found out I was pregnant, I had a list of expectations that I had set for myself when I became a mother.  Breastfeeding was at the top of that list.  The benefits of breastfeeding are astounding – from the bonding that occurs between mom and baby to the undeniable health benefits of breast […]

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5 Ways New Flagstaff Moms Can Reduce Stress

The National Institute of Mental Health defines stress as “how the brain and body respond to any demand.” With that being said, motherhood affects how we respond to the demand of caring for our little ones.  Being a parent is a 24 hour job and our bosses are not always understanding of how tired and […]

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Meet the Contributor: Emily Barton

Family:  Mother of twins, Lilith Amelia and Jack Avery, since February 2017;  married to my husband Mark since October 25, 2014.     Job: Emergency Nurse with Indian Health Service   What brought you to Flagstaff:  I grew up in Massachusetts.  On a family trip to Arizona in 2001, my parents fell in love with […]

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How Twin Pregnancy Taught Me to Face the Unknown

We all know the expression, “A mother worries.”  Motherhood introduces a whole new sense of responsibility and what-ifs when considering all that could happen to our precious children. I consider myself a worrier.  So when I found out last summer that I was pregnant with twins, you could imagine how fast my heart started to […]

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