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Let Them See You Work

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 never end, we all know this. The laundry keeps coming, the lunches need to be […]

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An Inclusive Halloweeen

We have recently joined the world of food allergies and restrictions. We are facing our first Halloween since the diagnoses. While I was aware of the Teal Pumpkin Project and the idea of offering safe and non-food items for trick-or-treaters, it’s obviously become a lot more important to me now. Food restrictions can be isolating […]

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School’s Out For… Ransom?

In September, the Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) closed the entire district in response to a ransomware attack. I was certainly surprised this kind of attack could disable the district to the degree that is apparently done- every school was closed and 11,000+ student stayed home. While I know my child has been taught to […]

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Sharing Our Children With the World

After I dropped my older son off at daycare for the first time, now almost 4 years ago, I drove up 180 weeping. It was not my son’s first day away from me, I’d been back at work full-time for three months.  I wasn’t worried about the care he would receive, I wouldn’t have left […]

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Summer Family Roadtrip Tricks

It’s summertime and time to hit the road for the Great American Roadtrip. I’ve come to really enjoy car trips with my family, here are some ideas that make them more fun for everyone: Plan Your Route My kids do ok for about two hours at a stretch in the car. Knowing this, I try […]

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Make Those Resolutions Stick

I am a bit conflicted about New Year’s resolutions. On one hand, they’re usually made with good intentions and at time of year when the wind-down of the holidays makes me feel ready for some positive change. On the other hand, setting myself up to not be successful with a goal can have the opposite […]

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Mom, Wash Your Face

My whole life, I’ve hated washing my face.  I think it was because water would get everywhere… so I didn’t really do it that often. Over a year ago, I was introduced to a new regimen of skin care, it is based on some Korean skincare principles as well as Caroline Hirons’ method.  The specific […]

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Meet the Contributor: Sarah

 A husband, two sons and two dogs. Job: Public-interest Attorney. What brought you to Flagstaff: Technically my husband’s job. We were graduating from law school and ready for an “adventure.” We were ready to go wherever one of us got a job – and that turned out to be Flagstaff. Nine years ago! I’d honestly […]

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Podcasts and Shows You Might Like, Too

I am always looking for new podcasts and shows to stream. I listen to podcasts for some alone time on dog-walks and on long car trips. And my Netflix/Hulu/Amazon algorithms are all messed up based on my “interest” in Magic School Bus and PJ Masks. But, digging deep, here are some of each that I […]

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Keeping Cool in Flagstaff

This will be my ninth summer in Flagstaff. Before I moved here I knew basically nothing about it. The summer before we moved from the Midwest, I would insist to my husband that when we lived in Arizona, we’d have a pool. “Everyone in places like that have pools.” He encouraged me to read Flagstaff’s […]

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