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Meet the Contributor: Jennifer Shinaman

Family: My husband and I met while attending NAU. Back then we just ran in the same circle of friends, it’s funny to look back at those memories being clueless that one day the guy who owned the “pre-party house” would someday become my respectable husband. Life paths led us both to Colorado after school and […]

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Let’s Talk About Sex…and Gender

“We only believe in two genders,” is a little bit like saying, “we only believe in Great Danes and Chihuahuas.” There are obviously hundreds of other breeds of dogs, but that belief system only allows for the validity of the two breeds that are most opposite to each other. Saying “you’re either a man or […]

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7 Experiential Gifts to Share with your Valentines

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about chocolate and flowers or even about the love between two partners.  Consider the following  experiential gift ideas the whole family can enjoy… in Flagstaff! Make a Meal Together– I’ve always loved the playfulness of Valentine’s Day, so what better way to celebrate than by involving your family in […]

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The Medical Merry-Go-Round

When I had my second child in July, I was excited to get home and start our life as a family of four. Instead we began a costly, stressful medical journey. For the first week she was kept under a blue light, and later a light blanket due to jaundice, so when she didn’t breastfeed […]

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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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Three People Who Impacted My 2019

I write this to you, on the last day of 2019, reflecting the big changes that have been made this year and how we will start the new. My family had a giant year that included selling and buying a home and my husband and I both starting new jobs. Some impacts are fresh in […]

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Mama, You are Not Broken

I felt invisible after giving birth, like I was the wrapping of candy that was thrown aside after being torn open. A lot of people wanted to visit the baby, rushing to see the beautiful new life that entered the world. He was beautiful, he was perfect. I was hurting. My body was recovering from […]

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Let’s Stop the Mom Shaming

I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook when I came across a meme about motherhood. It really got me thinking “is this what people really think?” Here is the meme, courtesy of Google Images (because the Facebook post got taken down) It had so many likes and shares and comments about how this was so true. […]

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Sylvia Bucina and Family

Meet the Contributor: Sylvia Bucina

Family: I met my husband while I was on a vacation in New York City. I was visiting from Ottawa, Canada and my husband was visiting from South Bend, Indiana. We both were visiting New York for the first time and met on the sightseeing tour bus. A few months later we got married in […]

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Meet Molly: Q+A

  Family: My husband and I have been married for 4 years and we have two daughters, Stephanie and Patricia (Patsy). We also have a dog named Barbara and a cat named Alfred. Job: I have the privilege to get to stay at home with my kids. Let me know if you can think of a […]

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