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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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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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Flagstaff: Coming Home to a New Place

My little family is four months new to Flagstaff. We’re the new kids in town. We just moved into our new house. We’re navigating new work (and daycare) life. Everything is new except one thing – we’re back in America. For four years we lived in Paris, France. We started off as fresh newlyweds and […]

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Memories… What Gets Us By

I cherish memories the most. I was thinking a lot tonight and started bringing memories into my head that made me tear up with joyful tears. I lost my Papa (grandfather) when I was 19. It was one of the hardest things to go through and a long grieving process. One thing that got me […]

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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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Santa is like Mickey Mouse

Santa has been definitely been reimagined since I was a kid; On Christmas morning I would wake up to a room FULL of presents, wrapped in two different papers. One print from my mom and one from Santa. There was no big revelation when I learned the truth, somewhere around age 6. My cousins broke […]

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Keep It Simple Christmas Recipes

The last few days leading up to Christmas can be so busy with last minute shopping, relatives arriving, and the usual festivities, I’m thankful for a few simple holiday recipes that my family looks forward to every year. They help keep me sane and enjoying the day with the rest of them.  Christmas Eve is […]

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The Gift of Giving

Every year I pull out a stack of children’s Christmas books to read. This week, The Bernstein Bears Joy of Giving left me in tears. It’s a simple book about a brother and sister getting excited to give each other gifts, and then deciding to give outside their family. Throughout my childhood I witnessed my […]

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Cloth Diapers, it’s better than you think!

WAIT, wait come back! I know, you saw “cloth diapers” and immediately decided it’s not for you but hear me out because I promise cloth diapering can and should be for YOU! If you’ll be kind enough to spare me just a few minutes I’ll give you FIVE amazing reasons why the swap to cloth […]

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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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Adopt A Family

Hi FMB Readers, In years past, my boys have been blessed by the generosity of others at Christmas. They have received new clothes and toys from Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, or the Flagstaff Police Department. These presents have helped to put pretty packages under the tree when I didn’t have the extra money to […]

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Single Mom Sick Days

  We all know that moms can do it all, but who takes care of us when we get sick? If you said Dad/Partner/Spouse you’re lucky. See, I’m a single mom so there isn’t anybody else.    When I’m sick, I either do it or it doesn’t get done. Sometimes, not much gets done.  Thankfully, […]

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