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What Self-Care Means to Me

They pop up in my email box each week; “indulge in the latest treat from __________”; articles on my Facebook page, “you deserve it, take a break from your life”; and Instagram posts with blocks of words “self-care is____________” Self-care is everywhere these days, and I’m glad for that. I spent too many years of […]

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The Appliance that Changed My life

My sister turned me on to Instant Pot several years ago. She had purchased one to give away as a Christmas gift, but ended up keeping it. 24 hours later I received a phone call telling me I had to order one of these amazing appliances right away. People always ask its worth buying one, […]

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Making Time to Read

I have always loved to read. My mom tells stories from my childhood about having to take away my books during the summer so I would go outside and play. We used to go the library every Sunday afternoon, and I would spend hours picking out stacks of books to read each week. As an […]

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Christmas as a Single Mom

Holiday planning can be difficult for a divorced parent. I never imagined seeing my child’s face light up on Christmas morning, every other year. This is the fifth year I will enjoy the holidays as a single mom. Each year I add new traditions and modify old ones that do not serve my family of […]

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Why I Love November in Arizona

Its November, and finally less the 100º outside in Arizona. This is my favorite time of year, and not just because of all the upcoming holidays. Here are some of my favorite parts about November in Arizona. We can go to the play ground after 7am, OR in the afternoon, pretty much anytime of day. […]

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My Magical Mother’s Day

  Growing up, my sister and I celebrated Mother’s Day by making cards for our Mom and maybe going with our Dad to pick out a gift for her (in hindsight, we probably picked out things she didn’t really like or need). In turn, Mom was in charge of orchestrating Mother’s day gifts and events […]

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Learning the Art of Decluttering

Towards the end of December, I kept seeing articles about Marie Kondo and the book she wrote, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. With the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, I downloaded it onto my e-reader, and promptly forgot about it. I rediscovered it while […]

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Family Fun: Walking Edition

It took me awhile after E was born to remember how to be an individual in addition to my new role of “Mommy.” Prior to her birth I had a variety of interests outside of my job, and it took me a few years to get back into some of the activities I loved pre-child. When I finally […]

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New Year’s Resolution Newbie

I’m not really the resolution setting type. So if you are looking for a post on how to set a New Year’s resolution, this is not the post for you. If you are interested in how one Scottsdale mom floundered through this January trying to decide what to do with the rest of the year, […]

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