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My new goal: Soccer coach

September 26, 2011 – 1:23 pm
soccer game2

You know what happens when you ask, “So, who’s the coach?” at a soccer team organization meeting?
Excuse me while I locate my whistle.
I’m adding another segment to my “mom resume.” My 6-year-old and her best …

Do you take your kids out of school for family trips?

September 22, 2011 – 1:45 pm
Pausing by the harbor before a family wedding in San Diego.

My son came home from school last Monday fit-to-be-tied.
“Mom, why did we miss Thursday and Friday of school? I have SO MUCH homework!”
With that, we sat at the table and got started on the work.
The …

Sunshine: The best medicine for stress?

September 19, 2011 – 11:44 am

What’s your escape when the house is messy, the dishes are calling your name and you have no idea what’s for dinner?
Life is chaotic. It’s messy. Sometimes, it can be loud.
I felt all those things …

Are you prepared for an emergency while travelling?

September 15, 2011 – 10:32 am

My kids and I drove to San Diego last weekend for a family event. As any parent knows, it’s important to have water, snacks, games and extras of EVERYTHING in the car when travelling with …

Mom tip: Take the kids to a free movie this week

September 13, 2011 – 11:37 am
Mr. Popper's Penguins

Harkins Theatres is 78 years old this week! To celebrate, the local movie theater group is offering free movies. The limit is two tickets per person at the door, and the offer is first-come, first-serve. …

American Mothers seeks amazing moms

September 12, 2011 – 9:49 am

Last year, Gilbert’s Shawni Pothier stood in awe as American Mothers, Inc. announced her name as the 2011 young mother of the year.
The organization is now seeking nominations for the 2012 National Mother of the …

Teddy bears on display at Mesa’s Iowa Cafe show post-9/11 spirit of unity

September 9, 2011 – 4:56 pm
Teddy Bears

Fred Greenspan recalls the day he was leaving his New York offices in 2001 when a truck filled with 1,000 teddy bears pulled down the street.

Could you take a year (or a month) and not shop?

September 2, 2011 – 10:48 am

I think I’m falling in love with Twitter. I find so many helpful ideas, encouraging women and fun stories.
There are also personal challenges to be found there and this one came before me today. Until …

Mama, mama loves to read

September 1, 2011 – 12:16 pm

One of my absolute favorite books to read is “Llama Llama Red Pajama.” A dear friend and co-worker picked up the book for my kids several years ago. I’ve gone on to buy several for …