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Gift Guide for Book-Lovers

While minimalism may be trending this holiday season, and many folks are advocating for giving experiences instead of things is the way to go, I’m here to make the argument that a good book is a whole experience. Here is my gift guide for book lovers. I will include the Amazon links to these books […]

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How to Dress your Baby for Winter Snow

If you’re new to Flagstaff, or new to babies, you might be feeling a little apprehensive about snow. After a few years of trial and error, I feel confident that I’ve found a pretty good system to keep my little ones toasty.  Winter Base Layers Start with wool base layers. It sounds itchy but I […]

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Many Classic Children’s Books are Actually Racist

Many classics are racist, should we read them anyway?  Reading to children is arguably one of the best ways to set them up for success but many classic children’s books are racist. Should we continue to share our childhood favorites? Little House in the Big Woods  I absolutely loved this series, I read it repeatedly. […]

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Popular Kids Books That Are Actually Sexist

My three-year-old is an avid bookworm, and as I have been sharing my childhood favorites with her, I have been shocked to discover how many have prevalent sexist themes. Sexism in Popular Children’s Books Amelia Bedelia I thought Amelia was hilarious. I would cringe with embarrassed delight as Amelia took the tasks on her to […]

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Don’t Assume Your Kid is Straight: Talking About LGBTQ+ Pride

June is pride month, with rainbows everywhere celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community, so here is a compilation of resources for facilitating family friendly conversations on LGBTQ+ themes.  LGBTQ+ What?  LGBTQ is the initialism that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer.  Adding the + makes it inclusive to asexual, pansexual, pangender and […]

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Your Kids Deserve to Be Bored

Modern parents are under a lot of pressure. We feel the need to ensure our kids success, to enroll them in the right activities, to throw pintrest-worthy birthday parties, provide homemade organic baby purees, and take instagrammable family vacations. In the age of fear and overparenting we are depriving our children of something essential: boredom.  […]

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Outdoor Essentials for Adventure Moms

Even as an experienced adventurer getting outdoors with a new baby was intimidating. How do you keep a baby warm in the winter, or cool in the summer? How do you carry a baby and a backpack? My oldest is now three, my youngest is seven months and I’ve carried both of them all over […]

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Cultures are Not Costumes: How to Avoid cultural Appropriation this Halloween

Every Halloween season there is a fresh new controversy over what is or isn’t an appropriate costume. What is cultural appropriation? It’s complex and confusing, to say the least. Let’s start with a definition:  Wikipedia says that “Cultural appropriation is the adoption of elements of a minority culture by members of the dominant culture. Because of […]

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Six Weeks Postpartum and I Feel Thin

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 size Small to an XL (if I’m to hide the “mom pouch”) But I feel […]

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Toddler-Approved Farmers Market Recipes

Our community farmers market runs every Sunday, 8-12 until late October and it is BOUNTIFUL. If you go, you will likely spend more time than you planned because you will run into other locals you know and stop to chat. Obviously, eating farm-fresh produce raw is enjoyable enough, but I want to share a few […]

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